Friday, February 12, 2010

Periwinkle Blue

When I was a pre-teen, I had several friends who had pet parakeets.  Naturally, I wanted one too.  My mom and I picked out a vibrant, green guy and named him Chico.  He was a perfect, gentle bird.  He had a very mild temperament, never bit anyone and seemed quite content in our home.

So I don't exactly recall why we thought to purchase another bird some time later.  We bought her from the same reputable pet shop as Chico.  She was still a week little baby birdie when we fell in love with her and brought her home to be Chico's cage-mate.  We named her ChiChi.  She was periwinkle - that perfect shade somewhere in between blue and purple. 

ChiChi turned out to be a little more difficult...a little more feminine than we originally thought she'd be.  She bit.  Not hard, but enough to shock you a little.  She was a bit stouter than Chico and was very much the bully of the cage.  We thought another bird would be good for Chico, but I think she just really annoyed him.  I guess bachelorhood was more his style.  But how could we have known?

Later, we acquired another male bird named Perry from some friends of ours.  So even though ChiChi would ultimately share her space with two boys, she never showed any interest.  Never laid any eggs.  Independent bird-woman, she was.

Regardless of her flaws, I loved ChiChi.  My little baby bird.  Every time I see periwinkle, I think of her.

Such was the case when I spotted this faux-leather mini skirt at H&M.  It was $5.  Had it been any more, I probably would've passed it up and never thought about it again.  Bought it in a size up to accommodate a little more leg coverage.  It was one of those pieces I figured would sit in my closet for a while before I'd find a good way to wear it.  But that wasn't the case!  It actually seems like I'm making strides to wearing what I buy right least within a few weeks of purchase.

I was slightly concerned that the material and length wouldn't be appropriate for work, so I kept it low-key on top and chose to wear flats.  Maybe it's just me, but I think tights and flats can make just about any 'sexy' mini totally wearable in conservative settings.  Or maybe that's just what I tell myself so I can get away with shorter hemlines.  If so, I'll stay delusional, thank you very much.

Necklace:  Fracesca's
Turtleneck:  Target
Cardigan:  H&M
Skirt:  H&M
Tights:  Wal-Mart
Shoes:  Wal-Mart
Purse:  Target


tanvi @ now craving said...

That necklace looks so great on you! And I really cant believe that bag is from Target, that's awesome!

Marianna said...

Oooh I love that turtleneck on you. I debated buying it for myself and didn't, but now I regret it!

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Wicked Thrifty- Formerly The Thrifty Stylist said...

cute! it's showing cobalt-y on my screen, but periwinkle is one of my favorite colors. i agree that as long as the tights are very opaque, a short skirt can be fine for work. especially if you do flats, yes. thanks for the reminder :D

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Lidiya Lastur said...

Love the shirt, and the new haircut. Looks really good!!!

alltumbledown said...

Such a cute outfit! Updated mod totally works on you. I'm loving your style, so glad to have found you.

Kristen said...

I really like the contrast of the chunky, heavy necklace and bag with the sweet striped turtleneck and blue mini skirt. Fab!

Anonymous said...

This outfit is so adorable! I love the breton stripes against the cobalt in the snow with that chain necklace...its vaguely french and chic :) And the story about your birds is so sweet.

Anonymous said...

love b&w stripes paired with a bright color. so cute as is your hair that way too!