Dreams of a Dessert

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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.

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OUTFIT TIP

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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?

xxAmy

Sugared Rush

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.

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Jacket: Thrifted/F21
Cardigan: Thrifted
Cat Top: F21
Mint High-Waisted Jeans: DailyLook
Purse: Thrifted
Shoes: Thrifted

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How To: Turn Heels Into Booties

Sometimes I’m a little weird, and this outfit tip falls into that category. Nearly all the time, I cannot stand wearing shoes without some form of sock. Feet in general just kinda creep me out, and I’ve found that socks are the perfect cover, transforming them into cute cottony appendages. Normally high heels were exempt from this weirdness, but ever since I worked at DSW, I have learned the value of wearing a sock with a pair of high heels. outfit wearing moto jeans, lace blazer, socks and heels as fake booties

The most inconspicuous option for this would be no-show socks, like these. I’ve found no-show socks popping up at most major clothing or shoe retails, and most recently I ran into some awesome ones at my local Target. If you don’t want anyone seeing your socks while in heels they should just barely cover your toes and hold on at the back of your heel. You’ll usually still see a bit of the sock band just outside the shoe edge so try looking for lace edged versions so they look a bit cuter.

Advantages for Wearing Socks with High Heels:

  • Feet don’t slip around nearly as much
  • Can add extra cushion on ball of foot or heel
  • Prevents excessively sweaty feet (perfect for cheap plastic high heels)
  • Added warmth

That final pro is what brings me to today’s outfit tip:

OUTFIT TIP: To fake the look of a cute pair of booties, choose a pair of heels and wear them with low cut socks in the same color.

The heels in this picture are my classic black pumps from Target and I’m wearing them with a pair of All-Star low-cut socks make for converse. These socks are  pretty thick, so it helped cushion my foot snugly into the heels and kept the top of my feet warm when the weather really wasn’t. For this look you want the low-cut, NOT the no-show. outfit wearing moto jeans, lace blazer, socks and heels as fake bootiesoutfit wearing moto jeans, lace blazer, socks and heels as fake bootiesoutfit wearing moto jeans, lace blazer, socks and heels as fake booties

Blazer: Plato’s Closet

Blouse: Target

Moto Jeans: H&M

Heels: Target

Socks: Converse All Star low cut from DSW

H&M moto jeans, lace blazer over a blouse, black cat

Had to include the cat squishing photo. Cozmo can’t handle not being constantly pet. Silly kitty.

xx Amy

Transitions & 2014

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I cannot remember the last time I made a New Years Resolution and I am sure that any that might have been ended in a quick failure. Much of my wandering thoughts lately has revolved around transitions and rebalancing. It only seems fitting that now would be the time to try some resolutions out. Once I managed to think of a couple, more just kept pouring out of my brain. I know that wanting to flip 100% into my dream self overnight is only a recipe for disaster. I stumbled across an idea from A Beautiful Mess that struck a chord with me. Four Simple Goals. I notoriously overreach with my planning, lists, and goals so I love the idea of focusing on just the meaningful and achievable side of goal making. I don’t want to reach too far, so I’m just looking towards March. So here they are, my simple goals for first part of 2014.

  • Spend More Time With Friends
    • Lately, I’ve been feeling that way too much of my socialness is online. Even when I’m with my friends, so much of our time is spent ignoring each other looking at our phones. And is see this everywhere! I want to get back to real life, and put more of a focus on deeply connecting with the friends I have and looking around me enough to make new ones.
  • Fill Frames
    • I went on this big spree a few months ago where I collected a ton of frames from thrift stores to start displaying my photos everywhere. No surprise that they are still empty. So this one is pretty self explanatory.
  • Take More Photos
    • I have always loved photography and I really want to make it a more integral part of my daily life. So this means more outfit photos as well as some creative projects as well.
  • Read 1 Book Every Month
    • Self explanatory. It’s been way to long since I’ve been a regular reader.

So I leave you with these from the first set of photos I took in the New Year. My boyfriend is a pretty easy subject when he’s out keeping me company for outfit photos and his kitty is pretty super cute [and absolutely loves him, as shown.] The first one’s my editing choice, the second was M’s preference. It is a little more fun.

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I still need to work on my focusing, but at f1.8 it’s pretty hard for my poor eyesight to catch the little details. Anyone have any suggestions or tricks?

xx Amy

Good News Everybody!

I’m back! I’ve finally managed the hectic around what I really want to be doing. For once, I actually feel pretty set and organized heading into the New Year. Except that I still find myself writing 2012 on things, so maybe I’m not as ready as I think. [Or the world really did stop back then and I have yet to realize it!]Velvet, Holiday, New Years, Heels,

My love for velvet is finally manifesting itself in my closet. I found this beauty at the Serendipity Boutique consignment store. It was one of those perfectly destined moments because as I was trying on a different velvet dress, the owner offered to let me in back to see all the rest of their velvet! I was in heaven. Luckily only two pieces fit perfectly, so I was able to narrow it down to this mermaid shape. Functionally, the little flare at the bottom is so helpful to make this full length skirt moveable. On a style note, I don’t know how else to say I just love it! This is my second mermaid maxi skirt [My First Mermaid Maxi Skirt], and as a short gal it is my favorite cut for long skirts. The flare prevents me from feeling like I am just swimming in skirt. Velvet, Holiday, New Years, Heels,While this is not what I will be wearing tonight for New Years Eve, it was my favorite holiday outfit this year. I wore it out to my office job’s holiday lunch, and have recreated it a couple times when I want to feel luxurious. Not sure how well you can tell, but the sweater is a beautiful silver with sparkle threads mixed throughout. I see no need to freeze to be holiday appropriate, so this was the perfect cold weather look. I managed to layer a pair of fleece tights, high socks, a tank and tshirt all underneath! Velvet, Holiday, New Years, Heels,

And this is what happens when you take outfit photos right in front of one of the house’s parking spots. I’m sure my roommate thought I was trying to not so secretly snap photos of him. But now you get a great shot of his car. HI CAR.Velvet, Holiday, New Years, Heels,Velvet, Holiday, New Years, Heels,

[Sweater: H&M] [Skirt: Thrifted] [Booties: DSW(similar)/Steve Madden] [Scarf: Francesca’s]

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My kitty, Hiccup, just had to come keep me company and I managed to snap a picture of him posing. Isn’t he too adorable?!

What’s your favorite holiday fabrics?

xx Amy