OOTD :: of opting out of Halloween

10.31.14

10.31.14

10.31.14

So the Blogging Besties pass-on items for the week were as follows: scarf, colored tee, black pants, boots, and leopard print. Clearly, I chose to pass-on the scarf and boots, but honestly, even without the linkup, I still would’ve concocted this outfit because I’m all about fall and I’m dying to break out my cold-weather gear already.

And even though it was a sweltering 85ºF when I took this pictures, I’m still smiling. It’s my version of a rain dance, if you will. Or wishful thinking. Anything to make the weather decide to turn in my favor.

Now had I chosen to dress up for Halloween, I think this would have been the year for my geisha outfit (I have four costumes I rotate through so the kids don’t see me repeat; I know, I’m anal), so maybe it’s a good thing I opted out. That ensemble just has too many layers and would have been way too hot for today.

So instead, you sport an infinity scarf, snuggly cardi and boots?

Yeah. I never said common sense was my forté. Besides, I had to wear my most marigold-y dress (I do believe that print is as reminiscent to the flower as I’ve gotten this week) to round out the week’s theme.

Vive le vendredi et vive le halloween!

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Dress – Jovovich-Hawke for Target
Cardi – Old Navy
Scarf– eBay
Boots – Macy’s

:: Linking ::
Blogging Besties @ Whitney a la mode and Undergraduate Style

OOTD :: of black and yellow and feeling vintage

10.30.14

10.30.14

10.30.14

This is the penultimate day to Halloween, and I’m still waffling on whether or not I shall be costuming it up for work. Usually, I go all out, if only because the holiday allows me to cosplay with impunity. But I’m feeling decidedly lukewarm about festivities in general this year, and since we’re not doing a Spirit Week to lead up to the big day like we usually do, I think I’m passing on dressing up.

While I debate, here’s my Thursday marigold outfit. I really love this dress because it’s got a vintage flair without being vintage itself. Not that there’s anything wrong with truly vintage clothing, but I find my self-esteem drops significantly when I try on clothing from previous decades. They were much smaller back in the day, you see, and my current size 10-12 self finds it difficult to squeeze into fab dresses from the forties and fifties.

Anyhow, I’m really glad I’ve gotten over my phobia about looking like a bumblebee when pairing black and yellow because this ensemble would not have come together otherwise. I also think the gold adds to the retro flavor, as well as being theme compliant.

I love it when a plan comes together.

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Dress – Ross
Cardi – Modcloth
Pumps – Janine @ Payless

:: Linking ::
Style to Inspire @ Rhea Etcetera

OOTD :: of fun florals and wishing for pockets

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10.29.14

10.29.14

Hullo, Wordless Wednesday!

Thank you for allowing me to deem this floral print “marigold”, wear a yellow infinity scarf and call this ensemble Marigold Magic compliant.

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Dress – Prabal Gurung for Target
Blazer – Nordstrom Rack
Scarf – eBay
Pumps – Janine @ Payless

:: Linking ::
WIWW @ The Pleated Poppy

OOTD :: of birds, bell sleeves, and brass buttons

10.28.14

10.28.14

10.28.14

The story behind this dress:

So I developed an obsession with eShakti after they generously allowed me to review and keep this dress, but even though I’m working to get out of my “quantity over quality” shopping mentality, I just couldn’t see myself plunking down a couple Benjamins for a single item. I did vow that I would purchase at least one of their frocks per season, however, and when they offered a Buy One, Get One 50% promo in the summer, I knew I had to take advantage of that business.

This particular dress took the place of the original bird print one I wanted only because they’d sold out of my color (I wanted it in TARDIS blue, of course). I paid the extra $7 to get it bespoke according to my personal measurements, and I waited with bated breath for my goodies to come.

When they finally arrived – this and the Havana – I was disappointed to discover that this one was one inch too short. Which was odd since the Havana was the perfect length and I’d ordered both together using the same measurement info. Now normally I’m so vertically challenged that I don’t worry overmuch about too-short things, but the generous cut of the skirt made this dress bell out and emphasize that one-inch deficit.

I emailed eShakti and was promptly contacted by a rep who offered me these options: keep the dress and a gift certificate for the price of it, or send the dress back and receive a full refund. I figured I could just wear stockings/leggings/jeans with this dress to make it more modest so I chose the former option and set out to style it so I wouldn’t regret my choice.

Apparently, wearing flats works just as well as stockings/leggings/jeans to mitigate the dress’ risqué length. And pairing it with a substantial yet cheeky wool jacket also helps ground it. Bonus points for the jacket being blue, and Victorian-esque in vibe because the entire outfit suddenly becomes TARDIS Tuesday ready. I feel like a seasonally incongruous Clara Oswald a là The Snowmen episode.

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Dress – eShakti
Jacket – Alice Temperley for Target
Flats – American Eagle @ Payless

:: Linking ::
Sophisticated Style @ Fashionably Employed