Again this year I spent the day working but I wasn’t going to let that stop the fun! For tonight’s party I am dressing up with my boyfriend as Aladdin and Abu. Like last year, when I went as an Angel this year I also made a special Halloween costume for work, that was a little easier to pull together. The main parts of this outfit I already had in my closet and adding the headpiece turned it into a recognizable costume! That’s the trick to wearing a costume in a typical work environment, I can change back to “work wear” in one quick motion.So it’s all in the headbands!
Two years ago I was Minnie Mouse for a different work costume and still had the ears around in my costume box. They were quite simple to create:
Supplies: felt, dotted ribbon, thread, & a plastic headband.
- I chose to cut the ears along a folded piece of black felt so that the circles were connected and would fold over the headband.
- I used an extra piece of felt, a bit smaller than the ear outlines and glued it inside the black edges.
- I hand stitched around the edges to make sure they wouldn’t come apart, and to had a little detail.
- The dotted ribbon has a build in wire along the red edges, which I just tied into a bow across the headband as well. The wire keeps the bow in shape, and the bow masks the ear attachments.
Durable and adorable.
Posted by Amyzilla on October 31, 2014
I’ve dreaded this day. The cold is coming, and that is a terrible thought.
My secret photographer: My trusty Nikon shutter remote & my falling down tripod
(not pictured, he’s camera shy)
TIP: Don’t buy the Amazon version, it has way too short of wireless range for a 50mm lens.
Despite my misgivings about the day, and the actual temperature, I pulled together a fall outfit. While I continue to hate the idea of fall, today’s gloomy but cozy setting was pretty ideal. Looking at these photos now I realize that today was a decidedly causal day. I guess that’s what sneakers will do to an outfit, and refusing to get out my jammies. I will say it was worth it, gosh was I comfy all day. These poor beautiful sneakers have been waiting patiently on my shelf. Looks like I just needed the reminder that cold weather will eventually happen to give up the fight of not wearing socks.
I’ve been die hard into summer and stubborn about its disappearance. Currently, two full outfit photo shoots reside waiting to be dealt with in my lightroom and in neither of them am I wearing any shoes! An accident, but certainly shows my feelings: Who needs shoes when the sun is shining.
October, and coincidentally fall, bring an exciting number of projects and ideas to my little patch of world. Since I finished school I have missed the grand changes a season can bring. This fall I am completely embracing the new sense of purpose that has slowly been building. I’m gonna make some awesome shit and tote around my camera and hopefully step out of my comfort zone. Cause everything is awesome. Stellar movie, by the way.
Posted by Amyzilla on September 23, 2014
Hello again. Contrary to appearances around here I am still getting dressed every day. What a shocker. The amount I’ve cared lately has dropped certainly, and I’m just about done having to bring my heaviest cardigan with me to work on 100 degree days. So it has been a few months since I seriously accumulated outfit photos but that has not made any dent into the list of unshared shoots sitting in my lightroom. I’m unsure what to do with all those images, but waiting till a lazy day in the fall and pawning them off seems like a good plan so far.
The tulip wrap of this skirt is possibly the epitome of sexy in a wardrobe piece. The angle at which I cross my legs can determine how much thigh slides into view. I love the simple knowledge that I could show the world my panties if I cared too and with the same ease I can remain professional. The perception of intrigue gets me through a boring suit and tie day.
How does your outfit brighten your day?
Top & Under-tank: H&M
Shoes: Steve Madden/DSW
Posted by Amyzilla on July 29, 2014
My friend rolled her eyes and insisted I already owned something just like it when I first tired on this amazing printed velvet top. I knew she was right, but sometimes you just gotta have what you love. Velvet is my addiction. The plush fabric makes me feel like a queen, regardless of type or situation.
In many aspects I’m a hoarder. Clothes I love will get hidden away in my closet for fear of wearing them out and damaging them. This velvet top fell into that section of my closet and has come out to play only a few times since I got it. In an effort to be better about using the clothes I already have, I forced myself to take out this amazing piece and style an outfit for work. I think this look would also work for a more traditional office environment with a classic black pencil skirt. If you’re interested in wearing velvet and other classy fabrics in everyday environments, check out my tips below.
How to wear classy fabrics everyday
- Just Do It! Why listen to naysayers, if you love it go for it. It’s the attitude that really sells an outfit, so don’t forget to feel smashing. I only had the grocery checkout guy at the end of my day comment on how very dressy I looked.
- Be conservative otherwise. Let the velvet or sequin or whatever piece speak for itself and keep the rest of your wardrobe toned down. For an everyday look, or in a more constrictive environment, avoid excessive jewelry, low cuts, and loud colors or prints when pairing it with a standout fabric.
- Stick to shades. If you’re worried about wearing a dressy fabric out just choose one color theme (probably the main one in your special fabric). I went with what i’ll call a “grey” theme. I have both ends of the shade spectrum in my black tights and white cardigan, and my grey-like shirt and skirt.
- Pay attention to the weather. Some special fabrics do not like to get wet, while others may show sweat super obviously. You’ll want to learn the limitations around your fabric and what your day will hold before deciding on a standout fabric. Being comfortable in your outfit is the most important part of getting a look to “work.”
How would you wear a velvet top to work? What’s for favorite standout fabric?
Top: Forever 21
Skirt: Forever 21
Tights: Ralph Lauren/DSW (On an awesome sale!)
Posted by Amyzilla on May 7, 2014
This outfit is one of many that has been sitting in my laptop’s archive for far too long. It’s not one that I actually like much, the proportions are a bit off when I look at it now. Despite my bright colors, it was actually a quite cold day at the beginning of February. I decided that I was just over winter and took to my wardrobe for inspiration of the beautiful weather I wish I could be having. Sadly, my spelling couldn’t keep up, but I’m probably always dreaming about pastries, especially anything caramel or a brownie. These mint jeans went on my wishlist last spring when everyone else went gaga for the color, but I waited till fall sale time to actually pick up a pair. Now that spring is coming up again, I am quite excited by my frugalistic decision. As I type this with my mint nails I am sitting in the sunshine of our front yard, in my hammock with 40s jazz filling the air and thinking about this outfit! I need to recreate it this week, but i’ll fix the proportions a bit.
Balance your proportions with your body type
I’m not sure how, but I only recently realized that I have quite large hips, compared to the rest of my body, placing me in the overused fruit category of pear. I messed up these proportions a bit this winter, so when I recreate the outfit I’m going to fix a few things.
- Cuff the jeans. Since they’re already high-waisted, my petite body kinda gets overtaken by mint when they go that low. I’m loving the cuffed trend currently, especially now that it’s warm enough to show some skin.
- Show some skin. At it’s hottest this weekend I’ll be able to wear just the tank top. Showing my shoulders and arms will help slim down my overall appearance. In this outfit, the boxy cardigan does not mix well with my overpowering mint hips. If I were to wear this again in the winter, I would wear a sweater that is much slimmer along the arms for the same effect.
- Change the Sweater Proportions. I’m not sure what direction I’ll take, but my two thoughts are shorter or longer. Where the sweater hits now draws attention to my larger hips. Instead I might wear a cropped canvas jacket to highlight the small of my waist. The other option would be a longer crochet sweater. This would slide over my hips and help lengthen my body. Other upsides to the longer crochet is it helps tone down the bright mint by letting the color peek through the crochet pattern, and it covers the mullet back of this high-low shirt.
Do you like recreating your outfits? What trends are you excited to repeat from last spring?
Sadly, these photo’s didn’t turn out as wonderfully as I was hoping for. Focusing still challenges me when I’m in front of and behind the camera. But cat shirt. All other arguments are invalid.
Cat Top: F21
Mint High-Waisted Jeans: DailyLook
Posted by Amyzilla on May 5, 2014