Monday, November 30, 2009

Ooh, I Love Being a Copycat...Fun Times Replicating a November Catalog Cover!!! (Featuring the Slub Cotton Faded Floral Tee!)

Some days, either when I am really tired or really busy, I just cannot find the inspiration to put anything together, especially an outfit. (Like right now...it is crazy busy down here in Mississippi...we have spent the past two days driving all over Louisiana...I know I said "crazy in Mississippi," but it turns out that a good percentage of the time we spend down here in the Magnolia state is really spent down in New Orleans or in Oak Grove, LA!) Can I just tell you how happy I am that I created ALL of my outfits for this trip in Polyvore before we left??? I am!!! I have had no time in the mornings to get ready and knowing EXACTLY what I am going to wear has made a huge difference!

Having said that, I actually find that even when I do have the energy and time to put outfits together, I will discover that the J. Crew catalog already has an outfit I want to create...and this USED to happen to me all the time, especially when the Paris Catalog was out, but more recently, I have found I don't really want to recreate any of the outfits because they are just too darn much...especially too many layers, for one, it is way too hot still (highs in the upper 50s and 60s means I am still wearing a thin merino cardi as outerwear), and for two, really...just how practical are fifty beaded necklaces and two button-down shirts and tights and capri pants and boots for a kind of harried mother of two? :)

So imagine my delight when I saw the November catalog cover (and later a page in the catalog) featuring a pretty model wearing her hair loose under a beret, with a beautiful floral button-down top (with scrunched up sleeves) under a precious tee with printed roses, nice easy black trousers, and a pair of sneakers! This look I could replicate...and happily, I really, really, REALLY wanted to...


Here is the polyvore, which also has the image of the catalog cover that I wanted to replicate. Now note, even though I am a big, fat copycat, I refuse to completely do the look...so instead of the black trousers, I wore dark denim matchsticks, and instead of the sneakers, I did a grey patent pair of flats. I do want to note the tee is actually the Slub cotton faded floral version of the tee (and in a pale pink, not white). The beret was too warm for the day, but I do have a beret that will be perfect the next time I wear this look (and it is cold enough to justify a heavy wool on my head).


So this is it on me...except for my winter red hair (which only happens once I stop being able to get outside in the sun as much--I miss the sun not just for Vitamin D reasons, but also for its lightening powers on my hair), I LOVE THIS OUTFIT. A LOT! I felt genuinely good in this particular look. This outfit seems to me to be the perfect outfit for just kind of being a "cool" mom of two. Thank you, J. Crew, for helping me create a perfect outfit! SWAK!

So you know, my Cash from my Closet blog will be selling the SAME items as I did last week, so go on over and take a look. My Mid-Century Mom will have a new post by Wednesday, but with time constraints, I chose to publish here first.

I have been travelling so much, I look forward to getting back home...sitting at home and doing nothing has never seemed so appetizing! ;)

10 comments:

Stylestance said...

Great job! You look so fabulous. I too was drawn to this catalog cover as a perfect casual look. I've decided to start saving my J Crew catalogs again to try and recreate their looks. Well done :)

tastymoog said...

Despite my polyvore opinion, I would and probably have recreated looks from the Paris catalog, almost exactly! Those were the days... ;) I saw the plaid shirtdress on ebay recently, but it wasn't my size.

I have flats very similar to those. I love grey shoes!

Slastena said...

Dina, yey, I am back! Sort of!
I am all for recreating the looks- it's fun, fun , fun and you did a superb job with November cover. Adorable as aever. And I love your new hair hue , very fond of strawberry blond.

Ema said...

I still have to try the tee-over-shirt thing (couldn't they come with ONE cute long-sleeved tee for a change?) but you totally rock the look!

Rachel said...

Pretty!! I always love your outfits.

amy kelinda said...

I love how you styled it, and I adore your denim skinnies over the black trousers for this look. LOVE! Your shoes are super cute too! And your winter hair is adorable too, hehe!

Sherri said...

I have also liked this look, but have been hesitant to layer a tee over a buttondown. Won't the buttons look funny through the tee? But you look so cute, I just might try it myself.

Rosa in DC said...

I love this look on you! Well done!!

dinagideon said...

Hi! I am almost there...two posts to comment back on and I will be caught up! YAY!

Stylestance and Tastymoog: I tend to want to do my own thing, but sometimes J. Crew definitely knocks it out of the ballpark, so to speak. Unfortunately, their batting average has been pretty darn bad lately! ;)

Tastymoog, I have that plaid shirtdress and love it, regardless of my hubby's prarie girl opinion! It wears very well...

Sherri: The buttons didn't show through at all! So try it out!!! :)

Have a great Thursday, all!

Anonymous said...

pretty cool stuff here thank you!!!!!!!