lady lightning

On September 8, 2014 by theseventhsphinx

Bikini tops are so versatile. Am only just now reminded of this look, though the bandeau is completely different. Totally different.


It was about 95 degrees out, so one had to be creative. Still, sheathed from abdomen to knees, it doesn’t seem that revealing to me. Even though there’s obviously a good amount of skin showing, and a slinky jersey pencil skirt doesn’t obscure much. It always seems to be more a matter of what is showing, rather than how much. All perception.



The song playing in the background of this look, a rough harmonic translation, say, is the badass, incomprehensible ‘Push Push (Lady Lightning)’ by Bang Camaro. Fellow Guitar Hero players will know this one. Who is lady lightning? What is she pushing? Why aren’t there a couple more lyrics to give me a hint? I don’t care. I like it. [Reminds me, need to wear these earrings again soon.]


Seafolly bikini, Calvin Klein pumps, Kara Ross python/brass bracelet, 100″ pearl rope from Pearl Paradise, pencil skirt (thrifted), pearl bracelets (eBay), Ray-Ban aviators, French-style market basket. On the lips: Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet lipstick in La Favorite.



hear me roar

On July 28, 2014 by theseventhsphinx



I don’t even think of Ann Taylor, typically (find their cuts very boxy, and their fabrics largely unpleasant), but randomly found this great tropical-esque printed shirt dress in a sale there. Whenever it seems like I may have too many shirt dresses, I tell myself that it would be impossible to have too many of such a failsafe item, surely.


I am such a Leo.


Haven’t worn these sunglasses in a while. So retro.


Ann Taylor dress, vintage Donna Karan belt, Breil Milano watch, Vuarnet sunglasses, Pears of Joy 11mm freshwater studs, Pearl Paradise 8mm freshwater necklace with thrifted lion pendant (pendant hanger linked here). On the lips: Stila Valentina.* On the nails: Essie Ruffles and Feathers.

*Picked this up after seeing Lisa Eldridge use it to great effect in this [excellent] video on orange lips.



white linen

On June 30, 2014 by theseventhsphinx


It’s getting hot in Boston.


While white linen is extremely likely to show any markings and certain to become hopelessly rumpled, there is something about it I cannot resist. Even (and especially) wrinkled all to hell, I think white linen looks great. More so than linen in other colors, somehow.




Linen shirt and shorts (thrifted), J Crew belt, suede clutch* from The Old Laundrette (Etsy), freshwater pearl bracelets (eBay), freshwater pearl studs and pearl ring from Pearl Paradise, cherry Tahitian pearl necklace from Pearls of Joy, gladiator sandals (eBay), retro sunglasses (eBay (cheap)). On the lips: Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet lipstick in La Favorite ( a much brighter pink in person, and lovely in texture, truly velvet-like).

*This was the second style I chose to fulfill the envelope clutch quest I mentioned a few posts ago. I’m tempted to go for this kind of honey, cognac shade every time, virtually independent of context. So predictable.





the long pencil skirt

On December 19, 2013 by theseventhsphinx


Regardless of where the waistband sits I like pencil skirts that hit at this point just below the knee, still showing the full curve of the calf. There is something shapely to me about the combination of what is and what is not revealed.

The pearl set* is a bit prim with the turtleneck—a turtleneck sweater tucked into a high waisted pencil skirt being already in that clean, preppy Ralph Lauren vein—but I am myself a bit prim, and I like sometimes to look it. This necklace is stunning, too, a metallic lavender freshwater strand with rosy overtones that Pearls of Joy sent over. Metallics are a special, relatively rare pearlcreature of their own.


* These are complementary but not literally a set. I mean pearl earrings and a pearl necklace together, which can seem like too much (or too formal). Sometimes, though, I like to be too much. “Too much”, or maybe “a little bit too much”, is not a bad description of my style.



This would have been a good opportunity for a belt, though I like the uncluttered color block look, too.


One thing I like especially about a high waisted silhouette is the expanse of the full…haunch, I guess you would call it, in profile. I like clothes like this, that obscure the body without disguising it or breaking up its natural lines. The outfit is conservative in its coverage yet sensual in its silhouette.


Long No. 2 pencil skirt from J. Crew (thrifted), French Connection turtleneck sweater (via Marshall’s), Zara pumps (thrifted), fingerless gloves (eBay), Mulberry bag (thrifted), natural golden akoya earrings from Pearl Paradise, metallic lavender freshwater pearl necklace from Pearls of Joy. On the lips: Dr. Hauschka lip balm (which we love).


classic freshwater pearl studs: a giveaway!* [closed]

On September 1, 2013 by theseventhsphinx

*This post is not sponsored, etc.

Perhaps you will remember my oft-mentioned enthusiasm for pearls? My pearl stud size guide?

I have on a number of occasions now given pearls as gifts (not infrequently to myself), and each story is one of success. It’s hard to go wrong giving pearls away, so here we are!

For the size guide I modeled various sizes of gem quality freshwater pearls from the vendor Pearls of Joy, and I’m going to give away one of my favorites: the 7-8mm pair.

You can read about my thoughts on the different sizes in that post. The 7-8mm–these really measure in at 8mm–was the size I found the most proportionate and versatile; transitioning effortlessly from casual to elegant, suitable for a wide variety of ages.

It’s difficult to capture how beautiful they are in a photo. Excellent quality and luster.

IMG_6605Here’s what you can win:

1 pair 7-8mm white gem quality freshwater studs from Pearls of Joy with appraisal paperwork and pearl care card (here I am forced to admit that I don’t have a prettier gift box).

[These earrings were worn only once for the purpose of modeling. The posts have been sterilized and they are in pristine condition.]

IMG_6607Here’s how you can win:

for 1 entry:

  • leave a comment on THIS POST (if you are on the home page you will need to click on the post title above to see the post page and comment options) and
  • like my facebook page (you can use the shortcut in the sidebar or this link).

for extra entries:

**Let me know in your comment how many entries you qualify for (1, 2, or 3).**

So your comment might look something like: I wd luv to win pearlz! u r so stylish! 1 entry for me.

or: Hi from Raleigh! Cool blog! 2 entries, please!

or: I love peonies, too. x3 please!

You get the idea.

This giveaway is open internationally. It will close September 15, 2013 at midnight EST.  Please be honest about your number of entries: details of the winning comment will be verified. If you post more than one comment, only the first will count toward the giveaway. The winner will be announced on the blog on Thursday, September 19, 2013.

Good luck!