Technical Difficulties

So, I had an outfit post for today, but due to some technical difficulties (in other words, my laptop randomly decided that none of its USB ports functioned and thus I couldn’t get the photos from the camera to the computer) I will have to delay that. Argh.

In the meantime, I’m really enjoying the spring weather we’re having! I’m planning on wearing sandals and bare legs under a dress tomorrow because it’s supposed to be in the 70s! Maybe by then my computer will be playing nice and I’ll get some shots of my first real spring outfit of the year to toss up on the blog!  But the weather has me realizing just how much my skirt and dress collection has been decimated by my weight loss over the winter months–I have very few things left that fit my slimmer figure now! Oh well, I guess I’ll just have to go shopping! 😉

How cute is this Spring Bulbs halter dress from Anthro?? The pattern kind of reminds me of some of Vera Neumann’s designs!

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Personal Style — A little bit punk

  • Leather biker-chick vest: Vintage, thrifted
  • Striped 3/4 sleeve top: the Limited
  • Jeans: Levi’s bold curve skinnies
  • Not pictured: Frye motorcycle harness boots

Sorry, just one pic today, snapped by my husband on his iPhone and processed through Instagram. We were kind of in a rush; I had a tattoo consultation appointment downtown this afternoon and we wanted to get into the city in time to do a bit of shopping beforehand–then we had to rush back because he has to work this afternoon!  But it’s a beautiful day–bright and sunny and almost warm–and I felt sassy! So I spiked up my hair and threw on the leather vest I blogged about a few days ago and off we went!

I found a couple of cute things in the thrift stores we hit, too, so I’m sure I’ll be able to throw together a post featuring some of them soon, too. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go curl up in a warm sunny spot and read!

Trends: Colorful Denim

Okay, so I’ve been seeing a lot…I mean A LOT…of style blog posts in which people are wearing colorful denim–by which I mean, colors other than blue or black. Red. Green. Pink. Yellow. Some pastel. Some neon. But all COLORFUL.

And here’s the thing–I grew up in the 80s. When someone says, “colored denim,” I have visions of high-waisted, peg-legged, neon-colored jeans that flattered exactly 0.01% of the population and were usually paired with a stretchy bodysuit and a scrunchy that matched perfectly and was worn around a side-of-the-head ponytail. It’s a bad trip, man. So “colored denim” leaves a pretty bad taste in my mouth–bad associations!

But the posts I’ve seen lately have me possibly maybe changing my mind. See, the people wearing them are looking very modern and contemporary and pairing their denim with much chicer tops and slicker accessories.

Modcloth has a pair of lipstick red denim pants that I am particularly drawn to; red would fit easily into my already-existing wardrobe fairly gracefully and isn’t QUITE as distinctly 80s (in my opinion!) as pastel or neon shades…

So what do you think? To do colorful denim, or not to do colorful denim?

 

Royal blue denim by Wendy’s Lookbook

Highlighter yellow denim by My Style Pill

Green denim by Kendi Everyday

Red denim by Cuillere a Absinthe

Personal Style: Audrey Hepburn

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  • Black ankle crops: Minnie pant from J. Crew
  • Breton-stripe tee: J. Crew Factory
  • Velveteen vest: Vintage, thrifted
  • Ballet flats: Alfani

My new style ambition is to have someone tell me, completely unsolicited, that I remind them of Audrey Hepburn. I know, I have really low ambitions, right? *eyeroll* I mean, wanting to be compared to one of the most beautiful, classy, stylish ladies in recent history? Not too hard to achieve, right? /sarcasm

But seriously, I do consciously channel Audrey with some of my outfits, especially now that I’ve cut my hair into a short pixie cut.  It isn’t hard; many of the things she wore look as stylish and chic today as they do when she wore them…black capris, black boatneck tops, Breton stripe shirts, white button downs, and, of course, classic ballet flats. And all of them have the added bonus of being very very comfortable!

I promise we’ll use other locations for outfit posts once the weather warms up!

But as you can see from the over-exposed window shots, it was a beautiful bright spring day today, so maybe we can get outside more soon…

One more, edited into black and white for drama and that true Audrey feel….

 

 

Recently Thrifted — Biker Chic

Found at Goodwill, of all places! My husband actually spotted this one for me and said I should rock it with nothing but a bra underneath. Men. Ha! I’ll probably wear it over a tank top, or maybe mix my textures and pair it with something really diaphanous or lacy.  I have a not-so-secret tough girl side and this plays into it perfectly with the suede rose inlays and the conchos on the side! (Sorry for the slightly crappy iPhone pic; I was racing the setting sun to get this shot while I still had some natural light!)

Loving: Stars

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I saw a long cotton scarf at Target a few weeks ago…black, printed with white stars. For some reason, I really just liked it. Something about the simplicity of the star print appealed to me. But I don’t wear that kind of scarf very often, and anyway that particular niche in my wardrobe is ably filled by my really nice ScarfShop scarf. But that star print really stuck with me so I did a little bit of searching around and found a few non-scarf star items that I like just as much!

Tiny Starlette Earrings by Giant Dwarf

Star-Fishing for Compliments Top from Modcloth

Stitch and Star Across body bag from Asos

Stratosphere Mary Janes by Chie Miehara

What Size Am I?

Okay, ladies and gents, I love clothes. I do. I admit it. Call it shallow and materialistic, whatever, I still like to look nice and to express myself in my appearance. Deal. But you know what I HATE? It’s the same thing most women hate–finding the right size! I really don’t hate it for the same reason some gals do, though–I don’t feel bad about myself because the number on the tag is too big. I hate it because it MAKES NO SENSE. At one point, I owned three pairs of Levi’s jeans in three different cuts. They were also three different sizes–an 8, a 10, and a 12. And all three fit me. Riddle me that one, Batman! How can three pairs of jeans made by the same company fit me so differently?! An 8 should be an 8 should be an 8, regardless of cut. And that’s just among styles from one brand. I could be a 6 in this company and a 10 in that company. What does that number on the tag actually MEAN? Nothing, as far as I can tell–at least, nothing consistent and actually helpful.

So when I ran across this cool little gadget called What Size Am I?, I was thrilled! You just put in your own personal measurements–the big three, bust waist hip–and it plots out which sizes in which commercial brands will fit you best! You can also look at all the different sizes offered by the brands and see what the stated measurements of those sizes should be. This doesn’t help in a case like that of the Levi’s jeans I mentioned earlier, but it should give you some sense of where to start–especially if, like me, you’ve recently lost 33 pounds and don’t really know what size to even look for in the stores anymore!

What I Want Now: the perfect big bag

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If you’re anything like me, you periodically go through periods of searching down (and sometimes never actually finding!) the “perfect” item of clothing or accessory to fill a perceived gap in your wardrobe. Lately, I’ve been looking for something I can only define as “a big bag.” I know what I want, though: 1) Something large enough to double as a briefcase for an upcoming conference I’ll be attending, without being too big to use everyday bag; 2) black or dark grey; 3) leather or sturdy canvas; 4) rugged construction; 5) timeless and relatively simple style; and 6) a cross-body strap. I’ve found a few good options, but haven’t yet decided on one. It doesn’t help that they’re all pretty pricey! But I guess you get what you pay for, right? A cheap bag is a cheap bag on every level. I’m more willing to pay extra for something if I know it will be in my wardrobe for a long time, and a bag like the one I want definitely fits that criteria.

 

Tommy charcoal gray waxed canvas and black leather bag by Sidney and Sons

 

Leather Satchel Messenger Bag, Purse MEDIUM by Rustic Leather Co

 

Waxed Canvas Tote by Peg and Awl

 

Walkway Satchel from Madewell

 

Ashcroft Leather Carryall by ForestBound

 

First Impressions

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Well, here we are, blog world. The always-awkward first post. Who ever knows how to start these things gracefully, really? And should we even try? No. Perhaps not. So, here it goes. Hi! I’m Katy. I’m a 30-year-old librarian (yes, there are young librarians) whose hobbies include photography, writing, occasional embroidery, and fucking around on the internet too much. Also, I swear. Sorry. (I’m not really sorry; if I were, I’d stop swearing.) I also very much enjoy fashion and style. Yes, a librarian who fancies herself stylish. We do exist. And I promise you’ll never see my hair in a bun. (Of course, my hair is only about an inch long, so that’s not hard to promise.)  I’m starting this blog with the unlikely title of Girl Crushing to feature my own daily outfits, but also to serve as a sort of inspiration board for looks I run across and would like to duplicate or riff on.

So. Without any further ado, here we go with my inaugural outfit post! (And a big thank-you to my husband for snapping these shots before we both had to run off to work this morning!)

  • Grey double-breasted wool chalk-stripe blazer: vintage, thrifted
  • White lace-trim shell: Coldwater Creek (yes, really! You can get all kinds of good basics in unexpected places!)
  • Black satin-finish skinny pants: Daughters of the Liberation from Anthropologie
  • Bright blue penny loafers: Frye