I’ve had green beer once in my life. I was visiting Lance when I turned 21, and two days later was St. Patrick’s Day. I was staying right outside the military base he was stationed at—which, in case you’ve never seen one, is a sight in itself; barber shops and strip clubs as far as the eye can see—so on St. Patty’s Day, we went bowling and headed to a nearby bar to meet up with a few of his friends in holiday tradition. Being so close to a base meant that the male-to-female ratio was all types of askew, even more so than the dive bar normal. So it was very surprising when an older woman threw her arm around my shoulder and demanded she buy me a drink. “Thanks,” I said, as we started chatting… Or rather, I started chatting and she sort of danced through the line in a less-than-graceful manner. “What kinda beer do ya want?” she asked. “Uh, Coors please,” I responded.
She paused, turned to me and stared. “Coors? What the hell is Coors? Can’t be using local nicknames here… What a funny way to ask for a Corona.”
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And she never had green beer again. The end.
Any big plans for St. Patrick’s Day?
We might all be ready for short-shorts and swimsuits, but it’s snowing in St. Louis—and, for that matter, a bunch of other places. With a five-day high of 44 degrees, it’s time to keep the winter-wear out and accessible. Don’t worry… It will be uncomfortably warm before we know it. Another week or two of coats and gloves isn’t the worst.
To be honest, my main annoyance with winter isn’t the bleak sky or the chilly noses or the shortened days… It’s the constant need for outerwear. Sure, I love my puffy coat with the faux-fur trim, but it’s always covering the ensemble I planned, and that’s a bummer. There’s no way around it; showcasing personal style in chilly temperatures and lousy weather conditions can be a drag. My solution? Choose classic outerwear with fun details, like these jumbo lapels. I added it to all-black ensemble with on-trend jewelry*, pops of leopard, and over-the-knee boots** for a toasty warm and fashionably fulfilled day in the snow.
*While trading earmuffs for ear cuffs makes for a great look, be sure to keep those earmuffs in your purse. Beauty may be pain, but I can’t believe how pink my ears still are.
**See above, but switch in details about the horrors of wearing heeled boots to walk across an ice-snow-ice sandwich covering the parking lot. That’s fashion dedication, if I do say so myself.
Currently wearing... Coat, BCBGMAXAZRIA [SIMILAR / SIMILAR ] | Boots, c/o Luichiny [SIMILAR] | Sunglasses, Banana Republic [SIMILAR] | Ear Cuffs, gift [SIMILAR] | Tech Gloves, Target [SIMILAR]
Enjoy the snow, dollface.
In my constant—yet somehow ever-failing—quest for a cleaner apartment, I’ve started boxing up old items to be sold. Hidden in the nooks of our closet and in the bins under our bed, I keep finding piece after piece of high school fashion favorites: band tees, patch-covered hoodies, beaded plastic bracelets. Yeah, back then, those were great… Almost as good as the quintessential young-Julia garment: the mini-skirt.
In the spirit of Throwback Thursday, I styled this red, plaid mini-skirt I found under my bed. To my knowledge, it was purchased from Hot Topic (a.k.a. my weirdly well-paying high school job) when I was 16, and it last saw the light of day in 2008 as part of a zombie schoolgirl costume. It’s stretchy, it has pockets, and—despite my not 16-year-old physique—it totally fit. But does it work with twenty-something Julia style? I have some fantastic memories that involve this skirt, but they’re mostly good stories because of the bands I wore it to watch. But maybe the skirt is an important part of the tale. Or maybe I’m too sentimental. Or maybe I just really, really love clothes.
See? This is why I need your help.
Currently wearing… Mini-skirt, from high school | Sweater, JCPenney [SIMILAR] | Black leggings, TJMaxx [SIMILAR] | Boots, Steve Madden [SIMILAR] |Necklace, DIY | Beanie, Target [SIMILAR] | Clutch, Target [SIMILAR] | Bracelet, vintage
So, tell me… Is it trash or is it treasure?
Ever play the closet matching game? It’s a morning favorite of mine. Hold up two or three unrelated items and see if they could go together in an outfit; it’s kind of like the closet computer from Clueless, except not nearly as strict. Play with the textures, the patterns, the colors, and the cuts to see what new outfits are hiding in your bedroom. These pieces were all hanging out—literally… as in, on hangers… ha!—but they weren’t talking. It was like an awkward group of strangers at a party. But once you put people, er, attire together, it’s amazing how well it can work out.
“You’re a blouse? No way. Because I’M A BLOUSE.” “Whaaaat? You’re messin’ with me. You don’t by chance have black details, do you?” “NO WAY, MAN, I DO!”
Currently Wearing… Striped blouse, JCPenney [SIMILAR] | Floral blouse, JCPenney [SIMILAR] | Skinny jeans, Red Engine [HERE] | Clutch, Target [SIMILAR] | Shoes, Vince Camuto at DSW [SIMILAR]| Earrings, Stella & Dot c/o independent stylist Kristin McCaw [HERE] | Bracelets, vintage | Locket, Fable & Lore c/o ALIVE Magazine [HERE] | Sunglasses, Quay at Nordstrom Rack [SIMILAR] | Scarf, H&M [SIMILAR]
Hoping to layer blouses? Use a shirt with a rounded hemline underneath and a straight or asymmetrical—but not curved—hem on the top. (And be prepared to spritz yourself with a hearty dose of Static Guard.) Keep the colors coordinated, but not necessarily matchy, and make sure pattern proportions parallel properly. Dare ya to say that five times fast.