happy autumnal equinox!
we finally took the air conditioning unit out of the single living room window today, and it makes such a difference in the amount of light in my favorite living space! i was pretty gleeful about it.
j. crew chambray button down – anthropologie green skirt – forever21 yellow sneaks
i got this skirt at the beginning of the summer, and i’ve been wearing it loads, but i have been lax about documenting it. it’s a great addition to my wardrobe, a nice bright pencil skirt! (fun fact- words i accidentally typed into that sentence include ‘green’ and ‘addiction’… freudian slip?) i’ve admired other style bloggers brightly colored pencil skirts for ages, but good pencil skirts run kinda expensive (i’m looking at you j. crew! and that’s even on sale!), and i hadn’t run into the right pencil skirt in my price range. until this one, obviously. thank you, sale racks at anthropologie! i have had some pretty good luck there in the last two years… of course, now that i’ve said that to the internet, my luck will disappear.
say goodbye to the wierd foggy spots in my pictures, and the unintentional vignetting! i actually kind of like their effect in certain pictures, but sometimes you want a clear picture. i just got a new lens, and so far i’m loving it!
this belt is gaining ground against my beloved woven belt! (though it’s not quite as versatile…)
crewcuts chambray – j. crew striped shirt, skirt
various necklace – target – belt, ballet flats
inspired by sidewalk ready. i love layered looks (proof: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and i could keep going…). but a fairly often, when i try more layered looks, they end up feeling bulky, and i feel like i lose a lot of shape. a shorter skirt (for me) and a belt at the natural waist help a lot!
the necklace is cobbled together from several different sources. elizabeth of delightfully tacky keeps wearing a lovely quartz necklace, and i remembered i had a quartz charm of my own, only in need of a chain. on the quest to put these two together, my little ampersand charm somehow lept on board. truth be told, i have crushes on several of her statement necklaces. i might try to cobble together some more facsimiles of my favorites…
crewcuts chambray – j crew belt – anthropologie skirt – thrifted shoes, purse
eons ago, when i was young, i decided i ought to be an artist. and i thought, this is more than a someday dream, this is something i need to be working on immediately. i began my training. i thought that to be an artist, i needed to be able to find the beauty in anything. anything i could see must have some beauty, it was all a matter of perspective. so i began training myself to look for beauty all around me. i’m not sure where i came up with this idea. knowing me, it was probably gleaned from a novel.
later, i went to art school, where any thought of being an artist was dashed to the ground and walked over by hundreds of uncaring pedestrians. i’m still working on regaining my previous joy in art, in drawing and painting and creation. but something that started long before that has continued on, unheeding of my own drama’s with ‘art’. my habit of looking for the beauty in things clings on to me, and i really find it a useful tool to this day, even though i’m not the artist i set out to be so long ago.
this anecdote has absolutely nothing to do with this outfit. it was just something i’ve been thinking about today.
tell me about something beautiful in your world!
target scarf – thrifted j. crew cardigan – crewcuts chambray
rummaged liz claiborne purse – canvas cords – forever21 yellow shoes
when you’re working with a limited closet, sometimes there are going to be variations on a theme. i love this color combo; pumpkin spice orange, grainy denim, and mustard. it deserves many repetitions.
last night was super excellent. we went to chicago’s ribfest, more for the music than the ribs:
mucca pazza! here, quick, watch this if you can:
stolen from mucca pazza’s youtube channel, click through for source!
the sound quality is not amazing, but it gives you a fabulous idea of their theatricality, energetic, boisterous, engaging quality. jake and i make a point of seeing them when we can, and if you get an opportunity yourself, obviously i would recommend it!
then ribs, some 312, and hanging out with friends! (slightly less picasso-ed in real life than this pic ^_^)
have a great weekend, guys!
thrifted hat, blazer – crewcuts chambray – forever 21 belt, shoes – j. crew navy cords
it’s been a while since we did a ‘steal this style‘ feature. i actually took some pictures for one a laughably long time ago. i think i’ll do a ‘spring cleaning week’ after the remix, where i post on some older stuff that just got buried. but here’s a contemporary one. this is chyna! she always looks supremely comfortable and pulled together, which is a look i love.
buffalo exchange sundance sweater jacket, lucky jeans, steve madden purse
forever21 chambray – steven’s rocks & gifts necklace – target brown wingtips
she also has been working on getting a seriously gorgeous tattoo. i’ll try to grab some pics of her when she’s wearing short sleeves!
crewcuts chambray shirt – target belt, ballet flats – hand-me-over striped skirt
maybe it’s the recent good weather. perhaps it’s the strong sunlight. maybe because there’s actually daylight after work… but i have a renewed interest in getting dressed. and with it comes the itch to remix.
SO! a week from today, may 15, rebecca and i are undertaking a 15 for 15!
would you be interested in joining us?
the rules are easy! pick 15 pieces*, make 15 outfits!
* pieces include all clothing items and shoes, they exclude accessories such as scarves, belts, jewelry.
untold imprint birthday necklace eddie bauer cardigan crewcuts chambray thrifted belt canvas purple cords target ballet flats
this is the first time i’ve ever managed to do that ‘half-tuck’ maneuver with any kind of success. i’ve tried it before, but i end up feeling sloppy instead of casual? here, let’s look at some good ones: 1, 2 (that plaid is fabulous, n’est-ce pas?), 3, and ugh, shall i just admit to myself that i’m pretty much a prep? no, not yet.
so this weekend chewed me up and spit me out on the other side. but: huzzah for daylight savings! i’m going to consider it a belated birthday present from the whoooollllle world! (or just the united states? or north america? who’s in charge of this daylight savings stuff? ….. okay, according to wikipedia, it looks like it is most common in north america and europe, and george vernon hudson might be the one to thank.) i sure appreciate a little extra daylight in the evening, as i am not especially a morning person. and even on a foggy day like this one, the light stuck around a lot longer.