The Rainy Day

All this rain we’ve been having in DC is making me think of nothing but umbrellas, rain boots and trench coats! Even though rainy days often make you think of spring showers, I can’t help but think of how perfect the classic trench still is for the weather we’ve been having.

The trench coat – a stylish and functional coat that was initially worn by British and French soldiers in the First World War continues to be a fashion necessity for both men and women alike.  I was gifted a sleek trench coat from Banana Republic at the beginning of the year and have been rocking it on rainy days from April until October. After I received the gift, I did a little research on the proper way to wear a trench. There were a number of details that I hadn’t initially considered, like what is the appropriate and most flattering length? How are you supposed to tie that belt? And is this trench’s shape really the most flattering?

I came across this tip list from Suite101.com that has been a great help in answering all my trench coat questions. For instance, I learned that a trench’s hemline should finish on or above the knee to avoid looking squat and dumpy. And a fantail pleat, an inverted pleat at the center back, is essential for keeping the coat swingy and flexible.

In addition to the classic trench, this rainy weather has me thinking a lot about cute umbrellas! Here are a few affordable picks that I love!

Rain or Shiny Umbrella

ModCloth, $33.99

Urban Outfitters, $18.00

Color-Changing Umbrella

MoMA Store, $40.00

Weather or Not Umbrella

ModCloth, $34.99

Fredflare.com, $32.00

Read more at Suite101: How to Pick the Perfect Trench Coat http://www.suite101.com/content/how-to-pick-the-perfect-trench-coat-a231846#ixzz10yBrseWc

WANTED: The Perfect Pair of (Affordable) Jeans

While in Chicago this past weekend, I had a chance to check out the Levi’s store and more importantly their Levi’s Curve ID jeans. I’ve been reading about these jeans everywhere and had to check them out for myself (here is an article from the San Francisco Examiner about the jean frenzy that occurred in Union Square recently). A lot of the reviews are making claims about this denim collection that seem to good to be true so clearly I needed to check this out and formulate my own opinions.

I walked into the shop and was greeted by a sales associate who took my measurements (waist, hips in two places and the distances in between) to get my proportions and determine the best fit. They were able to take the measurements over my clothes so there was no awkward nakedness or uncomfortable overexposure. Based on the measurements, they determine whether you have a slight, demi or bold curve. Much to my surprise, I am a slight curve.

I worked with the sales reps to pick the best styles, washes and sizes. In the end, I decided to try on two pairs of the skinny jeans in glazed and pitch black. I also tried on their skinny boot in blue ice. Overall, the fit is amazing! They are better than most other jeans I’ve tried that claim to accommodate curves and are insanely flattering. They really do take into account your body measurements and fit your body like a glove! My sister and her friend from college came on the shopping trip as well and were equally impressed with the sizing and fit (my sister is a bold and her friend Krista is a demi – just going to show that they are great across the board). We all ended up buying at least one pair of jeans and were super impressed.

In the end, I took home the skinny jeans in glazed and the skinny boot in blue ice. I can honestly say that I will keep coming back to this brand and collection. And now that I know my proper size and measurements, I can even confidently order these puppies online.

Skinny Boot in Blue Ice, $69.50

Skinny Boot in Blue Ice, $69.50

Skinny in Glazed, $59.50

Skinny in Glazed, $59.50

CHICAGO!

H&M pants, Payless booties, top & sweater from Nordstrom Rack, gifted necklace & watch, Ray Ban sunglasses, thrifted belt

This past weekend, I went to Chicago to visit my sister and see her amazing play that was put on by the LiveWire Chicago Theater. I had a great time filled with lots of sister time, food and shopping!

On Friday, we went shopping in Wicker Park and hit up a great little vintage boutique that also doubles as an art gallery. My sister bought me an amazing vintage necklace from the store for my birthday. I love its art deco feel and can’t wait to use it to jazz up a plain tee or shift dress.

Happy First Day of Autumn!

Today is the first day of Autumn and despite the outside temp being in the 90s, I’m in a very autumny mood! In honor of the day, I’ve decided to make a fall bucket list that contains all I’d like to do for the next few months while the weather is crispy and breezy.

Autumn Bucket List

1. Go apple picking.
2. Stock up on lots and lots of cozy knits and military-inspired jackets.
3. Start and complete a photography class.
4. Visit a pumpkin patch complete with hay ride and warm apple cider.
5. Wear flat, camel riding boots pretty much every day.
6. Start and actually finish a book…any of the 5 or 6 I started over the summer seem like a good place to start.
7. Learn how to knit.
8. Go to at least one college football game.
9. Learn how to make homemade chili and spaghetti sauce.

10. Come up with the world’s most amazing Halloween costume 🙂

Project of the Week: Vintage Vogue

Louis Vuitton Fall 2010 RTW

As you know, the fifties are making a big come back this fall. I love the full skirts from Louis Vuitton and Prada’s collections. They are so feminine and classy and after a summer full of minis, a completely welcomed change of pace.

The cold weather that started to roll into the district this weekend makes me even more anxious for fall and making the wardrobe transition. And one of the pieces that I would love to own this season would obviously be a full circle skirt or dress. Unfortunately I can’t afford one of the classy frocks from Louis Vuitton, so I’ve opted for an affordable alternative – making one! I found a great collection of vintage Vogue sewing patterns online and am going to test out my sewing skills with one of these great finds. Stay tuned for the (hopefully) great results!

Vintage Vogue Dress Pattern, $16.50