Alcohol-Inspired Attire: My Delirium Tremens Top

I often nickname things in my wardrobe if they remind me of certain something. Here are a couple favorites from my closet…

Nicknamed ClothingMy most recent pet name I made up is for this piece…


I call this my ‘Delirium Tremens’ top. No – not because I was drunk when I bought it (which, for the record, I wasn’t!) but because of the tiny purple elephant print all over it. I bought the gauzy button-down blouse on sale at Anthropologie awhile back & it’s been one of my favorites ever since!

Voted “Best Beer in the World” back in 2008, Delirium Tremens is a Belgium golden ale produced by Brouwerij Huyghe in Meile, Belgium. With an above average 8.5% ABV, one beer connoisseur describes the classic strong ale as having a “light, fruity sweetness and tangy tart notes followed by a dry slightly bitter finish.”delirium-bottle1-440x570The beer’s name originates from the medical condition delirium tremors, or “the DT’s” indicating a violent sickness induced by alcohol withdrawal. Sufferers of “the trembling madness” are thought to hallucinate pink elephants, cats, dogs & snakes. The imaginary pink elephants have become widely known as Delirium Tremen’s unmistakable logo on the brews unique packaging, a bottle painted to resemble Cologne ceramics.

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Similar to the logo, my distinctive way of dressing can sometimes come across as unmistakable & unique…and with my love of mixing prints, creatively combining colors & layering on tons of texture, I admit, I may look like I’ve lost my mind from time to time. But I swear I haven’t (at least not yet!) Check out some of the different ways I dressed my ‘Delirium Tremens’ top….

Here I paired my elephants with basic black leggings, a southwestern-print scarf, riding boots, and my forest green fringe bag.

Elephant Blouse, Black Leggings, Southwestern Scarf Purple Elephant Top, Southwestern Scarf, Riding BootsOne has to be carefully when wearing so many statement pieces all at the same time, otherwise the outfit becomes overwhelming. But in this instance, instead of competing with one another, I think the standout pieces combine to create an eclectic ensemble.

Or, maybe I am a bit delusional?!

Here I paired my ethnic-inspired elephant top with elegant oriental damask-print indigo & coral cords.

elephant top, damask cords
I can’t really begin to explain what I was thinking when I these two pieces together. For some reason, I just thought the juxtaposing prints worked well with each other – something about the contrasting style vibes within the clothing compliments the quirky combo.

I can however, tell you my thought process behind creating this stylish ensemble…Here I tucked my purple elephant top into a pair of olive high-waisted wool shorts. I layered my brown fur vest on top for some added texture and accessorized the look with a simple orange marble-stone pendant necklace.

Elephant Blouse, Olive Shorts, Fur Vest

Purple Elephant Top, Fur Vest, Olive Wool ShortsSo, what was I thinking???…

This outfit is based off one of the classic harmonious color schemes – a triad color harmony. A triad color arrangement is when you incorporate three colors that are equally spaced from each other on the 12-hue color wheel. Example: violet, orange & green.

Complementary Color Combo

See……………………I haven’t lost my mind :)

Keeping along the lines of creative color combos, here I layered the purple elephants underneath my rust-colored velvet blazer from Free People. There’s just something about purple & red together that always catches my eye.

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elephant top, velvet blazerI may be going out on a limb with this one…pairing the purple elephants with a red & black classic plaid pencil skirt.

Elephant Blouse & Plaid Pencil Skirt Elephant Top, plaid pencil skirtIt has similar styling elements from the ensembles above (opposing prints = ethnic/traditional and pairing purple & red together). I’m not 100% sold on the outfit; but hey, playing around is part of the fun when it comes to styling!

Evolving your personal sense of style is all about experimenting when putting outfits together. You don’t always have to wear them outside the house, but you’d be surprised with what you come up once you start working with your wardrobe. Crack open a bottle of Delirium while you’re playing dress up & you’re destined to create an unmistakable look just like the logo!

What do you think? Am I hallucinating when thinking these looks actually look good?

Disclaimer: This post does not condone the consumption of alcohol while deciding what you’re going to wear.

Bundling Up in my Big Beige Scarf to Brave the Cold

I hope you managed to warm yesterday wherever you are!!! The Midwest has turned into a frozen tundra & it is not pleasant! The city of Chicago pretty much shut down yesterday with the record-setting temperatures falling down to -16°…with wind chills in the -50’s. The bone-chilling sub-zero temps made venturing outside extremely dangerous; so as advised, I worked from home yesterday…along with many others, I’m sure! I must say – it was rather convenient taking my conference call while cozied up under blankets on my couch, with the heat cranked up & a cup of hot cocoa in my hand!

I started to get a little antcy by mid-afternoon, so I decided to see for myself just how cold it was outside. I made it as far as the corner store & thought “forget this!” Even with my Sorel’s, stallion sweater, quilted coat, big beige scarf, knit hat & mis-matched mitts I didn’t make it more than a block! (I have a tendency to loose gloves leaving me with a bunch of onesies. But when it’s this cold, who cares if you coordinate…I just went with the warmest ones!)

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The newest addition in my cold-weather collection that’s keeping me warm this winter is my big beige scarf I got from Santa…

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Actually, I sent this Pinterest picture & some measurements to my mom a couple months ago to see if she could crochet a clone of it.

Pinspiration - Beige Scarf

She passed the project along; and with 5 skeins of yarn, 1 talented grandma made me this stunning 8 ft x 1½ ft scarf…it only took her 12 hours! The neutral color, gigantic size, fringe trim, even down to the cable-detailing down the center pockets, she did a phenomenal job duplicating this design! Don’t you think?!

 Bundle Up to Brave the Cold

Here I am all bundled up before I went out – I look just like the lady in the photo… + a few more layers!! I’m obsessed with my new scarf – its almost like I leave the house with an afghan wrapped around me :) It also kept me warm while I was working outside on New Year’s Eve.  Not exactly how I expected to spend my night (would’ve went with snow pants instead of a dress had I known)…but at least I was in good company.

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With today’s temp only climbing up to a high of 5° today the outlook is still a bit bleak. I think I’ll hibernate at home again – I’d rather come down with a case of cabin fever then run the risk of getting frostbite. :)

Have a good day everyone…& stay warm out there!

A Classic Christmas Color Combo

Christmas time comes once a year; during the holiday season we welcome Santa Clause & snowmen into society, sing Christmas carols, snack on Christmas cookies, shop for gifts to show our gratitude, and spend time with loved ones surrounded in a sea of red & green.

Now that Christmas has come & gone, some scrooges are ready to take down the Christmas lights and bring the artificial tree back up to the attic. But just when you think you’ve seen enough red & green, I put together this outfit incorporating the classic Christmas colors.

Burgundy Bottoms, Mint Top, Fur Vest

There are certain colors that naturally work well with each other and general themes that help harmonize hues. The underlying theme behind this creative color combo is the ‘Split Complementary’ color scheme – using any color with the two colors on each side of its complement.

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I used tints & tones of the two colors to complete this look – the less literal interpretation of the true hues probably makes it more tolerable to wear. My mint green sheer button-down shirt is a tint (base color with a bit of white added) of green while my burgundy bottoms are a shade (color plus black) of red. I went light on accessories and completed the color trio with my orange marble-stone cocktail ring.

To Winterize this season-spanning the look, I layered my white & grey fur vest from Free People on top, and threw on my grey tall leather Steve Madden boots to coordinate.

Burgundy Bottoms, Mint Top, Fur Vest

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What do you think? Would you wear this? Or are you sick of seeing red & green for the time being?

When Life Stresses Me Out, My Market Keeps Me Sane

Some people go to the gym to blow off some steam, others get manis, pedis, or massages to decompress from stress; I – go shopping. My life has been feeling quite hectic lately: there’s always somewhere I have to be, something I have to do, and 10 things I wish I would’ve gotten done before the day is through.

Sunday’s are my one free day during the week to play catch-up on stuff or do whatever I please. Conveniently, the Randolph Street Holiday Market was happening this last weekend, so Sunday, I set aside everything I had to do and spent my ‘me’ day at my favorite market. :) It felt nice to disregard my ‘to do’ list for the day and get lost among unique pieces from the past. A few hours of looking at fabulous furs, drowning yourself in drawers of amazing accessories, and sorting through interesting vintage oddities…and you’d forget about the stress of all you have to do too! See for yourself…

  Fabulous Furs

Dior Fur (1)

Dior Fur (2)Wanna drop $3500 on Dior?

                                                                            Drowned in DrawersDrawers upon drawers to go through!

Seeing GreenFilled with all kinds of accessories to try on :)

Vintage Findings

Gold Accessories

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Bunch of Vintage Bracelets

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After juggling jobs & running around all week, there’s nothing better than spending the day by myself – doing my own thing, at my own pace, with no one to report to, and no place I got to be. Simply searching…searching for tiny treasures hidden among all the random things :)

Skinned Zebra Rug (1)

Skinned Zebra Rug (3)Skinned Zebra rug, complete with eye socket still attached anyone? Only $1000!

Tiny People PotsTiny People Pots

Turtle ShellsTurtle shells?!?

Cork Handbags (2)

Cork Handbags (3)Cool Cork Handbags!

It never fails…I always find something! Check out the neat pieces I got this month –

Vintage Fish Pendant

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Vintage Fish Pendant (3)Here fishy fishy! This colorful fish pendant looks kind of like a lure found in a tackle box, and it flops back & forth like the real thing.

 Sterling Silver Poison Ring (2)

Sterling Silver Poison Ring (1)This is a poison ring – the top opens up & the center of the ring is actually a small secret compartment!

(It only seemed fitting to use the artistic vintage floral design on my daily planner as a background for the pictures in this post :)

Shopping probably isn’t the best way to relieve stress; (in fact, if you do too much of it it’s probably the cause of some of your stress) but I’d pass up a pedicure & polish change to peruse my market any day of the week. And rest assured, I wouldn’t trade in any of my one-of-a-kind finds for a few miles on the treadmill!!

What’s your stress reliever when you’re feeling bogged down by life?

Modern Vintage Changed my Mind about Michael

I’ve been searching for a nice gold watch for a while now, but have yet to come across one I like. Well, I shouldn’t say that – this Burberry one caught my eye…but I don’t have $695 to drop on a watch right now.

 Burberry Rosegold Watch

So, for the past few years I’ve been sporting this silver Timex timepiece. My grandfather has the same style in brushed gold that I always admired, so I went out and bought one for myself. I like the simplicity of the style, the stretchy wristband (except when my arm hair gets stuck in it), and purposely bought the men’s version because of its oversized, easy-to-read faceplate.

 Silver Timex

With the convenience of purchasing it at Target for the affordable price of only $34.99, it’s a no-brainer buy! Of course, I have had to pick up a couple replacements over the years because I’ve either shattered the front glass or somehow gotten water trapped in the inside; but at that reasonable price, I don’t really mind.

I did however want another one, a nicer one, in a different finish so I could have a second option. Some people will only wear a silver watch with their silver jewelry, while others go for the gold. I tend to mix my metals so it doesn’t really matter for me…but it’s always nice to switch it up a bit.

Out of all the timepieces I’ve looked at over the course of time, the brand I’ve come across the most has been Michael Kors. I’ve never really been a big fan of any of the styles stemming from the Kors collection – it’s either I try them on and they’re so heavy it feels like one of my arms is longer than the other or it has so much bling imbedded into it it’s blinding. See what I mean?!…

 Michael Kors Watches

I’m not trying to be mean to Michael! I’m just not big on sparkly things and for something I wear every day, I can’t have it weighing me down (I’m already crooked the way it is :).

But, I gotta hand it to the guy, he’s obviously doing something right – after all, he does dress the arms of millions of men & women. It’s hard to deny that he dominates the market when it comes to mainstream watchmakers!

Michael Kors (KORS) reported a net income of $145.8 million, for its second quarter. A 31% sales growth in North America was driven by watches, footwear and other accessories; accumulating a total revenue of $618.3 million in the U.S. and Canada. (forbes.com)

Perhaps I was a bit harsh on Mr. Kor’s & his design team to start; for my trip to the Modern Vintage Chicago market last month changed my mind (a little) and now has me eating (some) of my words. While perusing through Plumber’s Hall during the special edition of Randolph Street Market focusing strictly on clothing, accessories & jewelry; I came across this little jem!

 My Michael Kors Watch

It’s a close comparison to the original watch I wanted…and was 1/6th the price! I looked it over to make sure it was in good condition; all the parts are still ticking & tocking, the closure securely fastens, and it has a brand new battery – seemed like a deal to me! I like the basic gold band, sleek black dial, and it’s not too heavy to disrupt my movements. After doing a little research, I came to the conclusion this style was originally produced back in 2010. A little more modern than vintage – either way, a great find at my favorite market!

I haven’t changed my mind about Michael entirely…but one way or another, he managed to make his way into my jewelry box. Way to go guy!

Do you don a watch from the Michael Kors collection? Or would someone have to twist your arm to get you to wear one?