Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Each Waking Hour

Vintage Fur: Great-Grandmother's
Sweater: Vintage Thrift ($5)
Chiffon Skirt: American Apparel
Tights: TjMaxx ($4)
Shoes: Thrifted ($3)
Belt: Vintage from photo-shoot
Pins: Vintage
Something about cat pins and fur makes me feel like a crazy old lady, I have every intention of being crazy when I'm old. I'll have the whole shebang: long fur coats (vintage of course), cotton-candy hair, and a little dog on a leopard print leash. I'm kind of excited to be 80. I have a friend who says she imagines that my elderly self will go around wearing leopard print jump-suits, a flossy white bouffant, and big glasses, which sounds just fine to me.

Anyways, this outfit is much girlier than I've been regularly sporting lately, I think it's the skirt. I love how the different textures contrast one another: a wooly sweater, chiffon, and some vintage-fur. To add some color, I paired some pins and plum-colored tights. I've been looking for a replacement to these tights for the past 6 months, they've got a run in them and I'm sad, all I seem to be able to find is straight-up purple. I've had this cat-charm pin since- no joke- I was seven years old, I have no idea where it came from, but it's definitely stood the test of time. It's a little cheesy, but I like it.

So, kind of a short post today, I'm heading in to work tonight for an over-night shift (gross) and I'm planning a nap in a few. But before I go, a few things:

1. Many of you asked how I felt about Gone With The Wind in my last post. I'm glad I watched it and my appreciation for early film engineering has definitely been restored, but I found it difficult to get past how irritating and whiney I found Scarlet to be and how extremely racist it was. I know that's to be expected of the era in which the book is set, but viewed now it seems so vulgar and inappropriate, and I found it difficult to get past how the African American characters are portrayed.

2. For all you locals: There is another swap this thursday at Downtown Crossing! Go here to order tickets! I'm SO excited, seriously knowing that I'm going to this is getting me through the next two days of store overnight shifts!

3. Thank you ALL for the supportive comments left in yesterdays post, it was great to hear form some other artists who have experienced the same artistic ennui.

4. (almost forgot this one) I've finally joined the rest of the world on Twitter. We'll see how this one works out.
Happy Tuesday!

73 comments:

Mascara or Motoroil said...

It's so cute! Love love love those brooches on the fur. :)

Emily, Ruby Slipper Traveller said...

You've really been outdoing yourself with the outfits lately! I love the skirt with the sweater and all the brooches and support your wish to be a crazy old lady. I'm sure you know the poem "When I am old," but if not, check it out and stock up on purple!

And I completely agree with you about Gone with the Wind. I watched it a few years ago with my sisters and we all agreed; the racism is terrible and the heroine a royal pain, but I did love the scene when she made a dress out of curtains and swore to never be hungry again...

mitukatie said...

i, too, fully intend on being crazy when i am old. with definitely more than a few cats for sure!

i love how you pinned the brooches to the fur--unexpected! i like!

Chhan said...

Your outfit is absolutely gorgeous :D

pearli said...

you are seriously on a sweet sweet style roll lately. love this!

as much as i have my girlie tendencies i hope i look like my maternal nana as an elder - flannel shirts, "dungarees", floppy hats, a fishing pole and a can of beer!

jennie going west said...

beautiful outfit. it looks so cozy while being so feminine.
i always imagine someday being like ms. dinsmoor from great expectations (in the film) running around in chiffon dresses with crazy makeup and a bleached out bob...

Kennedy said...

im so into those shoes and i love the palette of your outfit here. very ballerina chic

grace said...

i love that delicate skirt!

I Don't Wear Jeans said...

Very pretty. Very feminine. You have such a classic sense of style. I love your blog. http://idontwearjeans.blogspot.com/

Diya said...

you look absolutely STUNNING in these photographs!!! love love love this look and will be saving this as an outfit inspiration. :)

Kimberley said...

I also have plans to be a perfectly fabulous crazy old lady one day. Cheers. You look beautiful. I think I need a skirt like that.

joy said...

Dainty is definitely the word that comes to mind. The skirt alone reminds me of both fairies and ballerinas. Not my thing usually but the composition helps me like it.

JD
iplayfaves.blogspot.com

Megan said...

Love the elegance of this look. You are so beautiful! And the pins - adorable. :)

Martha said...

Love love love. This whole look is pretty much my favorite. Reminds me of the cover of the Dr. Zhivago record my mom had when I was really little - Lara as the 70s interpretation of the turn of the century. This is like the teen interpretation of the 70s of the turn of the century.

Katie Aman said...

I just bought some tights that resemble that color at walmart! The actual name is "dramatic purple" But I'm wearing them in my post today and they look like the color of yours! Hope you find some-love the outfit!

phoebe said...

What a beautiful outfit x

Punky said...

Can we please talk about how excited i am that your on twitter!!!
Im gonna tweet that creepy video of you everyday!

Eli said...

this kind of reminds me of what a new york socialite would wear, I could see Edie Sedgewick wearing this!

Brittany Nichole said...

Love, love, love this outfit! One of the best!!

upatreecupatea said...

cat pin = ballin'!!!
love love the chiffon skirt. I saw it in AA and really love the color...we shall see if it's on my christmas list :)

The Rheannabird said...

Please do a how-to for this hairdo! We have similar hair texture and style and I am so curious to see how you get it to stay so securely up!

Your outfit is looking rather fantastic as well :)

Kansas Couture said...

I adore this combination, especially with your hairstyle. So chic and ladylike!

Gwendolyn Little said...

lovely colors and gorgeous skirt!

Linley said...

oooo!! love the soft colors and fabrics paired with the fur and dark tights! looks amazing!

Charlotte said...

wow, I absolutely love this!!
I wore an similar outfit a few weeks ago on my blog- a belted jumper with like a tutu skirt.
I'm so glad Louis Vuitton brought in belted jumpers for this season- I feel so much more feminine with a belt!!
This whole outfit is perfect- fur, neutral and pastels- I love :]]
Also- I'm following you on twitter :DD

Charlotte xxx

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for your comment on Gone With the Wind. A love of vintage usually comes with a love of old films, but I can't get past the racism in most of them. Not only are they racist, but they romanticize racism! It's terrible! Anyhow your outfit is completely delightful. xoxo!

Future Lint said...

This is so insanely beautiful! I love the skirt and the casual shoes together!

Shallow Mallow said...

Those brooches are such a brilliant touch :D

Kate said...

This is SO pretty! I adore that skirt, so feminine & pretty! I'm wearing a fur stole in my post today, too! Love how you styled yours!!

Kellie W. said...

Your skirt is so pretty!
Haha, I'm excited to be a little old lady someday, too. I'm going to dress as crazy as possible, just for fun!

Fia said...

Love this! And I usually don't like fur collars.

I like to imagine my older self, too! What's weird is that I think everyone justs mellows as they get older AND the younger generation isn't as interested in the older generations. So even if I still think I'm an interesting individual, my grandkids might just lump me with the whole older crowd.

I know sometimes I have to stop and think how my grandmothers aren't anything like the stereotype and I become fascinated in wondering what things they think about. Sadly, I don't see them enough to have these types of conversations.

Milly said...

sooo nice...love the fur with pins

Natalie Brooke said...

I love your hair and the pins! so pretty! :) Can you do a tutorial on how you did your hair here?

http://nataliebrooke.wordpress.com

Shannon said...

Your outfit is so romantic! Love the fur stole and the whimsical touch of the pins!
I'm so sad...I've been dying to go to one of the clothing swaps but that's the Deathly Hallows and I'm going to an early screening. =[
Ah well, next time for sure!
toboldlywear.blogspot.com

De Facto Redhead said...

Love the outfit! All the textures against the fur look wonderful! Where did you get your seagull pin? I have the exact same one, and I just bought it this summer in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada. Strange!

naomi said...

this is my favorite outfit i have seen in a while! the cats help.

naomi.

Jay said...

I love this! So chic :)

commonsenseandstilettos.blogspot.com

Aubsent From Texas said...

I love this! Girlie girl skirt, old lady fur. then you switch it up with unexpected tights and shoes.

As for plum tights. I scored at Kohl's this weekend. I got plum and burgundy, and a whole slew of other colors on major clearance. happy shopping

theputtogethergirl said...

I completely agree with you about Gone With The Wind. I was always told that I would like it so when I finally sat down and saw it, I felt so blindsided! It's completely racist and Scarlet is so petulant and childish- It's hard to get past. I do think that it's the kind of movie that you have to grow up with because I think nostalgia is what keeps it "relevant."

Fabulous outfit!

militantcupcake said...

I don't usually care for fur..but wow, this look is awesome. You're rocking it.

Terri said...

the bling on the fur collar is most interesting...as I approach 80!

Catie said...

This is possibly the perfect outfit. I love your blog! Very chic

northwest is best said...

Great outfit! Chiffon skater skirts always make me swoon. Hope the night shift isn't too gross!

Samantha said...

Love the skirt!

-Samantha

http://thisfashionista.blogspot.com

classiq said...

Chic outfit! I love those colors!

Mici Milovaného said...

this is so sweet! totally adore that colors and materials! you look SOOOOOO fabulous!

Angie D said...

Darling! It's so elegant and quirky at the same time :)

You're right with Gone with the Wind and the racism. Scarlett is a much more endearing character in the book, though.

The Village Idiot said...

i may have to steal this look from you. i just bought a thrifted white fox stole, sim to yours, but with a little head on it- which kinda freaks me out. anyways- i am trying to find a way to wear it- and this is perfect- i even have a sim sweater, thanks for the idea!

The Rudstroms said...

What can you tell us about the eagle pin? It looks like ivory and balene. I live up in an little Eskimo village in Alaska and see those type of carvings often. However, I rarely see these pieces in the lower 48. Just curious where it came from and if it really is ivory.

Pretty outfit btw.

~AnnMarie

Jessica said...

I *adore* your skirt -- can you tell me what color it is? On my monitor it looks like a very pale pink, but on the AA website their pink looks much brighter. I've been looking for a skirt like this forever!

sparkle is a color (Katrina) said...

I love this outfit! So lady-like and pretty. Very cute skirt.

I CAN'T WAIT until I am old. My old lady fashion muse is Grandma Yeta from the Nanny. Big hair, sequins, jumpsuits. The who nine yards.

xx, Katrina
http://sparkleisacolor.blogspot.com

Beatrice said...

So cute! I love all the little brooches on the fur ^,^

Brittani Noel said...

This screams classy. Love it.

Fancy Pants said...

This is a favorite!!! The color and texture combo is fantastic. I've been in search of the perfect fur stole almost exactly like like the one you've got. Isn't (great) Grandmothers vintage is the best? I'm ACTUALLY wearing something quite similar as we speak. sans fur unforts. :)
xo.
Katie

hannah, heart city said...

this is too perfect! its a little bit ballerina and a little bit granny cat lady. so yes, perfect!!

The Jazzy Belle said...

you look so pretty! I love the mix of neutral colors!

xo
Stevi

Marcella said...

I generally think your style is wonderful- it's accessible, adorable, and always fashionable - but these last few posts have been especially great! Like you mentioned, the textures of this outfit are great. I'm really into the color schemes you've been putting together lately! I honestly felt a little breathless at the combination of your burnt orange tights with the floral dress and belt and I can't even begin to go into the cap and plaid skirt. A good cape is hard to find and you nailed it!

Caroline said...

What beautiful pins!

styleatelier said...

Wow! I have been really loving your last few outfits! This one is perfect as well! Great scarf... have been looking for one like it with no luck. :(

Chelsea Lane said...

lloovvvee the sweater and skirt! this look is super sweet and adorable :)

xoxo

Libby said...

I LOVE this outfit...so sweet and girlie! I just joined Twitter too @libbrit. I said I never would! Oh well.

Blue Iris Rivera said...

mmmm i'm seeing so much fur lately. i'm thinking i should post about it. your gorgeous by the way!!!


http://www.thelittlequirks.blogspot.com

Laura said...

tis the season- I can't weat to break out the fur collar. love the pin apiring!

www.adventuresindressingmyself.blogspot.com

Kimberellie said...

this outfit is beyond beautiful perfection. truly, beyond. I LOVE the pins. And oh, that belt again! My belt! I really ought to be wearing it! You inspire me to wear my own belt (isn't that so much better than inspiring to buy?).

Yes, you are lovely. And I adore those pins. everything about this post is truly perfect.

Mandy said...

beautiful ! :)

fashion_player said...

I love this outfit!you look so cute:)

kelly ann said...

one of your best outfits - you look absolutely gorgeous, dear.

Lexie, Little Boat said...

that chiffon skirt is so pretty! i love love love how elegant this entire look is!

Karenina said...

Okay, so I've been enjoying your blog for a few weeks now, and I really like your style, with one huge exception. I know you probably won't listen, will tell me to eff off, but...that ring in your nose. It doesn't work; I know about aesthetic juxtaposition (hard edge against soft beauty, and you are beautiful) but for me it is just distracting. I so wish you would take it out. There are so many other ways to be bold and brave without the hardware. I know you will probably disagree with me, but I wanted to let you know. You are lovely; don't ruin it with a bull-ring.

Orchid Grey said...

Thank you for reading Orchid Grey, Karenina, and thank you for your opinion on my personal aesthetic. however, if I listened to every reader's critique on my style and appearance I would be left wearing no makeup, no shoes, and essentially, no clothes either. I understand not everyone likes the look of piercings, tattoos, etc. but that's what I like and thats what you will see on this blog, among other things that make up my personal taste. I may take it out eventually, but it will be because I decided to, not because someone else told me they didn't like it.

Again, thank you for reading and I hope you stick around, but I won't be taking out my nose ring anytime soon and if you can't see past that, than maybe my blog isn't within your personal taste.

ana b. said...

There are too many things to adore about this outfit. Yes, I get the crazy cat lady vibe but it's spectacular mixed with what I can only call "preppy ballerina." I didn't even realise you had a nose ring and had to scroll back! Too busy looking at your clothes :)

Clemson Girl said...

I wish there was a close up of the shoes. I'm very intrigued.

Amethyst said...

oh my god!
the skirt and the pins are so: dreamy, sugar, wunderful...
i love the whole outfit!

--> your blog is on my "favourite blogs" list now

<3

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