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Nautical Wheeler

By blogs, fashion statements, life-changing purchases, outfits, spring, style 6 Comments

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Top: Ralph Lauren (thrifted). Cardigan: Banana Republic. Pants: Apt. 9 (similar). Shoes: Cole Haan (similar). Belt: Michael Kors (similar). Bag: Tory Burch (love it so much in bright blue for summer!). Sunglasses: Ray-Ban. Necklace: Lia Sophia. Bracelets: Alex + Ani, Lia Sophia, Kate Spade, Swell Caroline.

My favorite outfits usually have some kind of story behind them, and this particular one begins with Atlantic-Pacific. The day I discovered her blog, I fell head over heels in love with this outfit. Her gorgeous silk Ralph Lauren shirt immediately went on the ultimate wishlist in my head (at the time, it was accompanied by the perfect fitting camouflage jacket, penny loafers that don’t look ridiculous on me, a vintage Hawaiian circle dress, and the Pade Vavra shark tooth necklace). I figured there was no way I’d ever find this exact top, but about a week later when I stopped in a local thrift store, would you believe this shirt was the first thing I saw? “No freakin’ way,” I said to myself. It was about four sizes too big, but I bought it for $4 and had my tailor work her magic. Two years and a yellow cardigan later, I’m finally able to recreate one of my favorite looks of all time. I give all the credit for this outfit to Blair, whose blog is a constant source of inspiration for my wardrobe (even though I bet she’s almost a foot taller than me). 🙂

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Dots on Dots

By fashion statements, outfits, spring, style, virginia beach, weather 3 Comments

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Top: Michael Kors (old, similar). Pants: Cynthia Rowley via TJMaxx (a href=”http://bit.ly/12VY3qb”>similar). Cardigan: Tory Burch. Belt: Michael Kors (similar). Shoes: Rockport (similar and another similar style here). Bag: Tory Burch (love this bag in light blue for summer!). Sunglasses: Ray-Ban. Bracelets: Alex + Ani, Lia Sophia, Kate Spade, Swell Caroline. Necklace: Pade Vavra.

It’s easy to complain that the temperatures are still hovering around 60 degrees at the end of April in Virginia Beach. Usually by this time of year, we’ve already squeezed in at one beach day, and we’re riding our bikes to dinner on the weekends. However, as much as I’d love to spend a day relaxing on the sand, I’m looking on the bright side. These precious few mild spring weekends are the perfect excuse to skip the beach scene and spend some time elsewhere in the area — experiencing new things, trying new restaurants, and doing some activities that we just don’t normally do. Over the last few days, I’ve visited Portsmouth, Norfolk, Town Center, and Pungo to see live performances, revisit old favorite spots, eat some delicious meals, do a little shopping, and even pick fresh local strawberries.

Besides, an actual spring means a slower wardrobe transition. Of course I’m ready to pull my Lilly collection out of hibernation, but I’m not going to lie. I was secretly hoping for one last chance to wear this dots-on-dots ensemble this season. =)

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Racing Stripes

By events, outfits, style, winter No Comments

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Shirts: H&M (old) & J.Crew (similar). Jeans: Express (old). Shoes: Vince Camuto. Bag: Tory Burch. Shades: Ray-Ban. Jewelry: Old, F21, and Swell Caroline.

A few weeks ago, J, Vince and I decided to hit up the Hampton Roads International Auto Show. I remember going to auto shows in New York City as a kid, and they were always pretty interesting. Turns out, when they have an auto show down here, they mostly just have all the local dealers drive their stock into the convention center. No crazy colors, no concept cars — just your run-of-the-mill 2013 models, a few old mustangs, and one race car. (It didn’t have stripes. I was referring to my shirt.)

That’s okay. What the car show lacked in futuristic vehicles, it made up for in evacuations. Apparently someone kept pulling the fire alarm. J and Vince assumed it was some dumb kids. I assumed it was someone acting out of desperation to see some flashy vehicles. You know how it goes. Pull fire alarm —> see fire trucks.

Oh well. At least I wore a cool outfit. =)

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Dot Dot Dot

By fashion statements, outfits, style, winter 6 Comments

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Jacket: LOFT. Shirt: J.Crew (similar). Jeans: Mossimo (old, similar). Boots: Diesel (similar). Bag: Cole Haan (old). Necklace: F21. Bracelets: a few old ones, plus a new one from Swell Caroline. Sunglasses: Ray-Ban.

According to my poll, outfits and style posts are welcome on this blog. I haven’t posted many recently, mostly because I got sick of people who don’t understand the point asking me things like, “Do you think you’re some kind of a model now?” and “Don’t you care about anything other than clothes?” and “Are you going to make fun of me if I wear the same dress to two events in a row?”

For the record, I do not think I’m some kind of a model. If I could style a model every day and post a photo of her on my blog, I would do that. I’m well aware of the fact that I’m 5’1″ and at least a few pounds overweight (working on it), which basically makes me the furthest thing from a model there is. Besides, if you wanted to see models, I’m assuming you would pick up a real magazine, and not come here looking for outfit posts, right?

Second, I care about a lot of things. But I occasionally blog about clothes and fashion because it’s fun. =)

Third, I wear the same stuff over and over and over again. Less is more when it comes to clothes, and I would never judge anyone for wearing something multiple times.

Glad we got that out of the way. Now let’s all have a fabulous, polka-dotted week. =)

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One Piece, Three Ways: Indigenous Premier Cardigan

By fall, fashion statements, outfits, product reviews, style 8 Comments

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I recently had the opportunity to work with Indigenous to style and review a piece for their #worthwearing campaign. I selected this Premier Cardigan from their collection of organic clothing and styled it three ways. I love, love, love how soft and cozy this sweater is. It’s knit from Tencel and organic cotton with intricate detailing down the front, the sleeves and the back.

Fair trade fashion is obviously a little more expensive than it’s alternative. Prior to doing any research on the subject, I probably would have balked at the price this cardigan; however, thanks to Indigenous and Wikipedia, I have a much better understanding of the benefits of organic fibers, low impact dyes, and supporting local artisans. That being said, I if spend more money on a piece, I want it to be versatile, so I can wear it multiple ways. My first outfit was inspired by fall’s mixed media jacket trend, but I like it better because it’s less fussy, and I can wear these pieces separately to create other looks.

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This cardigan is a tad long for me (I’m only 5’1″). To be honest, if I had purchased it, I probably would have exchanged it for something that fit me better. But I’m always up for a challenge and I was impressed with Indigenous’ philosophy, so I did my best to style around the length. The outfit below was the first thing that came to mind when I received my cardigan, but it’s my least favorite of the three — mostly just because I’m short, so the sweater-to-Lisa ratio just isn’t optimal. =)

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For my last look, I wrapped, pinned and tucked the sweater under this full skirt to create an entirely different silhouette. This was a little tricky to maneuver, but I mainly wanted to show the versatility of a piece, which is something I always consider when I’m adding to my wardrobe.

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How would you style this cardigan? I had a few other ideas, but these were my three best, and my favorite is…

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…the cardigan/sleeveless trench combo. =)

Thanks to Indigenous for the cardigan, for inviting me to be a part of the #worthwearing campaign, and especially for introducing me to the idea of eco fashion. It’s something I plan to keep in mind when shopping for clothing in the future.