Friday, July 31, 2009

Experiment No. 589

The Red Hat Society Experiments continue. The experiments are my attempts to wear red and purple together without looking like a Red Hatter. This is my third try.

Jacket, Charlotte Russe (overdyed). Black tank, Kimchi and Blue. Purple tank, Charlotte Russe. Jeans, Express (overdyed). Pumps, Gianni Bini. Bangles, ring, and sunnies, Girl Props. Scarf, flea market.

Lots of Girl Props goodies here: the sunglasses, owl ring, and two studded bangles

Is today’s experiment a cop-out? I’ll admit, this red and purple combo is much more subtle than what I’ve attempted in the past.

Experiment No. 587 was a bit dodgy.
Experiment No. 588 was terribly matchy matchy.
Experiment No. 590 involves those purple crochet tights (again) so I’ll have to wait for cooler weather to conduct it. (Yes, I have the next experiment planned. After all, I DID major in science.)

Not only does this outfit have scientific value, but it also has potential as a day-to-night outfit. Remove the jacket and scarf and I’m ready for happy hour cocktails.

Alas, I have no exciting Friday night plans. I’ll be at home patting my cats and trying out the “I Hate to Exercise, I Love to Tap” DVD from Netflix.

Of course, I didn’t really wear this to do my video. The outfit isn’t good for dancing and taps are no good for hardwood floors. If you want to see what I actually wore to brush up on my tap skills…click. (I don’t want to inflict the internet at large with photos of myself in a leotard.)

Thursday, July 30, 2009


I’m having one of those weeks where choosing what to wear each day is a struggle. Finally, fresh out of ideas, I checked out what I wore a year ago and realized that it had been that long since I wore this shirt.

Cardigan, Moda International. Shirt, Steve & Barry’s. Skirt, Mossimo. Earrings, H&M (via swap). Pumps, Delicious. Bag, Nicole Lee.

I’m not sure WHY it’s been a year since I’ve worn this shirt. It’s cute enough. Maybe oxford shirts just aren’t my style. In the early days of my blog, I wore them often, but I’ve since become more of a blouse fan.

Today and one year ago.

I’ll try the shirt again. (By the way, it’s white with red pinstripes, not pink.) I feel obligated to keep using spaghetti sauce titles for any posts featuring it. Next up: Prego.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Softly Now

The warm, humid air always feels softer to me somehow. The moisture seems to take the edge of things. Similarly, pastels, feathers, chiffon, and an airy knit soften the harsh look of graphic black and white.

Dress, Sele. Cardigan, To the Max. Belt, H&M. Headband, Urban Outfitters. Peeptoes, Bitten. Ring, Target.

A watercolor treatment of this photo makes it softer still.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Summer Version

Sweater vest, Cherokee. Dress, vintage, swapped, and shortened. Applique “brooch,” self-made. Bracelets, Body Central. Shoes, Miss Me.

This is a summery version of an outfit I wore last October.

Monday, July 27, 2009


Cardigan, Merona. Skirt, from my USMC service uniform (embellished). Belt, Luxury Divas. Pumps, Pulse. Earrings, Claire’s. Cuff, Hot Topic. Ring, G&S. Sunnies, Girl Props.

Feather and metal earrings from Claire’s.

Today, I recently received a comment on another entry in which I wore this military uniform skirt as civilian attire. The comment: “Total disrespect to the uniform.”

What do you think? My military obligation is complete, so I won’t have another “official” opportunity to wear any of my uniform items. Should I let them molder in the attic or donate them to charity instead of repurposing them for civilian wear?

What should I do with my old uniform items?
Store them for eternity
Give them to charity
Make them work for everyday wear
Other - I'll tell you in the comments free polls

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Not Normal

Blouse, Urban Renewal. Tank, No Boundaries. Shorts, NY & Co. Flipflops, Ecote. Ring, Girl Props. Necklace, thrifted.

I’m well aware that it isn’t normal to take a daily picture of yourself and post it to the internet. But really, what is normal?

Giant girl. Midget girl.

Normal girl?

Also probably not normal: wrapping your gorillapod around your neck.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Briana Bird

I know you get sick of looking at my mug on WIW2D, so I’m pleased to bring you my third guest ever: Briana.

Jacket, streets of Italy. Tee, TJ Maxx. Skirt and belt, thrifted. Necklace, Chico’s. Flats, Steve Madden.

Briana is a bargain queen. She loves to thrift and shop super sales. In fact, she was the little birdie who told me about the Urban Outfitters sale.

She played the "naughty nurse" in Sunshine Boys. I ushered for nearly all the performances. Part of the reason I kept showing up was to see what Briana would be wearing when she arrived.

Why so many photos? Because so many turned out well!

Briana spent some time studying in Italy. (I hear she speaks beautiful Italian as a result.) She picked up this gorgeous jacket from a street vendor.

The accessories: necklace, shoes, and that awesome hair.

Jams World

Jacket, Dex (swap). Dress, Jams World (thrifted). Leggings, Danskin. Boots, Playhouse. Sunnies, Girl Props. Belt, thrifted. Earrings, Pangaea.

When I was in 5th grade, jams (surfer shorts) were all the rage. When I recall the craze to others my age, they repeat “jams” as if it’s a foreign word and look at me like I’m soft in the head. I had begun to think I imagined the trend when I researched the label on this thrifted dress. Jams World is the maker of the original jams shorts! I’m sure mine were knockoffs, but rediscovering the brand was a fun trip down memory lane. Did you wear jams?

This bridge was very slippery and I nearly fell on my ass trying to spin.

Speaking of knockoffs, Sara M clued me in to the availability (finally!) of these imitation Chanel glasses on

Friday, July 24, 2009

Great Minds

Tank, Mossimo. Vest (aka boobcoat) and cami, Charlotte Russe. Trouser jeans, Express. Pumps, Delicious. Necklace, Forever 21. Owl ring, Sin City. Bag, Nicole Lee.

I planned this outfit on Sunday at maybe around the same time Angie was thinking about writing this post on sleeveless tops worn with waistcoats. The trend has been around for a few years, but more as a fringe fashion. In the past, I dismissed the combo as too unprofessional and chilly for the office. But, I’ve since noticed no shortage of bare arms at the workplace and I have a jacket (and lunchtime kickboxing class) to stay warm.

I paired this vest and chiffon tank together once before (with a long-sleeved tee underneath). I like it better today.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Good Pair

Jacket, Forever 21 (embellished). Lace blouse, H&M (swap). Tank, Banana Republic (thrifted). Skirt, Andre Oliver (thrifted and shortened). Peeptoes, Wet Seal. Enamel bracelets, Target. Goldtone bracelet, swap.

This blouse is way too sweet. It’s even sweeter with the ribbon’s ends left dangling, so I kept them tucked inside. (Oh, and I'm not sure how the color of the tank displays on your monitor, but it's fuchsia, not red.)

I like to pair this blazer and skirt together. I’ve done it many times.