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Roaring Prohibitions

Today in bar prep, I have been “furiously” reviewing Criminal Procedure. All the terminology stirs the imagination towards gangster movies. “Terry” frisks? Search and Seizures? Warrant based off an anonymous tip? You gotta be kiddin me… I got my rights!

You know the Hollywood schmaltz.

In the fervor of the period, here’s today’s selection from my very own rotating crap game. Don’t ask questions. After all, you know the score, kid.DSC_0569 (2)DSC_0580DSC_0564 (1)

Outfit Details: Cloche: Merona | Scarf: Liberty London | Lipstick: Chanel | Velvet Coat: Vintage | Frock: Theory | Belt: Souvenir from Budapest | Watch: Vintage | Shoes: Vigevano (Fun Fact: Vigevano actually produced the first rubber soled tennis shoes in the 1920s)DSC_0592 (1)DSC_0588 (1)

Now scram (if you know what’s good for ya).

Summer of Discovery

IMG_4404After about a year hiatus, I’ve come back! Some of the pictures that I will be sharing are old, but I think these in particular capture how I feel about this summer. Three weeks ago, I graduated from law school. With that accomplished, I feel like the world is mine again. Even with everyday bar prep, I cannot summon the anxiety or stress to feel worried. The sun is radiant right now in South Bend, and I feel like everyday is a new opportunity to explore what’s out there. For instance, the Lightner Museum.

Charles Lighter acquired the front half of the Alcazar Hotel (described with other St. Augustine history here) as a showroom for his personal collection in the 1940s. Reading between the lines, it looks like Lightener was rich during the Depression and bought up the old money possessions of hapless Northerners before carpetbagging down to St. Augustine and buying the closed Alcazar. He also managed to amass a beautiful group of Tiffany glass windows (Louis Tiffany actually started his company with the help of Flagler in order to outfit the windows of the Ponce de Leon, now Flagler University). Even though fashion blogs usually fixate around showing clothes, I couldn’t help but choose darkness of the light seeping through the panes over a clear shot of the fabric of my jeans. There’s a “light at the end of the tunnel,” and sometimes it’s just breathtaking. DSC_0804DSC_0778DSC_0753

Outfit: Hat: Ralph Lauren | Scarf in hair (questionable decision in hindsight): Liberty London | Tunic: Elizabeth and James | Jacket: Rag & Bone | Purse: Rebecca Minkoff (laptop case)DSC_0780

The Collection


Here are a few bits of the actual collection that I thought were worth note: DSC_0795DSC_0808This is the most extensive toaster collectionIMG_4413IMG_4408

Sunday Brunch: Subscription Style


I am well aware we’re in the middle (to end?) of what could only be called a subscription box craze, However,  having no need for dog foods, random nail polish colors, or study snacks that don’t include coffee, I had yet to justify the ceremonial expense of at least 20 dollars for products I could better pick myself (or find in trial size giveaways around the perfume counter). Try the World changed my mind, or at least piqued my interest. Try the World is a subscription box that can only be described as a culinary geographical capsule. Each month (or sooner), you are sent a box full of foods from a region, along with a few cultural pointers and tips. They have just come out with an Argentinian box (and my mouth waters for those condensed milk cookies), but I got Morocco and France (pictured is Morocco). I thought it might be fun to share with you and review one.


So, my Morocco box came six items, advertised by the company to be the full size products. I am going to have to trust them (skeptically) on the size of the argan oil, which seems small compared to the way I know most people here buy olive oil. Anyway the 5 items were as follows:

  1. Couscous
  2. Sardines
  3. Baby Argan Oil
  4. Cous Cous Sauce
  5. Kefta Rub
  6. Palmiers

My overall impression (besides developing a new love for palmiers) is about a 6.5/10. Honestly, the cultural guide/ info. is nice to flip through but ultimately not that informative, and not really something I’d keep (except maybe the Moroccan movie list). I don’t think I’m super biased by having been to Marrakesh (the city the guide highlighted), because, though I gorged on kebabs, I didn’t really soak up the whole (or even most of the) culture in my 3 day stay there. Nexy wee should talk price. I bought my box subscription during a sale that gave me 2 for $40. Most of the times, they are $40 per box. That seems like a lot of money to me just to get a baby argan oil, generic box of couscous (I equate this on the cheap end of things, like sending me a box of rice from China… gee thanks), and a (well, admittedly pretty) can of sardines. The oil was good, but it all seemed like a way to keep costs down. In the France box, I felt the same way about the French salt they sent (…. really? I just paid 1/6 of $40 for some salt?).

The cous cous sauce was better, but almost the same as buying salsa from the grocery store. To me, the kefta rub and the palmiers were the nicest items. I’m probably ridiculously biased because they palmiers were so good. They are bite size butter cookies that seem folded like a tightly packed croissant. They were especially nice with coffee, and well worth the find. I haven’t had an occasion to try the kefta rub yet, but please feel free to direct me should you have any recommendations on how to use it with food. Otherwise, it too may be a sunk cost…

So in essence, I think these boxes are super fun (I got champagne truffles), and probably worth the $20, but I just don’t think the quality is enough to solicit any more than that, though the branding is really quite something. Watch out for their email list though… I get one like every week (no, I will not extend my subscription), but on the whole this was fun to try.  DSC_0084

Picnic details: Shoes: Bally | Scarf: Liberty London | Boater hat: Vintage | Toes: OPI: I lost my czechbook.

Boldly Go.

Happy Friday! Here’s a burst of color to make your day pop. I’ve been surprised that Florida is a bit more conservative than originally expected, so I’ll have to share my more ostentatious looks here, rather than stunning the office with my odes-to-Grecian-bygones shirts. I’m often scared to do the pencil skirt look, because I think unless you’re a waif, you always end up looking like you’re carrying your lunch in a front hamper. But I love my new Tabitha Simmons shoes, and they are so hard to match that I have decided to take them as inspiration and step forward boldly today (in the skirt- waif or not!). I hope in every situation you can do the same (and if not, at least look forward to the weekend..).DSC_0372

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The culprit

DSC_0370 DSC_0376 Outfit Details: Green Scarf: Liberty London | White Headscarf: Urban Outfitters | Top: Elizabeth & James | Skirt: Zara | Shoes: Tabitha Simmons | Bag: Kate Spade | Sunglasses: Thrifted

Beach Bag Essentials (More or Less)


Right in time for nautical week, eco-friendly lingerie brand Naja asked me if I’d like to join some other bloggers and share my beach bag essentials. I’m pretty terrible about the thinking ahead that is involved to pack a beach bag (or even a bag in general), and more often find myself frantically running, arms over chest, up to the house where I drip all over the deck before someone takes pity on me and brings me a towel. But I suppose if I was travelling (or took an unexpected trip to the Azores– it’s a long story), this is pretty much what my beach bag would look like:


1. Beach Hat (Panama, floppy, boater? get in my bag.)
2. Passport (although don’t leave this unattended if you go in the water… or in general!)
3. Sunglasses
4. Binoculars (For boys or birds? It’s a tough call.)
5. Book (This list is in no particular order, or this would be at the top- especially a good vintage Penguin edition 6. Watch (or phone to keep time)
7. Shells and or Sharks teeth (though I’m more likely to find these for the bag home…)
8. Linen/cotton/gauzy Scarf (mostly to blow in the wind while you walk)
9. Cool drink (Perrier, every day.)
10. (not pictured) Kite (When is a better time? With better wind?)
11. (not in bag and probably won’t fit) Umbrella!
12. Towel

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Outfit Details: Umbrella: Vintage | Boater Hat: Vintage | Dress: Derek Lam | Belt: Vintage | Shoes: Union Bay | Watch: Posh find! | Earrings: Thrifted | Sunglasses: Target | Scarf: Liberty London | Bag: Fossil | Passport Case: J. Crew Factory | Binoculars: Estate sale find for 50 cents!



I hear the ocean… but I don’t think it’s this shell…

While I personally haven’t had the chance to try any of Naja’s products yet, they are super sassy, and you can find out more about them here. They offer uniquely designed underwear, as well as an eco-friendly bra and swimwear line, which is made with fabric from recycled plastic bottles. So it could be the perfect find for those looking to lessen their eco-footprint. I like this suit, named Faye. Regardless of the reason why, it reminds me of Faye Dunaway (or Bonnie of the Bonnie and Clyde movie duo). Tres chic, non? 0KLudohDT1a43EVXDgee_faye_20navy_20swim_20front_large

The Tide Is In

Hello Again! Summer for me has officially begun, and with it comes my return to the Sunshine State and the sea (*ahem* ocean). I’ve traded in flat anonymity for vitamin D, but forgot what running in this weather is like: salty suffocation. Hot yoga is retreating further down my “to do” list until I go back to a place air conditioning is optional. In the meantime, I’ve filled my time reading E.L. Doctorow’s Ragtime, and at the moment, I’m a bit enamored with everything Edwardian (or whatever Americans call the period from 1901-1915- is it the progressive era? Or did that really center around Wilson? Please feel free to comment). Now that my hair is long(er), expect white frocks and Gibson Girl simpers and fervor for the World’s Fair. This outfit doesn’t really encompass that look, but it is a good mix of of midwestern conservatism (reminiscent of Rodgers and Hammerstein) and vintage sea-going attire.




Thanks you to all of you who have stuck by me in my exam-induced absence. Don’t forget June 1st marks the next eccentric glamour link-up. I hope you’ll stop by and share your style!

Other things in the works include a (very unqualified) make-up discussion, subscription box review, discussion of my new favorite TV series (from Australia, no less!), and lots more. Let me know if you’re interested in anything in particular. I am officially back on the grid.

DSC_0147Outfit Details: Hat: Vintage | Dress: Vintage (though found on Poshmark) | Bracelet: Vintage | Carpet Bag: Vintage | Scarf: Liberty London | Shoes: Pour La Victoire

Lombard Street



Given the nature of the street, this post is going to make a few winding digressions that reflected my morning walk through the area towards Lombard Street and eventually Fisherman’s Wharf:

1. The chocolate motherland. This was both so exciting and totally jarring. Downtown Disney has a matching structure, which I did not realize paid homage to this megalith. Thus, it was like going home getting a sea salt caramel hot chocolate 1,000 miles away, but realizing that Disney and Ghiradelli’s love child was no more than just that, a child, of Ghirardelli Square was a big surprise.


2. With the on-going housing crisis in San Francisco, now is probably not the time to get choosy, but when I saw this place, shadowed by a noble birch (haha I have no idea what kind of tree it is), a modern cousin (and I would argue first cousin) of the tree house tucked at the top of hill. In it I could not help but see my future castle, a dominion unmatched! Too bad I have student loans and an unpaid internship…


3. An outfit reflection: beret in, socks out. Berets have been on the Vogue radar for a bit (trumping beanies). What aren’t on the radar are orthopedic shoes, so I would seriously suggest not wearing off-white socks with off-white platform shoes (what was I thinking). Also, I have never really done a scarf with strapless before, but when tied like a girl scout kerchief, it kind of looks like straps and it can make for a cool silhouette.

Outfit Details: Beret: vintage | Scarf: Liberty London | Top: Anthropologie | Gloves: Vintage | Capris: The Row | Socks: Primark| Shoes: Zara Trafaluc


My April Eccentric Glamour link-up is open through the 4th here, please drop by and add your link!


A Certain Path

My profound apologies for missing the link up this March. Things have been swamped, my computer broke, work has been all-consuming, and that’s before saying anything about class. The link-up will resume on schedule next month. I still haven’t decided whether to postpone it until later this March, or what… I’m open to feedback on that point.

All the hullabaloo that has been life lately, though stressful, is really exciting. But I can’t help wishing at moments that it would all be over and my future *momentarily* clear. Then again, there’s a certain vivifying pleasure to having the road stretch endlessly before you and endless opportunities waiting to be discovered. I wanted to personify this dynamic and tried to dress in a similar drama to a silent movie heroine. Coupled with these trees and this path with their ominous about-to-envelop-Snow-White appearance, I hope we can share the trepidation and ecstasy that comes with prospects the future holds.




Outfit Details: Hat: Target | Earrings: Brighton | Necklace: Estate Sale | Dress: French Connection | Gloves: vintage | Tights: Wolford | Scarf: Liberty London | Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell



When it gets to be bitterly cold like this, and the snow flurries more like soap flakes and less like frozen rain, I am reminded of Miss Minchin’s Seminary for Young Ladies (I’m talking the ’90s movie version). I don’t know if it’s because of the–spoiler alert–window scene where Sara and Ram Dass have their dance-in-remembrance-of-India moment, or Sarah giving the buns to the rose lady in the blustering cold, or maybe the girls bundled up walking, olive-colored dropwaist dresses and ties rumpled underneath. Regardless, I have adopted the dropwaist and tie at my very own private school to survive the miserable snow and have named the weather Lavinia. DSC_0098





Outfit Details: Cape: Ralph Lauren Rugby | Tie: Liberty London | Shirt: Chloe | Jumper Dress: Vintage (Vinted find) | Tights: Target | Shoes: Lanvin | Bag: Bought in Venice! | Earrings: Haggled for them in Morocco!

Pictures by: Leigha Crout