Grease is the word

I spent my lazy Saturday curled up on the couch, online shopping, reading magazines and watching movies. One of my all time favorite movies happened to be on TV today – Grease! I’ve love the musical numbers, the storyline and the sassy characters. Growing up I always wanted to be a cross between Marty and Sandy. I love the soft pastels, cardigans and girly full skirts that Olivia Newton John wears throughout the movie. But I’ve also always been drawn to Marty’s form fitting pencil skirts, color coordinated scarfs and envelope clutches. I dreamed of having an emerald green ruched prom dress just like her’s.

While watching to movie I noticed that the Pink Ladies’ style is still very relevant for today. Fitted pencil skirts, cat eye sunglasses and gauzy button-ups are all on trend for this spring. I can’t wait to wear this sassy combination once the weather warms up.

  1. TopShop Flock Spot Pencil Skirt, $76
  2. TopShop Belted Pencil Skirt, $70
  3. Urban Outfitters Extreme Cat Eye Sunglasses, $16
  4. Urban Outfitters Extreme Cat Eye Sunglasses, $16
  5. ASOS Fliplock Envelope Clutch, $26.86
  6. ModCloth Crushin’ on Kelly Handbag, $37.99
  7. American Apparel Sleeveless Lawn Button-Up, $42
  8. Urban Outfitters Sparkle & Fade Sleeveless Chiffon Shirt, $49

Sunday: A Day at the Museum

from Google Images

Today, I managed to catch the last day of the Andy Warhol exhibit at the Baltimore Museum of Art with my close friend, Molly. I’ve been a bit of a Warhol fan since visiting the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh when I was about 11 years old. I was excited to hear about the exhibit in Baltimore and that it was so close to home and decided to make a day trip of the visit. After grabbing lunch at Miss Shirley’s Cafe (had the most amazing crab cake sandwich!) we headed to the museum for an arty afternoon.

Inspired by the upcoming afternoon events, I decided to call upon Warhol muse Edie Sedgwick as I planned my outfit for the day. I stuck with black, white and a touch of leopard.

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

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.

Shoes for Opening Night

Petite Piped Silk Dress, Ann Taylor LOFT

My big sister is a fabulous, super talented playwriter that has a play going up in Chicago next month and I am soooo excited for her! And one of the best parts is that I now have an excuse to go see her in Chi-town!

She sent me a picture of the dress she is planning to wear for opening night (see above) and asked me to help her find the perfect pair of shoes. The dress reminds me of some of the nude frocks from the S/S 2010 runways of Lanvin, Rue du Mail and Valentino, so I used those shows as my inspiration.

Lanvin Spring 2010 Ready-to-WearLanvin Spring 2010

Michael Antonio Women’s Laddie Pump, $50

Valentino Spring 2010 Ready-to-Wear

Valentino Spring 2010

XOXO Women’s Romance Sandal, $55

Rue du Mail Spring 2010 Ready-to-Wear

Rue du Mail Spring 2010

GUESS Women’s Ketchum Platform Pump, $109.95

How to Make: A Pretty Little Flower Headband

Walk into just about any store that sells accessories and you will find headbands and hair accessories with a flower or two. They are popping up everywhere and in all shapes, sizes and colors. They are so freaking cute, I want to sweep them all up! And the best part about this trend is that you can find one that fits just about any budget.

Instead of buying a headband, I decided to try out my crafting skills and made one instead from fabric remnants and ribbon. It turned out pretty well I must say! Included below are the step-by-step instructions I used. So if you too are feeling a bit crafty, why not give it a try and let me know what you think!

P.S. You could also make several of the rosettes and stitch them together to form a pretty bib necklace…maybe that will be a post for another day.

How to Make: A Pretty Little Flower Headband

For this project, you will need:

– 1/4 yd. of meshy or tulle fabric
– 1 yd. of ribbon
– 1 dangle bead
– Scissors
– Needle & matching thread
– Straight pins

Step 1: Cut a 3 inch wide strip of fabric that is roughly 2 feet long.

Step 2a: After the strip is cut, fold it in half lengthwise.

Step 2b: Pin the two edges together with the straight pins so the fabric forms a long tube.

Step 3: Thread the needle and secure the ends with a knot.

Step 4: Using a basic over-under stitch, loosely secure the two edges of the fabric together. Use the straight pins as your guide.

Step 5: As you stitch the edges together, begin to slowly pull the thread and start to bunch the fabric against the knot that is keeping the thread in place. This will be the base of your flower.

Step 6: Keep stitching and bunching until the reach the end of the fabric. Gather the two loose ends of the “tube” together and stitch the ends closed with the remaining thread, forming a complete circle.

You now have the completed base of your flower for the headband! (Gooo you!)

Step 7: Cut a second strip of fabric that is about 1 inch wide and 2 feet long.

Step 8: You do NOT fold this piece in half. Leaving the strip single-ply, repeat the over-under stitch along one edge of the fabric. Repeat the pulling and bunching you did before so that this second piece forms a similar, but smaller circle. Secure the loose ends.

You now have the two pieces of fabric that will form your flower!

Step 9: Stack the smaller, single layered circle on top of the larger circle. Secure the two pieces together with a few over-under stitches around the inner rings of both circles.

Step 10: Place the bead in the center of the two fabric circles. The dangle should be peeking out of the back of the large fabric circle. You may need to sew the bead in place depending on its size. Once the bead is secure, thread the ribbon through the dangle at the back of the flower.

Flip the flower over and ta-dah! its your pretty little flower headband!

“Something Old…Something New…”

Its an annual tradition of my family’s to spend one week in August vacationing in the Outer Banks together. Every year since I was about seven years old, we take a road trip down south to soak up the sun and spend some serious quality time together. This year was no exception.  All of last week I spent vacationing with my family in Nags Head, NC.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love the beach and the sun and the sand just as much as the next person but after a few days I need to spend some time away from the shore and in some AC. My break from the beach always consists of at least one shopping trip. The shopping in good ol’ OBX isn’t the greatest but there is this one vintage shop that I adore right off the main drag in Nags Head. Its called “Something Old…Something New…”. The couple that owns it is boisterous, eclectic and super friendly. They are also insanely knowledgeable about vintage clothing and accessories and keep their store jam packed with amazing treasures.

During my visit last week I stopped in and picked up a few things. I literally could spend hours in this store but since I was with a few others that do not appreciate or understand that these stores require immense amounts of time, I limited it to just one. I managed to find a great, knee-length, navy blue vintage dress from the 70s, a Lucite bangle, a pair of what I like to call “Betty Draper” clip-on earrings and a brown, waist-cinching belt from the 80s. A total success!

Here are a few shots of my new dress and “Betty Draper” earrings:

WANTED: The Perfect Summer Brogues

I am obsessed with these Jil Sander leather mesh brogues but at $545 they are a little (well, a lot) out of my price range. But they are so perfect for summer! A great alternative to a gladiator sandal and much more breathable than your traditional ballerina flat.

After I made peace with the fact that the Jil Sanders were out of reach, I began my hunt for a more affordable version. I searched high and low, and then I got a tip that there was a similar pair at Urban Outfitters and they were much more reasonably priced.

Jil Sander Leather Mesh Brogues, $545

Jil Sander Leather Mesh Brogues, $545

Here is was I found at the Urban Outfitters in Georgetown.  The are so perfect! And at only $48 much, much more affordable.

Mesh Brogues, $48

Mesh Brogues, $48

Girly Gingham

Gingham has been popping up a lot lately. We saw it in Christopher Kane’s Spring 2010 runway show and on the models of Christian Dior and Isaac Mizrahi’s Resort 2011 collections.

The pattern always reminds me of summer picnics and lazy afternoons and I’m pretty excited about rocking some gingham this summer.  Here are a few options for the upcoming summer months that have me swooning. And they are all under $100! Summer Gingham

  1. Gingham Shorts from Aeropostale, $19.75, I think these shorts are so adorable. And the price is great! I can just imagine someone wearing them while riding a bicycle with a basket along a beachy boardwalk.
  2. Gingham Button-Down Shirt from J. Crew, $70, I like the easy breezy feel of this shirt. This is something you can throw on with boyfriend jeans or cut-offs to create an easy weekend look. I also like that its made out of a light weight cotton, which is an added bonus since the summers in DC can be unbearably hot.
  3. Gingham Flip Flop from Tory Burch, $45, The gingham pattern adds a nice touch to a summer staple.
  4. Scoop Back Dress by Annie Greenabelle, $61, I love everything about this dress. The pockets, the low scooped back, the big fluffy bow! It’s all so girly and summery. This would be a perfect pick for an outdoor picnic and a great item to rock on the 4th of July.
  5. Ramona Gingham Shirt from dELiAs, $29.50, I like the clean tailoring of this shirt, which gives it almost a masculine feel but the gingham keeps it decidedly feminine.
  6. Gingham Long Frame Purse, $15, Just adorable.