More or Less

 

Blue shirt2 edited

When I can’t decide whether less is more or more is more, I do less and more. The silhouette and muted colors of this outfit are less, and my rings are more.

Blue rings

 

Unpacked:

Leggings, Zella.

Unravelled tee, Ranemade.

Boots, Brako.

Hat, Brixton.

Necklace, Polk Museum of Art Gift Shop.

Brushed silver ring, Silpada.

Seahorse ring, Mayfair art festival (unfortunately, I have lost the paperwork of the artist).

80s ring, vintage.

Silver bubble ring, Silpada.

Fingerprint charm bracelet, my design.

 

 

 

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Tuxed Up

cropped white tee tuxedo shorts

A little while ago, I went to a Cyndi Lauper concert and I couldn’t find the exact top I wanted to pair with a high-waisted skirt I love, so I just cut off an old t-shirt. I only planned to wear it that evening, but got so many glances of approval throughout the night from gay men (call me shallow, but I find that’s usually a strong indicator you’re onto something) and then I began  seeing simple cutoff tees in shops all around me, so I thought, “Why not rock it a few more times?”

Here, I pair it with a pair of high-waisted tuxedo shorts. The top’s ragged hem is in accord with the frayed shorts, and the outfit observes the rule of modern midriff-baring: Keep your bellybutton under wraps!

Unpacked:

Maternity Tshirt, Liz Lange for Target, similar in V-neck here.

Tuxedo shorts, 5th and Hall.

Coral necklace, T.J. Maxx.

Silver rings, Silpada and thrifted.

 

Pumpkin, Baby!

orange pants black linen jacket

When I was little, my mom’s nickname for me was Pumpkin Baby (apparently, I had rolls like a pumpkin ♥). It must have subconciously imbued me with a love for the shade, because now I can’t get enough of it.

Here I’ve paired the hue with neutral basics (leopard is a neutral, right, Jenna Lyons?) to let the wide-leg pants be the star.

Also, I finally bit the dust and bought a paper planner. I’m still adjusting to carrying something around the size of a small dictionary, but feeling more organized and reading an inspirational quote each day (yes, I’m a dork like that) helps soften the blow.Update: While setting up the links to this post, I found my “Happy Stripe” planner has a matching pen, so I may survive after all.

Unpacked:

Pumpkin wide-leg pants, Whimsy Boutique.

White Tshirt, Target. Buy Now.

Black Linen Blazer, vintage Elie Tahari.

Leopard calf-hair belt, vintage Saks Fifth Avenue.

Black and tan wedges, Michael Kors.

Planner, Emily Ley (monogrammed to help me remember my name on the crazy days).

Splurge or save? A tale of DIY Gone Wrong

I was so smitten by these metallic foil tees that I saw at Zadig & Voltaire; I wanted one immediately.

But let’s get real–a tee shirt for $98? The “I’m a mom now and I’ll have to pay for another person to ‘find themselves’ at college” part of me balked. I became that annoying person you hear at every art festival–“I could do that.” I immediately spun visions of recreating them with fabric paint and a sponge.

That turned out to be a big ‘ole pile of Nope.

plain white tee

Thank goodness I tried this on Target t-shirts, which only set me back $12 each (their drape is great; I’d recommend getting one and then NOT painting it).

gold paint

If you really have to have it, sometimes the real deal is the way to go.

zv foil tee

Image courtesy Zadig & Voltaire.