Jurassic Frock

Like lots of kids, I went through a dinosaur phase when I was little. Unlike most adults, I went through another as a grown-up. Since I haven't outgrown it yet (and probably won't), clearly I had to have this dress.  

What I'm wearing: dress from   Modcloth  , thrifted   Pour la Victoire wedges  , necklace from a clothing swap, rhinestone sunglasses from   Avalon Exchange  .

What I'm wearing: dress from Modcloth, thrifted Pour la Victoire wedges, necklace from a clothing swap, rhinestone sunglasses from Avalon Exchange.

I paired it with an enormous necklace and purple suede wedge heels because I get great pleasure from ignoring the conventional styling tip that "less is more." And since there's nothing banning dinosaur-prints in my work dress code, I tossed a blazer on over it and proudly sported this getup to the office.

YOU GUYS! Not only does this dress have dinosaurs, but it has pockets! POCKETS! It's like the holy grail of dresses.

YOU GUYS! Not only does this dress have dinosaurs, but it has pockets! POCKETS! It's like the holy grail of dresses.

I ordered it online just before leaving town for vacation, so it was like having a "welcome back present" waiting for me when I got home. Speaking of vacation, I'll be posting pics and links to the awesome places we visited on our trip to the Smoky Mountains and Nashville, so check back soon for that.

"  T-rex? You've got a T-rex?!  " Why, yes. Yes, I do. Right on my crotch.

"T-rex? You've got a T-rex?!" Why, yes. Yes, I do. Right on my crotch.

And here's me doing my best Chris Pratt in Jurassic World impression.

And here's me doing my best Chris Pratt in Jurassic World impression.

My Current Obsessions:

Listening: "Dinosaur, Dinosaur " by CSS. This song from Yo Gabba Gabba is technically for kids. I don't even care. It's so good.

Playing: Warning! Monument Valley is highly addictive. Recommended to me by a friend for its gorgeous scenery and problem-solving fun, I plowed through the entire game in two sittings while on vacation.

Reading: Sort of like X-Men if they'd been created by Neil Gaiman and set in war-torn 1940s London, "Hollow City" by Ransom Riggs, is the second novel in the Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children series. Actual vintage photography inspired the bizarre characters and the story, and is interspersed throughout the book. I'm really looking forward to the third book's release this fall.

Drinking: I'm still on a gin kick, but this time it's lavender infused gin and tonics. To make lavender-infused gin, add 1 tablespoon of food grade lavender buds per cup of gin. Leave it overnight in a sealed jar, strain out the buds with a coffee filter, and get drunk!

Dress Resurrection

Don't get me wrong — I love summer. But I find summer fashion to be less than inspiring. Sure, it's easy. Toss on a dress, add some sandals and BOOM! You're ready to go. But that's just too easy. I like the options and layering that slightly cooler weather offers. And since summer finally decided to grace Cleveland with hot temps, it's been too warm for this sweaty gal to deviate much from the dress + sandals equation.

Fun fact: boyfriend jeans just fit like skinnies on muscular legs.  What I'm wearing: dress worn as jacket by   Forever 21  , white boyfriend jeans by Kut from the Kloth, black shirt by   H&M  , thrifted leather belt, gladiator sandals from   Target  ,   Timex Weekender   watch.

Fun fact: boyfriend jeans just fit like skinnies on muscular legs.

What I'm wearing: dress worn as jacket by Forever 21, white boyfriend jeans by Kut from the Kloth, black shirt by H&M, thrifted leather belt, gladiator sandals from Target, Timex Weekender watch.

Between that and a schedule packed with bike rides, Frisbee games, beach trips and other activities necessitating tanks, shorts and tennis shoes, I haven't been wearing anything particularly interesting to post here.

Bonus: The dress fans out behind me like a cape when I walk. Any excuse to wear something cape-like to work is a win.

Bonus: The dress fans out behind me like a cape when I walk. Any excuse to wear something cape-like to work is a win.

And then inspiration struck. This shirtdress was languishing in my to-donate pile for some time, but I just couldn't bare to part with it. It's cute, but I've put on a couple pounds and it no longer fits… as a dress. But it makes a fab jacket, no? While I'll wear it over a mini dress with tights or leather pants in the fall, a streamlined silhouette and restrained color palette keep it laid-back and lightweight for work. I particularly like how the straps on the gladiator sandals echo the graphic nature of the dress too.

And while I matched my rings (both vintage) to the color scheme, mismatched earrings have been my jam this summer. The stud is from Target, the bar ear crawler from   Baublebar  .

And while I matched my rings (both vintage) to the color scheme, mismatched earrings have been my jam this summer. The stud is from Target, the bar ear crawler from Baublebar.

It seems silly, but this outfit sort of jumpstarted my sartorial inspiration. I'll continue to enjoy my summer, but I'm not-so-secretly counting the days until it's time to bust out with fall looks.

My current obsessions:

Wearing: A classic bandana tied around my neck a la Leandra Medine (Shocker, right?) Seriously, they look cool as hell with pretty much anything and are $1 at the craft store.

Watching: I'm a bit late to the party, but I finally started watching Orange is the New Black and it's awesome. Believe the hype.

Drinking: My go-to summer cocktail has been a lower-calorie and frankly, better-tasting spin on your classic gin and tonic. Add 1 shot of gin to a tumbler of ice and top with any flavor of La Croix and a lime wedge.

Listening: Rancid radio on Pandora. It's like the soundtrack to late-high school summers spent getting sunburned at Warped Tour.

Solstice Style

An excuse to dress up and a great band? I'm there! Needless to say, when a last-minute ticket to long-sold-out Solstice surfaced, I had to snag it. Not only was one of my current favorite bands playing (modern disco band, Escort), the Cleveland Museum of Art's crazy-popular annual summer kick-off party was the perfect opportunity to wear this:

So prim and proper. BAHAHAHA...  What I'm wearing: Red lace dress by   American Apparel  , black shift dress (worn underneath) from   H&M  , shoes from   Aldo  , vintage thrifted belt, leather & chain bracelet from   Nordstrom Rack  , my favorite ear jackets from   Target  , rose gold bone necklace from   Wildfox Couture  .

So prim and proper. BAHAHAHA...

What I'm wearing: Red lace dress by American Apparel, black shift dress (worn underneath) from H&M, shoes from Aldo, vintage thrifted belt, leather & chain bracelet from Nordstrom Rack, my favorite ear jackets from Target, rose gold bone necklace from Wildfox Couture.

Inspired by last week's binge-watching of the 5th season of Game of Thrones, I paired the red dress with gold accessories (the colors of House Lannister), including a gold belt that fittingly looks like dragon scales.

Don't tell the Lannisters I'm posing with House Tyrell's sigil.

Don't tell the Lannisters I'm posing with House Tyrell's sigil.

The party was rad. Around 6,000 well-dressed Clevelanders were in attendance. Escort didn't disappoint, with the 17-member band playing infectious party music until late. Unfortunately, I didn't get too many pics of Solstice itself since it was dark outside and hard to take pics while dancing. At least not without spilling my gin and tonic. I'll definitely try to score tickets next year, maybe for the earlier entrance so I can explore the galleries too.

Pardon my ridiculous grin, but do check out those curls! Curling the tiny amount of hair on my head is one of my favorite pastimes lately.

Pardon my ridiculous grin, but do check out those curls! Curling the tiny amount of hair on my head is one of my favorite pastimes lately.

A whole lotta people watching Escort at Solstice. Those balloon formations were hats!

A whole lotta people watching Escort at Solstice. Those balloon formations were hats!

Paint splatters projected onto the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Paint splatters projected onto the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Side Note: I'm a big fan of when blogs include a brief list at the end of a post. Sometimes a round-up of links on Friday or simply a glimpse into what the blogger is currently interested in. I find that extra personal touch to be interesting, so I decided to give it a try.

My current obsessions:

Wearing This Unicorn Tank from Target is part of the Pride collection. The whole collection is pretty great though, so you should check it out.

Buying Speaking of Pride, I'll be wearing this amazing Sephora holographic rainbow nail polish for Pride Fest this weekend. It doesn't seem to be available online, but you can buy it in-store.

Watching You guessed it! Game of Thrones season 5. Finally.

Reading Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman. You guys know he's coming to town in October, right?

Listening Those Darlins have an upbeat, summery sound without being too cloying. I saw them open for Best Coast a few years ago and they were great live too.

Future No Future & the Perfect Leather Jacket

I've been hunting for the perfect leather jacket for an eternity (this may be hyperbole.) After scouring countless thrift stores to no avail, I'd decided that finding one that fits and is affordable is damn near impossible. So, when I stopped in the recently reopened Lakewood vintage store, Future No Future last week to hunt for some cool summery stuff, I was not anticipating finding my version of the Holy Grail. As luck would have it, I randomly checked out the coat section and there it was, tucked in a corner — a gorgeous vintage '80s biker jacket with an asymmetrical zipper and tie-up sides. It fit perfectly and I had to have it. Needless to say, I wasn't even mad that we had unseasonably cool temps last week.

The Perfect Leather Jacket in action. I think I was adjusting my sleeve, but   Eric   says it looks like I'm doing Tai Chi in this pic.  What I'm wearing: vintage leather jacket from   Future No Future  , leopard print blouse and anchor necklace from   Avalon Exchange  , thrifted satin tuxedo pants by Express, Dolce Vita oxfords, Katy Perry for Claire's cat stacking rings, ear jackets from Target.

The Perfect Leather Jacket in action. I think I was adjusting my sleeve, but Eric says it looks like I'm doing Tai Chi in this pic.

What I'm wearing: vintage leather jacket from Future No Future, leopard print blouse and anchor necklace from Avalon Exchange, thrifted satin tuxedo pants by Express, Dolce Vita oxfords, Katy Perry for Claire's cat stacking rings, ear jackets from Target.

This jacket is badass. No seriously, it said so on the tag. This is my attempt at a fittingly badass surly expression. Though my demeanor is frequently surly, my expression is not so much.

This jacket is badass. No seriously, it said so on the tag. This is my attempt at a fittingly badass surly expression. Though my demeanor is frequently surly, my expression is not so much.

I treated myself to this gorgeous gold-plated Coach watch with a tiger's eye face last month. It's sold out on the Jared the Galleria website now, but you can still find it at   Macy's.   The ring is Eric's grandfather's wedding ring.

I treated myself to this gorgeous gold-plated Coach watch with a tiger's eye face last month. It's sold out on the Jared the Galleria website now, but you can still find it at Macy's. The ring is Eric's grandfather's wedding ring.

The best part of this blouse is the back, which will look great with a fancy bra and no tank underneath. This was a work outfit though, so modesty won. I did a handstand, because duh.

The best part of this blouse is the back, which will look great with a fancy bra and no tank underneath. This was a work outfit though, so modesty won. I did a handstand, because duh.

Perhaps less surprising than discovering the perfect leather jacket while hunting for shorts and sundresses, Future No Future's new location is fantastic. The store closed down for months last year as it relocated from Madison Avenue to a prime spot in downtown Lakewood on Detroit Avenue. And while the old store felt a tad cramped, the new spot is spacious, with a decidedly boutique atmosphere that includes well-curated displays of on-trend crop tops and '90s frocks decked with sunflowers. A back room is stocked with shoes, bags and floor-to-ceiling racks of mostly Mid-century attire, while another is brimming with dapper duds for the guys. And unlike so many vintage stores, prices are very reasonable (even for this cheapskate.) Plus, they can do alterations for you if a skirt is too long, etc.

Hop on the spring crochet trend with the real deal, from Future No Future's selection of '60s and '70s crochet and lace frocks.

Hop on the spring crochet trend with the real deal, from Future No Future's selection of '60s and '70s crochet and lace frocks.

Clockwise from upper left: an assortment of colorful vintage dresses, dress your dude as a lumberjack with a big assortment of men's plaid shirts, cool purses, green boots that I fell in love with but did not buy (maybe you should?)

Clockwise from upper left: an assortment of colorful vintage dresses, dress your dude as a lumberjack with a big assortment of men's plaid shirts, cool purses, green boots that I fell in love with but did not buy (maybe you should?)

I definitely recommend checking out the new and improved Future No Future. Who knows? You might just find the perfect thing your wardrobe has been missing too.

Need further proof the leather jacket was destined for me? A rainbow appeared when I left the store. See? Even the heavens agree.

Need further proof the leather jacket was destined for me? A rainbow appeared when I left the store. See? Even the heavens agree.