Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Military Goes to the Beach

Call it wardrobe schizophrenia, call it what you want - but be sure to know I realize the pendulum is in full swing here at the bird.  One minute I'm ordering a Navajo blanket and waxing on about pink platforms and hippies, and the next I'm dressed for a day at the academy.  All I can say is what the hockey stick (throw back to the Canadian parental units soon to be on arrival) is up with the weather?  Je ne sais pas.  As you recall merely 4 days ago I was standing on the beach soaking up every minute of the sun (read:  basking in the glory of maxi dress dreams) only to find myself less than 24 hours later in an overcast cold mess.  The wind started whipping around and I seriously thought there was going to be a remake of Dorothy twirling around in her house off to crash in Munchkinland - only instead of Toto it would be me and two cats.  Far more interesting me thinks, thank you very much. 

This is my least favorite part of this time of year.  One minute I'm riding high on boho dreams and the next minute I'm back in the closet, heat on 75 seeking out layers of some sort.  As of Sunday afternoon it turned to military.  Pardon bags beneath eyes.

I know what you're saying...wasn't that the same beach from Monday's post.  True dat.
What a difference a day makes.  Has my Navajo blanket arrived?  Do I smell the UPS truck?
~Outfit Details:  Zara Military Blazer (seen here), Ever Net Sweater (seen here), James Perse Ribbed Dress, 
American Apparel Leggings, Joie Refugee Boots (seen here and here) , Alexander Wang Coco.  
Even though I wasn't exactly in the mood for layers these are light and the mix of
texture has to be my favorite quality about putting the pieces together.
Case in point.  Net on sweater + rib on dress beneath + studs on bag +
gold buttons on jacket + brass on boots = all kinds of interesting.
Note wind whipping about little strands of hair and cold hands gripping each other.
Within moments I was racing off to fulfill warm weather shopping dreams
with the heat on blast.  Spring, spring wherefore art thou?

I'm on the countdown to Parents Visit 2011.  I've got bedding and draperies to launder, floors to wash, bathroom to scrub down and groceries to purchase.  My dad told me to take a chill pill.  I was all, "um dad? I need to distract you from the traffic" - seriously friends I grew up in a very remote area and it's going to be a lit-tle overwhelming.  Last time my mom leaned her seat back in the car and we busted up laughing.  I'm hoping the blinding white walls and sparkly tile will ease the trauma...that or the bags beneath my eyes.  Whatever works!

p.s.- I put the blog up on facebook - 'like' it here.  Someday I'll learn how to put up a facebook tab on the side.  Technology = enemy.


*Update Friday afternoon:  safe from Tsunami (live at beach in SoCal and evacuated, but back home and leaving again though warning has lifted).  Parents are still here and I think we're heading to Palm Springs....my dad has a hankering for dry land.  Imagine that?? hehe  See you next week if I don't sneak a post in sooner.  Thank you so much for all your kind words and checking in on me. xoxo - C*

85 comments:

Collette Osuna said...

LOVE your chunky knit sweater.....the textures here are great...and the bags? never even noticed....how cool the parents are coming...make sure you take lots of pics,and a chill pill only if necessary, hehehe.

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RosaLovesDC said...

All these different textures in your outfit WORK so perfectly!
Have fun with the parents!

Cara said...

Fabulous sweater my dear! I hope it gets warmer for you out there...it doesn't seem like it is anytime soon here..

Nicole Lisa said...

Oh wauw, I love that knit sweater/tunic.
What a wonderful day, and I hope your parents visit goes great :o)
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Chiara said...

YOu look amazing!!! Have fun with the parents!!! I can relate, my dad just came to visit me 2 weeks ago... in Peru!
xoxo

Lisa Griffin said...

oh me looooove! the dress under equal length sweater=perfection and i hadn't thought of that!
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Closet Fashionista said...

Love this outfit! That blazer is awesome! :D :D
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Danielle (elleinadspir) said...

Have a great visit with them!!

Gawgus things... said...

Great outfit :)

Courtney Erin said...

I just went and liked the Facebook page - I need to get my blog up there too but I am too woefully lazy! And I love the way that you do the military look - that jacket is perfect. And I hate this time of year too, it was so sunny and warm yesterday and now it looks gray and windy. Blah.

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Leah said...

I absolutely love this look. This is totally the style I am going for this year. A schizophrenic style is where it's at.

xo L.

Miranda said...

Great outfit, I really love the sweater, I've been looking for something like it.

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Sist and Sist said...

That's such a cute look!

TheChambrayCountess said...

Great outfit-I love the sweater! And I am completely infatuated with your AWang bag!

fshnonmymind said...

Umm, I'm going to have to confiscate that sweater from you!! It is exactly what I've been looking for!!

Be glad you don't have to rock the winter coat!! I am dying to break out the jackets and bare legs.

Santina said...

You had me as soon as I read "military" and "beach"! While this look may be a departure from your usual style, I absolutely love it! The layers, the bag, the BOOTS - amazing!

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Anna Jane said...

militar-beach-chic...i love it! it's fun to take different directions with your style..keeps things interesting.

so fun about your parents coming. i'll need to see pictures!

hip hip gin gin said...

I'm loving this outfit! I totally get the split personality taste in clothes. And well, everything else, haha! I heard somewhere recently that you should live spherically, in many different directions, and I'm choosing to make that my motto!

Daniela said...

love this outfit but I especially love that bag..every time I see it my heart beats a little faster.

FRANKIE HEARTS FASHION said...

I totes feel you on the crazy weather...one day I had my maxi dress on and the next I had boots and my fur hooded vest! Dislike. But im loving your Ever sweater...so perf with that jacket! Good luck getting ready for the Units! xo

PursuitOfLLT said...

military chic! love it.

it will be fine with your parents! i know what you mean though...every time my mom would come to my place i'd have to scrub my bathroom from top to bottom. there could be filth everywhere else but if my mother sees a dirty bathroom...well all hell breaks loose.

ah, family.

Valerie said...

Will the weather please make up its mind and just get hot already? Actually I think it's supposed to be warm today, so I might need to take a mid-day walk to enjoy it. Your military look is fab, Carrie. That sweater and those boots are two of my favorites of yours. I'm dying over your mom reclining her chair! My parents are the same way and when they get to LA (my dad's been here about 2 times-my wedding and Gabe's residency graduation) he gives me the keys and makes me drive so he doesn't have to see or deal with the traffic. Good luck with the cleaning, it sounds like you're off to a great start!

xo
Valerie

Taylor said...

Can I please have the sweater??? Prrrettttyyyyy PLA-ease? K, thanks! (Ps- this look is banging! and I'm secretly glad the cold is with you too - makes me not so envious I'm still in cold weather gear!)

Bonnie said...

Story of my life here in the Midwest.
Last week, it was in the high 60s and low 70s.
This week, it's friggin' rainy and back down in the 30s and 40s.
What the eff, right!??!!?

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Jamie said...

Yes this damn weather is schizo, but you look fab. I love your AWang bag...been dying for that one for a good minute. The studs weigh like 100lbs but SO worth it!

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BenchesandChandeliers said...

wow, those boots are AMAZING! love every piece of your outfit!

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Katie said...

Ok, I am loving all the textures and I used to be a wreck when my parents or in-laws were about to visit. But then we moved and everyone is close now, so I just see them.... never mind that sentence isn't going how I wanted. Clean away!

ruthy ann said...

Love this outfit...i think i need to go out and buy boots like that...they're hot!

la petite coquine said...

I love this look, and I think the mix of Navajo and Navy are what makes your personal style so divine!

As for the parents' visit, you're right-the sparkling home will help distract them from the traffic. We had several nightmarish evenings in little old SF traffic and I think sweetheart's dad was going to lose an eyeball from the stress!

this free bird said...

girls i'm totally in the woods with work and cleaning for the parents. i'll try to read blogs and catch up w/your posts later!! feel so bad and just want you to know i'm not lying about not responding. argh! xo

Nikki said...

Love the sweater and boots. Where's the sun? I'm not sure it exists anymore.

Daisy said...

ah yep, the beach looks SO different. But you're still pulling off a great look with yet another studded bag to make me jealous!!

briannelee said...

Ooooo, such a great outfit! I love the sweater!

Dancing Branflake said...

Great outfit! Can I say that I love your pony? I know that might sound weird but I think it's a very good look on you.

Claire Kiefer said...

I love that jacket lots. And that beach, even if it's cold. And last night I had a dream that I was in Long Beach, and I was driving around trying to find your house cause we were meeting for lunch, and you lived on a strip called "Restaurant Row." While I was waiting for you, I bought 6 big chocolate chip cookies from a little beachy store. :)

Josie said...

Socutesocutesocute. Carrie, I'm obsessed. This little military jacket is officially my new favorite thing in your closet (weird that I have favorite things in YOUR closet? oh, well -- you'll have to deal) and I literally have never loved a bag more. Between you and Valerie, I have panic attacks every time I see it. Finally, those boots have become even more appealing since I just saw a zipper on the side. Brilliant for someone as lazy as me.
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Christina said...

Somehow this all goes together so nicely. Those boots! LOOOOVE. You need to get to Florida-- we packed up all our layers and are finally enjoying the beautiful sunshine {and I'm working hard on my much needed tan}!

Torrie said...

Just "liked" ya =).

I love that your dad told you to take a chill pill... his way of comforting you that *it's going to be okay! (but easier said than done, right?)

Nikki said...

LOVE your sweater dress! you look adorable as always!

xx
Nikki

My Heart Blogged said...

Those boots are amazing, and I love the oatmeal colored top. I hope you get everything done in time. I'm a procrastinator, and I always ended up running around like crazy before people come over.
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Krystal said...

I like milatary :) i am kind of like that with the weather too lately, which could be why i have the flu!! :( :(
also, liked you on FB :)

drollgirl said...

your outfit is fab! and the boots are rad!

and you are prepping for a visit from the parents?! ack! i would be a BASKET CASE. but then again your parents are probably sane and normal, unlike mine. :)

ChinkyGirLMeL said...

You never cease to amaze me. Fab outfit babe. I especially love that jacket and that bag!

Kavery said...

As Randy from American Idol would say 'This is how you do it'. (Um yes I do watch the programme-true confession) You've done layering so well and those boots are truly gorgeous

Kimbirdy said...

i know what you mean about this weather! one day i'm all bundled up and the next, a little summer dress. just pick a temperature and stick to it already! how exciting/nerve-wracking to have your parents come visit! hope the prep goes well.

Jammer said...

Those boots are crazy good! Love love love the outfit!

LyddieGal said...

That jacket is true military chic perfection, and that bag - OH! Look at those studs. Good thing I've vowed to stop bag shopping for the rest of the year.

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Allison said...

I can't believe the parenterals are actually leaving the homeland! Oh joy oh anxiety!
ps - I'll show you bags! Right now, my eyes look like they are packed for a trip around the world!

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Hello Coco! I'm stalking a sage one now. Do you find it heavy? I'd probably use the strap.

B+S said...

love the bag! great post!


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Catita said...

that chuncky knit sweater is to die for! you rocked the beach!
xoxo
Catita

annelise said...

The boots! Love the boots. And the weather is all over the shop over here too. Get it together, Mother Nature.

Diana Mieczan said...

That is such a great outfit and I so want your jacket. It looks great, darling. Have a lovely Thursday
Kisses

Priscila Peters said...

Good job! What a pretty outfit. My fave is the jacket, oh my! I use to say that leggings, boots are my uniform....so comfy.

Julie and Lauren said...

Love your military inspiration! You look amazing! And I want your bag : )
Xox

kelli g. { bug miscellany } said...

i think that's why i've always said spring is my least favorite season. i'm all for the 'get thee gone, winter' but spring never seems to be able to make up its damn mind -- until it hatches into full blown summmer - so really, what's to like? we had one nice day, and now it's blustery and gusty and barfy out. i think i kind of hate march.
but i'm loving that blazer. i will miss all my jackets when the time comes to part with them. i think part of me is perpetually stuck in autumn...

Kayla said...

I need your bag. Thanks.


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Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

babes i think i need to take my Wang out of retirment - and i STILL want that sweater *sigh*

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Alicia said...

Love those boots Carrie! PS Have so much fun with the parents. Hope you do take that chill pill and enjoy the time together! ;)

OneCraftyFox said...

Holy crapper, I LOVE this look!! Don't get me wrong, you look awesome in all your boho glory, but this totally suits you too.

Does your mom ever clean when she gets to your place? My hunny once told me, before I moved in with him, the first thing his mom would do when they came for a visit was clean the tub. lol!

Sorren said...

I love that jacket, it is the perfect amount of military - not too overwhelming. I also love that sweater. It would scare me in the store but something I would lust over if I saw on someone else - i.e. you .. and now i want it.

Kelly said...

I LOVE that jacket. So classic, but modern!

ryan said...

I love that military jacket on you, it's perfect and fits you like a glove!

Debby said...

LOVE, want, love the jacket! One of my favorite looks ever! Your parents will be fine, they just want to see you.... they don't care about whether or not your floor is sparkling. Don't stress yourself out! xo

Style Attic said...

I salut you in all your efforts! As a fashion inspiration and blogger extraordinaire!! XO, Kelly

Stacey said...

Gorgeous outfit and i adore that bag and its embellishments!:-). Hope you're having fun with the family! XX

Marie said...

This is a fab outfit, loving your jacket and sweater together!:D

Have fun with the whole family, Carrie!:D

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featherfactor said...

Fabulous outfit. I love the Wang bag and the lace up boots - they remind me of Daria, if you ever watched that show (one of my all time favorites).

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Allergic to Vanilla said...

in love with all the layering going on here! That wang bag is making me all kinds of jealous doll!

stay safe, and away from the beach!
xo Carlina
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love jenny xoxo said...

i love love LOVE this outfit! the knits with the military... perfect!!!

Seriously, this is one of my favs!!!

XOXO

Annie said...

you look awesome! I cannot wait to hear tales from the parents' visitation.. good luck and have fun!!
p.s. Just liked you on facebook :) xo

Jaclyn said...

I love the detail of your outfit! The layers are great, they go together so well. I am searching for a sweater like that, it just looks so perfect to throw on.

..R May A.. said...

Loving your style :)
gorgeous boots!! x

Anonymous said...

Thank Goodness you & all your Faboulus Fashion were not swept away
Into the ocean !!! Good plan to head to drier land with the Parental Units
Could you imagine the 1st visit ever visit from your Dad to California and there is
A Earthquake warning just your luck .... As you & I know your history this doesn't
Surprise me LOL :) have a great visit !!!
CP

nikkb said...

hey there! have fun with the parents! great pics! : )

Michelle Lee said...

totally love your outfit :)

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Bella @Bellgetsreal said...

wrap me up in that sweater and send me to the beach! love it (say while raising voice to a high pitch)

Marie a la Mode said...

You nailed this outfit just like Tiger Woods nailed all those mistresses! Love the jacket Carrie!

Lisa Lisa Lisa said...

I'm so glad to read that you and your family are safe!!! Please take care of yourself and update us when you have the time. I hope you all are enjoying Palm Springs!

agnes said...

il est magnifique ton pull, super look
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Antoinette said...

Fab outfit! LOVE the boots.

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Mo Pie, Please said...

This outfit is AWESOME! I love it, Carrie!

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

I can't even tell u enough how much I LOVE every single thing about your outfit!!! So glad that you're ok. I would head inland too. Not a bad place...I'm thinking of planning a trip there next month too :) xoxo

adellaavenue said...

Glad your safe and with your parents, too. I love the outfit, too! Way to work the "perfect for a chilly day at the beach" sweater!

-xx Noe ADELLA AVENUE

Styles 'n Cream said...

I love everything about this outfit - the sweater, the jacket, the bag - the combination of it all is the best.

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