Week 8 :: of epiphanies, cheetahs and leopards

Oh, my!

We’re back to ye ol’ grind.

It doesn’t even feel like I left.

A while back, I was talking with BF and I’d nonchalantly mentioned how most people hate their jobs and she came back with the most incredulous look followed by hearty denial of my statement.  It took us a bit of conversational floundering – a novelty, I assure you, since we’ve known each other for almost two decades now and we usually finish each other’s sentences – before we could conclude that 1. BF was delusional for fervently believing that everyone loved their jobs, 2. BF was not alone in feeling depressed and dissatisfied with her lot in life, and 3. I was a genius for providing her with the aforementioned epiphanies.

Okay, maybe not that last bit because I’m a far cry from a Hawkins or an Einstein, but I was right about the other parts, right?  Sure, we all have our teachable moments, our fifteen minutes of fame, our day in the sun.  But the majority of the time, we’re just plugging along, hoping for the best but expecting the worst.

This week, then, my first week back from a decidedly insufficient spring break, calls for a powerful fashion pick-me-up. And I don’t know about you, my friends, but nothing says “RAWRR” quite like…

Leopard Print Week

It was initially entitled “Animal Print Week” but when cadging together my outfits, I realized the majority of my prints are of the big cat persuasion.  I tried to mix it up with giraffe and zebra but all the inspiration photos that appealed to me utilized leopard, so leopard it is.  (Btw, I call it “leopard” because “leopard” sounds classier than “cheetah” but then the academic in me needed to know the difference and I had to research the difference here.  I don’t think it matters from a sartorial perspective, but it’s good to be informed, no?)

leopard monday

So today’s look was chosen by KS#1 and I do like the pairing of two strong elements.  One can always be safe and do neutrals with leopard but anymore, leopard is a neutral in itself, so throwing in a saturated color like emerald doesn’t prove garish at all.  On the contrary, I think the two work well together in providing a chic yet casual vibe that’s both trendy and timeless.  It doesn’t hurt that the silhouette of tunic top plus skinny jean also contributes to the classic feel of this outfit.

leopard monday 2

The strong belt grounds the look, preventing it from being too juvenile.  The cowboy boots were a last-minute switch-out from sandals because of this fickle So. Cal. weather, but I think it adds whimsy to the look.  Of course, my muscular thighs look particularly robust this way, but what can you do?  Sometimes warmth and comfort trumps vanity.

leopard monday 3

BF and I found an outdoor spot that makes good use of the light but is  deserted enough during this time in the morning that I didn’t feel too embarrassed hamming it up.  I still have issues with my hands – what do I do with them without props? – and I’m beginning to feel debilitated by this pressure to “tell a story” with my photos.  After all, some of the veteran fashion bloggers I follow do the same poses in front of the same backdrops for every post.

What do you think, my friends?  Shall I save myself the aggravation and just find a sweet spot and do my shoots ad nauseam there?  Or do I continue looking for new venues like a Hollywood location scout?

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – Modcloth
Jeans – Canyon River Blues @ Sears
Boots – Ariat
Belt – yes

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19 thoughts on “Week 8 :: of epiphanies, cheetahs and leopards

  1. shaziamian says:

    I love this outfit! I love the contrast of the animal print with the color of the pants. The one thing I’m not sure about is the boots. I think they cut you off and make you appear shorter. Perhaps some sandal wedges?

    • mtsedwards says:

      I know, right?! That’s what I said! I think everyone else was being too kind. And yes, initially, the plan was sandals, but the weather…curse you, microclimates!

  2. Del says:

    wow, great job on duping the inspiration pic! too bad the weather made you change into boots. would have loved to see the sandals 🙂 and no, your thighs don’t look big at all, weirdo! can’t wait to see you recreate the other inspiration pics!

    • mtsedwards says:

      The sandals were way cuter with the outfit; they didn’t bifurcate my body like these boots do. I guess we’re our own worst critic though. And yes, am loving how easy it is for me to recreate these looks because I have a lot of the pieces in my closet. Tomorrow is the easiest of them all!

  3. jenortega says:

    Okay…I did not say everyone loves their jobs! I just thought most people liked their jobs more than I did during that period of time.

    Your thighs look fine, silly. The green and leopard did look nice on you. I’m all for scouting a few different places to shoot. We don’t have to do something different every day. It’ll just be nice to change things up every once in a while.

  4. Elba Ortega says:

    Woo hoo, I am wearing animal print as my neutral today as well, but not of the cat variety. I’m wearing snake skin wedges I scored on a clearance sale at Cole Haan. They are super comfy Nike Air types. I LOVE them, a lot. Really excited to see what you wear this week. I have enough animal prints items (tho not many are leopard) that I may join you this week! Love the green with leopard – it’s really a great look!

  5. Char says:

    Your thighs don’t look big, I love this outfit. Lex loves listening to me read your blog every am ❤

    • mtsedwards says:

      Awww! Thanks for the sisterly boost in confidence! Give Lexiepoo a big hug and kiss from me! And tell him that if he continues to listen to you read my blog, he’ll learn all kinds of SAT words through osmosis. LOL!

  6. Shane Suri says:

    You land on my radar every time you post. Sadly, I’m usually minus a cup of coffee while perusing. Have to agree with the cycling idea of 3-5 locations that you’re comfortable with. Adds a nice bit of variety without seeming overused. Also, sometimes stuff changes in the background and it’s always an “oh” moment when it does and you notice.

    I giggled a little bit on your “leapard” vs “cheetah” comment. Kadir and I joke around about animal prints all the time, primarlly because they are used quite widely amongst the Cuban American culture and not always worn responsibly. 😉

    It’s strange, I never thought of leopard as a neutral until you mentioned it and I was checking out your photos. Have to say that I argree, the print with the pants and boots just really pulls together a look that is flirty and fun while still remaining classey.

    As to your hands: Maybe, when using locations that have railings, try a pose with those. Or a hands just slightly in the pocket (Front or back) and see how that comes out. I feel you on this, I never know what to do with my hands if I’m trying to take a photo of just me (happens so rarely as to barely warrent mention). lol

    • mtsedwards says:

      Ahahaha! Wearing leopard responsibly! Love it! I hope I don’t cross any lines this week. 😉

      Yes, it took me a while to think of animal print as a neutral but now that I’ve latched on to the idea, the world is my proverbial oyster.

      I think I just need a small child or animal to pet when I take pics. That’ll give my hands something to do! LOL!

  7. sarahtaylorisoneword says:

    Also, your closet catalogue has become part of my morning internet routine. Juuuuuust thought you’d like to know.

  8. sarahtaylorisoneword says:

    Usually, I’m all for making life easier, but I have to say, I like the various locations/poses you’ve been able to pull off. I think you should meet in the middle and just cycle through locations that work? Maybe have 3-4 locations that you can shuffle around.

    Loving the outfit, though!

    • mtsedwards says:

      Huh. That’s a great idea. Now can you tell me what I should do with my hands?!

      • sarahtaylorisoneword says:

        Depends on the theme, really. For Leopard/Cheetah week, I’d recommend something a little on the “sassy” side of things, for lack of a better word. Hand on the hip, thumbs through the beltloop, even one hand in the pocket… I’ll come by later today and I can give you some ideas! You free fourth block?

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