Thursday, April 21, 2011

Shine in the Gloom

So here's the thing about living along the coast - at least in Southern California - you can potentially sit in overcast/foggy weather for hours not realizing that 5 minutes up the street the sun is beaming bright as can be.  Similarly sometimes you leave the house and it's toasty and fabulous only to return to brisk winds and grey skies.  Enter Sunday afternoon...there I was fresh off my flea market finds, all was well in the world.  I swear it was hot outside when we left the house.  Not so much upon return.  Enter breeze, clouds, and even fog.  Thankfully I had my bag to light the way.  Is it summer yet?

Shark fins! Okay not really, but kinda feels like it right?
Not sure what I'm looking at here...definitely wasn't the mini black widow spider
I killed last night on the ceiling.  (planted by landlord i'm sure)  
Unless it hitched a ride back to my place on my pant leg.
Windy
~Tucker-Elodie's Grand Mere Blouse, Gap-Pintuck High Rise Trouser (seen here), 
J.Crew-Leopard Belt (seen here), Free People-Pouchette (seen here), 
Brooklyn Thread-Beaded Bracelet, Melinda Maria & FP Rings, Target-Sunnies~
Couldn't sign off without pointing out it appears I've quite literally 
shredded my *ss off even though I've only completed up to Level 2 Day 6
of Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred.  

What else can I tell you, what else, what else?  Well first thing's first I should have bought more than one pair of these jeans seeing as I wear them 14x a week.  Aside from that tomorrow's Good Friday so I'll only be working a short stint in the AM before signing off for the weekend to celebrate Easter.  I'm looking forward to spending time with friends, going to church, organizing some stuff, cleaning off the deck, and scaring the sam hell out of the neighbors who are moving in downstairs.  It's always strength in numbers with those couple types, so I have to do like dogs do and mark my territory around the deck so they don't feel as though they can meander on up into my space whenever it suits their fancy...like the girlfriend did this morning catching me strolling about in my pajamas!! Not pretty.

Never a dull moment over here at the bird.  

74 comments:

Katie said...

This week is dragging on. Surely its almost the weekend, right? Once again, youve reminded me how I need to find some wide legged jeans!

this free bird said...

did you see the extreme flares i posted on the fb page today? picked them up at the local free people store and am peeing my pants to wear them. prepare for a hot mess!!

ps-going to shred. wish me luck. day 6 down the hatch...all i want is in-n-out burger. not good.

Josie said...

I ADORE the 70s vibe of your Tucker blouse with those jeans, Carrie. You're so chic. And I just made it home for Easter and am SOOOO excited!
xo Josie
http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

annelise said...

The jeans look amazing on you, Carrie.

And have you made time for margaritas in your Easter schedule? That could go nicely with showing the new tenants who's boss.

Enjoy!

this free bird said...

Josie - I am so excited for you!! I love Easter and remembering all that's been done to set me free. Yahoo!! Enjoy your time w/the fam :)

And Annelise...It's the Shred that has made these pants all they are. I'm about to bust into the livingroom and take on Day 6. Pardon me while I assemble the blender in preparation for the new tenants. oops!

pancakeSTACKER said...

Oh those jeans look fab on you! I wish I could rock the wide leg denim. I haven't been able to find a pair that fit me well enough in just a basic jean! Anyhoo, hope you are having a wonderful week!!


Stop by soon! xoxo!
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RosaLovesDC said...

OMG, Carrie, you look gorgeous in these pictures. I love the flare jeans on you. BTW, did you get those flare jeans that you posted on twitter or facebook? P.S. I also think that your landlord was behind the black widow spider incident. hehehe.

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

I was just stalking the Gap website in the hopes of snagging yours. Are yours regular or petite? I found a similar pair of wide legged trouser jeans but reviewers said it was super long.
Search continues...

xoxo,
Chic 'n Cheap Living

Bog-Bog said...

Amazing blouse, looks so good with the jeans!

Mairead said...

Hi Carrie, I LOVE your blouse! Saw one quite similar in Topshop that I may have to buy.. Hope you have a lovely weekend. xxx

Sick by Trend said...

yes!!!!!! in love with the combination!! lovely blouse and pants!!

xx

www.sickbytrend.com

LyddieGal said...

You've waited six years for your upstairs porch space, and the new neighbors think they can just used it anytime they want?! That is so wrong.

You look amazing in those jeans by the way, no wonder you are getting a second pair.

Closet Fashionista said...

Love this outfit, those jeans are amazinggg :D
and AHHH a black widow... *dies* AND the neighbors too...*rolls eyes*
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Kate said...

Ooh, lady, I could not be more in love with this blouse!! SO pretty! And I am all about pairing leopard belts with everything these days, so thumbs up to that too! You look gorgeous!

Danielle (elleinadspir) said...

She came upstairs? No?!? Thats not a good sign. Go mark your territory! And yes, your rear is looking good. Excuse me while I go get my Jillian on.....

Debby said...

That blouse is gorgeous. I have the 30 day shred collecting dust. I need to start doing it... tomorrow. (See how I procrastinate). xo

Cara said...

this is one of my favorite outfits you have ever posted Carrie!

Lauren said...

The text that goes along with your posts CRACKS ME UP. And of course, I think this outfit is fabulous. I've been wearing my own version of it, with high waisted jeans from F21, for weeks it seems now! And good luck with the neighbors. :)

Hand drawn:
My Closet in Sketches

Ms. Givens said...

Great pictures. I need a day off. Too tired to be at work today.
PS. I meant to tell you that I used to be a recruiter. It was one of my favorite jobs.

Courtney Erin said...

Good luck with the last stage of the Shred...oh and with scaring the neighbours. I thought I was the only one who did that. I also just gotta throw in here that I adore the little touch of leopard print...and the floral shirt!


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

Priscila Peters said...

California is so pretty! So your outfit! That blouse is just the way I love.
What are those shark fins?

Torrie said...

Seriously shredding my *ss off this weekend, and next week. MUST. If I ever want to get near that bikini, or back into those teensy tiny jeans. MUST.

Enjoy your weekend, and go make your mark girl.

Julie and Lauren said...

Lookin' good, doll! Absolutely LOVE the blouse and the way you styled it with the wide legs is perfection.
Xx

Summer Athena said...

you are looking good ladycakes and doing better at the SHRED than i am! bah.

um, that biker guy in the photo is hysterical.

Valerie said...

You know I love those jeans and that top is so pretty. The fog and gloom is definitely the down side of living by the beach. Last summer it was downright depressing. If we have another summer like that, I'm throwing in the towel and moving inland. So you found a neighbor! YAY! Yes, you have to set the boundaries early with those types. Have a great long weekend, Carrie!

xo
Val

Briana + Stephanie. said...

those bell bottoms look amazing on you!
xx enter my wildfox giveaway!
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Briana + Stephanie. said...

um why did i post a free people link? whooooooopsie!

Leah said...

Those pants are hot! Good work with the shred!

xo L.

Dancing Branflake said...

I am still getting over the spider comment. I hate spiders!

But I love your hair and the fact that you wear those jeans so often. 14 times a week is awesome.

ruthy ann said...

have a wonderful easter!!

And you look fab...as always!

Anna Jane said...

happy happy easter, miss carrie! you should seriously be tucker's spokeswoman..you rock their pieces so well! you look fab as usual and wishing you a relaxing weekend with some great weather (no fog) :) xx

Marjorie Rose said...

Go mark ur territory, forget about the new neighbors, and enjoy the Easter weekend!

Kai.Mercado. said...

seriously girlfriend you look great! You have inspired me to start the shred!!!!!!!

Higgenbottom said...

oy! imposing on your deck time is no bueno. happy marking! and happy easter!

Nikki said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE your outfit. Those jeans were made for you and Im hoping Gap is still carrying them next summer when Im not wearing maternity leggings (every single day) !!

xx
Nikki

fshnonmymind said...

Carrie, you are just my boho idol!!! That isn't normally the thing/style I go for, but lately I've been wanting flowers, flowiness, and all things 70's chic. The jeans look fabulous on you and I love the Tucker blouse (it totally looks like something I could find in a thrift store, but way chicer, of course).

I am ashamed to admit that the Shredding has gone to the wayside for me. I so need to get back on that train if I want to look half-way decent for the beach in a few months.
Hangs head with tears for lack of discipline!

Claire Kiefer said...

You look lovely and I'm jealous of how skinny you are and that weather you described is totally true of northern California as well. Who the F knows what tomorrow's skies will bring.
xoxox

la petite coquine said...

What I would give to live in the corner of your new places for just a day or two, and see your life with my own eyes-it would be magical!

Your gripes about Southern California made me giggle, because I know all the much about fog in 3rd and sunshine at 1st! All those silly Midwesterners, thinking we've got it so good on the coast!

Marie a la Mode said...

Oooh, I love this outfit! The blouse is gorgeous and I'm planning on buying your jeans when I go to the states next month. (Not YOUR jeans but a pair like them.)

kimbirdy said...

i love those jeans so much! and i hope the neighbors aren't going to be a bother. boundaries people, sheesh!

TheChambrayCountess said...

Great outfit- just can't go wrong with Tucker and some high-waisted trousers!

Poppies and Sunshine said...

I love these photos! Beautiful outfit. These pictures make me want to be in SoCal. It's getting to be a little too hot for comfort at times here, so I would welcome the fast change from sunny to gloom right now!
I hope you have a wonderful weekend celebrating Easter! xo

Megan said...

ok so im in love with your jeans!!!!!
great photos :-) hope the rest of your week goes well!

Bonnie said...

BITCH, STAY OFF MY DECK.

Nobody can rock high-waisted jeans like you.

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heather yalin said...

you are funny, i need to shred my ass off too! ok motivation, did you hitch a ride on carrie´s jean cuff too? where'd ya go?

i do so love your jeans and not so much of a fan of your NEW neighbors invading your personal deck space. Kinda horrifying. I'm curious as to how you'll mark your territory, wish I was better at that.

Laura said...

You need to be officially crowned the queen of Boho chic! Find someone to make that happen, girl. I love this top!

And oh my goodness I think I would have died if I had seen a black widow!

Isabel said...

at least it doesnt snow there! we had some snow this week. lol

this free bird said...

Laura - thx so much. I've got a case of boho chic in a bad way!! And I was totally sweating buckets when I saw that black widow. It was small, but I spotted the red dot right away. UGH! SQUISH

Isabel - My bro called from Calgary yesterday and said they had 3ft. WHAT IS GOING ON?? Happy Easter? How's the bunny supposed to make his way through? On santa's bloody sled??

Taj Acosta said...

Yikes a black widow? Girrl I'd be packing my bag already that's how fready-cat I am of spiders like that! lol. Makes we shiver right now! How I pine for the sunshine!! xo

Jess said...

Oh my gosh Carrie - you look gorgeous! I want those jeans...

Amira said...

Perfect jeans!!!! Love your wonderful outfit! Follow you)Follow me?

taylorbigler said...

LOVE that blouse! Would never think to pair it with a leopard belt. More neighbor stories, please.

FRANKIE HEARTS FASHION said...

You and Tucker go together like birds of a feather! Love how you paired this top with the flares...perfection. Um..ok I may or may not have had some vino before writing this...excuse the cheesy rhyming it just came out. bahaha. xo

Sophie said...

you look AMAZING! those jeans are perfection! haha and the weather in Southern California sounds exactly the same as spring weather in Sydney. its crazy! xx

Krystal said...

those jeans are all kinds of fabulous my dear!!! and please don't talk about spiders it gives me goosebumps!!!!

Krystal said...

p.s. i'm in level two but i phone it in too much...i'm so lazy, jillian would hate me!

Lady Grey said...

that purse is fabulous! Just the right size and shape for a little walk along the sunny coast : )
xo

Diana Mieczan said...

I love those jeans on you, darling. They look so amazing and stylish:) You look great, sunshine. Have a fantastic Friday and a relaxing Easter weekend
Muah

OneCraftyFox said...

Hey, we can't see your shoes!! ;)

You look awesome as always, Happy Easter!!

Kara said...

I'm dying over your bag. Want to trade for my tribal pants?? (j/k they'd be huge on you anyway!) Have a great Easter! Can't wait to see my sister again- she's coming home for it (AND Easter just happens to be her 21st birthday!! lol)

xx Kara
Sprinkles in Springs

Kara said...

oh, and I kind of want to live there so I can experience that crazy weather I'm hearing so much about these days.

Annie said...

carrie you are rocking those wide leg jeans!!

Bella @Bellgetsreal said...

Received the DVDs, Thank you. I'm starting as soon as I get back from Great Wolf lodge next week but for now I am enjoying the sun, food, and wine in Ocean Shores.
Happy Easter!

Marissa said...

Those jeans really are amazing on you, and they look perfect with the floral top too. I need to get to the Gap and try some on. Hope you're having a lovely Easter weekend!

GIRL AND CLOSET said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous! I'm so smitten by your gorgeous outfit. And those jeans are absolutely beautiful and fit you perfectly. Hope your having a lovely Sunday. xx veronika

jenna ♥ a little blue said...

fantastic outfit. totally in love with it.

right now i think it's gloomy in my hood, but i hear there is sun elsewhere. maybe i will go hunt it down today!

hope you are having a lovely easter weekend

Ashleigh said...

First picture - wicked cool! I get creeped out driving over those things even in the correct directions!
I am so in love with the jeans, I could care less if you post them everyday for a month!
Hope your Easter was happy!

Mo Pie, Please said...

Fun bag - great outfit! I hate when the weather pulls that kind of crap, though.

Kristin W said...

I just love this outfit. Everything about it...the small details of the belt and jewelry to the blouse. I'm obsessed...just can't pull off those high-waisted jeans until about 4 more times completing the shred...

Sana said...

Yes, the outfit is stellar but I'm floored that you're on "my beach". It's weird to see it on a blog now that I'm in Brooklyn. Oh, LB is so underrated. Love that city.

lauren lanza osias said...

dude, you are fabulous!!!! those jeans are rad and fit you ah-mazingly. you look great.

http://laurenlanzaosias.blogspot.com
tracy anderson is sorta my hero...

Stacey Kay said...

I just love this outfit! Found your blog through your interview with My Heart Blogged.

FABULOUS STYLE!

xoxo
Stacey Kay
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Lorena said...

WOW
I'd steal your outfit in a hearbeat - well if I could fit in it !
It's perfect, I love all the details from the necklace to those fab sunglasses.

Rach said...

I love your style!

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