Tokyo Trip: One Last Look

And now for my last outfit of the trip (I really know how to extend my vacation, don’t I?).  It wasn’t anything fancy; just something that I could wear and be comfortable in for the long journey home.

I reworked my leggings from earlier in the trip and layered with socks (I thought that I had forgotten to pack my gray socks, but apparently, I didn’t look hard enough).  This was essentially my version of a nightgown that I could wear in public (by this time, I also had a full-blown cold, so I really couldn’t have cared less about what I was wearing).

The best part about this outfit was the vintage suitcase that I bought a few weeks before our trip.  It’ll probably be the first and last time that I’ll use it though.  The fabric started to unravel and I was afraid the whole thing was going to be in pieces by the time we made it to the airport.  Luckily, it survived–and thankfully, you all survived my drawn out recap of our trip.  I miss Tokyo, but I hope we’ll be able to go back and see more of Japan someday.  In the meantime, I’ll see you stateside!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

T-shirt:  Something Navy/Marshalls

Dress:  Old Navy/Old Navy

Leggings:  Xhilaration/Target

Socks:  Charter Club/Macy’s

Shoes:  Big Buddha/DSW

Belt:  Betsey Johnson/ TJ Maxx

Purse:  Chinese Laundry/gift

Bow:  WEGO in Harajuku

Suitcase:  vintage/boutique store in Delaware


Tokyo Trip: Sunny Day in Mitaka

I’m finally back!  We got back from our trip to Tokyo, Japan about a week ago.  Unfortunately, I’ve been recovering from an awful cold the past week, so I didn’t have the energy to post anything.  Now, I’m finally feeling more like myself (with just a hint of jet lag left in me).  It’s time to update everyone on our adventures abroad!

This was the first time in Tokyo for Chris and me.  We loved the vibe of the city, were amazed by the architecture, and were both intrigued by the fashion.

For the first full day of our trip, we went to the Studio Ghibli Museum in Mitaka.  We’re both fans of Hayao Miyazaki films, so Chris was able to purchase tickets at a Japanese travel agency in the States prior to leaving for Japan.  We weren’t able to take pictures inside the museum, but we took plenty of pictures outside.

I was unsure of the weather, so I layered with leggings and cropped pants.  As I was packing for our trip, I had a feeling that I would see a lot of young women wearing leggings.  I was correct in my assumption; however, most of the leggings were of the stirrup type (this is when I wish I took more pictures of the fashion in Tokyo!).

Can’t wait to show you more pictures!  I’ll try to post more this week!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Top:  Monamie/Marshalls

Pants:  Old Navy/Old Navy

Scarf:  Totes/thrifted

Belt:  Calvin Klein/Marshalls

Leggings:  Xhilaration/Target

Flats:  Mossimo/Target


Boots Fantastic

It was a fun weekend.  Chris and I took a short trip where we got to catch up with family and catch up on sleep (although I still felt like I was in a daze the whole weekend–unfortunately, prolonged sleep deprivation equals poor speech and comprehension skills).

I was convinced to wear my boots when I happened to see someone in the city wearing a very similar outfit with booties the day before (I even muttered “that’s my outfit” as I passed her because I was surprised to see someone wearing something that I had planned to wear for the next day).  Actually, if the ground wasn’t wet with rain, I probably would have worn my new black shoes instead (alas, I’ll have to save the shoes for another day).

This is my latest vintage Coach purse.  I think I’m addicted to buying old purses.

Chris and I took some pictures and got to take a stroll before we headed home.  It was the perfect way to end the weekend.   Hope you have a good week!

P.S.  I noticed that there is always something interesting to my left.  I couldn’t tell you exactly what.

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Top:  Max Studio/Marshalls

Cover Up:  Girl Talk/TJ Maxx

Shorts:  Marshalls

Leggings:  Xhilaration/Target

Socks:  Charter Club/Macy’s

Boots:  Xhilaration/Target

Purse:  Coach/thrifted

Necklace:  flea market


Going With It

I. Can’t.  Stop.  Dressing.  Funky.  Okay, I CAN actually stop, but I seem to be in such a funkalicious mood that I can’t help but want to dress with wild abandonment (note:  I’m not supposed to use the word “can’t”; a co-worker told me that I have to take that word out of my vocabulary–I’m working on it).

I wanted to style my outfit based off a jacket that I bought at a vintage store months ago, but was only just recently dry cleaned (note:  it still carries that “vintage” smell–I suppose the smell is just so strong or it wasn’t properly cleaned–methinks I don’t want to know the truth).  The jacket inspired a “must-stay-warm-yet-appear-mature” look.  I felt all prim and proper with a turtleneck sweater and a jumper that, when cinched with the right belt, made me feel conservatively commanding.  I also doubled up on tights and leggings because I was afraid my legs would get cold.  I pulled out my wacky leggings, decided they were possibly too crazy to wear with the rest of the outfit but was told by Chris to “just go with it.”  Actually, I’m not sure if that was his exact quote, or if it was just a paraphrase of what he said, and I faultily remembered it because I was thinking of a Jennifer Aniston movie; either way, I took what Chris said, and decided to leave the leggings on.  I figured my legs would thank me later.

I had planned on just wearing my polka-dotted jacket as my extra layer, but I realized that it was going to be colder at night.  So I brought along my ruffled short coat just in case (note:  it did get colder at night, and it was a little chilly during the day–yay, for wearing multiple layers!).  It was comfortable when we were inside the museum and inside this atrium.  A quiet retreat from city life:

And now I will quietly retreat from my computer, so I CAN get ready for bed.  Goodnight and funky dreams!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Dress:  Old Navy/Old Navy

Sweater:  So/Kohl’s

Leggings:  Xhilaration/Target

Jackets:  Polka dot:  Notations/vintage store; Ruffled:  Steve Madden/Marshalls

Boots:  vintage

Belt:  vintage

Purse:  Franco Sarto

Sunglasses:  Franco Sarto


My Lucky Charm

The fall foliage is in full effect.  It’s a beautiful sight to see when you’re driving down the interstate with no real plan in mind.  So, it was a tad tricky figuring out what I was going to wear since I didn’t have a set destination.  After careful consideration, I wore the same sweater I wore on Saturday (what can I say–I like to maximize the amount of wears out of a single article of clothing) with a new dress and belt (oops–did I mention that I wore the same pair of leggings on Saturday, too–is that a problem?).  It was actually a fairly warm day, so I was able to forgo the jacket and get by with just a sweater.

So, where did I end up going in my well-worn clothes?  As I took in the view of the fall leaves, I decided to go to an antiques store.  I spent a couple of hours just rummaging through the store with a specific goal in mind:  I wanted to find a vintage telephone.  Don’t ask me why or how I became fascinated with old phones, but within the past year, I’ve been casually searching thrift stores and the occasional flea market for one.  I think my desire to have an old phone is similar to my penchant for looking for vintage jewelry (and wearing vintage clothes).

The good news is that I found both this past weekend (a reproduction of a candlestick telephone  probably from the ’70s, as well as some old-ish looking jewelry).  So, maybe it was a good idea to wear this sweater after all.  Let’s just call it my lucky sweater.

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Sweater:  Converse One Star/Target

Dress:  Xhilaration/Target

Leggings:  Poof!/gift

Boots:  Nine West/Nine West

Belt: Calvin Klein/Marshalls

Purse:  Franco Sarto/Marshalls


Imagine the Possibilities

I had the opportunity to spend the weekend with some family in NYC.  My husband, Chris, and I go up a few times a year since he is a native New Yorker.  I find that each time we go there, we discover new and exciting things.  I like to observe the local trends while I’m there and just soak up the arts and culture vibe.

Chris was definitely inspired when we were up there.  If he saw a striking background, he would whip out his camera and ask me to pose in front of it.  We probably took more pictures for the blog that day than we have before.  There is just such a cool, urban feel in New York, and Chris is just a cool, urban kind of guy.


We ended up having to bring a suitcase full of clothing (I think I took up three-quarters of the suitcase) because I didn’t know what I was going to wear once we got there.  If the wind blew one way, I would be inspired to wear a certain outfit; if the wind blew another way, I would be inspired to wear a completely different outfit.  My fickle nature made me spend a little bit more time packing (because I had to pack accessories and shoes that I thought I might wear), but surprisingly, the ideas for the possible outfits came to me relatively easily.  I think I will streamline my packing in the future, but for this trip, I packed at least four different outfits for a day-and-a-half-long trip (meaning I really only needed two outfits at most–or two pairs of clean underwear at least, however you want to phrase it).  Luckily, Chris is a light packer and is laid-back when it comes to my desire to have outfit options.

Actually, it came in handy to have a variety of clothes.  When an outfit that seemed good in my head, didn’t work in reality (don’t you just hate when that happens?), I was able to rework it.  See, I really wanted to wear these wild leggings I bought last week, and I really wanted to wear them with my blue sweater (I know–sometimes I have problems compromising when it comes to what I will wear).  The skirt I brought was obscenely short when I tried it on, so the black dress I decided to bring at the last minute was the perfect fallback.  The jacket and the scarf were worn because I knew it would be chilly in the evening, so it helped that they matched my outfit (by the way, for my loyal readers, this was the scarf that I ended up wearing with my outfit in ‘Hint of Red‘–I will wear things that aren’t intended to be a part of my outfit because I can’t stand being cold, so it’s a plus if it matches somewhat).

In the end, I hope the outfit that I chose, helped to capture the awesome vibe of the city.  We really enjoyed the time we spent with family, and we had fun exploring areas and places that we hadn’t been to before.  I can’t wait to go back–next time, I’ll try to pack a lighter suitcase.

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Dress:  Poetry Clothing/Marshalls

Sweater:  American Eagle Outfitters/Marshalls

Jacket:  Me Jane/Ross

Scarf:  Mossimo Supply Co./Target

Leggings:  Xhilaration/Target

Socks:  Hanes/Target

Shoes:   Stride Rite/vintage

Purse:  Olivia + Joy/Marshalls

Earrings:  donated

Sunglasses:  Franco Sarto/Marshalls


I Love the ’90s


Maybe I was partly inspired by my Clarissa Explains It All post, or maybe I just really wanted to show off my black leggings today.  I’m not sure what the answer to the unasked question is, but here I am in my modern take of a ’90s outfit.  I really love the fabric and the stitching on this vintage blouse.  I was actually just going to wear the blouse over the leggings, but at the last minute, I pulled out an old skirt from my high school days and decided it was necessary to complete the outfit (the hemline on the skirt is totally rad).  The extra layers did me well, especially considering I initially went outside without a coat in the under-50-degree-temperature weather.

I also really wanted to wear boots, knowing that the ground was moist and damp, and I knew that boots were my only shoe of choice for this ’90s-inspired get-up.  So, here I am in my black-and-white, curlicued glory.


This last picture came out too bright, and unfortunately, since I don’t have Photoshop, I did the best that I could with what I have to adjust the brightness and contrast.  It actually gives off a very artistic effect, no?

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Blouse:  Esprit Collection/vintage

Skirt:  Rumours/Sears (purchased in the late ’90s?)

Leggings:  Poof!/gift

Boots:  Jasmin/vintage

Belt:  Betsey Johnson/TJMaxx

Necklace:  vintage