Thursday, March 31, 2011

Collar Me Cute

Pom-pom hat: thrifted
Cardigan, leggings: Gap
Dress: ASOS
Oxfords: old as Moses Seychelles
Asos dress #2 is a success! I love the longer length, the barely contrasting collar, and the tobacco goodness of it. (It's a little wrinkly because I wore it right out of the package!) The gingham dress I ordered made me look like a tent, so I begrudgingly sent it back. Spring shopping is my favorite thing to do, and it is hard to control myself sometimes! I currently have full online shopping carts at Urban Outfitters and Forever 21 with little to no intention of buying. I just like to check on my cart once in a while, imagining outfits, comparing prices, etc.

Do you budget for spring shopping? What's on your spring wishlist?

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

My Secret Pajamas

Hair bow: Forever 21
Necklace: Gap
Sweater: Ross
Denim leggings: Old Navy
Shoes: thrifted men's Florsheims
Louise's 5-Step "Getting dressed at 3pm" Program

1) Wear an oversized sweater over leggings.
2) Swipe on Clinique Pink Chocolate lipstick.
3) Don your feet with sadly underused loafers.
4) Wear the messy bun, but add a Bumpit. (I will finally admit to loving them. They add perfect height to my enormous, yet flat head.)
5) A little blush.

Three hours later, get back into your pajamas! Man, is this a cozy outfit or what?!?

My inlaws are visiting for 2 weeks beginning tomorrow, so I am busy meal-planning and organizing. I am excited to have them here to see our new home and city! We haven't seen them in almost two years. Don't worry, I'll still be taking outfit photos and keeping up with you all! Darin's parents might think I'm crazy, but that's the risk we style bloggers take. Hey, somebody's gotta do it.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Scented Blind Date

I have been on such a perfume kick lately! I can't get enough. Last week the nice Sephora lady gave me some samples to try out, and I can't decide between them. Miss Dior Cherie is the frontrunner, but I am not sure about how it dries down, and it doesn't last as long as I would like. Plus, John Galliano created it, and he says stupid things when drunk.

I have worn Clinique Happy since the day it launched in 1997, and I need something different. Last night, as I browsed Amazon's perfume reviews, I happened across this lovely bottle:
I bought it.

I don't even know what it smells like! But honestly, who could resist this packaging? Well, probably anyone who wasn't me. On the upside, it received great reviews! We'll see in a few days when the ridiculously low-priced gift set arrives at my door!

Four-eyed Princess

Shrug: thrifted
Dress: gift from Miss Vinyl Ahoy
Tights: c/o We Love Colors
Clogs: Seychelles "Twistin' the Night Away"
It was too cold for this outfit, but I wore it anyway. After all, the first day of spring was weeks ago. It never fails: every spring, every year, Louise Harriet Me freezes her bottom off. I can't help it! Suddenly my wool jumpers and cardigans mutate into monsters and I have to stuff them into green Rubbermaids before they eat me alive. So... cold...

Are you in the mood for some awesome blog material?
My two favorite posts today:

Bella from One Sister's Rant wrote about the invasion of men in the lingerie department. If you've never read Bella's blog, get thee there! She is so sweet and witty.

Tavi blogged about how much the fashion industry has changed over the past few years, and it's not all flowers and peanut-butter cups.

Happy Tuesday, you lovely reader.

Monday, March 28, 2011

The Little Things

When Darin and I went on our grown-up date to the Antique Show, I picked up a few things to add to my collection of old/odd things. A mama-&-baby pair of 1950s leather skunks:
and Genevieve, from the 1920s:
Here is my favorite place to nap and read in the house: (click to enlarge)
A preview of my bedroom!
Um, that sounded provocative, and I didn't mean it like that.
I just naturally ooze sensuality, I guess. *snicker*

One, Two, Buckle my Shoe

Beret: Forever 21
Blouse: Tulle
Skirt: won from Shade
Socks: c/o HerCatwalk
Boots: Ebay
This high-waisted puffy skirt does pregnant wonders for my tummy! I normally wear it with a top tucked in; that's probably the way it should be worn. I'm looking forward to stowing away my winter berets until next fall. Any suggestions for summer headwear? You know I love my hats! I was thinking about getting a turban a la Joan Crawford... that one time she wore one. How would you style it? Without looking ridiculous, or worse yet, racist?? I may try this turban headband tutorial to try the trend out instead of dropping cash on the real deal.

Besides, I want to spend my money on perfume.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Second Star to the Right

Dress: Asos
Necklace: American Eagle
Tights: Marshalls
Shoes: Seychelles 'Twistin' the Night Away'
And.... Chicks!
They grow up so fast, don't they?

I am ecstatic that Peter Pan collars are 'on trend' this year! I've been wearing them for years, but they can be difficult to find. Not anymore now that The Powers That Be have claimed them as fashionable! Thanks be to the fashion gods. This dress is so soft and sweet, but I keep having to pull it down over my lady lumps. (Did I just make you vomit a little? I shore did!)

Fashion is such a funny thing... I love how fluid it is. I honestly feel that if one wears something (that fits) with confidence and a smidgen of humor, it automatically works. I want to take more risks with my wardrobe... and have even more fun with it!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Paper Doll Project

Suze of Miss Vinyl Ahoy started the Paper Doll Project, where randomly-picked bloggers style each other for the day! Heather of Inner Cupcake and I were paired up, and I'm so glad we were! She is so sweet and colorful. I never would have married my polka-dotted dress with my polka-dotted cardigan, but I think it works! The Paper Doll Project is awesome because it really helped me step outside of my box. (I live in a four-acre stained glass box, by the way.)
Dress: Gap
Cardigan: Target
Charcoal Tights: Marshall's
Shoes: Seychelles 'Dorothy'
Paper Doll Project partners!

I Could Not Stop for Death

Boater Hat: Forever 21
Sweater, skirt: Gap
Jade necklace: Inherited from Granny Hatty
Tights: c/o We Love Colors
Wedges: Re-mix Vintage
This is my first spring in Mt. Angel. It's been beautiful so far! I know that so many of you are still suffering from winter's chill, and I wish I could send some daffodils and bottled sunlight your way!

These photos were taken at the Mount Angel Abbey cemetery during an afternoon walk to the coffee shop at the top of the hill. I probably look too happy and frolicsome for graveyard photos, but I couldn't help it. I liked my colorful ensemble and it was lovely outside! The entire town Mount Angel is basically a small mountain (hence Mount Angel), and the monastery happens to be at the top. Residents of the town constantly walk up and down for some exercise. Several Russian Orthodox people live here, and I love seeing the women in their beautiful flowy dresses and head-coverings as they walk the hill.

When I came home, I let the chicks play in the front yard for a while, enjoying the grass (albeit squishy grass) under my bare feet. Right now the chickens resemble pimply teenagers... just an awkward phase. We're building a chicken coop for them in April!

Love to you!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Apple Blossom Girl

Cardigan, skirt: Gap
Camisole: Shade
Scarf: Vintage
Necklace: thrifted
Tights: Hue
Clog sandals: Target
I needed a Louise Day, so I took one. I drove to Portland, picked up my favorite avocado-infested burrito, and went to my old stomping ground: The Washington Square Mall. Ah, I do miss working retail sometimes! I picked my own hours, had good coworkers, and I helped women feel prettier naked. (Yeah, I worked in the bra and panty department.) It's such a blessing that I left Gap with a good taste in my mouth. At the mall I picked up some perfume samples (Miss Dior Cherie and Chanel Chance) before I met up with an old Gap friend for coffee. I had so much fun window-shopping and not buying! It felt great to walk out of the mall without nothing but a Nordstrom ice water.

One thing that irks me: did you notice that the new female Gap mannequins are skinnier and taller? I swear, they've grown at least three inches and all the muscle tone is gone! I wonder what their decision-making process was when they decided to replace the old mannequins... I liked them just fine. I don't miss dressing them, however. It was difficult to dress them without touching their private bits, and I (founder of the support group Mannequins are People Too) avoided that at all costs. Yeah, I kind of stunk at visuals.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Twice as Nice

Monday Monday Monday!
I hope you had a wonderful weekend- mine was pretty low-key. I spent time with family, sang and played guitar with Darin, cleaned the house, baited more sugar ants (I swear Mt. Angel is an anthill!), and had my parents over for Sunday dinner. Here are two outfits from the weekend!
I'm a just mysterious woman. Or maybe every other picture was heinous. Hee hee
Cardigan, tee: Gap
Hat: so old!
Skirt: Target via Ebay
Tights: Hue
Boots: Frye via Craigslist ($10)
Failed jumping photos for your pleasure:
Sailor dress: Vintage from AdVintagous
Beret: Gap
Tights: c/o We Love Colors
Oxfords: Steven 'Melin'

My inlaws are visiting from Ohio in ten days! I'm really excited to see them and show them around Mt. Angel. It will also be great for Darin and I to go on a few dates while they spend time with Rowena! They haven't seen her in almost two years! I love having visitors; it forces me to take time to deep-clean and be a wonderful hostess! My goal is to always have homemade bread on hand while they are here. We'll see how that works out!

I hope your Monday is beautiful!
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