August 31, 2010

The past couple of weeks I can say without shame I have purchased 4 striped shirts. All with black (or dark navy nearly black) stripes in varying widths.

I stopped by Anthropologie a few days ago and sampled the new fragrance they are carrying, Royal Apothic Eau De Parfum - "Kensington Gardens" - OH MY GOODNESS, so obsessed! I need this on my new vanity TOMORROW!

And speaking of vanities, I've also been purchasing wildflower bunches from Trader Joes and placing little vases around the house full of these field blossoms. I love wildflowers for Summer and Fall, don't you?

Edit: The boots are from Victorian style leather washed boots. ♥
August 29, 2010
Every woman should have a boudoir. While the definition of a boudoir is a private room or dressing room, I like to think a boudoir could be a corner of your bedroom where you can go to pretty yourself up, powder your nose, spritz on some perfume...

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There is a certain feeling that the word "boudoir" evokes. I always imagine lace, chiffons, pearls, delicate rosettes, tiny trinkets that glitter and sparkle in the sunlight.
August 28, 2010

If you know me in person, you will know that I absolutely love musicals. I have a Pandora station devoted to showtunes. And sometimes I have an insane urge to pas de bouree down the street.

One of my favorite musicals is "Hello, Dolly!" with Barbara Streisand. It's so jovial and fun and the songs are beyond catchy (you might recognize them from Wall-E). The dance numbers are also super fantastic as they should be since the movie is directed by none other than the amazingly talented Gene Kelly!

The costumes in this 1969 movie are WONDERFUL. The colors are very reminiscent of the late 60s, lots of tans, muted pastels, cream with brown and black. I forgot to screencap the outfits before I returned it to Netflix, but perhaps you can find some around the internet.
August 27, 2010
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I have never in my life been so inspired by a complete stranger, let alone a stranger that lived some 50 years ago and probably does not know her found photographs have been scanned on the internet and shared for people to admire.

These are photos of Ty. A wife of a bloke, is he American, is he European, is he Australian? We don't know. But he seems to adore his wife very much as most of the photographs were of her looking impeccably put together while they travel through Hong Kong in the 1960s.

Is it weird to say I want photos like these of me? Candid moments that perhaps in the distant future someone will blog about and think "Wow, this woman had such style, I wish I was her!"
August 23, 2010

The Sartorialist | On the Street....Country Style, Milan
A breezy folk inspired dress paired with dark brown leather boots... what could be better?

The Fashionspot | Streetstyle Thread
For the life of me I cannot remember where this image is from, but the chic ease of this burlap colored dress with the cinnamon brown loafers really grabbed my attention.

The Sartorialist | From the Fashionspot
As strange as it may seem, I love this outfit because I feel it would suit both male and female.

David Gomez Maestre | Archives
Simple preppy chic without a single Ralph Lauren logo in sight, hooray! | Starr C
Floral skirt, straw basket with wildflowers, and a straw boater... it's such a sweet image of summer, I simply adore this! | Maria C
I wish I could look this chic riding a bicycle! Love the khakis tucked into the boots, she looks so equestrian!

I must admit, I don't mind the comeback of trends from the 90's AT ALL. In fact, I greatly enjoyed 90's styles as it was when I really started to have an interest in fashion and wore some of my favorite outfits to date.

2.] Barney's
3.] Topshop
4.] Lori's Shoes
6.] Steven Alan
7.] Miss Selfridge

The 1990s was when I first started paying attention to fashion through my many fashion influences... Clarissa Explains It All, Saved by the Bell, My So Called Life... no complaints here! Bring on the florals, bring on the biker shorts, bring on the socks!