Inspired By

blue stripe top; moto boots; french chic

Top, Old Navy; skirt, Lands End; scarf, Winners; boots, Josef Seibel; bag, Marc Jacobs

I’ve said it before: I don’t Pinterest. I will, occasionally, buy a cute dress I’ve seen someone else wear, but that’s about as far as I’ll take the inspiration game. I find the whole outfit inspiration thing counter-productive, because rather than making me want to get more creative with my own clothes, it usually just makes me want to go out and buy new things. Buying things is not something with which I need help, ever. So. If I’m looking for outfit inspiration, I usually just poke around my closet for a bit.

Let me go on a tangent, briefly. I’m slightly obsessed with stationery. Notepads, sticky notes, journals, cards. Especially cards. I save all the cards I get for birthdays and the like, and I sometimes buy cards just because I like the pictures. My intention is always to frame them, but I always forget, and they end up languishing in forgotten boxes all over my house. No more. I recently took one of my faves to work, and pinned it to my sad-looking cork board. Baby steps. As a bonus, it inspired me to put together this outfit – even though I don’t have a cute bateau neckline striped top, a red beret, a cute poodle, or a plane ticket to Paris. More’s the pity.

blue stripe top; moto boots; french chic

nailed it … hahahaha

This exercise made me realize two things. One, I need more striped tops. Two, I need it to be summer again, stat. I have a feeling one will be easier to rectify than the other. If only money could buy off Mother Nature!

blue stripe top; moto boots; french chic

Moar stripes, please!

The $5 Outfit

Deletta Alstroemeria floral top; Marc Jacobs Stella bag

Top, Deletta (thrifted); jeans, Rachel Roy; cardigan, Joe Fresh;shoes, J. Crew Factory; bag, Marc Jacobs

Ok, that title might be just a leeeeeettle bit misleading. It was this floral Deletta top that set me back $5 (thanks, Value Village), but I think we can agree that it makes the whole outfit. So.

Deletta Alstroemeria floral top

the details

I think we can also agree that these blue (suede) shoes go with everything, yes? I do wish they were leather instead of (faux) suede, because I will cry hot tears when they fall apart on me and I want to postpone that indignity as long as I can. Is J. Crew bringing back its Cece flats? They should. And the next order of business should be to bring them back in this colour.

Deletta Alstroemeria floral top; Marc Jacobs Stella bag

side flourish

Chartreuse By Any Other Name

Boss ikat print skirt; J. Crew chartreuse  ruffle blouse

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… would be a lot less stylish. What have we got? Pea soup green? Toddler mucous discharge? Yeah, exactly. Chartreuse, on the other hand, is French, and we all know that French things are automatically stylish. It’s, like, a universal law.

vintage bouquet pin; floral brooch

vintage pin

I happen to be a fan of chartreuse, although I think the verdict’s still out on whether chartreuse is a fan of my complexion. Or vice versa. Typically, I’m all about relegating questionable colours to my bottom half – don’t go Freudian on that statement – to avoid as much as possible looking sicklier/pastier than necessary. I threw that caution to the wind when I bought this blouse. I also committed to an awful lot of ruffles. Or, as the French say, volants. See, already more stylish.

 

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