Friday, April 29, 2011

Royal wedding

This was me at 5 a.m. this morning...

That's right. I was up watching the royal wedding. I was so excited! And though some said Kate's choice of dress (Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen) was too old fashion, I loved it. Lace is my favorite feature for a wedding dress, so I really loved the sleeves, and the box-pleated skirt was exquisite as well. Of course Kate would look lovely in anything, but I was particularly pleased with her choice.

I was also pleased with Pippa's white bridesmaid dress which was a slinky bias-cut gown with a cowl neckline and cute little cap sleeves.

I was, of course, also excited about the hats (many of them by Philip Treacy). Victoria Beckham's was one of my favorites. Can you believe she's rocking those heels as preggo as she is? Also, how amazing does Becks look in that morning suit?

Another favorite hat was the whimsical bow hat that Princess Bea wore. I heard commentators call it ridiculous and my own mother called it cartoonish, but for me it was fun, funky, and celebratory. You go, Bea!

My mom and I are considering wearing hats for my brother's wedding next weekend. It's almost Kentucky Derby time so it shouldn't be too hard to find some cute ones.

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What I wore today: 04/29/2011

I've admired the double-denim trend since I first saw it, but didn't have a chance to partake until now because I didn't have a denim shirt. This one is just my style: a perfect blend of menswear-inspiration and feminine detailing.

The key to doing double denim without looking like you're wearing a Canadian Tuxedo/Texas Tuxedo (apparently both are acceptable terms), is to choose denim in two very different shades.

My outfit for today was also loosely inspired by the 1970s, because Ryan and I are going to a skating party tonight and skating also makes me think of the '70s. I don't have a nice pair of high-waisted jeans yet (I've been kicking myself for not grabbing a great vintage pair when I had the chance a few years back), but the shape of these is still '70s-ish.

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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter dress up

This is one of my favorite songs/scenes from a musical ever.

Put on your Sunday clothes when you feel down and out.
Strut down the street and have your picture took.
Dressed like a dream your spirits seem to turn about.
That Sunday shine is a certain sign
That you feel as fine as you look.

Beneath your parasol, the world is all a smile
That makes you feel brand new down to your toes.
Get out your feathers, your patent leathers,
Your beads and buckles and bows.
For there's no blue Monday in your Sunday clothes!

I love that the song is about how dressing up can improve your mood, something I've found all my life.

And, though my family has never been religious, there was a time when we went to church regularly (we lived in a small town and it was the base of socializing there). Back then, Sundays were my favorite day because they were an excuse to dress up.

Today, Easter Sunday, is, of course, the ultimate Sunday for "putting on your Sunday clothes," and, though I did not attend mass this morning, I did have fun dressing up.

Easter was always one of my favorite holidays and the reason for that is twofold:
1) I got to buy a new dress.
2) Said dress was generally pastel.

My lifelong love for pastels is a bit sickening.

Okay, here's what I wore today.


Dress: Anthropologie (featured in this post)
Hat: Ebay (featured in this post)
Shoes: Filthy Magic (featured in this post)
Raincoat: London Fog, thrifted


I had a lovely breakfast with my family this morning: strata and broiled grapefruit with ginger and caramelized sugar...

Then, we decided to watch Cabaret and drink prairie oysters like they do in the movie and also because it seemed Easter appropriate (eggs, you know.)

I am super excited about the royal wedding next weekend and my brother's wedding the weekend after that.

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Saturday, April 23, 2011

What I wore today: 04/23/2011

Here's what I wore today to Findlay Market, before it got all stormy and yucky outside.

Isn't this necklace lovely? The acorn and wand charms are from my friend Cari's shop, Seventh Street Gifts.

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Designer taste on a budget: Hermes-inspired bracelets

If you, like me, are captivated by Hermes enamel bangles and leather cuffs, but can't justify shelling out hundreds of dollars for a bracelet, you need look no farther than your neighborhood Target.

It seems that Target has taken some inspiration from Hermes lately. Observe.



The quality goes down quite a bit, obviously, but it's still quite a find I think. After all, an Hermes-inspired bracelet is better than no bracelet at all.

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