Happy Valentine's Day!

I normally don't go in for dressing appropriately for holidays, but I really wanted to wear this necklace. And the only non-patterned button front shirt (am I bold enough for bug necklace on patterned shirt?!) I have is this one. Such is life.

Shirt: Fred Segal, thrifted (Always reminds me of in Clueless when Cher is getting ready for her driver's test and yells "Have you seen my new Fred Segal shirt?")
Skirt: Uniqlo
Tights: Jessica Simpson via Nordstrom Rack
Shoes: Target
Necklace: Zara


Sensible Shoes

Top: Theory (Again, from the show. Should I just go back to working in costumes you guys? Look at the spoils you can get!)
Shorts: Old Navy (NOT on sale and not as cheap as you'd think or want. That's how passionate I am about Laura Dern's outfit in Jurassic Park.)
Belt: ForeverXXI
Socks: Target
Shoes: Bass (You heard me. Bass.)

This is one of my favorite outfits, maybe ever. You can wear these shoes or shorts with anything and be happy. Do yourselves a favor, guys, and get a pair of flat front khaki shorts. You won't regret it.


Fourth of July

Outfit 1
Dress: Thrifted (Thanks to Allie Clingan for the loan!) 
Shoes: Target

Outfit 2
Top: Thrifted and altered (sleeves removed)
Skirt: Thrifted
Sandals: Dolce Vita

Outfit 3
Dress: Marc by Marc Jacobs (From work! Ah, the perks of costumes departments.)
Sandals: Dolce Vita

Outfit 4
Tank top: In a three-pack from TJ Maxx. It's the only tank of the three to survive to this day (The other two were a plain navy blue, and a navy/white stripe.)
Skirt: Target (You can't really tell, but it's a dark red corduroy. I think it's been on the blog before.)
Shoes: Target

Outfit 5
Tank Top: Some store on the Commons during Apple Fest. (You can't really see it, but it's burgundy.)
Top: TJ Maxx (It's a beach cover up I usually wear with "nude" fishnets as a dress. Very scandalous).
Shorts: TJ Maxx
Sandals: Dolce Vita

Outfit 6
Top: Salvation Army, Palm Springs (Altered: shortened and sleeves cut off.)
Shorts: TJ Maxx
Shoes: Toms (You can't tell because of their extreme filth, but they are/were once red and white striped.) 

Outfit 7
Vest: Goodwill (I added the snap to make closing optional.)
Tshirt: Nike (Again, free from the show!)
Sandals: Dolce Vita
*Shorts/Skirt/Tights/Pants - I don't seem to be wearing any??!?

Honestly, this isn't even a drop in the bucket as far as patriotic ensembles go. There are many pieces not included, many different ways of wearing the pieces that are, an array of optional hats that somehow weren't photographed, not to mention the red/white/blue tattoos I have. 

Fourth of July 2012 was the first year I did a week of holiday ensembles, and while I missed my chance for Halloween, revisiting this photos (which were not taken that long ago - a pile of patriotic clothes sat on my stool for months and months until one day I had a few drinks and made Kratz play fashion shoot) made me want to do it again for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. 

Thanksgiving is going to be hard. Maybe I'll just re-watch every Thanksgiving episode of Friends and recreate Rachel's outfits.  New Years will not be hard. 


Cougar Goes Grocery Shopping

Top: Urban Outfitters (on sale)
Shorts: Goodwill
Shoes: Steve Madden via Crossroads Trading co.

Meg wanted me to dress like a Cougar going grocery shopping, so here it is! The shorts are an homage to being a mom (or of mom age) and the rest of it is self explanatory (a cougar would never be caught dead out of the house in anything but wedges.)


Button Swap

Dress: Forever21 (given to me by a friend who no longer wanted it.)
Buttons: Jo Ann Fabrics
Belt: Rope from Jo Ann Fabrics
Sandals: Dolce Vita

I was given this dress and loved it - except for the buttons on the shoulder and sleeves (pictured in bottom photo). So I removed them and put on bright turquoise buttons I got in a mixed bag of buttons from the fabric store.  Now it's awesome!


Sexy Prizefighter

Jumpsuit: Macy's
Belt: Petrune (gift from my darling Allie)
Tights: Target
Shoes: some brand from DSW 
Sweater: Banana Republic Outlet (gift)

These pictures are terrible, for which I apologize.  But this jumpsuit resembles a  boxing robe in the way it drapes in the front and at the legs.  I got this when I was still working at my job in post, and it was early enough in my career that I was nervous about taking fashion risks.  I remember being in the dressing room at Macy's, alone, and taking a picture of the garment on the hanger to text to my boss.  Her responses was something like, "I better see you in this on Monday."  

And that's why working in TV can be awesome.  

Quirky Math Teacher

Tank: Target
Necklace: My mom's old locket
Sweater: Target (gift)
Pants: Thrifted, I think Ann Taylor (gift from Mom)
Shoes: Target

I know you're thinking, "quirky math teacher? No way!"  But hear me out.  The hallmark of quirky teachers is that they think patterns are cool.  The hallmark of math teachers is that their clothing doesn't fit - much like these pants.