Fashion | From day to day

As you can probably guess, I just can’t get away from my color obsession, despite my current neutral-toned wardrobe. Even though this amazing Boohoo romper is a pretty neutral blush, I had to wear it with this multicolored vintage blazer I scored for cheap. I’m into this whole monochrome effect right now, so the blush Jeffrey Campbells were the perfect choice. Funny thing: this old blazer has some serious shoulder pads.

Also: pretty body chain! Simple and subtle, from Forever 21. I love wearing florals all day EVERY DAY.

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romper from Boohoo.com, shoes from VillainsSF (Jeffrey Campbell),
hat and blazer thrifted, chain from F21

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Fashion | Because the sky is blue

Continuing my theme of boho style, I put together this outfit with a color I hardly ever use: green. To be fair, this is teal rather than green, but I love it just the same. I’m a very color-oriented person and I tend to go through phases of being obsessed with one color. Right now, it’s turquoise and teal. So that’s two colors. 😉 I also love these floral bitty pointed flats from Forever 21, and I’m obsessed with this diamond/criss-cross necklace I got in my April Rocksbox.

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top and flats from Forever 21, necklace c/o Rocksbox 

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Fashion // I hear the birds on the summer breeze

This is an outfit from about a week ago when I went to brunch with my family. The skirt’s from Chicwish. I really love the lining on the inside and the detail on the waist but it wrinkles so easily. I tried to put a braid in my hair and make it a bit more interesting. Not sure it worked! Happy Monday!

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top from Tobi, skirt from Chicwish, sandals and bag thrifted

Road Trip Style

After much deliberation, I am happy to announce that my friends and I will be going to Portland, Maine in July. This was a far cry from my initial thought of going South, but after researching Maine, I’m so excited for lobster rolls, pre-Civil War museums, lighthouses, and lots of beach. I’m lucky to be going on vacation with friends with diverse tastes because if it were up to me, I’d just eat lobster, read books, and prowl museums all day, but we’re planning hikes, tours, kayaking, arcades, long days at the beach, and many, many lobster rolls. I can’t wait!

Here are some items on my road trip shopping list:

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I’ve been coveting these Shoe Cult booties for a while now, and lucky for me, they’re on sale! It was fate. I am gravitating toward light colors and floaty dresses and tops, florals and stripes and nautical-themed wear! I also still want to find a good high-waisted bikini. Anyone have any suggestions? I think Modcloth is a good place to start, but they always seem to be just out of my price range, sigh.

boots from Nasty Gal, flats, fedora, striped shorts, white top from Forever 21, salmon skirt from Chicwish, anchor dress from Yoyomelody, links on my Polyvore page!

Fashion: Heart of the Night

Everything is blooming most recklessly. If it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night. –Rainer Maria Rilke

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floral cardigan from Forever 21, boots from DSW, top from Charade, riding pants from American Apparel

I wore this outfit to a Walk Off the Earth concert at the end of January. They put on an amazing show; they’re such musical innovators in the way they manipulate conventions and use unusual instruments like an electric toothbrush to create distinctive sounds! They also have a great stage presence and are so energetic and enthusiastic. It was the second time I’ve seen them but it certainly won’t be the last!

This floral kimono is quickly becoming one of my favorite items in my closet. Floral, red, and pink, this item screams me. Get it at Forever 21! They also have it in a mustard yellow/cream floral pattern I just may buy soon! I can’t get enough floral patterns to satisfy my obsession.

Fashion: Melt the Stars

“Human speech is like a cracked kettle on which we tap crude rhythms for bears to dance to, while we long to make music that will melt the stars.” — Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary

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I wore this to my sister’s birthday brunch last weekend. We went to Il Bastardo in Chelsea; it had a really energetic atmosphere, bottomless cocktails, and delicious eggs Benedict, a must-have for me. Gotta love a good brunch!

top Garbage floral cardigan Forever 21 shorts Forever 21 boots Jeffrey Campbell for Nasty Gal

I rock a lot of polka dots: "New Girl" Shoes

Welcome to my third DIY shoe adventure. Back in April, I came across another pair of black heels in DSW that were too plain to be borne, but they had these gorgeous cut-outs and a ribbon tie. They were the cousins of the floral shoes I upcycled last year and I got so excited at the prospect of creating another beautiful pair of shoes! I knew that this time I should do something other than a floral pattern, even though it was hard to keep myself from reaching for another piece of floral fabric. I ended up choosing a black fabric with white polka dots, fabric that was actually a romper from Forever 21!

This project happened to coincide with my discovery of New Girl. I had never watched it faithfully before and I took the time to marathon-watch it, and it became one of my favorite shows! Now, whenever I wear those shoes I think of New Girl: they even remind me of Jess’s polka-dot heavy wardrobe and her whimsical wit.

Here’s the before and after:

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As you can see, I couldn’t stop myself from adding little panels of floral fabric! I cut out a couple pieces of floral lace from an old skirt (again) and glued them to the inside panels of both shoes, so they’re almost hidden. I like how it turns these normal (ish) polka-dot patterned shoes into something a little more unique. I also used the buttons from the romper as accents on the sides of each shoe.

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Tapestry Boots

I can’t get enough of floral print. It’s the unashamed girly-girl in me who positively squeals over a good floral print on virtually anything, but mostly on shoes. A while ago I saw these on the Internet:

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by Jeffrey Campbell at Solestruck.

but they were sold out. Now I would revisit these beauties from time to time and sigh in exasperation and feel the pangs of unfulfilled love and know that there was a shoe-shaped hole in my heart (actually, two holes) that would never be filled. But then I remembered: I like DIY, and I never let anything go. 

So I decided to make them myself, yet again. (This is the fourth time I’ve done this.)

The charm of these boots is the shape of the heel and the height of the shaft. I scurried around the Internet for a while and found these on 6PM.com. I got the $79 shoes in Cognac for a measly $29 due to a serendipitous sale and an additional 10% off coupon.

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For the fabric, I found a floral tapestry with a black backdrop that I may like even better than the blue/cream combination pictured above, because the dark color will work well in winter paired with dark tights. The original pair is more of a spring boot, but it’s winter now and my feet are cold (and thoroughly un-floral).

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I can’t wait to put them together. Pictures of the process to come.

And yes, I am obsessed. Let’s move on.