Tuesday, April 27, 2010

sneakin' around

I've been out of commission for the week because of a sprained wrist...it actually still hurts but I took the wrap off for the pictures.


I have always been a fan of cheap department store canvas sneakers. They remind me of my childhood and the effortless chic look they lend to millions of outfits. I recently bought these navy blue ones for $7 at Kmart, and I love them...I can't stop imagining all the cool ways to wear them!


button up shirt - thrifted Ralph Lauren
tee - Wet Seal
cardigan - thrifted American Eagle
skirt - vintage
shoes - Faded Glory
clutch - vintage


And...we're supposed to get frost tonight.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

mother lover

(Mother Earth, that is.)


Happy Earth Day, everyone! I enjoyed the outdoors in this outfit, today. I definitely have to start putting more flowers in my hair!


This is the same skirt from the last post - my boyfriend's mom's old one. I was having a very hard time with my outfit today, and it kept calling to me, so I gave in. I bought this clutch yesterday at Goodwill, and I love the wrist-strap!


corset - thrifted
skirt - vintage
sandals - Glaze
clutch - vintage



There's A Place In Your Heart
And I Know That It Is Love
And This Place Could Be Much
Brighter Than Tomorrow
And If You Really Try
You'll Find There's No Need To Cry
In This Place You'll Feel
There's No Hurt Or Sorrow

There Are Ways
To Get There
If You Care Enough
For The Living
Make A Little Space
Make A Better Place...

Heal The World
Make It A Better Place
For You And For Me
And The Entire Human Race
There Are People Dying
If You Care Enough
For The Living
Make A Better Place
For You And For Me

--Michael Jackson, Heal the World

Friday, April 16, 2010

I am relaxed

Mmm...relaxation is so nice! Last night was the perfect combination of girls, yoga, massages, and friendship. It's so strange how in so little time you can realize so much about yourself...

Anyways, this is what I wore for work today. I am in love with this rust-colored skirt that actually used to be my boyfriend's mom's. It was perfect for chillin' in the grass and other equally earthy elements like moccasins and wooden bangles.

shirt - Target
skirt - vintage
moccasins - Minnetonka
bangles - Kmart and vintage
necklace -thrifted

In other (very exciting) news, Brea M. won my Keepsake Barbie Ornament giveaway!
I had a drawing and let my bro pick the name out of a pretty red wool hat - congrats!


Please check out Brea's blog and get ready to be swept away by her beauty, flexibility, adventures in yoga, and her green scheme!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

electric slide

I recently bought these tights and H&M and couldn't wait to wear them with these electric blue heels. I am absolutely in love with florals this year and I love finding ways to incorporate them into my mostly solid-colored wardrobe.


blouse - vintage
skirt - Target
tights - H&M
shoes - Charlotte Russe
clutch - vintage
sunglasses - H&M


I'm also in love with this orange lipstick from L'Oreal - it's such a refreshing change from red, and perfect for the warmer weather!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

eShakti

Today I'm reviewing a dress from eShakti, and I can not get over how much I love it! The style is wonderful, and I've had so much fun thinking of vintage-inspired outfits that it would be perfect for!

eShakti's tagline - we design, you customize is exactly what their business is all about. They offer sizes from 0 - 26W on every style, and make the product specific to your exact measurements, also allowing for any other alterations or customizations you might desire. You need to measure everything (and I mean everything) but the end result is so perfect that the process is worth it. I suggest getting someone to help you measure in order to get the most accurate results.

Once you have decided on your product (there are so many pretty tops, dresses, skirts, and more!), submitted measurements, and customized it to your liking, you only have to wait three days for your item to ship! Even with all the custom sizing, it ships in only three days, and then spends usually around 3-5 days in transit before ending up on your doorstep.

After days spent trying to decide on which lovely item to get (seriously, I couldn't decide, I bugged my boyfriend so much about what one to choose), I finally decided on this gorgeous summer dress. I love the structure on the top, but my favorite parts are the embroidered hummingbirds on the bottom - they're such a fun and colorful addition to this lovely dress.

It stirs up thoughts of vingate Americana, which I tried to incorpoate into these three outfits.

dress - courtesy of eShakti
hat - vintage
necklace - vintage
clutch - vintage
shoes - Charlotte Russe


In addition to some sunny day outfits, I also wanted to try a day-by-the-lake outfit for when the lake winds are blowing.


dress - courtesy of eShakti
cardigan - thrifted Faded glory
brooch - vintage
sunglasses - Charlotte Russe
purse - vintage (my mom's!)
tights - Target
shoes - thrifted Fendi




Here I went with the blatant Americana color scheme and I finally found an outfit for this gorgeous vintage hat I bought at an antique store last year in Michigan.


dress - courtesy of eShakti
hat - vintage
scarf - vintage
clutch - vintage
sunglasses - vintage
shoes - attention


Lasty, the quality of this dress is fantastic. The material is sturdy, the embroidery is flawless, the zipper works without a hitch, and there is even one side of the sash longer than the other to facilitate tying the perfectly proportioned bow in the back.

I will definitely be giving eShakti my business in the future. In fact, I've already picked out a few other things that I may not be able to live without...



Tuesday, April 13, 2010

I heart my Obama tote


Best. Bag. Ever.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

the Art of Jewels

I'm pleased to offer my readers an exclusive discount at The Art of Jewels. Just enter the code FFBQ111 into the comment field when checking out to receive a 10% discount!

The Art of Jewels specializes in customizable jewelry such as these gorgeous rings. Whatever your birthstone or desired gem, just click and drag to view your choice on the actual ring!

These three rings are my favorite from the site - so classic and simple, the pearl ring, especially. I am usually not a fan of gold jewelry, but on these pieces, it its timeless and beautiful.

The website is extremely easy to navigate with all your options layed out in front of you.

In addition to rings, The Art of Jewels also includes earrings and pendants in their selection of customizable jewelry, but if you're not sure what you're searching for, it's simple to narrow down your search by gemstone or occasion.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

April showers bring May flowers

This is not what I wore today when it actually was raining, oh no, this was my outfit from yesterday. Of course. I'm usually the one who is overdressed in rainboots, umbrella, and trench when it ends up to be hot and sunny at the middle of the day, but no. Today I was wearing sandals and short sleeves...and it was cold and rainy and miserable (I swear it wasn't like that when I got up...). Humph.


umbrella - vintage
sweater - thrifted Ann Taylor
scarf - vintage
jeans - thrifted Bullhead
wedges - Mossimo
purse - vintage Coach


This is another one of my beautiful vintage umbrellas. I absolutely am in love with the patterns that sun fading makes on the creases...

In other news...I got a basket for my bike! Yay, I'm so excited to tote stuff around it's not even funny!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

I'm not sure

I have a growing love for vintage umbrellas...I was so excited that it was rainy today!


umbrella - vintage
necklace - vintage
top - thrifted Express
skirt - H&M
socks - Target
shoes - vintage Bonnibel
clutch - thrifted Jessica McLintock


If you owned these shoes...how would you wear them
(
if you would wear them)?

ENTER MY GIVEAWAY HERE


Monday, April 5, 2010

violets

I went out to take pictures today and it started drizzling every so softly...it was magical.

Here are my lovely greys and pastels again (seriously cannot get over this combination!). This dress is beautiful - I loved it from when I first saw it, and my boyfriend who was with me even wanted to buy it for me, but I said no, because it was a little too expensive for my tastes. Then, when I returned to the store later that season it was on sale for $15! I was so surprised, and of course, snapped it up.

This is the same grey cardigan, except I tied it and pinned it to give it a different shape.



This may be the coolest ring ever! I love how big it is! Ooo - and look at the pretty violet!


dress - H&M
cardigan - thrifted Faded Glory
sandals - Glaze
ring - Charlotte Russe
necklace - made by me
earrings - thrifted
clutch - thrifted


I love my hair at this length - it makes for the best high ponytails. And I've always loved to wear feathers in my hair...since I was a little girl. It just seems like they were meant to be stuck there.



Don't threaten me with love, baby. Let's just go walking in the rain.

--Billie Holiday

Friday, April 2, 2010

little miss matching

Let's get this straight right now: I am not a matchy-matchy type of person. I don't buy things because they will match other things, and I think my outfits are cooler if there is contrast, you know. But today, everything kind of just came out with clutch - brown, belt - brown, shoes - brown. And I liked it.

I am also really loving grey with pastels. This grey cardigan works amazingly with this pale yellow dress. I love the hat as a pop of color.

hat - vintage
dress - vintage Sears
cardigan - thrifted Faded Glory
belt - thrifted
clutch - vintage
shoes - thrifted Colin Stuart




I rode my bike to work again today - it was lovely, except very windy (it is not good to ride a bike with a brimmed hat). And then I got rained on on my way home. That's okay...it feels good to get wet.

Enter my giveaway here...the deadline is April 15th!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

april fooling

Well, happy April Fool's, everyone! Sadly, I have no fooling to do, but what can I say. I am going to ride my bike to work today - I'm so excited!

sunglasses - vintage
purse - vintage
scarf - vintage
tee - thrifted Mossimo
vest - thrifted Miley Max
skirt - vintage
heels - vintage


This gorgeous tulip skirt is perfect for spring! I am loving light floaty fabrics (like this scarf) and bright springy colors! Also, I am inspired by jewelry with stones, like this bracelet.


Tonight I have bridesmaid duties...they involve invitations! Plus lovely ladies, laughing, and tea...what an amazing combination!


This is me and my gorgeous (very bendy) friend, B. She is a fellow bridesmaid, and she also teaches us yoga (hence - very bendy!) She has even started a blog, for anyone interested...click here!
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