Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Browned Black

I think of myself as pretty fearless when it comes to mixing patterns and colors. And, yet, it took quite a bit of deliberation before I was comfortable pairing this skirt with brown. For some reason, I got all hung up on the black stripe in the skirt’s tartan. It seemed to demand accessorizing with black or its pale cousin, gray.

Blazer, Cami. Shirt, Merona. Skirt, Tulle. Tights, We Love Colors. Boots, Nine West. Brooch, The Crafty Chemist.

Sometimes, I have to conquer my neurosis with an exercise of the imagination. When the black stripe starts to bother me, I just pretend it’s a very dark brown.

And Pearls

The (faux) pearl collar on this sweater compels me to accessorize with more (faux) pearls.

Sweater, vintage and stolen from New Gate. Skirt, Parson’s Place (thrifted, vintage, and shortened). Tights, We Love Colors. Boots, White Mountain. Belt, thrifted and vintage. Bracelets, Claire’s, Forever 21, and thrifted.

I’ve only worn this sweater twice before. I seem to have trouble pairing it with other things.

Any ideas?

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Chili Bowl

We went to a chili party today and brought our newly invented "Triple S" chili*. It’s spicy, sweet, and smoky (and vegetarian).

Sweater, I Heart Ronson. Dress, No Boundaries. Tee, Forever 21. Jeggings, Mossimo. Boots, Diba. Necklaces, thrifted and borrowed. Purse, vintage. Gloves, Buffalo Exchange.

There were four kinds of chili to sample. (I only made it through three tastings.) Of course, I wore my eatin’ clothes.

Too much chili! Too much heat! I surrender!

Photos by Beefy Muchacho

*The recipe is still under construction...I'm happy to share it once it is fine-tuned.

Saturday, November 27, 2010


My style becomes a little more experimental on the weekends. One of the “rules” I tend to discard is the maxim to look as tall and slender as possible.

Sweatshirt, Deb. Turtleneck, Gap (swap). Skirt, Dex (swap). Tights, Stocking Diva. Boots, Blowfish. Necklace, Phai’s House of Jade.

The combination of this hem length, the wild tights, and the baggy boots shorten my leg line, but that’s okay. I was more interested in having fun with my wardrobe and being comfortable for my evening activities.

Thursday, November 25, 2010


After Thanksgiving dinner, I quizzed Beefy on his favorite dishes. We both agreed that the seasoned cashews were the best appetizer and the derby pie was the best dessert. But we disagreed on dinner dishes. He preferred the sweet potatoes and I the stuffing.

Vest, Old Navy (swapped and dyed). Sweater, J Crew (swap). Dress, thrifted and shortened. Tights, We Love Colors. Boots, Dan Post.

Obviously, these are pre-stuffing pictures. I don’t yet have that (three) thousand-calorie stare.

Photos by Beefy Muchacho


It’s been far too long since the tiger* tights came out to play. Grrrrr.

Jacket, Dex (swap). Dress, New York & Co (shortened). Turtleneck, Target. Tights, We Love Colors. Heels, Steve Madden. Necklace, Serket Jewelry. Owl badge, swap. Dangling owl brooch, self-made.

*Well, I usually refer to these as zebra tights, but zebra's don't growl. They sort of bray. And braying isn't nearly bad-ass enough for these stockings.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Spot Plaid

This plaid skirt is one of my favorite thrift finds. It’s made of wool and has a fun hemline. Even more fun: pairing it with leopard.

Sweater, INC. Skirt, Jones New York Country(thrifted). Bag, Apt 9. Tights, Apostrophe. Shoes, Isaac Mizrahi for Target.

I was most annoyed to spill candle wax on the hem just before picture time. I will try to remove the wax by placing a paper towel over the spill and pressing with a warm iron. I’d hate to lose this wardrobe staple!