Monthly Archives: July 2013

A Day in the Park

Here in CLE, it’s cooled down quite a bit over the past week-ish.  It’s a nice little break from the extreme heat, but at the same time it’s July and I expect it to be hot and humid…that is what we prepare ourselves for throughout Cleveland winters!! So personally, I hope the warmth comes back because I’m not quite ready for it to feel like Fall yet!!

These pics were shot in the Cleveland Metroparks.  There are so many beautiful spaces throughout the Emerald Necklace, and this was just one of them.  I’m sure we’ll visit more spots for some more blog photo-ops.

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I’m wearing an early 1900’s inspired blouse made by me; black slim boot cut pants from Express; straw fedora from H&M; Nine West maryjane heels; Anne Klein watch and Jessica Simpson sunglasses.

LBD-Parisian Style: Part TROIS

Here is the third part to my Parisian Style series, inspired by the book: Parisian Chic.  The Little Black Dress, or LBD as it is more commonly referred to, is (like the other two looks) VERY versatile.  LBD’s are appropriate for just about any occasion since they are basically blank palettes you can be creative with and style to your liking.

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This is what I used the baguette for from Part Deux…delicious open faced sandwiches.  I really have a lot of fun making different open faced sandwiches.  They’re great light lunches that are still pretty filling.  For these I used:

Olive oil

Tomato

Mozzerella

Garlic and Onion powder

Chives, Basil and Rosemary (fresh!)

Sprinkle of salt

First, I sprinkled the bread with some olive oil.  Then I layered on some mozzerella cheese and tomato.  Next is the chives, basil and rosemary.  Finish with a sprinkling of garlic and onion powder, and salt.  I broiled them on high for 5 minutes.  Delicious with a glass of red wine!

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LBD from H&M; Necklace is vintage; shoes by Nine West.; Jessica Simpson sunglasses.

Striped Tee-Parisian Style: Part DEUX

The second post to my Parisian Style series is the quintessential striped tee.  The epitome of French style…and rightly so.  A striped tee is so simple, but so stylish and versatile.  The possibilities of a striped tee are endless.

Here’s my take on the striped tee, Parisian style…admittedly similar to the version from Parisian Chic.

 

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Striped tee from Anthropologie; Boyfriend jacket from Target; Statement necklace from Dillards; Shoes are Prabal Gurung for Target; Purse is vintage; Watch is by Anne Klein; Sunglasses are Jessica Simpson.

Disclaimer: the baguette in my grocery bag was just as fresh and delicious as it appears. ;)

 

Navy Sweater and White Jeans- Parisian Style: part UN

I may have a little French in my blood, and have wandered down the Champs Elysee, but I’m certainly not a homegrown Parisian.  However, just becasue I’m not authentically Parisian doesn’t mean I can’t admire their style.  Honestly, I love everything about the French way of living.  I love their food (butter is better I always say ;d)  I love their mantras on life, I love their decorating, simply put…I love their entire style.

I picked up this book last fall called Parisian Chic ,and absolutely loved it.  It’s all about Parisians’ style. There were 3 looks in particular within this book that I’ve picked out to be especially iconic French style, so in 3 different posts… I’ll share my own versions. 

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Here’s the first: Navy sweater and white jeans.

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What I’m wearing: navy sweater from Old Navy; basic black tank; white cropped jeans from Target; shoes from DSW; watch by Anne Klein; sunglasses by Jessica Simpson; leather backpack is vintage.

P.S. the Hibiscus are in bloom!! (That’s the giant red flower in my basket )Very beautiful!

Parisian Inspired Wedding Collage

Parisian Inspired Wedding Collage

Denim on Denim, with a Fedora on Top

Today we went antiquing in CLE over on W. 65th, and by Gordon Square.  I’d never gone on an antique search around that area, and indeed we found some (oldies, but) goodies!

The first time I had been to Gordon Square was a couple years ago in the fall and was really impressed with how developed the area was with it being near some kind-of depressed parts of Cleveland .  We were also in the area around Christmas to visit some Holiday pop-up shops and to get a delicious hot dog from Happy Dog.  Each time we go back, it seems like Gordon Square is becoming more and more developed with new businesses popping up and more places to find some delicious food.

After our antiquing excursion, we stopped in Sweet Moses for a nice, cold and refreshing treat to combat the heat.  This was the first time I’d been to Sweet Moses-an old fashioned themed ice cream/soda fountain bar- and I absolutely fell in love as soon as I stepped inside.  A-dor-able.

For our fun-filled day, I decided to wear denim on denim–a combo I’m finding myself to be gravitating towards lately.  I topped it off with a straw fedora to complete that laid back, summer look I was going for.

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Denim vest and straw fedora from H&M, basic tank from Target, shoes also from Target a few years back, vintage tooled leather bag.

If you’re ever in CLE visiting, or maybe you’re from CLE and looking for things to do…head over to W. 65th and go antiquing! Even if it’s not usually your thing, it can be a lot of fun because you never know what treasures you may find!

And then head to Gordon Square for a good meal, good shopping, and a little blast from the past to satisfy your sweet tooth. ;)

Blushing Beauty

Blushing Beauty

Topshop crop top
topshop.com

RED Valentino leather skirt
net-a-porter.com

House of harlow 1960
metroparkusa.com

Earrings
sourpussclothing.com

Chanel blush
nordstrom.com

Christian dior fragrance
$71 – johnlewis.com

Christian dior
cusp.com

 

As some of you may know, I’ve always loved blush…and I love it even more as it’s become a new ‘neutral’.  Blush truly goes with just about every other color, like any other neutral does.

I’m also really into this crop top trend.  They’re great for these hot days…but also could work as a transition from late summer to early fall, especially if you pair one with a leather swing skirt, with a blush colored blazer to throw on when it cools down.  There’s a similar (not quite as pricey) swing skirt here.

P.S.  This Dior lip balm is the best thing for your lips.  It really moisturizes, but it turns your lips your perfect natural shade of pink because it works with your own body chemistry…pretty cool!!

Skirt? Or Dress?

Ever wonder what to do with that skirt you have that may just be a tad too long?  Wear it as a dress!!  That’s what I’ve done with this pleated pink polka dot skirt I picked up from a thrift store many years ago.  I’ve worn it only a couple times, mostly because I thought it was a little too long, and hemming pleats aren’t the easiest thing to do.  So, wearing it as a dress was my next best alternative.  And actually, I think I like it better worn as a dress anyway.

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What an easy way for a new summer ensemble too!  Especially for this hot and humid weather (at least here in CLE).

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I picked up these wedge espadrilles from Target a few weeks ago.  The nude color goes with everything, and they’re great to dress up a summer skirt or dress without being too dressy.

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Wearing my favorite belt from Anthropologie, similar here, and my mom’s silver necklace as a bracelet.

Theme Dressing…It Can Work.

I don’t know about you, but I quite enjoy some ‘theme dressing’ from time to time…you’re probably thinking…what is she talking about?  Well, I’ll tell you.

We read all of these fashion magazines and blogs and other meccas of fashion information that tell us what to wear and what NOT to wear…how to effectively put together a cohesive outfit that isn’t ‘over the top’ or ‘costumey’…

To me, ‘costumey’ means…’you should be at Monster Mash’.  Whereas, ‘themed’ is more ‘inspired by:’  Here’s the thing, if you’re going for a particular look , or if you’re just inspired by a certain era, why not ‘theme’ dress?  Besides, it adds just a bit of whimsy to life.  And who doesn’t like a little whimsy? :)

Well, here’s my themed outfit.  Cue: 1925.  ONE of my very FAVORITE fashion decades.  The 20’s were full of glamour and lust, shiny, sparkly, overindulgence.  Think ‘The Great Gatsby‘, which is what inspired me (and I’m sure many others right now, as well).

 

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Beaded tank by Awake Couture, Vintage gold skirt, Vince Camuto sparkle heels from Dillard’s, Necklace from Urban Outfitters a few years back.

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I’m happy to say that this was my very first attempt at a faux bob hairstyle!  And to toot my own horn,  I was pretty impressed with my first try.  :p  It was actually pretty simple… I just pulled all of my hair into an elastic at the length I wanted the bob, (and let some of the shorter layer pieces fall naturally).  Then I just tucked the pony tail under and pinned it, along with the rest of the shorter layers.

Wearing Dior Style Liner, and Addict Lipstick in ‘Daring’.

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Spin!  It’ll also add a little whimsy! :)

Shorts and Chambray

Shorts and Chambray

Madewell shirt top
madewell.com

Slip on boots
anthropologie.com

Swarovski crystal jewelry
anthropologie.com

FOSSIL buckle belt
nordstrom.com

White fedora hat
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Lipstick
maybelline.com