Friday, August 31, 2012

Awkward



There's something about wearing full length skirts or dresses that always makes me feel a bit awkward, so pairing this skirt with the leather vest and studded boots was a great way to counteract that sensation. Maybe it's just that long skirts make me feel sort of hippie, even though they don't necessarily look that way. I always love the way this skirt looks in photos, but I still find it hard to get used to when I have it on.

Do you ever wear things that you know look great but make you feel a bit awkward or 'off' somehow?

Vest: Cotelac
Top: a gift from Sal
Skirt: Anthropologie
Boots: All Black
Bracelet: Betsey Johnson

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Guilt by Association


This dress so perfectly fits my style, especially as it has evolved over the last couple of years. More and more I'm leaning towards outfits that have fewer items and less complexity, so a dress that has built-in visual interest and needs little accessorizing is perfect. I can throw it on in the morning, add a couple of foolproof pieces of jewelry, and go. The fact that it has some stretch to it and doesn't easily wrinkle makes it comfy and wearable all day.

I love how the shape of the panels at the hips hint at a peplum without actually being one. I love peplums on jackets and tops but I'm not generally a fan of them dresses or skirts except in rare cases. To my eye they often look like an afterthought, just stuck on there and interrupting the flow of the garment. Plus they just bring back way too many 80's flashbacks for me, like this purple number below. Not something I would've worn even in the 80's, but I suppose I feel a bit of guilt by association.




Dress: Helmut Lang
Necklace: Wendy Brandes
Bracelet, rings: Metal Pointu
Bag: Botkier
Boots: Brako

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Low Key



This dress mainly gets worn on weekends because it's so casual, but this outfit was perfect for a low key Friday when not as many people are in the office and we rarely have meetings. I definitely wouldn't wear the dress to work without layering something over it, because it has spaghetti straps which I don't think are appropriate for any office environment, even one as casual as mine.

The shoes are the result of a months-long search for the perfect black wedges. I wanted something with little embellishment, a 1-2 inch height, and rounded toes. I must've ordered 5 or 6 pairs from Zappos, but only these fit the bill and all the rest went back. Gotta love Zappos for having free shipping both ways. 


Dress: Athleta
Cardigan: All Saints
Shoes: Cole Haan

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Mushroom


This long cardigan is fun to wear when it's windy, since it's lightweight and blows around like a cape. The top is one that I bought before my last trip to France. It's tissue thin and was great by itself for the hot days in Aix-en-Provence, but it needs to be layered up for most days here. Now that we're into the heart of summer we're getting a lot of the cold, foggy days that San Francisco is known for, which means layers and boots.

The top is sort of a mushroom color, which frankly isn't very flattering to my skin tone, but pairing it with the cream-colored cardigan and accenting it with black brought in the necessary contrast to make it work.

Top: LA Made
Cardigan: Twelfth Street Cynthia Vincent
Pants: Club Monaco
Boots: Brako
Necklace: Metal Pointu
Bag: Boktier

Monday, August 13, 2012

Intentional Black



A long ago post of Sal's discussed being intentional with black, and that's what I thought of when I put together this outfit. Here I'm using it as a high contrast accent, letting it appear in small swatches but repeating it so that it doesn't look like I simply didn't have other items to choose from. In this outfit none of the clothing had any black in it but I really wanted to wear the sandals, so I chose a small coordinating handbag and necklace so that no single piece created a large expanse of black and yet they all worked together. Throwing in the brass and crystal bracelet kept the whole thing from being overly matchy.

Dress: Thrifted
Cardigan: Max Studio
Sandals: Michael Kors
Bag: Zadig & Voltaire
Bracelet: Leslie Danzis

Friday, August 10, 2012

Lazy Gal


I've concluded after a few tries that this is about the closest my hair will get to the 1960's-European-actress look I wrote about a few months ago. It comes out alright, but it's generally more work than I want to put in every day, which is why I usually wear it straight.

To achieve this style I put in a little Blow it Up while my hair is wet, then dry it until it's barely dry. Then I put my hair up in thermal self grip rollers. It takes about 5-7 minutes to put all my hair up, since the rollers just stick in the hair by themselves and don't have to be clipped in place. Then I just hit each roller carefully with the hair dryer on the lowest velocity and highest heat. The metal core of the roller heats up and curls the hair, and then letting it cool thoroughly locks the curls in place.

Before I take the rollers out I spritz on a little light hold hairspray just to keep the curls in place while I work with them. It's important not to use too stiff a hairspray or else the rollers won't come out. Then I just run my fingers through a couple of times, arrange the curls the way I want, and finish with my favorite strong hold hairspray. If the curls are a bit frizzy I might scrunch in a little Aerate or Water Wax before the last coat of hairspray to give it more smoothness and shine.

It sounds like a lot of products and a lot of time, but in total I'd say this takes me about 15 to 20 minutes instead of my usual 5. Not bad, but I'm sort of a lazy gal when it comes to my hair, so I can't be bothered to go to all that trouble every day. It's nice when I'm feeling a little euro inspired though -- if only I had a vintage Vespa to drive to work on. Ciao bella!


Blazer: Helmut Lang
Top: thrifted
Pants: Rag & Bone
Boots: Brako
Bag: Boktier

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Executive


It's been so long since I took this photo that by now the blue color has completely washed out of my hair. It fades out after only about a week, and since I'm not taking photos every day anymore I only caught a few outfits where you could still see it.

This was an outfit for a presentation I had to give in front of our executive team. I wanted something that looked polished but not too business-formal, since hardly anyone in our office ever dresses that way, even the executives.

Dress: All Saints
Cardigan: Anthropologie
Belt: a gift from mom
Bag: Coccinelle
Tights: Hue
Shoes: Calvin Klein