The first time I wore this outfit was on Valentine's Day. We had an odd winter, where some days were freezing, and others were 70 degrees and sunny (the Midwest likes to keep you on your toes). Valentine's Day just so happened to be a warm one, allowing me to repeat the exact same outfit months later.
I am extremely talented at getting ready in a jiff, if I do say so myself. You'd think that would make me on time for things... but noooo... I guess it is my ability to be so speedy that allows me to justify hitting the snooze button seven more times (why I torture myself every ten minutes for 70 minutes is beyond me), or I feel I can just prolong the act of getting ready altogether by doing just about anything else until the last second. Either way, I have a tendency to be fashionably late, so outfit-repeating allows me to at least look the part, though lacking in time management.
I got this dress on sale for seven bucks! Since it shows so much leg, I paired it with knee-high boots, and threw my mom's vintage denim over top to make it more "every day."
I didn't edit any of these photos—not one bit. Sometimes it's refreshing to see exactly how the camera and the eye behind it capture the image.
There are some things too eye-catching to pass up. As outrageous as this red-hot, patent leather skirt may be, how could I not make it mine? And for 35 bucks at H&M, there is absolutely no regret with my decision. I paired it with a men's Hanes tee, to balance all of its vibrancy. (Menswear + something sexy makes for the best duo). I threw on some muted booties (similar here) and my momma's vintage jacket over my shoulders. While this outfit was put together on a whim, it's become my recent favorite.
Because I am currently crushing hard over this skirt and all of its glossy goodness, I'm already envisioning how I can put it to use for seasons to come. I see it pairing nicely with a fitted, black turtleneck and my Missguided boots for those cooler months down the road.
Other than my leather jacket, I am head-to-toe Terry Flanigan vintage. And while my mom wasn't the previous owner of this jacket, she was the one to purchase it for me years ago. So, I really do have her to thank for this outfit in its entirety. Some days you can find me in the mood to go all-out feminine, but I usually prefer the mix of boyish-edge with girly frills. I juxtaposed these lacy socks with beat-up Docs (favorite mom hand-me-down, ever, ever, ever), and a ladylike dress (vintage Caren Desiree Co.) underneath my lucky jacket.
Before we know it, it'll be too hot and sticky for leather. In the mean time, this is exactly how I'll be transitioning into Spring.
One of my favorite purchases from my trip to NYC, last summer: A sassy pin from Antoinette; a precious boutique in Williamsburg.
Megs and I recently rummaged through a downtown treasure, the Ohio Bookstore. Your nose is instantly satisfied with the aroma of old books, and eyes stimulated with its quaint and cozy nature. With multiple levels, and thousands of books, you may very well get lost in it for hours.
I recently purchased this sweater from Camino Motor Co.; my friend, Frank Welling's shop that carries all things motorcycle, leather, denim, and bad ass. Whether you own a bike or not, you'll find an excuse to return to Camino again and again... for its variety of vintage, the beautiful space itself, or the cold, Miller High Life, Frank's ready to hand you as you walk in.
I have a soft spot for Letterman's, and the innocence of this specific 1950's "lettergirl" sweater intrigued me. I quickly snagged it after I saw it posted on Instagram, before someone got to it first! (I've learned the heart-wrenching hard way that it's best not to wait). When styling it, it only made sense to go back to my school days with plaid, high-waisted shorts, lace-trimmed socks with my beloved Doc Marten's (both Mom's vintage), and a sheer button-up revealing a bit of my bralette to make the outfit a little more "grown-up."
When styling this jacket, I realized the best way to pair it was to simply keep it in line with its 70s nature. I styled my momma's vintage jacket (hello, Penny Lane) with majorly high-waisted bellbottoms, a mod polo, and Aldo booties. Finishing the look with some hoop earrings, my Odette bracelet (I throw on just about every day) and my glasses from Frameri.
I had been needing new glasses for years. My glasses from 8th grade became extremely dated--clearly--and I grew to loathe them. So much so that I only wore them in the dark, if I could help it. It wasn't until I physically lost my glasses that I was forced to get a new pair.
Buying from Frameri was an easy decision: 1) Supporting a local business and 2) supporting a unique, local business. Frameri is one of its kind with their interchangeable lenses. They are made to pop in and out, so you can change up your frames of all shapes, styles, and colors, as you so choose.
I never thought my decision would land on green frames, but this color somehow wears like a neutral, all while making my green eyes come to life. Thank you Frameri for being a friendly, neighborhood spot, providing quality, and all the compliments that came with my up-to-date specs.
A huge thank you to the talented and loveliest Tracy Doyle for the photography in this post, and Haley Cator for hair and makeup.