Monday, January 27, 2014

Frozen Lemonade

   So, I am sure everyone is familiar with the old saying, "when life gives you lemons, make lemonade."  The jacket I am wearing in this post if precisely one of those, "lemonade," moments.  It all began with me purchasing a, not so inexpensive, Cynthia Vincent purse from ebay.   Upon the first time carrying the much anticipated bag, its' thin suede material completely tore at the handle.  I suddenly found myself wondering, just how much crap am I carrying?  To my total dismay the brand new, did I mention not so inexpensive, purse was now totally nonfunctional.   
   This is when I found myself automatically going into salvage mode.  I still loved the bright tribal graphic on the bag and desperately wanted to save something of my purchase.  That's when it came to me, cut it up and sew it as patches on an old camouflage jacket I had thrifted earlier that month.  The product of this idea is shown in the photos above.  I must say I almost like my upcycled jacket more than the original purse!  Who knew lemonade would be this satisfying in January?

Jacket:  Thrifted and Upcycled
Sweater:  Ann Taylor LOFT
Jeans:  Silver Jeans
Boots:  UGG australia 
Purse:  Isabella Fiore
Sunglasses:  Vintage
Gloves:  Thinsulate

Friday, January 24, 2014


   I have always loved fashion.  Even as a little girl I would wait with anticipation for the big, "back to school," shopping trip.  This is where mom and I would pick all my new, "pretties," for the coming year.  I remember the pieces of clothing that meant the most to me and how I felt when I had them on.  Nothing could touch this otherwise, shy girl, when she had on her buckle in the back light pink leather belt with the fully studded heart on the front.  I just felt, "cool," when I often feared that I wasn't.  
   Interestingly enough, not a lot has changed from that little girl to the present thirty something woman I have become.  When I feel stressed, sad, or gasp...god forbid ugly I turn to fashion.  I feel like clothing transforms me into the person I want to be.  In my mind, the person I present through fashion is a small way I can control how the rest of the world perceives me. 
   Thus, the blog, "Little House of Haute" has been born.  In writing this blog I hope to achieve a sense of satisfaction through self reflection.  If other people find my musings or personal style interesting I am also content.  I plan to incorporate my love of art, music, film, and nature into my posts as these topics inspire my always evolving appearance.  I do not claim to be an expert.  I am a Midwestern woman who wears blue jeans about eighty percent of the time. However, I believe that even the simplest of styles can be striking with the right presentation and inspiration behind them.
   This being said, I continue to pour over fashion blogs, magazines, and catalogs in the never ending quest for the coming year's "pretties."    If these items happen to actually make me look prettier and not just feel that way, well, then more power to me.