Friday, April 29, 2011

It's Friday I'm In Love!

Critical mass is happening tonight in San Diego.
Another reason that I am sooo glad it's Friday! 

Thursday, April 28, 2011

How to Build Your Wardrobe: The Essentials

Hello Zomblings,

I thought I'd try to tackle a question I hear a lot and I think it's one we all struggle with: How to build a wardrobe?

Have you ever felt like you have nothing to wear? Well, don't worry because everyone feels like that even if their closets are stuffed (myself included). The truth is that we are always building/rebuilding our wardrobe but sometimes one reaches a crucial point in their style development and realizes that they need to 'start over' or maybe that they never really started at all. For me this happened my senior year of high school. I realized that I was on the brink of college life and my closet was full of bizarre thrift store finds, cheap jeans and band t-shirts. I decided I need to take my wardrobe in a more mature direction and with that I bought my first pair of expensive jeans. This one pair of Seven jeans changed the way I bought clothes forever. They made me realize that this one investment piece made everything I wore looked more put together. That is why the first thing on my essential wardrobe list is one pair of really nice jeans.

Don't be afraid to dive in and buy a pair of nice jeans. If you need to justify the price just think about how much wear you are going to get out of them!

Everyone has their favorite style or jeans (skinny, bells, boot) but if you are only going to buy one really nice pair of jeans pick the style that you love. Still, you want to consider what kind of shoes you can wear with them. Ideally, you will want to be able to wear at least a few different kinds of shoes. My preference is a skinny jean (but not the toothpick kind). I like to have a little room for my calves so that there is a nice straight line from the knee. I find that I can wear this style of jeans with just about any shoe. At the moment, I'm really digging the AG Stevie brand that Anthropologie carries. Another tip is to buy a dark wash. They will fade nicely and they are more slimming and go with more things.

Next on my list is tops. It's important to have a good variety of tops as well as a balance between casual tees/tanks and blouses. It's true that blouses tend to me more dressy than tees but that doesn't mean that you can't dress down a blouse for casual wear or dress up a tee for going out! It also doesn't mean that your blouses have to be really showy or your tees have to be really simple, you can have statement pieces in either category. Just don't go overboard because the more statement pieces you have the harder it is to make an outfit. I will also say that if you are pinching pennies for this wardrobe makeover tops are a good place to do it. You can often find cute blouses and simple tees on the cheap if you know where to look and none will be the wiser (unlike with a cheap pair of jeans).

Jackets are next on my list. If you choose wisely you can get away with only having one (unless you live somewhere cold then you probably need at least one light and one heavy). There are lots of different jackets to choose from toggle, trench, jean, leather, canvas, blazer... but whatever you choose I recommend investing in a cropped jacket. This is mainly because you can wear them with both jeans and dresses. Longer jackets can look awkward with skirts and dresses depending on the length of each but a cropped jacket always looks good. This might be a good place for me to tell you that I live in California and I am not really getting into winter essentials but I don't want anyone to get hypothermia so please use common sense when it comes to matching my advice with your location! A jacket can be a costly investment, if you are only getting one it's worth it to get the one you love (within reason). One thing that helps me is to consider the quality of the material versus the cost. You don't want to pay $150 for polyester blazer-yuck! I think you can get a good jacket for anywhere between $70 and $200 but hopefully you can get one on sale.

Some people may not consider dresses to be an essential wardrobe item but I think you need at least a couple of casual dresses to have a well rounded wardrobe. It can be hard to get into the habit of wearing dress casually. A lot of us just wear them for special events because we think of them as being less comfortable than jeans and tee but once I started wearing dresses on a regular basis I found that they are sometimes the easiest outfit to wear. If you think about it, throwing on a dress is a quick way to look cute- there's no matching involved because it's just one piece! If the weather is nice, all you have to think about is which shoes go with it. It's also a good idea to have a party dress for special events (especially if your day dresses are really casual) but if you don't have the budget for it, you can usually borrow one from a friend so don't fret.

Last but definitely not least are shorts, rompers and skirts. If you aren't a fan of rompers than disregard my advice and just stick to the shorts and skirts. I happen to love rompers so I threw them in. I think they are a great addition to a basic wardrobe because they are an interest piece. You don't see people wearing them too often but when you do it's like, "Hey, that girl's a bad ass!" Rompers aside shorts and skirts are awesome summer pieces but you can still wear them in the fall with some tights underneath. Skirts are good for semi-casual events but they also can add some excitement to your look and get you out of the jeans and tee habit that we all fall into.

You may have noticed I left accessories off this list. I do think they are essential but it can be costly to acquire them all and you can usually borrow them from girlfriends when you need to. Keeping it to the minimum I would say you need a couple belts, a pair of sunglasses and a couple of purses (one casual one fancy) and whatever jewelry you can scrounge up.

Another thing not on this list is SHOES! The reason is that I think they are so essential to the perfect wardrobe that I am doing a whole separate post on the. Stay tuned!

It's true building a wardrobe costs money and it probably can't happen overnight but try to keep this list in mind when you go shopping. I like to assess what I have before I go on a spree so that I can keep my wardrobe in balance. It's kind of like making a grocery list. ;)

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Girl Crush: Carey Mulligan

I loved Carey Mulligan in "An Education" as you may remember from my post on it last year. I thought she did a fantastic job. I love her impish charm. There's just something about her, isn't there? She's also quite the fashionista. I was reminded of my girl crush on her the other day when I read that she has been cast as Daisy in the upcoming Great Gatsby movie. I think she will be perfect for that role and I hope the movie turns out! I can't wait to see her running around in 1920's fashion. It's going to be grand.

I know all the trashy magazines talk about her but I just can't help myself. She's so cute and stylish. I looove that blue dress she has on in the picture of her with Shia LaBeouf! I hope she helped you make it through this Wednesday... it's certainly dragging on for me.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Royal Wedding Party Hats!

I know a lot of people out there (especially in the UK) are attending royal wedding parties! I am really jealous because I don't know of anyone throwing one. So, I will live vicariously by picking out some lovely vintage hats for you all to wear! If you hurry you can probably still buy some of these in time for Friday! If you are not going to a royal wedding party (like me) you still may be interested in some of these awesome hats for days when you are feeling extra stylish or if you are attending a non-royal wedding or if you plan to go to the race tracks this summer!

From BreadButterVintage

From SalvageHouse
From LucysClosetVintage

From TheParaders

From BonesThatRoam

From VintageRepeats
From JessJamesJake
From Bytheway

Aren't these great? I wish hats would go back in style, I really do. Maybe us zombie fashionistas can spur the movement! My work is having their summer party at the Del Mar race tracks this year and I am definitely going to rock a vintage hat!

Monday, April 25, 2011

The Skinny on Jewelry

I don't really wear a lot of jewelry (truth be told) but one of my friends is on a mission to wear more jewelry and accessorize with it more so I thought I'd do a post on some I dug up and share it with you all. :)

When I do wear jewelry, I usually lean towards boho. I don't know what it is. I love all the natural elements, wood, natural stones, animals, leaves... I can't get enough! Once when I was getting ready to out my housemate asked y I wasn't wearing any earrings and I kind of shrugged my shoulders so, she marched into my room to go through what I had and exclaimed, "This is all Santa Cruz jewelry!" It's true. But have gotten a little better at mixing it up since then.

I'm also really drawn to romatic/girlie jewelry. I love hearts and butterflies and flowers and beads. What's nice about this kind of jewelry is that it can go from day to night and become a little more dressy.

Here's another style of jewelry that I have labeled as 'crazy' but it's really just jewelry that is unique, weird or random. Sometimes I get an urge to buy something like this and I will usually love it for 2 months and then stop wearing it and forget I even own it. I used to wear this one heart shaped mood ring with a tiny shell in the middle. I thought it was awesome because it was like 3 cheesy things in one. I don't really know where it is right now but I think I still have it and if I found it I would probably love it again. Anyway, my favorite thing about this style of jewelry is that it is fun and it sometimes serves as a nice conversation piece when you are on a date or at a party. :)

This last style of jewelry is 'RITZY' but since probably none of us can afford to shop at Barney's, I did not even bother making a set. Instead, I am going to recommend you stock up on vintage rhinestone and pearls to achieve the glamorous look for special occasions. You can go to local thrift shops or just check out Etsy!

From SavageAttic
From Whimsicalvintage
From LetThemEatGumbo (love this name!)
From Sweetgala

This is just a few of the finds I saw on Etsy. There are tons more and I would say that Etsy is an excellent resource for finding jewelry in almost every category! Happy hunting, my little zomblets!


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