I donut think so

With the exception of brooches, I've never been a huge jewelry-wearer. Mostly because I'm actually not a big fan of traditional gems and sparkly stuff (with the exception of glitter!) However -- I Love Crafty totally changed my opinion on the subject. I find myself wearing necklaces a lot more often now that I've started acquiring a little collection of fun novelty jewelry from their super cute shop.  For instance this cat lady necklace, which is probably my favorite thing in my jewelry box.

I Love Crafty just debuted a new line today - the ILC Bakery, which features a whole array of ridiculously adorable, super sweet (literally & figuratively) donut themed pieces! The attention to detail is unbelievable. Even the packaging looks like it came from a little bakery! If you've got a sweet tooth, definitely check it out! :)

skirt- mallory | scalloped shirt - forever 21 | peach dress (worn as shirt) - h&m

a sunny day

A couple years ago I wore an outfit inspired by a sunny day and I decided to revisit that idea again last week. I think I still like the first one better as an interpretation of a sunny day, but as an outfit I like this better. (If that makes sense?) I love the grouping of vintage enamel pins SO MUCH. I thought it might be kind of crazy looking but I'm in love with how it turned out!

I hope everyone had a nice holiday weekend! Usually I end up working through holidays but the last week was SO SLOW in my etsy shop (seriously, I think my store fell off the face of the internet) that I decided to just kick back and relax all weekend, since I didn't have much to do anyway! I hung out in bed with the cats all day yesterday just reading and napping. I finished one book and got about halfway through another one. I need to do a book post again soon, I kind of let that slip a few months ago... I hope I can still remember details from all the books I've read! eek!

dress - asos | hat - c/o paige lavoie | shoes -  bait footwear
sky bow pin - c/o ladybird likes | brooches - vintage


You know how a lot of websites sell their clothes by showing a whole outfit on the model? Like, they're trying to sell a pair of shorts but they show a girl wearing the shorts with a pretty button-up top, cute shoes and a pair of heart-shaped sunglasses too. It seems like I always either want the one item pictured that they don't sell anymore (or didn't sell to begin with?) OR I just really want to recreate the whole outfit at home using stuff I already own.

Anyway, I saw an outfit on Nasty Gal recently that I wanted to recreate. It was basically just light pink with black and white polka dots and I loved the whole pattern/color combination. It's no secret that I've got a pretty packed wardrobe but would you believe I don't own one single light pink item except a sweater? I technically have a plaid light pink coat and a striped white and light pink dress, but otherwise light pink -- one of my favorite colors and such a perfect match for my hair, obviously -- is totally missing from my wardrobe.What?!

So I decided to try to recreate it with this green dress instead and I don't like it as much. But I wore it anyway. This is where my brother would probably sarcastically say "Wow, who's going to play you in the movie??" but really it's the most interesting thing I have to talk about today.

a new hope

Yesterday me and Kyle went to see Star Wars at The Film Forum in New York. He dressed up like Darth Vader and I did my best impression of a 1960's storm trooper.

I was originally trying to channel c3po with a gold glittery dress that's tucked away in my closet and hardly ever gets to see the light of day, but without any other accessories I just looked like I was going to a fancy party. After lots of last-minute closet rummaging I put this together and I was pretty happy with how it turned out! Once I stood next to Kyle... er.. Darth Vader.. I think it was more obvious that I was supposed to be a storm trooper.

It was really fun seeing Star Wars on the big screen. My experiences at the Film Forum tend to be really hit or miss. I'd say about half of the screenings I've attended have had wonderful, respectful audiences. When I went to see Dr. Zhivago two weeks ago you could have heard a pin drop in the theater. It was wonderful! When I saw the original Japanese Godzilla back in April, everyone was horribly disrespectful and kept laughing at things that weren't even remotely funny. If you've seen the Japanese version you know that it's a lot more serious and less B-movie than the American version. It didn't deserve that kind of reception.

Star Wars fell somewhere in between. Obviously a lot of Han Solo's lines deserve a little chuckle, but people seemed to be laughing AT the movie, not at the funny lines in the movie (if that makes sense?) I mean serious stuff, like when poor little r2d2 is damaged towards the end. I thought Star Wars would have been immune from this kind of thing?? It didn't ruin the screening for me like the Godzilla audience did, but it was still really annoying.

After the movie we decided to take advantage of Kyle's costume to get some photos around the city. We ended up walking to a lot of the major tourist attractions for a little series of Darth Vader going sight-seeing. My personal favorite was his selfie in Times Square, ha!

dress - asos | black sweater - f21 | cardigan - thrifted | tights - we love colors
purse - h&m | hat - vintage | shoes - payless | sunglasses - asos | lipstick- nyx

a very happy dress

As much as I love layering, finding fun color combinations, accessorizing with cute brooches and accessories -- sometimes a dress is so good that you only need to throw on matching shoes & a matching belt and you're all set.

I was a little worried this dress would be too toddler-ish at first, but then I thought about all the times that I've walked past the kids section at Target with a single tear rolling down my cheek, heartbroken that all of the really cute clothes are reserved for people 2' and under. If I like this dress, who the heck cares if it looks too young for me? I sure don't. So I got it. And guess what? I think it's pretty darn perfect. It's probably my new favorite dress in my whole closet.

Moral of the story? Just wear whatever you want and be happy.

dress- c/o modcloth | shoes - bait footwear | belt - from another dress

zing and peplum

If you got the title reference, I love you.

You know, in general I like fall and winter much more than spring and summer but I realized yesterday that my brain seems to really like spring. A lot. I was looking back through my archives and almost all of my favorite outfits are from June/July each year. I come up with more new artwork and products, my mind is racing with ideas for projects and I even seem to be better at staying on top of things (except email, of course. even in spring my brain still loathes email.)

Case in point -- tomorrow I am launching a SUPER exciting new project (seriously, I'm so excited I COULD BURST! I don't even know how I'll wait until tomorrow) I started working on my 2015 calendar illustrations, I'm working on my first two (two!) e-books and I just finished a new blog layout for Sammi from The Soubrette Brunette. And, I kind of love every single outfit I've posted this month.

I wish I could figure out what exactly makes my brain work better this time of year. Is it the bugs? The humidity? Maybe my brain runs more smoothly when my body is riddled with histamines. Whatever it is, I'm taking advantage of the creativity and productivity boost while I can :)

blouse - uo | skirt - c/o chicwish | shoes - bait footwear | belt - from another dress

for whom the bell tolls

First things first -- my hair is up! YAY! It requires an army of bobby pins, but it's kind of long enough for maiden twists. I'll probably keep wearing it down until it gets slightly longer but it's nice to know that I have an option on really hot summer days :)

I recently got this shirt in the mail and I've been wearing it quite a bit with backless dresses. I rely heavily on wearing a bra (haha!) so I usually have to layer cardigans over anything backless, but the design on this shirt is absolutely perfect for concealing my straps and looking pretty at the same time. And the sleeves bell out a bit at the end which is one of my all-time favorite details in clothing. Give me a bell sleeve and I'm a happy girl!

dress- asos | lace shirt - c/o chicwish | shoes - vintage

pink lobster

Last outfit for the week! It's funny, I feel so weird about posting four in a row but when I started blogging regularly in 2011 I think I used to post one every single weekday. I also did non-outfit posts every weekday night, too.. I really blogged A LOT.

I had a lot of fun shooting this one, for some reason. Maybe it's just because it's a happy outfit (with all the pink and the collar it's impossible to feel anything but bubbly, lol!) but I had a lot of fun goofing off in my photos. Of course I still picked a kind of regular one for this post, but I shared some of the outtakes on my instagram, here.

Today I'm spending the day in New York with Nicole, we're going to see Dr. Zhivago on the big screen! I am SO excited I really just can't even deal with it. Dr. Zhivago is one of my favorite movies and I've been hoping & wishing that it would be re-released for its 50th anniversary next year. Turns out The Film Forum scheduled it for Alec Guinness' 100th birthday, so I don't even need to wait until next year :D Of course, if it's still re-released I'll probably go see it 20 times anyway, ha!

dress- c/o modcloth (and it's on sale now!) | cardigan - forever 21
collar - romwe | belt - forever 21 | shoes - bait footwear

memories are made of this

I feel like I'm exceeding an outfit post quota this week (3 and it's only Wednesday?!) but I have a bit of a backlog of pictures saved on my computer and I thought I'd just unload as many as possible this week. Plus, I've sort of been dying to share this skirt.

I spend way more time than any adult probably should thinking about the things I wish I had bought from Delias catalogs in the 90's and early 00's. I've mentioned the white Roxy strawberry bag (which, actually, I did own, but then stupidly sold on ebay and have regretted it ever since) and there was this giant inflatable piece of furniture that kind of looked like a hamster wheel for humans but it was SO cool. There was a hatbox that had the coliseum printed on it, which wasn't even for sale, but I wanted it so badly.

And then there was this skirt with an all-over print of a landscape painting. I can remember it so vividly, even the layout of the page it was featured on! I thought it was the most beautiful thing ever. It was more purple/blue-ish than this skirt, but this is probably the closest thing I've come across in the years since the Delias skirt eluded me.

Maybe it's the art history major in me, or maybe it all comes down to my star-crossed love affair with the skirt in the catalog, but I don't think I'll ever be able to resist a piece of clothing if an all-over painting print is involved. Art is beautiful on walls and in museums, but there's something to be said for wearing it, too :)

blouse - vintage | brooch -vintage | skirt - c/o chicwish | shoes - bait footwear

I'm a little teapot

Let's take a minute to appreciate this pinafore -- it's a mustard yellow corduroy fabric covered in a dainty teapot and teacup pattern. I can't even. This has to be one of the sweetest, most precious things I've ever added to my wardrobe (and -- I seem to add this every time I really love a piece of clothing -- it fits like a glove. yay!) It's from Pretty Parcel, a label with no shortage of super cute pieces (I mean, look at this scalloped onesie! this rainbow raindrop skirt!)

And I don't care if I look like an idiot, it would basically be sacrilegious to take outfit photos in a teapot covered pinafore without doing the I'm a Little Teapot pose. Right?

pinafore - c/o pretty parcel | shirt - c/o oasap | shoes - c/o bait footwear

tiptoe through the tulips

Yesterday we went to the flea market and out for brunch for Father's Day. At the flea market I spotted this amazing mural and, despite having a kind of blah outfit on and not being an outdoor-outfit-picture kind of person, I felt absolutely COMPELLED to take photos. Isn't it just perfect?

This is my go-to outfit when I'm not in a dress mood. I'm still not much of a jeans-wearer. I wear them occasionally but I don't find them as comfy as they're supposed to be! I really prefer shorts and tights. So for a day like yesterday -- outdoor shopping, lots of wind, and rolling out of bed a few minutes before it was time to leave (oops!) -- I threw on my lazy uniform: shorts, tights, a light sweater and flats. I also got these new sunglasses recently from ASOS and I love them! I realized most of the ones I own have lightly tinted lenses and aren't really great on super sunny days or days when I want to avoid eye contact, lol. These are dark enough to take care of those problems plus they feel kind of movie-star-ish, which is always a plus! :)

scalloped shorts - asos | sweater - h&m | scalloped bag - asos
shoes - blowfish | sunglasses - asos | tights - target

peachy keen

I've been saying this a lot lately but this is one of my absolute favorite outfits. It just feels so spring-y! I love the peachy orange and light blue color combination and all the little details - the heart pocket on the skirt, the double petal collar on the blouse and my daisy collar chain. The skirt was handmade by Mallory, from her new shop, and I can't even tell you how beautiful & well-constructed it is. And you order it by selecting your waist size, not a S-M-L kind of thing that can be totally hit or miss, so it fits like a glove! I'm super happy with it & I really hope her shop is a runaway success! :D

This afternoon me and my mom are off to see Maleficent and I'm pretty excited about it. With the exception of the TCM Film Festival (oops, I still need to finish those posts!!) I haven't been to the movies since Frozen left theaters. There are actually a bunch of movies that I'm interested in seeing at the moment though, so hopefully I'll be making regular visits to the multiplex this summer!

cardigan - forever 21 | collar clips - handmade

navy and tan and scalloped all over

Yesterday I went to the beach for the first time this season and it was just so relaxing. A little chillier and windier than I had anticipated, but still wonderful. It'll be nice though when it finally warms up and I can lay on the sand without putting on a hoodie and cocooning myself in a beach towel.

I was thinking... it's pretty cool that humans have these places all over the world where we bring a blanket or towel (or nothing at all) and all lay down on the ground beside each other, listening to the ocean. It's one of those things that seems so perfectly normal if you grew up doing it, but once you actually think about it, it's kind of weird (in an awesome way of course!)

my daily fancy

A few weeks ago, I received an email from Fancy Feast asking if I'd be interested in doing a cat-themed outfit post to help promote their new blog, Daily Fancies. Um, HECK YES.

I love that I actually had to narrow down which cat dress, which cat shoes and which cat cardigan to wear for this post. I'm not only a crazy cat lady, I'm a crazy cat clothing lady, too! This actually reminds me that I've wanted to do a post featuring my collection of cat clothes & accessories for ages now, and it's high time I finally did it. It's probably my favorite thing to collect (fashion-wise) and I'm surprisingly picky about which pieces I buy. The ones in this outfit definitely top my favorites.

So, what is a daily fancy? Anything that you look forward to each day (especially cat-related!) Mine would probably be the hour or so right before I fall asleep & when I wake up. As soon as I'm tucked in bed, both cats hop up and get cozy with me while I read and watch tv. They leave and play and eat at night but they're always fast asleep beside me when I wake up again in the morning.

Hubble is the definition of a finicky cat. He likes dry cat food and basically nothing else, not even treats! I think his daily fancy would be sitting on my lap while I work at night and cuddling with me right before bed. He's such an affectionate kitty! Arrietty is the little food connoisseur of the family. This girl loves to eat. If I put a can of food in front of her she eats the entire thing in one sitting so I need to ration how much she gets or else she'll turn into a GIANT food connoisseur, ha! Her favorite seems to be the Fancy Feast gravy lovers chicken & gravy. Chloe likes that one, too (she's a gravy lover if ever there was one!)

Writing about my kitties' favorite things, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention how much my little Hypatia absolutely LOVED Friskies turkey and cheese. She didn't eat very much because of her gingivitis but oh, how she would meow for turkey and cheese! I smile every time I see it at the grocery store now :)

^Look at those little paws. I DIE! You can read about other cat lovers' daily fancies (and submit your own!) on the Fancy Feast blog, Daily Fancies.

belt - f21 | cat lady necklace - c/o i love crafty | I love cats pin - modcloth