Friday, March 29, 2013

Friday's Fancies: Pastels

This is a pretty basic look using this Friday's Fancies subject of pastels. I'm drawn to blues more so than pastel pinks.  I love these light blue shades together.

I would wear this running errands or out shopping if it ever warms up.  All of these items are pretty affordable (the scarf is on sale for $14.99!) except for the bag but you could easily find a cheaper tote.   


Monday, March 25, 2013

Pics from Last Week

A few images from last week.  We stayed on the unseasonably cold Tybee Island and visited beautiful Savannah.



The colder weather made for empty beaches.  The beaches on Tybee are fantastic though, I can only imagine how packed they are in the summer.



Even though it was chilly in Georgia, it was still warmer than it was at home in Indiana (or so I was reminded every time I complained that it was too cold to lie on the beach).  I was glad to see signs of spring we don't have at home.  Most of the trees and grass were green and there were gorgeous flowers everywhere.



Top image:  Fishing Pier on Tybee
Bottom Left:  Forsyth Park in Savannah
Bottom Right:  The Alligators at The Crab Shack on Tybee

These are pictures I took on my phone.  I took the majority of my pictures on my real camera and I just haven't gotten those transferred over to the computer yet but I hope to soon, I can't wait to look at them.  Now at home with 8 inches of snow on the ground, I really don't think the  40's and 50's we experienced last week in Georgia was that bad.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Friday, March 15, 2013

Friday's Fancies: St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day is this weekend.  I'm not one to go out and celebrate it which is strange seeing that: A) My heritage is almost half Irish, B) I've been to Ireland and, C) I went on a kinda date with the then Notre Dame Leprachan (he was cute, really) when I lived in South Bend a million years ago. But it is just way too crowded and I don't really drink anymore so my idea of going out with my green on would be to a more low key dinner.  The last few years we have celebrated by making corned beef and cabbage at home.  If I did go out, I might wear something like this:


St. Patrick's Day


Linking up with {long distance loving} again this week.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Storage Ideas for Bags and Purses

I struggle with how to store my ever growing bag collection.  I don't have that many (honestly) but I have three or four that I regularly rotate between so I like to have them handy for easy retrieval.  I want them to be stored in a way in which they don't get damaged and I think having them piled in the Rubbermaid tote on the floor of my closet isn't really doing them any good and is frustrating for me when I try to get them out. 


Source: houzz.com via Jill on Pinterest

I love this but don't know where I would put it since my closet isn't big enough.

Source: houzz.com via Jill on Pinterest

Again, love, but don't have the room in the closet.  Maybe in the spare bedroom closet though...



I like this idea but it wouldn't work for my tote bags.


I've tried this and didn't like it.  It was annoying how heavy it made the door, it was hard getting them on and off, and then sometimes they just came off by themselves when you moved the door.  I do have a few smaller bags hanging from these clips but I mostly use them now for belts.


I really like this idea and could probably rearrange my shelf to accommodate this.  This might be worth a try. 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

When Trends Come Back Around

Fashion is funny, there are things that are completely timeless like a couture dress from the 50's that you could see on today's red carpet and it still be as fantastic today as it was when it was new.  Then there are trends that define a decade, like shoulder pads in the 80's or grunge in the 90's.  There are also smaller trends that don't last all that long at all, maybe a year or two (Ed Hardy shirts anyone?).


Graphic by Cara Winkley via

I always like to be "in style" so I try be aware of the current trends (all of them, big and small) but I also want to have a classic, timeless style.  So I try to incorporate the trends in a minor way and only the ones that work for me (or ones that I love so much that I will even wear even if they don't completely work for me like skinny jeans). 

Printed pants are one of the current trends.  I purchased a pair online from LOFT, tried them and decided they just weren't me.  I returned them in store and the sales person commented how cute they were.  I agreed but told her they weren't for me.  She replied that she would love to wear them but couldn't because she wore them the first time they were in style.  She said, "you can't wear something if you were around the first time it was popular."  I was so stumped by this statement I don't think I even replied.  First I thought, you can't?  Why?  Then, what time is she referring to?  The printed pants of the 60's or 70's or the flowered jeans of the 90's? 

Then I think, crap, I was "around" in the 90's does that mean I can't wear printed pants or floral dresses or plaid shirts or any of the 90's style trends that are coming back? 


90's fashion from My So Called Life via - I wore outfits like the one on the right just about every single day in my last two years of high school.  Ripped jeans, open flannel and top underneath. 

After thinking about this way too much, I think that you can wear trends again when they come back into vogue as long as you are doing it in a modern way. 

"Grunge" 90's Fashion Today - left via Milan Fashion Week Street Style right via Saint Laurent Fall 2013

For example, I wouldn't wear the exact flannel and ripped jeans I had back in high school but get a new pair of deconstructed skinny boyfriend jeans and pair them with a new top, not an oversized flannel like I did then.  If I wear a plaid top now, it is a more fitted style and probably just regular cotton not flannel. 

What do you think?  Can you wear a trend the second (or third) time around if you experienced it the first time?

Friday, March 8, 2013

Friday's Fancies: Chambray & Lace

I love the combination of chambray & lace.  I love the juxtaposition between the casual more masculine chambray with the more fancy lady like lace.

Here are some looks I pinned last summer:


left: Sincerelyjules  top right: southernpiphi.tumblr.com  bottom right:  Gap
 
 
This combo could be dressed up or down depending on your occasion.  The look below begs to be worn to a casual summer party... maybe by the beach in the evening... don't you think?

 
 


Chambray & Lace

I'm linking up with long distance loving for Friday's Fancies.
 

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