Posts Tagged ‘clothing’

Featured! Penelope Pearl’s Wardrobe


Penelope’s wardrobe was featured on little. lovely. today! I had a lot of fun dressing up Penelope & trying to get her to pose for the camera. The above photos are probably my favorite. Check out the rest of Penelope’s outfits here.

Thrifty & Chic: Moccasins


How was your weekend? Penelope and I went on a little thrifting run on Thursday and found a few goodies. Penelope found some neon green rain boots (which she refuses to take off) for $3 and I found some amazing moccasins for $4. They’re gorgeous! I fell in love instantly. Our affair didn’t last long because I quickly discovered they’re half a size too small on me. GRRR! Half a size! Luckily for my sister, she’s half a size smaller than me, so I bought them for her. I was glad to see that she shared the same excitement for them as I did when she came to pick them up.

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I have some rather exciting news! I’m going to be on T.V. today. TEEE VEEEE! Thanks to DownEast I’ll be on the local channel two afternoon news modeling their lovely clothes with my lovely friends Allison, Susan and Jyl. If I don’t embarass myself too much, I might post a link to the video. Don’t forget! Today is the last day to enter the DownEast Basics giveaway. They just got a bunch of new arrivals in their shop, so you should check those out, and then enter the giveaway. Good luck!

The Very Mod Bod


For about six Christmases in a row, my childhood wish for Santa was that he bring me some socks that fit. My 5,000 pair just didn’t feel right on my feet. I’m serious. We have it on camera. If you talk to Chris or any of my family members you’ll find out that I’m known for my temper tantrums about clothes and the way they fit and look. I was really excited (and a little nervous) when The ModBod gave me some clothes to try out. Here’s how I wore them and my honest opinion of each garment:

the cowl girlCowel Girl 2

Cowel Girl 1

Outfit details:

  • sweater: thrifted
  • yellow necklace: Brazil
  • purple necklace: Right-Aid (ages ago)
  • cowl top: The ModBod
  • pants: Gap
  • boots: thrifted

The Kali Cowl is fitted in all the right places, loose in even better places and has a sweet pleated detail in the front. It comes in brown & plum; plum being one of the hottest colors of the season. Granted it’s a lighter plum, but it looks great with all those dark purple accents that are popping most everywhere. The fabric is a medium weight, soft jersey knit, perfectly warm for layering when chilly, or wearing plain on warm fall/winter days. Fits true to size. And I’ve worn this top three times this week.

blue + suede shoesBlue + Suede Shoes 1

blue + suede shoes 2

Outfit details:

  • amberlee jacket: The ModBod
  • perfect tee: The ModBod
  • tiered silver necklace: Forever 21
  • silver + turquoise necklace: handmade by my dad
  • denim: Pura*Mania, Brazil
  • suede boots: thrifted

The amberlee jacket has button details on the pockets, zippered front and has a slight hint of military styling. It’s a light-weight sweater jersey with plenty of stretch. I love the side orientation of the pockets and the fit in the sleeves. There’s no collar or hood which is perfect if you want to layer a scarf or two. Fits true to size.

The perfect tee has a very appropriate name. The half-sleeve length is my favorite part about the fit, capped sleeves are becoming a little dated (IMHO) and they’re not flattering on old arms. The fabric is very soft and very stretchy. The neckline is high, but it never bugged me. I’m not used to wearing very tight shirts these days so the uber fit took a little getting used to. If you’re not comfortable with form-fitted shirts, buy a size larger. It was tighter in the chest and armpits and tummy when I first put it on, but loosened up in the tummy area after a while. This shirt kept riding up, probably because the shirt was a little tight.

the violet femmethe violet femme 2

the violet femme

Outfit Details:

The katie jean skirt is that perfect shade of denim that easily coordinates with both dark and light colors. I thought from the photo on the site that it would be more of a greyish, brown denim, but it’s actually more blue than brown or grey. I’m a sucker for the inverted pleats (isn’t that what they’re called?). The only downside I see to this skirt is that it wrinkles quite quickly. It’s not nearly as bad as linen, but you definitely need to iron before wearing (as you can see from the photos above). I like skirts to hit at my natural waist or a little higher, so I’m wearing a size smaller. It still seems a to fit a little low on the waist.

banded groupieDance, Dance Cardigan

Dance Dance Cardigan 2

Outfit details:

  • necklaces: thrifted
  • collared shirt: thrifted
  • banded cardigan: The ModBod
  • red belt: thrifted
  • dark denim: Forever 21
  • red shoes: thrifted

The banded cardigan is my favorite item of the bunch. It comes in black, charcoal and brown in a silky-soft, lightweight jersey. My first impression was that my skin was happy to be touching something so wonderful. It has a deep V with buttons down the front. Have I told anyone that this is my FAVORITE color combo to wear? The cardigan fits true to size, so go up a size if you’re looking for a more draped look. The sleeve cuffs are snug and fit me well, but as anyone who has seen me heaving to lift my 18-month old daughter can attest, I have  super scrawny arms. I might be looking for a larger size if I had better-developed biceps.

Fit makes or breaks any garment, so I hope that my sizing notes are helpful. The cardigan and the skirt are my favorite ModBod pieces of the group. I’ve been impressed by the ModBod’s quality of fabric and construction, and I’ve found myself wearing at least one of these items every day this week.


Now that you’re thoroughly convinced that you need every single piece from The ModBod’s fall clothing line, use the promo code above for 15% off your online order! Hurry! Promo expires December 7th, 2009!

Full Disclosure: I was given free product in exchange for a review. These are my honest opinions and have not been influenced by the ModBod.

Exploit a little thigh.


I made this little number for a friend’s baby shower. I really hope that her baby will have chubby little thighs. MMmm. Nothing like a little baby thigh.


Check out Brooklyn Bean’s machine smocked dress tutorial to make your very own spring/summer smocked dress. The bloomers are my own design and incredibly easy to make [tutorial coming soon].

On the street: High-waisted skirt


I’m in a sewing craze right now. Seriously, I’m day dreaming in patterns, and I keep thinking up ideas for outfits for Penelope and other little girls [I have a few pregnant friends]. I’ve got to get cracking before my motivation wanes. Last Friday when I was feeling particularly ambitious, I sewed a skirt! I can’t claim the pattern my own; it’s been modified from Simplicity’s 3673 1950’s retro dress pattern.

High waisted skirt back

I can’t express how much I love this skirt. It fits me PERFECTLY, it’s slimming [at least I think so] and it’s amazingly comfortable. This is the best sewing I’ve done in my life. Period. End. I should mention, however, it has one little problem: I can’t squeeze into it from the top. I have to unzip and shimmy into it from the bottom. I should have put in a longer zipper. OH well. It still works.


The original pattern has a very high waistline and darts in the front [I hate front darts, they never seem to look right]. I nixed the front darts and made puckers in the back instead [adding a little umph to the blegs]. I also sinched up the hips to follow my hips a little better. Now I’m looking for any excuse to wear this little number out. Chris, you wanna ask me out on a date?


P.S. I’m totally addicted to the Sartorialist right now. I love that blog.

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