Monday, July 26, 2010

Fabulous Couch!

I just wanted to pop on to share the most wonderful news of my new couch!  A family friend of ours had this couch and she was looking at sell it.  Apparently, they are redoing their front room and this did not match their new decor.  So, I immediately jumped at the opportunity to acquire this wonderful 1960's mod sectional!  I am just in love with it.  There is actually a 4th piece, which is a stand alone chair, that we couldn't fit in the cars when we picked the sectional up.  (Ahem.  And that would be our kitty, Madeline, whose purpose in life is to be in all my pictures)

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Lara is just such a hipster...

Our lawyer (whose office is down the hall from my cube at work) called me a hipster because of my hat.  He and I have a lot of conversations on jazz because we both feel rather passionate about it.  He loves the likes of Miles Davis; I fancy the vocal greats like Etta James.  But jazz love is jazz love and it is rare to find other individual who feels the same way even if you differ in tastes.

I bought this skirt for a good price on Etsy a while back but this is the first time I am wearing it.  It is a BIT too tight on me by about an inch so I have to wake up knowing that if I am going to wear it, I have to be feeling that it is a "skinny day".  I love it so much though.  It's a vintage Pendleton wool plaid skirt with pockets.  despite the wool, it is actually a pretty light fabric and is perfect for summer.  I could not believe how many compliments I got on it.

Tank: Target
Skirt: Vintage Pendleton via Good Grace 
Necklace: Vintage Navajo
Wedges: BCBG
Hat: UO

Monday, July 19, 2010

It is that flash of a fire fly in the night...

I was so excited to wear my new vest today.  I fell in love with it while randomly browsing Etsy last week and I received it in the mail on Saturday.  It's a little heavy and warm for summer as it is a vintage Pendleton wool vest but, I was so convinced to wear it that I didn't care.  Luckily, it was freezing in our office today so it sort of saved me.

 I am sort of excited about my new blog.  If you haven't checked it out, please stop by waging war on my decor.  Its all about my personal war on decorating my home.  I thought it would be sort of cool to document it consider this blog already exists in our little vintage/thrifting blogosphere. 

Vest: Vintage Pendletom via Shop Grandma June
Dress: Zac Posen for Target
Heels: Modcloth
Necklace: Frank Gehry for Tiffany & co.
Bracelet: From Kauai, gift from a friend
Ring: Sacred Buffalo turquoise art I picked up on my honeymoon in CA

Sunday, July 18, 2010

waging war on my decor...

I am totally excited for a new venture....a new blog!  I am considering it an off-shoot of this blog.  These days I thrift so much for clothing and accessories but, I realized I never talk about my thrifting and budget shopping on my home decor.  My husband and I moved into our home just over a year ago and we didn't do much in the realm of decoration due to his job layoff just one month after we bought our home.

I soon started to take my thrifting to a new level...home decor.  Somehow, just recently I thought of making it into a blog.  Hopefully you all like this idea!  Visit waging war on my decor...

Vest: Modcloth
Dress: F21
Necklace: Vintage 
Shoes: Seychelles

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

C'est la fete Nationale!

Ok, it is Bastille Day but, I didn't wear red, white and blue in honor of my French heritage....instead, I wore my new dress from Anthropologie!  My mom was nice enough to buy it for me after I fell in love with it on a recent Mom/Daughter shopping day over the weekend for my mom's birthday.  I wore it today because my grandmother would have loved this dress so it was a little bit in honor of her.  She had a huge love for southwestern anything.  We used to take vacations with her and my grandfather in the summers to various southwestern states.  I even wore the turquoise Navajo jewelry I inherited from her.

The best part about the dress is the beaded detail on the waist.  I really love that it is so colorful and can be wore easily summer-winter.

Cardigan: Forever 21
Dress: Anthropologie
Heels: Modcloth
Jewelry: Vintage Navajo

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Those heels look dangerous...

...that is what someone at work told me friday when I wore this outfit.  They are a bit high and not really my normal style but, I actually really love them!

 Blouse: Thrifted
Skirt: Zara
Heels: Bisou Bisou
Necklace and Bracelet: Vintage

I also got my haircut last week.  Everyone they like my fringe (which I normally cut myself) but I feel like he thinned it out a bit too much.  I go to a guy in Chinatown in Chicago and he speaks very little english.  Sometimes I think when I say "Just a little off the bangs..." he thinks I mean "Cut them how you want them!". 

You will have to ignore my horrible skin in the above picture too.  I have been trying not to wear any makeup because  I have been breaking out a lot.  I tried a new foundation and it totally made my skin freak out.  I can't grasp why I had great skin as a teenager but then, when I hit 23, it got horrible all of a sudden.  4 years later, it is still not good.  All my skincare people at work claim your skin changes drastically every 7 years.  I am not sure how much of a reality this is but, I guess they would know better than me.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Independance Day Happenings

My 4th of July was extra exciting this year.  Not only was it a great sunny day and I got to see family but my best friend got engaged!  Her and her (now) fiance were visiting his parents in Seattle, WA for an extended weekend and he popped the question!  I am so excited for her.

I don't really own that much red, white and blue clothing so instead I went with more of a Native American theme.  I am not sure why I couldn't find a red, white and blue outfit that worked considering I have so much clothing but, everything I put on just looked stupid.  So, I went with this little ensemble.  I know you are all sick of this skirt because I wear it so much!

Blouse: Thrifted
Necklace: Moroccan beads I inherited from my Grandmother
Skirt: Thrifted
Belt: Target
Shoes: Seychelles

Thursday, July 1, 2010

This is my first post since I had my wisdom teeth removed last Friday.  Oddly, Tieka from Selective Potential had hers done the same day.  I wrote her immediately to share horror stories but, hers was much worse!  So everyone should send their love to her!  Luckily, my experience was not as traumatic as Tieka's.  Still painful nonetheless and the swelling has finally gone down enough for me to be OK with taking post photos.

I am starting to get embarassed at the horrible fuzziness my camera creates.  I am convinced that I threw off the lens when we took our honeymoon in California.  I dropped my backpack while hiking through Yosemite and I heard a big 'clunk' as my camera bag was on the bottom.  I would go get it fixed but, I think at this point it isn't worth it.  I may as well just replace it.  I keep telling my husband that as soon as he gets a permanent job, I am buying one!  I am not sure which one yet but, I am really happy with my dad's Pentax.  Any suggestions on an SLR camera would help!

Cardigan: Target
Dress: Libertine
Necklace: Refurbished pendant watch from my brother
Gold Heels: Aldo