Monday, March 28, 2011

Working It Out In Prints

Guess what?  My landlord is on my last nerve.  He danced all over that mother on Saturday causing me to seriously consider if I even want to live at Chez Carrie anymore - a place that has been my home for almost 6 years.  Inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale, shred, shred, shred.  I'm trying to calm my nerves and clear my mind in order to make a decision, but it seems that's easier said than done.  It's been a long time since I even contemplated moving so I decided to take a peek at what's out there...just in case I opt to take a flying leap and carry on outta here.  Pardon me while I take a nap - this whole thing is exhausting.

On Sunday afternoon we zipped over to one of my favorite buildings in the neighborhood.  There is rarely a vacancy, but I hold out hope.  Whenever perusing rental possibilities I try to pull myself together and put my best foot forward.  Read:  competition can be a real biznatch and you only get one chance to make a good first impression aka seize that property.  I went for the gusto mixing prints and textures galore - sadly there were no vacancies, but a really nice lady invited me onto the property to take a look around.  I think she was in love with my dress - no jokes.  Maybe we can do a trade?  Nah.

See what I mean?  She's in love with the dress - as am I, so no deal lady - 
and I'm in love with the property - as is she, so no deal Carrie.
I scooped this dress on Gilt a few weeks ago and have been waiting for the weather to warm up just a bit so I could break it out.  Yesterday was the perfect day for fearless bright prints all mixed together.
Key word:  Fearless 
Remember last year when I scored these Miu Miu babies? Probably not I had 30 followers then.
Last pair on the West Coast in a 36 purchased in a Walking Pneumonia delirium.
I jumped up and down in store, went home, and passed out for 3 days.
They slept with me - see here.



At the last minute I tossed on the belt that the Tucker team sent over (post here) and loved the wild
punch it gave to the dress.  This lace vest was hanging on the back of the door so I swung it over and
off we went. The Chef even loved the combo.  No Man Repeller action going on over here today, ladies.
ps-and no that is not my stomach - I am shredding.  It's day 6 and going strong. Woot!
Even though the dress got a little wrinkly in back (inevitable) and the picture's not totally clear
I still wanted you to see the back of the vest.  Look at all the amazing detail and how
well it fits around the arm.  Big thanks to Carey for the heads up on this one.

Isabel is featuring me as her girl of the Blogosphere today - hop on over and check it out.  Anyone new to the Shred Crew? If you don't know what that is there are a group of us working our way through Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred dvd and encouraging/commiserating on twitter.  We're at varying stages so feel free to jump in at any time.  Toning the calves and arms has never felt so good.  Have a great Monday everyone!

*Update* - Holy mother of pearl Roots featured me and Blanket over at The Buzz.  Check it here!


Outfit Details:  Tucker by Gaby Basora - Wrap Dress & Belt, H&M - Vest, Miu Miu - Bird Print Shoes, Free People - Necklace, J.Crew - Ring, Kate Spade - Bangle, Target - Sunnies

94 comments:

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

You are my Tucker inspiration and I can't believe you landed those Miu Mius. Drool...

xoxo,
Chic 'n Cheap Living

Rissy said...

I would love to incorporate that vest into my wardrobe... the dress is fab too, but the vest is more my style. If I weren't twice your size (that may be an exaggeration but it isn't even 6am here and I just ate 6 pieces of chocolate) I would write out a detailed list of why I want that dress... then I would cry tears of joy when you so kindly gave it to me!
Oh wait, that's not going to happen? hmm ok I'll enjoy watching you wear it ; )

CarissaExplainsItAll

Freelance Shop-A-Holic said...

You look amazing in everything you wear! Especially Blanket!!!

Shredding here as well... On day ???????
I switch it out every other day with physique 57. Down 13 lbs!!!
8 more to go!

Shred on my dear. Shred the hell on.

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Lisa Griffin said...

woooop i love that dress i neeed it in my closet stat! and i do remember when you go those shoes, ahh how much you've grown congrats!
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RosaLovesDC said...

Gorgeous dress! I can see why the lady invited you over to see the property.

Jessica said...

I, ahem, remember when you scored those shoes! ;-) Lovely dress, Carrie! I wouldn't have traded the frock for a home either.

(Good luck to you and the rest of the Shred crew! I need to start doing it again - I did see incredible results when I did it every other day for a month - but my motivation is M.I.A. ... even with beachside vacation on the horizon.)

xoxo,
Jessica

Cara said...

I am sorry that your landlord is a pain :/ you look adorablr though!!
<3 Cara
Lilac and Grey

Debby said...

Love the dress and that property looks amazing... hopefully an opening w/become available. Sorry to hear your landlord is a major pain in the butt... ugh... stressful! Have a good day, Carrie! xo

Stephanie Shepherd said...

You can pull off any look Carrie! Cobalt is a good color on you.

Collette Osuna said...

I love the dress...Id keep it too...you can always find another place to live, lol...good luck with that hunnie...If you hate where you are living, I cant think of much worse.....well not shredding, and that would be an entire different post.....shred on girl!!!


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Marcela said...

Aww, I love the Miu Miu´s! Oh, and I recognized the dress and it looks loovely worn!

Alex and I are looking for a new apartment in ages but its so hard. Maybe you could ask the lady to tell you when there is a vacancy? :-P Might work.

xx
M.

LopezJennyLopez said...

Carrie, the whole outfit...I LOVE it, such a great combination of prints! and the vest is super sweet!!!
xxoooxoxoo

Lisa - respect the shoes said...

Fantastic outfit, girl - what potential new landlord could say no to this outfit?!

Danielle (elleinadspir) said...

Those shoes!! I'm in love. Building looks nice too. I love those old courtyard style ones you find in LA.

Fashionista Extraordinaire said...

So fab!! Love the outfit-from head to toe to vest!!! Great going on the Roots shout out too!!

indie.electronic.alternative. said...

as usual, the whole outfit is perfect! that was some fearless print mixing. good luck with the apartment hunt. and kudos to the roots shoutout. you deserved it. you probably sold about 100 blankets for them with your positive press and hilarious travel pictures :) probably still one of my favorite posts!
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Dancing Branflake said...

You look gorgeous! I love that dress so much!

Congrats on the feature. So deserving!

Julie and Lauren said...

Your shoes are absolutely adorable!! Good luck with the apt hunt- I know it can be super stressful : (
Xx

Leah said...

I'm in love with that dress too! And the vest, and together they make the perfect combo. Good luck with the apartment sitch.

xo L.

Lori said...

Those shoes are fantastic Carrie ~ but then again you can pull just about anything off! Cruised on over to check out you and your "binkie" ~ fantastic. Happy Monday sweetie. xo

Anna Jane said...

carrie, only you could look so great in such a mix of prints! you look amazing and way nicer than i ever looked hunting for apartments. hope you get into the dream building ;)

dani said...

That dress is beautiful! I am in love. Congrats on the 6 days going strong too! I am trying the p90x workout and yoga 3 times a day.

PS I want that vest! I have been searching for something like that, no luck yet.

Leia said...

That is one goooorgeous dress! I love it! And yes, I remember the miu mius heehee, they look awesome!

Leia

Marcie said...

Congrats on the feature! That is awesome! And I love that building. I can see why it is your favorite. It looks like Melrose Place!!

xo Marcie

MerciBlahBlah said...

You know I loves me a lil print-on-print action. That is divoone. Hey - I sent you an e-mail re: shred.

Happy Monday!

mwah!
Shan

Miranda said...

Fabulous dress and loving those shoes too.
You look great.

Miranda
www.indcfashion.com

Val said...

You are beyond adorable and can I borrow those shoes??? ; )))

Something Old, Something New said...

Great outfit! Love the dress and the shoes you paired it with!

Annie said...

ugh i hate landlords

gorgeous dress and shoes!!!

Bonnie said...

Let's be friends in person so I can steal all of your clothes.

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Lacey in the City said...

Lovelovelove the mixed textures and prints! You are so right - must make a great first impression in an attempt to seize the perfect property.

thispretty said...

wow love that dress.


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Courtney Erin said...

Those Miu Miu shoes are amaze balls - they look so perfect with this outfit! I spent most of the last few weeks looking at apartments (super stressful) and finally found one that I adore!

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

Taylor said...

YOU LOOK SO GREAT!!!!!! That dress, I am going to come over and borrow!!!!!

xoxo

Briana + Stephanie. said...

get after it pretty girl!
xx
http://www.br0keandshameless.blogspot.com

Jamie said...

I am having a similar issue only it's not my landlord, it's my neighbor. He's a caveman. An inconsiderate beast who apparently thinks he's the only one who lives here. Moving is such a big decision, but the bottom line is your home needs to be your sanctuary, your protection from the shit storm that is life. If it is causing you grief then it is no longer doing it's job and it's time to find a new place that will!

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PS. Sweet score on that dress!!!

Emily said...

LOVE those Miu Miu's! Those are by far one of my favorite shoes of all time! I know what kind of nauseating stress the thought of moving can do...we are somewhat in the same boat. Lease is up in 2 months and we can't decide if we should move or just suck it up and stay! I hope everything works out for you!

TheChambrayCountess said...

Oh my gosh, your outfit is awesome! I love the mix of print and color! Good luck with finding a new place- your home should be a sanctuary of positive energy!

hip hip gin gin said...

No wonder there are no vacancies, that property is amazing!! I hope you find somewhere just as fabulous to live, apartment drama is totally not worth it so if it is rearing its ugly head it might be time to move.
And there are no words for those shoes, except a squeee and grabby hands!

Peetzi Jen said...

This post is full of so much yummy eye candy goodness...my brain is about to explode. I KNEW you would knock it out of the park styling up this Tucker beauty!! And I am kicking myself even more for not putting this number on my waitlist!

That vest...lovely lovely lovely! H&M I curse you for not selling online when there isn't a store in my state!

Josie said...

I'm super obsessed with how you mixed color and texture here, Carrie! I bet you definitely made an impression. That dress is PHENOM and oh, those shoes. Dying. And that building is ridiculously gorgeous.
xo Josie
http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

Marie a la Mode said...

Oh la la Carrie! You look HOT in that dress! I love the Miu Miu's oh my god, they're gorgeous. And boo to lousy landlords! Good luck with the search!

Viv said...

Love this fearless Carrie look! It's all in the details - and boy are there tons of details! Sucks about your landlord but searching for new digs can be fun maybe? That dress is TDF!

xx Vivian @ http://diamondsandtulle.blogspot.com

Alicia said...

Gosh I just love those Miu Mius... and I love how you styled them here Carrie! Keep on shredding away. ;)

Laura said...

Oh you look totally gorg here Carrie! Those shoes are amazing and you are the Tucker queen :)

Katie said...

Ok, the dress is as fabulous as I imagined as soon as you showed it. Trust me, I understand the pains of moving (lost count of all the moves we made between the 2 of us, plus the 3 places we've lived since we were married... yeah) but every once in awhile it falls into place. Keep those eyes peeled!

Valerie said...

The Miu Miu's are amazing, Carrie. So is that dress and the VEST! Love all the layers and textures mixed together. Good luck looking for places to live! That's a hard process. And congrats on the two features!! I'm going over to check them out now. Hope you had a great weekend, Carrie.

xo
Val

la petite coquine said...

First, that dress is divine, and the shoes are heaven. Together, they should be the super heroes of the new apartment hunt.

Second, I was super delighted to see your Walk of Fashion feature this morning.

Third, I absolutely squealed when I saw the big news about you and Blanket. Should its proper name be Prince Michael II?

Kimbirdy said...

i think this is my absolute favorite outfit of yours yet! you can add me to the list of people who are in love with that dress. and i can see why you'd want to live in that complex. how lovely it would be to step out of your door into that beautiful courtyard every day!

Catita said...

the background of these pictures is awesome! love that dress

Ms. Givens said...

Carrie that dress is just screaming with all the colors that are in right now! You look fabulous and I can see why you'd love this building too.

Mo Pie, Please said...

That dress! Those shoes! You look divine!

Rachel from Love a la mode said...

That dress is truly gorgeous! Good luck looking at property... I've been all over the internet looking at potential places in LA over the summer. SO OVERWHELMING.
Bisous,
Rachel
http://lovealamode.wordpress.com

Marjorie Rose said...

Fun and fearless, you definitely are! (sorry for the Yoda talk.. noon is early for me :)

Love the mix and match.. and the sunny weather that allowed you to wear them all!

Charleston Girl said...

Love.the.shoes.

K. Bye.

:)

just a girl said...

You look AWESOME! I lurve this outfit.

Priscila Peters said...

Stylish!!

Amber Blue Bird said...

i saw that vest at H&M this weekend but didnt want to wait in line to purchase it...i might need to go back

fshnonmymind said...

Oh, that courtyard. I would probably squeal about coming home to that lovliness everyday, lol. Too bad there was no bargaining or bribing could be done for a spot in that place.

I remember seeing that Tucker dress, but I wasn't fast enough to score it. I made due with another lovely that I can't wait to wear.

You rocked at the pattern mixing and adding a nice touch of boho with the vest. Miu Miu is the best at shoes. I would have a closet full if I could afford it.

My Heart Blogged said...

I love all the pattern mixing, and I hope you can find a great place to live. Landlords forget how hard it is to find good tenants. It's a lot harder to rent an apartment to a new tentant than have one stay. What a booger.
My Heart Blogged

Jess said...

Love how you mix prints so perfectly, Carrie! Those shoes are seriously a-mazing!

LyddieGal said...

If that courtyard goes along with the place you are in love with, then I don't even need to see anymore to know why. I'd move there, this instant.

I think the pattern mixing is wonderful, and I totally got a similar vest recently - can not wait to wear it!

Chic on the Cheap

Nikki said...

I love the print and could totally see you living there. Make it yours girl! ie, camp in the courtyard until there is an opening ;)

Kavery said...

Congrats on the features. No wonder the lady was so sweet - I'd welcome such a stylish dresser to my house too!

valncami said...

this is an adorable post. you look amazing in that outfit and that really is incredibly lucky about how you scored those miu miu's!! thank you so much for your lovely comment on our blog, so sorry it took us so long to get back to you! but we really appreciate it as always <3

hope you'll come visit us again soon :]

xo, camilla & valerie
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Sandy a la Mode said...

found you from a walk of fashion! love your sense of style!!

Isabel said...

that dress is beautiful. and the courtyard of that apartment complex you want to live in is amazing! i hope you get lucky one of these days :) thanks for being a girl of the blogosphere!

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

Ah that Tucker dress is rocking my world! And with the Miu Mius it's over the top! IN LOVE! And congrats on the feature over at Isabels. It was awesome :)

xoxo

Lexi said...

Can I trade you my apartment for those shoes!?

xox Lexi
Glitter & Pearls

this free bird said...

Lexi if you live in that building we can at LEAST have a discussion :)

xo,
c

Torrie said...

Love every little bit... 'the whole enchilada' as my grandpa used to say ;).

allie said...

1. that dress is absolutely amazing and you look sooo beautiful in it!!
2. i just discovered your blog and am so happy- now following =)
3. come check me out sometime....

xo, allie
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Indie.Tea said...

You live here, in California? I'm jealous - it was pouring rain in my part of the world!
The dress is gorgeous...can't blame the landlady for being enchanted. And the building looks exquisite, I love that courtyard, can't blame you for wanting to stay there...

Pilar said...

Oooh Carrie, I am so jealous of those shoes! I adore them and they look great with the bright colors of the dress. Funny that you posted about moving because this past week I decided to move out of my place kind of on a whim and by Thursday I will be in a new, and much better, rental... but I know it can be a total hassle to go apt. hunting, so good luck if you decide to move! xoxo

She Wore It Well said...

awesome! i remember the shoes-ies. i was a follower waaay back when :D

im so happy to be done with the rental market. in the 4 years i rented since i moved out of home, i moved 5 times. exhausting!!

Diana Mieczan said...

Ohh my..you look amazing, sweetie. The dress it totally stunning and looks beautiful with the shoes. Have a great Tuesday
Hugs and kisses

Noe @ ADELLA AVENUE said...

Gorgeous Miu Mius. The courtyard of that apartment is pretty amazing. There is nothing like Spanish rooftops and a fountain to wake up to everyday. Hope all goes well with the apartment sitch.

-xx Noe ADELLA AVENUE

Allergic to Vanilla said...

first, your hair looks amazing-love the free naturally curly? locks- did not know you had curly hair!
second- the combo is fierce and the print mixxing is sweet!
good luck with the possible move, I'm on my way out next month too- moving is THE worst!
xo Carlina
AllergicToVanilla.com

BenchesandChandeliers said...

love the brights and your dress prints mixed with the miu miu prints!

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Ashley, Lions Lace Lattes said...

Hi Carrie! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love finding other Canadians too. We should meet up when you come visit your brother!

I LOVE my new camera. It hasn't been to hard to figure out. :)

PS. Love this dress paired with the vest. <3

Annie said...

You look GORGEOUS!! and what a perfect back drop! So excited to see your feature on Isabel's blog..going to check it out now! xo

Annie said...

and p.s. those shoes are AMAZING! totally made for you :)

Krista said...

I knew you'd be famous one day and I can say I knew you when!! The lady at the amazeballs apartment building will see you in the Roots campaign, kick someone out and give you the penthouse suite fo sho!!

Kara said...

A feature on blanket.. I love it! Cool interview too. Now lets talk about the outfit.. you're a mastermind at mixing prints. The colors are great, and I love the vest with it. Never would have thought to do that.

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Erin Willett said...

That dress is perfect, and the vest is beautiful and so delicate looking I love it!

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Taj Acosta said...

Great dress! Too bad there wasn't a vacancy!

ruthy ann said...

sorry to hear about landlord issues...we are going through the same thing...NO BUENO. well...at least you look incredibly hot. LOVE the dress...and so cool about the roots feature!

Kara said...

This outfit makes me want to be BFFs with you because hanging out with you would instantly make me look more glamorous. WOW. Love it so much.

Miss Caitlin S. said...

um love the dress but what I love most is the vest that you threw on! you look incredible in these, I have no idea who wouldn't rent you a home!! so fabulous! seriously.

Higgenbottom said...

you look FABULOUS! i love this outfit. beautiful building too. i can see why you would want to move in. i hope you're able to find a better living situation! i'm surprised your landlord doesn't know that having a long standing tenant is awesome and less expensive for him.

Alana said...

Gorgeous outfit--perfection!

drollgirl said...

dude. your dress is rad.

and if you didn't indicate that your landlord was MALE, i would have assumed you had my twat landlord named TATSUKO WATANABE. i have the landlord stories from hell. @&#*!*!*!*~~~~(*$^@ i will spare you my rant, but if i had one free kill SHE WOULD BE THE ONE.

hope things work out in the best possible way. will keep my fingers crossed for you!

PursuitOfLLT said...

this whole look is fabulous. that tucker dress makes me smile. i love it!

Corks + Caftans said...

You look simple magnificent! The print mixing is so contagious; tell me I can do it. You look awesome.

the vest is like a spoonful of sugar. I rarely leave home without it. I need to wait until it's not so cold to do the up-close shots that Rob has been attempting, though---so cold. So cold. You catch my drift.

C

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