Go big or go home

I imagine other people only wear one statement piece or concept at a time but I like to pile them all right together in one look. Enter biggest floppy brim hat ever. Enter giant scarab. Enter zebra belt buckle. Enter big sunglasses. Enter pattern. Enter socks with wedges. Enter the dragon. That last one is a lie, and I really should have saved it for that necklace I have that actually has a dragon on it.

Hat: Cynthia Rowley. Sunglasses: Oliver Peoples.

This big, floppy hat was the happiest, most excited puppy at the pound (aka TJMaxx) so it followed me home and I made it a bed to sleep in. I've had a few of the straw/paper hats and they have disappointed me with their willingness to let the sun burn me so I'm pretty pleased with this giant (synthetic) wonderfulness. Now if people want to sit at cute little sidewalk cafes and talk about Goethe or penguins or some such thing I can say "yes, please" instead of "ow, my face."


Here's a closeup. You can even see my hat reflecting in my sunglasses. And I have totally managed to keep my wedding band facing front.



Necklace: Kenneth Jay Lane. Dress: UO. Wedges: Jeffrey Campbell. Bag: Dolce & Gabbana.

I am so in love with this necklace. I should wear it more.

I stole this belt from my MIL.

And just because we all know how cats love to creep in on pictures:
Im in ur pickchores messin up ure shotz

I wore this outfit on what was basically a country drive going from consultation appointment to appointment on Sunday. We were in Lake Success, Sayville, and some points between. Had a yummy early lunch/brunch at a place called Cafe Joelle and saw a couple of clients that had good enough stuff for us but no one was ready to book.

We have lots of business stuff to do tomorrow (or later today, actually) but I still have a big post full of lots of text (sorry!) planned and I'm going to need your input on it in order for it to turn out awesome. Get ready. :)


  1. Oh my word, that hat is divine. Gorgeous!

    Love your accessorizing. Very unique and stylish!

  2. I die for this hat on you! Ahhhhmazeballs! I really need to wear my gigantic floppy hat some time... You've given me inspiration!

  3. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh so fantastic. and inspiring, from the dress, to the fabulous patform shoes, that I want, want, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
    That belt kills me with envy.

  4. I like the way you think. I've always said that More is More. ;) And that old rule about removing one accessory? Mine is "add one accessory!"

    Such a perfect hat!!

  5. Ali you crack me up .. enjoy your witticisms and your larger than life style. These pieces are all so interesting you just have amazing taste and the confidence to pile it on ;-P I would like to know if you shoot with a tripod and what camera and lens you're using .. in case I can't get the exif info from your photos. You do an awesome job with photos indoors I'm terribly impressed.

    Kel @ ser·en·dip·i·ty

  6. Thanks, everyone. @Kelley - For these indoor shots (which I snap myself), my camera is always on a tripod. Generally an old Vivitar I got at a yard sale. It's camcorder-safe and what I like about it is that it's sturdy, it has a hook for weighing it down to stabilize further (which I don't bother with indoors), it has leveling bubbles (which I don't bother with too often but which are nice to have), it's easy to adjust the height in a hurry, it's adjustable horizontally and vertically and at various angles, and it's easy to unlock the camera from the tripod in a hurry. The camera is an 8MP Canon EOS Digital Rebel with a firmware hack unlocking 10D features. The basic stock lens. These are all fairly outdated pieces that still do an amazing job for my purposes. This window just has excellent light most days and I push a little extra through in editing on other days. I generally only do simple adjustments to light/contrast (with a combination of Picasa and Piknik).


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