2010-05-02

Another Inch of Stripes

I really wanted to find a good spot to take pictures today. This blog has inadvertently made me fall in love with my city and part of the fun is discovering new places to take outfit pics. Also, Kendi had some amazing pictures recently and I totally wanted to find some spools to pose with so I could be just. like. her. No spools for me though... we tried a few spots (all close, don't worry, no diva fits here) and ended up at a cool bridge with potential and a few preteens sneaking away for a cigarette. Is this good opportunity to lecture about the evils of smoking and about keeping kids on leashes? No? Ok... unto fashion I say...


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Dress? Lida Baday, thrifted
Jacket? Braemar, thrifted
Purse? thrifted
Sunglasses? thrifted
Shoes? Vince Camuto, Winners
Peony pin? h&m

This maxi dress may still be the best $6 I've spent... I could have had a vendi, mocha, choca, low-fat macchiatto (no idea what I'm talking about, I don't drink coffee) but instead I invested in this dress. Last time I wore this dress in Paris (just another day in my life...), the hem got completely torn out. So when I fixed, I rearranged the side slits and gave myself another inch of length. Not like it really needed it, this dress is actually long enough for me but I got greedy and wanted that extra length so I could wear heels with it and still have the dress almost touch the floor. As a tall kid, it's a novel feeling to trip over your hem, kinda dangerous too but that's just life on the edge.
And I'm totally digging your grandmother's sunglasses that I picked up at Value Village. Tell her I say thanks. We had a scavenger hunt/ Amazing Race competition this weekend and one of the challenges was to pick up something at Value Village to take along with us for the rest of the competition. I was hoping to pick up a tie for Matt but the sunglasses were closer and the clock was ticking (and these were awesome too) so we went for them instead. Not only did I end up with these bad boys, we also won the whole thing. Go Team #4! Say my name. Which, for the sake of my new-ish readers, is pronounced Yen-tina....

40 comments :

Sidewalk Chalk said...

I've always loved this dress on you, and it's so great the way you styled it this go-around. Those shoes are fantastic too. And I love the bridge photos too!

Basically, this comment ended up being a mushy love letter to you, but your latest outfits have been rockin it. :)

caffeinerd said...

LOVE this! I never feel I can rock long dresses, but maybe with a blazer? Will have to give it a try. You look great---the stripes + flower are lovely.

La Historiadora de Moda said...

Yen, I am in love with this mostly thrifted outfit. The stripes, the flower pin, the blazer, the glasses!

Alyssa said...

Lovely! You look SO sophisticated! I love that most of your outfit is thrifted. I'm really liking the long dress with the blazer on top. It dresses up something that could be very casual otherwise. :)

Celine said...

I love love love that dress. Every time you wear it I love it a little bit more. Great outfit :)

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Jamie said...

I know all about the being tall and wishing you could trip over the hem of your dress. I would have done the same thing!

Oh, and by the way, I love the outfit. The dress, the blazer, the flower, the grandma sunglasses. Everything!

Destined For Now said...

$6 well spent!

princesspolitico said...

you look positively FANTASTIC ... the length of this dress is so elegant and parisian. the pop of tan from your heels and bag really bring out the sophistication of your dress. great location as well! i checked out kendi's blog and saw her spools and got a bit jealous as well! :) the best i can do is my apartment complex or the park across the street, haha!

xo.
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Dylana Suarez said...

What a beautiful dress!

Julia said...

Two words. Class. and Y. Classy. Elegant. Top shelf. Expensive. And etc. That's a lot of words but you are looking 100% rich and gorgeous in this, my blonde friend! I'm drooling!

xx

interrobangsanon said...

I don't know about my grandma, but those could very well be my Great Aunt Margret's sunglasses. She had a pair just like them, and she does live in your neck o' the woods.

Do you suddenly find yourself able to make the world's best shortbread when you put them on? And have a cute Scottish accent?

The Small Fabric Of My Life said...

Love the look and the tour of the city.

Academic Writer said...

As noted above, this outfit is awesome. I'm inspired to try a maxi-dress & jacket combo for work (as soon as things warm up more in my new city.)

And your elegant pictures make me miss the Hammer. Sweet Steeltown, how I miss your often-dodgy-but-never-boring aesthetic!

Most importantly, however, I now know who to blame for my Grandma's giant new old-gal wrap-arounds. (You know, she just dropped those glasses and they were gone when we went back to check. . . )

| Tex | Fashion Butter said...

ok those sunglasses!

what i would have worn... said...

What is it about stripes? I just did a post on my very serious life long addiction. They’re just irresistible.

cocojones said...

Terrific outfit! The blazer and shades with the lovely brown accessories give the dress a really chic look, which is a nice new take on the maxi instead of the predicatable 'boho' styling. Very inspiring!

Kathryn from Schoolmarm Style said...

You look amazing! I love the dress and totally agree with you about the length addiction. But I'm really short so I end up having to take off inches just to get to that dangerous tripping you length! The stripes, the bridge, the blazer and flower: PERFECTION!


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eek said...

Gorgeous look! I can't believe your bought that dress for only $6!

jen lainy said...

I absolutely love this outfit! You look amazing and very sophisticated!

Fell 4 Fashion said...

That is one wonderfully crazy pair of glasses!! and I love this dress every time :)

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

i was JUST saying to christopher this week that having a blog makes me love my tiny town so much more, because i'm always on the lookout for great photo locations and little pretty corners.
that maxi dress=gorgeousness on you.

God's Favorite Shoes! said...

I love this and I am going to try my best to copy it...I will link you in that post if I do...which I will:)

briannelee said...

Yes yes, love those glasses!

merl said...

SHUT THE FRONT DOOR.

and stop making me gasp every time you post a new amazing outfit. The cats are starting to look at me sideways.. I'm IN FREAKING LOVE with this outfit. I've been on a mad hunt for a maxi dress that I can wear with heels.. Why the hell can't a midget like me find one, when a glamazon like you did?! Fate you can suck a big fat one.


ps.. the word verification I had to type in? naiked. you're such a perv.

Latoya said...

I absolutely LOVE this outfit! Very Cute. I am loving the jacket paired with a long dress...

sartoriography said...

This is a wonderful outfit. Love the stripes and the really fantastic heels! I really like that the dress is a fun, more inventive iteration of the nautical trend.

I also like that you made up random coffee names. As a non-coffee drinker myself, I'm always smashing together coffee sounding things and cracking myself up. Love it! I mean, really, who'd choose an Americano latte frappuchino schmapachino thing over a dress, anyway?! :)

Linda said...

Looks good.
P.s. You matched your bag to your shoes...my mom would be proud.

girlxoxo said...

Love love this dress! I'm tall too and can totally relate to letting the nel out of everything!

Clare said...

Damn. My grandmother wants her sunglasses back. They were supposed to be heirlooms for me. :)

Seriously, this is a beyond awesome outfit.

Nicki said...

Love your shoes!

lisahannam said...

Speaking of your city, Lida Baday is from here. Nice choice.

anna said...

i love this dress on you. especially styled with the blazer. cool. sophisticated. sexy. all at the same time.

Lovers, Saints and Sailors said...

Those shoes are great. They are like a more evolved, sophisticated clog.

Melanie said...

I'm new to your blog. I like your style! Nice find with the sades--and congrats on winning your amazing race :)

Melanie @Unravelled Threads
Don't forget to enter my custom elastic waistband skirt giveaway!

Kyla said...

UH, this looks awesome! I can't wait to totally rip it off with my striped maxi :)

Keira said...

You can work a striped maxi! They're not so fab on petite girls like myself, but it's awesome on you. And those SHOES...

Kendi Lea said...

Well oh my gosh, don't you just look perfect.

I thought your name was pronounced Pat-ric-ia. Crap. I feel like our e-relationship has just been a lie up until now.

H to the izzo said...

Oh you look stunning! Such great proportion with that dress and the blazer. You are one of my favorite style bloggers. I never would have put brown with this outfit, but you make it look great!

Tieka, Selective Potential said...

You find such great deals! I really love the dress- and your sunglasses! My grandma never sported ones like those! Haha!

LYDIA said...

I love you hair! Perhaps you could share with us how you did it?