Sunday, October 19, 2014

Ghost Friend

Sunday Remix

Three ways to wear one simple green dress. Basic sleeveless dresses like this one are some of my favorites to own because there are so many ways to wear them. In summer all it needs is a cute belt and flats, in fall you can layer blouses underneath or sweaters on top. Bonus for this dress: has pockets.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Weekend Wedding Planning: Bridesmaids Dresses

Since I'm having an destination wedding (at least it's a destination for my side of the guest list!) I decided to let my bridesmaids pick their own dresses and shoes. I'm giving them pointers about the style I prefer and showing them a few of my favorites, but since they already have to purchase a plane ticket to come to the wedding it seemed excessive to pick an expensive dress they'd only wear once as well! Their guidelines are: navy, flowy/romantic, and mid-range hemlines. Navy is one of our wedding colors and it's such a versatile color I'm confident they can pick dresses they'll wear again. My favorite is this simple, silk chiffon dress by J Crew.
Fun fact: ironically when I was in high school one of my classes required us to plan our own weddings and learn a lot about wedding traditions much of this information I have retained. I remember my teacher was quite firm in the fact that all bridesmaids should be maids; i.e. unmarried women because they were to represent our unmarried lives, which were coming to an end. More fun facts: bridesmaids were originally a sort of bridal infantry. In early Roman times they were supposed to help intervene with wayward thugs or vengeful suitors. But dressing bridesmaids nearly identical to the bride persists in other cultures and times as well--they made it intentionally difficult to identify the bride so evil spirits or ill-wishers wouldn't know who to curse! It's interesting how we keep the tradition of having bridesmaids when much of our reasons for having them has changed. And I definitely haven't been to any weddings recently where I couldn't tell who was the bride. 

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Friday, October 17, 2014


Instead of a style crush this week there's a look that inspiring me: the cozy, bundled look that all starts with a beautiful scarf. I'm not completely sold on scarves the size of blankets, but after last winter they're growing on me. It's only when I start to collect a few favorites that I notice other themes, such as a muted color palette. Bring on the earth tones and neutrals.

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The Beauty Remains

I always feel quite dramatic whenever I wear a skirt that falls past my knees--it doesn't help that everyone who knows me says something like "woah look at that skirt" when I do! Despite the Greek chorus to my sartorial choices I do get the desire for a longer skirt every now and then. I was watching Renoir the other night and swooning over the wardrobe design. Andree's first outfit in the film is stunning and I don't think I've ever coveted an Edwardian wardrobe more. Unfortunately, I don't have any Edwardian style clothes in my closet, but I can at least give my mini skirts a break for a day...

"Why shouldn’t art be pretty? There are enough unpleasant things in the world."
Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Outfit details:
purse from Camden market

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Betina Lou Fall 2014

Betina Lou collections are always my favorite for classic styling inspiration. Each season they manage to whip-up a variety of clothes and accessories that look timeless without being boring. This season is no exception; the striped dresses, pleated skirts, and sweaters will look good this season and next. I enjoy their lookbooks as much for styling inspiration as shopping--I love the little knit caps paired with ladylike ensembles, the belted sweaters over full skirts, and preppy shorts over tights.

Every Leaf A Flower

Half of the time it doesn't feel like fall so bare legs and backless dresses are still an option. Florals feel a little out of place with so many leaves on the ground, but as much as I'm enjoying the season so far I don't want to let it dominate all my choices! Unfortunately, not all day every day is pumpkin patches, apple cider donuts, and collecting acorns.

"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower" 
-Albert Camus

Outfit details:
Anthropologie jacket (old)
*pictures by Thomas

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