Halloween, If I Liked It

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{Easy DIY Balloons}

I notoriously am not a fan of Halloween. Perhaps it’s the effort of picking a costume. Perhaps it’s not wanting to be scared. Perhaps it’s the desire to stay inside where it is warm instead of wearing a coat over the costume I just spent a week of thought-energy on.

I can’t even remember what I did last year. Not a surprise but it’s also a demonstration of my general apathy for the holiday. The year before last I was an engaged Kate Middleton. I did everything right – the (imitation) blue dress and engagement ring were in tow. It was pretty brilliant. So this year I have a follow up and I am almost (almost) a little disappointed that I don’t have any plans on the horizon. Because if I did, I would be this:

Kate Costume

Yes, I would carry that baby around all night. All I’m missing are those luscious locks…#hairenvy.

Who are we kidding? I’ll probably end up happily cozy on my couch with a pumpkin bev and a bowl of candy loving every minute of it.

Be safe out there trick-or-treaters!

The Look for Less: Feminine Sweatshirt

CluClu Ruffled Sweatshirt, Shopbop, $195

There are few things that Emily of Cupcakes & Cashmere fame does incorrectly, in my opinion. I find her posts very inspirational and look forward to seeing what she is thinking day in and out. Her photography is something I envy greatly, aside from her delicious clothing budget, of course.

The other day she wore a very on-trend-for-fall sweatshirt, coupled with the surprising detail of a soft ruffle. As I’ve said in the past I am a boisterous supporter of two things:

1. Mixing edgy with femininity

2. Finding or making the same thing for less

There’s no way I could justify a $195 sweatshirt, so I searched for the next best thing.

Sheinside

Chiffon Ruffles T-shirt, Sheinside, $21.64

Much more reasonable and, for me, flattering. I have already added this to my September wish list. Can you imagine? Some dark skinny jeans and riding boots? I’m dying. This number might even be closer to the Clu version, but I’ll let you decide.

Friday Find: Mixed Materials

Image c/o ASOS

Image c/o ASOS

This year for Fall, I am all about mixing materials. I have a special affinity for leather-like accents. What I wear tends to edge on the far spectrum of feminine so the harder details even me out. In a progressive edit of my closet, I’ve found I lack tops (that I actually wear) and skirts. This number from ASOS is a fun spin on a basic sweater. And for a more glamorous time, I’m really digging this one from Rhyme Los Angeles.

Hooray for trends!

The Look for Less: Jamie Chung

Image c/o Polyvore

Image c/o Polyvore

I am constantly amazed by creative people. Designers, stylists, interior decorators – I wish I had a piece of their mind. While I fancy myself to have a sense of style, the things that I find truly inspiring I just end up copying instead of thinking of them myself. But you know what they say about flattery and all that jazz and blah blah blah.

My fandom of style, bargains, and collaging orbit within the same gravitational pull that is my soul. So when I found The Look for Less feature on Polyvore I’m sure my brain lit up on a fictitious CAT scan. A fabulous outfit for less is exactly what I always need. I by no means pay that close of attention to Jamie Chung (aside from the fact that I feel like everyone forgets she started out in one of the few The Real World seasons I actually watched) but she’s giving me fly vibes in this look.

I already spent my budget for this month, but these pants might sneak their way in for September.

LLWD: Lace Little White Dress

As pre-fall fashion window displays continue popping up along Michigan Avenue, I want to politely tell them (because there’s no room for rudeness at Chanel) that it can’t possibly be time for that because we just got pre-summer weather. On Cupcakes & Cashmere a few days ago, the lace little white dress exuded an especially summery feeling. Unfortunately, the price tag gave me a “help me, I’m poor” feeling.

Image c/o Shopbop

Image c/o Shopbop

{Dolce Vita Jeralyn Dress, Shopbop, $264}

No matter. With the help of my trusty virtual shopping buddy, Polyvore, I was able to find three very suitable alternatives.

Image c/o Forever21

Image c/o Forever21

{Floral Embroidered Mesh Dress, Forever21, $29.80}

Image c/o H&M

Image c/o H&M

{Airy Dress, H&M, $19.95}

Image c/o Threadsense

Image c/o Threadsence

{Wild Heart Crocheted Detail Dress, Threadsence, $39.00}

I’m in my own LLWD today and can’t help but fantasize about expanding my collection with any one of these gems. Come August when my personal online shopping embargo ends (yes, you read correctly. I am not online clothes shopping for all of July and doing very well, thank you, Doubting Thomas!), you can bet that I will be hunting for more.

Friday Find: Run Like the Fancy Wind

Image c/o Old Navy

Image c/o Old Navy

{GoDRY Tank in Neon Alarm Clock, Old Navy, On Sale}

In my last post I mentioned my affinity for workout clothes. This part of my wardrobe has been neglected for quite some time, which creates a particular dilemma for me each time I open my dresser drawer: if you supposedly work out so much, why don’t you have enough (clean) clothes to wear?

In my pursuit of acquiring affordable pieces, (sorry, Lululemon, I desperately love you but I cannot buy you as often as I would like) I came across two fancy pants styles in the latest issue of Women’s Health. Then I did something I almost never do, I looked in the back of the magazine to actually see where the clothes could be purchased. Sure, I always note this factoid when it’s listed on the page in which it is featured, but having to scan to the back has been too laborious in my past life. Let me tell you, it’s worth it to look.

Taking a colorful top (which is all the rage right now) from Old Navy, I paired it with the pairs of leggings satisfying rule number uno of buying clothes: only buy pieces that go with others in your closet.

Images c/o Nux and Londo Mondo

Images c/o Nux and Londo Mondo

{Left: Focus Capri in Hydrangea, Right: Hardtail Lowrise Capri in Dark Python}

They’re pretty wild, but I’m willing to go for a run on that side (too much/complicated for a Friday?).

Have a great weekend!