embracing the delicate

I’m not the most graceful person in the world. I’m not a klutz, but you would never be able to tell that I was a dancer for fourteen years…if you consider the word dancer pretty broadly (one class a week, a few competitions here and there, but that’s about it).

I don’t dress “gracefully” either. I wear either neutrals or bold colors, pastels really aren’t my thing (my mom wasn’t happy when I showed up with boots to wear with my Easter outfit last year). Not to mention the t-shirts I love so much.

Sidenote 1: One way to get rid of your Mets t-shirts is by having the Mets trade away your favorite players. Or by having those players get suspended for punching people in the face. Or by having those players get injured and never return. It’s an efficient way to clean out your closet.

At any rate, I noticed that a lot of the spring and summer trends for this year were more on the delicate side. Yes, there are bright skinny jeans, but there is also a bunch of lace. There are in-your-face colors like tangerine, but also softer hues like mint. Summer dresses in stores are soft chiffon, rather than cotton. And crazily enough, I found myself liking said delicate things! Me! Delicate! The girl who has the mouth of a sailor when she’s watching her hockey team screw up their shot at winning a game in regulation. The girl that hates romcoms and anything else with Katherine Heigl.

Sidenote 2: I’m aware that disliking Katherine Heigl as an actor, or person, is common and not mutually exclusive of delicate. Sorry, Katherine.

So my March purchases are a bit on the delicate side (with one exception, of course, because I’m full of surprises). And the best part? Since I needed to return something I got for my birthday, and had a giftcard from Christmas (I love stocking up on those damn giftcards), my total out of pocket cost so far this month? Fifty bucks. Boom.

I haven’t received one of the items yet, since HauteLook takes a million years to process shipments (that’s fine, their stuff is a steal), but I did get a fair amount of shopping done at H&M:

Shorts, $17.95 (they don’t have blue on the site)
Dress, $29.95
Skirt, $19.95 (couldn’t find it on the site either)

Lace! Flowers! Sheer fabrics! I’ll be unrecognizable this summer…remember when I used to take outfit photos? I will start that up again, promise.

outfits with attitude

After a particularly lazy Saturday, I was determined to get outside in the nice weather this weekend. I had never been to the Brooklyn Flea Market, even though I’ve lived here for almost three years, and it seemed like perfect day to do so. I also had a library book to pick up, because I had decided that the best time to jump into a new book was two days before my spring semester starts. Just in case I wasn’t going to have enough reading to do…I picked up two more books while I was there. Two of them are about the history of wine, so I assume they’ll be interesting reads.

Since I had some time to get ready, I knew I was at a fashion cross-roads: I could get dressed and then put on my winter boots and puffy red coat, or I could spice things up a bit. I don’t dislike my puffy red coat, but to me, it feels frumpy. However, it’s the warmest, coziest coat I own, so I practically live in it during the winter. Not this weekend, though! It was so beautiful out, it really did seem like spring.

So I decided to spice it up a bit. I put on my Nancy Spungen jacket, and some fringe-y boots that I’ve had forever but don’t wear to anything remotely professional. Going a step further, I grabbed a fun handbag and some rings. My usual jewelry routine is pretty basic, and I always grab whatever handbag happens to fit what I need. I love this handbag, you can’t tell in the picture but the handle is actually a fake elephant tusk or something, it’s pretty neat (I think I picked it up from Mandee when I was in high school. Ohhh, Mandee.)

I felt confident going outside, and far from frumpy. I know other people have researched the transformative power of the right outfit or pair of shoes, but I very rarely experience that firsthand. Just by wearing a snappy coat and shoes, I felt like a completely different person.

That’s not going to stop me from running around in my puffy red coat later this evening to do laundry and grocery shopping, but on the weekend, it was nice to wear an outfit with attitude.