I owe y'all a post about that blog conference - short version: it was superduper fun, though I'm now 2 for 2 on having to leave these get-togethers early for family health emergencies ("Other People's Health Problems", the song Naughty by Nature surely meant to write). Instead, today you get . . . *jazz hands*
. . . me linking up with my girl AP for her very first Project Pinterest link-up, in which people attempt to actually do the insane Martha Stewart sort of difficult things we Pin (but never actually do).
As anyone who knows me realizes, however, the only craftiness I'm interested in is how to swindle someone into supporting what I'd like to make a Nordstrom habit. Hand-carving soap into festive, Pinterest-worthy topiaries just isn't my thing, yo'.
Outfits, on the other hand, are very much my jam, so I decided to forage in my own closet to work my version of this mint jeans & polka dot look (via Classy Girls Wear Pearls) I've been Pin Pin Pinning lately but hadn't yet put into practice.
The only item I was missing to complete this Pin-semble was an updated polka dot top. This wardrobe classic is a bit bigger, more pop art than prep, for fall '12, so I wanted something that made a statement. Enter this Forever 21 trench, a much more versatile and affordable ($38) rendition than the be-dotted J. Crew cashmere, who-are-they-kidding-with-their-prices sweater I've been lusting after:
What does a girl in it-rarely-ever-rains, deathhellheat, our-only-season-is-summer Austin need a trench for, you might ask? Because it's adorable - plus, if I waited around for it to actually be fall or winter here, just think of all the poor, darling coats (and boots, and sweaters . . .) that would go unloved!
Also, wearing a trench is a nifty trick for us pear-shaped types - it nips you in at the waist and skims over the hips, making objects in the mirror look smaller than they actually are:
outfit details: trench (F21, sold out online but available as of today in store) / jeans (Paige) / sunglasses (O by Oscar de la Renta) / bamboo bracelet (old Kenneth Jay Lane) / pearl bracelet (old J. Crew) / batik bracelet (old Lulu's) / shoes (Tory Burch, similar here) / bag (old Longchamp)
I kept everything else a neutral navy here to try and let the mint and the polka dots do the talking . . . for a total expenditure of $38, I'm happy with this Project Pinterest outcome.
What do you think - are polka dots and mint too sweet a combo for you or just right?