Monday, November 29, 2010

Montage Monday- I've Got a Sweet Tooth for Chocolate

 Roasting Chestnuts Heel-$99.99

I am so in love with these heels from, which is completely unexplainable, because usually I prefer something more girlie. These definitely say "winter" to me, which is a difficult feat for heels to do.

The Traveler Boot-$39.99

I have never been much of a "bootie" girl, but I am slowly starting to fall in love with them. I think these are great because they look so warm, and affordable!

Museum Hopping Boot-$44.99

I love everything about this boot, the color, the shape, the bow. Not sure how they earned their name, as I'm not sure that I would wear these "hopping" museums. Bar-hopping, maybe. Museum-hopping, no.

Sweet Lady Jane Boot-$49.99

For the cowgirl in all of us. Or maybe the saloon girl? I want these boots. I want to wear them dancing. In my line dancing class. (That's right. I said it. I'm taking a line dancing class. What of it?)

Confluence Boot-$54.99

Again, another pair of boots that I would never have thought twice about, but here I am finding myself pining after them. These boots and I need to find a way of coming together, a confluence, if you will. :-)

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Mad About Christina

I love Christina Aguilera. I think that she has one of the most beautiful voices around right now, and her style (for the most part) is very Old-Hollywood-Glamor. I really wish she would stick to that personality and stop trying to be so edgy and out-there. (Please leave the theatrics to Lady Gaga, Madonna, and Rhianna; You're much better than that).

So here is the first look of many inspired by some of Christina's more elegant, glamorous, refined looks. I want this look. My goal for Black Friday was to find a similar outfit to this one. I'll let you know how that turned out. (I'm pre-blogging. I have to schedule these suckers ahead of time before I head out of town).

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Judging by all of the blog posts and Facebook status updates that I'm reading, I'm supposed to be talking about what I'm thankful for today. So here goes.

I am thankful for:

1. All of my great friends and family (We'll get this one out of the way first). I have so many great friends from high school that I still keep in touch with and will be seeing when I venture home this weekend. (Yay!) And I have found so many more great friends where I live now. Seriously. These people kick ass. They are the nicest folks that I have met in a long time and will do anything for any of their friends. Oh. And my family. They're great too.

2. Sons of Anarchy I had to say it. But really, this show gives me the opportunity to live out my inner-biker chick, who I really had no idea existed until I started watching this show.

3. Polyvore How else would I be spending every waking moment of free time creating dreams outfits that I would never be able to afford in a million years? Thanks, Polyvore!

4. Mother Nature I am so thankful that we do not have any snow yet! It will be here soon though, in bucketfuls!

5. The Classic Margarita by Mikes (Of Mike's Hard Lemonade). Seriously. I have survived many a day in this crazy, stressed-out life of mine by ending it with one of these peach-flavored "bad boys". (I realize that a peach-flavored margarita hardly qualifies as a "bad boy" in the world of alcohol, but for someone who rarely ever drinks, they serve their purpose well).

6. Being smart Okay, really. How annoying is it to read anything that people post online when they don't know how to spell, or even write well? I cannot tell you how many times I have read the word "prolly" in Facebook status updates. It's "PROBABLY" folks! What the hell is "prolly"? That's NOT a word. Spell it out. Enunciate! I am so thankful that I can read, write, and speak better than most of my acquaintances out there. Am I being a little stuck-up and bitchy about this one? Prolly.

7. Chocolate This should be a given. Who isn't thankful for chocolate?

8. Pedicures You will all probably laugh at me, but I had my first pedicure last month, and in a word, awesome. My toenails have never looked so good, and for so long. Those nail people really know what they are doing! :-)

9. Showers Just took one. So nice. Ahhhhhh.

10.Turkey dinner! Is there anything better than turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, and pumpkin pie? I think not. Yummy! Go eat some. That's where I'm headed now.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Today I Love..... Jerrod Niemann

I LOVE this song by Jerrod Niemann. Actually, I may be slightly obsessed with it. Check it out!

I was first introduced to Jerrod Niemann in one of my dance classes. We performed a dance to "Lover, Lover", his first hit. It was so much fun!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Fabulous Friday: Violetvile Vintage I

I was perusing through Etsy the other day, as I am apt to do, and came across the shop Violetvile Vintage. As stated on their page, they specialize in high-style, designer vintage clothing. It offers a vast selection of clothing from the 1920s-1980s. I fell in love with MANY items. So many, in fact, that I am making this FF a two-parter. Today's will feature dresses, tops, and skirts, while next weeks will be outwear. Be sure to check out this shop and the great items available!

This was the outfit that first caught my attention and brought me to this shop. Call me crazy, but I am loving this vintage 1960s skirt suit, and typically I am not a fan of 60s fashion or polka-dots.

Also in love with this burgundy 1970s knit keyhole shirt.

I think this dress is absolutely adorable, and in such great condition! If only it came in my size!

Check out this 1950s black embroidered party dress.

This skirt is a perfect party skirt. The model shows it with and without the white slip underneath,which unfortunately for me, is a little reminiscent of Gretchen's look at the season finale of Project Runway. But I love this with the slip worn with it!

You cannot miss seeing this dramatic 1930s Art Deco dress. It screams Hollywood glamor!

I could definitely see Emma Pillsbury sporting this skirt on an episode of Glee. I would imagine that she would have to pair it with a cute cardigan and killer shoes!

See a velvet fruit-embroidered black cardigan from the 1950s here.

This dress makes me think of my grandmother, but in a good way. She always gave off a stylish and sophisticated vibe and never left the house without a skirt on. I'm also feeling Kate Beckinsale in Pearl Harbor with this one.

Here is an adorable 1950s spring green hourglass dress.

I wish that the model had show what this bolero would look like with the top button hooked. However, I still think it looks cute. 

Check out their 1950s pink, beaded bolero here.

Be sure to check back next Friday for the even better variety of outerwear from this Etsy seller!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Fashion Challenge: Peppered and Striped Skirt

Danielle over at What Would Emma Pillsbury Wear? posted a fashion challenge for followers to create a look using the Peppered and Striped skirt from Anthropologie. I gladly accepted the challenge and here is the look that I created:

Please keep in mind that I am by no means a professional, or really even fashion savvy whatsoever, (I shop at Old Navy, for cryin' out loud). So I'm really doing this all for fun, based on what I would wear, not the current trends or styles in fashion.

For this look, there are obviously some very expensive pieces. I used Polyvore (my first time! I have never heard of it before) and the items that were readily available to me there. The name of my set comes from the "Je T'aime" that you can barely see written on the earrings. I also had a difficult time choosing between the pumps and the flats as I think either would work with this outfit. It's probably also important to note that the "cardigan" is supposed to be a short bolero, but I had a difficult time getting the proportions correct with the skirt and the shirt underneath, so it's now a cardigan. :-)

But I'm loving the color combination!

What do you think?

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The Authoress-Revisited

I have recently discovered Polyvore, an awesome site that allows you to browse fashion items and create your own looks, or "sets". If you haven't stumbled upon this site yet, now is the time to check it out! I was originally using Gimp to cut and paste my looks together, but this makes things so much easier! 

 I originally created an outfit for work using the About the Author dress from ModCloth. (This dress is also listed on the site as "About the Artist", which I inadvertently linked to when I created this set). Since discovering Polyvore, I have recreated the outfit. I wouldn't wear this new look to work, as it is now a tad more "dressy", but I still love it. 

Sunday, November 7, 2010

My ModClothet-Wear to Work I

If I had a separate income just for clothing and shoes (a girl can dream, can't she?), then I would fill my closet with dresses from ModCloth! (Hence my "ModClothet". See what I did there?)

Of course then I would have to find a place to wear them.

And then I would have to find the guts to wear them. (I currently live in a place where any high-heeled boots are referred to as "stripper boots", where people look at you funny if you are wearing a dress, and consider you dressed up if you wear heels with jeans. Seriously folks, around here, people think that it's appropriate to wear a pair of jeans and a polo shirt to weddings and funerals!)

But anyway. Here is one my favorite dresses that, in my dream world, I would wear to work. I have paired it with other items that I think work well with it. Ideally, I would have liked this pendant to be more of a "choker" style to fit the neckline of the dress. If I had more time, I would have searched longer for the "perfect" pieces, but I spent a whole day on this as it is, so this is what I found:

*** The-Day-After-Update: In hindsight (meaning this morning in the shower while I was obsessing over this look), I realized that this jacket paired with the red heels is a little too "dressy" for a work look. I would still wear the dress with these heels to work, though.***

Friday, November 5, 2010

Fabulous Friday: Carolina Herrera

I was scrolling through Carolina Herrera's Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear collection the other day, and call me Grandma Betty, but I happened to love many of the looks! One of my favorites is this outfit:


I LOVE this top! I also happen to love the shoes, (by Manolo Blahnik), although I wish that we could see a closer view of them. The skirt, I'm not so crazy about the fit. I think that I would like it better if it were a simpler, shorter pencil skirt, in a different fabric, and without the flower*. (Am I the only one who think that it looks as though it has been Scotch taped to the skirt? Is that what she was going for?) In fact, I'd pair it with a different skirt altogether. But I really want this top! I think that it would be perfect for work.. (Although this top looks to be black on my computer, it's actually described as being olive green. Does it look green on anyone else's?)

Now begins my quest to find a similar top for a more affordable price!

*The more that I actually look at this skirt, the more I enjoy it, but still with the exception of the fit. I think that it needs to hit above the knees and more snug.

Here are a few more items that I enjoyed from her Ready-to-Wear collection:

I like the top on this look as well. I HATE the skirt on this, but I would definitely wear this top.

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I have never really been a fan of orange, but I really like it here, or maybe it's the dress that I really like? Or maybe I just wish that I had the fabulous cleavage and figure that this model has... Either way, it's a win in my book.

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I absolutely love the neckline on this dress! (And like the previous dress, I suspect that the enhanced cleavage is selling it for me). I would prefer to see this as just a top, mainly because I'm not really a huge fan of an all-over floral patterned dress. I personally think that this would look great with a fitted black pencil skirt (would you believe that I've never really been a fan of pencil skirts either?) and strappy heels.

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The next two items are from Carolina Herrera's 2011 Resort Wear collection:

I love this outfit and only wish that I had the nerve to wear a similar one to work! I always feel self-conscious wearing skirts while everyone else is wearing pants.

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This last dress is really cute. I wish that I had a place to wear dresses like these.


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