Blogging Besties :: Reminds Me of My Brother

Blogging Besties is a weekly series featuring Whitney of Whitney à la mode, Alex of The Cheerful Closet, Maricel of ::My Closet Catelogue:: and Selah of A Bibliophile’s Style. Each week, one of the bloggers will choose one component from the previous week’s outfit to pass on in a brand new look. This “take one, pass it on” challenge is an inspiration to stretch your closet and your imagination!


Last week, Whitney shared an outfit inspired by her brother-in-law, who attended West Point and served in the military. Like Whitney, I am very close with my brother, so today I’m sharing an outfit that reminds me of my brother!
Here’s the connection: I bought this dress when I was at Clothes Mentor with my brother. He is usually away at college, but when he was home one weekend, he went to Clothes Mentor with me to take outfit photos for one of my CM Remix posts! I don’t know where he learned it, but he’s actually quite the photographer. Anyway, after we finished shooting the post, I found this dress and the rest is history!

Here, I styled it with a fun structured jacket from ThredUp and loafers for work!

And here is a photo of me and my brother from last Thanksgiving, just for funsies!
Photo by Justin Gardner
Dress: Clothes Mentor
Jacket: ThredUP
Shoes: Target
Next week, Maricel can choose from the following elements: structured jacket, stripes, something thrifted, or loafers!

Blogging Besties :: A Patriotic Superhero

Blogging Besties is a weekly series featuring Whitney of Whitney à la mode, Alex of The Cheerful Closet, Maricel of ::My Closet Catelogue:: and Selah of A Bibliophile’s Style.  Each week, one of the bloggers will choose one component from the previous week’s outfit to pass on in a brand new look.  This “take one, pass it on” challenge is an inspiration to stretch your closet and your imagination!


Last week Selah featured a great casual look for fall and had a little bit of fun with her son’s Halloween costume (not pictured here).  She gave me the following prompts for this week: plaid, patriotic, menswear, or dress like a superhero!

I incorporated a bit of patriotism and a nod to my favorite hero, my brother-in-law, in my outfit today!  You might be thinking, “But she’s not wearing red, white and blue or a mask of any sort!”  What I am wearing is the shirt I bought at West Point Military Academy while visiting Brad when he was a student there.
Regardless of your political opinion (and most of us have lots of those these days), I strongly believe that we should support the men and women who risk their lives to defend the values of our country.  



I would like to thank Bradford as well as anyone who has served in the military, past or present, for your courage, heart and commitment to our nation!

Love you, brother!

Here are Alex’s prompts for next week: a college shirt, shades of grey, or something that reminds you of your brother!

Blogging Besties :: Team Cap

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The Blogging Besties series is the brain child of Alex @ The Cheerful Closet and Whitney @ Whitney à la Mode. In 2015 the series expanded to include Maricel @ My Closet Catelogue and me, Selah @ A Bibliophile’s Style. It’s based on the idea of “take one, pass it on,” but we’re passing on an element from another blogger’s outfit. It’s a fun challenge that inspires us to be creative!

Last week, Maricel showed off her love of sewing and Marvel with this fabulous dress:

The prompts she gave me were “an over-the-top print, comfy shoes, or something Marvel-ous”.

I mulled over a few different ideas and finally decided to style an ode to my favorite Marvel hero, Captain America. I paired a plaid shirt (Steve Rogers has a penchant for plaid), jeans, Converse (the star is like his shield!), and, of course, red, white, and blue, to create this uber casual look.

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Next week, I challenge Whitney with: plaid, patriotic, menswear, or dress like a superhero.

Previous Editions of Blogging Besties

Blogging Besties :: Hand-crafted

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Blogging Besties is a weekly series featuring Whitney of Whitney à la mode, Alex of Undergraduate Style, Maricel of ::My Closet Catalogue:: and Selah of A Bibliophile’s Style.  Each week, one of the bloggers will choose one component from the previous week’s outfit to pass on in a brand new look.  This “take one, pass it on” challenge is an inspiration to stretch your closet and your imagination!

 

Oh, Alex! You are a goddess!

Last week, she looked particularly season-appropriate with her fall color palette and snuggly pieces.

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But what makes her deity-like in my eyes is the prompt she left for me.

This week is brought to you by: “polka dots, a vest, yellow, or something she made herself”.

And for your viewing pleasure, I give you: something I made myself.

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You all should be aware by now that one of the reasons I’ve taken a hiatus from regularly blogging is because I wanted to pursue other interests. And one of the major “other interests” I’ve been indulging in is learning how to sew.

Specifically, learning how to make my own clothes.

Now, I could get on my high horse, preach ethical fashion practices, and get all holier-than-thou on you, but that’s not my style. Plus, all that is explained articulately and non-preachily here.

Instead, how about I show off my latest hand-crafted item, which makes me not only totally prompt-compliant (thank you again, Alex, for making this week super easy for me!) but also helps me celebrate the beginning of the fall TV season and the return of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (my one, consistent, network TV guilty pleasure).

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Yep, you’re seeing correctly: those are chibi Marvel superheroes on my dress.

Aren’t they a hoot?

I knew I had to buy the fabric as soon as I saw it on eBay. I’d already made a TARDIS skirt (blog feature to come some day) and I had a hankering to create clothing that represented all my fandoms. Now that I have the rudimentary skill set to do just that and not have to resort to paying exorbitant amounts on Etsy, there’s just no stopping me.

The only problem I have now is running out of fandoms!

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I did choose to tone down the potential twee-ness of the print by pairing the dress with a sedate pussy bow blouse and sensible shoes. This way, I can convince myself that I’m being age and work appropriate while still retaining that bit o’ whimsy that seems to be invading my fashion sensibilities the older I get.

But, let’s be honest: even if I was teetering on the edge of “questionable”, I’d still proudly sport this outfit because a. I made it myself without b. following the pattern directly (had to make alterations based on my own body shape, which isn’t as easy as it sounds) and c. POCKETS!

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For Selah’s turn next week, I challenge her to the following: an over-the-top print, comfy shoes, or something Marvel-ous.

Vive le vendredi!

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Dress – made by me!
  Top – Merona @ Target
Pumps – Cobb Hill

:: Scream it from the top of your lungs ::
Burning It Down by Jason Aldean