January 26, 2015

Never Too Cold for Cutoffs

Sweater: Topshop (from Rung & Sprung); Shorts: Goodwill; Boots: Steve Madden; Lace Tights: Rung & Sprung
I rarely wear shorts in the summer. I have no good reason for that, other than struggling to find the happy medium between a pair that is short enough to be "shorts" and long enough to make it clear that I'm not on my way to the club. Ever since a former coworker mastered the art of the shorts-with-tights combo, I've been determined to find - or make - some cute ones that I feel comfortable in.

So you know that that means. . .time to hit up the Goodwill!

With my finely-honed thrifting skills, I easily happened on a pair of high-waisted vintage mom jeans. Brian looked at me like I was crazy, wondering if even I could make them look less mom-ish. (Ruby was too busy playing with a stuffed lion to pay any attention.) But I assured him that I had bigger plans for the jeans, and he dutifully mosied back to the men's section.

When we got home, I busted out my scissors and began snipping. And snipping. And snipping. The main challenge of making cut-offs is figuring out where to cut them off. I was conservative at first, knowing that there was no turning back once the fabric was gone. Eventually, I got to a sweet length.

If you're inspired to wear shorts in the winter, here are a few rules of thumb:
1. Pair them with tights. (Not just for warmth, but to make it clear that you know it's not summer yet, but won't let weather deter your fashion choices.)
2. Add boots for some edge.
3. Throw on a long-sleeve top and you're ready to roll.

How do you wear shorts in the winter?

January 22, 2015

Purple Reign

Jacket, Dickie, Shorts: Rung & Sprung Boutique; Tights: Hue; Boots: Vogue Footwear
Me: (Strutting into the living room, ready to meet my girls for a drinks and tasty dinner at Bonefish Grill and feeling very groovy in my latest getup.)
Brian: (Sitting on the couch, watching a poker game, eager to unwind from his day.)
Me: (Smiling while doing a brief spin.) Well, what do you think?
Brian: (Brief pause.) I'm thinking. . .Prince?
Me: Yes! I was thinking Stevie Nicks-ish for some reason, but Prince works too. Thanks!
Brian: (With a wry but amused smile.) Have fun tonight, Purple Rain.

This is a typical scene for me and my husband. I parade into the living room, excitedly showing him my latest outfit creation. Sometimes, his eyes light up right away and I can tell he loves it. Other times, particularly for my wackier choices, he's not as sure what to say. He always admires my moxy, though. Brian has learned that anything less than absolutely-necessary constructive criticism (e.g. "your slip is showing") is likely to be met with either: a.) an explanation of why my ensemble is actually very in style; b.) a hurt expression; or c.) something along the lines of, 'well I like it and that's all that matters!'  I was so proud of my jacket and boots combo that Reaction C would have been my response to any negativity, but my wonderful Brian gave me nothing but love. I guess, this is what it feels like when doves cry? (Sorry, couldn't resist.)

The jacket's purple hue is loosely related to the Pantone Color of the Year, Marsala. My "top" is actually a dickie. Why that invention is no longer sold on a wide scale is beyond me-I get the ruffles without the bulk. The boots, aptly called "Dancing Queen" keep my legs warm in this flip-flopping St. Louis weather.

For more looks featuring my new fave boots, check out this post!