keeping it casual

On August 2, 2014 by theseventhsphinx

Liking these high waisted cut-offs for a casual summer look.

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Oh, and I like hockey.

I grew up in a remote part of Maine and we only got reliable reception from the nearby New Brunswick towers, so for the most part I watched Canadian news, Canadian shows, Canadian sports. Still when I go back to Maine there is faithful watching of Hockey Night in Canada and much love for the inimitable Don Cherry.

There are a lot of American pop culture references I miss but I am pleased with my exposure. My favorite team is the Toronto Maple Leafs (not ‘Leaves’, I know, it kind of bothers me, too), but I can get behind the Bruins. I have one of their Stanley Cup tees, too, I realize, so my closet at least is showing a lot of Bruins support.

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Another summer, another pair of Converse.

Shorts from Express, Chucks, Bruins tee, Mulberry bag, Spektre sunglasses, vintage Levi’s belt (I love this belt), Skagen watch, tumbaga earrings.

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the pendant

On March 17, 2014 by theseventhsphinx

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I recently got this pendant hanger, which allows one to hang any pendant from any chain (within the size range of the hanger). How clever is this? It’s shaped like a twisted eternity symbol and can be easily attached and removed. This pendant is a random one with a medieval look, and my favorite pairing with the pearls so far. This pairing would be at home with a much more formal look, is one thing I like about it, making a nice contrast with a casual look.

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Love me a bit of houndstooth, love me a bit of python.

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This creamy python print behaves effectively as a nude on me (which comes across better at a distance, or out of focus), just with a bit more interest. This 3″ height is quite friendly, too, I find, without looking kittenish.*

*Not that there is anything wrong with looking kittenish, but it is a different thing entirely.

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Zara wool houndstooth blazer (thrifted), Express jeans, Pearl Paradise necklace (18″ 8mm strand), J Crew vintage v-neck tee, Nickels python pumps (thrifted), Mulberry Roxanne bag (thrifted). On the lips: Lipstick Queen lipstick in Jean Queen. Also wearing a Japonesque Color blush I’m liking a lot, and will mention properly soon.

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Elbow patches!

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more white stuff: Supergas

On July 16, 2013 by theseventhsphinx

If you’re going to wear all white…you need white shoes.

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I wanted something casual, something very like Converse, with the versatility and casual style of Converse…but maybe not quite Converse. Something unfamiliar and new. Maybe something more in the classic tennis sneaker silhouette….And so I browsed.

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Finally I went for these classic Supergas (via Zappos). A few weeks after coming across the brand online I saw a woman on the train wearing some red ones with a dress and some funky glasses, which was advertisement enough. Supergas are like the Converse of Italy, with a sturdier canvas upper and a [much] heavier sole (though both benefit from some kind of insole). They have pleasing seam detailing along the sides that makes them more interesting than the ultra-plain tennis shoes (why are they called that? You couldn’t properly play tennis in them at all – they have almost zero support) in addition to being better constructed and more durable. [And here is a random tidbit for you: Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen are the current artistic directors of Superga.]

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They have the inbuilt impracticality of all white things vulnerable to stain and wear, and we know how I like impracticality. [As if one pair of impractical white shoes were not enough.] I’ve treated them with a fabric protector to extend the life as long as possible but I understand this can only accomplish so much. So be it.

maybe…this: baseball cap

On March 7, 2013 by theseventhsphinx

madewellI like the simple silhouette of this Madewell Biltmore baseball cap. I think the classic, curved bill can be so flattering, especially paired with something ultra feminine (say, pearls), but have had a hard time finding a hat basic and simple enough (no embellishments, clean lines, good quality fabric), yet in a compelling color.

[Yes, I find all shades of cream and white and ‘stone’ compelling. I also like vanilla bean ice cream best. What.]

I also need it to be adjustable so as to have an escape route for my hair.

I keep hinting at guy friends to give me an old one, so it will be all awesomely broken in and frayed at the edge of the bill (in a manner it would take me so long to achieve myself, authentically), but no hat has been forthcoming.

[WHAA??? WHY??! WHY WON’T YOU GIVE ME YOUR HAT?!]

This might be the one…