Friday, July 6, 2012

Spotty (OOTD and a Proposition)

Okay, this is where I 'fess up.

I had a small lapse in my shopping ban. A wee hiccup. I bought the Tessa Top at my local J. Crew store, at a ridiculously low sale-on-sale price of $21 (give or take a couple quarters). It's a great top, if you're looking at a way to ease into the whole leopard-printed-garment thing. Let's face it, leopard prints are, generally speaking, pretty darn aggressive. And I know you may have missed it, but "pretty darn aggressive" isn't really part of my persona.

This top, with its gently gathered, scooped neckline, it's slightly poofy sleeves, and buttons on the shoulders is a lovely, easy, yes - even sweet way to wear leopard. And made from machine washable linen - it's also 1) simple to care for and 2) perfect for warmer summer temps. I forgiven?

Top: Tessa Top in Safari Cat, J. Crew (other cute leopard print tops here and here)
Shorts: 5" Chino Short, J. Crew (similar here, here, here, and here)
Necklace: Kate Spade 'Hang In There' Necklace (similar here, here, and here

On that note, I have a proposition for my local readers. I obviously love clothes, shopping, and putting together outfits. Is this something you struggle with? If so, would you like my help? I'm looking for just a few people, who live in San Diego or the surrounding area, who are trying to discern and define their personal style to reflect their own unique selves most effectively. I'm willing to meet with you one or more times to explore your personal style and do some shopping/styling around that. As this is a way for me to try my hand at this, there will be no charge. 

I'm nice (I promise) and I think we'll have a lot of fun. If you're interested, shoot me an email (carol.prettythings [at] 

Have a great Friday night!


  1. Hi just found your blog and I love your top. I went a little overboard myself with the J Crew 30% off sale too. My box arrived and it was a box of leopard goodies. Somehow I missed that I want it.


  2. Hi Carol,

    I just scored this top too over the weekend! Such a great deal. Hope you're having a great summer.


  3. What an adorable (and affordable) way to ease into leopard. :)
    I had a temporary break in my shopping ban too, so I think you're doing OK. ;)
    Wish I was in the area to take advantage of your styling offer! Sounds like so much fun.

  4. hahaha. Totally forgiven. It's such a lovely top and so easy to wash, right? That's reason enough!
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  5. well, one must feed the beast a little morsel here and there- before he devours you in a fit of overconsumption...! Plus you look super-cute and cool- love the soft leopard print with the gold and white. rowr!

  6. I wish I lived in the area. I just discovered your blog and love it!

  7. You are forgiven! That's a great buy!! If you ever come to LA, we should meet up and go shopping!! :D PS I promise I'm nice, too!!!!

  8. That top looks great on you, I was so tempted to get it too with the extra 30% but I've already done enough damage with JCrew so my credit card is in the freezer. I wish I lived closer to SD to take you up on your offer because I'd love to meet up and shop with you :) unfortunately I live up in northern California. If you're ever in the SF area, please let me know.

  9. You look very could also spice that top up with some black for an evening look...I like it..I really like the necklace...very nice..


  10. Ohmygosh, would love to have your help in styling... but I'm also in the San Francisco area. If you ever want to make a trip up here and style all of us that would be awesome! Keep me in mind :)