Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Vintage designer bags

Another reason why I love vintage is that sometimes it's a cost effective way to purchase some of your favorite brands.  I would never want to plunk down the cash for a retail priced version of these bags, partly because I'm cheap, and partly because I couldn't afford it!  I lucked out finding these bags at a mere fraction of their original prices and love the classic shapes.  Also,  it's kind of nice to know that they still hold up and look pretty good 30 years down the road!

LV Speedy 35: from a friend
Coach black cross body: from a thrift store
Bottega Veneta cross body: from Moss Consignment

Monday, January 30, 2012

Herff Christensen Cardigan

Here's one of my favorite finds during this year's Le Garage sale.  I always make a point to stop by local Austin designers Herff Christansen's booth and this time I scored the short cardigan for a steal!  Love the comfy material, drape front and cropped back!

Outfit details
Top: Mossimo tank
Cardigan: Herff Christensen
Accessories:Madewell necklace &
new Lookmatic glasses

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Jcrew Spring 2012

I adore EVERYTHING about these outfits.  Cannot wait till Spring!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

DIY: nail polish + rhinestone jewelry

Tom Binns was my first exposure to rhinestones and neon, and soon after, lots of bloggers went on a DIY spree and created their own amazing low cost versions.  While the idea of painting over perfectly good vintage jewelry pains me, this is a great idea for jewelry that is in less than stellar condition (darkened rhinestones for example) or in colors that you might otherwise not wear.  Because isn't that really what it's all about?  To be able to wear and enjoy items, not just let it sit untouched.  In the above picture, I took a rhinestone bracelet and painted it alternating navy and hot pink, then finished with a coat of clear gloss.

This bracelet went from 1990's pink ice rhinestones to a more current hot pink.

This was a fun and simple project (watch out for paint fumes) and I really like the idea of breathing new life into jewelry that might otherwise be forgotten or saved in hopes of a special occasion.  Every day is an occasion!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Puppy accessory

A picture from this weekend of me and Link dog.  I managed to snag one of these Old Navy sweaters on super sale.  I don't usually wear this much pink but couldn't resist the polka dots. Hope everyone has a good week ahead!

Friday, January 20, 2012

vintage Les Bernard earrings

I just got these fun vintage Les Bernard earrings--however they are huge! I was hoping to convert the clip backs to pierced to make them more wearable but they are pretty hefty.  Now I'm thinking I'll use them for another jewelry project but am not quite sure what.  Any suggestions?

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Hi There From Karen Walker -- coming soon to Anthropologie!

Mark your calendars!  Anthropologie will be getting the amazing Hi There from Karen Walker diffusion line in March!  I love my Karen Walker blazer and am looking forward to this new line (especially since it's full of fun polka dots!)

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Never say never

Two years ago,  if you had told me that I would have an obsession with clogs and that I'd be sporting skinny leg pants and a vest, I would have given you my patented "are you crazy?" look.  Well here I am, admitting that clogs are awesome and though I feel self conscious in my skinny pants, at least I have a long vest to hide my posterior.

 Outfit details
Top: Jcrew easykeeper chambray shirt
Vest: Anthropologie
Pants: Madewell rail straight cords
Shoes: No. 6
Accessories: Fail earrings

Monday, January 16, 2012

Be kind to your feet

Found this lone outfit picture from last week on my camera today.  The reason my feet are cropped out is because I left my shoes in the car and didn't want to take off my beloved Ugg moccasins that I wear on the drive home.  You know I love a good comfort shoe and these are simply the best.

 Outfit details
Top: Anthropologie
Dress: T by Alexander Wang
Shoes: Ugg Dakotas
Accessories: Jcrew locket

Friday, January 13, 2012

Vintage beaded purse

I'm addicted to little vintage beaded purses.  Or maybe I'm addicted to the idea of occasions that will call for a little vintage beaded purse.  This beauty was found in Missouri at my favorite antique store.  It's in excellent condition, all beads present and accounted for, and I adore the art deco-ish arches/scales, similar to my new favorite Pyrex obsession.  Can't wait to take this little beauty out on the town!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Madewell pillar skirt

Am loving this Madewell pillar skirt but it got all sorts of crinkly from a day at work.  It doesn't help that when I sit at my desk, I usually cross a foot under (half criss cross applesauce) so that's why you see the wrinkles at the bottom of the skirt as well.  Some people just can't have nice things...

 Outfit details
Top: Banana Republic
Skirt: Madewell
Shoes:DV Jamison boots
Accessories: Anthropologie necklace

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Jason Wu for Target

Jason Wu for Target hits stores on February 5th.  Here's a good article about Wu's inspiration for the line.  The cat print is awesome and I'm loving the stripes and lady like looks.

More images at Target's facebook page

Monday, January 9, 2012

Vintage lookalike: Equipment floral top

This floral button down top was one of my favorite Iowa finds along with a couple of other cool tops that will be at hunt.gather.style.  The print reminds me of an Equipment top that I almost splurged for and am glad I didn't!

Outfit details
Top: Vintage/thrifted
Jeans: Madewell widelegger
Shoes: No 6
Accessories: Madewell and vintage cuffs

Friday, January 6, 2012

Office fashion

I usually love checking out myhabit.com for fashion deals but was pleasantly surprised to find this stretched canvas by Society 6 for my office--it's one of my favorite quotes!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Comfy outfit

I got myself out of bed this morning by promising that I could wear a sweatshirt to work today.  This particular sweatshirt from Anthropologie is super cozy and cropped, perfect to wear with skirts.  I've worn this Candace Ang necklace numerous times but haven't remembered to take a detail shot till now.  It has little brass dipped quills, very cool and of course I had to copy Grechen when I saw hers.

Outfit details
Top: Anthropologie
Skirt: Madewell
Shoes: No 6
Accessories: Candace Ang

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Another conversation

During Christmas dinner...

Grandma:  I love your sweater, Sharon!
BK:  Don't encourage her, Grandma!
(the sweater of discussion)
Outfit details
Top: Madewell
Pants: Gap Always Skinny
Shoes: No 6
Accessories: Jcrew locket

Monday, January 2, 2012

In conversation

Me: The cashier just called me "m'am!"  Do I look like a "m'am"??
BK:  Well you do dress like a grandma...
(for reference I was wearing this outfit)

Outfit details
Top:Wilt (Anthro)
Jeans: AG Angelinas
Shoes: No 6
Accessories: Jcrew locket