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Pre-planned Outfit Experiment

Blazer | Guess
Sweater | J. Crew
Pants | Citizens of Humanity
     I was talking with a friend last week, and she basically asked if I was having a ton of outfit fun, now that I don't really have a formal dress-code anymore (also, hi Cait). Unfortunately, the answer was no. I had started to think about my fashion freedom but hadn't actually taken any action. I think some of that is an inability to get it together in the morning. The other day I spent 10 minutes hunting for a specific pair of pants I wanted to wear, couldn't find them, and blew through my getting dressed in the morning time (I did eventually find them, they had fallen off their hanger and were scrunched sadly behind my laundry bag). 
    Cutting to the chase, starting tomorrow I am going to try planning my outfits, in advance, for the next few weeks. Like, written down in a notebook, planned (I was considering just putting them in notes in my phone but writing in a moleskin felt more romantic). I've been combing through my closet, have six upcoming outfits written down and I'm already excited: sequins, lace and color are all currently on the list.  I'm hoping that I actually wear the outfits as planned (I tried to keep this week's upcoming rain in mind) and plan to do a weekly round-up here. 
      Although not yet one of these experimental outfits, I thought about it the very next day, when I grabbed a fun blazer and threw it on over the sweater and jeans I had already put on. By the way, this entire outfit (other than the shoes) is secondhand! The sweater, as I've mentioned before, was a whopping $5 from an after Christmas Goodwill sale, and the blazer was actually from the same after Christmas Goodwill sale, but from the year before. It was a whopping $6.50. I don't wear it a lot (the marbled pattern isn't really my current style) but even having only worn it about 5 times or so, I certainly think I got my money's worth.

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Jacket | Vintage Mary McFadden Couture
Dress | Alice + Olivia Lillyanne
Shoes | Kate Spade
Clutch | Reed Krakoff x Kohls
     This was another outfit from the aforementioned wedding weekend (print and embellishment were highly encouraged), and take a seat, because there is a bit of a story here. This dress is contemporary Alice + Olivia (purchased in 2015 from Saks Off 5th), and this jacket is vintage Mary McFadden Couture (after looking into it I'm not sure of the exact year, but I think it probably around 50 years old), and after having both of them sit in my closet for a few years, I never thought to pair them together, until this night. Now that I have, it seems crazy I never previously saw how complimentary they were.
     This jacket is one of my favorite pieces in my closet and it gets compliments every time I wear it. I purchased it in 2014 for $50 from the vintage warehouse sale of a company that looks like it has since gone out of business. I almost didn't buy it. I remember trying on the jacket, being in love, but also trying to be practical. Where was I going to wear a gold embellished jacket? This wasn't really indicative of my day-to-day personal style, and I surely couldn't wear it to work. Not only that, but it had enormous shoulder pads and was a size 10 (that last part didn't really matter as much because, shoulder pads aside, I liked the sleeve length and the way it fit). I stood in front of one of a few communal mirrors in the warehouse and tried to pinch down the shoulder pads, and imagine what it would look like. 
    Then, oddly enough, I thought about Joan Rivers. I've always liked Joan Rivers (and recommend the documentary on her, "Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work") and have fond childhood memories of watching her confidently interview (or eviscerate) a red carpet and I always think of fashion when I think of her (although in her early career she did general comedy, not just related to style). She had actually just passed away (she passed away in late 2014) which is probably why she was top of mind and for whatever reason it was the extra push I needed to buy this jacket. I thought it looked amazing (the gold embroidery is incredible) and I didn't want a lack of confidence to be the thing that stopped me from buying it and wearing it.  
     As you can probably guess, I ended up taking it to a tailor to have the shoulder pads removed and shoulders brought in - which you really need to go to a pro for, and he did an amazing job. I ended up paying something like $100 (I don't totally remember because it was over 3 years ago but it was definitely more than the jacket) because I wanted someone who wouldn't mess up the embroidery on the back of the jacket, which runs across the shoulders and mirrors what is on the frontThe shoulders aren't pristine in these photos because I am actually wearing a layer underneath this jacket, for warmth (photos below).
I look forward to wearing this jacket when I'm a sassy 80 year old, just like Joan.
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Wedding Outfit inspiration
Jacket | Veda
Dress | Rebecca Taylor
Clutch | Reed Krakoff x Kohls
Shoes | Matt Bernson
      I went to a wedding this past weekend, and was finally able to take a few photos of this dress! I mentioned it as one of my favorite purchases of 2017, but hadn't taken any photos of it previously. 
     It is a dark navy with metallic thread embellishments, and has a three-tired skirt that floats and moves in any breeze. I had planned to wear a pair of four-inch red suede heels (and a coordinating red lip) but an hour before heading out there was a short downpour, with a looming threat of more rain. I figured flats were more practical, as I'm not very graceful in heels to begin with. A leather jacket and blue and black color-blocked clutch finished off the outfit. 

Shift + Weekend Reading

Sweater | Naked Cashmere
Jeans | Rag & Bone (secondhand)
Jacket | Blank NYC
Shoes | Paul Green
     I'm trying to get back in the habit of taking outfit photos. I am actually in a bit of a transition (I just started a new job) so I need to establish a routine. In addition to trying to figure out a new consistent place to take my photos, the new gig doesn't have much in the way of a dress code. Basically, when I'm not in front of a client, I think I can wear whatever I want, and sometimes what I want is definitely going to be comfortable sneakers, worn-in jeans and a gym hoodie. That being said, I have a lot of professional clothing that I really like, and I want to still want to wear, so I think sometimes what I want is going to be a full on power-suit. This will also hopefully give me free reign to be a little more experimental with my corporate wardrobe, so I'm excited to see how it turns out. 

Weekend Reading

     Today I bring you a themed weekend reading, focused on skincare of all things. A consistent skincare routine is something I don't really have, other than that I always wear sunscreen. Always. I read an article here or there, but I don't feel I know enough to be a savvy consumer who understands the science of skincare, and then can use that knowledge to confidently differentiate between products, routines and ingredients.  
     Also, to be honest, even after all you are about to read, I still wish I knew more. Which is probably why this string of articles, caught my eye:

1. What I saw first, although it is out of order, was this conversation piece on Man Repeller, talking about a backlash that ensued when, The Outline published their recent article, The Skincare Con

2. Essentially, the main point of The Skincare Con is as follows:
"Perfect skin is unattainable because it doesn’t exist. The idea that we should both have it and want it is a waste of our time and money. Especially for women, who are disproportionately taxed by both the ideal of perfect skin and its material pursuit."