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OOTD :: of Day 27 and necklaces

october 25

october 25

october 25

Actually, it’s supposed to be Bracelet Day.

But because I think I overloaded on bracelets already this week (see here and here), I decided to skip that TPP challenge and jump ahead to necklaces.

So anyhow, here’s a little history about this outfit: It was one of the firsts I’d put together purposely to dupe a look I’d found on Pinterest. (This was during the time I was religiously following Wendy’s Lookbook, long before my pocketbook screamed “Uncle!” and I had to regretfully delete her from my subscription rotation.)

Because I was a n00b in the style world, I did the n00b thing and tried to duplicate everything from the inspiration instead of simply being inspired by it. Thus ensued a mad hunt for the perfect tweed jacket, chambray shirt and harem pants. The pants I just bought outright from Wendy’s link; the jacket was the third eBay purchase that finally fit the bill, even if the sleeves were too short; the chambray shirt was from Old Navy, of course.

Then I put it all together and, predictably, it didn’t look right at all. I was completely unhappy with the way it all played out. The older, wiser me of now would’ve told the younger, naive me of then that my unhappiness was inevitable: I wanted to look exactly like Wendy, right down to how the clothes fit, but this was of course an impossibility since we have vastly different body types.

Needless to say, after wearing the entire outfit for one day, I relegated both jacket and pants to the back of my closet. I got some use out of the chambray shirt at least, but the former two pieces have haunted me ever since. It had been such a chore to find them which made my disappointment in them all the sharper. I never thought to try either out in another ensemble; I was that upset.

Fast forward to today. I’m a bit thinner. My hair’s a lot longer. My sense of accessorizing is keener. And I decided to give it ye old college try one more time. And wouldn’t you know – I actually like this iteration. It could be a combination of any of the aforementioned three factors, but I’m not gonna overthink this. I’m just happy I didn’t cull the jacket or the harem pants.

Even if my hubs keeps singing “Hammer Time” every time I pass by.

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Jacket  – eBay
Shirt – Old Navy
Pants – Splendid (similar)
Necklaces – Payless (similar) and Kohl’s (similar)
Boots – Fioni Koko @ Payless

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And because yesterday’s shots were so sub-par, I give you extra today. Because you deserve it.

october 25

october 25

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OOTD :: of Day 25, birthdays and belting

october 24

october 24

october 24

Today is BFF’s 40th birthday.

And to celebrate, we’re both playing hooky from work and spending an entire day doing girly things.

On the docket are pedicures, massages, accessory shopping, thrifting and, of course, noshing leisurely on fine foods while laughing wickedly that we’re taking a day off and getting away with it.

The planned pedis are what determined today’s outfit, btw. I knew not to make the mistake of wearing pants – especially skinnies – because I’d be dunking my tootsies in water. Since the TPP challenge involved wearing a belt with either a skirt or dress and playing with its placement for the most flattering effect, I’m calling this yet another example of serendipity.

The dress was on its way to the culling block but was rescued by the belt and I’d not worn the blazer since I’ve been weight fluctuating and had frankly forgotten I had it. Together, though, they make a potent combo, and it just goes to show how investing in the same labels really does make sartorial sense.

I may be cheating with the blazer since you can barely see the belt with it on and today is supposed to be all about belts. But the dress is so blowsy and flowy and I’m just not feeling bohemian chic today, so I feel the blazer is necessary to provide some sharpness and structure to the overall look.

And perhaps the blazer will prevent me from trying on too many things while we go thrifting. We can only hope. Ehehe…

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Dress – The Webster @ Target (eBay)
Blazer – The Webster @ Target
Belt – from another, long-forgotten dress
Boots – Ariat (similar)
Purse – Target

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P.S. Even though I LOVE BFF’s garden, the light is always so dim when I get here. Argh!

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OOTD :: of Day 24 and daytime sparkle

october 23

october 23

october 23

october 23

I love serendipity.

It makes writing copy so much easier to do.

Today’s challenge requires me to wear big earrings, which is all fine and dandy but is a bit vague in terms of crafting an outfit around. Wouldn’t you know, Angie at youlookfab was talking about casual glitz as a fashion niche which totally revved up my creative engines. Three huzzahs for Angie!

Perusing her examples helped me visualize how I wanted to showcase a pair of big earrings. I am so all about the juxtaposition of informal and glam; it was just a matter of determining which went where.

Initially, I was going to do this whole symmetry thing where I’d do fancy/casual/fancy/casual with earrings/top/bottoms/shoes, but I realized I had very few fancy bottoms and I really only ever do casual footwear on Fridays. So my plan needed serious revamping.

Because I was in a serious time crunch – This is what happens when you try to outfit plan in the middle of the week. How do normal people dress themselves every morning?! – I chose to go with the tried-and-true denim capris/nude pump combo. I’ve always admired that look on others and now was the time to try it out.

With three-quarters of my outfit complete, it was simply a matter of finding the perfect top. In this instance, it was finding the perfect combination of two tops. I couldn’t wear the sweater by itself because it’s super sheer, and I couldn’t wear the blouse by itself because I’ve already worn it on its own in a different ensemble. Together, however, they make a winning pair, adding to that daytime glam look I was aiming for.

I did have to practice with tuck/semi-tuck/untuck before I found an acceptable (read: minimal) amount of garment grin, and I’m not sure if I’m all that satisfied with the end result. (I also fear it’ll photograph weird, the way sheer items do in certain lights). Still, not bad for a hasty, impromptu switcheroo, eh?

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Sweater – Xhilaration @ Target
Beaded Blouse – F21 (similar)
Jeans – Simply Vera @ Kohl’s
Shoes – Janine @ Payless
Earrings – F21 (similar)

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OOTD :: of Day 23 and fancy pants shoes

october 22

ocotber 22

ocotber 22

october 22

Today, I’m to wear bright shoes.

If I didn’t own bright shoes, I’m supposed to wear the fanciest shoes I own that won’t make people think I’m going to the ball for a night of dancing.

Now we all know I own bright shoes, as shown here and here. And I suppose I could’ve created a new outfit incorporating either. But I’d not yet worn the ones I’m wearing today, and they look rather fancy, so I chose to fabricate an ensemble using them as the foundation.

Unfortunately, gentle reader, I purchased these shoes at Marshall’s and I can’t find a similar enough pair to link, so if you want to replicate this look, just choose your fanciest shoes and pair them with a simple color block top and coordinating pencil skirt.

NOTE: I was going to wear this dress because the colors go so well with the shoe as well as being simple enough so as not to distract. But it’s not as if I’d be doing anything different from the first iteration besides switching out the shoe, so the novelty whore in me rebelled. Good thing too, because I’ve not worn today’s top in ever, and wanting something different compelled me to actually put it to use.

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – Tobi (similar)
Skirt – F21 (similar)
Shoes – Chinese Laundry
Necklace – NY&Co.

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P.S. I have decided that, although I think black is my signature color, it just doesn’t photograph well under the harsh light of my classroom fluorescents. Sigh…

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