The past two days have been a welcome fall preview in Minneapolis. The leather jacket came out, the hoodie made it’s appearance, denim leggings didn’t seem like too much or too hot or too anything… I am so excited for the rain and 60 degrees, but I am even more excited for school to start. Sam and I are going to campus on Thursday to hang out, visit the St Paul campus, because Sam has never been there, walk along the river, and get my books and planner (I really feel like my life has been in chaos without one). We are also looking forward to going to Boom Island Park!
Weirdest dream last night, zombie apocalypse in Russia, and I somehow ended up in it. I had to pack my clothes, and didn’t have enough room in the suitcases, and didn’t have enough suitcases to begin with. Sam and I got separated and I was with my family, my grandma was alive, and my dad was around too (so weird!), and we went to an old settlement of stone huts on a river. And the whole thing was weird. All I remember was falling asleep (in my dream), looking at the shooting stars and hoping to see Sam again, which I did, this morning.
I am telling you some days my dreams are way too crazy even for me.
But in all honesty if I were to take the zombies down, I’d probably wear this outfit.
Jeans: Target, Shoes: Forever 21, Tank: H&M, Kimono: Target
With school being a month away, I am already starting to think about fall style. And to be honest denim is my go to for pretty much everything, especially college related. I have stayed in the “skinnies” zone for so long, that these flares surprised even my husband.
The hem finish is my favorite part about this pair, it’s so detailed and unique, making this pair look anything but $29.99.
I styled this pair with a striped Free People Crop top, Target heels (because flares look best with heels!!!), HauteLook necklace and Free People reversible tote.
How do you style denim flare? Do you ware flare jeans at all?
For today’s #ThriftStyleThursday post we all styled our favorite pair of thrifted jeans. Thanks Brittany of Lipstick and Yarn for the idea! And I couldn’t settle on one. So I picked my top 5 pairs!
I love jeans, I have too many pairs, way more than I can ever wear, and I also don’t wash them. I keep my jeans nice and dirty hanging on the pipe rack that Blake built for me. Okay, I guess I should rephrase that. I wash them when they get really dirty. And by really I mean really. A few months ago my friend Melanie (who designs Massimo jeans for Target) told me about denim snobs. Denim snobs are people who can’t spend less than $200 on a pair of jeans, and believe in preserving indigo, so only hand wash their jeans when it’s necessary.
Step 1: Fill a sink, tub, bucket or other jean-sized vessel with lukewarm water and a small amount of ultra-mild detergent. Woolite Dark is a good bet, but it’s very concentrated, so start with just a couple of teaspoons. Take a deep breath, ignore the anticipated slights from the hip police running through your mind, and put your smelly-ass jeans in the tub. Make sure they’re fully submerged (this may require you to weigh them down).
Step 2: Soak them for about an hour, giving them a stir half way through to loosen any dirt that’s worked its way into the denim.
Step 3: Remove the jeans, drain the tub (of course), and rinse them thoroughly with cold water to remove detergent residue. Roll them up in a dry towel that you don’t mind staining blue to remove some moisture.
Step 4: Hang them out to dry. (Note: Make sure you hang them in a place that has good air movement, as you don’t want your jeans to mildew. Also, take care to hang them somewhere that won’t be ruined by a steady flow of indigo-infused water.) Do not tumble dry, as all that heat will undo your good work. Once your jeans are dry, pull them on and proceed to beat the hell out of ‘em till they need a bath again.
I normally wash my jeans inside out on cold, and never put them in the dryer. It’s worked great for me so far. Here is also a great video I watched in my fashion ethics class last semester.
This weeks thrifting for treasure is going to be mixed with some sales that I was able to score yesterday at Macy’s. And even though I don’t shop retail on a regular basis, the Macy’s sale is something that is hard to miss. And once you see my finds, you’ll understand one!
But I am going to start with the Salvation Army finds! $1.99 100% silk skirt, originally from Sears, the brand is called First Issue, and since I don’t shop at Sears, I am not really familiar with their lines. Anyways, this beautiful forest green color is going to look amazing with some of my chunky sweaters in the winter, and I am not even going to start on the spring and summer 2012 trends 😉
My final find was this Betty Hanson red dress, perfect for the holidays. Besides some of my readers have already started asking for Christmas apparel ideas. Once this dress is cleaned, styled and photographed, you are going to be amazed! The cool thing about it is that it’s made in Italy too!
I also fell a victim to the Macy’s one day sale. The savings were amazing, the brands were my favorite, and my husband was all for it!
The dress is DKNY Jeans, and the tops are American Rag! Needless to say, I couldn’t have been happier! Hope you are having a great week, it’s almost over too