Monthly Archives: June 2012

Showing a Little Lace

Dollar Store Sunnies, Kimono Jacket: Forever 21, Dress: Macy’s, Vintage Slip: Goodwill,   Bag: Rue 21, Rose Ring: Charlotte Russe, Necklace: Downtown Threadskudos to my friend Alicia for snapping this picture while I was flapping around like a bird trying to show off my great kimono style jacketI used to avoid white dresses like the plague. Not only do I have a tendency to wear what I eat but underwear wise they were always a logistical nightmare! Thankfully I’ve since started collecting vintage slips and underthings which have made it much easier for me to enjoy wearing LWDs (little white dresses) all summer long.

I wore this casual ensemble to a friends house for an afternoon BBQ and a stroll along the Winooski River Walk. I love the oversized almost tent like quality  of this dress, making it perfect for BBQ feasting on oppressively hot days. The lace peeking out from under the hem added a fun vintage touch and kept everything g-rated. I know you’re not supposed to let your slip show, but sometimes it feels good to break the rules!

What fashion rules have you been breaking? Are you a fan of LBDs or LWDs?

Semi Sheer Skirts

Dollar Store Sunnies, Tank & Skirt: Downtown Threads,  Bangles & Ring: Gifted, Bag: Rue 21, Sandals: Old NavyFor some reason the idea of wearing a sheer maxi skirt with built in shorts seemed far riskier than wearing a sheer chiffon skirt on it’s own. I think it was one of those cases where I worry about something that isn’t very noticeable or newsworthy to anyone else but seems glaringly awkward to me. In the end I thought the knotted shirt and bright bag were the perfect counterweights and I’m already looking forward to wearing this skirt out again.

How have you been styling sheer pieces this summer?

Birds on the Water

Sunglasses: Goodwill, Dress: The Clothes Exchange, Belt: The Possibility Shop, Bag: Rue 21, Pumps: Naughty Monkey (via Stella Mae), Ring: Forever 21This dress was my favorite purchase from The Clothes Exchange. The print is what first caught my eye, the bright blue birds with the golden and red detailing were too much to resit. The dress’s sweetheart neckline and classic silhouette makes me think of the Under the Sea dance from Back to the Future.

It was too treacherous to wear my Naughty Monkey’s on the rocks at Oakledge but I liked the blue birds and red and white check worked together. I was a little worried about the bold patterns clashing but the subtle touches of red in the dress’s pattern and then red belt tied everything together well. In fact I’m thinking this outfit may be perfect for  Fourth of July cocktails on the lake.

What outfits/parties do you have planned this  fourth of July?

Hot in Burlington

Sunglasses: Charlotte Russe, Blouse: H&M (via The Clothes Exchange), Belt: Goodwill, Skirt: Kohl’s, Snakeskin Heels: Target, Ring: GILT, Assorted BanglesTrying to look cool, crisp, and collected when you’re sweating like Nixon during the 1960’s presidential debates is close to impossible. Luckily I had the foresight to snap these pictures before my walk home… how it was still in the 90’s at 6:30pm is beyond me.

For days when the heat in Burlington is oppressive and I feel like I’m melting a la Alex Mack style I stick with light colors, fluttery fabrics, and simple silhouettes. I don’t like anything close to clingy when it’s this warm so a linen blouse and light weight skirt were perfect and breezy.

How do you stay cool and fresh in the summer heat?

Delicious Greek Yogurt Pesto

Basil from our garden, garlic, and walnuts

My love for pesto is fairly new. For the longest time I thought all pesto had pine nuts (which I do not enjoy) so I avoided it all together. Eventually I was introduced to walnut pesto and fell in love with the rich, earthy, nutty flavors.

Adapted from Jane Salzfass’s Spaghettini with Yogurt Pesto recipe featured in Great Meals in Minutes, pasta menus this yogurt pesto makes a great dip, sauce, or marinade and is perfect for sweltering summer nights when you can’t face turning the oven on.

You will need: 2-3 cloves garlic, 1/4 – 1/2 cup walnuts, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt, 1 1/2 – 2 cups fresh basil leaves (firmly packed), black pepper (to taste) – food processor

To Make: mince cloves of garlic in food processor (if using minced garlic skip this step). Add walnuts, salt, and olive oil to the minced garlic and blend in food processor until you’re left with a smooth paste. Slowly add Greek yogurt and fresh basil to the walnut paste mixture in the food processor and blend until well combined and bright green. Add salt and pepper to taste and chill covered in the fridge for an hour before enjoying.

mince garlic in food processor add walnuts, salt, and olive oil to minced garlic and blend in food processor until smooth. *(If I’m making pesto dip/spread I’ll keep this mixture a little bit chunky as opposed to blending it smooth when I plan to use it as pasta sauces)*add Greek yogurt slowlyadd basil leaves to yogurt mixture and blend until smoothWhile you can enjoy it immediately I’ve found that it’s best after its had some time to chill in the fridge (about an hour or so).

Every time I make this quick and easy pesto recipe I find another way to use it. Last night we had burgers with tomato, mozzarella, and a dollop of pesto and before I left for work this morning I put a couple of chicken breast in with the rest of the pesto to marinade so tonight we’ll be having grilled pesto chicken Caesar salads tonight.

I can’t wait to hear how you enjoy this delicious pesto so be sure to let me know in the comments below or on twitter or facebook!

Garden Grove

Hat: Gifted, Sunnies, Snood, & Vulture Ring: Downtown Threads, Tank: Charlotte Russe, Pants: American Apparel (via Battery St Jeans)Before heading out on the river yesterday D and I grabbed a quick breakfast at our favorite bagel place and these American Apparel harem pants seemed like the obvious choice.

It’s funny that I own two pairs of harem pants considering I’ve always been intimidated by the silhouette but I’ve loved wearing these paisley print pants from H&M so much I couldn’t resist when I came across American Apparel harem pants for $6 at Battery Street Jeans. They’re lightweight, have pockets, and beyond comfortable and I am so glad they’re mine.

This look is a slightly dressier version of the outfit I wore in yesterday’s post. Strappy gold sandals and chunky jewelry dress up the harem pants and striped snood, making it perfect for a lazy weekend brunch. Having the right mix of accessories makes it easier to rewear and rework simple outfits and staples pieces.

What’s your signiture summer accessory? What new/new to you silhouettes have you been trying?

Father’s Day Fishing

Hat: Gifted (last seen here), Sunnies & Tank: Charlotte Russe, Striped Snood: Downtown Threads, Shorts: Old Navy, Mocs: Lands’ End, Leather Bracelet: Goodwill, Beaded Bracelet: Rome, Bag: H&MAfter an insanely busy work week that spilled over into the weekend it was blissful to unplug and spend Sunday fishing with D and his Dad. We took the boat out on the Lemon Fair River for the  day and even though I was the only one who caught anything (a 4″ blue gill) the three of us had a blast.

I’ve been keeping my outfits very simple lately, partially because of the heat and partially because of how busy I’ve been. When I’m short on time I opt for simple pieces (like this off-white tank and pinstripe shorts) that are easy to mix and match and rely on colorful/interesting accessories (like this striped snood and bright orange moccasins) to add personality.

What are your go-to looks when you’re short on time? How does your wardrobe/outfits change when you’re busy?

Devil in a Blue Dress

Sunnies & Scarf: H&M, Dress: Gifted, Snakeskin Heels: Target, Ombre Belt: Charlotte Russe, Silver Bracelet: Kohl’s (?)With the right accessories even a devil can look like a lady; especially in this dress with a navy blue velvet obmre belt and snakeskin heels. The seafoam green sunnies and floral scarf only add to the feminine vibe of this bright spring outfit.

What ladylike pieces have you been wearing this spring? 

Pleats and Low Maintenance Summer Hair

Sunglasses & Ring: Charlotte Russe, Silk Tank: Old Navy, Necklace: Forever 21, Skirt: Quarter Life Vintage, Sandals: Payless

This floral print pleated skirt used to be a vintage dress that I won from the lovely Sammy of Sammy Davis Vintage and Lisa of Quarter Life Vintage. Since the dress was a bit too large for me I took it to my amazing tailor Christine* and she was turned it into the perfect easy, breezy summer skirt. I just wish I’d had the foresight to snap a few before and after pictures.

My wardrobe isn’t the only thing I prefer “easy breezy” in the summertime. Since we’re active and outdoors for most of the summer my hair and makeup routine is the last thing I want to worry about which means more often than not I’m letting my hair air dry instead of blowing it out and straightening it and going fresh faced minus a few swipes of mascara and lipstick.

To tame my wild mass of curly hair I run a small amount of  Moroccan Oil through my hair after I get out of the shower and dry it just enough so my hair is damp not wet.  Once partially dry I twist my hair into a bun at the nape of my neck and let it air dry (like above). When my hair is completely dry (not only does Moroccan Oil help control frizz and flyaways but it also cuts drying time way down) I carefully untwist and shake out it out and am left with soft, beachy curls.

Does your wardrobe/beauty routine change in the summer?

*if you’re in the Burlington area and looking for a wonderful tailor/seamstress let me know and I’ll email you Christine’s contact info

Cool Mint Confessions

Sunnies: Zinnia, Earrings: Gifted, Bag: Forever 21, Men’s Hanes Tank, Le Sac Dress (worn as skirt): American Apparel, Gifted Bangles, “Bubbly” Ring: SZS Designs, Sandals: Goodwill (brand new with tags!)Confession time; I wear men’s clothes and I have no qualms about it.

I’ve been wearing men’s v-neck white tees and “wife beaters” for years. They’re key layering pieces and perfect for hot sticky days. It’s funny that while my style has dramatically changed over the years these white tees and tanks have been ever present wardrobe staples.

I paired my staple tank with another simple favorite, my mint La Sac Dress from American Apparel. I’m always on the hunt for pieces that do double duty and this dress does just about everything. I’ve worn it as a beach cover up, with wedges and sequins for drinks with the girls, and as a casual summer skirt. Having one piece that can be worn multiple ways not only saves you money but it also saves you room in your closet which means more room for shoes!

What are the most versatile pieces in your wardrobe?