What I’m listening to: Surrender by Cheap Trick
Cords. Get it? Like cords of wood, but also like the pants-ah you get it. Did I configure a blog post backdrop around this pun or was it a serendipitous accident, the world may never know. Thankfully they don’t need to, they just need to see these pants. Hot. Pink. Corduroy. I knew the second I saw these pants they were showstoppers, but you know what pairs best with one showstopper? Another one, which is why I paired them with my white boots, which have already cemented their place not only on this blog but also in my heart as a new favorite. (PS I got a new mascara and it is going to need its own post soon.)
What I’m listening to: Dead Flowers by The Rolling Stones
I bought these boots just a few days ago and I knew the moment I pulled them out of the box that these were fabulous statement boots sure to become a staple this season. What better way to debut them than with a flowered mini-dress with 3-D accents?
What I’m Listening to: Sharing the Night Together by Dr. Hook
I spent a long time trying to think of a good title for this post, attempting to find a snappy sentence that perfectly encapsulates this look, but I couldn’t, mainly because there are a lot of moving parts in this outfit, though it doesn’t look it at first glance.
The weather is turning cold here on the East coast, and I’m ready (mostly). The floral pattern of my coat (both inside and out!)
is helping me adjust to the sudden drop in temperature. Isn’t it darling? Of course, this is a transitional year for fashion so I paired the jacket with my Korean War-era military surplus pants and a fitted ruched blouse.
The top’s deep square neck is perfect for a necklace so I chose a traditional symbol on an unconventional chain.
The Luckenbooth is a Scottish motif, (this one also incorporates the national flower, the thistle). Named for the locked booths they were sold in, they are good-luck charms. The chain is of a multi-strand black woven material.
See what I’m talking about? A lot of unique pieces in one look. I think it is one of my new favorites!Peace,
What I’m Listening to: The Curse of Curves by Cute is What We Aim For
One of my favorite things about living on the East Coast is that I can now participate in all the things that happen in NYC. Of course, one of my long-time goals was always to go up for NYFW and I got the chance just a few weeks ago. It was so fun to see how the city gets taken over, with fashion houses renting out all different kinds of properties to transform into their vision. YSL chose the middle of SoHo, though stepping past the black-clad bouncers and into a dimly lit entryway seemed to take you far, far away from the busy restaurant-lined street I had just been ushered off of.
From there it was a whirlwind (some of which you can see on my insta!) though I eventually at one point ended up on the roof, where a makeup artist showed me YSL’s (as of then) unreleased new products.
I ended up falling in love with their new Rouge Pur Couture The Slim. I managed to get my hands on one in 12 – Nu Incongru.
Isn’t it such a gorgeous color?
I also stopped in to check out Il Makiage’s first U.S. store.
(The moment I knew I was in the right place.) There I purchased a sparkly purple eyeshadow so rich it’s almost a cream shadow. I’ll link it here (in shade alter ego). It’s buildable so you can use the one color on your whole lid while still giving the perception of depth.
I always hoped to see NYFW, but never did I think I would be part of it. This was truly an awesome adventure!
What I’m Listening to: Sit Next to Me by Foster the People
Hello and welcome to part one of my new series, North East Adventures! The series where I explore the only part of the United States I’ve never really lived in before (Army brat). First up on the list: a road trip that will span Maryland to Maine and back again. Without further ado, lets get started!
Welcome to Rhode Island
Isn’t it breathtaking? Even in the middle of summer the breeze is cool (not exactly the stagnant humidity of the South or the dry desert air of the southwest). I think I could have stood there forever. Still, soon enough, it was time to eat, and, sitting on a glassed-in porch eating fried seafood and the biggest powdered sugar donuts I’d ever seen, I was taking in the view. (what a view)
Walking down to the beach, you can wade in; some people were swimming but if you’re accustomed to 30A temperatures (like me), you might just want to get your feet wet. Isn’t it beautiful? Rhode Island really surprised me in how beach-y it felt, and I know I’ll be coming back soon!
What I’m Listening to: The Good, The Bad, and The Dirty by Panic! at the Disco
I’m back, finals are over and I’m wearing an actual miniskirt for once. Well, alright, it’s a dress but that’s semantics. It’s an adorable dress.
(P.S. look I put P!atD as my song for this post. I finally got around to listening to Death of a Bachelor over the last couple weeks of school and honestly it is my new favorite P!atD album… more things coming soon on my favorite music!)
What I’m Listening to: Just What I Needed by The Cars
Happy Easter! (April Fools!) Isn’t this rose pattern pretty? When I saw it I knew it was going to be my Easter dress. There’s something so spring-y about it! Of course I couldn’t not do a statement shoe, but I wanted to look outside the typical white Easter shoes. These 1980’s inspired red patent leather pointed toe heels were exactly what I was looking for. (Try saying that 5 times fast!)
What I’m Listening to: Needles and Pins by The Searchers
Is this really my first DIY post? Well no time to start like the present. If you follow me on Instagram then you knew this post was coming. I’m making two fancy Easter baskets, all with supplies bought at Michael’s craft store. I bought everything on sale, as part of a sales event. For two baskets, here’s what you’ll need.
2 wicker baskets, plain
1 plastic garland with fake flowers (whatever kind strikes your fancy, I went for pink roses with white accents)
2 bags of decorative moss
(You’ll also need a pair of scissors to cut the garland)
The first thing I did was unwrap the moss and fluff it. The moss, much like regular Easter grass, gets flattened by being in the bag, so I pulled it apart to give it some more volume in the basket. Below you can see a comparison of the moss, pre- and post- fluff.
Both of the baskets that I bought were on the small side of what Michael’s carries, small enough that I was able to cut my plastic garland in half to wrap both basket handles. I started with just a basic wrapping technique until I was satisfied with how it looked. I secured both edges of the garland by tucking the ends inside the basket.
Finally, fill that Easter basket with candy!
Ta-da! A truly easy DIY that gives so much pretty character to a simple wicker basket.
What I’m Listening to: Modern Day Cain by I Don’t Know How But They Found Me
It’s Valentine’s Day! Okay, yes, technically it’s not anymore, but it was when I started writing this post soo what’s really more historically accurate if you think about it?? Anyway, if you follow my blog you know I love themed clothing for holidays and 2018 Valentine’s was no different. This ensemble is pants + button up + a CAPE. All the same pattern. Which is sky blue and covered in flowers and cherubs (with green piping on the pants). Sometimes I look at clothes and I’m just like “me” and this was definitely one of those occasions. I completed the look with basic makeup (hey you gotta let the cape speak for itself) and platform slip on tennis shoes with bows. (P.S. I got my hair cut)
What I’m Listening to: Be My Baby by The Ronettes (Fun Fact: The Ronettes is the band my mom, Ronette, was named after)
Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and welcome to 2018! It’s been a wild holiday season, but I’ve got a couple posts headed y’all’s way over the next few weeks, so be sure to stay tuned for those. First though, I want to focus on this dress, because it’s one of my favorite pieces in my entire wardrobe. It’s simple but over the top at the same time, AKA: my favorite combination. I kept the rest of my outfit (hair included) fairly streamlined in order to really let the dress stand out and be festive without getting overwhelmed by accessories. But enough technical speak, go forth and see for yourself.