Thursday, March 31, 2011

March 29, 2011: A Hike Around The Crane Estate

(photos: Chris & I)
Yesterday was so unbelievably beautiful out! Oh what a tease spring was, coming out for only a day. Somehow though all fell into place: Chris was home and my work shift was dropped, the day was ours. Normally I would opt to make a little money, but when days like this are few and far between, I'll take what comes to me. We decided a trip to the Crane Estate in Ipswich was just what we needed. A walk around the sunny grounds, enjoying each others company. Since it's the off season still, and mid-week we were pretty much the only people there. We hiked around, read about the history, and saw five or six deer grazing off one of the foot paths. I can't wait to go back and have a picnic when the flowers are blooming!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Win a purse from Ruche! (closed)

I'm so excited to bring you this giveaway today! If you've ever visited Ruche, you already know they have an amazing selection of clothing in a variety of sizes, but Ruche also offers a great selection of accessories too. Like the Kept in My Heart Purse, isn't it sweet?

Ruche is offering one lucky winner a Kept in My Heart purse of their very own, perfect for a springtime date!

To Enter: Visit Ruche and leave a comment here telling me what your favorite springtime flower is! Good Luck!
Tiny print: 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 April 4th at 10 pm est. Winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator
Thank you to all who entered the Bearcat Vintage giveaway, the winner was comment #19:

Check your email, Miss!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

March 28, 2011: Red, White, and Blue (but not in a patriotic way)

Top (dress) c/o ModCloth
Skirt c/o Pulp Vintage
Belt: Vintage ($3)
Shoes: vintage Manolo Blahnik (swapped)
Bracelet: gift
Necklace c/o Noble Town Vintage

It's actually a little cold today, and windy. When will the warm weather make it's appearance? I spent this morning switching over some of my winter stuff to spring clothing, even though it's still cold out, I don't see myself resorting to many wool sweaters in the coming weeks. Isn't it funny how our minds make the seasonal switch even before the weather does? I'm ready for warm days, how about you? One trend I'm totally behind this year- if you can't already tell- are midi and maxi skirts and dresses. I know I mentioned the same thing last week, I think I've surprised myself in how much I'm digging the change. Besides being a welcome difference from my usual minis, longer lengths are just easier. I live in a particularly windy city, come spring and summer, the streets turn into wind tunnels, channeling the ocean breeze into a skirt thwarting menace that garners plenty of appreciation from the town's male population.

Even though it's still a little too chilly for it, I just couldn't wait to style this skirt from Pulp Vintage. It's light and airy, and will be perfect for warmer days. For now I styled it with a lacy ModCloth dress and swapped out my usual high platforms for lower kitten heels. Come summer, I'll don a cropped top and espadrilles. What are you excited to wear this summer?

Chris and I had a hard time finding a good, non-windy spot today. Even longer skirts are no match for this wind:

Monday, March 28, 2011

Over the Weekend: Maine

Did you have a nice weekend? Ours went by way too fast! On Friday Chris and I packed up the car and headed North, our first stop was Portland to see some friends and explore. We went out for seafood, and walked around the Old Port. I had another celebrity sighting too: Fred Armesin and Abby Elliot from SNL (and Portlandia)! We went to one of my favorite vintage stores: Encore!, bought some records (The Ventures and a heavy metal compilation) and some comics (I bought this...). Portland is one of my favorite cities for all of these reasons:

Our second stop was further inland, to my mom's. Only a couple pictures here, she's taking care of my grandparent's dog, so it was a frantic, dog filled two days. It's still very clearly Winter up there, and freezing, so we spent most of our time indoors. Mount Washington is still covered in snow (the second picture is the view driving up the road to my mom's):
I hope you had a great weekend! Happy Monday!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Spring Look Books

With the new season fast approaching (hopefully), it's time for new inspiration. Something I always turn to for new ideas are spring look books, it's not only a great way to see how you may wear something you're thinking about purchasing, but also helps with ideas on how to remix items from your closet that you already own. Plus, it's always neat to see how they stylists and art directors have designed the layout. Here are three spring look books I'm loving right now:
ModCloth has been releasing a new installment of their Wanderlust look book each week. I love how the images are asssmebled like a collage, and it's interesting to see how they've chosen the location to complement the clothes.
On the softer side, Ruche's spring lookbook is light and airy. I love how fresh and springy all the styles are, and as usual the photography is beautiful!
On a bolder note, Lulu's bright looks are all summer. I for one, can't wait to don bright colors again! let's go warm weather!

Where do you find inspiration for your outfits? Besides look books, I love looking at magazines and art books, and of course blogs!

Mini Spotlight: Bearcat Vintage & Spring Smith Studios

Can you believe it's almost April? Me neither! I realized last night that Chris and I will be having our engagement photo session soon and I have to figure out something to wear. I'm not sure what style I'll go with, but I definitely know I want to wear a dress!

Bearcat Vintage has a great selection of vintage dresses, I especially love the 1950's Daffodil Dress, wouldn't it be perfect for Easter? I'm also loving the Cotton Pencil Dress and the Sheer Black Dress.
Get 20% off your order from Bearcat Vintage! Enter code "ORCHID" at checkout!
(I'll announce the winner of the giveaway on monday!)
My friend Spring will be shooting both our engagement session and our wedding, and I'm so excited to not only have a talented photographer but also a friend taking our photos!

Friday, March 25, 2011

March 25, 2011: Stripes, Leopard, and Khaki

Trench: GAP (Swapped)
Dress: H&M ($? old)
Belt: Vintage ($3?)
Tights: We Love Colors
Bag: Coach ($6 thrift)
Sunnies: Ray Ban ($60 TjMaxx)
I love outfits like this, comfortable and cool and comprised of my favorite things: leopard print and stripes. It's funny how well the two go together, considering how extreme they are. In fact, this week seems to have been all about breaking the fashion "rules": A maxi dress on a short girl, Blue and black worn together, and mixed patterns. Do you believe in fashion "rules"? I don't, at least not anymore, too much time is wasted on worrying whether colors match, whether wearing white shoes in winter is faux pas, and if you can wear a floral and stripe together. I say, go for it! If it looks intentional, people won't notice, and they probably won't care either. I declare leopard a neutral! Speaking of which, I've been on the hunt for a pair of leopard flats for what seems like forever, and I've finally found the pair! They remind me a little of Audrey Hepburn, a little demure with the cute bow.

My hair is what happens when you're outside in freezing temperatures teaching simple machines to fifth graders. I've been volunteering at the Shipbuilding Museum for the past two days and the weather has been less than ideal. When I got home yesterday afternoon my hair was one giant knot after being whipped around by the wind, so this is my lemonade out of lemons hairstyle. When all else fails, make a bun. These pictures probably make it seem like the weather was nice, believe me it wasn't until about 5 o'clock. It was raining, then snowing, then sleeting, all while remaining an unsavory 30 something degree.

A couple of readers asked what it is I do at the museum, I'm an educational volunteer. Lately I've been running the ship themed scavenger hunt, but I'm learning how to teach Simple Machines and the Steam Box. (This is not what I wear when I'm there)

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

March 23, 2011: Khaki, Navy, and Brown

Trench: Forever 21 ($19)
Belt: J.Crew Outlet (gift)
Necklace: Vintage ($5)
Tights: American Apparel
Like yesterday's dress, this little number has been hanging on my wall for a few weeks now, waiting for the warmer weather to show it's face. Well, that warmer weather seems to be a little gun shy, so I'm forcing it. And can I tell you, if there's one thing I'm sick of more than cold, it's tights. I probably sound like a broken record, because all I want is to just slip on some flip flops and go, not think about how many layers I need today. Anyways, I love this outfit, the animal print makes me happy, like I'm wearing animal crackers. I can't wait to pair this double strap dress with cool wedges and a straw hat this summer.

I'm volunteering at the museum again this morning and then my Mom is visiting this afternoon, so I'm going to keep things short. Are you having a good week?

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

March 22, 2011: Blue, Black, and Gold

Silk top: Vintage (gift)
Necklaces: Black Sparrow and H&M
Shoes: Forever 21 ($13)
This dress from Lulu's has been burning a hole in my proverbial pocket for about a month now, why can't spring come sooner? The weather for the past few days has been beyond miserable, it snowed all day yesterday, and is just gloomy today. I am pining for the days where I can wear a simple dress and sandals, until then however I have to find more creative ways of covering up. This vintage crop top is one of my favorite items of clothing, it definitely is underutilized in my closet. I liked how it looked with the sheer pleats of my dress. I have to say, I'm completely convinced by maxi and midi dresses lately. If you find the right length they can even make shorter girls look tall (think Rachel Zoe), and I like how I'm getting some length variety in my closet. Not just all minis now. How do you feel about maxi dresses? Love them? Hate them?

I went with simple accessories (excuse the lint- our apartment is static hell):

Monday, March 21, 2011

Over the Weekend: Buddy Brunch

What's better than Sunday morning brunch? Sunday morning (afternoon) brunch with friends! Chris and I drove out to Worcester yesterday and met up with some of our favorite people, for food and an incredibly lazy afternoon:
(yes, those are brunch signs)
(I LOVE this picture)
(Chris is completely blind here)
It was a really great afternoon. Chris and I had a rather stressful Saturday, after having some unexpected things thrown our way, and being close to friends and doing nothing but eating food was exactly what the doctor ordered. Do you like the photo-booth Punky set up? She got the streamers at a car dealership supply store, I didn't even know such a thing existed!
Thank you Punky and Adam for hosting us and for the photos!

(Hey, it's the first day of Spring!)