Birthday Special

I just wanted to take some time today to say Happy Birthday to my special someone.

I’m not the best gift-giver, so I basically waited until the last minute (meaning yesterday) to find a birthday present.  I ended up driving around most of the late morning, searching high and low for a specific t-shirt.  Unfortunately, the first place I went to didn’t have the correct size, so I drove to another mall.  Luckily, the malls are probably only about 20 minutes apart, but I’m sure I burned a lot of fuel.

I think it was well worth it.  For those who either have kids or are just kids at heart like Chris and me, you are probably familiar with the Disney show, Phineas and Ferb.  And if you know the cartoon series, you are probably quite familiar with Perry the Platypus/Agent P.  Perry is probably the coolest character on the show.  He doesn’t talk; he just stares.  In Perry’s world, a stare carries a lot of meaning.  So, you can imagine why this shirt was too awesome to pass up (although, originally, I was looking to buy another shirt–but this shirt ended up winning me over).

So, to sum up–don’t wait until the last minute to buy presents, Perry the Platypus is the bee’s knees, and Chris is awesome in every way, especially today.

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

His

Button-down shirt:  INC/Macy’s

T-shirt:  Disney/Disney Store

Hers

Jacket:  Notations/vintage store

Scarf:  vintage


In Bloom

I was amazed at how warm it actually was on Saturday.  By the time Chris and I were out and walking for about an hour, I had to shed my light blazer because I was working up a sweat.

Chris and I had fun walking around the National Mall.  For the past few years, we’ve made it a point to take a walk near or around the Tidal Basin when the cherry blossoms are in bloom.  Since we were taking pictures for the blog, we reminisced about our fashion choices over the years, particularly as we toured the monuments.  It has only been in the last year or two that we’ve become more particular about the clothes we buy and wear.  I think our biggest fashion “don’ts” were wearing clothes that were too big (remember when baggy clothes were in?) or too small (okay, that’s more of my faux pas; I guess I was jumping on the belly-baring bandwagon).  Now, even though we know we don’t always make perfect sartorial choices, we enjoy creating looks that fit us better.

As far as fit goes, I realize my skirt is a bit on the short side.  I’m sure I inadvertently flashed groups of people throughout the day, but I did my very best to sit and stand up as modestly as possible (unfortunately, I think I was unsuccessful about half of the time).

Also, another fun fact:  most of my clothes were bought at the thrift store, or were given/donated to me.  When it comes to shopping, I get the most joy out of spending the least amount of money possible.  So, this outfit probably tops the list for best bargains.  I think the entire outfit, from head to toe was about $50 (I figure if I’m going to shop, I’m not going to overspend).  And bonus fact:  I ended up finding (what I believe is) an authentic vintage Coach purse at the thrift store last week.  I love the size and portability–it forces me not to carry too much (although I could have at least brought a pack of travel tissues for runny nose season).

I hope everyone had a great weekend!  Welcome, spring!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Hers:

Blazer:  Old Navy/thrift store

Top:  Mon Amie/Marshalls

Button-down shirt:  Liz Claiborne/vintage

Skirt:  H&M/thrift store

Shoes:  Ipanema/vintage

Necklace:  Richelieu/vintage store

Earrings:  Amuse’/gift

Sunglasses:  Steve Madden/Marshalls

His:

Button-down shirt:  H&M/H&M

Jeans:  Levi’s/Levi’s Outlet Store

Shoes:  Zoo York/store in Paris

Sunglasses:  Oakley/Sunglass Hut


Happy Holidays

I didn’t think it was fair to make the holidays about me, so we didn’t do any photo shoots.  In fact, the only picture I have for this post is of Chris and me  (which is actually cropped from a family picture–we forgot to get a nice shot of just the two of us this year).

I’m happy with the outfit I ended up wearing.  The sweater material kept my upper half warm, although, I think I could have invested in warmer tights.  My go-to choice of footwear for the past few weekends have been these suede boots, because: 1) they’re relatively comfortable, and 2) they have a dressy, wintry look to them.  I accessorized with the belt that came with the sweater dress as a means to “cinch” my waist (by the way, does anyone else remember the SNL Gap girls sketch with Adam Sandler and David Spade?  They were on to something with their obsession with cinching).

The hubster wore a blazer with a dress shirt, tie, and jeans.  I convinced him to buy the blazer, although he wasn’t initially on board.  Overall, I think he was able to pull off a look that wasn’t his style.

I hope to post more in the new year–in the meantime, don’t be afraid to try (on) new things!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Hers:

Sweater:  Cable & Gauge/Marshalls

Dress (with belt):  Derek Heart/Marshalls

Tights:  Calvin Klein/Marshalls

Boots:  Jasmin/vintage

Necklace:  Guess/Macy’s

Earrings:  loaned

His:

Blazer:  INC/Macy’s

Button-down shirt:  Calvin Klein/Calvin Klein

Jeans:  Levi’s/Levi’s Outlet Store

Tie:  J. Crew/J. Crew Factory

Shoes:  Clarks/Comfort One Shoes


Not-So-Secret Admirer

I’m a big fan of people-watching (similar to bird-watching, but preferably without the use of binoculars; otherwise, I’d seem like a first-class creep).  I like to see how people interact with and relate to one another.  And, of course, I like to observe what others are wearing.

Much like birds and their plumes of feathers, humans have their own way of standing out.  Generally, the most accessible and convenient way we all differentiate ourselves is through the clothes we wear.  When I gaze into a crowd, the ones who make a lasting impression are the ones who have on an outfit that either 1) I would like to wear for myself or 2) I would like to admire like a page in a magazine.

Now, random strangers are not the only ones whom I admire from afar.  I also appreciate the styles of friends and family members.  So, consider this a warning to all those I know–you may be stalked and hunted down for a picture for my blog!

Case in point, over the weekend, I convinced a friend to let me post her outfit:

I love the combination of teal and mustard yellow.  Both colors are perfect for this transition from warmer to cooler temperatures.   And how fabulous is it that the clasp of her clutch matches her shoes (sorry, this is me going gaga over people’s outfits)? Also, a neat little tidbit–she’s wearing a cami and a matching skirt (not a dress–but who would have known?).  The skirt has a flirty fullness to it without being too heavy on fabric.

Also, her bracelets and gold jewelry are such a charming addition to her outfit (note:  I’m having a “gold” moment–I’m loving the way certain colors match with gold, and I’m looking for ways that I can incorporate more gold jewelry with what I wear).

So, does anyone else like taking (or wish they could take) pictures of what people are wearing too?  Don’t worry–my feelings won’t be (too) hurt if I find out I’m the only one.