Saturday, December 4, 2010

Mustardy Mustard Tights & A Holiday Dress

I bought these tights the other day when I was out Christmas shopping. They are mustard colored, which is a personal favorite of mine, so I couldn't resist! However, I gave them their first trial run yesterday and I was not impressed. I bought them from Charlotte Russe. It was my first time buying anything from there, so I wasn't sure of the quality.

The first sign of danger should have been from looking at the packaging, which didn't have much information about the product. It didn't even indicate if they were high or low rise. I LOATHE low rise tights, but since these were in one of my favorite colors I decided I'd take a chance on it. It turned out they are mostly high rise. The fit wasn't great, but it wasn't awful either.

So, I'm at home, I have my new tights, and I'm excited as hell, right? Well, I start to pull them over my first leg and it was like putting on a pair of sandpaper jeggings! Ick! The material was so rough!

On top of that, I had only been wearing them for about an hour when, you guessed it - BAM - HOLE IN THE CROTCH!

What a horrible, sad little pair of tights they turned out to be. It's not their fault that they were made crappy. I still love the color though, so I'll continue to wear them until they completely fall apart - which will probably be within a week.

These photos turned out a bit blurry because I didn't realize that I had the chair in the foreground. Whoops. I kind of like the soft focus though.

So today...I went shopping for my perfect holiday dress. I went to Lost & Found Vintage in Royal Oak and they had the most gorgeous holiday dress ever!!! It was a bright, red velvet, fitted through the bust and waist and then flaired out to about knee length. The neckline was a huge collar that came up to about mid-shoulder (leaving the shoulders bare). It looked like it would have fit me perfectly too! Butttttttt.........with a lot of ttttttttt' was $16 over my $30 limit!!! I know, I know, $16 right? That's not that much? For THE PERFECT dress? I should buy it. Right? This is exactly what I was there arguing with myself over for about 20 minutes before I finally decided to do the responsible thing and get the dress. Haha, tricked you. That's not responsible, silly! That extra $16 can go towards paying my bills and buying my groceries! Yeah, it's boring. But these are the kinds of boring decisions us grown-ups have to make sometimes.

So instead I got this dress from Target for $15, so I still have $15 left to accessorize the look! Although I'm not 100% sold on keeping this dress. It meets the criteria for price and being able to be styled different ways for a party, Christmas, and New Year's Eve. However, I don't think it really has that "wow" factor. I decided to buy it because it was the last one left in my size, but I'm going to hold on to the receipt and keep looking around.

Izzy is plotting to destroy my dress before I'm able to make a decision as to wether or not I'll keep it.

The Breakdown:


Black Dress: Target
Faux Fur Cardigan: Gift, Thrifted
Mustard Tights: Charlotte Russe
Black Shoes: Payless

****UPDATE**** I have found THE DRESS!!!! It's a beautiful, red cocktail dress! The Target dress goes back to the store tomorrow!!! *********


Friday, December 3, 2010

Just Around the Corner

Guess what? My blogiversary is just around the corner! That's right, I've been sharing my outfits and insights for almost a year now! Jon and I have a special photo shoot planned for the big day (December 13th!) but in the mean time I wanted to share some of my favorite outfits/photos from the past year.

December 2009:












I couldn't have done any of this without my wonderful husband. Thanks Love! I think his photography skills have developed as has my blog over the past year. We've both gotten better at recognizing what we want and what does and doesn't work for the photographs. Being an artist Jon has always had a knack for composition, but I think that the photographs have become more fluid over time and are better at telling a story. One problem that I am still having is I am so indecisive when it comes to editing them! I really feel that I need to stick to one editing format so that everything on my blog matches. I have a natural desire to want to make all of my photos look old and vintage, but then I sacrifice the true colors of the outfit. Gah! Decisions decisions.