Monday, July 11, 2011

Channeling My Inner Olivia Palermo

Now let the truth be known:  I'm much more of a Farrah Fawcett meets Kate Moss kinda girl, but every once in awhile my inner Olivia Palermo comes calling.  During Closet Purge 2011 (the saga continues) I came across these faux leather shorts.  Remember when I got them last fall in Canada? Well every time I see these babies Olivia P comes to mind.  In fact, for a good while there every purchase I made was met with 'Olivia Palermo made me do it' (seemed to make sense at the time?).  After awhile that got old or I forgot about it or something.  More than likely my inner hippie came calling and OP got shoved to the back of the closet.

Then Chloe popped up with this in spring:
And it has lived on my desktop ever since.

I got fixated on finding the same top.  Oh who am I kidding?  I also got fixated on achieving a version of those skinny legs, but a failed 30 turned 86 Day Shred and 3 plates of guacamole later the fixation died.  Then as I was rooting around in le closet this weekend I came across a sleeveless black top with a slit in  back versus the front and it was game over.   

Moments later we snapped these pics while a beat-up VW bus pumping reggae beats drove round and round the block until I couldn't take it anymore, hopped back in the car and sped off.  Awkward

~Aritzia-Shorts, Club Monaco-T-shirt, Alexander Wang-Coco, Steve Madden-Heels~
~Bracelet won last year from the wonderfully chic Corks+Caftans 
+ Melinda Maria link oxidized & Marc x Marc coil rings
The second lap of reggae beats causes me to stare over and throw a dirty.
Seconds later I'm wondering if the shorts are too short while the Chef busts up
 laughing on the sidewalk.  Where's the love?
Finally lap three of reggae madness sends me racing off down the street back
to the car hollering over my shoulder, "It's not a side show ya crazy birds!"
Oh yeah there's the back of the shirt.  Everything happens for a reason?

As you can see summer has shown her beautiful face in Southern California and I couldn't be happier.  There is nothing quite like waking up to the sound of boats in the harbor and kids laughing their heads off in the distance.  Here's hoping for a week of minimal work and warm days in the sun!

The Bachelorette's back tonight, too--fasten your seat belts!

64 comments:

Katie said...

I remember thinking I needed shorts like these when you posted about them before and I'm thinking that again thanks to this post. If I do the Shred 10 more times (not 10 days, like complete it again times 10)... oh who the hell am I'm kidding, it's never going to happen.
Rock the shorts.

She Wore It Well said...

i just died and went to outfir heaven.

hot damn!

and im here wearing tights and knits.

and those legs!!

this free bird said...

You're too kind--I started Pilates again this weekend. Time to pull it together and get back in the game!! :)

Indie.Tea said...

That model's legs...scare me, honestly.
And the leather shorts look great on you. Very chic.

Dancing Branflake said...

Haha! I have gotten the funniest looks and hollers during outfit shots. This one is so hilarious and I totally feel your pain. And the Chef laughing? Oh no, I would have clubbed him so hard.

this free bird said...

I know--that model has got a serious case of "legs need a sandwich".

And Chef and I laugh together...after I get in the car though. haha!

Marcela said...

No, we dont really want those legs. And yours are perfect. Seriously? And I can say this coz I know you! You look gorgeous and you can have as many guacamoles as you can eat! (Now this makes me want guacamole, but back to you!) The shorts look great on you. And I want them too, now. But I need your legs first :-P

Btw, did you guys buy the flights to our wedding yet? I offer some guacamole, too :D Oh and (I dont know if I asked you this yet but..) would you please send me the pics you made of us? Id love to use them for my CA post.

xx
M.

Megan said...

helllllllo hotness! those shorts are amazing on you. and i love what you wore it with.

i recently looked at some "leather" shorts at topshop and almost bought them but then remembered how HUGE my butt is and decided against it. wish i had now so i can at least give them a shot!

ps: please send summer weather to norway. k thanks.

Josie said...

I ADORE those leather shorts on you, Carrie. You look crazy-chic!
xo Josie
www.winksmilestyle.com

Judy C said...

Hey. I asked my guy about some outfits on the runway and his first comment was "I wonder how they'd look on real women cause they look awful now". He was talking about the clothes but he said the models all looked stoned and hungry. I wonder sometimes why using real women to model the clothes is such a peoblem.

RosaLovesDC said...

I think you look fabulous lady! It might be a little different than what you usually wear, but you added a few elements that made it so YOU, like that bracelet.

Polly said...

I love it when Chloe throws a little bit of inspiration around, and I can see why you would be on the hunt for that top. Gorgeous. Mind you I think your take is fabulous and those sticks are not too bad either - keep shovelling the guacamole!

Tanvi said...

You are pulling off this outfit soo well! Really. You look fit to me!!!

Need a pair of those shorts in my closet!!!!

♡ from © tanvii.com

LyddieGal said...

Chloe perfection! I'm so guilty of fixating on one thing for ONE look and not being able to get past it.
And the short short feelings, I know them well - no worries you look amazing.

Leah said...

ahha I guess the VW boys liked what they saw! So do I, you pulled this look off well.

xo L.

Debby said...

You look so cute in this outfit! So glad summer decided to come to CA this year!! xo

Staley Mc said...

You are totally rocking this look!

Danielle (elleinadspir) said...

Dude, you don't need the shred anymore....this post is proof you are a rocking little hottie!

kimbirdy said...

you are totally rocking those shorts! workouts be damned, your legs look great, and i love that top!

Daisy said...

seatbelt: fastened

your legs look smokin' - way better than the models IMO.

kris said...

The length of your shorts is perfectly suited to your amazing (and beautifully tanned) legs!

marissa at the boot said...

you are hot hot hot in those! olivia hooked you up!

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Those are some hot shorts my dear! This outfit is the epitome of summer chic!

xoxo,

Chic 'n Cheap Living

Anna Jane said...

i LOVE these you--Olivia Palermo indeed! glad those didn't go out with the purge.

Stephanie Shepherd said...

Looking good Carrie! I think this is one of my favorite outfits you've posted.

Jessica @ Beautify My Life said...

I am embarrassed to admit that I legitimately missed The Bachelorette last week. I think I need rehab.

Courtney Erin said...

I gotta throw in that this is a seriously awesome look Lady! Those shorts are caliente!


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

Belle de Couture said...

Love your take on the runway look.. you def did it justice!

xx
Jen

http://belledecouture.com

Lily said...

Love this look !! The shorts are so cute.

xxLily
goldandgray.com

Eda ♥ said...

Such a fabulous look, you look wonderful

Eda ♥

moonstruck-expose said...

You look GORGEOUS- I think your legs look ahhmazing!

So stop all that you need Olivia's "chicken chihuahua seagull bird lizard" legs!

Your bod is rockin' lady!!! Love the whole look-- ;)


moonstruck exposé

x. juliana

fshnonmymind said...

Hot stuff!!! I love your re-creation and think you totally rock those short shorts!! I don't blame you for drawing inspiration from Chloe or Olivia P.

I stepped out on a limb with my style this weekend too. It's cool to try something a bit different.

P.S. I never quite made it through the full 30 days. Terrible!! And my pants are feeling tight now, so perhaps I need to get my butt back to shredding.

Ms. Givens said...

Love this post! Love the rings of course and the shoes and just the whole dang thing!

ruthy ann said...

you are totally rocking that outfit...kudos to you, I could never be that brave!

Kim said...

You look hot!! I'd rather have your gorgeous legs any day over that model's - they look painfully thin - like you could break them in half.
You rock those shorts girl!

Marie a la Mode said...

Love the short shorts on you! You have nice legs, Carrie! Ooh, can't wait for the Bachelorette tonight.

la petite coquine said...

This is perfection. You are the first "real person" to wear a pair of leather shorts like it was meant to be, and trust me, these were. I love everything about this.

xoxoxoxo

Kara said...

oh no, not the bachelorette again!

I love this look on you- great to switch it up a bit, even though I always love your boho inspired looks.

Bad Joan said...

Those shorts are hot!

http://blog.badjoan.com

Catita said...

wow you totally rock those shorts, very A+ on my book of style and with the pony tail you look even sexier!
xoxo
Catita

Krystal said...

very olivia...i like it!! i need like a whole new wardrobe for work. omg.

Jess said...

Oh that last picture is gorgeous. I love everything about it!

PriscilaPetersDecor said...

Cute shorts, indeed. Love the whole look on you.
I'm glad you reminded me, I want to watch the Bachelorette tonight because they'll have an interview with Brad & Emily....

Ashley said...

I love this outfit, you look amazingggg in those shorts! And the weather looks so beautiful, love the sunlight in these pics!

-Ashley
http://breakfastatsaks.blogspot.com

Amber Blue Bird said...

holy moly you look great in this outfit. You are rocking those shorts!

FRANKIE HEARTS FASHION said...

I remember these bad boys!! Those legs of yours are looking like HOT SAUCE! xo

Cristina @FUJI FILES said...

Super chic in the all black. Do try with ballet flats if you have them cuz I looooved that look on the runway!

xoCristina

Bonnie said...

Closet Purge 2011 -- This reminds me that I need to host my own. I have so many clothes that they are actually spilling out of my closet, and my shoe boxes are stacked to the ceiling. No joke.

Annnddd this outfit is HOT. (Seriously, I bet you were sweating your dick off in it.)

P.S. I am so excited to have been birded/knighted/crowned a "free bird." I literally exclaimed it to Mr. A. He had no idea what I was talking about, but he was excited for me nonetheless.

http://www.glamkittenslitterbox.com/
Twitter: @GlamKitten88

Rachel from Love a la Mode said...

So cute! I was on a super hunt for a pair of leather shorts but have thus far been unsuccessful... You look great though!
Bisous,
Rachel
http://lovealamode.wordpress.com

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Oh please! You already have perfect legs and DO NOT need the 30 Day Shred! :P

Love the outfit. Hate Olivia. And hate that she's so damn cute! lol

Marjorie Rose said...

From runway to the streets.. love love the monochromatic summer outfit!

And yeah, The Bachelorette is on again tonight. Gawd, I'm a glutton for punishment..

Kristin said...

Dude...I wish there was a vlog of that. Ha! And those shorts are uber hot!

Isabel said...

i have a love hate relationship w aritzia. i always get lured in by a huge SALE sign. only to find its $3 off the regular price.

over xmas cousin from seattle bought a shirt

cousin: "it was on sale!"
me: "how much?"
cousin: "originally $62 on sale for [looks at tag]......$59[sheepishly]"


THATS NOT A SALE


side note: your legs are amazing. you dont want to look like that model. she looks anorexic

Kavery said...

Yeah for OP and her perfect style. Don't bother with another 30 day Shred 'coz your legs are smoking in these shorts. Even the guys in the VW saw that too!

Claire M. said...

Just like Olivie Palermo!!!! Keep it up ;)

Wander.Lust said...

i love the faux-leather shorts! great look. xoxo

Kara said...

Dayum girl, you got LEGS. Loving this look for you. Your Farrah look is wonderful, and this is a fun change for every once in a while!

Poppies and Sunshine said...

Oh love your outfit, Carrie! Simply fabulous. You certainly have a gift with fashion!
I can't believe I forgot the Bachelorette was on tonight, so only caught the last hour....I couldn't get over the crazy camera views of Ryan after she "broke up" with him.

Miss Caitlin S. said...

um, you look hot as hell, I LOVE this look on you!!! Especially paired with the shoes and bags. I love your Chef started laughing, my boyfriend would do that too

The Blonde @ Stylish3 said...

What are you talking about? Your legs were made for shorts! You look awesome.

allergic to vanilla said...

I say keep em, they are AWESOME, and will totes come in handy during the fall/winter season!

xo Carlina

Cara said...

Loving those shorts!!
xx Cara
http://www.afashionloveaffair.com

TheChambrayCountess said...

I don't think you failed at the Shred, those shorts look great on you! And I can justify purchasing anything if I can rope OP into my reasoning in any way ;)

Tracy D said...

I'd rather have your legs than hers any day...and you could easily turn that top around :)

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