Blogging Besties :: Transportation

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 made her own dress out of this adorable sailboat fabric:

The prompts she gave me were “pattern mixing, sleeveless, or something related to transportation”.

I decided to take on transportation, but I went a different direction with it (ha, direction, get it?).

The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives. She went on olden-day sailing ships with Joseph Conrad. She went to Africa with Ernest Hemingway and to India with Rudyard Kipling. She travelled all over the world while sitting in her little room in an English village.

― Roald Dahl, Matilda

Belle is my favorite Disney Princess (I also love Rapunzel and Mulan), and anything to do with books is exactly my jam. 😉
We are taking next Friday off, but we’ll be back on May 5th with a new AWSM order! Alex can choose from: graphic tee, Disney, or hobby related.

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Blogging Besties :: A Nautical Look

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!

 

Last week, Alex gave us a hint of spring with her minty ensemble.

This week is brought to you by: “pencil skirt, flats, a nautical look, or a statement necklace”.

And for your viewing pleasure, I give you: a nautical look.

My challenge week fortuitously fell during my Spring Break so I had ample opportunity to create an outfit. But as soon as I saw “nautical”, I knew I had to challenge myself twofold and not just find a compliant outfit.

I was gonna make a compliant outfit.

Myself.

As in sew it up.

Because I’ve been hanging on to this fabric since last year and it’s been begging to be made and I swore I’d use it before this school year was out and I was running out of time and what better incentive to sew something up but a blogging challenge? (Yep, I talk in run-ons when I’m excited.)

So, challenge accepted. Fabric picked out. But what pattern?

I really wanted to show off that border print and initially thought circle skirt. But the opportunity to make a dress was too tempting, what with that built-in stripe and all, so after perusing my library – yes, I now have a library! – of patterns, I ultimately settled on the Laurel from Colette because its simple silhouette was intended as a showcase for loud and vibrant prints.

I’m not gonna bore you with all my sewing woes – I’m still teaching myself after all, and what should’ve only taken four hours actually ended sucking up my last day of Spring Break – but can I just say the one thing I’m particularly proud of is that this dress is fully lined? Which eliminated the need for sleeves. Or a slip. (Even though I still wear a slip anyway because vintage.)

For Selah’s turn next week, I challenge her to the following: pattern mixing, sleeveless, or something related to transportation.

Vive le vendredi!

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Dress – made by me
Pumps – Aerosoles

:: Scream it from the top of your lungs ::
Victorious by Panic! at the Disco

 

Blogging Besties :: Bare Ankles

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 challenged me to wear silver and gray, bare ankles, or a shirt that matches my eyes. Well I don’t own anything silver (weird, right?) and dark brown is just not quite as trendy as the color of Whitney’s pretty blue eyes. So I went with bare ankles!
I chose to style this pretty green pencil skirt with an anchor print button-down and a statement necklace. I am counting this as bare ankles because technically my ankles *are* bare–it’s just the rest of my legs are, too! 

Shirt: Old Navy (similarsimilarsimilar)
Skirt: thrifted via Clothes Mentor (similarsimilarsimilar)
Flats: Lucky (exactsimilarsimilar)
Necklace: Walmart (similarsimilarsimilar)

Maricel, for next week, your choices are: pencil skirt, flats, a nautical look, or a statement necklace!