Easy Move

This is an example of a casual outfit (for me).  Or really an outfit that makes me feel easy-breezy but not overdressed.  I think that in the blog world, I’ll never be overdressed, but in my real world, there are times that I dress up a little more than I should.  This, however, seemed to be just the right outfit for lunch and a stop at the thrift store (just in case you didn’t know:  good food, good coffee, and good thrift store hunting are my new favorite things).

I’ve been looking for a piece of furniture to store some of my clothes.  I share half a closet with Chris, so you can imagine how I’ve been overcrowding his side with my clothes and accessories (and my growing supply of handbags–more on that later this week).  I didn’t want to buy a heavy armoire (although I’m sure that’s what I would need) because we have a small apartment that I’m sure we’ll move out of sometime in the near future.  So, what was the next best thing?  How about a vintage kitchen cart with three shelves?  I liked the movability and the surprising spacious capacity of the cart.  So, this has become my new dresser:

I know, it looks silly, but I figure, it’s easy to move, and I could always use a wheeled tray in the bedroom in case I’m feeling extremely lazy and want breakfast in bed (although the likelihood of eating in bed is pretty low due to the fact that 1) I’m a messy eater and I wouldn’t want crumbs in the bed, and 2) there is no TV in the bedroom–so, sadly, I can’t think of another reason to have a rolling cart in the bedroom).

So, I managed to haul my thrift store finds into our apartment wearing this outfit.  Oh, and I also did grocery shopping which I managed to do in record time (I think I was in and out in less than 30 minutes–not bad considering we haven’t been to the grocery store in about two weeks).

I hope to post more on my thrift store shopping adventures sometime this week.  I hope everyone had a good weekend!

P.S.  Despite the very concerned look on my face, I had a nice weekend.

P.P.S. Stay tuned for Easter photos!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Top:  Xhilaration/Target

Tank top:  Mossimo/Target

Jacket:  TJ Maxx

Pants:  Old Navy/Old Navy

Belt:  Calvin Klein/Marshalls

Shoes:  Carysma/vintage

Purse:  vintage Coach

Bracelets:  gifts


Forget Winter

I had to think carefully when I picked out an outfit that was appropriate for the mild, or dare I say, warmer, temperatures on Saturday (I must have also been subconsciously trying to reproduce this fun outfit–our blazers are very similar!).  I decided to combine a long, flowy skirt with a pair of black boots that finally debuted on this blog (the last of many black boots I’ve worn so far), because I needed to convince myself that it was still winter.  I brought along a light jacket, but I was able to get by with just my blazer for most of the day.

Every winter, I forget a few important things.  For one thing, I forget how dry my skin gets.  When it gets really frigid, my hands are beyond chapped.  It also doesn’t help that I’m washing my hands throughout the day.  I’m sure my best option would be to moisturize more often and wear gloves after using a thick cream at night.  Of course, I don’t do this.  Secondly, I forget how static-y my hair gets.  My “flyaways” become “stick-to-my foreheads.”  Sometimes, wind can help volumize your hair; in the winter, it shakes my hair into a limp state.  It’s the unfortunate truth.

Either way, it was nice to spend the majority of the day outside of our apartment.  I did some winter hat shopping (more on that in another post), plus we found a nice coffeehouse where we could sit back and relax (for about a good hour before closing).  To me, this is the best way to spend the weekend.  Now if only the warmer weather could stick around for just a little bit longer…

P.S.  A special thank you to the iPhone–without it, these pictures would not be possible.

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Blazer:  Merona/Goodwill

Tank top:  Ellen Tracy/Marshalls

Skirt:  Chelsea Ltd./vintage

Boots:  Franco Sarto/DSW

Purse:  Franco Sarto/Marshalls

Necklace:  boutique shop in Paris

Bracelet:  gift


Family Ties

I actually had a very different outfit in mind, but I’m glad I ended up wearing this.  For some reason, I was compelled to wear this shirt with a tie.  I also envisioned myself wearing a cute, short skirt and a pair of black tights and platform heels as well, but then I thought, “this would have made a better outfit for Halloween!”  The more I thought about it (and yes, I unfortunately do think quite a lot about what I wear), the more I realized that the whole ensemble was either too costumey or too youthful for me to pull off.  I’m glad I stuck with the platform heels though.  I was easily able to wear these jeans without folding them at the cuff (which I normally do, although I’m sure I get a lot of weird stares), plus it made me about 4 inches taller (note:  I normally like to wear flats or heels no higher than 3 inches, but every once in a while, I indulge).

I had to ask Chris to help me with the tie (more like he noticed that I stole his tie from his side of the closet, and he saw me with a really haphazard knot around my neck–I’m sure he even realized that ties were meant to be worn a certain way–so he quickly offered to show me how to tie a tie).  My knot ended up pretty crooked, but I was hoping that would be part of the appeal.  The funny thing is I actually bought this tie for him as well as a dress shirt that looks suspiciously similar to the shirt I’m wearing here (except I have three-quarter length sleeves).  I guess when I go shopping for other people, I’m secretly hoping I can steal their look for myself (yes, this makes me a horrible person).

I wore this snazzy outfit for lunch with a former co-worker and then for an evening hanging out at my parents’ house.  So, hats off to my dad for filling in as my photographer!  Fortunately, he didn’t protest when I asked him with puppy dog eyes to take pictures for my blog.  But, let’s just say this was also not the longest photo shoot either.  All in all, I can’t complain–my outfit was captured for posterity, and I was able to make my first public appearance wearing a tie!  Next up–suspenders?

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Button-down shirt:  twenty one/vintage shop

Tank top:  Ellen Tracy/Marshalls

Tie:  J. Crew/J. Crew Factory

Jeans:  ZCO Jeans/Marshalls

Shoes:  Esprit/donated (I will have to get a good picture of them so you can see my high heel limit)


Hint of Red

Some of the best years of my life were when I was in college.  So, I had a great time hanging out with good college friends at our alma mater this weekend.  I wore this outfit to a school event as an attempt to off show my school spirit.  Unfortunately, the main color should have been red, but I didn’t feel I had a suitable red shirt for the outfit (university apparel shopping, here we come!).  I chose to make red the accent and chose some of the secondary colors (black and white) as my theme for my top.

I decided to wear my dark denim blazer (not a school color) as a jacket and, at the last minute, realizing it would be chilly, I threw on a completely non-matching purple and magenta scarf (not pictured, but you can probably see how I was veering into ‘looking like I went to another school’ territory).  I topped off the look with a pair of black jeggings, black flats, and a black-jeweled necklace, knowing that black at least matches everything and is a part of the school color scheme.


I like to think I captured enough of the colors in my outfit to show that I’m a proud alumna.   And if I didn’t, I guess I just have another excuse to go shopping.

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Top:  Poof!/TJMaxx

Tank top:  Old Navy/Old Navy

Blazer:  Merona/Goodwill

Jeggings:  Van Pierre/Marshalls

Shoes:  Divertente Studio/vintage

Necklace:  Alfani/loaned