Thursday, September 30, 2010

Time to Twirl

Guess what? Guess what? Guess what?

I got the job at DSW!!! So now the hard part is going to be not blowing all of my extra income on shoes every week! It's a seasonal position, but that's better than nothing. I'm so thrilled to start!

This is what I wore today to my orientation:

I know, I'm getting sick of my living room too. I haven't been able to take outdoor pictures in a while because Jon's schedule isn't working with mine and we don't see each other until midnight most days. So with no husband and no tripod I'm pretty limited as to what I can do. The living room has the best natural light, so that is why it's been my go-to place lately. (The pictures with the glow are from my TV. Obviously I didn't position the camera well, but I liked the effect, so I decided to post them anyway.)

I layered two skirt together today to get maximum fullness out of my skirt without having a petticoat. I love the effect, I just want to twirl and twirl all day long and never stop....until I get sick and throw up.

Jon and I are off to Chicago for the weekend!! We are going to see the Eels Friday night and then celebrate Jon's birthday in style on Saturday. I'll probably be too busy to update, but I'll be back Monday with an overload of pictures from our trip. I started this blog when I was still living in Chicago, but I never really took advantage of the city in my pictures. I'll have to make up for it in the two days that we're there. See ya!

The Breakdown:


Cardigan: Thrifted
Blouse: Old Navy, Sale
Skirt: The Gap, Thrifted
Tights: We Love Colors
Shoes: Nine West, Sale


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Vintage Wednesday #10

I'm doing another movie themed Vintage Wednesday this week! About a week ago I watched The Changeling with Angelina Jolie, and of course I was completely drawn to all of the lovely 1920's outfits. Angelina Jolie looks so ladylike and chic in this movie. I just adore her perfect cloche hat, it gives her such sophistication.

The mint green dress is so flattering and looks just as comfortable as it does pretty. The little gloves that she wears adds so much elegance to her everyday outfit. The whole outfit is so put together and classy. It fits true to it's 1920's time frame. The wardrobe designer on the film was Deborah Hopper. I think she did a great job, although there has been some debate over whether or not the character in the movie could afford the luxurious fashions that she is dressed in. It is based on a true story though and the picture of the real Christine Collins (the character that Angelina Jolie plays) does show her wearing a very similar fur trimmed coat.

What I really want to talk about this week though is the use of her wearing fur in this movie. Yes she looks glamourous in her fur trimmed coat and at the time there wasn't as intense an issue with animal rights and wearing fur as there is today. I have become increasingly concerned with the fact that fur seems to be creeping back into fashion again. Whether it's new, vintage, or fake fur it seems to once again be adorning the shoulders of women around the world. I myself have a faux fur collar that ties around one of my jackets and a faux fur trim around one of my sweaters. However, I am a vegetarian and animal rights supporter.

Obviously I oppose anyone wearing real fur. I think it is so disgusting and distasteful. I know most people (but not all) will probably agree with me on this so I don't want to get into that aspect of the industry too much. What about used and faux fur though? This is sort of a grey area when it comes to wearing fur. I have talked to quite a few people over the years who feel that wearing vintage or used fur is okay because since you're not buying new you aren't directly contributing to the killing of an animal. However, if someone buys used fur, there will be a demand somewhere for a new fur garment. So, inadvertently you are contributing to the murder of innocent animals. Not to mention, when it comes to used fur and you're walking down the street most people won't be able to tell the difference between something new and used, so you're sending the same message either way. This goes the same for faux fur, what kind of message are you sending when you're wearing it? The items that I have are obviously fake (I'm not sure if that makes it any better) but when something is a good copy of a real fur item and you're walking down the street aren't you saying that you support the torture, cruelty, and murder of animals? The person passing you on the street doesn't know the difference, and I don't think you're going to stop everyone who stares to tell them it's not real.

Like I said, I own a few faux fur items myself, so I'm not attacking anyone. I'm just trying to bring the issue to the surface and offer something to think about.

Do you think it's wrong to wear new, vintage/used, or faux fur? Why?

I hope you've enjoyed this week's addition of Vintage Wednesday. I know it was a bit different than other weeks as it didn't focus 100% on the vintage aspect of fur, but I thought I'd bring it up with my mention of the 20's clothing from The Changeling because that is what got me thinking of all of this in the first place.

P.S. Here's a peek at my work outfit for the day:

I only have a week or so left of being able to wear my Kids Are Alright shirt! It's been so nice being able to incorporate some color into my uniform lately. Although, I still have the midnight movie shirt, so it's not a complete loss. I'm just not ready to go back to the bowling shirts!

P.P.S. The other day Jon's writing was printed in over 90 different publications! Way to go love, I just have to brag about you because you are so talented and you deserve it!!!!!