Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Rule of Seven

Dress: vintage, thrifted via My Sister's Closet,  Belt: F21
Necklace: Fashion Bug,  Boots: Frye via Amazon

Lookie what I found!  A forgotten outfit picture.  It's like Christmas.

A recent conversation resounds in my mind as I try to get dressed in the morning.  We were discussing the process of dressing a mannequin - a task I enjoy, given the right items.  I was told that somewhere in the world of retail merchandising, there is a "rule" of seven.  As in, seven pieces make a complete outfit.  

This was news to me.  As much I've grown to dislike hard rules in fashion (a blog post for another day), I admit to curiosity.  Who made this mannequin rule and does it also apply to outfitting real people?  Accessorizing isn't something I'm awesome at.  This suggestion could be helpful...maybe.

Take this outfit, for example.  
Earrings + Necklace + Dress + Belt + Socks + Boots = 6 pieces.

Is it incomplete?  Not necessarily.
Would it benefit from one more item?  Couldn't hurt.

So I'm in the process of testing the theory.  Yes, it is annoying that this idea is taking up any amount of space in my creative psyche.  At the same time, my analytical brain eats junk like this for breakfast.  Any conclusive results will be shared here, of course.  Don't hold your breath.  Just count your outfit.

Monday, October 28, 2013


Sometimes, it pays to be the first!

The winner of For the Love of Shoes book giveaway is SANDY!

(Side conversation to Sandy: instead of me mailing the book to you, we should grab lunch sometime soon.  Yes?  Ok, I'll text you.)

Alrighty, peeps!  More giveaways comin' down the pipeline.  Stay tuned.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Romanticizing the Cold

Shirt & Skirt: Target,  Vest: JCP,  Hoodie: clothes-swapped
Boots: c/o Crocs

Socks and boots.  Socks and boots and tights on even chillier days.

I may not love the cold, but I sure enjoy dressing for it.  Cuddling in it.  Sleeping under the weight of multiple blankets.  Wrapping my icy fingers around a warm mug of coffee.  Adding a few extra minutes to a hot shower.  Hiding the regrowth of dishwater blonde hair under a cozy hat.  Eating hearty soups.

Socks and boots.

I've said all this before, multiple times.  Call it a survival technique or seasonal neurosis.  It's both.

Socks and boots.  Giveaways for both coming up in the next few weeks (hint in today's outfit).  Until then, enter this one.  Imagine yourself enjoying the book while snuggled under a fuzzy blanket, your favorite steamy beverage within reach, and a snoring Pug at your feet.  Complaints be silenced.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

BOOK GIVEAWAY: For the Love of Shoes

YAY!  I am so pumped (pun intended).  Today's giveaway is an AH-MAZING coffee table book.  For the Love of Shoes is 300 massive pages of designer footwear for your drooling pleasure.  Seriously, this book is $95 worth of hugeness and you don't even have to be Carrie Bradshaw to enjoy it.  Like, whoa.

© For the Love of Shoes edited by Patrice Farameh, published by teNeues, www.teneues.com
© Diego Dolcini Photo © Gianluca Pasquini and Diego Dolcini

Glimpse into the creative genius of designers like Alexander McQueen, Christian Louboutin, Jimmy Choo, Manolo Blahnik, and Stuart Weitzman...to name a few.  Styles range from the beautifully wearable to completely insane (aka "art").

© For the Love of Shoes edited by Patrice Farameh,
published by teNeues, www.teneues.com. © Ruthie Davis Photo © Ruthie Davis

Don't be alarmed if your reaction to one page is, "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!" and the next is, "WTF?". I don't know about where YOU live, but I've never seen shoes with a ponytail and microphone walking down the streets of Minneapolis.  Probably never will.  Though that would be awesome.

© For the Love of Shoes edited by Patrice Farameh, published by teNeues, www.teneues.com.
© Kobi Levi Photo © Shay Ben-Efraim and Ilit Azoulay

Leave a comment with your email address.  

Yep, that's it.

I'll announce the winner next week.

Good luck!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Shop for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Almost half way through the month and it's finally starting to feel like fall.  I'm trying really hard to live in the moment and not prematurely freak out about the season to come.

So let's talk about October for sec.  It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  This is a good thing.

One of the many great ways to support this cause is by purchasing items from Macy's Pink Shop.  Shop brands like Ralph Lauren, The North Face, and Under Armour and know that you're contributing to breast cancer awareness, education and research.

I received a sample from Ideology Pink Power collection.  SUPER impressed with the fit and fabric (not that I claim to know anything about work-out gear).  Now I have one less excuse for not exercising.   Who knew spandex could be so empowering?  I could potentially dance and kick and stretch in this outfit.  This would take place in the comfort of my living room, during commercial breaks.

Through October, Macy's will donate 5% of the sale price from Ideology items to Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  BCRF is dedicated to preventing breast cancer and finding a cure in our lifetime.

Savin' ta-tas.  Way to go, October.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Lolly Watch Product Review (sniff)

(sniff sniff)

Check out this watch.  It's scented (ooooh ahhhh).  My white watch was in poor condition, so without much consideration to the coconut scent, that’s the color I chose when Lolly offered to send me one to try.  

It came in an adorable, watch-sized crate.  I had my handy dad-in-law take a few links out of it for the perfect fit.  It’s light weight, but doesn’t feel cheap.  The design is simple and ageless.  Unlike my previous white watch, it doesn’t make sweaty indentations on my wrist.  Nice.

Lolly watches are eco-friendly.  Super scientific n' stuff.   That whole subject is way over my head.  But I do understand the material being BPA free and hypoallergenic. Perhaps why I find it so comfortable and non-irritating to my sensitive skin?  Sure, that sounds right.

On a 5-star rating scale:
Appearance: 5 stars
Comfort: 5 stars

Maybe I should've chosen for scent first instead of color?  READ ON.

I put it on and instantly noticed the coconut fragrance.  Uh oh.  Not that it was bad.   Heck, I love a Pina Colada.  I’m just not sure if I want to wear one (getinmybelly).  I’m not a smelly person (most days I smell like Pug, but that’s just my life).  I try to avoid scented body products and rarely wear perfume.  I was worried that it would be too over-powering - resulting in headaches and strange looks from anyone who might share a small space with me.  Thankfully, I don’t ride a lot of buses or elevators anymore.

I wore it.  And sure enough, it bugged me.  So disappointed, because I liked everything else about my new timepiece.  But the smell.  It consumed me, goshdarnit.  It wasn’t long before I was tasting coconut. This product review was in big trouble.

Since no one else seemed bothered by it, I asked around:

“Do you smell that?” 
“You don’t SMELL that?” 
“How ‘bout NOW?”  As I inconspicuously moved my arm closer to their face.
 Awkward, but necessary for a fair review. 

A few people noticed it just before I practically shoved my wrist up their nose. Most of my victims eventually acknowledged that it smelled sweet before they could identify the coconut.  Everyone was impressed when I told them it was my WATCH and not a new spray from Bath and Body Works.   A scented watch is so fun and original, RIGHT?  Everyone agreed.  Not one single bad reaction from an outsider.  So I began doubting my sensitivity to the smell.

Thoughts, in order:
It’s probably because it’s ON me.  
Shoot, I really want to like this thing.  
I need to give it a few more days. 
What I wouldn’t give for a mint right now.

It took 3 days for the constant smell and funky taste to go away.  (Maybe because I stopped licking it.  J/K, I don’t put things like that in my mouth.  Oh wait, yes I do – Chewbeads are delicious.  Shameless Teeny Bee plug, right there.)

Now, I have to hold the watch up to my nose to get a whiff of coconut.  And that’s exactly how I like it.  I'm not sure if the emission of scent decreased or if my snout adjusted...probably the latter.

Wishing this was me.  Wondering if all those watches smell like a fruit salad?

Scent:  Day 1 – 0 stars, Day 5 – 4 stars.  Significant improvement.  Whew.  

Conclusion: I think this would make a great gift for a teenage girl.  They tend to like bright, sweet-smelling accessories, right?  Correct me if I'm wrong.  Great stocking stuffer idea.  That suggestion is totally free.  You can wait until December to thank me.

Seriously though.  I like my Lolly watch and I will get a lot of use out of it.  But I might not have stuck it out if not for wanting to give a complete and honest review.  I’m really glad I forged through the first couple of days.  I wish I could try every scent/color to smell/see the difference.  Steve wished I would've chosen Strawberry.  I think I would've like Apple the best.

Other things to note about Lolly
  • Free shipping (as it should be)
  • Free returns (no risk!)
  • 1 year warranty (no risk, part 2)
  • Buy a watch, plant a tree (dogoodery is fun)
  • Receive 20% off with code spoilsofwear20  (discount!)

Check 'em out on Facebook, Twitter, Pintrest, and Instagram.

*disclosure: I received my Lolly watch FREE, in exchange for a product review on Spoils of Wear.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

LBD Remix: Vote Your Favorite

Just because it's fun, let's have a vote.  In all honesty, I'm usually a little surprised by remix results. Remember when you voted on the Prairie hoodie and Fashionologie dress?  Outfits don't always translate in pictures, so it's fun for me to know what you think.  What's your favorite?  

How would YOU jazz up a little black dress?

Day 1....................................................Day 2

Day 3....................................................Day 4

Day 5..................................................Day 6

KOKOON Giveaway Winner

Haha...whoops.  I said I'd announce the winner yesterday, but I totally meant TODAY.  Had nothing to do with Steve coming home.  My pals Exhaustion and Forgetfulness are also innocent of any delay in blog posts.

I'm such a good liar.


The winner is Shannon D!!!

Congratulations!  $100 gift card from KOKOON comin' at ya.

I happen to know Shannon's personal style very well and this line is a perfect fit for her (wink to Shannon).  Super excited for you!