Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Black and Summery

I know a lot of people wear black through summer and somehow manage to do so without dissolving into a puddle of sweat, but I am not one of those people.  Therefore, I tend to avoid wearing black during the warmer months.  That is, unless I thrift an irresistible skirt that manages to be both black and summery all at once:



What makes this skirt irresistible to me?  Well, although the print is kind of strange, I also find it oddly compelling:


Also, although it is nice and lightweight and therefore totally summer-appropriate (totally), I think the weird print will work well into fall as well.  I'd like to do better about having pieces that are good for multiple seasons. 

And, last, but certainly not least, this skirt lends itself to being paired with both black and brown and I'll be darned if I don't love mixed neutrals:


Hooray for mixed neutrals and summery black!


Happy Wednesday, All!

Gracey




Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Gracie the Gravedigger

I felt a little like Rosie the Riveter in this outfit:

Dress & Scarf: Thrifted  Sandals: Target

It's the combination of the red head-scarf and the denim dress, I guess.

Of course, I didn't notice until I was already at work and then it was too late; this was happening:



I think, too, that I didn't really think of Rosie the Riveter when I was putting on the scarf because I've always associated her with my sister, Rosey, and not with myself.

As far as a I know, there is no iconic women's role model doing a traditional man's job with my name.  Of course, if there were, it'd probably be Gracie the Gravedigger, or something equally glamorous.



Of course, the iconic figure would wear more sensible shoes, but it's summer and I like these.

Happy Tuesday, All!

Gracey




Friday, July 18, 2014

Orange Dots

This tank delights me to no end:




Those are orange dots.  No, not dots in the color of orange.  Dots that are, in fact, oranges:


Delightful, right?  I mean, for the most part; I did have quite a few people stare at my chest trying to puzzle out what they were seeing.  But, it was totally worth it to be in possession of a shirt where the dots are oranges.

Also delightful?  Everything in this outfit, minus the underpinnings, is either thrifted, gifted or won.  The tank and the skirt are both thrifted.  The watch was gifted by my beau and the bracelet was gifted by the lovely folks at RedEnvelope.  And I actually won the Jambu sandals from onlineshoes.com by voting for dash dot dotty in a contest they held!

Happy Friday, All!

Gracey

Get the Look
Similar fruit top (tank or tee)
Similar skirt (here or here)
Jambu "Glamour" sandals
RedEnvelope carnelian bracelet
MARC by Marc Jacobs watch



Thursday, July 17, 2014

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

As you may have heard, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale starts tomorrow.  There are four things I almost always buy at the Sale.  SPANX 'Tight End' Tights, HUE Leggings, boots and jewelry.  The tights and leggings are winter basics for me, so it just makes sense to stock up at the lower prices.  I buy boots because they are also a winter staple for me; I don't wear flats or pumps during the winter, I wear boots.  And the jewelry because you can get some great pieces of Nordstrom-quality jewelry at great prices.

Fall Jewelry Finds

Above are my jewelry picks for this year's sale (see below for links).  I'm recommending the first necklace because I have a similar one and I've gotten a lot of wear out of it (you can see it here).  The House of Harlow necklace is one I've been contemplating for awhile now; it's a great way to add a little edge to a look.  The earrings are the prettiest plum and I want them (they also come in tangerine!).  I chose the top bracelet because I purchased two similar ones at last years sale & wear them constantly.  The other two I chose because whether you're preppy or edgy, these hinge bracelets are great for layering & you don't have to worry about them fitting over your giant hands!

My non-jewelry sale picks include:




What about you, Reader Friends?  What are your picks for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?

xoxo,

Gracey


T3: Snow



This week’s Thoughtful Third Thursday Challenge is to wear an outfit inspired by our favorite literary villain.  At first I thought Cruella De Vil because, let’s be honest, that woman is fly as hell.  I basically want to be her when I grow up, minus the puppy murdering but with the rage-y hair.  But, then I remembered President Snow, from The Hunger Games.

Y’all, I love me some President Snow.  I mean, I hate him, but he really is my favorite villain because he scares the crap out of me.  And I love it!  I’m like the hyenas in The Lion King when they like to whisper “Mufasa” to each other just for the frisson of fear that runs up their spines.

That’s the feeling I get when I think or read about President Snow!  A frisson of fear… and the feeling that I’m going to vomit when I imagine the smell of blood and roses.  I can’t even write this post without wrinkling up my nose and feeling a bit sick.  Now that is a good villain!

And that villain is the inspiration behind today’s look:




In the books, Collins doesn’t talk a lot about what President Snow wears, aside from the rose in his lapel, so I borrowed from the new Mockingjay trailer and dressed all in white.

With a rose in on my lapel:



As always, I want to thank Maricel at My Closet Catalogue and Selah at A Bibliophile’s Style for the T3 Link Party and this fun challenge!


Happy (Thoughtful Third) Thursday, All!

Gracey