Weekend update and Larchmere antiques

This is what I wore over the weekend.
For antiquing on Saturday (Day 12): Thrifted scarf; Target turtleneck; Gap pants and belt; Charming Charlie’s earrings; Nine West shoes; Thrifted Ralph Lauren purse
For Sunday brunch and movie (Day 13): H&M sweater; c/o Jack Wills gingham blouse; c/o James Jeans Twiggy Black Cat leggings; Gap ballet flats; Silver Mine Jewelry

This outfit started with my love for scarves and anything equestrian. I love playing with different ways to wear scarves, and when I saw Sydney from the Daybook style her scarf like this, I knew I wanted to try it. I folded the scarf diagonally and brought the two ends together and tied them around my neck, like a cowboy kerchief, and then I layered my belt over the scarf at my natural waist. Ta-da! A new way to belt it. Celine Dion-style!

In said amazing outfit, we ventured to the Larchmere neighborhood in Cleveland for antiquing. The antique stores ranged from completely random kitsch to obscure, expensive pieces like the kind that make people rich via the Antiques Road Show. One store that had us at hello was Elegant Extras. Based on the storefront, you would assume that they only carry porcelain and china dishes, but if you navigate your way through the narrow rows between tables and tables of dishes, you will find several cases of vintage fine jewelry and some very fun paintings including the mannequins. I had to share some photos of this store because it is just out of this world. There was so much jewelry to choose from, but when it came down to it, my favorite cases were those with the statement earrings and necklaces. Of course no actual purchases were made during this trip due to the 30 for 30 spending freeze.

Date-night inspired fall outfit

I think there are two kinds of dressers when it comes to date-night attire. Those who wear something for their significant other and those who wear something for themselves. I would like to think I fall somewhere in between. I am in no way above trying to look good and getting attention from the man, but I don’t think there is any reason those things can’t go hand-in-hand. And so this outfit is born. I have heard a lot of fashion experts say that you only want to showcase one body part at a time otherwise it’s overwhelming. I could not agree more. With this outfit I am able to show off my legs with this skirt and the leg lengthening heels, but I am covered up on top. And that actually brings me to my favorite part of this outfit: the top. I love to wear my striped shirt, but sometimes it can look a little “Sag Harbor”. Pairing it with this colorful scarf, skirt, and high heels, I feel more Parisian than Boca Vista. Piece 2 of the outfit that I love: the scarf. Normally this would feel a little stuffy, but because I am already showing off the gams, I feel no need to show off on top. And here you have it: a fall-inspired sexy but fashionable date-night outfit. What do you wear on date nights? Do you go super sexy? Or more casual?
Ralph Lauren top; Consignment shop scarf; Ray Ban aviators; H&M skirt; J.Crew bracelet; Kenneth Cole watch; Nine West shoes; Gap belt

All tied up

I never wear this dress. Don’t get me wrong. I think it’s a mighty fine dress, but it’s very plain and it doesn’t come to mind immediately when I am looking for a way to spruce up my daily wardrobe (Au contraire, “Lady in Red”). Adding this scarf automatically makes it something I am more willing to wear because a) I am always trying to incorporate this scarf into my wardrobe and b) it matches perfectly and adds an interesting detail to an otherwise plain dress. I folded the scarf bringing two opposing corners together and rolled it until it was at a thickness I was happy with and then wrapped it around the waist of the dress. Ta-da!
Body Central dress (no joke); Consignment shop equestrian scarf; Sam Edelman sandals; H&M tank top; Vintage gold locket

Sailor suit


Check out that pretty tree blooming. It has been going crazy this past month. I love when it blooms. I picked out this outfit mainly to wear this scarf I found at a consignment shop over the weekend. The print is actually more equestrian than anything and reminds me of something from Ralph Lauren, except that it was $3!! When I added the red coat and the striped shirt I realized how over-the-top nautical it was. Maybe I went a little “overboard”, but I don’t wear this red coat enough and there are only so many cooler spring days left, hopefully.
H&M Coat; Ralph Lauren striped shirt: $20; The Limited pants; Consignment scarf; J.Crew purse: gift; Mudd shoes: hand me downs