Half-Charged Preppy

Sweater: J. Crew*
Necklace: vintage*
Skirt: New York & Company*
Rose bracelet: gift
Chain bracelet: found on the street!*
Wedges: Gretta
*Asterisk indicates that this item is secondhand — whether from a thrift store, consignment shop, yard sale, or generous friend

Fern lives her life on half-charged batteries. This applies to her phone, her portable computer, and — yes — her camera. Said camera only had enough juice for eight pictures today, whereas Fern typically takes around 30 or 40 to get some shots she’s happy with. (Okay, honestly, her average is 64.) Luckily, a few of those eight snaps were usable, meaning they did not feature Fern falling over or looking like she’d smelled something rotten.

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Inspired By (Sweaters or Jumpers)

Sweater: Pacific Club, vintage*
Necklace: booth at a fair
Belt: thrift store*
Dress (worn as skirt): Ann Taylor*
Tights: Chinese Laundry
Boots: Frye, vintage*
*Asterisk indicates that this item is secondhand — whether from a thrift store, consignment shop, yard sale, or generous friend

Fern is no stranger to style blogging, even if she is new to writing one herself. She’s been reading and bookmarking online inspiration for years, with wide-eyed wonderment for the internet vixens who do their doin’ with aplomb (or is it “with a plum”?). One such lady is Karen from Where Did U Get That. Karen’s been killing it lately with oversized sweaters (she calls them “jumpers,” that adorable Brit!).

Fern, feeling this aesthetic was totally perfect, went searching thrift stores and found her cozy “new” red sweater for all of eight U.S. dollars. If only she had an incredible photographer and the chutzpah to don a hat and sunglasses as well, she’d be a living tribute to Ms. Karen.

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An Italian Lover

Headband: Forever 21
Scarf: Van Heusen
T-shirt: Gap*
Skirt: handmade*
Boots: Sudini*
*Asterisk indicates that this item is secondhand — whether from a thrift store, consignment shop, yard sale, or generous friend

Fern, like many young women of her ilk, has been on a many-years search for the Right Boots. The ones that would be classic and versatile and supportive in the arch. When Fern spotted these particular boots, she didn’t hesitate to purchase them. She knew they were Right. Here’s my debit card, Mr. Cashier. Bag them up and be quick about it!

She even found herself enamored with the boots’ chocolatey shade of brown, a shade so much darker than she thought her Right Boots would have. That’s how love is, I suppose — always looking a little different than you expected, but feeling just how you hoped.

(And a humorous side note: according to the internet, the maker of these boots — Sudini — is Italian, and it has a scandalous tagline. “Shoes that Make Love to Your Feet.” Well well. It looks like Fern’s feet might get more love than they bargained for.)

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Before the Belt

Shirt: Old Navy
Sweater: Gap*
Watch: gift
Skirt: Old Navy
Knee socks: grocery store
Shoes: Urban Outfitters
*Asterisk indicates that this item is secondhand — whether from a thrift store, consignment shop, yard sale, or generous friend

Fern is the sort of lady who doesn’t rush to add a belt.

If it’s a necessary tool to keep a pair of pants up high where they should be, then fine, but otherwise — she’s skeptical of the idea.

But belts are nice for adding shape to a sacklike sweater, just as a sacklike sweater is nice for keeping you warm, so after Fern took this picture and continued preparing for the day, she relaxed her up-shrugged shoulders and added a little belt to her waist — the natural one, the one that bisects her belly button. And the belt she chose was turquoise, with a silver pineapple for a buckle.

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