Friday, February 29, 2008

Poetry slam!

This evening I am off to a poetry slam in a coffee shop that was organized by my professor. I am one of the readers. I didn't want to wear a beret to a poetry reading because it felt a tad too stereotypical. So I went with a 70s wide-brimmed hat I found at a garage sale this summer that I haven't worn yet.

wide brim ahead

Hat: garage sale
70s tie neck dress: thrifted
Sweater vest: thrifted
Belt: thrifted
Skirt: thrifted
Tights: thrifted, new in package
Boots: Target
...Rats, I missed a 100% second hand outfit by a boot.

And, just for Heather, I tried my very best snarl.

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Everyone knows that you can't snarl without doing something with your fists.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Wal-Mart: A reconsideration.

As far as national megastore chains go, the convictions of most fashionistas can probably be summarized as follows:

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My adoration for Target is considerable, indeed. I could wander the store for hours. I am excited to thumb through the Jovovich-Hawk line in a few days. Wal-Mart is a great go-to for basic necessities, but the store's fashion offerings are easy to regard with skepticism.

My change of heart was instigated by a pair of shoes. A few months ago, while on my way to the sewing supplies section, a delightful pair of black brogue pumps caught my eye. They were cute and $14.92. I bought them, and I am in love. They are my most comfortable pair of heels to walk in and I can and do wear them with a wide range of items. They have become one of my favorite and most versatile pieces. And they are from Wal-Mart. Is this a paradox? Are they an anomaly?

I decided to investigate further. I browsed all of Wal-Mart's apparel on its website and selected an outfit that I would wear.

This dress:

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...over this top:

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...with this charming little tote:

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...and these cheeky booties:

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Conclusion: Piece by piece, Wal-Mart duds aren't all bad. When all of their items are lumped together, as in the store, they look scary. But the brave would be able to find a few diamonds in the rough.

This analysis is a solely aesthetic one. I haven't taken the evils of the Wal-Mart empire into account. That would be another post, or book.

To smile or not to smile?

It is always a tough call to make when doing something as silly as taking photos of oneself for a fashion blog.

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pilgrim's progress

Beret: thrifted
Dress: H&M
Houndstooth tights: Target
Brogues: Wal-Mart

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Suspended!

I have been searching feverishly at thrift stores for a pair of suspenders without any luck. It is easy to find suspenders with buttonhole fasteners, but I need clip-ons. The only clip ons I could find were holiday or cartoon themed...not exactly a bulls-eye. My lust was amplified by photos like this one of Lou Dillon snapped by The Sartorialist.

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I was so happy when I finally had some luck this weekend at the Salvation Army. I found a pair of burgendy suspenders for only $1!

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Headband: H&M
Shades: Target
Necklaces: thrifted, Forever21
Flowy-sleeve top: Anthropologie
Suspenders: thrifted
Pink tee: thrifted
Skirt: thrifted
Bangle: Urban Outfitters
Tights: Payless
Brogues: Bakers

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Librarians are haute

I really love the retro fantasy librarian look right now. It runs the gambit from sultry to sugary and could easily be channeled with things we already have in our (overflowing) closets.

Dsquared² sent its bookish muse down a sexier road in Milan. I think it is so clever that, after a long day's work, she is carrying her heels down the runway:

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As inspirational as runway shows can be, I am always more excited to see how real girls spin the looks.

Here is Agathe of Style Bytes:

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Other takes on 'stuffy-chic,' from Hel-Looks, Reykjavik Looks, The Face Hunter and The Sartorialist:

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...and the adorable mbiblebot of wardrobe_remix:

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I couldn't help but solicit the wisdom of Polyvore.



I am in the mood for reading and peering at cute, nerdy boys over the rim of my glasses.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

It's like the Pulitzer, but more prestigious.

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Thanks to The Iron Chic for tagging me with this award. I am touched! If you've never visited her blog before, why haven't you? I hope you have a good reason. And a plan for action.

What is the story behind the name of your blog and nickname??
To be fair, my blog name was my flickr handle first. I started blogging after participating in wardrobe_remix as whimsicalnerd. I didn't think too hard about it...I suppose that a whimsical nerd gets very close to being a good and consise description of who and what I am.

What has been your best, and worst, blogging experience??
It's been said again and again, but being part of the community is lovely. Everyone is interesting, perceptive and positive. And the international aspect is exciting - I love the fact that every day girls from all over the world are reading each other's blogs. That is such a unique and fun feature of our generation - the ability to communicate so easily with people you otherwise would know nothing about.

What do you want to happen to your blog in 2008???
I actually just started my blog in 2008. I guess that I hope it develops an identity of its own and a strong reader base. It is so much fun to do, and it has helped me evolve my style as well!

I'm not sure who's already gotten this, so forgive me if you've been hit twice. I would like to nominate:
Strawberry Kitten
Fashionability
Tagtraeumerin
Smaggle Style

Friday, February 22, 2008

Tangled up in blue

80s blue

Headband: Charlotte Russe
Earrings: eBay
Sweater dress: thrifted
Belt: thrifted
Skirt, layered over dress: thrifted
Houndstooth tights: Target
Grey boots: flea market in Paris

I have no pep today.

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Thursday, February 21, 2008

They are called primary colors for a reason

I really dig red, blue and yellow together.

more primary play

Navy beret with rosette: thrifted
Black turtleneck: thrifted
Tie-front blouse: H&M
Belt: thrifted
Skirt: thrifted Topshop
Tights: Wal-Mart
Brogues: Wal-Mart

I couldn't resist a bit more experimentation with poses.

This will be Mother Nature's last view before I force her to comply with my demands and make it warm again.

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...because I can see a blizzard approaching with my binoculars.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

What should we do with our summer tunics?

About a year and a half ago, every fashionista I know obediently purchased a babydoll tunic top. The item became a summer staple. We wore them with leggings, capris and shorts. I find them tough to wear with much else. Many tunic style tops are billowy, and depending on the material they can be tough to layer or tuck in. They are a challenge to mix into new ensembles unless the shapes are just right. This problem is exacerbated by the winter - no more pedal pushers!

I was inspired today by this gal from Street Fashion in Cracow:

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I like the way her skirt is peeking out just a bit. The look reminds me of a dropwaisted dress that someone like Erin Fetherston would make. Today, I hiked my skirt high up on my waist and let my tunic top fall over it.

winter tunic

Beret: flea market in Paris
Shades: Target
Necklace: gift
Eggplant turtleneck: H&M
Babydoll tunic: Forever 21
Pleated skirt: thrifted
Black tights: Urban Outfitters, thrifted in package
Blue knee socks: Urban Outfitters
Grannyish loafers: thrifted

...how do you work your tunic tops into winter outfits?

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Never say never: patchwork pants

Let me preface this by saying that I can't quite put my finger on the reasons for my distaste for patchwork pants. I guess they strike me as unpolished and seem to suggest an imminent hoedown. (Fun fact: I just had to look up the spelling of 'hoedown.' Can you believe it is one word? I am reeling.) Also, I don't think that the best way to flatter a woman's hips and derriere is to slap an array of multi-colored squares on it. Despite my misgivings, though, I would wear this:



I would not don a pair of such pants unless I was completely assured of the fact that my blouse would extend to my hipbone or lower. I would also girl them up considerably with a sheer, feminine blouse and pumps.

What really makes the outfit for me, though, is this spunky little ring, available for a mere $62 at A+R Store:

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...or, if you prefer, the less luxe and more mouthwatering version:

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You really could match these babies with anything.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Things to love about Milan

1. It is in the country that brought us pizza. Yum.

2. The D&G and Moschino Cheap & Chic lines at the Fall Ready to Wear Shows.

D&G: I love the print mixing in this collection. It stays in the same print family (plaids and checks) and adds a lot of depth to the entire look rather than competing piece by piece for attention. It has the effect of looking natural rather than forced.

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I am not quite sure how I feel about the scarves, though. What do you think? More Thelma and Louise or Orthodox babushka?

Moschino Cheap & Chic: I am into these two looks which incorporate some interesting updates to the traditional suit. I have been thrifting a lot of suits lately, even though it is a section of the thrift store that I've ignored in the past. There is something so polished and fly about a well-accessorized suit, and it is exciting to mix and match the separates.

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I love this. It incorporates several of my favorite things - namely, the color red, a bow-collared blouse, large buttons and a lush textured skirt - into a succulent fashion sandwich.

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I love the print on here. It reminds me of an infinite game of tic-tac-toe in which everybody wins. I like the reference to the shape of 80s blazers, and the blue and white are splendid with the punchy red handbag. It is a bit of a shame, though, the model's head is tied on.

Brain dead

I spent hours researching for a professor today and found essentially nothing of use. I went through months of old Chicago Tribune editorials, though, and did conclude that many, many people should be strictly prohibited from writing letters to the editor. While in the microfilm trenches mentally arguing with ultra-conservatives I have never met, I was wearing this.

primarily busy

Navy beret: thrifted
Clock pendant: thrifted
Yellow tee: thrifted
Brown cardigan: H&M
Bright blue belt: thrifted
Gold and black bangle: Urban Outfitters
Red wool knit skirt: thrifted
Brown tights: thrifted Urban Outfitters, new in package
Grey knee socks: Target
Teal boots: Rainbow

...and now, I am off to write a paper and spend a long, intimate evening with the coffee maker.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

logistics!

Since I am relatively new to the blogosphere, I have a few dull questions that I thought I'd throw out to my readers. I'd like to improve the blog any way I can!

-- How does one achieve an awesome header? I made mine in Microsoft Paint, and it reminds me of a macaroni necklace.

-- How does one rig it so that if you click on a photo, it redirects back to the original source (flickr, for example,) and not to my photobucket page? On that same note, how does one rig it so that the background when one is redirected to said photobucket page is white and blank?

-- What kind of posts would you like to see here? Is there a certain type of post you prefer? Any input as far as content goes will be appreciated.

Thanks in advance for your savvy, expertise and opinions. Since this was a dull post, I will leave you with something nice to look at.

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That's the ticket.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

A belated Valentine's

My boyfriend had to work on Valentine's Day, so we went out to dinner tonight. I saw no reason why I shouldn't wear a typical Valentine's outfit, even if it was a couple days late.

tomorrow, tomorrow, i love ya, tomorrow

Headband: Wal-Mart
Dress: vintage, thrifted
Belt: thrifted
Tights: Wal-Mart
Patent Mary Jane Pumps: Payless

Between the dress, tights, shoes and not straightening my hair, I can't help but assume that I subconsciously channeled this icon of musical theatre as my inspiration.

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I wish I could be confident that the sun'll come out tomorrow, but Chicago Februaries make me cynical. It's a hard knock life, isn't it?

I currently covet: printed pumps

Usually I shy away from printed pumps, because however stunning they look in photos or on a shoe display rack I can't help but hesitate about how to wear them. Previously they have struck me as limiting because I had the idea that they must be worn only with blocked colors or complete monochrome. With all of the delightful print mixing I've been seeing lately, though, I crave a pair of heels with a flamboyant print. Any of these would do beautifully:

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These Irregular Choice pumps would be stunning with nearly everything thanks to their black and white metallic palette. I love the exaggerated bow, and the print reminds me of an artist's sketch. The inner lining is also so cool that it is a shame no one will ever see it.

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These Naughty Monkey shoes, via Zappos, are the perfect compliment to a swingy dress or nature inspired look. The brown wooden heel only furthers the comparison to plantlife.

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These are by Sugar, also through Zappos. I, for one, am thrilled that leaves and squirrels are able to band together to be a part of one achingly adorable pink shoe.

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Holey moley, do I adore these lovelies from Delia*s. They are mind-bogglingly darling. I love the quirky, chunky heel, the large red button, and the vintage-looking floral print that reminds me of a handbag at an estate sale.

Bear in mind, dears, that printed pumps must be worn with caution. They lend themselves to distraction because you may not want to do anything but stare at your feet all day.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Tear up this town

I am off to an art show with friends where we will surely sip champagne and gaze at cute art boys.

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Headband: Wal-Mart
Earrings: thrifted
Necklace: flea market
Blouse: thrifted
Skirt: New York & Company, hiked up real high
Belt: thrifted
Bracelet: thrifted
Patent gold chained handbag: thrifted
Tights: Target
Heels: Nordstrom Rack

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Silly baubles: Hella Good

I am charmed by the witty and cheeky jewelry offerings at Hella Good Boutique.

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Tandem earrings! Whenever I see this kind of bike I think of that silly old "Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer, do" song. It is a bit obscure, but basically the conclusion is that Daisy would look sweet upon the seat of a bicycle build for two.

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This brooch is about heroism.

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This necklace is my favorite. Is this not the cutest accessory depicting an 18th Century man in the stocks that you've ever seen? It's such a bizarre reference for a piece of jewelry to make that I cannot help but bow to it.

Well played, Hella Good. Well played, indeed.

Readjusting for a busy day

steal my sunshine

I altered my pose because I felt a bit dopey smiling into the camera all the time. Plus, I had to readjust the bottom of my cardigan.

Beret: shop in San Francisco
Necklace: thrifted
Printed tee: Old Navy
Black Cardigan: Old Navy
Brooch on cardigan: a thrifted earring
Belt: from a vintage dress
Vintage 70s skirt: thrifted
Tights: Target
Bangles: thrifted
80s pumps: thrifted

I have so much running around to do today. I am going to spend tonight on a diy project I have been planning. I will keep you posted!