Sunday, October 31, 2010

Boo!

This is what I wore to work on Friday.


I prefer cutesy to scary.

Ears:  Mom's basement
Scarf:  Boutique in DT St. Paul (will get name and report back!)
Dress:  Forever 21 via Ebay
Belt:  H&M
Gloves:  Mom's basement
Tights:  Walmart
Shoes:  UrbanOutfitters.com

Friday, October 29, 2010

Halloween Friday

Hey...what happened to Thursday?  It came and went without so much as a nod in my direction.  Rude.

Ah well...Friday is a better day anyway.  The day that I can look forward to the next day when I can sleep in.  And on this day, this Friday, I'm dressed for a Halloween potluck at work, channeling Minnie Mouse (again).  That's good enough reason to get up on this cold, fall morning.

My mom was going through some stuff in her basement and came across a couple of my old Halloween Costumes.  Minnie Mouse - I had purchased it in the largest children's size available (because I'm small and cheap), but looking at it now, I don't know how I ever got my boobs in there.  Today, I'm wearing this dress.  I'm sure you'll see pictures later.

The other costume was one my mom made when I went as Raggedy Ann.  It will definitely still fit, so I'm thinking of wearing it this weekend.  In fact, I may even keep the dress as part of my regular wardrobe.  With tights and a belt, it might actually be real-life appropriate.

I don't usually get too excited about Halloween, but the weather here has been rather spooky (dark & windy), so I've been in the mood to wear black and orange.  For example:


This is the face I make when I realize that insisting on an outdoor photo in freezing drizzle may not have been the best idea afterall.

Tee:  Target
Sweater:  Kohl's?
Necklace:  Forever 21
Blazer:  Banana Republic, thrifted
Skirt:  Forever 21
Leggings:  DSW
Boots:  JCPenny
Purse:  Thrifted

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

I CAN

I can wear white after Labor Day.

I can wear black and brown together.

I can wear tights with open-toed shoes.

I can wear silver with gold.

I can wear polka-dots with stripes.

I can wear denim with denim.


What can YOU do?


Hat:  Target
Cardigan:  Eddie Bauer, thrifted
Flower Pin:  Gap
Shirt:  JCPenny
Belt:  H&M
Jeans:  Forever 21
Boots:  Madden Girl via DSW
Bag:  thrifted via ARC's Value Village

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Good People

A guy showed up at my work just a few hours ago....WITH MY PURSE!

It's sopping wet, the valuables and identification are gone BUT my heart-shaped sunglasses (yippee!), 4 sets of keys (quadruple yippee!) and a few other random items have been returned.  And my very cool purse will hopefully dry out just fine.

The only identification in the purse was for my work and this wonderful stranger took the time to bring it to me.  I feel terrible that I wasn't able to give him anything as a 'thank you' and wish I would have gotten his information to send him something.  A hug was all I had.

In conclusion...there are good people.

Find Joy

Aww...you all are so nice.  Thanks for all the sweet, sympathetic words over yesterday's post.  I felt virtually hugged.  It will be a week or two before I feel like an independent person again.  I'm anxiously awaiting my new debit card and drivers license.  I replaced my iphone3 with an iphone4.  The camera on it is suprisingly good, so that's my primary picture-taker for the time being.


I wore this a couple weeks ago and Steve told me it was one of his favorite dresses on me.  Isn't that nice?  It's just a cheap, little frock I picked up on the Target clearance rack several years ago.  I like it because it's easy.  Easy to style, easy to iron, easy to wear.  Now, I also like it because I know Steve likes it.  Because I like Steve.


I purchased these great bracelets from Girly Muse who had brought them back from Market.  One says "find joy in your journey" and the other says "love your life, live your dreams".  I'm a sucker for anything with inspiring words in pretty fonts.

Dress:  Target
Tights:  Target
Shoes:  Madden Girl via DSW
Bracelets:  via Girly Muse

Monday, October 25, 2010

Tribute

 Allow me to take a moment to pay tribute to a great bag that fell victim to a heartless crime.


After a short trek around our local dog park on Saturday afternoon, Steve and I returned to our car to find the passenger side window smashed and my purse stolen.  It's contents included my iphone, camera, wallet, 4 sets of keys, heart-shaped sunglasses, Third Willow key chain....among other, more minor items.

It's devastating and completely violating.  I'm hopeful that the criminals were only after money and not my identity.  I didn't have any cash, but they did manage to charge on a couple of credit cards before we could hold the accounts.

Perhaps the sad people who commit these crimes have never had anything of value stolen from them before.  They must not know how it feels to be the victim.  I'm still holding out hope that they took what they wanted (credit cards) and my purse and the rest of its contents are in a ditch somewhere for a good Samaritan to find and send back to me. Not likely, but hey...never know.

Until then, working with insurance and our banks to clear up this whole mess.  Regular posts will resume tomorrow.

Friday, October 22, 2010

A Shadowy Something

Here is the pink I actually wore for Breast Cancer Awareness Day (yesterday).



You guys.  I'm tired, yet restless.  The creative juices just aren't flowing.  I'm in serious need of a change of scenery.  I want to take my husband and my pup and just...escape for a little while.  I sort of feel like a gerbil on an exercise wheel.  It was fun at first, but now I just want to get off and do something different.  The wheel doesn't represent anything in particular, just life in general.  I get this way a couple times per year.  I get over it eventually, but it's annoying.

Speaking of rodents, a small, dark, shadowy presence has overtaken my kitchen.  I first noticed something dark and lightning fast along the baseboard by the sink.  It freaked me out (and Miles too - arf!arf!), but it was so fast I couldn't tell what it was and only hoped it wasn't of the insect variety.

Then yesterday morning, I heard something rattling around IN my dishwasher.  I stood, staring at the dishwasher in fear and curiosity.  Then, sure enough, the black shadow moved around the baseboard and under the fridge so quickly that I still cannot confirm what it is (other than super creepy).

If it is a mouse, I sure hope he's grateful...living the high-life in my crumb-ridden kitchen, not on an exercise wheel in a cage.

Just sayin'.

Pearls:  Philippines, gift from Stevie
T-Shirt:  WalMart
Cardigan:  Forever 21
Belt:  Forever 21
Dress:  Macy's
Tights:  Target
Shoes:  Madden Girl via Endless.com


Thursday, October 21, 2010

Awareness

Facebook tells me that it's Breast Cancer Awareness Day and it's time to wear pink.  What did we ever do without Facebook?  I ask you.  I would have had no color direction yesterday (or today), that's for certain.  

For as much as I complain about my boobs and the grief they cause me (sigh), I wouldn't want to be without them.  I am thankful for my health, boobs included.  I do my best to pay attention to them and make sure nothing is out of the ordinary.  I also get 'the girls' checked out at my annual physical.  At one point, my doctor did have a minor concern and had me go in for a booby-ultrasound to be 100% sure that all was well.  All was.  And once again, I am grateful.

Awareness is good, friends.  Don't ignore.  Be aware.


Since I typically take my outfit pictures in the evening and post in the afternoon of the following day, I knew I was going to have to wear pink two days in a row if I was going to both post and wear pink on Breast Cancer Awareness Day.    It's no problem.  I love pink.  I especially love this pink, houndstooth cardigan.

Fair warning:  expect another pink outfit in the near future.  Maybe even tomorrow.


So these new boots of mine...they don't photograph well.  Kinda looks like I'm struttin' garbage bags on my legs.  Who knows...maybe I'll start a new trend?  I like them (in real life), but still not positive about keeping them.

Shh.  Wait.  Listen.  Hear that?  I'd know that sound anywhere.  It's DSW calling my name...


Cardigan:  Liz Claiborne via TJ Maxx
T-Shirt:  H&M
Dress:  Rampage via Macy's
Tights:  Target
Boots:  DSW
Bag:  Ecko Red via Ross, Atlanta

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Bow Tie

This is the bow tie I bought at Cat's Pajama's.  Ok, so I know I said I was "excited to style (it) in smart, unexpected ways".  This may be smart, but definitely not unexpected.  How else do you style a bow tie?   I have other ideas...promise.

I picked this particular bow tie out because it's very gender-neutral.   Steve and I can share it (if he wants to).  For me, it's very Geek Chic / Prep School Fabulous.  I wish I had a pair of fake glasses to complete the look.  




Bow Tie:  Vintage via Cat's Pajama's
Shirt:  Express
Skirt:  Target
Tights:  Old Navy
Shoes:  DSW

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Blue Ribbon Pines

Here I am.  Happily participating in 2 things I formerly would have wrinkled my nose and said "bleh" over:

1.  Disc Golf - since the bugs are gone and the weather has been perfectly perfect and Miles is the best little Disc Golf doggy ever...it was MY idea to play on Saturday afternoon.  MY. IDEA.  All 27 holes baskets at Blue Ribbon Pines Disc Golf Course in East Bethel, MN, and I don't think I complained once.  And the husband rejoiced.

2.  Light-wash, distressed jeans - not that I've ever had anything against denim of this nature, but the question has always been "where/how/with what would I wear them appropriately?".   But somehow, these snuck their way onto my fall trends I'd like to own list and whatdoyaknow...Target then supplied them for little more than $13.  That Target...gets me (almost) every time.


This may not be the most figure-flattering way to style these jeans, but heck, I'm playing Disc Golf, so I get a free not-super-stylish pass.

Hat:  borrowed, husband's closet
Shades:  Cliche'
T-Shirt:  Target
Hoodie:  gift from Mom
Jeans:  Target
Shoes:  Baker's, thrifted via Valu Thrift



Blue Ribbon Pines is a really beautiful course.  It's $5/pp to play.  It's staffed, well maintained, and the best part of all...there is a bar 1/2 way through, out in the woods, like a little oasis.  I'll take a Mike's Lemonade, please.  And then I'll spill it for Miles to lick up.  Apparently, he likes beer, cigarettes, and weed too (not ours, I swear).  We took him to church the next morning to get saved from these desires, but he wasn't interested in salvation...to be expected.



In other weekend news, Miles graduated from Puppy School on Sunday!  Movin' on to Intermediate next month! 

He was super hyper over the weekend and we couldn't figure out what was going on until Sunday, when we realized that a 12pk of Mountain Dew Throwback (we stocked up) stored under the couch was leaking and Miles was eagerly licking it up every chance he got.  Caffeinated Pug.  Whoops. 

Oh, but look at this face...totally innocent.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Vintage Show

Friday night, the girlfriends and I attended Cat's Pajama's Vintage Clothing & Jewelry Show in St. Paul.  Elaina and I received a $1 off admission for wearing vintage items:

Me:
Hat:  Anthroplogie, on loan from Elaina's Closet
Dress:  Vintage via Mighty Swell
Boots:  Madden Girl
Bag:  thrifted via ARC's Value Village
Jacket:  Wilson's Leather, gift from Stevie

E:
Hat, Vest, Dress:  Vintage, thrifted
Bracelet (right arm):  Vintage, her grandma's
Tights:  Target
Boots: Jessica Simpson via Macy's
Bag:  Patina, gift from her mama

The show was a vintage-lovers dream.  I was a wee bit overwhelmed, to be entirely honest.  I wandered around in circles in search of a vintage piece that I couldn't live without.  I found a few gasp-worthy items that (unfortunately) were not my size.

I finally gave up my search for vintage clothing and moved on to accessories which were in great abundance.  Jewelry, purses, hats, gloves, shoes...you name it.  My wanderings finally led me to men's bow ties for $5 (the clip kind).  I'm very excited to style my little purchase in smart, unexpected ways. 







Didn't make to Cat's Pajamas this time?  Looks like they'll be in Illinois in February and back to the Twin Cities in June 2011!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Friend Friday: Baby Steps of Blogging



Happy Friday, everyone!  Who's ready for the weekend?  ME!!!
Katy of Modly Chic has dished out yet another great set of questions for Friend Friday!  Ready?  Here we go:

1. How has your blog changed over the months/years you've been blogging?

Oh gosh, I feel like it's changed SO much and is continually evolving.

 
When I first started this blog, I didn't really want anyone to know about it. I was very insecure about putting my thoughts and wants on the Internet and needed time to let it simmer. Starting out, I never dreamed that I would have followers, that I would take outfit pictures, or that I would make this a daily thing.


2. What was one thing you did wrong in the beginning and how have you changed that?

I'm sure I did many things wrong, but the biggest one was lack of visual content.  Before I had labeled myself as a "style" blog it might not have mattered quite as much, but once my written content went primarily in that direction, I needed more pictures.  Style/fashion is a visual art.  


3. When you visit a blog what's the greatest turn off? The thing that makes you close the tab?

First and foremost: Music! Unless it's a music blog (and I know it's a music blog) I won't even give it a chance, I will close the window immediately.

Secondly: a fashion blog that has poor quality pictures...dark, blurry, too small, too large, ect. Better to post just one good picture or no picture at all than to have a series of bad ones. Now that I have an ibook, I'm using iphoto to enhance my pictures, but before that, I was using picnik.com. It helped a lot.


4. How did you find your voice?

I don't know that I've found it entirely.  Like I said, this blog is continually evolving (as I am).  My "voice" is slowly, steadily getting stronger.  And I'm totally cool with (and amazed by) the natural progression. 

I have considered numerous tones and themes for Spoils of Wear, but at the end of the day, it's just me...what I want to write about, outfits I want to post, my shopping, my travel, my life...it's authentic and that's good enough for me.  At some point in the last (nearly) two years, I stopped over-thinking it and just let it ride.  I'm happier, and my blog is better for it.


5. If you had three pieces of advice to give to a new blogger what would those be?

1. Give it time. Lots and lots of time.  Years maybe.

 
2. Get involved. Participate in your blogging community. Friend Friday is a great example. Comment on other blogs. Join Weardrobe, Polyvore, Chictopia, Lookbook, ect.

 
3. Consider your content. I like blogs that are down to earth, well written, visually appealing, and original. If you don't have anything worthwhile to post for a day or two, give yourself a break but don't forget to COME BACK. 


On this topic, Elaine of Clothed Much recently posted a GREAT set of blogging tips here


Outfit Details:
T-Shirt:  Ross, Atlanta
Necklace:  Francesca's
Dress:  Marshall's
Bag:  Gift Shop, Las Vegas
Shoes:  Charles David via 6pm.com

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Falling for Vintage

This is my go-to fall skirt.  I don't think an autumn has passed in the 9ish years since I picked it out of a free bag that I haven't worn it with a fitted, gray sweater and tall, brown boots.  I thought I'd mix it up this year - gray sweater vest + brown booties (what a stretch, huh?). 


It's also one of the longest skirts I own.  I've considered hemming it, but haven't for fear it wouldn't look as vintagey.  Below-the-knee skirts are back 'in' this season, which doesn't mean I'm going to invest in a bunch of new skirts, but does make me extra glad I kept this one at it's original length.  Yeh for me and my "trendy" skirt.

 

Speaking of vintage, I will be attending Cat's Pajama's Vintage Clothing and Jewelry Show at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds tomorrow night!  I can't wait!  Just hoping that the vintage dress I purchased at Mighty Swell Vintage Pop-up Shop fits me properly, because I really want to wear it tomorrow.  Really really.


I can't get enough of this fall weather.  I love the sunshine, the colors, and crunch beneath my feet.

Shirt:  Gap, thrifted via Valu Thrift
Vest:  H&M
Skirt:  Vintage, free bag
Shoes:  DSW
Bag:  thrifted via ARC's Value Village


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

What I Like About Shoe

Shoe make me taller.



Shoe make me smarter.



Shoe make me sillier.



Shoe keep me dryer.



Shoe make me comfier.



Shoe make me brighter.



Shoe make me sassier.



Shoe make me girlier.



Shoe make me shinier.



Shoe keep me warmer.



Shoe make me sparklier.



Shoe make me tougher.



Shoe make me happier.



Shoe make me broker.



All shoes via Amazon.
Now, wipe the drool off your keyboard and get back to work.


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Blog Crush

 I'm newly obsessed with Sydney of The Daybrook.  So much so, that I have unashamedly copied her look in this post.  She is adorable. Her husband is adorable (and they gush about each other adorably).  Her style is adorable.  Her writing is adorable.  Her blog. is. adorable.


So there it is.  Now I'm feeling all bashful, exposed and vulnerable because my blog crush is out in the open now.  I wish I could invite all my readers over for a slumber party.  I'd serve gooey chocolate cake and we'd all sit in a circle and take turns revealing who our secret blog crushes are.  We'd giggle so much our faces would hurt and then we'd end the evening braiding each others hair while watching Julie & Julia (only because it's the only blog movie I know of - other suggestions?).


I'm not really a creepy person, I promise.  I just like blogs and like all of you that read mine.  You're good people (I expect).  Please don't contact me about a sleepover, I don't actually have that kind of room (efficiency condo + 2 humans + 1 dog  = no vacancy).  I don't actually like people messing with my hair either (dermatological complex)...but you guys go ahead.


Well, this post began with comedic intentions, but just ended up...weird.  I suppose it's just that kind of day.


Sweater:  H&M
Shirt:  JCPenny
Belt:  H&M
Dress (as skirt):  WalMart
Boots:  Madden Girl
Bag:  thrifted via ARC's Value Village

Monday, October 11, 2010

Top 10 (Fall) Wardrobe Essentials

During Girly Muse's Top 10 Week, friend/follower Cheri requested that I write a list of Top 10 Wardrobe Essentials.  It's a tall order.  Many a-list like this has been concocted by stylists and bloggers alike.  And it seems that they all lean favorably toward the list-writers own style preferences.  My list is no different.  However, I will say that the following items will likely work for anyone - no "white oxford" or "LBD" on this list...though they have their place too,  I personally find them overrated. 

1. Boots:  In all things, consider your lifestyle.  If you're a SAHM chasing rugrats all day, don't invest in red suede, lace-up, stiletto boots and wonder why you never wear them.  Instead, go with a flat or chunky-heeled, neutral pair that is easy to slip on and off.  Practical can still be chic.

2. Jeans:  I've been told that dark wash, boot-cut is universally flattering, so we'll just go with that.  I prefer skinny jeans, but to each their own.  Don't compromise on jeans.  A good pair is worth every penny.  Search until you find the ones that make you feel amazing...they're out there, I promise.

3. Scarf/Pashmina:  Not only will it keep you warm, but it provides a extra pop of texture/pattern/color up by your pretty face.  In a pinch, it can also serve as a shawl, blanket, head wrap, belt, skirt, ect.

4. Trench:  A tan or black trench is classic, wearable with everything, and can seriously up the chicness factor for any outdoor activity.   If that just bores you to tears, look for one with extra-special detailing or in your favorite, saturated color.  Make sure the one you choose is in a modern style, and is the right fit and length for your body type.

5. Belt:  Even just one great belt in your favorite neutral.  One that will fit both high and low on the waist.  It will do wonders for a silhouette and can take any outfit to the next level.

6. Tights/Leggings:  If you wear skirts and/or dresses, show your stems some R.E.S.P.E.C.T by covering them up when it's chilly.  When you're feelin' extra funky, some colored or patterned tights will be just the thing.

7. A Great Bag:  One you're proud to carry.  Like jeans, I don't feel bad about throwing a little extra dough at an awesome purse.  Once again, be realistic about your needs.  If you typically carry everything but the kitchen sink, don't buy a clutch.

8. Thin, Fitted Sweater in a Solid Color:  Ok, so we're getting into DUH territory here.  Layering pieces, layering pieces, layering pieces.  They'll go the distance.  Dress 'em up with with great accessories (see #3), or wear purely for functionality.

9. Layering Tee(s):  See #8.

10.  Neutral Skirt:  Choose a style that is right for your body type and in a color you'll wear often - black, navy, gray, olive, tan - all good choices.  A style that can be dressed up or down in a seasonless fabric is a winner.

Bonus Item:  Long or 3/4 Sleeve Striped Top:  Another classic. You'd be surprised how many different ways there are to style a striped top.  Pattern mixing is HUGE this season and I hope it continues.  Jessica at What I Wore did a Breton Stripe Challenge with her readers a while back - check it out for a some stripey inspiration!

Do you have list of your own?  Shout it out (in a comment)!