Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Black and Blue

The title of this post sounds so ominous.  Nope--just the story of an LBD and a favorite denim shirt.

Yesterday was a race from the moment I opened my eyes until the time I hit the couch just in time to catch Teen Mom (cue the tears over Catelynn's fear of Brandon & Teresa cutting off contact with Carly).  Being busy without scary demands is a good feeling.  Unfortunately it wasn't so great when I reached over to turn on the straight iron only to realize 10 minutes later the thing had crossed over to the great hair appliance factory in the sky.  Why me?  Cut to scene and there I was racing out the door minutes later with a somewhat fuzzed out head of hair and a bag containing various outfit changes to last the day...miraculously I was only 10 minutes late to the first meeting.  Think screeeeech.

It should be noted that cleaning out the closet can yield many a forgotten treasure.  Case in point the little black dress in this post.  I picked it up more than a few years ago and have only worn it once or twice because it always gets lost beneath a hanging jacket.  Imagine my excitement upon rediscovering it this past Saturday.  We're in this weird weather pattern right now:  fogged in for the morning, blazing hot for the afternoon and then fogged in and cold for the evening.  I'm not ready to kiss summer goodbye so am working dresses and shorts to the maximum opting for light layers overtop that can easily be tossed aside once it warms up.  Second case in point:  the denim shirt.  Everyone laughed and called me a cowboy when I picked it up at Martin+Osa (RIP) a couple years ago.  Laughs on you suckahs (ie. friends who teased and read this blog)!  The denim shirt is back with a vengeance and I'm here to claim my rightful seat on the denim shirt throne.  On a serious note:  two wardrobe essentials paired together for chic and easy. You really can't go wrong.
~Details:  Martin+Osa Denim Shirt (similar, similar), Free People-LBD, Shoes-Swedish Hasbeens~
~Rebecca Minkoff Studded Rocker (here with silver studs), 
on the left:  Rosa's friendship bracelets + Seventh Door cuff + Melinda Maria Link Oxidized Ring
on the right:  Made With Love bracelets (on sale!)
Quite possibly the best shoes I've ever invested in.  
There is a reason SJP consistently wears them in many different versions and colors.
This is what we call the "out in the parking lot next to the restaurant hurry up before any 
customers spot us" shot.  Complete with hysterical laughing.

And now let us carry on toward the weekend.  Only two days to go...

49 comments:

Mandy at Life in the Fashion Lane said...

You are so right my friend. Those two basics are a perfect outfit. I am still looking for a better Chambray shirt as it will live on for awhile. And that RM bag has been on my covet list for a year. I love it soooooo!!

Dancing Branflake said...

Hey! You're smiling! You have such a beautiful smile. And I adore those shoes also- go SJP!

Zabrinah said...

Your legs look awesome in those shoes! I can see why they're such a good investment. You look fabulous!

~Zabrinah

Leia said...

Oooh the LBD is so pretty! I love the hemline. And your studded bag is so fierce!

Leia

Megan said...

i love that you made this LBD so daytime appropriate. and those shoes are starting to grow on me each time i see them which means i may have to forego eating a few meals here to invest in them (yes, im that poor).

Signe said...

I am in love with your hasbeens!

Hugs,
Signe

Katie said...

If your straightener died, invest in a GHD. You'll cry at the price then you'll cry at how fast you'll be able to straighten your hair. Maybe that was just me. Or maybe I'm crying because my head is about to explode and the good pain pills are gone. Who the hell knows.

RosaLovesDC said...

Well, you look fabulous. I love that last picture!

Closet Fashionista said...

Wow loooove this outfit, it is perfection!! :D If only I had a LBD and denim top XDXD
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Cara said...

Love it!

Daisy said...

I'm wearing black and blue today! its a fun combo.

Isabel said...

i wanted that studded rocker but i settled for the 3zip instead. i shouldnt have settled :(

Danielle (elleinadspir) said...

I love your smile in the last pic ;)

Courtney Erin said...

This might be one of my favorite looks of yours - simple and chic indeed...and I'm mildly obsessed with that Rocker purse.

xoxo ~ Courtney
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Tara @ Haute Lunch said...

Love the outfit! That dress is so cute, and the shirt looks great with it! I also love your Minkoff bag, and those shoes are so cute! Sorry to hear about your straightener. I hate when my hair tools die. Often with straighteners and curling irons I don't even notice until I've tried fixing my hair for 5 minutes, wondering why it isn't working. :)

Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

hah I LOVE it - and i do the same thing - i take something off the hanger and then WHALA there's this piece of clothing i forgot ALL about - it's the heavens singing! ... and since i've been adding some "outfit" posts latley - um TOTALLY feel ya - strange looks all around - i'm like "WHAT i'm a blogger, got a problem with that toughie!" -- they shoe away then!

Josie said...

Dear lord, Carrie, you look fantastic! I'm dying over that RM bag -- the studs are killer! And that Free People dress is fantastic. But I hear you on the straightener -- seriously, it's the worst when hot tools break.

In other news, I owe you an e-mail...
xo Josie
www.winksmilestyle.com

Tanvi said...

Absolutely LOVING that bag!!! Such a cool look with the shirt thrown over a LBD!!! I like.

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Tanvi said...

P.S. I too have many such pictures ... like yours ... (last one!)

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17 Perth said...

Love this outfit--that denim shirt, with those shoes---so, so cute!

Lily said...

LOVE this outfit..especially the bag & shoes !! You look great !

xxLily
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Kim said...

So good to see you smiling pretty girl :) You look fabulous. I love the denim shirt with a lbd - great and unexpected combo.
P.S I'm sooo glad I'm not the only one hooked on teen mom. Do you hate Farrah as much as I?

LyddieGal said...

I never feel like I can pull of fancy lbd in the daytime, or with color. maybe i'm just the only person in the world who feels stumped by black most of the time. haha.

OneCraftyFox said...

Goodness, Carrie! I love this look on you... so soft and feminine. Stunning!

TheChambrayCountess said...

I love that you bought the top and held onto it despite those nay-sayers! It is perfect and looks like you've owned it forever. And I have been wondering about those shoes... are they really super comfortable?

Jess said...

Never thought I would like the denim shirt trend, but you may be changing my mind...

Marie a la Mode said...

Okay, that purse is ridiculous! I love it! The whole outfit is cute. I love pairing denim with black, black with blue. I have to catch up on Teen Mom tonight ; )

fshnonmymind said...

Aww, you're smiling so pretty for the camera. We don't see you do that too often in your pics. :)

Love the simplicity of this outfit and those Hasbeens are cute. I've thought about trying them out and I could have sworn H&M was suppose to do a collaboration with them.

modanista junkie said...

OMG I totally wanted to cry when I watched Teen Mom. Trying to hold back tears while the annoying ball in my throat feeling was arising. :( Tear.

Anyway, those shoes are amazing and look very comfy.

p.s. You can totally stud shoes with the studs I used on my last DIY. I actually helped the bf stud his converse not too long ago. Will post soon. :)


xoxo,
Mel

la petite coquine said...

This look is perfect, but nothing could top your little reminder that Wednesday is winding down and there are only 2 more days until bottomless margaritas. Bless you.

Kimberly said...

Hey !
I love that outfit, I think you look pretty cool.
Xoxo

FRANKIE HEARTS FASHION said...

You are killing me with this outfit...I LOVE it!!!!! SO simple and so chic. The crossbody is one of my faves too. Cheers to hump day! xo

kimbirdy said...

i didn't think i would like this combo when i read the first line of your post, but actually, it totally works! you are one creative fashionista.

Emily said...

LOVE when you find something awesome in your closet that you had forgotten about forever. It feels like you have something new, except you don't have to buy anything! Aaaaand I love your SJP shoes.

Rach said...

I would have never thought to pair a denim button down with the rocker look, but it turned out great! You look hot! I always feel so awkward when I take outfit photos and someone spots us. Last time, the same man kept wandering by and staring. Awkward!

Lauren and Julie said...

I'm obsessed with your shoes! So cute- perfect wedge/clog look. Love.

Grace said...

you look FAB! i love how you wore the chambray top as a jacket.

xox grace
stripesandsequins.com

Miss Caitlin S. said...

ooo, too fabulous and laid back! Obsessed with this casual look and you're right, it is back with a vengeance... and I love those shoes! I rememeber SJP had them in red.

PS Teen Mom- I love Catelynn and Tyler!

Stephanie said...

I love that shirt. I've been looking for a denim shirt and just can't find one that looks good.

And I totally choked up over the scenes with Catelynn at the retreat. Her story just breaks my heart!

Katie said...

Fantastic outfit, you look gorgeous! xo

Kavery said...

I spy the Made with Love bracelets on you. They look smashing. As does your dress. I confess to pairing my LBD with a denim jacket too. It makes it so easy to wear in the daytime, eh?

Caroline said...

Love the last photo!!! Your style is effortless and simply beautiful!! xo.

AnneBallo said...

Love this outfit! So Chic and summery!

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PriscilaPetersDecor said...

Carrie,
The last photo is great!
Love the outfit for sure.

ps: you're looking slimmer. you look fantastic.

She Wore It Well said...

LOVE the denim shirt. The wash is perfect! xxxx

whoorl said...

Ahhhh, I have that M+O shirt too! Might just wear it on errands today in honor of this post!

Also, I'm really starting to love the Hasbeens, and you just took me over the top. Where's my wallet??

Wander.Lust said...

these outfit is so perfect, easy going and chic! love it!

The Blonde @ Stylish3 said...

LOVE a good chambray top - so versatile!

p.s. love the smile!

Kara said...

omg, this is one of my favorite outfits! So simple, but makes a big (chic) impact... I'm gonna try it!

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