Get the Classic Look: Casual Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn Sitting by River

Today I’m kicking off a new series called Get the Classic Look where I’ll share how to get a classic look. And what better way to start it off than with Audrey Hepburn? I adore Audrey’s style because it’s casual, elegant and simple all at the same time. I’ve always loved this photo of Audrey sitting by the river with the city in the background. In true Audrey fashion, it’s classic and comfortable.

Get the Casual Audrey Hepburn Look

Get the Classic Look: Audrey Hepburn | ThoseGraces.com
Forever 21 Faux Suede Moto Jacket, Citizens of Humanity Rocket High Rise Skinny Jeans, Coclico Shoes Roux Suede Flat Booties

This look is fairly simple to recreate and involves just three key pieces:

  • A shortshearling trim jacket like this one or this one.
  • High waisted skinny jeans. Though the waistline isn’t visible in this photo, given that it was the 1960s, the jeans were most likely high waisted ones. I recommend going high waisted skinny jeans like this pair or these.
  • Flat simple booties. You’ll want to get a pair of flat ones that are fairly simple or plain looking like this pair or this pair.

Happy Audrey-ing!

ACL 2014 Style Icon: Lauren Mayberry of Chvrches

I’ll admit that I failed to keep up with all the Austin City Limits (ACL) news in the lead up to the festival, but now that it’s underway, I’m all in. Still being new to Austin, I had no clue it was coming up. I know, so bad. I have since committed myself to reading the Austin subreddit on a somewhat regular basis to prevent this from happening again.

One of the acts I was most excited to see watch later on YouTube was Chvrches (pronounced “Churches”). I started listening the Scottish synthpop about a year ago and became utterly obsessed with their debut album, The Bones of What You Believe. At this point, I don’t know how many times I’ve listened to “Recover.” They’re just that good!

Chvrches is performing both weekends at ACL, and lead singer Lauren Mayberry’s style caught my eye last weekend. To me, her style was perfection.

Lauren Mayberry at ACL | CourtneyMirenzi.com

image credits: Sarah Frankie Linder and Tim Griffin

The Outfit

Lauren wore the perfect outfit because it had a casual and classic feel to it. I loved that she rocked all black with simple yet striking silver jewelry. The plain chain necklace with perfect piece to tie in everything. Oddly enough, I spent a good bit of time looking for photos from Chvrches at ACL, but didn’t find one that showed what shoes Lauren wore, but I’m sure they were great. From the side, you can see Lauren rocking an adorable black lace bralette, which put a feminine stamp on her entire look.

Get the Look: Lauren Mayberry | CourtneyMIrenzi.com

image credit: Daniel DeSlover
ROMWE High Waist Black Leather Shorts, Lizzie Panelled Arm Cuff, Hanky Panky Lace Bralette, Indian Roulette Chain Necklace, T By Alexander Wang Oversized Tank Top

The Makeup

Lauren has been known to wear exaggerated eye makeup, and her ACL look was no different. Lauren wore some serious glittery under eye makeup with a cat eye and I. LOVED. IT. On Twitter, someone asked her how she did the look, and she replied, “Liquid eyeliner, make up glitter and Vaseline to make it stick.”

Based on the various YouTube videos I watched to figure out exactly how she did this ( this tutorial by My Eyeshadow is Odd was particularly helpful), here are the steps you should take:

  • Line your top lid with black liquid liner. Create the classic cat eye. Need help with how to do this? Watch this Goss video.
  • Curl your lashes
  • Apply mascara
  • Apply glitter liquid eyeliner under your eye. Slowly build up the glitter. Exaggerate as much or as little as you like.
  • With a small eyeshadow brush, apply makeup glitter over the liquid eyeliner while it’s still wet.
  • Pat Vaseline on top to set it.

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image credit: Johnny Firecloud

MAC Glitter, Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Liner, Vaseline, Prestige Liquid Eye Liner, Nyx Doll Eye Mascara

(Originally posted to CourtneyMirenzi.com. Reposted here because I’m sure a lot of people didn’t see it. At least according to analytics.)

We Deserve Summer {Sponsored}

Before I moved to New England, I don’t think I had a distinct summer style because I lived in the South where it was always warm and I didn’t have to switch my wardrobe. However, the more time I spend in New England, the more I appreciate summer clothes. After a long winter, I couldn’t be more relived to slip right back into summer. For me that means slipping back into a classic and simple summer wardrobe filled with stripes and vintage inspired clothing. After four summers in Boston, these two modes are pretty much default for me.

When British-based Joules reached out to me to collaborate*, I knew it would be the perfect opportunity to share my summer style. The clothing at Joules is classic and timeless, making it easy to wear every summer. I’m not really one for trends, so when I buy something, I want it to last for years and not just one season.

My Favorite Summer Looks

Navy Blue and White Stripes by Joules| ThoseGraces.com
Indigo Stripe Dress, Navy Stripe Pencil Skirt, Creme Stripe Knitted Sweater

If it’s one thing I’m absolutely addicted to, it’s stripes in summer. I have striped sweaters, skirts and dresses. For me stripes are so easy to wear because they can be dressed up or dressed down. The only thing I haven’t tried yet is stripes on stripes.

1950s Summer Fashion with Joules| ThoseGraces.com
French Navy Bouquet Bikini, Freya Floral Cornfield Dress, Newmeln Cropped Pants

I’ll be honest, I’ve marathoned Mad Men about three times in the past year. I can’t help it, no matter what I do, I always end up looking like Betty Draper or Joan Harris. If you know how to do it right, the 1950s is such a great look for summer.

Joules carries some amazing pieces including shorts, bathing suits and summer dresses. Let me know which one of my summer pieces you liked the best!

*I’ve decided to go back to doing Sponsored Posts. I’ll write about this decision soon. This post is sponsored by Joules, which means I received compensation to write this post. The post was entirely crafted by me and is 100% my opinion. For more information, please visit my site policies.

Extreme Thrifting: How to Survive the Goodwill Outlet Store

Goodwill Boston Outlet Store {thosegracse.com}

A few months ago,  I crossed over from a casual thrifter to an extreme thrifter. I came to this realization while thrift shopping with my mother. I was frantically pulling items left and right, almost regardless of label or size. Yes, my laid back days of thrift shopping were long gone. Enter the Goodwill Outlet Store near Boston in Roxbury, MA.

The Goodwill Outlet Store is a magical place where every item of clothing costs $1.75 regardless of size, brand or style. It has hundreds of pieces of clothing waiting to be purchased. But don’t be deceived, the Goodwill Outlet Store (and others like it) isn’t for the faint of heart. They’re a totally different ballgame than shopping at a typical thrift store. They require rolling up your sleeves and getting a little dusty. However, if you invest the time and effort, you can make some amazing finds. And if you’re like me, the $1.75 price tag will make that diamond in the rough all the prettier.

Tips for Surviving The Goodwill Outlet Store

Though my tips come from how to survive this specific store, I’m sure they can apply to any secondhand outlet store. Keep reading to find out how to score big!

Bring Cash
Self explanatory, but most important to know especially in our debit card ruled lives. They take cash only!

Check it Out Before Committing
The Goodwill Outlet Store is, in a word, overwhelming. It’s basically a warehouse space filled with about 40 to 60 huge rolling bins that contain everything from clothing to housewares. The first time I popped my head in, I was a bit shocked. It is a totally different shopping process. It took me three times to muster up the courage and energy to get digging. Get your shock out of the way, then dive in!

Be Ready to Dig
Usually “digging” entails going through every hanger. At the Goodwill Outlet Store, it means literally digging. Like pulling out a hundred items from a bin before you see the bottom. It requires patience and endurance to make the find.

Don’t Go Hungry or Thirsty
Since this what I’d consider a physically active activity, you’ll want to be hydrated and fed before you arrive. You might get over heated or feel your tummy rumbling, which can distract you.

Don’t Go Pretty
This isn’t your afternoon out with the girls. You’re probably going to get dusty and sweaty so don’t wear your favorite jeans. I also like pulling my hair back so I don’t get overheated and so my hair doesn’t get in the way.

Leave Your Jacket In Your Car and Your Purse at Home
Since you’ll be getting hot, you won’t need your jacket inside. Also make sure to leave your big purse at home so you can have your hands free at all times.

Examine Your Finds
Things get donated to the thrift store for many reasons, one of which is holes and rips in an item. Sure, more of the items at the Goodwill are not damaged, but some are. Make sure to examine your finds carefully for imperfections. If you don’t know how to fix them or don’t plan of fixing them, leave them behind for the next digger.

Happy Shopping!

I hope these tips help you survive the Goodwill Outlet Store and others like it. As I mentioned, it is a lot of work, but you can score big. Don’t believe me? Just today I picked up items from 7 for Mankind, The Loft, Banana Republic and Levi’s. And get this, some items were even brand new with tags! You just can’t beat that.

I Love Outfit Photos (Blogger Confessions Part Two)

Hair in Pony Tail | ThoseGraces.com

A few months ago I shared my hatred for outfit photos. However, as I’ve moved into working for myself full-time, I’ve started to wear more interesting outfits that I wanted to document. Because, you know, I’m kind of obsessed with documentation. Yet, I was still hesitant to take photos of myself because I didn’t want to go outside and I didn’t want to rely on someone else to take them.

Plum Lip | ThoseGraces.com

Last night I hit Pinterest to search for outfits of the day photos. Taking outfit photos inside is much different than shooting them outside because there’s less options for backdrops and less to interact with. I wasn’t comfortable with head to toe shots–they’re hard to do myself and I never know how to hold my body. All I can hear is Tyra Banks in my head, and to be honest, I don’t really like Tyra Banks.

Calvin Klein Wrap Coat | ThoseGraces.com

Through my Pinterest search, I noticed the photos that drew me in were detailed shots that showed elements of the outfit. Happy with my discovery, I realized I was finally coming around to the idea of doing outfit photos by myself in my home. Since struggled with feeling comfortable doing outfit photos for the past three years, you can imagine my relief.

Sequined Skirt | ThoseGraces.com

I could have easily thrown up my hands and said, “This is not for me!” I would have if not for my husband, who pushed me to find a way to make outfit photos work for me. It took me some time, thinking and playing with camera angles, but I’m so relieved I finally figured it out.

Purple Lip | ThoseGraces.com

I was inspired by Holly’s outfit at the Boston Bloggers Holiday Meet Up. Holly paired an over-sized sweater with a gold sequined skirt, and I loved it! I put on my purple sequined dress and threw on a white cable knit sweater over it. I wore this outfit to Blog and Tweet Boston’s Tasting Event at Cocoanuts. I’ll be sharing photos from this event here on Saturday!

A side note, I’m working on establishing a better posting routine for here and Beauty Shy. My goal for both blogs is to eventually be posting at least 5 times a day. Right now I’m juggling a few side gigs and trying to find a way to keep track of everything I need to be doing for blogging. Thank you all for your patience!

Details

Sweater: Izod – Thrifted (similar) | Dress: Express (similar) | Coat: Calvin Klein (similar) | Earrings: Gift from my sister (similar) | Necklace: Dress Barn – Gifted (similar)