Monthly Archives: May 2012

My Must-Have: Boat Shoes

Well…I’ve officially worn the soles of my beloved moccasins down to paper thin pieces of rubber and have come to terms that they cannot/should not be worn out of the house again. Since I know there’s no replacing my favorite footwear, I’ve decided to go with a completely different style – boat shoes!

In terms of fashion, boat shoes are undoubtedly near the top of this season’s Footwear It-List. Their traditional design is very versatile and can be dressed up or down. The must-have shoes are perfect for a casual day strolling about and add a ‘cute’ component to any outfit. Their laid-back style is quick to slip-on and best of all –incredibly comfortable! (Dare I say equally comparable to my most loved moccs?!)

For my new pair, I decided to go with the brand that knows boat shoes best, Sperry Top-Siders. Since inventing the first boat shoe in 1935, Sperry’s have been the “staple for those with a passion for the sea.” The timeless originals have been given a fresh touch and now come in an array of colors, prints, textures and trends such as color-blocking & shiny metallic. Check out the wide variety of styles I had to choose from…
Out of all the options, I decided to stick with the classic Bluefish 2-Eye Boat Shoe. The neutral basic definitely dresses up my daily style – which is about how often I wear them. (I guess I was able to find a replacement after all!)

Now that I’ve got my brand new boat shoes…I just have to find a boat. :)

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DIY: Create Your Own Denim Cut-Off Shorts

Denim cut-off shorts are a staple during the summertime and the best thing about them is that they’re free! Just take an old pair of pants that are too tattered & torn along the bottom to be worn and turn them into shorts. It just takes a few simple steps…

1.  Place a pair of well-fitting shorts over the pants you want to alter and pin the inseams together so they stay in place.

          **Make sure to line the crotches up perfectly or your end result will be much different than what you expect!

2.  With a ruler and piece of chalk mark, the old pant legs along the hem of the shorts.

          **For the most flattering fit, slightly angle the ruler so the inseams are a little longer.

3.  Cut the pant legs off about a ½ inch below your markings. Then, wha-laa…your all set with your new pair of shorts. Wash & dry them once then they should be ready to be worn!

            ** Taking natural fraying into account, the shorts will shrink a little bit (which is why that extra ½ inch is important).

Check out a couple of my shorts that have survived the chopping block…well, sort of…

I love playing my game of ‘Alterations At-Your-Risk’ because I have complete creative control over the project. Some shorts I’ve kept a little longer in length so I can fold them over, while others I’ve accidently turned into daisy dukes.

This particular pair has been part of my wardrobe since my sophomore year in high school. They once began as one of my favorite pairs of pants…despite much disgust among my family members. Every time I wore them, my father would always say, “It looks like we’re living in poverty and can’t afford to buy you a new pair of pants.” I turned to my grandmother on multiple occasions to make repairs and sew-in several patches; finally she said that was enough, she never wanted to see them again. What can I say, they were my favorite pair of pants…and now they’re one of my favorite pair of shorts. :) Yes, I bought them already mildly ‘distressed,’ but over the years, they’ve definitely become ‘destroyed’.

This is my next pair of pants to go under the knife…I hope they turn out alright!

Do you have a pair of summer’s staple denim cut-offs? Did you make them yourself?

My Must-Have: DIESEL ‘Kasumi’ Dress

Every so often I come across an article of clothing, pair of shoes, or piece of jewelry that really catches my eye. Typically, if I manage to make it out of the store without purchasing my latest fashion find, but days go by and it’s still on my mind, I know it must be something I really like.

Months ago I fell in love with this tangerine orange raglan-sleeve dress I saw in the Diesel display window.

I walked past the window everyday on my way to work and every time I stopped & admired the Spring/Summer 2012 collection oversized outfit. I finally caved one day and purchased the last on they had in stock. It was a bit of a splurge (for a basic cotton sweatshirt dress) but a justified purchase factoring in that even after weeks had gone by, I just couldn’t seem to stop thinking about it.

Sadly, after finally getting it home I found a hole in in the top. I ended up returning it and thinking it just wasn’t meant to be. But another week or two went by and I still couldn’t stop thinking about this particular piece! (it actually got annoying after a while) I was kicking myself that I didn’t do exchange that day in the store and failed at multiple attempts searching for it on the internet (I forgot to take down the style name/number). Frustrated that I couldn’t find it anywhere online (and I thought you could find anything on the internet) I called someone at the Diesel store and found out there were only 4 ‘Kasumi’ dresses still in stock within the whole company. Thankfully, I was able to get my hands on one of them and have it sent to me. Now that it’s finally hanging in my closet, I can stop my endless purchase pursuit and start styling it!!

The colors in the scarf & dress coordinate perfectly to create this combination

Subtle & sweet, ivory silky lace-trim bloomers peak out from underneath in this over-sized ensemble

Even though summer has started and sleeveless dresses seem much more appropriate, I look forward to cool summer nights, walking along the lake and watching fireworks, knowing that I have my new sweatshirt dress to keep me warm.

Have you ever come across something that you just can’t stop thinking about? Did you end up buying it?

It’s a Beautiful Day!..and I’m in All Black. Augh.

Wow. The weather has been absolutely beautiful this weekend! Thankfully I’ve been able to make it out during the mornings to do some running around the city. Yesterday I was excited to see the ‘Green City’ Farmers Market near my house has started up again for the season – that means fresh flowers for me ALL Summer long!! And today I went on a long run along the lakefront.

Too bad I have to head into work during the evenings…where our dress code is dark & dreary. While everyone else is out-and-about enjoying their afternoon in bright colors and summer sundresses, I’m donning my required all-black attire. Not only do I hate wearing the color black, but especially on 90° days when I melt under the sun!

Saturday nights outfit

Sunday nights outfit

Does your workplace enforce a dress code? What is it and what do you think of it?

Outfit of the Day

Today was a beautiful, sunny 80° day here in Chicago. Unfortunately…I only got to spend about an hour outside enjoying it. Even so, that didn’t stop me from dressing up in my first official springtime outfit. I must admit, I’ve been wearing my fair share of gym clothes and the color black lately. (Something I’m now committed to changing!) It felt good to get back into my typical free-flowing, drapey garb.

Yes, both the top and bottoms are statement pieces on their own; but at the same time, I feel they complement each other as well. Because the skirt has a colorful array of specks throughout its charcoal base, the ivory top is a nice neutral pairing. The simple wrap silhouette of the skirt doesn’t compete with the intricate sewn-down diamond detailing and pleating within the blouse. My patina drop-hoop earrings,  brass elephant belt and riding boots add a slight ethnic flair to the ensemble, while the mix of lightweight silk chiffon, cotton, suede and leather all balance each other out.

What do you think? Would you wear this?