OOTD :: of arty, ornate and flamboyant




You know the well’s running dry when you resort to Thesaurus.com for your subject line.

This week at Spygirl is Rococo, but since I’m on Day 8 of my 90-day Spending Fast and can’t go on a Mad Hunt for full regalia, I needs must interpret the theme in a smarter, more fiscally responsible way.

I was gonna go to my old inspiration standby, Pinterest, but it was pulling up all kinds of costume-y stuff so I ended that search right quick before I was tempted even more. Half-distracted by lesson planning, ordering Lucille’s BBQ online for the hubs’ birthday feast, making peach cobbler from scratch and getting in my last 2K if my 10k-step quota (aka life), I finally just decided to go with the writer’s best friend, Thesaurus.com, to jog my creative block.

According to that lovely resource,  I had arty, ornate and flamboyant to work with.

I believe this ensemble fulfills all three synonyms. Arty because this is what I imagine a college professor would wear if she taught Art Appreciation – a simple black sheath dress and a pair of I’m-taking-names stilettos. Ornate because that’s definitely the word that comes to mind when I wear this statement necklace – The colors! The shapes! The weight of it all! – and of course, the kimono itself, the showpiece of the look, is certainly flamboyant with its neon colors and bold tropical print.

I’m also quite pleased that I’m still able to participate within the confines of Anne’s very specific style topic and still keep to my own, self-imposed 50 Dresses challenge. Huh. So 90-Day Spending Fast, 50 Dresses, and SpyGirl’s 52 Pick-me-up, all at the same time? I’m beginning to think parameters and boundaries are the key factor to keeping my excesses in check.

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Dress  – Merona @ Target
Kimono – Boohoo
PumpsType Z

:: Linking ::
52 Pick-me-up @ SpyGirl
Visible Monday @ Not Dead Yet
Sophisticated Style @ Fashionably Employed

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17 thoughts on “OOTD :: of arty, ornate and flamboyant

  1. jangrahammcmillen says:

    You look mahvelous, dahling, as always. Interpretation often makes individuality in mass culture, right? Hope you are happily busy and feeling better! I’m saving for real fall offerings later on and the Altuzarra for Target event coming on the 14th. There are a couple of pieces I’d like from this grouping. You should check out the lookbook if you haven’t already. But I’m doing some pre-shopping, especially for shoes … the effect on sales clerks is astonishing when you tell them you’re doing that instead of “just looking.” Presentation is everything.

    • mtsedwards says:

      OMG – the Altuzarra collection! I’ve been slavering over it since it was announced and I’ve seen the Lookbook! As a fellow Targetinista, you HAVE TO HELP ME DECIDE which pieces to invest in. Because I have given myself a free pass to buy ONE item from the collection as long as I get rid of an equivalent one in my closet.

  2. jenortega says:

    You know, it’s funny…more and more I think that parameters are the key to happiness. Isn’t it funny how we used to think that was freedom?

    • mtsedwards says:

      Which is why I maintain that the Meyers-Briggs/Kiersey temperament sorter needs to be taken every five years – we change so much throughout the course of our lives, right?

  3. That kimono is freakin’ awesome. I think you should send it to me. If it’s free, it’s not breaking the spending fast. 🙂 I have a necklace very very similar to that and I gotta say I might be wearing it with my black dress for Open House on Thursday…

    • mtsedwards says:

      Again, I reiterate: we should freakin’ live closer so we can raid each other’s closets! Argh! I want all your graphic tees! Good luck on Open House, you high school teacher, you! 😀

  4. Patti says:

    I think you pulled it off brilliantly. Love the topper too. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday, xox.

  5. The kimono and the necklace are PERFECT for each other! Gorgeous!

    • mtsedwards says:

      I did think it would be too over the top but when I put them together, they just felt right. Huzzah for serendipity!

  6. There is no WordPress Smiley for PROUD, so I’m giving you a -I

  7. Anne the SpyGirl says:

    It all adds up! Nicely executed. Thanks for playing. 😉

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