Outfit: Village Life

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Lately, I’ve become a huge fan of Mode and the City, an impossibly chic lifestyle and fashion blog based in France.  It’s run by a lovely young woman known only as Daphne, and while I can’t read what she writes, I can definitely admire her style!  It’s exactly what I’ve always imagined Parisian style to be–simple, chic, perfectly tailored, and classic.

DSC_0149 I wanted to incorporate some of those design elements into my outfit today, but do it in the Mox and Socks way.  I can’t see Daphne wearing a fuzzy blue sweater covered in hearts (and dog hair…), but I certainly can envision her in cigarette jeans with a ribbon in her hair!

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What are some of your favorite blogs?  I’d love to check them out!

Coat: London Fog (sold out)

Blouse: thrifted

Sweater: thrifted

Jeans: Gap

Shoes: old, Topshop

Clutch: old, ModCloth

 

What’s in My March Ipsy Bag?

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Subscription services are one of my biggest weaknesses.  The idea that all kinds of wonderful, handpicked-for-me things can be shipped to my door without any work on my part is extremely appealing.  I can put my feet up, click around, and POOF!  There’s a box of snacks/clothes/dog toys waiting to be opened!

Miraculously, I’ve been able to stave off my subscription cravings for a long time, but then I started thinking about Ipsy.  And about how much I’d love to get little lipsticks and eye shadows in a cute bag each month.  So, without much hesitation, I bought myself a whole year of these bags, and I thought I’d share with you the things I got!

For those of you who haven’t heard of Ipsy, it’s a makeup subscription service that sends you a handful of goodies, from makeup to skincare to hair products, all in a sweet pouch each month.  You answer a few questions on their website, sit on your ass during the waiting period, and then one day you open the mailbox to find all kinds of great stuff.  And it’s not just samples–some of it is full-sized, which I love.

And for the record, I paid for all this, so I’m gonna tell you about the good and the bad.

Let’s start with the good:

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Illamasqua: Precision Ink in Abyss

I’ve never been a liquid eyeliner person, because I’m far too intimidated by the potential for smudging black streaks all over my face.  (Yeah, that’s happened before.)  However, I’m in love with this one!  I found it very easy to apply and build up, but the best part is its staying power.  Seriously, it won’t smudge or budge all day and night.

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Manna Kadar Cosmetics: Eye Shadow in Fantasy

Like liquid eyeliner, I’m also not really into eye shadow.  However, after I received this one, I’m obsessed.  The color–a light, shimmery peach–is perfect for spring, and I love how easy it is to build and blend.  Major bonus points for lasting all day long (although that might be because I used Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion first)!

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NYX Cosmetics: Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Kitten Heels

If I could only have one piece of makeup the rest of my life, I’d pick red lipstick…but not this one.  Sure, the color is a flawless bright red, and it dries nice and matte, but I wish it would last a little longer and not dry out my lips so much.

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Nourish Organic: Rosehip & Rosewater Body Oil Mist

First off, how is this supposed to be a body oil mist if there’s no atomizer?  I didn’t like this stuff one bit.  It was thin and greasy, and I just didn’t like the way it felt on my skin.  It’s touted for hydrating, evening skin tone, and soothing damaged skin, but I didn’t notice the benefits.

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TEMPTU: Warm Glow Bronzer.

Really?  I’m paper white, and that’s how I intend to stay.

So there you have it!  Are any of you guys subscribed to Ipsy?  If you are, what did you get in your bag this month?

Outfit: Just The Same But Brand New

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Can you spot the dress in these pictures?

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If you guessed “under the skirt and cardigan,” you’d be right!  (That last picture is probably a bit of a giveaway!) I love this dress dearly, but sometimes I find myself getting a little bored with it.  After all, there’s only so many ways you can wear a dress, right?

Well, as it turns out, if you get really bored, you can repurpose a dress as a top!  I’d seen a few other bloggers do it, so I thought I could breathe some new life into this dress the same way.  I really like how it turned out!  There’s something almost prep school-ish about this outfit, and that aesthetic always appeals to me.

What about you?  How do you renew your old clothes?

Hat: old, Urban Outfitters

Blouse: old, Urban Outfitters

Dress: old, ModCloth

Sweater: ModCloth

Tights: old, Urban Outfitters

Shoes: old, ModCloth

Outfit: Disney Princess Cheesin

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As someone who gets the winter blues, I look forward to springtime with unmitigated gusto.  The higher temps and longer days put a spring in my step that you’d have to see to believe.  In fact, just yesterday at work, I almost felt like skipping down the halls–and that’s really saying something for someone who works in a miserable basement eight hours a day. Continue reading

Remix: THE Black Shorts

DSC_0190Apart from my spiky-collared blouse, my favorite article of clothing is a humble pair of black denim shorts I bought for around $5 at H&M years and years ago.  They’re a little less black than they used to be, and they’ve loosened up in some odd places, but man, I look forward to these guys coming out of the wash like it’s Christmas Day.  I love wearing them all year long, but I have a soft spot in my heart for those colder days when I can wear my shorts with tights or some cute knee socks.  Here are some of the ways I’ve styled those ol’ reliables in the last year:

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What about you guys?  What’s your favorite piece of clothing?

 

Outfit: Old Town

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Now that I’ve been blogging for over a year, some things are starting to come full circle, and this shoot is a great example of that.  First off, I’m wearing practically the same outfit as I did in October, just with a different sweater and a bun instead of a bowler on my head.  Second, I’m back in the same place at the same time of year.

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My parents and I have an odd St. Patrick’s Day tradition: whenever the holiday rolls around, we make a trip up north and visit a little old village called Long Grove.  It’s filled with historic buildings that are chock full of antiques and imported treasures and candies, and it’s a lovely place to spend an afternoon.  There are some small Irish boutiques, and there’s usually a few Irish dancers jigging in the square, so that’s why we always go at this time of year.

A few things got in the way this year, so I went alone to take some pictures.  I was too late to watch the dancers, but it was plenty nice to meander through the town for a while.  Hopefully next year, we’ll get the timing down just right once more.

Blouse: old, Urban Outfitters

Sweater: Gap

Shorts: old, H&M

Tights: old, Old Navy

Boots: old, Dolce Vita

Bag: old, ModCloth

Closet Raid: Zooey Deschanel in (500) Days of Summer

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I’ll admit it: I’m not much of a Zooey Deschanel fan.  Maybe I need to give her another chance, but that Manic Pixie Dream Girl vibe kinda turns me off.  The thing is, I’m a HUGE admirer of her style, from her thick bangs to her cutesy shoes.  I love so many of her looks that I decided to focus on just one of her movies: (500) Days of Summer.  Now, I know there was a stylist for the film, but my goodness, doesn’t she wear those outfits so well?

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Every outfit has at least a hint of vintage style, with delightfully feminine cuts and sweet details like bows, lace, and embroidery.  Not to mention the dreamy color scheme–nearly all of her outfits are done in shades of blue.  That’s something I’d love to try one day.  I don’t have much blue in my closet because I’m a little unsure of how to mix it with other colors, but this movie proves that blue on blue is a perfectly viable option.

 

Now that I think of it…I do have one blue dress in the back of my closet that reminds me of that pretty pewter one with the wide sash.  I wore it once last year when I first got my DSLR, but now that I’ve gotten much better at using my camera, I think I should pull out that dress again and give it the treatment it deserves.

Have you seen (500) Days of Summer?  What’s your favorite outfit?