Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Color Me Impressed

I have this knack for wearing the exact wrong outfit for the occasion. Case in point, not only is it supposed to pour today, but I'm also supposed to spend my day at work cleaning out bike tool kits covered in grit and grime. And yet, I wear a bright skirt that'll no doubt end up covered in grease by the end of the day.

The thing about me is I'm also incredibly stubborn. I'm sure the majority of those reading this blog are well aware, but to the approximately 3 people reading this that don't know me in real life, it's true. I could make some Taurus joke and call myself bullheaded, but I already make enough bad jokes as it is. The point is, as soon as I bought this skirt and top over the weekend, I already knew it'd be showing up in Wednesday's outfit (because Monday and Tuesday already were featuring newly purchased items). So rain and bike grease be damned, I'm going to pull it off. 

I think this is the most Urban Outfitters I've ever worn at one time, but I instantly fell in love with the skirt and the 2 for $24, fit like a dream, come in awesome prints v-necks were too good to pass up. As summer starts to peak around the bend, I have 2 major clothing requirements: 1) Is it cool enough to stand up to the summer heat? 2) Can I ride my bike while wearing it? These both pass the test with flying colors. (Sadly, the shoes do not- they won't fit in my toe cages.) What are your favorite picks for this summer?

Shirt: BDG via Urban Outfitters
Skirt: Cooperative via Urban Outfitters
Belt: Forever 21
Shoes: thrifted Report via Green St Consignment (Philadelphia, PA)

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Say Hi

Uh....this is embarrassing. I meant to call, baby blog. I really did. I promise. It's just, uh, honest... I ran out of gas. I... I had a flat tire. I didn't have enough money for cab fare. My tux didn't come back from the cleaners. An old friend came in from out of town. Someone stole my car. There was an earthquake. A terrible flood. Locusts! IT WASN'T MY FAULT, I SWEAR TO GOD!

Oh wait, that's a quote from the Blues Brothers. Oh well, same gist. It comes down to this. When I started this blog, I was burnt out from a job that had me traveling 3 weeks per month. I welcomed the opportunity to take a few months off from working and just do nothing. Of course, this lends itself splendidly to blogging on a daily basis. Nowadays, I'm working 25 hours a week, going to school full time, attempting to teach myself French on my spare time, and learning to knit on top of that. Sometimes, there's just not enough time in the day. So when you find that 1) you've woken up 3 hours before you need to leave for work and 2) that you're smitten with your outfit, you gotta carpe diem and dust off your camera.

I've found that I'm really digging sheer knits this season. It's probably still a bit too chilly to wear this particular outfit without a shirt on top, but it'll be pretty ideal for summer I think. I've been a bit cautious about this whole sheer trend thing, especially because I find it particularly tacky if my stomach tattoos show, but this seems to be a happy medium that may even be work appropriate. Not only is the fabric pretty airy, but the trapeze cut should keep me nice and cool in the dreaded Philadelphia humidity.

Speaking of trends, are leather leggings out? Was that a fad I jumped on too late in the game, like buying a hooded cape in December? Do fall trends translate to spring, or am I assuming so only because the weather is so similar? I don't particularly care, as both my cape and these leggings are some of the most comfortable pieces I own. What's not comfortable are these shoes, which I couldn't resist, and yet after TWO purchases trying to find the right size, they're still too small. And too cute. And I will wear them until my feet blister and bleed and Ray needs to carry me home from the bar.

Shirt: Staring at Stone (??) via Urban Outfitters
Leggings: American Apparel
Shoes: H&M
Sunglasses: Forever 21
Necklace: Forever 21
Nail Polish: Forever 21