Sunday, January 26, 2014

One Fish, Two Fish, Blue Fish, Blue Fish

Dress: L'Amour by Nanette Lepore for J. C. Penney's
Jacket: L'Amour by Nanette Lepore for J. C. Penney's
Shoes: Betseyville, Macy's
Bag: Nordstrom
Belts: Izod, gifted

Blouse: Kohl's
Cardigan: Kohl's
Skirt: L'Amour by Nanette Lepore for J. C. Penney's
Shoes: Alloy
Bag: Kohl's

Blouse: L'Amour by Nanette Lepore for J. C. Penney's
Cardigan: Kohl's
Skirt: H&M
Shoes: BCBG, Macy's
Bag: Target
Belt: J. C. Penney's

 Retro Remix Necklace

Blouse: Delia's
Skirt: Target
Shoes: Nine West, DSW
Bag: Kohl's
Scarf: Marshalls
Jacket: XOXO, Macy's

Dress: Gifted
Turtleneck: Gap
Shoes: Ami Clubwear
Bag: Nordstrom
Yellow/white scarf: A. C. Moore
Red/white scarf: Wet Seal

Echoing the eccentric spirit of Seuss himself, this week's outfits capitalize on a fresh kind of crazy.  Skirts in subzero temperatures are just the tip of the iceberg.  We also have a healthy helping of hot weather motifs, as presented by the nautically nuanced cross section of Nanette Lepore's feted (if only by me) L'Amour line for J. C. Penney's.  I had first seen the "fish suit" of the opening outfit (ideal for aquarium attendants and marine enthusiasts alike!) on a clearance rack well before Christmas.  But I waited to make my move until after the holidays, all the while fearing that when I finally got around to my just-for-me shopping spree the treasured garments would be lighting up some other clotheshorse's closet.  Yet, I need not have worried.  I was greeted by a whole rackful of the silky sapphire (not to mention even more deeply discounted) separates upon bustling into JCP one otherwise bleak afternoon.  (Apparently, no one had been as anxious as I was to don a deep blue sea something in the dead of winter.)  

So, am I actually going to wear the dress and jacket together?  The jury is still out on that one.  I realize that they're (probably - because one can never be sure when it comes to fashion) not supposed to be a set.  Although the L'Amour line is crammed with pieces so matchy-matchy that they rival Garanimals, I think its aesthetic is meant to be more about options than one-to-one correlations.  For example, I also have a pair of skinny jeans (posted here a few weeks ago) and a button-down mullet-style blouse in the same kaleidoscope gemstone print.  Upon opening them on Christmas morning, one of my loved ones commented that to wear them together was to enter Howard Wolowitz territory.  Oh, I don't know, I objected, maybe with the right belt . . .   But in the end, that was a catwalk I never traveled.  I wore the jeans with a solid yellow top and the top with solid yellow jeans, and that was that.      

And they say that canary's for cowards.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Dark Side Slide

Top: L'Amore by Nanette Lepore for J. C. Penney's
Camisole: Derek Lam for Target
Jeans: L'Amore by Nanette Lepore for J. C. Penney's
Bag: Guess, gifted
Shoes: Payless
Scarf: Express

Dress: Candie's, Kohl's
Bag: Betsey Johnson, Ross
Shoes: Alloy
Sunglasses: J. C. Penney's

Dress: Target
Shoes: Alloy
Bag: Betsey Johnson, Ross
Belt: Wet Seal
Jacket: Mossimo, Target

 Nesting Natasha Necklace

Top: Macy's
Skirt: Wet Seal
Bag: Express
Shoes: Candie's, Kohl's
Belt: Wet Seal
Pink faux pearl necklace: B Fabulous

Top: Macy's
Skirt: Macy's
Shoes: Diba, Burlington Coat Factory
Bag: Candie's, Kohl's
Coat: Sears

Top: Free People, Macy's
Camisole: Kohl's
Jeans: Mossimo, Target
Shoes: Alloy
Bag: Nine West, Ross
Coat: XOXO, Macy's
Scarf: Kohl's

Winter means darker colors and also, sometimes, the Olympics.  I made the Nesting Natasha Necklace featured in this post just in time for Sochi (a city, by the way, that I thought was Japanese before the husband set me straight.  Perhaps I was thinking of sushi).  This would probably be a good time to admit that I don't like the Olympics.  A little bit because I don't like sports.  Or competitions.  But mostly because it messes with my TV programming.  Nevertheless, I was forced to reevaluate my disdain after watching that "Portlandia" episode in which Fred and Carrie are forced to reevaluate their disdain on the grounds that the Olympics is not the elitist operation that they originally thought it to be, but rather a coming together of amateur misfits who are merely looking for their place in the world.  Realizing this humbled me.  I still won't watch it (the Olympics, that is, not "Portlandia").  But I remain humbled.

Not unlike the Olympics, winter has somewhat charmed me, making me appreciate its richer color palette. So, instead of pining for hot-temperature hues, I've embraced the challenge of making necklaces for (ever so slightly) more serious ensembles.  I was fortunate to stumble upon an entire rack of value-priced Haskell earrings at Boscov's that were so outrageously big they all but begged to be repurposed into pedants.  (I've yet to work with the beaded pair, although that's just as well, as they're far too summery for this polar-proud post.)  I also cannabilized some of my own castoff accessories, rescuing the rosy-cheeked Natasha and a bevy of other baubles to make the remaining two trinkets.    

That having been said, winter - like all such unpleasant things - is easier to take when you know that it's on the wane.  Indeed, since the winter solstice, it's been slowly yet steadily growing lighter each day.