What I Wore: Petite Francophile

I recently re-enrolled in French classes – it’s been a long time since I’ve studied the language, but it’s a labor of love and I feel the need to refresh my brain a little on the finer points of French conjugation.  To wash away my nerves, I decided to don a plucky little outfit and sip some café au lait while perusing my brand new textbook.

Luckily it was sunny and warm; perfect for cute little skirts, still paired with knee-high boots.  This outfit seems so fall-like, but since spring in the Emerald City is so much like fall (and winter for that matter), I figured I’d be fine just this once.

what I wore

I definitely felt a little “Francophone” in my knit beret and striped top.  Oh, hello!  Do not mind the mess, or little G’s dog bed in the background.  As for my outfit, I jazzed it up with my red Fluevog boots, and this crazy beaded granny-necklace.  The great part is all the red matched the lining of my blazer.

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The color combo felt a little strange when I originally pulled it out, but with a few finishing touches, I think it came together well.

What I wore:

  • Striped sweater top: Banana Republic
  • Gray tank: J Crew
  • Gray skirt: Papaya
  • Black knee socks: Sockdreams
  • Red embroidered leather boots: Fluevog
  • Denim blazer: Thrifted
  • Red beaded necklace: Vintage – from Mr.’s Granny
  • Blue crochet beret: Bird & Belle (AKA: Made by Me!)

The weather held, and class was great!  I was a little nervous, but my nerves were swept under the rug toute de suite. It turns out I’d actually forgotten less than I originally thought!

Unfortunately, the weather was not as kind, and the very next day was rainy and gray.  I stashed my little skirt away for the moment – until the sun comes back out and the rain goes away.


Outfit Photos: The Life You’re Living…

“… A new dress doesn’t get you anywhere, it’s the life you’re living in the dress… the sort of life you had before, and what you will do in it later.”

Diana Vreeland was a wise woman with those words.  Wiser still was the realization that I CAN turn summer dresses into wintry spring wear, with very little effort.  And you can go out, laze around in the park with your dog, have fun lunch adventures, and the world will smile as you walk by because you’re a fresh breath of air in a cute summer dress.

So here’s how you do it.  Toss on some leggings under a little white ruffled tank dress.  Throw on a cute sweater with covered buttons… Put on a light colored boxy jacket, to offset the rest of your bodycon outfit.  Wear big sparkly jewels, and cute heels.

And voilà!

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What I wore to lunch with my friend David, and then later to get smoothies and hang out in the park talking about how people should meet people in real life….

  • Leggings – American Apparel
  • Symphony Pumps – Miz Mooz
  • Little white ruffle dress – H&M
  • Gray covered-button Cardigan – LOFT
  • Little gray boxy wool Jacket – Thrifted (a gift from Deco Modiste)
  • Various rings – Thrifted
  • Sparkly heart necklace – Tarina Tarantino (LOOOVE!)

I think it turned out well, and it’s a great way to turn any summer dress into something you can wear right now.   It’s also a great outfit to do the Charleston in your livingroom…

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Favorite outfit photo?? Maybe!

Who doesn’t get dressed up to dance around in their livingroom?    What’s your favorite way to wear your summer dresses in the still-winter weather?


Gratuitous Photo Post!  Gratuitous Photo Post!

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I went out and shot some photos at Hollyhood last night, so if you’re interested in other people’s party pics, stay tuned!  Also, if you want to tag yourself or nab these, they will be on the TigerBeat206 Facebook page, courtesy of Jess Estrada!  Here’s a sample:

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What I Wore: Baby Bag Lady

It’s not necessarily cold outside, but I’m sitting at a desk in a damn near 65 degree office.  Sitting still for that long in that cold an environment gives me the chills, and my winter wardrobe as of late has been big on ultra-warm pieces thrown on haphazardly.  Like this outfit.

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You probably remember this skirt from my Modern Vintage post where I waxed poetic about how this skirt was probably inspired by someone’s grandmother’s couch.  I think it’s probably one of my favorite weird wardrobe staples and readers agreed – strange in a very cool way.   Primary paisley brocade with oversize gold buttons.

I wore this outfit all day, just like this – though the hat was an outside-only deal because I know people in the office would totally make fun of me.  Jerks.  It’s a sorry scenario when the only way you can get your rocks off at work is to wear goofy shit and pretend you’re secretly a Russian Spy in a vintage fox Ushanka.  They wouldn’t know style if it kicked them in the kneecaps.

It’s not really a vintage Ushanka – I wish!  But it is vintage, and it came from Dana at Sustalux (who loves me).  It’s currently my favorite accessory.

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Showing off my shoes…  Miz Mooz… And I’ve been living in this coat.  It’s light enough to wear indoors without being overly warm.  It’ll be perfect for spring.

outfit post, all saints coat, fox fur hat, brocade skirt

I’m wearing:

  • Envelope collar asymmetrical walking coat from All Saints
  • Vintage paisley brocade skirt
  • Black boatneck sweater
  • Charcoal trouser socks from sockdreams
  • Miz Mooz Symphony heel
  • AMAZING hat from Sustalux!
  • Black glasses – BCBG

If you had only one ridiculous accessory in your wardrobe rotation, what would it be? I think you know what I’d pick!


As silent as a mirror is believed…

Again, I found a bunch of lovely vintage inspiration in the Etsy today (and Taste Test is addicting!) – probably because I spend so much time sifting through antiquities (like glass vintage apothecary bottles), looking for oddities and curios.

So I made this treasury (click the pic to go to the Treasury Page…)

Relentless Caper - Etsy Treasury

Relentless Caper – Etsy Treasury

Inspired by this:

As silent as a mirror is believed
Realities plunge in silence by . . .I am not ready for repentance;
Nor to match regrets. For the moth
Bends no more than the still
Imploring flame. And tremorous
In the white falling flakes
Kisses are,–
The only worth all granting.

It is to be learned–
This cleaving and this burning,
But only by the one who
Spends out himself again.

Twice and twice
(Again the smoking souvenir,
Bleeding eidolon!) and yet again.
Until the bright logic is won
Unwhispering as a mirror
Is believed.

Then, drop by caustic drop, a perfect cry
Shall string some constant harmony,–
Relentless caper for all those who step
The legend of their youth into the noon.

Legend, by Harold Hart Crane

I’m surrounded by the lore of all things old – the calling of dusty books and antiquities.  Today’s inspiration is brought to you by that, and the letter B.


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