Wednesday, March 16, 2011

WWD: Awesome Sauce, The Home Edition

So I thought I'd try the maxi dress look that I am more and more enamored with, and was inspired by this photo of Olivia Palermo that I found here. Here's her flawless look (how in da HAIL does she get her hair to do that? Seriously - if anyone can give me pointers on the "gently curled on bottom but still smooth on the top" look, I would love you forever)...


 And here is mine:

Granted, I don't have tiered ruffles on my skirt (which is actually a maxi dress and comes to the floor when I'm not wearing my Dany's), but I think it's a pretty awesome interpretation, so HMMMMPFH. Wanna know some other things that are awesome (and not so awesome)? Come along - taste the rainbow.

Things that are awesome:
1. Waking up in the night thinking it's about time for the alarm to go off, and realizing it's only midnight, so you still have five and a half hours of sleep.
2. When you're holding your kid, and he buries his head in your neck, and you hear him breathe in deeply and know it is so he can "smell mommy."
3. When the alarm goes off at 5:30 a.m. Just kidding. That SUCKS.
4. Having a new idea for an outfit in your head that you haven't tried before.

5. Favorite new recipes featuring current favorite fruit - clementines. Here's my breakfast: Fage, clementines, wheat germ, orange blossom honey. YUM - it's like a dreamsicle. And my dinner Monday night: salad with herb spring mix, roasted shrimp marinated in clementine, evoo, salt, pepper; roasted zucchini and green beans tossed in evoo, salt, pepper, paprika, goat cheese (cuz EVERYTHING is better with the cheese of a goat); heirloom tomatoes, garlic pepper onion strips, clementines, and my go-to dressing: evoo, champagne vinegar, thyme, cracked pepper, sea salt. Have I ever mentioned that I love cooking almost as much as clothing? I think it's the challenge of combining different components into a cohesive whole that appeals to me so much.
6. Anticipation of trying a new sammich: grilled goat cheese, arugula, strawberries and red pepper jelly; and a new dessert: roasted pineapple slices with brown sugar and chili pepper. Got it in my head yesterday that I wanted to roast some pineapple, and when I searched I found this website, which is now on ye olde blogrolle at the left. Um, YUM.

Not so awesome? Finding the cat daintily eating my lunch yesterday after I had put it all together and walked into the other room for something. RAWR.

7. Waiting for these babies to arrive (yep, I ordered them), and mentally putting them together with different ensemble options:
Not so awesome? Getting a crown replaced with a new dentist (who was stingy with the nitrous oxide) because former dentist put three crowns in that came out over the last few years. WHEN I WAS FRIGGING FLOSSING. THREE crowns. came. OUT.

8. Having The Hubs bring me tea at night while we are snuggled on the couch watching tee-bee.
Hope YOU are having an awesome day. Let's hear about it.
Dress: Target
Jacket: Newport News
Tee: Old Navy

Shoes: Duh.
Necklace: Vintage, garage sale
Belt: ???


Jill GG (good life for less) said...

Ha! What are the chances that we would both feature the same Olivia look? I am loving the long skirt/leather jacket duo here.

And yes, I am with you, goat cheese on everything if I could - SO yuM!

Carly said...

Love this recreation. You are spot on. I should really try using some of my maxi dresses as skirts this spring. Love the tiered ruffles on Olivia...can't stand HER, but her fashion is impeccable.
Oh, to have limitless funds for fashion. That would be SWEET.
oh and love the earrings

Julie and Lauren said...

Olivia Palermo can do no wrong in the fashion department. You look great!

StyleID said...

Love the outfit and what I love the most is the unexpected flower - animal print pattern combination.
I know you are great at doing that here and and I love it.

Jenny said...

Loving this look - dress is gorgeou!!!

oomph. said...

i'm loving the maxis right hard to find good ones, though...i like mine almost dragging on the floor! love your version of it with the brighter florals!

MerciBlahBlah said...

Yep - Mz. Palermo is pretty much drop dead gorgeous no matter what she wears, and I haven't seen her on her show to taint my slight girl crush on her.

Jill - I am so thankful the Trips actually LIKE goat cheese. They're pretty picky eaters so far, but at least we'll always have goat cheese.

Carly - "limitless funds for fashion" may be the four sweetest words ever.

Julie & Lauren, Style, Jenny and Oomph - why THANK ya'll.


The Girlie Blog said...

I am soooooooooooo copying this outfit! Love the skirt with the jacket!

Nikosmommy said...

LOVE the new black heels, are they the Vince Camuto's I'm seeing everywhere!? LOVE THEM!!!!!

heidiluxe said...

this is so inspiring. i LOVE it. i have that same maxi dress. look soon for my copycat look. the belt just makes it!

this free bird said...

oh em gee love. you killed it. i want that skirt/dress. whatever i want it. BAD


Brittney said...

that's why i always say: never floss. EVER. not if a dude is holding a gun to your head and threatening your life unless you thread the waxed stuff between your teeth a few times. it's just not worth it.
if i go missing, i can promise you: it was the dentist, in the alleyway, with some dental floss.
p.s. BRILLIANT interpretation & use of maxi dress! i must copy you! i must i must i must!!!