Friday, July 30, 2010

Bon voyage!

It's that time of year. Beach vacation. For a week. Don't be jealous. If I look smug in that picture, it's because I am. (I am just kidding.) I appreciated all of the positive comments this past week. It will be nice to have a week to clear my head and not be attached to a computer all day long. I have some posts planned for next week including a post appropriately about packing for a beach vacation. So stay tuned. Until then, enjoy your weekend and these links:

I love this roundup of summer style

I imagined Garance Dore would be the type of person who has interesting stories to tell.

Fourth picture down. I want that outfit that Lucy Hale is wearing.

Sea of shoes and her mom on nowness. Amazing house and as always shoes. 

The top 40 culturally relevant preppies. I believe JFK should be higher.

Ok so Mad Men isn't always entirely accurate. That's not why I watch.

A pinup girl seems appropriate as the next link. 

I have been wondering this question myself, "Why isn't Jon Hamm in more stuff?" Apparently crossing the line to middle America is as hard as crossing over to middle earth. 

Shameless plug. You can vote for my Mad Men look once a day.

Helen Mirren has great style, among other things.

Is Jason Schwartzman doing tai-chi without pants? Yes!

Hilarious blog: Man repeller.

(Photo by the boy)

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Work approp: Structured ruffles

I got this dress as a birthday gift from my aunt. Normally I would restrict its wear to weekends and going to the beach, but I thought it would be an interesting dress to pair with my structured work blazer. I really like the color and shape of the jacket with the soft flirty ruffles and colors of this dress. And it classifies as work appropriate. In our employee handbook, a skirt can be 6 inches above the knee. Can you believe that? That's quite short.
I was really excited when I saw this bridge. I thought it would be an awesome place to take outfit photos. Apparently there are many more joggers and cyclists in this park than I thought. One passed every minute, and stared. It was also extremely hot and humid. So if I look like I am in pain in these photos, it may very well be the case. I think you can actually see the humid haze in the top photo. 
H&M blazer; American Eagle dress; Nine West sandals; J.Crew necklace

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Chloe Winter 2010 RTW

Pretty impressive. I will be looking to this for inspiration all winter long. I love the adherence to typical fall and winter colors with the occasional departure such as the bright pink skirt and the patterned shirt dress, which looks like something that could have been pulled off the safari-train trend, but with a black turtleneck looks very appropriate for cooler temps.

(Via Wildfox)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

An American in Paris

I am over the moon about my haircut. It had been a long time coming. I didn't want to do anything too crazy before my sister's wedding so I just got it trimmed. With the wedding behind me, I told my hairdresser that I didn't want a lot of length taken off, but I still wanted something different. She gave me shorter, face framing layers in the front and back while only cutting an inch off the length. It's exactyl what I wanted—something different.
So when I picked out this outfit, I knew I wanted to wear something stylish and work appropriate, but fun for my hair appointment later that night. Do you feel the need to dress up when you get your haircut? Maybe because the salon I go to is also a spa and serves tea in the lobby that I feel like I need to put in the extra effort. This outfit ended up making me feel very Parisian, which I loved. Oh and the best part about this outfit is that the shoes were free (hand-me downs from my aunt), the shirt was $5 at H&M, and the skirt was $10 at H&M. So all in all I spent $15 on this outfit. Nice.
H&M top; H&M skirt; Mudd Shoes

Monday, July 26, 2010

Weekend recap: Terminal Tower


When I found out that the Terminal Tower in Cleveland would be opening for a few weeks this summer, I knew I had to check it out. Chicago has the Sears Tower, New York, the Empire State Building, but Cleveland has the Terminal Tower. The last time it was open was before 9/11. I had never gone up the tower before that. It was interesting to find out that until 1964, it was the tallest building in North America outside of New York. Here are some shots of the city from the 42nd floor.
Jacob's Field (Progressive Field) and the Gund Arena (Quicken Loans Arena).


Lake Erie

BP Tower

Public Square

Key Tower
 
A photo (Kodachrome) of Terminal Tower from the mid 50s courtesy of Michael Williams of A Continuous Lean. The tower went through a five-year $40 million-plus makeover after it closed post 9/11.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Mad Men Casting Call

When my dad, a part-time actor, asked me to help him with his submission to the Mad Men casting call, I thought it would be fun to send in my own submission as well. I already knew I had a great dress for it. An $8 thrift store purchase.

I knew we needed a good background for the photos so I suggested we head over to University Circle where Case Western Reserve's campus sits. Thankfully my big sis went to school there so I know the lay of the land. I remembered an old dormitory that is now used as offices and classrooms for the English Department—it's where I belong. It has yellow paneling and white window details with a big porch and columns; it's Guilford House. I thought some closeups would give it the feel of a nicer old home from the 60s. So I plopped myself on the porch railing, looking all dolled up and waiting for my husband to come home—that was the motivation anyways. So if you like what you see, please vote here. You can vote daily, as you can tell, because some people already have over 1,000 votes.

Over all it was a lot of fun to check out the house and get dressed up.  I am excited to watch the premiere this Sunday.

What I love about summer...

I've got fall on the brain. All I can think about are chunky sweaters, turkey, and scarves. It doesn't help that retailers have our brains so perfectly trained that we start thinking of fall exactly at this time of year when fall clothes are just appearing in stores. It's too early, and it's too hot. Summer is too short and too wonderful to be thinking about fall. So I decided to compile a list of my favorite things about summer that I want to savor for as long as possible.

1. The number one thing I wish for when it's cold outside is to be able to throw on a cute dress and run out the door without a care in the world.

2. I love to eat and dine with friends. The only thing better than eating itself is eating outside.

3. I am not into all of the really really dark or hoppy beers. I like the light, fruity taste of a good summer beer.

4. Living near Lake Erie, an accessible beach is a 5 minute drive away. The beach is a hallmark for my entire summer whether on vacation or not.

5. I am starting quite a collection of bathing suits. I love them all—polka dot, striped, or solid. And nothing is more comfortable or sexy in this weather than a bikini.

6. I love being able to decorate a table with fresh flowers and seeing them growing in the garden.

7. Showing off my colorful toe nails. This may seem boring, but I love wearing sandals, and plus, my toes have to hide for the other 9 months of the year.

8. Summer fruit and farmer's markets. I hate when stores start carrying three varieties of fruit—apples, oranges, and bananas. Give me watermelon, cantaloupe, and peaches any day.

9. Longer days. I have a lot to accomplish in a day. I don't like when it gets dark outside at 5 in the dead of winter.

10. Summer vacation/trips. I love to travel and a long weekend in the summer is no better excuse to pick a place on the map and just drive. A week at the beach is nice too.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Black and white lines

Pretty simple outfit today. I really like the graphic print of this skirt and how it makes a simple white t-shirt more interesting. I like wearing a skirt like this to work when I am bored with my typical work wear. I did not go to work barefoot as it appears in these photos. I had on silver flats, which you can barely see because of the grass. This is also the last photo of my hair before I got it cut. I didn't get a lot of length cut off, but I did try something different, which I am really liking.
Ann Taylor Loft t-shirt; Forever 21 skirt; Aldo ballet flats; Francesca's rose quartz necklace

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Summer is the champion, let's get busy in the grass

Here is my first batch of photos using the tripod (birthday present from big sis). I am pretty excited with how they turned out despite me feeling really awkward taking photos of myself in public. I guess I will have to get used to people staring at me. But anyways, I wanted to try photographing my mom's vintage dress again because I didn't feel like I got a great photo of it the first time I wore it here. I love the sheer skirt and the way it lays loosely but is still flattering. It has definitely been a go-to on these hot, humid days.
Mom's dress; Nine West sandals; Banyan Tree hat; Francesca's rose quartz necklace 

Monday, July 19, 2010

Happy Monday!


Here is a little musical accompaniment to your gloomy Monday morning. I really like the music video. I haven't liked a music video in a long time. Of course I don't watch many music videos anymore. Usually the songs I like that are on youtube are some sketch video that someone took at a concert. I am totally not living up to my reputation as part of the MTV Generation.

Outfit posts to come this week. And I am really excited because I have been using my new tripod that my sister and brother-in-law got me for my birthday! Hopefully you will see a slight difference in the quality of the photos.

Happy Monday! Hope you enjoyed your weekend!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Betty White still loves Cleveland


Amazing...


(Credit?)

Wardrobe Remix Contest

As you may already know, I entered a contest on Chictopia that challenges you to remix one item of clothing. Here is my attempt at remixing my army green shirt. If you like the looks please vote for it here by clicking on the yellow star. The winner gets their look featured in Teen Vogue, which would be pretty cool! If you want to enter yourself, you can find all the rules here. Thanks for putting up with my shameless plug! Back to fashioning!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Bella

This is Bella. She was just adopted by my little sister and her boyfriend. She came over the other day for some well deserved petting and play time.

Silk blouses

I have been really into silk blouses lately. I love how retro and 70s a silk blouse looks. I imagine pairing it with big gold bangles or hoop earrings. The nice thing about this one is it looks like it can be worn as either a dress or tucked into trouser pants. And it is not overly embellished. At $33 I wonder if I can find something similar for less at the thrift store. 

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Weekend recap: Sioux Falls, SD

When I was in Sioux Falls, SD, this past weekend for a wedding, the boy took me to some of the major attractions of the city. First up, and probably the one thing you want to make sure you see if you are visiting, is the 14,000-year old Sioux Falls. According to siouxfalls.org, a prehistoric people left numerous burial grounds on the high bluffs near the river. The pink stone of the falls is called quartzite bedrock. For a dollar at the gift shop, you can own a piece of Sioux Falls quartzite. 

Look at that water power. Oh yeah!
Nature!
We did more sightseeing, including a walking tour of a historic neighborhood with homes dating back to the 1900s, but I could not find any photos online. I didn't want to take any photos because people still live in these houses. If you are interested, the architectural styles include Queen Anne and Italianate and many of the house have the original curved glass windows still in tact. The houses are absolutely gorgeous.
Lastly we went on the Sculpture Walk, which consists of sculptures done by different artists of different styles scattered throughout the downtown area. This was one, titled, Lazy Days by Kate Denton, England, was one of my favorites.

There are probably many more sights to see and places to encounter, but working around a fun-filled weekend of wedding activities was a bit challenging. I know on good authority that the pawn shops and antique stores are really fun to visit. That is, after all, where my beau bought me my South Dakota Black Hills gold ring.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Polka dot perfection

My flight back to the beautiful city of Cleveland last night kept getting delayed because of the weather. I didn't get home until 1:30 am so I am staying awake at work today with a sliver of hope and an IV drip of coffee. Needless to say I am glad to be home, despite us being LeBron James-less. Let's get over that and move onto fashion. This polka dot shirt was a birthday gift from my mom and dad. I had been eying it at H&M for a while and just never purchased it for this reason or another. It's nice to finally have it in my wardrobe. And I of course was excited when I realized it would go well with my red pants that are so hard to style.
H&M top; H&M pants: Nine West shoes; Nordstrom cardigan
Me looking to the future, hoping LeBron will come back. One day...

Friday, July 9, 2010

Happy Friday!

I have only been home three days since seeing the boy and I already had to unpack and repack my bags for a trip to Sioux Falls, South Dakota for a wedding. It's my first time seeing/visiting this state in all its Midwestern glory. So I am very excited to check it out. I hope you enjoy your weekend! Ciao!

Some links:

Chic sketches

Gossip girl fashion

Understated elegance

Living in Sixteen Candles

Love the fan, shoes, and oriental rug here

Lobsters in Maine? Forget about it!

I am worried, unsure, anxious about J.Crew's departure from its usual style this fall.

Le Love

Oh Olivia

Perfection 

(Photo by Patrick Smith, Paris)

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Army Green remixed look 3

Here is the third look of the remix. This time I went for a much more casual rough around the edges effect, especially my hair. That is what happens when I let it go for too long. After a full day of hot humid air, my hair has no chance. But that's OK because clean and polished hair wouldn't really look right with this outfit. This is definitely one of those running-errands-on-the-weekend-but-still-want-to-look-chic-so-I'll-wear-my-heels look. I got my inspiration for the outfit from J.Crew's summer catalog. I thought it was a pretty good attempt at recreating the look. Although I wish I had the cool jacket the model is wearing. See all three looks here and click on the star to add me as your favorite.
J.Crew button down; H&M top (from Mom and Dad); Little sister's shorts; Nine West Shoes; H&M purse

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