Friday, December 20, 2013

wearing: houndstooth coat and a vintage collar

I don't think I'll ever get over the fact that I bought this coat for $5. Seriously - it's so dang adorable. Since finding it, coats and jackets have been my favorite things to look for whilst thrifting. A lovely coat can pretty much make your whole outfit, and they're easy to remix with different accessories like scarves, hats, and boots. See how I last styled this one here.
photos >> Shepley
dress, coat, collar - thrifted/vintage // hat, booties, gauntlets - H&M
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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

wearing: big orange coat and a floppy hat

These pictures were taken at a dock in Ephraim. Now the ice and snow covers so much of the bay that when you look out on the horizon on gray days like today it's hard to tell where exactly the bay ends and the sky begins! (Can you see Horseshoe Island behind me?) If only these snowy days weren't so effing cold. Ah well, at least I know I'll always go home to warm blankets, good books, and a soft kitty.
coat, hat - thrifted // scarf - Brilliant Stranger (Fish Creek, WI) // gauntlets - H&M // boots - Simply Vera
photos >> Shepley
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Sunday, December 15, 2013

wearing: red sweater in the snow

Snow fell continuously throughout the day and coated the peninsula in soft fluffy blanket. It was one of the most beautiful snowy days I've ever experienced, a truly quintessential winter scene, as if the whole peninsula was captured in a pretty snow globe. One day like this is enough for me to make all the miserable frigid days worth it. I love living in a place where I experience all four seasons! When I woke up and saw the snow out falling outside my window, I knew immediately I needed to wear something red because, seriously no other color looks as fantastic in the snow, amirite? I quickly was reminded of the utter lack of clothing in my closet that isn't black, so (while promising to right this issue soon) I decided again upon this gorgeous sweater. I pulled it on over a long-sleeved velvet dress and added a warm scarf on top of it and was pleasantly surprised at how warm I stayed.
dress, sweater - thrifted // scarf - Brilliant Stranger (Fish Creek, WI) //
 hat, gauntlets, booties - H&M // bow tights - Target
photos >> Shepley
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Friday, December 13, 2013

wearing: a pretty blue coat and an ochre knit hat

Here's the story of this hat. I was working one day last fall when a mother and daughter walked into my shop and started to browse. The daughter was wearing the greatest knit hat I'd ever seen, and when the pair approached the counter I said as much. She told me that she had just bought it a few minutes beforehand at a shop down the street. Well, hot damn! On my break I walked down to said shop and found the same hat the girl had been wearing, but better - they had it in my favorite color! Sooooo I bought it. The end. Or, the beginning.
dress, boots - thrifted // coat, gauntlets - H&M // 
scarf, hat - Brilliant Stranger (Fish Creek, WI) // tights - Charlotte Russe
photos >> Shepley
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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

on the inside we're all the same // skull makeup

Perhaps you remember this post I published featuring similar skull makeup? Well, I decided to revisit that theme this week - blame it on the subzero temperatures and lack of motivation to do anything other than make pillow forts, read books and drink tea in said pillow forts, and coerce my living mates into letting me draw on them. I definitely improved the technique from the last time, especially in the teeth which are far more detailed (compare the last picture in this post with the last picture in this post!). I absolutely love experimenting with makeup this way - I get to be an artist and also learn about something truly fascinating to me. Even though I took a class in college that focused on bones in the human body, the research I did before undertaking these projects helped me immensely in understanding the intricacies of the human skull. However, I was striving more for an artistic statement rather than anatomical correctness (for example, my "skull" shows 37 teeth whereas most adults only have 32 teeth, including four wisdom teeth). I think the human body is so incredibly beautiful, I love celebrating it through this medium.
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Sunday, December 8, 2013

wearing: black cape and a fisherman's cap

It's so strange to see myself with straight hair! I rarely straighten my hair, maybe once or twice a year at the most to make it easier to trim, but every time I do I am so surprised at the way it completely transforms the way I look. I leave it straight for a few days before I have to wash it and the beast returns...

Anyways...dis cape. Aw yeah. Here are the reasons it's probably one of the greatest things I own: it's black (duh), it doesn't have shoulder padding, it has a sasssssh, IT HAS POCKETS, and it's a cape. 'Nough said. Oh, and holy jeans on the blog! Never thought I'd see the day, but you know it's so friggin' cold I didn't want to take them off.
cape, ganuntlets - H&M // jeans - thrifted // cap - Aegean // scarf - gift // booties - Target
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Friday, November 22, 2013

wearing: red sweater coat and velvet boots

There's so many things I love about this outfit. It's probably my favorite outfit I've put together in a long while. Let's start with this sweater/coat/thing. I found it at a thrift store in Green Bay last week aaaaand it's amazing. It long like a coat and drape-y kind of like a dress at the bottom. Also, it's warm like a sweater should be, and the length makes tiny skirts like this one more appropriate in the chilly weather (however, the lack of pockets is definitely disturbing). I kind of want to wear it all the time. Doesn't it look like this furry collar was made for it? It works. Moving on. This hat is pretty much the quintessential fedora. It's classic. It works with everything. And, finally, please give it up for these velvet boots. Yes, velvet. Velvet boots. I can't tell you how many times I've passed up Doc Marten-esque boots, even if they were really neat, because they weren't quite right. But when I saw these bad boys I knew that the reason I hadn't bought any before was because I was meant to have these (I mean, I do have a little thing for velvet). Oh, and dark lips, too. I've been wearing lipstick a lot more these past few months and I really like it. I've finally found a red that suits me (has a blue undertone rather than an orange one), it's Revlon's Wine With Everything.
shirt, skirt fur collar, sweater coat, - thrifted // velvet boots, fedora - H&M // 
tights - Romwe // bralette - asos // ring - Claire's
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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

wearing: orange coat and a big black hat

I was totally stoked to find this gorgeous coat on the racks at a thrift store during my trip home a few weeks back. It's in perfect condition and the color is absolutely wonderful, especially this time of year. And this hat. I go back and forth between loving it and then deciding that it looks too costume-y (and this is coming from me, a pretty theatrical dresser anyways). However on this occasion I decided that I did, indeed, love it, and needed to pair it with my newly acquired coat.

Also, tips for taking your own cemetery photos here (the post also includes photos of this beautiful stone stairway in different seasons, pretty neat!).
skirt - H&M // shirt, sash bow, coat - thrifted // hat - asos // shoes, tights - Charllote Russe
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Friday, November 15, 2013

wearing: long dress and a faux leather vest

 I really don't know what to say about this outfit other than look, I layered a sweater over a vest boom, LAYERING MASTER OH SNAP. Yeah, shouldn't have said anything.

ANYWAYS, I spent the first night alone in my new home last night (both my roommates were gone) and did a terrific job of scaring the bejeebers outta myself. My goodness, though, this house is so loud. Every little noise had me (and Luna) perking our ears up as we tried to deduce the source of said noises without leaving the comfort of my bed. But I survived to blog another day. Today I'll be taking care of the remaining "moving in clutter," which I'm super happy about. Then maaaaaaybe things can start getting back to normal. Please.
dress, hat - H&M // vest, sweater - thrifted // scarf - Brilliant Stranger // boots - Candies
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