Halloween Themed: Charlotte Charles.

Posted in inspirations by bluewellesleyblue on October 27, 2008

Pushing Daisies is one of my favorite recently released shows, currently in its second season on ABC. It’s quirky, fun, and tinged with both colorful sweetness and a fair bit of dark humor. It’s very stylized, and I absolutely adore both of the romantic leads: the Piemaker played by Lee Pace and the girl named Chuck, played by Anna Friel. I couldn’t find any very good screenshots of Chuck’s many adorable outfits, but there is a certain irresistible, kind of 50s or 60s style to them. She wears a lot of floral dresses and bright, bright colors – in keeping with the art direction of this wonderful show – and one of my potential ideas for this or next Halloween is Chuck. After all, I have half the makings of this outfit already!

I’d start with my Stepford Wife floral dress, with the bright blue flowers. Unfortunately, I’ll probably never obtain that ridiculous ribbon flower belt in bright yellow from J Crew, but I can probably add a bright yellow ribbon of my own as a belt, and figure out how to tie a fancy, flouncy bow. With that done, I’d put on some bright jewel tone shoes, preferably with bows as well and add a skinny headband in a coordinating color. I’d have to do my hair for once, but all of the components are things I could easily reuse on the less costume-y days of the year.

Dress by Forever 21, Belt by J Crew, Shoes by Via Spiga, Headband also Forever 21.

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What I Wore: Oxford St. Shopping.

Posted in what i wore by bluewellesleyblue on October 6, 2008

Scarf and sweater both from H&M, tights from Forever 21, boots from Urban Outfitters bought on Ebay, bag design inspired by “Miu Miu,” a gift bought in China.

Have you ever, upon discovering a new trend, proclaimed loudly that you would never buy into it and that you just didn’t get it only to start following it months later? I’ve done that with both skinny jeans and tights as pants under tops a bit too short to be worn as dresses with bare legs. Of course, my skinny jeans are more straight leg than actually skinny because I don’t fancy that tight-pants emo boy band look.

This is a sort of boring outfit, but I’m still very fond of it. When I think about my favorite outfits lately, I’m beginning to realize that most of them are almost exclusively H&M and Forever 21. I’m wondering where to go to inject a bit more affordable variety into my outfits since there don’t seem to be too many TJ Maxx/Marshall’s equivalents here. Uniqlo helps a bit in that regard.

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What I Wore: Early Spring.

Posted in what i wore by bluewellesleyblue on August 28, 2008

Cardigan from Express, T-shirt from Urban Outfitters, Skinny jeans from Hollister, Flats from Kenneth Cole, Yellow cross-body bag from China.

I am really, really missing the cooler weather since I really hate the heat. It makes me feel too tired to come up with good outfits. This is an outfit from early Spring while I was at school. My younger sister, who will be going through the college-application process this year, was visiting me because she wants to go to MIT. She’s definitely the more hard-working and science and math oriented between the two of us. It cannot be denied, however, that Wellesley is a supremely good undergraduate institution.

I definitely wear those skinny jeans too much, from winter to summer. I do really like skinny jeans, but the Hollister ones are super cheap and so they do get a little weird, wrinkly, and stretched out very quickly.

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I Love: Flowers and Bows.

Posted in things i love by bluewellesleyblue on August 21, 2008

Top and skirt on sale from Anthropologie. Necklace from Dylan Harris for Target. Flats from Old Navy.

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Inspiration: Uniforms Loosely Constructed.

Posted in inspirations by bluewellesleyblue on August 11, 2008

Another hypothetical outfit, this time entirely drawing from a price point I would readily shop at. By now, it’s probably clear that “Gossip Girl” is the influence from which you cannot escape when it comes to young women’s fashion, and even if the show is too melodramatic for me, the characters are remarkably attractive and well-dressed. I could never translate some of the things the queen bees of Gossip Girl wear into real life – the bright pumps and lacy white bobby socks, for example – but I can rock the argyle, the plaid, the headbands, and the bows with the best of them.

Argyle cardigan and bow skirt by Forever 21, tie-front blouse by Express, red pumps by Kenneth Cole Unlisted from Macys (on sale).

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Inspiration: Circus Animals.

Posted in inspirations by bluewellesleyblue on August 3, 2008

Those pink and white frosted circus animals are one of my favorite cookies. Everyone has one of those highly processed snacks from childhood that they can’t help but love, unhealthy trans and saturated fats or no. Here’s a hypothetical outfit vaguely inspired by cookies: the bright pink, the white and confetti-like patterned top, and the elephant necklace are all reminiscent of cookies.

Cardigan from J.Crew. Top and Shorts from Old Navy. Necklace from Forever 21.

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