Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The New Weekly Occurance

When bright pants became all the rage I knew it was only a matter of time before a bright red pair entered my closet.  This week we'll go nautical, I expect a new theme with the same pants will now be a weekly occurance!
What color could you not resist?
Pants: NY&Co, $21 with sale, Shirt: Mervyns, $12, Jacket: Ann Taylor, $10, Belt: Gap, $7, Pin: gift from Mom, Shoes: Sperry via Last Chance, $30

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

A Date to the Theater

I never tire of the musical Wicked.  It was my 4th time, and I loved it just as much as the first!  This was my theater date outfit.
Dress: Last Chance, $13, Shoes: Kohls, $20, Belt: NY&Co, $8, Cocktail Ring: Mervyns, $12, Headband: F21, $8

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Spring Brights

I am in love with the brights this season!  I'm pretty sure I'm not alone!

Skirt: Anthro, $20, Shirt: BR, Cardi: Last Chance, Shoes: Random mall store, Necklace: Made by me

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Stripe Love

Good thing stripes are a classic, because I don't see myself getting enough of this recently acquired Loft cardi within the next few years....

Card: Loft, $25 with coupon, Jeans: BR Outlet, $20, Shoes: Last Chance, $20, Shirt: H&M, $18

Monday, February 20, 2012

3rd Annual Music Inspiration Challenge Recap

Last week I finished the 3rd Annual Music Inspiration Challenge!  I was thrilled to finish it in only a matter of weeks.  It's amazing what you can get done when you aren't doing last-minute wedding errands!

Here's my recap, with outfits in order of songs:

  1. Starry Eyed - Ellie Goulding
  2. White Sky - Vampire Weekend
  3. Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop - Landon Pigg
  4. Electric Twist - A Fine Frenzy
  5. What You Waiting For - Gwen Stefani (clean version)
  6. It's Not Unusual - Glee Cast

7. She Blinded Me With Science - Thomas Dolby
8. Every Teardrop is a Waterfall - Coldplay
9. Big Black Horse and The Cherry Tree - KT Tunstall
10. My Man My Moon - Feist
11. (If You are Wondering if I Want you To) I Want You To - Weezer
12. Dear in the Headlights - Owl City

And I must say this really got me out of my shell.  Notice no boot cut jeans and only one pencil skirt.  I am please with the outcome!  
I think next I'll do THIS LIST that I gave my sister!  

Saturday, February 11, 2012

"Deer In The Headlights" - Owl City

This is my final outfit in our 3rd Annual Music Inspiration Challenge. I'm kind of sad to see it go- I've felt a lot of inspiration to create some looks I never would have thought of otherwise.

This look I would think of and did actually wear right as the challenge started. I just thought it may be cheating since it was a date outfit I'd already thought I'd wear. But when I watched the music video for "Deer In The Headlights" I realized it's a casual love story about a meeting at a convenience store. I started thinking of the times I actually go into a convenience store, which isn't often. Every time has been on a road trip, in an emergency, or just swinging by after a party or event with friends. The latter is more often than the other 2. Usually I'm dressed in casual party attire and we just need that midnight Slurpee or want a soda and swing by on our way to the next event.

This outfit totally fits the bill for a casual party or date outfit that could definitely end with me having that moment of noticing someone and getting caught like "Deer In The Headlights." And maybe this did stretch me, because most my outfits are taken at work or right after with a completely different dress code. Perhaps I need to embrace the weekend casual/date looks more often!

Jacket: Anthro, gifted, Jeans: LEI, $10, Shirt: Gap, Thrifted, $6, Shoes: Target, Bag: Nine West, Thrifted

Thursday, February 9, 2012

"Black Horse And The Cherry Tree" - KT Tunstall

I went country for this song, thinking about the references to the horse and the cherry tree- both things found in the country and rarely in the city. I envisioned the female character letting go of a love that wants to get married, and her independently realizing that "you're not the one for me." That just screamed pointy kick-A style cowgirl boots, and bright colors to symbolize the boldness of the realization and declaration that it's time to move on with life.

Skirt: AE via Buffalo Exchange, Boots: Latin Market, Shirt: Ralph Lauren, Cardigan: Last Chance

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

"What You Waiting For" -Gwen Stefani

I once again turned to the music video for inspiration which included all things Alice in Wonderland. I knew instantly my blue and white polka dot shirt with the peter pan collar would be involved. It took me a while to figure out how to combine the sweet innocent Alice with a work appropriate ensemble, but I think I finally somewhat figured it out.

Dress and boots: Last Chance, Jacket: AE via Buffalo Exchange, Shirt: AE, Socks: Target, gifted

Sunday, February 5, 2012

"She's Blinded Me With Science" - Thomas Dolby

I had a difficult time coming up with what I wanted to do for "She's Blind Me With Science," until I talked to my sister last night.  I was thinking maybe a school girl cerebral look, but then Hillary suggested adding neon green to any outfit.  The more I thought about it, the more I wanted a neon to compliment a prep school look to bring in the 80's.  I also remembered my favorite science teacher, who made learning so much fun by always adding a cool experiment to compliment what we'd learned that week.  I always looked forward to that class as I did things like make ice cream in a coffee can learning about salt and freezing properties, I walked on a bed of glass, build an egg-drop machine, and we tie-dyed.  My teacher wore a tie-dyed lab coat with all kinds of neon colors.  So to honor one of the first people who really made me love school and learning, I knew neon was a must! 
Prep school blazer, shirt, and sweater vest plus a pop of neon on a skirt seemed to fit the bill! 
Skirt: Loft, $3.50, Blazer: Part of $40 suit from NY&Co, Shirt: NY&Co, $8, Sweater Vest: Target, $3.75, Pumps: Famous Footwear

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

"My Moon My Man"- Feist

Originally I had nothing for this one.  Then I watched the music video and smiled at the creativity that is Feist. I loved the trench coat and the lady-like shirtdress worn throughout an airport moving walkway.  It's been an unseasonably warm winter, so the trench was out, but another bright, jacket I knew could take the place of the trench, and I figured I'd add an equally bright dress just to celebrate amazing weather.  
Thanks for a great song, an amazing outfit, and an even better music video for inspiration Feist!

Dress: Anna Sui for Anthropologie via Buffalo Exchange, Jacket: Anthropologie, Shoes: Target