Monthly Archives: February 2014

back in black {thrift style thursday – monochrome}

hi Friends,

I have missed you all so much! I am trying to get in the swing of the new job (my goodness, is it chaotic!!!!). I haven’t had time to check my email, cook dinner, clean my house, call my family, blog, comment on blogs, etc.

I wore this all black ensemble for my first day of work yesterday. The reason why I don’t have a picture of just me is that the flash made my beige bra shine brightly through the knit dress – oops. Thanks to the kitties, I have good coverage 😉

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What’s your favorite color to wear monochrome?

Don’t miss the rest of the TST crew:

Zhenya at Being Zhenya
Kristi at Alligator Toe
Miche at Buttons and Birdcages
Jackline at Sincerely Miss J
Justine at The Two Cent Chic
Meg at Eclecticity
Sheri  at Confessions of a Refashionista
Martyna at Spoolish
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Outfit Details:
Dress: Misook long knit dress, consignment store (bought with credit)
Belt: NY&Co black belt, thrifted $1.39
Tights: Old
Shoes: My new work shoes! From Nordstorm (Shhhh don’t tell anyone I actually shopped retail)

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prints + patterns {thrift style thursday}

it’s really no surprise to anyone that I love mixing prints. it’s fun and an easy way to add visual interest to your ensemble.

By the way, my sweet mom helped with this post by taking my pix. She was having trouble seeing the viewfinder (her eye issues), and so most of the pix ended up crooked or with my head missing. Doesn’t matter to me. Thanks mom, for helping with my blog:)

check out how I did my print mixing for this week’s TST:

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Oops, my head is missing!
Oops, my head is missing!

I love florals + stripes (or polka dots) 🙂

Don’t miss the rest of the TST crew:

Zhenya at Being Zhenya
Kristi at Alligator Toe
Miche at Buttons and Birdcages
Jackline at Sincerely Miss J
Justine at The Two Cent Chic
Meg at Eclecticity
Sheri  at Confessions of a Refashionista
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Outfit Details:
Skirt: Talbots floral pencil skirt, thrifted $3.39
Top: Rafaella striped tee, thrifted $3.39
Cardigan: J. Jill, thrifted (gift from mom)
Belt: black and leopard belt, consignment store credit
Shoes: Melissa + Vivienne Westwoo flats, poshmark
Bag: Coach Leatherware briefcase, thrifted $35 + scarf $1.39

changes.

Hi all,

Sorry for my infrequent posting as of late. Changes are a-brewing on my end and I’d like to get them off my chest, hopefully helping me to move forward with less anxiety.

First, my mom has moved back in with us. She has a pretty serious eye infection that threatens her cornea. She already has some damage to it but until the infection clears up, we’re not sure to what extent. Of course her anxiety and sadness about her possibly losing eyesight has been internalized by me.

Second, I made a pretty big career/life decision. After 6 years with the same company, I’ve decided to take a position at a newer, small marketing firm in downtown Durham. You know when you’re confronted with a fork in the road (of life) and you’re not sure which path to take? One thing that helped me move on from the company that I’ve known from my entire post-collage career is that I was tired of the institutionalized dysfunction. I won’t go into detail here but it was making me pretty upset. We are all adults here, and should be treated as such.

I’m scared of moving on but at the same time, I’m ready for it. The new position is with a marketing firm, and I’ve never had to work with clients before, so I’m worried that I won’t be good at it. But then this new place must have seen something in me and must have faith in my experience in marketing, to choose me for the job. Oh well, I start next Wednesday Feb. 26th and even though I know it’s hard work, I’m hoping that it’s rewarding and that I learn a lot from it.

Now, onto fashion….

I also wanted to share an outfit that I wore a few weeks ago but never posted. Graphic/animal sweaters are so cute and I’d like to share mine:

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Thanks for listening to my little rant. If you have any advice about dealing with new job anxiety, I’d love to hear it!

Much love to all of you! Hope you all (regardless of relationship status) had a great V-day or just plain ol’ Friday the 14th 🙂

Kisses,
Nout

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Outfit Details:
Nerd Cat Sweater: Ideeli
Boots: hand me downs
Leggings: Zara from last summer
Bag: Vintage coach, thrifted $10
Necklaces: Mom’s
Shirt: Chambray, thrifted $3.39

celebrity-inspired thrift style thursday

I’m not one to gush over celebrity style – mainly because I don’t feel any connection or common ground with people that are skinnier, better-looking, and of course – super rich (all things that I am NOT).

So when this thrift style Thursday topic rolled around, I was a little nervous about who to pick. I decided to go with a celebrity that I find quite alluring, Christina Hendricks, mainly because of her depiction of Joan on Mad Men, but also because she is GORGEOUS. Her curves could kill.

I know that Christina Hendricks is often photographed wearing gorgeous red-carpet gowns that show off her hour-glass curves, but I wanted to go with a look that’s a little more low-key…something comfortable yet chic.

So here goes – my celebrity style inspiration for today:

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Don’t forget to check out the rest of the Thrift Style Thursday gals:
Zhenya at Being Zhenya
Kristi at Alligator Toe
Miche at Buttons and Birdcages
Jackline at Sincerely Miss J
Justine at The Two Cent Chic
Alex at Snippets With Alex
Meg at Eclecticity
new member: WELCOME Sheri at Confessions of a Refashionista
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Outfit Details (mine):
Blazer: Magaschoni, thrifted $4.59
Top: striped, no tag, thrifted $3.39
Jeans: Ralph Lauren skinnies, thrifted $4.59
Clutch: Kate Spade clutch/travel wallet, consignment store in Miami $50
Shoes: Cole Haan beige patent pointy toe pumps, ebay $40? (can’t remember exact amount)
Bracelet: gift

my fashion philosophy.

OOTD black and greyThis is a post that I’ve been thinking about for quite some time. I started by pondering branding and brand identity. Then I asked myself “what is my blog about?” and from that I came up with my fashion philosophy.

1. you don’t have to be tall to look smashing.
2. you don’t have to be skinny to look chic (all bodies are beautiful).
3. you don’t have to be rich to dress well.
4. you don’t have to be young to pull off modern looks.
5. There’s nothing wrong with mixing the old with the new.
6. the only fashion rule is ~ “as long as it fits and makes you feel good”
7. there’s no such thing as being overdressed.
8. if you feel good on the outside, you can begin to feel good on the inside.
9. Be passionate but don’t take it too seriously! Fashion is meant to be fun and funny.
10. It’s OK to push your fashion boundaries and limits or to stick with your fashion comfort.
11. Quality over quantity.
12. It’s OK to borrow ideas and inspirations from others.

I think that’s the point of a fashion blog. To be able to have that dialogue.

What about you, friends? What is your fashion philosophy?

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Outfit Details:
Top: Michael Stars, thrifted $3.39
Belt: thrifted, $1.39
Skirt: Eileen Fisher, thrifted $3.39
Tights: old
Boots: Cole Haan, hand me downs
Necklace: groopdealz