4.24.2011

65 - Lanas & Crushed Velvet

Dress - Lulu's ($15 on sale right now!!!), Shoes - Jeffrey Campbell Lanas (FYI - while purchasing the dress, I discovered that Lulu's has these shoes up for $10 cheaper than anywhere else I could find online), Leather Jacket - SWORD, Sunglasses - Knock-off RayBans from Santee Alley, Jewelry - Konstantino + DIY + Flea Market

Okay, I know, the roots are officially out of control. These pictures are from day-before-yesterday, so when next I post, you will see that I coerced my hairdresser-friend Abraham into fixing my hair for me. My hair is getting longer, and I am getting older, and having the bleached-blonde punk rock hair of my youth is no longer suiting me. Abe managed to get my hair to this ashy shade of Doris Day blonde that I have been coveting since I first watched Pillow Talk at age 6. It is fantastic. Inspired by how stunning Margaret looks with her barely-there eyebrows, I thought that maybe I could lighten my eyebrows, too, just enough to match my hair. The jury is still out on how that looks. They aren't even really blonde, just a slightly lighter shade of brown, but I feel like my face no longer has that severity I liked. I guess you will have to be the judge.

On to fashiony-things, as opposed to facey and hairy things, here are the Lanas. I got the distressed leather, but I would recommend going with another version, because I think the distressing looks a little odd and ill-considered. Still, I love them to pieces, because I am really the least picky person in the world about those kinds of things.

I've been going through this mental process lately where I'm like, "Why do I even have a blog? Everyone has a blog; do I really think I'm that special or different?" I have heard that many bloggers go through this digital existential crisis. I think I finally have decided, though, what my blogging purpose is. 

Most bloggers have a lot of stunning expensive clothing and are meticulously groomed with manicures and perfect complexions. They are "aspirational" members of society, as in "My, I aspire to one day look like that." I think that my role in all of this is to serve as the middle ground. My clothing is not expensive, although occasionally I pull a Save-and-Splurge. I never pluck my eyebrows, I rarely maintain the upkeep on my hair. I bite my nails and hate to shave my legs. I have crooked silly teeth. I am very short. I am too self-concious when being photographed to really "model" to any degree. So, I'd like to think that my blog represents reality. Realistically, this is how a lot of girls dress and operate, within our means and motivation. This is how a real girl does it. If nothing else, I try to be a little bit interesting.

40 comments:

  1. omgosh, i am so in love with your style and your way of thinking! i completely agree with what you said in the last paragraph. i hate shaving my legs too! which is also one reason that i always wear some sort of tights/knee high socks. but i finally shaved last night :p and i love you blog, so keep it up! have a great sunday and happy easter :)

    xx natalie

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  2. thoses shoes are so pretties!

    http://izumihiiiflower.blogspot.com

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  3. love that crushed velvet. i have no idea how you walk in those shoes, but major props.

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  4. in love with your style and those shoes! you look beautiful xx

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  5. what a great post, you look stunning as always, yay for doing it for real girls ... though I think your style/complexion/blog is way up there!!!

    http://blogoftheprettythings.blogspot.com/

    xxx

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  6. I love your shoes, they're hot! I totally get what you mean about the blogging thing.. I get discouraged all the time seeing all the beautiful blogs out there and how many followers they have compared to mine :/

    www.fashionisinthebeholder.blogspot.com

    xo

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  7. love your blog! <3

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  8. It's always so great to see that there are still normal people out there! You're right - you represent reality. It is so refreshing to read your blog among all the other "flashy" ones. You're down to earth - it's easy to imagine that you could be a great friend. You represent yourself in a really good, healthy and natural way.
    Because fashion is not always about glitz and glam. And I like that and other people too. Go on like that!

    I like the Lanas much more than the Litas! Great choice!
    Have a great day!
    Emily

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  9. omg u got the SHOES

    amazinnnnnn look!

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  10. I must say -- in the best way possible -- that you look awfully Gaga with those shoes. They look so awesome. I think the distressed leather look is pretty nice though. Also, I love when you braid your hair in the front like that. If I didn't look silly with outgrown bangs, I'd totally try it.

    As far as the 'purpose of your blogs' goes, you've been really inspirational for my style. You've also opened my eyes to how beneficial thrifting really is (as opposed to 'vintage' shopping, which is damned expensive a lot of the time); you're also really natural and open and it's really comfortable to read your blog. It's quirky and fun, which makes it my favourite. :) And don't worry, I'm really self conscious in front of the camera too. (Which explains why I've been putting off taking pictures lately. That, and it's really freaking cold.)

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  11. Those are some serious shoes. And thanks for your honesty - I'm not down with eyebrow plucking either. Crouching over a mirror and peering at my eyebrows while wielding a pair of tweezers just doesn't appeal to me. Plus I think they look fine.

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  12. Such an effortless look and I love the shoes!*^-^

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  13. i think what you want your blog to be, and what is being taken from your blog (from my point of view) is dead on. i feel the same way about blogging, i have been doing it for a few months over a year now.. and now it seems everyone has a blog.. sometimes i question my place in the blogging world too. but i feel im trying to find a spot in the same niche. i thrift 99.9% of my clothing, i hardly pluck or shave either, and there are pit stins on most of my vintage hah! and i like it that way. i like to tell the stories of where my things came from, cause most fo them do have a story, some kind of hunt or luck or misfortune. what im trying to say it, i like your blog a lot, keep it up and keep being you. i think people are really responding to what you are putting out there :)

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  14. While shopping for a bridesmaids dress on Lulus, I too came across this dress and had to have it. 15 bones was too nuts to not purchase.

    I agree with the digital crisis, as I go through that probably weekly. It is hard to not compare yourself to other shall we say "more wealthy" bloggers, or for me - I have no one out here to support me really. No one blogs in Nebraska, that I know of. I am here, alone, misunderstood and sometimes made fun of for "wasting time" with a fashion blog. I sound so sappy and pathetic, eh?
    Basically, it would be nice to live somewhere where there are people that do similar things and collaborate with other people like yourself. And jeesh, our shopping here? A complete joke.

    I think you have a great blog, Madeline. And your "flaws" are probably one of the many reasons people follow you. Keep up the good work!

    Man, essay much? And quotation mark much? Yikes.

    Casey
    strawberry freckleface

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  15. I love your shoes! And I think you are stunning no matter how much you outfit costs! ;)

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  16. as someone who loves to hate on fashion blogs, and to be honest someone whose style is quite different from yours (for example those JC Lanas and Litas, and etc etc etc make me cringe every time) i follow your blog because your posts are hilarious, well written and just a total pleasure to read. the fact that you question yourself as a blogger instead of just assuming the world wants to see every little thing you wear & do makes me like you all the more. i hope you take this as the compliment i mean it to be! you rule.

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  17. I'm glad your blogging crisis was short-lived because I'd cry if you ever stopped. ohhhh & those lanas.. my feet are crying with jealousy. can't wait to see your new hairs! x

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  18. you just be yourself, that is the personality i appreciate. like your blog, keep it up :)

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  19. I really enjoy your blog, and your fashion because of it uniqueness and that you do not wear expensive brands. I like the reality of it all.. Also Margaret has amazing hair & eyebrows, I always admire how she looks.. I cant wait to see what changes you do to your hair :) Oh and also I almost bought that dress online because I like it so much, but I decided against it because I am too frugal for my own good.


    http://iflyastarship.blogspot.com/

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  20. You are so inspirational to me. You're not afraid to be yourself and dress the way you want. I wish I could be as gutsy as you! What really kept me interested in your blog was your incredible sense of fashion and the way you put together fantastic outfits with the same price standard as myself. Thanks for being you :) getting off my soap box... those lanas are amazing. you are amazing. what more could I say?!

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  21. Wooow!!! Your style is amazing!! Love it!!
    Xoxo, K.

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  22. I love that you don't give a damn! You go girl!

    Come participate in my giveaway and win a pair of TOMS shoes!

    Love Despite color

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  23. You're amazing, whatever leather/glass thing you have hanging around your neck is way dope. So refreshing to see your posts. xo

    HALCOHOLIC.com

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  24. Amazing outfit! I love your shoes :)

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  25. Your posts are so refreshing!
    This was a great read.

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  26. Amazing, as always, you are stunning!

    xxx
    Laura

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  27. So funny but when I found your blog I thought how amazing you and your pictures were and wished I could look that comfortable and natural in front of a camera and then I read this and you feel the same as I do.

    I am loving those Lanas they look awesome and as always you are rocking another stunning outfit xoxo

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  28. You are absolutely brilliant. This is my first comment here but wow!
    You, your clothes, accessories, photos...
    You are now my favorite blogger for sure.

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  29. Ok, so this is gonna be like the longest comment ever. Like, Virgil-epic-poem long. Alright:

    - I LOVE your eyebrows. before I got to the text, I was just wondering why you looked even prettier than usual. So it's not like you look super severely different or anything, the change is subtle but really, really good. When I first bleached mine, I felt like I looked like an alien or something. But a month later, I'm used to it and love the difference. I bet you'll feel the same way about yours.
    - The Lanas are lovely. Hopefully me and my wackadoo Prada knockoffs are equally as happy together.
    - Regarding the Existential Blog Crisis. I have one pretty much every single time I post. For basically the exact same reason. Why the hell am I so special? And I honestly still don't have my answer.
    I completely agree with your conclusion. And honestly, aspirational blogs don't interest me as much. I get my more directional fix from fashion magazines.

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  30. Oops. I just realized you meant that your eyebrows are different in the NEXT post. So I suppose you just look lovely because you look lovely. Now I'm super excited to see the lighter brows!

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  31. Oh boy, that dress reminds me of a velvet-y one Claire Danes wore in my so called life. i love it.

    those shoes are amazing, especially the curved heel.

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  32. oooh good to know that lulus has cheaper shoes! thanks for the heads up! LOVE your dress also..such a great texture to it!
    francesca
    http://www.frankvinyl.com

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  33. you're the best kind of blogger, Madeline. really though.

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  34. seriously, amen to that last paragraph.

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  35. God, I love reading your posts. I am going through the same crap with my blog... or similar crap, at least. My "why do I have a blog?" crisis does not have to do with everyone having one- it has to do with creating/cultivating an online presance and what that causes you in real life/how it makes people see you. The internet scares me kind of, and I don't like the fact that people who I see out at the bar have seen my blog and know who I am already... it's yucky. I live in a smaller town which I think is what is making it even more awkward.

    A lot of bloggers do have "dream lives" and I don't know how they afford it. I'm in a lot of debt myself from shopping, and still like "in want" of more. I definitely thrift a lot, just like you. I think those good thrift finds are so much better than anything you can get online.

    I dye my eyebrows dark because I like the severity thing. Love your eyebrows- and your roots. Can't wait to see your new hair. And I adore that velvet dress.

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  36. love your shoes and your jacket <3 <3 you're so pretty !

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  37. I'm in love with those shoes, huge fan of Jeffrey Campbell xxx

    www.southmoltonststyle.com

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  38. what brand/shade of lipstick are you wearing?? i love it

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