Monday, May 23, 2011

Inspiration - Perspiration: Outfit Edition

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For those of you who may be as of yet unaware of Cake Wrecks, the woman who writes it occasionally does an Inspiration vs. Perspiration post in which she shows the inspiration for a couple's wedding cake, and the cake that they end up getting from their "professional" baker. It is hilarious and sad all at once, and if you haven't checked out Cake Wrecks before, I can assure you that you will waste hours of your life giggling at that pictures and snark.

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Feeling a bit lacking in the inspiration department lately, I took to the internets to find some. And find some I did. Not too long ago Steffy of Steffy's Pros and Cons wore this, and as I started to think about how I could translate it with my wardrobe, I was also reminded of this outfit from The Glamourai. So taking these two outfits with similar basic elements but the personal spin of each lady, I created my take on it and here I present to you my own version of Inspiration and Perspiration. Thankfully, I am not a professional, and nobody's wedding will be ruined if I flop miserably. What do you think? Did I do these two lovely ladies justice, or should I hide in shame?

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Blouse: Vintage
Skirt: Vintage
Shoes: Aldo
Bag: Betsey Johnson (eBay)
Earrings: Kendra Scott (Gilt)

Friday, May 20, 2011

Priorities

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I have been a crazy person lately. I don't like to be a crazy person. It just happens sometimes. My latest bout of crazy has been induced by the impending end of my lease and subsequently the need to find a new place and move. I hate moving. And I hate apartment hunting even more. My roommate and I are going our separate ways (she will be graduating from her Masters program soon and could end up anywhere after that), so staying where I am now is not an option. My options were initially narrowed down to two categories. 1) Buckle down into adulthood and buy. 2) Continue renting. With the housing market what it is right now, buying is a very tempting option, and so I started looking. However, I quickly realized that I wasn't comfortable rushing into buying a place and I wasn't rolling in time. So I decided to rent for now while continuing to look for a place to buy. Decision one has been made, awesome. Now my options are further divided into two. 1) Rent a nicer place that has everything I want but is more expensive. 2) Rent a totally adequate place that doesn't quite have everything that I want, but is significantly cheaper. This is the decision that has just about killed me over the last two weeks. And you know what? That is absolutely INSANE. Look closely at those two options again my friends - I am choosing between great and totally decent. No matter what I decide to do, I will have a lovely roof over my head and a place to bathe. This is not life or death. So why so whacked out about it? I have no idea. All I know is that thankfully I got a grip on myself, gave myself a good hard shake and stern talking to, and made the decision to stop being crazy and be thankful that my "hard decisions" are between good and better. I am blessed to have all that I have and I need to start acting like it. Oh, and in case you're wondering, I also decided to go with the less expensive place. It won't have a washer and dryer in the unit and it won't be in the most ideal location for my commute to work, but it will totally suffice while I continue to look for a place to buy and it will allow me to save my money more quickly for a larger down payment.

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My friend often insists on taking pictures of my derrière, with or without my knowledge. Obviously, I'm not running to post these pictures online, but I thought I'd give him the satisfaction of having gotten at least one posted. Satisfied?

Jacket: Mike & Chris (Revolve)
Polo: Isaac Mizrahi x Target
Jeans: BDG (Urban Outfitters)
Shoes: Jessica Simpson (TJ Maxx)
Bag: Betsey Johnson (eBay)

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Shoes, Toilet Paper, and the Occasional Disappointment

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I tend to be a fairly thrifty person. I grew up in a household where extra was extra and not in the budget. As a result I have no problems with purchasing off brand, no name, super on clearance items. In fact, that's how I shop for the most part. However, there are two items on which I will always be willing to pay more for the good stuff - toilet paper and shoes.

I tend to have sweaty, smelly feet so swathing them in plastic or man made materials only exacerbates the problem. Not to mention, my feet are my foundation. I am on them all day. They carry me to and through everything I have to do and they deserve a little extra attention. So natural materials, whether they be canvas, leather, or satin, etc. are where it's at for me.

The same goes for my bum. It's important to me. I'm willing to pay a little extra to take care of it.

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So, you can imagine my disappointment when these shoes fell apart on me. I did get them on sale at TJ Maxx, but at the time that I bought them, what I paid was A LOT of money for me. But they seemed to be of good quality and craftsmanship and I figured they would last me a good long time. Michael Kors, you really let me down on this one.

Shortly after these pictures were taken, I went grocery shopping. While I was loading my groceries into my car, I had the sensation of my foot sinking into the ground. I figured that I'd stepped into some soft tar that's often used to fill cracks in parking lots, but when I looked down, I was on solid ground. After more careful inspection, I realized that it was my heel coming loose from the shoe! I'd only worn these babies out a handful of times. How could they be falling apart?! Getting my groceries home and up into my apartment was interesting and now these shoes are waiting to go to the cobbler. I'm expecting/hoping, that it will only take a bit of shoe gluing to fix them, but I have say that I feel a bit betrayed. I have Target shoes that have suffered more abuse and held up better than these!

I'll just have to be more careful next time I go shoe shopping. You certainly can't trust that a design name/house is always going to put out a quality product. Lesson learned.

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Jacket: New York & Co.
T-shirt: H&M
Skirt: Vintage
Shoes: Michael Kors (TJ Maxx)
Ring: LowLuv x Erin Wasson (Forward)
Belt, Necklace, Bangles, Sunnies, Clutch: Vintage