As you might have noticed in my fall style story, I'm obsessed with red. I typically reach for red lipstick when I want to dress up my look a bit, but that love didn't translate into my wardrobe until recently. I thrifted a merino wool J. Crew sweater and this star shirt in the bright hue on the same day. This star print button up seemed like a pretty unique find at the time. But now I have see it in other thrift stores as well as Etsy. I love how sometimes vintage things will keep popping up after you see them once.
Other than wanting to incorporate this shirt into an outfit, this look was heavily inspired by a few Los Angeles locals I follow on Instagram. The founder of Jude the Label, Tessa Neustadt, has a knack for pairing dainty bags with cropped denim. Haley Boyd, the founder of Marais USA, is another designer whose personal style and brand are both constant sources of inspiration. The Marias USA dream shoes of many an Instagrammer are sometimes hard to come by, but I copied the look with the vintage-inspired heels I already own. Other than that, I definitely felt a bit like Celia Foote from The Help, but if she lived in the 1990s.
Despite the fact that this outfit definitely swings more retro than I typically prefer is that I still love it because I can trace my exact source of inspiration. I know how I wanted to feel and why I paired things the way I did. When I can't do that, I often feel like the look falls flat in one way or another. Even if the inspiration one day ends up becoming just me, myself, and I, that's my personal definition of style nirvana.
Just in case you wondered how I take my own blog photographs, I use a remote shooting app through my phone. While I'm checking everything, I look like the picture below. I actually don't mind the "casual" shot, but it makes me want a cuter phone case!