Wednesday, March 31, 2010

forward florals




( forever 21 floral dress, vintage slip, forever 21 heels, dotted target tights, vintage necklace & bracelet)




The temperature in Buffalo is climbing higher daily!  I love the transitioning of seasons; it allows me to reinvigorate some of my fall and winter staples with recently purchased spring items.  As you've probably noticed I'm a huge fan of florals and tiered skirts; there is just something so effortless and girly about them, especially when paired with more structured items like this boyfriend blazer. I purchased the slip last week during the killer thrifting session I wrote about.  I've been layering it under nearly everything I pull from my closet; it adds a subtle but provocative touch.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

daylight and beach hair


Back home from our vacation to Florida.  Travel tired and a bit less pasty.  We're expecting high temps this week in Buffalo, more outfit post to follow. 

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

urban flower garden

(forever 21 floral skirt, vintage dexter shoes, forever 21 satchel, h&m faux fur, forever 21 double braided belt)


This is just a casual outfit I wore while bumming around town last Saturday. 
On an unrelated note- I'm headed to sunny Florida for a vacation. It's been several years since I've frequented the beautiful beaches and Disney scene.  I'm more than excited to lay beach side with a fruity cocktail in hand, build a sand castle, and take a dip in the pool.  
We just purchased Kelly Cutrone's If You Have to Cry Go Outside - 
here's hoping it's the perfect trashy beach read.  
See you in the SUNSHINE STATE.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

yellow brick road





(UO floral leggings, H&M oversized cardigan, gifted necklace via Kayta, thrifted sweater & lace slip, Forever 21 bag, bracelet, & belt) 

"And you can just sit there a-thinking on your velvet throne
'bout all the rainbows you can a-have for your own
When you've made your mind up forever to be mine
I'll pick up your hand and slowly blow your little mind
When you've made your mind up forever to be mine"

Monday, March 22, 2010

a silky case spun

(Forever 21 striped maxi dress, Deena & Ozzy color block wedge, H&M looped scarf, pin from Iceland, Forever 21 bracelet)






While perusing my favorite blogs recently I came upon this shot (featured on Facehunter) and was completely inspired.  I've been hunting for a sophisticated maxi for several weeks and this image pushed me over the edge.  
I settled on Forever 21's version (for a mere $15) and layered it up.  I topped off the outfit with a lovely pin courtesy of my friend Vincent, who recently returned from a trip to Iceland. Thanks Mr. Grace!  There's something about the maxi that is very restricting, almost Geisha-esque. I feel enveloped in a cocoon of clothing.  I don't know if it's the stripes, but something about this look suggests earlier Comme des Garçons designs.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Chambray Baby



(thrifted chambray shirt, UO tights, deena & ozzy wedge, h&m fringe bag, f21 leather shorts)

This is one of my finds from thrifting earlier this week.  I've been searching for the perfectly worn chambray shirt for ages and I'm fairly satisfied with this purchase. I think it adds an element of masculinity to an otherwise sexy outfit.  

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Prairie Home Companion

(h&m jacket, forever 21 necklace, target skirt, vintage sweater, purse, and shoes)

The boy and I took a short walk around the neighborhood and found this adorable little garage.  I thought the pastel paint paired well with my humble ensemble.  This is basically my go to outfit: flouncy floral skirt, leather jacket, comfy flats, and lots of gold accents.  

After our walk we hit up the local thrift store and scored big time! I purchased a black maxi skirt for 99 cents, a leopard print tee as well as a velvet one. The perfect chambray shirt for $3.98 and a few lacey blouses. The grand total was less than $25 bucks (plus a blazer and button-up for the beau). Overall a prosperous Tuesday evening.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Channeling Balmain




(h&m dress & bag, deena & ozzy bootie, drug store nylon, forever 21 necklace)

Inspired by Balmain, as you know by now I have a strong adoration for shoulders. I wore this outfit Friday night to my best friend Brandon's birthday party.
 More pictures to follow. 
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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Shape Shifter





(vintage suede blazer (thanks erin!!), h&m blouse, forever 21 leather shorts, fringe bag, vintage watches, forever 21 necklace)

Thinking Spring.....

Monday, March 8, 2010

NYC RECAP
















I just returned from New York City and it was a whirlwind of fun.
After checking in to the Hudson Hotel Thursday night the beau and I went out for a casual late dinner and afterward ended up at the hotel bar, which like the rest of the Hudson is super trendy and full of unique design elements. Our room was very small but cute, with a glass shower wall through which one's companion gets to enjoy the view! (don't worry.... there is a curtain to pull for less exhibitionistic guests).

Friday morning we walked down to the Chelsea Piers for the Armory Show, which was completely inspiring and equally overwhelming. After a few hours we had to take a Thai food break but then headed back for more. Even still I think we only saw half of it, and didn't have the stamina to visit any of the adjunct shows nearby.
That evening we met up with friends at Webster Hall to hear Neon Indian and Holy Ghost. It was my first time at the 3-floor venue which became a labyrinth of possibility and adventure - go-go dancers in sexy lingerie whirling to DJs in the basement, throngs of people upstairs bathed in colored lights taking in the main event.

Saturday we decided to walk along Central Park and up Madison Avenue to the Whitney Museum for the Biennial. Along the way, we stumbled into a restaurant that seemed to exude classic New York ambience - and once we sat down we realized it was the legendary Oak Bar at the Plaza Hotel. Finally, I would get to live out my childhood Eloise fantasies! The beau ordered scrambled eggs with caramelized onions, sun-dried tomatoes and lobster.... i don't usually like eggs but I have to say the dish was incredible. For my part, I had a corn and lobster bisque that was divine. This was hands down the best brunch I've ever had (and not just because I paired it with a few glasses of champagne!)

Unfortunately, the Whitney Biennial was a bit underwhelming, although of course there were some pieces that stood out--most memorably, the Bruce High Quality Foundation’s video/ambulance/ installation We Like America and America Likes Us, which referenced a Joseph Beuys performance where he flew to New York, took that ambulance to a gallery where he co-habitated with a live coyote for 3 days (before re-boarding the ambulance and returning to the airport at the performance's conclusion). This make of ambulance was also used in the movie Ghostbusters, clips of which were projected on the windshield along with documentation of Beuy's performance and random images of America. Intriguing.
After the Museum visit we headed to Brooklyn. My best friend had a party in her apartment in the heart of Williamsburg and it didn't end until the wee hours of Sunday morning. When we woke up the next day, we found that the weather was unseasonably warm. With the sun shining and the sky blue, we had no choice but to bump our flight reservations back a few hours. We ended our get-away drinking mimoas OUTSIDE - at an adorable restaurant with an outdoor patio. Afterward we walked around Williamsburg shopping and drinking and talking and laughing. An incredible trip all around. Now it's back to the grind....untill next time. 
Xoxo NYC.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Jem Quest









(images via Elle.com & www.whatisrealityanyway.com/)

My inspiration board for this weekend. 
Currently channeling Jem. Stay tuned for rainbow results. 
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