in rainbows.

forever 21 dress | j.crew classic link necklace (similar) | michael kors watch | madewell boots | vintage coach city bag | j.crew tights

yesterday i spent the afternoon at the de young with some friends. i was waiting for the david hockney exhibit for a couple of months so i was really excited to check it out. it was amazing! seriously, i was smiling the whole time. as a matter of fact, i think i’m going to have to check it out a second time before the exhibition ends in january. going to museums is a favorite pastime of mine. therefore, i finally took advantage of the teacher discount and got a membership to the de young and the legion of honor. now i can go as often as i want and special exhibits will not cost nearly as much. also, i figure when i start graduate school (still applying… stressful)  i can study at the cafe and then walk around the museum afterwards. win/win.

i thought this graphic rainbow colored painting was the perfect backdrop for an outfit shot. ah, i wish i could hang it in my apartment. anyway, i’m off today so it’s time to take advantage of the weather and go for a hike. tata!

daydreamer.

dotty.
with spring on the horizon i couldn’t help but gather some dream garments and accessories for the season, especially since i won’t be shopping until then anyway. good thing there’s always polyvore to give me my “shopping” fix. when i do get to hit the stores again i’ll be eyeing lots of black and white, orange (those swedish hasbeens are so cute), and navy. a pinafore is a must this spring as well. i’m sure these picks aren’t much of a surprise (maybe even predictable?). these pieces would be perfect for picnics, trips to the museum, and little adventures with brian. any dreamy pieces or colors you’re looking forward to this spring?
p.s. i know i’m on hiatus, but that backpack is perfect for travel. let’s hope i don’t fail too soon.

black & tan.

forever 21 blouse and blazer | gap 1969 always skinny jeans | madewell zipcode boot | vintage gucci bag | michael kors watch | j.crew classic link bracelet | ray ban wayfarer sunglasses

there’s nothing like a blazer to make me (and my day) feel more put together. it’s been one of those days. hell, it’s been one of those weeks! and this outfit has me wishing i was sipping on a black & tan instead of merely wearing it. sheeesh, this girl needs a break. i’m so ready for the three day weekend and i’m hoping it’s filled with biking, cooking, listening to records, taking photographs, and above all, sleeping in. a museum day and/or visit to the botanical gardens will definitely be thrown into the mix as well. ah, we’re almost there. enjoy!

the classics.

j.crew sweater- also here | anthro denim- also here | vintage coach willis bag | vintage salvatore ferragamo vara in navy | sunglasses via ebay | michael kors watch | gifted pearls

classic pieces tend to stay in my closet and in constant rotation in my sartorial world. in this post i’m wearing some of my all time favorite pieces: my peter pan collar sweater, boyfriend denim, coach willis bag in mahogany, and navy ferragamo’s. of course, the look is topped off with pearls and a top knot- simple and classic. i love pieces that go the distance in both quality and style. so i’m slowly building a closet of classics. what’s your style m.o.?

i’m pretty excited about my next post which is unique from any other post i’ve done thus far. hint: exteriors will meet interiors. have a good day!

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edgy sophistication.

outfit1outfit8madewell skirt and boots | f21 striped tee and pj blouse | j.crew tights | ray ban sunnies | michael kors watch | thrifted charm | vintage coach city bag | onyx ring

hi everyone! it’s been awhile. getting outfits shot has proven to be extremely difficult lately. i’m looking forward to longer days! about this outfit, i really enjoyed wearing it since the fabric and ease made me feel like i was walking around in pajamas all day. also, the details of stripes and polka dot tights, black and copper, finished with a top knot and red lips gave the look an edgy yet sophisticated feel. i have to note that this blog has helped me refine my style and learn, even more so, what works for me and what doesn’t. i feel most confident in classic looks (ahem, stripes, black, navy, seas of booties, high waist skirts) so i gravitate toward them. hey it’s always nice to have tried and true go-to looks, right?

p.s. i’ve gone on a monthly shopping budget that i’m really trying to stick to. but i had to tell you all that j.crew and madewell are having an extra 40% off sale. and yes i ordered something. damn it! went over budget by 30 bucks. fail.

nap time.

stripes5stripes4stripes1 stripes2stripes3vintage sweater // forever 21 tee // american apparel circle skirt // converse all star high top // j.crew tights // vintage coach bag // f21 hat // ray ban clubmaster sunglasses

well today was my first day back after a two week vacation and i’m exhausted! for some reason or another, i can never sleep the night before we return from break. i’m so anxious about the next day and i just toss and turn all night. well, until about 3 or 4am at which point i fall asleep and have to wake right back up within a couple of hours. the whole thing is beyond frustrating! it’s funny how one can toss and turn most of the night away- i mean can’t sleep a wink until it’s just about time for the alarm to go off and then somehow deep sleep kicks in. somehow my brain shuts down in the wee hours of morning. seriously, i could have slept the entire morning away but nope had to get moving and guzzle copious amounts of coffee in order to do so. it’s completely ridiculous too because what the hell am i so worried about anyway? i’ve been teaching for six years now in my own classroom and have worked in public schools for much longer. i know what to expect. i guess i’m just expecting the unexpected. does that ever happen to you? ultimately, nothing out of the ordinary happened and it was a really good day. will the same thing happen the night before spring break ends? more than likely. ugh, lame. i guess that’s what naps are for. so it’s nap time!

p.s. my apologies in advance for any errors in this post. i’m sleep deprived! night-night.

thrift shoppers of the world unite and take over.

hat1 hat3j.crew factory jacket // forever 21 ikat blouse  // levi’s jeans // forever 21 hat // vintage coach willis bag // anthropologie booties // j.crew classic link bracelet (gift) // michael kors watch // ray ban clubmaster sunglasses // thrifted necklace

okay, i will be the first to admit that i’m not the thrift shopper i once was. however, i still couldn’t resist ripping off morrissey’s lyrics and making them cater to this blog post, haha… total nerd! anyway, yesterday was such a lovely day! anne and i went for coffee at philz, hit some thrift shops, and grabbed lunch and dinner. let me tell you anne was HOT at the thrift stores and i, on the other hand, was not. she found me the cutest (almost new) bcbg maxazria skirt for 7.50 and the cutest high waisted plaid skirt for herself for 6.50! it’s finds like those that make me want to run out to the thrift stores again today with my good luck charm anne, haha. to be fair, i did find her a pair of super cute vintage wedges at thrift town. i’m really going to hit the thrift stores more often (with claritin ready to go… the dust is killer). it’s time to get a little thrifty and live up to my blog title! i think i may need to drag brian out for some coffee and thrifting today… round two.

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as for the rest of the weekend, i need to prepare for getting back to the grind. i already got a great deal of lesson planning done the other night but i still have some activities and notes to create. i’ll be teaching the stranger, the metamorphosis, the crucible, and reviewing the ap winter break reading, the scarlet letter. i’m going to be one busy english teacher. this vacation was much needed and very rejuvenating, so i think i’m ready to go back on monday. have a good weekend! shoes