30 Day Shop My Closet Challenge: Day 24

30 Day Shop My Closet Challenge: Day 24

It was nearly 70 degrees here today! Perfect for letting the cats outside to sun themselves all day, and for breaking out my favorite spring/summer dress ever. This one is so comfy and I love the turquoise color.

This was actually sold in the swimwear section at Walmart for $15 as a beach coverup, but with a belt, studded sandals and nice earrings, it looks good enough to wear for a date. I added a thin sweater because it’s not quite warm enough to be running around in a strapless dress quite yet!

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30 Day Shop My Closet Challenge: Day 22

30 Day Shop My Closet Challenge: Day 22

I’ve been feeling a little bit boho gypsy lately. It’s all those Free People catalogs that show up in the mail, I swear. A little fringe and some beaded earrings are perfect for spring.

One of the best parts about rocking a boho look is that you can just knot a scarf over your hair to hide dirty roots and frizz. It’s a super-cute excuse to totally not care what your hair is doing that day.

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30 Day Shop My Closet Challenge: Day 21

30 Day Shop My Closet Challenge: Day 21

Day 21! Wheee, we’re almost done with this challenge! I like to make a basic black pencil skirt a little less office-ish and more fun with rock n’ roll accessories like ankle booties, a studded clutch, and my tiger sweater.

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30 Day Shop My Closet Challenge: Day 20 (plus mini review of ‘The Place Beyond The Pines’)

30 Day Shop My Closet Challenge: Day 20 (plus mini review of ‘The Place Beyond The Pines’)

After spending the last couple of days sleeping on the couch in my sweats because I was just feeling blah, one of my friends dragged me out of the house to go see a movie. I wanted something that would be cute but also comfy and warm–movie theaters are way too cold, in my opinion!–so I went for jeggings, layered tops, wedge sneakers, and my favorite faux leather moto jacket.

I kind of went for a gypsy-rocker style today with big silver jewelry pieces and my slouchy knit hat. At least I still had a pop of color on my nails!

K. and I went to see The Place Beyond The Pines, with Bradley Cooper and Ryan Gosling. It’s directed by Derek Cianfrance, who also directed Gosling in Blue Valentine. I never used to pay much attention to Gosling, but after seeing him in Drive I’ve started to take note of any movie he’s in; the guy is a serious actor and he plays in some really dark, edgy and artsy films. Needless to say, his current roles are a far cry from The Notebook (no diss intended!).

The Place Beyond The Pines clocks in at two hours and twenty minutes, but it doesn’t feel that long. A sort of three-part epic tragedy, it opens in the late nineties with the carnival motorcycle stuntman Luke (Gosling), who abruptly leaves his rough-and-tumble life with the traveling show to settle down in Schenectady, New York, after learning he fathered a son with a former fling, Romina (Eva Mendes). His attempts to insert himself into his son’s life don’t go over well with Romina or her family and Luke’s downward spiral puts him on a crash course with an ambitious rookie cop named Avery (Cooper) whose big dreams are hampered by rampant corruption in his department.

It sounds like such a simple plot on paper, but as the movie unfolds through various plot twists, it turns into something so much bigger. The butterfly effect of destruction that ripples out further and further through the film is hard to describe without giving away the whole plot, so I’ll just say that the film does cover a span of nearly twenty years as it looks at the consequences of both Luke’s and Avery’s choices as young men. If you like crime dramas or more artsy films instead of mainstream picks, you have to see this one. I didn’t expect to like it so much but I would definitely see it again.

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30 Day Shop My Closet Challenge: Day 17

30 Day Shop My Closet Challenge: Day 17

When I need to look a little more polished in the warm months, but I don’t want to wear a skirt (for whatever reason), I wear shorts. Not only are they often more comfortable than a skirt, they have pockets (yay!) and you don’t have to worry about wind gusts.

I hear from lots of people that wearing shorts with heels scares them because they’re worried about looking trashy, but it’s not a hard look to put together if you follow a few key rules:

  • Pick something with a tailored fit in a nice fabric. 
  • Treat your shorts like a miniskirt and avoid showing too much skin up top. Something tailored is always good, so I usually wear a scoop-neck tee and a blazer; but if you’re not wearing long sleeves, make sure your top has a looser cut.
  • Choose structured heels that are classic and stylish, like the closed-toe platform pumps I’m wearing here, or go with really fun and funky shoes, as Beyonce did in this 2009 photo. It’s better to avoid uber-strappy stiletto heels.
  • Finish with nice accessories to make it clear this was a deliberate look. Great earrings and a big cocktail ring are perfect for me!

You know what completes any fashion shoot? A stylish companion. Look at my little man in his tux.

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