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femme it up

Pink-Blazer-Lavender-Tunic-Taupe-Shorts

Purse-&-Accessories

Pink-Blazer-Lavender-Tunic-Taupe-Shorts

Accessories

Pink-Blazer-Lavender-Tunic-Taupe-Shorts

Purse-&-Shoes

Hat-Necklace-Earrings

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Nude-Wedges

Funny-Face

pink blazer :: $27.80 [Forever 21]; lavender-gray sleeveless tunic :: on sale, $8.99 [Forever 21]; taupe tailored shorts :: $17.80 [Forever 21];  nude buckle wedges :: clearance, $14.99 [Forever 21]; purse :: $17.80 [Forever 21]; straw flower fedora :: $12.80 [Forever 21]; floral cloth bangle :: clearance, $1.00 [Forever 21]; turquoise & gold ring :: clearance, $3.00 [Forever 21]; pearl & gold rings :: $3.80 [Forever 21]; necklace [Forever 21]; earrings [Forever 21]; gold & pink cameo ring [Bebe]; pink heart ring [Hard Candy]; watch [Rumours by JC Penney]

Nude wedges and a light colored blazer are a girl’s best friends for summer. Straw hats, loose blouses and tailored shorts are also among my new inner circle of lovelies.

The menswear look is definitely my favorite; it’s loose and flowy and comfy, but still very chic and sexy. Blazers provide a menswear inspired look in and of themselves, so if you’re just dipping your toes and you’re not sure you want to go all the way, a blazer + men’s watch are your go-to pieces. For those of us who prefer the deep end, trousers or tailored shorts (extra points for pleats) and a fedora will fill in the rest of the blanks. Remember, though, the look should be inspired by menswear, not make you look like a man. Keep it feminine with light colors throughout the ensemble (think light neutrals & pastels), pretty jewelry (I like gold touches and pearls with this color scheme), and sweet accents (like a straw fedora, especially one adorned with flowers, and a cute-but-subtle purse). A delicate, ladylike blouse balances out the other menswear style pieces, and nude wedges are the perfect shoe for this look – sky high wedges scream “I’m a woman” without distracting from the rest of the look, and when worn in the nude make your legs seem impossibly long.

My new outfit is fantastic… I am seriously in love with it. The bottom photo is my favorite, even though I’m making a funny face. I was trying to think of a new pose when Travis decided to snap a picture without warning me, and surprisingly it turned out really cute. As you can see, basically everything, except a couple rings, is from Forever 21… Excluding the rings not from Forever 21, the necklace & earrings (which I got from F21 on a different shopping trip) this outfit cost $112 – which is actually pretty damn good considering how much I got and how awesome it is. I did pick up a lovely necklace for just $2 that would match this outfit perfectly, but I don’t think I have any earrings that would really match it:

Pink-&-Cream-Wood-Bead-NecklaceAny thoughts on the matter?

I went to the mall again yesterday, with my little-sister-in-law, and picked up an incredibly comfy black floral sweatshirt for $7.99. I’ve already decided what I’m wearing with it, I just need a reason to put it on.There was also a sheer high-neck black blouse with ruffles that I really wanted for $4.99… but I would have also had to get a lacy black bra to go with it, and Travis will shoot me if I spend any more money. I bought her a gorgeous black dress to wear to her sister’s graduation, and also a purple wide belt that she’s been wanting for ages. She said I’m her favorite sister 😀 We also checked out a local thrift shop, where I picked up a new jewelry box for just $8:

Jewelry-Box

Jewelry-Box

The lock on it is broken, but everything else works just fine and it’s absolutely perfect. Would you believe this is not even close to all of my jewelry? There is a coffee table in my bedroom that is literally a shrine to jewelry and the boxes that contain them. I have a total of four wooden jewelry boxes (including this new one), a small painted one, two pop-top plastic totes (you can see the edges of them on the left of the photo), and a stack of three RubberMaid drawers – all completely full of jewelry. I spent at least two hours organizing my jewelry last night, and I’m only about halfway done. If there is such a thing as too much jewelry, I may have attained it…

Travis decided yesterday to postpone our date (something with his stupid video game…. whatever), and he wants to go tonight but I don’t really feel like doing much of anything today. My nose is killing me – I’m having all kinds of trouble with my sinuses since we move down here – and I’m really, really tired. I think I would rather go tomorrow. But I do love me some Robert Downey Jr…….

The ThreadSence winner announcement is forthcoming. It will be up by the end of the night… So sorry for the delay. My life has been crazy this week. But I do have some really awesome stuff planned for my blog over the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned!

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Teal L/S Top, Black Vest & Express Jeans

Teal L/S Top, Black Vest & Express Jeans

Teal L/S Top, Black Vest & Express Jeans

Teal L/S Top, Black Vest & Express Jeans

teal l/s shirt :: Forever 21; black vest :: Forever 21; wide black belt :: Forever 21; jeans :: ReRock by Express; necklace :: Forever 21; watch :: Rumors @ JC Penney; earrings :: Charlotte Russe; black pumps :: vintage; pink & gold cameo ring :: Bebe; gold & pearl rings :: Forever 21

Summertime does not mean you must leave layering behind; it simply means you must adjust your tactics! I paired this loose, light knit vest with a long sleeved thin tee – the perfect combo for this time of year, when it’s not quite hot but not quite cold. Later in the summer, when things really start to heat up and it’s too hot for sleeves, I will trade in this tee for a short sleeve version in a fun color, and swap the long jeans for some cute distressed denim shorts. A knit vest such as this allows you to enjoy the layered look without boiling yourself to death in the summer heat.

A wide belt cinched around your middle provides a figure when wearing a loose outer layer. You can wear the belt over the vest to keep things close together, or underneath it, allowing the vest to hang free while still showing off those gorgeous curves. Keep it simple with a solid color that matches your vest, jazz things up with something sequined or sparkly, or add a little bad girl to the ensemble with studs  or chains. Whatever style of belt you choose, try to keep the main color of the belt the same as your vest. IMO, this pulls the look together nicely – especially if this matches your shoes/bag. Go wild with your shirt, and keep everything else related for a polished but fun look.

Things seem to finally be leveling out for me, and I promise I will be updating regularly again from this point forward. I’m considering setting a specific time frame every day that’s completely devoted to this blog. Honestly, I don’t see how that would be too difficult, considering that I don’t really do much of anything most days.

I have been getting out a lot more the last few days. I went to the mall today! I didn’t even make it out of Forever 21 though… What can I say??? I LOVE that store. I bought an entire new outfit for about $100! I really shouldn’t have spent so much, but considering what I got and how much I love it, I don’t regret it too much. I will definitely post pictures tomorrow night! Travis is taking me on a date and I’m going to wear my awesome new outfit for it 🙂

Tomorrow, Travis is taking me to see Iron Man 2, and we’re going to the mall again. I went by myself today, it was nice to get out and have some “me” time. I’m actually really glad I got to go by myself today. He normally loathes going to the mall, but I am insisting that he buys new clothes now that we have some money… He only has one pair of jeans that doesn’t have holes in the knees, and he could definitely use a few more shirts. So I’m dragging him down there tomorrow afternoon, and I plan to explore the rest of the mall as well.

I might be visiting home next week, probably from the 1st to the 5th. If I end up going, posting will prolly be sporadic again. I want to go, to see my family… but it would be really nice to have the house to ourselves for the week. I miss my daddy, but I also miss living on my own. If it were only for a couple of days I would probably go, but it’s almost the entire week – we would be staying at Travis’s mom’s house, without my laptop and without my car, and all of my friends live at least an hour away. I think I would be bored stiff. It could give me a chance to catch up on my reading, but I would also have zero privacy. Whereas, if we stay here, we’d have the house all to ourselves for five days…. I dunno. I hate making decisions.

Again, I’m sorry for the inconsistency in my posting lately. I want you all to know that I do read and very much appreciate every comment left here, even if I don’t answer you immediately. And I haven’t forgotten about the giveaway – I will post the winner tomorrow! 🙂 I’m even gonna be super nice and let you enter until noon PST tomorrow (Thursday, May 27th). I’ll post the winner sometime after that!


sleeping beauty

Brown Top, Ivory Vest & Khaki Shorts

Accessories

Brown Top, Ivory Vest & Khaki Shorts

Gold Leaf Earrings

Brown Top, Ivory Vest & Khaki Shorts

Beige Oxfords

brown v-neck tee :: Express; ivory slub vest :: Charlotte Russe; khaki shorts :: Aeropostale; scarf :: Charlotte Russe; cord belt :: Charlotte Russe; necklace :: Charlotte Russe; wooden bangle :: Charlotte Russe; earrings :: Forever 21; gold & pearl rings :: Forever 21; pink heart ring :: Hard Candy; men’s watch :: JC Penney; beige oxfords :: Qupid @ Forever Young; magazine :: June 2010 issue of Glamour

This is the outfit I wore on Thursday. I have a couple ideas for remixing it, and I plan to try them out soon. One plan involves a dark olive green cardigan instead of the vest, and possibly switching the khaki shorts out for some similarly colored pants. This remix idea would definitely be more cool-weather friendly, which seems to be more appropriate at the moment. I was excited to move to California because it was supposed to be warm here; so far we’ve only had a handful of days I could stand to wear shorts outside. I’m very disappointed in CA weather! At least it’s raining in Utah… I miss the rain, desperately. I was not made to live in a desert. I need something green. I think I’d like to move to Washington or Oregon sometime soon.

I am absolutely in love with these shoes and this vest… The vest is all over sized and comfy and soft and lovely, but lightweight enough to layer with it in the summer. I have a similar one in black that I adore – it looks amazing thrown over something white or gray. I’m loving vests right now, and I plan to pick up a few fitted ones very soon.

There is something seriously wrong with me. I went to sleep at about 5:00 a.m. Friday morning… and didn’t wake up until 1:00 a.m. on Saturday – 20 hours later. I was up for a few hours, then went back to sleep about 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 Saturday night! It’s now about 5:00 a.m. Sunday, and the really sad thing is, I feel like I could lay down and go back to sleep. I’m afraid that if I do go back to sleep, I’ll sleep through an entire day again… and that would really make John angry. So, I’m going to stay up, and tomorrow evening I’m going to be in bed by 10:00 p.m., at the absolute latest.

It may sound cheesy, but I have written a “Plan of Action” for myself for the next week. It includes a list of all the things I need to accomplish and the goals I have for myself. I’m going to keep track by writing myself a daily to do list and recording my progress and thoughts in my journal. Suzanne suggested something similar a few weeks ago, and I think that having goals for my day, and a way to see my productivity at the end of the day, will encourage me to get myself moving and get things done. Hopefully, it will also help to pull me out of my funk. I did go for a jog Thursday morning, and it made me feel tons better. I enjoy being physically active, it’s just a matter of motivating myself to get away from my computer. If it’s decently warm in the morning, I’m going to go for another jog. If not, I’m at least going to work out on the weights in the garage.

John has started referring to my cats as “Trail Mix”, because they follow me everywhere. And this is not a new phenomenon – they did it back in Salt Lake, too. My little sister says they’re only friendly when I’m around. People can say what they want about cats, but Vince and Lily definitely know who they belong to.

Me & Vince

Me & Vince

Oh yeah – don’t forget to enter my ThreadSence Giveaway! Deadline for entries is 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, May 25th!


ThreadSence wish list

Fashion Nerd Giveaways

This is how completely indecisive I am, especially when it comes to buying clothes. I frequently spend hours in stores, anguishing over what to buy. You remember the $25 gift certificate I won from Delightfully Tacky? Well, I was able to narrow my ThreadSence wishlist down to exactly 13 items. Yeah, I know, I’m pathetic. BUT, I do plan to buy two items. They have free shipping on orders over $50, and I’m already halfway there with the gift certificate (checked the offer and it doesn’t say they don’t count), so I figure, why not???

SO, I am in desperate need of your help!!! Which item(s) should I purchase????? Please, please, PLEASE leave me a comment or somehow drop me a line letting me know what you think I should get. I’ve included the link with each item in case you want to go to it’s page for more details about it. I seriously fear that I may remain frozen in indecision if I don’t get some help!

BONUS :: I am even going to give you gals some incentive (read: I’m going to bribe you for it) – provided I get a minimum of 5 responses to this post, I am going to turn this into my own little ThreadSence giveaway! To keep things interesting, I’m not going to tell you what it is right off the bat – I will tell you it’s (probably) from the jewelry category, and the more entries there are, the better it will be!* I’ll be ordering the prize at the same time that I place my order, and at that time I will reveal what it is. Sound good??? Great! The deadline for this giveaway is 11:59PM PST (California) time on Tuesday, May 25, 2010, and I will most likely be placing my order on the 26th or 27th.

To enter :: **

  • For your first ticket (entry) into this contest, you must comment on this post with your first & second choices from my wish list below. Remember to include your name, email & your own link (if you have one. if you don’t feel comfortable commenting publicly, email me at fashion.nerdom@gmail.com). This one is mandatory for initial entry into the giveaway.
  • YOU MAY….Get another ticket by following me on Twitter and mentioning the giveaway in a tweet. My user name is fashion_nerd13. Once you have done this, leave me another comment here on this post with a link to your Twitter page.
  • OR….Get another ticket by Following my blog with Bloglovin’, using the link at the side under “as seen on” labeled “Follow my blog on Bloglovin'”, or by clicking on the Bloglovin’ button at the bottom of this post. Once you’ve don’t that, be sure to leave another comment on this post to let me know!
  • OR…. Get another ticket by mentioning & linking this giveaway in a post on your own blog. Once you have done so, be sure to leave a comment with a link to your post!
  • OR…. Get another ticket by “liking” my new Facebook page, and posting a comment there. No need to come back and post one here if you do that – the comment on Facebook will suffice!

There are a max of three tickets per person. Everyone must comment with their advice on which items I should purchase in order to gain entry into the giveaway – the others are purely optional (but would be greatly appreciated!), and you can choose which (if any) you do for your second and third tickets. Remember, all entries must be posted by 11:59PM PST (California) time on Tuesday, May 25, 2010. Anything after that time will not be counted. The winner will be randomly selected and posted on May 26th.

Even if you are not entering the contest, you should like my new Facebook page anyway, because you’re my friend and you love me and I’m awesome 🙂

Here are the contestants for my purchase. Choose two, label them in your comment as your first & second choice, and make sure to leave your contact info as well! And thanks in advance for your advice! 🙂

Zig Zag Zipper Tee $37.00

Zig Zag Zipper Tee $37.00

http://www.threadsence.com/zig-zag-zipper-tee-p-1338.html

Twist Racerback Tank $33.00

Twist Racerback Tank $33.00

http://www.threadsence.com/twist-racerback-tank-p-1530.html

Slouch Pocket Skirt $23.00

Slouch Pocket Skirt $23.00

http://www.threadsence.com/slouch-pocket-skirt-p-1286.html

Ravens Sleeveless Boatneck Top by Fluffyco $34.00

Ravens Sleeveless Boatneck Top by Fluffyco $34.00

http://www.threadsence.com/ravens-sleeveless-boatneck-top-by-fluffyco-p-1566.html

Racerback Tank with Plaid Pockets $30.00

Racerback Tank with Plaid Pockets $30.00

http://www.threadsence.com/racerback-tank-with-plaid-pockets-p-1306.html

Racerback Tank Dress $29.00

Racerback Tank Dress $29.00

http://www.threadsence.com/racerback-tank-dress-p-1370.html

Oversized L/S Top $34.00

Oversized L/S Top $34.00

http://www.threadsence.com/oversized-ls-top-p-1147.html

Long Fitted Vest $27.00

Long Fitted Vest $27.00

http://www.threadsence.com/long-fitted-vest-p-1169.html

Lamixx Pullover Oversized Sweater $42.00

Lamixx Pullover Oversized Sweater $42.00

http://www.threadsence.com/lamixx-pullover-oversized-sweater-p-1327.html

Knitted Floral Tiered Dress $36.00

Knitted Floral Tiered Dress $36.00

http://www.threadsence.com/knitted-floral-tiered-dress-p-1334.html

Jazz Oxford Shoes $33.00

Jazz Oxford Shoes $33.00

http://www.threadsence.com/jazz-oxford-shoes-p-1610.html

Floral Slouch Pocket Skirt $30.00

Floral Slouch Pocket Skirt $30.00

http://www.threadsence.com/floral-slouch-pocket-skirt-p-1572.html

Espresso Cross Body Satchel $36.00

Espresso Cross Body Satchel $36.00

http://www.threadsence.com/espresso-cross-body-satchel-p-1611.html

*By entries, I mean unique people entered in the contest
**If you claim more than one ticket (i.e. Twitter) I will verify it by checking your the appropriate link. If you fail to provide a link to your page, the ticket won’t count; if you say you do something and you don’t, you will be _completely_ disqualified from the giveaway. Sorry!
*** MAXIMUM of three tickets per person.

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epic failure + awesome win

So, yeah, I fail – no outfit post today. Today was a very not good day, combined with being a fantastic day. I’m not really sure how I feel about it yet.

First, the bad news: did you know that in the state of Utah, as of Jan 1 2010, you have to have the following to renew your driver’s license: your old license, birth certificate, social security card and two forms of address verification – AND if you’re a married woman who chose to take her husband’s name, you also have to bring in your marriage certificate. OMG. Freaking ridiculous. I have all of the above, EXCEPT I have no *clue* where my marriage certificate is. I KNOW I was probably supposed to frame it or sleep with under my pillow and treasure it forever or something, but I’m not most chicks, and it’s great that I’m married and all, but I would rather cherish my husband than the piece of paper that says he’s my husband. UGH. So in the midst of moving, I get to tear apart everything that’s still boxed up from our last move and find that damn certificate. Fantastic.

HOWEVER, on the much brighter side…

Great piece of news #1…. I won a contest 😀 Wicked Plum Vintage was giving away two pairs of some pretty crazy looking earrings, and I was lucky enough to win a pair! They’re definitely unique, and I am really excited to get them and try them out! Wicked Plum Vintage has some pretty awesome stuff, and I definitely plan on raiding their shop as soon as I get a hold of some $! So check them out – like, now please! 😉

Great piece of news #2….. T bought me my dress for my birthday (which is Wednesday, btw) :D. SWEET! So, tomorrow, you’ll be treated to two outfits instead of one! Isn’t that fantastic??? I *really* want a pair of sheer black tights with hearts or polka dots to go with it – it would so be perfect. But alas, I was unable to find a pair for cheap while at the mall today. Actually, I was able to find a couple pairs that I really liked at Forever 21, but as T had already bought me the dress, I unfortunately could not talk him into a pair of tights as well…. Oh well. Maybe I can save my pennies and get some before we go to Cali so I have a super cute outfit to wear as soon as I get there.

I’m kind of worried about the move… the fashion here in Utah is completely different from the world outside. There are some who are very fashion forward, but by and large, they’re much younger than I am. There are very few adults who wear anything more than a t-shirt and jeans outside of work. It’s depressing, and honestly, it’s a big part of why I want so badly to move. The atmosphere here stifles my creativity. My friends always called me the ‘fashion queen’ at my work, because I was the only person who kept an updated wardrobe… But frankly, I’m afraid that I won’t hack it in Cali. I want to be unique and have my own style, but I want to look amazing and interesting – not stick out like a sore thumb. And I’m afraid that these fears will prevent me from experimenting the way I want to.

“If you want to wear something, so what if no one else is wearing it, just wear what you want to wear. Do your make-up and your hair how you want, and sod everything.”Victoria Beckham, Learning to Fly

Victoria Beckham is an amazing woman. I admire everything about here, and I worship her style. I desperately want her book, “Learning to Fly.” If I only got one present for my birthday, that would be it.

Of course, owning something from her collection might be even better.
And I would give just about anything to meet her.

It was reading her interview in Glamour that made me decide I wanted to be a fashion journalist. I want to meet important, stylish people and find out what they think about life, style and the world in general. I want to find out what their lives are like and who they really are.

More than anything else in this entire world, I want to write for Glamour.


fashion democracy

If you look to the right, you’ll see a link under Fashionistas for Delightfully Tacky. It’s one of the fashion blogs that I follow. This month, the writer of the blog has teamed up with ModCloth (a vintage clothing shop) for a contest. The challenge is to style ModCloth’s Dynamite Dress, and the winner gets the dress. So far I’ve put together two outfits based on the dress, but I’m not sure which I like better (or if either of them is good enough to compete!). I need your opinions – your vote matters to me! Check out my Polyvore profile and then leave a comment on this blog post to let me know what you think! Pretty pretty please with a cherry on top! Do this for me and I’ll do something nice for you 🙂

*Update*: I uploaded images of both outfits I styled onto my “aspiring fashionista” page. Now you don’t have to go all the way to another website to view them… just click the link to the left and leave a comment on that page when you’re done. Thanks!!!