Dress Well: This Is My Hipster Outfit

J. Crew cardigan (old; similar), J. Crew tee, Anthropologie skirt (old; similar), J. Crew bracelet, J. Crew bracelet (similar), J. Crew bangles, Old necklace, Rocket Dog boots, Anthropologie bag (similar), Coach sunglasses

This past Saturday I had to take a trip down to the Mission for a volunteer orientation at 826 Valencia. For those of you who don't live in San Francisco, the Mission is probably just like the most recently-gentrified neighborhood in your town. The Mission is where you can find the best food, the oddest crowd, and, of course, the biggest group of hipsters. At 826 Valencia, you can multiply the Mission's hipster effect by about 4 - it's a nonprofit tutoring center run by writers, so you know the people there love their thrift-shop accessories and baggy sweaters. All of this is to say that the last time I went to 826 Valencia I was wearing business casual, and I felt like the world's biggest sore thumb. So I decided I should step up the hipster-ness for this second visit. Clearly, I failed.

For me, the most hipster thing I could muster from my 75% J. Crew closet was throwing on boots with a skirt. Oh, and a long cardigan. Yes, I know, so daring. Luckily, the crowd ended up being not too hipster-y, so I think I blended in okay.

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DSC_1783To be honest, I debated for awhile on whether or not this outfit was blog-worthy. There isn't really anything edgy (or even printed) to it, so I thought it might just be too boring. But then I realized: this is how I dress. I probably wore this shirt and skirt together at least once a week every week for the last two years I lived in Houston. And now that I'm in San Francisco, I whip this outfit back out any time that it gets above 65 degrees. If I want to stay honest with you guys (and I do!) then this outfit deserves a spot on this blog. I hope y'all agree.

Have a great Presidents' Day!

Dress Well: Double (Valentine's) Copycat

Anthropologie dress (wish I had enough $$ for this one), Urban Outfitters cardigan (similar), Old necklace (similar), Vintage clutch (similar), J. Crew bracelet, Coach sunglasses, Outfit 1 shoes: Rocket Dog boots, Outfit 2 shoes: Steve Madden flats

I have had not one, but TWO inspirations for the pairing of this eyelet dress and this red sweater. The first was two years ago, when Quinn wore this outfit on Glee:

Sorry for the low-quality picture, image source here

Yes, she is wearing the exact same dress that I'm wearing in the pictures above. And she's also wearing heavy brown boots, which I unfortunately could not find a picture of. When I first saw her in this dress on Glee, I hated how they styled it - brown boots with spaghetti-strap eyelet? Too unexpected. At the time, the only thing I thought this dress went well with was sandals. But as time has gone by, I've come around to the Glee version, and now my Rocket Dog boots are one of my favorite things to throw on with this dress.

Here are a few more photos of my interpretation of Quinn's outfit:

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I am so proud of these curls.

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I told you you'd see this bracelet soon enough!

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My second inspiration came from Sequins & Stripes. When Liz posted about Valentine's outfit consisting of an eyelet dress paired with a red sweater, leopard flats, and the J. Crew heart bracelet, I realized I had every single outfit component and decided to put it together myself.

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Dress Well: Heart on My Sleeve

J. Crew sweater, J. Crew shirt (similar), Joe's jeans, Rocket Dog boots, J. Crew necklace, Ernest Alexander via Club Monaco bag, Coach sunglasses

Cold Texas days over Christmas meant layers: lots of layers. My mother-in-law gave me this adorable sweater from J. Crew, which proved to be a wonderful ally in the fight to stay warm (made harder by the fact that I didn't bring a jacket on the trip...what happened to 70-degree Decembers?!). My husband also gave me a heart-print sweater for Christmas, so expect to see my heart on my sleeve quite a bit in the future!

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Have a great weekend!