Friday, October 30, 2009

Mad For Plaid

I was still feeling a little stuffy today, but I had a lot of work to get done. I decided to stay comfy in an old plaid shirt that I stole from my little brother, and spent the day studying for the GRE and practicing The Storm, a piano piece by Bergmuller, for my piano lessons. ...I'm not a very good piano player...

I love this shirt SO MUCH. My little (well, younger... he's 6'3") brother bought it a few years ago for a cowboy-themed dance at his high school, but never wore it after that. I swiped it when he went off to college and love to wear it as a jacket, especially over this green dress.

It was a beautiful day today - I spent most of it on the back porch, re-learning algebra and geometry while Winnie helped...

Flannel Shirt: American Eagle (stolen from brother)
Dress: American Apparel
Cat: Winnie

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Cupcake Masters

Since I'm still housebound, there was no real "getting dressed" today, but James did come by for a visit (finally he didn't have to work ALL DAY!) and we made some master cupcakes for his family  mine. We had originally planned on baking a pie, but obviously you can't split a pie in two (at least not easily) so I made the executive decision to bake cupcakes from scratch - icing and all! We found some awesome cupcake papers with glow-in-the-dark ghosts on them (ideal for finding them in the dark when sneaking into the kitchen for a late-night snack) but for some reason couldn't find Halloween sprinkles ANYWHERE! Maybe because Halloween's only a couple days away...

We used the recipe for white cake from the Joy of Cooking (my favorite go-to cookbook - the copy I have in my apartment is such a mess, full of spills & post-it notes from previous experiments) and the recipe for cream cheese frosting. Yum! They were PERFECT!

Finally, I can't believe I've never read Catcher in the Rye. I started reading it this afternoon, and I can't put it down. It's supposed to rain the next few days, so I'm glad I've found an amazing book to occupy myself...

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


Ahhh! I'm sorry about the lack of posting for the past few days - the Pig Flu has hit my house! I (fortunately) haven't gotten a full-blown flu, but my brother was pretty sick. I have been taking Tamiflu, though, and the side effects from that suck pretty bad!

In lieu of outfit posts (since I haven't really put on anything other than yoga pants & tshirts), I decided to write a little bit about perfume today.

I'm a big believer in the "Signature Scent." I love the idea of wearing the same perfume every day, and having friends (and love interests) think of me when they smell that scent. I also generally like to stay away from "mainstream" perfumes or big, new releases - I tend to stick to the classics in my never-ending search for the perfect perfume.

I have an unusually large collection of perfumes, because over the years (since the beginning of college) I've been searching for the PERFECT scent for me. I've gone through a ton - I don't have pictures of my entire collection, though, because most of them are in my apartment and I'm living back with my parents until January. I think, though, I've finally found the perfect scent (more about that at the end)

When you're looking for the right scent, the most important thing (to me, at least) is to think about what your favorite smells are (even if it's something really weird). You don't have to go to the store armed with an actual list, but think about it ahead of time - it'll make it easier for you to narrow down the choices (and believe me, there are a LOT)

The next most important thing is to make sure that you go to the store as you normally are - if you wear a scented lotion every day, make sure you have it on. You want to know that the perfume you pick is going to mix well. I prefer to use unscented products, but I also have sensitive skin...

When you get to the store, you want to make sure you come with two things handy: baby wipes (to wipe off any samples that are definite "No's") and a neutral scent to smell between samples (big stores like Sephora will have little boxes of coffee beans for this purpose)

Once you start spraying samples, I always start by spraying them on the little cardboard pieces that the store provides. This will give you a basic idea of what the scent is like, but by no means buy based on this alone! ALWAYS spray a little bit on a pulse point first. Make sure you walk around with it for an hour or so before making your purchase - the scent will settle and change as it reacts with your skin, and I've had more than my fair share that start smelling pretty strange after I've had them on for awhile.

My favorite scents are clean and natural - I'm not a huge fan of very floral-y scents, because they can be very overwhelming and easy to overload on. I'm always afraid of giving people headaches! I also like fragrances that tend to be unisex or soapy smelling - for a long time I wore Clean's Shower Fresh, which is exactly what it sounds like - a little bit lemony and a little bit like Dove. After awhile though, I decided I wanted something a little more mature and started a new search. When my grandmother was in town, we visited this tiny little shop that sells only imported French goods, and I came across Roger & Gallet, a French brand that I've never heard of before! They sell AMAZING soaps and perfumes, and all the scents are very delicate and natural. I bought a bottle of The Vert (Green Tea) and I get so many compliments on it, plus I know that it's unlikely that anyone around me will have it, since it's only available at one store in Ohio - the next closest retailer is in Ann Arbor.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Houndstooth & Ripped Denim

I was feeling extra tired when I woke up this morning (a terrible bout of insomnia kept me awake last night) so I kind of just threw on the most comfortable thing I could find. I've had these jeans for about 7 years - the holes are all natural wear, nothing man-made about them! I'll throw them away only when they become obscene...

I picked up this jacket last fall in a shop in Bloomington, IN while I was visiting my brother at IU. It's one of my favorite jackets because of the shape and the giant hood. The hood makes a big collar when it's down, but it's sooooo warm when I put it up. Usually I don't like hoods, but this is a definite exception.

Jacket: Yada
Jeans: Rock & Republic
T-Shirt: American Apparel
Boots: Steve Madden
Sunnies: Ralph Lauren

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Comic Book Leggings

I picked up these leggings a year or so ago, but never got much use out of them until recently - they're a little sheer to wear during the day with a dress this short, so sometimes I'll wear them over a colored pair (usually yellow so you can still see the comic...). I decided, though, that they'd be perfect for a Saturday night out...

I was super excited to have a reason to wear my new shoes - they'd felt comfortable walking around the store, but I was nervous for a whole evening... I was thrilled to NOT get any blisters or anything. I think I have a new favorite pair of shoes...

With such crazy tights, I wanted to keep the rest of my outfit simple, so I paired them with this plain black mini dress (although, it does have some really great slightly puffy sleeves - you can't really tell from the pictures) and a strand of pearls...

Tights: Hanky Panky
Dress: H&M
Shoes: BCBG
Necklace: Forever 21

Saturday, October 24, 2009

New Shoes

So I've Kind of told myself that I wouldn't buy anything new unless I really, really needed it. And then I went shopping with my mom today and came across these amazing heels.
I've been looking for a pair of winter strappy heels to wear with tights & thick socks.

I love these because they've got a little bit of velvet on them - different than the other bandage heels I've seen around. Plus, they're super comfortable, so I'm hoping to get lots of use out of them. I've been wearing my heeled oxfords nearly every day to class, and I'm thinking these will be a good pair to throw into the mix.

Shoes: BCBG
Bracelets: some H&M, some thrifted
Gold Scarf: Gap
Pearls: Forever 21
Watch: Fossil (Dad's)


This is an old picture from the summer - James, the wigmaster & makeup artist for the Cincinnati Opera, was doing my makeup for a big party (it was my first day with a buzz haircut, and he made me feel super glam...) My friend Lauren took this photo through the mirror, so it didn't turn out so well, but I love having at least one shot of me getting my makeup done crazy by a professional!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Scarves, Scarves, and More Scarves

As many of you may have noticed, I'm currently bald. Because of this, I've been getting TONS of scarves as gifts and have amassed quite an impressive collection. I was never much of a scarf wearer, and even now I don't wear them on my head. However, after LOTS and LOTS of practice, I've finally started to be able to wear my scarves in a casual way that doesn't look too stupid (at least I hope not!)

In lieu of an outfit post today (because it was rainy and I never got around to taking a picture of what I was wearing) I decided that I wanted to showcase a few of my favorite scarves. I'd say I have about 50 in all shapes, sizes, and materials, and lots of them are extremely beautiful and handmade.

This scarf is one of my oldest and most favorite - it came in a box with the Barbie 35th Anniversary Fossil watch that my grandma gave me when I was a little girl (too little for such a fancy scarf & watch, so I'm glad my mom held on to them for me for a LONG time). It's an amazing accent piece for black dresses (I actually wore it today with a red dress, but I prefer the pop it has against black) and it's a great conversation piece. Unlike some of my other scarves, though, I never pin it - I'm too afraid of ruining the silk!

(Winnie likes Barbie, too...)

This is another favorite, purchased from a flea market when I visited Paris with friends in high school. It's got some AMAZING fringe as well - beaded with the little rosettes just dripping off the ends of the scarf. I bought my mom a matching one in lavender, and usually we just use them for decoration because they're so delicate, but I'm thinking I might need to actually wear it sometime soon...

This scarf came from Paris as well - courtesy of my little brother, who picked it up at the market at Mont Martre - he knows how I have a weakness for sequins & shimmer, and this scarf fit the bill. The best part about it is that it's SO huge that usually when I wear it, I fold it into a skirt and keep it in place with some vintage flower pins. It's a little hard to walk in (and get out of in the bathroom) but it's totally worth it because it's completely unique.

Winnie gets in on the action trying to steal my gold sequin scarf...

Finally, William and I had sushi at one of my favorite sushi restaurants yesterday, and he got the famous "Pizza Plate." We're unsure of why the restaurant serves on this plate (because it's a Japanese restaurant and most definitely does not serve pizza) but one of us will get it occasionally and we always get a little bit of amusement out of its incongruity...

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Falling in Waterfalls

Today it was another unseasonably warm day in the midwest, so I wanted to stick with layers (again, freezing in the morning but 70 by the afternoon)

I bought this dress on the super clearance rack at Target - for good reason... There's absolutely NO way to wear it without something underneath it - it's so sheer, I'd almost think it was supposed to be a slip!

My friend Jess makes thee BEAUTIFUL square scarves out of a super thick yarn with a really loose weave. They're pretty big (about 18"x18") and each has an antique button or pin as a fastener. They're meant to be folded however you want, and I'm not so great with mine - this morning when I put it on, it had a really cool high-collared look, but that kind of wilted into a big mess by the end of the day. The colors are really rich and the yarn is fabulous. She's not up on Etsy yet, but check out her facebook group HERE - everything is completely customizable and she makes them super fast (and ships!)

yummy grilled spinach & cheese sandwich on 7-grain bread for lunch :-)

Dress: Target
Top: Express
Tights: H&M
Scarf: Say It Ain't Sew (custom)
Shoes: Thrifted

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Fall? Summer? Who Knows...

So today LOOKED like fall, but it definitely FELT like summer. It was cold when I left this morning, but I knew it was going to heat up, so I threw on some sheer tights under this dress. The thing I like most about this dress is that it's so swingy and has the great detail on the chest/neckline

A nice sequined cranberry cardigan and my standby yellow cotton scarf helped keep away the morning chill...

sequin detail on cardigan, edging detail on dress...

Dress: BCBG
Cardigan: American Eagle
Tights: Urban Outfitters
Shoes: H&M
Scarf: Street stand, Florence, Italy
Necklace: DIY (from purse chains)