Friday, February 10, 2012

She really is a funny girl

Hi! I'm in a very good mood today because I finally got some important details of my thesis ironed out and I finally, finally have an estimated ETA for the conclusion of the grad school phase of my life! This makes me very happy for many reasons, some of which you can probably guess if you've been a grad student. ;) I have a lot of work ahead of me, but I've got a really solid plan to accomplish it and I'm really excited for this glimpse of the "light at the end of the tunnel."

Here's a casual outfit that I wore a few weekends ago to see Beauty and the Beast. Belle is "my" princess and I've always related to her. My first memory of this movie is at one of my first sleepovers when I was about six, and I immediately knew that Belle was my kind of hero. I can so understand the feeling that you're meant for greater things but not knowing how to achieve them (and ending up spending a lot of time dreaming about achieving them). And growing up, I was always the "funny girl" (and by "funny" I mean "weird") who had "a dreamy, far-off look and her nose stuck in a book." I remember being baffled that someone so much like me could be the hero of a story. It's my second favorite Disney movie (favorite being The Lion King, but all Disney movies are my favorites), so I knew I had to see it in the theater again. My boyfriend is kind of awesome and not only took me to see it, but claims he enjoyed himself. Yeah, think I'll keep him.

Skirt: UO (for $5, sweet!)
Tee: Talbot's
Tights: DSW
Shoes: new favorites from Aerosoles
Necklace: Kohl's

(Are you surprised that I chose Belle as my princess for the upcoming Disney Princess Half Marathon? Nope? I didn't think so.)

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Old items, new outfits

Every once in awhile, you come across a chance to own an older item you thought you'd missed out on. This happened to me last month when a super nice poster on the Effortless Anthropologie trade market was kind enough to sell me her J Crew Bow Skirt. I had seen this on some of my favorite bloggers and loved it, but I never thought I'd have the opportunity to own one. Thank you so much, Bonnie, for selling me this skirt! I love it (and my boyfriend gave it the stamp of approval, too).

Here's how I wore it on its first outing:

J Crew Bow Skirt (Thanks, Bonnie!)
Anthropologie Creative Outlet Tank
Cardigan: Target
Tights: gift from Mom
Shoes: Poetic License

(Sorry for the awful lighting of this photo. I took it during the harsh light of day and had to edit the heck out of it for you to even be able to see the colors of the clothes!)

Monday, February 6, 2012

Burnt Sienna

Good morning! I'm back again!

This dress is a relatively new ModCloth favorite from late 2011. When I got an email about a %-off promotion for vintagey items plus free shipping, I knew I had to pounce. So far I've really enjoyed wearing it! I don't own a dress in this color, and it satisfies my craving for comfortable and un-fussy yet cute and work appropriate dresses. I played it a little safe with green and brown in this outfit.

ModCloth Burnt Sienna Sweetheart Dress (currently out of stock, but sign up for notification here)
DSW shoes
Jessica Simpson tights
old Kohl's necklace

Saturday, February 4, 2012

I've been a bad girl.

Um. Hi.

I know it's been a ridiculous amount of time since I last posted here. A lot of factors contributed to me not posting, including being busy with life events (cough thesis proposal cough) and just not being all that happy with my outfits/pictures. I've also been pretty busy with friends/boyfriend, my dancing, and being totally consumed with excitement over the upcoming Hunger Games movie. I've actually been planning a Somewhat Serious Post here over the past week or two inspired by the thinky-thoughts I had when I read the Hunger Games trilogy, namely how I can reconcile my love of clothes and pretty things with the themes of the books. Don't get too scared; I'm not giving up fashion 'cause I read a book, and if I turned away from pretty clothes every time I read a book that bashes consumerism, I would have no clothes. But the focus on fashion in The Hunger Games has led me to think it'd be a logical tie-in with the focus of this blog, so look for that soon.

I've noticed that if I fall out of the habit of posting, it becomes even easier to not post. And then if a certain amount of time goes by, I'll feel odd coming back to posting, as if I've insulted all my readers with my absence and just continuing to hide would be less rude than being all "Um. Hi." But while I might not have the time or inclination to post every day, I do enjoy cataloging my outfits here and interacting with readers and having a record of what looks good and what doesn't. Thank you to everyone who kept me on their reader list -- I really don't mean to be away for these long stretches, and I'll try to do better in the future!

I actually have two outfits today. I got a pair of red pants for Christmas, which I've been wanting, and surprisingly they go with a lot. I put together two different looks and wanted to show you them together. Next on my list is to finally acquire some colored denim. Corduroy is fun for winter and early spring, but I'm going to need some other options with this crazy 'winter' we've been having lately. I'm not super happy with the quality of these photos, but I'm still learning how to use Photoshop.

First, casual dinner-slash-thesis-whinefest with boyfriend:

Pants: Macy's
Dress/tunic: JC Penny (old)
Cardigan: Target
Headband: Anthropologie
Shoes: DSW

Then, hardcore-lit-review-whinefest with my computer at home:

Pants: Macy's
Tee: Talbot's (another Christmas gift)
Necklace: gift from my sister from local Charleston shop
Rain boots: Kamik

I think I might have left the house that day. Maybe.

Even though I haven't been blogging, I do still have lots of old outfit pictures in my camera, so I really hope to start sharing those soon. What about you, lovely readers? How is life for you?