Strappy Heels and Jeans

blue heels and jeans

 

Sorry for the overload of personal style blog posts lately, but I am having so much fun!

With Autumn fast approaching, my mind has started to switch gears and I’ve started getting excited already about fall/winter styles. I think Autumn is my favorite “Style” season. I love layering scarfs, tights, boots, jackets..I feel like there is so much you can do and not have to worry about sweaty armpit stains like in the summertime.  I have loved the idea of pointy toe heels with jeans since I found a picture on Pinterest of someone in boyfriend style jeans and bright  blue suede ankle pumps from JCrew.

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Unfortunately, I couldn’t justify spending the money on the “Real deal” heels from JCrew but I found some similar to what I wanted on Ebay. I paired them with light grey washed jeans from forever 21 and I’ve been looking for excuses to wear the combo ever since!

Besides the brightly colored suede pumps with jeans, I also love the look of ankle strap pointed toe heels with jeans…like these (some of my favorites I compiled):

ankle strap, d'orsay heels

ankle strap, d’orsay heels

Top left: Siren Heels from Anthropologie.com, $143.20, top right: Kristin Cavallari Chinese Laundry Caye pumps available at Nordstroms.com, $149.90, middle: Xenia pointy toe heels also available at Nordstroms.com, $79.95, bottom left: Joe’s Laney Pumps available at Revolve Clothing, $145.00, and bottom right: Jeffrey Campbell Solitaire Heel, available exclusively from Free People, $148.00.

As usual, all my favorites are above my budget, but I did find some similar that I love from DV by Dolce Vita, for $89.95. They are a little higher than I am used to, but well worth the struggle and pain!

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I paired them with Super Stretch Legging Jeans from Gap.com and a white cutout floral 3/4 length top I got from Sheinside.com.

jeans and heels

I also tried the heels with bright orange capri skinny leg trousers from J.Crew and my favorite new slouchy, extra large, comfy sweater from Target

 

 

red pants and heels

Thanks again for stopping by, if you have any questions, comments, ideas, suggestions, ect…feel free to Email me at: forourcity@gmail.com

 

I hope everyone enjoys their final, beautiful days of summer.

A Creative Style Meets Art Collaboration: A Season-Less Starter Wardrobe

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This past year, I was lucky enough to spend time with and get to know an all around amazing lady, Shana Draugelis. Not only is she stunning and full of life and a kick-ass mom (to two of my favorite kids ever)but she happens to have one of the BEST style blogs out there: The Mom Edit (previously called Ain’t No Mom Jeans).  Needless to say, I was a bit in awe and intimidated. I mean, check her out:

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yeah….how can you not??

 She had seen a little bit of my artsy stuff and approached me with an idea for for her blog.  Her readers were wanting her to come up with an essential starter wardrobe and she wanted me to illustrate the pieces for her. She gave me the list of items she wanted included and over the next several (SEVERAL) months I spent drawing, and painting and throwing away and starting over and just being my typical self (lacking confidence that my pieces were good enough). But every time I sent her anything she was her usual positive self and quickly way-laid any of my fears. So the following is what she put up on her website which is her wardrobe pieces, illustrated by myself!
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In typical fashion,  I couldn’t let myself look at the final product on her blog for a bit- I was worried of it not doing justice to her blog but when I saw her recently she told me that her readers loved it and I was blown away by the nice things that were said. I have never done anything like this project before, but it was so much fun and I would love to continue doing more pieces like this. Shana asked if I ever thought about fashion blogging (lord knows clothes are my favorite creative outlet hahaha!) and I would love to incorporate more of that into this blog….I don’t have that model-esque body like Shana at The Mom Edit, but this year of 30 is all about loving me for me.   Yeah girl! Here are a few more of the pics I stole from her website and how she created specific outfits for different events:
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A Creative Style Meets Art Collaboration: A Season-Less Starter Wardrobe

 

 

 

all art was done by Jessica Ross Sheffield.
If you are interested in me creating something for you, I would love to! Email me at: forourcity@gmail.com

Felt-tastic Necklaces


Happy New Years!!!! I hope everyone had a fantastically memorable New Years Eve. Mine was definitely memorable but not so much fantastic.  We listened to a really horrible 70’s cover band (in TIGHT COSTUMES!) and watched a bunch of surprisingly limber, but incredibly inappropriate drunk old women dance.  Next year, I’m not even going to try. I will be at my house, with my husband and my dog; which is always what I wish I was doing when I am out on New Years Eve.

Anyways. Back to felt. fantastic felt! felt-tastic.

Felt. I love this stuff! I’ve been hearing a lot about felting crafts in the past few years- it seems to be what all the cool kids are crafting these days- but,  as usual, I am running a little bit behind with the “trends” and have only just fallen in love with felt! And fell hard! 
So I thought I would share this felt flower necklace craft that I’ve adapted from a couple of different crafters….I love Martha Stewart’s fabric flower necklace and have unsucsessfully attempted it several times but my flowers don’t look anything like Martha’s. And I KNOW for a fact that I picked up the felt flowers from some creative and inspiring crafter on the internet but I cannot find the website for the life of me! I’ll add the links in when I find them.  
Making the felt flowers are super easy. All you need are felt squares, which come in so many different bright and fun colors (Michael’s has them for $.29 per 8 x 11″ sheet), permanant marker, craft scissors, tacky glue (the clear kind works the best) and random circular objects of various sizes!  They come in so many bright and fun colors too.  Just trace various sized circular objects and cut them out. 

 The next step is cutting the felt circle by cutting in a circular spiralliing motion. Then, starting from the inside, with the smallest circle, overlap the layers to create wider and wider circles. Dab some clear tacky glue every once in a while on sections of the felt and then a dab of clue and the ending tip to keep it together.

Once you have a good amount of completed felt flowers, (as you can tell from the above pictures of my felt flowers, I got a little OCD and made way more felt flowers than is needed), then you need to make the base of the necklace. I’ve used a kidney bean shape to create a curve around the neck, but you can do anything really. 

 Using needle and thread, arrange the flowers and sew them onto the backing. I also threw in some

colorful beads. 
Thanks to my beautiful friend Mary who was nice enough to be my felt-tastic model!

things i love lately (the French addition).

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                                                     (the Japanese poster for the movie Paris je t’aime)

Yes, I guess it is true…I’m obsessed with everything French (I am even willing to forget about the restaurant tonight that refused to serve us because we were American). Aside from a few haughty shopkeepers and a near fatal collision whilst I was biking near the Seine River, everyone and everything has been so lovely.

me, professing my love to the Eiffel Tower. 
I shouldn’t be allowed on bikes in busy areas. 









To help me cope with the sadness of leaving Paris today, I spent a few hours finding French “things” to hang on our walls, or to wear and remind me of this trip that  i wish didn’t have to end. 

“Sucrees” Fine Art Photography 8 x 10 by honeytree $30.00
http://www.etsy.com/listing/54822193/paris-photography-sucrees-sweets-shop

I love this photo because these bakeries are everywhere! Full of tempting and delicious treats. I honestly have no idea how French people stay are so thin! If I lived in Paris I would weigh 300 lbs!

Champagne Beaded Eiffel Tower Headband by bethanylorelle $23.00
http://www.etsy.com/listing/71653257/eiffel-tower-champagne-beaded-headband?ref=tre-622649955-6
What better way to stay close to Paris then to wear it on my head!? Sold. done deal. I’m getting one.

Pin-back button badge pack of 4 by poosac: 4 pounds or roughly $8.00
http://www.etsy.com/listing/79053007/say-bonjour-ooh-la-la-vive-la-france-or?ref=tre-622649955-7

These buttons are so cute especially the one on the bottom right which I think translates to “I love cheese.” 

Maro Kits: The French Twist by Maro Designs $5.95
http://www.etsy.com/listing/66638034/maro-kits-the-french-twist?ref=tre-622649955-14

When i am really desperate for a bit of Parisian culture, I will make my husband wear these, give him a french loaf, a striped shirt and a bicycle. 
French Tuxedo by ZephyrGraham $199.00
http://www.etsy.com/listing/66625845/french-tuxedo

Handmade to fit, oooh la la la! 
Handmade Eiffel Tower Rubber Stamp by Dramaofgiftedchild $7.50
http://www.etsy.com/listing/75906150/travel-serie-french-eiffel-tower?ref=tre-622649955-4

I love a good stamp! There are so many things you can do with them, the possibilities are endless! 
Bonjour Mismatched Wooden Letters by APKHandmade $22.00
http://www.etsy.com/listing/78494084/bonjour-mismatched-wood-letters-with?ref=tre-622649955-2

I LOVE these mismatched letters that spell “bonjour”, the best part about them is that they are decoupaged with vintage French Archie comic strips! 
 


yellow-icious.


















“The only people for me are the MAD ones, the ones












who are mad to live,
         
                                                                                 
 
mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of 

everything at the same time,       
                                                                                               
the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing

        



but burnburnburn,

like fabulous yellow roman candles 


exploding like spiders across the stars.” 
                                                                                                                                                     jack kerouac

 “Very Yellow Handmade Spiral Paper Flowers” $3.00 by crazy2becrazy  
 “Lemon Heart Yellow Stems” $24.00 by SewnNatural 
 “Winged” Fine Art Print $67.00 by bbrunophotography
 “Sunny Yellow Bird on Branch” $16.00 by laurellane 
 “Eco Friendly Ceramic Yellow Coffee Travel Mug” $25.00 by sewZenski
 “Paris Photo Collection” 5 x 5 $45.00 by littlebrownpen
 “The Canary Dress” $425.00 by Holly Stalder
 “Dahlia Wall Mural” $99.00 by LeoLittleLion
“reversible grey scarf with a lime stripe” $35.00 by karlita