Wednesday, December 31, 2008


I think this year for me can be summed up with two pictures...

Cute dress, cute waterfall, cute boy, cute smile...
Plus, writing 2008 is (was) just plain fun.

See you all in the new year.

p.s. these photos were taken at The House on the Rock.

Monday, December 29, 2008

ship shape

This is what I wore to the bookstore today:
  • gray skinny jeans
  • black tee (not shown)
  • blue/gray nautical trench
  • sequin flats
I have to say that I absolutely adore this jacket. I'm glad it was in the forties today so I could wear it out without freezing my bum off!

Look at my cute little kitty cat Stella. She loves me, I can see it in her little green eyes. Purr.

"I cannot live without books." - Thomas Jefferson

I love to read. Seriously - I love book shopping even more than shoe shopping, and that is saying something. I get this love of reading from my parents. My parents own a bookstore, which my mom works at and my dad is a manager of a Borders.

So today I went with my fam and did some shopping at my favorite kind of store - a bookstore. We went to my dad's Borders and spent hours browsing. I came home with a bagful.

Sigh...could life get any better?

Sunday, December 28, 2008

top deck

My mother and I ventured out this afternoon in the slushy mess that is Wisconsin to do some shopping, and I ended up with some very lovely, incredibly wonderful pieces (that were on sale, of course).

The first, from Charlotte Russe, is this lovely, unique blue/gray trench, reminiscent of coats Navy seamen might have worn. The asymmetrical collar and colorful patch at the top balance out the girly sleeves and waist detail. This was on sale for 50% off, and so ended up being $18.50.

The second item is this lovely cropped blazer from H&M. There is a very subtle black and gray check pattern. The button (from Charlotte Russe) on the jacket was a treat from my mom. It definitely sums up. Anyway, the jacket was $20 marked down from $35, about a 43% savings!

I promise you that both of these items look much better on me than on the hangers.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

new camera

I love my boyfriend. Not only does he smell extremely sexy, but he bought me a camera for Christmas. A nice one. I love it. I love him.

So...when I went out with said boyfriend tonight, I wore this...
  • dark straight leg jeans
  • white thermal long sleeve tee
  • black vest-ish thing
  • black and white spectator heels

My extras were:
  • woven belt
  • hinged cuff
  • heart necklace
This is the shirt I received that is really a sleep shirt but is pretending not to be.


Thursday, December 25, 2008

may your days be merry and bright...

I hope everyone is having a positively wonderful holiday season so far...I have to say that I am filled with the holiday spirit, all right. And it's even snowy outside (around two to three feet of snow on the ground here).

Here's a pic of me and my dad shoveling a few days ago. Let me tell you that the snow piles around my driveway are taller than me...taller, even, than my 6'6" bro, and therefore perfect for making snow caves. The look on my face says it all, doesn't it?

Here are a few of my favorite gifts I received...

This is an amazingly warm totally sweet lumberjack jacket. It is really thick and warm and it reminds me of what my dad wore when I was little, which brings it the ever important sentimental value.

I also got two pairs of pajama pants that I don't want to wear because I hate when pretty fuzzy things get all full of dog/cat hair and all pill-y. But they are warm and fuzzy and waiting for the right time.

Here, also, is a white thermal-ish shirt for sleeping in, but I will probably wear it as a normal shirt.

Here are the bracelets I got - the one in the front is from my friend who lives in Birmingham (England) from a boutique she went to with her aunt.

Probably my favorite gift was this incredible purse from my mom. She's so funny. She says, "I left the price tag on so you could see what a good deal I got!" Yes, it was $10 marked down from $60. I love it.

I have spent most of the day reading The Boleyn Inheritance, which I have been reading for the past couple of days. Let me just tell you that if you haven't ever read any of Phillippa Gregory's books, do so now. I read The Other Boleyn Girl before the movie came out (the book is so much better, by the way) and it is the same caliber of amazingness. I definitely recommend her books, especially these about the reign of Henry VIII.

Speaking of Henry VIII, I also received season one of The Tudors, a show which I have never heard of, but now am quite curious about. I haven't watched any of them yet, but am excited to. Have any of you seen them? I must say that man looks quite tasty...
I especially love how the ladies' heads are chopped off on the front of the box. Historical humor at its best. Tee hee.

Okay...I'm off to read again now - only about a hundred pages left!

Also, if you have any ideas about how I could wear this white shirt, please let me know...I'm a bit stumped at the moment!

my brother gave me WALL-E, and is it terribly wrong to cry during a movie about robots? Good movie, though, good movie.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

simply soothing

Just a post to let me rave about Celestial Seasonings Tea. (And yay! My exams are done, my exams are done, my exams are done!!!) Let me just say I can't get enough of their 100% natural, herbal teas. My favorites are Bengal Spice and Mandarin Orange Spice, but there are sooo many flavors that are just simply delicious (some others are Tropic of Strawberry, Country Peach Passion, Peppermint, and Mint Magic).

When I make a pot of Bengal Spice, I usually have one hot cup and then mix the rest with milk and put it in the fridge for a nice chai experiance after it's chilled.

The best thing about these teas? Most of them are all natural, caffeine free, contain zero calories, and support ethical trading practices!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

flutter by

Butterfly clips are a great way to add visual interest to any hairdo...they are dainty (well...the ones I would choose are) and well, they are butterflies. I adore them clipped into a nest of hair, peeking out, almost - they seem to have such a fairy tale quality to them that way. I would choose colors that contrast your hair color.

Friday, December 19, 2008


Woke up having to go shovel more than a foot of snow outside. Don't get me wrong, I love snow more than anything, but not so much shoveling it. Especially when cute neighbors are nice and come over to help, seeing me in my less than wonderful snow shoveling attire and morning hair. Yes indeedy.

I must stop distracting myself and get back to studying (last two exams are tomorrow...), but before I do, here's a bit of inspiration for all you lovelies.

paris afternoon by IndyIndy

Thursday, December 18, 2008

this is the stupidest conversation we've ever had

If you have never heard of the TV show Cheers, you need to see it now. It is the most hilarious show I've ever seen - the two main characters Sam and Diane are perfect! I recommend the first five seasons, but all ten of them are very worthwhile.

Here's my favorite clip...

Plus, if you need any '80's fashion inspiration, look no further than Diane Chambers.

"And now I'm going to nibble on your ear..."
"Don't tell me you're going to nibble on my ear!"

heigh ho my job where I get to where nice clothes (the bookstore) this is the outfit I chose:
  • beige dress sketch tee
  • gray skinny jeans
  • pink Chanel cardigan
  • sequin flats
My extras:
  • string of pink beads
  • Chanel purse
Okay - these two Chanel things are the only two designer items I own. And I didn't even buy them - my mom got them for free once when she bought Chanel No.5 and then gave them to me (I was to young to appreciate them and did things like leave the cardigan at the bottom of my hamper for years and wash it in the washing machine...shudder).

Now, off to study!! (In an outfit not fit for people of the world to see!)

all that jazz

Last night my fam and I went to my brother's jazz concert.
This is what I was wearing...
  • black cami
  • black and white striped button up shirt
  • dark straight leg jeans
  • black and white spectator pumps
My extras:
  • multi colored woven belt
  • double string necklace
  • silver cuff
  • black bow headband
This shirt I dug out from my brother's closet (he is 17 years old - two years younger than me but is like 6'6" - a foot taller!) The belt is from my mom's closet (again). The cuff (doesn't it make you think of Wonder Woman?) and the necklace are antique store beauties, and the shoes are just to die for aren't they? They're the kind of shoe I'd expect someone else to be wearing while I drool over them.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

lovely vintage

Yay!! Another outfit post! I'm sorry for the lack of them lately, but since the last day of classes, all I have been wearing are sweats around the house and grungy outfits to work.

Ah, but today I had my first of three finals (for Interpersonal Communication), so I relished the thought of dressing with some purpose.

My outfit consisted of:
  • gray tee shirt
  • (very old) flare blue jeans
  • black draping cardigan
  • black velvet bow shoes
My extras:
  • red woven belt
  • Egyptian style necklace
  • green velvet hat

The belt is my mom's (that I should probably put back into her closet before she notices...), and the shoes are my great-grandmother's. I think the shoes are really reminiscent of the heels worn by women in the renaissance period, and therefore, totally and completely awesome.

The hat and the necklace are both finds from the same antique store. The necklace has a neat Egyptian look to it. I'm going to go and finish The Shining (by Stephen King), and I'm not going to do anything else until I am done!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

summer days...long away

What I wouldn't give to be able to wear an outfit like this outside right now.

flower child by IndyIndy

p.s. I love owl necklaces!

Monday, December 15, 2008

give me organic

Organic deodorant.

Enough said.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

line dance, baby

Seeing as I have been stuck all day working in a hardware store putting up with whiny customers, I am sorry to say that I have quite the lack of fashion inspiration at this moment.

So, I have decided to add this little gem...a line dance created by our group in my dance class last semester of senior year (I still had long frizzy hair...). We tried to dress with a theme, hence the bandannas, and, since line dancing was not any of our favorite units, we tried to incorporate our own special moves in. The song is "Out Tonight" from Rent.

Don't laugh too hard.

By the way, if you couldn't tell, that's me at the front left (remember, long frizzy hair!).

Saturday, December 13, 2008

a goddess, you say

There's something so luxurious about the ancient Greeks and how they draped themselves with yards of beautiful fabric. It's glorious, and yet, surprisingly not at all high maintenance. They seem so beautiful yet so relaxed, a duo I would love to achieve at some point.

This set was inspired by the ancient Greek look in, obviously, the beautiful dress (and the gladiator-esque heels). In an effort to stray away from looking too costume-y, I chose modern accessories that still lend themselves to the look, but don't overpower it. The dress is the main focus, and I must say...yes, please.

grecian beauty by IndyIndy

scarf it down

scarf it down by IndyIndy

When creating outfits, I like to pick one thing, and then pick all my other pieces to add in after. I started this look with the purple scarf and took it from there. I like this outfit because it mixes a romantic theme, (the dress, scarf, bracelet) and an edgy theme (booties and tights).

Friday, December 12, 2008


Indy's favorite things about winter:
  • hot soup
  • snowflakes
  • holiday music
  • snow days
  • sledding
  • hot chocolate with mini marshmallows
  • scarves
  • cuddling in front of fireplaces
  • sweaters
  • rosy cheeks
  • snow boots
  • pretty decorations
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas
What are your favorite things?

Thursday, December 11, 2008

simply sinful

Buy-one-get-one-free sales, I must say, are just the greatest kind of sale. I stocked up my colors of nail polish at Walgreens today, the brand Sinful Colors. I got some great dark sparkly ones, and pearly one, and a bright magenta.

The only thing is that I want to see how each of them works at once, so I think I'm going to have to paint each nail a different color. Life's rough.

Plus, don't nail polishes have the cutest names?

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

this provincial life

A style inspiration: Belle, from Disney's Beauty and the Beast.
Her iconic yellow dress and opera length gloves steal the scene every time, and her red fur-trimmed cape is further evidence to support a comeback of capes.

Hurrah for brainy brunettes!

Also note that books are always appropriate accessories.
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