Animal Print Closet Orphan

Outfit Details: Animal Print Thing: Goodwill; Dress (old): JCPenny’s; Shoes: Rockport.

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Since O is for Closet Orphan, I chose to make an entire outfit of closet orphans. I almost always pass over these items to wear other ones. I used to wear this dress a lot, but I haven’t worn it once in about a year. The shoes I always pass over for something a little younger (they just feel more “professional working woman” to me). And the weird animal print thing? I’ve never worn it.

I’ll be honest. Animal print frightens me. I avoid it quite often. However, my mom bought this animal print thing for a costume party and I snagged it from her afterwards. I figured I could find some way to use it. But animal print is so loud and out there I almost always pass it over.

 Does anyone ever have those days that should be good photography days but just aren’t? The outfit is fine, it’s flattering, you know you look good. However, for some reason, even though you’ve been posing in front of your camera for almost a year it’s like you’ve suddenly forgotten how and you just look incredibly awkward in every picture? That was me, today.

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Neon Imitation

 Outfit Details: Sweater: Old Navy; Button-up: American Eagle; Skirt: thrifted; Shoes: Modcloth.com

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Freckles in April Today was N is for Neutrals and Neons, and The Winter Edition is have a Group Open to Interpretation. To fit into both of the challenges, I chose to interpret the shape of the outfit we were coping–keeping all the basic parts but not the colors. I made my outfit mostly neutral, with pops of pink. Then I added the neon pink belt because I need to define my waist most of the time or I look like I gigantic block.

Also, it is incredibly difficult to get a sweater over a button-up. Seriously. How do people manage it?

Sadly my normal picture taking spot was half in sunlight and half out, so I moved my photo taking place a couple feet to the left. The background isn’t nearly as pretty today.

M is for Monotone

 Outfit Details: Coat: Oleg Cassini; Shirt (not shown): Walmart; Skirt: Express, via Ross; Tights: Ross; Shoes: Rampage; Scarf: E-bay.

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Freckles in April I’m always in love with Monotone outfits. I’ve done them in pink, red, and white. They’re one of my favorites. This one is no exception. Though I did feel a little dark and depressing, so the scarf bow really helped in that regard.

I almost never wear this coat, because it’s not the most flattering but I still love it. Sometimes I just like wearing things that make me look like a box. I can’t help it!

 In other news: an all black outfit is very difficult to get pictures of! Everything just seemed so dark, so my camera had a couple malfunctions (as in the bow detail picture above where it overexposed EVERYTHING).

Pink & Leather

Outfit Details: Cardigan: Wet Seal; Tank: Macy’s; Jeans: Per Se; Boots: Bandolino, via Macy’s; Purse: Michael by Michael Kors, via TJ Maxx

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I actually had an entirely different outfit planned out for today. Unfortunately, I woke up super late giving me time to eat and run out the door. So I pulled on these leather boots and grabbed some pink from my closet. I literally snapped these shots in five minutes and then ran to my car and sped to work!

I’ll just have to wear the outfit I had planned another day. Ah, regrets…

 This purse was I ended up purchasing after I returned one of my X-mas presents. I’d been eyeing it for weeks and carried it around TJ Maxx whenever I was there. It was a hard decision, because I have never spent so much on a purse before (even though it was over 1/2 off). But honestly, it was my ideal purse. I need a lot of pockets and this purse has so many that it was just perfect. I haven’t regretted my purchase yet and I carry this sucker around every day!

 

Pattern Mixing & J is for Jewel Tones

Outfit Details: Scarf: Ebay; Dress: TJ Maxx (Juniors section); Cardigan: gift; Belt: TJ Maxx; Shoes: Modcloth.com.

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I always have so much fun trying out pattern mixing challenges. Today’s outfit was very spur of the moment. I’d just finished laundry so most of these items were lying in easy reach (on my floor). I looked over and saw the floral cardigan and I was like “ah ha! I’ll pair it with something else.” That’s when I rifled through my closet and found this dress. I decided they would go together. And for fun, I threw another patterned scarf on top. Sometimes I love going overboard.

Then I realized I was supposed to be doing this all in jewel tones. Whoops! So I threw on my brightly colored belt instead of my brown one, and then added my favorite pair of pumps.

 It feels fun and wild, and simply enjoyable. As a side note: who doesn’t love second day hair that is instantly wearable? It feels all Veronica Lake to me with the curls having been brushed out and swooping around.

H is for Horrible

 Outfit Details: Top: Charter Club, via Macy’s (?); Jeans: Current Eliott, via BeyondtheRack.com; Shoes: via Macy’s; Scarf: Express, gift.

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I’ll be honest. I hate this outfit. I actually had an entirely different one planned out, only to realize I did not have navy scarf (and of course, this scarf now looks navy. I swear it’s actually black!). So I had to scrap it since today was H is for Headscarves/Hats. I really tend to hate things on my head. They always slide right off! I actually retook pictures multiple times today because the scarf kept falling off my head! Finally, I just switched scarves.

Of course, I love stripes so today’s challenge at the Winter Challenge  over at Freckles in April was no worries for me. 🙂 Stripes and I are best friends. My wardrobe is full of striped things. I suppose my turban headscarf could be considered trendy also.

In other news, I don’t have much to say about this outfit–other than I would have worn it without the headscarf.  I’m just not a hat/headscarf/headband fan.

G is for Glam

Outfit Details: Dress: Darling, via Les Saisons Boutique; Tights: Delia’s; Shoes: Borrowed from mom; Earrings: Charter Club; Headband: Gift.

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I’ve been considering something like this for awhile now. This dress is one of my favorite pieces in my closet and I’ve thought of at least a dozen ways to wear it. This is only one of them.

When I ran across the Winter Challenge (I’m always a day late, aren’t I?), I saw they were doing monotone today. Which is my favorite. I love monotone outfits. I usually always pick something obscenely bright (see red and pink). However, the ABCs of style was doing Glam and Glitter. So I toned myself down with this cream ensemble (though admittedly, the tights are a bit white for it).

I actually attempted three hairstyles before I settled on this one. The others were a beehive and a side bun, and they just would not turn out. Finally I just threw up my hands and did this. I also attempted a glam makeup look with a dark lipstick and cat eyes.

I actually had a different pair of earrings I planned on wearing, but I could not find them for the life of me! These ones also have a bit of sparkle to them, though.