April 7, 2014

DIY Monday: Lace Strip Sweater

Filed under: Clothing,DIY,Fashion,Style,Wardrobe — by twistedchic @ 6:07 pm
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DIY Monday is now brought to you by thursday.  And the letter L~ (tl:dr diymonday’s hiatus is over)

The lace panel trend is not going anywhere, tbh.  And why should it?  It’s fabulous!  Also a great way to add texture to an outfit (and some interest to an otherwise plain wardrobe staple.  Like this Loft sweater:



I fell in love with this gorgeous antique lace, and bought it without a specific project in mind.  But it’s a perfect match with my new sweater~


Trim lace to fit (but leave a little extra to fold under and in case fabric stretches).  Then pin the lace to the sweater.  Be sure to center the lace carefully, so you don’t end up with an unfortunately crooked result~


Then just pop it in your sewing machine and straight stitch.  You could even do this by hand if you don’t have a sewing machine.  And voila!


Super-easy diy lace strip sweater.


March 31, 2014

The Ides of March ~ Purchases

Filed under: Clothing,Fashion,Wardrobe — by twistedchic @ 2:31 am
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It looks like the long blah winter is (belatedly) coming to an end.  In march I finally started to feel  like I was ready to bring some new pieces home.  Aaaaand instead of being thoughtful about it, I just wandered out and snagged whatever looked good to me (within budget).  But I think I needed that; I’ve been feeling really disconnected from my style-sense, and this just helped me clean out the cobwebs.  So here’s what the March winds blew in.

I can see from my somewhat whimsical purchasing that I’m really craving some new silhouettes, a more flowy look.  I’m also thinking it’s time for my wardrobe to get an updated color palette.  Maybe next post.

February 17, 2014

Return to the Windy (Snowy) City

Filed under: Accessories,Clothing,Gifts,Shoes,Vintage,Wardrobe — by twistedchic @ 2:25 am
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So I’m finally a) back from visiting my wonderful family in Texas and b) over the terrible airport-flu I caught.   (I’ll spare you the horrible travel details, suffice it to say that my flying experience was everything you could dread and then some~)

However, it was all worth it because … I brought magnificent stuff back with me from lovely (mostly) sunny Texas:

My new belt~

I searched all over for a belt like this last year and the year before, only to have everything be sold out!  So how lucky was I to find it in an antique store outside of Austin?  Pretty darn lucky~

My awesome brother got me this fan for christmas.  It’s gorgeous!

I’m going to have to figure out how to display it properly (more on that later) but it was the cutest present~


December 3, 2012

Five Best: Fall Thrift Store Finds

Filed under: Clothing,Style,Vintage,Wardrobe — by twistedchic @ 11:45 pm
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Ah, vintage, my not-so-secret passion~  Chicagoland has great vintage and thrift shops!  They key to great thrifiting is to a)have some idea of what you want and b) if it thrills you, buy it!  So here are my five fall favorite thrift purchases:

1) Leather Trench: I was looking for something with a little 9th doctor flavor, and I found this awesome leather trench last year, whilst shopping with the always awesome Ll.  She is, of course, the guru of thrifting, and had a coupon too!  I discovered that the lining was ripped when I got it home (always a risk with thrifting) but I sewed up the tears and haven’t regretted it!

2. Banana Republic Cardigan: a basic black Silk/Cashmere blend of perfection!  I don’t know who donated this item, but bless you!  It went to a good home~63992b43b7cc87a6f914f969b6109013_best

3. Tommy Hilfiger Knotical Print Button Up: This was perfectly tailored, fit me right off the rack with no alterations.  I can’t tell you how rare that is.  And such a cute print!


4. Grey Loft Trousers:  comfortable, versatile, and a size smaller than I usually wear: perfect~  This is one of the pieces I purchased for my new-dress-code wardrobe, and I probably wear them twice a week.

5. American Eagle Pointelle Sweater: an unusual a-line sweater, this is thin enough to work really well as a layering piece.  I loved it so much I bought it in two different colors: grey and purple! I love the subtle texture of the pointelle knit.


Some notes for thrifting: keep in mind what can be fixed and what can’t.  For example, mild pilling can be removed with a pill comb, major pilling is a pain, so decide how much time you want to spend “fixing” something before you buy.  Simple alterations can really make your secondhand treasures shine!  But if it needs too much work it will just languish in the fix-it pile.

November 2, 2012

Go To Outfits

Filed under: Clothing,Style,Wardrobe — by twistedchic @ 2:34 am
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The new dress code is in full swing at work, so I have been working hard to figure out new go to outfits for those early mornings when I’m just not awake enough to make decisions~

So here are my five easy-peasy no-thought-required colorfree outfits:

1. Tartan Scarf w/ Old Navy Trousers 2. Loft Top and Bottom w/Belt 3. Loft Top w/Argyle Sweater 4. Star Scarf w/Black Shimmer Sweater 5. Gap Plaid Top w/Banana Republic Cardi

The main thing these all have in common (besides being achromatic) is that they’re all WARM outfits, the temp is always crazy cold where I work~

October 31, 2012

Wardrobe Evaluation: Scarves

Filed under: Angst,Clothing,Donation,Style,Uncategorized,Wardrobe — by twistedchic @ 10:05 am
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This is the last post of October Wardrobe Evaluation!  TL:DR – I spent a month analyzing my closet piece by piece and deciding what to keep and what to give away.

And this last bit is the hardest.  I love my scarves, yo.  Which is why I have, no lie, 3 dozen of them.  Which is really too many, all things considered.  I don’t have the space to even see them all!  So, much as it pains me, I must weed.

Here’s the thing; I didn’t buy all these scarves.  About half of them were presents, because everybody knows twistedchic loves scarves!  It’s an easy present.  And I love the thought!  But a lot of the scarves that were given to me are polyester, or scratchy or otherwise… not so great.  They may be beautiful, but polyester won’t keep you warm, and nothing scratchy is worth wearing, no matter how pretty.  So I’m donating about 6 gift scarves.  Also getting donated are a few near duplicate scarves, things that are very similar to ones I already have, but don’t like as well.  After donation, I’ll be about 10 scarves lighter.  Also, I’m going to find a better way to display the scarves I do have, hanging off the closet isn’t really ideal…

Yay, the Wardrobe Evaluation is done!  This was a huge project and I’m really proud of myself that I got it all done.  Next month: new aquisitions! ~

October 26, 2012

Wardrobe Overhaul: Shoes

Filed under: Accessories,Angst,Clothing,Shoes,Wardrobe — by twistedchic @ 2:40 am
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Ooooh, shoes.  These are one of the biggest problems in my wardrobe, a real struggle for me.  Here’s what I have: 2 pair of workout shoes, one pair of punk boots, one pair of winter boots, one pair of riding boots that doesn’t fit, a pair of sandals, and some uncomfortable dock shoes.

It’s a real challenge, finding shoes that work for me, and are comfortable.  Which is why I end up wearing either the punk boots or the workout shoes all the time.  I know this is the area of my wardrobe which is lacking, so I’m going to do some actual shopping! (as opposed to fake shopping.  You know.  On the internet.)

First step: ditch the stuff that ~really~ doesn’t work.  The boots that don’t fit and the uncomfortable dockers.  That’s the easy part.  The hard part is step two: what do I really need?

I need a pair of boots that do fit: maybe some cowboy boots?

Also, a pair of dressy flats and a pair of casual walking shoes.  Minimum.  Time to start shoppin’: out with the old and in with the new.  And the best thing about living in Chicagoland is – there’s plenty of shopping.  Maybe I’ll take that trip to Fluevog’s I’ve been wanting to do!

Behold the awesome Fluevog!

October 22, 2012

Something Old, Something New…

Filed under: Accessories,Style,Wardrobe — by twistedchic @ 10:25 pm
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The new being my brand spankin’ new glasses!

I’ve been waiting a month for these to come in!  (And I just love them.) My old ones were blue and a bit worn at the hinges, so I’ve been looking for a replacement for a couple of months.

Choosing new glasses is a huge decision.  They’re one of the first things people see about you, you wear them every day, and you can’t see without them! (I can’t anyway, I’ve been nearly blind since my teen years)  So here’s some advice for anyone shopping for eyewear.  DON’T CHEAP OUT!  I can’t stress this enough, get the absolute best pair that you can afford; it’s worth it for so many reasons. (Get the best lenses you can afford, too, cheap plastic crap looks like it.)  I saved for a whole year to afford these!

The second most important thing to consider is the shape of the glasses.  Make sure the shape looks good on your face, and everything else is just a cosmetic detail.  I had already decided that I wanted this shape before I even went looking for a pair.  I loved the pair that Vonnie Awning wears on Dresden Codak, so I wantede a similar shape:

Also, Vonnie is awesome and you should check this comic out!

Also? Get something sturdy, unless you can afford a new pair every year.  I expect to be enjoying my new Ralph Laurens for a very long time to come!

October 19, 2012

Colorfree Friday: Assymetrical

Filed under: Angst,Clothing,Style,Wardrobe — by twistedchic @ 11:53 pm
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Colorfree Friday: celebrating the achromatic!

Previously on twistedchic~ I was sadly distressed at our corporation’s decision to black and white-ize our dress code, but I am embracing the new, and here’s what’s inspiring me on the colorfree front!

I’m not sure where this image comes from. ModelsOffDuty?

Here is a woman who is clearly an expert at rocking the black and white look.  I would literally wear everything she has on!

And I found this fabulously chic shirt on etsy:

Grey with hints of awesome!

Love the assymetrical neckline.  Grey doesn’t mean boring!

And from our friends at zazzle, why not:


Black and white and crazy all over!

October 18, 2012

But I Liked My Crayons…

Filed under: Angst,Clothing,Inspiration,Wardrobe — by twistedchic @ 10:43 pm
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I’ll be honest, I don’t have a lot of black in my wardrobe.  I love colors!  However…

The big bosses at work have handed down a new dress code.  There’s a lot of new rules, but the biggie is that we’re supposed to wear black/white/grey.  I kind of feel like a kid who’s had most of her crayons taken away.  But moping is not a good look for me, so I’m just going to learn to work the color-free look.  I just need a little inspiration…  and a bunch more clothes!

To give myself a little help getting in the achromatic mood, I’m going to add a new thing to twistedchic: Colorfree Fridays.  And like DIY Mondays, it probably won’t be posted exclusively on Fridays.  There will be outfits, inspiration, possibly grousing, dancing weasels, a hat made of cheese, hipster glasses, and more~!  Stay tuned internetz!

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