Thursday, September 16, 2010

Sweet and tender hooligan

It was 47*f degrees last night! brrr!
Cardigan: H&M ($16)
Thigh Highs: AA ($16)
Shoes: Charlotte Ronson via Ebay ($60)
Belt: Gap sale ($3)
Purple is one of my most favorite fall colors, I love how it pops when paired with grey and lighter colors, like in this Ruche dress on loan from Tieka. I had been admiring this dress all summer, but missed out on my chance to order it, luckily Tieka was faster and offered it up to the ladies of the Delightful Dozen to style up! The size was actually a little too big for me, so to make it seem smaller I belted it and added a cardigan. I bought this purple belt awhile ago, and love how it looks all twisted up in a knot. Also, thigh highs are such an awesome alternative to tights. The think I love most about this dress is actually covered up: the back has a heart cut out. It looked kind of funny because of how baggy it was so I had to cover it up. You can see how the other girls styled it on the Delightful Dozen facebook page!

Anyways, last week when I said I got a new job as a visual merchandiser, a lot of people asked me what it is I actually do. I don't plan on having my job play much of a part in this blog (I like keeping it separate), so I figured I would keep my explanation on the short side. I love working with clothes and dream of one day being some sort of stylist, buyer, or creative services type, which is why this job interested me. I also don't work weekends, so yay! Basically my day to day includes conceptualizing and setting up window displays, dressing and (awkwardly) undressing mannequins, and working with the other visual merchandisers to decide how best to display new styles to maximize selling potential. I don't do sales, and my interaction with customers is minimal. I get to move around a lot (good for someone who needs to be moving constantly), and have a lot of creative freedom (meaning we don't work out of pre-designed directive books). For right now, it's the perfect job for me and I'm really enjoying the change of pace. I'm also really excited to have a commute again, I can read books on the train! It has been hard getting used to working full-time again after having the summer off.
Don't you just love the print of this dress? I love the little honey-bees mixed in with the flowers.

Happy Thursday!

35 comments:

Ana - Toil and Trouble said...

Beautiful belt! I agree about purple, it's definitely one of the better fall colors.

Your new job sounds awesome! Are you doing the displays for the Newbury Street store? I walk by that 2-3 times a week. The commute is definitely nice, I love having the downtime. It just gets a little stressful later in the evening when I barely miss a train and then have to sit at North Station for an hour...

Blackbird Fly said...

I love this outfit! I am so ready for fall. I am in love with your style. I look at many other fashion blogs but yours I can definitely say that your style is what inspires me the most.

Do you have a method for picking our your outfits? I Have so many things to wear but always have a hard time putting them together. How do you visualize your outfits and plan them out, because they are put together so beautifully. Keep up the great work!

XXXX
-Morgan (Blackbird Fly)
http://blackbrdfly.blogspot.com/

Ana - Toil and Trouble said...

Awesome, I go to grad school at the BAC right on the corner of that block. I have a hard enough time not spending all my money with UO right there, I suspect your AA displays will be hard to resist too. I'm seriously craving one of their skirts...

Lucky that you managed to get on! A little while ago, I managed to run and get on right before they left, but the conductor was in a bad mood and shoved Nate back off onto the platform (he was right behind me).

Raquel said...

the dress is really pretty and the purple belt is the perfect accessory to go with it!
love your hair.
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Angie D said...

The way you tied the belt is GENIUS! It's almost looks floral/organic :)

You are an inspiration when it comes to mixing clothing & accessories, so I can see how you will excel in this new job! I wish I lived by you so I could see your work :)

Good luck to you, Julie! You've inspired me & my dressing so much, you've no idea!

shakka jones said...

wow! you look absolutely gorgeous! i really like how you wear the belt. i think i have to try that out too ;)

Future Lint said...

The color of that dress is lovely on you and I love the knotted belt!

Sydney, The Rabbit-Hearted Girl said...

I love the way you tied your belt! So cool.

Andrea Garland said...

You look great, love every detail.

christa @ enSTYLEpedia said...

i do love it! it's a great transition look...and i looooove this belt, especially how you're wearing it.

Ancia said...

I love it totally! You look very cool and pretty wearing this dress.

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Rio said...

I thought this dress looked Tieka-ish haha! I love the way you styled it, especially if it was big- you can't even tell! I love your purple belt too; it really does pop! ;)
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The Village Idiot said...

love the sweetness of this look!
i really love the grey of those tights!

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Santina said...

I love this soft look. Gray tights, or thigh highs in this case, always feel so much fresher than black to me. I love the gray paired with the colors and delicate print of the dress, and the way you tied up the belt is so interesting and chic!

Santina

Little Ocean Annie said...

I was a merchandiser for Urban Outfitters for a while, and I loved it! I loved being able to work with clothes but not always have to interact with customers and do sales. I hope you really enjoy your new job!

I think I like this dress more in a Fall outfit than a Summer one, especially with that bright belt. YOu look so pretty!

Half Dressed said...

Gorgeous dress. I also love what you did what the belt instead of tucking it behind it looks great :)

L x

Heather said...

First off, I love your belt. That's such a creative way to make an outfit pop. Secondly, purple is absolutely one of the best fall colors. I love your style! :)

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Hope said...

Love your style. Jealous of the Mass. weather...I live in Tennessee and it's still ridiculously hot here. I was actually in New England last week and absolutely loved it.

Chaucee said...

I'm starting to think I should get belts a size larger so I can learn how to tie them in all cool ways :D

Archives said...

yes, i DO love that dress! and, you've inspired me to get some charcoal tights!

chrystie the gemini said...

I've been watching this dress make the rounds. It's so cute!! I love how you wrapped your belt into a pretty design!

xoxo
Chrystie

www.anchoringgemini.blogspot.com

genevieve, sandbox romance said...

So much love for that dress.

Lexie, Little Boat said...

how on earth did you configure that belt?! it looks so neat!

kelly ann said...

the purple belt is the PERFECT touch... it just ties the whole outfit together.

Caroline said...

Oh wow I am just in love with that dress! What a great color, print, and neckline. So flattering. The Delightful Dozen idea is wonderful.

chellemorgan said...

Adorable dress, I love the shape it's so flattering! And that belt - the colour is stunning, and I love how you knotted it so effortlessly. Perfection!

Xo Chelle
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sparkle is a color (Katrina) said...

Great idea with the thigh-highs! I have a pair and never thought to wear them as faux-tights. But now I will! ~ Katrina

http://sparkleisacolor.blogspot.com

.Alyspank said...

Goodness gracious that outfit is beautiful! That dress really does transition well from spring into fall.

-Weezy from http://beautysimplistic.blogspot.com

One Girl said...

I love the way the belt is all twisty. And such a beautiful color

Laken Linnea said...

ohmygosh this entire outfit is STUNNING. especially the dress. yes i love the print! i want everything you're wearing haha :)

love always,
laken

http://chaitealattefashion.blogspot.com

barefootandvintage said...

your new job sounds fantastic! my current job doesn't allow for much creativity so...i'm super envious. it's the main reason i started blogging, actually...to stimulate my creative juices...get them flowing. anywho...good luck and have fun! and this dress is so pretty! looks great on you. :)

zink said...

Love this! You always do your belts the best.

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AnnaBananaCupcake said...

Congrats on the new job! I've been doing visual merchandising for almost three years now for a department store. I hope you love it as much as I do! I would actually be really interested in hearing more about your day to day work and how you like it.
XOXO

Raji said...

That dress is so so so pretty!
You look beautiful as ever

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