Thursday, June 24, 2010

Canal District Clothing Swap (Part 2)

As promised, below are my outfit photos from the swap, big thanks to Ann Ruthmann for being our photographer for the day:
Top: H&M ($5)
Leather Skirt: Vintage Thrift ($3)
Tights: UO ($14)
Flats: Gap ($34)
Ann did a great job of hiding the ENORMOUS run in my stockings that happened on my way to the swap, luckily it was on the back of my leg so it didn't completely ruin the integrity of my ensemble. Just the back. I left my apartment early that morning, with little time to get ready I chose a classic black and white color scheme using not-so-classic pieces.

This skirt almost ended up in the shop, but seconds before listing it I decided to try it on. Serendipitously, it fit. Which was surprising because it never had before. See, sometimes when you refuse to try stuff on in the gnarly Salvation Army fitting rooms you strike out, as I did with this skirt back in December. However I guess I've been taking exceptionally good care of myself, because now it fits like a glove. Still a bit Zaftig, but I like my silhouette that way. Anyways, I like how it looked paired with this H&M top, the striped bell sleeves I thought were particularly interesting.
I'll admit to being a little relieved by having these photos all ready to post today. The weather has been unbearably hot this week and taking photos of my outfits just wasn't in the cards. Mostly because my outfits have been consisting of cut-offs, sandals, and any shirt that lets a breeze through. I'm also red as a tomato due to an unfortunate lack of forethought before going to the beach on Tuesday. Wear sunscreen, folks. I feel so terrible for my cats during this weather, they just lie on the tiled floor waiting for sunset and some cool air to blow through, I'm actually considering getting and air conditioner just to make them happy. I know: crazy. cat. lady. I've heard it all before.

Do you have any tips for helping your pets stay cool in the summer?

34 comments:

Ashley said...

WHAT?!?! you don't have air conditioning?!?!?! I guess up north it wouldn't be that big of a deal, but the idea of it makes me tear up it sounds so painful - during my never-ending apartment hunt, I recently found the cutest, cheapest apartment ever in a charming neighborhood with exposed brick, original hardwoods...and no a/c. So I didn't get it. I would die (people do!) without a/c in the Missouri summers!

rosemaryx said...

what a perfect little outfit!

<3

Orchid Grey said...

Ashley, I know right now it seems crazy but we really only get warm weather end of May through early September. I'm seriously considering it though!

Camilla said...

I love that skirt.

pineapplemint said...

once i put an ice cube on my kitty's head. he didn't mind it, but this was not a lasting solution. i try to fill up the water bowl several times throughout the day, since my cats drink a lot and i am sure they prefer fresh, cool water.

the snark said...

if you have a closet that will stay cool if the door is kept open at night and shut in the day, you could let them have vacations into it when it gets too hot. maybe leave extra bowls of iced water around? make a temporary bed in the cool bathtub?

Zeeluh said...

love your outfit!
and wow where i live we need air conditioning year round.
blasted heat.
anywho just make sure your cats always have water and a shady place to lay and they will be just fine.
:)

Vanessa said...

Well, dogs are a little easier as they like water :o) However, I do know a few cats that like to lay in the bathtub, playing with dripping sink water, etc. I would say make sure they have access to a fan or two, an open window at night, and always some shade - which I'm sure is easy for house cats. And super cold water!

Jennette said...

I freeze a water bottle and then put it on the floor. My cat likes to lick the condensation off as it melts. I call it a "cat popsicle."

Melanie said...

Love this look! Super cute photos, too.

Melanie@UnravelledThreads

kelly ann said...

you look so pretty! :)

as far as keeping pets cool, we have two small dogs at my house and we get their bellies shaved and keep their fur shorter in the hotter months... "hot" for california, that is. ;) it doesn't get NEARLY as hot (or humid) as the east coast, we're lucky. we also have a big fan that sits on the floor and is exactly at their level, they'll lounge in front of it for hours.

Becca Jane said...

I really like your outfit - very simple and classy.

With regards to pets and keeping them cool - our cats never seemed to mind the summer, granted, I'm from an island where there is always a breeze and the ocean keeps the temperature fairly moderate. With our dog though who has longer thicker fur, we would get the groomer to give him the puppy cut, which basically trims down everything but his head and tail really short - he loves that since it really cools him off

MissKellie said...

Oooh, cute outfit! And the skirt looks great! It's always so exciting when you can fit into something that used to be just a little too small! :D

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missrantsypants said...

Not really..the tile floor seems to work for them. They love it.

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Kathyrine said...

Great outfit. I have those same stockings from UO, and they were ruined so quickly. I tried so hard to keep them nice...

eatsleepwear said...

u.look.fab. enough said ;)

xo, Kim www.eatsleepwear.com

thinkoutloud1996 said...

I am pretty certain that I would love to have your closet.
Question: Do you think you could ever do a post on what thrift shops you frequent?

Orchid Grey said...

thank you all for the amazing tips! I like Jeanette's "cat popsicle"! idea!

tory said...
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tory said...

first off, put-together & pretty, as ever.

secondly, i have friends who put ice in their cat's water bowls. i have more friends who, in fabulously hot austin, texas, shave their kitties. i know it sounds absolutely ridiculous, and they do look ridiculous, but their coats get so thick in the winter that it's sort of the only thing to do for them (because they can't sweat). all their little bodies except for paws, tail and head get a buzz cut come may so the kits can still go outdoors. i know texas has a much different weather pattern than y'all do in massachusetts, but from the sound of it we're all experiencing full-tilt summer right now; maybe a shorter coat would be much appreciated!

Santina said...

I, too, feel badly for our animal friends in the heat. I actually soak a hand towel and stick it in the freezer for a bit. Then, while my cat is laying down, I put the towel over him and he just lays there. Might be worth a shot...until you get an air conditioner for them, which I have also done in the past. :)

Good luck!

Santina
http://stylebysantina.blogspot.com/

electricsbubbles said...

I love this outfit *_*
Is so sweet

Kisses

Beryl said...

Ice cubes in their water bowl. My cats love it!

sallieoh said...

I was very worried about our large hairy dog and cat when we moved from the northeast to Texas. But I've found that animals are fairly resilient! Just make sure they have plenty of water - and don't freak out when they start shedding like crazy! Also, as a fellow Northener (where I think being adverse to AC is in our blood) closing the blinds and curtains on your windows (a.k.a turning your home into a cave) and keeping a fan on does wonders for summer heat. Love the white leather skirt!
Sallie

The Daily Fashionista said...

A friend let me borrow a portable ac unit for my living room which is nice. Maybe someone could lend you one. I'm also a wonderful neighbor (patting my back as I type this) and I take my neighbor's cat inside my apartment when it gets too hot. He likes to laze about on the fire escape but then he looks a little too uncomfortable so he just walks right in with me. Maybe a nice neighbor will do that for you. It's also a plus that half our building is either an animal rights activist or works for PETA so we all help each other out.

Sarah Michelle Griisser said...

When I was a kid and in AZ we used to freeze water bottles and put them in our rabbits' cages. This way they could lean against them and cool off.

Not sure how well this would work with cats, but may be worth a try.

revital said...

gorgeous outfit!! I really like the skirt!

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hillary said...

OK I have lurked until now. I just have to butt in.
How could you ever describe yourself as Zaftig? I know everyone sees themselves as differently than others but zaftig means plump and girl I have to say you are downright slim. My friends and I comment to each other how beautiful you are (and your hair! we started a fan club)

Seriously you are very slender and have an enviable figure. If the skirt didn't fit it was just being a bitch.

Orchid Grey said...

Thanks Hilary for the kind comment and positive re-enforcement!

For the record I don't see myself as a large girl, I was calling myself Zaftig because this skirt has a tendency to emphasize the curvier parts of my body- which are my favorite parts by the way.

Lexie, Little Boat said...

awwwwww! your poor kitties! having no a/c is rough! i didn't have a/c in my apartment last year ... it was awful come may!

eleanor said...

i am a new follower, your blog is wonderful :)

i love this skirt and your hair is fantastic!

X

dandra said...

Funny how things are relative. I just got back from MA yesterday and I thought the weather was wonderfully cool. However, I should say I'm from TX and used to 100+ weather.

My cats love ice cubes in their water.

Leia said...

gorgeous outfit!

Andi said...

I took my dog to swim in a lake today. But, I guess you can't really do that with cats. I used to set up a fan on the floor for my kitty until I got air conditioning.

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