I found this vintage skirt years ago while browsing at some random thrift store. Because of the fit and flare shape and pastel-y palette, I usually go for a ladylike look when I wear it, but this time I was feeling less dainty housewife, more slightly androgynous la garconne. Worn with a men’s button down (I cut it into a crop top because…why not?) and shiny silver brogues, I definitely felt more rebellious, cause notwithstanding.
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The busy end-of-year social season is getting started, and stylish events are popping up all over the place. A few you should definitely check out:
CincyChic’s Champagne and Shoes, Friday September 12th, 6-9pm
Y’all know Dress for Success has long been one of my favorite nonprofits, so I was happy to join CincyChic’s DFS fundraiser and fashion show event–especially when they asked me to be a judge for their “Chicest Shoes of All” contest. Get your tickets at champagneshoes2014.eventbrite.com, and bring your A-game footwear ‘cause I WILL be judging you (and asking where you got those cute shoes).
Saks Contemporary Event, Saturday September 27th, 4-6pm
I can often be found dreamily wandering through Saks, longingly touching all manner of high end clothing and accessories and willing everything from Etro dresses to Chanel booties to magically transport themselves into my closet. Luckily, my unrequited love is (temporarily) satiated as part of the #saksstyle campaign, where I had the opportunity to be photographed in several looks from Saks’ contemporary department. One of those looks will be on display at the September 27th event, so you should definitely RSVP (just email RSVPcincinnati@s5a.com) to join me and other local style bloggers to shop, drink champagne, and indulge in some fashiontalk.
Dress for Success Fashion Show, September 18th, 11am-1:15pm
Speaking of Dress for Success and Saks, the annual Dress for Success Fashion Show and Luncheon is coming up on September 20th, this time at the roulette-and-milkshake heaven known as the Horseshoe Casino. You can buy your tickets here, and get ready for a pretty solid morning of food, fashion, and female empowerment.
See you around the ‘hood!
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Lately, I’ve been:
1// Hanging out at polo matches pretending to know about horses, even though my equine knowledge is limited to reading Black Beauty in elementary school and that one Sweet Valley Twins book when Elizabeth was jealous of Lila’s horse.
2// Trying on ridiculously expensive timepieces. Who is out here buying $26K watches? And how can I be down?
3// Running around to photo shoots, photo shoots, and more photo shoots. Everybody at every shop in Cincinnati is supremely tired of seeing my face.
4// Pretending to kind of know stuff about football so I can see how it feels to wear a helmet. I have a huge head, so…yeah, it hurts.
5// Being a terrible beer wench/faux cover model and wishing for the 3,886th time that I was more photogenic. Ugh.
6// Enjoying concerts in the park and using said concerts as an excuse to get gelato from Dojo’s truck. Favorite combos include mint + Mexican vanilla and apricot cinnamon + salted caramel (which tastes like a pumpkin spice latte). YUM.
Follow @thestylesample on Instagram for even more nonsense!
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There are times when I feel less “structured Zara” and more “flowy Free People.” On those days, it feels best to mix dressy vintage with random casual wear like this surprisingly cohesive beaded skirt and graphic tee combo.
Anthropologie tee, vintage skirt, bag from the BX, Charlotte Russe sandals, random jewelry I’ve had for years, old prescription glasses I had tinted
Sidenote: I always forget I have this belt, which I bought at one of those tourist-y cowboy shops while on vacation in Tennessee a few years ago. The belts all come super long so they can cut them down to your waist size (maybe a custom fit is important if you’re a herding cattle all day?), but I decided to leave it at its original length so I could wrap it around twice. Depending on how much gelato I’ve eaten, that may or may not be a realistic option.
A few tips for pulling off a boho-ish look:
- Stick to a neutral color palette. Muted colors are calming, and this is definitely a relaxed look.
- Speaking of relaxed, stay away from anything too restrictive. You should be able to move like a dancing wind puppet at a car lot.
- This is the perfect opportunity to play around with accessories: feel free to pile on the necklaces and bracelets and rings and whatever else feels good.
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I’ve been doing a lot of running around for the past few weeks due to several back-to-back photo shoots for Cincinnati Magazine’s October issue and our special style-focused SHOPS publication. If it’s 70+ degrees and I’m going to be scouting or doing pickups and returns, I’ve developed sort of a uniform: some variation of cotton tank + pencil skirt + sandals.
Zara top, ASOS skirt, Jeffrey Campbell booties (I’d forgotten about the Ugly Shoes!)
It’s cool, it’s comfy, and it’s almost-but-not-quite the equivalent of pajamas–perfect for climbing in and out of the car* and dashing from shop to shop, while trying to keep the sweatfunk™ to a minimum.
In other news, I’ve been wrestling (wrasslin’?) with a weird tech issue on this site, where individual post and page links return a 404 Page Not Found error. I apologize if you’ve run into this, but I’ve searched the googlenets for answers, played around with the site code, and made numerous calls to my hosting service, all to no avail. So, instead of waiting ’til the problem is fixed to start posting again, I’m just gonna pretend all is well and go on about my blogging business. I was also having an email issue that I think I resolved(!), but all this DIY tech support is giving me a headache!
*Is there a realistic, ladylike way to get out of a car in a skirt? My car sits low and I’m pretty sure I’ve flashed 90% of the city at this point.
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