January 2014 | In Search of Sheila

Nineties Revival

January 29, 2014

As a 90s baby I will always have a place in my heart for the greatest generation of music, fashion, and culture. Today's outfit screams the decade with the flannel and the turtleneck.

Flannel: American Eagle, thrifted /// Turtleneck: c/o mother /// Skirt: T.J. Maxx /// Boots: Clarks

Part of this outfit's inspiration stems from my new project of scanning old hand made zines from my college's old radio organization, WRKU. The student run editorial, Pop Schmear appeared in the early 1990s and ran off and on until the early 2000s. Basically these things are hella punk and I'm super excited to have the privilege of handling and archiving them. I plan to make a digital archive blog to display them. My friend and I are also planning to reprint significant issues for repress. I'm stoked on this project...it has me wanting to become a 90s historian of sorts...and to dress in crop tops, short skirts, flannel tops, and chunky boots!

Mint, Navy, & White

January 26, 2014

My best friend got me this mint dress (worn as skirt) for Christmas and this is the first time I've actually worn it! I found a hard time styling it because it's a wee bit big on me...it makes a perfect skirt. I also was unsure what colors to pair with it because I think of mint chocolate chip ice cream whenever I would try and pair a black top or sweater with it. Navy is the perfect color to go with it!

Coat: Delia's /// Sweater: T.J. Maxx /// Skirt (dress): Kohl's, c/o a friend /// Boots: T.J. Maxx

I've had this coat since late 2011 and forgot about it after I left it at home to get dry cleaned. The best thing about forgetting about old clothes is that when you do find/remember them they are practically a new piece to style! It's a little snug, so it's not the most comfortable to drive in.

I shot these photos at my favorite spot by my apartment. I'm not actually sure what this place is, but it's behind where the old record store used to be. Considering it was early Sunday afternoon and that I live in a college town, there weren't a lot of people out and about so it was quite peaceful. I get anxious when I feel like people are watching me...something I'm slowly learning to get over.

The brutal temperatures will continue this week...I came home with frozen fingers today. Stay warm! Unless of course, you live in California ;)

Dad Sweater & Light Leaks

January 22, 2014

Sweater: Vintage c/o my father /// Leggings: T.J. Maxx /// Shoes: Vintage, Dr. Martens

I went through my parent's closet today looking for something warm and fashionable and voila! Found this awesome over sized collared sweater that my dad apparently doesn't wear anymore. I tried on a few of his sweaters but this one fit the best. And that collar is perfect. I'm sure I've seen it before...but probably when I was super young.

Rare shots of me sans-glasses. I've been kindof of thinking about getting contacts *gasp* Don't tell anyone...

Took these photos in my garage. The east coast got slapped with a lot of snow--Philly got 14 inches!--but my town barely got anything which is fine with me. We have, however, entered back into the polar vortex, so back to 0° temperatures and negative wind chills :( My garage was a safe haven and was probably at least 10 or 15 degrees warmer (yay insulation!) so I had fun taking these shots.

One tip I have taken full advantage of to fashionably conquer winter is layers, layers, layers! I wore a cami and thick thermal long sleeve under this, along with a body con skirt to keep my bum warm!

Tomorrow is my last day at home. I'm going back to my apartment to get back into the swing of things! Many scanning projects await me as well as my radio show...can't wait!

Recent Film

January 20, 2014

 Sheena Ozzella of Lemuria
 Kat Kat Phest 2, Philadelphia, PA @ The North Star Bar
December 29, 2013

I wanted to share my latest roll of 35mm film from last month. Whenever I go to shows/concerts I only ever bring my tiny Canon point and shoot and the photos usually come out crisp and colorful. These shots of Sheena are my absolute favorite of the roll. Not only am I a fangirl (lol) but I was pretty pleased with the way they came out. I was all the way up front so I was afraid I'd be TOO close, but it worked out! We can also admire her amazing fashion sense.

Icelandic Wool

Coat: Vintage, c/o mother /// Scarf: Hand made, c/o mother // Jeans: Vintage, c/o a friend // Shoes: Thrifted

Introducing... my new vintage oversized coat from my mom. My great aunt originally got it in Ireland, and it's actually 100% Icelandic wool! It is incredibly warm and I don't think I'll be wearing any other coat in the near future. My mom has been handing down some amazing pieces to me that have been crafted in different European countries she picked up from traveling and living in different areas with my dad. My wardrobe (and me!) thank her graciously. She also passed down to me an awesome dark olive green crop top I've already worn and fell in love with. The weather continues to fail at producing warm weather so I'm still sticking to warm layers. It's the end of January, yes, but we still have a whole another month and a half left of freezing temperatures.

They Are All Reasons To Me

January 17, 2014

 Sweater: Macy's /// Top: Burlington Coat Factory /// Jeans: YMI Jeans, via Burlington Coat Factory /// Boots: Vintage via Ebay /// Cameo brooch: Renninger's Farmer's Market

 Okay. I'm in love with this sweater and these jeans. I went shopping with my mom last night with a mission to find warm sweaters and high waisted jeans...mission accomplished! This sweater actually has studs below the shoulders that I had to compromise for...studs aren't exactly my style but they aren't that noticeable and...whatever, haha. With 75% cotton it's so warm and comfy and the pockets are an added bonus. These YMI jeans make me feel amazing, whoever invented low rise jeans were out of their mind...and I've been out of my mind for not looking harder for affordable high waisted pants--these were on the clearance rack for $13. Okay, enough of me boasting about my bargains. I'm going to use the rest of this post to talk about my "goals" I've been talking about this week.

A Walk In the Park

January 14, 2014

  Scarf: Boscov's /// Shirt: Route 66 // Skirt: T.J. Maxx /// Belt: thrifted /// Boots: Clarks

In love with this scarf and skirt. Yesterday the temperature managed to be 10 degrees warmer than the day before...it nearly felt like 60 degrees (Fahrenheit)! George and I took a walk in a park near his house. It felt great to be able to walk around outside comfortably without the cold wind pounding at your face and numbing your fingers. I wore my favorite skater skirt with a long sleeve triangle printed top I found in my mother's closet. You can always count on my mom on having random pieces that somehow perfectly fit into my wardrobe.

A Break From the Usual

January 13, 2014

Sweater: second hand, mother /// Chambray: thrifted /// T-shirt: American Apparel Boris band tee /// Boots: Clarks /// Bag: thrifted

I've been hella couped up because of the cold weather. I try to make it outside to capture outfit pictures a few times a week...but actually going outside for leisure has been something I haven't experienced since early November.

Yesterday I went on a short hike with my boyfriend and our friend Steve. The wind was a reminder of what season we're actually in.

Give Up the Ghost

January 11, 2014

 Jacket: J.C. Penny // Shirt: via mom // Jeans: Wet Seal  // Shoes: Dr. Marten's
Bag: second hand via mother

Here I go again wearing more pants. I was just recently having a stunt with skirts and since the weather became unbearably cold I kindof switched to pants. Today was actually warm, yet raining the whole time. You can tell by my facial expressions I was a little bummed by the weather...I also had to drive in the rain which is always frustrating in ways. I embraced the mild temperatures, however. You take what you can get...

January 8, 2014

Out of Town

January 7, 2014

Sweatshirt: Joe Boxer // Scarf: handmade, mother // Pants: h&m // Boots: Clarks // Bag: T.J. Maxx 

I went to an old stopping ground today with my girl friends Kelsey and Beth--Lewisburg, PA, a cute town about 30 minutes from my house known for its awesome antique shops. We had lunch and coffee at an old favorite place called Cherry Alley, explored a cool vintage shop, and rummaged through the "Street of Shops," an "indoor shopping village" full of antiques and fun trinkets and collectables. 

Polar Vortex

January 6, 2014

Sweater: mother's // Pants: Wet Seal // Boots: Clarks

Another outfit to beat the cold and also, my new boots!!!

Wild Winter

January 5, 2014

Considering my intrigue in weather and geography, I find it appropriate to include a post about the wicked weather my geographical region has been experiencing, accompanied by some photos I took on New Year's Eve.

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