I love rabbits, I showed them in 4-H for eight years, but I have to admit, I also love wearing their fur. That's probably why I love these boots lined with real rabbit fur. (Sorry, furry-creature-loving friends.)
Last night I went out in a vintage ensemble. I wanted to try out my new hat from Fremont Vintage Mall:
What I'm wearing: vintage hat - $8 (Fremont Vintage Mall); purple plaid coat - $19 (Fremont Vintage Mall); white angora sweater - free (my mother's from long ago); necklace - I don't remember (it is a charm from another necklace re-threaded on a piece of ribbon)
Happy Sunday! I decided to go with a black and white motif today. What do you think?
Here's the breakdown: Houndstooth cropped jacket - $3 (Fremont Vintage Mall. My new favorite store! I hope to be reviewing it soon.); black and white shirt - $12 (Carnation Corners Consignment); J. Crew Jeans - $15 (Also Carnation Corners Consignment. Who would have thought a town that just got it's first stop light nine months ago would have such great shopping?); black clutch - $15 (handmade by a girl at a farmer's market in Lubbock, TX); shoes - $15 (I think. I forget where I got them).
I went to a friend's 30th birthday party tonight, and this is the outfit that I decided to wear:
What do you think? It was a cold, wet, Washington October day, thus the rain boots, and I had to wear the hat again, since it got the Stacy London seal of approval. As it turned out, we spent most of the evening playing Mafia, so it was appropriate.
When I walked in the door my friend Brandi said, "You reminded me of a girl from America's Next Top Model when you walked in." I'll take that as a compliment!
For those of you who are interested in the breakdown: the hat was $2.80 from New York & Co. (80% off the already reduced price at their semi-annual sale, which I now never miss); the scarf I got for $.50 at a thrift store; the sweater was free vintage (it used to belong to my mother); the belt came with a suit jacket I bought last year, so I am calling that free as well; I made the bracelets myself; the jeans were $12 on sale at Target, and the rain boots were $23 from Däv ($45 on sale and purchased with a $100 merchandise credit I got for $50, making them essentially half off). Altogether, this outfit cost a total of $38.30! Not bad, if I do say so myself. :-)
"Even if I could change the fashion industry, I wouldn't want to. It promotes creativity, insisting on new innovation every six months. Few industries achieve the same results so amazingly, year after year." - Stacy London, The Truth About Style
The other night I had the amazing opportunity to attend a presentation and book signing by one of my favorite women in fashion - Stacy London, the co-host of TLC's What Not to Wear. Stacy was in Seattle to promote her new book, The Truth About Style,
so of course I HAD to go and meet her. She was amazing: funny and friendly
just like she is on television. She spoke about why she wrote the book, and how it is different from every other fashion "how to" book out there.
Hello friends! It's finally here! My fashion blog. Since I am unemployed and do nothing all day but browse fashion websites, I figured I would turn one of my passions into a hobby (and perhaps a career. Fingers crossed!) Some of you may be wondering if this is wise, but I literally have nothing better to do.... so here goes! First I want to explain some of my thinking behind this. (Because I have actually given this a lot of thought.) I will do it in a question and answer format:
Who are you?
For any of you who don't already know, my name is Christina. My favorite color is pink. I recently graduated from a law school no one has ever heard of, and can't get a job. (No, I am not the inspiration for Legally Blonde. I am not blonde, for starters.) I was formerly an English major and wanted to be a writer, so doing something like start a blog makes sense to me. I spent my last semester of law school with a bad case of 3L-itis (think senioritis, only worse) and pretty much spent all my time in class perusing fashion magazine websites and blogs. Having spent months fruitlessly searching for a job in a career I only picked so I could make lots of money to buy shoes (never do that, kids), I need an outlet for my frustration and creativity. Since I am (a) bored, and (b) broke, I figured this would be a good way to at least knock out (a), and maybe (if I am very, very lucky) (b) as well.
I grew up, and still live in a small cow town near Seattle, WA. And I know, Seattle is not exactly known for fashion (Flannel is still very in here.) But we do have a unique look on style, and a ton of great vintage places (some of which I will be reviewing for you guys.) I have never been to New York Fashion Week (I have never been to New York, actually.) And I have never studied or worked in the fashion industry. Therefore, I have no business writing a fashion blog. But I'm going to do it anyway. Ha! (Also, in case you couldn't already tell, I really like parentheses.)
Why another fashion blog? There are already twenty kazillion of them.
I know there are literally hundreds of fashion blogs out there. I have read (and do read) a lot of them. So how is this one different? Well, first I think that every fashion blog IS different simply because different women (and men) write them. With each individual, you get a different perspective. That's what makes following multiple fashion blogs so fun. Besides, the mere existence of so many blogs indicates that they don't all say the same thing, and often cater to different tastes. There are as many senses of style as there are people on the planet (and yes, some are better than others.) This blog will introduce you to mine.
Why should I read this blog?
Well, if you read it for a few days and are still asking that question, stop reading. If you read it and like it, you will have answered your own question. But for those of you who want a preview of what is to come, let me explain what I think is different about my blog: I am a master shopper. I don't mean to brag, but I can find the best deal anywhere on clothes. People frequently compliment me on a hat/shirt/skirt/dress and my response is often, "Thanks! I got it for $3." That doesn't mean I look cheap. (I am an attorney, after all.) There are great deals on high-quality items out there. And no, not everything I feature on this blog will be super inexpensive. Sometimes I will post things I want, but could never afford. Other times I will post a great deal on something that started out really expensive, and I got for a reasonable price. I am the living embodiment of the statement you don't have to be rich to have style. If you are broke like me, this blog is for you. As an example, here are some recurring posts I hope to do:
The 10/100: Not another ten things that each cost under $100. Because please, anyone can do that. (Which is why they do.) This will be ten things which ALTOGETHER cost less than $100. See if Vogue ever did that! (I'm pretty sure they never have, not even in the 1920's. If someone finds out I am wrong, I will issue a retraction.)
The Friday under $50: Similar to #1, this will be a complete outfit (usually minus the shoes, I'm not a miracle worker, people!) under $50.
The Thursday Remix: In an effort to force myself to be more creative, I am challenging myself to take items I already own and combine them to make an outfit I have never worn before.
The Tuesday Lust List: Seven(?) things I want right now. (But probably can't buy. See above.)
The Monday Pretty: Something to brighten your Monday. (Because the rest of the world has a job. For me, Mondays are just like every other day: wake up at eleven, apply to the one job posting I haven't already applied for, browse fashion blogs/magazines, "window shop" online, write, drink, write some more, drink some more (kidding), go to bed at 3AM, wake up the next morning and start again.)
And much, much more!
I hope you all enjoy this as much as I plan to. Please comment, I really want to know your thoughts (just be polite). And most of all, if you like this, tell your fashionable (or fashion-impaired) friends!