I took four years of French in high school, and while I’ve forgotten most of the language, I continue to have a love for all things French.  Apparently, quite a few Etsian’s share my franchophilia.  Here’s some gorgeous items for when you feel a bit of “Je ne sais quois

Je T’aime Necklace  $34

Chocolate and Steel

C’est La Vie  $15.75

Maru Maru

Sterling Silver Eiffel Tower  $29

Just Jaynes

Dusk in Paris Earrings  $10

Run Wild Horses

Sarabeth Necklace  $26

Savvy State College

For several weeks, I thought I had lost this cardigan.  I searched all over the house, checked the lost and found box at work, but I couldn’t seem to find it anywhere.  Then one day, I remembered that I had recently moved my handknits to a different drawer while reorganizing my studio.  What a relief!  Nothing feels much worse than thinking you lost a cardigan that took you a few months to knit.

Finding my cardigan gave me the perfect excuse to wear my new belt that I got at Anthropologie last weekend.  I think I’m one of those types who likes to wear new things right away.  I’m really, really happy with this belt.  It filled a definite gap in my wardrobe, and I can tell it’s going to get plenty of use.

I’m really beginning to love wearing scarves tied up like this.  They keep my neck nice and cozy, and they still allow me to add an additional pop of color with a long necklace.  In this outfit, I echoed the color of the necklace by wearing a turquoise bracelet.  I really love mixing yellow and pale blue/turquoise.

Do you like to wear new things right away? Or do you prefer to save new items for a special occasion?

Long sleeve tee: Issac Mizrahi for Target
Cardigan: Minimalist, handknit by me
Jeans: Express
Boots: Dansko Nena (via Ebay)
Belt: Anthropologie
Necklace: Chocolate Cake Jewels
Scarf: Bought in Chinatown, NYC
Purse: Morelle Charlotte
Bracelet: ??, gift

Quote: Don’t Take Your Snake for a Stroll, by Karin Ireland

Some people consider the circular shawl to be solely something that old-fashioned people wear to church.  I disagree with that view.  There is no reason why a circular shawl can’t be worn in a modern, stylish ensemble.  With this outfit, I aim to prove the nay-sayers wrong.

Here, I wore my circular shawl as a delightfully warm capelet.  It’s amazing just how warm and comforting lace weight merino/silk yarn can be.  I decided to keep the rest of my outfit very simple, because I wanted this shawl to shine.  I wore a simple black cashmere sweater and jeans, with pops of tan and a green bag to echo the color of the shawl.

I’m of the opinion of that if you knit something, and it turned out nicely, you should wear it.  So many knitters hide their knits away, afraid to take them out for fear that their hard work might be damaged.  But what good is it if you never wear it, if you never get to show it off?  I agree with Sally’s philosophy of “wear everything all the time“.

What items do you own that you are sometimes hesitant to wear?  What is holding you back?

(Look for a tutorial on how I wrapped my circle scarf later today!)

Coat: Colebrook
Sweater: J Crew (via Ebay)
Belt; Anthropologie
Jeans: Express
Boots: Dansko Nena (via Ebay)
Shawl: Pi Shawl handknit by me
Purse: Easy Spirit Outlet

Quote: If I Ran the Zoo, by Dr Seuss

My Mosh Posh is pretty new to the Tampa scene, but it has quickly become one of my favorite consignment boutiques.  The store is clean and well-lit, and the staff is very friendly and willing to go the extra mile to help you find what you’re looking for.  I bought my beloved Ella Moss dress at this store.   I interviewed the owner, Lauren Basil, to find out more about what makes My Mosh Posh unique.

Tell me about your store.  What sets it apart from other consignment stores?

“Mosh Posh is a High End Consignment Boutique which offers contemporary styles and current trends. We often receive items from local consignors which you would still find currently in full price retail stores. Mosh Posh is less of a thrift store and more of a boutique that carries unique and designer items for much less than retail. We offer online tracking for consignors and soon will have an online store for people to purchase items through our website www.mymoshposh.com.”


What inspired you to open your store?

“There are many consignment stores locally that I have consigned at but none that I desired to really shop at. With the economy turning, I wanted a place where I could continue to get my favorite designers but wasn’t really into shopping at thrift stores or other local consignment stores. With Mosh Posh, I wanted to create a place that didn’t carry the typical consignment stigma. The goal was to create a store that you knew what you were going to get at a great price in a boutique like setting. No more scrounging through racks to find one great item just a wide assortment of designer items.”


What is your favorite thing about running a consignment boutique?

“I enjoy it when customers get great deals and are really excited about their purchase because they wouldn’t have been able to afford it at full retail price. We have several customers that come in daily to see what is new and you really develop personal relationships with our shoppers which is always great. One of the coolest things about owning a consignment store is we receive really unique items from all over the world that you wouldn’t be able to find at your typical retail store.”


What are the advantages of shopping at consignment stores?

“Deals, assortment of brands, unique items, great service.”




What was your favorite item out of everything you’ve sold?  What is your favorite item from your personal collection?

“Gucci Patent Pumps..never worn! They retail for $695 today at a high end dept store and a customer was able to purchase them for $295. That’s a $400 savings just for buying them at our store and they are new! All items sold at Mosh Posh are hand selected on consignment as we don’t own any inventory. I can tell you my favorite item currently in our store are these over-the-knee Christian Dior Biker Boots. They are beautiful and very new York but it is so much fun when people try them on because they are so high.”




Who would you consider your style icons?

“My style is very simple yet elegant. Since I had a baby recently, I’ve also discovered that comfort and being practical are two very important aspects of my clothing choices. I would say Reese Witherspoon or Katie Holmes would be a couple of celebrities that I would consider to be my style icons. I enjoy their fashionable yet classic looks.”




What else would you like to tell us about the store?

“Mosh Posh is changing shopping habits for a lot of people. You would be amazed at the amount of people that shop at our store that are driving Mercedes, Jaguars and other high end cars. These people could probably afford to go to high end department stores and pay full price but because of the economy they are trying to save a penny here and there when possible. Mosh Posh offers a venue for our clientele to shop without feeling as if they are shopping a thrift store. So I think one of the biggest things that sets Mosh Posh apart from other consignment stores is the atmosphere which we have created for our customers. You would not believe the amount of people that have come into our store scour the racks and purchase something without ever knowing we were a consignment store. Because we hand select each item for quality control we are able to put only the best quality/condition and most current product on the floor. We probably turn more clothes away then we take on a daily basis.”


500 South Howard Ave., Suite D
Tampa, FL 33606
Phone: 813.258.8800

Monday: 11am-6pm
Tuesday: 11am-6pm
Wednesday: 11am-6pm
Thursday: 11am-6pm
Friday: 11am-6pm
Saturday: 10am-6pm
Sunday: Closed

The weather has finally turned cold again in Florida, and I’m milking it for all it’s worth.  I know that pretty much everyone is ready for Spring, but right now I am loving winter.  Boots and tights and scarves and sweaters are so much fun, and I know that it’s only a short few month until the hot temps of summer will be here.

This outfit definitely kept me warm, but I must say that I wasn’t completely sold on the color scheme.  I would rather have worn a solid white blouse underneath, or even a pale blue one, but I didn’t have any that would work with this outfit.  I still think it looks good, but the tones are a bit warm overall for my liking.

One thing I am sold on is this method of tying a scarf.  Referred to by many as the Orchid Grey wrap, it essentially involves wrapping a scarf around  your neck once or twice, and then tucking the ends in.  It worked fabulously with this hand-spun, hand-knit merino scarf.  It was fantastically cozy.  If I ever do decide to open an Etsy shop, it would probably be to sell scarves like this.  That won’t be anytime soon though, as I have more than enough on my plate right now.

What’s your favorite winter accessory?  Do you love getting bundled up for winter, or are you more of a spring/summer type?

Blouse: Ann Taylor LOFT (thrifted)
Cardigan: J Crew (via Ebay)
Skirt: Ann Taylor LOFT (via Ebay)
Tights: Hue
Boots: Dansko Risa (via Ebay)
Scarf: Handspun and knit by me
Cuff Bracelet: second-hand

Quote: Woolbur, by Leslie Helakoski

From left to right: Born Biddy boots, Tsubo Acrea pumps, Born Codders, Converse Chuck Taylors

From me and my red shoes to you, Happy Valentine’s Day!  For some more red shoe awesomeness, check out Barking Dog Shoes Valentine’s post, which includes me and my Born Biddy boots, plus a lot of other fantastic bloggers.

February 1st marked the beginning of my Great Shopping Plan of 2010 (which is really just a budget, but calling it “Great Shopping Plan” makes it seem so much more fun).  At this point, I’m allowed to spend $125 a month on clothes, focusing on (but not limited to) shopping local, second-hand, and handmade.  I also created a list of 50 wardrobe gaps to concentrate on this year.

So how did I do the first two weeks?

One of my favorite places to shop is Revolve Clothing Exchange.  As I’ve mentioned before, you can bring in your clothes that you don’t want anymore and get store credit for items that they accept (thus the Exchange part).  I had a nice bit of store credit after a recent closet cleaning, so I got a few things.

Gap Denim Jacket  $12 (free with store credit)
Gap filled: Structured Jacket

Sparkly Rampage Vest  $10 (free with store credit)
Gap filled: Sparkly Awesomeness

Salmon tank: The Limited $4
Blue tank: Target $4
Seafoam cami: Old Navy $6

Gaps filled: Layering tanks/camis

Okay, I realize that Sparkly Awesomeness wasn’t technically on my gaps list.  But I have been wanting something sparkly for awhile, and this vest is just so awesome and unique (and polyester-free!) that I had to go for it.  This counts under my provision of buying things that I love.

Since February is my birthday month, Anthropologie sent me a lovely coupon for 15% off my total purchase.  Armed with a bit of early birthday money, I went to my local Anthro ready to shop.  I ended up being a bit disappointed, because several of the items I really liked had more than 50% polyester content, which is unacceptable to me, especially at Anthro’s price point.  I’ve always loved Anthro for their quality fabrics, and it really concerns me that they’re starting to use more and more polyester, yet still charging the same prices.  If I’m going to spend $88 on a blouse, it better be cotton, modal, silk or linen.

Anyhow, gripes aside, I managed to find some gems:

15% b-day discount included)
Catch and Release Scarf: $28
Road Tripping Belt: $33
Blouse: $34 (on sale)

Gaps filled: Blue scarf, waist cinching belt

I really love the things I bought.  I’ve been eyeing this belt since it went online, and I really needed a black waist-cinching belt.  I’ve also really been wanting a light blue scarf, and this one is really cozy and delightfully unique.  The blouse doesn’t really fill any gaps, but it looks gorgeous on, and will definitely be a staple in spring and summer.

So, everything I bought at Revolve was on store credit, so it doesn’t count against my budget.  I spent $95 at Anthro, and $50 of that was birthday money, so only $45 count against my monthly budget of $125.  That leaves me with $80 for the rest of the month.  Not too bad.

ETA:  Because some were interested, the items that I skipped out on at Anthro were the Rivers Rise Top and the Percussive Cardigan.   It really is a shame, because both items looked gorgeous on, but I just can’t stand the feeling of polyester against my skin.

This outfit is all about drawing inspiration from other bloggers.  I kept the base of the outfit simple, going for a neutral base (which is a bit darker than I usually like, but that’s okay).  The black sweater and black dress made a good blank canvas for my fun accessories to shine.

My necklace is inspired by E. of Academichic.  She has a lovely orange necklace that is similar to my turquoise one, and in several outfits, she adds an extra chain to the necklace to make it longer and give it a completely new look.  I’ve been wanting to try that with this necklace for awhile, but today is the first time I actually went for it, and I love it!

Because the necklace looked so gorgeous, I didn’t want to do anything to obscure it.  However, it was a bit chilly, and my neck needed to stay warm.  So I decided to take a cue from Orchid Grey and tie my scarf up in a sort of cowl, like she explains in this post.  It worked perfectly, and allowed both the scarf and necklace to shine.  Maybe it’s about time for me to revisit and revise my Layering Scarves and Necklaces tutorials.

Have you been inspired by other in the style blogosphere?  What elements have you incorporated into your own style?

Dress (as skirt): Express
Sweater: J Crew (via Ebay)
Tights: Hue
Boots: Dansko Risa (via Ebay)
Scarf: Bought in Chinatown, NYC
Necklace: Express

Quote: Sylvia Jean, Drama Queen, by Lisa Campbell Ernst

Last week, Style Symmetry was having a challenge to create an outfit inspired by one of the images from the Wardrobe Remix group on Flickr.  This particular day, I was looking for some inspiration for a new way to dress up jeans for work.  I came across this outfit by Elsa, and decided to break out my (only) button-down and mix it up.  It wasn’t cold enough to layer a long-sleeved sweater, so I went for a sweater vest instead.  I tried adding a belt like she did, but it was not flatttering at all on me.  I then added the pearls (under the collar) to imitate the lovely statement necklace she wore.

I like how professional this outfit is, and I think that looks like this could work really well once I finally get a full-time job as a librarian (it’s been six months since I finished my degree; someone hire me!).  However, the outfit didn’t really feel very “me”.  It felt to simple, basic and ordinary.  The bright colors and pattern of the vest helped, but it still didn’t feel quite right.  I think I might like it better with my denim pencil skirt.

The other thing that this outfit made me realize is that I’ve become spoiled from wearing so much jersey knit fabric.  The moment I put on something stiff and structured, my body recoils and begs to crawl into a comfy jersey dress and leggings.  And fabrics like this button-down wrinkle so horribly.  I refuse to wear polyester, so buying no-wrinkle sythetics is not an option for me.  I think that maybe I just need to search harder for a button-down that feels more me, and that perhaps is a bit more comfortable than this one.  Anthropologie has some gorgeous ones right now, and I’m hoping to get one (or two) with my birthday discount in the new few weeks.

Do you have a love-hate relationship with button-downs?  How do you dress the up to fit in with your style?

Blouse: Ann Taylor LOFT
Vest: Boden (via Ebay)
Jeans: Express
Boots: Dansko Nena
Pearls: garage sale

Quote: Fancy Nancy: Explorer Extraordinaire!, by Jane O’Connor

As you can probably tell, there’s been a whole lot going on with my blog lately, and it’s given me a lot of reasons to smile.  I made the shift over the weekend to using wordpress.org, and my blog is now hosted with Blue Host (which by the way, has an amazing support team, which kindly dealt with my frantic phone calls when I had a few hiccups in transferring the blog). Now I’m able to add a lot of useful features to my blog, as well as get into the HTML and CSS (which is exciting for me because I’m actually getting to use something I learned in school).

As you can see, I’ve changed up the look of the blog.  I’m going for a clean, simple aesthetic.  To keep the sidebar neat, my blogroll now has it’s own page.  If I missed your blog in the transition, please let me know and I will add it.

I’ve created an RSS feed for the blog through feedburner.  You can use this to read the blog through Google Reader and other similar services. You can still follow my blog with bloglovin, by clicking here or on the button in the side bar.  I’ve also added sidebar links to my Flickr and Twitter for the blog.

At the end of every post, you will see a few new features.  There is a green sideways v icon called Share This.  By clicking this icon, you can share a link to the post using a variety of services, including Twitter, Facebook, e-mail, Digg, etc.  There is also a new feature that shows three related posts (although they don’t always seem to be that similar, it can still be a fun way to browse old posts.)  Whenever you leave a comment on a post, a new feature called CommentLuv will link to your most recent blog post, if you have a blog.  All of these features will make the blog more functional, and easier to navigate for you.  Please let me know if you experience any problems with the new features, and I will work to fix them.

To talk briefly about this outfit, I continue to be amazed at how versatile both this cardigan and this dress are.  They’re pieces that I wear on a very regular basis, and every time there seems to be a new way to style them.   I’ve worn this dress at least three other ways this winter: once with my mustard cardigan and Dansko boots for a prairie feel, layered under a skirt and cardigan for extra warmth, and mixed with bright splashes of color for the weekend.  I’ve styled this cardigan as a bolero, and I’ve worn it open with skinny jeans and flats.  Since I have such a small closet, having items that can be worn in a number of ways is essential.

What are your favorite items in your wardrobe that you remix week after week?

Dress: Express
Cardigan: Fossil
Belt: from my mom
Leggings: Target
Boots: Dansko Nena (via Ebay)
Purse: Morelle Oyster
Short pearls: Coryell Design
Long Pearls: Garage sale
Ring: from my mom

Quote: Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon, by Patty Lovell

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