Taking a tip from Leandra at The Man Repeller --in the rush of getting ready yesterday (hey, it's been a busy week) I decided to double up on the unsexiest of elements, that is, the collar(s).

I've always been fond of distinctive neck encircle-rs, as evidenced as far back as here. This one is a 60's dress remnant, ordered from eBay, and worn backwards so that it's no longer a round mock neck, but a notched shirt collar instead.

It's actually quite detailed. At the base are silvery, long tubular beads (as in tubes, not an 80's form of awesome), covered by a thick layer of crochet lace, and then topped off by alternating rows of rhinestone and pearls. Stunning magnificence!

Laugh with me as I fall off my bed.

Allow me to show you what I'm working with.

Timex wristband and Gucci snake skin bangle. Thrifted!

vintage collar (eBay)/mossimo buttondown (thrifted)/ j+ for uniqlo cropped pants /timex watch & snakeskin bangle (thrifted)/lesportsac work tote (thrifted)



Today's attire is inspired by Valentino's Spring 2011 RTW (a collection so good that I want the slideshow to be never ending) and a complete lack of time.

My basic approach for a 25 minute get-ready is to throw on a dress (any of them!) plus some accessories, blush, and mascara, and then it's out the door for me. Oh, and a few strokes with an eyebrow pencil for good measure. If you remember one thing, it should be this: DO NOT FORGET THE EYEBROW PENCIL.


Make your frock a vintage-y keyhole-d version and your shoes the be-studded kind, and suddenly you're Valentino casual for a Wednesday at the office.
I mean, that's what I did today. What about you?

old navy dress/vince camuto sandals/revlon lilac pastelle
[disclaimer: objects in photos may appear more pissed than they actually are, promise.]



I'm not really one for the grunge look, but this guy in the orange pants/baggy black sweater combo has me rethinking the whole thing.

Probably because his cheekbone length hair reminds me of every middle school crush I ever had.