Tuesday, September 10, 2013

blackbird flies south for the fall/winter

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I usually shop for fall/winter clothes in the spring/summer and spring/summer clothes in the fall/winter in order to find the best deals on seasonal clothes (think coats and open toed shoes). This spring/summer, I spent most of my time (and money) buying up the more trendy items (think crop tops and high waisted jeans) and I didn't get around to buying as many cold weather clothes as I would have liked. And honestly, I don't feel like paying 30% to 40% more for a sweater just because it's fall/winter time.

With back-to-school winding down and fall coming up, I've been feeling that itch that comes with every sale-sign sighting and payday arrival - I want to shop. While most people consider back-to-school season as the prime time for updating their closets with trendy pieces, seasonal essentials, and not-so-necessary-necessities, I find the lull between tax-free weekend and the official first day of fall (which falls on September 22nd this year) one of the most exciting shopping times of the year. Why? Because almost everything is cheap. Yes. I am a bargain shopper. Of course there are times when I splurge, but take notice that I consider an item price of over $50 pushing it (and it better be a nice pair of jeans 'cause Lord knows I'm not paying $50 for a shirt).

Last weekend, I went to a couple thrift stores to get a few seasonally appropriate clothes (check out this hilarious post from the other blog I co-run about how important these are - Corner of Spring) and scratch that shopping itch without breaking bank.

I bought this Hawaiian button up shirt (pictured above) for only $2.80. Score. I really enjoyed seeing this dad-inspired trend resurface a year ago in men's fashion ( via The Sartorialist and Joe.ie) but didn't see many women rocking these fresh-from-my-fathers-collection shirts. I expect to see stores carrying shirts like these in spring/summer of 2014, courtesy of who else but hipsters (via Buzzfeed). 

I enjoy the contrast of a shirt associated with warmer weather being worn during the colder seasons. Plus, this gave me the perfect opportunity to try my hand at mixing prints. The last time I tried this, I failed. Miserably. Leave a comment telling me how you think I did. (note: all comments saying I did bad will be deleted, after all this is a feigned democracy and my blog)

I really love these shorts I bought 2 or 3 years ago, but I haven't really known what to wear them with. Thankfully, I live in semi-coastal Texas (is that even geographically possible?), aka the land with no real seasonal changes (ie: "what is winter? it's been summer for like 5 years"), so it's likely I will be able to wear these shorts well into the end of December - that is unless we have one of those freak winters with snow and record low temperatures. 

Which I will gladly embrace while wearing this Hawaiian shirt, a pair of tailored sweatpants, and some combat boots. Take that, Jack Frost.

Monday, September 2, 2013

blackbird pretends to be a dove for the day

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Holidays are some of the best ideas ever, even better than the invention of the hands free feeding trough used for burger eating on the go (if you have no idea what I'm talking about, click here). It doesn't matter what the occasion is - any reason to spend time with family, eat a good meal (or five), and remember what it is truly important is a good enough reason in my book. My weekend leading up to this year's Labor Day saw 12 people sharing 3.5 bathrooms, 5 trips to the airport, and a fridge full of food that will serve as lunch for the next month. 

Holidays also give me a great reason to play dress up. I've seen a lot of people doing monochromatic looks lately (but none have pulled it off as majestically and effortlessly as the white tiger/tigress I saw at the aquarium, pictured above. work-it-boo-two-snaps-and-a-hair-flip). And since there's that "no white after labor day" (non)rule, I decided to get my Coco Chanel on and white it out for the day.

beanie - forever 21
dress - old slip I stole from my mom's closet years ago
purse - charming charlie's
shoes - nastygal.com
jewelry - forever 21, agaci, charming charlie's
Unfortunately, I didn't get any pictures of me in my outfit as I spent the entire day driving to and from the airport in my pjs with my hair in giant braids. Cute, I know. 

Here are my three online picks for the all white trend (and they're all on sale too!!)

Harness Belt - Nasty Gal
Ex-Boyfriend Jeans - Nasty Gal

Floral Lace A-Line Dress - Forever 21