Colored acrylic necklace: c/o Accessorize.com
Long-sleeve shirt: UNIQLO HeatTech
Watch and various bangles: vintage
Orange gathered peplum: handmade by me
Dark-rinse jeggings: UNIQLO
Distressed sneakers: AllSaints
I love mixing ladylike pieces with grungy, beat-up things: a sort of a hi/lo juxtaposition of sorts.
And this outfit accomplished that, with matching my frou-frou DIY Jil Sander gathered peplum (finally finished it – yay!) with some skinny jeggings and beat-up sneaks from AllSaints.
It took me longer than I’d like to admit, but I did finally finish the peplum to go with my DIY Jil Sander maxi-skirt that I shared last July. I’ll be sharing the how-to for the peplum tomorrow!
I really love that you can pair it with anything and make it look a little more dressed up. Over a pair of skinny jeans it looks super-cute; over a pencil skirt it looks office-sharp; over an LBD it looks like a part of the dress. You could even make these in multiple colors – but I chose a neon orange (I’m totally feeling neon for Spring ’12). How fun!
Paired with glamorous accessories I could be going to a cocktail party…but nope, not with these sneakers!
I won a $250 gift card to AllSaints Spitalfields courtesy of ShopItToMe.com a little while back. (ShopItToMe by the way, is a great search engine for finding designer brands on sale – they email you however often you want when you’ve saved a search for a certain brand or item, combing through hundreds of online stores to bring you the lowest prices, each and every time. They also host numerous giveaways – you just have to jump on them and participate!!) So back in September I won that gift card (the most generous I’ve EVER received, EVER!!) I was thrilled and had a little AllSaints shopping spree: I bought these sneakers (which were pre-distressed and covered with daubs of paint from the beginning!!), a pair of high heels, a long-sleeved top, a pair of jeans, and a bathing suit top. I love all their pieces and felt so special for being able to shop there!
Sorry for a couple days of no posts; I’ve been slammed with homework for school (last week I made 5 Powerpoint presentations, a 4-page website, 2 Flash movies, 7 logo designs, a rollover button, a Maya scene, a deconstruction of 5 logos, a deconstruction of 5 websites, 2 website headers…gee, I could go on and on. Anyway.). Peplum how-to coming tomorrow!
Hope everyone had a great weekend!
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I am saddened that you would spend such an outlandish amount on “distressed sneakers” when there are so many people who would give anything to have that money to feed their family. You could have gotten these at the thrift store for a fraction and still fed a few family’s for the about ou wasted.
Perhaps you mis-read the post? I didn’t spend anything, since I received a $250 gift card to AllSaints.com. Note that I wrote that I used the gift card on
“these sneakers, a pair of high heels, a long-sleeved top, a pair of jeans, and a bathing suit top.” The sneakers were, if I recall correctly, $35 and on sale.
The gift card also had an expiration date, and had to be used all at once (i.e., I had to pick and choose from what they had available on the site at the time). It wasn’t valid say for Meals on Wheels or Second Harvest or some other organization that routinely feeds families in need!! Using it wasn’t an either/or proposition: like, either I give the money to feed someone’s family, OR I buy a pair of distressed sneakers for myself. Considering what I donate yearly to Goodwill, the Humane Society, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, and Environment Oregon (just to name a few), and considering that I am actually unemployed and don’t have huge amounts of money to use on items for myself anyway…I find it offensive that you would judge me (or anyone!) on what you think they may or may not be doing.
And if you have ever read my blog, you will also know that I routinely encourage people to save their money and get a similar look by shopping at thrift stores and DIY’ing it to their taste. NEVER have I told someone that they had to buy something high-priced or criticized someone for their spending habits…which honestly, isn’t anyone else’s business but their own. And if you’re looking for fodder for the “OMG you’re so selfish for spending all that money on something that looks messy!”, look no further than many other, better-known fashion blogs than mine.
I spend enough money on a continual basis to feed my own family of three. I’m saddened that you’ve mis-read what I’ve written to the point to think that I’m wasteful with money and ignorant of other people’s struggles.
Interesting, but not a reallu good look. Mabe different fabric and colour could work better for this. I can imagine something with some kind of pattern maybe?