Friday, December 31, 2010

*girl in a cardigan* Update

Hi guys! The new year is coming, and while I don't really do resolutions, I'm definitely feeling the motivation vibes from all of you out there. So I've updated my etsy store, *girl in a cardigan*, with a couple of new items, and will be adding every couple of days this week until I get everything listed that's lying around my apartment. Stop on by and take a look, tell your friends, maybe even find a treasure for yourself! The vintage barrettes above are only $5! 

What home can be considered complete without a vintage horse accent rug? Not yours, am I right?

And an oldie but a goodie, these vintage red suede pumps have been in the shop since November, and I can't believe they haven't found a home yet! They're in awesome shape, you guys, and are Italian. Size 8.

I'd love it if you all would take a look at my wares. What's your favorite item? Drop me a comment and let me know! I'm contemplating a giveaway when the store is complete, so convince me. Get there by the link in my sidebar, or click here.

Happy New Year soon!

Thursday, December 30, 2010


My sidekick Paige came and spent the night at my place last night. I used to be her babysitter way back in the day, but now she's fourteen and in a band and taller than me and stuff so we're pretty much at equal coolness levels now. She also likes editing pictures so these first few are courtesy of her skills.

We were walking downtown and I pointed out a bridal shop, and she insisted we go in. It was actually pretty cool, and we found some irresistible tiaras. The one I'm wearing is just a very simple design, but I loved it so much I've bookmarked it mentally. I think wearing it with my hair down would be pretty and simple, just my taste. We also stopped at a few local shops including Buffalo Exchange, which never fails to deliver something  awesome. Paige left with this cool Kensie cardigan that's kind of cape-y. 

She's back home now, but it was fun to get to spend such an extended amount of time together. We don't get to do that very often anymore. Now I'm just hanging out at Joe's place. We're listening to Smashing Pumpkins together with his two new headphone sets, and he's on his brand new Macbook Pro, a Christmas present from his family. Jealous. What? Who said that? Not me. I've got my awesome HP whatever that's fat and heavy and runs Vista. What's there to be jealous of?

I made this necklace last week. It's actually red, not orange. Soon to be in the etsy store!

Also I wore rings today.

Value Village cardigan, Gap via Value Village t-shirt, handmade necklace, Celebrity Pink via Buffalo Exchange jeans, various rings

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

I'll clip the wings time flies on

I wandered down to the parking garage today to try a few photos, and boy was it worth it. It's winter break and I live very near a college, so there aren't very many cars in there right now, leaving me lots of room to play. I did get caught a few times, but luckily not by anyone whose car I was using to balance my camera on!

Do you guys love my tights? Joe got them for me for Christmas. He definitely gets the boyfriend of a style blogger gold star! They look so perfect with my new ankle boots. Which I will not be wearing tomorrow, for the first time since I got them. 

Today's photo experience has also convinced me that the color of my boots should be called "Parking Garage," because despite the fact that they are brown and the pavement is grey, in some shots they blended perfectly. You could hardly tell I was wearing shoes! 

Target cardigan, Old Navy top worn as a skirt, vintage brooch, Delia*s tights, Kenneth Cole Reaction boots

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Day 3 of every day.

I realize this outfit is...similar to yesterday's. Similar as in, the same color scheme, same basic type of pieces, same shoes. Still, I think it's cute, and I have been spending the whole day cleaning and doing a crapload of laundry so I wanted pants again. (FYI- in this case, a crapload=about four.)

I did drag myself out of the apartment to do an actual outfit photo shoot, which I haven't done properly in awhile. This is an unfinished staircase leading down to the parking garage in my building. I've been meaning to try out some pictures here, and it was a cool location.

Hm. Well it seems I have run out of things to say. End of blog, I guess. S'later!

Pacsun cardigan, Mossimo via Goodwill t-shirt, Roxy via Goodwill black skinnies, Kenneth Cole Reaction shoes, Macy's necklace, mom's belt

Back in the Swing of Things

I've been getting requests to show off the new ankle boots I was gushing about yesterday, so your wish is my command! Ah, yes, dear readers, I cater to your every whim promptly and with great joy. Plus, come on. They are fab. 

Confession time: my apartment is a disaster. I took photos in my bathroom last night cause it's honestly the best lighting I can get, but also because I would otherwise be standing amongst piles of holiday-related detritus, and the shoes would be hard to see. I did leave the Zip-it package lying on the bathroom floor in the picture for naked verisimilitude. What's a Zip-it, you ask? A genius drain-unclogging invention necessary to counteract the very non-genius design flaw of drain plugs that are not removable and give you an approximately 4 millimeter opening from which it is nearly impossible to extract the hair that will inevitably wash down and clog said drain, no matter how diligent the shower user is about collecting and discarding any hair shed during the showering process. It's basically a long flat plastic stick with a loop on top for holding, and upward-facing thornlike points along each side that snag hair and yank it out. I was super impressed, I only spent a few minutes and my drain was clear and functioning again. I appreciate any product that makes the process faster, because unclogging a drain is super gross and kind of makes me gag.

Here you may note the phenomenon which plagues me, known as the no-butt butt. I have no butt.

I was going to talk about my outfit and how my pin looks like the ones the fellowship get from the elves in one of the Lord of the Rings movies (can't remember which, need to watch again, I guess), and how I have trouble styling this sweater, but I talked a lot about drains and hair and such, and I feel you now may be bored of this post. Sorry for the gross factor today, the next one will be much prettier in topic. Your wish is my command!

Ann Taylor Loft via Goodwill cardigan, Pacsun tank, vintage brooch, Celebrity Pink via Buffalo Exchange jeans, Kenneth Cole Reaction ankle boots

Monday, December 27, 2010

I just like to smile. Smiling's my favorite.

I'd like to say I'm disgusted with how faithfully you all have been updating your blogs despite the busy-ness of  the holidays, but in fact I am just ashamed of myself for being so remiss. To make up for it, here's a picture of my friend Robert putting a sweatshirt on a dog.

Now here are a couple of really bad quality pictures of my Christmas day outfit.

I loved my red Buffalo Exchange dress. It was festive and comfy, and gave me an excuse to wear the Charlotte Russe tights you guys are probably getting sick of. I'll get better shots of the shoes later, because I'm ridiculously excited about them. They are Kenneth Cole Reaction suede ankle boots I saw on a shopping trip with my mom and grandma a few weeks ago. They didn't have my size, but my mom is sneaky and tracked them down online. I have been wanting ankle boots for years, but they never fit me right--the opening is always weird and big and awkward looking on my tiny chicken legs. But these are perfect! And the color is a lovely sort of smokey tan that matches everything. Get ready to see them a lot, cause I'll be wearing them all the time. You may think when I say "all the time," I say mean it in the adorable, hyperbolic sense of the word. But actually, I mean I will be wearing them pretty much every day. Except when it rains, cause I haven't put leather protector on them yet. But I will still wear them around the house and such on those days. 

Oh, sorry. I went somewhere else for a minute there.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

I wrapped presents. Now it really feels like Christmas!

I can't tell you guys how happy I am that it's winter solstice today. Let the lengthening of days commence! I'm already dreaming of a time when I can go outside at four and still have hours and hours of daylight left.

This skirt, which is actually a very dark purple color, was a purchase from yesterday's shopping exhibition. It was four bucks, but I had store credit so it ended up being seventy-three cents. It was brand new, tags still attached, and it's suede. I kind of threw this outfit together today because I wanted to try it out, but honestly I'm not quite sure the best way to style it yet. I think it will look a lot nicer in warmer weather when I can do bare legs, but then again deep purple suede has the weight and color perfect for fall and winter. 

I am especially excited today because I sold my first item from my etsy store! The buyer wanted it to come in time for Christmas, and the post office said it should get there Christmas Eve, so I've got my fingers crossed. Wouldn't it be a bummer if my first customer gave me bad feedback? Anyway, it's good to have a sale under my belt, and I will definitely be putting some new items in the shop this week. If you liked the necklace I wore yesterday, you're in luck! I just need to take a few photos for the listing and it will be up for sale.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Buffalo Exchange FTW

Seems like a lot of you have already responded to my post about Black Swan...some differing opinions for sure. I know not everyone will agree with me about its brilliance, but Joe and I are both a bit infamous for liking weird and dark movies. The Coen Brothers, David Fincher, Stanley Kubrick, Michel Gondry (what up, Eternal Sunshine?!), all of the directors we like are a bit on the creepy side. Relatedly, I was a little perplexed to find out that Natalie Portman is following up Black Swan, her best, career-defining, most complex performance to date, with a romantic comedy co-starring Ashton Kutcher. Blech, so disappointing. But I guess when you go that dark into a role, maybe you need something dumb and easy right after.

But that's not really why I'm gracing you with a second post today. No, the real reason is so much better. A couple of my friends came to visit me today, and we had a blast eating pizza and ice cream and wandering the streets lit with Christmas lights (aside from the guy on a bike who followed us for half a block saying "Hey, I bet you ladies have some stories to tell. *rides alongside us for a few seconds, we don't respond* What, no stories?") Aaaand...we went to Buffalo Exchange! I try no to go there too often because I always find amazing stuff that I shouldn't be buying cause I don't have the money to burn, and though they are a secondhand store, they're rather pricier than most. We all tried on weird things, and found some items we couldn't live without.

You guys, I wanted this leotard so bad. I could just see myself sewing Y's all over it and going as Karen O for Halloween. (See this post for context.)

This was one of those dresses where my initial gut reaction was eww, yuck, and then .5 seconds later turned into this is awesome. Tori (seen here clutching a dress she wanted to buy but decided against) and Megan (seen also wearing the same dress in the first photo) were skeptical, but wanted me to buy it after I tried it on. Megan loves to go shopping with me, she says everything I pick up is something she would think is ugly if she saw it, but as soon as I pick it up and say I like it she thinks it's cute too.

We all loved Megan's poodle (kitty?) skirt here, which she tried on because she was shopping for an outfit for the Dance of the Decades at her college, and we thought it would be fun. Really cute, but it didn't make the final cut. And here's me in a Hipster Musings-worthy ensemble that actually went a little too well with my weird braided hairdo.

And, finally, a cute little red dress Megan brought in to try on, and was passed on to me when it was too small for her. This one came home with me. How much, you ask? Ten fifty. And I can wear it on Christmas!

Note: for anyone who came here through Clothed Much, I hope it isn't cheating that I included a fitting-room-only outfit, but I just couldn't resist. I honestly would wear that leotard in public!

Oh hai

I spent the last week doing a whole lot of not much, hanging around watching Bones and ignoring my library book which is due tomorrow...then I was like, didn't I used to have a blog or something?

On Friday Joe and I got to see Black Swan, as it got a wide release and came to the theater a block away from my apartment. I certainly can't give it a blanket recommendation to anybody, since it's a tough, gutteral, creepy, intense, and rather disturbing film. But Joe and I both loved it and want to see it again soon. I didn't really see many movies in the theater this year, as there was a dearth of quality content, so I hope it doesn't diminish the impact when I say it was my favorite film of the year. Of course Inception and The Social Network were both excellent and thought-provoking, with clearly visionary screenwriters and directors. But the fierce performances in Black Swan and its portrayal of ballet, of all things, as sinister while ultimately beautiful, will probably stick with me longer. And my immediate desire to see it a second time speaks to it's effectiveness and depth. I'll warn you, it's been categorized as a psycho-sexual thriller, and while there is more to it than that, it's a fair description of at least the second half of the film. You will cringe, gasp, and probably avert your eyes from time to time. I do have to commend Darren Aronofsky (the director) with managing to inject so much sexuality into Black Swan without a stitch of blatent nudity (though there is plenty implied). So, fair warning if you want to see this movie. 

Anyway, that's about all that's significant lately. I did finish my Christmas shopping, so yay for that. And I made this necklace I'm wearing. Do you like?

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Blogsessions: She is Sara

I, like all of you out there, follow tons of other blogs, and am always looking for a new obsession. There's not really any type of consistency to the style of my favorite blogs. In truth they are very eclectic and varied in tone and content. And since they way I find these blogs is just as varied, I thought I might start sharing with you guys some of the ladies in my blogroll, in hopes that you might discover and love them as much as I do.

So, here it is, the inagural post in what I hope to make a series called Blogsessions: She is Sara! Here's a little intro Sara sent me describing her blog:

I am Sara from She is Sara, and my blog is a sort-of personal style/life blog combo. I am an English major and I love to read, it is my passion. I love music (really, who doesn't?) mostly classic rock, and Indie bands. I also watch a lot of movies when I get time, so reviews of what I have read, watched or listened to. You might also find lots of pictures of my puppy  Louie too, because he is my life. 

 I found Sara over the summer, and was immediately drawn to her girly grunge casual cute style. She isn't afraid of color and pattern, nor of putting a feminine dress with a flannel shirt. She gets away with a lot because of her fun and confident attitude. One of my favorite things about her is the accessibility of her wardrobe. Like many of us, a good chunk of her closet is filled with stuff from Target and thrift stores. She's a great example of how to mix affordable pieces. She seems like the kind of girl you could be friends with, who pushes you style-wise and is a blast to go thrifting with. Plus, she mentions tons of stuff on her blog that I read and think Hey, I totally love that person/movie/music/thing too! Yay! From Gilmore Girls to Dead Weather to 500 Days of Summer, Sara's got taste. Here's a few of my favorite photos, as well as a little interview I conducted.

1. What was your favorite book as a child?
Probably Little House on the Prairie, it was my mom's copy from when she was little and that is probably why I liked it so much. I also loved to re-read this Black Orchid comic book that I had found in my dad's old comic book collection. I guess I really just liked my parents old stuff.  

2. What is the best dessert?
Hrmm... that is tough! I would have to say this frozen yogurt that I get at Erma's custard stand Utica MI. They always have at least three flavors and they make sunday's and parfaits with them. Any kind you can think of, cookies, candy or fruit. It's pretty awesome. 

3. Choose one of the following: wizards, fairies, zombies, hobbits, vampires, or other. State your reasons.
Vampires because I was a huge Anne Rice fanatic for the longest time and read almost all of her books. I became infatuated with the vampire Lestat. I also think Spike was pretty awesome from Buffy The Vampire Slayer, and I also used to read the graphic novel Vampire Knight. 

4. If you were the last person on earth, and you could bring back three people, who would they be? 

Oh wow, probably my boyfriend Kyle because he is very sweet and is always hungry so he would most likely be able to hook me up with food all the time. My best friend Jamie because we practically have the same mind and we would find random crap to get into to entertain ourselves. I would also bring back my dog Louie because he is my life. He smells and jumps on me all the time but he is my big ol baby.

5. What is the one type of clothing item that you can't get enough of and keep buying even though you have too many of already (such as boots, cardigans, graphic t-shirts, miniskirts, etc.)?
Probably flannels, or any type of plaid shirt for that matter. They are really trendy right now, but I started wearing my dad's old ones when I was in elementary school and never really stopped. 

6. Tell us about a really cool website you go to all the time that you think other people should know about.
I am the last to know about everything so most people already know about it, but I love I wish I knew more super cool websites lol. 

7. What's the guiltiest pleasure movie, band/singer, movie, book or whatever that you are not embarrassed to love and insist is actually really good despite everyone you know thinking you're crazy?
Probably the band They Might Be Giants. Most people think they just make a lot of noise but I really like them. In a way, they sometimes remind me of the Smiths because of the sad lyrics with upbeat melody, even though the genres are completely different.

8. Intentionally vague question: What's your favorite?
My favorite season is autumn. My birthday is in October so that maybe part of it, but I love pumpkin patches, hayrides, haunted houses, caramel apples, all of it. 

Thanks Sara! I had fun looking through all her archives picking out pictures to share. There's one more I had to include as well, since I am an unabashedly huge fan of the Josie and the Pussycats movie from like ten years ago. Alan Cumming, Parker Posey, Rachel Leigh Cook of She's All That (another of my high school faves), even Tara Reid is pretty funny in it. And you know I rocked that soundtrack with the lead singer of Letters to Cleo, who was not credited on the album (the songs all just say "performed by Josie and the Pussycats). Okay, so I am on a major tangent here. Look, a picture!

Be sure to check out Sara's blog here.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Are you Paul McCartney?

I'm pretty sure not one person saw me in the outfit today except Joe. One of those days. I was hoping to get outside at some point since the sun was shining in the midst of what is supposed to be a solid week of rain but no such luck. I'm wearing the fabric necklace I made recently as a bracelet, and I think I kind of like it better that way. Also, sorry about my hair, which had no thought put into it besides this: *gets out of shower* hmmm, I guess I'll throw my hair back in a bun until I get around to fixing it later. *hours later, time to take outfit pictures* I want to wear my hair down, but not do any work. *takes hair out of bun, clips front part back with a clip* Kinda frizzy and unkempt. End.

Also, I'm in love with this grey belt I took from my mom. It's the perfect shade, and looks so sophisticated and spiffy with basically everything. I think grey is my all-time favorite neutral. It's less harsh than black, matches more stuff than brown, and is more interesting than white or cream. I love the idea of it with pinks and other bright colors, or mixed with red and/or green for holiday dressing.