2009-12-08

Captain Yen

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Vest? Taile, Winners
Black pants? h&m
Dress worn as top? h&m
Boots? Stuart Weitzman, Winners
Snake belt? thrifted
Clutch? thrifted
Ring? gifted

If I were a superhero, this is what I would wear. It's the perfect outfit for saving the world. When I think about it though, I doubt superheroes have control over their own wardrobes... just a guess, but would Peter Parker have worn a blue and red one-piece with footsies as his Spiderman outfit if he had the choice?

My friend made fun of this vest when she first saw it in the store and said she didn't get it. But I knew secretly I wanted it. I let it sit for a while and when I went back weeks later it was still there and further reduced to $15. Then I knew it was meant to be. The key to wearing so much volume is to keep the rest of the outfit super slim. I wish I had pulled a Adored Austin and wore this newly acquired snake belt as a necklace. Next time... How awesome is the belt though? I cleaned up at Talize again last week... I know I sound like a broken record but that place is too good. The belt is but a small sampling of the goodness that I thrifted last week...

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And my new boots... we're going to call them my practical purchase. OK, let's not be too technical because I actually need winter work boots and good running shoes more than the boots but in the situation I was in, these were the practical purchase. Yes, there was some shopping last week as I exited my shopping ban. I really wanted new shoes and it came down to a pair of brown Frye open-toe booties and these classic black Stuart Weitzman boots (for the record, both were deeply discounted). I am such a sucker for brown leather (shoes,belts, purses...) and so clearly the Frye boots stole my heart. But I always buy impractical things and then I am left without the daily stuff (I don't really even own a pair of black flats...) and a nice pair of dressy black boots would go with lots of outfits and fill the holes in my closet more than another pair of brown shoes. So, I got the tall boots and I do love them, they are surprising comfy and the leather is excellent. But sometimes, I catch myself thinking of the Frye shoes still... the affairs of my heart are so complicated. One more markdown and I may crack on those and buy them too (if you live in my area and have big feet like me... stay away from my babies!)

35 comments :

Julia said...

I MUST have that snake belt. Wow. I love your huge sweater! And together? Superhero worthy, you're right!!

Kyla said...

That snake belt is amazing!

stilettolover91 said...

Great photos!!! Your outfit is fabulous!

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COME OVER TO THE DARK SIDE... WE HAVE CANDY said...

You look amazing!

Clare said...

Ahoy, Cappy! I love that belt, and the silhouette and simplicity of this outfit is stunning.

anne charlotte said...

those are lovely...but you still should go back for the fryes! frye boots are FANTASTIC. ps love the belt.

orchidsinbuttonholes said...

The vest has such great drape - I love how you've styled it over a fitted black top and skinny jeans. The belt is such a fun surprise and a great detail. And those boots awesome - you're Wonder Woman!

briannelee said...

LOVE this outfit! I want that vest!

Shauna said...

Frye shoes in my size @ Winners - ha I live closer! Scored big time the other night at Talize also - should have called you. Laura and I killed 2 hrs there on Monday night

Linda said...

Yo look hot and all... but doesn't the shopping ban kind of cancel itself out when you start buying like a crazed maniac again? Just an observation/ opinion/ a hint of jealousy because I am still not allowed to buy clothes. I hate my wardrobe right now.... :(.

myedit said...

For the record-yes, I went shopping after the shopping ban and it was nice to have some extra money to do it instead of not buying gas but I just went to Winners and Talize... which would be a quite ordinary shopping trip in Jentine's life pre-ban.
Linda-come to Talize... I'll share!
Shauna- Stay away! oh ya and they are at the other Winners, U. James has a crappy shoe selection.

Sal said...

It's a good thing you don't live nearby because I would STEAL THAT BELT OFF OF YOUR BODY.

Orchid Grey said...

Wow, that snake belt is quite a find!

Amy said...

OMG, want that belt!!

Ash said...

I love the belt! So awesome!

Ash
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Healthy and Homemade said...

You're the only gal who can pull off a giant vest like that, and still look incredibly slim and chic! That snake belt is killer =)

Chelsea said...

sometimes when I'm going through all my fave blogs in my Google Reader, I have these "wow!" moments. This outfit was totally one of those moments... you look incredibly chic and fabulous and you styled that vest unbelievably well!

and in response (late) to a comment you posted on my blog recently... I think it's great that you put all your creativity into the stylish outfits you get to create a couple of days a week (when you're not in your landscaping garb). I am hoping to get into nursing school soon, and thus will be in scrub-land for a couple years. I anticipate having to ditch my daily fashion, which pains me to think about, but your way of making up for it with extra style when you can makes me feel a lot more hopeful :)

Shauna said...

Thanks for the tip Yen - now I know not to go to the one on U James :-)

K said...

That belt is so so SO awesome! And good choice on the boots. They are such an essential ;)

Rebecca, The Clothes Horse said...

That snake belt is awesome.

God Made Me fuNky said...

Let me start by saying that you look amazing.....i love your look from head to toe. THe cape/vest can look overwhelming on some but you wear it so well. love the new boots, I too dont have a pair of basic black boots. and that snake belt.....is just a masterpiece.

Elaine said...

You look AMAZING. The vest is awesome. and the snake belt is even more awesome.

I am quite the opposite.. 80% of all my shoes are BLACK. Talk about boring....


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Savvy Gal said...

oh my first visit. what a stylish outfit. : )

Lilee said...

oh wow, that belt's amazing!

Fell 4 Fashion said...

Everything is fabulous! That is a GREAT vest and what a great deal on it!!!

chaoskontrolowany said...

nice vest! ;))

Nerdic.. said...

That snake belt is great!
X, fashionnerdic.

Robin said...

That vest is fantastic! You'd be my favorite superhero.

Um, in a not creepy way... ;)

E said...

Gorgeous vest! I love the long draping! I want this for my own!

AsianCajuns said...

Gorgeous boots, Yen!!! And I looove that vest on you- I would have given in right away (and I'm fairly used to sniggering from shopper friends- most friends do not understand/approve about 80% of my purchases).

Megan Wolf said...

first, yes that belt/possible necklace next time, is super awesome. like super hero type super awesome. I love it, I want it. such good taste. and so glad you went back for the vest because its pure fab on you. great background by the way! looks like you are up on top of the world, getting ready to save it, super hero style. great look on you. and love the new boots!

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p.s. maybe peter parker had a thing for spandex-y onesies. to each his own

Christen said...

I love this minimalist chic look! The wrap is perfect and I looooooooove that snake belt!

D said...

that vest is so chic and that belt is effing cool!

Kristin said...

LOVE this look. The vest is incredible!

MisisD said...

you make me wanna go to Canada and just check- out Talize. Also how discounted are those Frye Boots cause they are pretty pricey. But I know you have super hero powers when it comes to thrifting and discounts...oh well..hahaha