Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Fade to Black

This outfit has lots of dots:


But, in my opinion, that’s not the interesting part; the interesting part is how it fades to black:


From top to bottom, I’m wearing navy, darker navy and finally black.  And the dots go from big dots, to smaller dots to no dots.  Did I just blow your mind?  I know.  Take a minute to recover and we’ll talk further.

You probably noticed that I don’t wear a lot of conceptual clothing.  I think about what to wear, but I don’t think about it.  But, today I did and I have to tell you that it thrills my nerdy little soul to no end to be wearing a concept as well as an outfit.  I’m not saying I’m going to do it all the time, but I think maybe I’ll try it again some time.  It really was a fun experiment.

Happy Tuesday, All!

Gracey

Snow Patrol ...

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                                                                                                coat: jovana markovic (young designer),
                                                                                                boots: zara,
                                                                                                pants: pull&bear,
                                                                                                t-shirt: primark,
                                                                                                cardigan: non branded,
                                                                                                scarf: pashmina,
                                                                                                bag: parfois,
                                                                                                gloves: terranova,
                                                                                                sunglasses: accessorize,
                                                                                                watch: michael kors,
                                                                                                ph. Jovana Tomasevic



Photos arrived last night, and i as i promised you yesterday, here they are! ;)
Im showing you finally my new coat which i bought two weeks ago at Jovana Markovic store ( she is a young and talented designer, you can check her collection Here) , woolen with lots of studs and golden zippers, how not to love it?! This will be probably my new favorite piece for the upcoming months! ;)
I  wanted to ask you about designer sunglasses , do you have any suggestion which one i should get? Aviator, oversized or cat eye?
Huge thanks to Jovana Tomasevic again and these wonderful photos that she made!
Hope you will like it!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Fuzzy Wuzzy Was a Sweater

You can’t really tell from the pictures, but this sweater is fairly fuzzy (wuzzy):



It’s also stripe-y and dolman-sleeved and multi-colored, all of which makes it perfect for me.  Although I think the multi-colored stripes can be paired with a lot of different colors, I kept it simple (obvious?) today.  I layered the sweater (thrifted) over a grey dress (vintage, thrifted) and teal tights.  I added a studded belt (Michael Michael Kors via Nordstrom), riding boots (Born Crown “Sosie” via Nordstrom) and assorted bracelets, watches and bangles (thrifted, gifted and Macy’s).

Happy Monday, All!

Gracey

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Last week i made some  photos with dear Jovana Tomasevic ( photographer)  , and here is a little preview of what is waiting for you! ;) You will see a lots of great shoots made on snow and finally my new black coat (which i bought two weeks ago) with studs and golden zippers! Until then, follow me on twitter or Facebook page! ;)

p.s. i wanna thank you for all your lovely comments about recipes, im so glad  that you tried it and really, really liked it!




Friday, January 27, 2012

FBFF for January 27th – New Trends

With Fashion Week just around the corner, most bloggers are beginning to focus on the upcoming trends for fall.  Luckily for me, Katy at Modly Chic catered to non-Fashion Week attendees this week and asked us about our feelings on current trends.  My fully thought out and not-at-all-slapdash answers to the questions are below.

1. For trends hitting the stores now, what are you coveting?

Tangerine, of course:


Pantone announced Tangerine Tango as the color of the year and I couldn’t be more excited.  It’s been well-documented on here how much I love orange and I think Tangerine Tango is an especially gorgeous shade.  I already have several pieces and have even already started wearing them:


Oddly enough, I'm also excited about printed pants:

From left: Robert Rodriguez, MARC by Marc Jacobs and Elizabeth and James

I say oddly enough because I’m aware that fashion gurus (and maybe even common sense) dictate that people with sizeable thighs shouldn’t draw attention to the size of their thighs with printed pants.  But, here’s the deal; one, I like a challenge and this will be my fashion challenge for this spring and summer.  And two, my thighs like attention; they figure if they can get public sympathy on their side, the UN is more likely to recognize them as an independent nation.

2.   How do your incorporate new trends into your wardrobe?

With as much panache and as little trouble as I can manage.  I’m usually light on the panache part, but I’m also light on the trouble part, so no complaints.  Mostly though, I’m just really careful about what pieces I choose to incorporate a new trend.  For example, with the printed pants, I’m not going to be looking for long, palazzo-style printed pants like the ones shown above.  I don’t think they’d work for my style and I’m not sure what shoes I’d pair with them.  No, I’ll be looking for cropped, printed pants that are still soft and flowy.  Soft dressing is another challenge that I’m looking to master this year so I’m trying to kill two birds with one stone.

3.  What trend are you seeing and not loving?

Mint green:

From left: Vera Wang, Jenny Packham, Vera Wang and Jenny Packham

Mint green just isn’t pretty to me.  I mean the clothes above are very, very pretty but the color itself is not pretty.  I associate it with hospitals and soapy-tasting mint-chocolate chip ice cream.  I don’t know.  Don’t ask.  And even though the models above appear to the average layperson to demonstrate that mint green looks good on everyone, I am convinced that it won’t look good on me.  Convinced, people! 

3.   Do you feel the pressure to constantly update your closet with the latest trends?

Goodness, no.  Which is probably the wrong answer for a blogger to give, but the latest trends don’t always appeal to me.  Or, if they appeal to me, they don’t always work for me.  Or, both.  Like mint green.  Mint green does not appeal to or work for me.

4.  Where do you find inspiration that takes the trend and makes it accessible to you and your personal taste?

My fellow style bloggers are a huge inspiration to me.  Especially those who take new trends and provide practical examples of how to wear them.  One limitation for me regarding new trends is that I can’t always wrap my mind around them.  Like, how would that look on someone who is not model thin and/or doesn’t have a Balenciaga budget?  I often get stuck in a rut of what I can wear or what looks good on me and can’t always see the potential in a new trend – seeing other bloggers wear something can help me see it in a new light.  Except mint green.  I’m not interested in seeing mint green in a new light.

I’m sure you all found this post very enlightening, or at the very least you learned to never, ever give me anything mint green for my birthday.  To see more enlightening posts/gift ideas, visit Modly Chic for a list of this week’s FBFF participants.

And have a wonderful weekend!

Gracey

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Casual Shine

As I said during the EBEW Sequins and Shine Challenge, I have a hard time breaking out the shine in casual situations.  Sequins and shine just read “fancy” to me and I like that about them.  But, today, I think maybe I’ve mastered casual shine:



I really, really like today’s outfit.  Yes, in part because it involves leggings and a tunic, for which I am a sucker.  But, I also love it because it exudes a bit of shimmery goodness that falls well within my Daytime Shine Comfort Level.  The silvery-gray blouse (Halogen via Nordstrom) worn over the black tunic (Old Navy) has a subtle shine.  And it picks up the similarly-hued shimmer from my snakings (snake-leggings via Target).  The scarf (BCBG) has a less subtle shine but still doesn’t make me feel as if I should be tap dancing in a top hat* so I’m comfortable with it.  I finished the look with black riding boots (Vince Camuto “Fantastic” via Nordstrom), earrings and a bracelet

And, there you have it; casual shine as imagined by a giant.

Happy Thursday, All!

Gracey

*Point of fact: if I could tap dance, I would do it all the time, whether I was wearing sequins and a top hat or not.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Tried and True

As much as I enjoyed dressing outside my comfort zone the past couple of days, it does take more effort for me.  And, as work has taken a turn for the crazier, I need to save all my effort to keep from running from my cubicle screaming.  So, I’m back to the tried and true:



A-line skirt?  Check.  Patterned something or other?  Check.  Layers?  Check.  Color?  Check.  Boots?  Check.  For today, the A-line skirt is grey (Banana Republic), the pattern and color comes from the silk blouse (Banana Republic) layered under the apricot sweater (thrifted) and the boots are, of course, Born Crown “Sosie” (Nordstrom).  I added olive tights (Hue) because it made sense in my head, a watch and a couple bracelets because the blouse is three-quarter sleeves and some gold earrings (a Crafty Wonderland purchase).

Nothing too terribly exciting, but it works.  And it allows me to concentrate on work.  And the effort I saved in deciding on an outfit can now be expended to keep from curling into a ball under my desk and sobbing.

Happy Wednesday, All!

Gracey

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Of Tangerines and Traffic Cones and Shameless Self-Promotion

I was very excited to wear this tangerine-colored skirt today.  Even if it did photograph a little more traffic cone than tangerine:



I still like it.  Mostly because it makes my booty look awesome:


That’s right, I am engaging in some shameless self-promotion of my booty.  If I can’t do it here, among friends, where can I do it?  Okay, yes, I also do it in front of the mirror, but that’s just not as fun.

Want to know what is fun?  My awesome, booty enhancing tangerine/traffic cone skirt.  Made all the more awesome because it’s vintage and I thrifted it for a dollar.  I paired the skirt with a grey and black striped blazer (Halogen via Nordstrom), a black blouse (Nordstrom), black tights (Spanx via Nordstrom) and black wedge booties (Nine West “Peekaboo” via Piperlime).

And yes, slapping some bright orange across my hindquarters is also out of my comfort zone, but I’ve had this skirt for months now and haven’t worn it.  I needed to and figured another day in the discomfort zone wouldn’t kill me.  Also, it’s so fun with stripes!

Happy Tuesday, All!

Gracey

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                                                                                                 cup of joy ...
                                                                                                 or one row for me ... ;)


Tiramisu is one of my favorite treats for several years ... I got this recipe from my friend's aunt, and it's the most similar one to those from cake shops. It's really easy to make, and if you are a sugar addict like me, this will be your happy day! ;)
You will need :
- 4 eggs
- 6 tablespoons of sugar ( 4 for egg yolks and 2 for egg whites)
- whipped cream 250 ml
- mascarpone cheese 250 ml ( Zanetti is my favorite brand , i gotta admit that i didn't liked this one which i used)
- two packages of ladyfingers ( it depends of your vessel)
- coffee for soaking up the ladyfingers ( i prefer Nescafe)
- cocoa powder . 

Follow the instructions and after couple hours you will have your home made tiramisu! Enjoy!

Tiramisu je već nekoliko godina na listi mojih omiljenih poslastica a kao takav , morala sam mu naći i adekvatnu zamenu koja bi bila napravljena u kućnoj varijanti, nešto najpribližnije  zabajone kremu i pravom ukusu tiramisu-a. Recept sam dobila od drugaricine tetke i od taga ga vrlo rado  delim . :)
Potrebni sastojci:
- 4 jaja
- 6 supenih kašika šećera
- slatka pavlaka 250ml.
- maskarpone sir 250ml. ( najlepši ukus ima sir marke Zanotti, moram priznati da mi se ovaj sa slike nije dopao)
- dva pakovanja piškota ( u zavisnosti od posude)
- kafa ( najradije koristim Nescafe bez šećera)
- kakao .

Pratite uputstva sa fotografija i kroz dva do tri sata ćete imati svoj domaći tiramisu! :) Fil koji preostane najčešće iskoristim za dezert u čaši, koji služi da se premosti vreme dok se tiramisu ne stegne! ;)
Ukoliko budete imali pitanja vezanja za sam proces, vrlo rado ću vam odgovoriti  jer sada postoji mogućnost da se pojedinačno to učini za svaki napisani komentar pa je samim tim i preglednije! :)
Prijatno!

Monday, January 23, 2012

The Discomfort Zone

It’s not often that I leave my comfort zone to traipse around in my discomfort zone.  But, today I did:


Yes, people, that is a sweater dress.  With bold horizontal stripes.  Just writing the words makes me think, no, never, I couldn’t possibly.  And yet, I did.  And how I did it was to add pieces that are well within my comfort zone:



Although I think it’s good to sometimes take risks in my personal style, I don’t like to take too many because I don’t like to be uncomfortable in my clothes.  I don’t like them to pinch or bind, but I also don’t like to be mentally uncomfortable.  I don’t want to have to worry about what angle someone is viewing me from or whether the cake I ate yesterday is going to start pregnancy rumors.

So, yes, this dress (Old Navy) is a bit more body-conscious than I’d usually go for, but I made sure I bought an XL so it’s not super tight.  I added the blazer (Gap) and my security blanket burnt orange scarf (Nordstrom) to disguise the cake baby.  And I wore faux-lace up boots (Kenneth Cole Reaction) because I’m tall and maxi dresses are a little less maxi on me so used the opportunity to show the boots.  And security blanket aside, I do feel quite visibile in this dress, so I've linked up to Visible Monday over at Not Dead Yet Style.

But, enough about me.  What about you, Dear Readers?  Do you have any tricks for trips to the discomfort zone?

Happy Monday, All!

Gracey