It’s. So. Hot. | Work-Ready in a Heat Wave

Remember how I asked for autumn? I practically begged. Well guess what, St. Louisans! It isn’t here yet, damn it! Instead, we’re stuck in a terrible heat wave with psycho-high humidity, and I’m stuck being a zitty, sticky, frizzy-haired bitch.

God, I hate summer.

And wearing office-appropriate attire makes warm weather a trillion times worse. Possibly more. My brain is too melted for math. At least I have a few breezy, lightweight dresses to survive the dreaded, questionable office air conditioner—will it work today? will it break today? it’s always a gamble! no one can win!—and the unbearable outside.

Before I fell madly, deeply in love with Pitaya (more love here and here) it was the new-to-me store where my mother found my 24th birthday gift, a.k.a. this fantastic dress that has pockets.

This frock is adorable with black tights and boots, but it’s practically made for the end of summer. Throw some brown sandals, turquoise jewelry, and animal print into the mix for a summer-meets-fall look. Plus, as much as I hate to say it—because I think it makes me sound like someone who’d bring a grandfather clock camping, like in Tarzanit’s a little safari-themed, which is nice for August. After all, I don’t know much about going on safari, but I’m guessing it’s on the warmer side.

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Currently wearing… Dress, Pitaya [SIMILAR/SIMILAR/SIMILAR] | Belt, Cole Haan, garage sale [SIMILAR] | Sandals, Mossimo Supply Co., Target [HERE] | Tote, Jacobs by Marc Jacobs [SIMILAR] | Scarf, Merona, freebie [SIMILAR] | Earrings, vintage | Cuff, vintage | Sunglasses, Blue Bird Apparel [SIMILAR]

But I can only wear this outfit once a week, max, so here’s hoping it cools down soon.

A Story of Skirts | Preparing for Fall with Pitaya

Nine or ten autumns ago, I was a Doc Martin-clad teenager in an awkward situation.

At the time, my ideal outfit consisted of thigh-high stockings and boots, topped with a torn tee and a miniskirt. Oh, the miniskirts. I loved miniskirts. Since I couldn’t quite find my ideal skirt, I used some fabric remnants to craft my own. It was short and heavily draped, and it only took a few pins and stitches to keep those folds right where I wanted them. Perfect.

But the homemade skirt failed me at a crucial moment. I was standing in Breadstretchers (a former Springfield, Ill., sandwich shop/occasional venue) at the wrong place when the crowd started to move. The draping of my skirt was caught up in the mosh pit and was accidentally torn clean off, like the last paper towel ripped off the roll. The eyes of the girl in front of me practically popped out of her head as she threw her palms over my underwear*. The rest of the memory is faded, probably because I blushed so hard that the blood screwed with my brain. I bet that’s why I’m such a pink person—it may be impossible to fully come back from a blush like that.

Here’s the point: While I can hopefully handle an embarrassing situation better now than I could as a teen, I doubt Lance would be pleased if I flashed some boy shorts at a show. To keep this from happening, I now leave my skirts to the professionals. No more half-assed DIY bottoms for me.

I instantly fell in love with this fall-ready Pitaya miniskirt. The hemline is flirty and kicky. The draping is structured and unique. The color is perfect for the season. And it’s stretchy, which means the skirt was still comfortable after the Cicero’s burger I inhaled post-photo shoot.

Pitaya Burnt Orange Circle Skirt and Cropped Sweater (1)

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Pitaya Burnt Orange Circle Skirt and Cropped Sweater (2)

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Currently wearing… Sweatshirt, I♥Ronson, JCPenney [SIMILAR] | Gathered Elastic-Waist Swing Skirt, c/o Pitaya [HERE in black] | Earrings, c/o Pitaya [SIMILAR] | Sunglasses, Quay, Nordstrom Rack [SIMILAR] | Cuff, vintage | Clutch, Merona, Target [SIMILAR] | Socks, H&M [SIMILAR] | Boots, c/o Diba True [HERE

Remember that other amazing skirt I found at Pitaya? It’s on sale! Look for it in store or check it out online.

*In the early-2000s, Lance (who I did not know personally at the time) also lived in Springfield, went to shows, and happened to have incredibly long, beautiful, curly hair. I’d say there is a 80% chance he was at this show, 10% chance he was playing this show, 9% chance he was skateboarding outside but not at the show, and 1% chance he was the ‘girl’ in front of me. I should ask.

(More) Cat-Approved Fashion

I have arguably the world’s neediest cat. As I type, Yogurt sits in my lap, breathing fish-breath on my face and trying to tap his nose on my nose. It’s really, really cute… Not the easiest way to type, but really cute.

It’s amazing how 13 pounds of furball can derail a blog post. Instead of discussing Tales of Great Sales or budget-friendly beauty products, today’s post is about cats. Obviously.

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(More) Fashion Approved By My Cat
Meow meow meow? Meow… Umbrella | Purse | Pullover | Scarf | Dress | Coin Purse | Blouse | Makeup Bag | Earrings | Necklace | Skirt | Shoes

And don’t forget the lint roller. Nothing is worse than cat hair on your cat dress.

Waiting for Fall

It’s hot. It’s humid. It’s hot and it’s humid and I’m in pain. I’m suffering through two blisters because I wore booties when it’s hot and humid because I’m so over summer. Damn it, weather, isn’t it time for fashion’s favorite season? 

There’s no way around it: Autumn is simply the best. As a pale redhead (albeit a fake redhead, but that’s beside the point) with a layering obsession, fall is the greatest time of year. Last fall was spectacular; I vividly recall amazing times with friends, crisp breezes, a fantastic Thanksgiving party, beautiful runway shows, the triumphant return of the Salted Caramel Mocha and Caramel Apple Milkshake… Oh yeah, and the outfits I dream of every day not lucky enough to land in this most sacred of seasons. I’m about ready to make a fall fan club.

You know what else happened last fall? Oh, Julia Ann was named the best written fashion blog in the judged and people’s choice categories at the inaugural Saint Louis Fashion Blog Awards. And I’m still over the moon about it. The 2014 Saint Louis Fashion Blog Awards are on the horizon, and nominations are now open! If you like this site—or any of the other fantastic St. Louis fashion blogs that exist—please head over and fill out this nomination form; I appreciate your support more than you know, guys and dolls.

Now, back to fall outfits. There are countless fashion-related finds I miss during the hot months; here are a few of my favorites.

[P]LEATHER - As seen here.

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THIGH-HIGH SOCKS As seen here.

Bolo Tie Necklace with Cut Offs and Cream Blouse (3)

 

SCARVES As seen here.

 SMALLER - Barefaced Blogger Brunch 1 - Photo by Everyday Fancy

 

TALL BOOTS As seen here.

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THICK BLAZERS As seen here.

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LAYERING As seen here.

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THIGH-HIGH BOOTS As seen here.

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HEAVY FABRICS As seen here.

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JACKETS As seen here.

Brick Roads and Brown Booties

So. Many. Boots! (And booties.) Now, if only it was a smidge colder… Cross your fingers and hope for an early autumn!

What are you most excited to wear this fall?


Saks Fifth Avenue Beauty Brunch photo by Ellen of Everyday Fancy.

Wearable Art

“Why are you taking so much art?” asked my guidance counselor, repeatedly. “I think you really need more math and science.”

Well, Mister Broken Record, I managed to graduate from college and find a job in my field without ever taking calculus or chemistry. But you know what I did take? Every available art class. SO HA HA HA HA HA I TOLD YOU SO.*

Of all my high school memories, art class is one of my most vivid. My locker was in the art loft. I ruined every manicure with spray paint residue and industrial-strength glue. I made people deeply uncomfortable with a (hilarious) “Satan Is My Homeboy” silk screen project. I spent way too long on a large ska-themed mosaic that only turned out so-so. I wasn’t particularly great at anything, but I tried hard at everything. And considering my deep love of crafts, I use the skill set often. Art class for the win!

It should come as no surprise that any reminders of the glories of art class are appreciated. That’s why I instantly fell in love with this necklace. The piece is a handmade mosaic, so each one is a smidge different. Does anything feel better to touch than something so clearly individual?**

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Currently wearing… Tank, Converse One Star, Target [SIMILAR] | Chambray blouse, Express [SIMILAR] | Jeans, AE [HERE] | Booties, Madden Girl, Famous Footwear c/o Brown Shoe Company [SIMILAR] | Coach bag, vintage | Cuff, vintage | Statement necklace c/o Karma Mantra [From an upcoming collection; for now, try SIMILAR]

Can you tell I’m ready for fall? These last few cool days have been such a relief. Long sleeves! Long pants! Turquoise and leather! Let’s go!

*Before ya get all pissy… Obviously math and science are important. Unless you want to be a writer, in which case… Let’s just say it’s debatable.

**Actually, mosaics are normally awful to touch. Glass splinters are no laughing matter. Lucky for me, this piece was nicely smoothed, so no little bits stuck out to snag my hair or skin. Whew!