I’m experimenting with new settings and poses (FINALLY), so click on any image to enlarge for details. You know, in case you want to check for frizzies or dirt under my nails or anything …
Crops via Gap, last year
Necklace pile via various Etsy vendors
Shoes a gift from beautiful Missa!
I couldn’t believe how perfectly the color of this tank matched the purply patch of suede on these fantastical shoes. Who am I to deny such fashion kismet?
Silvery gray dress, thrifted
Cereza necklace via Etsy vendor Bellina
Red Tsubo Acreas
Gee, seems like May was the month of the blazer. I blame the girls at Academic Chic, who CONSTANTLY sport blazer-based looks that are unbearably sleek and sophisticated. It’s because of them that I began to feel that my two black blazers and weird-shade-of-brown one were woefully inadequate, and because of them that I landed this figure-friendly little beaut at my local Savers. This outfit is all your fault, E., S., and A.!
Pink dress, thrifted
Purple Melissa Vinils
Silver bangle with rhinestone corners, thrifted
I had wanted to try the pink-red combo for months, but felt the need to chronologically distance my experiment from Valentine’s Day. Late May seemed safe, and I received no teasing comments. The purple shoes may have pushed me into wacky-color-combo territory, but I felt pretty awesome …
Also, check out the inset rhinestones in my bangle. Such fun!
Black tank, Target
Flame orange skirt, Banana Republic
Chalk turquoise necklace, a street vendor in San Francisco
Black Tsubo Acreas
OK, so it seems that May is ALSO the month of the bolero. Totally unintentional!
I bought this fab necklace while we were in San Francisco. Decided to wear it the very second the money had changed hands, and, at that time, I had on an outfit very similar to this one. I would never have thought to pair the pale green with black and orange, but it just works. I got scads of compliments from strangers, shopkeepers, baristas … quite the ego boost, and a clear directive to recreate the outfit back home in MN. If you’re jealous enough, you can purchase a very similar necklace right here.
Props to guest photographer Cal on this shot!
Black cigarette pants, Banana Republic
Black leather tie-belt, thrifted
Scarf from some gifty store in central California
Madden Girl Lusterus
Here’s the story. I went on an epic thrifting trip to Value Thrift in St. Paul a few weeks ago. Value Thrift is one of the slightly scary thrift stores that doesn’t have dressing rooms, so I wore my cropped leggings, a tank, and a jersey dress. This enabled me to get slightly naked and try stuff on in the aisles with some measure of modesty. And as I was getting slightly naked over and over, I noticed that my leggings were REALLY flattering. And I mean as pants. Now I’d never wear them as pants in real life, so I decided I should just track down some tighter-fitting cropped pants.
These BR jobbers are NOT cropped. They are ankle pants. And I generally find this style to be stumpifying and unflattering, and was exceedingly skeptical. But I tried them on, and looked in the mirror, and was forced to invoke one of my cardinal rules of shopping: Since I wanted to have sex with myself immediately, I was required to buy them. I’m totally enamored as they make me feel like a saucy, curvy pin-up girl. I even went back and purchased the white pair, on supersale, at my local BR.
Purple jersey dress/tunic, Gap
And here are the very leggings that caused the purchase of the above-pictured pants! This little jersey thing was an actual dress when I bought it last August, but an encounter with Hot Dryer has transformed it into a tunic. I’m not fussed, though. I’ve been on the lookout for more summery tunics, so it’s like I purchased one without having to spend any cashes. Or that’s what I’m telling myself.
Oh hey, notice anything different … about MY HEAD???
I kinda love it. I used to obsess over mess and frizz and the imperfection of my curls. Now? The messier the better! Hurrah! (Who made those fantastic earrings, you ask? Why Karin Jacobson, of course.)