Monthly Archives: April 2012

Concrete Perch

Sunnies: Dollar Store, Leaf Print Tank: Downtown Threads (last seen here), Belt & Black and Silver Bracelet: Forever 21, Skirt: Thrift Shop in Maine, Heels: Target, Blue Beaded Bracelet: Gifted, Ring: Vending MachineBright and sunny Mondays always make the start of the work week a bit easier (or at least that’s what I keep telling myself.) I’m finally feeling better and after spending close to a week on my couch in my pajamas it felt good to do my hair, put on heels, and bust out a few bright and bold pieces.

I found this skirt at a small charity shop in my hometown for 75 cents and after wearing it half a dozen times I’m considering having it shortened so that is falls just above the knee. I’m hoping taking a few inches off the bottom of the skirt will leave me with a more streamlined, pencil skirt like shape. I love having thrifted pieces altered because not only do I end up with exactly what I want but I still save money, even after having pieces tailored.

How often do you have pieces tailored? 

Spring Flamingo

Sunglasses, scarf & hand tooled vintage belt: Downtown Threads, Tank: H&M (via Clothes Exchange), Jeans: Pac Sun, Leopard Flats: Target The cold I felt creeping on yesterday is making me look and feel more like Rudolph the red nose reindeer than a bright, sunny flamingo. Here’s an outfit post from sunnier, healthier days. Bright, warm colors and lots of miso soup always does the trick. 

What bright pieces are you working into your wardrobe this week?

Flora, Fauna, & Stripes

Sunglasses: Dollar Store, Jacket: Forever 21, Floral Print Scarf: H&M, Striped Sweater: Gifted, Polo: Ralph Lauren Outlet, Jeans: Target, Blowfish Boots, Cameo Watch: Dub’s Duds, Ring: GiftedMy stripe kick continues. I thought the motorcycle jacket and grey boots were the perfect contrast to the sunny yellow striped top and floral scarf. The cameo watch was a gift (thanks Dubs) and the kidney bean shaped opal ring found it’s way to me via a friend’s mom who had QVC/HSN on speed dial. I love hand me downs, they come with so much personality.

What pieces in your collection have the most personality?

Simple Pieces

Sunglasses: Charlotte Russe, Sweater: MODA (via Friend’s Swap Party), Belt: Forever 21, Earrings & Skirt: Downtown Threads, Shoes: Endless, Beaded Bracelet: GiftedSpring is the perfect time to purge your wardrobe and get back to simple staples.  After a layering and pattern mixing my way through fall and winter I look forward to easy warm weather styles like maxi dresses, caftans, light weight tops, and cropped tops.

One way to freshen up any look is to add white pleats. In this case my pleated skirt gave this look a preppy feel that evened out the v in the back of the sweater. Less is more was my thought in terms of color palette and accessories. I wanted everything bright and minimal to keep the look light. I added the chunky earrings for a touch of whimsy and classic nude heels.

 Do you think less is more or am I running the risk of “boring Nina”?

Sunday Shopping: Bustiers & Bralets

One piece I’m looking to add to my spring/summer wardrobe is a bustier or bralet. Perfect for pairing with maxi skirts and high-waisted Levi’s cutoffs these tops add a touch of sexy sass to any outfit but can be worn under a smart blazer with cropped cigarette pants for an office appropriate look.

1) Mara Hoffman Mexican Blanket Bustier, 2) Topshop Scarf Print Zip Bralet, 3) Swan Cutout Bralet, 4) Floral Bustier, 5) Modcloth Turned to Eleven Tank, 6) Lattice Bra Top

Which top would you add to your spring wardrobe?

Jeans, Unicorns, and my new Love of Stripes

Sunglasses: Dollar Store, Blazer (from suit set): Talbots (via Goodwill) Beaded Necklace: DIY, Tee & Jeans: H&M,Watch: Yard Sale in Maine Belt & Rose Necklace: Forever 21, Heels: Nine West via TJ MaxxI don’t know what’s more elusive, unicorns or the perfect pair of jeans.

I have a love hate relationship with these pants. I love the wash and rise but the length is where I struggle. They’re too long to wear with flats but too short to wear with most of my heels. Luckily I managed to dig out these tortoise shell kitten heels (one of the first pairs of heels that I ever purchased!) and they were the perfect height. The elongated pointy toe barely peaks out from under the dark denim and I like how the tortoise shell looked paired with my striped tee.

I’m not sure what prompted my new love of stripes (see here, here, & here) but I’ve had a lot of fun mixing them into my wardrobe. I found stripes to be easy to mix and match with other patterns especially florals and brights. In this case I loved how my striped tee popped when paired with the bright green blazer. It added the perfect punch of color and the cut of the jacket worked with the rise of the jeans to create a flattering silhouette.

Do you struggle when it comes to styling a certain style/pair of jeans? What patterns/prints have you been mixing into your spring wardrobe?

Summer in Spring

Sunglasses & flower ring: Charlotte Russe, Tank: Rue 21 (forever ago), Belt: Forever 21, Skirt: LC for Kohl’s, Bar Ring: Downtown Threads, Sandals: Payless, Assorted Bangles This outfit is the perfect mix of old and newly acquired favorites. I’ve had this embroidered tank top since high school (thought I don’t wear it as often as I should) while I found my ultra feminine pale pink pleated skirt two weekends ago at Kohl’s. When I saw the forecast calling for temperatures to climb into the mid 70s I couldn’t resist wearing this frilly and flirty look.

The tank is done in a thicker knit material that makes it a bit too hot to wear in the middle of summer but perfect for warm spring days like today. I thought the brightly colored embroidery lent the perfect pop of color to the otherwise pastel color palette. My feet are still protesting when I wear anything other than flats so I went with simple gold flip flops instead of wedges.

What new spring pieces have you been working into your wardrobe?

A few Words and a Whole lot of Ocean

Excuse me while I pretend I’m back on this Bahamian beach instead of buried under piles of work.

It’s good to be busy, in fact I enjoy it, but it’s important to take a few minutes each day to unplug from your work and unwind. So consider this your reminder to relax and escape to your own little slice of paradise, where ever it may be…

Aerating the Lawn in Heels

Hat: Dirt Chic, Sunglasses: Charlotte Russe, Blouse: Talbots (via Goodwill), Jeans: Hurley (via Plato’s Closet), Jeffrey Campbell Boots: Footnotes, Sweater: Battery Street Jeans, Watch: Gifted, Bracelet: Charlotte Russe, Bar Ring: Downtown ThreadsFor a casual Saturday afternoon lunch with D’s parents this outfit was perfect; for measuring our little backyard and planning out landscaping projects, not so much. At least an inch of my 5″ heels were sunk into our little lawn (see above photo) at all times creating a hilarious scene that D had no trouble enjoying.

In my defense the post lunch greescaping was completely impromptu (had I known I would have worn more practical shoes) but since I’ve never been one to let platform heels interfere with spontaneity I just went with it. In hindsight my choice of footwear may have actually been beneficial to our lawn as my heels were acting as the perfect aerating tool.

Who knows, maybe I’m on to the next big thing?! I can see it now, Charlie Sheen hiring models to strut up and down his lawn in stilettos and lingerie all in the name of lawn aeration. Weirder things have happened…

John Lennon’s Ginger Cousin Rides a Bike

Scarf (worn in hair): UO, Sunnies: Downtown Threads, Sweater: Gifted, Tank: Charlotte Russe, Bag: TJ Maxx, Jeans: Pac Sun, Beaded Wrap: Mom Camel Watch: Flea Market in Maine, Leather Bracelet: Goodwill, Firestone 500: Barge Canal Market, Sandals: PaylessIs it just me or do I look like a pastel wearing, ginger version of John Lennon in aviators? Not that that’s a bad thing. This weekend D and I were both crazy busy but we made sure to carve out a few hours to enjoy the beautiful sunny weather. Sunday afternoon we took our bikes out for a quick cruise around the neighborhood before enjoying  a delicious dinner on the porch.

I kept my outfit colorful, casual, and breezy. The white and yellow striped sweater was a gift from my roommate Cindy, it’s perfectly threadbare and looks amazing as a cover-up over bathing suits. As the weather warms up I instinctively start mixing more color into my looks, with accessories and pieces like these coral pants (which have turned out to be the perfect addition to spring wardrobe!) My swallow print bag was a splurge about 5 years ago at TJ Maxx and it’s still one of my favorite summer carry-alls.

What new spring pieces are you mixing into your wardrobe?