31 March 2009 – Let it rain!

March 31st, 2009 § 9 comments §

     

31 March 2009 – Let it rain!, originally uploaded by academichic.

Sources:

  • Red t-neck top – TJMaxx, remixed 
  • Black velvet jacket – H&M 
  • Red cuff – H&M 
  • Dark wash skinny jeans – thrifted, remixed 
  • Black boots – Banana Republic, remixed
  • Rain coat – Larry Levine
  • Red flower umbrella – London Fog

Endnotes:

While E. may now be able to tell you a thing or two about useful pregnancy wardrobe items, I can tell you a thing or two about useful rain gear. Having spent two years in Salzburg, where it rains more often than not, I have come to appreciate rainy-day essentials; a small purse-sized umbrella and a stylish rain coat being a must. While I can relish rainy weekend days in my fun rubber wellies, I have to brave the puddles in a more professional ensemble when it comes to work and meetings on campus. That’s where a small umbrella, that you can toss into your bag when not needed, is great. As is a stylish rain jacket, that can be seamlessly incorporated to your work look. With all of that in check, I say: Bring it, rain! S. 

Meanwhile, underneath the rain coat, I am wearing this:

    

31 March 2009 – Indoor version, originally uploaded by academichic.

    

Velvet jacket detail, originally uploaded by academichic.

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31 March 2009

March 31st, 2009 § 6 comments §

 

31 March 2009, originally uploaded by academichic.

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End Notes:

Being pregnant has reinvigorated my belief in the necessity of having strong, classic pieces at the core of a wardrobe. While I love having special “statement” pieces, I simply can’t deny the ease, polish, and security that certain simple basics give me.

As I’ve tried to cobble together a small, efficient, and stylish wardrobe for this pregnancy, I knew that one thing that I needed to have was a slim gray skirt with a great fit. It sounds like that would be easy enough to find, but it took a good month and a half of scouring eBay every day until I found this wonderful charcoal skirt from Mimi Maternity and hustled it away for $15, including shipping.

And I love it.

It hugs my bump, it sits higher on my torso than most maternity skirts, mitigating the danger of stumpiness, it’s soft, and it has the perfect shape. So, interwebs, prepare yourselves. You will be seeing me a lot in this skirt. Let’s be honest, it will probably make an appearance again before the week is out!

 

31 March 2009 – Bumpy, originally uploaded by academichic.

Category: Beltless, Color Combinations, Maternity Style, Reaching New Heights, Skirting the Issue, Teaching Outfits
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30 March 2009

March 30th, 2009 § 3 comments §

30 March 2009, originally uploaded by academichic.

Sources:

  • Cardigan- Banana Republic
  • Turquoise Beads – Limited
  • Red-Violet Tee – Forever 21
  • Lace Cami – Banana Republic
  • Brown Trousers – Banana Republic
  • Brown Pumps – Steve Madden

Endnotes:

Sometimes I plan out what I am going to wear the night before, often mentally going through my closet as I fall asleep. Other times I think about it while in the shower in the morning. These outfits are usually altered once I start physically pulling the items out of my closet but it gives me a place to start. This morning I was showered, hair and makeup done, half a pot of coffee consumed, 5 papers graded, and I still had no idea what I was going to wear.

I stared at my open drawer and this red-violet top poped out at me so I worked from there – thank you color wheel! I chose neutral pants and shoes because I wanted to look professional for a day of meetings and other campus events but checked the color wheel and saw that red-violet paired with blue-green, and yellow-orange make a triad. I threw on this turquoise necklace and had 2/3 of a triad (although one might argue the amber-brown in the necklace has yellow-orange undertones). The necklace led me to the cardigan of a similar color and voila I was dressed!

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Detail, originally uploaded by academichic.

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30 March 2009 – Fitting In

March 30th, 2009 § 4 comments §

 

30 March 2009, originally uploaded by academichic.

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  • Green jacket – Dillards, maybe? Altered by me.
  • Pale blue cami – Target
  • Bright blue tunic – TJ Maxx
  • Jeans – ON Maternity, old standby
  • Metallic peep toe wedges – Target, new standby

End Notes:

I’m working from home today, trying to get ahead enough on required course readings in order to start drafting my term papers. The end of the semester is in sight now, and it makes me a little panicky about finishing everything and, oh, I don’t know, getting ready for the life changing event of having a child.

I think I subliminally matched my side yard in my outfit choice for the day. The tunic is the exact same color as my recycling container and the green jacket echoes the newly emerging hostas. And here is a style inspiration mantra to remember, folks. Never be too proud to match your recycling container, especially if it happens to be an awesome blue.

 

30 March 2009 – Hello Hostas, originally uploaded by academichic.

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How to Creatively Restyle Dress Belts

March 29th, 2009 § 14 comments §

We are all big fans of wearing day dresses, and our combined closets boast quite a few dresses with tie belts. We have found that a great way to remix these dresses and to give them a different look is by adding a cardigan (also a good way to break up an all-over pattern).

The problem with putting a cardigan over a dress with a tie is that you can easily end up with an unwanted bulge around your waist. If you simply remove the tie, you loose the waist defining benefits it can provide. After some experimentation, we have found that one of our favorite looks is to wear the tie on the outside of that cardigan. Doing so maintains the figure-flattery of a belt and helps to pull a whole outfit together.

We have had a few reader questions about how we create this look — literally how we get the tie on the outside of the cardigan — and we’re happy to offer a handy photo tutorial.

If the tie is detachable (not sewn into place) you obviously just remove the tie and wrap it around the cardigan at whatever point of your waist you want to emphasize as S. did with this great geometric print dress. The added benefit of the detachable tie is that it can then be used with other outfits to add a pop of color or pattern or to simply add definition.

Now, if the belt is sewn into the dress itself, things get a bit more complicated!

The below step-by-step applies to dresses with ties attached to the back, front, or the sides.

Pull the ends of the tie towards the front of the dress:
Cross the tie in front:
Hold your cardigan in place and pull the ties around the outside of the cardigan:
Wrap ties around back:
Tie in place:

Smooth out the ties:
And you’re ready to go:
If the ties are longer you can tie in front or to the side. This method also applies to tunics or any other top with a tie that you want to layer with a cardigan.

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28 March 2009 – My Rainy Saturday

March 28th, 2009 § 2 comments §

28 March 2009 – My Rainy Saturday, originally uploaded by academichic.

Sources:

  • Flower Umbrella – Gap
  • Rain Coat – Nine West
  • Scarf- NY China Town
  • Jeans – Gap Outlet
  • Boots – BR, via ebay

Endnotes:

I should have spent my rainy Saturday at the library, like S., but instead I spent it running errands -  coffee shop, Target, and Lowes Garden Store – in that order!

It’s fun to have a bright rain jacket and umbrella on such grey days.  These were actually both birthday gifts from my mom.  Funny that both my mom and S’s mom chose to buy us rain gear for our birthdays – at least they both have great taste!

Check out the fun lining – pattern mixing even in the rain!

Fun Lining, originally uploaded by academichic.

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28 March 2009 – Rainy Saturday

March 28th, 2009 § 6 comments §


28 March 2009 – Rainy Saturday, originally uploaded by academichic. 

Sources:

  • Yellow-orange scarf – gift from Sweden 
  • Black down vest – Old Navy 
  • Navy hoodie – J.Crew 
  • Skinny Jeans – Abercrombie, thrifted, remixed 
  • Wellies – J.Crew, gift from mom

Endnotes:

It’s a grey and rainy day today and I just returned from walking Indie. Days like these make it easy to retreat to the library and work, which is what I’m about to do, since there is little to entice me outdoors. 

What helps on a day like this, is having some good, weatherproof footwear to keep you warm and dry while dodging puddles. Leave it to mom to provide such footwear! I love my basset hound wellies that my mom got me for my birthday last fall and they are the one thing that make rainy days a little bit more fun. I can feel like a kid running and splashing about it them, while still staying warm and dry, like the adult in me demands. S.

  

Rainy days , originally uploaded by academichic.

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27 March 2009

March 27th, 2009 § 3 comments §

 
Sources:

 

  • Grey jersey dress – Target 
  • Circle necklace – J.Jill 
  • Black cardi – Old Navy 
  • Dress tie – from another jersey dress, remixed 
  • Black boots – Banana Republic, remixed 
  • Silver cuff and silver earrings- TJMaxx

Endnotes:

Does this look familiar? So yes, I’m essentially wearing what I wore yesterday – another Jersey-dress and Cardigan ensemble – but as the lovely Diana mentioned, it’s just such an easy way to achieve both comfort and style. This is a $12 clearance Target dress I just came across while shopping for dog food and paper towels.

I was thrilled to find it since it will make a great addition to my Year Abroad Packing List. It’s a solid and a neutral, so this item will go with anything. It can be dressed up or down with varying jewelry and accessories, and can be layered or not, for different temperatures. On to the mental To-Pack list it goes. 

Tonight, I’m dressing it (somewhat) up with this print tie (from yesterday’s dress) and bold silver jewelry for the dinner with friends that e. mentioned, but am keeping it simple with boots and a cardi, in case we do end up sitting around that bonfire later on this evening. S. 

27 March 2009, originally uploaded by academichic.

 

   

27 March 2009, originally uploaded by academichic.

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27 March 2009

March 27th, 2009 § 7 comments §

 

27 March 2009, originally uploaded by academichic.

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Gray cardi, wine colored top, blue pendant, jeans, and boots…all remixed.

End Notes:

I got dressed this morning with a lot of contingencies in mind. It’s colder today. It may rain. I may end up walking a lot. I have class, but thankfully — for once this week — nothing due in it. After school, I’m planning to go out immediately with friends for dinner. But I might end the night by an outdoor bonfire.

See? That’s a lot of maybe’s. So I’m trying to walk the line with casual, comfortable basics — the cardigan, jeans, and boots — but keep things a little more polished with rich colors and an unexpected jewelry choice. We’ll see by the evening’s end if I’ve managed to think this day through all the way!

 

27 March 2009, originally uploaded by academichic.

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26 March 2009 – The Mysterious Disappearing Bump

March 26th, 2009 § 7 comments §

 

26 March 2009 – Minus Bump, originally uploaded by academichic.

Sources:

  • Magical diamond patterned top – thrifted, with A.
  • Gray trousers – Ann Taylor Loft maternity, via eBay
  • Metallic peep toes – Target, remixed
  • Jacket (below) – BR Outlet, remixed many a time

End Notes:

Today is one of those days where I know the outfit works. These Ann Taylor Loft Maternity trousers came in the mail from their eBay seller a couple of days ago and I have been dying to wear them. They look, feel, and fit like “real” trousers, and I am madly in love with them. I’m rather crushed that Loft stopped making maternity clothes just in time for me to be preggers, but a steady supply remains on eBay, and you can be sure that I’ll be checking more of their merchandise out soon.

This top does everything right. The width of the shoulders and the slightly voluminous sleeves gives me a waist, the ruching keep my bump in place, and the pattern is just fun. With an open blazer thrown on top and metallic peep toes on my feet, I feel, like I said repeatedly to my husband this morning, “Like a person in real clothes.” I mean, jersey is great and all, but sometimes a girl just needs a good pair of trousers.

Just in case anyone was wondering, cameras do lie. The baby bump is still there:

 

26 March 2009 – Bump is Back, originally uploaded by academichic.

 

26 March 2009 – With Jacket, originally uploaded by academichic.

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