Scarving techniques

While browsing the Anthropologie sale section online—a guilty and probably too frequent pleasure of mine—I was inspired by the styling of these product shots for this scarve. I am pretty familiar with most “scarving techniques”, but quite honestly, these styles just never occurred to me. With the rise in popularity of the 70s, the scarve only seems like a natural accessory to compliment those styles. 

I thought these “How to tie a scarve” sketches were pretty charming. There are many more ways than I imagined to tie a scarve. You would be surprised.

Lastly, American Apparel has started carrying vintage silk scarves ranging from $18 to $75. I would snatch up either the sailboat print for something cute and nautical, the J print for the vibrant blue and red, or this vintage YSL scarve for something a little more sophisticated.

70s prep

Preppy is a style that never seems to go out of style. Some people reference its influence in the 80s and 60s, but in today’s outfit post I am channeling a 70s preppy look. This look was pretty easy to create using things I already had in my wardrobe. I tucked my blue and white striped button down preppy staple into these high-waist flares to be true to form. After seeing hundreds of Ralph Lauren ads the belt just seemed like a necessary addition as well as these silver lattice earrings. The shape of my purse probably resembles something from the 70s but the color is an updated detail that I think stands out nicely against the rest of the blue and brown palette. The thing I like most about this look is that it looks put together but not too dressy for a relaxed girl’s night out consisting of Mexican food, margaritas, and gossip. 
Marshalls blouse; Gap jeans and belt; H&M earrings; Candies via Kohl’s nude pumps; Shell bracelet (gift)

My librarian sweater vest

This sweater vest has been in my closet since my days as a sales associate at the Loft. That was my part time gig in college for a little while, back when it was called Ann Taylor Loft. You better believe I enjoyed the discount! It has this professor/librarian look that I totally dig. Layered over my knee-length skirt (also a long-time wardrobe staple) and paired with these wine-colored boots, it also reminded me of the longer hemlines and slouchy boots of the 70s.

On another note, I hoped you could give me some blog advice. I have been thinking of switching platforms. I like Blogger, but I wish I could reply to comments similar to how Disqus works on tumblr. Does anyone work on tumblr and have any opinions on it? And does anyone know if replying to comments can be somehow installed in blogger? I would like to have that functionality for some posts I have planned. I would really appreciate your input! Thanks!
Loft sweater; NY&Co blouse; Skirt (gift from grandma); Franco Sarto boots via Nordstrom; J.Crew jewelry; Drug store headband

I feel like I have massive strength in my sweater vest. Enough strength to push over this tree.

Interpreting of 60s-70s style and day 14

This blouse was the last clothing purchase I made before I started the 30 for 30 challenge. I found it at a new consignment franchise in Cleveland called Clothes Mentor. I couldn’t be more excited for this store addition because it is basically like Plato’s Closet for adults. No snobby teens are at the counter telling you that your clothes are not up to snuff. This particular blouse is reminiscent of those that strolled down the runway in the Fall 2010 line for Chloe, and it nicely channels the 60s/70s with its fun pattern. I decided pairing it with this navy skirt would accurately depict the mod vibe and shorter hemlines of the 60s. Because the color combo was so vibrant, I didn’t want to go too far off the mark, so I wore my navy blue tights. Because of this whole colorful-tights craze I was able to find the courage to wear navy blue tights, and realized how desperately I needed them. A few years ago I would have been too immature to realize their value, and too chicken to try them. Now I can’t imagine a wardrobe without them. That goes for skinny jeans and ballet flats too. These only became popular within the last 4 or 5 years, and I can’t believe I ever lived without them. I will probably never stop wearing either. Does that mean skinny jeans will be the mom jeans of the future?
BCBG thrifted blouse; Gap skirt; Worthington tights; Ann Taylor thrifted vintage loafers; Silver Mine jewelry

Woolly mammoth

I am a third of the way through the 30 for 30 challenge (it’s day 10), and I am glad that I put my Pendleton wool sweater in the rotation. It is one of the warmest sweaters I own. It’s a vintage, American-made piece so you know the quality is good. I picked it up at the Ohio Knitting Mills pop-up shop, which has been extended to February 20th. It has been so cold this week, I actually wish I was a woolly mammoth with it’s warm fur. Damn ice age! I resorted to layering. The striped shirt seemed like a natural pairing for this rust-color sweater. I feel like the top part of this outfit is very casual and the bottoms are all business, but the flare legs allow for a little leeway in that department. A lot has been discussed about the 70s being back in style so I piled on the gold jewelry including this cool vintage cloisonné cuff from the boy and one of my new Margaret Elizabeth rings that I won from a Matchbook giveaway. The 24k gold vermeil is so pretty and shiny and I love the clear quartz. What I love most about her jewelry is that she uses fine materials, but the pieces wont break the bank. She is definitely a jewelery designer worth checking out.
Pendleton wool sweater; Old Navy t-shirt; The Limited pants; Nine West shoes; J.Crew necklace; H&M earrings; Vintage cloisonné cuff; Margaret Elizabeth ring

Gap vintage flares

Every time I wear these Gap vintage flares I feel very tall and long for some reason. They are extremely gam-lengthening. I also feel the need for speed. No. Not really. But I do feel the need to look like Farrah Fawcett, flipped out hair and all. Even though this sweater vest would normally give off a very preppy vibe, I feel like the combination of its color and length completely belong in the 70s.
Loft sweater; NY&Co. blouse; Gap jeans; Ann Taylor vintage shoes; J.Crew necklace

Movies to watch for 70s style

The 70s are back in the form of flare-leg jeans, camel coats, and ponchos. Based on Spring 2011 runways such as Derek Lam, the decade is here to stay for a little while longer at least. To better get that 70s look, I have compiled a list of movies to look to for inspiration. Some of these are late 60s, but they were too good not to share. They are not only good for style but classics that everyone should see at least once. Annie Hall is another good one, but I think that movie has been covered ad nauseum lately.

Kramer vs Kramer (1979) Meryl Streep & Dustin Hoffman: Brown slouchy boots, tie-neck blouses, ponchos and turtle necks, and denim shirts

The Thomas Crowne Affair (1968) Faye Dunaway & Steve McQueen: Camel turtlenecks, halter tops, short swim trunks, aviators, and three piece suits

The Graduate (1967) Dustin Hoffman & Ann Bancroft: Polos, fur, and lots of sheer blouses and dresses

The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) Roger Moore & Barbara Bach: Billowy blouses, big collared shirts, maxi dresses, and rad bikinis

Working girl: Preppy/70s

This outfit was a mix of preppy, striped shirt and blazer, and 70s, flare leg pants and floral scarf. I actually really liked the contrast. I especially like the way the striped sleeve sticks out of the jacket. It made me feel very Tory Burch and the jacket very Gossip Girl.
Forever 21 jacket; Target scarf; Ralph Lauren (outlet) top; The Limited pants; Nine West shoes 

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

Manicures and cocktails

I am slightly behind on posting outfit pics because of the plethora of wedding photos from last week. I wore this a couple of weeks ago for my friend’s birthday. We went to get our nails done and then had drinks and appetizers on an outdoor patio. It was humid that day, and I knew I wanted to be comfortable but a little dressed up for the occasion. Since buying my vintage scarf, I have loved using it to accessorize, and I think this is one of my favorite looks. It’s a very (correct me if I am wrong) 60s/70s look, especially with the head scarf.
H&M Dress, Vintage thrifted scarf, Coach purse, Sam Edelman Sandals, Pac Sun Shades

Brigitte Bardot (Contempt, 1963) is a great inspiration in this image with her headscarf, nautical stripes, and cat eye makeup.