Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Kleenex Clean-up With a Hint of Magic

Dress: Modcloth
Shoes: Guess, DSW
Bag: Chinese Laundry, J. C. Penney's

Dress: XOXO, Macy's
Shoes: Alloy
Bag: Marshalls

Necklace: Lulu's
Shoes: Guess, DSW
Bag: B Fabulous

Dress: Marshalls
Shoes: Guess, DSW

These are the necklaces I made with my remaining novelty Kleenex tissue box cut-outs.  More tropical than the sweetly pastel first batch (except for you, I Scream interloper), they make me miss summer.  Which is fitting because I finished them while watching that steamy (and seamy) summer blockbuster Magic Mike.  The gritty tale of a male stripper-slash-aspiring-furniture-maker-with-a-heart-of-gold starring real-life ex-stripper and "sexiest man alive" Channing Tatum was fun enough but left me wanting more.  (No, not more of that.  Believe you me, of that you see plenty.)  No, like any crafter worth her rhinestones, I wanted to find out just what inspired Mike's domestic design dreams, and if anything would ever come of them.  But then, maybe the somewhat open ending was more satisfying than a neat-and-tidy deus ex machina.  Because with themes this dark, nothing beats keeping it real.  

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Parade of Pants

Red corduroys (pictured in first two shots): Kohl's
Shrimp jeans: Barefeet Shoes
Pink jeans (pictured in first two shots): J. C. Penney's
Mustard jeans: Kohl's
Yellow jeans: J. C. Penney's
Bright yellow jeans: J. C. Penney's
Chartreuse jeans: Marshalls
Jungle green jeans: J. C. Penney's
Acid wash green jeans: Macy's
Sky blue jeans: Union Bay, Kohl's
Turquoise acid wash jeans: J. C. Penney's
Purple acid wash jeans: J. C. Penney's
Dark purple jeans: Kohl's

Originally, I was planning to call this post "Stand Up for Pants."  But now that I have the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on in the background, I thought it only fitting that I give a nod to the holiday with something more festive.

My favorite pants anecdote dates back to when I was about eight and went on a weekend camping trip with my dad and sister and the rest of the fathers and daughters in the Indian Princesses, the Girl-Scouts-type-club we were in.  I'd mistakenly (not intentionally, as some people jokingly suggested) forgotten my bag back in Jersey and had nothing to wear.  My dad had no choice but to take me to the nearest Kmart (Kmarts were big back then) for some essentials to get me through the next couple of days.  He let me pick out whatever I wanted, and I chose a pink-and-white baseball-style tee shirt emblazoned with Mickey and Minnie and a pair of shiny turquoise spandex leggings, or as they were known at the time, "dance pants."  My cousin had a pair, and I'd always wanted them.  That gorgeous sky blue!  That iridescent sheen!  The way they so perfectly accented an oversized, tied-at-the-side tee shirt!  Those pants were - and this must be said, cheesiness be darned - my blue heaven.

In the last two or three years I've begun to step up my pants collection with colorful skinny jeans.  Unlike flares or boot-cuts, they don't scrape the floor, but rather bunch up at the ankles in a (at least to this short blogger) fetchingly messy, no-hem-needed way.  Yet it's the ripe rainbow hues that really reeled me in.  I like to think that their spirit was sparked by those dance pants.  So thanks, Dad, for giving me that first taste of fashion freedom.        

Monday, November 19, 2012

Circles of the Circus

Blouse: Target
Sweater: Mossimo, Target
Skirt: Sears
Shoes: MetroStyle
Bag: Nahui Ollin
Belt: B Fabulous

Top: J. C. Penney's
Skirt: Forever 21
Shoes: Ami Clubwear
Bag: The Tote Trove

Top: Olsenboye, J. C. Penney's
Skirt: Marshalls
Shoes: DSW
Bag: XOXO, Ross
Scarves: A. C. Moore

Sweater: Delia's
Skirt: Target
Shoes: Ami Clubwear
Bag: Bisou Bisou, J. C. Penney's

Tank: Boscov's
Sweater: Delia's
Jeans: J. C. Penney's
Shoes: Alloy
Bag: Candie's, Kohl's
Scarf: A. C. Moore

Like many avid collectors, I can be messy.  Not in a "Hoarders" kind of way, but in a I'm-having-too-good-a-time-making-necklaces-to-refold-that-leaning-tower-of-skinny-jeans kind of way.  Factor in my preference for a costume closet-explosion aesthetic, and I often have a real mess on my hands.  To be sure, as I sifted through my considerable (but clean!) clutter in search of clothes to complement my erstwhile creations, I couldn't help but wonder about the sartorial sanitation of other clotheshorses.  (Okay, so "sanitation" may not have been the best word choice, especially given that brazen declaration of cleanliness, but the allure of alliteration was just too much for me.)  It is, after all, human nature to wonder about other people, especially those most like ourselves.  I like to think that there are style bloggers the world over living in bedrooms decorated with bottomless crazy shoe caches and sweater-carpeted floors and scarf-strangled dressers.    

Speaking of colorful chaos, these polka dot backdrops make me think of life lived under the big top.  Just as the tie-dye swirls make me think of a sweet shop.  Notice I didn't say candy store or even ice cream parlor.  I almost did, but both seemed too banal.  Sweet shop has just the right retro ring for which I was searching.  

And now it's back to finishing batch number two of my tissue box trinkets.  Er, necklaces.  See.  Alliteration gets me every time.

A Pair With a Pansy

Cardigan: Candie's, Kohl's
Turtleneck: Boscov's
Jeans: J. C. Penney's
Shoes: Nine West, DSW
Bag: XOXO, Ross

Sweater: J. C. Penney's
Skirt: Target
Shoes: Rampage, Marshalls
Bag: Bisou Bisou, J. C. Penney's

Here are a couple of necklaces I made a few weeks ago but never got around to posting.  They don't have much in common except for their felt foundations, what with the pansies being soft and flowery and the shapes being sharp and geometric.  As a side note, the silver flats (or, rather, tuxedo slippers, if the terminology in Cosmopolitan is to be believed) are very comfortable.  I bought them for the express purpose of having some comfortable, neutral-colored footwear (because silver is a neutral to me), and I wasn't disappointed.  Maybe I'll look for an even more serviceable pair in black.