You will salute to fashion

This was one of those outfits I wasn’t sure about all day. I am not one to wear army green or any camo patterns for that matter. But I had seen the trend done so well here and here that I wanted to try it. I bought this shirt at J.Crew while shopping in Georgetown. It was from the men’s section and on sale for $20. With the encouragement of my shopping enabler friend, I made the purchase. While it felt like I was just wearing a baggy shirt all day (also something I am not accustomed to), I actually love how it looks in these photos. The tough, structured green shirt and the floral print dress create a great contrast.
J.Crew shirt; Forever 21 dress; Target leggings; Nine West sandals; H&M earrings; Ray Ban sunglasses

ModCloth Springtime Skies Cloak Polyvore Set

I put together this set on Polyvore for a fun challenge over on Sterling Style. The challenge was to use the ModCloth Springtime Skies Cloak and ModCloth accessories. I think I had too much fun imagining what I would wear with this and where. You will see an obvious Parisian theme going on. The winner of the challenge gets the cloak, which I would love to have. I have been wanting a cloak like this forever, and I think it would be so cute to style in the fall with a long-sleeve shirt, skirt, and tights. There is still time to enter. Check it out here.   
Fly to Paris with Springtime SkiesFashion Trends & Styles - Polyvore

Fly to Paris with Springtime Skies by The Cosmopolitan Clevelander on Polyvore.com

Night Fever

Black dress pants have been in my playbook for a long time. I still remember my first pair from the Gap; they had the zipper in the back and no pockets for an effect similar to jeggings unexposed. But that’s all in the past now. Fast-forward to the aughts with these awesome flair-leg black pants with big belt loops from the Limited. These definitely say Saturday Night Fever, however, I actually like the 70s flair. They make business casual a little more snazzy. Pairing these pants with the big belt and aviators adds to the “vintage” effect. The 70s is a time period that I don’t see many people trying to recreate. Flare-leg jeans made a brief appearance in the 90s, but a full-on reversion to the 70s, meaning fro hair and gold lame jumpsuits, needs to happen. It’s only a matter of time.
New York and Company blouse; The Limited pants; Banana Republic belt; Ray Ban Aviators; Banyan Tree hat; H&M earrings; Kenneth Cole watch; Street fair abalone bracelet

Some ladies with style for a change…

I imagine you love staring at pics of me everyday, but that’s bound to get boring after a while. And Vanessa Jackman’s blog is full of great inspiration. Both of these photos had me intrigued for similar reasons. The nonchalant hair looks effortless and the outfits are both pretty simple except that they have been accessorized perfectly. Photos 1&2: see scarf and ballet flats; photo 3: see piled on necklaces and bangles. This makes them extremely chic, yet very easy to recreate: score!

This weekend should be very relaxing. I am going birthday shopping with my mom and sis tonight, and some peeps are coming over Saturday for dairy queen ice cream cake. However my actual birthday isn’t for another week or so. It’s a long story. Have a great weekend!

Trench coat

Bonus post today! I entered this contest on Weardrobe that required you to show how you style your trench. In my post I referenced the fact that I love how a trench can really pull a simple outfit together. So I wore an outfit that I would wear to run errands to make the point that even in this simple outfit the trench can work wonders. I also threw on the bandanna headband and realized I looked a little 50s housewife-ish. Go here and click on the heart in the corner of my photo to vote. Thanks!

Jolie and Elizabeth

I was absolutely smitten with New Orleans the first time I visited. The French Quarter, the southern charm, and the beautiful buildings and history all drew me in. So when I read the description of Jolie and Elizabeth, a New Orleans-based clothing line, I knew I had found kindred spirits. They even profess their love of the city on a cute gray heart Nola t-shirt. Upon examining the clothes, I found simple, classic designs using materials such as silk and seersucker, always favorites of mine. I look forward to seeing this line grow.

The Adelaide dress, $163
The Upper Line dress, $216

Diagonal lines

Isaac Mizrahi started his collaboration with Target in 2003, and was one of the first to do so. When I came across this dress at the thrift store the other day, I knew I had to have it. It bore the name of the Target/Mizrahi colab on its tag and that reminded me of when Target started getting more stylish, and when I too, started to look at style and fashion more closely. The collaboration took place right before I started college and ended right after I graduated. This dress stood out as something unique and fun, and it made me think this whole thrift store idea actually works. I have to give credit to some of the bloggers who make it look so easy on their blogs, where I look for inspiration.

Bloggers who thrift:
Jen Loves Kev
Kansas Couture
My Edit
My Style Pill
District of Chic

Isaac Mizrahi for Target dress, thrifted: $8; Nine West Pumps; Antique pearl necklace; Nordstrom cardie; Pac Sun sunglasses; Macy’s pearl earrings; Kennneth Cole watch: gifted from the boy