Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Blue Dots and Velvet

Okay velour, but velvet sounds better and who am I to mess with words?

Here we are at Wednesday - a few days to the weekend.  Yippee!!  I have mixed emotions as I type because this weekend will be filled with things to do that don't entail much lying in bed and relaxing (favorite pastime hehe).  All I can think about is how Monday may be met with exhaustion and that causes a bit of stress on the heart.  However yesterday afternoon I managed to alleviate just a little bit of that stress by putting together a very fun outfit for an event I have on Saturday that is casual, yet requiring a bit of sass.  The kind where you don't want to show up over-dressed, yet under-dressed will not be a good scenario either.  Long live Closet Quest 2010. (And living in the moment for Pete's sake!!  Monday will take care of itself.)

Remember last week when I mentioned my closet dive?  (here and here if you missed)  I have to tell you I came out with some great stuff that had almost been forgotten *hangs head*.  Amongst several new old treasures was a velour moto vest I got last year at Juicy Couture (along with a couple of fur pieces that made me scream out loud with glee!!).  Today when it came out of the closet my wardrobe rolodex immediately clicked to a fab ruffled t-shirt and the rest was outfit history.  Saturday here I come!!

Tom Ford Sunnies, Juicy Couture Velour Moto Vest and Ruffled T, 
Martin+Osa Denim (RIP),
Alexander Wang Coco Handbag, Mike & Chris Boots
The fluttery goodness of the sleeves on the t-shirt makes my heart happy!
Marrying textures like velour and ruffles is simple perfection:  my fave.
I threw on a Dean Davidson necklace for bit of shine against the grey,
and to bring out the zipper contrast on the vest just a bit more.
Mike & Chris boots save the day yet again. 
These have held up for over 2 years and still keep bringin' the sass!
What was that?  Saturday's on the phone?  Okay, I'll be ready in a minute.
Ha!

Truthfully though - it's tough to know you have somewhere to go and even though you have stuff in the closet, you just aren't certain the right thing is in there.  So many times I am tempted to simply buy something, and then don't always wear it again.  A case specific purchase can be completely justified and sometimes even necessary (wedding, important meeting, big date, just to name a few...), but when I challenge myself and find a loved solution already in the closet, now that's a jackpot!!  Happy Wednesday everyone!  Any recent fab closet conquests to share?

ps-day 2 of return to workouts accomplished! yay!

72 comments:

xoxoFashionLady said...

Love the outfit !


xoxo

Krystal said...

I LOVE that vest! I want it! The outfit is great, girly but BA ;)

janettaylor said...

U look so cute!

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Katie said...

Saturday will be amazing! And Monday... well, ehh, Mondays are Mondays. Forget 'em!

Leia said...

Possibly the most perfect Saturday outfit ever. Love the ruffled sleeves!

Leia

Hazel Williams said...

Gorgeous, now I'm inspired to dive into my wardrobe and pull out something exciting to wear this weekend!! :) Hazel

Collette Osuna said...

Love the sunnies....fab vest:)

Happy Wednesday to you too:)

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Debby said...

You always put together the cutest outfits! I love the boots and the "velvet" vest!! xo

FarmGirl said...

Love the outfit!

Diana Mieczan said...

I love the vest! You have such an amazing style,sweetie
Kisses

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Closet Fashionista said...

Ooh I love this outfit!! :D YAY for it almost being the weekend too :)
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Fashion Meets Food said...

absolutely LOVING that top of yours! Gorgeous! I still wish I could bump my hair like you can!

xo

just a girl said...

It IS always exciting to find the perfect outfit just sitting and waiting for you to discover it in your own closet. Way to go! I love this outfit.

Isabel said...

i love the ruffled tee with the vest! and i really really want your bag :)

Daniela said...

Love this look! Especially the sleeves!

Taylor said...

I LOVE THE VEST, and finding things you totally forgot you had!!!!

What is the big even Saturday you speak of...it sounds divine! :)

The Zhush said...

Could your outfit be any cuter?!!! LOVE IT!!! (you have such great style!)

Ms. Givens said...

What a sweet top and I love your back drop!

hip hip gin gin said...

Adorable! The big buttons on those fab boots make me very happy!!!

Connie @ SogniESorrisi said...

I LOVE this outfit! That vest is great with that ruffled tee.

Cafe Fashionista said...

There is no one on earth - celebrity or otherwise - with a wardrobe that could combat yours! I am in awe over the amount of amazing things you pull out of there! Also, you have so inspired me to go closet diving to see if I can find any forgotten treasures - doubtful considering I spend most of my money on shoes; but we'll see. :)

DiamondsandTulle said...

Love the "tough" look of the moto jacket with the soft juxtaposition of the ruffled sleeves and wispy hemline!

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Ashley said...

Awesome vest! I have something similar, but not as cool. :P I've been discovering a lot of old things in my closet (or in boxes) lately that actually aren't half bad. Glad I didn't get around to giving them away!

jemina said...

I LOVE your top so much!!!!!!

XOXO
J

Valerie said...

I love the ruffles with the moto vest and even better that it's velour! And as usual, I'm impressed with the forgotten items you're pulling out of your closet. I get anxiety when my weekend is too packed too. I need my downtime to recharge. I can't see your pictures again! :( I can still click on them and see them that way, but they're not showing up in the post.

xo
Valerie

Dancing Branflake said...

Cute outfit! Goodness I love it! And the zipper does totally add a nice contrast. Hope you have a relaxing day!

Bella @Bellgetsreal said...

crap I cant see again.....WhY oh why.

I am sure it is adorable

Courtney Erin said...

Great look - love the boots (I'm such a sucker for boots)!

xoxo ~ Courtney
http://sartorialsidelines.blogspot.com

Anna Jane said...

Cuuuuuuuuuuuute outfit! so simple, but perfect! Juicy vest--really? wow - color me impressed. now that erin featherson is designing for them, i need to give it a second look.

xx

love jenny xoxo said...

I love this look!! Especially that top, so cute!

XOXO

Jude said...

Those fluttery sleeves make my heart sing! I don't think I could pull them off myself, but love how they look on you! And that necklace is just too gorgeous - loving big necklaces right now :) Your closet dive was epic! Can't wait to see what else you might've found :)

Café Bellini said...

Love the fluttery goodness. Can't believe you're still wearing short sleeves! Gawd I can't go anywhere these days without wearing three layers plus a winter coat. I'm moving to California.
Oh by the way I always have trouble finding boots that fit around the top (of the calf). Do you ever have this problem?

Claire Kiefer said...

Love this, girlie! You're right; the velour and ruffles together are a dream. You always make me want to go shopping, for goodness sake! I'm afraid my closet doesn't have quite as many treasures as yours, but I'm still gonna try! Also, I LOVE your boots and want a pair just like them.

Chiara said...

That outfit is perfect!!!! And its sooo trendy, nobody would believe you are wearing anything from a closet dive.
xoxo
www.joiedevivre-chiara.blogspot.com

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

LOVE the outfit! You've so inspired me. I have to go do another dig really soon. It's slated for Saturday. And I'm actually looking forward to it for the first time ever :)

Josie said...
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Josie said...

I love, LOVE your top. So pretty and ruffly and gorgeous. And those boots are to die for. Absolutely adore them. Here's to hump day being half over, my dear!
xo Josie
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Amber Blue Bird said...

fluttery goodness indeed! That blouse is lovely

Bachman's Sparrow said...

So cute! And that velvet I mean velour ;) vest is adorable on you

xoxo Maria

Alicia said...

Dying over your top Carrie! The perfect feminine layering piece... and I would DIE to shop your closet ;) xx

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

You look AH-mazing!! I just want to squuuuze you, you look so cute hehe! Perfect outfit :)

FRANKIE HEARTS FASHION said...

You are so ready for Saturday! Love the outfit...and those boots? Classic. xo

the chirpy bird said...

Fantastic! Love the vest, love the sound of Saturday too! Work it out mama!
xox tash

Catita said...

that top is so cute!
xoxo
Catita

lovealamode said...

The weekend is coming early for me as public universities are closed tomorrow for Veteran's Day... I'm going to use the extra day off to clean out my closet, clean my room, kitchen, etc. so that my weekend feels more like a weekend and less like a to-do list.
Bisous,
Rachel
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bananas. said...

you totally remind me of my sassy & stylish friend gina. you're both so tiny. i envy it!

and um how does one win $100 to shopbop?! that's like my dream!!! i say get the deep freezes. you'll look SMOKING in them. HOT HOT!

Annie said...

Nice work finding these pieces you already had and putting them together so awesomely! Love the outfit and the shots captured each aspect so perfectly. I think Saturday just called me and hung up. hate it when that happens. Yes, we must live in the moment!! Why does that sound so much easier than it turns out to be? Well at least we realize when we're doing it, right? ;) xo

BlueVanilla said...

LOVE the vest and boots! This post cracked me up! I understand completely!
xx
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kelli g. { bug miscellany } said...

i am super jealous of your shades. i'm stuck with regular ol' spectacles til my new insurance kicks in. grumble.
the whole ensemble is pretty fab, really.

my closet resurrection is this skirt i'm wearing today: turquoise plaid (kinda - maybe it's more like a windowpane pattern. whatevs. you don't care. :P stop talking...) very full skirt, 'tea length.' i bought it in paris yeeeeaars ago as a birthday present to myself, but never really felt confident wearing it. but now it's love! :P

OneCraftyFox said...

Carrie, you look freakin' spectacular sassy hotness... OK, so I threw a bunch of words together there but that is what came to mind.

You crack me up, tell that biatch Saturday I'm still waiting for her call ;)

LyddieGal said...

It's easy to ignore what in our closets and trick ourselves into thinking we need something new. I'm happy you are rediscovering all these lost favorites (surely the day you brought it home it was your favorite).
Closet diving is a good habit, and one so many of us need to adopt!

Susan said...

Ahhh ruffles... love them. Velour, it's soft love it too!

Lately I've been into bright coloured satiny blouses. Am I on fashion cue?

I wish you could come here and be my personal stylist :)

You look awsome as per usual.
cheers
Susan

la petite coquine said...

You're right-the play of the rich velour vest and delicate ruffled sleeve is divine!

Marcie said...

Awesome! I love your closet dive finds! I need to get on this expedition over the weekend.

I am LOVING those boots, Carrie! The buttons are amazing.

xo M

Tara said...

i really really love those boots, girl!!

Pink Stilettos said...

I love your shades and boots :) xoxo

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Krista said...

K, this is where my no-fashion scents come into play, explain to me, I see that it's OK for you to have gold accents on the boots, yet you wore silver jewelry. That's capiche?

sealaura said...

very cali outfit. i like it a lot. also love your blue backdrop. good reminders about diving into our closets for "new" stuff.

Chas said...

Cute boots and vest, awesome outfit! To answer your question you left on my blog regarding Topshop, sizing is true to size in my experience, just make sure you know the conversion between UK and US sizing.

MarchMusings said...

Never thought I'd see the words Happy and Wednesday together. It's usually Weary Wednesday around here. But your outfit, (the T-shirt in particular) certainly makes that a possibility.
P.S.-Glad my house looks clean in photos at least! Tee hee.

Marie a la Mode said...

HELL-LO MOTO! You look cute in that vest. And the boots and posh sunglasses top off this look wonderfully! I get tired of my closet fast but I'm trying to budget so I have to pull out clothes I haven't worn in awhile. And get this: I was at H & M tonight, I tried on 7 different items of clothing and I walked out with $8.00 winter gloves. That's it! I'm quite proud of myself. Considering all the money I've spent on clothing lately. Yikes.

Don't you get tomorrow off? Don't you have a type of Remembrance Day in the states? I thought you guys did but maybe I'm wrong!

xoxo

heather yalin said...

I love the ruffles so much! With that vest, just perfect! :)

Margaret said...

lovely, lovely outfit : )
I am so bad about buying case-specific outfits then never wearing them again...totally admire those who can successfully "shop their closets"

Sarah said...

You look fabulous. I want to say that this is maybe my favorite look of yours. I want you to mail me that ruffled sleeved top and the vest? Ok thanks!

Taylor said...

I love closet diving- one of my favorite things about going to my hometown is going through all my old crap and finding gems (found a mongolian fur the last time). I am still sooooo jealous of that bag, and I like your vest with this outfit a lot!

Karena said...

Carrie, very darling outfit!! It is great to go through and find forgotten trasures in the closet!

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style-haus said...

wow, those boots have held up well! they're absolutely fabulous. great look overall...casual and chic

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S.I.F. said...

I am so loving that necklace! Beautiful!

hiven said...

love the boots!
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alison (semi-fab lane) said...

i love this look! i'm a sucker for embelished shoulders.

Nilcha's Fashion Chronicles said...

nice vest! love it!

Taj Acosta said...

Great look, I love the gray tee, the shoulders are too sweet! xo

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