Friday, May 31, 2013

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Whither the Kitsch?

The other day Sally wore an outfit where she said she was dressed for "almost herself."  I know exactly what she means.  This outfit is almost me, but not quite:

Target tunic-dress & leggings, Nordstrom cardigan, Macy's belt & thrifted boots.

It's me in that it involves bright colors, worn together.  And leggings; I love leggings darn it.  And boots.  I'm all about the boots.  But, it's still not quite me.

I think it's because there is nothing fun or particularly interesting about this outfit.  (That's right; I think I'm more interesting than this.  I said it).  It's also really drape-y.  I think I'm more comfortable in slightly more structured items with some fun to them.  I was physically comfortable in this, but it doesn't speak to my fun-loving, kitschy soul.  Whither the kitsch, Gracey, whither the kitsch?

Don't worry.  I'll probably get it together by next week.  Probably.

Happy Friday, All!


Thursday, May 30, 2013

Emerald & Animal

I know I came out as being anti-emerald when it was announced as the Pantone 2013 Color of the Year.  But, I don't hate it (mint, I hate).  I just don't love it.  Which is why this emerald silk blouse doesn't get much wear:

In addition to my poor orphaned blouse (Oscar de la Renta via Salvation Army), I wore skinny jeans (Old Navy "Rockstar" mid-rise), animal print booties (80%20 via Piperlime), a cuff (Macy's) and a necklace (Nordstrom).

I don't know why I don't wear this blouse.  All I can say is that green is just not a color I gravitate towards. What about you, Reader Friends?  Are there any colors you just don't wear?  Do you actually have rational reasons for not wearing them?

Happy Thursday, Everyone!


Shop the Look:
Similar emerald blouse
Exact skinny jeans (Tall available)
Similar animal print booties
Similar collar necklace (BaubleBar invite)
Similar patterned cuff

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Tough Cherub

I am, admittedly, obsessed with scarf-print blouses.  This is the latest addition to my collection:

Yes, those are cherubs on my chest.  At least I think they are.  I can’t see any wings though so maybe they’re just naked babies.  But, we’re going to call them cherubs because “Tough Naked Baby” is just a ridiculous title for a post.  

In addition to the maybe-cherubs there are also gryphons, urns, some floral elements, and on the back?  Well, on the back, there is a big ol' eagle:

Why?  Presumably because nothing goes with gryphons and babies like a big ol' eagle.  Whatever the reason, it results in a hilariously awesome shirt, so I’ll take it. 

In addition to my fabulously ridiculous shirt (thrifted via Goodwill), I also wore my trusty black skirt (thrifted via Goodwill) and a collar necklace (Nordstrom).  I “toughened” up the look with black boots (Vince Camuto via Nordstrom) and a studded belt (v. old JC Penney).  

Tough cherub indeed.

Happy Wednesday, All!


Monday, May 27, 2013

Zoe - Rue du Fg St-Martin - Paris

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      Zoe - Rue du Fg St-Martin - Paris

      J'ai photographié Zoe plusieurs fois (voir en bas). La petite étudiante chinoise toute timide a terminé
      son école de mode à Paris et elle envisage aujourd'hui de retourner s'installer dans l'empire du
      milieu pour mettre en pratique ce qu'elle a appris en France. Je crois que c'est elle qui a réalisé ce
      haut noir cousu de cristaux style Swarowski sur la base d'un vêtement ACNE. Sa casquette est de
      chez Kenzo.

      Photos by Fred - Easy Fashion Paris

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Elena - place de la Concorde - Paris

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      Elena - place de la Concorde - Paris

      Lors de la dernière Fashion Week parisienne, Elena Perminova portait cette tenue pied de poule
      avec le sac assorti. Une tenue qu'elle pourrait encore porter aujourd'hui tellement le printemps n'en
      fini pas d'être en retard cette année.

      Photo by Fred - Easy Fashion Paris

Bich Van - les Tuileries - Paris

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      Bich Van - les Tuileries - Paris

      J'ai rencontré La jolie Bich Van dans le jardin des Tuileries. Son prénom est originaire du
      Vietnam, un pays très cher à mon coeur. Ce jour-là elle portait une chemise en jean Zara, un
      pantalon Mango et des chaussures Kurt Geiger. Son sac est vintage et ses lunettes sont de la
      marque Komono. Bich Van  anime le site "MyStyleInfluencer" (lien) et collabore au Magazine
      ELLE Vietnam (lien).

      Photo by Fred - Easy Fashion Paris

Sunday, May 26, 2013

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                                                                                              sneakers: zara,
                                                                                              jeans: zara,
                                                                                              t-shirt: new yorker,
                                                                                              blazer: thanks to sheinside (here),
                                                                                              sunglasses: ray ban,
                                                                                              bag: michael kors,
                                                                                              watch: michael kors,
                                                                                              ph. Maja

You know that my love for boyish looks is eternal, so here is another one outfit with baggy jeans and colorful Zara sneakers.
Hey rain, you can't stop me! ;)
Do you like it?

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Memorial Day Sales for Giants

There are a LOT of Memorial Day Sales this weekend; here are a few that I think are worth the look.


There are dozens of styles up to 50% off and eShakti is also offering free customization through Monday.  I love the Textured Check Stretch Dress:

And the Boat Print Crepe Dress, the Ethnic Print Pleated Skirt and the Large Check Circle Skirt.

House of Heirlooms

This is my friend Kendra's shop and she only has two sales a year.  For her Memorial Day Sale, she is offering 20% off of your entire order with the code MEMORIAL20.

That includes the gorgeous, vintage Ferragamo scarf I wore here, a gorgeous 1960 summer dress, and this amazing, vintage, tags-on Diane Von Furstenberg jumpsuit:

Gap Red Bright & Blue Event

Gap is offering up to 40% off select styles both online and in stores.  I snapped up a couple of these tanks for myself:

I love the wide straps and the drape of the fabric.  Not into neon?  They're offered in non-neon hues as well.  This sale is also a great time to snap up some adorable dresses and the skimmer jeans you've had your eye on all spring.  Remember, all Gap clothes are offered in Tall now!

Happy Saturday, All!  Have a wonderful weekend!


Friday, May 24, 2013

What I Learned at Blogwarts: Layering

So, it turns out that Blogwarts is totally a real thing and they let me audit a class on layering.  Since many of you indicated on Wednesday’s post that you also have trouble layering dresses and blouses, so I thought I’d share what I learned.

Let’s talk first about the dress.

It should be a heavier-weight fabric.  I, personally, prefer ponte, a tightly-woven and therefore, heavier knit.

It should not be skin tight.  Especially in your curvier areas.  As I mentioned Wednesday, I went with a fit and flare dress because it gave me extra room around the thighs which is where I need it.

It should be structured (but not tight).  A more structured silhouette will help keep the look sleek.  A fit and flare dress, for example, will look sleeker layered over a blouse than a sack dress.

Now for the blouse.

Unlike the dress, the blouse should be lightweight.  Sheer blouses are very good for layering because they add very little bulk, especially under a heavier knit.

Like the dress, the blouse should be fitted.  This is especially important if the blouse is not sheer; a fitted blouse will help keep the bulk down.  Gap has some very cute fitted/shrunken boyfriend button-downs that I think would work.  They are available in Tall as well.

I also love the Caslon shirts from Nordstrom for this concept.  They don’t come in “Tall” but tend to have long-enough sleeves and are well-fitted.

For some suggestions on what to layer how, I created some Polyvore sets, all featuring the Mossimo Fit and Flare Ponte Knit dress from Target which is the same dress I wore in my post Wednesday.

Ponte Knit Layering 2
Mossimo dress, Ruche "Giselle" Pleated Necktie blouse &Lulu's d'Orsay flats

Ponte Knit Layering 1
Mossimo dress, Modcloth "First Class Cabin" blouse & "Both Feet on the Playground" flats

Ponte Knit Layering 3
Mossimo dress, Nordstrom Caslon shirt, Sole Society booties

A couple more tips.

If you can't find a bow blouse you like, you can always add a lady-tie to your look.

Belts are your friends; a wide belt, especially, can help keep the volume down.

And, if you're still not looking as sleek as you like, try this trick from Franziska at Franish; she's a genius.

So, what do you think, Reader Friends?  Would you try any of these looks?

Happy Friday, Everyone!


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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Like A Pro

I've always wondered how other bloggers were able to layer button-up blouses under their dresses without looking lumpy.  Was  it a trick of the light?  Did they have the assistance of birds & mice to make it work?  Was there some sort of Hogwarts for Bloggers, a Blogwarts if you will, that taught them how to perform this bit of magic?

Turns out the answer to all of those is no (well, Blogwarts is a maybe).  Turns out that all you have to do is find the right dress and the right blouse and, et voila, you've layered like a Blogwarts-trained pro.  This weekend, I found the right dress:

Target dress, Gap blouse, Born boots & vintage brooch

And I layered it over the right blouse:

I also added my vintage lion pin because, as I told you, I'm into big cats right now:

So, what makes this the right dress (for me)?  Well, it's a ponte knit, which means it's a heavier knit, which makes for smoother layering than a thin knit.  It's also a looser fit, which means there is room under it to add a blouse.  And, it has a flared skirt which gives extra room around my hips, which is where I need it most. 

And the blouse?  What makes it so great?  Well, it's very lightweight, practically sheer, which allows it to fit smoothly under the dress.  Also, it's mustard (hooray) and has a bow (double hooray). 

Happy Wednesday, Everyone!


Shop the Look:
Exact Mossimo Fit & Flare Dress (Plus also available)
Similar bow blouse
Similar Born riding boots
Exact vintage lion pin

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                                                                                               ph. Nasmej se pticica

Couple weeks ago I got the cutest invitation so far for a spring party at noon with a dress code to wear pastel, and I immediately said yes of course! :) 
Gorgeous girls, lovely location, yummy macarons, fresh lemonade, lots of laughs and many, many more were enough to make this day perfect! A day to remember!
Thank you girls for everything, hope that we will repeat it soon!

Be sure to check other blogs from these super talented ladies and check more photos and the cutest texts about this incredible day:
AnjaJelena, Marina, Mali Iv and Ivana.
Photography: Nasmej se, ptičica!
Decoration: Kako sam se nadala
Organization: Jedan frajer i bidermajer
Macarons: Fini
Porcelain: Matilda So Chic
Location: Bašta

p.s. I will upload more photos on the Pinterest soon, so you can check it there too!
p.p.s. Miss Jelena we missed you!
p.p.p.s.  I was wearing:
             skirt: vintage (from my aunt)
             t-shirt: stradivarius,
             necklace: accessorize.
             shoes: bershka