dressed up like a lady: August 2009

Aug 28, 2009

Waiting is the hardest part.

Sorry for the lack of posts this week. Things are a little stressful in the Dressed Up Like a Lady camp, but never fear -- like most meteorological events, this one too will pass. Nothing to do but wait. A car always stops eventually, you've just gotta keep your thumbs out. So to speak.

1950's Vintage Style Leopard Print Wiggle Dress: Stop Staring!
Shoes: Vintage via the Getup
Sunglasses: Vintage via Leafydragonseahorse
Bag: Thrifted

Aug 21, 2009

Imagine yourself floating in the ocean, surrounded by tiny seahorses...

So the other night, when I was shooting that awesome green prom dress with Ryan, we actually shot a whole second outfit as well. Anyway, it's hard to say just what the hell this outfit was all about...

Basically, I wanted to wear these thoroughly ridiculous shoes, and given the setting (looking sexy at a closed down factory?), it seemed fun to just shoot for something semi-glammed out, semi-dressed-in-the-dark, semi-adolescent. And, you know, a little slutty. Basically, like a Candies ad.
Tank: American Apparel
Shorts: Target
Over-the-knee stockings: Sockdreams
Shoes: Rocawear
Belt: Thrifted

Aug 18, 2009

Bad luck isn't brought by broken mirrors...

I got a brand new (or rather, brand old) vintage 1950's tulle prom dress from the Getup this weekend, so naturally, the next step was to have a photoshoot with my bestest friend, the imitable photo blogger Ryan Hyde.

 It took approximately 2 minutes for the concept of the shoot to turn wild and dramatic. After all, I was wearing a prom dress at an abandoned factory, if that doesn't sound like it's in the neighborhood of David Lynch and Dario Argento, I just don't know what does.

So yeah, that whole "wild and dramatic" vibe got particularly out of hand when I decided to smear my makeup and stage a death scene. I was shooting for a homage to Twin Peaks or something, but without any plastic wrap or Kyle MacLachlan, the tribute was mostly in spirit.
But anyway, it was a ton of fun, and I had the smirk to prove it. Hope we can do another shoot soon.

Aug 14, 2009

Red light special.

Today's Style Inspiration: The first 10 minutes of Pretty Woman.

A boldly colored dinner jacket and a pair of over-the-knee boots. Who wouldn't want to dress like a street walker?

Vintage dinner jacket: Emerald City Vintage
Top and Skirt: UO
Over-the-knee boots: Nine West


I'm crushing your head.

Aug 12, 2009

Aug 10, 2009

In bloom.

Mini full skirt: Modcloth
Tank: Target
Shoes: Seychelles

Military band jacket: Ralph Lauren

Invisible mandolin?

Aug 7, 2009

Sexy specs: Glassesusa.com

I recently updated my glasses prescription, and it was a good thing I did. Not only is it an immense novelty to be able to see, but my new lenses coincided with an interesting promotion from the folks at glassesusa.com. They offered to send me a pair of frames to review -- and it's always good to have spares.


Glasses USA is a discount prescription eyeglasses store that sells prescription glasses cheap. Really cheap. As those who live in the States know, vision insurance usually sucks, and frames cost a lot. When your insurance (if you have insurance) only helps you cover one pair of frames a year, and frames usually cost $100 or more, it can be hard to switch your look up very much. But the frames at this shop are ridonkulously discounted, many in the $30 range. At those prices, you can actually afford to keep a variety of bespectacled looks in rotation.

These cat-eye inspired frames are "The Hilarie," and they're definitely nice. They're sturdy, well made, and comfortable. This was one of the styles that I tried on at my last optomitrist appointment, and that's the only catch about buying eyeglasses online -- you have to know what these shapes will look like on your face. So you'll want to do some homework, and maybe go down to DOC to try on some different specs, and make notes on what kinds look good on you. Small price to pay for...well, a smaller price. As another little bonus, you can enter the code Mommy5 and get 5% off your order. Every little bit helps!

Aug 4, 2009

Wish I had a river I could skate away on.

I'm growing steadily more obsessed with the sweet little ice-skater inspired silhouettes that have been showing up in dresses these past few years. Maybe I should stock up before they go out of style...

Dress: Modcloth
Shoes: Exchange by Charles David
Socks: Happy Socks
Belt: Thrifted