Monday, April 14, 2014

Paper Hats and Stars

Denim jacket and cute straw hat
Paper straw hat, thrifted denim jacket, casual jeans
Dandelion fluff
Paper straw hat and Dainty June stars top
This Dainty June cotton top from Modcloth was one of my better investments last summer, and now that warm weather is here, I've been wearing it - fanatically - all almost every day.

I was so excited to find this denim jacket at a thrift store recently. I had the bug for the perfect denim jacket, and knowing how expensive they can be new, I wasn't sure I'd have much luck thrifting one. Surprisingly, three great candidates were found, and I went with this one. It's just the thing for early spring or fall, when it gets windy or chilly - but not too chilly. It's very nice as it is, but I have nefarious plans to make it a lighter blue with bleach-washing.
Casual spring outfit
Casual denim jacket, paper straw hat, Dainty June stars top, jeans
hat: target (old)
denim jacket (similar) // belt: thrifted
jeans (similar) // bag: second-hand
shoes: amazon

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Casual Days

People Tree cotton sailor top, Malia Designs bag
Red rose
Navy sailor top from People Tree
Lately, I've been thinking about strengthening the casual side of my wardrobe. When it comes to investing in clothes, spending a little more on casual pieces can be counter-intuitive. But since casual is what I wear on a daily basis, it should be the strongest part of my wardrobe.

Last summer was...hot. And humid! Let me elaborate: it was our first summer in our current residence, and I found myself ill-equipped. Last year, I had one or two good summer pieces, and I also invested in some cute - but not as comfortable - clothes. This year, I'm adding a few pieces that are more durable and comfortable - this is especially important for our plans to spend more time outdoors this season. I'm so excited!

All these recent looks with shortalls and denim rompers have really got me inspired. I've had light denim, straw hats, shorts and breezy playsuits on the brain. I've made a Pinterest board with some warm-weather inspiration to help narrow down my choices. Usually my boards like this are secret, but I thought I'd share this one so you can see what I - causally - have my beady eyes on.

Today's outfit is an example of the kind of casual I'm going for. These denim shorts (similar here) were a lucky thrift store find. Shorts are among my favorite garments, but they're so difficult to find in a good fit. These are great, however, and are so comfortable I plan on living in them all spring and summer. This cotton top by People Tree is the perfect anti-t-shirt, with its structured sailor collar and crisp contrast trim. Easy-breezy!

How do you approach warm-weather casual? Share links, if you like! :-)
Thrifted denim shorts, People Tree sailor top, #fairtradefashion
people tree top: asos
shorts (similar) // belt: thrifted
satchel: c/o malia designs

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Spring Things II



They say March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. But this March alternated between herbivore and carnivore from day to day. We had temperatures in the 70s, snow, and sunny weather between torrents of rain. Shorts one day, a wool coat the next! Despite even more rain, I'm so glad it's April.
Last week my sister came to visit. We went on a hike, which was cut short by an impending thunderstorm. (Thunder sounds so different and drawn out when you're on a mountain). But we had a blast anyway. The trail we took is almost always crowded, but the hikers must have heeded the forecast because it was eerily deserted. 

"I was born on the side of a hill," my sister joked, quoting Bringing Up Baby, when she saw how I was standing in the above photo.
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Sunday, April 6, 2014

April Face

Mint green eye shadow, think pink lipstick
April Tulip
Mint green eye shadow, think pink lipstick
Let's play Never Have I Ever. Never have I ever...worn green eye shadow. So today I did! After seeing several beautiful soft green eye shadow looks on Pinterest, I caught the bug. With the exception of one red lip gloss, I haven't purchased any makeup in the past year (since before my wedding, actually)! So it was high time to try something new.

This might not be a daring look, but since I hardly ever wear lipstick, and since I've never worn green eye shadow, it feels refreshingly new! It's a good feeling to try something new - no matter how small - when you find that you love it. My eye shadow is not a green-green, but a soft, shimmery mint green, with teal in the crease. The palate, in Maldives Sky, is from Wet n Wild, found at my local drug store. I found that the colors are not extremely pigmented, but they work just fine for my everyday wear - and the price fits my budget.

I'm also wearing Wet n Wild MegaLast lip color in "Think Pink." It's such a fun color. I don't seem to have much luck buying a lip color that compliments me, so this time I bought a color I liked, regardless of whether it might be flattering, and voila! I love it. Simple pleasures. :-)

I hope everyone had a good week. I got to visit with my sister. She gave me these beautiful tulips.

On Top of a Rainbow - Maurice Chevalier, 1930
 
Wet n Wild MegaLast lip color in Think Pink

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Spring Break

Bluebonnets in Texas - Robert Julian Onderdonk, 1915
I haven't taken a real blogging break since last spring, and it's time for a little internet-free relaxation and fresh air. Also, I'll be spending some time with my sister. :-)

I'll be back soon. Thanks so much for reading!

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

March Potpourri

March is such a strange month, and ours exhibited all kinds of weather. It's not surprising that all kinds of outfits were inspiring me this month.
  1. The Carnabetian Army: Flipping for New Hair
  2. Generations Collective: the moor.
  3. The World Looks Red: 15th of March
  4. Petite Panoply: Meeting Marlen from Messages on a Napkin
  5. Couleur Spleen: L'Égalité.
  6. The Ginger Diaries: Baby Blue Jeans
ShoppingEver+mi.crush is having their spring cleaning sale right now, with $5, $10, $15, $20 and $20 categories. Ever+mi.crush is a very prettily curated shop that carries some interesting brands and even some fair trade jewelry. There are also a few domestically-made floral dresses that I'm thinking would be perfect for upcoming spring and summer weddings.
Shooting: Sometimes I set out to capture an outfit for the blog, but only end up with one photo I like. Here's a single photo from this week.
Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
Re-watching: Some of our favorite anime, including Castle in the Sky (1986), Steamboy (2004), Kino's Journey (2003) and Kiki's Delivery Service (1989). We enjoy watching dubs, and sometimes re-watching the subs to make comparisons. This was my first time watching the third English version of Kiki, which uses the original Japanese pop songs instead of the songs written for the first Disney English version. I found that it made a huge difference in the tone at the beginning of the film, and also made it more enjoyable. Watching this film as an adult, the pathos of Kiki's Delivery Service was easier to appreciate.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Chiffon Bow Blouse Remix

Outfit Remix: chiffon blouse
This black print chiffon blouse from Modcloth is a wardrobe piece I've owned for a while and wear quite often, year 'round. The Peter Pan collar, bow and polka-dot print, and bow-tie might make it a triple cutesy threat, but it's really a useful neutral blouse. I often switch out different colored camis underneath to change the tint.
blouse: modcloth (old, similar, similar)

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