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Fashion from the fashionably unstylish.
April 26, 2012

Currently Trending: Athletic Wear

Often, when there is a lag in outfit posts on my blog, it's because I haven't been doing anything interesting:  I've been hanging around my apartment in sweats.  The kind folks over at ADAM are trying to make that into something worth documenting.  I'm not sure I'm on board with silk sweat pants yet, but I did dip my toe in the athletic-wear water recently.  Independent Fashion Bloggers also asked about asked bloggers to weigh in on the trend.  No matter my personal comfort with sporty-chic, it's definitely trending for Spring 2012.

April 23, 2012

Outfit of the Day: 4/23/2012

Top, sunnies, Torrid; jeans, Forever 21+; shoes, Mossimo at Target; headband, purchased at Donna and Toots

After a week off, it felt good to be back in front of the camera.  Somethimes, I get worn out by the daily outfit posts and feel like I'm posting the same thing over and over.  Sometimes, I get unexplicably sick.  This week, both happened.  I started the week wearing the same ol' jeans and cardigan uniform, then fell ill.  Today, a lack of food in the apartment drove me to the grocery store for yogurt.  It was warm enough to forgo any kind of layering with this top, and I like that.  The lipstick I'm wearing has been on my mind since I wrote about it a few weeks ago, I think this picture does the color more justice than the last one, though!  I like a good swath of color on my lips, especially when under my sunglasses I'm not wearing any other makeup.

April 23, 2012

How to Wear It: Cloche Hats

Cloche Hats


Wedding planning has started to seep into my fashion sensibilities.   I guess immersing yourself in visual inspiration will have that effect.  I've been obsessing over cloche hats for a few weeks now, so I thought I'd tinker around with styling them in a way that doesn't skew "costume."
  1. Subway Romance
    As a topper for a chilly day, I think a cloche pairs well with a classic trench.  A simple outfit of  jeans with a flowy blouse amped up by jewelry keeps the 1920s feel of the hat while remaining completely contemporary.
  2. Splashing in the Wading Pond
    A straw version of the cloche is totally appropriate for an afternoon in the park.  An easy sundress with minimal sandals keeps you ready for whatever adventures come your way!
  3. Cocktail Hour
<p>I'm in love with speakeasies right now, so I thought a themed night out outfit would be amazingly fun.  A simple, slightly baggy dress, knee-high stockings and loafers show the simplicity of the 1920s, while the pearls bely the era's opulance.
What do you think?  Can cloches stay out of the costume deep-end?  Would you wear one?
April 17, 2012

Weekly DIY: Sparkly Invitations

I know, I know, I teased a beading project two weeks ago saying it was coming on April 9.  Unfortunately, it's not complete, but these are!  I love using glitter, I hope you do too.  I'm using my save-the-dates for this tutorial, but really, you could use this technique for any kind of fancy invitation you wanted!

You will need:

  1. Colored cardstock (I chose black)
  2. Printed invitations with enough space to glue your cardstock to
  3. A fun, pretty, or whatever adjective you prefer, stamp
  4. Ink
  5. Embossing powder
  6. Scissors
  7. A blow drier (or an embossing heat tool, if you like to do things properly)
  8. Hair spray (or spray sealant, again, if you like to do things properly)
  9. A glue stick or two


First, ink your stamp!

Then, stamp, of course!  My ink was barely visible against the black cardstock.  I would recommend choosing a color combination for which this is not the case with yours.  The embossing powder will come off, which is fine, but if you want people to understand your design, you probably want them to be able to see what's underneath!

Cover the stamp with your embossing powder.  I recommend doing this on top of newspaper or something of that sort.

Pour off the excess and you'll have a sparkly design left!

Use your preferred heating method to seal the embossing powder to the stamp.  If you're using a blow dryer, be sure to set it to low speed and hold it a reasonable distance away from the card.

Holding the card about an arm's length away from you, lightly spray with hairspray to seal.  If you're using a spray adhesive, follow the guidelines on the container.

Put glue ALL OVER the back of your cardstock.  And I do mean all over.

Line up the edges of your cards and press down.

Cut off the excess cardstock, if necessary.

If you're using hairspray as a sealant, spray the stamp again.

Et voila!  A lovely invitation.  If your edges are curled like the one seen above, simply weight the corners overnight.

April 15, 2012

On This Day in History: 4/14/2008

This is a fun topic to discuss because it's about business casual attire.  Something I hope I'll get to wear more of in the near future.  In college, I was in a sorority, which comes with a dress code at certain events.  We had what was called "pin attire" which is really just a fancy name for business casual.  At the time, I was relatively clueless about how to put this together and look good (though if we really dissect my archives, in general I wasn't very artful with the way I put my clothes together) so I enjoyed the opportunity to update the look.

The Old:  April 14, 2008:

It's not bad.  The flip flops can even be forgiven, since I was wearing a boot for a bad sprain and it didn't fit inside any of my shoes.  However, I think it could be much better.

Top, Old Navy; blazer, Ann Taylor Loft/gifted from a friend; pants, Lane Bryant; shoes, Alfani; jewelry, unknown

Yep, this blazer again.  If I'd had it in college, you'd better believe it'd have made lots of appearances at sorority events.  While I did like the grey pants, they're gone like much of the rest of my 2008 wardrobe.  The shirt is the same, though.  And I even managed to dig up my old Sigma pin!

April 14, 2012

Links à la Mode: Week of April 12, 2012


Edited by: Sonia of In Pursuit of Style

Beyond just the change in temperatures, something key to this time of year is spring cleaning. Whether it be your closet, desk in your office or your body of toxins, its a great time to get rid of the old and be open to change. Make an effort this week, or this month, to add a little loose change into your life, be it changes to your fabulous blog, purchasing that sparkly skirt you’ve had your eye on and never thought you could wear or even adding some sassy leopard to you look!




New Sale at Shopbop: Some Odd Rubies, Anya Hindmarch Bags, See by Chloe Handbags,Jerome Dreyfuss Bags, Cut25 DressesSunglasses, Foley + Corinna, Women’s Hats,Charlotte Ronson, Vera Wang Shoes, Result Wear, Loeffler Randall Sandals & Platform Sandals

If you would like to submit your link for next week’s Links à la Mode, please register first, then post your links HERE. The HTML code for this week will be found in the Links a la Mode group will be published later today. ~Jennine


April 13, 2012

Inspiration Friday: Paddington Bear

Paddington Bear


Maybe it's a little silly to take inspiration from an illustrated bear, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't at least a little silly.  After a solid block of sunny days, the rain has returned to Seattle.  I'm taking a cue from Paddington and putting on the waterproof layers--they keep me nice and cozy!
April 13, 2012

Outfit of the Day: 4/12/2012

Top, Gap; button-down, L.L. Bean; jeans, belt, Old Navy; shoes, Report; jewelry, unknown

On days when I'm feeling crummy (like today), I tend to reach into my fiance's part of the closet.  There's something comforting about the way his button-downs fit and feel that puts me at ease.  I love the oversized shirt because it hides the flaws I want hidden, while still allowing me to show off my curves when belted.  Paired with skinny jeans and flats, I don't see a way that it could go wrong!

April 12, 2012

Now Trending: Sea-Sation

Maybe it's the warm weather around the corner, maybe it's the cruise all the big designers took together (you know it happened), but all things ocean-inspired are on trend for Spring.  Let's take a look.

April 12, 2012

Outfit of the Day: 4/11/2012

Top, Old Navy; cardigan, Mossimo at Target; skirt, Torrid; tights, GNW; shoes, Sam Edelman; jewelry, gifts from my mom and fiance

This was what I wore to my second interview at the same place as Monday!  I think it went well, I've got high hopes!  This outfit seems a little more "tea with your great aunt" than "serious applicant," but this was another circumstance where my serious interview clothes would have been too formal.  So I went a little casual and I think I looked pretty good!

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