Friday, July 31, 2009

Laundry Day

I found these awesomely retro washing accoutrements abandoned behind my favorite liquor store yesterday. I just prayed they'd still be here today, and much to my surprise, they were.
So, so much for restraining the real Carly at work. I busted out one of my craziest pairs of shoes today (only my fourth day of work). The thing I love about these shoes is that there are major dividends involved. I bought them thinking that I'd get a lot of ridicule from most of the world and incredible adoration from the fahsion world. Strangely enough, I have not had a negative comment about these shoes. Everyone (and I do mean everyone) raves about these shoes. It's almost startling how many compliments I get.
It's interesting that people at work have already pegged me as "the fashion girl" with "so many shoes" who is "more comfortable in skirts and dresses than jeans." Evidentally, I'm quite transparent.

Dress: Ross
Tank: The Limited
Scarf: Ebay
Glasses: Plato's Closet
Shoes: Alice + Olivia for Payless

Thursday, July 30, 2009


Had kind of an exhausting day today (and it definitely shows in my face).
This skirt is a little big on me so I threw the belt on simply to keep it up. The skirt doesn't have belt loops so I was struggling with trying to keep it hidden in the belt. Then, I decided "Why not let the skirt bloom out of the top like a cream puff?" I liked the effect, though I'm sure some would disagree.

Skirt: Secondhand from estate sale
Sweater: Secondhand from Saver's
Belt: From another dress
Glasses: Ebay
Shoes: vintage from ebay

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Hide and Seek

Every day is different in my new job and today I ran into a friend of the girl I used to date. I adore this girl and it was so great to reconnect.

Dress: Faith 21
Tank: The Limited
Necklace and Bracelet: Secondhand from garage sale
Sunglasses: Plato's Closet
Shoes: Urban Outfitters

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


I had this outfit in mind a long time ago for my teaching job. I decided it should debut today.
It was happenstance that I shook hands with my superintendent today. I was coming back from the bathroom during a break in our training and I noticed this man in a suit walking down the same side of the hall as me. I slid over to make room and he came straight at me with his arm extended in a ready handshake postion. Then, he proceeded to ask me where I was teaching and whether it was my first year or not. I was so taken aback that it took me a few minutes to realize that he was my super intendent. Weird!

Dress: Target
Shoes: Forever 21
Earrings: Secondhand from garage sale
Sunnies: Forever 21

Monday, July 27, 2009

Happy New Year

Today is the first day of my new year. It was overwhelming and exciting all at the same time. I usually start any new teaching endeavor dressing pretty conservatively and hiding the tattoos. Then, I give my staff a couple of weeks to get to know me before they get to know the fashion (and tatted me). This is my conservative outfit. I ended up having to forget the no tattoos rule, as it was really hot in the media center where I spent most of my day.
So, I was driving home today and I realized that three major things are impacted every time I embark on a new life change. The first is that I consume more wine (to calm the nerves); second, I buy more clothing (to make me feel better); third, I almost always get a tattoo (also, to make me feel better, but in that "hurts so good way").
I've been nursing a glass of wine for the past couple of days, I've purchased eight new dresses, and I'm planning on getting a new tattoo as soon as I can make it to the tattoo parlor (friday maybe?). Needless to say, life changes are an expensive time for this girl.

Pants: Old Navy
Blouse: Secondhand from Savers
Pearl necklace and bracelet: Gift from mom
Shoes: Colin Stuart for Victoria's Secret

PSST! Guess what? The contest for that fabulous scarf ends on Wednesday, so get on it ladies (and gentlemen).

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Bonafide Sex Appeal

Tattoos and bleach blonde hair never looked sexier. Cameron Diaz has never been an icon for me. She is now!

Courtesy of V Magazine

Friday, July 24, 2009

We're Camping in a Corner of the Room

My outfit was inspired by the Cherry Blossom Girl's trip to the U.S. and Vintage Americana.
I spent the evening the best way possible-- listening to four Mexicans chat about politics and social issues in Spanish. Some days I love my life!

Dress: Faith 21
Shoes: Velvet Angels (shopbop)
Bracelets: Vintage from Ball Park Flea Market (Catholic Saints bracelets)
Glasses: Secondhand from garage sale (popped out the prescription lenses)
Music obsession for the day (and inspiration for title of post):

On another note, I received this award from Little Violet Dress! Thank you, it totally made my day.

Ok, so evidentally, I'm supposed to list seven interesting things about myself. Here goes.

1. I can recite (by heart) the first fifteen lines of The Canterbury Tales in middle English (the language in which it was originally written).
2. I speak Danish fluently.
3. I'm obsessively vain about my teeth.
4. I'm a writer. I mostly write creative nonfiction, though I have been known to venture into fiction now and again.
5. I was an exchange student in Denmark (hence, the speaking Danish bit).
6. I'm a complete ludite. I am refuse to learn anything about technology unless it directly serves my immediate needs (i.e. this blog).
7. I have experienced four sweats in a traditional Lakota sweat lodge. In fact, it is the only time that I have ever (truly) prayed.

Now, it is my turn to tag seven people.
I tag:
Daisy Chain Dreams
Fashion, Love, and Martinis
Dear. Diary Manuel Navarro
The Fashion Therapist
The Femme Hinterland
Style Smith
Every Little Counts

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Tumblr Picks of the Week-- July 23rd

My tumblr account has become the free expression of the entire me. Everything from my bisexuality to my obsesssion with love to my infatuation with fashion and music are on the big girl tumblr. I couldn't pick just one photo today, as there were so many beautiful photos. Please enjoy and have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


Chictopia has sent me inspiration again. It just never stops, does it?
I love this girl! She seems so fun and silly and absolutely zany. I want to be her best friend. Plus, her style is impeccable!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Panic Room

Today has been a less than perfect day. I report for my new teaching job a week from today and I suffering some pretty severe anxiety over it. I couldn't sleep last night, and when I finally fell asleep, my dreams were convoluted and eery. Sometimes, I catch myself not breathing because I'm too busy freaking out about the unknown. Teaching is scarier than any other job out there, as far as I'm concerned. What other entry level job gives you nearly boundless freedoms and responsibilities on the first day? I'm obsessing about everything from how to arrange my classroom to every possible scenario for my first day.
Anyway, I didn't feel up for getting dressed today, so I went shopping instead. Shoes are notorious for making me feel better than any other purchase in the world. Hence, my trip to Nordstrom Rack and these lovelies. I love the putrid green color. So spectacular!
I am also stuffing my nose in a young adult literature series. The book I am reading is called Knocked Out by My Nunga-Nungas. Sometimes I get so consumed with reading all the classics that I forget how fun and sweet young adult literature can be. This one is particularly great because, while the author feigns commiserating with her angst-filled teen heroine, she also is blatantly making fun of her.

Also, a quick reminder about the contest with chic downtown.