Monday, August 31, 2009
So, I survived my first day of teaching and here's what I wore. The blouse is vintage and silk and much more turquoise than it looks in these pictures (I took them tonight when I got home at about 9 and the energy efficient light bulbs in my living room make things kind of yellow-y) and the bag is a new fave - a vintage American Tourister bag that I bought in at the Mall of St. Paul in Minnesota (not to be confused with the Mall of America. It's an awesome antique mall).
I also dropped my camera on the ground while taking these pictures and it was doing a weird thing when I turned it on for a while! It seems to be OK now, though. But just so you know, I suffer for our blog!Does anyone else have an item of clothing that acts as a security blanket a la my jeans?
Thursday, August 27, 2009
But hey, who doesn't love a little procrastination and a little dress up!
Dress: Modcloth, Boots: Steve Madden, Cardigan: thrifted, Belt: thrifted
Dress: Modcloth, Boots: Steve Madden, Shirt: vintageShirt: thrifted, Skirt and Belt: H&M, T Straps: AerosolesBlouse: Gap, Skirt: Old Navy, Belt: vintage, T Straps: Aerosoles
The last outfit is probably the one I'll wear, but it was fun to try on the other ones, too. I liked mixing up one piece in a few different ways and also dreaming about fall, when I can wear my clothes without sweating!
I love Modcloth, and since it's Pittsburgh-based, to me it feels like a local boutique. I'm happy to be on their blog!
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
New items #5 & #6: Ribbon-collar top from J. Crew, skinny black pants from Banana Republic. I have been looking for pants like these for years, and they are perfect! Paired with vintage pumps.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
For now I'll start with the bracelets. I'm not always so inclined to wear bracelets, but I still love these... I think some of them probably need some polishing, but here they are anyway. Oh! And I gained a new found respect for hand models, as I attempted to take some pictures of myself wearing these bracelets and my hand just ended up looking limp and disembodied. George Constanza really did have a special gift!
I have to say, I think this one above is my favorite. I love the little gold leaves and the light sea greeny color.
This one came with matching clip on earrings, which I don't even attempt to wear!OK, so this is just another pair of clip on's that I sort of love, but I thought I throw them in since they were lying around near the bracelets!
Have you guys had any great vintage finds courtesy of your grandmothers?
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
This isn't the clearest photo of my dress, but it's a cute flowered H & M day dress that I found recently at Avalon Exchange in Pittsburgh for quite cheap. I'm wearing it with the same oxfords from Deborah Jean Vintage on Etsy that I've featured before, and carrying my favorite leather purse from a market in Florence (also, my guitar).
This past weekend I had Friday off, and I went to see (500) Days of Summer for the second time with my friend Amy, who hadn't seen it yet. Afterward, we had outdoor cocktails and giggled like fools over celebrity crushes and gossip. On Saturday night, my friends had a party on the back patio of their new house, where we hung out, sweat, and drank beer. Here are my outfits from those excursions:
Monday, August 17, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Clockwise from bottom: vintage brown spectators from Sophie Joe's in St. Paul, MN (bought in 2007?), Saddle shoes with red sole from awesome saddle shoe manufacturer Muffy's Enterprises (purchase this year), classic saddle shoes from Payless.com (purchased 2006), suede Hush Puppies from my high school years (1998?), Wood Street Shoes from Modcloth (this year), and vintage oxfords from Deborah Jean Vintage on Etsy (this year).
I'd like to take the opportunity here to also profess my love for saddles shoes, which appear to actually be making a small comback. For my money, though, Payless can't be beat for the simplest and cheapest saddle shoe (I think mine were around $15). I get compliments on them everywhere I go. Also check out the aforementioned Muffy's, which has every style of saddle shoe you could ever want, made with loving care.
The brown spectators featured are probably my favorites, however the sole has worn through and I need to get them fixed. I'm wary of the cobbler in my neighborhood because they told me they couldn't fix a broken zipper on a boot. Can they really be trusted with soles, then?
I think I have enough oxfords for now, but this fall I'm coveting a pair of lace-up booties with kind of a new wave flair. These from Urban Outfitters are perfect, though annoyingly expensive:
Friday, August 14, 2009
So, I've been really excited about oxfords coming into style. I spent a lot of last year searching for an alternative to ballet flats to wear to work/teaching that were still somewhat professional and oxfords seem like just what I was looking for!
- JennaFrom Steve Madden: the Tuxxedo Oxford $79.95
From BCfootwear: Thunder in Nutmeg $55From modcloth: Architect's Spectators in Stone $84.99 (Are these actually oxfords? I'm not sure, but they're really cute!)From amazon.com: Penny Loves Kenny Cloud Oxford $23.98 (What a deal!)From zappos.com: Taryn Rose Burda Oxford $253
From urban outfitters: Jeffrey Campbell Cutout Oxford $128
From urban outfitters: DRU NY Oxford $148
Thursday, August 13, 2009
When I bought this shirt, I thought of Maura (it seemed like something you would like!) and now this post makes me think of her post about tomboy style. But maybe it's just the vintage shirt/shorts/sneakers combination that makes me think that!
Here's the detail on the shirt!- Jenna
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
First there's this pin, which I think was bought my some relative of mine at the Cincinnati Art Museum, I have no idea when! But I kind of love it.Then I found this belt, which I think I bought at a thrift shop during college, but had totally forgotten about.Last was this vintage cardigan, which I believe a high school friend of mine bought for me on a family vacation. It's funny how you can totally forget the history of clothes you have hanging around in your house (or your parent's house). Anyway, I think in high school it seemed too fancy or lavish to wear, but I think I'll find a use for it now!I'll post more about my actual purchases I made at home, but it was sort of fun to add to my wardrobe for free! Do you guys ever find items you've forgotten about when you head back home?
Pretty in Pink is a fairly formulaic romantic teen movie, but one factor screws the whole thing up: Phil "Duckie" Dale. Every time I watch the movie, I find myself more taken with the uniqueness of this character. Duckie doesn't fit the stereotype of the school nerd (he's failing) or the geek (no weird obsessions except for his love for Andie), but he's also not depicted as dark and depressed. He seems to have even less money than Andie, though we only get glimpses of this, like the shot of him in his bedroom, slumped on a matress on the floor. He loves Andie, but it's not a crush from afar: he knows her better than anyone else. Oh, and he also listens to the Smiths and knows all the words to Otis Redding's "Try a Little Tenderness."