Jackie and Marilyn | What Season Is It Anyway?

I recently moved (read: am still moving) and have been trying to keep some seasonal clothes set aside in a suitcase so that I can easily access them while everything is still packed. The problem? I don’t know what season it is! We have been having unseasonable highs in the 60s, we had some snow and freezing temps yesterday and this Halloween is promising to be a mild again. The rollercoaster of Midwest weather! So I decided to be prepared for a little bit of everything!
sweaterweather1This maxi skirt is something I would normally wear in the spring and summer as it is light and floral, but it is the perfect amount of warmth for a 60-degree day! I slapped some tights on under it for when it was almost 20 degrees cooler in the morning, but by the time I got home from work they were ready to be set free!
sweaterweather2I’m a big fan of the button up sweater from ModCloth because it’s not that warm. Don’t get me wrong, I like a good warm sweater, but the knit in this one leaves a lot of ventilation and is perfect for those in between days. I only had a tank top on underneath it, so I was happy and comfortable in leaving it on all day.
sweaterweather3I wanted to wear my pretty lacy boots one last time, as I’m sure I will be trading them for a more rugged pair soon! It is nice to have a boot that your feet aren’t overwhelmingly hot in for times like these, though!
sweaterweather5I played up the whimsy of this outfit with a butterfly belt I got at a local garage/vintage sale. I’d say, with out the faux fur on my sweater you would think this was a spring outfit! Maybe we could just skip winter and go straight to spring? I’ll start up a petition!
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What I Wore:
Skirt: Forever 21
Sweater: ModCloth
Boots: ModCloth
Belt: Garage Sale
Earrings: Thrifted
– Melissa

Jackie and Marilyn | Courthouse Chic

Things are HEATING UP. I mean, it’s supposed to be summer (and the weather is stuck, for the most part, in spring), but also my life is going at the typical “Blink and you might miss it” summer pace. I have less than two months before I get married in my yard and the the to-do list is out the door!
1June2Thankfully we got one thing checked off the list last week: we applied for our marriage license! We both had to take time off of work since the courthouse for our county isn’t close to us and isn’t open on the weekends. It was nice to get up early, get dressed and NOT go to work.

1June1I could’ve gone to the courthouse in my PJ’s, but as it was a day I was hoping to remember, I wanted to wear something a little more fancy and a little more wedding-themed. I got this dress from an Instagram shop that always haunts me. The shop is so popular that you can’t really “claim” anything before someone else gets to it. I was 3rd back up for this dress, so I’m pretty lucky the first two fell through!

1June5The butterfly belt was a find from my thrift and garage sale shopping on my birthday. There was a “pop up” vintage shop on the side of the road (really) and I had to stop myself from buying EVERYTHING. Luckily this cute butterfly belt was only $1 so I had to have it. Throw in my favorite white sandals and some pastel sunglasses and you have an outfit to coax the sun out!
1June41June3The courthouse took a total of 15 minutes, so we spent the rest of the day going to birthday lunches with coworkers and registering for gifts. Now to fight the urge to elope….;)

What I Wore:
Sunglasses: Target
Shoes: Zulilly.com
Belt: Garage Sale
– Melissa

Jackie and Marilyn | Birthday Day II

Ok, so this outfit isn’t a suit…nor what I was born in, but I do take my birthday attire very seriously. I used to treat myself to a “birthday dress” every year – but people have started doing it for me!
Bday6My mom got me this vintage dress at a sale and couldn’t wait until my birthday to give it to me (I now know where I get this inability to keep gifts for others until their intended day). I wore this dress to a block party a couple days before my birthday as I planned on doing NOTHING on my actual birthday but sit in the sun by the lake. The weather didn’t want to cooperate with me on my plans so I actually ended up going on a “Thrift Store Tour” with my (patient!) family in tow and scoring a couple more birthday dresses. When it rains, it pours!
Bday8I chose this dress because I don’t know how many opportunities one gets to wear a 70’s long-sleeved maxi but during a cool day in May (I was still freezing) and because it makes me feel like a Birthday Princess, which is always a good goal to have when getting dressed.
Bday9 Bday10_Our yard is right next to a wonderful bike trail and these pictures were taken through the trees by where the trail starts. All of a sudden a pack of biker goes by and one yells “Look! A fair maiden in the woods!” Maybe I will have to start staging my own Robin Hood-esque plays in my yard.
Bday3I paired this look with a gold headband, gold earrings and my very beat-up sandals. Even maidens need to keep comfortable!
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What I Wore:
Dress: Vintage
Earrings: Garage Sale
Headband: Forever 21
Sandals: Thrifted
– Melissa

Marilyn Style: Old Buttons, New Life

Minnesota has been blessing us with somewhat decent weather lately (this is all relative folks, don’t get too pump) and I have been taking these opportunities to wear a couple less layers when I can!
3IMG_6402These aren’t the best pictures as it was as bright as my face out, but I wore this outfit while doing some errands a couple weeks ago and it was just the right amount of toasty.


The dress is something that greatly resembles the Coach Tour dresses from ModCloth, but it is something I got from Gadzooks (now Forever 21) when I was in high school. It was very well-loved, so much so that every single gold button eventually fell off. My sweet mother took it upon herself to sew new mother of pearl buttons back on it and surprise me with it a couple weekends ago. Welcome back dress!
3IMG_6411I paired this dress with a deep purple long suit coat (hi 80s) and some regular old tights (no need for fleeced-lined!). I also wore my favorite new boots because I have worn them every single day since I have got them. When I love something, I wear the buttons/soles/color off of it. Hopefully these guys last for a while!
3IMG_63953IMG_6410I decided to go with some colorful earrings since it’s been quite a while since I have done so. The best earrings are from garage sales! I don’t know why this lady was selling but I was definitely buying.
3IMG_6413Brim wanted to be in the pictures (in fact I cropped his tail out of every single other one). I promise you he is already double this size 🙂
What I Wore:
Dress: Forever 21
Coat: Thrifted
Earrings: Garage Sale
Tights: Target
Boots: ModCloth

Marilyn Style: Rabbit Fur Coat

Usually the only Rabbit Fur Coat I like has to do with Jenny Lewis (most things I like have to do with Jenny Lewis). I’m more about faux fur myself but I do make an exception for this vintage/gifted sweater. I acquired it at a garage sale – along with many many other vintage goodies. Just before I left the lady who was gladly selling me all her teenage clothes also gave me this sweater. She had shown me a picture of herself wearing it and a dress I had just purchased and she thought I needed the whole outfit. I wish I could’ve kept the picture – we had strikingly similar features!
 2IMG_6432I wanted to keep the rockabilly/50s theme of this outfit going with some vintage-styled newer items that have popped up in this blog before. I love love love this salmon-colored top from ModCloth, but I had yet to dare wear it in the winter. Since I was going to a concert that I knew was going to be nice and sweaty, I figured this was the best time to try!
2IMG_64422IMG_6440I styled this shirt with my crinoline skirt from Eshakti and hid some warm leggings underneath for good measure. I love that this skirt sits on my exact waist and doesn’t float around as some waist skirts do. I guess that’s the point of custom ordering with your own measurements but it does blow my mind sometimes!
My new favorite shoes I bought on a whim from ModCloth during a recent sale. Normally my proportions don’t quite shine with knee-high anything, but these boots are slouchy enough to adjust to your standards and roomy enough to keep your calf from sweating away! Plus they are warm! What more could you want?
I tried to keep the accessories subtle – a black bow, some pearl earrings and a pink belt. That’s as subtle as I can get 🙂
What I Wore:
Sweater: Garage Sale
Skirt: Eshakti
Boots: ModCloth
Belt: H&M
Earrings: Target
Bow: Forever 21

Marilyn Style: Always Prepared

I wouldn’t make the best boy scout, as their motto “Always Prepared” is the exact opposite of my life story. I moved to a little house in the woods this weekend and my life is in shambles. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE being back in the country and am loving the cabin-esque feeling of my new place (mice included), but I can’t find anything! bIMG_5275
To harness my inner get-it-done unpacking warrior, I wore a good old boy scout uniform I got at a garage sale sometime in my high school days. I actually used to wear this uniform a lot as everyday garb but it sees the light of day less and less. There is something more cute about a 15-year-old-girl wearing a boy scout uniform than a 25-year-old-woman, but either way I can’t seem to part with it. It is from my hometown, which appeals to me even more.
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I dressed up the uniform with a good old puffy vest, slouchy hat, and some kick-ass boots. My mom HATES this hat. So much that I bet my boyfriend she would mention to me her dislike for it while she and my Dad were helping us move. She did and I moaned “I know.” We usually have the same sense of style, but it goes to show that every one is a unique little snowflake….and that a good warm (and pretty) hat is hard to come by. Sometimes function wins over fashion (but RARELY). I’ve always wanted to be able to pull off a slouchy hat and this is the closest I’ve come. Sorry Mom, but that hat stays!
My new favorite “pants” also are a part of my new woodswoman get-up. They were advertised on the rack as leggings, as they have no zipper and are very stretchy, but they are so thick and structured that you can easily wear them as pants without causing a “leggings aren’t pants” debate. I also love the pleather strip on the inside of both sides. I don’t know what their purpose is but I’m sure they look pretty tough in my new rugged surroundings.
Did I just compliment pants? I must need some rest.
I also have to apologize for the lackluster photos this week. Finding where my camera was in the pile of stuff before the sun went down was quite the feat. Never prepared!
What I Wore:
Shirt: Garage Sale
Vest: Thrifted
Pants: New York and Company
Boots: Modcloth
Hat: Thrifted

Marilyn Style: Romp Around

I have been doing some tour de force thrifting lately to fill up my shop I started on Instagram, but I must admit I have been getting a lot of stuff for myself too.
bIMG_4780This romper was something I grabbed at a local thrift store thinking it was a dress and that I would sell it. UM NOPE.
bIMG_4783I tried it on and I have spent every single waking non-work hour in it since.I have never had good luck with rompers. As a hourglass shape, they usually aren’t very kind to your waist. As a human above four feet tall, they usually end up showing a little too much leg (and very upper leg) for my liking. Enter: The 1980’s. Thank you, terrible decade, for making up for feathered bangs and acid washed jeans!
bIMG_4790Thanks to the belt, the long shorts (which I have rolled up a bit), and the busy print, I feel perfectly at home in this romper. Now if only I didn’t have to get undressed every time I had to pee!bIMG_4788I have been wearing this running errands and it is a kid magnet. Maybe it is my likeness to Ms. Frizzle or the fact that I look like their kooky elementary school art teacher, but I even had a girl grab me by the hand and lead me around her yard at a garage sale. Ah, uterus, you must stay strong!
What I Wore:
Earrings: Target
Romper: Thrifted
Shoes: Target