Cool Copying: Why I Never Get Rid Of Stuff

Okay, maybe that’s a lie.  I get rid of A LOT of clothes to be honest.  I resell stuff on Poshmark, I trade it in at my local resale store, and I donate stuff to friends and thrift stores.  There’s no WAY I could keep everything, because then I’d be a legit hoarder and you would find me buried under mounds of supposed-to-be-Halloween costumes, weird vintage, and things that virtually no one knows what they are.  I’d be trying to claw my way out, slip sliding on all that satin and velvet.  So yeah, I gotta get rid of stuff.  However, I am often VERY reluctant to do so.  With certain pieces more than others.  Here’s why.

Do you know how many times I have hit a period in my life where I think to myself: “well, I’m never gonna wear THAT style again!” and then…SURPRISE!  I DO!!   Yep.  Remember that box of vintage slips I got rid of years ago?  I STILL REGRET THAT ONE.  There was this one white and blue pinstripe skirt…an amazing pair of boyfriend shorts, and a baby blue polyester vintage suit that I very much remember and miss.  That being said, I have become slightly better at telling what I really just don’t love and won’t re-wear, or what I can replace with something better and won’t ever miss because of it.  So when I saw this photo, I was like YES I AM VINDICATED!  (I’m shouting at myself, because honestly no one else cares about this around me)

I love this look.  It’s equal parts menswear and rock and roll and that is awesome.  I bought this skirt at Forever 21 probably about seven years ago or so, and every so often, it proves to be amazing.  It has spent some time on my “to get rid of” pile, but then at the last minute, it always gets salvaged.  Because I realize how cool it is and realize that the minute I get rid of it, I will most likely spend my free time looking for something to replace it, only to spend three times as much!  No its not like I’ve EVER done THAT before!!  (Sarcasm.)

I got my white blazer on super sale on Black Friday at H&M (hooray!).  I liked the look of the plain white tee with the text on it, so I wore my Bandit Brand “Rock and Roll” shirt because, well, it’s on the nose, but in this look that totally works!  Also, my skirt is fully lined, which just makes it a bit more wearable in the cooler months (here in California, I realize this would not be wearable in the snow!).  But all in all, I think it’s a look worth copying!  And let’s not forget about those EARRINGS.  Yes, my friend Arwyn works miracles in the leather world and did these up right for me.  Ahhhhh, I love her.

Now if only I could get that white pinstripe blazer back that I got rid of so many years ago…that would have been a cool addition too!

Happy Tuesday!  (that is what day it is right??)
Katy

Cool Copying: Chanel and Elbow Patches

You know what I need more of in my life?  Elbow patches.  I feel like they just add that little element of like Sherlock Holmes chic that makes any jacket cooler.  Yeah.  I need more of those things.  When I was a kid, my first career of choice was to be a detective.  I read a lot of kids mystery books and I always was on the hunt for a good “mystery.”  Once my best friend and I saw a mannequin hand in a convertible car parked on the side of the road.  Because we were the best detectives around and had a strong nose for a good mystery, naturally, we stole it.  And that was the extent of my career as a detective.  I know, the irony is not lost on me that the real mystery here to the person who OWNED THE MANNEQUIN HAND was who stole it…but that’s not my point.  Elbow patches a great detective make.

Elbow patches also make me think of professors.  I always thought that teachers were supposed to dress a certain way (probably because I was homeschooled until I was in high school and had never actually met a real teacher).  Then when I got in high school, I realized that teachers are just normal people.  Some of them dress “teacher-y” and others…wear weird stuff.  I had this one teacher, who was just plain weird.  That sounds mean, but you guys, he was.  He wore the same corduroy pants from 1975 (but not in a cool way) with a neon windbreaker from 1985 (see what I mean about the “not cool way” thing?) basically every single day.  He stared at the center of your forehead when he talked to you and never, ever looked you straight in the eye.  His gaze would wander farther and farther from the region of the top half of your face the longer he talked, until he was just looking out the window.  Whenever he’d say “YOU!” and call on someone, we’d all just look at each other like: “do YOU know who he’s looking at?  Because I sure don’t.”

Then I got to college and I walked into the first day of my first math class.  I realized that the girl writing on the chalkboard was the TEACHER even though she looked like she was younger than us.  Turns out students can teach too (student teacher, anyone?), so assuming that anyone who looks just like us was NOT the teacher was a bad idea.  The best though was my botany lab professor, who at the beginning of the quarter told us that he was retiring after this and really didn’t give a rat’s behind about this class.  Sweet.  That was an amazing start to the lab.  He was super tall and thin, had kind of 70’s rocker long grey hair (again, not in a cool way) and wore the same belt with a massive silver dragon belt buckle on it every single day.  I watched him chew out the entire class and call us all stupid because “we couldn’t follow instructions” for a test.  His instructions were total whack, you guys, and we were the smart ones, I guarantee this.  He had a conniption and looked like he may cry, die, or lie down on the floor.  Yes, so many teachers in the world.  And honestly, a shockingly disappointing amount wear elbow patches.  Sigh.  My school didn’t look like Hogwarts either.  Wtf.

I saw this Chanel ad and the minute I saw it, I knew I needed to copy it.  Because, tweed, pastels, and pearls…it is just SUCH a great mash up.

So here’s my version of it, for now.  I’m still going to be on the hunt for more pieces in this look, but here’s what I’ve found…

I thrifted the jacket and the skirt and the pearls…well I made those all by myself!  YouTube video coming soon! 🙂  I used riding boots for now, but the next thing I’m on the hunt for are OXFORDS because, I know they are coming in in a BIG way.

Sadly, this jacket does not have elbow patches, but it’s pretty darn close to that style.  And also, sadly Hogwarts does not exist in real life.  At least that’s what I’m told, but honestly I don’t really believe that.

Happy ALMOST Thanksgiving!  Get that turkey brining!  🙂
Katy

Cool Copying: Leopard. Again.

Do you ever see an outfit and just kind of get obsessed with it?  Like, you see a picture of an ensemble, and it’s all you can think about.  You look at it and can almost feel how amazing it would feel on your body.  What?  No that never happens to me!  JUST KIDDING!  (Insert string of laughing till their crying emojis here).

This happens to me…more than I care to admit.  Sometimes we will be out shopping and my son will see a toy, and literally talk about it for days, and almost nothing else.  While it’s easy to find this annoying and all as a parent, I completely understand how he feels!  It’s like this part of your brain that sees something, and triggers this reaction where you think: “if I just got that one THING my life would be complete…”  (Again, insert hilarious laughter emojis because we know how untrue this feeling is!)  So yeah, I get how he feels.  I’m an adult, (I think?) so I know logically now that stuff obviously doesn’t make me happy per say, and that there will always be another “thing/outfit” that makes me feel this same level of obsession.  All that to say, instead of obsessing like crazy and then spending obscene amounts of money just to have something I need, I’ve started a list.

Now, when I see something that triggers that “I need” part of my brain, I’ve started a little list of things that I’m watching out for.  Then, what happens is after a few days of looking, I either sort of forget or change my mind about whatever it is I’m hunting for, I decide to invest a decent amount of money on it because I’ve realized it will be worth it, OR I decide to hold out till I find it for a steal.  This has become a good system for me because it helps out my tendencies towards an obsessive brain!

I was reading through my daily news (all style related of course!) and I came across this outfit on Who What Wear.

Let’s be honest.  There’s Gucci in it, which of course makes me want it.  But the principle of the outfit is simple.  Slip dress, graphic tee, slides.  I have done stuff like this before, but something about this combo is like just enough vintage, just enough Los Angeles cool, and just enough easy to make me need it.  So, I started shopping for a leopard slip dress.  If you look at the actual links to this outfit, you will see that it costs quite a pretty penny.  I’m not opposed to that.  However, besides the Gucci, nothing in this outfit is…not repeatable.  I found a slip on Poshmark for $4 you guys.  So…just saying, sometimes feeding your item/outfit obsession isn’t that bad!

See what I did there?  I took a vintage graphic tee, a second hand leopard slip (these are rather plentiful you guys), and a pair of slides (not Gucci, but I WILL GET THERE!), and done.  I done copied this outfit, y’all.  I could have spent $200 on a leopard slip dress.  That would have been fine.  But the difference is, the dress I got for $4 is basically the same thing as this one.  This is different than, obsessing over a Gucci bag.  (which I am, can you tell?)  There may be no substitute for that one item, so you gotta shell out the big bucks.  But it pays to know the difference right?

Go forth, and copy.  It is, after all, the highest form of flattery!
Katy