Friday, May 31, 2013

How to Cultivate Eclectic Personal Style (a Cheat Sheet)

How to Cultivate Eclectic Personal Style

I was flipping through this book recently, and was struck by the way the author described "eclectic" style. She broke the book down into chapters, each featuring a different style: "Bohemian," "classic," etc. But, when she got to eclectic, she described it as being a combination of different styles.

Basically, you go through life, experimenting, changing your style every few years. Maybe you're a bit punk in high school, but by college you are more Bohemian, and after that you start to get into minimalism. Eventually, you have your own, unique, "eclectic" style comprised of all the best parts of each genre. You kept the leather jacket from your punk phase, and your favorite maxi skirt from your bohemian phase, and now you wear them both with a breton top from your minimalism phase. That's eclectic style!

Wow, I thought, that's such a good description of how personal style can evolve!

I have so many reference points for my own style, from designers to movies to characters in books! Sometimes I full-on embrace the character I'm feeling that day and dress 100% nautical or 100% grunge. But, more often than not, I combine a few seemingly contradictory references into one outfit.

Here are some of my favorite examples from past outfit posts.

Farmer meets Rockabilly

The rockabilly elements of this outfit (leather, nipped-in waist, saddle oxfords) are grounded by the country sensibility of a gingham button-down.

Farmer + Rockabilly

Heidi meets Western

The heidi braids are a nice contrast to the denim-on-denim look of this "Texas tuxedo."

Heidi + Western

Punk meets Romantic

This is a combination I wear a lot. I love to tone down a tiered dress with a leather jacket or dress up a band tee with a floral skirt. As opposites, these two styles work together in perfect, balanced harmony.

Punk + Romantic

Military meets Garden Party

A casual, olive-green jacket makes a silky floral dress more appropriate for daytime. Add tights, and you've got a way to wear a summer dress in the colder months. 

Military + Garden Party

Casual meets Glamorous

Another great example of how contrasting elements can make an evening piece daytime appropriate: a white t-shirt is the perfect counterpoint to a sequin skirt. 

Casual + Glamorous

Sporty meets High Fashion

What can I say? Sometimes, you get the urge to wear Versace to the tennis court. Versace for H&M, but still. 

Sporty + High Fashion

'20s meets '50s 

Era mixing is a great way to keep vintage clothing from looking like a costume. Here, a '50s cardi gives shape to a fringed flapper dress. 

'20s + '50s

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Monday, May 27, 2013

25th Birthday Wish List

25th Birthday wish list

Lately, I've been thinking a lot about pretty little things, details that make life more beautiful: a neon-hued makeup bag, a fashionable camera strap, decorative silverware, and lovely undergarments that no one else sees but that make you feel sexy all day long. 

I'm turning 25 on June 4th, and I know it will be the little things that make the day special as well: a brunch cocktail, a walk with Ryan through our neighborhood, a happy-birthday message from a friend. 

What do you like to do on your birthday?

01. Marc by Marc Jacobs neoprene framed "Big Blitz" pouch, Shopbop; Oriental flower strappy bralet and knickers, Topshop; Rookie Yearbook One by Tavi Gevinson, Amazon; Ticket stub Diary, Modcloth; Confetti dot teaspoon set, Leif; "Super Deluxe" chain-and-leather camera strap in black, Sarah Frances Kuhn

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Our Vegas Vacation (in Instagrams and DSLR photos)

Vegas vacation

Vegas vacation

Ryan and I spend this past weekend in Vegas with my parents and my extended family. My cousin Becky got married with Elvis officiating. She entered in a pink cadillac, and all the bridesmaids and groomsmen wore blue suede shoes. It was such a fun wedding. I danced so much that I broke the straps on my shoes and had to throw them away!

The rest of the weekend was a lot of fun as well. We saw Cirque du Soleil's "Love," their Beatles show; we ate lots of good food; and we walked around doing lots of people watching and getting a feel for the truly unique strangeness, opulence, and kitsch that is Las Vegas. 

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Love me some Elvis!

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Had a lovely afternoon at the pool! #vegas
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Just had the cheapest and most delicious meal since we arrived. Hand-stretched noodles: yum!
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