First of all, I do want you to know that since the fourth of July, I have given myself another pedicure. I’m sure you’re sick of this one, but we’ll cycle through all these pictures from the past month eventually and then you’ll see the one I have now, which is super cute.
Second of all, I don’t know if I’ve ever made it abundantly clear on my blog, but I really hate flip flops. I try not to be a fashion snob about most things, but I have to draw a line somewhere, and this is it. Flip flops are the lazy man’s shoe, and with rare exception do they belong anywhere outside of the pool or locker room.
But, I am willing to concede that rare exception, provided the flip flops are cute (see glitter sandals above), the feet are in reasonably good condition (I inserted the word reasonably b/c I don’t really think mine are all that much to brag about), and the rest of the outfit warrants the casual footwear.
In my case, I was going for the ethereal, cool-girl look, so metallic flip flops both matched my jewelry and tank embellishments, but also maintained the casual vibe. And, maxis are actually really hard to pair with shoes. I’m short, so my skirts are often too long for flats. But they look funny with heels (or just too dressy), so wedges are usually the way to go. Fortunately, this skirt belonged to my grandma who was tiny and wealthy enough to have her clothes tailored, so I could get away with the flat shoes.
How do you feel about flip-flops? Am I being too hard on them, or do you mostly agree with my rules?
We didn’t think it would ever happen, but it has. The era of MC Hammer pants, once thought buried so deep only a few poorly dressed paleontologists could find it, has now returned. Fortunately, this version of the pant has evolved to a bit slimmer look. A bit.
Let me preface this post by saying, if you are hippy, don’t wear these pants. There’s nothing wrong with being hippy – hips are great for things like a coveted hour glass figure. They’re not great for pants with extra volume at the top and a tapered leg.
If you don’t have hips, though, these pants are a fun, and super comfortable (seriously, I felt like I was wearing pajama pants all day) addition to your wardrobe. To keep them from looking like pajama pants, I wore heels and a blazer. And, to minimize the volume at the top of the pants, I chose a blazer that hit mid-hip and broke up the lines. I’m not quite bold enough for the full-on genie look.
I know this will be a short-lived trend – if for no other reason, because most of the population can’t wear them. But, I fully intend on wearing this look out until it’s no longer socially acceptable.
Harem pants: Target
Sequin Tank: Wet Seal
Earrings: a gift from my sweet friend Bonnie. Theyr’e so pretty.
Bracelets: Boston boutique
If you have your grandmother’s wedding dress just waiting to be recycled, today would be the perfect time to pull it out because lace is having a moment.
I find lace to be a bit tricky, though, because most in my price range looks like it’s in my price-range and will snag the minute I take it out of the store.
Recently, however, I found this great off-white skirt at H&M, on sale for only $15. The lace is a higher quality than I see most places, and since it’s a pencil skirt, the cut is flattering on pretty much everyone. The color and cut both make it very versatile. I paired this skirt with a navy silk blouse, a strand of long pearls, and my favorite teal pumps (navy and dark teal are beautiful coordinating jewel tones), and polished it off with a bow ring (mainly because I’m a sucker for anything with bows).
While lace is often considered a more formal material, you can see that it easily transitions to a day-time piece by pairing it with the right office-appropriate counterparts. I’m glad this ultra-feminine material is back in vogue, and I hope it stays around for a very long time.
Happy New Year!
For the first time in a very long time, I made resolutions for the upcoming year. One of them is to be a better blogger.
I have this fancy schmancy new phone now, and although it does distort colors somewhat (you might have to suspend disbelief when I tell you what the colors are), I think it’s an easy way for me to document what I wear every day, without having to sort through all those enticing Polyvore pictures.
Also, it may make my life easier when I go to pack – I will have a catalog of great options.
So, thank you to everyone who encouraged me to blog again. Your confidence in me goes a really long way, and I’m looking forward to a very tastefully trendy 2013!