Sunday, July 27, 2014

Worth the Wait

You know the saying, "Good thing come to those who wait"?  It's true, but sometimes it's just so hard to follow. As a rule I try to wait to purchase things on sale, unless I feel like it's something I absolutely can't live without. (I know, I know... clothing and accessories are not a matter a life or death, but you know what I mean!) However, it's always frustrating when you play the waiting game too long and then miss out on something you later regret.

For months I had a wish list of things that I wanted at Zara from their Spring collection. I really like Zara because you can buy some pretty high-end looking items, many which are made in Spain, and the retail prices are reasonable. Trying to be good, I figured I didn't need anything off my wishlist right away and if I waited a few months everything would go on sale. During Zara's first sale cut I  refrained from getting anything. During their second cut, pretty much everything I wanted was sold out online. C'est la vie!

Lucky for me I got a second chance on a recent trip to Zara last weekend. They had everything I wanted on my wish list in my size, including this blue and white floral top that I've been lusting after. When I was in the dressing room trying it on I thought I should buy some white pants to go with the top. I ventured next door to J. Crew and found a pair on sale for $14! My ensemble was officially complete. I guess good things really do come to those who wait!

Top: Zara
Pants: J. Crew Campbell Capri Pants here
Shoes: J. Crew Valentina Mirror Metallic Pumps here
Bag: Louis Vuitton Epi Alma in Citron 
Sunglasses: Prada Baroque

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Scallops and Cactus

At one point I had this crazy idea to have people guess my location in various blog posts through a combination of clues, architectural details and rummaging through previous posts of mine. (Sort of like a scavenger hunt.) Do you remember the computer game and TV show Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? Well, my version would be Where in the World is Hello Katie Girl? I thought it was a novel idea, but like many of my crazy ideas this one will probably not come to fruition anytime soon. So I am just going to tell you where I am: Pio Pico State Park. If you are so inclined to visit this destination or if you just want a little history lesson you can visit my previous post on the location: Don Katie at the Pio Pico Ranchito. Did I go here just to sight see again? Or take blog photos? No. It happens to be near a restaurant that serves the best cheese bread and baked potatoes with cheese sauce ever. So, yeah, that's why I'm here!

Anyway, like the location, my outfit is also somewhat "recycled." I have worn this scalloped dress from J. Crew before and I've blogged about it too, but I thought I would style it up a little differently. I realized that some of my favorite blogs are ones that keep reinventing new ways to wear things that I might already have in my closet, even when the pieces aren't brand new, just released items. Today I am wearing my scalloped dress with some blue and white check, my fan necklace and just a hint of leopard from my clutch.  Now, it's off to get some cheese bread!

Joining Tara and phiphi today for Summer Style Link Up! 
 Stylin in St. Louis Spotlight of the Week
Simple Sequins Fashion Item Friday

Dress: J. Crew Scallop Dress here
Shirt: Ralph Lauren  (from Marshall's and on clearance now!)
Shoes: J. Crew Evie Metallic Mid-heel Sandal here (on sale now for $50 or less at J. Crew)
Bag: Claire Vivier Leopard Fold-Over Clutch here
Necklace: Groopdealz (Similar to the J. Crew Fan Fringe Necklace  
Bracelets: J. Crew and ASOS

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Cheap Thrills

I get a little thrill from deals. Okay, a big thrill. It's sort of an addiction. My blouse and skirt are both from the J. Crew Factory. The button down pinstripe shirt was $10 and the skirt came to $15. I love looking at the price on the receipt and feeling like I some how got a steal or in gambling terms "cheated the house." Yes, they are still making money off of me, but when you look at the retail price it does get your adrenaline pumping just a tad.

Neon and leopard are perhaps an unlikely pair, but I think it can work, which is why I paired my J. Crew bargains with my Claire Vivier Leopard clutch. Speaking of neon, I think there are certain colors that are just too much for the camera to handle. Maybe it's just my camera which isn't exactly state of the art, or maybe it's the neon pigment in this skirt, but it is very hard to photograph neon colors without feeling blinded. My father-in-law told me I could go hunting in this skirt. (As you can tell, both my husband and father-in-law like to make clever quips about my clothing.) Well, it was a great deal and I am, after all, a hunter of bargains! Perhaps I will wear this on my next bargain-hunting safari!

Linking up today with Walking in Memphis in High Heels Trend Spin

A mostly J. Crew outfit today too!
Shirt: J. Crew Factory Printed Classic Button Down Shirt in French Blue here
Skirt: J. Crew Factory Neon Embroidered Floral Mini here
Shoes: J. Crew Lillian Metallic Low Wedge in Silver here
Bag: Claire Vivier Leopard Fold-Over Clutch here

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Artistic Temperament

The "Urban Light" sculpture which guards the entrance to LACMA draws people to it like a magnet. Kids stop and play, some sit down to people watch, while others, such as myself, take photos amidst the towering street lamps from the 20s and 30s. I guess the ability to draw the attention and fascination of spectators should be the mark of a successful pubic art work, if this is the case then "Urban Lights" is a resounding success.

This week my husband and I ventured to the Westside of Los Angeles to take a gander at some of the new exhibits at LACMA. I thought such an occasion should call for an artistically inspired skirt, such as this midi skirt from H&M featuring broad, bold brushstrokes. I like any article of clothing with paint splatters, brushstrokes or some sort of art influence, so this skirt definitely caught my eye. In fact, I liked it so much that when they didn't have it in my size I had my tailor make it just right for me. I guess for many reasons you can say I have some of the "artistic temperament" in me.


This winter I also visited the LACMA and its Diane von Furstenberg exhibit in my Museum Leftovers and Journey of the Dress posts. Below you will find a few more fun tidbits from my summer adventure at the LACMA. There are all sorts of fun geometrical structures on which to "play". The newest addition to the LACMA is the "Levitated Mass" sculpture which is essentially a boulder suspended over a trench/walkway. It's certainly fun to walk under, but I wouldn't want to be there when the next big earthquake hits!

Shirt: H&M "Brushstroke" Midi Skirt
T-Shirt: Merona/Target
Shoes: kate spade "Chris" 
Necklace: Forever 21
Bag: Chanel Jumbo Flap 
Glasses: Prada Baroque

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Pasadena and the Married Girl

I finally got my kate spade book clutch after many years of pining over this particular style of clutch from the designer. A couple of years ago I bought the Great Gatsby kate spade clutch but then returned it thinking it was too expensive and too impractical. When I spied this Paris and the Single Girl clutch drastically reduced during the latest kate spade sale I pounced on the opportunity to get it. Although it's not an actual book and the writer and reviews on the back cover are fictitious, I love the red and black color scheme and the "disembodied" surrealist lips that grace its cover.

My husband asked me, "Why don't you just carry a book around with you?" Certainly that would be cheaper and more practical, but as my husband also pointed out women just aren't that practical, especially when it comes to matters involving fashion. I guess I can't argue with that. Perhaps I should rename this clutch, "Pasadena and the Married Girl" as that would be more appropriate for me today, as we went to a Parisian bistro in Pasadena and it was certainly the perfect place to debut my new clutch.

Linking up today with Mix and Match Fashion, Treasure Tromp, Stylin in St. Louis 
and Fashion Item Friday with Simple Sequins

Dress: LOFT Striped Pleated Cotton Linen Dress similar here
Denim Jacket: H&M
Shoes: kate spade "Susan" pumps similar and summery here
Clutch: kate spade "Paris and the Single Girl" book clutch similar (plus check out her surprise sale!)
Necklace: J. Crew Daisey Petal Necklace