OOTD :: of SoCal baroque and parlez-vous francais




It’s T minus 4 days and counting…

It’s the last week of school. Last week with a terrific batch of juniors. Last week of a full complement of OOTDs.

So let’s dispense with wistfulness and just get to the style commentary, shall we? The Pick-me-up challenge this time is Long Over Short and of course I chose the easy way out today. Until Anne explains her interpretation of this theme on Wednesday by giving us her iteration, I shall call a long-sleeved cardi over a short-sleeved shirt my opening salvo.

I love the Edwardian-esque overabundance of ruffling this blouse offers but I love even more the baroque print. I confess to feeling particularly British/steampunk when I sport either so I am in mini-cosplay heaven when an item combines both. And can you believe it’s an eBay score for only $5? Fist pump.

Of course, it being 100+ degrees and the last week of school and all, there’s really little call for overwrought complicated ensembles. Thus, I’ve chosen to tone down the magnificence of this top with an oh-so-casual cardi in a summery sorbet color. I was gonna complete the SoCal vibe with a pair of regular dark denim skinnies but the overall effect of that was a teeny bit too dressy. Swap those out for the exact same pair – hallelujah, F21! – in steel grey et voilà! C’est si bon!

DIGRESSION: Last week I made the acquaintance of a fellow style blogger who happens to be a French teacher IRL. Guess who gets to practice her français virtually? Moi! Moi! Fellow Gemini and almost birthday twin Whitney @ Whitney à la mode has promised to help me resuscitate what vestiges of four years of high school French remain in my brain. Vive les amies d’Internet! (I hope that translates correctly.)

In this outfit, I’m feeling visible and yet hopefully still professional, so I’m joining Patti and Jen in their respective linkups to celebrate. Happy Monday, my friends!

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – eBay
Cardi – F21
Skinnies – F21
Oxfords – Naturalizer

:: Linking ::
Visible Monday @ Not Dead Yet
Fashionably Employed @ Basic Training Corporate Style

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25 thoughts on “OOTD :: of SoCal baroque and parlez-vous francais

  1. […] done baroque before, of course (see here and here and possibly here) but I never tire of it so I guess we can safely say that it’s a […]

  2. Jen says:

    I think this outfit is great and am so glad you linked up. I love the cardigan and it’s certainly something that’s professional enough for work! 🙂

    • mtsedwards says:

      Yay! Stamp pf approval from the corporate world. I love your linkup and plan to make it a regular part of my linkup circuit, so it’s all good from my end.

  3. C’est très bien fait, madame 🙂 J’aime bien les couleurs de cette tenue, surtout le rose du cardigan. Et merci pour le petit “shout-out” (je ne pense pas qu’il y une bonne traduction de “shout-out” en français 🙂 ).

    • mtsedwards says:

      Ah, de rien pour le “shout-out”. Je ne suis pas le français donc je peux utiliser le “shout-out” avec liberté. 😀

  4. jangrahammcmillen says:

    How pretty you look. Sweet! And the sleeve caps under the cardi hint at many hours in the gym to get those blazing guns. Nope … not a snotty comment … really makes your upper arms look great where they could just look lumpy!!

    I’ll bet it works just fine for Anne’s challenge … she nothing if not open minded and is always enthusiastic for creative solutions! Yes, references the Baroque with just a hint, without making one think of the whole of Versailles. Just a soupçon ! ( A little word to let you know how cool I think it is that you have a conversation buddy to practice your hard earned skills. Great, too, that you actually like her and will have something wonderful to discuss!)

    If I ever get back home can we go out to lunch? With alcohol? And cake?

    100+ degrees!!!!???? Yikes o’ Mighty, lady. You didn’t wear the cardi in that weather, did you? I thought it was rotten here in the low 90s in the pouring rain.
    I will instantly cease whining.
    Stay cool, dude-ette.

    • mtsedwards says:

      I have been noticing that my arms are getting smaller. Running and smaller portions must be working, eh? Here’s hoping I can keep both up in the summer.

      Yes! We are definitely going out for alcohol and cake! Let me know!

      Okay, so perhaps a hyperbole. It ended up being only 90, but that’s still 20 degrees too warm for me. Thank goodness for A/C!

  5. jenortega says:

    Love, love, LOVE this outfit!

  6. Need to work summer school-lol.

    I got nine weeks coming up starting June 6th.

    • mtsedwards says:

      Our school doesn’t offer summer school but I do go in for two weeks of professional development which is okay by me – I get to wear shorts and tees to work and not get called on it.

  7. Jennie says:

    Really pretty look! Your top is just gorgeous and looks wonderful paired with your cardigan and jeans. I really like the cuffed jeans and oxfords.

  8. Dawn Lucy says:

    Such a lovely blouse! So pretty!

  9. Jess says:

    I love the color of your cardigan, so pretty. The flouncy print top looks so pretty on you as well
    Please drop by,
    from the link up, jess

    • mtsedwards says:

      Great to have you stop by, Jess. And yes, that cardi just screams “summer”, doesn’t it? I’ll definitely check out your blog as well.

  10. Patti says:

    Oh I love ruffles – and these are fabulous ruffles. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday, stay cool my Gemini friend. xox

    • mtsedwards says:

      It was difficult to stay cool because today’s lesson plan involved a lot of running around, but at least I was wearing the proper shoes for it.

  11. Val S says:

    Your title grabbed me – SoCal Baroque – and the blouse does not disappoint! Lovely ruffles, suitable for the first lady Doctor, don’t you think? I like the way you’ve paired it with casual, and like Selah said, grey and coral are a great color combo!

    • mtsedwards says:

      Ooooh! Why don’t they do a lady Doctor?! That would be epic! And yay for coral and grey! I didn’t even think about it; I just knew the darker denim didn’t look quite right. Glad I stumbled on such a fun color combo.

  12. Grey and coral is one of my favorite color combos!

    • mtsedwards says:

      As I told Val, this was an unexpected color pairing but I’m glad I’ve made its acquaintance. I shall definitely use it again.

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