Saturday, May 12, 2012

Remixing it up: part two.

So like I mentioned in this post, I'm pretty much over black and I love the bright color trend. The more neon, the better. So I bought this sheer neon green top from Urban Outfitters and I love it. However, I didn't think it through really, I bought it on a whim and I thought, "Oh, I can just wear it with leggings and flats, done and done." But it wasn't a cheap shirt and I wanted to figure out different things to do with it.

Top, Urban Outfitters, $60
Leggings, Target
Flats, Dolce Vita
Necklace, House of Harlow

The "leggings and flats" look. Very comfortable and if you switched the flats out for heels, it could easily be good for going out. Also, I love the back of this shirt...


I've also worn this shirt without the tank top underneath, with just my bra showing. That was pretty ballsy for me.

Skirt, H&M
Shoes, Cole Haan

LOOK MA, NO BLACK! I just wanted to prove to myself that I could do that. I would definitely wear this, like, all the time. But I would, uh, iron the skirt first... whoops.

Skirt, Banana Republic, Thrifted for $2
Shoes, Aldo

Another "professional" outfit. I kind of feel like Joan from Mad Man when I wear a pencil skirt. So busty and curvy but I don't think that's a bad thing... This is also something I would be excited to wear to work.

Jeans, Target
Shoes, NY&CO, Thrifted for $5

This has two of my absolute favorite things: Leopard print and bright colors. If there were kittens somewhere in this picture I think my brain would explode from the awesomeness. I love these wedges, they were a great find.

ALSO!!! I decided to splurge on something with my tax refund and I've been drooling over the Prada round baroque sunglasses since they came out last year. Found them on eBay for half the retail price.


They're so ridiculous and cartoony and I love them. I can't wait to wear them in public so I can get the "WTF is she wearing on her face" stares. I get the giggles just thinking about that.




Remixing it up: part one.

So I'm trying to get back on track with blogging again but it's hard when I work so much and then attempting to become a fit greek goddess gym rat. The wardrobes for both of those daily activities are not very fashionable so I have nothing to post about but I wanted to do some remixes with two things I bought recently. The reason I wanted to do this was so I could justify my impulse purchases and prove to myself (and my wallet) that I can make them versatile. I'm remixing both items into casual, professional, and going out.

The first is this dress. I was in Nashville recently and I visited Pangea again (as mentioned in this entry). I love finding that one store where you always have good luck and this store is it for me!

Dress from Pangea, $30
Shoes, Dolce Vita

Just a cute cocktail dress (although I wish I had thought to get a picture of the back, it has an open back to it) with a print on it that I loved. I've been having a growing obsession with prints and patterns. Which brings me to my first remix...

Skirt, DIY'd Target dress

I wanted to try to do some pattern mixing and I think it's looks okay here. It's tough business. I've done it successfully before and people are like, "It goes together but also it doesn't, I'm confused..." One of the reasons patterns and pattern mixing works for me is because I can't buy plain clothes. It's my achilles' heel.

Jacket, Forever 21
Shoes, Blowfish
Striped socks, DKNY
Necklace, House of Harlow

This is a pretty typical outfit I'd wear when I go out. That leather jacket goes with everything (I've been wanting to invest in a better one forever) and I love wear socks with those shoes.

Blazer, Urban Outfitters
Shoes, Cole Haan

Right now I wear shitty black clothes to work and it's kind of depressing. Why shitty clothes? Because if I wear anything nice it is guaranteed to get ruined with hair color the first day I wear it. That depression is my motivation to go back to school because if I worked in the fashion industry, I'd probably wear things like this. The thought of not wearing all black everyday makes me excited.


Thus concludes part one of two entries. Also, all of the pictures I'll be posting were taken in about 30 minutes. That was another part of my challenge, to think of outfits quickly and move on instead of standing in front of the closet for hours because I know we're all guilty of that.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Priorities.

So I haven't been posting blogs at all but it's been for good reason. A lot of life changes have been going on for me. I've been looking at condos, thinking about going back to school, I transferred at work, and trying to be healthier.

The condo thing is sort of on the back burner right now and I haven't had a lot of time to think about school since I transferred. Transferring salons has been the best thing to happen in a while. It's been affecting how I feel in a negative way for too long and I needed a change badly. I love my new salon, my coworkers are all great and I'm actually making money again and I don't have to live off of ramen noodles.

Now that I'm settling into my new salon, I'm going to start doing more research on school. I want to go for Fashion Merchandising and possibly minor in Journalism. I have no idea where to start with that so I'll probably start off small and take some online gen ed classes so I don't totally overwhelm myself and rage quit. I'm definitely that type of person that would never be happy doing one thing the rest of my life. I do like being a hair stylist but I feel like it only fulfills me so much. I've developed a much bigger passion for fashion over the last few years but I think they're still in the same realm of each other; the beauty and fashion industry tend to go hand in hand. Also, if any of y'all have any advice for a major like this, please let me know!

And the healthier part. This life change has been ignored and put off for way too long. I really wanted to get a handle on my weight before I reached any kind of point-of-no-return. I have family history of a few crappy but not devastating things as well and I want to get that under control too. I already eat pretty decent but I am particularly infamous for being a couch potato. TO THE EXTREME. So I did the unthinkable: I joined a gym. Lucifer himself must have gone ice skating the day that happened. I even got a few personal training sessions with a client of mine. So now I work out five days (or I try to do five days, lord knows I try) a week. Oh and just a side note on exercising: if someone tells you, "You just got start going and soon you'll be addicted," they're lying. I've been doing this two months and I hate every goddamn moment of it.  But I make myself do it and so should you. Use the hate, that's what I do.

But now I want this blog to be a priority for me again so I'll be updating again soon. I have new purchases to show off and ideas for my blog in general, new layout and whatnot. Building my wardrobe is an ongoing learning process for me and I have no one to really share it with except here.

Also, I'm much more active on social media. I'm @clotheshunger on both Instagram and Twitter and I'm on Pinterest if you'd like to follow me!

Sorry for the wall of text but to make up for it here is a basket of kittens.


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Where are you going, where have you been.

So I've been neglecting this blog a lot despite my promise to get back into it since getting a computer. I have no excuses really except that I've been busy with a work transfer and looking for condos. And let me tell you, looking for an apartment to buy is kind of a surreal experience. I've never even thought about owning, only renting has ever crossed my mind but my parents brought it up because the economy is so bad and it's a good time to do it. I don't want to live anywhere else besides Chicago anyway so I might as well look.

Well, I've found a place that I love and have now become consumed with looking for decorating inspiration. Also something I've never thought about before. This is real grown up stuff, I'm telling you. But every place I've rented from doesn't want me to paint to do anything major so I've always had to resort to putting up posters and whatnot.

I have no outfit pictures as of late but I have joined Pinterest which I thought was lame at first but now I'm getting hooked. Check out my profile there. Also, I may have mentioned it before but I will again, I also have Twitter and Instagram (clotheshunger on there). So follow me on there as well. And I solemnly swear that I'm going to make a real effort to do the blog stuff again because I do enjoy it when I'm doing it regularly.

See ya!

Soundtrack for the day:

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Obligatory Oscars fashion post.

Another year, another awards show season. While I've grown extremely bored of awards shows (I'll blame the lack of decent movies in recent years) I still get sucked into them. The Oscars this year were no exception. I thought the show was incredibly dull. Billy Crystal tried his best, god love him, but you couldn't find him better writers? Whatever, moving onto the fashion.

Before I give some of my favorites let me just say that I hate white. It's boring and the innocent and virginal subtext makes my eyes roll so hard, I develop permanent blepharospasms. But... this year some of my favorite looks were part of the "winter white" trend (which I totally called in this post, damn I'm good) during this awards show season.

Milla Jovovich in Elie Saab


Rooney Mara in Givenchy

Cameron Diaz in Gucci

And onto other trends. There was also a bit of a peplum trend and while everyone was swooning over Michelle Williams' coral Louis Vuitton, probably because she was nominated, I thought this one was better...

Tina Fea in Carolina Herrera

I loved how structured this dress was, it looks sharp. And the midnight blue was a great alternative to black. Michelle Williams' dress, while awesome with color choice, didn't have the structure to pull off the peplum. The fabric was softer so the peplum layer just looked like it was laying there, floppy looking.


Emma Stone in Giambattista Valli

Another dress that I loved, and was also a love-or-hate situation with the fashion police, was Emma Stone. I think in the last year, she's really chosen some grown up things to wear and she clearly wants to be taken seriously even as a comedic actress. The bow was getting a lot of hate but I think its appropriately sized and placed on the dress, I don't think it consumes her at all. And of course the color is great on her.

Honorable mention goes to...

Viola Davis in Vera Wang

Amazing color choice but it's got a weird boob situation going on at the top. I really hate that kind of neckline, I don't know why designers ever use it, I've never seen it work for anyone.

That's all folks!


Sunday, February 19, 2012

Much to do about nothing.

I haven't had much time to blog/haven't had anything to blog about lately but I thought I'd post my outfit for the day.


Ramones shirt: Hot Topic (I think)
Blazer: Urban Outfitters
Jeans: Levi's
Boots: Urban Outfitters

This is kind of a go-to outfit for me; my comfort zone if you will. I've been back in a punk mood recently so lots of music references and feeling super angst-y. I like wearing a blazer with a t-shirt and jeans outfit. It makes it me feel more like a laid back adult rather than brooding teenager.

Soundtrack for the day:


Hope everyone had a good weekend!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Shut. Down. EVERYTHING.

So I follow high end fashion a little bit, I don't go too crazy because then I get retail envy and think if I stalk the woman on the El with the Louis Vuitton Monogram Vernis top handle bag I want long enough, I can chloroform her at the exact right moment and no one would be the wiser. Nope, haven't thought about that at all.

But there are a few trends I've noticed during Fashion Week that make me very excited and I want to share with y'all...

Statement coats: I really love the idea of a coat being the main attraction, especially in the kind of climate I live in. There are way too many people who just settle for plain black functional coats or, even worse, the sleeping bag coat. Shudder. Coats like these are still functional with some layering but definitely will get you noticed.

Burberry Prorsum

Altuzarra

Brights: Man, I cannot even tell you how over black I am. It does not excite me whatsoever. I mean, I still own a lot of black and wear it but if I want to dress up, I will not be wearing black. Bright neon colors like these are nothing new but they're definitely something I want to incorporate into my wardrobe. Fuck the little black dress, I want the little neon green dress.



Nanette Lepore

Rodarte


Interesting prints/patterns and Pattern mixing: This is something I've been slowly working into my wardrobe and it's been a rising trend in fashion and amongst the bloggers for the last couple years. If I'm wearing a print, I don't do subtle. Pattern mixing is an awesome way to stand out. No matter your combination, it will always been unique.


Anna Sui

D&G

Derek Lam


Gold: It's weird. I used to hate gold. I thought it was for old ladies and whenever someone would tell me, "It's not old, it's classic" I'd be like yeah, whatever bitch. But in the last couple years, I've embraced gold and I wear it a lot. I hardly buy any silver jewelry anymore, I own gold glitter Toms. I realized that gold actually works against my skin a lot better than silver does and gold is just a lot more interesting.

Cynthia Rowley

Thakoon

So I have an awards show obsession. Not so much for the actual awards part but for the fashion. I love the beautiful gowns and everyone dressed to the nines. Even in the celebrity world, there are trends. Methinks at the Oscars this year, there will be a little bit of an ethereal trend. I'm not usually a fan of that kind of look but this year, I don't hate it...

Marchesa

Elie Saab


And that concludes the summary of things I'll never be able to fucking afford. I'm going to go cry in a corner now.


All photos are stolen from style.com