Tokyo Trip: Mish-Mash Mood

This is my outfit from Day 5 of our trip.  I ended up going on a solo excursion because Chris wasn’t feeling well, so I saw this as a perfect opportunity to go antiquing.  Fortunately, there was an antique mall just a block away, so I was able to comfortably spend an hour or two perusing the display cases.  By the time I came back, Chris had enough energy to tour another area.  We decided to spend the rest of the day in Akihabara and then come back to Ginza (where we were staying).

Unfortunately, it was another rainy day, so I had to bring my raincoat.  I know the rain can’t give you a cold, but I’m sure the conditions (weather being cooler, being jet-lagged and sleep deprived, and being around someone who was already sick) helped to lower my immunity; I started to feel worn out by the end of the day.

But luckily, these pictures were before I started to feel under the weather.  I did combine a mish-mash of items to create this outfit.  I liked how an older woman on the street had worn her scarf, so I emulated her style by wearing my scarf (worn for the second time on this trip) in a similar way.   I was also in a menswear mood, so I added my vest over a Harry Potter shirt that I hadn’t worn up until that day (I packed it because I knew it would serve as a cool white t-shirt for me).

To add more color and depth to my outfit, I wore a short navy blue skirt over my jeggings.  I think I was in a layering mood that day (note:  my amused look is because I had to move out of the way to let someone pull their cart out).

Back in Ginza, I admired the store displays:

I have two more outfits to share with you.  We’re almost there!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

T-shirt:  Harry Potter/Hot Topic

Vest:  vintage/thrifted

Scarf:  Totes/thrifted

Skirt:  Old Navy/Old Navy

Jeggings:  Grane/Marshalls

Flats:  Mossimo/Target

Purse:  Chinese Laundry/gift


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


Fun Finds

I went to the thrift store today, and was pleased with what I found.  I like to shop different thrift stores, because some thrift stores have a better selection than others.  This particular store had many racks of clothes, scarves, and handbags.  I’m happy to say I bought something from each section.

First up, is this bold, blue skirt.  I don’t think this shade of blue looks the best on me, but the brightness and the material reminded me of what I, as a young one, envisioned myself wearing as an adult.  The length is demure, and I can cinch a belt around the waist.

I was also intrigued by the scarves that I bought; the colors and designs were what attracted me.  With both scarves, I’m able to imagine an array of outfits to create around each motif.

I was late in snatching what appeared to be a vintage black leather Coach purse (I just happened to witness the moment another customer picked it up, and in that same instant, I knew she was going to put it in her cart).  I was determined to find another vintage handbag, and about a minute later, I came across this Koret purse.  The leather was still in good condition, and it came with an attached coin purse.

My last find of the day was this bamboo purse.  Initially, I was hesitant to get this purse due to the small size, but I was drawn to the unique craftsmanship.  I ended up carrying it (along with everything else I was planning on purchasing) for about half an hour before I decided to buy it (I tend to just hold onto things that I think I might want to buy before I make my final decision; even at the thrift store, I realize that you still don’t want to overspend on things you don’t need or won’t use).  In the end, I thought it would make a pretty summer accessory.

I’m excited to actually use everything that I bought.  When the time is right, I’ll come up with a fun outfit (or two) using what was purchased today.  Yay for successful shopping!

Skirt:  Requirements

Scarves:  (1) Totes:  Made in Italy; (2) Made in Japan (no label)

Purses:  leather:   Koret; bamboo:  no label


Cool Look for the Cold

I’m sorry for my lack of posts last week.  Unfortunately, it was a long week for me.  But don’t fret–I’m going to start up again with a post that just happens to be chronologically out of order (my dress from the holiday party will be posted soon).

I have an aversion to cold weather.  I kept my coat on for the pictures, because I couldn’t bear to expose my forearms.  So, really, you’re getting a peek at what I wore to a farewell/birthday party for Chris’ colleague.  As you can see, this is one of my dressier coats.  I wear it pretty much anytime I have to wear a short dress.  It’s warm, but it would have been warmer had I chosen to wear a long-sleeved sweater (why do I sometimes sacrifice my comfort for style?).  I also wore a scarf because the dress is pretty low-cut and I didn’t have a necklace that I felt matched my outfit.  So, the scarf seemed to do both the trick of giving me an extra layer, as well as functioning as an accessory (I’m all for two-for-one deals).

The boots also helped to keep me warm; they’re lined with a fleece-like material.  These are the first pair of boots that I’ve owned that are truly knee-high.  I love to wear them with skirts or with dresses.  It’s probably already pretty obvious, but these boots are just a tad too big for me.  But, surprisingly, they are pretty comfortable (as long as I don’t walk around in them all day long) and snug around my feet.

Wrong size and coldness aside, this is probably one of my favorite outfits of the year (so far).  I especially love the velvet material of the dress.  That alone, may be why I think this outfit is just so cool.

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Coat:  Guess/Macy’s

Dress:  American Rag/Macy’s

Sweater:  Ruby Moon/TJ Maxx

Scarf:  gift shop in Paris

Boots:  Franco Sarto/DSW

Purse:  Olivia + Joy/Marshalls

Belt:  Betsey Johnson/TJ Maxx

Earrings:  Charter Club/loaned


Suggestions Welcomed

I apologize for not posting more last week.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have my pictures of my work clothes from last week with me, and I didn’t have any neat outfits to show off.  I also apologize for the darkness of the last post.  This time, I made sure to get showered, dressed, and camera-ready well before the sun set.  I figured out that most clothes look better in the daylight.

My look today was inspired by two things:  1) my desire to wear this vintage blouse and 2) my need to do laundry.  My closet is quickly becoming empty of clean clothes.  This whole outfit, thankfully, passes “the smell test.”    Unfortunately, the last time I did laundry, my load consisted entirely of bath towels, which does not help me in the wardrobe department.  I will have to devote some time this weekend to at least wash my work clothes.  In the meantime, I’ll be creative with what’s available.

I accessorized with some jewelry that my mom gave me for my birthday.  I love how the different colors (especially the gold!) stand out against the red and gray colors of the blouse and sweater.  I carried out the gold theme by wearing these vintage Gloria Vanderbilt heels with gold accents.

I had to wear a scarf since it was mighty chilly out.  I didn’t want to wear the scarf for the pictures initially, but Chris convinced me.  He is slowly becoming more comfortable expressing his own opinions regarding style and fashion.  Since he is my primary photographer, I rely on his judgment, especially if I’m having doubts about an outfit.  Words of advice:  if you need a second opinion on what to wear, find someone you trust, and be open to his or her suggestions–you never know what you’ll come up with!

 Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Blouse:  Liz Claiborne/vintage

Sweater:  Derek Heart/Marshalls

Pants:  Banana Republic/Banana Republic Factory Store

Tights:  Calvin Klein/Marshalls

Heels:  Gloria Vanderbilt/vintage

Scarf:  gift shop

Necklace:  gift/Macy’s

Earrings:  gift (2028)/Macy’s


Hang in There, Baby

I was in a purple and black mood today (I was also in a purple and black mood yesterday, but there is no official blog evidence of this).  I also felt inspired by the bandanas that were popularized in the 1940s and 1950s, and of course, inspired by Little Edie Beale of Grey Gardens fame when I chose to wear the scarf on my head.  I love the funky pattern of the scarf and knew that since I couldn’t wear too many accessories, the few accessories that I did have had to stand out.  I wore my vintage earrings because I love the design, and I thought they would be a cute addition to my outfit, but unfortunately, my nephew got a hold of one, so I immediately took them off (obviously after the pictures were taken).  So, really, I wore the whole outfit the entire day minus the earrings (apparently, I’m still learning what is appropriate to wear when taking care of children).

 

Luckily, I made it through the day without any other wardrobe changes, although, I can’t say the same for the little one.  Babies seem to have an astounding amount of clothes because 1) everyone wants to buy them miniature-sized version of adult clothes, 2) everyone wants to buy them adorable-themed clothes, and 3) everyone knows that babies are not naturally clean creatures and constantly need to be changed after they get dirty from eating, playing, playing while eating, or from any “diaper accidents” (which can also occur while playing).  Oh, to be a baby again.  You have lots of clothes and have people who will clean you.  That’s the life.

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Top:  Old Navy/Old Navy

Camisole:  Mossimo/Target

Pants:  Almost Famous/Marshalls

Scarf:  Merona/Target

Shoes:  Divertente Studio/vintage

Earrings:  vintage/flea market


Hallow-Weekly Feature: Crime of Fashion

In the spirit of dressing up for Halloween, I’ve decided to come up with a weekly feature highlighting awesome outfits worn by female movie characters this month.  Every Friday, this October, I’ll showcase one outfit that would be perfect for recreating for a Halloween party (or really anytime at all, but I just like to use Halloween as yet another excuse to dress up).

Unfortunately, this isn’t a list of the most iconic costumes in film, but it will include some well-known outfits.

Today’s outfit:  Bonnie’s outfit from Bonnie and Clyde (as worn by Faye Dunaway).

Smooth criminal.

This outfit is deceptively classy.  Pull the scarf up around your face, and you’ve got a mask to disguise yourself (note:  please only disguise yourself for innocent things like when you want to hide your face from someone you knew 10 years ago because you just can’t remember his or her name, and you’re trying to avoid having an awkward conversation–that kind of thing).

If you have no reason to hide from anyone, this look is actually perfect for the fall.  A sweater, scarf, and hat combo always works for the cooler temperatures.  The slouchy beret and the short-sleeved sweater are matched perfectly with a tweed pencil skirt.  Worn with a pair of nude pumps or wedge boots, this outfit would be cute for a day at the office or for a day of modeling with old-time cars.

So, if you’re looking for an autumnal way to dress this Halloween, this just might be the outfit for you.  Now just make sure that the only thing you steal is the spotlight.

Have a safe and fun Halloween!