The Thing I Thought I’d Never Wear

Style Alter Anthropolgie Peplum Top

Peplum! I actually even publicly said I would never wear it – if you’re not a stick, it’s hard look to pull off and I wasn’t even going to try. But it’s time to eat my words. I had a “want it, need it, gotta have it” moment at Anthopolgie when I saw this little peplum top. The haphazard polk dots, the thick textured knit fabric, the adorable white and navy blue combo – it had to happen.

The first time I wore this top was for a night out in Philly while visiting one of my very bestest friends. I paired it with skinny DL1961 black denim (more on my love for that brand later), heels and a grey leather jacket. FANCY. But what I really love about this top is how it can go from that, to this:

Style Alter Anthropolgie Peplum TopTop: Anthropologie (on sale!); Jeans: AG Jeans (similar); Sneakers: Old Navy; Crossbody bag: Target

I’m really liking the contrast of a lady-like top with ripped jeans and sneakers.

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And here’s a simple brass necklace I made that you guys haven’t seen before.

Style Alter Brass Necklace

So for anyone else who’s been afraid of peplum, just know that it can actually be flattering, versatile and pretty darn cute. If you’re in the market, here’s a good one.

Next up: Peplum skirts. JUST KIDDING I’m not a masochist.

Putting a pep in your step,

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This is Your Day, Your Day

I’m baaaaack! Being that today is my 30th birthday and I have had no less than 15 revelations within the past 48 hours, I thought it was time to get back to blogging. But since I’ve been talking/thinking about my age recently way more than any human should, let’s just stick to fashion. Here’s what I wore:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATop: Anthropologie (on sale and so, so, so soft); Skirt: Free People; Sandals: DV by Dolce Vita (old, similar here)

We celebrated over the weekend by getting friends together for a late afternoon beer garden party. It was a super chill setting–basically like you’re trapped in a Wet Hot American Summer day camp time warp.

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I’m really into this skirt because it can be dressed up or down – and I figure it will work just as well with a tank top in summer as with an oversized sweater and tights in the winter. This kind of versatility is what I look for when I’m shopping. It’s all about cost per wear.

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The top necklace is the tiniest, daintiest bow necklace purchased in Japan for the purpose of layering with every necklace I own. The beaded necklace is from a strip of cheap jewelry stores in Uptown that needs its own blog post because I cannot even begin to get into that beautiful mess right now.

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I had Todd take a picture of my little hair twisty because it’s my most essential look for summer. Because if it’s hot and humid out and I don’t twist my bangs up, I will essentially look like the sixth member of Whitesnake.

Thirty, flirty and thriving,

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DIY Anthropologie Colorblocked Shades

Though I do enjoy the finer things in life, when it comes to sunglasses I think I enjoy the cheapo plastic pairs equally to the designer variety. Everyone could use a few dumb pairs of retro sunnies in an overly distracting color, right?

Right. Like these Colorblocked Shades from Anthropologie:

I love these. The pop of orange, the on-trend color blocking and the wayfarer shape are all winners. At $38, they’re pretty reasonable – but not as reasonable as DIY-ing them with the super-cheap pair I already had at home. As soon as I saw these Anthropolgie shades I thought of the pair I bought a few summers ago:

They’re…fine. I bought them because they were something like $5 and I liked the shape, which is very close to the Anthropologie shades to begin with.

Time for an upgrade! To start, I covered the frames with a paper towel (to protect the lenses) and wrapped it all up in foil, leaving just the earpieces exposed. A normal person might have used painters tape, but I was running low. This baked potato contraption actually worked out perfectly.

Plastic is a tricky thing to paint and I didn’t want my shades to start chipping and peeling, so I began by spraying them with a white primer. Next, I used gold spray paint on just the ends. The Anthropologie version is more of a nude color, but I was feeling metallic. Once that dried I brushed a thin coat of bright peachy-orange acrylic paint over the rest. Tip: THIN coats are key. I finished it off with a coat of clear varnish to (hopefully) prevent chipping.

The results:

Ready for summer!