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OOTD :: of bare arms, bright colors, and joy

4.18.14

4.18.14

4.18.14

Remember when I would never have gone out in public baring my arms?

Yeah, those were also the days I felt uncomfortable – nay, nauseated! – in front of a camera.

Nowadays, I feel I’ve come into my own and am a lot more confident in my skin, jiggles and wrinkles and sagging and all.

I think my embracing color has a lot to do with my fashion fearlessness. There’s something about vibrant hues that make me happy. And when I’m happy, I don’t think so much about being self-conscious or lacking or inferior. Wearing pieces that are bright – the more blinding the better – reminds me to smile wider, to stride stronger. I become an altogether better person to myself and, subsequently, to those around me.

I wonder if one can write prescriptions for color?

Today, then, on the last official day of Spring Break, let’s take a moment to be happy and giddy and twirly and bright. Let’s celebrate almost-Easter in orange and yellow and pink and throw on a coordinating bauble to ramp up the color factor. Let’s wear peplum and not have to worry about muffin tops. Let’s cheese for the camera and give three huzzahs for Fancy Friday.

Let’s be happy.

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – Boohoo
Skirt – Boohoo
Pumps – Merona @ Target
Necklace – eBay

:: Linking ::
Fancy Friday @ Substance AND Style
Fashion Friday @ All Things Chic
Fashion Informant @ The Life of the Party

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OOTD :: of acid green and secret hippies

4.3.14

4.3.14

4.3.14

Remember when I insisted that I wasn’t a boho/hippy chick? That loosey-goosey, drapey outfits just weren’t my cup of tea?

I’m really all about sharpness and angles and crisp lines. I appreciate the austerity of a pencil skirt, the severity of a well-tailored blazer. I would travel the seas for a button up shirt that doesn’t gape at the chest. And don’t get me started on military-inspired coats and silk ties.

But something happens during pivotal points in our lives. And turning the big 40 – a pretty pivotal point, I’d say! – did something to my sartorial aesthetic. All of a sudden, cardis replaced blazers as my go-to completer piece. I began to favor novelty print blouses over mannish button ups. I even succumbed and purchased a pair of harem pants a là Wendy (the exact pair, in fact).

And recently, I’ve developed a hankering for palazzos, or wide-leg pants. More overt and in your face than even flares or bell bottoms, palazzos were apparently the “it” thing last season (way to miss the bandwagon, M!) and a quick Google search unearths lovely images of svelte young ‘uns sporting them with everything from tiny bandeau tops to oversized tunics.

I’d experimented with different looks for this particular pair and although the peasant blouse with Spanish accents was adorable and the plain white tee knotted was fun under a kimono, I ultimately settled for today’s version because it’s a perfect balance of old me and new me. Crisp button up and fitted blazer, meet geometric-patterned flowy palazzo pants. Add some kitsch with a modest statement necklace that complements the colors of the main outfit and throw into the mix the highest-heeled pair of booties I could find and the results equal the perfect hybrid.

If I do say so meself.

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – F21
Blazer – Charlotte Russe
Palazzos – eBay
Boots – Cane by Michael Antonio
Necklace – eBay

:: Linking ::
Très Chic Style Bits @ Searching the Inner Me

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OOTD :: of plaid on plaid and proud of it

1.29.14

1.29.14

1.29.14

Hello, Wordless Wednesday! Thank you for allowing me to sport an outrageous plaid on plaid ensemble and not have to justify it.

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – Ark @ Co. @ Piperlime
Blazer – H&M
TrousersJoe Fresh @ jcp
PumpsLulu Townsend @ eBay

Necklace – eBay

Linking :: WIWW @ The Pleated Poppy

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OOTD :: of Wordless Wednesdays

december 19

december 19

december 19

Lisa, this post is dedicated to you! Thanks again for the wonderful idea!

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Sweatshirt – ELLE @ Kohl’s
Pants – Mossimo @ Target (similar)
Necklace – Groopdealz
PumpsFioni @ Payless

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