J.Crew cardigan in golden cypress, J.Crew Rosette Tee in grey, and Banana Republic skirt
I'm feeling under the weather today, but I was determined to post, so please excuse the crazy outfit. I wanted to share my latest purchase and give some reviews.
I was testing the tee out with this "vintage" Banana Republic silk skirt from their Spring 2000 line. I love it so much, it has an apron style tie it the back with a dip dye band of grey around the hem.
I wish I could say I love the J.Crew sweater, but the quality of the cashmere is horrible. After the 2nd wearing the sweater started to pill up and it is a shaggy mess now. I do still like the olive color, I've been really attracted to quirky shades lately.
They had just put the Rosette Tee out at my local store so I grabbed a size small and went to try it on. It is semi-sheer(as you can see from the photo above), so I went get a medium to see if it would look too big and the whole pile was already GONE. Which of course pushed this sucka over the edge and I brought it home with me. I already own the graphic rose tee, which has held up well, so I'm hoping this one does the same.
Sorry if this post is all choppy and weird but my throat is killing me and I keep having to tell myself that it is just allergies and not swine flu.
So I'm still wanting stripes, ones running on the diagonal to be specific. I know the photo above is dull as a doorknob but I didn't have much time to throw an outfit together this morning before my photographer left for work.
I dreamed last night about striped skirts and remembered an old Banana Republic one I already owned. I popped out of bed at the crack of dawn to look for it in the landfill that is my closet. I had to ask Mr. M to take a picture of me be since our new camera is still broken and won't let me set the timer.
I'm still working on the outfit but I'm happy to be able to recycle the skirt in my closet.
-F21 army style jacket from this past spring
-Black Banana Republic sweater that I bought at an outlet
-Banana Republic skirt that is considered vintage in retail years, it is from Fall 2002
-Black tights(embarrassing how many years I've worn these, thank goodness you can't see the holes)
I took an unexpected trip to see my sister yesterday and didn't get a chance to post. I did have her take a shot of me in a newly thrifted dress. Unfortunately the lighting was not the greatest so it didn't pick up the details very well.
1980's Bill Blass dress in a forest green wool. I'm probably going to ditch the shoulder pads(there has been a massacre lately) and the red suede belt it came with needs to be cleaned. What is my favorite feature of course? The oversized pockets.
I think it will look fresh paired with low ankle boots(can you tell I like Christian Louboutin?):
I happened to pick up the J.Crew rose tee right after they put it out on the sales floor. I held onto it for several weeks because I couldn't believe I paid $55 for a t-shirt. I finally broke down and gave in to the love.
Here are some pics below showing it worn dressed up and casual. Sorry the images are so blurry & the shoes are cut out but our regular camera is still broken.
-J.Crew rose chiffon tee
-Vintage black skirt that reminds me of the J.Crew Belle skirt. It has a tulle lining and the clincher in the deal, pockets.
-Triple strand of jumbo pearls
-I also wore a black cashmere Banana Republic cardigan but I wanted to show the detail of the shirt
I've been working non-stop for the last 7 days, and trying to figure out in what direction I'm going. Writing and sharing pictures in this blog has been my way to reach other people who love pretty things. Unfortunately a job that is providing a dream honeymoon is not allowing me to read, let alone post, a blog.
I'm embarrassed to say how many packages have already landed on my new work doorstep. I haven't had time to shop, so the internet has become my "frenemy." I love the convenience of online shopping, but most of the items never come as promised in the beautifully styled photographs. I use my experience to try to guess where they have pinned to make it fit, and how the fabric will let it hang. The biggest problem is sizing, as it is never consistent, even in the same store.
I promised a review of my Kate items when they arrived and I'll keep it short and sweet. As far as quality the Broderie Anglaise dress is similar in quality to Banana Republic or JCrew. The color is a deep navy blue, 100% cotton, and slender leather belt. With the US exchange rate the price is standard with JCrew & Banana Republic also, around $120 for the dress.
I ordered a size up based on the reviews of her past lines running small. Just my luck they are running closer to size and it is sliding off of me. I'm still deciding what I'm going to do with it.
I didn't even bother to try on the daisy dress. It was cut nothing like the dress featured on Kate Moss, and I'm sending it right back. I wanted it to look a certain way, 1940's with a bit of cheekiness, and it doesn't open in the front.
I've managed to pick up a few cute vintage items on a business trip that I hope to post tomorrow.