Week 8 :: of grey and black and challenges all over

The fog comes
on little cat feet.

It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.

When I think of grey, invariably that Carl Sandburg poem comes tiptoeing into my mind.  It must be the line about little cat feet.

But really, there’s just something supremely silent and stealthy about grey. You could almost call it ninja. However, it is not as threatening or domineering as its cousin, black.

Grey smirks while black sneers. Grey whispers while black barks. Grey is the waltz; black is the tango.

And yet these two dichotomous colors – or are they shades? – tend to gravitate toward each other, especially in fashion. They look particularly fetch in leopard print.  Now, I was doing some research – I seem to be doing that a lot for this week’s theme – and there is such a thing as a grey leopard.  Their coats aren’t as saturated as my pants, though, so I guess grey is to leopard print as pink is to camo, YKWIS?

leopard tuesday

The inspiration pic utilized only four key items, all of which I had in my closet.  It’s actually starting to shame me, how exactly I can replicate looks from total strangers.  This reminds me most tellingly that my closet is vast and my clothes legion.

I need to stop shopping.

Then again, this was an easy challenge from KS#1.  I mean, it really only is a white tunic, grey leopard skinnies, black lace up booties and a statement necklace.  Anyone can dupe this look.  The only potential obstacle could be the mint necklace, but I bet a scarf or another piece of jewelry would work as well.


Oh, have I mentioned that KS#1 cherry picked five looks from my Pinterest board for me to dupe this week?  Yep.  Crazy girl.  And crazy me for entertaining the idea that spawned from this collaboration.

Because, my friends, KS#1 came up with this suggestion: why not ask my readers to send me links of ensembles/outfits they’d like to see me recreate?  The more outlandish and expensive the better.

You see, KS#1 is an inveterate fashionista.  She knows where to get the best deals, when stores release their limited-time coupons, which members-only online boutique offers exclusive sales.  She’s me sans blog.

So even though she’s younger than I, when she talks, I listen.  And she says that what interests her the most is seeing how a high-end fashion spread from a mag like Mademoiselle would translate in real life with a real life budget.

What do I say?

Game on.


But I can’t do this without you, my friends.  I need you to send me links to photos that you’d like me to replicate with items from the vastness of my wardrobe.  I’ll pick five of my fave links and dupe the looks, giving you credit and kudos, of course.  Let’s see how long it’ll take or how insanely expensive or intricate an outfit has to be before I and my closet give up.

What say you?  You in?  You can either leave the links in the comments box below or, if you’ve got a Pinterest account, tag me [@Maricel Edwards].  I’ll keep the challenge open indefinitely, so if I didn’t choose your look one week, don’t despair.  Just keep ’em comin’ and I’ll try my darndest to accommodate.

I was getting tired of theme weeks anyway.


:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – Tobi.com
Jeans – Almost Famous @ Tilly’s
Booties – Charlotte Russe
Necklace – eBay

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13 thoughts on “Week 8 :: of grey and black and challenges all over

  1. […] my favorite neutral: grey.  I’ve already extolled its virtues here so I won’t say any more, but I do caution you, my friends, to be very judicious with your […]

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  4. jenortega says:

    I like everything Del put. I can’t get to any links tonight, but I will try to soon…might be this weekend or something. I love that you started with Carl Sandburg, and your writing today was lovely. By the way, I don’t think most people own leopard skinnies, so this look would be difficult for most of us to dupe (tee hee). By the way, my cheetah pumps were soooo comfy!

    • mtsedwards says:

      Ah, but you could dupe the look with printed skinnies; doesn’t have to be leopard, right? Or even colored skinnies. Or colored pants. Or printed pants. Or printed skirts. Ahhhh! The possibilities are endless!!!

  5. Now this is an interesting idea! Am I clear that “the rule” is you can’t BUY anything new just shop your closet? It will be interesting to see what you come up with. Now since I am not a fashion type I don’t think I will be sending you ideas but one never knows. I do so enjoy reading your fashionable words though. Today I especially liked your black versus grey comparisons.

    • mtsedwards says:

      Yes, that is correct. I can’t BUY anything new. Which is really the challenge because already, I find myself heading straight for eBay and shopstyle for similar tops to the ones from the links my sis sent. Blargh. And you don’t have to be a fashion type to see something you think would be fun interpreted through clothes. C’mon, teacher lady! Think big – perhaps send me an architectural photo and I’ll interpret it symbolically? Oooohhhh, the possibilities!

      p.s. thanks for the comments on my paltry attempt at poetry. It means a lot coming from the master.

    • mtsedwards says:

      You would have to give me Wendy links. -_- Not only is she super high-end, she’s also super cute. You’re gonna make me put my photo up against that?! Eviiiil!!!

  6. Shane Suri says:

    LOL I see you finally found something to do with your hands! Will be looking forward to seeing what others have set out for your. Also, I have to say the imagined size of your closet scares me.

    • mtsedwards says:

      Yes, my closet scares me too. 0_0

      I do hope people help me out withe my challenge next week. Otherwise, I’m going to have to rely on my sisters to keep me on my toes, and sometimes they can get vindictive. Lol!

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