Yesterday, the subject of tattoos came up in one of the groups I belong to so I thought I’d do a related post. Of course, after posting my new bikini in my last post and getting started on my 101 Things…I’ve got summer on the brain. The Ed Hardy brand by Christian Audigier has really brought back the use of vintage tattoo art into fashion, and in a much more mainstream way than has been seen previously. I love his pieces, including the Eternal Love bikini above. You may recognize this as having been worn by Heidi on The Hills. I’ve also mentioned the Ed Hardy sunglasses here
, but I am still wanting a pair.
The Ed Hardy brand uses the typical tattoo iconography of roses, skulls, dragons, snakes, hearts, etc.
This type of tattoo art began as a sailor’s way of documenting the symbolism of a life at sea. The swallow
for example, so prevalent in tattoo art, was a way to document that he had sailed over 5,000 nautical miles.
I just recently bought this swallow necklace for myself. Love it!
Oh, and I can’t forget to show you one of my favorite halters…
You can even find amazing retro dresses like the one above, made by Jezebelle
. Here’s a closeup view of the fabric, which is also readily available by the yard.
Of course, no one can beat Kat von D for coolness factor.
She’s even designed a line for Sephora.
So, no excuses…now you can add a little vintage tattoo style into your life too!
In 2006 I set off on a new adventure called 101 Things in 1001 Days. Probably everyone out in blogland has heard of this and already have their own lists by now. My 1001st day was March 17, 2009. I completed 42 of the 101 items on my list. I think 42 is a pretty great accomplishment, especially considering some of the things I had on that list including: begin contributing to 401k, set up a will and power of attorney, learn CPR, lose 10% of my weight, have a physical, get a new passport with my married name, start a blog, research and pay off credit card balance, take an anniversary trip for our first anniversary, have an eye exam, and of course – re-read books 1-6 of Harry Potter before book 7 comes out. So, I feel really good about the things I accomplished. And overall I learned alot about myself through the process, and I learned that life can change drastically in 2.75 years. But, having completed the first 1001 I decided to give it another go. I’ll be starting my new list on Sunday, March 22, 2009 (tomorrow). I’m excited to get started although I know I’ve set some real challenges for myself. I feel like in the past several years, I have really done a huge overhaul on myself and my life. I managed to get myself out of debt and to stay out of it, which had been a constant theme throughout my adult life. I also quit smoking several years ago (9 years ago in fact), and that made a huge change in my life. I am hoping that through this next 1001 days I can conquer the last piece of changing my life that I have been truly struggling with…and that is losing the extra weight and being fit and healthy. It’s going to take lifestyle changes and a LOT of hard work, but I think I am finally ready. So, in the next 1001 days I invite you to join in my journey that will involve some reading, some crafting, some decorating, some travel, some family and personal stuff, but mostly getting to be the person I’ve wanted to be. Eric’s created a countdown clock for me over in my sidebar, and the end date is December 18, 2011. I’ll be journaling about the process here I’m sure, as well as documenting the items that I cross off my list as that happens.
In January, I bought myself something for a little incentive…
this cute bikini from Victoria’s Secret
. I can’t wait to fit into it and feel comfortable enough to go out in public. I haven’t worn a bikini since high school!! But I love love love this and especially with the stars, it will keep me going by the thought of getting to wear it. So, wish me luck and Day 1 starts tomorrow…
It’s been a long time since I’ve posted any of my wardrobe picks. In fact, I debated deleting the posts I had done of them. I took these photos some time ago, but I quit taking new ones for a few reasons – 1) I got tired of posting photos of the same exact outfits over and over 2) I wasn’t happy with the way my clothes fit me 2) I’ve gained back some of the weight I’d lost and didn’t want to really “see” that. So, for now I’m going to go ahead and post these photos I’d already taken and then we’ll see where I go from here. Part of what came into play with my decision about whether or not to delete the old posts was my plan to begin another 101 Things in 1001 Days list. One of the items on there is to photograph myself, weigh myself and measure myself at the beginning, middle and end of the 1001 days. The goal of that is to hopefully see a huge change toward being more fit and healthy in the next three years. I was contemplating posting that here, since I intend to keep a record of my 1001 days on this blog. And that gave me pause to think about my Wardrobe Pick posts. I’ll think about how I want to move forward with that, but for now I’ll leave the posts as they are. And so, in that vein, I thought I’d go ahead and post the photos I had already taken, but had been languishing on my computer.
This is what I wore to Eric’s graduation (MBA). I was taking some advice and guidance from a fashionista I idolize. She had suggested pairing this top with the black skirt, my Mary Janes and a white bag with black trim. Well, I didn’t have a white bag with black trim, so I made do with just white. Such an interesting choice. I would never have picked it myself, but I liked it. She also suggested to shorten the length of my skirt. It’s something I’ll think about for future purchases.
I love this blouse, and had never worn it before. So, I’m glad she suggested I wear it. I chose to accessorize with my pearl and diamond white gold necklace and earrings.
I went with the white bag again here. I usually leave this top as is, but this time decided to belt it. Not sure how comfortable I was with it, but it was something different to try. I do love this skirt.
I love these earrings. I think either my mom or my sister bought these for me.
This outfit was a huge stretch for me style-wise. But, it is probably my favorite. This was a suggested outfit as well. I paired the turquoise top with brown pants and burgundy patent heels. The camel bag was added in too. I think I tend to be too matchy matchy. I’ve worn the turquoise with the brown pants before, but went with brown heels and a brown purse. I love the mix in this. My fashionista guru also mentioned my pants are way too short. So, that’s another thing I’ll be looking for in future purchases. But for now, I’ll make do. I just have to make sure to wear pretty shoes.
Another suggested outfit. Lavender top, white eyelet skirt, Ralph Lauren heels, camel bag. I like this outfit as well. It’s casual dressy, if there is such a thing. I think the skirt should have been ironed though.
I accessorized with this necklace and earring set that I just love.
I’m ok with this outfit, but not overly excited. Red top, black pants, black heels, Guess bag.
I accessorized with my three-tone gold necklace.
This one I liked. I came up with this on my own, and again I thought it was a good mix. The pale pink top I love, but I think I’m about to the point of not being able to wear it because the arm holes are getting way too big. I put on a big belt that is a favorite of mine, black pants, black mules. I believe I wore my silver feather earrings with this.
This is my Devil Wears Prada outfit. Dress, Mary Janes, Gold necklace. See?
(Second from the bottom.) Love it.
This outfit isn’t bad either. In fact, I wore these heels with this top and a pair of jeans and loved that look. These are probably one of my favorite pairs of shoes. They have a big button on the ankle strap. They are fabulous!
You can see my fabulous You Don’t Know Jacques OPI polish here. I love love love this smoky color! Need to buy a bottle, methinks! I wore a handmade piece (not by me) with this, just for something kinda funky with the classic skirt and white blouse.
Ok, so that’s it for all the wardrobe picks I hadn’t yet posted. I hope that in the future I can get over feeling intimidated by all those fashionistas who I feel have so much more style and such better looks that I have. It is a constant learning opportunity for me. I stumbled across a new to me blog today too…she has such great style. Go and take a look!