Bon voyage!

It’s that time of year. Beach vacation. For a week. Don’t be jealous. If I look smug in that picture, it’s because I am. (I am just kidding.) I appreciated all of the positive comments this past week. It will be nice to have a week to clear my head and not be attached to a computer all day long. I have some posts planned for next week including a post appropriately about packing for a beach vacation. So stay tuned. Until then, enjoy your weekend and these links:

I love this roundup of summer style

I imagined Garance Dore would be the type of person who has interesting stories to tell.

Fourth picture down. I want that outfit that Lucy Hale is wearing.

Sea of shoes and her mom on nowness. Amazing house and as always shoes. 

The top 40 culturally relevant preppies. I believe JFK should be higher.

Ok so Mad Men isn’t always entirely accurate. That’s not why I watch.

A pinup girl seems appropriate as the next link. 

I have been wondering this question myself, “Why isn’t Jon Hamm in more stuff?” Apparently crossing the line to middle America is as hard as crossing over to middle earth. 

Shameless plug. You can vote for my Mad Men look once a day.

Helen Mirren has great style, among other things.

Is Jason Schwartzman doing tai-chi without pants? Yes!

Hilarious blog: Man repeller.

(Photo by the boy)

Work approp: Structured ruffles

I got this dress as a birthday gift from my aunt. Normally I would restrict its wear to weekends and going to the beach, but I thought it would be an interesting dress to pair with my structured work blazer. I really like the color and shape of the jacket with the soft flirty ruffles and colors of this dress. And it classifies as work appropriate. In our employee handbook, a skirt can be 6 inches above the knee. Can you believe that? That’s quite short.
I was really excited when I saw this bridge. I thought it would be an awesome place to take outfit photos. Apparently there are many more joggers and cyclists in this park than I thought. One passed every minute, and stared. It was also extremely hot and humid. So if I look like I am in pain in these photos, it may very well be the case. I think you can actually see the humid haze in the top photo. 
H&M blazer; American Eagle dress; Nine West sandals; J.Crew necklace

Chloe Winter 2010 RTW

Pretty impressive. I will be looking to this for inspiration all winter long. I love the adherence to typical fall and winter colors with the occasional departure such as the bright pink skirt and the patterned shirt dress, which looks like something that could have been pulled off the safari-train trend, but with a black turtleneck looks very appropriate for cooler temps.

(Via Wildfox)

An American in Paris

I am over the moon about my haircut. It had been a long time coming. I didn’t want to do anything too crazy before my sister’s wedding so I just got it trimmed. With the wedding behind me, I told my hairdresser that I didn’t want a lot of length taken off, but I still wanted something different. She gave me shorter, face framing layers in the front and back while only cutting an inch off the length. It’s exactyl what I wanted—something different.
So when I picked out this outfit, I knew I wanted to wear something stylish and work appropriate, but fun for my hair appointment later that night. Do you feel the need to dress up when you get your haircut? Maybe because the salon I go to is also a spa and serves tea in the lobby that I feel like I need to put in the extra effort. This outfit ended up making me feel very Parisian, which I loved. Oh and the best part about this outfit is that the shoes were free (hand-me downs from my aunt), the shirt was $5 at H&M, and the skirt was $10 at H&M. So all in all I spent $15 on this outfit. Nice.

H&M top; H&M skirt; Mudd Shoes

Weekend recap: Terminal Tower

When I found out that the Terminal Tower in Cleveland would be opening for a few weeks this summer, I knew I had to check it out. Chicago has the Sears Tower, New York, the Empire State Building, but Cleveland has the Terminal Tower. The last time it was open was before 9/11. I had never gone up the tower before that. It was interesting to find out that until 1964, it was the tallest building in North America outside of New York. Here are some shots of the city from the 42nd floor.

Jacob’s Field (Progressive Field) and the Gund Arena (Quicken Loans Arena).

Lake Erie

BP Tower
Public Square
Key Tower
 

A photo (Kodachrome) of Terminal Tower from the mid 50s courtesy of Michael Williams of A Continuous Lean. The tower went through a five-year $40 million-plus makeover after it closed post 9/11.

Mad Men Casting Call

When my dad, a part-time actor, asked me to help him with his submission to the Mad Men casting call, I thought it would be fun to send in my own submission as well. I already knew I had a great dress for it. An $8 thrift store purchase.

I knew we needed a good background for the photos so I suggested we head over to University Circle where Case Western Reserve’s campus sits. Thankfully my big sis went to school there so I know the lay of the land. I remembered an old dormitory that is now used as offices and classrooms for the English Department—it’s where I belong. It has yellow paneling and white window details with a big porch and columns; it’s Guilford House. I thought some closeups would give it the feel of a nicer old home from the 60s. So I plopped myself on the porch railing, looking all dolled up and waiting for my husband to come home—that was the motivation anyways. So if you like what you see, please vote here. You can vote daily, as you can tell, because some people already have over 1,000 votes.

Over all it was a lot of fun to check out the house and get dressed up.  I am excited to watch the premiere this Sunday.

What I love about summer…

I’ve got fall on the brain. All I can think about are chunky sweaters, turkey, and scarves. It doesn’t help that retailers have our brains so perfectly trained that we start thinking of fall exactly at this time of year when fall clothes are just appearing in stores. It’s too early, and it’s too hot. Summer is too short and too wonderful to be thinking about fall. So I decided to compile a list of my favorite things about summer that I want to savor for as long as possible.

1. The number one thing I wish for when it’s cold outside is to be able to throw on a cute dress and run out the door without a care in the world.

2. I love to eat and dine with friends. The only thing better than eating itself is eating outside.

3. I am not into all of the really really dark or hoppy beers. I like the light, fruity taste of a good summer beer.

4. Living near Lake Erie, an accessible beach is a 5 minute drive away. The beach is a hallmark for my entire summer whether on vacation or not.

5. I am starting quite a collection of bathing suits. I love them all—polka dot, striped, or solid. And nothing is more comfortable or sexy in this weather than a bikini.

6. I love being able to decorate a table with fresh flowers and seeing them growing in the garden.

7. Showing off my colorful toe nails. This may seem boring, but I love wearing sandals, and plus, my toes have to hide for the other 9 months of the year.

8. Summer fruit and farmer’s markets. I hate when stores start carrying three varieties of fruit—apples, oranges, and bananas. Give me watermelon, cantaloupe, and peaches any day.

9. Longer days. I have a lot to accomplish in a day. I don’t like when it gets dark outside at 5 in the dead of winter.

10. Summer vacation/trips. I love to travel and a long weekend in the summer is no better excuse to pick a place on the map and just drive. A week at the beach is nice too.