Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Flower Arbor

This is one of the most beautiful, comfortable dresses. I bought it for my graduation from college party, but I wear it all the time. It is made by Sika. She is an African designer and creates vibrant dresses with really classic flattering shapes. I took this picture yesterday when it was so warm! Today I wanted to take outfit photos but it was freezing and pouring with rain so I went thrifting instead. I have a new dress to photograph soon.

I had such a lovely day on Sunday. My car got towed on Sunday morning which was super annoying, but aside from that it was perfect. I spent the night in San Francisco at my friend Ginger's house, and when we woke up in the morning to find that my car had been towed she gave me a ride on her moped to pick it up. I sat on the luggage rack on the back of the bike and tried to balance on the pedals while she put her feet up near the handlebars and sat on the seat. It was dangerous but super fun!

After we got my car back we drove to the beach and went to Outerlands, which has delicious organic food with beautiful ingredients and a great wine list. The restaurant is perfectly beachy too...the walls are covered in driftwood. They also serve Chemex drip coffee and such yummy sourdough bread. After our decadent champagne filled brunch we wandered down the street and tanned in the sunshine on the beach. It was a perfect day!

Dress: Sika
Gladiator Sandals: UO

Friday, April 23, 2010

Playsuit Day...Finally!

It's finally warm enough outside for me to wear my favorite playsuit. I got this in London last year. I bought it during London fashion week, and when I went to Topshop it was full of runway models. There's nothing to make you feel like a tiny oompa loompa like a bunch of giraffe-like runway models trying on sequined dresses in the changing room! They only had this playsuit in the petite section but I loved the sweet rose print so much that I couldn't resist it. The only problem is it's pretty short so I have to be careful not to let it get too scandalous!

I can't wait until the middle of May, my travel buddy Elise and I are going on the most amazing trip. We will be on the road for three months and we are hoping to drive through every state (besides Alaska and Hawaii) and as many national parks as we can. Along the way we are working at lots of music festivals. So far we are definitely working at Wakarusa and All Good, Elise is working at Bonnaroo (I didn't get my deposit in in time, boo...but hopefully more spots will open up soon!), and we are waiting to hear back from Camp Bisco. It is going to be so much fun. I am looking forward to doing lots of hiking, photography, and exploring.

Playsuit: Topshop
Velvet Bow Flats: Thrifted

Don't I look like I have a big peacock tail in this picture?

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Pretty in Plaid

I got this shirt when I was out thrifting a few weeks ago. It's vintage, from Sears. The label inside even says "Sears, the fashion place". Maybe back then it was actually fashionable? I have a soft spot for Sears because the house I grew up in was an old Sears and Roebuck prefab house from the 1800's. It's crazy to think that it's still standing after all this time!

As you can tell from the pictures, the weather here has been nuts. In the 15 minutes I was outside it went from being beautifully sunny to cold and windy. I went inside when it started to rain. I must say, as much as I like escaping the rain by sitting beside the fire with a cup of tea and a good book (or Weeds...netflix watch instantly has obliterated any chance of me being productive) I am so excited for May and some reliable sunshine. I've got some super cute rompers that I cannot wait to wear.

I'm including the last picture because my ducks snuck into it. Their names are Brownie and Moe, and they are a pretty big pain in the butt! We also have another duck named Jemimah Puddle Duck and I have a very old pet chicken named Beatrix Potter. They are a bit of an eccentric clan, and get in lots of fights with each other, although I am convinced that deep down they all love each other dearly.

Shirt: Thrifted
Belt: Vintage Armstrong's, Edinburgh
Skirt: Topshop
Tights: Marks and Spencer
Boots: Vintage, Mars Berkeley
Feather Earring: From my lovely godsister Isla, available at Arkay Workshop

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Lions and Sunshine

I have a bit of an affinity for animal themed clothing, especially this lion belt. My mother got it at a thrift store and it has fast become a much loved item of clothing and source of debate between my sisters and I. Luckily I have another lion's head belt that I bought in college, although it is not quite so colorful as this one. This outfit is one of my favorite summery looks. The dress is actually a skirt that I came across in a thrift store. I loved the print but I knew I would never wear it as a skirt since it is so long, so my very stylish friend Ginger suggested wearing it as a dress, and viola! It is now one of the most worn items in my closet.

Earrings: Thrifted
Skirt, worn as dress: Thrifted
Belt: Thrifted
Zipper Flats: Topshop

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

80's Rouge

This dress was absolutely forgotten in the back of my closet. I love rediscovering things I haven't worn in ages. The red jacket is one of my favorite vintage finds, I found it in Paris, in the most wonderful vintage shop I've ever been in, Free P Star. Free P, like most shops in the Marais, is tiny. It has two levels, the bottom one is reached by a tiny winding staircase which is only one person wide, and is draped with belts, coats, and all sorts of goodness. Free P is perfect for vintage leather and coats, and they also have a wide array of flowery dresses and rad 80's dresses. It's also pretty cheap, which is a huge bonus in Paris. I spent hours and hours there over the course of my time in France, I used to walk to the Marais on rainy days and shop, have a noisette and write in one of the cafes nearby.

Dress: French Connection
Jacket and Belt: Vintage, Free P Star
Wicker Purse: Thrifted
Boots: Topshop
Headband: Homemade out of zippers from Britex
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