Date Night Options (or Lack Thereof)

IMG_0017 So I’m 23 and single in a city. Which means I’m trying to date — and often in a desperate, soul sucking manner (i.e. bars & tinder).

Because of this, I’ve had plenty of time to find the perfect “first date dress”. Yet it has been far more difficult than I anticipated.

At one point in Tampa, I really thought I’d figured it out with some Urban dresses, especially when my little sister told me one of them made me look like “Marilyn Monroe”.  I spun around, triumphantly declaring it my first date dress.

Isabella pointedly eyed my chest, and, without missing a beat, replied, “Maybe that’s a second date dress.”

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Dress: Ann Taylor Loft (in stores) Shoes: similar here Belt:  Anthropologie (similar here) Clutch: Anthropologie (similar here)

So then I had to find something sexy, but appropriate, and pretty, without trying too hard, and slimming, but simple, and versatile…

I think I finally found it all in this dress. And for anyone with my body type (short height, thicker waist), I highly recommend it. It is the perfect fabric to smooth everything out, but still cinch it in, and it can be dressed up, dressed down, or even paired with a cardigan and statement necklace for work.

I still haven’t met a guy, but I’m in love.

With this dress.

IMG_0038IMG_0044 Shoes: Louboutin Clutch: Banana Republic (old, love this springtime version)  

However, I want to come back to this trying too hard concept.

I have developed the truly terrible habit of Tinder swiping. And I should stop, but it’s so entertaining. And so immediately gratifying. And I realize I SHOULD be absolutely disgusted with what I’ve received… But that would be a complete lie. I love this shit.

I’ll say I’m snarky by nature. And Tinder is a playground for sarcastic jerks. It’s as though a green light is given, and I go from 0 to asshole within seconds.

So, yeah, I’ve found the dress, but I am far from finding the guy. And I would like to show Exhibits A – F in support of this statement. (I know, not exactly standard fashion blog material, but I couldn’t help myself — feel free to ignore).

 IMG_0268IMG_0253IMG_0252 IMG_0031IMG_0109IMG_0033 Yeah, ok. Maybe I’ll try going to a book store next time.

Xoxo, Tash

Lumberjack Lady

DSC_4913 Obviously one of the fun elements of fashion is studying how someone else — anyone else — wears their clothes, and then imitating it with your own wardrobe.

That’s exactly what happened here. Emily put together an outfit that balances feminine and burly in an fantastically unexpected way — and I had to copy it.

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Skirt: similar on sale here Shoes: similar here Purse: Rebecca Minkoff (Medium Mab, here)

Before I talk about myself, I have to mention these shoes. Because these are clearly the interest piece on Emily’s outfit, and I had nothing to compare (surprise). Also, they just sold out at Anthropologie, and therefore became a royal pain in the ass to find something similar to.

I dare you to google “pastel pink lace ups” and NOT trigger your gag reflex — I don’t think you can. It’s like reliving some hellacious Hot Topic/ Hello Kitty nightmare — the one I thought had been laid to rest after we all grew out of our Taking Back Sunday days.

But while the plastic-and-glass heeled versions of Emily’s shoes are enough to lose sleep over, this demurred and grown-up version is what moves her flannel-and-leather combo from Library Sleep to Street Chic.

And then there was me.

I kinda had one of those weeks in which you just don’t want to deal with reality, and, unfortunately, I think my pictures kind of reflect that. The whole “working more, and the snow makes me want to punch something innocent, and my roommates won’t go outside, and oh, I spilt water all over my camera” kind of week.

So if you’re wondering about the low-res indoor shots  … what low-res indoor shots?

Whatever. I took the opportunity to make my flannel artsy. See? There’s a book, a coffee mug, and an insta filter.

Artsy.

Purse: Anthropologie (here) Leggings: similar here Headband: Loft  (similar here)

I didn’t have any funky boots to go with my flannel and leather, so I glammed it up instead with a beaded bag and headband. And then I sat inside in my decided-upon outfit because… sleet.

Anyways, I hope that everyone else managed to escape the snow and not break their electronics… Just three more weeks until the March Equinox! Let’s hope the weather figures that out.

Xoxo, Tash

Working Basics

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Shirt: Ann Taylor || “Dress” Pants: Anthropologie (last season; non-work version on sale here) || Scarf: Nordstrom (here) || Heels: Nordstrom (here)

After starting my first “real” job, I read an article entitled “Why you have a full closet, but never have anything to wear.”

The first few weeks at work had been a battle in exactly that. So I clicked.

The answer? Pretty obvious. Most people tend to gravitate towards special purchases — that amazing maxi dress you need for wine tasting, those killer heels with the extra cutouts that will make your friends cry with jealousy, that beautiful high low skirt that reminds you of something Amal Clooney would totally wear…

Yeah. None of those are so great for constant re-wearing. Your wardrobe is “supposed” to be about 70% basic pieces and 30% interest pieces — yet most of us tend to have wardrobes that are 70% interest and 30% basic. And that is the reason we never have anything to wear.

So simple, and yet so hard to overcome.

After reading this, I set out to streamline my purchases. As in try not to buy on a whim, and think of three different ways I can wear whatever it is I’m about to buy.

From here, I coined the term “fun basics” (or I heard it somewhere. Who knows) to describe the wardrobe pieces that fall into both categories — they go with most of my clothing, but don’t feel “plain”.

To me, these are often studded accessories, metallics, and animal prints.  (I realize I sound like a nineties club-hopper, but in small quantities, I swear these items work with everything).

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And yeah, this post comes right on the heels of our Studdly post with yet another wannabe-Valentino, but if you haven’t already seen these shoes, you need to. The Anneke by Sole Society has a low heel and unobtrusive stud design, making it a great work shoe. And I could rant about the scarf again, but I’ll spare you.

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Crossbody: Anthropologie (on sale here) || Scarf: Nordstrom (here) || Heels: Nordstrom (here)

Above are my favorite “fun basics” of the moment — hopefully that moment lasts long enough to warrant them being basic.

xoxo, Tash