Saturday, June 30, 2012

Friday Favorites, on a Saturday!

Top: Night reading, a walk through Frick Park, strange bedfellows at the grocery store
Middle: Outside at Kelly's, #foodcourtfriday with coworkers, morning leg lovin'
Bottom: AM protest, covert cat ops, skip-it at ModCLoth recess day
Good morning (afternoon at this point)! I'm writing from the comfort of my not sweltering hot apartment, we broke down and bought an AC last night! This is life changing, I've never had an AC before. Mostly I just feel like less of a deadbeat pet-parent because the cats can finally move around. Whoo, was it hot this week, it was so nice waking up to a cool bedroom and cooler weather outside (though I know this 65 degree morning is a trick, it's supposed to climb to 93 by this afternoon). I'm just happy we're not in the part of the country experiencing 100+ heat, upper 90's is beyond my limit.

What do you have planned for this weekend? I took advantage of this cooler air and cleaned this morning, and have a thrilling afternoon at the dentist planned for today (update: I have a cavity). Tomorrow Chris has the day off, so I think we're going to drive to Erie- have you ever been? Any recommendations?

What else have I been up to? Let's see...

I finished The Hunger Games in one full swoop last weekend, and I liked it. It was an easy breezy read, which was exactly what I needed. I'm definitely interested in reading the rest of the books, but I think I'll space them out a bit, books like that I can't help but read in one or two go's. Now I'm on to Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms by Richard Fortey. This one is slow going, but really interesting, about the plants and animals "that have survived, nearly unchanged, throughout time."

Getting this dentist appointment over with. Just kidding...kind of. I'm so excited to have a day off with Chris tomorrow, we're thinking of driving up to Presque Isle State Park in Erie, we've never been but thought it would be a good chance to get out of the city and see something that resembles the ocean. I hate that we haven't really left Pittsburgh since our trip to Texas in March, considering we used to take near-weekly road trips around New England, it feels strange to be staying put. We're making the trip home soon, and I CAN. NOT. WAIT. It's hard to not obsess over every little detail of what we want to do while we're in New England.

Working on:
Staying motivated. It's been so blistering hot that the thought of going to the gym to sweat even more isn't something I have really entertained. Swimming laps has definitely helped, you don't feel yourself sweat when you're in the water. It has made me all too aware however, at how terrible a swimmer I am.

Our friends in New England. A lot lately. I think because it's summer...and also because we haven't seen them in SO long. We used to host weekly cookouts and house parties at our old apartment. I miss socializing with people outside of work.

I love the color and patterned inset of this blouse from Spotted Moth. It looks so breezy and comfortable for hot weather.
Loving these adorable lace shorts from Ruche! Don't miss Ruche's mega-huge sale this weekend!
Sixtyseven Vero Leopard Print Platform Sneakers  - Click Image to Close
Even though I was in 7th grade the last time I laced platform sneakers onto my feet, I still love these leopard print sneakers from Lulu's.
daisy slip dress
This vintage slip dress from Bluesville, USA is so pretty, and perfect for summer. Save 15% off your order by entering orchidgrey at checkout!

A few more:
Loving the vintage pattern of this midi dress, this pretty striped one too. Oh, and a pretty high-low lavender number.
This DIY from Honestly WTF is calling my name, with these sneakers. Really, I'm just obsessed with these. Nasty Gal is also having a pretty big sale this weekend.
A few new Etsy favorites: Hoakon + Helga, Lobster bag, the most adorable cat ring.

Happy weekend!

Thursday, June 28, 2012


In this outfit:
Top: Thrifted ($5)
Skirt: Vintage/ Modern Millies ($18 c.2008)
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell ($50 sale c.2009)
Bracelet c/o Lulu's

Where I wore it: To the office!

You know that supposed "rule" about cleaning out your closet that goes something like "if you haven't worn it in 6 months, get rid of it"? Well, I don't believe in that rule, and this skirt is my argument. The last time I wore this skirt was back in 2008, and it completely stumped me for some reason. I bought it because it reminded me of what a 70's art teacher would wear and I think I wore it for the first time with a bright yellow t-shirt, and looked and felt pretty awful about it. Anyways, all these years later, it works much better with a simple white top. I think they key is having basics, something that was actually lacking from my closet until very recently.

This is another one of my Malia of Honolulu skirts, the first one. I love the strawberry print and that it has pockets. And yes, whenever I wear it I can't help but feel like a 70's art teacher.

I guess the moral of this story is that if you have something that's been sitting in the back of your closet for years, pull it out and try looking at it with new, simplified eyes.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Pretty in Pink

In this outfit:
Sweater: Thrifted ($2)
Suede shorts: Vintage/Avalon ($15)
Bag: Vintage/Brimfield ($35)
Shoes c/o Haberdash Vintage (2011)
Sunglasses c/o Spotted Moth

Where I wore it: To work, and an evening stroll around Frick Park

As soon as I thrifted this pink sweater a couple of weeks ago, I knew immediately that I wanted to pair it with these suede shorts. I didn't expect to wear this outfit until September, when the weather usually cools enough for both cozy sweaters and leather, but the past couple of days have felt like autumn, so I'm taking full advantage.

This outfit reminds me of Molly Ringwald in Pretty in Pink, sort of that 80's slouchy/casual look, which is exactly what I was going for. I think adding an older vintage bag and modern sunglasses saved it from feeling too costume-y. When I got home from work, Chris said in a very surprised voice: "I really like your outfit, it's frumpy but somehow it works". Thank you Chris.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Lulu's x Orchid Grey: Inspired by Grace Slick

For the month of June I've partnered with Lulu' to bring you a series of four posts, each one inspired by a different 1970's female musician. Check back every Tuesday to see my interpretation of an influential artist's signature look.
04. Today by Jefferson Airplane on Grooveshark
Somebody to Love by Jefferson Airplane on Grooveshark
Bag, blanket, onyx bracelet: Vintage

I know I'm cheating a bit by posting two songs released before 1970, but I couldn't not include Grace Slick in this series, and these two Jefferson Airplane songs are my favorites. I love how simple most of her stage outfits were, but they made such an impact, almost as much impact as her voice. White dresses, tonal accessories, sunglasses to shield your eyes from the festival sun, and a little paisley thrown in for good measure.

If you'd like to get the look, check out the Lulu's blog for tips on how to emulate my favorite seventies songstress's style!

Monday, June 25, 2012

July Sponsorships Available

I have a small number of medium and large advertising spots available for the month of July! If you're interested in joining me for what is gearing up to be the best month ever, let's talk!

For a list of current rates and stats email me with a link to your shop and any questions you may have at: jkoboyle (at)

Friday, June 22, 2012

Friday Favorites...

Happy Friday! How was your week? Did it fly by or lag a little? As much as each day dragged a bit for me, all of a sudden it's the weekend. This week was a busy one, the height of which was the scavenger hunt held by my work yesterday. The 95 degree heat was brutal, but I had so much fun running all over Pittsburgh with my coworkers making a fool out of myself (break-dancing in public, pretending to play Atari, re-enacting the covers of Weird Science and Sixteen Candles...are you sensing a theme yet?). Needless to say, I'm exhausted and looking forward to relaxing.

This morning I woke up to the most amazing thing: cloudy, 70 degree weather! It was such a nice change of pace and the perfect day to have chosen for working from home. Zeb and Zephyr liked it too, they spent most the day in various states of relaxation with one another. It's actually cool enough to use our stove, which means a much needed break from cold salads for dinner.

Here's what I've been up to:

Ok, so I finished The Marriage Plot. And my overall feeling is: Meh. I'm not sure what would have been more predictable for the ending: the actual ending, or what you kind of expected would happen (I'm trying not to give anything away for those of you who want to read it). For the most part it kept my attention, but I certainly wasn't hooked. I think I may find something lighter next, just for a break.

Listening to:
Lots of Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, The Pretenders, and basically the usual suspects. However, this week I was introduced to JD McPherson, and my rockabilly roots started showing! Love.

Salad, salad, salad. Ugh.

Not to be a dweeb or nothin' but I can't wait to go to the gym tomorrow. This was a busy week and I didn't make it for a workout once, my brain needs some air and my muscles need moving. Also, I signed up for Color Me Rad today! I can't wait until August!

Would you judge me if I told you we're still watching SVU? Also, Shit 1940's Girls Say kind of kills me, part 1, part 2. "Girls, do you ever just want something 'cause it's rationed?" hah. Thanks to Ms. Dear Golden for that one.

 This striped belted dress from Ruche is so beautiful! My wishlist just got a little longer.

 I'm loving the bright tangerine color of this studded bag from Spotted Moth.
Suitcase Staple High-Low Black Dress  - Click Image to Close
I love the simple silhouette and high-low hem of this dress from Lulu's. The styling just makes me want it more!
laguna art deco dress
Bluesville, USA is updated! Amber is rolling out a whole new merchandising look, and her shop looks amazing! Let's talk about this dress, sweet lord it's amazing! Receive 15% off your order with the code orchidgrey.

A few more... 
-Asos is having a huge summer shoe sale! I'm loving these low-profile sandals, these color block wedges, and these floral wedges. These are also really similar to the low-pro sandals that are glued to my feet.
-If you're looking for a chambray skirt similar to my midi-length Madewell skirt, this just came back in stock
-Also, I don't think I'll ever not love Vans. These leopard print Authentics and these Hawaiian print ones are now on my list.
-Because I've been on a shoe kick this week: the Keds Pointer. The perfect sneaker to wear with a sundress.
-Love these pretty hair arrows.
-A minimalist canvas tote.
-Perfect earrings.

Have a happy weekend!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Blue and Black All Over

In this outfit:
Dress c/o Ruche
Shoes c/o Lulu's
Necklace:Vintage/Avalon ($15)
Bracelet: Thrifted ($2)

This outfit is from the beginning of the week, back when it was only 85 degrees. Back when wearing a dress and jewelry that touched my body was manageable. By this point, I've regressed to wearing cut-offs and a t-shirt to work to combat the 95 degree heat and humidity that has slowly creeped in as the week's progressed. Never have I been more thankful to work in an air-conditioned (and very casual) office. Don't get me wrong, I love summer- it's my favorite season!- it's just funny to me how at a certain point in the year, concerns about style get thrown out the window in favor of summer survival.

I hope I'm making sense. I didn't get much sleep last night, we had two fans going and it was like sleeping in a wind turbine...

How do you beat summer heat?

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Cure for Everything is Salt Water

In this outfit:
Tank: J.Crew ($7 sale)
Skirt: Vintage/Avalon ($10)
Sandals: Saltwater
Bracelets: Vintage/Thrifted ($6/$2)

If I can't have the ocean close by, I might as well add a little salt-water inspiration to my closet, right? When I spotted this red and white wrap skirt at Avalon a couple of weekend ago, I immediately snatched it up. I recognized the tag- Malia Honolulu- as one that was already in my closet, on a vintage maxi skirt I thrifted awhile back. It wasn't until I got home and actually looked at my skirt collection that I realized I now own three vintage skirts from this same label. I love it when this happens, I wasn't even actively looking for this label but apparently I've developed an eye for Malia.

So it's been incredibly hot the past couple of days, reaching the mid-eighties before 10am. The cure for this? As little clothing as possible. Top, skirt, a couple of accessories, and sandals all day, everyday.

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Lulu's x Orchid Grey: Inspired by Carly Simon

For the month of June I've partnered with Lulu' to bring you a series of four posts, each one inspired by a different 1970's female musician. Check back every Tuesday to see my interpretation of an influential artist's signature look.
That's The Way I've Always Heard It Should Be by Carly Simon on Grooveshark
Haven't Got Time For the Pain by Carly Simon on Grooveshark

In this outfit: 
Top, Skirt, Wedges courtesy of Lulu's
Hat: Thrifted / Bracelets: Vintage

When I was in the sixth grade, I went as Carly Simon for Halloween. The definition of a failed costume, everyone just thought I was a hippie. Vague costume choices aside, like the other musicians I've featured, I've been a fan of Carly Simon's music for a long time, having first discovered her smiling face on the cover of one of my mother's records. It was that grin that first got me, wide, toothy, and completely confident- at the time I had the wide and toothy part down pat (with a little extra gum for good measure), confidence to come at a much later point. I love her strong voice, and- I'm postulating here- strong sense of self. Breezy skirts, a little crochet, a wide brim hat, and a smile or two for the camera.