Sunday, April 1, 2012

Borrowed Feathers: All Tied Up (OOTD and a Tutorial)

Hi, everyone! Happy Sunday! Hope you're all having a wonderful weekend. Yesterday, I was in my favorite department store for the first time in over a week (I know, I'm amazed too) and I happened to see this amazing video, on how to tie scarves, running in the store. I am the first to admit - I have NO scarf-tying skill. In fact, as you'll see in my OOTD below, I only have one scarf style: the simple loop. I will definitely be watching and referring to this video over and over again for...well, for as long as it exists, haha! It is seriously going to expand my accessory repertoire. (Thanks, Eleanor, for pointing it out, and thanks to Nordstrom for this amazing tutorial video!)





I think this could be life-changing. Sartorially, anyway. ^_-

Here's one more OOTD incorporating one of my "borrowed feathers" items, from Dea's closet. I can't even begin to say how much I appreciated this opportunity to borrow these great clothes from Dea. While it didn't entirely prevent me from wanting to shop, it did significantly contribute to tamping down those compulsions. For those of you who are like me (kinda addicted to buying new things), having a temporary injection of new items in your closet can seriously take the edge off of the urge to consume - especially when you keep reminding yourself that you have to wear these things now, because they go back to their home in N number of weeks/days, etc.. If you have a buddy nearby or even far away (Dea and I literally live on opposite coasts of the United States) that shares your fashion sensibilities and your clothing size, I can definitely recommend borrowing. Some guidelines to keep in mind, if you decide to engage in a similar venture:

1) Designate a time period for the borrowing. 

2) Designate how many and what kinds of items.

3) Make sure you establish trust first. Is this someone you trust with your things? It's probably a good idea to set some agreements ahead of time, in case of any mishaps. How will things be handled, should something be damaged or lost? 

4) Clean the items before sending them to your borrower. Clean the items before returning the items to the owner.

5) And of course, send things in a timely manner and communicate openly. 



Dress: J. Crew Maritime Dress (similar here, here, and here)
Scarf: Forever 21 (old; similar here, here, and here)




Have a wonderful day! Thanks for stopping by!

18 comments:

  1. woowee- you look a million miles tall in this! Is it the magic of nude heels they're always talking about?

    I'm a little obsessed with scarf videos and different possibilities. I've been doing a looser version of the knotted necklace, but must try this one! I think Anthro offers some of the best suggestions too. I'm always saving ideas from catalogues and the website!

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    1. It's totally the magic of nude heels. :D (Because we all know I'm actually only 5'2"). I'm seriously going to be trying some of these fun scarf styling suggestions out.

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  2. I can't see the video so I can't tell if this is the same video but if it isn't check out Wendy'snLookbook on YouTube, 25 ways to wear a scarf in 4.5 minutes. If this is the same video my apologies.

    I really like that dress, seems so comfortable and glad you paired it with a yellow scarf.

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    1. It's not the Wendy's Lookbook video - it's one actually created by Nordstrom. However, I'll definitely check out the one you recommend too. You can never have too many ideas! Thanks!

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  3. Oh Carol, I love this dress on you!! It looks beautiful with the scarf! This has been a great experience and I need to do a better job of documenting my borrowed feathers :)

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    1. Thanks, Dea! I really loved it and hope we can do it again. :D

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  4. Ahhhh! This is completely life changing. Thanks for sharing this video!

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  5. That scarf tutorial is FABULOUS!

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  6. Love the bright scarf + the striped dress -- great mix of an on-trend color with classic stripes. :)

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  7. The kimono scarf! How come I never thought of that! Woohoooo!

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    1. I know! Isn't that just genius???

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  8. i never get tired of watching videos on how to tie scarves! the twisted necklace and kimono are new to me, can't wait to try those :)

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  9. I also LOVE scarf tying videos. I have enough scarves to last me until doomsday so I'm always looking for new ways to wear them. My favorite scarf video is this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LYAEz777AU

    In addition to the really great ideas, I think it's very well executed.

    Enjoy!

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  10. You look so cute! I love the color of this scarf. And those pumps are PERFECTION

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  11. Loving your outfit & scarf! You look gorgeous.

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  12. Hi!

    Could you tell how the shoes fit? I've read reviews from Saks and Nordstrom sites but I didn't find them particularly helpful, and I live in an area where there are no Jimmy Choo stores or retailers nearby.

    Do the shoes run tts or a little large? And how do the shoes run in comparison to Louboutins(pigalle, decollete and bianca), for example.

    If you don't mind could you tell what size you are in both US and EUR sizes, and what size you took in Cosmic pump? (also, do the pumps strech?)

    I'd really appreciate if you could answer all my questions, and I do know there are quite a lot of them :D.

    Thanks in advance! :)

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