Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The State of Things

The good thing about a statement sweater dress is that you don't have to explain much of your outfit. I love it and I wear it often with black tights and black boots, mostly just changing the necklace I pair with it, but it's most often my beloved Kate Spade glasses.

Instead I can tell you about the state of the blog: it might be over. Erin and I, after some soul-searching/facebook-messaging have realized how costly it is to update a blog. It really wears on you and your bank account to feel the pressure to post new outfits. Neither of us can afford this indulgence and, honestly, we miss taking blog pictures together. And, you might agree lovely readers, the excitement over fashion blogs has waned. I am no longer as eager to read the ten I used to read on a daily basis. I no longer feel excited or inspired by other people's outfits the way I once was. You're probably assuming that the blog will no longer continue, and this is a pretty good prediction. There might be a catch: I've decided to stop shopping for Lent, and may find myself needing the inspiration to dress in interesting ways with old pieces. If that's the case, I might post again, but it would be a solo effort.
Dress: Old Navy
Necklace: Kate Spade, Kate Spade store, Vegas
Boots: Chinese Laundry, Zappo's

If this is the last post, then I just want to end it by saying how much I love this blog. I've never been a hobby person, but it was really a fantastic hobby. xoxo Anna Rae

Thursday, December 29, 2011

2011 Roundup: Of Erin, By Anna

A surprise to even Erin, I decided to go through the 2011 archives and find my top 5 favorite outfits that Erin wore over the past year.
What I love about this outfit, is how much I covet each piece of it -- I can't choose what's my favorite, but it might be the shoes. Each piece works perfectly into Erin's strong sense of style, and here I'm most impressed with how she balances the feminine dress -- ruffles! pink! -- with the playfully schoolboy oxfords.
This outfit has some inherent bias because I took the pictures and bought a matching cardigan from Joe Fresh. I'm impressed by Erin's ability to construct professional outfits with simple pieces and fun, slightly quirky accessories. Teal and yellow? An inspired color combo.
I could have chosen all of Erin's novelty prints for this top five, but I managed to choose just two. I think this is my favorite outfit of the year. Instead of pulling back after pairing the twee top with the bubblegum pink skirt, Erin heightened the color palette with the teal necklace and shoes. An amazing result.
If there's something Erin has mastered its the animal print, so I obvious had to include one in my picks. This dress has made a few appearances on the blog, but this is my favorite outfit because of the amazing tights and the additional textual interest with the suede shoes. Erin's outfits always look so pulled together; she matches texture with texture and her necklace to her shoes.
Erin may love an animal print, but I am madly in love with this novelty animal print. The outfit doesn't just showcase the piece, though, it uses it to create a look that's both completely modern and strongly inspired by vintage. I can't get over how sassy that skirt is.

Erin, I love seeing your outfits, and can't wait to see what you'll wear in 2012. xoxo Anna Rae

A Love Letter of Sorts

Recently, thanks to my wonderful parents and some of my own obsessing, some lovely Kate Spade items have entered my life. A few were purchased when my parents took my brother, my sister-in-law, and me to Vegas and gave us a gambling/shopping stipend. I spent all of mine at the Kate Spade store. And then, even more exciting because it was surprising, we got an additional one present at Christmas and mine was also from the Kate Spade store.
The first reveal in my love letter to Kate Spade is this amazing sweater. I've come up with so many ways to wear it -- it's so versatile but still so special, but this way -- over a button down with jeans and my oxfords, is my current favorite. So preppy but playful and feminine.
I don't have a lot of sweaters that I'm really excited about, so this was definitely a very welcome addition to my wardrobe. I can't wait to show it off with skirts, dress shorts, dresses, and other jean combinations.
Sweater: Kate Spade store, Vegas
Jeans: Old Navy
Shirt: Thrifted, Value Village, Vancouver
Shoes: Bass, Zappo's
Purse: Thrifted, Alabaster's Attic, Greensburg
And my Christmas surprise -- this amazing Kindle cover! My brother and sister-in-law gave me the Kindle minutes early, so it was a pretty amazing time for me. I already downloaded the Hunger Games trilogy and cried and bit my fingernails the whole way through it. xoxo Anna Rae

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Brought to You by iPhone

That's right -- this blog post is new. I finally entered the world of smart phones yesterday, and with that came a working camera. I've missed you, blog -- and you, blog readers.
Today was the last real day of the semester for me -- I handed in my final paper after some painful hours of switching my MLA citations over to Chicago, so I wanted to look pulled together (it makes you cite sources better, I swear), but also comfortable. I don't usually suggest pieces to have in your wardrobe, but seriously, get a cotton skirt. It may not be the most flattering, but it is such a great option when you'd rather be in bed watching Love Actually.

Since I moved to Boston, I've noticed that I'm really digging the red and blue color combinations, maybe it's all of the Red Sox and Patriots memorabilia hanging around. I wore this outfit without the tights and the blazer earlier in the fall, when the weather was lovelier, but I like the addition of the blazer. Another piece that's both comfortable and professional.
Blazer: American Eagle
Shirt: Joe Fresh, Real Canadian Superstore
Skirt: Thrifted, St. Vincent de Paul, Latrobe
Tights: Kohl's
Boots: Chinese Laundry, Zappo's, Gifted
Necklace: Tiffany's, Gifted
It's good to be back. I hope you missed me as much as I missed you. xoxo Anna Rae

Monday, October 31, 2011

Easy Being Green

Sweater dresses are awesome. You can wear them with tights and flats or leggings and boots and be as comfortable and warm as if you were wearing a bathrobe. The key is to avoid scratchy wool or cheap acrylics in favour of cashmere and merino wools.
While adding a cinch belt to this dress didn't up the comfort factor, it did help play up the graphic black and green stripes, the reason why I didn't add anything to the colour palate. My favourite feature of this dress (other than the colour, stripes, and soft cashmere) is the three-quarter length blouson sleeves. They are easy to type in, a cinch to pair bracelets with, and forgiving on long arms because they look intentionally rather than misfortionally too short. (I know that is not a word)
Dress: Juicy Couture, Ebay
Tights: Hue, The Bay
Belt: Mexx
Necklace: Le Chateau

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Bad Weather and Good Holidays

I love my rain boots. They're such a fun, bright reason to not mind walking around in the rain all day. If they're on my feet, then they're the focal point of the outfit for pretty obvious reasons.
I styled the boots against neutrals: black tights, denim dress, and a gray sweater vest. The pink belt matched the pink in the boots, helping the outfit to not seem too gloomy from the knees up.
Boots: Gifted, Mom and Dad, Morning Glory, Greensburg
Dress: Old Navy
Vest: Gabe's
Belt: Target
Additionally, it's Halloween weekend! This year, with the snow and the uncertainty until the day before that I would even be celebrating, I chose a costume that was both on my list of favorite characters and pretty low-key to assemble. Canadians may be unfamiliar, but I went as Daria and wore clothes from my wardrobe and a pair of those $1 glasses with the fake nose and eyebrows (I pulled off the nose and eyebrows). Simple! Fun! Warm! I'm posed below with my friend and sometimes blog photographer Will, who is dressed as Leopold Bloom.
Happy Halloween! xoxo Anna Rae

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

I Spy

I spy with my little eye a new novelty necklace from Vegas. Like Erin, I also sometimes stalk clothes and accessories that I'm very in love with. I've regularly visited this necklace at the Kate Spade store in Boston, knowing that I couldn't really afford this. This past weekend, my family went on a long-weekend vacation to Vegas as an early Christmas present and we, the now adult children, were gifted a Vegas allowance as part of our present. I spent almost all of mine at Kate Spade, and I'm sure you'll see all of the results soon.
The rest of the outfit isn't new. I've been pretty unexcited about my clothes recently, and I think it's because they aren't that new. It's important, though, to think about your clothes as exciting once the newness has worn off. Instead, how can you change your clothes, even slightly, to make them seem fresh? Today, I changed the tights to a slightly richer color, left the dress unbelted to fully explore its shift shape and matched the gold necklace to a gold headband.
Dress: H&M
Tights: Hue, Macy's
Necklace: Kate Spade, Las Vegas
Headband: Gifted, Elana
Boots: Zappos, Chinese Laundry
My chic raincoat for the threatening skies added, with my black boots, an additional layer of black and white. What do you do when you're unexcited about your wardrobe? xoxo Anna Rae