Sheer Ambition

The days are starting to get longer, the temperature outside is getting ever so warmer and the sun is showing its face a little more frequently. Spring and warmer weather are right around the corner, and it felt like the right time to incorporate a flowy, sheer skirt into  my winter work uniform. I love the way the purple and bright floral pattern stand out against some of my darker winter staples. It can sometimes be hard to add personal style in a more corporate environment, but I think this vintage dress from my mom adds just the right amount.
My mom’s old dress / Thrifted Evan Piccone blazer / Franco Sarto boots / J.Crew necklace / Michael Kors watch / Charter Club cashmere sweater

Best Picture Inspired Style: Midnight In Paris

Midnight in Paris is about a family who travels to Paris. The conflict arises when the engaged couple (Rachel McAdams and Owen Wilson) start to realize they want different things out of this trip, and possibly, out of life. Rachel McAdams takes more of a tourists approach to Paris while Owen Wilson is trying to capture the essence of the 1920s Paris experienced by Hemingway, Picasso, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Gertrude Stein. I too had a hard time deciding between current Paris and the writer’s paradise that was Paris in the 20s. So I went with an outfit that assumes the essence of a timeless Paris. I couldn’t go with out the signature American trying to be French look: my striped shirt.
H&M blazer / Ralph Lauren shirt / Target scarf / Sears pants and belt / Thrifted Ann Taylor shoes / Michael Kors watch

Best Picture Inspired Style: Hugo

 Hugo is about a young, orphan boy secretly living in the walls of a train station. He sets all of the clocks in the station and has a talent for fixing things, including the automaton, which is the only thing left of his father. He crosses paths with a cranky toy shop owner and his god-daughter, Isabelle. She is constantly reading, has a penchant for big words and is somewhat mischievous. I was immediately drawn to her. The setting is 1930s Paris in the winter. I found myself really admiring her cavalier mixture of stripes and plaids, as well as her combination of warm chunky sweaters, wool skirts and coats. Ingredients for the perfect winter look.
Vintage Pendleton sweater via the Ohio Knitting Mills Pop-Up Shop / Vintage skirt via Rag Refinery / Thrifted Ann Taylor shoes / tights? / Thrifted Evan Piccone blazer / Vintage pocket watch necklace 

Best Picture-Inspired Style: The Artist

The Artist is about silent movie star, George Valentin, who starts to loose his relevancy in a new era of talking pictures. Peppy Miller was the perfect character to embody for this post because she is the fan who turns into a star. As a fan imitating a star, this choice couldn’t feel more appropriate. The setting is 1920s Hollywood. The dresses have low waist lines and are still rather modest in shape and hemlines. The hair is short and curly. I wore this longer layered blouse to imitate the longer waistlines and loose-fit dresses. I decided to go with a faux-bob by twisting my ponytail and tucking and pinning it under in the back.
Forever 21 blouse / Skirt ?/ Macy’s pearl necklace / Nine West shoes / tights? / H&M jacket

I altered the outfit for work by throwing on this H&M blazer.

The Oscars: Best Picture-Inspired Style

The Academy Awards will be returning to the Hollywood Kodak Theater for its 84th year. I always love watching to find out who will wear what, was the host funny, and which film will take home Best Picture. To honor the awards, I will be wearing three outfits this week inspired by Best Picture nominees. After aggregating what were determined to be the best films of the year, I was able to identify one common theme among three of them. Stay tuned to see what that is! And if you haven’t already, get your butt to the movie theater!

Colorblocking: Red and Purple

I have seen this particular colorblock pair (red and purple) parading around blogs and clothing stores and I love it! They are great complimentary colors and make an outfit interesting. I feel like I am wearing something much more daring than just a pencil skirt and a sweater to work. Getting up and getting dressed has “literally” never been more fun. (Said like Rob Lowe in Parks and Rec.) The only problem was in the tights and footwear. Because of the nautical stripe shirt underneath, I wanted to keep the shoes a warm color. I also didn’t want the color of the tights to stand out more than the outfit so I went with black. The easiest part was in the accessories. The outfit itself creates such a look that accessories are not even necessary, but because I wanted to keep things warm I went with gold.  
The Limited sweater / thrifted United Colors of Benetton skirt / Ann Taylor shoes / H&M top / J.Crew necklace / Michael Kors watch