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Winter Wonderland

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As I mentioned before, my mom, sisters, brother-in-law and niece all found their way up to the PNW to spend Christmas with my brother and I. After couple of days in Seattle, we took a ferry up to the Great White North in pursuit of cozy fires and plenty of snow.

And plenty of snow we got. After driving a mere 45 minutes north of Vancouver—about half-way to Whistler—we stopped in Squamish to take the aptly named Sea to Sky Gondola on a dizzying ten-minute ride up the mountain. We disembarked to find ourselves in a snow globe populated by beautiful pine trees, feet of fresh powder and snowshoeing trails galore. We skipped the equipment in favor of tromping through the trails in our boots, getting buried up to the hip in hidden snowdrifts and throwing more than a few snowballs at each other. It was absolutely beautiful. And a bit chilly.

I took this opportunity to layer on my coziest pieces—a soft plaid flannel against the skin, a hooded puffer vest to keep my core nice and warm and to add a bit of that classic marshmallow puffiness to my silhouette, and a delightfully soft faux shearling jacket so I could pretend that I was a trapper of yore.

DIY

DIY Pompom Blanket

diy-pom-pom-blanket-3Moving is a pain but decorating a new place presents a whole world of exciting styling opportunities—especially when one arrives in a new city with hardly any furniture beyond a bed and a bar cart. Luckily I’m working with a pretty good blank canvas. My apartment was built in the ’20s as a monastery for the church across the street, and one can still find crosses carved into the wooden bannisters. It has hardwood floors, black-and-white checkerboard tiles in the kitchen and nice, high ceilings. Sure, it’s small, but it’s charming and it’s within walking distance to work.

An IKEA trip was necessary (see previous remark regarding dire lack of furniture), but I bought the bare minimum. I promised myself that I would take it slow, skipping big box wares whenever possible in favor of collecting quality items I truly love over time. And I’ve done a pretty good job so far. After a few months of intense online perusal, I finally picked out the couch of my dreams: an oatmeal-hued chesterfield with subtle texture and dramatic tufting. But as much as I love my new couch, I knew she couldn’t sit unadorned in my living room. She needed accessories.

First up: a cozy blanket to keep me warm on dreary Seattle days. After a lot more internet searching (I have a bit of a habit), I fell in love with this striped pompom blanket on Emily Henderson’s blog and knew I could easily approximate it with a pretty knit blanket and a couple balls of yarn. The inspiration throw, like most of its kind, was in the $200 range; the one I put together cost a mere $45. Which is perfect, because I have my heart set on a mid-century tropical chandelier for my room so I’m saving saving all the pennies I can. Check out the super-simple tutorial below to put together your own pompom blanket in an afternoon.

diy-pom-pom-blanket-7diy-pom-pom-blanket-4For this project, you’ll need the following:
• a blanket (I used this one and I love it)
• two skeins of yarn
• a 4 1/2″ x 6″ piece of cardboard
• nice, sharp scissors (I love this pair)
• a big-eyed needle

diy-pom-pom-blanket-51. Find yourself a scrap of cardboard and cut it to be 4 1/2″ tall and about 6″ wide.

2. Wind the yarn around the piece of cardboard as many times as you want until the tassel is as big as you want. I wrapped my tassels 150 times, but if you’re using a chunkier yarn, you could get away with less.

3. Once you’re happy with the thickness of your tassel. Cut a 12″ piece of yarn and thread it through the loops at the top (while the tassel is still on the cardboard). Knot the piece of yarn tightly several times until the top is nice and secure. Leave the tails of the knotted piece long as this is what we will use to attach the tassels to the blanket in the end.

4. Slide the tassel off the cardboard and cut yourself another 12″ piece of yarn. Tie it around the tassel about 1″ to 1 1/2″ below the top. Make sure to knot it nice and tight as this is what will hold the tassel together.

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5. Using sharp scissors, cut the loops at the bottom of the tassel then trim them until they are nice and even, remembering to leave the top piece of yarn long.

6. Thread one end of the top piece of yarn into your big-eyed needle and attach it to the hem of your blanket. Tie the tassel onto the blanket and then thread the tails of the top piece of yarn back through the tassel. Trim off any excess.

7. Repeat with as many tassels as your heart desires. I used 10 total, five on each side of the blanket.

8. Wrap your dog/cat/child in your new, beautiful throw and bribe them with treats so they’ll sit still while you take the most adorable pictures know to mankind. Then curl up and take a nap.

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Trendspotting

Red Carpet to Real Life: Sequins

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Sequins are no stranger to the red carpet. In fact, along with glamour and elegance, sparkles have been a mainstay on the awards show circuit since Mary Pickford wore a beautifully embellished dress to accept her Best Actress Oscar at the second-ever Academy Awards in 1930. But this year glimmered brighter than most. Alongside the lace that’s been so popular of late and the Old Hollywood fit-and-fare silhouettes that are always a hit, dresses cloaked in monochromatic sequins from top to toe were a big hit. 

Clare Foy’s beribboned sequin dress in the perfect shade of cotton candy pink was one of my favorites of the night, and Viola Davis cut a striking figure in a sleek yellow sequin dress that was positively radiant. But it was Ruth Negga’s silver Louis Vuitton look that inspired me to incorporate more sequins into my everyday wardrobe. I love to dress up, and I see no reason to save my sparkliest possessions for special occasions alone. Why not wear a sequin dress to work, layered over a turtleneck and topped with a leather jacket to dress it down a bit? And what about the effortless combination that is sequins and a sweatshirt? All one has to do is look at one of Jenna Lyons’ greatest hits to be convinced.

If you’re as eager as I am to hop on the sequin bandwagon—and why wouldn’t you be? It’s a very sparkly bandwagon—scroll down to see the rest of my red carpet inspiration and a round-up of a few sequin looks suitable for everyday wear.

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Image via // stole // jacket // dress // bag // boots

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Image via // sunglasses // tee // jacket // socks // loafers // jeans // scarf

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Image via // earrings // clutch // sandals // pants // tank // jacket

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Image via // jacket // turtleneck // jewelry // bag // shoes // dress

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    Image via // glasses // sweatshirt // top // skirt // shoes // clutch

Clothing, Style, Travel

Making Waves

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In light of my recent shopping moratorium, I spent the last couple months of 2016 haunting my favorite stores—J.Crew, Zara and, of course, Nordstrom—for anything I simply couldn’t live without for the next year. Among those items that I picked up on my last-ditch shopping spree was this playful and very pink pompom beanie that I scored for a song at J.Crew.

I’ve always loved wearing color and lots of it, but something about these grey Seattle days has me assembling super-saturated looks like the Space Needle depends on it. This new bubblegum toque offered the perfect excuse to pull all the pink items from my closet and wear them all at once. A trusty J.Crew striped shirt served as the soft, comfy base, a blush-hued moto jacket from Zara added extra warmth (perfect for shielding me from the wind on the deck of this Victoria, BC-bound ferry) and a vintage-inspired pink cocoon coat completed the layered look.

As Pacific Northwest natives and Grey’s Anatomy fans will know, ferries are quintessentially Seattle and to me, riding them never gets old. When I was young and lived in Gig Harbor, I used to take the ferry to Seattle every other Friday after school on the way to my dad’s house. Waiting in line in the car seemed endless and almost unbearable, but once we boarded and walked out onto the deck, sailing from dock to dock, my imagination was free to conjure images of orcas swimming alongside us, magical campsites on forgotten islands overgrown with fragrant evergreens and seagulls swooping down to offer me tokens of polished shell and glossy kelp, a la the helpful Snow White birds.

This was my first ferry ride in a few years, and it didn’t disappoint. We were sailing from Port Angeles to Victoria, BC, where my family and I were to spend our Christmas in cozy Canadian conviviality. The skies were blue, the waters calm and the light was soft and warm. My sister kindly ignored her frozen fingers to snap these pictures of me on the deck of the Coho before we ducked back inside to snack on soda and popcorn. As well pulled into port, snow started swirling all around us, providing the perfect start to our family getaway.

Lifestyle, Shopping

3 Resolutions for 2017

I’m not usually one for resolutions, instead preferring to make small adjustments throughout the year in an effort to live a more balanced life. But this year I’m making an exception. At the close of 2016 I find myself rather unexpectedly in a new city, completely single for the first time in over a decade and less than a year away from 30—to say I’m ready to usher in the new year with fresh start would be an understatement.

And so, after months of toying with the options, I’ve resolved to make three changes in the coming year. One is trivial and fun, another is a mere formalization of a goal I’ve been working toward for a couple years and the last is an honest-to-goodness life-changing resolution so astounding that everyone I’ve told about it—from family and friends to new coworkers—has reacted with nothing short of an eyes-bulging, mouth-agape stare. It’s not going to be easy, but I think it will be important. Read on to find out what my three resolutions are for 2017.

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1. Blog Three Times a Week
I love channeling my creative energy into Homemade Banana, and this year I’d like to make my efforts a bit more regimented. I’ll be aiming to put together even more fashion, food and DIY posts in hopes of broadening this community and hopefully making some new blogger friends here in Seattle!

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2. Learn to Wink
Admittedly, this is a pretty silly resolution but in my lifetime I’ve winked at nary a crush or a fetching mirror reflection and it’s high time I change that. Forget trips to the gym—does anyone know any good eyelid exercises?

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3. No Shopping for Clothes or Accessories
Alright now, this is the Big Bad Resolution. The one lovingly mocked by those who know me best. I’ve decided to abstain from buying any and all clothing or accessories for one full year. This is a personal challenge that I’ve toyed with for the past few years, and I think I’m finally read to tackle it.

There are a few reasons for this drastic measure: I’d like to reallocate some of the money I’d usually spend on shopping to my savings account and travel fund; I have so many beautiful clothes and shoes and bags that I’d like to make more use of rather than just buying more and more; I’d like to break my deeply entrenched habit of mindlessly shopping for things I don’t need (see previous reason).

I’ve built in a few reasonable caveats as sort of preventative pressure releases in an effort to set myself up for success. The first is that I’m still allowed to shop for home goods and makeup. The thinking is that I’m less tempted by these categories, so it shouldn’t affect my savings account. The second is that I’m giving myself a budget of $50 to spend at any employee sample sales at work. These don’t pop up too often, but when they do, they offer great deals. I’m hoping this will be a good way to scratch the shopping itch without tempting me to slide back into my internet shopping habit. And the third is that I’m still allowed to DIY myself new things to wear. That means if I’m really dying to have a new pair of BaubleBar earrings, all I have to do is pop down to the craft store and whip up my own approximation. Plus, this means more fodder for the blog, thus getting me one post closer to achieving my first resolution.

Wish me luck!

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DIY

DIY Nutcracker Tree Skirt

diy-felt-nutcracker-tree-skirt-4 My love of The Nutcracker has been well documented here. I attend the ballet every season—this year I’ll be seeing the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s version when my family comes to town—and last year I made these Karl Lagerfeld and Anna Wintour nutcrackers to add to my collection.

As soon as it’s appropriate to start decorating for Christmas, I sprinkle as many nutcracker-related objects around my apartment as I can get away with. I’ve got nutcracker ornaments on my tree, nutcracker place card holders for Christmas dinner, a countdown-to-Christmas nutcracker, several dozen decorative wooden nutcrackers (including a few standouts like the hand-carved masterpiece I purchased from a woodworking shop in Austria, a bespoke specimen made in the image of my dog and a mariachi nutcracker that pays homage to my San Antonio home) and…a dog who is technically a year-round ode to The Nutcracker: I named her after Clara.

All this is to say that every year around Christmas, I’m eager to add still more nutcracker to my life. Last week, I turned my attention to the oft-forgotten tree skirt. After snagging a simple red felt tree skirt with a pretty scalloped edge from Target last year for a measly five bucks, I wanted to do something to dress it up a bit. You see where I’m going with this, right? A few hand-sketched stencils and a couple dozen sheets of felt later, I found myself draping this newly festooned skirt around my tree and feeling very happy indeed.

diy-felt-nutcracker-tree-skirt-5diy-felt-nutcracker-tree-skirt-3For this project, you’ll need the following:
• a plain felt tree skirt—there are a couple good options here and here
• sheets of crafting felt in various colors
• fabric glue
• good scissors
• black and red markers
• nutcracker stencils 1, 2 and 3

diy-felt-nutcracker-tree-skirt-10diy-felt-nutcracker-tree-skirt-81. Print out all three sets of stencils onto sturdy paper and cut them out. Using the stencils, trace the head, hair, mustache, body, pants and two boots in different colors of felt for each nutcracker you’ll be making. I made eight in total, but you can make however many you want. These would also be great for dressing up individual stockings.

2. We want each nutcracker to have his own custom look, so now’s the time to make a hat, beard and any uniform adornments you want to give him. I used this photo for inspiration, but you can really do whatever you want here.

3. Next, cut out eyes, a nose, a mouth, eyebrows and two little hands for each nutcracker. As you’ll see below, the noses, mouths and eyebrows are simple rectangles, the eyes are circles and the hands are semi-circles. I found these pieces were easiest to freehand. And don’t worry if they’re not super uniform—small imperfections add to the homespun charm of this project.

diy-felt-nutcracker-tree-skirt-114. Once you have all your pieces cut, all that’s left to do is glue your nutcrackers together. Start by gluing the head to the hair, then glue the body and boots to the pants. Once those have a chance to dry a bit, you can glue the head to the body and then layer on all of the extra details. Let your fully assembled nutcrackers dry completely then use black and red markers to carefully draw on pupils and teeth.

5. Lay your completed nutcrackers out atop your tree skirt and check to make sure they’re spaced evenly. Add glue to the backs and press them firmly onto the tree skirt. If you’re worried about wear, you can use some tonal thread and a few stitches here and there to secure the nutcracker more firmly, otherwise all that’s left to do is drape your pretty new tree skirt around your pretty new tree and drink some eggnog while you appreciate your handiwork.

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Clothing, Lifestyle, Style

Current Inspiration: Akris + Carmen Herrera

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I guess I’m late(r) to the party but boy oh boy: Carmen Herrera!

A Havana-born artist who spent her postwar years in Paris exhibiting with Mondrian and developing her craft with Yves Klein before settling in New York in 1954, Herrera failed to achieve any of the critical or commercial success of her male counterpoints. She was a woman and she was Cuban and she was shy and so her significant contributions to the minimalist form were ignored. For five decades she kept painting privately, in her studio loft near Union Square, despite the indifference of the art world.

As has been widely publicized of late, Herrera made her first sale in 2004 at the age of 89. Her first solo exhibition at a major New York museum is currently underway at the Whitney. She’s 101 years old. I’m not usually one for inspirational messages, but for Ms. Herrera, I’ll make an exception.

carmen-herrera-blouin-artWhat passion to wake up every day with the desire to create that which others refuse to acknowledge. What discipline to spend a lifetime in pursuit of the perfect line. What poetic satisfaction—and tragedy—in finding massive success and validation after 50 years of artistic solitude.  We could all learn something from Carmen Herrera.

Albert Kriemler certainly did. His Akris Spring 2017 show is directly inspired by several of Ms. Herrera’s most important works. And I have this Akris show to thank for my all-too-tardy introduction to the work and world of Carmen Herrera. I spent the better part of the workday yesterday writing about white linen jackets constructed with shocks of green satin—a nod to Blanco y Verde (1959)—and silk tunics printed with glowing geometric shapes akin to those that energize Iberic (1949). Below, I’ve put together six diptychs that pair Akris looks with their Carmen Herrera-made counterparts.

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Akris images from top to bottom: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6

Food

The World’s Best Turkey Sandwich

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It’s been exactly two weeks since Thanksgiving. Two weeks since we feasted on turkey and mashed potatoes and two weeks minus one day since we picked leftovers out of the fridge with our fingers for the second feast: the leftover feast. Like the great American innovators we are, we make mishmash bowls of stuffing and sweet potato pie, we assemble mini sandwiches buttressed by our mothers’ homemade rolls, we plop scoops of ice cream atop slices of day-old pie and we are happy.

And then, all too soon, the leftovers are gone and we’re back to eating the food of our everyday lives. Salads. Soups. Big bowls of popcorn. Which are good but they’re not leftover-feast good. In our infinite hunger we start searching for an elegant (and easy! and inexpensive!) way to bring the festive and the mundane together and we arrive at the most perfect turkey sandwich ever know to woman. Let me tell you about this not-at-all hyperbolic sandwich. It was invented by a man named Dave at a restaurant called Darwin in San Francisco, and it is a triumph of flavor layering.

Each November, when the sandwich presses at Darwin started churning out this specific iteration of turkey sandwich for a blissful week or two, I queued up multiple times a week to pay homage to Dave by eating his fine sandwich and attempting to burn its flavor profile into my memory to I could one day recreate it. This is that day, friends, and I want you to join me. Let’s put on some gloves and maybe a hat and stroll down to our local deli counter to procure ourselves a pound or so of turkey, sliced as thinly as the machine can do it. Let’s grab a butternut squash for roasting and a head of garlic for aioli-making and skip home with the prospect of a simple, Thanksgiving leftovers-inspired meal in our near future. Let’s scroll down and build some gosh-darn beautiful sandwiches together.

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Ingredients:
• a fresh loaf of good bread
• butternut squash
• arugula
• cranberry sauce
• sweet onion
• turkey

For the aioli:
• 2 cloves of garlic
• 1/2 tsp salt
• fresh sage
• 1 egg yolk
• 1 cup olive oil

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Directions:
1. Toss cubed butternut squash with olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast in a 400° oven for 25 to 30 minutes until nice and soft. Let cool.
2. Whip up some fresh aioli. I use this fool-proof David Lebovitz recipe plus about four or five leaves of fresh sage, finely chopped.
3. Spread some aioli on one piece of bread. Spread a good dollop of cranberry sauce on the other. Add a bit of butter to the outsides of both slices to facilitate toasting.
4. Build your sandwich with butternut squash, a generous heap of turkey and thinly sliced sweet onion. Feel free to pile on some cheese, too, if you have some hanging out in your fridge.
5. Toast your sandwich in a hot pan, flipping once to brown both sides. I like toasting the bread once the sandwich is assembled because it heats up all the components just a bit.
6. Finish by adding a handful of arugula at the very end so it doesn’t wilt in the pan.

In true Darwin form, I like to serve this with a simple arugula salad dressed in a light vinaigrette and topped with a crumble of goat cheese and some thinly sliced apples.

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Clothing, Shopping, Style

Holiday Style Inspiration: Felicity Jones

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Like much of the world, I first took note of British beauty Felicity Jones when she wore the above icy lavendar confection to the Oscars last year. Some hated the McQueen dress, but I loved it for its shameless mix of classic, feminine drama and modern edge.

This chic combination seems to be a theme throughout Felicity’s wardrobe—and it’s a vibe I’m currently channeling for my holiday party looks. While a little black dress’ll always do the trick, why not take a bit of a risk and go all-out with a layered sequin look, oversized velvet bow tie or drop-waisted dress in a bright candy color? Bonobos gave me the kick I needed to get out of my styling rut thanks to their Wear No Doubts campaign.

Join me in stepping out of your sartorial comfort zone with one of the festive party outfits inspired by Felicity Jones’s style I’ve put together below! And just in case you’re still looking for gifts for the men in your life, check out the selection of men’s pants over at Bonobos.

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Clockwise from top left look: 1. Dress // Earrings // Shoes 2. Dress // Shoes // Clutch 3. Top // Dress // Shoes // Bag 4. Dress // Top // Shoes // Bow Tie

Clothing, Shopping, Style

The Best Looks from Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (and Where to Buy Them)

It’s here and I am happy. Like many of you, I’ve been waiting for a fresh hit of Gilmore Girls since May of 2007, so it was with tears in my eyes and chills on my arms that at 12:01 a.m. last Friday I logged into Netflix and dove headfirst back into the world of Stars Hollow (Stars, Stars Hollow!). I consumed the first two episodes in one go, slept a bit, went to work and then returned home to binge-watch the final two episodes.

With this first viewing, it was all about plot, plot, plot. I wanted to know how the story would ostensibly end and how we would get there in seven short hours. I did, however, immediately fixate on a few choice wardrobe items—most notably Lorelai’s wildcat-print shirtdress in “Winter” and her lace-up crepe blouse in “Summer.” I’ve always been more drawn to Lorelai’s style over Rory’s (who doesn’t love a chic wrap dress in a fun print?) and this series proved to be no exception. Don’t get me wrong, Rory had a few stand-out sartorial moments, but it took a second watch for me to notice them.

After making a list of my six favorite looks from the reboot, I tracked down the designers (thanks for the help, Worn on TV) in the hope of adding some modern GG style to my wardrobe. Of course, since this was shot awhile ago, most of the pieces from show are no longer available—so I spent the last couple of days shopping around to approximate each look (at a significantly lower price point, in most cases).

Behold: the ultimate guide to making the style of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life yours. Happy watching and happy shopping!

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Rory Black and White Lace DressWell, would you look at that: Rory’s a Self-Portrait girl! After all, who can resist that beautiful guipure lace (and I bet Logan likes the romance of this look, so that’s an obvious plus).

Lookalikes, clockwise from top left: Bloomingdale’s // ASOS // Boohoo // Adelyn Rae

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As I mentioned above, this wildcat-print dress by Stella McCartney was probably my favorite piece from the reboot, so even though the original is sold out online, I was thrilled to find a lot of great stand-ins.

Lookalikes, clockwise from top left: Ann Taylor // J.Crew // Ann Taylor // H&M

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Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Lorelai Sequin Patch Sweater Marc JacobsThis sequin-spangled patch sweater by Marc Jacobs was a piece I recognized right away, since I wrote the Nordstrom copy for this collection a few months ago! I love the playful Americana charm of this style, and I think it fits in beautifully behind the front desk of The Dragonfly.

Lookalikes, clockwise from top left: Zara // Oh!MG // Guess // Zara

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Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Rory Dot Print Silk Shirtdress FrameAnother shout-out for my lovely place of work: this dotted silk Frame dress appears to have been sold as a Nordstrom Exclusive. That means that one of Brenda Maben’s assistants picked up this dress from a Nordstrom store, making me only a couple degrees of separation from Rory Gilmore herself.

Lookalikes, clockwise from top left: Topshop // ASOS // Frame // Reformation

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Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Rory Lucky Red Dress Full Skirt AnthropologieRed dress, full skirt. Here’s hoping the styles below will bring us more good luck than Rory’s linen shirtdress from Anthropologie brought her.

Lookalikes, clockwise from top left: Tomas Maier // Reformation // ASOS // ModCloth

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Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Lorelai Lace-Up Silk Blouse Derek Lam
Lorelai rocks the Boss Lady look in this breezy blouse topped with an oversized take on the trendy lace-up neckline. Snag a lookalike style below to spruce up your work wardrobe, too.

Lookalikes, clockwise from top left: 3.1 Phillip Lim // Kensie // Animale // MICHAEL Michael Kors

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