I debated whether to post this outfit or not, because it seems this is all I’ve been wearing for the past three Fridays, and I didn’t want to bore you guys. But the semester is kicking into high gears now, and I don’t have a lot of brain cells left to put together an interesting outfit. So until the weather cools down, this is the best that I can do.
Tunic: Old Navy, Jeans: H&M, Belt & Shoes: local shops
Whenever I get asked something like “Which celebrity do you look to for style inspiration?” I always answer with an uncertain “… no one?” It’s not that I don’t like the style of any celebrity (on the top of my head are Natalie Portman, Carey Mulligan, and Emma Stone – I used to like Zooey Deschanel too but she got too twee for me), but I find their red carpet looks too unrealistic and their everyday looks too basic to be inspiring. Well, no more! From now on, I can answer that question with “Lisa Hannigan.” She’s an Irish singer/songwriter who used to be in Damien Rice’s band, but is now a solo artist. I first heard her on 9 Crimes, but I didn’t love the album enough to go look her (or Damien Rice, for that matter) up. I only became interested in her music a while go when I found out that she sang a duet with Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody (of course.)
Musical talent aside (her music is folksier than what I usually listen to, but her voice is amazing), what I love about Lisa Hannigan is her style. You can almost always find her in some sort of vintage dress (she says in this interview that she loves the 40’s and 50’s silhouette), or a blouse and skirt, usually with opaque tights, some cute but sensible shoes or boots, and minimal but eye-catching accessories. It’s just the right mix of vintage and quirky that I want my style to be, and what’s most important is that it is so simple, effortless, and she seems so relatable that I have no trouble imagining myself wearing something similar. So this outfit is my attempt to emulate her style. It’s a bit literal, but hey, it’s only my first try.
Dress/Tunic: Old Navy, Belt: Forever21, Tights: Target
Boots: Journee (via Amazon), Necklace: self-made from a Michael’s pendant
I was whining last week about how hot it was, and it suddenly cools down this week to the point of me having to wear cardigans in the morning and pulling my duvet out at night again. There’s the LA weather for you. Alas, it’s not to last though – next week will be hot again 😦
Also, remember these clip-on earrings I bought at the Little French Flea Market? I said I had something else in mind for them, and here it is: sweater clip. I’ve been wanting one ever since seeing them on Emma Pillsbury on Glee (I’m so done with that show, but I still want Emma’s wardrobe.) I simply attached a piece of chain to the earrings, and here we have it. A thicker chain might look better, but with a shirt like this (as opposed to actual sweaters), I think this thin chain will do fine. What do you think?
Tunic, worn as top: Old Navy, remixed
Skirt: Gap thrifted, remixed
Shoes: Madden Girl thrifted, remixed
Clip: self-made from vintage earrings
I’ve been very remiss in my remixing ‘in the past week. Hey, “remiss” and “remix”, that’s funny (I’m easily amused :P)
It’s all down to the weather and the shoes I’ve picked out really – it’s been rainy, and my remix shoes are all flats and heels. Anyway, it’s getting warmer, so here am I.
You may have notice I always wear a brooch at the neckline of this shirt/tunic/dress thingy. I don’t have too, it’s just that the opening is a little bit deeper than I’m comfortable with. But then again I’m not comfortable with neckline that extends beyond my collarbone anyway.
Tunic worn as top: Old Navy, remixed
Skirt: Banana Republic, thrifted
Shoes: Walmart thrifted, remixed
Brooch: vintage via Collectible Glitz
Well, I said I would start remixing those unworn items, and here I am, wearing 3 of them. That’s one outfit down, 32 to go!
Tunic: Old Navy
Jeans: The Limited, thrifted
Shoes: No Boundaries (Walmart), thrifted (I got them for $6 before I found out they were $9 new at Walmart. Grrr… But I felt a little better to know that they are out of stock, both online and in store.)
Brooch: vintage via Collectible Glitz
These pants are a little short for heels, so I think I’m going to save heels for when I’m wearing skirts.
I’ve finally managed to do the twisty belt thingy that so many other bloggers do, thanks to this tutorial by Elaine from I’m clothed much (it’s so easy, but you never thought to do it until you’re shown how to!) It looks cute, and even better, it means no more hammering holes through my belt!
Also, I’ve just discovered the beautiful detail shots by Ann of Sober Fashionista, so I want to try and copy them here (I have a thing for still life images, for some reason):