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Russia Coat

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When the temperature finally climbed above zero I scooted outside and snapped these photos, and while I wasn’t warm I wasn’t cold either. This 1980’s faux fur lined trench coat, my ‘Russia Coat’ as D dubed it, is incredibly warm. I’m talking this coat kept me comfortable on my walk home in -17 degrees and below. I thrifted it at Goodwill for something like $19 this past August and even though it cost me more than triple to have it cleaned I consider it money well spent.

what great finds have you had while thrifting?

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

Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

Dollar Store Sunnies, Denim Shirt: Walmart, Belt & Dress (worn as skirt): Goodwill, Cowboy Boots: Florence, ItalyThese short Italian cowboy boots called to me from a shop window while walking to meet friends at Spleen, one of my favorite bars in Florence. They usually showed FIFA games (in English) and had an insanely extensive drink menu, with pages of cocktails that were always half off for American girls. In short it was a great place and every time I wear these boots I think about Spleen and living in Florence and there’s a little twinge in my heart.

The 100% silk button up jumper caused heart twinges of a different type when I found it at Goodwill a few weekends ago, but that’s a whole other story. And if you are looking for a great book (that was later turned into a so-so movie) Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins is a one of my favorites.

What pieces in your closet pull on your heartstrings?

My Masters Jacket

Dollar Store Sunnies, Jacket: top half of a Talbot’s skirt suit (via Goodwill), Dress & Lace Slip: Downtown Threads,  Locket: Antique Store in Maine, Heels: Guess (via TJ Maxx)When I came out in this outfit D’s first response was, “woah babe you look like the first woman to win The Masters in that jacket!” Somehow everything comes back to sports.

For your comparison; an actual  Masters Jacket… Not only is my jacket a totally different shade of green, but the Masters Jacket above just sold at auction for over $7,000. While my Masters Jacket is the top half of a Talbot’s skirt suit I found at Goodwill for $7.99. Ballin’! In all seriousness after reading about the origins and somewhat mysterious history of Golf’s most coveted green jacket, I would love to get my hands one for real.

What piece of sports memorabilia would you most like to get your hands on? A Superbowl ring? The leaders yellow Tour de France Jersey? 

Floral Tanks

Dollar Store Sunnies, Floral Dress & Tote: H&M, Grey Dress: Plato’s Closet, Belt: Goodwill, Jean Jacket: TJ Maxx, Ring: Kohl’s, Vintage BraceletCowboy Boots: Florence, ItalyMy love of layering is well documented (exhibits a, b, c, d) so it should come as no surprise that when I couldn’t figure out which dress to wear downtown for drink with D and a few friends I decided to wear both.

The flowy almost trapeze shape floral dress was perfect belted over a body hugging ribbed tank dress. Since I wanted to show both dresses I added a belt and bloused out the top of the floral dress just enough so the hem of the grey dress was visible. Short cowboy boots, a vintage bracelet, and the cropped jean jacket (that I found at TJ Maxx for less than $3!) rounded out this casually layered summer look.

Do you layer pieces in the summer or is it just too hot?

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?

Wordless Wednesday (with a few words)

If only these (men’s) size 11 platforms could talk…

What do you think they’d say?

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Weekend Snapshots

It was a beautiful weekend in Burlington and D and I took full advantage of it. We did some putting around in the garden, spent an afternoon lazing in the park with friends, and just enjoyed the sunny weather and each others company. It was perfect.

Detail shot from an upcoming outfit post

Finally got a chance to use the Totes bag I thrifted for $1.99!  It folds up into the size of a clutch when you’re not using it and holds a full brown paper grocery bag. It made bringing all of our picnic supplies to the park easy!

Refreshingly simple white wine spritzer with frozen blueberries

A friend’s Green Lantern ring that made me seriously jealous

Beautiful blooms in a Burlington Garden

Our contribution to the potluck picnic in the park (which must have weighed at least three pounds!)

The tree house at Oakledge park

How was your weekend?

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Obnoxiously Bright Pants & Glass Houses

You may have seen some chatter on my twitter feed about an interesting incident I had yesterday afternoon with a duo of ladies. The incident was both ridiculous and shocking and really got me thinking. The result is a much longer outfit post than normal, so feel free to duck out after the outfit photos/details if you’re short on time or attention span! Blouse: Talbot’s (via Goodwill), Necklace: Straw Market in Naussa, “Obnoxiously Bright” Skinnies: PacSun, Bar Ring: Downtown Threads, Heels: Michael Antonio (via Endless)Yesterday two ladies in their early 30s picked the wrong place and time to talk smack about me/my outfit. It was the wrong time in the fact that I’d had a frustrating morning at work so I was already ready to snap on edge. I was running errands in downtown Burlington and had my earbuds in but my Pandora wasn’t loading so no music was playing… aka I could hear everything.

My ears perked up when I heard a female voice directly behind me say, “like those pants are just obnoxiously bright.” I immediately got that sinking feeling in my stomach, were they talking about me? After a quick scan I realized that I was indeed the subject of their chatter; which continued along the lines of, “… if you want attention that’s fine but nobody wants the kind of attention she’s attracting wearing those pants…”

99.2% of the time I would have just kept walking too embarrassed to say anything but I was already pissed hot under the collar so instead of being self-conscious I was furious. I whipped my headphone out and spun around to face these middle age mean girls head on. I was in platforms so I was literally looking down at them. I tipped my sunglasses down and gave them my best “who the hell do you think you are” look and their faces instantly changed. They knew they’d been caught and were as shocked as I was with what came out of my mouth next.

“Ladies if I were in your tennis shoes, I would be more concerned with finding jeans that fit over my muffin top* than worrying about what young girls are wearing.”

I flashed them my best “eat it” smile, popped my headphones back in, and continued on my way (with a spring in my step) before they even had time to process what had just happened. I’m not going to lie, it felt amazing to put these ladies in their place, and the fact that I managed to pull it off so smoothly made it even sweeter.

However when I recounted the story to D, I realized that while it felt amazing to put those mean girls in their place I was essentially no better than they were. Yes, I gave them a dose of their own medicine but like their comments about my pants my verbal assault on them was nothing more than a personal attack that didn’t address their bad behavior as much as it did their physical flaws.

I think 50 Cent put it best when he said, “…You shouldn’t throw stones if you live in a glass house , And if you got a glass jaw, you should watch your mouth…”

If this altercation taught me anything it’s that until we turn our critical eye inward and come to terms with our own flaws and faults we’ll always be looking over our shoulder wondering if the mean girls huddled in the corner are talking about us. So take it from me, unless you’re free of flaws stop and think before you point out the flaws in others. You never know who may be listening and ready to snap back.

Have you ever dealt with mean girls? How would you have handled this situation?

*I didn’t actually use the term muffin top when confronting these ladies. In the heat of the moment, and I’m not very proud of this, I used much cruder verbage (that may or may not rhyme with supa) and I apologize to anyone who was within earshot of my originally worded comment.

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?