a personal style blog by Lauren Pfieffer

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A New Hat and Some Snazzy Books...

This is the new hat I got today while out thrift shopping with my grandma! Can you believe it was only seven dollars?! The only thing wrong with it, which is very slight, is a rip in the veil, but it isn't too big. This hat actually goes quite well with a vinatge pokadot dress I have; I would have taken pictures if it hadn't been below zero out today!

Above are pictures of a book I got at the Library today about 1950's fashion. It is quite interesting; it shows different styles of clothing for men, women,and children, and also about how much each item would cost. I think the little girl dresses are some of the most adorable things I've ever seen in my life.. The sailor dress in the picture above is especially just too cute!!

I also borrowed another book from the library on my other favorite vintage clothing era; the 1940's! This book is so very interesting as well, and some of the pictures of clothes are just to die for! I had a heck of a time trying to find these two books, but it was well worth it...

Along with the books, I also rented Breakfast At Tiffiany's, which I will hopefully get to watch before my winter break is over!

Oh, and tommorow I'm getting my hair cut! I'm very excited considering I haven't gotten it cut or trimmed since July 3... Nothing too drastic will be taking place, just a little trim up, some layers, and new side swept bangs cut! I'm still looking forward to it though :)

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Audrey Hepburn.

For decades, Audrey Hepburn's style in Breakfast At Tiffany's and in real life has been admired by millions of girls and women. Maybe it was her sophisticated manner, her classy style, or perhaps it was her natural beauty... Here are some of the important aspects and pieces of clothing that make Audrey Hepburn the girl we all wish we could be!

Items of Clothing

  • Ballet Flats
  • Elbow Length Gloves
  • Large, Floppy Hats
  • Strands of Pearls
  • Trench Coats with Belts
  • Pill Box Hats
  • Headbands
  • Silk Scarfs to tie around her neck
  • Leather Hand Bags
  • Flowing, Full skirts
  • Capri Pants
  • A Little Black Dress
  • Men's Button Down Shirts tucked into Skirts or Pants

Fashion Rules and Tips

  • Clean lines and simple siloutes were the key. Less was always more for Audrey.
  • Audrey knew exactly what she wanted, and knew what looked good on her body. Since she was tall and thin, she didn't buy clothes that flattered the popular curvy shapes of Marilyn Moroe and Elizabeth Taylor. Intead she bought clothes that looked good on her shape.
  • Manners were very impotant. The key to being classy for Audrey was to always behave and act like a lady.
  • Along with good manners, posture was big aspect in Audrey's style. Before she was an actress, Audrey was actually a ballet dancer, which gave her good posture.
  • Comfort came first before looking good in the eyes of Audrey. She would never be sacrifice being in pain for looking good.
  • Makeup was never used to hide Audrey's true beauty, which shone quite naturally. Mostly she focused on bringing out her eyes, by lining her top lids with black eye liner and winging it out at the ends.
  • Not only was makeup simple for Audrey, but she kept her hair simple and chic as well. In most pictures, Audrey is seen with her iconic short pixie cut.

" I never think of myself as an icon. What is in other people's minds is not in my mind. I just do my thing."


Feeling Pretty in Pink..

Pink Trench Coat: (Christmas) Kohl's.
Black Dress: Forever21.
Black Bow Cloche: Target.
Black T-Strap Heels: (Christmas) Target.
Here is the lovely trench coat I got yesterday, I just can't get enough of it! This wasn't the outfit I wore today, but it's going to be Thursday's. Although it's still Winter Break, I have alot of homework to do, so I figured since I was doing it today there was no reason to dress up that much! Also, in the pictures I didn't wear the shoes that I have a close up of. I got the shoes above for Christmas, and they are my absolute new favorite pair!! I didn't want to get my babies all banged up, so instead I just wore my old T-Straps for the pictures.
Later I'm planning on doing another post on Audrey Hepburn, so watch for it!

Monday, December 28, 2009

A Blustery Day.

Hounds tooth dress: Kohl's.
Tights: JCPenny's.
Pearls: Kohl's.
Black Open Front Cardigan: (Christmas) Forever21.
Black Beret
Spectator Shoes: Thrifted.
Pin: (Christmas) American Eagle.

Sorry for the poor quality photos, what a blustery and snowy day it has been! The weather made it impossible to get any good photos,so I tried taking a few upcloses of some pieces. I was so disappointed when I put together the PERFECT outfit this morning...it was the new vintage dress I got for Christmas, mentioned in the previous post. Unfortunately, it was not too practical of an outfit; short sleeves, knee socks, heels..yeah, not too smart to wear in the middle of a snow storm. So very relectatly I put away that outfit, to perhaps save for a day that is not so winter weather filled!

The outfit above was the replacement of the first, and although I quite liked it, it still wasn't as perfect as the oringinal ensemble. Oh well, I probably saved myself alot of frostbite.. My mother, sister, grandma, and I ventured out into the blizzard to do a bit of shopping today, mostly just returns. I did though get a few things with the money from returning a coat from Kohl's! One was actually a thing I've been subconsciously wanting: A new pair of skinny jeans! I just noticed the other day that almost all of my skinny jeans have a peculiar faded mark on the right knee...I must bend down on that one alot? Anyways, I thought it would be a good idea to get a new pair. Also, I picked up a darling little trench coat that I had my eyes on a few weeks back. Although it was by the Candies Brand, not usually my thing, I really have a sweet spot for this piece. It's light pink with black pipping along the sleeves and bottom, and also has black buttons. A snazzy black belt cinches the waist to add the finishing touch! It's long sleeve to boot, making it even better for winter weather!

Along with wanting to do a million outfit posts right now, I've been itching to do a post on the beautiful Audrey Hepburn. Lately I've been gathering information and pictures, so I should be doing a post pretty soon!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

A Red Bow Hat.

Striped 1950's Skirt: (Christmas) Vintage.
Red 1950's Brimmed Hat: (Christmas) Vintage.
Red Satin Belt: Forever21.
Black T-strap Heels: Gabriel Brother's.
Pearl Necklace: (Christmas) Kohl's.

Merry Belated Christmas! I disappeared from my blog for a few days because with Christmas going on I was just so busy! I am back now though, with tons of wonderful things to blog about!
Namely, these pictures above! For Christmas, my parents got me this beautiful vintage 1950's stripped skirt that is to die for! It's made of this satin like material, and has multicolored strips running horizontally. I had seen it quite a few months back when my father and I took a trip to the vintage store in Plymouth. I hoped ever since then that next time I saw it that it would be mine!

The hat is vintage 1950's as well, bought at a local antique store for Christmas from my parents. This hat is exquisite!! A funny little story goes along with hat.. I saw it while thrift shopping with my grandparents and fell in love with it. I went back to the place to show my mother a few days after that, and it was gone! I asked the shop owner about the hat, and he had said someone had bought it. Although I was very disappointed I told myself to try and forget about the hat. Imagine my surprise though on Christmas morning when I opened up a box and it's there! I tell you, I was overcome with surprise and happiness!

Here is just a few of the things I got for Christmas that will be up and coming blog posts...
  • Another 1950's Vintage Dress! It has light pink and grey strips, and a gorgeous silhouette!
  • A Pill Box Hat from the 1960's. So adorable with a bow on the front, and a veil coming out from the top!
  • Remeber that Minnie Mouse post? I recieved the sweatshirt that I had a picture of, and also the poka dot tights! I can't wait to take pictures..
  • Believe it or not, there will be pictures of me in a T-shirt soon! ;)
  • I recieved a shiny,new pair of T-strap heels from my parents, I want to wear them with every outfit! ( T-strap heels are my favorite)
So much more than even what I listed; leopard flats, satin purple heels, striking scarfs, a purple quilted purse, and a dress that may look vintage, but isn't! There will be no shortage of posts in the near future!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Clothing Cut outs and a Magnificent Dinner.

Ahh..This above could be what you call one of my "hobbies" or.. you could call it a complete waste of time that is very fun! ha :) I get various fashion magazines through the mail and usually I look at them once, and then it's time to get out the scissors! What I do is cut out any piece of clothing, shoes, or accessory that I would LOVE to have, or think is beautiful. Then, once I get a large collection of all my cut outs, I'll put together little collages, like in the pictures above! It's a really fun way to pass time,and dream about owning the items I cut out...I wish!

Today was pretty busy though from beginning to end! This afternoon I went with my grandma and sister to our mall, which is most likely the stinkest mall in the country, but hey you take what you can get. We just browsed around, my grandma got a shirt for my dad for Christmas, my sister visited Santa, and we ate handmade chocolate turtles that I probably didn't need to eat.. ;) Oh, I almost forgot that I got some new tights as well; five pairs to be exact! As you can read by my outfit desciptions, I always have my mom's tights on, but now I actually got around to getting my own! It's not that I haven't ever had my own, it's just I have extremly bad luck with tights and always seems to be snagging mine.. So anyways I got three pair of black, a blue,and a cream pair for only $4.50! Thanks grandma!!

My evening was busy as well! My boyfriend, Matt, and I make homemade gifts as well as bought gifts for eachother every year. So tonight was out night to exchange the gifts, and I had a beyond fenomenal time! He always trys to be sneaky and trick me with what he does every time,and let me tell you it works! The only hint he gave me was not to eat... So when I went over to his house I recieved my present; a lovely dinner he made! We had delicious steaks wrapped in bacon, mashed potatoes with melting butter, and juicy green beans! It was all set up on a table with beautiful poinsettias in a vase and a red candle lit! For desert we had this pie called turtle pie, which is to die for! After dinner we watched the movie Four Christmases, and just sat and talked. It was a nice, relaxing evening...I wouldn't have traded it for anything else!

Tommorow my family is heading back over to his house for a little get together, and also to exchange our bought gifts. I'm very anxious...!


Monday, December 21, 2009

A Purple Hat and a Yellow Scarf.

Flower Dress: Forever21.
Black Turtleneck: Kohl's.
Black Bow Heels: Deb's.
Tights: Mom's.
Yellow Scarf: Target.
Purple Knit Hat: Forever21.
Just the outfit I wore today. All dressed up and no where to go, ha seems to me that's the story of my life! I love the last picture I took, even though it was rather painful...I took some snow and threw it up into the air, the result looks pretty cool!
Only 4 more days until Christmas!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Cookie Baking and Grinch Watching...

Black Bow Dress: Gabriel Brother's.
Red Cardigan: Gabriel Brother's.
Black Tights: Mom's.
White Necklace: Stolen from Mom (haha)
Black T-strap Wedges: Gabriel Brother's.
Red beret: Target.

Today was just a rather lazy but relaxing day! As usual, I went to church this morning and drove, currently I have my permit so I practice driving all the time. I actually could have gotten my license in August; however, for my birthday I recived from my parents the car of my dreams; a red slug bug! It was truely prefect except for one thing;I would have to learn how to drive a standard! So throughout the months it has been a real challenge to learn how to drive my little buggie, but I have finally mastered the technique and can get my license very soon. Perhaps in the next two weeks actually! Anyways, this morning when I drove to church it was the first time I had ever drove in the snow and ice, so I was a bit scared. It wasn't too bad though, almost all of it had melted by the time we drove home! I must say that it was a fun adventure :)

This afternoon I also watched my favorite Christmas movie, a tradition to watch every Christmas season, The Grinch! I watch every year both the Jim Carey movie, and the original animated one by Dr. Suess, but today I watched the Jim Carey one. I still enjoy watching it and get a laugh at all the silliness!

Right now my family is over having a cookie baking marathon, which makes the house smell delicious! My mother, grandma, and aunt are all making cookies of all sorts...I swear they're trying to make me not fit into my clothes...

Friday, December 18, 2009

Lauren the Elf loves making toys...And Christmas Break!

Red Turtleneck: Kohl's.
Gery Skirt: Thrifted.
Red Ribbon: Forever21.
Green Tights: ??
Silver Necklace: Mom's.
Red Pumps: Kohl's.
Hat: Gift from when I was in grade school!

Today was absolutely, positively one of the best last days of school before break that I've ever had! Haha maybe looking like an elf added to it? I had so much fun with this outfit( as you can see from the silly pictures, like the one of me "making" a chair! :)) Other than my festive Christmas outfit, I enjoyed the day because of the utter nonsense of doing nothing, and eatting so many sweets until I felt sick!

In Spanish we watched the Grinch, is espanol of course! Chemistry was actually( gasp!) fun for once! We made pretty designs on filter paper, and then had water soak them so that the colors blurred together, but end up looking beautiful! Also, in band we watched the movie Elf, which is such a classic and so much fun to watch! All of our classes were shortened, for at the end of the day there was a wonderful holiday assembly!

Last year I did not get to see it, for we had a snow day on the day before Christmas break and didn't go to school. Watching it for the first time was fantastic though, and I had a blast! Many of the different choir groups sang fun tunes, and of course a traditional song always sung since I was in Kindergarten; called Fruitcake! It's still everyone's favorite, even as highschoolers! The teaching staff also did funny skits poking fun at us kids and the stupid things we ask sometimes. It was hilarious! They also sand the " 12 Days of Christmas," but a teacher version. Here a few of the lines that I remember, "one teacher in a classroom, two principles, three bunsen burners,four lab rats, five tangent rules, six noble gases, seven cookies baking, eight schedules changing, nine crepes a' flippin..." Can't remember the rest! The teacher put on a little skit also about the "5 things the seniors gripe most about!" Which was by the way one of the funniest things I've ever seen! Finally,the jazz band played the tunes to end the show, and with that my Christmas Break official began!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Dear Santa..

Here are a few things that have caught my eye lately :) Haha I've added them to my long and ever growing Christmas Wish list. Of course I don't expect to get everything on it though, that would be ridiculous! I think it's just fun to have a list of all the many items of clothing I fall head over heels in love with...

Tomorrow is the last day of school before break; hooray! We have a Christmas assembly, so our classes will be shortened, making the day go by even more fast. Tomorrow will also be great because I have no test/quizzes! It's easy sailing from here on out.
I have a adorable outfit all laid out for tomorrow; I feel like Santa's elf in it! Can't wait to wear it and pretend I'm one of Santa's little helpers!! :)

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