Monday, July 12, 2010



Works Cited
top: ruche
skirt: i made it
belt: j crew
wedges: clarks


I am super proud to say that I finally conquered my tripod and took these photos myself! While it is a lot easier (and quicker) to get the shots I want with Christopher, there's nothing like the feeling of satisfaction when you do something yourself.


It's been a week of Kendi's 30 for 30 challenge and so far, it's going well. I love the challenge of making a lot out of a little in my closet--it forces me to find new and unusual combinations and to embrace different shapes and silhouettes than I usually do.


Christopher and I are taking a little trip to Madison, Wisconsin later this week. Have you been? Do you have suggestions for what to do? Good bookstores, good beer, fun things to do?? I'd love some advice.

P.S. Last day to enter to win a super pretty necklace from Little O by Wolfbrother!


AppGal said...

Oh hooray! Someone else who loves the Clarks Plover wedge as much as I do! I have them in the dark brown and the blue and wear them pretty much every day. Aren't they just the most comfy things ever? Very cute outfit!

Laura said...

Great photos! I'm impressed with your tripod use. Do you use a remote as well?

I keep seeing this yellow skirt of yours and thinking it's the perfect color. I may need to sew one up today to join the oh, 4 or so that I've already made from your pattern!

Sarah said...

Your hair looks so pretty like that!

If you will be there Saturday morning, you have to go to the farmers' market and eat the spicy cheese bread. I miss it!

Mary said...

I love the pictures today -- I think you did an excellent job!

Sal said...

I'm impressed. All my tripod/self-portraits look like a pile of ass.

Just walk up and down State Street - you'll find plenty of fun things to do. Oh, and Ella's Deli is a hoot. Great greasy food, ice cream, and a huge carousel.

Emily Kennedy said...

What a great mix of colors! Also, congratulations on the tripod success! These pictures are lovely!

Laura said...

That color combination is fantastic.

Larysse Tavares said...

Good afternoon Tania! You look so pretty today and your hair style is fabulous, I loved it a little bit curly. The 30 for 30 is a terrific challenge, let's say, it is a great iniative from Kendi. For this and many other reasons I love the blogosphere. You outfit is darling as well. So, today I'm a bit sad, feeling helpless and friendless. I talk a lot to Alex but that's not the same, don't you agree with me? Sometimes a woman just needs a shoulder to cry on or somebody to laugh about our feminine problems. My college classes are back only next month and I'm having a hard time trying not to go crazy without my girlfriends. I hope you're better than me. It's always good and pleasant to come here and see you with a smile on your face. It really makes me want to travel to America right now. =)

Have a great day and a happy trip with Christopher.


Chaucee said...

That top is so cute paired with your skirt! I'm working on my first skirt and I'm excited to debut it soon on my blog! Hopefully it looks cute :D

Have fun in Madison! The only time I was in that town was when I drove through it on a road trip so all I know is which gas stations have good gas prices :D

Rebecca said...

Your photos look great. Congrats on mastering the self-portrait.

Lauren said...

Love this outfit! There is nothing better than yellow and turquoise color combination (although, I am very partial to everything turquoise/mint green/etc). And I too am the owner of a tripod now - it makes taking photos soooo much easier than all the makeshift ones I was using! Also, your hair looks fabulous in these, by the way :)

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Miki's scrapbook said...

Oh, a romantic trip to Wisconsin! That sounds great! <3 I've never been there, but I happen to have a student who spent 3 months there working in an amazing water park. I don't remember its name, but I'm sure you'll find it right away. It has the most amazing slides and other attractions.

Hope you have a great week!


Sadie's Momma said...

I'm making a bazillion of these skirts this week. I'm so in love...

Don't forget to enter my Ruffled Tank Giveaway!

Erin said...

We live in Madison, but are moving in a few weeks, so I have all sorts of suggestions for you! It's a wonderful city with a lot to offer! Here are some ideas:

The recommendation for the Saturday morning farmer's market was a great one--it's a fantastic market! HUGE!

To Do:
-Capitol tour
-Olbrich Botanical Gardens (where we got married almost 3 years ago!)
-Henry Vilas Zoo (it's free!)
-Memorial Union Terrace (on the lake! beer! you can rent stuff to use on the water!)
-stop at Machinery Row to rent bikes and bike all around the city! I know you like to bike, and Madison's REALLY bike friendly! You can bike around Lake Monona or take the Capital City Trail or do your own thing!

To Eat & Drink:
For Breakfast--
-Lazy Jane's Cafe
-Marigold Cafe
-Sardine (awesome brunch overlooking the lake)
-baked goods are the best at Batch Bakehouse
-donuts are the best at Greenbush Bakery

For Dinner--
-The Old Fashioned (Capitol square)--great local Wisconsin food & drink, and the best fried cheese curds in town
-Cooper's Tavern (Capitol square)--excellent food and a crazy huge beer list
-The Weary Traveler (Willy Street neighborhood)
-Pizza Brutta (near the zoo)--authentic wood-fired pizza

And EVERY place in Madison has great beer! It's Wisconsin! ;)

Sarah said...

Love the skirt. This was a DIY tutorial that you posted right? I made the skirt that you gave the link to the tutorial for. Even though it was my first real sewing project it went pretty well.

spiffy said...

Essen Haus for lederhosen and Paul's Club if you want to see a tree in the middle of a pub. Henry Vilas zoo is free..
I miss Madison :(

Patsy said...

Definitely check out the capitol building, which you can't miss (it's at one end of State Street, and the university is at the other), and the square around it. Two must-visit places on the square are The Old Fashioned for brunch or dinner -- updated pub food, and it's awesome -- and Cafe Soleil for coffee and a croissant, or a sandwich. It's the casual little sister to a beautful place called L'Etoile, and if you're really splurging, you should go there, too (or to Harvest, either next door or a few doors down. Both are local, slow food type places, and get absolutely glowing reviews). You should also definitely go to Nick's, on State Street, for a beer (something from the New Glarus lineup, which is only sold in Wisconsin). It's a little divey, but in a good way, and it's got a fantastic jukebox, so it's one of my favorite bars in town. And finally, if the weather is good, go to the terrace behind Memorial Union on the university campus. It's right on Lake Mendota, and there's beer, a beautiful view, and a wealth of chairs. It's a great place to sit and people-watch for a while. Oh, also, Williamson Street (Willy St.) is worth a walk or a bike ride down. It runs parallel to the other lake, and it's packed with coffee shops and small restaurants, plus there's a good co-op if you need snacks or groceries. I love a place called Sardine (super fresh bistro food, and right on the water), which is in an old brick factory on Willy St., and another called The Weary Traveler (updated pub food and a fun-keh, eclectic atmosphere), which is further down. Ok, now I'll end this crazy-long comment. Have fun!!

Jen said...

yay for remixing with a DIY skirt! i adore the mustard with the blue, it's such a great but unexpected combination :)

have fun in madison!!

Patsy said...

Oops, didn't see Erin's comment before I posted. So there are some overlaps, but that helps vouch for the places!

Carys said...

I love your outfit, those colours go so unexpectedly well together, and I love your shoes!!
From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

swatchcat said...

I really love that top, and it goes so well with that bold skirt. Definitely an unexpected, yet fabulous combo!

Chelsea said...

ooooh fabulous photos! and I am totally digging this outfit. the pattern with that lovely mustard color is a divine combo!

aj said...

LOVE those shoes!

Elaine said...

Absolutely love this. The blue and yellow, the crocheted collar, the gray Clarks.. So perfect!

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The Woollen Typist said...

I love that top and I'm liking all the skirts you made yourself.
Hurrah for taking your own photos...they look great.

Have a good day. xx:)

Becky said...

I love the yellow skirt! Adorable! ♥

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eek said...

Great photos! I love the way you styled your top differently from yesterday!

Madison is a super cool city - you will have a great time :)

Sabrina said...

I love these photos! I like your other photos too, but wow these are great.

I love this outfit!!! The blue and yellow is amazing. This is my favorite outfit of yours to date!

shealennon said...

I love this bright, cheerful combination. And those shoes...I want them!

Kathleen said...

I second the Memorial Union suggestion! It's a great student center at UW Madison with a backyard patio that looks out onto one of the lakes. Anyone can hang out there, they sell food and beer, and it's great on summer evenings, when they sometimes have musical performances.

Have a good trip!

Clare said...

Love these colors, and that top is great!!

B/C Changeover said...

I have been lurking on your blog for a while and definitely enjoy reading - you have such great style! I was in Madison recently and had an awesome dinner with good local beer at a play called Dotty Dumpling's Dowery near State Street. Two thumbs up to that place!

Lexie, Little Boat said...

that close up of you is stunning!

Danielle said...

I really like the color pallet of this outfit!

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