Monday, January 31, 2011

Adrien: Saturated.

I will be the first to say that this outfit doesn't thrill me - I just can't get that excited about pants, a t-shirt and a cardigan. Eh. It's not terrible, just not that interesting. What I do like is saturated color and that I do have going for me:

And fine, here's a toothy smile for the anonymous commenter who demanded it:

cardigan: Banana Republic Italian spun pointelle cardigan
shoes: Kenneth Cole Reaction (similar)
bag: Marc Jacobs (similar)
necklace: Twist Style

Friday, January 28, 2011



A: GOD. I don't understand what she's wearing BUT I WANT IT REAL BAD.

M: I mean what the fuck? Green...leather? Is it leather?

Those shoes.

A: I think it's a green...leather...trench? She's wearing a green leather trench. And making it look like awesome.

And those shoes? Make me want to break my face because I will never have them. Or the life they require.

M: I swear to god she's wearing some kind of breastplate. She is from another planet.

A: She is! I think my favorite thing about that photograph is all the normal floating around her like a muted background for her insanity. I think she is an alien. A glorious alien.

M: I need for our readers to understand that this is a Gio Positive Zone. I will not abide hatefulness.

How many virgins do you think I have to sacrifice to get my hair to look like hers?

A: Dude, your hair is already there. Many would have to die for mine to even come close.

I'm obsessed with the little metallic V notch on the pocket of her coat. I want that.

M: I keep looking at her shoes. And the jeans on the man behind her. I can't believe she isn't incinerating him with her eyes.

You can have the little v notch, I'll have the odd (perfect) snappy placket up by the collar. We can cling to these.

M: Look at her ring! She will kill you with that ring.

A: Oh, I dig the snappy placket too! I think that's what I love about enormously expensive clothing I can never hope to own - the details are just so PERFECT.  I can't even look at the shoes anymore because because because they...hurt my feelings by not being mine.

I keep expecting lasers to shoot from her eyes. Pew pew pew!

A: You know what she keeps in that tiny clutch? Souls of the unfashionable.

M: Bwahahahahaaa.

A: Don't laugh, dude. There is room in there for SCOFFERS too.

M: *meep*

Marianne: Closet Math.



I really, really wish I'd gotten this skirt a size or two smaller. Not only is it a little boxy through the hips, the waistband is so big that I can't tuck a top in without covering it up with a belt. Which I did, to rather rumpled effect, here. However, it would have been way too short if I'd sized down. I need to just get it tailored. I do credit this skirt with making me want to wear skirts more often, so that's something.
But regardless, I like this kind of math. What do you think?

foil stamped camisole: LOFT (similar here)
cardigan: Express
belt: Forever 21
skirt: Gap (metallic tweed version I'm coveting here)
tights: Spanx XOXO
boots: Frye Lisa

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Adrien: Devil Dress.

So, I have this Banana Republic dress and it's kind of the devil. Oh, it looks good on paper, but please note the struggles I had the first time I wore it. I wore one more time and then it started to unravel at the waist, so I took it back to the store for repairs. Then I forgot about it for a month. I finally rescued it and decided to give it another go:

(Sorry the photos look so washed out! The light was weird.)

It's still a difficult dress and requires quite a bit of under pining action. I chose to pin the front instead of wearing a cami and you can kind of tell. I should just sew that bitch shut because it's way too low cut otherwise. Man, this dress is too much work.

PS. My husband bought himself a new camera and has been experimenting with manual focus. This is the first attempt:

dress: Banana Republic 3/4-Sleeve Faux-Wrap Dress
shoes: Chie Mihara (similar)
cardigan: Gap (similar)
bag: Michael Michael Kors Large Leather Satchel

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Adrien: Snake Charmer.

I just want to start by saying that I've been sick as a dog for the past four days and the amount of makeup I had to slap on for these photos is kind of unprecedented. But, I managed to make myself look "healthy" instead of "at death's door" so successful, I guess.

I bought this snake print BCBG dress marked waaaaay down at the outlet because Nina swore it was cute, though I was very uncertain about what the pockets were doing to my hips. Why the hell do clothing designers put pockets in dresses like this? It completely ruins the line and I'll probably have them removed/sewn up because they drive me insane. Anyway, I didn't do anything too exciting with it because getting dressed at all was hard enough:

 Why pockets? Why?

Dress: BCBG snake print dress (in green)
Tights: Target brushed lined tights (similar)
Cardigan: Banana Republic (similar)
Belt: Talbots (similar)
Boots: Camper (similar)
Bag: Marc Jacobs (similar)

Monday, January 24, 2011

Marianne: Favorite.

Let me start by saying this isn't a favorite outfit. And it's also a lesson in Take Pictures In The Morning Before The Weight Of The World Shows On Your Face.
But it's a favorite shirt I've had this pretty Marc Jacobs shirt for...6 years? I think six years, if I do the math. Possibly even longer. I could not possibly love the fabric more. I'm trying to not wear it as often now because it's finally showing some wear. Just a bit of fading in the trim and pilling around the armpits. I think the cost per wear at this point is something like half a penny.
Close up of the fabric. The shirt is sleeveless and the straps are a coral pink. Even though it's sleeveless I prefer to wear it as a pop of color under cardigans in the fall and winter. The loose cut isn't as flattering on me without a cardigan to nip in the waist a bit.
So, yeah. Nondescript jeans and cardigan, cute shoe and sock combo that I forgot to document (argh), but a great shirt. Do you have a favorite or unique wardrobe workhorse? Do tell.

shirt: Marc by Marc Jacobs
cardigan: Tahari
shoes: Biviel (here in taupe for a great price! I love these shoes.)
necklace: Diana Warner

Friday, January 21, 2011

Adrien: Are you happy now?

I did it. I finally got something to close that damn loose cardigan. I used a kilt pin, though probably not very elegantly because I was running late this morning. I got the kilt pin idea from Lara at My Milk Glass Heart and I like it, though I definitely need to experiment a bit:

And yeah, I realize I'm all matchy with the bag and shoes but I didn't really have time to switch out my bag. (I don't mind the matching, but I usually avoid direct coordination if possible.)

shirt: Gap cowlneck tee
cardigan: Gap double-layer open cardi
pants: Banana Republic (similar)
shoes: Chie Mihara (similar)
bag: Marc Jacobs (similar)

More from the Inbox.

M: Can we discuss?

Flaw. LESS.

A: Um, I think her pants need hemming.

M: HMPH. Do you know how exciting it is to wear pants that are just a little too long when you're a giant. VERY.

But really, let's look closer. The (sheer-ish?) shirt, the lipstick, the eyeliner, the hair. Perfect.

I still want to be Michelle Williams (though we can all agree to ignore this, right:

But, I want to be Cate Blanchett in 10 years. And maybe Helen Mirren after that. Apparently I want to be blonde.

A: The super-bright lipstick is still taking a bit of getting used to but she's definitely pulling it off. Also, her pants are TOO LONG. But she's gloriously pretty, yeah.

Michelle's dress is...not.

And, I should point out that Cate is only three years older than me so I can be her NOW. HAHA.

M: Why you gotta go crushing my dreams?

A: It's what I do. Sorry. I didn't take Helen Mirren away from you?

M: I can't even talk to you any more.

A: Well, but why do you get to be all the prettiest ladies? It's like you called John Taylor before I even showed up. SO NOT FAIR.


A: That's what he told you?


A: Dude, you can have him. I was just MAKING A POINT.

M: Sniff.

A: Fine, you can have Cate Blanchett.  BUT I GET MIRREN.

M: Whatever. You know Cate Blanchett has an aging portrait in the attic and will be smoking hot until she dies.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Marianne: The Lollipop Guild

So. After I wore these mustard yellow tights last, I've been really struggling with how to style them. I didn't like the proportions of the black and white outfit, and honestly the tights got some comments that really shook my confidence in wearing them.

But hey, I am not about to let an expensive pair of tights just sit in my drawer, so here you go:

pimp your myspace

Let's all take a moment, because I kind of can't believe I made that happen. Thanks to Adrien and!
Anyway, once again, I don't know. I like the mustard with the earthy tones of this dress (which does have flecks of mustard in it, you just can't really tell in the pictures).
Why is this so tough? Should I try matching the tights to a skirt, as suggested here?
Honestly, I was feeling semi okay with it until my optometrist told me that I looked like something out of the Wizard Of Oz. Then I got stuck in the rain and ruined my hair and meh.

sweater: Old Navy
belt: anthropologie
dress: LOFT
necklace: Diana Warner
boots: Donna Karen

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Adrien: Belted.

Hey, remember when I tried on hideous stuff at Anthro and then hinted that I had purchased something? I did, it was this:

I knew it looked familiar and then realized Mich at Top Drawer has it. Isn't she the cutest? Sheesh. Anyway, they didn't have my size in-store so they mailed me one from the Georgetown store with free shipping and applied my 15% birthday discount. I was pretty pleased. It's a beautiful belt and I wore it the other day belted over my dress/cardigan combo:

(Hi! Are you sick of this cardigan yet? SORRY.)

While i like the look in theory, I don't like how the cardigan bunches up around it, making it look like I've got it belted too tight. I really don't, it's just the fabric. When I got to work I belted just the dress and it looked better that way. Less muffin top-y.

The cute sparky bracelet was a birthday gift from Kate. Thanks Kate!

dress: En Focus Studio (oddly similar)
cardigan: Martin + Osa (similar)
boots: Frye Veronica
tights: Spanx Tight-End Tights
belt: Linea Pelle via Anthropologie (similar)
bag: Michael Michael Kors Large Leather Satchel
watch: La Mer Wrap Watch
sparkly bracelet: Banana Republic (similar)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Adrien; Confession Time.

Okay, I'm just going to start by saying it right up front: I paid $30 for a lipstick. And by God, it was worth every penny:

There is just something about Chanel, even in lipstick form. I seriously love it just as an object - the shiny metal case, the white Cs on top, the satisfying click you hear when you put the top back on. I even love that it has "Chanel" carved right into the lipstick itself.

This was a pre-holiday purchase, something I'd been thinking about for a while. I wanted a serious red lipstick for a while but it had to be the right red. Not too pink, not too orange, just a true glamorous red. The color I got is called Rivoli and even though it's way outside my comfort zone, I feel great every time I wear it:

Sometimes a girl just needs to buy something fabulous and completely frivolous, you know? Tell me about your thing.

Adrien: Vote for Me! Marianne: Vote for Me!

Hey, so remember when we told you guys about that Hats in the Belfry contest? Well, it's on and we're both finalists. I believe you can vote for one female and one male, so we humbly ask that you vote for one of us. We don't care which one and we won't be tracking the votes to find out who loves each of us more. (We promise! It's okay if you love one of us more. Really. It's fine. No, really. It's FINE.)

You can see our entries here and here, but to vote please go to the Belfry Facebook page or blog.

Thanks, y'all! 

Monday, January 17, 2011

Adrien: Casual

I'm wearing jeans to work like the rebel I am. I think the trick to denim at work is to wear jeans that don't look so much like jeans. But, mostly I just think nobody really cares. These jeans are a pair I bought at Marshall's (or TJ Maxx) while visiting Marianne in Knoxville a few years back.  She handed them to me and said, "You need these." Who am I to disagree?

shirt: Banana Republic (similar)
cardigan: Martin + Osa (similar) (also here)
jeans: Paige Premium (similar) (also here)
peacock feather print scarf: Nine West (similar)
shoes: Chie Mihara (similar)
bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs Hillier Hobo

Marianne: Copycat

I loved Adrien's outfit from last week (don't you love it? I love it!), and set out to copy it and...well.
Okay, so it's not really the same at all. But regardless, this was a comfortable outfit that made me feel like I wasn't succumbing to the siren call of the frigid weather. Grey tights would have been better, but my last pair has a hole, and I'm on a shopping ban, so black it is. Whatever.
Side ponytail, bitches.
scarf: J. Crew
cardigan: Sparrow via anthropologie--anyone remember the name of this one? (similar here)
tissue tee: Mossimo via Target
high waisted denim skirt: Powder Blu (very old, but somewhat similar here)