studio to street

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Sartorially, there are two things I will never pass up: a multifunctional piece and a challenge.

Inspired by creative director at Danseuse/one half of the ever-inspiring Kingdom of Style, Ms. Michelle Haswell, I decided to test the boundaries of my balletwear by taking it outside the studio.  This experiment resulted in the above outfit, best described as unapologetically playful grey on grey with a hint of punk-in-the-Michelle-Tanner-way.

Perhaps not the most sensible outfit choice for yesterday’s little monsoon, surprisingly this look carried me- with extreme comfort- from tea to shopping to more tea, writing, laundering, jazzercising, fig-eating and all of the other fun Tuesday activities I got up to (wake me up when August ends).  I also felt pretty badass knowing that I was secretly increasing the wearability of my wardrobe all day.  So there you have it- balletwear in the real world- it can be done!

For more studio to street looks, and specifically the ones that inspired this post, run along over here.

PS- stay tuned for a peek at a bit of new Danseuse I’m exxxxxtremely excited about…

{shortstee, vest, sneakers}

october first

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Today is the first day of October!  Of course, I celebrated yesterday (my day off from work) by fighting the unseasonably warm temperatures with a thin black sweater and my orange beanie.  I can’t wait for the weather to start cooperating with the season…

I had a lovely “faux” first day of October yesterday, shopping with friends and visiting my dad at his kingdom of chemistry office.  The crazy brilliant engineer stuff that man does like it’s no big deal will never cease to amaze me.

Today the first few guest artists arrived for FBP’s annual Together We Dance gala this Thursday, and ohmygod, they are gorgeous.  More on that in an upcoming post…stay tuned…

12.12.12

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As a very superstitious person (is that a dancer thing or an Italian thing? hmmm), when I woke up this morning and realized today’s date, the first thing I thought to myself was “Today is going to be a very lucky day!”.  Now, being someone who announces “It’s 11:11- make a wish!” every day at least once a day, the date 12.12.12 reads to me like an entire day full of opportunities for wishes to come true.  Pause for sighs of adoration.  I know you’re all thinking I’m a big fat cheeseball, but I like seeing the world through my rose-colored lense.  Especially when I’m wearing my matching rose-colored jeans!

So even if you don’t hold your breath over long bridges or pick up lost pennies (heads up only), I’m telling you 12.12.12 is just too good of a date to pass over.  It’s the last time this triple day/month/year thing will happen for a VERY long time- so don’t miss out on all that luck!

Have a fantastic, wish-filled, lucky and inspired Wednesday, chickadeeez. xx

{Free People vegan leather jacket, AG jeans via Nordstrom Rack, Kate Spade bag, Keds tennis shoes, J.Crew v-neck pullover, Ray-Ban wayfarer sunglasses}

haute hippie

HAPPY thursday chickens!  I hope you all had a fabulous day.  This is just a quick little post about a new skirt I’m completely and utterly obsessed with pretty fond of.  I snatched this Haute Hippie beauty up last night and I’ve already tried it on with several different toptions (see what I did there? combined top + options into one word…genius I know it).  I love it for a whole bunch of fun reasons: 1. The colors are amazing.  My poor quality photo does not do it justice, so please check this out.  2. The fit is almost too good.  It’s short, it’s tight, it sits low on the hips, yet somehow it evades that whole “I just stepped off a pole” thing.  Always a plus in my book.  3. Remember my recent creation of the word toptions?  This skirt is surprisingly versatile, people.  I cannot wait to wear it to the final Up Close On Hope after party Saturday night.  Curious to see which toption I’ll choose?!  Stay tuned…

style inspiration

denim shirt + blazer + eggplant cords
layered pea coats + beanie
solid neutrals
all black + stripesrolled up varsity jacket + fitted green cargosstructured jacket + a pop of redblazer + stripes+ ballet flats + skinny jeans
retro sunnies + statement jacketnavy/tomato/camel stripes + leather skirt
tweed + lace + delicate gold necklaces
layered tops + detailed back mini
bright cozy knit + aviators
button-up + sweater + cuffed camel pants

Here’s a little outfit inspiration, brought to you by my unhealthy obsession with Pinterest.  Enjoy!

flower power

I was feeling pretty groovy in this flower power top from H&M today.  There’s something about the juxtaposition of the retrograde pattern on such a crisp silhouette that just radiates cool.  H&M, you’ve done it once again, providing trendy, uniquely current pieces that have true staying power.  Which means I can rock the flower power without feeling like I just raided Marcia Brady’s closet…score.