Posts Tagged “pink”

Who Wants to Show This Dress a Good Time?

It’s finally here! Happy Valentine’s Day! I’m wrapping up this week of red and pink with a color blast from the past. I can only imagine the fun this dress has seen since it left the rack for the first time in what I’m going to guess was 1986.

But the fun doesn’t end here; this dress is about to hit the road! Proudly presenting Lucky So and So’s first ever (drumroll please)...

Closet Share

Do you have a special occasion, dance party or walk in the the park coming up that’s crying out for some pink ruffley goodness? Share your idea for the dress and become one of its next wearers!

Here’s how I think it will go down: I’ll chose three people whose ideas for the dress I like, and they will in turn send me their mailing addresses. I’ll send the dress to the first person on the list who will wear it, document it, dryclean it and then be responsible for shipping it to the next person on the list. Kind of like clothing chain mail… or Netflix for dresses? I’m really into collaborative consumption, and I’ve been searching for some way to creatively lessen my closet’s load. So let’s see how it goes! Ideas will be selected based on creativity and whimsy and may involve a guest judge. To be considered, submit your idea as a comment to this post by Thursday, February 17.

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The Weekender (in Red and Pink)

There was a lot to take care of in a weekend! Errands to run, work to catch up on, thrift stores, friends and art galleries to visit. For me, perfect weekend outfits mean comfort; shoes I can run in; plenty of pockets to stuff lip balm, receipts and cookies in; and color, lots and lots of color. This weekend’s color is in keeping with my theme for the week.

  • magenta cotton dress - $6 Manhattan’s 23rd Street Salvation Army
  • red tie belt - free (because vendor liked me!) Alameda Swap Meet
  • red cotton tights - $10 The Sock Man on St. Marks
  • heart-pattern Vans slip ons - $13 East Village Buffalo Exchange
  • maroon corduroy jacket - $20 Brooklyn Flea
  • TOTAL - $49 with jacket, $29 without

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French Pinky Friday

One of my favorite parts of our workspace is that on Fridays, my Studiomate Skylar brings in his French Bulldog, Pinky. She adds so much joy to the studio, finding patches of sunlight for her adorable naps, jumping from lap to lap, and entertaining us with her games of fetch (or as Pinky interprets it, keep away). Since this week’s theme is red and pink, it’s only appropriate that today’s outfit photos include cameos of Pinky.

  • red blazer - $5 Burlington Salvation Army
  • pink blouse - $3 Starkville Palmer Home Thrift
  • red belt - $2 Baltimore Salvation Army
  • high-waisted jeans - $18 Sideshow Clothing Co. of Hudson, NY
  • magenta Reebok high tops - $24 Etsy (seller Kasifoundthis)
  • TOTAL - $52

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Love Saves The Day Dress

I found this dress the day before the iconic East Village vintage toy and clothing store, Love Saves The Day, closed its doors for good. It was 75% off of $60, so I had to grab it, but until yesterday, I’d never actually worn it. I’m glad this week’s theme of red and pink finally provided the excuse I guess I needed, and now I’m addicted to swooshing around the studio in layers of crinoline and taffeta. This was a great dress for welcoming alumni and professors of the Mississippi State University Art Department to Studiomates for drinks. (In case you’re wondering, bourbon only increases the desire to swoosh.)

I miss Love Saves The Day, which I will go out on a limb to say is possibly the best name for a store… ever. I guess I’ll have to make a trip to its new location in, get this, New Hope, Pennsylvania.

  • pink wooden beads - can’t remember… from college
  • red cashmere cardigan - passed down from my friend Casson’s mom
  • pink and red print dress - $15 Love Saves The Day on 2nd Avenue
  • grey belt - $1 Starkville Salvation Army
  • grey heather burnout leggings - $20 Alternative Apparel (link below)
  • mauve Frye boots - $20 DUMBO Parent’s Association Stoop Sale
  • TOTAL - $56

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Tulips for Typekit

In keeping with this week’s theme of red and pink, I’m unveiling a brand new dress, found this weekend at the Brooklyn Flea. I was so excited to purchase this dress because while in theory I knew the tulip sleeve must exist, it is exceedingly rare. (I myself have never even seen a tulip sleeve in person.) I could barely contain my giddiness on the bus home from the Flea, and Creighton, goodness love him, actually acted just as excited. I guess it’s not hard to see why he’s the one for me.

Today deserves a very special dress because today is the first time an event (outside of Beer Friday) is being hosted in our Studiomates space! Two of my studiomates, Mandy Brown and Jason Santa Maria, are organizing a Typekit Talk with Tim Brown, and we’re expecting 75 attendees! Why wouldn’t I want to look my best?

  • pink satin ribbon barrette - borrowed from my friend Casson
  • pink beads - $2 Manhattan’s 23rd Street Salvation Army
  • red wrap dress - $30 Jelly Roll at Brooklyn Flea
  • purple tights - $10 The Sock Man on St. Marks
  • tan slouch cowboy boots - $48 Etsy (seller PureVintageClothing)
  • TOTAL - $90

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A Perfect Valentine’s “Costume”

I’m kicking off the Week of Red and Pink with this, the outfit I wore last year on Valentine’s Day. We celebrated by having dinner at our neighborhood favorite, Vinegar Hill House. As we waited for a table and drank fancy pants cocktails at the bar, a sweet older gentleman felt compelled to tell Creighton, “You’re a lucky man. Your date has the best costume in the whole place.”

That’s right… costume.

  • pink librarian’s sweater - $15 Jelly Roll at Brooklyn Flea
  • red cherries - $5 Alameda Swap Meet
  • plaid flannel skirt - $10 Jelly Roll at Brooklyn Flea
  • charcoal heather tights - $8 The Sock Man on St. Marks
  • brown peep-toe oxford pumps - $28 Etsy (seller PowBamBoom)
  • TOTAL - $66

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Scheme for the Week: Red and Pink

It’s grey and icy outside. My studiomate Rob commented that it looks as if someone turned down the contrast on the view from our windows. In an attempt to counteract this, I’ve decided to celebrate the week leading up to Valentine’s Day bumping up the saturation with one of my favorite color palettes: red and pink. So get ready; here comes a Strawberry Shortcake smack to the February blahs.

How a Rainbow Princess Says Thank You

Who needs all those other silly colors when you’ve got pink and purple at hand? And adding smiley faces to the clouds? That’s nothing less than a touch of genius! This resplendent example of rainbowdom was created for me by the four-year-old Ella Joy as a thank you for helping her live her wish to be a Rainbow Princess for Halloween. As if seeing her excitement upon delivery of the costume wasn’t enough! Every time I look at this my heart becomes a puddle.

I also, totally unnecessarily, received a very generous Amazon thank you gift certificate, with which I almost immediately purchased this. Now I just need Kelli to come over and show me how to work it! Thank you, Ella (and Tina).

Pink Glitter and a Great Cause

Speaking of Miss Piggy, how much would she LOVE this new style from Toms? She’d probably karate chop anybody who tried to stop her from owning them. I’ve had a pair of gold glitter Toms for years, and whenever I wear them, little girls gasp and tell me with wide eyes how much they like my shoes. One even asked, “Are those princess shoes?” to which I earnestly replied, “Yup.”

“But Jessi,” you say, “I thought you didn’t buy anything new.” That’s true for them most part, but Toms is one of the few brands for which I happily make an exception. Why? Because for every pair of Toms bought, a pair gets donated to a child in need. Toms is a super cool company with sustainable business practices (they even won the Cooper Hewitt People’s Design Award). These shoes meet all my major criteria: they’re colorful, they’re responsible, and I can run away in them. I whole-heartedly endorse Toms, and someday I’d like to go on one of their shoe drops. If you’ve got a little one in your life, check out these adorable tiny sizes!

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Miss Piggy Purse: MINE!

It turns out that either I’ve always loved Muppets or I’ve always loved purses. Maybe both.

This purse, marked © Henson Associates Inc.1981, has a special story… My first experience with school of any kind was as a giraffe, that was the animal of the three-year-old class at our church preschool. The class teacher was Mrs. Glusing, and while I don’t have a whole lot of specific memories of her, I do remember that I loved and admired my very first official teacher. Fast forward 25 years… Ms. Glusing, now Ms. Godbold, is retiring and runs into my mother at church. She says she has a present for me and gives my mom this Miss Piggy purse. Apparently this purse has been in giraffe classroom all these years, and while it wasn’t actually mine (it was meant for all the children to share), she felt that I should have it. Why? Because I’d written my name on it! Looking closely, you can make out JESSICA A, my full first-name and last initial, complete with a backwards E on the back of the purse.

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Alex’s Karaoke Bachelorette Party

What’s my recipe for a ladies’ night out? 2 parts feminine + 2 parts trashy + 1 part cowgirl + 1 part crazy (hello, old lady sweater). Stir in a handful of show-tune lovin’ ladies and one adorable bride, and you’ve got the cocktail for a karaoke bachelorette party liable to knock you on your ass! Oh yeah, I was in a world of pain the next morning.

  • silk Dior blouse - $20 Brooklyn Flea
  • belt with rose buckle - $15 Zachary’s Smile on Greenwich Ave
  • ruffle mini skirt - $4 Buffalo Exchange
  • black fishnet tights - $10 The Sock Man on St. Marks
  • black cowboy boots - hand-me-down from my mom
  • short-sleeve sweater - $7 thrift store in Sarasota
  • TOTAL -  $49 without sweater, $56 with

Alex in her bachelorette veil

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Pink Polka-Dot Pony

This reminds me of something Nanie (that’s my grandmother) would’ve had in her closet back in the day… the two of us share many traits, one of which is a love of polka dots. From the tag, I believe this top is actually pajamas, but I won’t tell anyone if you won’t. Somehow all of these lovely pinkish magentaish pieces were lying in wait for me at a single thrift shop in Columbus, Mississippi. And when I went to the shop down the road, the first thing I spotted was this stick horse (a.k.a. my new best friend) with coordinating pink hair. Perfection!

  • polka-dot, long-sleeve tee - $1.00, Columbus Palmer Home Thrift
  • belt - $1.00, Columbus Palmer Home Thrift
  • skirt - $3.00, Columbus Palmer Home Thrift
  • mary janes - $2.00, Columbus Palmer Home Thrift
  • stick horse - $.70, Columbus Salvation Army Thrift
  • TOTAL - $7.70 with stick horse, $7.00 without

If you’re a huge fan of the HBO series Bored To Death (set in Brooklyn!) like I am, then you’ll immediately know why I had to have this cute stick pony. For seventy cents, how could I not bring home my very own version of Janet? In case you’re not familiar, here’s a quick clip from the introduction of the “character” Janet to the show…

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A Hat Fit for a Movie with a View

I’m a sucker for analogous color palettes, especially warm ones, thus this $10, Brooklyn Flea, red and magenta, impulse purchase. And why would I even try to resist a hat that still has the original “Liz Claiborne Accessories” tag attached? Now that it’s been photographed, I should probably remove the tag. Wish as I may, I don’t think I have what it takes to rock it Minnie Pearl style.

I’m wearing this hat for the first time because I’m participating in one of my favorite Brooklyn summer activities this evening: Movies with a View.

Movies with a View: Rear Window

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