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

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

Halloween: Everyday Angel

Angel in Everyday

Today was a lovely and wonderfully relaxing day. Halloween is one of my favorite holiday so I made sure to enjoy everything I could. I still had to go to work as usual, bright and early in the morning, but there is no way I was gonna miss dressing up. Every year I want to spend hours upon hours making super intricate and amazing costumes, but rarely do I have even the time to think up the intricate idea to then spend forever creating. This year I had a slightly more intricate goddess costume for our Halloween party but for work I wanted to still keep it appropriate. I just happen to have ended up collecting blazers and I thought that with this white one (not pictured) I could easily put together this costume.

I think it is so simple to create fun costumes out of just the regular clothes in your closet. Like with this one, I thought of a theme, angelic white, and quickly I could just pull out a collection of white clothes and see what worked. This idea could be done for so many other themes as well. In the simple colors I could imagine a devil, cat, hunter just off the top of my head. But you’re costume isn’t complete with out the unusual accessory. I made this halo out of some simple gold wire from Joanne’s and a little bit of fluffy white yarn. The wire was a size 20 so I didn’t even need any special tools to bend it into its shape, and it’s been perfect all day. As I write i’m still wearing it, though I’ve changed out of my angelic whites.

Halloween Timelapse 

As the sun started to go down I sat myself up on our front steps with a bowl of candy, a magazine, and my camera. I kept taking photos to keep my remote active, but didn’t manage to capture any wonderful pictures of the few trick-or-treater’s we got. I did snag this awesome one of the boyfriend, though he is much too tall to fit into my camera frame.

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[Cardigan: Plato’s] [Top: Thrifted] [Skirt: Estate Sale] [Tights: Target] [Pumps: Target]

What was your Halloween costume this year?

This post was submitted as part of IFB Project #119

xxAmy

Silver Pumps and Midi Skirt 

Olive: Cause I’ll Live

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For the first time in a while, I am super excited that tomorrow is Friday, because finally Friday means the end of my epicly long work streak. Saturday will be my first full day off in a month! A WHOLE MONTH of constantly working. I’m pretty glad I’ve finally made it through this transition period, and I feel pretty good about it. In the last month I still worked out, went out with my boyfriend, saw friends, and blogged! Now I’m starting to think more on my long to-do lists that have gotten pushed aside in favor of more necessary items. Near the top of that list is a new blog design. Over the last week I’ve really been thinking about how I want to move forward with this blog, and overall I know I want to work on it being a better reflection of myself, not just one facet. Down the road I’d love to get more into the photography side, since that’s where my real passion lies. I’d also like to start including more book discussions, and game reviews, and craft projects, and pretty much everything that interests me. I know that’s a lot; need to remind myself about baby steps. So I’ll start with some more white space, some more space to think, and see where it all heads.

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[Top: JCP] [Skirt: JCP] [Sweater: Estate Sale] [Shoes: Target] [Purse: Target]

Game of the Moment: Pokemon Sapphire on my iPhone

I just got lightroom for editing, not sure what I think of it yet. Are these too much? I’m always striving to get the best photo in-camera so I’m still on the fence about this all.

How do you feel about editing photos?

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Olive Blazers: Work Style

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I’m pretty excited to share with you my first attempt at work-style. This was all pulled together from clothing that I just happened to have already in my wardrobe, but I’ve actually worn it once before to my sorority’s founder’s day brunch. I found this blazer while thrifting and it is such a great quality, It’s a bit of an older fit, but it makes me feel so classic. My ideal way to wear the blazer would be open over skinny jeans, big heels, and a relaxed shirt, but that isn’t very work friendly.

I mentioned back in my Drinking Skirt post about how much I loved this Target top, and I barely managed to tuck the crop top into this skirt. I’m not the biggest fan of the wide black band on the skirt, so the couple other times I’ve worn it I’ve tucked it inwards. Before now, I’ve felt that this skirt is a little longer than I would like, so tucking in the band also helped shorten it. In an office environment I figured it would be better to err on the longer side. The skirt turned out to be perfect for sitting at my desk, being productive and such. I’m a little odd but my favorite way to sit in a chair is criss-cross-applesauce. Something about pulling my legs under me just helps straighten me out (Weird, I know). I just suddenly have better posture and overall feel much more energized, at least until I have to move again, then major knee pain.  So far I’ve found some difficulties with this sitting position and work clothes, so that makes this flowy skirt pretty much my dream sitting skirt.

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[Top: Target] [Blazer: Thrifted] [Skirt: Target] [Heels: DSW]

It got a little too cold while taking these pictures. By the end my fingers felt pretty close to numb.

How does your work style change from summer to winter?

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