Thursday, February 4, 2010

Lady-Like Guitar Player

Last night I had my first guitar lesson! I was so nervous before our instructor (really a household friend and one of Dan's former co-workers) arrived. Dan went first and then I had my hour-long lesson. It was great. I really enjoyed learning about notes and chords and triads and scales...I'd almost forgotten how much I enjoy learning. And he was so patient and kind about the fact that I know absolutely nothing. At the end of the lesson, I said that I'd always wanted to learn to play an instrument and appreciated him agreeing to teach us. He looked at me and said, well now you play the guitar. I can't wait to get home this afternoon and practice. Its nice to have something with no expectations attached to it but my own; something that I can learn and have fun with.

Anyway, for the past two days, I've continued working with separates...items that I didn't think went together at first glance. I'm starting to experiment a little bit with mixing textures and patterns and felt very lady-like and put together, which is a good feeling for me whether I'm at work or not. Oh and I wore the earthy floral outfit the day of my lesson and the tweedy skirt to work the day before.


ptweed detail


ptweed detail 1


Skirt: Thrifted Vintage, Shirt: Vintage, Sweater: Ann Taylor Loft Sale, Tie: Target, Shoes: Blowfish, Tights: Target

Pfloral skirt sitting

Pfloral skirt

Pfloral skirt detail


Pfloral skirt 1

Pfloral skirt close

Sweater/shirt: Anthropologie, Skirt: Vintage, Shoes: Born, Tights: Target, Earrings: Gift, Necklace: Antique

Its silly, but I kind of felt like Sophia Loren in the second outfit. The high-waisted simple skirt, gold hoop earrings and sweater with all of the draping around the bust probably did it. A few years ago, my brother bought my parents Life Magazine issues from the year and months of their births. When I was home for the holiday in December, I flipped through one of them and came across an editorial about her before she was a big star...this outfit has a feeling similar (in my mind at least) to the ones that she wore.

Not a bad feeling, not a bad feeling at all:)


  1. i am so in love with this tweed skirt....and are you trying to will spring to come closer? i can tell you miss the spring air because you have been rocking a lot of (pretty) florals lately.

    music lessons are so rad. i might pick up my flute again.


  2. I'm loving the different textures of your outfit... and the pendant is so lovely. xoxo

  3. The floral print on that skirt is so pretty!

    I love what you do with neckties. It's such an unexpected accessory but it always brings the outfit together really perfectly.

  4. both looks are wonderfully feminine! i love both!

    very exciting about the guitar lessons! i've been slowly learning to play the piano and just love it! cheers to trying new things :D

  5. i love how your outfits are so accomodating and charming all the time!!! keep it going kelleyanne.. and thanks for cheering me up! :D

  6. Love both outfits! I have a skirt almost just like the first one you pictured except the color is a little different, I got it with the matching jacket at Goodwill for $10! That was such a good day!!

  7. That's so great that you are learning to play the guitar! That is so much fun! It's always good to be trying and learning new things.

  8. Both such lovely outfits, love the texture of the skirt in the first and the gorgeous print of the skirt in the second! So sweet~
    Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge
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  9. Love both...the first set reminds me of the awesome sort of Edwardian or even 20s and 30s looks that bring in the menswear-ish ties and collared shirts, which actually highlights the wearer's femininity. LOVE! Definitely channeling Ms. Loren in the other pics!

  10. I love the blue skirt with the flowers, so pretty and you wear it so well.

  11. gorgeous! love the way you tied that scarf :) and the print on your skirt is so cute! i want sophia lorens eyebrows! :)

  12. Of course, get me the secret when you can - I am doing the post on Saturday so any time before then is fine :)

  13. I like both outfit very much! Tres chic!

    Learning a new instrument sound so fun! what a wonderful project!

    -Coco from Our Paper Moon

  14. I love both outfits, but the first one especially literally looks like it could come out of a magazine. In a good way. Like, an able-to-be-worn-in-the-real-world-without-looking-absurd way.

  15. Both these outfits are AMAZING. You definitely seem to have the whole mixing textures thing down.

    Wanderlusting Fool

  16. Such gorgeous looks! I love the second one so much - I'm very jealous you can pull off that color so marvelously. And that neckline! So pretty.

    And congratulations on your guitar lesson! Music is wonderful

  17. Your sense of style is so damn amazing <3

  18. How are the tips of your fingers doing, hanging in there? I'm so excited for you about these guitar lessons :D I've been trying to play for years now and I just can' :(

    Maybe you'll play and sing and record it someday? Haha, okay no pressure. I make my boyfriend play while I sing on some nights.

  19. The outfits look even more amazing than on chictopia. lovely blog!

  20. Not bad at all to be channelling the wonderful Sofia, what a woman.

    I love the different elements in both outfits. I love the shoes and necklace in the second.

    I think my fav photo is...the third.

    Well done on the lessons, it's great you really enjoyed it.

  21. I think your use of seperates is amazing! I have such a difficult time pairing seperates together... you did such a wonderfull job!!

    Congats on learning guitar! I am a little out of practice lately, but I still love to jam now and then :P

    ♥ Aya

  22. What a wonderful outfit!! love the floral print skirt and that necklace is sweet!

  23. these two outfits are my fave! especially the first one, you look great!


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