Stripes for the weekend

Not sure about you guys, but I’m already counting the hours and minutes to to weekend. It’s been a long and rough week that I’m glad to say goodbye to (I’ll just say, working at a library on tax week is very stressful). I’ll hopefully be lounging again in my new favorite dress, where I can just throw on a pair of boots like this, or flats, and be on my merry way!

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 Three Dots dress Shopbop.com USA HERE
 Sam Edelman Petty boots Shopbop.com China HERE

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This dress is one of my more recent Made in USA purchases from the Shopbop sale! I’ve accumulated three different Three Dots tees to replace my cheap ones, and glad to now add this dress into the mix. I kinda want to wear it with a denim shirt knotted over it. It’s made out of a really thick (but stretchy) two layered cotton, so that it has a great feel to it. Have a lovely weekend! :)

A literary take on fashion part 28

If you’re new to this books into fashion series, you can catch up with the others HERE.

It’s been quite a few months since I’ve done a books post! And while I’ve read lots of books in between, it’s hard to think of one that will translate well into a collage. It works best with characters that are described very vividly by authors, this is translated particularly well with juvenile books! Good thing I love tween/teen fiction!

Nudged after seeing A Little Princess film for the billionth time, I realized I should finally read it! Since I loved the Secret Garden, I knew A Little Princess would not disappoint either. Sarah Crewe grows up in India with her beloved father, spoiled by his riches, but unaware of her special lifestyle or circumstances until her father has to leave for war and she’s put in a girls school with the terrible Miss Minchin. There, she’s ridiculed for her intelligence by many, but Sarah is unfazed and continues to live lavishly but also humbly, making friends with unexpected characters. In a sad twist of fate, her papa dies, and all their money lost in the diamond mines. Sarah is left with no one, and nothing to her name after Miss Minchin takes everything away – that is, except her doll and a dress she quickly grows out of. Sarah gets to stay at the school as a charity case, where Miss Minchin more or less tortures her everyday and the only solace Sarah finds is making up stories, being friends with a rat, and continuing to believe that all girls (including her) are princesses. It was a great, and timeless story.

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Coraline by Neil Gaiman, was one of those books that seemed to get stuck in my to-read list. When I finally read it last year, I was pleasantly surprised by the adorably dark story. Coraline is in a slump after moving to a new flat – her parents are distracted and aren’t giving her the attention she needs/wants. So she begins to poke around her new home and meeting the odd fellows living upstairs and downstairs. Some of which are curating a circus of mice, others that talk to themselves. She’s given a stone with a hole and doesn’t know what to do with it. But when she suspects the neighborhood cat is more than a cat, things start getting weird. She finds a door that leads to nowhere in her home, but at night that door opens into another dimension in which there’s a bizarro mother and father that treat her much better – the only caveat is that they have buttons for eyes. Coraline quickly learns things aren’t what they seem and has to fight to get back what she had before. It’s the perfectly untypical kid story, no fairy tales, no princesses here!

Coraline

Have you read either of these books before? If not, you must!

New blue dress

I am a firm believer in wearing the color blue as a power color, especially at work. I used to have two trusty blue dresses that rotated in my work wardrobe regularly (as seen here). That was, until I lost weight and neither of them fit me anymore. But you know what, I got rid of one and hung onto the other and wore it with a belt cinched tight because I hate being wasteful. Still, I knew it didn’t look good anymore. After an awesome thrifting expedition haul a few weeks back, I was finally able to find the perfect replacement! I’m also a firm believer of the one in, one out for a wardrobe that doesn’t overwhelm. This was the perfect replacement dress to the cheap one. I’ve never owned anything by Jigsaw – the dress I had before was a polyester, this one is camel! (I’ve also never owned anything that was real camel).

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Jigsaw London dress thrifted Romania -
Cole Haan shoes Buffalo Exchange Brazil HERE, HERE, and HERE in black
Bill Blass watch Ebay.com Japan -

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Remix floral

I’m definitely a quirky outfit type of gal – I love patterns, but floral patterns don’t make their way too often in my wardrobe. I really had to dig deep through my archives to find some floral examples (besides the dress in my previous post). I think at times, I felt flowers is just too safe and common for my wardrobe – I just haven’t been looking in the right places. In fact, just seeing these photos makes me want to look for some floral vintage dresses (that still have a modern flair). How do you feel about floral patterns? A safe bet or a must have?

As with all these remix posts, click on the image to see the original post

A silk floral dress by Diane Von Furstenberg – available HERE and HERE
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My flower power J Crew pants
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A vintage oversized top that can be worn as a dress (has now been retired because of how short is it).
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Gap skirt worn as a dress! This was shortly after I moved to San Francisco – blue and white HERE, green and white HERE
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Still a forever favorite, this Anna Sui dress, that I haven’t worn in a long time but I’m dying to because it’s just so pretty – one available HERE, but ouch, kinda pricey
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Or how about floral print tights! I loved this outfit then, not sure if I’d be brave enough to wear it now.
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Last but not least, 2008 was a weird time, you could get away with wearing anything. But I still have these American Apparel hotshorts, I just wear them UNDERNEATH my clothes now ;)
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