Outfit Post #9

With winter in full effect, I finally pulled out my bin of sweaters I packed away in May. I have a pretty nice sweater collection and most, conveniently, look great with leggings. Today’s outfit post is the opposite of that, a great look that’s just as comfy as leggings but takes a little more effort.

  First, I got to talk about this sweater. I got it from one of my many TJ Maxx shopping sprees. I go in that store so many times, just to look. Especially if I feel like my closet needs a new article added to it. I rarely come back from these excursions empty handed. A recent trip to my favorite store didn’t disappoint, this sweater was only $16.99! The length is very on trend this winter and I’m personally always attracted to a geometric/Aztec print. I love throwing this sweater on for an impromptu dinner with the girls because it’s an instant outfit. Here’s some similar styles: | one | two | three |

  These jeans are super wide flared and I love the look of them. I feel like a 1970’s rock star when I wear them. I got them clearance shopping at the American Eagle outlet for less than $10. I’m excited about the prospect of flares coming back, I blame my millennial youth. These jeans are very comfortable and have a lot of stretch without losing shape. I think AE has some of the best affordable denim out there.

  Now these shoes make me look deceivingly tall and I love it. I’m just short enough that all jeans are a little too long and I needs some heel to lift me up. These are actually pretty comfortable to walk in since there’s decent sized platform in front. Plus, I think they add to my rock star status.

  This necklace is from where I get most of my accessories, Francesca’s. I bought it years ago as a final piece to a birthday outfit and have ended up wearing it quite often. I like that it’s grey because it’s super neutral and I think more interesting than just black.

Thank you to Angela for taking all my photos. You can find her at Photos By Mariposa.

Book Review: “The Knockoff” by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza

I heard about this book because it was recommended on The Skimm emails I get daily. I was immediately interested because it’s about the fashion industry. I liked this story so much because I instantly related to the main character, Imogen. She is the editor in chief for the fictional fashion magazine, Glossy (think Vogue). She comes back after being out for six months to find her magazine has be taken over by her former assistant, Eve, who is turning her beloved magazine into an app. Imogen had avoided the technology take over for most of her career and it’s finally catching up with her. I related to her so much because, despite my millennial status, I’m still behind on living the digital life. I don’t have a facebook or a twitter and I’m just getting my feet wet with Instagram. This blog has been an experiment in figuring out how to promote in a world that’s over run with “content” and where everyone has a blog. I have to say I’m not catching on to things as quickly as Imogen. But I have years of blogging ahead of me (hopefully) and my story isn’t condensed to 334 pages either. Imogen also gets help from her children’s nanny, Tilly, and tech expert, Rashid (who she met at a tech conference). Both of her helpers are patient, informative and help propel Imogen’s story forward.

While studying in New York, at FIT, I learned how cut throat the fashion industry could be. I only got a taste of it with my classmates, nothing like an editor in chief at a major magazine. Imogen’s ability to remain positive and turn a bad situation into something successful was inspiring! For example: when she was pushed back to the “VIP standing area” (undoubtedly Eve’s doing), she created the hashtag #ScenceFromTheBackRow, which became a huge hit on Instagram. It makes want to come up with clever ideas like but only from Cleveland, Ohio not New York Fashion Week haha. Challenge? I think yes.

This book is super fun, a quick read, and really informative! A perfect beach read for the summer. Even though the main character is only faced with obstacles she remains positive which is infectious and makes you feel good while reading it. The authors created a world that feels like you could step right into it and created characters you really want to route for. I would definitely recommend it to any of my friends.

Twin Peaks 90’s Fashion

I finally finished the entire series of Twin Peaks (all two seasons). I was seriously into a lot of their outfits. Most of what was worn on this show was really timeless, with a few exceptions…it was still the 90’s. I was inspired to dedicate an entire post the Twin Peaks attire!

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Audrey Horne

 1. Cherry on Your Sunday Cardigan $52 | 2. Vintage Never Sad in Plaid Skirt $40 | 3. Who Could Be Saddle Shoes $40 | 4. Polished and Precious Top $35 | 5. I’ll Have the Usual Skirt in Black $40 | 7. All She Wants to Do is Prance Dress in Red $55 | 8. Vivid in the Moment Dress in Dusk Garden $160
Looking this whole set over I noticed it could almost be a 50’s inspired board. That’s one thing I noticed about Audrey’s style it’s the most timeless. I couldn’t resist adding that cherry top to represent the lolita side of Audrey in the first season. Saddle shoes are obligatory for when she acts like Nancy Drew. Since I’m putting this board together right after watching the second season I was really feeling her more professional look she took on while working with her father.

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Donna Hayward

Donna was a bit like Nancy Drew too but embraced a more “girl next door” look than Aurdey. I liked her casual looks that were just so darling. I think Donna looked best in the beginning of the season when her and James were still bearable. She was sweet and relatable and I think her wardrobe represented that.

Miss Twin Peaks
The end of the series was a build up to the Miss Twin Peaks Pageant: the [spoiler] pageant you don’t want to win. The anticipation to watch our girls strut their stuff was almost too much to handle! I could not wait to see some killer 90’s formal wear.

Outfit Post #1

The inspiration behind this outfit was to mix casual with formal or grungy with frilly. I picked up this skirt from Lauren Conrad’s LC collection for Kohl’s. It was part of her Cinderella collection which is, sadly, no longer available. I lucked out and got this pretty little thing on sale. One left in my size!? Heck yes! Unfortunately it’s not available for purchase but I found something similar here and here. One of the things that attracted me to this skirt is that it reminds me of Carrie Bradshaw. I think I’ve subconsciously been looking for a pink tulle skirt for the better part of ten years. (For those of you doing the math, I was not at an appropriate age to watch the show when it premiered.) When I saw this I bought it without even thinking about it. I was on a mission to get outfits to post about and this sorta just fell into my lap. But then what to pair it with?

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A jean jacket would be so cute! Do you agree? I love the idea of combining a jean jacket with a pretty dress or skirt. It instantly makes it a great day time look. Now, the only thing about jean jackets (for me) is the fit. I’ve never found one that doesn’t make me look totally square. The sleeves are always, always tight in the shoulders so I end up going up a size. I think you can tell in the pictures that it’s a little large. It’s also from high school when I was a little more “hammy”. But there’s something that looks very punk rock about a jean jacket. And if you lean in I’ll tell you a secret… I was a bit of a poser in high school. I even cut out the American Eagle label on this very jacket because, like, I would never shop there. And now it’s one of my favorite places to shop. Go figure. American Eagle has not stopped selling jean jackets (probably never will). Shop here.

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And of course nothing compliments a good jean jacket like a pair of converse. These ones are great because they are slip-ons. I never tied or untied them anyway. While this pair is not from high school, converse were definitely a staple for me then too. If you like the idea of slip-ons pick them up here.

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My favorite piece of this whole outfit is this necklace. I got it at Francesca’s Collections. One of my favorite stores and one of the (many) places I’ve worked. I could spend all day going through their jewelry and when I worked there that’s just what I did. This necklace is actually a few years old, I picked it up while shopping with my mom. She’s great to shop with but she’s very encouraging on buying something I don’t need. Results in a lot of buyer’s remorse. Not with this pendant stunner though! I remember being in the store with my mom and showing it to her, asking if I should get it. While I was contemplating it my mom informed me, very loudly that: “You better get it Mandi. This girl here is eyeing it and it’s the last one.” Haha. My mom’s vocal and everyone in the store found out. Anyway I think it’s the perfect cherry on top of this spring ensemble. I couldn’t find the exact one but all the necklaces at that store are so great! Here is something similar.

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So this is my welcome spring day time look. Whaddya think? No trail beyond this point #endpost

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All of my pictures were taken by my friend, Angela. Check out her website Photos By Mariposa or her own blog.

Scalloped Edges

A trend I’m really liking for this spring/summer is scalloped edges. I keep seeing them pop up in stores and I’m very much gravitating towards them. This time of year, it’s all about transitioning into the new season. A soft edge like this is a great way to flirt with the spring, especially if you have cold feet (no, literally, it’s going to be 50some degrees in Cleveland next week). I always want to find ways to transition my wardrobe without going the nautical route. I had a professor at FIT tell the class, that stores bring out the nautical clothing for girls who don’t know anything about fashion. I had to take out my anchor earrings mid lecture because I’d be so embarrassed if anyone in the class noticed how well they went with my navy stripped top and red pencil skirt with roped belt. That’s the number one thing I think about while shopping around this time of year.

Back to scallops. I saw a pair of shorts (similar to the ones below) at TJ Maxx a.k.a my favorite store. But they were in the juniors section. Whomp whomp. This body has never fit into junior sizes, ever. Although I tried for much of junior high (my apologies to anyone that had to witness that). Anyway, I’ll be on the look out for a pair for grownups this season. Let me know if you see any. There are so many cute ways to incorporate this trend into your own wardrobe.

scal1. Peach Scallop Top $32 | 2. Valentino Scalloped Shorts $850 | 3. TOPSHOP Double Scallop Swimsuit $68 | 4. J.Crew Factory Scalloped Trim Dress $98 | 5. Mint Scalloped Mini Skirt $17

I  really want to get that swimsuit. I haven’t owned a suit that showed my thighs in probably the past two decades. I will make an exception for this suit, it’s just too cute! And as I get older I’m trying to love my body more for what it is. I want to grow out of worrying what other people think of my thighs and just focus on how cute this swimsuit is!

I’m also loving all the spring colors on here. It’s the perfect palette for the season. If I could dress like an Easter egg 365 days a year, I would.