Saturday, February 20, 2010

Shadow Play and Her Adventures with Light




Plight bright

Pschoolgirl 1

Pschoolgirl shadow

Pdetail 1

Ppretty pretty


Pschoolgirl close

Pschoolgirl 2



Plight bright 1

Scarf: Target
Belt: Thrifted
Skirt: Thrifted
Shirt: Thrifted Vintage
Purse: Thrifted Vintage
Shoes: Thrifted vintage
Cardigan: Anthropologie Sale

I've been looking for the perfect black skirt for so long. I just wanted a high-waisted, full skirt that's hem hit above the knee...and didn't realize how hard it would be to find one. It always eluded me. They didn't fit, the shape was all wrong, or they were too expensive. I've had no problem finding similar ones in patterns, but no plain black ones. Then on Thursday, I was in a local Goodwill. After spending about 45 minutes going through the racks upstairs, I went downstairs to the skirts and dresses. I usually look through the dresses first and got lucky this time, finding a 60's dress in good condition. Almost as an afterthought, I decided to check through the skirts...and there it was, with its tag still attached (it was originally $298 and I nabbed it for $4.95!).

In this outfit, I belted it below the waistband to make the waist higher. On other days, I can see myself wearing it a little lower without the belt. When I wore this to work yesterday, I was told that I looked (a) really like a librarian and (b) French. That last one made me smile because I'm not sure why this outfit would make me look French. When I looked at the pictures after taking them, I thought I looked like an amalgamation of different characters in The Spirit of the Beehive. Its so interesting how different reactions surface depending on who's looking.

I'm sorry for being such a bad blogger this week. I'm behind on posting and commenting. My grandfather is in the hospital and is very ill and I've spent a lot of this week talking to family members and thinking about the past and the future. I'm going to try to catch up today.


  1. the scarf totally transforms that blouse. such a great touch and what a deal you found on the skirt!! i'm kinda like you with the shopping. i mostly thrift and when i feel extra guilty i take a few weeks off.

    about the trench! sorry i never got back to you, i'm just having a hard time figuring out which to keep. i think i like my new one better, but it fits kinda tight... it's one of those comfort vs. cute battles that we all go through. as soon as i make up my fickle mind i'll let you know something!

  2. Love the red bag. I know what you mean, there is something about that secret which so clearly voices the frustration I was feeling at the time. I am glad you can see it too.

  3. What a great find, I love the touches of red and the blouse too. Such a gorgeous outfit.

  4. Such a great skirt - I love that shape too, and what a steal at $4.95!! I need to invest in some more belts as they can really pull an outfit together. Sorry to hear about your granddad.. x

  5. these are such cool photos! I LOVE that one where it looks like you are leaning forward smooching your shadow? Or am I misinterpreting...Still, really darling. Love the pops of red!

  6. i am also on the hunt for a high-waisted skirt. i just bought a leather one from etsy, but have been too nervous to try it on (i get SO disappointed when clothes don't fit the way i want them to). i love the look of belting this skirt. it gives it even more definition and shape.

    and i am in LOVE with that bag!


  7. Wow, I love the bright red and dark purple together and the black skirt is super hot!! The big collar with delicate scarf tie look amazing with the high-waist. Thank you for sharing your shadow play - I love the one where you are leaning over with your little red purse :)

    ~ megan ~

    p.s. Sorry to hear about your grandpa, I hope everything is okay with him!

  8. amazing photos! and i love the reds :o)

  9. I hope your grandfather is all right. You do look a bit like a librarian, but only a VERY stylish one. And it's funny. I see the French, too -- your hair, maybe, or your face in general. Anyway, what a deal on that skirt! I love it, and I love it with the red accents here. Awesome!


  10. What a totally fabulous buy!

    I just love this shoot, the varity with the single purse shot and the close up of the necktie....beautiful.

    The play on shadows and light was great! I love that last shot especially.

    I do hope your Grandpa will be okay, my best wishes to him and the family.

  11. I am sorry to hear about your grandpa, I wish him and your family the best

    love your purse!

  12. Sorry about your grandpa.

    Your play of lights always amaze me Kelley Anne... you are a pro.

    PS... I would love to do an interview with you. xoxo

  13. i'm so sorry to hear about your grandfather, i hope things look up for you soon!
    i absolutely love this outfit, and the red pop in the laces of your shoes is a perfect touch, i do believe i'm going to do more scarfs now too - this whole ensemble is styled to perfection! :)

  14. Be with your family when they need you :) I hope your grandpa gets better real soon.

    I love what you did with the scarf, how you're able to work it into such a delicate bow is beyond me! And aren't the most basic pieces the hardest to find? I still haven't found a basic tee that suits my frame yet.

    Hugs and love to you and your family.

  15. Sorry to hear about your grandfather. I hope he feels better.

    And what a great find with that skirt :) Thanks for your comment on my blog btw!


  16. Amazing photos! I love the pop of color the red provides. I hope your Grandpa is on the mend. : )

  17. Awesome outfit - your red bag is perfect!


  18. aww! i super love the shadow photos! that red bag is so darling! great find at good will!

    i do hope your grandpa and your family are okay <3 we're rooting for him!

  19. oh my gosh! This is hilarious! I have been searching for months for a black skirt JUST like that! I was thinking that to myself, then I read your text! I am so glad you finally found one! I am still on the search! :)

  20. These photos are so mysterious, I love the lighting! Wonderful deal, wonderful skirt. The print on your blouse is so pretty, and so is the scarf. The red purse is a delicious touch to the outfit! It's a quite a lovely look that you pulled together.

    I am sorry to hear about your grandfather. Wishing you and your family the best during this time! HUGS


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