Welcome to another edition of Mani Friday. This week, Bridget did an updated version of a classic manicure to go with Monday’s look. There is a really nice balance with this set between the sharpness of the black lines and the femininity of the sheeny pearl pink. The set inspired by Tuesday’s outfit look is part pop art, part watercolor. This floral nail art is really lovely and reminds me of some of my favorite contemporary painters.
The Pink and Black Mani tools include:
- Julep - Teresa
-Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear - Black Out
- Striping Tape
The Black and Floral Set tools include:
- Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear - Black Out
- Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear - White On
- Revlon - Urban
- Nails Inc - Baker St
- Sephora by OPI Betsey Johnson mini - Too Too Turq
- Sephora by OPI Betsey Johnson mini - Yellow My Name is Betsey
- Sharpie Fine Point Marker
As always, be sure to check out Bridget’s post for more information on these manicures.
On a side note, here are a few handmade shopping events going on this weekend:
-Jewelry Jam at Wanderlust Yoga Austin (206 E. 4th St) on Sunday, April 7, 3-7pm
-Austin Nerd Cave Showcase at Tribe Comics & Games (2919 Manchaca Rd, Ste 102) on Sunday, April 7, 6-10pm
Hat: handmade, artist unknown
Purse: BCBG Max Azria
Currently listening: Violator by Depeche Mode
Today’s outfit is another product of my retro inspiration. I bought this dress when I was shopping for something to wear to a 60s-themed dinner party. To me, the colorblocking combined with the print evoke a genuine vintage feel. This is what I think of when I envision southern California fashion from the Mad Men era.
Headband: Jen Hearts Art
Necklace: I’m Your Present
Sweater: Betsey Johnson
Top: Betsey Johnson
Skirt: Betsey Johnson
Currently Listening: Mars Audiac Quintet by Stereolab
Over the weekend, I had a surge of motivation for improving/working on the blog. The cloudy but relatively dry weather this weekend enabled us to take (what I consider) some great pictures. You’ll also notice few new perspective shots with this week’s posts that I really like. I’ve been playing with the different settings on my photo editor and think I’ve found a new balance that I’m happy with. The next step is to crack open my camera manual to figure out how to change the focus width (i.e. achieve an ultra-clear foreground with a blurry background).
Top: Banana Republic
Skirt: The Limited
Clutch: Dress Shop
Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo
Currently Listening: Louder than Bombs by The Smiths
Where do you look for inspiration when deciding what to wear? I’m usually indecisive and have been known to change outfits several times before heading out the door. When I’m not particularly drawn to any piece in my closet, I have a routine of scrolling through my favorite style blogs. Sometimes that does the trick, and sometimes I feel the need to turn to alternative muses.
This week, I ripped through the fifth season of Mad Men on Netflix and played the first few levels of Bioshock (for non-gamers, this is a first person shooter computer game set in late 50s/early 60s), so that’s put me in a retro mood, stylistically speaking. This is my very loose interpretation of that style, and even though the outfit is a little frou-frou, I think it works.
Turtleneck: Banana Republic
Necklace: Toy Joy
Purse: Squid Ink Kollective
Skirt: Urban Outfitters
Currently Listening: Bavarian Fruit Bread by Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions
For anyone unfamiliar with Texas weather, there’s usually a cold snap around this time of the year. It can make the simple task of dressing yourself seem impossible and downright aggravating. This outfit is a warmer weather variation (for yesterday’s highs in the 60s) on the original outfit I left the house wearing yesterday morning when the temperature was in the 30s. If you don’t have the luxury of being able to return home to change clothes at some point during the day, trying to dress for Texas spring weather is all the more frustrating (and I’ve had my fair share of sweat stains to prove it). The upshot of all this? If you live in Texas, don’t leave your house or apartment until midday when it’s no longer frigid outside. If you don’t have this option (which is most or all of you) and you’ve mastered dressing for Texas spring, be sure to let me know because I still haven’t figured it out.
Dress: BCBG, purchased at Crush Boutique
Necklace: Urban Outfitters
Currently Listening: Three by Black Heart Procession
For the past few weeks, many of my favorite shows haven’t been adding new episodes to Hulu. This lead me to the discovery of tons of Project Runway archives not only on Hulu but also on Lifetime’s website. I haven’t followed the show at all since season 5/since I last had cable, and I forgot how easy it is to become a Project Runway marathon zombie. Now that you all know my deep dark television addiction secret (I can quit anytime I want, really), I won’t tell you how excited I am about the Game of Thrones season premiere next Sunday. Even though I want to. And even though I’ve been reading the series ferociously in hopes of being caught up in time for the third season.
Currently Listening: Tooth and Nail by Billy Bragg
Hope you all survived South by Southwest. If you didn’t go, don’t worry, you didn’t miss much except grumpy cat, a three-hour Prince set, and a handful of celebrity spottings.
If this past week’s heat wave was any indication, spring is here. That means it is now acceptable and almost expected of you to start wearing plants and animals on your body (no, not real ones). I’m immune to this rule since I wear floral prints and animal jewelry year-round, but I break them out more often once the warm weather rolls in.
- 3.1 Phillip Lim Souvenir Jacket (sold out; Otte)
- Pencey Mia Jacket (sold out; Shopbop)
- Hot House Leaves Necklace (Tatty Devine)
- Seahorse Earrings (Vinca)
- Etta Glitter-Heel Pumps (J. Crew)
Sunglasses: from Sunday TxSC Event, c/o Kollabora
Jacket: Langford Market
Tee: Gnome Enterprises
Clutch: Nine West
Currently listening: Sun by Cat Power/Murder Ballads by Nick Cave
I’m having trouble thinking in coherent sentences because I will be meeting Nick Cave at the Waterloo Records SXSW free event today. I wish I was one of those people that did not get star struck and was blase about meeting people whose work I admire, but I am totally not. If you do not know who Nick Cave is, listen to the album, “Let Love In” by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and if you do not like it/do not feel anything afterwords, a) you have no soul and b) you have bad taste in music. Sorry, but you do.
For those of you who didn’t come here to have your musical tastes criticized, here’s a little info about what I’m wearing in this post. I scored this blazer from Langford Market at the Texas Style Council event this past Friday. The store had a spin-and-win prize wheel set up for the party, and I used my $25 gift card toward this amazing blazer. I purchased the skirt at Madewell at Saturday’s TxSC event at the Domain after using it for my outfit style challenge. The tee was purchased in New York from a pop-up shop set up by the New New Team (NYC Etsy Team).
Earrings: Tarina Tarantino
Top: Anna Sui for Target
Skirt: Old Navy
Boots: Reaction by Kenneth Cole
Earrings: I’m Your Present
Coat: Old Navy
Top: Prabal Gurung for Target
Bracelet: Self made at TxSC Kollabora Craft Party
Jeans: Banana Republic
Currently Listening: All of this and Nothing by The Psychedelic Furs
Currently Reading: Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin
What do you get when you have two bad days’ worth of shooting and multiple outfits that you feel meh about retrospectively? A double outfit post! Despite my better judgment, I’m hoping this will be a case where the quantity will impress enough so that the quality is forgiven. Works for all you can eat buffets, so I’m willing to give it a try.
I wore the first outfit last week for birthday present shopping (which should really be called hunting with how I go about it) and the second this past Sunday to the Texas Style Council crafting event at Stella Says Go.
In other news, I’m almost done reading Clash of Kings and hope to read the third book before the third season of Game of Thrones premieres at the end of the month. Besides reading, I plan on checking out some free day shows for SXSW this week. I’ll be at Waterloo Records unless I muster up the motivation to sift through the unofficial list. So, if you a) know my taste in music and b) have done your research for free South by sets, you are more than welcome to send a few recommendations my way.
Currently Listening: This is Hardcore by Pulp
This past weekend, the Texas Style Council hosted a series of blogger mixers around Austin. The events consisted of a cocktail party at Langford Market on Friday, an all-day shop hop at the Domain on Saturday, and a craft party at Stella Says Go on Sunday. I had a great time, learned a little bit, met lots of fellow style bloggers, and my only regret is not taking more pictures.
Be sure to check out these bloggers I met over the weekend: