Ack!  Things are so busy lately!  I’ve got a lot of big things coming up soon.  At work, there’s several big events in the next few weeks that I’m an planning and preparing for.  And here on the blog, I’ve got some exciting projects coming up soon.  There will be some new changes coming up soon.  For quick idea of what’s to come, I’m planning on starting to write more posts that focus on buying hand-made, second-hand, vintage, local and eco-friendly.  I want to shift my focus more on these issues, because they’re something that I’m very passionate about, and I want to support them more and encourage others to support them.  I’ll go into more details on Monday.  Stay tuned!


I’ve noticed that, with the warmer weather, my weekend uniform tends to be a variation of what I’m wearing here.  Shorts, sandals, sleeveless blouse, light cardigan.  It’s taking me a bit to readjust to warm weather dressing, but I think I’m finally starting to remember how to be a Floridian in the Spring/Summer without looking too sloppy.


What’s your weekend uniform for warm weather?

Blouse: Anthropologie
Cardigan: Ann Taylor LOFT
Shorts: Ann Taylor LOFT (thrifted)
Sandals: Born (via eBay)
Purse: Morelle City Bag
Earrings: Mackie Jewelry
Bangles: Jill Popowich Designs

Quote: No Talking, by Andrew Clements




I talked about this blazer a good bit on Sunday, but let me say again that I absolutely love it!  And it was perfect for work last week, when my media center was hosting a teacher meeting.  I wanted to look very professional, and this blazer did that perfectly.  Yellow is definitely becoming one of my favorite colors to wear.

My hair is getting overdue for a cut.  I’m thinking of shaking things up a bit and trying something I’ve never done before: getting a variation on a pixie cut.  Not super short, but definitely shorter than anything I’ve ever tried before.  I figure that summer is a good time to experiment with a new hair length, since it gets so hot, and if I don’t like it, I can just grow it back out.  While I love my bob, I’ve had it for six months now, and I’m starting to get a bit bored with it.  I think something short, layered and piece-y could be a lot of fun.

What do you think?  Should I go for the pixie cut?

(And by the way, do you like the new header?  I made it with my mad photoshop skills :) )


Blouse: Ann Taylor LOFT (thrifted)
Jacket: J Crew (via eBay)
Skirt: Semantiks
Shoes: Clarks Apple Sky
Necklace: Chocolate Cake Jewels
Watch: Target

Quote: In My New Yellow Shirt
, by Eileen Spinelli


I  had some trouble looking up an exact definition of a tea dress.  Most sources seem to agree that the length is mid calf, and that it is generally flowy and feminine and pale or pastel in color.  According to Wikipedia, the term originated with dresses that women would wear at home for tea and dinner in the late 19th century.  They were seen as more intimate than a dinner dress which was designed for wearing out.  So while this dress may not be exactly a tea dress, I still like to think of it as one.  It’s light, feminine and floral, and seems like the perfect thing to wear while drinking tea on a sunny afternoon.  And my pretty little green cardigan made this outfit feel all the more springy.

I would love to have a closet-full of dresses like this for the summer.  The fabric is so nice and light, and the print is so pretty.  Too bad I have such a small closet ;)

What is your definition of a tea dress?  Do you like researching the history of fashion?

Dress: Jonathan Martin (via Classy Consignment)
Cardigan: J Crew (via eBay)
Sandals: Dansko Novalee (via eBay)
Necklace: Jorgensen Studio
Cuff: via Classy Consignment

Nail Polish: Essie Calypso

Quote: Don’t bump the glump, by Shel Silverstein



*Week 12 of My Great Shopping Plan of 2010, where I attempt to stay on a budget and fill out my wardrobe*

After last week, I only had $42 left to spend for the month of April.  Some weeks I score a lot of great items, but this week it was just one, extremely awesome item:

J. Crew Yellow Knit Blazer,  $31 on eBay

Gap filled: Blazers for work

I  love it, love it, love it!  It works so awesomely for me, it’s ridiculous.  It’s a blazer with structure, but it’s made out of a sturdy knit cotton, so it has flexibility and doesn’t make me feel constrained, which most structured garments do.  It’s a nice cropped length, which looks fantastic with pencil skirts, dresses, and maybe even jeans too.  And did I mention that it’s yellow?  Not only is yellow a color that I absolutely adore, but it’s also one of the school colors at the school where I work.  I wore this there the other day, and I got lots of compliments on it.  This is going to become a new staple rather quickly, methinks.

So that leaves $11 left for the month of April.  Not bad.


links a la mode

Fashion has Brains

Edited by Ashe

Every week I am always surprised by the selection of posts we receive here at IFB. I think back to before I started my blog, the discrimination I felt working in retail and adoring fashion, because it was shallow and it wasn’t academic. Now I look at the community I am a part of and think– how could anyone accuse fashion enthusiasts of being shallow? Or fashion designers, lovers of style? Indeed, like any frowned upon medium or niche, fashion has brains; it has ingenuity, it has controversy, it has creativity, and it has depth.

This week I want to celebrate those putting fashion and intellect together, to show that there’s more than meets that glittering eye…

Oh, and if you’re looking for something to do this summer… IFB is looking for interns!

Links à la Mode : April 22

  • Agent Lover: – On The Search For The Perfect Retro Bathing Suit!
  • Alice in Stilettos: – Interview with Edgy, Up-and-Coming Designer Chelsea Sutrisno
  • Bay Area Style File: – Interview with Model turned Eco Friendly Beauty Brand owner Josie Maran.
  • Bobbins and Bombshells: – Fashionable History: Lilly Dache – A True Fashion Success Story.
  • Denim Debutante: – Meet US-Made NAEM Denim and Win Your Own Pair
  • dramatis personae: – Back to the Future
  • Fashion Pulse Daily: – Cynthia Rowley for Roxy Spring 2010
  • For Those About to Shop: – Crystal Renn’s inspiring story of transformation may make you think twice about modelling industry:
  • krameymartin: – Being pregnant doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your fashion sense. Check out this post to learn how to jazz up simple maternity pieces.
  • La Chanelphile: – “The Allure of Chanel” by Paul Morand with Illustrations by Karl Lagerfeld
  • M.I.S.S.: – The Rag Trade: The Sale Mentality. This week’s article looks at how we will get consumers to break the sale mentality and pay full price again.
  • Night Watch: – DIY Tutorial: Burberry Prorsum F/W 2010-11 Inspired Blazer
  • Oh, the Places You’ll Go!: – ASOS Curve Models – Plus, or not plus enough?
  • Oranges and Apples: – Some thoughts on weight, fat activism and health
  • Poetic & Chic: – Hamish Bowles, European Editor at Large for Vogue, visits the de Young in San Francisco to announce a new Balenciaga retrospective slated for spring 2011.
  • Retro Chick: – Made To Measure – Dresses for those who aren’t a standard size
  • shrimp salad circus: – DIY Spring Flowers Headband/Belt for Under
  • The Coveted – Craving Miu Miu Clogs?
  • the fashionate traveller: – Discovers the emerging Japanese fashion trend Dolly Kei, as seen through a visit to Grimoire, Shibuya’s premier vintage store.
  • The Fashionista Lab: – I gave up shopping and gained a new perspective on using and building my wardrobe (hint: shoes are important)
  • True Queen: – Warning: Men In Skirts – Examining a taboo trend that attempts to go mainstream

Before

I thrifted these J. Jill slacks a few weeks ago.  They fit quite comfortably, but unfortunately there was a stain near the hem that wouldn’t come out.  It got me a discount on the slacks, but it also meant that I would need to hem them several inches to remove it.  So, I decided to make them capris.  I started by cutting off several inches, leaving enough fabric for a hem.  I then took out the seams and made them straight legged, following my skinny jeans tutorial.  And now, I have perfect, slouchy spring/summer capris.  I love sewing :)

After


Today will be Quick-Post Friday.  Which is okay, because this outfit was so awesome and so much fun to wear, that it doesn’t really need many words.

Happy Friday!  And don’t forget to enter the Hana Elite Flat Iron Giveaway!

Dress: Mlle Gabrielle
Shoes: Fluevog Fiorenza
Earrings: Wear-thou

Quote: Igraine the Brave, By Cornelia Funke

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