Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Our costumes from last night:
These are from a friend's party last night, after hemming and hawing all last week (mostly by me) about what we wanted to go as, we settled on what was easiest and cheapest: Lumberjacks! We both already owned flannel and hiking boots, and Chris found some 2x4's at work (the "Lumber" part), so all we needed were red hats, suspenders, and jugs of beer and moonshine (this part was of course, optional). I call it a success. Except for Chris's fake beard, that thing was the worst.
Today I've already seen kids dressed up like a pirate-ghost, a chef, and a banana. After last night's party, we'll be spending the evening watching movies.

Happy Halloween!!!

Mini Spotlight: ModCloth

To those who know me personally, it's no secret that I'm a bit cat-crazy. Blame it on the fact that Chris and I somehow ended up with two of the sweetest cats I've ever encountered. So it's no surprise that I also like cat themed things- be it clothing, tchotchkes, what-have-you- and ModCloth is killing it right now in the cat department. That top is on my watch list.

ModCloth is a sponsor of Orchid Grey

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Mini Spotlight: Noble Town Vintage

A few pieces I'm loving from Noble Town Vintage right now. Aubergine is one of my favorite colors, especially for fall and I'm particularly smitten with the necklace on the left. Wouldn't it look nice with a camel colored sweater and cozy green skirt?

Noble Town Vintage is a sponsor of Orchid Grey

Friday, October 29, 2010

Sounds good, but I still don't know

Wedding Thursday posts will be back next week...
Top to bottom:
Sweater: LOFT via swap
Shirt: Hand-me-down from friend
Spotted and Noted Shorts: c/o ModCloth
Shoes: Vintage via Flea Market
Bag: vintage thrifted
Necklace: c/o Dolly & Boy
Wow, it's been such a crazy week, I took these photos last weekend and haven't had time to post them until now. I wore this last weekend thrift shopping with Chris, it wasn't the most successful trip, but I felt like dressing up. Since I have to wear specific things during the work week, I feel like my weekend outfits have been getting more elaborate. When I worked in an office, the weekends were a welcome respite and chance to just hang out in jeans and a t-shirt, but now I want to take advantage of the closet that doesn't get used during the week. Fall being perfect layering weather doesn't hurt either.

When i last wore these shorts, it was about 98 degrees and July, and all I could think about was wearing them with tights! I love how they look too, layered with a cardigan, vest, and button-up. This vest isn't something I would normally wear outside of my job, but it adds a nice buffer between the cardigan and shirt, which are similar tones, and brings in the blue of the tights and shorts. Plus, I like the little pin dots.
Are you excited for Halloween? I still don't know what I'm being! Last year Chris and I very hastily came up with Wayne and Garth costumes, and we've had some great ideas this year but little time to put anything together. Well, I guess it will be a surprise! Do you have a costume planned?

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

I Heart: Noble Town Vintage

Oh Blogger, how you complicate my life! Long story short: I had this post all ready to go and written this morning and then...I lost it. Ah well, my real apology goes out to Sarah of Noble Town Vintage who was told this would go up first thing this morning. Better late than never! Anyways, I'm so excited to have Sarah as a sponsor of Orchid Grey, I'm a huge fan of Noble Town Vintage, and her jewelry is some of my all time favorite that I own.

Noble Town Vintage has a brand new Facebook page this month and Sarah's offering a special promotion to go along with it: Become a fan and upload a photo of how you style your NTV jewelry and receive 20% off your next order!

And for you Chicago-ans and San Franciscans who would rather buy in person: Noble Town Vintage will be at the Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago on December 4th and 5th and in San Francisco on December 18th & 19th! Better get your Holiday lists together! (I saw holiday stuff in the grocery store tonight, to early! too, too early!)
All necklaces and earrings c/o Noble Town Vintage
Bracelet in 3rd photo c/o Mod Cloth

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Lazy Sunday

Yesterday was glorious. Sunday is my favorite day of the week, but somehow Sundays in Fall and Winter beat them all. I love the quiet of waking up to cloudy skies and cold weather, making my coffee, and snuggling with my cats.
Top to bottom:
Hat: Chris's from Urban Outfitters
Silver Foil Sweatshirt: J.Crew Factory
Black Denim Leggings: J.Crew Sale
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell sale
Bag: Botkier from clothing swap
After having a fair share of dressy weekends as of late, I decided to go for comfort yesterday, and what's more comfortable than jeans and a sweatshirt? Of course these are no ordinary jeans and this is no ordinary sweatshirt. I bought this silver-foil sweatshirt this past summer, knowing that it would be perfect for fall and the holidays. Yesterday I wore it inside out so that just the cuffs were silver, but pretty soon I'll switch it around, showing just how metallic it is. It was a complete impulse buy but I do really love it. The black denim leggings were a bit impulsive too, bought this weekend during an ill-advised trip to the mall (don't go shopping when you've no money to spend). But I did need a new pair. And I love them. I haven't been shopping in forever, and stepping into J.Crew I was reminded of how I wish I could be dressing for work, the clothes are so beautiful!

Aaaand one of my best swap finds to date: this black leather Botkier bag. I grabbed it because I needed a new black bag and one that was big enough to stuff the necessities of my commute each day. It just so happened that I grabbed a fancy black bag!
I'm greeting Monday with a twinge of pessimism, I don't want to go back to work! I'm already planning another lazy weekend and I still have five days to go.

Did you have a good weekend?

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Sunday Spotlight: Bearcat Vintage

Bearcat Vintage has some amazing pieces that would be perfect for late fall:

And a big thank you to everyone who entered the Bearcat Vintage giveaway. The winner of the $25 credit went to Bethanne:
Hope you're having a great weekend!

Friday, October 22, 2010

In her kiss, the revolution

Top to bottom:
Hat: Chris' vintage
Sweater: Thrifted vintage
Shirt: Thrifted vintage
Belt: American Apparel
Skirt: Cali Select vintage
Tights: TjMaxx
Shoes: Thrifted
Bag: Thrifted D&B
Large, oversized sweaters have been a wardrobe staple of mine lately. I love the big knit trend that seems to re-surface every year (I would argue it's less of a trend here than a necessity), and love it even more when I can find a big knit sweater at the thrift store. I found this beauty last Saturday when Chris and I went to Savers. It was surprisingly the only article of clothing I walked away with, but I love it so much. I'm still searching for the perfect coat for this year, so in the meantime these big sweaters easily take the place of a traditional jacket.

This has been kind of a uniform for me lately, neutrals and layers. It's the perfect look for fall because as the day gets warmer, you can just take off a layer. As I unpacked my winter wardrobe last weekend, I've realized that my vintage skirt stash needs replenishing. I can't go on wearing the same wool camel skirt, no matter how fabulous, because I'll simply wear it out. I think another thrift shopping excursion is in the books for this weekend, then!

It's kind of amazing, I never realized that my town actually does experience a little bit of fall. The past three years I've been traveling so much that fall seems to whiz by unnoticed and I always said that the leaves seem to just shrivel up and fall off, but this year is different. Since I'm no longer an admissions counselor (thank god) and running around like crazy, I can actually stop and see that the trees are kind of beautiful around here!
Do you have anything fun planned for this weekend? Chris and I are- yet again- looking forward to staying home. We've been working so much lately that I feel like I haven't seen my apartment in ages, even though I'm here right now. I think thrift shopping is the perfect activity for this weekend, don't you agree?

Happy Friday!!!!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Wedding Thursday: Inspired by Marilyn

Welcome to the second week of Wedding Thursday: Inspired By...! Last weeks Yoko Ono post was decidedly 60's mod, this week I took a step back with Marilyn Monroe at her 1956 wedding to Arthur Miller:
Marilyn was just so beautiful, and I love this photo of her. She looks so happy and I love how this really could be anyone's backyard wedding photo with dear Aunt Mildred (Trivia: I actually DO have an Aunt Mildred). Chris and I aren't planning an extravagant wedding, so this is the vibe I hope my pictures will have.
Dress: Posh Girl Vintage (sold), Shoes: Pin-Up Girl Clothing,
Vintage Clutch: Les Vintage, Hand-Made Fascinator: Velvet Owl

Marilyn's pin-up wedding style is still quite relevant today, so I chose to stick with a classic vintage dress, rather than a modern version. This damask print dress from Posh Girl Vintage is perfection. The shape of these shoes from Pin-Up Girl Clothing is right on target, but probably way more comfortable than a vintage pair. Plus, they could probably be dyed after the big day for more versatility. I think the need for accessories is low here, so instead of sparkly earrings, a vintage lucite clutch with rhinestones and a feathered fascinator with creme and white feathers ties it all together nicely.

Also, thank you to the readers who kindly pointed out that Yoko and John were married at the Rock of Gibraltar, not the White Cliffs of Dover, whoops!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Singer for the band

I've had Elton John stuck in my head all day today.
Dress: Delightful Dozen swap with Starr
(UO skirt worn underneath for volume)
Belt: Vintage
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell
Bracelet: Vintage
When Starr offered up this sweet vintage dress for the Delightful Dozen to style, I jumped at the chance. Not only is it awesome and a break away from the neutrals I've been loving lately, but it reminds me so much of a dress my mother made back in the 60's that is residing in my closet, awaiting mending. Because the dress is so bright and attention-comanding, I kept my accessories to a minimum, with just a vintage brass bracelet and my Navajo belt for a little kick in the back. To stick with the 60's-70's theme, I added my Jeffrey Campbell clogs.

This is such a far cry from the colors I've been drawn to as of late. The recent cold weather has inspired my love for neutral and darker shades, and I've been avoiding bright primaries like the plague, not intentionally but I think it's just habit from the seasons and changing weather. It's definitely cold out in the morning now!
Did you know there are two new members of the Delightful Dozen? Welcome Starr and Beatrice!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Quiet Houses

Shawl: Chris's from thrift store
Silk Shirt (worn underneath): Thrifted
Skirt: Cali Select Vintage
Tights: TjMaxx
Belt: J.Crew outlet
Shoes: Flea Market
(close up photos by chris)
We had the most beautiful fall weather this weekend, it was perfect! I don't have much to report on the activity front, Chris and I have been so busy lately that it was nice to just have a normal, no hassle weekend. Sometimes running errands with Chris is way more satisfying that going on crazy adventures. We kept it low key and went out to breakfast, made a trip to Savers (I haven't been thrift shopping in like, a month!), and went grocery shopping. And yesterday I cleaned our messy apartment, thrilling, huh? I did really miss just being home for a weekend though.

Fall is definitely my favorite season, I love the crisp mornings and slightly warmer afternoons. The changing leaves, too. The foliage around this little shack where I take pictures is changing too. The woodbine is turing red and the greens are fading. Fall is my favorite season style-wise, too. I love being able to layer, experiment with texture, and the colors. This is what I wore out to breakfast-which was more like lunch because it was 12pm- on Saturday with Chris. This camel skirt is my new favorite basic (you'll see it again later in the week), I'll admit to spending more than I should have on it, but I've already worn it six times so I guess it's justifiable. Camel has definitely been on my radar this fall, it's a nice alternative to straight-up brown, and way more versatile. I paired it with one of Chris's plaid blanket/shawl/scarfs, and some green tights. The whole outfit kept me warm against the crazy fall wind on Saturday!

There's still time to enter the Bearcat Vintage giveaway! Don't miss out!

How was your weekend?

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Wedding Thursday: Inspired by Yoko

Welcome to Orchid Grey's first Wedding Thursday! I'm so glad to hear that -the majority of- you are interested in seeing some wedding inspiration, because I would love to share at least a little bit of our wedding planning with you. Now, as predominantly a fashion blog, I figured I would start off on the fashion end of things: the dress! However, before we get started I have a little secret to share with you: I already have it! Yup it's true, I actually bought my wedding dress four months before Chris proposed. Some may call me crazy, but I call it fate. But that's all I can say about it, because the groom-to-be is an avid reader of O.G. BUT, that won't stop me from sharing some of my favorite wedding looks. To start us off, I'll be doing a little series of posts inspired by some stylish brides of the past...
If you asked me a year ago what my wedding dress inspiration would be, I would have told you Yoko Ono at the White Cliffs of Dover. I love that she married John Lennon wearing a simple white skirt and top, knee socks, and...sneakers. It's adorable and totally 60's. Below is my updated version:

I dressed up Yoko's look by choosing a slightly more dressier dress, the rhinestones around the neck and arms makes accessorizing simple. Instead of sneakers, sweet ballet flats with bows. And some Chanel inspired sunnies to top off the look. This look would be perfect for eloping with your sweetheart to some undisclosed location to tie the knot, it's simple and travels easily, but still packs a fashionable and unique punch!

Don't forget to enter the Bearcat Vintage Giveaway!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Giveaway: $25 credit to Bearcat Vintage! (closed)

This week's giveaway comes to us from Bearcat Vintage, an amazing vintage Etsy shop offering an incredible assortment of dresses, accessories, and everything in between. Jenny is offering one lucky reader a $25 dollar credit to her shop!

To Enter: Visit Bearcat Vintage and leave me a comment saying what you would choose if you won!

This contest is open to all, be sure to leave me an email address if you do not have a blog where I can easily reach you. Giveaway ends Monday October 18th at 10 pm est. Winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Speaking in tongues

Part two in our New Hampshire weekend extravaganza!
Isn't the Russell-Colbath house pretty? It was built in the early 1800's and belonged to my friend's ancestor.
Polka-Dot top: Thrifted ($4)
Chiffon Top: Swapped
Skirt: Thrifted ($2)
Shoes: UO ($28)
Belt: from Punky
Sunglasses: from co-worker
Bracelet: Swapped
Cape: AA
The weather on Saturday was almost perfect for a wedding: sunny, bright, and freezing. October has most certainly arrived! As I drove up the Kancamagus on my way to my friend's wedding, I could see leaves whipping across the road and the thermometer in my car drop degree by degree as I winded further into the mountains. When I left my mom's house in Maine it was 50 degrees F and when I got to the wedding site it was 40 degrees F, so cold!

While some may think wearing black to a wedding is faux-pas, I was glad I did for one specific reason: it soaked in the sun! I did make sure to layer, knowing chiffon isn't exactly weather proof. I've been waiting to photograph both of these shirts for the right outfit. The chiffon top I scored a couple of weeks ago at the Swap, and the polka-dot top I found at a thrift store in New Hampshire. I really loved how the chartreuse popped against the polkadots! I kept my accessories to a minimum: a purple bracelet (also swapped), and gold belt. The sunglasses weren't planned, but I'm glad I found them in my car because it was so incredibly sunny!

The wedding was very nice, and the bride and groom were kind enough to provide hot chocolate for everyone after the ceremony. It made me realize I've barely been thinking about my own wedding, which- if all goes as planned- is less than a year away. Would you be interested in a weekly wedding post? Just inspiration and such. I'm realizing that the task of planning a wedding is easily overwhelming, and just as easily pushed aside!