Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The Elusive Item

shirt~thrifted--$7.
skirt~Macy's
shoes~dyed
I just finished reading "Bringing Home the Birkin" by Michael Tonello and just as he was chasing an elusive item, the Birkin bag, I have also been chasing an ellusive item.  For me it was this chambray shirt.  Can you believe it?  I have had this item on my list since the early spring.  I thought it would be easy to find at a thrift store, but it took me a few months to finally snag one that worked.  And I had all these ideas of altering it--but its really perfect the way it is.


Love the details on this skirt too.  There are actually small beads around the cut-outs that are slowly falling off.  I don't wear white jeans as a rule, but a white skirt works almost as well.  And this is about as classic a look as you can get out of me.


The book is a hoot!  Jill over at Everything Just So recommended it, and so do I. 

We all have that elusive item--did you have one this season?

17 comments:

  1. LOVE this whole outfit! And you're right: the shirt is perfect as is. Especially with this crisp ensemble.

    p.s. Those dyed espadrilles are to die/dye for!

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  2. love the skirt, the whole clean look!

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  3. Paula, I love this outfit on you Its very feminine, relax and you look so pretty.
    Love how you wear it with the shirt and those great shoes.

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  4. I like how you styled it in a feminine way .I found mine in the sales rack and it has become a staple and a favorite.Chambray shirts always give a twist to an outfit!

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  5. This is a perfect combination!

    I think eyelet is tricky to do and you hit the right note between feminine Easter dress and oh, I needed something light to wear under my motorcycle jacket because it's 90 degrees today.

    I hope you got through the holiday without spilling any fruity drinks or BBQ sauce on it!

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  6. Paula, you styled these pieces to perfection! You look like a summer's day.

    I *always* have an elusive item, I just don't always know what it is. Always searching . . .

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  7. All you need is a basket of fresh flowers from the farmers market. Such a nice classic summer outfit. You look smashing my dear!

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  8. Your outfit is so casually elegant, especially for summer.

    This summer my elusive item was also chambray, but I was searching for a chambray skirt. I thought it would be great paired with t's and lightweight cotton sweaters. I would still like to find one......

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  9. Nice balance between the shirt and eyelet skirt! You look ready for a summer day.

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  10. Love your complete look! I am still chasing the perfect denim pencil skirt for my body...I have chased it most every where and will continue...hoping to find it for when teaching starts full time again!! I am looking forward to tomorrow,,,,OUI?

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  11. What a fresh look this is! Glad you finally found the shirt--perfect knot and perfect skirt. And the shoes just make it complete.

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  12. Ooh, the eyelet skirt is very pretty and goes perfectly with the shirt and your lace-up shoes.

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  13. a-Dubs~the shoe dye was like in a stick like shoe polish--it was so easy to use.
    Thanks Linda--it does have a clean, crisp look.
    Ofelia~I was so comfortable all day too.
    Angie~and its almost like a neutral color really.
    Rose--white eyelit is especially tricky--but this has a hippie vibe almost.
    Patti~true, there is always one elusive item every season!
    Doreen~great idea for a prop....
    AnnMarie~~ohhhh, i would like a chambray skirt too--that would be so versatile! I had one about 20 years ago....
    Unfemme~can we say Parisian chic here maybe???
    Pam~I hear you on that one--have you tried newport news? They usually have a good selection of denim skirts
    Terri~I'm going to wear this shirt a lot this year...have already.
    Susan~shoes are very comfy too...

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  14. Lovely, lovely skirt!!!
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  15. just love the whole look, calm blue and ethereal white!!
    me loving the skirt too!!!

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  16. Love the skirt. Can't believe you already finished the book! You are so fast! Thanks for the mention. I posted Prada windows on my blog, stop by if you get a chance. These are less about the design and more about the clothes.

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  17. Paula, why does my reader not pick you up?!?!? I've been thinking that you just haven't been posting and then I saw you on Visible Monday and here are 3 posts I've missed! You look gorgeous and I soooo love this look! Hugs! ~Serene

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