Saturday, October 30, 2010

Outfit Post: Proportional Response

My outfit today played with proportions in a way I rarely do - rolled up jeans, cropped sweater. I was worried that it would make me look oddly stumpy but I think belting the sweater and the neutral colors helped my legs actually look kind of long. This is my new belt from Avoca, which I bought because it almost exactly matches my gold shoes - maybe too matchy-matchy to wear them together? Hmmm...

Sweater: Anthro
Tank: Gap
Jeans: Gap outlet
Belt: Avoca
Boots: Aldo

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Outfit Post: Twofer

Like yesterday, today I sought something that would make me feel like a very powerful version of myself - I wore this to an internship interview (it went...oddly. I'm not sure what to make of it, but I'll hear back next week so we'll see.) I then changed up the accessories to go back to campus and do some research.

Sheath dress: Target
Cardigan: Gap
Belt: Gap
Tights: Gap
Shoes: Frye

Sheath dress: Target
Cardigan: Gap
Socks: Target
Boots: DSW

Outfit Post: Presentation-worthy

I said this cardi would be making multiple appearances! I had a brief presentation to make yesterday (I think it went alright), so I wore something that felt like me, but a sort of more powerful me. Heels and bold colors!

(booty shot for Jennifer!)

Cardigan: Penneys
Tie-neck top: Gap
Skirt: vintage
Belt: Gap
Tights: Penneys
Shoes: Frye

Outfit Post: Mixing patterns

Oi, I'm a few days behind on outfit posts! I wore this on Tuesday for class and super studious researching at the National Gallery. So busy and important. I like the plaid and stripes together as well as my new teal cardi from Penneys. Prepare to see much of it!

Striped top: Target
Cardigan: Penneys
Plaid skirt: Gap
Grey tights: Penneys
Maryjanes: Doc Martens
Necklace: DIY (repurposed mother-of-pearl knife handle)

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Outfit Post: Classified Information

I wore this outfit to go on an undisclosable birthday present adventure, about which I will post after Nov. 7th. It consisted of a lot of standing in line but was totally worth it! After, my friend Carrie and I went to the Farmer's market and ate giant plates of roast pork and caramelized onions (indescribably good!), sampled some cheese at Sheridan's cheesemonger stall, drank hot spiced cider, and drooled over the piles of fruit, veg, pastries, cheese, dairy, meat, etc. All in all a delicious day!

Cardigan: Penneys
Camisole: Gap
Skirt: Nordstrom Rack
Tights: Penneys
Boots: Aldo

Friday, October 22, 2010

Outfit Post: Pep Rally

I've been wanting to get in on the mustard-color trend for a while now but have hesitated, not entirely sure it's a good color for me. I'm still not convinced, but this cheerful goldenrod v-neck was calling my name (and at €13 it was not a hard decision). I paired it with navy, but had to add the brown to avoid looking a little too school-spirit (my high school colors were blue and yellow...ahem...royal and gold).

 My best cheerleader impression - uncanny, right?

I changed later to go to the grocery store.

Goldenrod sweater: Penneys
Navy dress, navy tights: Gap
Boots (outfit 1): DSW
Boots (outfit 2): Aldo
Belt: I don't actually remember!
Cableknit sweater: Penneys
Woot cap: Gap Outlet

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Outfit Post: Purple!

Today, in an effort to raise awareness about GLBT bullying, people everywhere wore purple. I'm very skeptical about how/if these things work to "raise awareness" (and what that even means, and how people use it as a replacement for doing other good works, etc) but since at least 98% of my wardrobe is purple, I figured it wouldn't be too much of an imposition (figures may be exaggerated). I thought afterward I should have just worn one of my full-on purple dresses, but I had already picked out the wool skirt, so what are you going to do?

This skirt rides up funny so I'm considering just going with it and taking in the waist so it is high-waisted rather than hitting at the high hip. If only I had a sewing machine here!

Embroidered (purple!) top: Anthro
Wool striped skirt: Penneys
Long cardigan: Gap
Green belt: Anthro
Ribbed tights: Target
Boots: DSW

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Outfit Post: Flower Power

I wore this outfit to go to my Gender and Women's Studies class, do reading for my modern art class, and form (specious) theories about closeted lesbian artists. I love grad school.


Cardigan: Gap
Tank: Target
Belt: Anthro
Skirt: handmade by moi
Tights: Gap
Flats: Steve Madden

Monday, October 18, 2010

Outfit Post: Girly Boy

I dreamt up this outfit after seeing Kyla of Blue Collar Catwalk in a similar look. I was very proud of tying my own tie as well!


Also, I realized I haven't yet shown my trenchcoat, which I bought a few weeks ago. It is pretty much everything I was looking for; very classic detailing, water-resistant (rather than cotton), khaki colored, with feminine details (in this case the very flattering full skirt). I also love the curved shoulder yoke in the back and the wide lapels.

Trench: Dunnes
Navy sweater: Gap
White button-front: Target
Tie: Liberty of London for Target
Ruffle skirt: Target
Navy tights: Gap
Boots: Aldo

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Outfit Post: Prof. Snape

I wore this outfit to see John Gabriel Borkman at the Abbey Theatre, featuring none other than Alan Rickman in the title role! More on that below.

I went with three of my flatmates and we all decided to dress up a little (although I think I was a little more dressed up than anyone else). This dress has also suffered from my lack of iron, as can very easily be seen.


Pearl-trimmed cardigan: Nordstrom Rack
Dress: Monsoon
Tights: Penneys
Gold shoes: Frye via Anthro

The play was fantastic, and it was amazing to see some great British/Irish actors there in real life. Also, Alan Rickman's voice is just beyond amazing in person. Also in the play was Lindsay Duncan, who I love in Rome, Fiona Shaw, who has amazing comedic timing (you've seen her in Harry Potter playing Aunt Petunia), and John Kavanagh, who I didn't recognize at first but upon looking at his IMDB page recognized him from Braveheart

The Abbey is a lovely and really well-designed theatre. I was literally in the last row, but still could see and hear very well. The set design for this play was amazing, and the seats were even comfortable!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Outfit Post: Smize

I got bored with my usual poses today, so I got a little inspired by Lilli of Frocks and Frou Frou and mixed it up a little.

Camisole and jersey dress: Gap
Green belt: Anthro
Teal tights: Target
Oxfords: Urban Outfitters

Outfit Post: Power Suit

I wore this to give the first presentation of my post-grad career. It was only five minutes but I was still a little nervous. I thought a strong blazer might help! I also wore my LL Bean rainboots, but it didn't actually rain.

Blazer: Gap
Striped Top: Target
Jeans: Gap Outlet
Rain booties: LL Bean
Pocketwatch necklace: Modcloth

Outfit Post: Iron-y

This outfit could have been improved with the generous use of an iron, if I had such a thing in my tiny dorm room. I liked it anyway, although I have to say I do still subscribe to the idea that pencil skirts always look better with heels. Maybe next time.

Top: Gap
Pencil Skirt: Target
Tights: Penneys
Oxfords: Urban Outfitters

Monday, October 11, 2010

Outfit Post: Victoriana

I think there's too much going on with this outfit - I was trying to add a bit of color with the belt, but the proportions seem a bit off, and I think the socks/boots combo might be a little too Victoriana rather than just enough. Ehhh. I did get compliments on my dress, so at least I know that is still super cute! I might try the dress/boots combo again with a different belt and solid-color tights. Or maybe with a different top under, or the dress and a cardigan...thoughts?

Tee: Target
Lace dress: Anthro
Green belt: Anthro
Cream cable-knit socks: Target
Boots: Aldo

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Outfit Post: Farmer's market and vintage fair

I wore this to go to a farmer's market then a vintage fair in Dun Laoghaire with some of flatmates. I bought some gorgeous-looking (and smelling!) fruit, gorged myself on crepes, chocolate cake, and apple cider, and picked up a couple of books at the farmer's market (EM Forster and Edna O'Brien).

 Tee-shirt: Target
Pleated wool skirt: Penneys
Purple tights, grey socks: Target
Boots: DSW

The vintage fair was full of lovely items, but I didn't find much that I really wanted to commit to (at least not much that fit or I could afford! There were a few lovely print dresses in teeny sizes and plenty of gorgeous jewelry). I did pick up this very fine silk scarf...but once I got it home I started to worry that it was too old-lady, or not my colors, or something. I still like it so I'm determined to make it work! Suggestions?

Books, books!

I told you Hodges Figgis was my new favorite place. Look at my haul from yesterday!

 I love E.M. Forester, and this delightful little book of short stories was a perfect addition to my collection. In fact, I bought today the last novel of his I was missing (and almost bought another copy of A Room With A View because I liked the cover, but resisted).
 I love love poetry! And I didn't have any Auden in my poetry collection.
 Since seeing The Edge of Love, I have had a slight Dylan Thomas obsession. He was a bit of a jerk, sure, but that Welsh accent makes me melt. These are love letters to the many and sundry women in his life.
Carol Ann Duffy is my new favorite! She's the current UK poet laureate and an out bisexual woman. Her poems have a modern sensibility but have tend to have a structure that feels very classic and familiar. Plus, hot pink cover!