Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Lofty Ideals

Typically I don't set out to coordinate my daily ensemble with my mantle OR my Christmas decor, but today, it was a happy accident. Yep, the mantle in the kitchen may be the ONLY place we have Christmas decorations this year, because I have no doubt that any tree I attempt to put up would be taken down systematically and immediately by The Trips (the little jerks). Hopefully NEXT year we can do the real deal.

Shirt (originally from F21) and jacket (from Loft) are both courtesy of Goodwill. Speaking of Loft, meet me at camera three.

I have never been a huge fan of Ann Taylor or Loft, despite the fact that I see people wearing their stuff, think it's cute, and when I ask them, am always surprised that it's Loft. Then I go in to find said article, try it on, and it looks like crap. Not because it IS crap, just because I apparently have an un-Loft-like body. Or maybe I'm just so used to seeing it in junior-style F21 stuff. Until today.

I went into Loft on my lunch hour to find something for our upcoming holiday par-tay, and was amazed - AMAZED - I tell you - at the amount of freaking adorable stuff they had. Seriously. It was that kind of trip where you almost break out in the sweats because there is too much cute stuff and not enough time (or money) for it all. Have they changed, or have I?
Suffice it to say I maaaay have picked up an item or two.

And speaking of junebugs, don't you love how I always soft focus the close-ups of my face, like Cybil Shepherd in Moonlighting always did? Bitch, please. NO ONE wants to see that close up in the HDR high-def sh!t.

Ha. That peace sign on the mantle is the ONLY peace we have in our casa these days, what with 2 year old Trips. And just in case you're wondering, I did that painting on the mantle (and the one above the sofa). SOOOOOO easy. Just stand your canvas up, drip paint down it, let it dry, and hang that bitch sideways. Total ripoff of something I saw on Design Star a few years back.
My mantle has big balls. What can I say? That's how we roll in our crib.
Jacket: Loft (via Goodwill)
Shirt: F21 (via Goodwill)
Pants: F21
Shoes: ZooShoo
Necklace and Earrings: World Market


Cathy W. said...

Shannan - I love your mantle! Talk about Martha Stewart! Love, love, love the peacock feathers. I am stealing your idea and putting some in my house somewhere! I also love the jacket! I do think Loft has changed a bit....their fit is different than it used to be and I find their clothes edgier than in the past.

MerciBlahBlah said...

Cathy - thank you! Yes, I think edgier is definitely the right word to describe them. I mean, it's Loft, so we're not talking avant garde crazy couture, but they're certainly less preppy than in past years. It reminded me a lot of J. Crew's stuff as of late.

As for the peacock feathers, those are typically on top of my Christmas tree. I'm not a traditional red and green, put a big star on top holiday decorator, and usually do my peacock feathers, or glittery sticks, or a combination of both, but alas, no tree this year. Sigh. Now I have The Sads....


406 Olivia said...

I love the drippy paintings! And I love 'em even more since you did them yourself! I'll take two for Christmas, pleases.

And is that blazer velvet? Is there a more festive fabric on Earth?! I think not...

MerciBlahBlah said...

Ooooolivia, Awww, thanks you sweet talker you. Yep, the blazer is velvet, and yep, the sleeves are too short after I washed it, but I actually like it that way, strangely. I'm crazy like dat.


Dylana Suarez said...

Your jacket is so lovely!



Jackie said...

Your mantle rocks my socks! Love it girl. Youda youda best

Kelly said...

I am the same way with LOFT! Although that jacket would make me think twice as well!

Your mantle is gorge - that painting is unbelievable! I totally have to try that idea!!!