Saturday, June 30, 2012

My favorite June posts

June was a really fun month. I turned 24, celebrated father's day with the 3 more important dads in my life (my dad, Ryan's day, and my brother), and began to find a routine of balancing my new position at Anthro, my copywriting work, this blog, and my personal life. Here are some of June's highlights. See you in July!

I discussed wearing white, especially for summer, in a new installment of Color Theory
Polkadot peplum outfit: polkadot peplum top, Levi's Made and Crafted white jeans, Miss Trish for Target pearl and coral sandals, knotted pearls

I got dressed up to celebrate my 24th birthday.
Birthday outfit: tiered dress from Anthopologie, silver flats, studded headband, faux leather biker jacket, snake arm cuff, studded bracelet, bangles, wishbone ring, etc.

24 before 25

I shared what was in my bag.
What's in my bag (June 2012)

I shared my enthusiastic conversion to the pro-maxi side.
Tickled pink outfit: neon pink pocket v-neck tee from Gap, gray jersey maxi skirt, J.Crew pavé cable link bracelet, signet ring, gold-ball ring, sunburst bangle, Dolce Vita T-strap sandal, etc.

I got green with envy.
Green with envy outfit: turquoise moccasins, mint green BDG jeans from Urban Outfitters, heather gray v-neck pocket t-shirt from Gap, Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses, "Sparkled Agate Bib Necklace" from Anthropologie, etc.

I shared a DIY idea for adding metal tips to a collared shirt.
DIY: metal-tipped collared shirt


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Friday, June 29, 2012

DI(fr)Yday: How to add metal tips to a collared shirt


DIY: metal-tipped collared shirt

I'm a big fan of hard-edge details like studs and metal tips. Ever since I first saw a collared shirt with metal tips, I knew it would be a fun DIY, but I wasn't sure quite how to do it until I stumbled upon these decorative corners in the scrapbooking section of Hobby Lobby the other day.

DIY: metal-tipped collared shirt

They're made to embellish the corners of scrapbook covers, but it's easy enough to add them to fabric instead. I used a small pair of pliers to open them slightly (but, if your shirt is made of thinner fabric than denim you won't even need to do that) and then used a hammer to squeeze the corners down on the collar. What could be simpler? 

DIY: metal-tipped collared shirt
DIY: metal-tipped collared shirt
DIY: metal-tipped collared shirt


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Thursday, June 28, 2012

What I wore today: 06/27/2012 (Green with envy)

Green with envy outfit: turquoise moccasins, mint green BDG jeans from Urban Outfitters, heather gray v-neck pocket t-shirt from Gap, Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses, "Sparkled Agate Bib Necklace" from Anthropologie, etc.

Sometimes I can't help but be a little matchy-matchy, and yesterday, as I accessorized, I just kept wanting to pile on more shades of mint and turquoise. The result, I think, is a casual look that still seems "pulled together." Do you agree?

Inspired by The Cherry Blossom Girl, I'm going to try to include soundtracks regularly in my outfit posts like I did here. Let me know if you enjoy this new addition.

Keep It Clean by Camera Obscura on Grooveshark


Green with envy outfit: turquoise moccasins, mint green BDG jeans from Urban Outfitters, heather gray v-neck pocket t-shirt from Gap, Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses, "Sparkled Agate Bib Necklace" from Anthropologie, etc.
Green with envy outfit: turquoise moccasins, mint green BDG jeans from Urban Outfitters, heather gray v-neck pocket t-shirt from Gap, Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses, "Sparkled Agate Bib Necklace" from Anthropologie, etc.
Green with envy outfit: turquoise moccasins, mint green BDG jeans from Urban Outfitters, heather gray v-neck pocket t-shirt from Gap, Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses, "Sparkled Agate Bib Necklace" from Anthropologie, etc.
Green with envy outfit: turquoise moccasins, mint green BDG jeans from Urban Outfitters, heather gray v-neck pocket t-shirt from Gap, Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses, "Sparkled Agate Bib Necklace" from Anthropologie, etc.
Green with envy outfit: turquoise moccasins, mint green BDG jeans from Urban Outfitters, heather gray v-neck pocket t-shirt from Gap, Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses, "Sparkled Agate Bib Necklace" from Anthropologie, etc.
Green with envy outfit: turquoise moccasins, mint green BDG jeans from Urban Outfitters, heather gray v-neck pocket t-shirt from Gap, Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses, "Sparkled Agate Bib Necklace" from Anthropologie, etc.
Green with envy outfit: turquoise moccasins, mint green BDG jeans from Urban Outfitters, heather gray v-neck pocket t-shirt from Gap, Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses, "Sparkled Agate Bib Necklace" from Anthropologie, etc.
Green with envy outfit: turquoise moccasins, mint green BDG jeans from Urban Outfitters, heather gray v-neck pocket t-shirt from Gap, Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses, "Sparkled Agate Bib Necklace" from Anthropologie, etc.



Turquoise moccasins - Urbanog.com (featured here)
Mint green jeans - BDG, Urban Outfitters (also seen here, and here)
Heather gray v-neck pocket t-shirt - Gap (seen in pink here)
Turquoise sunglasses - Marc by Marc Jacobs - Nordstrom Rack (also seen here)
Bracelets - J.Crew, Target, DIY (tutorial here)
Watches - Citizen, Amazon
Rings - Seventh Street Gifts, Urban Outfitters, Jewelmint
Collar necklace (called "Sparked Agate Bib Necklace") - Anthropologie

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

What I wore today: 06/18/2012 (Crisscross Applesauce)

Crisscross outfit: Crop top with crisscross back from Urban Outfitters, gray jersey maxi skirt, Dolca Vita T-strap sandals, Prada "Baroque" sunglasses


The other day, Ryan and I spent a lovely afternoon at the park. First, he ran in the woods while I bopped over to Home Depot to buy some herbs and a tomato plant (Look for an upcoming DI(fr)Yday on my hanging herb garden). Then, we walked in the woods together before finally setting in the shade under a weeping willow by the side of the lake to drink a couple ice-cold Yuenglings and read a chapter of A Storm of Swords (We've been reading the series out loud to each other). It was just lovely, and I would have Instagrammed it for you, but I was totally unplugged and loving it. Sometimes you just need to put the iPhone down.

This is what I wore. It's a variation of the previous day's outfit. The shoes and skirt are the same, but this is a more casual version, with less jewelry and more skin. I wouldn't bare midriff like this at work (even above the navel midriff - "the classy kind"), but this crop top was perfect for a hot day at the park, and Ryan loved the way it showed a sliver of my back. 


Crisscross outfit: Crop top with crisscross back from Urban Outfitters, gray jersey maxi skirt, Dolca Vita T-strap sandals, Prada "Baroque" sunglasses
Crisscross outfit: Crop top with crisscross back from Urban Outfitters, gray jersey maxi skirt, Dolca Vita T-strap sandals, Prada "Baroque" sunglasses
Crisscross outfit: Crop top with crisscross back from Urban Outfitters, gray jersey maxi skirt, Dolca Vita T-strap sandals, Prada "Baroque" sunglasses Crisscross outfit: Crop top with crisscross back from Urban Outfitters, gray jersey maxi skirt, Dolca Vita T-strap sandals, Prada "Baroque" sunglasses
Crisscross outfit: Crop top with crisscross back from Urban Outfitters, gray jersey maxi skirt, Dolca Vita T-strap sandals, Prada "Baroque" sunglasses
Crisscross outfit: Crop top with crisscross back from Urban Outfitters, gray jersey maxi skirt, Dolca Vita T-strap sandals, Prada "Baroque" sunglasses
Crisscross outfit: Crop top with crisscross back from Urban Outfitters, gray jersey maxi skirt, Dolca Vita T-strap sandals, Prada "Baroque" sunglasses Crisscross outfit: Crop top with crisscross back from Urban Outfitters, gray jersey maxi skirt, Dolca Vita T-strap sandals, Prada "Baroque" sunglasses
Crisscross outfit: Crop top with crisscross back from Urban Outfitters, gray jersey maxi skirt, Dolca Vita T-strap sandals, Prada "Baroque" sunglasses
Crisscross outfit: Crop top with crisscross back from Urban Outfitters, gray jersey maxi skirt, Dolca Vita T-strap sandals, Prada "Baroque" sunglasses






Crisscross crop top - Urban Outfitters
Gray jersey maxi skirt - Target (also seen here)
T-strap sandals - Dolce Vita, Urban Outfitters (also seen here)
"Baroque" sunglasses - Prada
Embroidery floss and rhinestone bracelet - J.Crew Factory


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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

What I wore today: 06/17/2012 (Tickled Pink)

Tickled pink outfit: neon pink pocket v-neck tee from Gap, gray jersey maxi skirt, J.Crew pavé cable link bracelet, signet ring, gold-ball ring, sunburst bangle, Dolce Vita T-strap sandal, etc.

I don't really need to mention my love of neon again, do I? After highlighter yellow, my next favorite neon shade is definitely shocking pink. And, ever since I was a girl, I've loved pink with gray.

I'll admit that I was less than enthusiastic about maxi skirts and (especially) dresses when they first came on the scene. They seemed to be a bit sloppy and lazy, almost like the dress-version of sweatpants. But, while they can be worn that way, if accessorized well, they can instead look incredibly glamourous and not sloppy at all. In fact, the sheer proportion of them can add drama to an otherwise casual outfit.

Even though I paired this maxi with a t-shirt (creating a head-to-toe jersey ensemble), the jewelry (especially the necklace) heightens the look, and the knot in my tee adds shape and visual interest.

I was as comfortable in this outfit as I would have been in sweats, but the look wasn't nearly so casual or boring. I know you hear it all the time, but accessories really do make all the difference.

Tickled pink outfit: neon pink pocket v-neck tee from Gap, gray jersey maxi skirt, J.Crew pavé cable link bracelet, signet ring, gold-ball ring, sunburst bangle, Dolce Vita T-strap sandal, etc.
Tickled pink outfit: neon pink pocket v-neck tee from Gap, gray jersey maxi skirt, J.Crew pavé cable link bracelet, signet ring, gold-ball ring, sunburst bangle, Dolce Vita T-strap sandal, etc. Tickled pink outfit: neon pink pocket v-neck tee from Gap, gray jersey maxi skirt, J.Crew pavé cable link bracelet, signet ring, gold-ball ring, sunburst bangle, Dolce Vita T-strap sandal, etc.
Tickled pink outfit: neon pink pocket v-neck tee from Gap, gray jersey maxi skirt, J.Crew pavé cable link bracelet, signet ring, gold-ball ring, sunburst bangle, Dolce Vita T-strap sandal, etc.
Tickled pink outfit: neon pink pocket v-neck tee from Gap, gray jersey maxi skirt, J.Crew pavé cable link bracelet, signet ring, gold-ball ring, sunburst bangle, Dolce Vita T-strap sandal, etc.
Tickled pink outfit: neon pink pocket v-neck tee from Gap, gray jersey maxi skirt, J.Crew pavé cable link bracelet, signet ring, gold-ball ring, sunburst bangle, Dolce Vita T-strap sandal, etc.
Tickled pink outfit: neon pink pocket v-neck tee from Gap, gray jersey maxi skirt, J.Crew pavé cable link bracelet, signet ring, gold-ball ring, sunburst bangle, Dolce Vita T-strap sandal, etc.
Tickled pink outfit: neon pink pocket v-neck tee from Gap, gray jersey maxi skirt, J.Crew pavé cable link bracelet, signet ring, gold-ball ring, sunburst bangle, Dolce Vita T-strap sandal, etc.
Tickled pink outfit: neon pink pocket v-neck tee from Gap, gray jersey maxi skirt, J.Crew pavé cable link bracelet, signet ring, gold-ball ring, sunburst bangle, Dolce Vita T-strap sandal, etc.
Tickled pink outfit: neon pink pocket v-neck tee from Gap, gray jersey maxi skirt, J.Crew pavé cable link bracelet, signet ring, gold-ball ring, sunburst bangle, Dolce Vita T-strap sandal, etc.
Tickled pink outfit: neon pink pocket v-neck tee from Gap, gray jersey maxi skirt, J.Crew pavé cable link bracelet, signet ring, gold-ball ring, sunburst bangle, Dolce Vita T-strap sandal, etc.
Tickled pink outfit: neon pink pocket v-neck tee from Gap, gray jersey maxi skirt, J.Crew pavé cable link bracelet, signet ring, gold-ball ring, sunburst bangle, Dolce Vita T-strap sandal, etc.
Tickled pink outfit: neon pink pocket v-neck tee from Gap, gray jersey maxi skirt, J.Crew pavé cable link bracelet, signet ring, gold-ball ring, sunburst bangle, Dolce Vita T-strap sandal, etc.




Neon pink pocket V-neck tee - Gap
Gray jersey maxi skirt - Target
Dolce Vita T-strap sandals - Urban Outfitters
Tarnished metal-balls necklace - Borrowed from my mother
Pavé cable link bracelet - J.Crew (last seen here and here)
Bangles - Forever 21
Signet ring - Urban Outfitters
Gold-ball ring - Target
Two-tone diamond watch - Citizen
Claddagh ring - Seventh Street Gifts
Pink pearl studs - gift from my father


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Monday, June 18, 2012

What I wore today: 06/16/12 (Sailor, Sailor)

Sailor, sailor outfit: J. Crew "Maritime Anchor Dress" with zipper detail, bulldog brooch, gladiator sandals, pearls, J. Crew "Pavé cable link bracelet", signet ring, various jewelry

I thought it would be fun to give you a soundtrack for this one as The Cherry Blossom Girl often does for her outfit posts. So, here it is. 

Land Ho! by Mirah on Grooveshark

Here's something kind of crazy. This pavé cable link bracelet, pavé-ball cuff, and pavé-ball ring all look like they came from a set, but in fact they came from three different places. The bracelet, a birthday gift from my mom, is from J. Crew, the cuff is from Anthropologie, and the ring is from Target. How strange. Some manufacturer must have been producing pavé this year, and all they brands ordered some.

Now, about the dress. Some might say that a giant anchor appliqué on a striped dress is pushing nautical too far, but I think -- as long as the accessories aren't also nautical -- it's just enough. Boat shoes or espadrilles might have been too much, and an anchor necklace certainly would have been. (More on how to not overdo nautical here.)

I like to have a bit of a since of humor with my clothes. It's why I'm so often drawn to whimsical prints and details in the first place, and this bulldog brooch definitely fits the bill. I'm quite sure it's meant to show some Yale spirit, so it's preppy but with a wink. I like that. 

Sailor, sailor outfit: J. Crew "Maritime Anchor Dress" with zipper detail, bulldog brooch, gladiator sandals, pearls, J. Crew "Pavé cable link bracelet", signet ring, various jewelry

Sailor, sailor outfit: J. Crew "Maritime Anchor Dress" with zipper detail, bulldog brooch, gladiator sandals, pearls, J. Crew "Pavé cable link bracelet", signet ring, various jewelry

Sailor, sailor outfit: J. Crew "Maritime Anchor Dress" with zipper detail, bulldog brooch, gladiator sandals, pearls, J. Crew "Pavé cable link bracelet", signet ring, various jewelry

Sailor, sailor outfit: J. Crew "Maritime Anchor Dress" with zipper detail, bulldog brooch, gladiator sandals, pearls, J. Crew "Pavé cable link bracelet", signet ring, various jewelry

Sailor, sailor outfit: J. Crew "Maritime Anchor Dress" with zipper detail, bulldog brooch, gladiator sandals, pearls, J. Crew "Pavé cable link bracelet", signet ring, various jewelry

Sailor, sailor outfit: J. Crew "Maritime Anchor Dress" with zipper detail, bulldog brooch, gladiator sandals, pearls, J. Crew "Pavé cable link bracelet", signet ring, various jewelry
Sailor, sailor outfit: J. Crew "Maritime Anchor Dress" with zipper detail, bulldog brooch, gladiator sandals, pearls, J. Crew "Pavé cable link bracelet", signet ring, various jewelry
Sailor, sailor outfit: J. Crew "Maritime Anchor Dress" with zipper detail, bulldog brooch, gladiator sandals, pearls, J. Crew "Pavé cable link bracelet", signet ring, various jewelry
Sailor, sailor outfit: J. Crew "Maritime Anchor Dress" with zipper detail, bulldog brooch, gladiator sandals, pearls, J. Crew "Pavé cable link bracelet", signet ring, various jewelry
Sailor, sailor outfit: J. Crew "Maritime Anchor Dress" with zipper detail, bulldog brooch, gladiator sandals, pearls, J. Crew "Pavé cable link bracelet", signet ring, various jewelry
Sailor, sailor outfit: J. Crew "Maritime Anchor Dress" with zipper detail, bulldog brooch, gladiator sandals, pearls, J. Crew "Pavé cable link bracelet", signet ring, various jewelry
Sailor, sailor outfit: J. Crew "Maritime Anchor Dress" with zipper detail, bulldog brooch, gladiator sandals, pearls, J. Crew "Pavé cable link bracelet", signet ring, various jewelry
Sailor, sailor outfit: J. Crew "Maritime Anchor Dress" with zipper detail, bulldog brooch, gladiator sandals, pearls, J. Crew "Pavé cable link bracelet", signet ring, various jewelry
Sailor, sailor outfit: J. Crew "Maritime Anchor Dress" with zipper detail, bulldog brooch, gladiator sandals, pearls, J. Crew "Pavé cable link bracelet", signet ring, various jewelry
Sailor, sailor outfit: J. Crew "Maritime Anchor Dress" with zipper detail, bulldog brooch, gladiator sandals, pearls, J. Crew "Pavé cable link bracelet", signet ring, various jewelry
Sailor, sailor outfit: J. Crew "Maritime Anchor Dress" with zipper detail, bulldog brooch, gladiator sandals, pearls, J. Crew "Pavé cable link bracelet", signet ring, various jewelry
Sailor, sailor outfit: J. Crew "Maritime Anchor Dress" with zipper detail, bulldog brooch, gladiator sandals, pearls, J. Crew "Pavé cable link bracelet", signet ring, various jewelry
Sailor, sailor outfit: J. Crew "Maritime Anchor Dress" with zipper detail, bulldog brooch, gladiator sandals, pearls, J. Crew "Pavé cable link bracelet", signet ring, various jewelry

"Maritime Anchor Dress" - J. Crew (on sale here)
Gladiator sandals - Target (last seen here)
Pearls - had forever
Bulldog brooch - J. Crew
Assorted bangles including sunburst bangle - Forever 21
"Pavé cable link bracelet" - J. Crew (last seen here)
Pavé-ball cuff - Anthropologie
Pavé-ball, gold-ball, and pearl rings (stacked) - Target
Signet ring - Urban Outfitters
Claddagh ring - Seventh Street Gifts
Two-tone diamond watch - Citizen



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