Category Archives: vintage-inspired

Tucker for Target Trench

I was underwhelmed by previews of Tucker for Target’s collection. However, on a recent trip to Target I stumbled upon this trench. The color turned me off at first, but I couldn’t part with the jacket. I had a gift card burning a hole in my pocket, and the jacket was $41.98 after 30% off, so I made a rare over-$40 purchase.

I am loving this trench, as I’ve been wearing it every day. It suits the fall weather incredibly well, and the lining delights me. Plus, it’s a modern day piece with much-loved retro flare.

Splurge when a splurge is worth it,


J. Crew June ’10 Catalog – The Less You Indulge, the More You Lust

The less I indulge (read: spend), the more I lust.

My bold statement is made apparent each time I flip through the pages of a J. Crew catalog.

Much to my delight, my June ’10 issue arrived in the mail several days ago. The excitement of such an arrival rivals seeing the newest issue of Vogue peeking out from my mailbox.

In June’s issue, once again, the styling is spot-on. Also, the makeup is minimal, yet there are potent touches of color in just the right places (i.e. lips). Questions have been raised: What new fashions may I covet? What can inspire me today (and tomorrow)? Where to may I dream of traveling next? (Now I’m really wishing we had booked Guatemala as our honeymoon spot.) The shot locations have me daydreaming of Central America and its glorious beaches, abundant sun, and the clothes that may accompany and suit each new adventure. Nothing makes me want to pile on a bunch of jewelry and wear loose-fitting cardigans more than seeing what’s on these pages. The swimsuits are a tribute to old school glamour, as well. My favorites are the ones with a touch of color, or that feature a bold print, such as paisley or polka dot.

That’s right, I can’t afford what I see… but I’m perfectly fine just dreaming. For the time being.

(From left: Dizzy floral wrap tank, $82; Breezy dot tie-front tank, $80; Palermo paisley bandeau tank, $88.)

At $6, Anthropologie’s Affordable Treasure: Monogrammed Mug


This morning I was on the hunt for a small token of gratitude for a close friend. Her favorite store is Anthropologie, a store full of unique little treasures with a worldly influence. Any girl is sure to find several items at Anthropologie with which to fall in love, despite the steep price tags.

After browsing the jewelry and sale items, I happened upon some fabulous mugs in the kitchen area. I gently lifted one, and, after falling in love with its classic touch and monogram guaranteed to make any girl feel special, I was delighted by its $6 price sticker. The mug is great for coffee or a spot of tea, for decoration or for function. It’s a perfect gift option, whether given as a simple thank you, bridesmaid gift, or a birthday present complete with a favorite candy or lip balm tucked inside. With the supplied gift box and pretty wrapping, enchanting retailer Anthropologie has gotten it absolutely right.

A Basic Top Turned Un-Basic with a Sparkling Brooch

While watching Iron Chef America a couple of nights ago, I found myself fixated on one of the judges’ accessories. Victoria Riccardi, a culinary author, was wearing an everyday boatneck blouse. But pinned to it was a fantastically sparkly brooch. I typically think a brooch to be something I would find only in my grandmother’s jewelry box. But since my newfound inspiration, my thoughts towards this so-called “old fashioned accessory” have changed.

The high-low aspect of this look, to me, is amazing. I love the extremity of the combination of an often formal piece of jewelry paired with an otherwise basic cotton or silk-blend top. I ordered a brooch the other day and can’t wait for it to arrive; I will pair it with each of my newly acquired J. Crew v-neck cotton tees.

Lady in Love – Target’s Merona Isabella Dress

The other day I was browsing the clearance racks at Target and was immediately drawn to the festive “Salmon Dome” color of this Merona Collection dress. Upon further inspection, I was officially smitten. I was charmed by the pleated trim detail, which was much softer and less overwhelming in person, and by the overall flattering, retro cut. This dress would be befitting for a variety of occasions, from an outdoor spring wedding to a summer garden party.

And the best news is that this dress was, at 75% off, a very wallet-friendly $9.99. Unfortunately, though, there were only a few dresses left, none of which were in my size. But maybe you will luck out! Skedaddle to Target, and scope out the clearance racks tucked away in the back. This dress is surely what the doctor ordered for spring, and at this price, it will not stay on the racks for long.


Lovely (and affordable!) Retro Floral Blouse

I’m a big fan of fashion of the past. Skimpy tops in floral prints elicit images of the fancy-free girls of the 60s and 70s.

This blouse is available just in time for spring. With its romantic ruffles and elastic waist, it is a sweet reminder of decades past when spirits were perhaps more carefree.

Once in a while you can find treasure in chain stores, and to me this is one of those rare finds. For under $20 at American Eagle, it’s a great little piece. And you’re in luck, because it’s currently available in stores and online; in fact, I scooped one up a few weeks ago for $10.50 on clearance.

All of a sudden I want to get lost in a garden and all its pretty, floral glory. It’s no wonder…

Inspiration: Inside J. Crew’s March catalog

J. Crew’s recent catalog is as much a source of inspiration as any fashion magazine I read. Beautiful colors like mint julep, sweet guava, and light ginger grace the pieces on these calmly colored pages. I am thrilled by the texture and layering and a rose here and a rose there. Prints evoking a vintage spirit, such as their 60s-influenced rose vines print, send me abuzz.

Jenna Lyons has revitalized the brand since she came onboard as creative director a couple of years ago. She deserves much credit for the resurgence and continued relevance of J. Crew.

J. Crew’s March 2010 catalog is my candy. It is my pleasure, and I am smitten. I can’t put it down. I refer to it over and over again, and I do not have the heart to tear out even one page.

Though J. Crew’s price point is above many, you can’t put a price tag on inspiration. That, my dear penny. reader, is something to remember.

Let’s take a brief trip inside J. Crew’s recent catalog of delights…

Rose Vines Romper, $125

I love rompers. They’re easy-breezy, and if done right, give a dose of sweet 70s sex appeal. This romper, when paired with the long cardigan as modeled, has that “short skirt, long jacket” appeal. Extra credit: layered jewelry.

Printed Lieutenant Jacket, $128

Combined with feminine elements, this fabulous camo jacket is made almost chic. My first impression of camo in the collection was of dismay. However, the print has grown on me. Each collection should have a stand-out piece or two, such as this, for an element of surprise. Paired with a light, white dress this jacket is balanced; completed with a belt at the waist, the ensemble is irresistible.

Vintage zebra-stripe Blakely dress, $128

Animal-print items are great investment pieces. They’re unique, never go out of style, and are absolutely fetching. This dress is stunning when combined with a brown belt, as pictured; but pair with a silver or gold belt for an after hours soiree.

And this bit wouldn’t be complete without a collage of my favorite, dreamy looks from this month’s catalog. Are you as inspired by the recent catalog as I am?