Monday, October 26, 2009

Doin' the Bump.

Last night Justin and I attended a 70s themed party. We couldn't agree on costumes so we went our seperate ways.


Everything either of us is wearing belongs to me, which I think is funny. My closet really is more like a dress up trunk.

But who wins?

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


It's "fall." Technically, here in MN, it's already winter. We've already had snow, but on a particularly gorgeous day like yesterday - it's Sweater Weather. My favorite time of year.

Here are a few of my most adorable over-layers.

knubby wool lined shunken hoodie (with lots o' buttons)

boyfriend style with runched bust

shawl collar with tie (the warmest comfiest most often worn sweater ever)

and my new fall favorite, this beautiful mustard riding coat.
Do you totally love fall or what?

Friday, October 16, 2009

FEAR not my friends.

Ok. I get it. I haven't posted here in a billion years.

Halloween is coming, and that is BY FAR my favorite holiday. We here in Minneapolis take it pretty seriously, and as I experiment with costumes and see others around town, I'll update you.

In the mean time, expect a sweaters post. It's freezing here and there are sweaters everywhere. They're hanging off chairs in my dining room, taking up space on the couch, stuffed in the back seat of my car... it's a sweaterstorm.

More to come. (promise)

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Weather Advisory.

It is 834475 degrees in Minneapolis today, with an even higher heat index.

...I just had to go shopping.

It is a monumentous year, people. The year that - after 15 years of not - I am wearing shorts in public.

Jean Skirt - Banana Republic [$0 - score from Steph]

High-waisted Jean shorts - Homemade (1940s) [$40]

Madras Shorts - The Limited [$12]

Cropped Cuff Jeans - The Gap [$16]

Summer Scarf - Unmarked [$8]

Vintage Jersey Dress - PhaseII [$25]

Vintage Jersey Tank - Kneat Knits - [$6]

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Springing in.

Today is Bike/Walk to Work Day. Lots of stuff going on in Minneapolis. Normally, I volunteer for these types of events, but this year I had to turn it down in order to get the last bit of work done in the office before my San Francisco trip. I did, however, ride to work... as I try to as often as possible. Restaurants and Bicycle Shops were doling out free coffee and breakfast, so I grabbed my favorite mug (from Birchwood/Peace Coffee) to take along.

(my mug.)

(just got home.)

(basking in the sun before more work.)

I decided that since it was such a nice day, and because after I officially finish my last hour of work from home I'd have nothing to do but laundry - that I definitely had time to snap a couple pictures of some of my latest finds.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Out of Town Thrifting

I am headed to San Francisco in less than a week.
I realize I haven't posted much in the last month, but you can SURELY expect some fantastic fashion coming out of this awesome coastal city.
I have been forewarned that I should bring lots and lots of money for thrifting, and I fully intend to do so.
Stay tuned for beautiful wares and wears.

Saturday, April 4, 2009


As I said, Spring has sprung. The sun is showing up a little more often these days and so is the trash that jerky litterbugs thought they could hide under the snow. Sunny yet brisk afternoons make me want to throw open the windows and clean. I didn't do that, but I did, for the first time ever in my life... do this.

(I don't condone people who put their dogs in clothes. I think it's gross. But my dog is very handsome and he wanted a spring accessory. He told me.)
Yesterday, I brought a bag of things to consign at Nu Look. I did a little shopping while they sorted my things and I certainly had Spring on my mind.

I realized I literally have very few warm season clothes that fit me. I scoured the racks for cute tank tops and light sweaters, trying to stay open minded about color, something you get used to when you shop thrift or consignment either way.

Thrift Shopping Rule #1: Do not wear make up to shop. EVER.
That goes for you retail ladies too, because it sucks to get your gross make up stains on the necks of brand new shirts, but also because you're cheating yourself out of things that make you look good. You should go to the stores fresh faced, as in... your skin. No foundation, nothing. That way, when you try things on, you are able to pay attention to the color. Does it wash you out? Does it bring out your eyes? Exaggerate red spots? You get the point.

I tried on quite a few colors I would never have picked for myself, but still thought they wouldn't work. Mostly, because I'm drawn to yellow, mustard and gold in things, (I'm a Leo and a sun sign.) but that color looks horrible on me in my winter skin. Give me 2 months in the sun, and we'll try again.

I landed on a couple things in boring gray, (clockwise from top left) a long sleeve tissue-tee from J Crew to get me through the transitional weather. A ruched tux-esque tank from Diesel. The diamond in the rough was a BRAND NEW tank from Free People (one of my favs) that just reminds me of South America for some reason, and I love it. Topped the pile off with a pair of REALLY well fitting jeans for $8, which apparently retail at Kohl's, so I'll be headed there.

The accessories were the tops though.

I picked up these adorable spring Mary Janes by Kenzie. They're surprisingly comfortable for being so cute.





Dun Dun Dun Duhhhhhhhh!

$50. No pen marks on the lining (yet), no nothing. Perfect shape. I love Nu Look.

My sister is currently judging my "arrival" into adulthood and says I'm finally there. I would have though when it was my 18th birthday and the subsequent decade to follow, plus the man, the kid, the dog, the house, etc.
But no, because I have something that came in a little blue box (Tiffany's) and a Coach purse (second hand!) I have arrived. I'm a woman. I can deal with that.
I think what she means is that I'm finally and officially chic and grown up in HER eyes, and it's about time.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Spring has SPRUNG!

I love Spring. Even though today is technically the 1st day of Spring, I woke up to a small dusting of snow on the porch. That's Minnesota though. Spring is a time to dry clean the winter jackets and break out the spring ones.

Today, I get to sport my adorable Lavender/Heather Gray Leather jacket. Peter pan collar and all.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Experiment in Color

Yesterday I was headed to a showing of my friend Jessi's dance troupe : Wicked Sister. Knowing I'd be sitting in a theater style chair for 2 hours, I had to think comfortable. I'm not extremely artistic in anyway, but I figured being around arty types, I could use some sort of bright obnoxious color that I wouldn't normally wear anywhere else and see if it worked.

I, of course, anchored it with something boring so I would feel more comfortable.

I might have been wise to cut my head off in this picture. That deer in the headlights thing isn't working for me. However, as an explanation, my camera was literally FALLING from it's perch as this picture was taken. I love my camera, and I would take a bullet for it.

This is a locket I found at a garage sale a million years ago. I'm guessing it was a watch at some point, but that piece is gone. Now, I can put things in there if I want. Like lifesavers.

I always need lifesavers.

Friday, February 27, 2009

I am an M.

I ran across this nifty fun site called MyShape. It's essentially a clothing outlet, but the fun part is that you input all of your measurements (and I mean ALL. They want a lot of information) and they will point you towards perfect fit with the clothing they recommend.

Additionally, MyShape offers tips and tricks to dress for your specific shape. On their site, they have declared there are 7 types of body shapes. I am apparently an M.

Find out what you are!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

New Hair.

Life has slowed down significantly, at least for today, so I'm back. Unfortunately I have been forgetting my camera every time I want it, so I don't have anything exciting for you.

I got a haircut on Friday. Here's what I wore to my appointment, or rather... all day on Friday.

Long-sleeved black tee (Target), Dark indigo AG Jeans (the nicole!), Vintage red flats, two black necklaces (one from old navy, one plastic costume pearls)

I'm giggling a little bit thinking about how many of these "outfit" pictures will be in my kitchen, leaning up against the sink. I spend about 10 minutes there each morning, just standing, drinking coffee. It is the first place the sun really hits in the morning, so it makes for good picture taking, but it's also just a relaxing spot for me to review my agenda for the day, take a peek in the fridge and think about what I might eat, and I just also think my kitchen is cute. It makes it easy to hang out in there.

Here's a picture of my haircut, first thing in the morning. It's definately a wash-and-go style, so I'm VERY pleased with that.

It's pretty short and shaggy and I have bangs again. It's rather boy-ish, which is fine with me. I actually love it, and I'm very happy with it. I can tell some of the people who love me don't like it so much, but these are people who prefer me to have long hair, so... if they want to make my long hair look nice, I'll grow it back. In the mean time, I'm going to be rocking a LOT of huge obnoxious earrings, because you'll be able to see them!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Bad Bad Blogger.


I'm sorry I've been so absent. Let's just pretend I've been walking around naked for the last week.

There will be no real update, other than to tell you that there is no update. I haven't done laundry in 2 weeks, which literally means I have nothing to wear. I had to run out and buy underwear, that's how bad it is.

We are headed to the laundromat later today. I will take a picture of the massive pile of clothes that Justin and I fold, because we both own WAY too many things, though we are constantly getting rid of things (and then bringing more in).

His vice is t-shirts.

According to the stack size of the piles... mine is apparently sweatpants. Huh. Whuddathunk?

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Northeast Bday Party Style.

Vintage Pierre Cardin Sweater + Faux-gator belt from Target + Legging Jeans + Frye Boots
Northeast is a weird 80s ultra-hipster part of town. This is my interpretation. I'm going to a birthday party.

Friday, February 13, 2009

New Look? NuLook!

Today I went to my favorite consignment store in the city - NuLook. It is my favorite spot to find good values on spendier name brands, plus I can bring things I've grown out of in either size or taste and sell them! It's a fantastic cycle because I end up using the store credit from my sales towards new purchases like the ones I got today!

Let's start with shoes....

Adorable black faux-suede peeptoe mini wedges from Charlotte Russe. Not a good example of a spendier brand, but at $6... so who can argue? ($6 marked down from $12)

Funky flex flats, also peep toe with a wrapped detail from BC Shoes. I LOVE colorful shoes, so it's a plus when they're cute AND comfortable. ($14 marked down from $28)

On to the clothes!

Vintage 100% silk cap-sleeved blouse from Penguin (everyone knows the penguin!). It has fantastic details, like a buttoned up shoulder, high neck + tie neck. It feels like heaven against the skin. I thought it might be cute under a jacket. ($6.50 marked down from $26)

Fitted dark denim skirt from Development, which must be some knock-off Anthropologie because they used the same font for their logo. It's highwaisted with contrast stitching. ($16 full price)
Ralph Lauren Petite trousers in Camel. I love any trouser with a stovepipe leg and crease! ($12 marked down from $48)
Ann Taylor blouse with ruffle and pin-tucking. ($22 full price)
Gray shift dress with pockets from Banana Republic. ($20 full price)

Total booty price tag ---> $96.50.

Total cost to me after utilizing store credit ---> $62.60

Completely and totally worth it, considering if I had found that shift dress at Banana Republic and it was "only" $62, I would have bought it. So the mindset is that all of those other things came free!

Stay tuned for pics of why I bought these items and what components like this can do for your wardrobe.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Vita.MN Hotness Party : Danger - Curves Ahead

This is me and Little Joe. You can't really see him, but his outfit was the best. He made his own shirt that says "Lexus of Wayzata" which is only funny if you're from MN. Tossed on a suit coat and a pair of jeans, great look. I opted to get out of my comfort zone and wear something far more form fitting than I'm used to wearing in public. The Frye boots reappeared, a vintage slip in soft pink with tan accents, gray extra long cardigan from Target and various jewelry I've collected over the years.

I only felt uncomfortable for the first hour or so, then I started to embrace the shape.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Tuesday : 2/10/09 : Capitol Hillz

I spent some time at the capital today for MN Coalition for the Homeless Lobby Day. I wore my tweedish looking suit (Ann Taylor) with a blue french cuff button up (BCBG Max Azaria), a vintage polka dot silk scarf and adorable blue flats (Payless!) that you can't see.

I spent most of the day doing this.

When I wasn't doing that, I was doing this....

Body Confidence and Your Skinny Jeans

This morning in my email inbox I received my latest SparkPeople newsletter. There was one article that stood out, 5 Reasons to Get Rid of Your Skinny Jeans.

The article, written by Nancy Howard, discusses the harsh reality that holding on to those skinny jeans keeps you in the past, and life is too short to not live here in the present. I have mixed feelings about this topic, because while I agree that many women holding on to their "skinny jeans" (or dress or swimsuit) are doing so with the unrealistic goal to once again be the size they wore at age 16, I began my own weight loss journey with the same intentions. And truthfully, I'm pretty sure it's the only thing that kept me going.

To be fair, the "goal jeans" I was working my way into were always only one size below what I was currently wearing. By stroke of pure luck (and good friendship) my buddy Shayla had lost 50lbs and was finally ready to get rid of her "fat pants." After a failed attempt to sell them at our yard sale, I bought the entire lot (16 pairs from size 16 down to 12) for 2 packs of cigarettes. An odd exchange toward a healthier lifestyle. At the time I acquired these jeans, I could barely get the 16s to mid-thigh. Each week I would try them on, and each week I would see that I was just a little bit closer to wearing them.

Some of the jeans were ill-flattering for my body shape, even by the time they fit. Others felt like they were cut specifically for my body. Now, at a size 10, I am grateful to have had those jeans to get me through this adventure with minimal cost (for jeans anyway) and to give me a clear view of where I was going.

My opposition to this situation, however, is when I hear about people buying a dress (or jeans, or a swimsuit) in a size that is likely half of where they are with intentions to wear it when they "lose the weight." The only problem here is, you'll have NO IDEA what your body looks like. Literally. None. Chances are, that item is not going to flatter you later on, and you also lose out on the fun of buying that perfect reward that looks as if it were custom-made.

Here are some statistics from the article that I found interesting (and true!)

  • More than 33 percent [of women] admitted to having clothes in their closet that were too small for them to wear.

  • Surprisingly, 85 percent “determined if something fit them by looking at the size tag,” not by how the clothing actually fit.

  • Forty percent purchased clothes that were too small in hopes that they would one day be able to wear them after losing weight.

  • 25 percent of the clothes women buy never leave their closets!

She goes on to write about the importance of fit, and how size ain't nothin' but a number. Seriously, sizes vary greatly between designers. I mentioned above that I am a size 10, but that's only at a few stores. Others, I wear an 8, and even others I wear a 12 or 14! I'm not worried about it. I look for clothes that flatter my body. The size tag is inside them -- who will know? The fact of the matter is that you will look smaller if you were clothes that fit you. No one likes the whole bursting at the seams thing. Never in style.

She also writes about something I hadn't heard of...

Every February for the past 21 years, the National Eating Disorder Association has held a National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. NEDA works tirelessly helping women to develop a more positive body image. In 2008, the theme for the week was “Be comfortable in your genes. Wear jeans that fit the TRUE you.” Women were encouraged to donate their skinny jeans to release themselves from the constraints of longing to be the size they once were, therefore creating a sense of self-acceptance. No one should allow the size of his or her clothes to determine their self-worth.

Personally, I love attending and hosting clothing swaps as a way to recycle my clothes. I do this for purely selfish reasons - because it gets me more clothes! However, I am huge on donating items. My whole career is based on it. I run a Free Store that is open to the low income community of Minneapolis. Anyone can come and shop for what they need. It's a great program, highly utilized, and a fantastic way to have your donation go directly into the hands of those who need it, rather than being sold. After each clothing swap I attend or host, we pack up all of our leftovers and I bring them to work. Everyone wins!

The article closes with a really well developed thought that I will leave with you,

"Letting go of your skinny jeans can release you from the past—and the unrealistic expectations that you may have put on yourself. By living in the present, you can accept yourself and your life at this moment. It allows you to move ahead in your life with dignity and self-respect. By focusing the positive and looking forward, you build greater confidence, which can increase your chances of success."

Monday, February 9, 2009

Monday Night : 2/09/09 Scrabble Chic

Puce Cardigan (Banana Republic) + Cotton tank with netted neckline (Free People) + Dark Denim Jeans (Express) + Vintage Green Flats

On Monday nights a few friends and I get together at Pizza Luce to play a few games of Scrabble. I honestly can't remember how we started doing this, but it has become a permanent fixture in my week. It's mainly casual, and this would be considered "dressed up" for that friend group. Lo and behold, I was literally asked why I was so gussied. (Generally would wear beat up t-shirt, hoodie and sneakers.)
Hoping people adapt to this. I don't want to let others influence my decision to explore this realm.