OOTD :: of finally springing into Spring

4.30.14

4.30.14

4.30.14

Hullo, Wordless Wednesday!

Thank you for helping me usher in the arrival of spring in my closet. Belated, but better than nothing. Pastels and florals ftw!

And because I’m just such a shameless promoter, how about another shout out to Alex @ Undergraduate Style and her fab giveaway?

Celebration Giveaway

a Rafflecopter giveaway

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Cardi – Mossimo @ Target
Skinnies – E.L.L.E. @ Kohl’s
Necklace – jcp
Pumps – Janine @ Payless

:: Linking ::
52 Pick-me-up @ SpyGirl
Remix Rewear Restyle @ Greater than Rubies
WIWW @ The Pleated Poppy

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OOTD :: of vivid florals and rinse/repeat

4.29.14

4.29.14

4.29.14

I have loads of love for this skirt. Like, oodles and boodles of love.

I love it so much, I practically stalked KS#2 when I grudgingly loaned it out to her over the summer. I’d keep hounding her about returning it until I think she finally got sick of my nagging and gave it back without having worn it just to shut me up.

I think I fell hard mainly due to the vividness of the print. This is my kind of floral, my friends – super saturated with an evenly distributed palette of primary colors so not one hue dominates the rest. Sadly, the very reasons I love it make this skirt practically persona non grata in my closet. Why? It’s so distinct and memorable that it’s impossible to wear it more than once in a month without causing the novelty junkie in me to writhe in agony.

Lucky for me, the last time I wore this skirt was over a year ago today, so I feel safe throwing it on repeat for your consumption today. Of course, now you have proof that I’m a miserable re-mixer; the completer piece I used in both looks are pretty much the same thing, yeah? And the only reason the accessorizing is any different is because I had to make today’s look yellow-compliant in accordance to Anne’s linkup challenge.

Sigh. Sometimes I feel so derivative of myself. That ever happen to you? And do you feel as stagnant and frustrated about it as I do? Or do you embrace your self-mimicry as evidence of a cohesive sense of style?

If the latter, I’d like to buy me some of that, please.

To add insult to injury, did you know that bubble necklaces are out? Double sigh.

In other, less self-pitying news, in case you missed it yesterday, there’s still time to enter Alex @ Undergraduate Style‘s celebration giveaway! Click on links. You know you want to!

 

Celebration Giveaway

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – so old, I don’t remember and the label is gone
Jacket – F21
Skirt – Ross
Pumps – eBay

:: Linking ::
Style Sessions @ Style Elixir

OOTD :: of finding order from chaos, 200 Bloglovin’ followers, and a Target Giveaway

4.28.14

4.28.14

4.28.14

When I Mad Hunted palazzo pants and ended up owning six lovely pairs – go eBay! – I didn’t think I’d have issues styling them. After all, I wouldn’t have Mad Hunted them otherwise if I’d not had plans for them. I was even thinking of doing an entire themed week around them.

The best laid plans of mice and men…

This pair proved particularly problematic because of the pattern and the colors. The pattern is so bold that it practically demanded the top be as simple as possible. And the multiple colors aroused the ADD in me and made it difficult for me to decide which one to highlight. Finally, the dramatic cut of the pant limited the type of top necessary for a pleasing aesthetic.

Lucky for me, I have Anne as my fashion wingwoman. And this week, she’s hosting a Yellow Fever party. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy. Yellow top it is. And as fortune would have it, I had emptied out my haphazard tanks/tees organization cube and rolled them up nicely into easily-identifiable rows in an underbed storage bin. So I discovered I owned a yellow tank top and immediately yanked it out as a base.

The completer piece was a no-brainer after that. This yellow blazer is from F21, as is the tank, and we all know my thoughts on buying from the same store/label: doing so ensures that any one item will go with any other item, regardless of how many seasons old one is from the other. Bonus points to the blazer for having three-quarter length sleeves and a cropped silhouette; the shorter lines prevent my being overwhelmed by too much fabric.

My neck felt a bit exposed, but there was no way I was gonna mess with a statement necklace when wearing those gyrating pants. So I opted for the simple silver initial necklace my kiddos got me for Christmas (their attempt at getting me a monogram necklace; clearly, I needed to show exemplars of what an actual monogram is).

Huh. Will you look at that. When all is said and done, it wasn’t too difficult after all.

In happier news, my good friend Alex @ Undergraduate Style is celebrating her 200th Bloglovin’ follower by hosting a fabulous giveaway. (I, myself, am only at a lowly 26 Bloglovin’ followers so I’m living vicariously through Alex. You go, girl!)

Click on the various Rafflecopter links to enter for multiple chances to win a $50 Target gift card. And who couldn’t use a $50 Target gift card? Of course, because I’m hosted on the renegade WordPress rather than the user-friendly Blogger platform, the Rafflecopter linkies don’t immediately pop up on this page, but if you click on the link below the giveaway promo picture, you can access them that way.

Come join the fun and celebrate with us!

 

Celebration Giveaway

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – F21
Blazer – F21
Palazzos – eBay
Wedges – Dolce Vita

:: Linking ::
 52 Pick-me-up @ SpyGirl

5 Things :: beauty on the telly

So I’ve been watching a lot of TV recently and I’ve found myself drawn time and time again to several women who I think are brilliant. They’re each uniquely captivating – in both screen presence and visual aesthetic- and I am riveted to the screen every time they appear.

Oddly, aside from Stana Katic, all these women play supporting roles on their respective shows. Guess I’m just a sucker for the sidekick, eh? But boy, howdy! These are some kickass sidekicks, pardon the pun! If you’ve not seen any of these shows, at least take a gander at these women’s photos, try to imagine them dressed to the nines in stunning, on-trend ensembles (the Suits ladies are fierce, as befits a employees of a high-powered law firm), and tell me if I’m wrong.

1.  Stana Katic as Kate Beckett on Castle

2.  Tamara Taylor as Cam Saroyan on Bones

3.  Gina Torres as Jessica Pearson on Suits

4.  Sarah Rafferty as Donna Paulsen on Suits

5.  Elizabeth Henstridge as Jemma Simmons on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

 

Week in review - For Dress Like a Tree Week, there sure is scant green, eh?

Week in review – For Dress Like a Tree Week, there sure is scant green, eh?