Monday, August 30, 2010

Cat Lady







From L to R, starting at top: Topshop floral beaded shrug, J. Crew bag, Urban Outfitters feather earrings, Blowfish boots, Madewell belt, Topshop maxi skirt, Topshop metal fringe scarf, Madewell dress, Urban Outfitters cat eye sunglasses, Topshop red satchel, Topshop coat, Urban Outfitters fedora, Karl Donoghue earmuffs, Pendleton messenger bag, Juicy Couture dress, Topshop blazer, Madewell necklace, Forever 21 pink sunglasses, Topshop bow beret, Topshop purse, Topshop trousers, Old Navy sweater, Urban Outfitters drop earrings, Urban Outfitters tweed fedora, Madewell ice cluster bracelet, Old Navy fur vest, Steve Madden pumps


I'm totally into the clusterfuck, crazy cat-lady, "Little Edie" look for fall. Is autumn here yet? Because I'm excited. I'm going faux-fur crazy, print insane, and hat happy. I've actually purchased most of the stuff seen above, or own something extremely similar. I don't plan to spend everyday in thick leopard print coats and feather fedoras, but these items will definitely become some of my autumn staples. And don't forget to add lots of thick socks (with heels, please), and throw some plaid into the mix, too.

Don't forget to join the giveaway!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Sticky sweet











I'm feeling ridiculously blah today and am tired of just about everything. I'm sick of fair-weather "friends," "friends" who only call you when they need something, green with envy "friends," liars, and people who resort to using gimmicks to get you to like them better. Moreover, I'm tired of people who can't see these "friends" for what they really are and get used, abused, and stepped on. I'm a self proclaimed bitch: I call 'em like I see 'em, so there's no way in hell I'm going to go along with that kind of behavior. Unfortunately, some people willingly do so, apparently oblivious to that concept we call one's "true colors."

Clearly, I've been making the wardrobe transition from summer to fall, even though it's gotta be at least 80°F and I was sweating profusely while taking these pictures in my cardigan. I love animal print, which I think is classic, pretty, and tough all in one. I tried to go for ladylike with an edge today. The heavier shoes and print (hopefully) play down the sweetness of the ruffles and lace.

Remember to enter the giveaway and check out the sale! The giveaway will end Friday, September 3rd at 11:59 CST! And, I'm probably going to be moving most sale items to Ebay in a couple of days because I need to sell this stuff as quickly as possible ("Project Sale" has been eating up a good portion of my living room for weeks now), so act now if you want something!

Animal print dress: byCORPUS
Cardigan: J. Crew
Skirt: Forever 21
Necklace: American Eagle
Socks: Topshop
Shoes: Seychelles
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Everywhere you go


Remember to enter the giveaway & check out the sale!





^ Excuse this HORRIBLE pose...I think I was distracted by my boyfriend making animal noises from the window.


I wore this outfit for a day of what I thought would be simply running errands, but turned into a long afternoon at the mall. This would have been fine except for my shoes (see picture!). I got a compliment on them by an eight-year-old girl, however, so it was worth it. Almost.

I had written a shitty ranty ravey post originally, but I just found out I got A's in all six of my summer classes, so I'm walking on sunshine right now. Going to log off the interwebz and go to bed happy.

P.S. I'll be returning comments and catching up with your blogs later...as in, sometime when it's not 1 A.M. and I have to get up at the ass crack of dawn.

Sweater: Anthropologie
Fedora & Skirt: Urban Outfitters
Bag: Steven by Steve Madden
Booties: Steve Madden

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

You can have the diamonds, I'll take the clothes


Remember to check out the sale and the giveaway!








"Say it with Diamonds" photographed by Arthur Elgort


I was browsing through old magazines recently and came across one of my favorites: the September 2004 edition of Vogue. It was very interesting to go back and browse fashion pre-recession. The 2004 issue does have a richer feel to it than the current September issue, with pages on diamonds and editorials featuring luxe architecture in the background (as opposed to September 2010 Vogue's park benches and common city streets). However, many of the trends are the same despite the six year time difference. Like today, the 2004 issue places heavy emphasis on faux fur, menswear, and high slicked-back buns. Most of all, it is very clear that fall fashion is fall fashion. Times may change, but basic fall essentials do not.

While the magazine this editorial resides in may remain stacked on a shelf, untouched for most of its life, that doesn't mean it's outdated. The pieces featured here are classic. A structured blazer, a tweed suit, and power dresses have been popular since Coco Chanel's day, and they aren't going out of style anytime soon. Diamonds are forever, of course, but what will the average woman benefit from more: an expensive statement broach or a classic blazer that she can wear at the office and on chilly days?

Basically, the message is this: trends change. Fashion pieces that seem essential one day may be out of reach and unaffordable the next. But, underneath it all, what do we have? Classic, structured pieces that will last us a life time.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Drumroll please! Introducing SALE and GIVEAWAY!



Introducing the Two Eyes in the Mirror Shop


Every year about this time, I clean out my closet and do an Ebay sale. This year, I'm trying to sell the majority of my items sans-Ebay. So, go check out the sale! There are about 40 items up right now, ranging from a pair of Chanel sunglasses to American Apparel basics to no-name accessories. Most items are new and unworn (except by the hangers in my closet...I have a lot of stuff that has hung in my closet unworn for a year or two), and--at least in my opinion--are moderately priced based on label and condition. Sizes are somewhat varied, too, so even if you aren't my size, go check it out.

And...





This blog is approximately 3 months old (not really OMG-worthy, but what the hell), so to celebrate/act as a little promotion for the sale, I'm doing a small giveaway. Actually, it's more like a raffle, but here are the details:

1. To be admitted into the drawing, you must be a follower. If you've been a follower for a while now, great. If you aren't yet, go and do so.
2. Comment on this blog and A) tell me how you are following me (Google or Bloglovin'), and B) leave a way for me to contact you (either URL or email address).

This will net you 1 entry into the drawing. If you mention the Two Eyes in the Mirror Sale on your blog, you'll get 2 additional entries (make sure you comment on this post and tell me that you did so). And, if you have been a regular commenter on this blog for a while now (I'd say there's about 10 of you, and both you and I know who you are), you get another entry. Make sense? I think so.

I'm offering three prize "packages," and there will be three winners. The person whose name I draw first will get first pick, the second person second pick, and so on. So, if if winner #1 wants prize B, winner #2 gets to choose from prize A and C, and winner #3 gets the remaining prize. Anyway, speaking of prizes, here's what you can get:

Prize A: MAC Cosmetics

Mac Eye Shadow in Vapour (a light beige neutral) & Mac Lip Pencil in Whirl

Prize B: Sephora Cosmetics

Sephora Jumbo Eye Pencil in a dark purple & Sephora lipgloss in #06-Fresh Peach (Shimmery)

Prize C: Floral Scarf

Adorable floral scarf (50% silk, 50% polyester) purchased from a local department store (my go-to place for scarves). I have one exactly like it. We can be twinnies!

I'll be drawing names old skool out of a hat. Ends Friday, September 3rd at 11:59 p.m. CST.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Change of pace












There's something I love about clusterfuck outfits such as this one. Shorts and tights are kind of like my jeans. Most people tend to gravitate toward denim when they don't know what to wear on their bottom half. Me? Shorts and tights, especially in the fall! Would a pair of dark denim stovepipes have looked better? Probably! Would they have been as much fun? Oh hells no! I'm still young, so I think it's okay to mess around a bit. Once I wore pink shorts + grey tights + knee-high boots + long-sleeved purple shirt + denim vest + white and red scarf and it was probably the most genius thing I've ever put on my boday, in my opinion. Reminds me of Isla Fisher in Confessions of a Shopaholic.

Anyway, pictured above is the blazer and hat I bought on my shopping trip a few days ago. I've just gotta show you my dress and trench coat, and all new purchases will have been revealed. I looked kind of douche-y in the pictures I took with the hat on, so I'll just be omitting those! It's this one, and I think it looks a lot better in person than on camera.

And look at the mother fucking lake in the background!! Went a-traveling yesterday and was so excited to "shoot" somewhere besides my backyard, which I've kind of grown tired of.

Shirt, blazer, and hat: Urban Outfitters
Denim shorts: Calvin Klein
Booties: Seychelles
Necklace: J. Crew

Thursday, August 19, 2010

I'll journey to the end






^ I'm posting this picture to show off my eye make-up and new earrings. Click to enlarge. Unfortunately, all the other similar pictures where I am NOT being distracted by an obnoxious but lovable boyfriend were out of focus. Isn't that always the case?


PLEASE EXCUSE le ridiculous hair!! I put it up after I got out of the shower to deal with it later, but my boyfriend was all like, "Leave it! It looks good!" and, after about 30 minutes of my debating whether it did or it didn't, I took it down and redid it. Unfortunately, these pictures were already taken, and I wasn't going to make lover boy wait any longer through another round of my incessant camwhoring. But uh, hey, this is a clothing and make-up blog type of deal. I never said anything about good hair.

Speaking of my boyfriend and camwhoring...holy poop. This was my first time trying to get some outfit shots while around him. It went reasonably well, minus the various pictures of him mooning the camera in the background. Many were rendered unusable due to someone's photo bombing skills.

In other news: yesterday's shopping trip went well! I think I'm just going to incorporate my loot into future outfit posts. The chambray shirt in this post is new, as well as the earrings. I also managed to bring home a new dress, trench coat, skirt, hat, and blazer. I purposely avoided the shoe section because I knew I couldn't handle it. Screw diamonds, shoes are my best friend.

Shirt: Old Navy
Bandeau bra & necklace: American Eagle
Skirt, shoes, and earrings: Urban Outfitters
Bag: Felix Ray

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Back up against the wall






Quick post after a fast-paced day! I rushed out of the house this morning and just now noticed I forgot to include accessories today. Oopsie. This is so much more a fall outfit than a summer one, but it was chilly this morning, so I guess it's kind of fitting. And, after all, it is August 17th...less than a month of summer left! I love fall, but I hate winter, so I guess fall and I have a bittersweet relationship. Going on a semi-major shopping trip tomorrow, despite the fact that I hardly have any cash monies. Yay?

Top: Forever 21
Skirt: Urban Outfitters
Belt: J. Crew
Tights: Hue
Shoes: Seychelles

Sunday, August 15, 2010

To dye or not to dye? The newest beauty question.



Lauren Conrad, Rachel Bilson, and the blogosphere's own Rumi Neely


As I imagine most everyone has noticed, I've got about four inches of dark roots that I contend with everyday. They exist on my head mostly out of sheer laziness: I haven't dyed my hair since January, and really cannot be bothered to. I don't actually mind. I think I look better, perhaps a bit more natural, with a darker color in the mix. There are several times I have considered dumping an entire bottle of dark hair dye on the whole thing. But, I love my blonde, too. Recently, I've discovered that I can have the best of both worlds and not necessarily be a fashion faux pas. It turns out that dark roots with lighter ends (which, in my simple mind is basically the same thing as ombre hair) is actually a beauty trend.

A recent Lucky magazine had a snippet on the ombre hair trend. This ombre hair features darker roots with lighter ends. A quick google search produced many hits--turns out this trend has been going on for quite some time. Many achieve this look not by growing out light hair, but rather by having a stylist paint bleach on the ends of their mane. One benefit of this style is that it's very low maintenance.

I, for one, don't think I'd run out to the salon and intentionally get this unintentional look. It seems a bit silly that one would request to have her hair dyed to look as if she hadn't dyed it in half a year. I'll keep my ever-growing roots because they work for me (perhaps not attractive wise, but it works great with my schedule!), not because they're a trend.

What do you think about this type of hair color? Would you dye your hair to make it look like you hadn't? If you dye your hair a lighter color on a regular basis, what do you do with your roots?

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Seeing double







I've always liked the out of focus. Before I knew how to properly use my camera, all I seemed to produce was the out of focus, so perhaps the familiarity bred fondness. If what was out of focus and how it's presented wasn't important, no one would care about the beautiful art of bokeh. Photography classes wouldn't teach about depth of field. My camera wouldn't need to have an aperture priority function. Clearly, what's out of focus is (sometimes) more important than what's in focus. So, when I download all my pictures off my camera at the end of the day, instead of immediately trashing the ones that are out of focus, I save them and try to make them work. For some people, they might be mistakes, but for me, they offer another perspective.

I found this skirt in a box of clothes I apparently didn't want a while ago. I'm not exactly sure why I didn't want it, but I decided it needed to make a come back. I think it's a keeper!

Purple dress & necklace: American Eagle
Floral skirt: Urban Renewal
Belt: Urban Outfitters
Mary-Janes: Frye

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Ruffles





^ This is my Hannibal Lecter evil smirk. It's not intentional. Unfortunately, all my other pictures were blurry.


I would have loved to wear this ruffle crop top with billowy pants a la M.C. Hammer, however, A) I don't own any, and B) it's 90°F, so anything but shorts are out of the question. These have been my go-to gladiator sandals this summer...I got an, "OMG I love your shoes!" remark from a 70 year old man in a sombrero the past weekend. Everyone seems to like them! They might just be the comfiest pair of shoes I own, too, believe it or not.

I just finished up another summer class. Four down, two to go! I'll get a break tomorrow because my boyfriend's coming to town. I'm hoping it won't rain--I'm dying to go to the beach!

Ruffle crop top: Charlotte Russe
Cropped jacket: Urban Outfitters
Shorts: Target
Sandals: Dr Martens

Sunday, August 8, 2010

More black and white, for your viewing pleasure








color version is in the hizzouse!


It's a weekend--that means, in my mind, it's officially okay to go out in public wearing a robe that was intended for the bedroom only. I mean, you see people in their ratty old pajama pants and t-shirts all the time, and you don't really think anything of it. Therefore, I find nothing wrong with wearing a silk kimono robe out for coffee in the morning. I suppose I could have ironed it or something, but my experience with irons is pretty limited, and I've heard horror stories of people burning holes in their silk garments. Fuck that noise. I'll just be a hot, wrinkly mess.

Those are the Jeffrey Campbell wedges I posted about a while back that seem like one of the hottest items of the season right now. The verdict? I think they're alright. They fit a little weird around the baby toe region, and my toes were black after I took them off. Worth the $169.95 I paid for them? No! But can I bear to return them? Of course not!

Kimono robe: Victoria's Secret
Bike shorts: Urban Outfitters
Bracelet: J. Crew
Wedges: Jeffrey Campbell