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OOTD :: of Day 16 and a challenging color

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The problem with being a style blogger is that you really need to follow a lot of other style bloggers.

It’s really just good form to do so because 1) it’s professional courtesy and 2) it’s research.

You get into serious trouble, however, when the bloggers on regular rotation look nothing like you, either in coloring or shape or size. One of the ones I follow features J at J’s Everyday Fashion. She’s blonde, tanned, svelte and itty bitty. And she can rock the hell out of peach and blush.

Sadly, peach and blush make me look like the walking dead. I know this, but that still didn’t keep me from buying a bunch of items in these colors because J tempted inspired me. Predictably, they’ve been sitting in my closet, taunting me, and I’d planned to just chuck them during my next cull.

But thanks to TPP, I forced myself to create an outfit that incorporates this most difficult color. I found that the trick is to pair it with something that does complement me. My go-to color has always been black, but to ramp up the vibe, I chose to do a fun print. The entire ensemble is a little bit librarian, a little bit kitsch. And I totally love it.

I may just have to coin a term for this new genre I’ve discovered…

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – F21 (similar)
Cardi  – Old Navy
Skirt – F21 (similar)
Pumps – Janine @ Payless

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Week 11 :: of heat, frustration and Dolores Umbridge

coco_chanel-1“I consider lace to be one of the prettiest imitations ever made of the fantasy of nature; lace always evokes for me those incomparable designs which the branches and leaves of trees embroider across the sky, and I do not think that any invention of the human spirit could have a more graceful or precise origin.”

Coco Chanel, April 29, 1939

Well, heck! If it was good enough for Le Grand Dame du Mode, then it’s good enough for me.

Happy Monday, my friends! For lack of a better intro, I resort to my tried-and-true college trope of starting an essay with a famous quote.

And thus, I welcome you to this week’s theme…

Lovely in Lace Week

Originally, because it’s supposed to be quite warm (we’re talking in the mid-80s), I was planning on doing Dress Week.  But after several fruitless minutes ransacking my closet with KS#1 and 2, we decided we just weren’t feeling the dress love.  By this time, KS#1 had resorted to playing Candy Crush, KS#2 was nursing, and I was hot and sweaty and just a bit out of sorts, certainly not in the mood to think of anything clever.

I wanted to call it quits and demand we head out to Target – my zen place – when KS#2 off-handedly suggested my doing a Lace Week.  I’m sure she had her ulterior motives, but I didn’t care.  I latched on to the idea like a drowning man to a life buoy, dove back into my closet and started flinging out all my lace pieces.  Twenty exceedingly warm and hectic minutes later, I had five working outfits for the week.

Today’s look is perhaps the most traditional of lace looks.  That is, at first glance, it’s prim and proper and girly – everything that comes to my mind when I think of lace.

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The dainty Peter Pan collar and the sheer pastel pinkness of the top is borderline twee for me;  I was feeling like a cross between the proverbial librarian and a defanged Dolores Umbridge.  I think that’s why I subconsciously styled it with a bodycon pencil skirt and snakeskin D’orsay pumps – to glam up the look and take it out of twee territory.

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In hindsight, there is something even more egregious than potential saccharine overload with this ensemble:  I’m like the poster child for Forever 21.  Every piece of this look comes from the mecca that is F21 (minus the shoes but only because I never buy F21 shoes since they never come in half sizes).  I know I’m not their target demographic and all and they probably don’t need any more sponsorships, but boy, howdy!  It’s like they paid me to do this post, eh?

I really need to expand my sartorial spending patterns.

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:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – F21
Skirt – F21
Shoes – Marshall’s
Earrings – F21

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