Monday, August 31, 2009
But, I've learned over the years that fashion is NOT about rules. It's about getting around the rules.
Here's an example: my mom always taught me never to wear black growing up. "It conceals," she said. I didn't have anything to conceal. NOTHING. Catching my drift? Anyway.
I grew up afraid of the color black. Which is why I believe I always took a chance with colors-- with no go-to black in my closet (the ever-amazing LBD ne'er by my side), I had to rely on the other neutrals and pops of color to get me through. (I know, I know, *waaahhh*. But it's proving a point, so just listen, gahh...) In the process, I learned that sometimes, mom/"the rules" aren't always right. (Sorry, momma! You give good advice otherwise! heh)
So, here we are, Justine in her mid-20s, and trying to defy the rules that "people" assume have to be there (no white after Labor Day? Watch me! Black and brown don't mix? Yeah right). Why can't I wear brocade? Here is my take, lovies, on a rich, elegant fabric.
I love pairing the unexpected. Even when that means taking a risk like wearing skulls, brocade, and caged shoes all at the same time. I can picture a tall, mysterious woman, walking the streets of NYC on a cool, drizzly night, the streets shining with rain... And this outfit.
Yes. Breaking the rules is fun. :)
Saturday, August 29, 2009
I've been drooling over the Pelle Moda Kammi bootie for some time now but missed out when it was on a pretty good sale. Now it's full price again/on sale for like $15 less. Now I have to wait for another decent sale. Jeez.
Go Jane has these similar booties that may do the trick for me! Maybe.
GoJane cheapos... worthy? yay or nay?
p.s.: Sorry for the gagillion posts about shoes lately. I'm just a little obsessed with the new Fall shoe trends!
p.p.s. Don't spend your Saturday night watching Bring It On: All or Nothing. It's not good. I promise.
Friday, August 28, 2009
If you can't already tell by previous posts, I love me some food. And Dallas is the place to be for that. Most restaurants per capita than anywhere else in the Nation...
But I digress.
Here is what I'm wearing! Woohoo!
Loooook how preeeeety! Courtesy the beautiful Yoon of Thejewelrybar on Etsy:
Check out her stuff; you won't be sorry. I promise.
In addition, I've decided to do the very bad thing of buying at least $75 worth of F21 clothing to get free shipping with the intention of returning most of it.
So once that arrives, I'll do a little review of some pieces I'm afraid to let pass me by. So much lately has sold from right under my feet... err, cart. Gotta stop letting that happen. Honestly, I've seen people asking how to shop at F21, given their overwhelming selection and sometimes messily-kept shop. Here's my tip (if anyone wants it... Tim Gunn?? HA.)-- BUY ONLINE. Free shipping over $75, and you can get refunds! The way to go.
F21.... Always good for some fun cheapies. I know, I know... I totally just posted about how I have to stop buying crap. But, on a very tight budget (I'm getting paid NADA right now...), a love for passing trends, and a seemingly stepped-up quality (is that just me? have you noticed that, too??), it's ok. Right? Yes. I'll just buy my jeans, shoes, purses and coats at Nordstrom. OK. Good.
And for some brain mush that I could NOT stop staring at last night, courtesy Conan O'Brien: PUPPIES DRESSED AS CATS. Omigod. Love.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Ohhhh, ahhh, pretty. I love the wrap featured above. The cascading flowers? The color choices she offers? The fact that its a jersey wrap? Yes to all, please. And her prices are affordable. Which makes life on a budget just a liiiiittttle bit easier.
And on another note: I closet-dove the other night. Have you ever gone closet-diving? It's when you remember that you, at some point in your life, owned an item you loved and haven't seen it in ages. This happens to me. A lot. Because:
A) I'm not very organized with my clothes.
B) I'm not at all organized with my clothes.
C) I have too many things to remember what I have. Which sounds great, but admitedly, most of the stuff is crap. I need to stop buying crap.
Well, lovies, on my closet dive, I found this several-season-old Charlotte Russe military-style cotton jacket that is (fortuitously) back in style this season! Yay! When it gets just a tad bit cooler, I'll model that one, too. I can't wait... it's like a new item! But without the wallet-dent! :)
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
It's with silver embellishments, not the gold, but it's the exact same dress otherwise.
Monday, August 24, 2009
I'm wearing it with my paisley cut-out earrings from F21, Nordstrom shiny leggings (not liquid leggings, be specific...) and some BCBGirls oxford booties (which you can't see... but you will eventually. I wear them a lot). I have a really cute Juicy Couture wool capelet that I will wear with it when it's cooler out... and then some knee-high boots. Fall, why won't you come to meeee nowwww??? :(
Hope everyone's Monday found them well!
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Maybe Sundays aren't so bad after all?
Saturday, August 22, 2009
I decided to go and make some cute outfits out of things I loved in the store. Hey-- if I can't buy it because I don't have an extra $1,000 sitting around, I might as well take some great pics of my ideas! Problem today was the store was crazy-busy. I had to wait for a room, so I felt a little guilty taking forever in the dressing room with no intention of buying anything. Here is what I could do in the time I had (p.s.: sorry for the somewhat blurry pictures... iPhones for ya...):
Anthro Sparrow Texture Study Dress
Deletta's Blooming Phlox tank
Viola's Revelations Skirt
Knitted and Knotted's Declarative Skirt
Idra's Gust and Breeze Anorak
Of course, with a belt, would look better, but I almost even like it flowy and loose. The color is so pretty and soft, and don't get me started on the ruffles. The ruffles!! :) $78? not too bad. But again, I'm on a shopping restriction for a month. Suck.
Skinny Striped Blouse
OK... that was all that was of note. I ended up calculating how much I would have spent if I got everything I wanted right then-and-there, and it would have been around $700. (pardon while I barf.) Why must you taunt me, Anthropologie? All I ask is that I can have your clothing for free. Is that too much to ask? IS IT?
OK. Sorry. :)
Since it's been a while since I've posted some Justine-outfits, I'll post a few from the past couple of days:
LINE cotton cardi that I wear all the freekin time
F21 beaded top
Hudson bootcut jeans
T-Bags LA top I plan to sport on my honeymoon
Nine west gold flats
Again, my watch... love.
My new sweater love
Anthropologie Sparrow sweater
F21 floral top (dude I wear a lot of F21)
J Brand jeans
Just a fave...
Ohh lovies, I lovie my burnout tee and Charlotte Russe embellished-bib find!
the ones I wore with the F21 floral top, jeans, and Antho sweater... (MICHAEL Michael Kors)
... and just a fave pair of mine (Charles by Charles David)!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Uhh... I don't remember how old I was when this started, but I think it all began when my mother...
Wait, no. Wrong topic.
Anyway, so look at this site that I found while browsing through Polyvore: http://www.cubeny.com/fa9fwshoebag.htm
It sounds like it should be in English, but it's definitely in Japanese. Or some language that I'm guessing is Japanese that might make me look stupid when someone says, "Duh don't you know that's ____? You idiot?" But get a load of some of these shoesies!! Here are some highlights...
Conversation with future hubby went a little something like this:
J: "OMG, totally look at these shoes! I love these!" (*squeeling like a child, as future hubby plays Tiger Woods Golf for the PS3*).
J: "Well, it's definitely in Japanese (?), but these shoes sure are cool."
J: "uhh... yeah?"
F-H: "Look at you! You're so deep in the rabbit hole of shoes that you've found some obscure Japanese shoe blog."
J: "uhh..... yeah again?"
Can anyone else relate? Do you feel so deep in the world of shoe-land that you might never get out? And that not even a 12-step program could (would) ever take away your love of architectural, sky-high, glittery, glammery shoes?!? I bet you I won't hear pin drops here. :)