Before and After: Rachel’s haircut!

I. LOVE. BEFORE & AFTERS. And for months I’ve been waiting for my friend Rachel (you guys remember Rachel, right?) to share her own REAL-LIFE B&A: she chopped 11 inches of her hair to donate to Locks of Love, and emerged on the other side with an elegant and stunning pixie cut!

BEFORE:

Massive haircuts are always scary, and no matter how lovely the cut, someone is bound to make some sort of hurtful comment, whether they meant to or not. So yesterday I made Rachel embarrassingly pose for portraits (amidst neighbors walking by and workers roofing) so that I could embarrassingly post her transformation here.

Aren’t I a good friend?

So with no further ado… click through to see Rachel’s transformation! Continue reading

Long hair, long dress

Dress: Buffalo Exchange * Cardi: Old Navy, Swapped * Shoes: UO *
Belt: J. Crew * Necklace: Cocoquette via Cliche

So ever since Jane on Happy Endings debuted bold, thick stripes with taupe as the alternate color (examples 1, 2, 3), I’ve been coveting the look for myself. So when I found this dress at Buffalo Exchange in Minneapolis I scooped it up like ain’t no thang. Which is wasn’t. Because it was a steal! Yesssss. Now I just need to find a shirt, too–anyone know where I can get one which is not $243?

Out of season

Okay, okay, now that spring is coming here, it’s time I posted some of those backlogged outfit pics I never posted from that 30-for-30 I never did. You forgive me, right?

I had such high hopes for a fashion blog from the depths of a snowy Minnesota winter, but my plan was foiled in two ways: 1) I am lazy, and 2) winter skipped Minne this year. So I have a few more to share… and then we’ll move on to more seasonal posts in (hopefully) real time.

PS – This is a glasses-less post for the curious among you. What do you think?

High drama

Top: Macy’s
Jeans: Gap
Flats: Boden
Scarf: Otavalo Market, Ecuador

 It’s always the best day when your shirt matches the car in the background. I planned that, guys. Srsly.

I discovered how silly I am when I first organized this outfit with corduroys, took the pictures with Mandi, went home, uploaded them to my computer, decided I HATED THOSE PANTS, decided I should stick it out anyway, edited the photos, showed them to Brian, decided again I HATE THOSE PANTS, decided to stick it out anyway, decided not to after all, changed into the pants pictured (do you recognize them?), and made Brian take new photos. This is the life of an insecure fashion blogger, friends. Good thing I liked the shirt!

Bring out the mukluks

Boots: Mukluks. Yup.
Mittens and Skirt: J. Crew
Shirt: Gap (Men’s)

It is SO FLIPPING COLD in Minneapolis right now that just LOOKING out the window makes me shiver. So no, these photos are not from today. And my outfit for today will likely be taken indoors, so as not to freeze off my fingernails.

But the cold does give me a good opportunity to break out the Mukluks and the long underwear (which yes, I am wearing today) and the turtleneck sweater just to show all you warm-weather folks what true endurance is all about: it is about below-zero temperatures in the shortest of days, about sleeping with a hot water bottle and wool socks and extra blankets and still not feeling warm enough, about scraping ice from the windshield, arriving at your destination before the car has even warmed up (or coordinating the time you leave the house so as to perfectly minimize the minutes spent waiting for the bus), and about not having to wear blush because the wind provides you with flush enough. And after all that, STILL loving where you live.

Doesn’t that make you want to move to Minnesota?! Tomorrow when I’m in a better mood, I’ll tell you all about the wonderful winter things we do here in the North Star State, like having art galleries in ice houses. But for now, I’m going to go ahead and throw myself a pity party tonight. ;)

 

Winter in Minne

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Hat: J. Crew (gift)
Silk top: J. Crew (also a gift!)
Pants: Target
Puffy coat: Marc Jacobs via Opitz, 2009
Booties/Wellies: Thrifted

And friends… we’re back! Mandi has talked me into a Winter 30-for-30. This time around, we have a new camera, a new season, and a whole new  wardrobe (okay, you might recognize some a lot of pieces). Expect snow, pragmatic Midwestern outfits for below-zero temperatures, indoor photos, and gratuitous shots of my cat. It’s going to be awesome.

Also in the works? I have a few long-awaited guest posts coming up, including one from my boss, entitled: “How to make change at the state capitol by dressing like a non-profit lobbyist” (or something to that effect) in which you may learn more about what I DO in life (aside from chronicling my daily outfits 60/365 days of the year).

And of course, I have to tell you which 30 items I have chosen to wear over and over again in the coldest of Minnesota seasons. Yes, it’s gearing up to be a thrilling month! Hold on to your sleds!

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Feline tendencies

Dress: Ann Taylor LOFT ca. 2004?
Cardigan: Swapped (Old Navy)
Belt: ModCloth
Boots: Corso Como
Scarf: Thrifted

I thrifted this scarf a few weeks ago and wanted to put together just the right outfit for it. Leopard for me is totally new territory, so I of course wanted to pull it off (at least for the first time) in a way that felt subtle and classy, but still pushing my own boundaries a little bit. In the end, I really liked the result of colors that were subdued and neutral against a pattern that is pretty loud.  What do you think? Cool cat or trashy kitten?

My version of a Foxy Halloween

Socks, Dress, and Cardigan: Savers
Shoes: Boden
Masks: Made by ME!

Happy Halloween, everyone! Brian and I, for the past few years, have been living out our favorite children’s books in costume form. This year we were Mr. and Mrs. Fox from Fantastic Mr Fox (both a book by Roald Dahl and reprised in a recent movie by Wes Anderson)! While it was fun finding the actual outfits (Brian’s from his closet, mine from Savers), the best was making the masks. It was lots of fun, even if it did take me three hours!

Lots of women dress up all foxy-like for their big night out on Halloween. Now I guess I can add my name to that list… but, of course, in a much more literal sense of the word. ;)

This year we went to Madison, WI for Halloween to visit and meet up with good friends. Kate and Lucas went all out in decorating their home and yard, and hosted us and a number of other friends at a party on Saturday night. We also carved pumpkins and put the finishing touches on our costumes Saturday afternoon.
Sophie was Minnie Mouse, and Kate and Lucas were Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf. All in all, a very festive weekend! Hope you’re having a great Halloween and meet lots of friendly little ghouls and ghosts tonight!

The best purple of all

From Al: I saw these photos on Alison‘s flickr stream and fell in LOVE with the colors and the outfit. It was time for another update! Welcome back, Alison!

Dress: ModCloth (www.modcloth.com)
Tights: Eddie Bauer outlet
Scarf: gift from my grandma
Long sleeved shirt: Penney’s. About a decade ago.
Boots: Famous Footwear

Jeez, give a girl a shining moment on a style blog and it goes directly to her head! She does a crazy thing like going out to buy tights. Tights, I tell you, with the intention of making my summer dresses push into the colder temperatures. With the intention of pairing them with boots. With the intention of creating outfits. Holy hannah.

 

I’m a 365er and I’m in my second year. So, what that means, sans code, is that since January 2010 I have taken at least one photo a day. It’s a lot of photos. (To be completely honest, I took Jan-Mar 2011 off because I wasn’t sure I wanted to head into year two, but I missed it, and missed it bad. So technically year two is running from April through the end of March. More than you cared to know, I’m sure.) I don’t do a whole lot of self portraits because they always feel so self indulgent, so me-focused, so awkward. But with this infinitely thought out outfit and the courage from some dear online friends across the globe, I headed over to the bike path near our home, set up the tripod, and took to snapping. I do really love this dress, and an excuse to push it past August is well worth a day in tights for me.

 

 

Plaid + posies

Top (plaid): J. Crew
Scarf: UO
Blazer: Thrifted?
Jeans: Swapped with a friend
Flats: Boden

 I don’t actually know if the flowers in this scarf are posies, but I DO know that I like alliteration–so good enough for me! This is a fun pattern play today, happening almost by accident as I ran out the door on a chilly October morning; I like how the blues and purples in the patterns play off each other. Paired with a smart wool blazer, my flares, and a pair of flat loafers, I was happy with my choice for a casually comfy office outfit–good for a Friday in October! Happy weekend!