Over the past weekend, my good friend Zoe Tapp and I had a little photoshoot. Since I’ve been wanting to do a stylized shoot for a while, we decided to just go for it. I styled everything, from the hair to the make-up to the outfits. Then we hit the streets of Downtown Seattle (including the Westin Hotel) and starting snapping pics.
The inspiration comes from flipping through the editorials in French Vogue – crossed with the latest Urban Outfitters catalogue. I loved how nonchalant the photos were in UO, and I loved the dark, sexy vibe from French Vogue. Those two things combined gave me the idea for the type of shoot & styling you see in the pictures to follow.
I hope everyone enjoys this – if you want to see the full set of pictures, click here. As always, let me know what you think! I’ll be bringing you more stylized photoshoots soon
I am really trying hard not to let my shopping addiction get the best of me. So, instead of going out and buying all these AMAZING items this weekend, I’ve decided to virtually buy them and show them off on my blog. (But we all know I’ll cave and go purchase some of these items…soon).
Enjoy & let me know what your Friday Favorites are!
ALSO: I just started an Etsy shop for the Chic Curve where you can purchase vintage pieces I find around town. Check it out here and use the coupon code “TWITTERFRIENDS” for 10% off anything! Keep checking back, I’ll be adding some great stuff this weekend.
I’m obsessed. Completely obsessed with my new vintage gold Stuart Weitzman pumps that I found while vintaging for $7! So I decided to just make it vintage day, and threw on my bright rose print button down with the gorgeous shoes.
Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on the shirt, the shoes and the entire look. I love the whole vintage, oversized, open-button-up shirt look, but not everyone is a fan! Tell me what you think in the comments, and then head to your nearest thrift/vintage store to find some treasures!
Today’s post will be short & sweet (mainly because I have too much work to do for my day job, but want to keep the outfits coming!).
Notice the post is named Rebecca – after the first reader who guessed how I got my hair up in that full, huge bun (from this post). My secret is long, thick locks (my hair is pretty short, and thin). My secret is a little sponge-like donut that I picked up in Ireland after seeing herds of girls passing by with PERFECT buns on the tops of their heads. I just kept thinking – there is no way that is their real hair! You can pick up one of these hair donuts at any beauty supply store, or online.
The gold chain, which I like to call my “gangsta chain” is from H&M last summer. I stole it off of a manikin, since it was the last one, starting my “thug rampage” induced by the gangsta chain. The top is from Zara in Italy, jacket is vintage, shoes are Steve Madden flats. Pink Lipstick is YSL “Rouge Volupte” and its one of my favs
I’m back! I was in Texas the past couple days for a meeting (for my day job at my marketing agency), and I’m definitely glad to be back in Seattle. I want everyone to guess where I got this shirt. Ok, guess…guess again…fine I’ll tell you. I snatched this sheer button-down at Forever21! It definitely doesn’t look like a Forever21 shirt…and I’ve named it my Brooklyn shirt, because when paired with edgy jewelry, bright lips and my new haircut, I feel like I’m strutting down the streets of stylish Brooklyn.
The shirt is very chic from the front, and sexy in the back (see below). I paired the sheer shirt with my new NARS lipstick in Carthage, a vintage coin necklace, 2 matching cuffs in black & white from H&M, loosely cuffed jeans & my cut-out Glint lace pumps. So, what do you think? And what do you all think of my new haircut (a shallow bob inspired by this actress)
This is my all time favorite blazer. However, I only wear it once every couple of months. I bought a plain tan blazer from a thrift shop, found this wonderful sheer leopard print fabric and little gold buttons, then spend an hour with a sewing needle, glue gun and patience…and that is how this wonderful jacket was born! Also notice the clutch – it is an amazing vintage find (Fendi vintage)!
I also have a bonus points question:
Who knows how I got my bun to be so big & so perfect? If you guess right, I’ll name my next blog post after you (and close friends of mine don’t count, so don’t even try it!).
For me, being chic and being fashionable is really about 2 things: having good taste & having your own sense of style. This is my test for how anyone can tell if they have their own sense of style (their own “look”): Could you friends go shopping and know exactly what you would and would not like (or at least think they would know)? Then you probably have a distinct look that others pick up on.
She’ll stroll into the office with a bun atop her head, a tank top stylishly falling off one shoulder tucked into a full length maxi skirt, always paired with chunky heels. I would call her style: “Prep-bohemian-chic.”
Do you love Aly’s style? Tell me and I’ll post more of her on the blog!
Another blue blazer? Yes. This is one that no one has seen yet. Apparently, it is “Robin’s Egg Blue” (according to @lHeatherMH). Snagged it at a thrift shop here in Seattle, along with the crown-shaped brooch. The pleated dress is my favorite dress right now – from H&M – a steal for $30. The sweetheart top & mesh lining combined with the pale pink pleats are perfection in my book. Also take note – that long 4-leaf clover chain I’m wearing will be showing up a lot. Its my “Carrie” necklace of the season (SATC fans, you’ll get me. All others, just ignore that last statement).
In other news, I’m very sad today. My beloved office fish, “Fatty the Fish,” has died and moved on to Fish Heaven. You can watch his burial here: http://www.twitvid.com/RH91R
Leave some words for my fish, or for me & my outfit, in the comments below
I walk into work yesterday morning, and immediately my coworker looks at me and says “Bowler?” then smiles. I had never thought of this shirt as that – and then I realized that in this outfit, I could be a bowler, a painter or a grandma. But I decided to be none of those things – and instead to be chic
The top is thrifted, and I just love it for some reason. You can belt it, roll the sleeves, wear them down (sort of puffy sleeves), tuck it in to a skirt…the possibilities are endless. The earrings are vintage – love them. Fact: I don’t have pierced ears. I wear clip on earrings only, so finding these clip-ons was an amazing moment in time.
The bag is another thrifted item…and now I realize that I’m basically decked out in thrifted/vintage finds. The only thing I purchased new…my shoes. In Ireland.
So I love this outfit. I find it really interesting seeing which blog posts and outfits that I like, and what outfits you guys (the readers) like. I often find that I get SUPER excited to post an outfit that I’m think is the best thing since sliced bread – but then I end up only getting a couple comments (like this one). Then I post an outfit that I think is on the lame side – and you guys love it! It will be interesting to see if this is a “Natasha loves it” or “Readers love it” post. Or maybe…both! Those are the best.
Let me know what you think as always!
P.S.: The purse is a vintage Dooney & Bourke bag that I borrowed from my friend & coworker, @lHeatherMH. It is fabulous, she is fabulous, and if you are on Twitter you should def. follow her!
Secret Twitter giveaway details: Check my Twitter on how to enter to win the $20 gift card to Nordstrom. The winner will be picked using a random number generator at 9am August 3rd. I will contact the winner via Twitter to get their mailing address, and send if off! Tweet me with questions!