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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, or,

A Floral-Pantsed Blogger Drinks Beer in Brooklyn

Magazines this fall were all like, ok, you can still wear florals, but they have to be printed on a DARK BACKGROUND, like NAVY or BLACK!! So I’m doing a good job of listening to magazines here, but check out this morning glory bush, wearing purple on green and just not giving a single fuq about Vogue’s opinion!! We should all aspire to be more like this morning glory bush as we go about our daily lives. A while ago, I was thinking, “Gee, I want a bulky orange-red sweater, in a weird shape, and it should be too big but also too small at the same time, and I want to wear it everywhere I go”. Then, on my way to go buy a $25 lipgloss (yes, on purpose), I passed an H&M, and there was the knit-o’-my-dreams, just hangin’ out in the window, so I bought it, and now I only take it off when I have my once-weekly coconut oil bubble bath. How effing serendipitous is that? I thought for sure I’d have to pay at least $6,000 to acquire an item this ugly!! 

JUST DO WHAT THEY SAY!!!

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Tourist In Pajamas

I have been dressing a little like a tourist lately, due to hurting my knee - I figured it would be more helpful to the healing process to wear sneakers instead of high heels. Crazy thought! Didn’t really mind them with this outfit, though. While walking around the park prior to taking these pictures, an old man ran up to me to tell me he loved my outfit, that it reminded him of ‘children’s pajamas’. So……I look totally young and stuff!!! *Wears this every day forever*

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This Is My Roof

The internet claims the lyrics to Miley’s smash hit ‘We Can’t Stop’ are, “This is our house/this is our rules”, but I wish they were “this is our roof” because it would be a lot better for this post (and also that lyric isn’t grammatically correct). So this is actually my roof, and also my crop top (see me doing my best Miley in 1st picture). I’ll know I’m old when I feel uncomfortable showing my stomach in public. Generally speaking, I think if you want to wear a half-shirt from Forever21, skip tight pants and/or high heels and make it more casual with baggy pants and some simple sneakers. During the day, at least. I think Miley’s party is tonight so I may change. 

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All black. Not very original, I know. I was tired! It was raining! Get off my case. A fully black outfit isn’t normally something I gravitate towards (mainly because I am way too obnoxious to practice such chic restraint) but every once in a while, I’ll bust it out when I’m too braindead to think of anything better. What is standard for me though, is the shape - dark colored, high waisted jeans with a cropped button-down collared shirt of sorts. This combo is easy to put together (because it’s like, you know, pants and a shirt. You can put your own clothes on, right?) and can be played a variety of ways, depending on the fabrics, colors and accessories you choose. Here I’ve definitely chosen the dress-it-up route with a rhinestone bib necklace and salmon colored platforms to break up all that serious black. The bag is a cheap POS that I got at the Brooklyn Flea, decided it was fug, so ordered a bunch of screw-on studs from a punk website and stuck them through the front. Now I have an actual weapon to carry around, and what could be cooler than that? If all else fails, just remember that topknot + bright lipstick = fashunz.

Top - C.Luce via Alter Brooklyn

Pants - American Apparel

Shoes - Dolce Vita

Watch - Michael Kors

Necklace - Urban Outfitters (Similar)

Bracelet - I had a buttload of fun on my recent vacation to Maine, which ended with lunch in Portland and a visit to the Angela Adams store, where I scooped up this cute rope bracelet by The Ropes Maine. I did spend some time on a sailboat, so now it’s my God-given right to wear a nautical neon rope around my wrist every day, right? RIGHT??!!

Bag - You heard about the bag. Save yourself the credit card charge from studsandspikes.com and get this one instead.

Location - Madison Square Park, New York, NY

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A Onesie For All Seasons

I’m not sure I’ve met a onesie I didn’t like. Babies wear onesies, and I’ve recently decided that babies get all the best stuff. So anything I can do to get more on a baby’s level, is a step in the right direction. I think this particular jumpsuit will be a go-to for me in upcoming months - it works with a tank top and sandals, but it will go with ankle boots and some kind of warmer top-half item, as well. A sweatah, a blazah, ya know, whatevah.

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Santy Claus Is Comin

by Melanie Schnitzlein | @sketchyblonde | www.thatsketchyblonde.tumblr.com

Christmas is a day where, sartorially speaking, you don’t have to try too hard. Grammie doesn’t want to see you in a sheer top and leather drop-crotch trousers anyway. Your clothes should be ready for cookie-eating, whiskey-drinking, and present-opening, aka loose and/or stretchy. We don’t get super fancy in my house for the occasion, and stay specifically dressed down for Christmas morning in particular - mascara, hairbrushes and clothes that are not pajamas are strictly banned - but for Christmas evening, we like to get a little cleaned up. A simple, luxe sweater, pants with tactile interest, and CUTE SOCKS (no shoes allowed) are de rigeur for me. Here’s some ideas to get ya started - 

Socks - if you’re not wearing shoes, make your feet look cool in other ways. Also your other socks are probably old and gross. So get new ones, like stripes with a cap toe, something Fairisle-y, or polka dots!

Sweater - My first choice would be something cashmere of course, because I can feel like a rich lady. This Vince sweater will have you looking like a very cute candy cane, and I have something similar to this Velvet one that I basically live in. This tan/gray combo or metallic pullover are a little less expensive, but just as good for lounging around and eating all day. 

Pants - Something velvety, like this Free People pair.

Add in hot toddies, gift bows and rosy cheeks wherever possible.

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Annnd Melanie’s backkkkk. This time with a “helpful” video on how to dress for the cold.

thatsketchyblonde:

I MADE A VIDEO IT’S ABOUT HOW TO GET DRESSED WHEN IT’S COLD OUT!!!*

I want to start incorporating more vidz into this blawg - hope u enjoy!

* no actual advice given

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