Hidden Inspiration

I like to look at various sources for fashion inspiration.  Unfortunately, for the print and publishing world, I very rarely thumb through a magazine (however, this is probably because I’m behind on my pop culture reading, and I’m probably too engrossed in my search for The Hunger Games trilogy or the sequels to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo when I’m in a bookstore).  I tend to spend most of my Internet time visually digesting style blogs and articles devoted to fashion.  Somewhere along the way, I absorb ideas for certain outfits.  And at random times, the thoughts for these outfits just spring out and demand to be heard.  This was probably one of those desperate-to-be-seen outfits.

It seems that lately, I’ve been wanting to wear my button-down shirts.  I like the print on this particular shirt–the flowers and the neutrality of the top appear to pair well with my denim jeggings.  The beige cover up also helps add an extra layer for warmth and for texture (it’s a fun exercise to mix and match clothes of different textures as long as the materials don’t create such a jarring or uncomfortable image or feel).

The latent inspiration that I had came in the form of choosing to wear my socks rolled up over the ends of my jeggings and wearing a pair of summer sandals to top it all off (what can I say–I just can’t let go of my summer wear).  As usual, I thought about taking the safer route (tucking my socks under my pants), but with a daring flourish, I pulled my socks over my pants, and thought, “let’s see what the world thinks of this” (or some other nonsense that made it seem like I was rebelling against what my inner fashion critic would say).

And there you have it.  I’m wearing an outfit in a way that brings back memories of when I used to feel embarrassed shopping with my mom as a teenager because she used to wear her socks over her pants too (I also wore my socks over my cuffed pants when I was very young–but I chalked that up to being a young child in the early ’90s).  It’s funny that what was once embarrassing is now worthy of emulating.  Fortunately, I have learned to be appreciative of my mom’s style as I’ve gotten older.  So, thank you Mom, for being fashion-forward, particularly when it came to keeping your ankles warm–practical inspiration for a chilly day.

P.S.  I’m not mad in these pictures.  I just don’t know how to have a relaxed, pleasant-looking face.  I’m working on it.

P.P.S.  Sorry for the lack of full length pictures.  This was probably one of our quickest photo shoots yet (unfortunately, Chris is very busy with projects of his own).  Stay tuned for my next post featuring images from a very special guest photographer!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Top:  Liz Claiborne/donated

Cover up:  Girl Talk/TJ Maxx

Jeggings:  Domaine Brand Jeans/Marshalls

Socks:  Charter Club/Macy’s

Shoes:  Merona/Target

Necklace:  gift

Bracelets:  vintage

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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


Hallow-Weekly Feature: Cool and Easy

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:  Jo’s black ensemble from Funny Face (as worn by Audrey Hepburn).

Rockin' it out.

This outfit is having a moment.  Even though I have yet to see Funny Face, I remember this outfit from various still shots and advertisements such as the jazzy Gap commercial that brought the skinny pant look back (remember when Gap had the coolest commercials?).  More recently, Beyonce featured this look in her new music video which features a wide range of fashion inspirations.

What I love about this outfit is that after all these years, it remains current.  You can’t go wrong with a slim-fitting black top and pants to match (you can decide if you want to wear it with white socks, though).  Also, since I prefer wearing flats over heels, I like how this look is good for a day (or night) of walking in the city.

So, if you’re looking for a cool and simple outfit, this might be the one to grab (or find in your closet–no unusual accessories required).


Happy Feet

A common theme in my wardrobe is that I must be comfortable.  Comfortable means a lot of different things to me:  in hot weather, I like to be cool and in cold weather, I like to be warm.  I also like to have plenty of sleep, plenty of food, and plenty of body wash and shampoo (yes, this means I don’t like to be dirty, and yes, this means I’m high-maintenance–I admit it).  Anyway, I try to create outfits that are both cute and comfortable, but as you can probably see, this might not always happen.

Now, to help me ease into fall and winter (and to avoid unleashing my innate crankiness), I just bought a new pair of tights and a new pair of socks.  I expect I’ll continue wearing skirts through the colder months, so this was a very important purchase.

Fortunately, I was able to find nice, neutral colors, so I can easily match my tops and bottoms to my footwear.  Although, I was almost about to buy a pair of magenta-colored tights, but I stopped myself this time (I hope to buy a wild color though in the near future when I’m feeling exceptionally adventurous).

So, with my feet warm, I’ll have very little to complain about when it gets cold.  Just don’t take away my sleep, food, or soap and we’ll stay friends.