Friday, September 9, 2011

North by Northwest

the other nerd

the other nerd

the other nerd
works cited: anthro skirt and earrings; top c/o ruche; belt from old navy; dansko clogs :)

I actually wore this on Wednesday when I went to meet Emily to check out a few DC thrift stores. Emily is a seasoned world traveler and arrived with maps, a comprehensive list of DC thrift stores, and a compass; I was just dead weight who mooched off her planning. However, lest you think the fates would let Emily's meticulousness go unnoticed, I will report that the very first thing she absent-mindedly laid her hand on at our first stop was a silk DVF dress. The girl's got magic powers. And she knows a thing or two about sensible shoes.

42 comments:

Genny said...

I adore the skirt you're wearing .. so cute and perfect for the transition into fall!

Lindsey said...

love love the skirt!! the pleats are perfect!

Deena said...

FYI, there are a couple of upcoming events you might be interested in. Tomorrow, the MLK library downtown (Gallery Place/ Chinatown stop on the Metro) is having a book sale; the National Book Festival is on the 24th (want to meet up for that, maybe?), and Crafty Bastards 2011 is on Oct. 1 in Adams-Morgan (would enjoy meeting up for that too, if you're interested). Happy Friday!

Annika said...

That's such a cute top! The color looks great on you!

Annika
A Sweet Release

Eliza said...

I'd be curious to hear your thoughts on some of the DC thrift stores!

Terri said...

I love your top! The maroon of the clogs goes really well with the pink stripes. Best of luck to you on future thrift store finds! I have no idea about thrift stores in my area.

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Eclectic Flair said...

You look cute and comfy, Tania!

Wow, a DVF dress, that's crazy! Lucky girl, I'm sure she was stoked!

Lidi @ Eclectic Flair

Rhiannon said...

love that skirt, super cute!
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Stephanie said...

I love that top! We have an Anthropologie in Portland and I've never been!

the other emily said...

Hmmm, by 'seasoned world traveler,' I'm pretty sure you mean 'dorkily over-enthusiastic Type A personality.' :) And as luck would have it, I got a new phone the next day that runs my beloved Google Maps flawlessly! No more crumpled printouts for this over-planner.

And while I got the in-person preview of this outfit the other day, I did want to compliment you on the shape of that skirt - it's so flattering, and seems like it will transition really well to boots-and-tights season, something I find my stable of full skirts doesn't always do well. I'll have to see if I can thrift something in this more versatile tulip-y shape.

Della said...

She does have magic powers. Those two dollar boots of her? Insane.

You look perfect for thrifting- I always dress so insensibly for thrifting.

SoFashionistica said...

Finding awesome things at thrift stores is exciting! I can't wait to see what cool things you two ladies found!

Maria Elyse said...

I adore striped tops! They're really sailor-esque. :)

Haha, I make huge lists of thrift stores and the directions to them when I go out on a thrifting adventure with my momma. Us "seasoned world travelers". ;)

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Maria Elyse
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Jenn said...

I love your skirt + top + belt combination! So cute :) I've been a huge fan of my sensible shoes recently as I've been walking a ton back and forth from my apartment to my office.

Mel said...

I wish I had some fabulous girls (like you and Emily) to thrift with! I need serious help since I never seem to find anything worthwhile. You and Emily always seem to find some sweet deals!

Love this outfit. Very cute skirt.

Hope you have a great weekend!

kb said...

ha! i love the little "river" behind you. i've never seen so much rain here in dc!

ps. if you're still looking for a good place to study the georgetown u. library is great. they even have a coffee shop inside!

Rin said...

This skirt is amazing. I need it in my closet now.

Maggie said...

Such a great outfit! I love the skirt! I hope you had fun thrifting.

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Elizabeth Ann said...

So I've developed a foot problem and need comfortable shoes with good arch support. I do a lot of walking. I had a pair of dansko sandals years ago and gave them away because they were just too wide to work for my really narrow feet. How are the clogs? Do they also run wide?

Hannah said...

I love finding gems at thrift stores! I found an awesome DVF jumpsuit a few months ago. I've been meaning to alter it into a dress cause really, who wears jumpsuits? Maybe I'll finally get around to that this weekend...

Love this skirt! I am looking lusting for a similar skirt that's nice and versatile but still interesting.

Love the backdrop in these photos. Are those plants growing out of the wall?? Crazy!

29pixie said...

I love that top! I so wish ruche would restock it because I've been pining over it for so long.

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

kb--i am! thank you for the suggestion; i'll definitely check it out.

elizabeth ann--they do run wide! maybe they make a narrower size, however?

wildchild said...

ooh you look so pretty in these. your hair seems lighter or something. but woah, that is some serious thrifting luck. it's all about the clothes karma in my opinion.

Jana Lopez said...

What a cute outfit and there are those shoes again! I love them...I want them...seriously.

Anyway, at least you can dress that cute to go to thrift shops! My friends and I are planning something as well and we have to literally dress down for fear of mean people who slash bags and take things! I am excited nonetheless.

I hope you got really cool stuff too :D

Louise, Raspberries In Winter said...

Love the "sensible shoes", very cute.

Cara said...

I love my dansko clogs, that color is my favorite! Adorable skirt too! Where did you go in D.C.? (asked by a D.C.-based girl).

Between Laundry Days said...

LOVE this outfit, and am SO jealous that you and Emily hung out. Sounds like the utterly awesomest bloggery togetherness. :)

Caitlin said...

1) I just moved to DC as well. So share the love on the thrift store locales.

2) Also not to sound creepy, but I'm pretty sure I saw you at Eastern Market Labor Day weekend. I didn't want to awkwardly walk up to you and say "hi aren't you the "What a Nerd Would Wear" blogger?" I'm trying to get into the blogging world, and yours--and Emily's for that matter have been two of my go to blogs to read every day! Thanks for all your awesome ideas!

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

caitlin--yay, welcome to DC! aw i wish you'd said something! i know it's super weird to come to up to strangers, but i'd love to meet you if we run into each other again.
what did you think of eastern market? where did we see each other? have you checked out capitol hill books?

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

cara--we went to a bunch of places around 14th street, U street, and 18th street. do you have any recommendations?

Sidewalk Chic said...

So cool you got to hang out with Emily -- I admire her style and world travels :)

Love the sweater and sensible/pretty shoes.

Elise said...

a) I <3 this outfit. Totally recreated it today with a denim skirt that you inspired me to buy in April that has gotten tons of wear in my wardrobe.

b) Saw the Frye loafers / mocs / driving shoes on Pinterest and had to chime in. I have them and LOVE THEM TO DEATH. Sorry for the shouting, but seriously they get so much wear! They're super-comfortable, go with just about everything (I have an orange-y-tan color) and are so cute. If you're on the fence, I'd definitely recommend them!

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

elise, really? i'll definitely think more seriously about them now! they're kinda pricy, but i've really liked some of the flat mocs/loafers around, plus they look pretty comfy for all the walking i do!

Elise said...

yep, i got them to replace a pair of mocs that i wore so much they got a hole in the toe. i've only had them for a year or so, so i can't speak to how well they'll hold up long-term... but i spent a long time going back and forth on whether to get them, and i'm happy that i did.

Caitlin said...

Haha actually I first noticed you on the metro and then it turned out we were going to the same place!

I loved Eastern Market...probably too much for my grad student budget (which is zero). But my boyfriend and I found a perfect necklace for his Jewelry Designer Mom's birthday, so it was a success.

I haven't checked out Capitol Hill Books yet, but it is most definitely on my list!

And I promise if I see you again I won't be shy!

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

caitlin--what were you wearing? i'm sure i'd remember seeing you too.
eeps, i think christopher and i were having a squabble on the metro--hope you didn't see that!

Caitlin said...

I definitely didn't notice a squabble so you are good on that front! I was wearing high-waisted navy blue shorts (UO from last year) with a green printed tank tucked in and grey keds. I was with my boyfriend and he thought it was pretty hilarious when I told him I recognized you from your blog.

Caitlin said...

I was wearing high-waisted navy shorts with gold buttons, a green printed tank tucked in, and grey keds.

As for you and Christopher, I noticed no squabbling so you are in the clear!

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

caitlin--your outfit sounds so cute! i definitely remember seeing a well-dressed girl in keds, it must have been you.
sorry i was away for so long and didn't moderate these comments more quickly (the old ones get held). i'm glad you missed the squabble (how embarrassing that can be!). where do you live in the city?

Caitlin said...

Oh don't worry about it! I just thought perhaps I never sent the reply comment (grad school makes me forgetful). I hope you had a fantastic time in Seattle--it definitely sounds like you did!

I live in Mt. Pleasant, and absolutely love it, although I still have so much exploring to do! I do a lot of studying at the Flying Fish Coffee Shop near the corner of Mt. Pleasant and Irving. The employees are great and the owner is there almost everyday. The coffee and music are both fantastic. The only downside is it's really small, so getting a place to sit during the weekend can be challenging.

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

caitlin, do you really? i live in adams morgan right on the border of mt pleasant--so close by! i've studied at flying fish a couple times. maybe i will see you there?

Caitlin said...

That is too funny! But definitely explains why I saw you on the metro!
I'm at flying fish most Monday and Wednesday mornings, so hopefully we will run into each other sometime!

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