A Date With Mary-Kate: Recreating Olsen Style.

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The very first person whose style I admired to the point of wanting to dress like them was Mary-Kate Olsen.

I loved her (not in Full House) in It Takes Two and even more when she got older and died her hair brown. She separated herself from the twin gimmick and embraced her own personal style. Throwing caution to the wind and ignoring what the haters said. Bonus points? She got help when her life was spiraling.

All of these things always made her always seem the more relate-able of the the two…

Consequently, I’ve decided every so often, I’m going to have “A Date With Mary-Kate” where I take an old outfit of her’s and track down items so that it could be recreated… Occasionally, I might also recreate her outfits myself (with my own twist).

TODAY’S OUTFIT:

Mary-Kate Olsen styleBohemian and edgy all in the same go-round… surprisingly works well too.

Let’s break down her outfit and where similar pieces an be found:

Toda Vista Swing Dress from Anthropologie is a great match length, material, and colorwise for her dress. Want a cheaper version? Not a match on material, but this little darling from Forever21 is under $25 and has the same vibe to it.

The Rockville Cardigan (also from Anthropologie) is a great oversized black open front cardigan. bonus? It features a longer back and is under $100. A less expensive version (but not as heavy looking) can be found for under $20 HERE from Forever21

Her red quilted bag? Barney’s Warehouse has a remarkably priced Rebecca Minkoff Red Quilted Bag (it’s her Affair Diamond Quilt Bag) with metal and leather straps for $260… considering it’s selling on Zappos for $345… I would say buying it from Barney’s Warehouse is a better bet and purchase. If you’re looking for even less of a commitment (but still with the Rebecca Minkoff name), there’s also a mini version available from Barney’s HERE for $170

There’s quite a few choices (under $5) for her oversized cross necklace. My fave is this one that’s done in a lariat style. But you can also find one here

and a similar pair of heeled sandals can be located at ASOS HERE, currently on sale for less than $40

Sea of Cobalt Transformed into Mod “Dress”

So, I had to do an interview for my Sociology capstone project yesterday afternoon and wound up changing my outfit for the interview… I didn’t feel like actually getting changed, so I just slipped on my lowest cost per wear skirt ever (I love the Andie Skater Skirt from TopShop in Nordstrom more than I could tell you) and the entire look completely transformed.

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It went from a Sea of Cobalt into a cool mod looking flowy tiered dress. A couple of people who came into Anthropologie last night thought it was a dress.
I actually think I like this outfit more than the original…

 

and a lady came into Anthropologie last night with this bag I have been keeping an eye on online… This Kate Spade purse that has such a subtle bow on it – entirely flat and part of the leather itself. It is just as wonderful looking in person. She had it in the Macchiato-Black colorway (which is the colorway I would get if I ever could commit to that) and it was hard to keep my eyes off of it. SUCH a beautiful bag. If you see it you are likely to fall in love.

 

What else? Oh it was the night to get my yearly review. Pay raise. Score one towards that bag, eh?

a sea of cobalt

So, I went out this morning to the store (so I could make breakfast burritos for the pup and I) and stopped by Tower Grove Park on the way to snap some photos.

If you’re ever in St. Louis, I would highly recommend a trip to Tower Grove Park… There is so much to see (pavillions designed in different architectural styles, a green house, carriage rides, fountains, etc) and I feel it’s often overlooked by Forest Park. I might be biased though….

 

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What am I wearing?
Jacket: Vintage Children’s Moto Jacket thrifted: Similar faux leather version HERE for under $50 (actually on sale for $25 as I type this), or a denim version HERE that’s pretty rad – Also Worn – HERE and HERE

Top (featured over dress): Take Flight Tank Anthropologie old: a similar layered tank can be found HERE or HERE (in a more neutral version)
Dress (underneath tank): Urban Outfitters (old)
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell Skates, no longer available – I finally found a similar pair HERE for you guys… not the same, by any stretch, but a pair of carved wood wedges nonetheless – Also worn HERE
 
The rest of my day will be filled with writing and work… Exciting, I know…

like gossiping about hair color…

I’ve been debating this post. Going back and forth in my head about whether or not I should write it… But at the end of the day (literally – I’m writing this at 11:40pm), since it’s been on my heart and mind for a few days I feel it’s important. If for no one other than myself.

 

Life tends to be made up of a web of people. Some people we are connected with in multiple ways, others are further separated from ourselves… maybe only connected through one event. I hate to say it, but I fear I have more of the latter in my life. I don’t tend to let people in very often… or let people get too close. Some might think of me as a great friend to them, while I consider them merely an acquaintance.

 

This can cause some issues, unsurprisingly, I’m sure.

 

One group of such people I met when I was busy regaining my life and putting nutrients back into my deprived body. People tend to want to retain relationships formed in those situations as a way of reminding themselves of where the markers are. So they can have people acting as buoys to remind them of how far it’s safe to shy away from the shore. People who will call them out on their bullshit. I’m fairly well known for doing just that.

 

Despite the fact that I hate Facebook, I have not deleted my account, because I use it as a log-in on a couple of other sites. Consequently though, I only access FB once every few weeks (if that). My last post? Back in February. Anyway, a friend of mine told me that there was something written in a group we both belong in that I might want to read. A group that is mainly comprised of the type of people I mentioned earlier. People that think I’m a great friend and who use me as a buoy.

 

This group of women were gossiping about the sexuality of one of my (our) past doctors. They’d been Facebook stalking her (their words) and apparently because another female is in her profile picture that must be “her lady.” Other stuff was said regarding the scandalous nature of this.

 

My heart sank.

 

If there’s one thing that gets me to me quite quickly, it’s when someone decides to gossip about someone else’s sexuality. Gossiping about sexuality is like gossiping about hair color. You’re gossiping about something that’s inherent and just is. Nothing worth gossiping about in the least. Add in the fact that I really liked this doctor? It made me angry they would take something that’s personal and turn it into fodder. I know the truth of her sexuality (and have for quite some time – not saying she is or she isn’t) from running into her multiple times in public and have never felt the need to feed this game. Either way (confirming or denying), because (again) it’s something that’s personal and gossiping about it is like gossiping about hair color. Pointless. In some instances, in this case, it can also be cruel. This was certainly being conducted in a negative manner.

 

What these girls didn’t realize though (oh, but I assure you I shut them down and they deleted all traces of the incident) is that they could just as well have been gossiping about me. Yes, me, this girl that they all seem to think they’re lifelong friends with. This girl they text when they’re having issues. They don’t know my sexuality. They don’t know if I’m gay, straight, bi, etc… I could be.

 

What does this show?

 

Sexuality doesn’t make you likable or unlikable, good or bad. Your personality does.

Where Can I Find That? Tracking down garments from Pinterest (II)

So, I thought today might be a good day for another riveting round of, “Where Can I Find That?” (Round One can be found HERE)

You know the story, you’re perusing through Pinterest, you see this amazing coat. This bohemian skirt. These shoes that make you do a double take. Then what happens? You click the link and get brought to some spammy site… or tumblr.

 

I’m rounding up some of my fave Pinterest pins that have this unfortunate quality and showing you where you can locate the items.

 

J Crew Anchor SkirtI can be a sucker for a novelty print… and I rather like nautical things. I have never worn nautical before, but this skirt made me want to consider it. Turns out, it’s a J Crew Skirt that’s no longer being sold… However J Crew Factory has a VERY similar version HERE for just over $40

 

Bohemian Crochet Maxi Dress Screen shot 2014-04-10 at 9.33.39 AMThe above dress was located actually after trying to find the retailer for this aqua maxi dress. I wasn’t in love with the aqua maxi, but it had just enough of a bohemian vibe that I had hope the retailer would have other dresses that I could fall in love with. I was right. You can find it directly from the online boutique HERE

 

Shabby Apple Polka Dot SkirtI do love chambray… It’s sort of impossible not to working at Anthropologie, because it’s been a mainstay in our store for… let’s just say awhile now. So I really loved this look of a chambray shirt paired with a graphic polka dot high waisted pencil skirt. Now where to find a similar skirt? Turns out that comes from the Shabby Apple Boutique. You can find it directly through the shop HERE

 

Screen shot 2014-04-10 at 9.42.33 AMI’m a girl that does like the occasional sparkle and I obviously love mixing up masculine and feminine. This drapey, sequin covered blazer seems to fulfill all of those desires.

Similar ones can be found HERE (for under $60), HERE, and with a less sparkly one HERE

 

Twist Back TopThis pin actually bothered me, because of where you see it came from… Really society?

Anyway, you can find a similar top HERE for under $20

 

 

 

When Tulle Peeks Out

So I’ve been living at school these past few days… It’ll be nice when I’m down to one class come May 15th. Even better? Come June 15th I will be entirely done with classes and will have graduated on the 9th of August (if all goes well… eeps!)

I took these photos on campus this morning, so I apologize for the lighting and general cheese factor.

anthropologie apothecary skirt  rodarte target dress photo 2-34 photo 3-28What am I wearing?

Dress (worn under the skirt): Old Rodarte Target Dress circa holiday 2009 – similar HERE

Skirt: Anthropologie Apothecary Skirt (old) – similar HERE and HERE

Shoes: Anthropologie Partita Flats (no longer available) – similar HERE

and because flowers aren’t just for May… I’m linking up to the April Flowers Fest via BrynnKate, and Andi

Romping Around

So I wound up not getting called into work on this sunshiney Saturday. Considering the last two days I spent time in the basement due to tornado warnings, it’s very welcome.

I’m about to head out to the dog park with my lovely Moscato and this is what I’m wearing:accordance lace romper

 

Romper: Anthropologie – Accordance Lace Romper (old) – similar 3/4 sleeve lace romper HERE

Shoes: Urban Outfitters (old) – similar studded boots HERE – Also seen HERE and HERE

and yes, it’s a very simple look. As I said in my very first post, I’m keeping this blog authentic to me. I’m not going to put on outfits just to blog them. These are things I really wear.

I don’t wear a ton of accessories in real life (minus that Macklemore lyrics bracelet) unless it’s the fall. I also get into shoe habits where I wear the same pair of shoes over and over again for awhile. That’s real. That’s me. That’s what you see.

 

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Of Mushrooms, Studs, and Sleep

So I wound up going back to sleep, thank goodness!

After going to the gym, I headed over to Anthropologie to try on the Lithographe shorts. As much as I love those minty seafoam ones (and the fact that they are selling quite well), they were not for me. They made my bottom completely flat… They do fit true to size for those wondering as I took my normal 2 for higher waisted bottoms.

EDIT: Apparently I ruffled a few feathers (though I honestly don’t think I said anything wrong) so I’m editing out what used to be in this section… I’m a bit disturbed by some of the implications about me… or what I felt like were implications… but they don’t know me. They don’t know my story. They obviously don’t know how much I care about that company and would NEVER do anything that would harm that company’s bottom dollar and ability to thrive. I’ve promoted Anthro for a very long time and I know for a fact a lot of visitors to this site have left this site (via my links) and gone to Anthropologie’s website…

and my blog is not an “Anthropologie” blog. It’s my blog. There is nothing in the handbook (at least the handbook I was given in 2010) saying Anthropologie employees cannot have blogs, let alone that dictates the contents of their blogs. Nothing I have ever stated on this blog violates anything in that handbook. I am not sharing secret information. I am not sharing policies that are not public. I am not confirming anything. I am not stating when sales will take place or what items will be placed on sale. I am not sharing trade secrets (let’s get real… I don’t know any trade secrets, I’m a CA). 

Anyway, onto today’s outfit:

Toadstool blouse Andie Skater SkirtDoesn’t my hair improve things so much?

My hair was done by Natalie over at Arco Hair Company in St. Louis

Skirt: The Andie Faux Leather Skater Skirt from Topshop at Nordstrom that I wear all the time… So much love for this skirt.

Shoes: from Urban Outfitters (old). Similar Studded boots HERE

Blouse: The Toadstool Blouse from Anthropologie (old). You can find a mint blouse without toadstools on it HERE

 

 

New Hair, Don’t Care

So, I’m more than a wee bit tired right now, but my body never seems to let me sleep beyond 8am… Even though I strolled into my home at almost 3am… and fell asleep at probably 3:30 or 4.

Good thing I don’t work today.

Why’d I stumble into my bed so late/early?

Well, I got off from Anthroland at 10:30pm or so and my friend N was still painting her hair salon, so I went to join her. She drank PBR, I drank Moscato, we both drank vodka. Then we walked somewhere to dance in The Grove in St. Louis… which if you know me, isn’t usually my thing… But I let myself be free, even though by the end of it I was pretty sober.

 

I think, in all honesty, part of it has to do with a chapter I just wrote for the “book” I’m writing.

 

Anyway, here’s the new hair:

photo-22My hair is actually about twice as thick now, if not thicker. Incredible.

 

Oh and get some sleep now ladies, because I’m sure you’ll be up late tonight ;)

 

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