Category Archives: Guest Posts

Goodwill Princess

Headband: Forever 21, Faux Fur Coat: Gift from my kick ass little sister, Gown: Goodwill, Heels: ALDO

Get the story behind this princess-y look and see one of the most embarrassing photos from my fifteen year awkward/ugly duckling stage over here today.

It might not be pretty but it is pretty hilarious.

Throwback Thursday – Vintage Inspired Looks with Stella Mae

Sunnies: Charlotte Russe, Vintage Trench: Etsy, Dress: Banana Republic, Re-Mix Heels: Stella Mae

Hat: Urban Outfitters, Blouse and Skirt: Goodwill, Gifted Necklace, Re-Mix Heels: Stella Mae

I am so excited to share my first On Trend  with Stella Mae guest post with you! I had a blast putting these outfits together around two pairs of vintage inspired shoes from Re-Mix. Head over to Stella Mae’s blog to read more about the inspiration behind these outfits and get a closer look at Re-Mix’s beautiful heels!

what vintage pieces have been inspiring your looks lately?

all photos taken by Julie Howk Photography – find Julie on Facebook

What to Wear to the Polls with Corey of Call Me Brazen Vintage

While I’m hiding under a massive sun hat soaking up the sun on the beach the lovely Corey of Call Me Brazen Vintage graciously agreed to guest post and I love that she got political!

It’s no secret that it’s an election year. Everywhere you turn political ads and debates have begun to saturate the airwaves. Lately, I’ve been attending a lot of municipal meetings (which are filmed) and writing about them for a local paper. All of these factors combined really have me thinking about what to wear to these events and furthermore, what to wear to the polls in November. I know you’re thinking, “um..that’s still four months away.”. True, but you think Jackie O. waited till the last minute to figure out what she was going to wear? You shouldn’t either.

 Let’s face it: the power suit is dead, which helps make room for much better and more flattering alternatives that don’t involve shoulder pads.

Vintage Autumn Orange Coat: Goodwill, Mod 50s dress & Vintage Satin kitten Heels: Battery Street Jeans, Cardigan: Banana Republic (gifted), Black Patent Belt: Clothing Line

As you stride into the voting booth, you’ll be armed not only with confidence in your candidate choices, but also in your striking ensemble.  Now it’s time to toss that stylish trench over your arm and traverse to your favorite local spot to await the results with your friends and vino.

A Long Weekend in Burlington with Caro of Fig Dreams

This isn’t the first time Carolyn of Fig Dreams Clothing and Designs has guest posted on Wore Out. Caro’s an amazing stylist, designer, and vintage clothing aficionado so I was beyond excited when she agreed to style up the perfect looks for a long weekend in Burlington.

Burlington, Vermont offers some of the best ways to relax and take in local flavor, especially in the summer. Here are my offerings from the racks of Downtown Threads to give you the most options and freedom wardrobe wise in the good ol’ 802.

Hat: Vintage,  Dress: Handmade by Where Designs, Tote Bag: Unknown Arts You cannot visit Burlington for a long weekend without hitting up the Farmer’s Market. Spend the morning on Saturday strolling the booths bursting at the seams with fresh produce, local meats, honey, maple products, and delicious treats. This locally made mint green baby doll dress paired with a felt hat will get you through the crowds perfectly. This hand printed tote by Unknown Arts is the perfect size for all of your goodies.

Vintage Bathing suit, denim shorts, & baja shirt: Downtown Threads After the Farmer’s Market begins to wind down, the temperature has crept up. I suggest hitting a local watering hole for some sun and beach fun. A quick bus or car ride will take you to North Beach. Located in Burlington, near the bike path off North Ave, North Beach offers sandy beaches, grills, and plenty of grass to play frisbee. I am loving this psychedelic print vintage one piece suit with sailor inspired denim shorts. As the sun begins to fall in the sky, a chilly breeze might just creep in across the lake. I suggest a baja shirt to stay warm and to keep mosquitoes off your back.

Blue Shorts, Vintage bag, & Short sleeved silk top: Downtown Threads Cocktail time. There are too may restaurants to name here, but for great food and an amazing hand picked wine selection, I recommend Pistou Restaurant.  These bright shorts and the fun bag would be the perfect pairing for dinner on the patio. A short sleeved silk button up keeps you cool without fuss.

Vintage cardigan, Floral dress, and Vintage hat: Downtown Threads Sundays around here are for two things. Brunch and coffee. This sweet floral dress and the mint green cardigan are super comfy but with the felt hat, you look pulled together. Sundays sometimes offer some great live music at The Radio Bean. This chic but hipster flavored outfit will ensure you will fit in with the locals.

 Lace top & Snakeskin Shorts: Downtown Threads, Printed American Apparel Bra: Where Designs, Chic Necklace: Boom Shaka Laka Designs. You have to experience Reggae Night at Nectar’s sunday night if you want to see what summer is allll about in Burlington, Vermont. It gets hot on the dance floor, and to keep you staying cool I love this combination of lace, gold, and hand printed deliciousness. The sheer lace top will keep you covered but over breathing room once you work up a sweat to the amazing beats. Of course the gold snakeskin patterned booty shorts will keep your legs at the center of it all. Accessorize with a funky necklace and you are ready for a hot time, summer in the city.

Carolyn Phelps Little manages Downtown Threads, where all of these pieces were gleaned from.

Patio Picnics

Picnic Season is in full swing and with so many amazing picnicking events  happening all over Vermont this summer it’s time to get packing.East Shore Vineyards (ESV) takes all the work out of picnic planning with ready-made baskets (that come with two bottles of wine) and a la carte picnic menu that lets you pick and choose from an extensive list of local goodies such as Vermont Smoke and Cure summer sausage, locally baked crisps, and a wide variety of Vermont cheeses.  ESV will happily pack one of their beautiful picnic baskets for you to take with you or if you would prefer you can enjoy an a la carte picnic on their patio. My good friend Nicole and I decided to do the later and enjoyed a few glasses of wine and mini picnic feast on the ESV patio.

Anna from ESV (pictured pouring above) happily answered all of our questions about cheese and wine pairings and was gracious enough to snap a few photos of Nicole and I on the ESV patio.

don’t worry mom, the bottles on the table were for pouring purposes only, we didn’t drink them both… … even though we were tempted

 Where are your favorite picnicking spots? What summer festivities are you planning on packing a picnic for?

Tastes of Style at East Shore Vineyards

Have you been to the East Shore Vineyard (ESV) tasting room on Church Street? I must have walked past it a dozen times before I finally made it in last week and now I can’t stop raving about it or the Vermont wines I tasted; particularly the Louise Swenson… but more about that later.

The ESV tasting room on upper Church Street is welcoming and perfect for all palettes. For the wine connoisseur the East Shore Vineyard staff is beyond knowledgeable and will excitedly talk wine with you as long as you’ll listen. Similarly those just looking to let loose after a long week (or day) will find the ESV patio as the perfect to relax and unwind. From appropriate pairings to a timeless hostess gift the staff at ESV will help you find the perfect bottle.

Not sure what your looking for? Intimidated by the etiquette that surrounds wine tasting? Don’t be! Wine tasting like a lot like shopping. The more clothes and accessories you try out the more you learn about your personal style. Similarly trying a variety of wines will help you refine your palette and figure out what tastes your like. Here are a few of the East Shore Vineyard wines I sampled and their fashion counterparts.

Louise Swenson; think of this “easy drinking white wine” as your classic summer trench. Perfect for early summer nights, casual yet smart, and great with just about anything.

Frontenac Rosé: “bold” for a rosé this “lively and flavorful” wine has strong cherry notes and is as complex as it is classic, reminding me of a great leopard print bag. A neutral compliment but bold enough to carry an outfit or in the case of this rosé a meal.

Traminette: Vermont’s best wine in 2011 this “spicy & slightly sweet” white is the perfect compliment to summer date night (especially one with an Asian inspired menu). Date nights call for a fuss free summer dress that’s light and while keeping things interesting like this bottle of Traminette.

Lacrescent: perfect for a last minute wedding or hostess gift, this sweet white wine is delicious served with, or as dessert, and like a stunning lace top is perfect for your next summer party.

Summer Snow: “captures the essence of summer,” tastes like sweet sundrops (in my humble opinion), and is as essential to a successful summer gathering as a great maxi dress is to a summer wardrobe.

Like finding your own style, refining your palette should be about trying new things, having fun, and ultimately following your own tastes. So start tasting!

East Shore Vineyards is located at 28 Church Street in Burlington, Vermont. Find them on facebook or stop by their tasting room for a sip of true Vermont style. 

Cupcakes and Lace at The Clothes Exchange Sweet-up

Blouse: Battery Street Jeans, Lace Pants: UO, Heart Ring: Forever 21, Cupcake Ring: My Little Cupcake, Heels: Michael Antonio (via Endless) I took these new pants for a test drive yesterday at The Clothes Exchange’s Sweet-up, Tweet-up at My Little Cupcake in Burlington. I’m usually timid when it comes to trying out new styles but when my gaze fell on these cropped lace pants in the clearance section at Urban Outfitters it was love at first sight. It also didn’t hurt that they’d been marked down $70 making them a whopping $9!

The cropped length is perfect with heels or flats and I love the tiered lace detailing on the waistband. I was worried the silhouette wouldn’t work on me but I was pleasantly surprised when I tried them on (never judge a piece until you try it on!) They were baggy where they need to be and form fitting in all the right places. The only minor issue I had was with the fit was in the calves. I guess walking close to three miles a day is paying off because my calve muscles are flipping huge, especially when I’m in wearing heels.

I have a feeling you’re going to be seeing a lot of these pants this spring and summer. I love the idea of pairing them with sky-high wedges and a printed cropped top for a night out or with cute flats and a vintage bandeau for a sweet daytime look.

What new silhouettes are you trying out this spring?

A little color and a lot of yeti

Sunglasses & Ring: Charlotte Russe, Scarf: Gifted, Denim Shirt: Goodwill Belt: Forever 21, Vest: Gifted, Jeans: Pac Sun, Boots: Florence

You know those days when you want the comfort that comes along with jeans and a tee without looking too casual or “boring”? Patterned or colored denim is a great way to add interest and style to a look without sacrificing an ounce of comfort. A funky print blouse or button up is a great substitute for a basic tee and you can always add layers to give your outfit depth.

I played around with texture and layered my “yeti” vest over a threadbare chambray button up, added my beloved Italian boots and was surprised by how well it came together.

Want to see how I dressed up my favorite LBD? I’m talking about it over here!

How do you dress up “simple” or “boring” looks?

Civically Chic; Wore Out and The Clothes Exchange!

You know those exciting projects I’ve been alluding to for past few weeks?

I am delighted and honored to be the featured guest blogger for The Clothes Exchange!  This time last year I was getting ready for Shop First, my very first Clothes Exchange Event (read all about it here)! I highly recommend attending The Clothes Exchange Shop First event if you can. Only a limited number of tickets are sold so you are assured a crowd free shopping experience and of course you get first dibs on insanely discounted pieces from amazing local and national retailers!

Head over to The Clothes Exchange site to read my full post and learn more about this civically chic event and make sure to stop by My Little Cupcake in Burlington tomorrow (April 5th) between 12:30 – 2pm for the The Clothes Exchange’s  “Sweet-up” Tweet-up! I’d love to see you!

Can a 20’s Turban be a Staple?

When the lovely Sammy of Sammy Davis Vintage asked me to style one of my favorite vintage pieces four different ways, I took a chance and decided to style this 20’s turban. Even though my paisley turban pushes me outside my usual fashion comfort zone (which in my mind is always a good thing) I had a blast putting together four different looks that showed it off. Thanks again to Sammy for asking me to guest post, it was an honor and a lot of fun!

Head on over to Sammy’s blog to check out how I styled my 20’s Turban and be sure to let me know which look you liked best!