Double Puff

Coat: Patagonia
Vest: REI, children's department
Sunnies: American Apparel
Hat: Burlington Coat Factory
Scarf: Banana Republic
Purple Stripe Shirt: American Apparel
Leggings: Blackmilk
Boots: Sorrel

There was a blizzard, like two weeks ago and I'm just now posting the photos.  Opps!  



Rodeo Up

Lace & Chambray Shirt: Anthro, last seen here
Skirt: Club Monaco 
Shoes: Madewell
Necklace: J. Crew 
Jacket: J.Crew

This time of year always makes me think of the Rodeo, the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, which is a major spectacle of food, events, concerts, animals, and cowboys.  While living in Houston I would usually end up going once each year during the 6 week long event and this chambray shirt and bandana-esque print skirt combo would be something I would have worn.  I guess there is some truth to the saying "you can take the girl out of Texas but you can't take the Texas out of the girl".  That is a saying, right?




Sweater: Gap (last year)
Button Down: American Apparel (now on sale!)
Pants: Express (really old)
Shoes: Y.R.U, via Karmaloop (also on sale!)
Hat: Burlington, last seen here
Scarf: Banana Republic, last seen here

These shoes makes me wanna kick some ass.  As soon as they came in (which was super fast, Karmaloop has some impressive shipping!) I put them on and instantly felt like Jules Winnfield (Samuel L Jackson's character in Pulp Fiction), a bad mother fucker.  The platform also creates an optical illusion to make my size 10 feet appear smaller, 2pts for the new shoes! 
My first reaction was to go all out with it and style them up like a tough bitch, then quickly realized it would be so much more fun to wear them with a pretty dress, until I noticed I was running late and I threw on the first thing I could get my hands on.  C'est la cie...another day, another outfit!


Home Office Uniform

Sweater: J. Crew
Leggings: Black Milk
Shoes: Converse
For the past month I have been working from home when not traveling, I have surprised myself with how well I have stayed on track and actually worked while sitting at my kitchen table.  I have also been surprised at how quickly any semblance of a morning ritual has left me.  Some days I realize I forgot to brush my teeth till just before Rocco's (nickname chosen by the man himself) welcome home smooch, opps.  Needless to say, my home office uniform is often yoga clothes or some legging combo and occasionally, shamefully, PJ's.  I'm glad this is only short term!


Full blown BJ

Peplum Sweater: Betsey Johnson (sample sale find!)
Knit Pants: Alley Cat (70's Betsey Johnson Label)
Black & Gold Stretch Belt: Goodwill
Boots: Frye

So remember a few posts back I was blabbering about this awesome vintage market that occurs a couple times a year, Manhattan Vintage?  These crazy amazing deco pants were a find from that weekend, along with an equally crazy and adorable coordinating sweater, because you just weren't stylish in the early 70's if you weren't wearing a coordinating knit pant set.  

Flipping through racks upon racks of clothing can quickly get overwhelming, which at a show like Manhattan Vintage can be a blessing, there is SO much great stuff only the items that really sing to you stick in your head.  My general plan is to walk all booths, trying on, making note of possible purchases and once though the entire show, prioritizing the memorable items into my meager budget.  This pant suit was a no-brainer, but despite my immediate attraction, I forced myself to leave it to fate while I walked the rest of the show styling it in my head.  Sometimes, when something is a little expensive, I make my self style it 3-5 different ways (depending on the price), with items currently in my closet.  This trick has evolved from my high school shopping days when I would mentally style things with shit I didn't own (bad idea) or buy something because "it will be perfect for the time I go sailing, or to Paris or some other thing I will rarely/never do" (worse idea).  But, I digress... expect to see the knit top soon and hopefully the proper brunch occasion will arrise soon enough so I can don the full on pant suit. 



Hearts & Polka Dots

Heart Sweater: Madewell
Chambray Button Down: Gap
Denim Skirt: CK 
Tights: Hue
Loafers: Lands End

OOOO!  I didn't wear this outfit on Valentine's day but, serendipitously, I am posting it (unplanned) on Valentine's day.  This post comes from the Boston Park Plaza hotel where I am chillaxing after a most lovely Valentine's Day dinner, unfortunately though, it was not with my Valentine.  

After touring some apartments in Boston, I saddled up to the the bar at Legal Seafood so Karmaloop could treat me to a nice, if not lonely, Valentine's dinner.  Shortly after ordering, a lady of a certain age sat next to me to also enjoy a solo dinner and we started a fascinating conversation that carried us comfortably throughout our meal and after dinner drink.  There are very few circumstances that could have been better than tonights lovely and unplanned dinner date.

How did you spend your Valentine's with loved ones or treating yourself?



A rose by any other name.

Rose Embroidered Sweater: Zara
Leopard Jeans: Joe's
Wool Socks: Sock Dreams
Boots: Frye

Has anyone been shopping for their Grandmother recently?  I ask because, while I love this rose/leopard print combo, it makes me think of the "racier" prints put on fly away tops and pull on elastic waist pants of brands like Alfred Dunner that cater to the silver haired crew.  I hope to be more like the ladies of Advanced Style, but only time will tell.



Blue Velvet

Blue Crushed Velvet Dress: Contempo Casuals
Boots: Frye

YES!  I did wear this dress to some sort of awkward dance in Jr High.  YES!  I do look MUCH better in it now.  YES!  I have hoarding problems.  YES!  I love the movie Blue Velvet.  YES!  I really miss Contempo Casuals sometimes.

That is all.  Have a great weekend,



Pink makes it a party.

Sweater: J. Crew
Silver Pleated Skirt: Modcloth
Suede Boots: Jeffery Campbell
Coat: Vintage
Jewelry: samples

Hey party people!  After a unplanned winter break, I'm back!  Hopefully things will go smoother now that I have a house photographer, part of the break is due to moving in with the man behind the lens.  

One of my favorite NYC activities is attending the Manhattan Vintage Shows that occur throughout the year, vintage stores all over the tri-state area converge to sell their wares.  There is so much great stuff all in one spot, it can be a little overwhelming, but I always walk away with some gems.  This pink wool coat was purchased there last year and garners many compliments every time I wear it, plus refinery29 stopped me for a photo in it while attending theevent over the weekend!  Yay for neon pink!