Sunday, May 31, 2009

Don't Give Me the Slip

I can't get enough of the romantic vibe and this outfit is just the beginning.

Skirt: So She Sews
Top: Secondhand slip worn as tank
Scarf: Anthropologie
Shoes: Vintage from ebay
Bag: HOBO (Nordstrom Rack)
Glasses: Ebay

Saturday, May 30, 2009

The Le Love Update

Always classic.

Always evocative.

Always blooming with new-found sexuality.

Le Love

The Day's Findings

As I mentioned in my previous post, I went trolling garage sales today and found a few things. The earrings are somewhat impractical because I am allergic to any substance in my ears except for gold. I am able to wear other earrings for a few hours at a time without them bothering my ears and so when I saw these really fun custume earrings, I was fully enveloped in a moment of weakness.

If you look closely at these earrings, you will see that the one on the right is missing some of the beading. When I noticed this, at first I was pissed. But then I had an idea. I actually like the assymetry and messiness of the nonmatching earrings. When I was in college, I read an article about women with flawed appearances and sexual appeal for men. The article cited things like women who deliberately put runs in their panty hose or smeared there make-up because they found that men liked it; or men who claimed that they found these flaws to be sexy because it made women appear to be in need of their help.
Now, barring the rampant masogyny of this message, I have been obsessed with the article and its ideas since I read it nearly six years ago. These earrings are my tribute to Vogue's "Flawed Woman."

This make-up carrier is so ancient looking and so cool. I can't decide whether to use it for traveling (which I probably don't do enough of to justify saving this piece only for travel) or to put in my ever-expanding jewelry collection. The problem there is that I would need to build some compartments into the case in order to make it functional. Any feedback?

Just Hawk It Out

I got the idea for my hair after I got out of the shower yesterday. When I pulled the towl that was turban-tied in my hair out and up, my bangs flopped forward and I thought "Hmm, what a cool faux mohawk I have going on here." I was heading to an interview and deemed that I mohawk would not be appropriate, but I made a mental note for the next opportunity.
I found this skirt at Savers this Thursday. It's kind of a cross between Native American inspired and African inspired, depending on whether it is pleated or stretched out. I went with African inspired today by pairing it with yet another garage sale necklace.
Oh, I also went garage sale shopping today and found a few things which I will post later.

Skirt: Secondhand at Savers
Tank: Victoria's Secret
Necklace: Secondhand at Garage Sale
Shoes: Aldo
Bag: Blush by B Lush

Friday, May 29, 2009

A Fated Meeting

I found this dress at a Saver’s about a month and tried it on. At the time, I wasn’t so sure about it for some crazy reason and so I passed it up. Two weeks later, I got a wild hair up my butt to seek it out and it was still there. I knew that was it; we were destined for each other.

Dress: Secondhand at Savers
Necklace: Secondhand at garage sale
Hat: Liz Claiborne
Shoes: Colin Stuart

Thursday, May 28, 2009


Today, evidently, I decided to channel Xena Warrior Princess. Unfortunately, it was too hot and I lost the shoes not long after these photos. These are spring time shoes, not blazing hot summer shoes.
I have my first real interview with a high school tomorrow. I'm so anxious because it's been really hard to even get to this point and I'm afraid if I blow it, I've lost my one chance. So, good luck to me, I guess!
Oh, and please excuse the pink face. I went with my students to a baseball game field trip and I'm all kinds of burnt from the day's festivities.

Skirt: Target
Shirt: Every Little Counts
Shoes: Urban Outfitters
Sunglasses: Secondhand Mile Hi Flea Market

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


This is the one decent photo from my trip to Okiboji. This is on Spirit Lake (the largest of the Iowa Great Lakes) where my brother and I made each other sick playing on the those old school spinning playground features.
Dress: Secondhand from Savers
Cardigan: Kohl's
Scarf: Target
Bracelet: Vintage Middle Eastern Charm Bracelet

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Belly Dancing for Wimps

I spent the morning dancing to some belly dancing videos I got at the library. The intent is to increase my knowledge so I can teach more belly dancing in my Zumba classes. I'm also (slowly) packing for this weekend's trip to Okiboji. I'm so excitedto see my extended family and to swim in the lake.
The southwest necklace that I purchased last weekend is so cool! It feels like a shield and I really love it. I think I will be taking it with me this weekend.

Jumpsuit: Secondhand at Savers
Necklace: Secondhand at garage sale
Bracelet: Mod Cloth
Shoes: Aldo

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The Golden Path

Still at the library-- and so envious of their internet speed. This computer uploads my photos way faster. It reminds me of when I was still on campus and how I would scramble to get pictures taken there so I could load the photos using their super fast internet.
Anyway, this is what I wore today, implementing some of my new purchases in this outfit. It is so hot here! Ninety degrees outside. Really, that's nothing, but I am such a wimp about extreme temperatures, whether it's cold or hot. I'm working outdoors all summer and I'm beginning to wonder if I will make it (eventhough I'll be in a swimsuit all season).
Oh, by the way, I am going to Lake Okiboji for Memorial Day Weekend and I'm not sure if I will have access to the internet. I will be taking outfit photos, but I may not be able to post them until Monday night or Tuesday.

Skirt: Target
Tank: The Limited
Blazer: Secondhand
Necklace: Miss Misa
Bracelet: Secondhand Virgin Mary wrist rosary
Shoes: Marni


The internet at my house is down, so I am at the library uploading these photos. Actually, I'm not too upset about the internet being defunct for a few days because it really forces me to get creative with my time, either by doing the things I've been putting off, or finding fun ways of entertaining myself. There are only two disadvantages to no internet and that is that it makes applying for teaching positions (which is all online now) very difficult and I really have to plan how and when I take my outfit photos. Anyway, these are my garage sale finds from this weekend. The gold necklace is a nod to my post about western influences on my wardrobe. I had no idea I would find something so outrageously gaudy and so quickly after my musing on this blog.
In fact, every piece of jewelry I purchased on Saturday was completely over the top in some way or another.
I also found some cool full slips that I'm not sure what I will use them for and I picked up some dresses at Saver's. It was a pretty magical day.