31 December 2007

couldn't live without it in 2007

Wow, the end of the year sure crept up on me. I was going to break this category down into health/beauty and fashion, but tomorrow is the deadline for 2007...no one wants to read about 2007 once the calendar flips to '08!

For skin care, my best find was the seaweed line from The Body Shop.

I have always battled with horrible skin. Tetracylcline, Minocycline, and every other --cycline; clearasil, neutrogena, Proactiv, Dr. Murad; Retin-A, Benzaclin, Differin, Suphera, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, soap-and-washcloth only, and finally even Accutane have left me frustrated. I was fortunate enough to never have the full-face deep acne that leaves scars, but any girl who deals with acne knows how depressing it is and how hard it is to feel pretty when your face is dull/oily/bumpy. I don't know if it's partly due to age, but my skin has really been looking better this year. I really enjoy the seaweed scrub (I use it twice daily, it is very gentle), the daytime mattifying lotion, and the nighttime exfoliating moisture gel.

To stay healthy, I try and drink Emergen-C everyday.

It's great for people like me who can't eat a big breakfast first thing in the morning. I just have a glass of this, eat a small breakfast late morning/early afternoon, and I haven't even gotten a cold this year (knock on wood) thanks to the 1000 mg of Vitamin C in each packet.

Somewhere out there, at this very moment, a beauty editor is writing the words, "The best mascara EVER is still Maybelline GreatLash"!! And then I will read these words, and it will make me barf. Why? I despise Maybelline GreatLash! It has a small little brush and is very clumpy. I have only bought it twice in my life, admittedly not recently, but this year I tried out a lot of new mascaras. I do agree that DiorShow is amazing, but the $23/a tube price tag is hard to swallow for a mascara-holic like me. That's why I was so excited when I found MAC Plush Lash. It is only $11, but has the big fat brush that I loved in DiorShow. It is very smooth and silky, and I haven't had a single problem with clumping or flaking.

My favorite accessory this year? Headbands!

I have really strayed away from wearing noticeable jewelry, so a great way to spice up your look is with a little headband. I'm a fan of everything from a thin black Alice band to a thicker, embellished band. I have been even more inspired since headbands became a part of Blair Waldorf's signature look.

Working retail is killer on your feet. I have come to depend upon Dr. Scholl's foot powder to ease friction, and Body Shop's foot care scrub and thick peppermint lotion. Without that lotion, I could never wear strappy shoes again!

Skinny jeans are definitely not new, but this year I have become obsessed with them and find myself snubbing my nose at the flare-leg pants in my closet. I am not a skinny-mini, but I think they're flattering and so much more fashionable than the flare legs of high school girls. Every pant I bought this year had a straight leg, and hopefully they will stay en vogue for years to come.

2007 has been a crazy year for me, and I'm especially excited to see what 2008 will bring both fashionably and personally. Blogging has been such a fun experience so far and I'm sure it will only get better. Anyway, I won't get too mushy here!! What were your favorite things this year?

25 December 2007

merry christmas, darling

As I patiently wait for Santa to bring my brothers their PS3 with Rock Band so I can play it all day, I wanted to wish everyone a very merry Christmas from Lola & me.

24 December 2007

that extra half an inch

My sister came home for Christmas and handed me this book. She knows I love all things Beckham (I'm not embarrassed!) and so is letting me borrow her copy of That Extra Half an Inch.

I spent about an hour browsing through the book so far, and I have to say, it's pretty amusing. Some fun facts about Posh:

-She gets acrylics on her toes in the summer
-She likes to ski, but won't wear those bulky ski goggles
-Her infamous "I have never finished a book" quote was misinterpreted by a reporter after she said that since she has become a mum, she has been so busy that she hasn't finished a single book
-She showers and carries out her complete beauty regimen 2x a day
-She does not let her face get tan

There are actually lots of good tips in there. She urges us not to spend money on trendy items, but to always buy good quality in staples such as denim, boots, and a black dress. She talks about really thinking through an outfit before wearing it. Don't be guilty of just throwing on a shirt because it's on top of the pile and you're too lazy to keep looking for a more suitable option. Pay attention to the little details that make a big difference in your look- clean shiny nails, frizz-less hair, and moisturized skin.

Although she is over-the-top, I have loved Posh since she bopped around the screen in "Wannabe" and will probably always love her. In the book her tone is playful yet knowledgeable, and I will definitely continue reading her book and hopefully pick up some more glam tips.

pre-christmas bits

I'm getting very excited for Christmas Eve --in my family, it is our "big night" with a king crab-leg feast, lots of homemade drinks & treats, and opening presents (except Santa's, of course).

I started getting in the real holiday spirit during my final mall trip, where I picked up these little pre-christmas goodies:

I got 2 of the little French penguin mug/plate sets from Anthropologie, where they were 1/2 off. While there I also picked up this little papier-mache box, which is perfect for keeping my stray jewelry from being strewn all over my dresser (also 1/2 off).

These silver brocade shoes are from Forever 21 -- I know! -- for only $20. I just had to have them, though. My Nana had shoes exactly like these from the 50s. The only problem with hers is their AAA narrow width. My slightly-wider-than-average feet can't handle that, so I'm glad I found these shoes that give me fond memories of dressing up in Nana's fabulous vintage party clothes.

I wore them out last night to see Sweeney Todd. It was incredibly enjoyable. I loved the songs, they had a lot of very subtle humor. There was a couple sitting in front of us who obviously weren't expecting a full-blown musical, and walked out after about the first 10 minutes of solid singing. I think it's the kind of movie that you really have to see in the theater- the dark, convincing atmosphere is best experienced when larger-than-life. If you go see it, be sure to watch for Mrs. Lovett's "By the Sea" montage. Hilarious.

I of course have to work tomorrow (dreading it), but hopefully you don't. Have a great Christmas Eve, everyone.

22 December 2007

christmas shopping

with a free day on my hands, I made a trek to the mall for the little odds & ends that would signal the END of my Christmas shopping. What trek it was-- my usual 15 minute drive time took almost an hour, and even singing along loudly with The Clash, Led Zepplin, & Timbaland would not ease my creeping road rage.

On the bright side, I was in and out in about 2 hours and my Christmas shopping is completely done. For some reason, the whole mall smelled like gingerbread so it made things a little more bearable. I had to stop by Forever 21 to see if they had the moose sweater (they didn't), Urban Outfitters for my sister's stocking stuffers, and Neiman Marcus for stuff to pamper my main squeeze. My outfit today was definitely inspired by the Blair look on Gossip Girl, but I of course kept my own style so that I wasn't running around looking like a complete Blair-wannabe with my curled hair, headband, collared shirt, skinny jeans, and leopard print peep-toes:

I tried on a topper that would go with a prep school ensemble, and loved it:

But again, I could not justify a purchase only a mere 3 days before Christmas, especially one that is slightly too heavy to be useful in Florida.

And although I did not find the moose sweater of my Christmas dreams, I found another ugly sweater that is still on my mind-

old man stripes, orange mixed with gray and brown, two different patterns; it is great. If my Christmas bounty doesn't include a sweater, I'll probably be back.

I have to admit that I spent a little bit of money on myself today, just not on any clothes, to congratulate myself. I got a surprise last night in the form of my LSAT scores, more than a week and a half before scheduled arrival. They weren't tip-top Harvard-worthy, but they were certainly okay (possibly worthy of the majority of schools numbered 15 and higher), and I feel immense relief. I think I can now say with (cautious) certainty that I will get into a law school. I found a few little treasures that are in no danger of encroaching on my Christmas list gifts, and I'll be sure to post them tomorrow.

Good luck to anyone who dares venture out into the surely crazy crowds tomorrow!

19 December 2007

freakin' shopbop

If any of you are like me, and if you're reading this you probably are (sorry), then this will excite you:

new winter markdowns at shopbop.

we're talking primo stuff here. They even have my previously-posted shirt on sale. But it's going fast, folks. I put a sub-$200 Marc by Marc handbag into my wishlist, and it's already sold out. It's probably for the better, though, since my bank account is seriously suffering from Christmas drain and I don't need a single thing. Leave it to shopbop to make me doubt my much-needed shopping hiatus!

16 December 2007

ew. ew.

Does anyone else hate all the old navy commercials this winter? The new one is so bad (besides the puppies) that it just makes me angry:

The entire store is one nautical-fest right now, with bright spring colors. It doesn't feel like Christmas at all in there. And rugby polos a la Abercrombie '03? I don't get it.

EDIT: the bow tied onto the basketball?? doesn't it totally look CGI'ed? lol.

I can't decide, though, if it's better or worse than last week's commercial:

Yes, that is a shirtless guy playing with a baby. Plus, 3 girls hanging out, one in her underwear. I'm sorry but I can't stand that pants-less model. She is up all over the store and I'm sure she's beautiful, but the art directors just make her look insanely creepy/alien-like (and not in a good Gemma way. Just a bad, scary alien way). It doesn't help that the clothes she's wearing are, um, butt ugly. I don't know if I've just been around them now for too long, but I can really see how shoddy the quality is in that store. There are a few exceptions here and there, like that Mike & Chris knockoff or this blouse, but everything else just falls apart so quickly, some of it even disintegrating right in the store. We have loads & loads of cotton sweaters that already have gapes between the weave and they stretch out as soon as you try them on. Their pants fit horribly, their "dressy" fabrics are thin, bunchy, and wrinkly, and they try to portray a whole image of good quality.

I understand that some of it will work in a pinch, and sure, it's an okay place for athletic socks, undershirts, and dog toys. But the more I'm there, the more I realize that it's just not good clothing. It seems like the company was on the up-and-up, with better things flooding the store during the last couple years, but maybe it was just a phase. I don't know why this makes me so angry, but I just feel like so many of the customers are getting ripped off. Plus, at every turn there is an associate cramming a credit card down your throat. Can't be a pleasant experience.

Could it be that I am almost cured of quick-fix shopping? Well, maybe, except for that Forever 21 moose sweater, haha.

14 December 2007

shooting stars

After a long day of working 2 retail jobs back-to-back and getting home after midnight, I was walking my dog in an angry huff. As I was pleading with her to do her business quickly, I looked up into the too-hot-for-December sky and gasped. A shooting star! It was so big and bright, it startled me at first. In the split second that I realized what it was, I got my thoughts together and made one huge wish. And no, I'm not telling what it was!

After seeing the star, I felt completely exhilarated. I like to think the star was meant for me--I mean, how many other people could have seen it in that one millisecond? It was a personal sign that everything (bad job, unsure future) is going to be fine.

But, on second thought, maybe I should have wished for one of these items. Especially the shoes and the dress--I am completely in love with it!

(more item details here.)

11 December 2007

hang up the mistletoe

yowza! I have got to pick up the pace if I'm going to make it to 100 entries by 2008. I guess I've been caught up in the craziness of trying to get awesome, unique gifts for everyone I know, and the depression of working everyday at a job that I hate. Yes, it's official, I hate my job. I came to this realization after hours of fantasizing about walking out in dramatic ways, or being fired and getting to act like a martyr.

Little girls, if you are reading this, never, EVER think to yourself, "oh, I'll be perfectly happy going from an honors political science student to a retail worker, at the command of people who have never gone to college. It is, of course, only temporary." Trust me. (This is not an insult to non-college-goers, but I have put my whole life's energy into my education, and it kills me a little bit each day to be at a job that utterly wastes it).

I have been trying to come up with subtle ways to let my headmaster troll boss know that I loathe the ground they walk upon. Maybe I should wear the same outfit every single day?

day 1.

day 2. what, my smile doesn't look sincere?

day 3.

day 4.

day 5.

This is the best I can come up with so far. I know, I know, passive-aggressive is not the way to go. But until I find a new job that also has full health insurance, I don't want to completely burn my bridges by voicing my true feelings. (If anyone else has retail horror stories, we should totally commiserate and share the gory details).

Sorry for the grim posting, but I have some fun ones coming up! It's the end of the year, so everyone knows it's time for YEAR-END COUNTDOWN LISTS!

Also, I have finally given up my desperate attempt to find a semi-formal party to attend, the sole purpose of which was to find a reason to buy a pretty dress. Instead, I have focused on finding a family-appropriate outfit for our gathering-round-the-piano, presents-opening, and Apples-to-Apples-playing festivities. I am thinking this sweater with my new velvet pants:

Yes, I am so predictable. I absolutely adore anything holiday-kitschy, and I am notorious among my friends for having one too many shirts or accessories with animals on them in some shape or form.

I better decide quickly...only 2 weeks til the big day!

01 December 2007

back to fashion, for now

Well, the test is over, thank you to everyone who gave me good wishes! I definitely needed every last one, but alas I don't know if the good feelings were enough to save my sorry, mushy brain. More than 5 hours of mind-numbing testing, and it was such a blur that I don't really know how well I did. I think I totally bombed one section, but maybe made up for it in the other 5? We'll see...I need to know if I should be aiming for the likes of George Washington/Wash.U or more along the lines of SUNY Buffalo/U. of Utah! haha...no offense to any school, I will be happy if I get in anywhere.

SO, being the vain little person I am, felt deserving of a reward just for completing the test. I went to Neiman's Last Call in hopes of finding some new skinny jeans. It was very slim pickings, but I did find some beautiful Vince velvet skinny pants for $60.

They fit like a glove, and will be pretty festive if I dress them up, but I think they can work for everyday wear too.

I tried them on with this top, and it looked awesome, but the top was still $78 and I just couldn't justify that. But let me know if it goes on sale at shopbop, mmmmk?

Ok, it's been awhile so I need to jump back in and catch up with all the wonderful blogs out there, and get a move on my holiday shopping....and with all the crazy traffic around the malls here, I think I will be staying exclusively online!

30 November 2007

oh, eva!

I am breaking out of my horrible work-and-LSAT-induced silence for a much needed break, and to share my love of the painfully gorgeous Eva Green.

She just oozes glamour at the London premiere for The Golden Compass. I have never seen someone pull off a floor-length, all-black, pale-skinned, red-lipped ensemble without looking goth, and definitely not looking so beautiful that I don't even feel like a woman compared to her (I'm looking at you, Dita Von T. Sorry, I just cannot get behind her--her whole schtick is not my style in the least).

Only she could distract me from Daniel Craig's beauty as Vesper Lynd, of course, in Casino Royale. When they share the screen, I can't decide who to focus on.

Back to reality--I have exactly 31.5 hours until the LSAT. This is the only time I'm thankful that my crappy job is cutting my hours- I will take all the time off in the world until this is over.

20 November 2007

really, now. really.

I had the whole weekend off for a romantic anniversary rendezvous that included lounging, eating great food and even an unexpected, very cool gift (this + a beautiful chunky chain). Unfortunately, it did not allow for much LSAT study time. **T-minus 11 days**--I am flipping out. I really, really need to spend every free waking hour studying. Really. I need to stop reading blogs, stop shopping, put running on the back burner, & stop doing everything else until this is over & done!

My last shopping experience for these 2 weeks happened today when I walked over to SuperTarget for my lunch break. I had almost completely forgotten about Erin Fetherston's debut this past Sunday. I guess I'm pretty disillusioned by the GO! International lines after numerous disappointments. Her dresses are cute, but I'm not in the market for cutesy ruffled/babydoll/chiffon dresses. I tried on some pants that fit poorly and the only thing left that interests me is this:

On Target's website, a reviewer called this top "too costumey". Perfect! I hate wearing things that everyone else is wearing. At only $19.99, I'll order it online and take my chances.

Sorry, but I'm hoping this is my last post until at least December 2nd. I will leave you with a hilarious video (an homage to my inexplicable & intense love for Andy Samberg):

Happy Thanksgiving!!

15 November 2007

what i'm loving today

This Signette party dress from Bluefly ($165). ONCE AGAIN, too bad I won't be attending any holiday parties.

This Marc by Marc colorblock bag at Shopbop ($348). I have been looking for a bag that doesn't look like every other bag out there, and this is very me.

Kate Bosworth in this dress:

The girl can do no wrong. Check out the back:

Finally, 3 Muskateers Mint Bars:

Great, I have a new candy obsession. I am a huge fan of anything mint-chocolate. Peppermint patties are too minty, but these are just perfect. Too perfect.

life's too short to wear a bad outfit

So, my appearances-wise favorite, beautiful girl Simone had a short reign. Oh well! So what did we like?

What I admired:

Designed by Chris, Rami, & Jillian

What I want to wear:

Designed by Christian, Victorya, & Steven


Designed by Carmen, Marion, & Elisa

There are too many designers left for me to start choosing my favorites. Rami, of course, is mega talented but I'm wondering if he's a one-trick pony. Chris surprised me with his great dress, but in the future will they err on the side of too theatrical? "Sweet P" and "Kit Pistol" annoyed me (pretty much anyone with a made-up nickname annoys me), as did Elisa (this season's Angela perhaps?). I am excited to see this season's creations and how they will inspire my wardrobe...I've already picked out a slightly more interesting outfit for tomorrow based on what the designers were wearing!

Who were your favorites?

14 November 2007

...aaaaand we're auf!

A few days ago, after an LSAT-&-work-induced trance, I flipped on the tv and noticed an interesting little countdown in the corner of Real Housewives of Orange County: only 2 days til the new season of Project Runway! I had completely forgotten how close the premiere was, and is.

I wonder who will break my heart this year, as Alison did last year. I couldn't get enough of her unique pieces, especially the crochet work she does.

Her personal style is great, too. I'm glad to see that her line, Dahl, is on the up-and-up. You can see it here. Before it launched, I was so anxious to get my hands on her clothes that I bought her first limited-edition dress from her, uh, myspace page. I love it (it has her signature crochet neckline) but haven't had a chance to wear it yet. Hopefully that will change this weekend (we are planning something faaaabulous), and I will be sure to post the dress in all its glory.

Anyway, I am so happy to see the new season starting tonight. It has been too long without Heidi's & Tim's smiling faces, and it will be nice to wash away the memory of last season's season finale (go away icky yuck greasy emo skulls).

07 November 2007

perfect shopper

There are 3 very good reasons I should not have gone shopping on Wednesday:
I had just gotten paid, and therefore felt over-confident in my spending power;
It is Christmastime, and the newly-decorated mall filled me with glee and the urge to buy! buy! buy!;
I worked an overnight shift the night before until 6:30 am, and even after a long nap I was exhausted and didn't have any will to resist salespeople.

I went to the mall specifically to return something for my mom, but my weak will set in. When I was returning my item to Anthropologie, I had to check out the sale room. It was packed to the brim! Did I need anything? Of course not, but I tried on a bunch of cute stuff.

this dress was just waiting for me. I love it because of the bodice detailing:

I had to talk myself out of 2 other dresses and a bunch of jackets (err, except one. it is adorable). Have you been into Anthropologie lately? Talk about festive store decorations-- I want to live in there!

Next, I went to the Body Shop because I am almost out of my Seaweed facial scrub. In my drowsy state, the somewhat-pushy saleslady was my best buddy. She was being so helpful, I thought! I ate up her entire spiel and walked out with the scrub, a moisturizer, foot scrub, and a membership card ("yes, it's $10, but think of everything you'll save!" it made soooo much sense to me).

Finally, I was off to M.A.C to check out the Alexander McQueen limited-edition line. As I walked in, I was struck by the image of (who I thought was) Lily Cole:

Different picture, but same girl. Is that even her? Well, whoever she is, she is gorgeous. Her beauty convinced me to buy the eyeshadow she's wearing, plus the McQueen lipglass, plus their newest mascara.

Well, I almost made it out of the mall afterward, but I had to pass by the pink, enticing lair that is Bestsey Johnson. I let out a little shriek when I saw new purses sitting out, and in my weakness almost, almost bought this little number:

Yes, it is pink faux-fur with diamonds and horseshoes. And lips and hearts. But at the moment it was the most beautiful thing my eyes had ever seen. The only reason I put it back was my distaste for anything even remotely resembling a Dooney & Bourke bag.

Lesson? Don't shop without an iron will and a good night's sleep behind you. I didn't go crazy, but I did spend about $200 more than anticipated. Goodnight all, my Barron's guide to the LSAT is calling!

06 November 2007

spastic hills update

Dear Heidi,

Only you could make Chanel look unappealing. I wish my birthday was as fun as yours: sitting alone with a creepy guy, just making facial expressions and shrugging and OH MY GOSH STOP PLAYING WITH YOUR HAIR.

picture borrowed from mtv.com

05 November 2007


Last night & a little bit of today have been spent panicking. Today is November 5th, meaning in a mere twenty-five days my whole future is decided. Too dramatic? Ok, but December 1st is the day I take the LSAT, and I'm suddenly feeling entirely unprepared. I need to study much more than I have been, so my posting may slow down until December 2nd. Or maybe not- I am a furious procrastinator, and browsing blogs/shopping online are my weapons of choice.

these are THE shoes + THE floor. see how my poor shoes are just collapsing? but they could have been cute once, right?? And these are my supercute dark dark purple jeans (that didn't show up too well) that I'm wearing with just about everything lately.

see y'all soon!

04 November 2007

what i want to look like this season

These perfect looks are from The Sartorialist's trip to Beijing.


Perfect layering, perfect mixing of black & brown.

and dressed up:

I love the addition of short red gloves that take this outfit to a whole new level. If only I had a fabulous event to attend and have a reason to wear this look!

to the dogs.

Do you know what phrase I really hate? "My dogs are barking". Though right now, suddenly I understand what it means. My retail job, the one with the raw concrete cement floor, is fricking killing my feet, not to mention my poor ankles that need about 30 minutes of stretching after each shift in order to feel slightly better. The floor is negatively affecting my running and sadly, my love of/ability to wear heels. Even usually-friendly wedges make my toes shrivel and die. I can currently make it through my 9-hour shifts in only one pair of shoes: patent mary-jane flats with a Dr. Scholl's gel arch support. But alas, they are falling apart after a month of continuous abuse (maybe because they're from payless). I have been on a constant quest for comfy flats with these qualities: round toe, neutral color, substantial sole and some padding/arch support. Well my friends, such a shoe does not exist (in stores near me, at least). Looking online is easy, but you never know exactly how cushiony a shoe will be (since not ever style has customer reviews).

Here are some I'm willing to try:

I want these Jeffrey Campbell ones in yellow, $59 at BarefootTess

DKNY, $135 at shopbop

Charlotte Ronson, $125 at shopbop

French Sole, $99 at Zappos

These Michael Kors flats look cozy, like a cross between a ballet flat & a driving moc, $99 at zappos

Don't know how comfy these Two Lips shoes would be, but they are super cute, $73 at zappos

These are a little pricier than I usually am willing to spend on flats, but my wellbeing is at stake. Good quality really makes the difference in comfort and endurance. For me, the worst comfort brands (in order from worse to WORST are: Payless, Nine West, Steve Madden, Target). You don't need to spend $300 for good flats, but around $100 will usually ensure some good craftsmanship. In the next few days, I need to narrow down these choices and order a couple pairs. Because if I have no success, I will be driven to buy out all the Ugg boots in the Orlando metro. But no matter how bad things get, no matter how much pain my feet endure, I will never look at nor touch a (barf)croc.

At the moment, it is time to celebrate that holiest of holy holidays, one of my favorite nights of the year: fall daylight savings. One glorious extra hour of sleep, and I'm going to celebrate by taking a steamy shower, slathering myself in coconut body butter, and nibbling on my first Christmas Tree Cake of the season. Happy daylight savings everyone.

03 November 2007

it's britney b*tch

So I left my tv on the E! channel after The Soup last night, and what do I see? An old SNL episode from 2002, hosted by Brit Brit. I can't believe she's the same girl running around in the tabloids today. On SNL she looked so gorgeous, she performed live, and I remembered why I was so fascinated with her circa the Britney album.

I just bought her new cd via iTunes, and I have to say it's great. She has returned to poppy, sexy dance music, and it's perfect for working out. I generally dislike any songs about the ennui of fame ("Piece of Me") or songs that include the word "Freakshow" (ahem, "Freakshow"), but the beats are just so frickin good (especially loving "Radar"). He last cd, In The Zone, wasn't my favorite, and it kinda started her present downward spiral. I remember seeing those first pictures of her on the beach with KFed, wearing a pink trucker hat, eating cheetos and smoking. I thought, "no way, this guy is so history". I wish! So with Blackout, I have hope that maybe she'll return to her sexy, stylish, enviable self.

I couldn't find the exact performance from SNL, but this was the fantastically cheesy song. But oh.my.gosh. her body is so sick in this video. She was my "ideal body inspiration" for 2002 and the following couple years. No one has ever looked better in jeans.

02 November 2007


I have a soft spot in my heart for slightly granola clothes. In high school I was a Birkenstock-clog-wearer, mountain bike-rider, khaki-lover (although I promise that I always had clean hair, makeup, and dressed venue-appropriately!). My man convinced me to stop wearing the Birkenstocks a couple years ago and I am more attracted to structured, quality clothing, but I am still a Baggu Bag-carrying vegetarian at heart. So when my retail job got a ton of super-soft flannel shirts in stock, they immediately caught my eye. I bought one a couple weeks ago but couldn't figure out how to wear it without looking like a complete farmer.

Then finally, a Fashionista Streetwalker helped inspire me:

These are the only denim shorts I own, and they are a little bit of a light wash, but I kind of like the outfit I came up with. I will keep the shirt through the weekend to see if I can make it even more versatile before deciding if I need to return it!