Monday, August 30, 2010

I LOVE Pockets!

An outfit post. Wow, aren't you proud?! Today, I'm excited to share my FAVORITE new skirt from one of my favorite stores, TJ Maxx. I find myself trying to wear it nearly every day lately. It has so many great elements that have fast made it a staple item:
(in order of excitement!)
2. Buttons
3. High Waist
4. Flattering Fit
5. Quality Denim
6. Comfortable

On other days, I've paired it with a solid mustard yellow top, a bright red top with 3/4 sleeves, or a darker floral sleeveless blouse. I always tuck it in because that lovely waist is one of the best aspects of the skirt.

I'd also like to highlight the lovely back of the skirt that gives the waistline a little elasticity, adding to the comfort. Now, if you're like me at all, running around places constantly, it's great to have that go-to skirt that looks and feels great.

Oh, and check out the exposed zipper on my floral top (above). That was the selling point for me - plus, I'm a sucker for anything in cream. 

Finally, I have to mention my NEW-to-me huraches from a recent thrifting adventure. Ever since I discovered my grandma's pair several years ago, I have been a bit obsessed with this style of sandals. I wore hers until they finally decided to give out on me (that was a sad day). Fortunately, I happened upon this pair for $2 in my size a couple weeks ago. It was love! 

What I Wore:
Floral Top - $10.48 - Target (sale!)
Denim Skirt by WD-NY - $18 - TJ Maxx
Vintage Hurache Sandals - $2 - Thrifted
Plastic Headband - $5 - Ulta

As always, thank you for reading! <3


Sunday, August 29, 2010

Fashionable Face: Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Alright, so today's post might as well be an excuse to talk about one of my many celebrity "crushes," all of which are always recognized for their impeccable sense of style.

Back when I first noticed Joseph Gordon-Levitt in 10 Things I Hate About You, I was actually a little more into Heath Ledger. But ever since he starred in (500) Days of Summer and Inception, Joe (can I call him that?!) has stolen my heart.

Whether he is rockin' a tailored suit (complete with a vest or bowtie), slicking his hair back or keeping it a tad shaggy, or making that signature "Joe" grin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt always looks clean cut. I think he looks old school yet timeless. Based on looks alone, he's the kind of guy your parents would be proud to see you bring home. Beyond giving off that feeling of being a respectable guy, he is also full of personality and unexpected talents. Seriously, have you SEEN him dance in (500) Days or during his opening number on SNL?

My sister and I get especially smiley when Joe talks...he just says some words in a really cute way. Part of this comes from him being an actor playing different characters, but I want to believe that some of it is just him. For instance, while he's portraying Jason Mraz on The Mellow Show SNL sketch, he talks about "playing music for girls." And he owns that accent for his character in Inception. It's just cute!

Okay, I'll stop gushing about this man of style now and leave you to enjoy his impressive dance moves  and contagious grins in this video from (500) Days.


P.S. For another dance routine from Joe (featuring Zooey Deschanel), click here!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

The ever-popular stream of consciousness blog

In anticipation to a very busy summer, I started a mini blog in early June. As much as I love writing full-blown posts for you lovely people, my schedule this summer has only been conducive to short snippets into what I am thinking about, listening to, or admiring. Hence, the creation of It's a Lovely Life, which has long been my twitter user name as well (follow me @itsalovelylife). You might have noticed the reference to "lovely life" in the subtitle of this blog.

Hope that you are already a reader there, but, if not, check it out!

Again, thanks for bearing with me this summer and continuing to check back. I have really enjoyed reading your sweet comments. Get excited for a packed-out fall with fashionable conversation. I have been brainstorming all summer!