Blogging Besties :: Parisian Inspired

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, Selah was tres chic in teal.

This week is brought to you by: “tassels, green & blue, or something Parisian inspired”.

And for your viewing pleasure, I give you: something Parisian inspired.

So my vintage obsession is still going strong, but as my decades start melding into each other (no more strong 40s-inspired outfits; RIP Agent Carter), the obsession has slowly morphed into just a general love of dresses.

Dresses are simple. They’re classy. And they’re perfect for temperate So Cal climes, especially when the mercury rises as it has been these past few days.

This particular frock is from the early 60s and is my take on “Parisian inspired” because that city always calls to mind bright flowers. I’ve only been once in my 20s, but my memories have since been influenced by a voracious reading of WWII tales, particularly ones set in the European arena, and all those novels – no matter how bleak – somehow manage to incorporate strong flower imagery.

And this dress just screams floral.

The color composition is so enticing; the hues stunningly vivid. You can see me a mile away. This dress wants to be looked at and admired, and the wearer feels all the more special and beloved and confident because of it. Much like a Parisian woman.

Because the dress is such a statement piece, I’ve minimized the accessories, keeping with a neutral shoe that, by the way, is my new favorite piece of footwear because they’re both sassy and comfy. I love them so much that I bought them in 2 colors and Aly has them in the other two. We highly recommend them; they’re still available at Target (shameless but unsponsored plug).

For Alex’s turn next week, I challenge her to the following: floral, vivid hues or comfort clothing.

Vive le vendredi!

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Dress – eBay
Sneakers – Mad Love Lennie via Target

:: Scream it from the top of your lungs ::
Let’s Kill Tonight by Panic! at the Disco

 

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Blogging Besties :: Teal


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, Whitney looked lovely in teal green:

The prompts she gave me were “the oldest piece in your closet, a denim jacket, teal or scallops”.

Since I purchased my own teal circle skirt after falling in love with Whitney’s, I decided to use it. I paired it with an Eiffel Tower graphic tee, tasseled loafers, and a sparkly bracelet.

Next week, Maricel can pass on tassels, green & blue, or something Parisian inspired.

Previous Editions of Blogging Besties

Blogging Besties :: Embroidered

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!


I’ve been so excited for this week’s Blogging Besties since I get to pass-on some of Alex’s inspiration for the first time!  She was so creative in her interpretation of the Disney prompt last week and totally nailed a fun work look!

From her outfit, Alex told me that I could pass along polka dots, a casual jacket, wedges or something embroidered.  This prompt couldn’t have been more perfectly timed because I have been eyeing all of the embroidery lately!

It’s not often that I totally buy into a trend but I’m loving all of the pretty, stitched floral patterns found on tops and dresses this spring!  I actually purchased a few embroidered pieces the very day that I wore this outfit.  That being said, I did not yet have these items when I took outfit photos.  So for today’s purposes, I actually pulled-out one of the oldest tops in my closet…and my only embroidered piece!

I also passed-on a casual jacket but I think embroidery is more fun as the topic of this post!

For next week, Selah can pass along the oldest piece in her closet, a denim jacket, teal or scallops!

Blogging Besties :: Disney

denim jacket, polka dot pencil skirt, embroidered tank, nude wedges
Hello! After a brief hiatus last week, Blogging Besties is BACK and better than ever! And after nearly 2 years of the four of us doing this series together, we are switching up the order. I am kicking off the new order, followed by Whitney, then Selah, then Maricel. We are all excited for some fresh new inspiration! 
Last week, Selah looked adorable in a super-cool graphic tee + jeans + sneaker combo. I decided to “pass on” the Disney element of her oufit. I’m not gonna lie–it’s a *little* bit of a stretch, but hear me out. I am calling this a Snow White-inspired outfit. (Get it? With the blue top/yellow bottom?) And honestly, if the Disney Princesses had to wear business cas, you KNOW one of them would be wearing this fun yellow polka-dot skirt! 

denim jacket, yellow pencil skirt, embroidered tank, nude wedges

denim jacket, yellow pencil skirt, black tank, nude wedges

denim jacket, yellow pencil skirt, black tank, patent wedges

close-up of denim jacket, embroidered tank
Top: Old Navy (similarsimilarsimilar)
Skirt: LOFT via Clothes Mentor (similarsimilarsimilar)
Denim Jacket: H&M (similarsimilarsimilar)
Wedges: J. Crew Factory (exactsimilarsimilar)
Whitney’s up next week, so the elements she can choose from are: a casual jacket, polka dots, wedges, or something embroidered!