Marilyn Style: Sweetheart, Hun, Darling

It’s another round of “pet names that make you laugh” by Melissa. I wore this darling little number out on the town on Sunday and got called every pet name under the sun. I usually don’t find pet names demeaning unless it’s in a situation where it’s used to undermine your authority (car shops, work, etc.) but I do find them quizzical and entertaining.
IMG_5293On Sunday I went to my favorite pizza place, Pizza Luce, and got called “Hun” by what from all appearances seemed to be the average college bro who was seating us (not meant offensively, just didn’t seem to be the “Hun” type). Then when paying for our meal I was called “Sweetheart” by our waitress who was not southern nor matronly, so…I’m at a loss for words. At Ikea a shopper called me “Darling” which, yes this dress is, but me, who was doing a “have to pee” dance awkwardly in the linen section, not so much. It goes to show you once again, our outward appearance makes a big impact on how strangers treat us, even if we are all consciously trying harder to look past the “Bro.” label (sorry bro).
IMG_5292Despite all the terms of hilarity, I do love this dress and I do find it darling. I found it in a secondhand store in my new hometown of Cannon Falls. Unfortunately, like most things in Cannon Falls right now, it is closing up shop soon because of lack of business. This little town is about a half hour from the Twin Cities and full of charm, so it’s hard to believe that it isn’t doing so hot. My boyfriend and I have been racking our brains on how to draw people here and save it, but we’ve only been there a week and I’m sure we are not the only ones rooting for it. If you are from the Midwest and want to see a great river, winery, go on a beautiful bike trail, or see where Nirvana’s In Utero was recorded, come see this town (and me)!
IMG_5290IMG_5298This dress originally came with a slip with the same lace detailing on it, making it longer and more layered. Unfortunately the slip is pretty big on me and looks a little too 80’s, so I decided to style it was a beige slip of my own. I absolutely love the lace detailing on the sleeves. I made sure to point dramatically at as many things as I could at Ikea.
IMG_5296Fall is here in full force, so layer was important. I am really loving that the boot sock trend is still in full force, as I think it helps me not wear pants and stay warm with gusto. I love the “light jacket” season, so I have been trying to take advantage of it as much as possible with my leather jacket. My fluffy down coat isn’t too far away I feel.
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What I Wore:
Slip: Forever 21
Jacket: Member’s Only from TJ Maxx
Tights: Target
Socks: Steve Madden
Boots: Target
Earrings: Target
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Jackie Style: Delightful Denim

Before the veil of humidity cast itself over Minnesota, we had some cooler days. Unseasonably low temperatures in July meant I wore pants! But you won’t catch me complaining. Wind and low 70s? Bring. It. On.

I got to show off my new pair of high-waisted jeans, the same brand and fit as a pair of shorts I own but longer. I love how stretchy they feel!

IMG_5226Jeans do not always agree with my butt/hips, and they are always – always – too low-rise for my taste. Little known fact: my field of study was not in plumbing. High-waisted jeans help me feel comfortable on a day-to-day basis and add an extra bit of flair to a normal outfit. With this pair, I like how the jeans look with a blouse tucked in or left out. I definitely recommend them if you have the same jeans phobia!

And of course, the classic Peter Pan collar makes any outfit delightful 🙂

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This pair of jeans is a bit long on me, which allows for some fun hem folding, which also allows for showing off my pair of duck oxfords. These make me so giddy. Whenever I look down at my feet while wearing them, I get happy. How could you not? I have no ducking clue.

Yep. Went there.

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Now that the temperatures are rising, selecting outfits becomes more of a science. What can I wear that will keep me cool, but not too cool in the AC-pumping office, but not leave me drenched with sweat once I get to my car and go home?

Stay tuned to see if I ever find out the answer, or to see if I have found a way to successfully avoid the outdoors until it cools off again. Only 62 days until autumn! 😉

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What I Wore:
Blouse: ModCloth
Earrings: Freckles & Company (similar)
Jeans: ModCloth
Shoes: Restricted

What are your denim pet peeves? How do you solve them?

Guest Post: Edie Sedgwick Style

This week we are excited to highlight a post by guest blogger Chelsey Green of The Cupcake WizardWe love her honest posts and are obsessed with her Jennifer Lawrence-inspired pixie cut. We look forward to featuring her on the blog in the future! Melissa has dubbed her the “Edie Sedgwick” of our blog 🙂

Earlier this week, I did something I haven’t really done before, but have been meaning to for a while: thrift shopping. Thanks to the ridiculous amount of clothing refashion tutorials on Pinterest, I’ve been wanting to peruse thrift shops for cool and unique pieces I could upcycle, which I can now do since I bought a sewing machine last month. I’ve also been wanting to find some fun vintage pieces to spice up my wardrobe.

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I found this fabulous skirt at Savers on their little vintage rack. It’s a tartan high-waisted A-line skirt made in Great Britain. I tried to figure out when it was made but had no such luck. According to one of the ladies I work with, that particular tartan is of the royal House of Stewart of Scotland. Upon further research, I discovered that besides it being worn by clansmen, it was worn by the pipers of the Black Watch of Canada, Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, and the Scots Guards (among other groups) as well as being the personal tartan of Queen Elizabeth II. The More You Know! They’re some pretty cool facts that make this skirt feel more special to me and I am very glad I found it. My coworker was surprised to hear I found it at a thrift store for $15.

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The skirt has a few small stains and tiny holes here and there, but it fits me perfectly. I love high-waisted A-line skirts, though this one is a tad longer than I usually like. The fabric is pretty thick, which is nice because it keeps my legs warm. It’s also quite fun to twirl in! I styled it with a plain black v-neck tee from Forever 21 and some neutral accessories to let the pattern stand out. The necklace and bracelet are also from Forever 21 (you don’t want to know how often I shop there). The belt came from a skirt I got from ModCloth. They give the outfit a little more of a modern feel.

The shoes are a very recent purchase from Target. They’ve really been killing it with their shoes lately. I prefer flat shoes; heels make my feet cry and I’m tall enough as it is, so I’ve been on the look out for some cute flat shoes I can wear to work. This is fourth shoe purchase I’ve made at Target in the last few weeks. Not ashamed. 🙂 These ballet flats are so adorable and comfortable, aside from the blister on my heel. The curse of brand new shoes… But they have bows on them, so all is forgiven!

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What I Wore:
Top: Forever 21
Skirt: Thrifted
Necklace: Forever 21
Bracelet: Forever 21
Shoes: Target

What are some of your favorite thrifted finds? Tell us about them in the comments!