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?

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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?

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.

 

 

Chicago is delicious

Top: Target
Cardi: Swapped
Jeans: Gap Outlet
Boots: Corso Como
Scarf: UO

 Brian and I went to Chicago a few weekends ago to meet up with a good friend we hadn’t seen in a while. We were going to run a race with her, and instead, we ended up eating our way through the city. Not a bad switch, I’d say!

Our first stop was at Hot Doug’s, where I had a hot and spicy chicken sausage with pesto aioli and mozzarella (not in the photo below). Who knew hot dogs could be so gourmet? And to top it all off, the fries were cooked in duck fat. DUCK FAT, my friends! You can’t get much better than that.

For the trip, I packed a fall palette of blues and greys, of which I then forgot to take any photos, except for this one outfit. It didn’t help that we spent the (very cold, very windy) weekend pretty much hopping from restaurant to restaurant, so I actually didn’t much want many pictures taken of me and my very satisfied belly. 😉

We stayed with a great couple through AirBNB in Bucktown. We ate (and drank) at, among other places, at BigStar, the Map Room, and Ipsento Coffee. At Ipsento, Brian got a delicious latte with the flavors of coconut and cayenne. I stuck with the nutella latte. Yum.

Conclusion: Chicago is delicious! I wouldn’t mind going back in a heartbeat. (And psst–can you spot the Sears tower in this final pic?)

 

 

Men’s fashion with Morgan

From Al: I’m loving this friend-blogging thing, and today I’m so thrilled to introduce one of my besties, Morgan! As a personal shopper at J. Crew, I feel so flattered that he’s decided to grace my blog with his presence, and share how he’s accessorizing his wardrobe with custom accessories. Take it away, Mo!

From Morgan: First, hi! I’m in the same boat as the previous two guest bloggers on Al’s blog, Alison and Rachel. I never thought I’d be writing a post for a style blog. Same deal with the lurking around other people’s style blogs, though, too, so. My interest in style is pretty recent, but I’d like to think I’ve gotten a pretty good handle on the basics.

Which brings me to the subject of my post: how us regular guys can go about jazzing up our menswear. Here’s how it goes. You learn the fundamentals. Belt and shoes match? Yup. Shirt and tie work together? Sure. Throw on a blazer, and BLAM, you’re put together and people will start telling you how much more, I dunno, put together you look these days.

This recipe is basic, though—the mac and cheese of menswear—and sooner or later you start thinking about how to add to it. But the problem is how to add to your look (I guess we can say accessorize, even though I don’t want to) without coming off as a foppish dandy. We’re supposed to look stylish and classy without looking affected and false. Pocket squares are a possibility, as are things like scarves and bracelets. But there are such better options! Here’s one.

 A few months ago I rummaged through a box of trinkets and found an old key my grandfather had given me years back. He was a civil engineer, and at one point he worked on the huge crawlers that moved Apollo rocket components around the Kennedy Space Center. The key he gave me went to some long-obsolete part of one of the crawlers. What it opened is a mystery now, but when I found the key I had an idea. I looked up a quirky local jeweler and had him fashion the key into a tie bar for me. It took a day, and about thirty bucks. Cheaper than most tie bars you’ll find out there! And more importantly, it’s not just a key anymore, or a tie bar—it’s a story.

Boots: stolen from my dad, who stole them from his dad
Jeans: J. Crew, by way of Mr. Porter
Shirt/tie: J. Crew
Belt: J. Crew Factory Store

*Pssst–like reading about men’s fashion here? Leave a comment on Morgan’s post and tell him to keep blogging!!! 🙂

Power to the sweater dress!

Sweater/Dress: Gifted
Skinnies: Gap Outlet
Boots: Corso Como
Glasses: Warby Parker – Sinclair (just cause I haven’t reminded y’all in a while)

Remember? I told you I had more sweater dresses on the way! Actually, folks, this might be it for a while… but then again, I might be creating a trend out of this: a Minnesota(/Midwest)-based, potentially-scandinavian(-or-andean)-inspired, non-jacket-wearing, hot-mulled-whiskey-drinking trend out of…. THAT’S RIGHT–Sweater Dresses.

Hell, let’s make this a public call for mass wearing of the sweater dresses! If YOU wear a sweater dress, please tell me! I’ll link to it! And if you don’t have a blog, send me the picture and maybe I’ll even POST it (if I’m not lazy)! Because guest posts are awesome. Power to the street stylists!

And PS – About this pose (below): Rachel told me to do it. (But she also told me to pose for the cuter ones above. These things don’t come naturally, friends).

Behind the lens: Rachel!

From Al: Friends, we have a special treat today on In A Cinch! The woman behind many of my photos agreed to be featured in an outfit post of her own today (I’ve been trying to convince her to start a blog of her own… don’t you think she should?!) So with no further ado, I give you my dear friend, Rachel!

Top: H&M
Skirt: Banana Republic (Thrifted)
Belt: Urban Outfitters
Boots: Some mall a long time ago?
Socks: Target
Necklace: Was my Grandma’s

Hello style blog enthusiasts! Since Alison first introduced me a couple of years ago, I have been a regular observer of world that is fashion blogging and this post is my first time as an actual participant! Hummm what to say…

Well the weather changed pretty quickly from summer to fall in the past couple of weeks and I couldn’t be happier. To join in what seems like general agreement, I think it’s so fun dressing for fall weather and this outfit is a great example. I love the rich colors and warm fabrics, and the belt (which is new and was totally on sale) is so autumn it’s almost cliche (almost, right?!).

The big number 30

Top: Target
Skirt: Thrifted
Belt: ModCloth
Boots: Corso Como
Tights: I never remember wear I bought my tights!
Scarf: A street vendor in Otavalo, Ecuador

 Huzzah, I finally figured this skirt out! For weeks I’ve been saying I’m not sure, it’s not quite right, I don’t love it… and the magic with this skirt was just to pair it with a fitted top. Remember when I wore it this first time? It just wasn’t right, but (today’s lesson learned) it was actually really fun to fiddle around with different options and finally come up with something I like! So unlike my pink pants, which was the other questionable item of my 30-for-30 challenge, I’ll definitely be holding on to this skirt a little while longer… with my added knowledge of how to style it very much intact.

Speaking of the challenge, this is my VERY LAST OUTFIT of the challenge! Go back and count ’em, I dare you. Okay, don’t. But I do have some thoughts and reflections on what I’ve learned, and am going to be doing a round up post of the entire challenge very soon. Also, while my posts might be slowing down, I’ll still be posting outfits, so don’t go away! And PS… I think Mandi and I will be doing another 30-day challenge in a few months. Wahoo!

Transitional wear

Dress: J. Crew
Cardi: Gap
Scarf: Swapped
Boots: Corso Como
Tights: I don’t remember
Belt: ModCloth

Friends, we are closing in on the end of the 30-for-30 remix! This is outfit #27, and as I write this post, I am wearing the final outfit of the challenge. Tomorrow I can begin to dive back into my regular closet again, and with a whole new season on the horizon, one can imagine that I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed. But I’m getting ahead of myself!

When Mandi and I started this challenge, we were still in the depths of summer, as demonstrated by the last time I wore this dress. It is such a summery dress–the material so light, the color so bright–that I wasn’t sure I’d be able to transition it very well when cooler temperatures showed up on the weather forecast. But despite its challenges, I like this outfit a lot, and (today’s lesson learned:) it shows how easy it can be to fashion a fall outfit out of even the flimsiest summer sundress. Add tights, a cardigan, scarf, and boots, and BADABING. You are ready for September, my friends.

PS – These pictures were taken on the rooftop balcony of moto-i , the first sake brewery outside of Japan. They also have some pretty bangin sushi. So if you’re ever in Minneapolis…

What I wore to a Minnesota wedding

Remember the bachelorette party that Mandi and I went to a few weeks back? Well, bachelorette our friend is no longer–she was wed this past weekend! Appropriately, Mandi and I followed up with some pictures of our outfits. Thanks to B for taking the pics!

Dress: Anthropologie
Boots: Corso Como
Belt: ModCloth

And PS – I know the dress looks white, but it was actually pink, and I had a yellow cardigan at the ceremony! I know not to wear I white dress to a wedding! 😉