Blogging Besties :: Novelty Print


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 yours truly @ My Closet Catalogue and 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, Selah stayed fresh and cool in a perfect summer ensemble:

 

This week is brought to you by: “shorts, glitter, novelty print, or cuff bracelet”.

And for your viewing pleasure, I give you: a novelty print.

I was smitten by this dress because of the print, but I stayed in love with it because of the sleeves, the quality of the cotton (oh, so soft!), and POCKETS!

Sadly, when I received it in the mail and tried it on, I was disappointed to realize that it didn’t quite work for my body. I sashayed and swanned about in front of the mirror, trying to figure out how to alter it to make it work. Was it too long? Was it too tight? Was the waistline too low/high?

Then it hit me: shoulder pads and chest pockets.

Although the print and cut is reminiscent of the 40s (thus why I bought it in the first place), it’s really an 80s dress. So it had severe shoulder pads that emphasized my linebacker shoulders even more. Not a look I was going for.

On top of that, It had two chest pockets that highlighted my ample bosoms, another look I am loathe to sport.

So out came the seam ripper and a glass of wine, et voila! Perfection!

Deleting excess and streamlining the silhouette was a piece of cake. And there’s nothing more satisfying than altering a garment with minimal skill necessary; I didn’t even have to bust out the sewing machine.

I always told my husband I was best at demolition.

And now I can wear this beauty with confidence and sass.

 

For Alex’s turn next week, I challenge her to the following: white, wedges, or a poufy skirt.

Vive le vendredi!

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Dress – eBay
Wedges – Dexflex @ Payless

:: Scream it from the top of your lungs ::
The Sound by The 1975

 

Blogging Besties :: Favorite Outfit Formula

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 Alex looked ultra-professional making me almost miss getting dressed for work in the morning, almost.

From her outfit, Alex presented me with the following prompts: maroon, a statement necklace, a blazer or a favorite outfit formula.  I decided to go with my current summer outfit formula!

My favorite way to keep an outfit interesting during the hot summer months is by wearing a top with a fun print (in this case, gingham), bottoms, flat sandals and a big ‘ole messy bun on the top of my head.  That way I’m cool, comfy and somewhat put together!

Selah’s prompts for next week are gingham, distressed jeans, cognac shoes or a hair do!

Blogging Besties :: Wedge Heels

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 yours truly @ My Closet Catalogue and 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!

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Greetings! Last week, Maricel showed off a wonderful printed dress that she made herself (which never ceases to amaze me!) I love her retro look and how she incorporates those elements into modern outfits.
For my turn, I chose to pass on “wedge heels.” Wedges are my heel of choice for the obvious reason of comfort. But I also love the quirky vibe a nice suede wedge adds to an outfit rather than a normal heel. They make me feel very cute and put together!
Here, I styled my classic black wedge heels with a black blazer, white striped top, and maroon everything else! I love a matchy-matchy look like this; it makes my brain happy to pick out items in the same color and pair them together! 

Tee: Target (similarsimilarsimilar)
Blazer: Target (similarsimilarsimilar)
Skirt: Clothes Mentor (similarsimilarsimilar)
Necklace: Clothes Mentor (similarsimilarsimilar)
Wedges: Payless (similarsimilarsimilar)
Next week, Selah can choose from the following elements: maroon, a statement necklace, a blazer, or a favorite outfit formula!

Blogging Besties :: Pretty in Gold


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 yours truly @ My Closet Catalogue and 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, Selah showed much courage in daring to wear a color that was challenging for her:

 

This week is brought to you by: “something olive, blush, gold, or just something that makes you want to sing I Feel Pretty”.

And for your viewing pleasure, I give you: something gold that makes me want to sing.

The other day, my precocious tween thoughtfully mused that my new aesthetic was a cross “between a 70-year-old grandma and a 6-year-old girl”.

The 40+ something in me was rather taken aback by this comment. Should I take it as a compliment? An insult? A sign that my daughter is finally developing a sense of style independent of me?

When I got over my mommy angst, I was disheartened to realize that it was immediately replaced by mid-life crisis angst. Have I truly gone over to the dark side of sartorial ineptitude? Did my foray into vintage fashion skew my aesthetic entirely? Am I in a fashion slump?!

I suppose learning how to sew didn’t help matters either. I confess that I chose simple silhouettes to match my seamstress skills, and the easiest things to make are dresses. Trapeze dresses, to be exact. No need to fuss over bust darts or waistline placement. No worries about buttons and buttonholes. Trapeze dresses became my go-to project.

(Yes, I sewed the dress I’m wearing for this pictorial.)

And yet, despite all the fun I was having finding retro fabric to match the retro 60s vibe, I may have crossed the line from cool into kitsch. I mean, take a look at those buttons, why doncha?

When I think about backing away from the vintage thing, though, I feel a stab of sadness. I like zany prints. I like exaggerated a-lines and fit-and-flare circle skirts. I like peplums and large lapels.

I feel pretty wearing throwback pieces.

So really, I should just continue doing what makes me happy. After all, I think I’m old enough to have earned the right. And, if anything else, I can always take pictures from far away and Photoshop the heck out of them.

For Alex’s turn next week, I challenge her to the following: zany prints, wedge heels, or a comfortable silhouette.

Vive le vendredi!

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Dress – made by moi
Wedges – eBay

:: Scream it from the top of your lungs ::
Bloom by The Paper Kites