Monday, May 30, 2011

Sartorial Husbandry: Day Six

"So, what, did your husband dress you or something?"

When I got this question from a friend, I just giggled thinking she was making a joke about the little experiment we have been doing....until I realized that I hadn't told her about it.
Apparently, she was referencing the school girl fantasy that Mr. Man put together in a rush that morning.

For some reason, I didn't realize exactly HOW short this skirt actually was until I was reviewing the pictures for this blog post. wow.

Loving the large round beads paired with the polka dots.

My little Silly Goose.

Don't worry, I did opt for my vintage bloomers when I realized how short the skirt he had chosen was. Aren't these tights fun? I think they are bridal tights from the 80's, found a few pairs still packaged at my local Mom and Pop thrift store.

It was Art Party/ Last Day of Preschool case you were wondering.

Can you guess which shape today's show is sponsored by?

Friday, May 27, 2011

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Sartorial Husbandry: Day Four

Last night our big girl graduated from Preschool, heralding in the first of what I hope will be many more Commencement ceremonies.  Her class delighted all of their parents with an abridged version of what they have been learning throughout the year. Presentations ranged from science projects, to cultural lessons, to adorable little life inspiring songs and dancing. It was such a treat to see all that my little girl has been learning during her hours without us in her own little world.

 Waiting anxiously for graduation to start.

 Charlotte and her sweetie, Maaaaveriiick.
Yep, that's how his name must be said, with the proper sing-songy teasy accent added in for good measure.
(Just look at that dreamy look in her eyes ;) )

Charlotte's proud Mama in a fancy pantsy outfit picked out by her proud Daddy.

-I managed to whip together Charlotte's dress in 3 hours (personal record)
-Awkwardly placed arm above is attempting to cover a hole in the wall ;)

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Sartorial Husbandry: Day Three

One thing that I'm learning through this process is that I seem to keep a mental catalogue of most of my items of clothing with details including silhouette, color, length, weight.  So, when Dave goes into my closet to pick an outfit, he is doing it sort of blindly without the benefit my mental closet. The result, pants that are a bit short...oh well.

I love his color choice. Mustard is one of my favorites, and paired with black, even better.

I also love the way he layered these necklaces.

Nice job, babe.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Sartorial Husbandry: Day Two

Dave is a HUGE fan of tights, and especially *these* tights. My theory is that they seem to give my toothpick-like legs the illusion of a little shape. Another favorite is the "Magic Belt". Many a morning I have come out, ready for work, in an outfit a bit too loose for his liking, to which he will comment, "...I think that might need the Magic Belt"

The "Magic Belt" (pictured here) I thrifted about a year ago. During an evening of silliness I decided to try on a succession of outfits that were then vastly improved with the simple application of "The Magic Belt"...
Tell me we aren't the only couple that does dorky things like this?!

Day Two is in the books.  If he keeps this up I might be able to tolerate another five days of this.

Take home message: Dudes dig our legs and waists, even if they do need a little "magic"

Monday, May 23, 2011

Sartorial Husbandry: Day One

Bright and Cheery isn't it?  I typically don't pick colors this bright, unless it is as an accent, let alone these two bright colors together.  Although, I definitely felt like I suited a day filled with sunny bike riding with the Ryan Clan.  The consensus was that Dave did well on his first shot out of the gate.

For some reason I feel like these last two pictures would work better with stilettos, arched back poses, and maybe a little baby oil....oh, and a tan would be nice.

I think my pasty bod atop Dave's awesome custom chopper definitely drops the cool factor down a few notches.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

A Good Day.

One Shop.
Three Labels.
One Happy Girl.

( Coming soon to Sifted Vintage )

Saturday, May 21, 2011


I love how this look was so slouchy and comfy but I still felt dressed up in my skirt and boots.  During the day I kept thinking that I wished the skirt was a little more fitted, but now looking at the pictures I have officially changed my mind.   Just FYI, I have decided to let my husband dress me all next week. I am a little scared. He is pretty excited, much more than I thought he would be.  Since he comes from the "where what's on top in the drawer" school of style, this should be interesting.  Maybe my slouchy outfit is preparation for what I'm sure will be more fitted outfits next week. Stay tuned.

Who wants to play "find the hitchhiker thread"? Little threads tagging along on my clothes has become a consistent theme in my outfit posts of late.  Go ahead, I dare you to find an outfit that doesn't have a little "friend" hanging on.  I guess that just a hazard of my job.

Boucle Sweater: Thrifted
Knit Skirt: Thrifted
Boots: Thrifted

Charlotte thought I needed more excitement in my picture, hence the bubbles.
I have to agree.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Dangerous Denim

Bikers, roadies, hippies..umm....gang members?  Not the first thing I think of when I see a denim vest, but that is exactly what my husband referenced when I walked out this morning in this outfit.  "I like your knife fightin' outfit"....huh?
Immediately, I imagine myself knife wielding in the well pressed and excessively tucked gangs of Westside Story.

Okay, now I get it.

Charlotte Ronson S/S 2011
We all know denim never really goes out of style just recreates itself from season to season. I love Charlotte Ronson's take on denim in these looks, light washes in very comfy cuts. I see a hint of 90's grunge.

                                                                  Vest: Levi's Thrifted
Pants: H&M
Booties: Jessica Simpson

I guess, now I just need to decide am I a Jet or a Shark.


Friday, May 13, 2011


I realized, too late, that I went to work with no jewelery of any kind. Typically I have at least my trusty hoop earrings on, but apparently time was an issue this morning.  Turns out I actually like this look with no adornment save my red braided belt.

Tank: Thrifted
Vest: Target
Jeans: Thrifted
Shoes: Forever 21

I really liked how the red, green, and leopard print all played off of each other.

Charlotte was having fun patiently watching me take pictures and then running in for a leg tackle just as the timer was about to go off.  Little stinker. ;)

P.S. Mom jeans rock my world. Just sayin'.

So, Aunt Dee Dee has spoken and feels that we need to address Charlotte's lovely ensemble.  I guess I have become so accustom to her quirky way of dressing that it is just commonplace. First off, girlfriend LOVES her tights, the more colorful the better. At one point Target had lots of fun patterns and colors and since about 2 years ago they have been pretty boring. So, needless to say, all her tights are too small so she has to wear "holders"  ie. skirts with attached shorts or just shorts under to hold them up.  Lately she has been opting for the later which makes for a look a Derby Girl could get behind. She tops every outfit off with a headband of choice and then she's off.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Seeds of Style

          For as long as I can remember I have always had an affinity for asian inspired prints. I have fantasies that it must have come from spending the first 6 months of my life in Japan and that these must have been the first prints that left a mark on my psyche. By way of baby bedding or Reiko-san's floral mu mu, somehow I seeded this connection to beautifully stylized nature prints. Isn't the one on this dress so fun and sweet?

I really like these shoes, from the heel up, but I'm not crazy about the finish of the platform, the fake wood thing is not doing it for me. I was thinking about adding some brass push pins along the top edge, or painting them or SOMETHING...I'd LOVE ideas or suggestions?

I know that you have all seen these little beauties. Whether it be HSN, "As seen on TV" store, Claire's, what have you, these things are everywhere. My aunt gave me this one when I showed some interest in her's. It did take me a while to get around the whole informercial cheesiness that they exude, but recently, I have discovered that they are the PERFECT piece for shortish, not long enough for a ponytail, hair. Yes, I have been known to rock the 2inch long ponytail, but, can we agree that the alternative is a little classier?

Dress: thrifted
Cardigan: Zac Posen for Target
Platforms: Forever 21
earrings: Forever 21

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Pleats, baby, Pleats!

I have had this skirt for a few weeks now and have been anxiously anticipating wearing it.  I have a tendency to hold on to pieces that I really love until I either come up with the PERFECT outfit or I can't wait any longer.  In this case, it was the later. It wasn't perfect, but it was comfortable and I felt really great all day long.

I just realized this is an entirely thrifted outfit! SCORE!

Pleated skirts were all over Spring runways so imagine how stoked I was when I found this baby.

Speaking of trends...what do we think of the "midi" skirt? AKA hits mid calf or if you are a southern gal, "tea length".  I kind of dig it. I have rather shapeless calfs so I think it is sort of a good length for that reason.  I dunno, thoughts?

Super flattering FUPA pic (right, Deed?!)

Sunday, May 1, 2011

The Beautiful

Alabama. The place our family settled after my Dad retired from the Navy and where I spent my middle school, high school, and then College years. I have made so many amazing memories in this truly beautiful state and I am so saddened to see the tragedy that it has endured in these past few days.

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The hardest hit city was Tuscaloosa, Alabama,  home of The University of Alabama, a college full of pride and tradition. Also, coincidentally, the rival to my Alma Mater, Auburn University.
  Alabama, without a doubt, LOVES it's football and between our two schools we hold the last two consecutive Football National Championships and probably the biggest rival in the country.  Despite our stiff rivalry, in times of crisis our rival is usually the first to offer a helping hand.  A few months back Auburn's tradition was attacked when someone poisoned 130 year old oak trees at Toomer's Corner on our campus. Within hours a group was formed through facebook dubbed "Tide for Toomers" and subsequently raised close to $50,000 to help preserve our trees and our traditions. 
   So now, Tuscaloosa and the entire state of Alabama are in dire straits and I pledge to do my little part to help redefine the word "Rival".  If I have to put on a houndstooth dress to do it. So be it.

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