Sunday, July 31, 2011

What I wore today: 07/31/2011 (Summertime)

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I wanted to wear both my green belt and my yellow belt today, so I decided to belt them together. Like it?

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Mock t-shirt dress - Target
Gladiator sandals - Target
Green and yellow leather belts - Anthropologie

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Saturday, July 30, 2011

What I wore today: 07/30/2011 (Let's Get Lost)

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The greenery is just taking over around here. It must be from all the rain we had this spring. I feel like I'm living in a rain forest and I could get lost in it.

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I found a secret tunnel . . .
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. . . and a bird's nest . . .
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How do you like my outfit today? The trick to mixing prints is to keep the scale and color scheme similar. So here I've stayed with lavender and other pastels and small scale prints. What do you think?

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Strapless cotton dress - Target by way of a clothing swap
Floral wrap blouse - Anthropologie
Vintage boater hat - Ebay
Acorn and wand necklace - Seventh Street Gifts
Lacy ankle socks - Ruche
Studded wedges - Jeffrey Campbell

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I've enrolled in this really cool online sewing class to learn how to make a vintage-inspired dress. It's going to teach me intermediate and advanced skills like tailoring a perfect bodice with boning and custom bra-cup shaping. I'm really excited.


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Friday, July 29, 2011

Fictional Fashion Icon: Margot Tenebaum

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It's time once more for a Fictional Fashion Icon. Today, I'd like to talk about Margot Tenenbaum.

Margot is indeed an icon. I've seen many a fashionista hold up a vintage fur coat and exclaim how they'd love to wear it and "feel just like Margot Tenenbaum," and her name comes up in the description of virtually every vintage striped polo dress listed on Etsy.

For a character who dresses almost like an animation (in the same thing all the time), she sure has been influential and inspiration to fashion lovers everywhere; you don't see people scouring vintage shops looking for a dress just like Lisa Simpson's, but everyone wants to look like Margot.

Her basic look hasn't changed since she was a kid: straight, all-one-length, blonde hair with a barrette at the side, and dark eyeliner. It's so wrong that it's right.

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And her outfit hasn't changed either: blue, striped polo dress; and a huge, brown fur coat. And don't think we didn't notice that Birkin, Margot.

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In fact, the only time we see her in anything but her signature dress and coat, it's a nude colored slip that hugs her slim body and makes her look both washed out and fabulous.

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

What I wore today: 07/28/2011

Today is my dad's birthday. To celebrate, my family is hanging out by the pool while my brother grills. Here's what I'm wearing . . .

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Eyelet dress: Ruche
Eyelet espadrilles: Tommy Hilfiger (hand-me-downs from Ryan's mom)
Neon yellow nail polish: American Apparel
Pearl earrings: gift from my dad
Acorn and wand necklace: Seventh Street Gifts

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My dad asked us not to buy him any presents, but Ryan and I circumvented the rule by making him something (just like I used to do as a kid!) We made him a comic strip about a wino named Wino and his blind dog Blindo.

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Ode to my new Canon DSLR

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I bought my lovely Canon EOS Digital T3 from Best Buy a few months ago after years of dreaming about owning a DSLR, and I have to say it's one of the smartest investments I've ever made. This camera has given me so much joy, motivated me to learn more about photographer, and pushed me to photograph things more often and with more creativity. I absolutely love this camera. It's a dear companion.

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I love taking self portraits with it in the mirror . . .
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. . . and with the self timer that allows for bursts of multiple shots (hello, action shots!)
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I love that its capabilities allow me to take great night-time shots . . .
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. . . and shots with a wide aperture . . .
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I love using it to document moments I love with people I love.
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I love that it's easy enough for Ryan to use, capturing truly candid photos of me. . .
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And I love having it with me to take spontaneous photos of interesting things wherever I am . . .
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I love you camera!
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