Wit Beyond Measure Is Man’s Greatest Treasure

Ravenclaw Inspired Blue Stripe Dress

Currently as I’m writing it, the day is September 1st, or better known as Back To Hogwarts Day! Why yes, I am a major Potterhead, so to celebrate I put together my best Ravenclaw outfit. Blue and Black Stripe Dress

My love for Harry Potter began early on, barely after the second book was published. I like to say I was part of the Harry Potter generation. At the beginning of the series I was barely younger than 11, and as Harry grew up, so did I. I turned 17 the summer we found out how 17yr old Harry defeated the Dark Lord.

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Beyond just our similar ages, my friends and I found ways to incorporate Harry Potter into every aspect of our lives. Ravenclaw became more important than my astrological symbol, and we debated magic, character motivations and obscure factoids constantly. And I am not at all ashamed to admit how much I cried as I watched the movie series come to a close. Even though I turned 23 this year I still dream that my owl is merely delayed, maybe trapped in Greenland, and soon a replacement will fly through my window to inform me that I will still be welcomed as the oldest First Year in Hogwarts history.Yellow Platform Target Heels

While I really love these heels, I happened to wear this look to work. Half the time I have to dress down, and the other half I get the opportunity to wear what I want, but I’m still bound by our dress code policy. The main one that affects me is no piercings or tattoos. So I’m constantly wearing just a few pair of sneakers that I have, and hoping that i’ll have another chance to wear my heels. That also explains my there/not there lip ring, in case you were wondering.

Blue Stripe Target Dress

This awesome necklace I commissioned a few years ago from my friend. She owns her own clay polymer charm shop on Etsy, WTF Charms. Since I got this piece she’s put so much work into her shop and I absolutely adore her handiwork. She specializes in the nerdy and geeky and is also open to all types of commissions. Her charms are great for keychains, pins, magnets or any type of jewelry. Go give her a look!WTF Charms Harry Potter Necklace

[Dress: Target] [Belt: H&M] [Sneakers & Heels: Target] [Necklace: WTFCharms]

What house are you in? Is there a book you’ll always be passionate about?
Pictures used to create the Ravenclaw image: http://bit.ly/1dzm0Ko, http://bit.ly/15kEA0O.

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Pretty In Pink Peplum

Peplum, White and Pink Lace, Apricot Lane

A peplum tank has been on my wishlist for a while, but I’m not too sure how I happened to find a bright pink one. Surprisingly this brings my count of “pink” peplum tops up to two, out of two. Until recently I don’t think I’ve ever had any interest in owning pink clothing. I used to view the color as too stereotypical girly, yet I’m really in love of this new trend with pink as a neutral. However, I think this pink is almost a little too bright and cheery to be completely neutral. Though it’s not going to stop me from trying to pair this with just about everything. Here’s hoping for some success.

I got this top at Apricot Lane, a boutique store in the mall that I’ve seen as a little too professional for me currently. Though the first time I went in there, I promised myself a big shopping spree the moment I landed a full time “big-kid” job. This time, I originally went into the store to meet another Boise blogger. Now, this is something that pre-blogging, I would have never thought to do. I am an introvert, and meeting new people is up there in my weaknesses. I’m pretty sure I spent the next few days just in shock with myself.  But she turned out to be such a sweetheart, and I had a great time meeting her and getting to talk fashion and blogging a little bit. You all should definitely check out Annelise’s blog, Aunie Sauce.

OUTFIT TIP: This peplum top appears to have an intricate pattern, but I love to treat lace the same as a neutral fabric. I truly believe that it can go with any and everything. When styling this top, my biggest obstacle was the peplum shape. Peplum’s point is to accentuate the tiniest part of your waist, so keep the rest of your outfit sleek.

Did you know that the Peplum style originated with the Greeks? I didn’t, check it out!

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[Top: Apricot Lane] [Jeans: Old] [Shoes: Plato’s Closet]

Tie Me Up Right

Purple strapless forever 21 dress and chambray tie shirt Purple strapless forever 21 dress and chambray tie shirtI wore this for an evening of extreme drinking games with my friends. We have a great customized table under the car port at our house, and this was a comfy and warmer option for spending the night out there. Even though you can’t tell, Boise is in a desert, so it really cools off once the sun goes down. I loved how this top was still light for the warmer daytime hours, but it’s 3/4 sleeves really helped me stay warm once the sun dropped.

I’ve spent most of the year in what I see as an epic search to find the perfect Chambray top. I can’t keep track of how many I’ve tried on, but I’ve certainly tried  all of my go-to store’s versions. Most of my complaints with the ones I’ve tried on is that they aren’t fitted enough along my waist, and I’ve tried on a good few that were just way to long for my small torso. I am only 5’2. While I love this shirt, I don’t really see it as the perfect Chambray. The tie is darling, but not practical for every outfit. It also has a barely cropped fit which makes tucking the top in a bit of a problem. It’s saving grace is the snap up. I’m not sure what I love so much about snaps, but maybe it’s just the fun of popping them open and closed. Either way, I’ll keep searching for my ideal Chambray and this top will remain a great layering piece till then.

OUTFIT TIP: Chambray is really having it’s heyday right now, so go ahead and pair it with any and everything. The dress here is an old F21 one, and is very light, short, and strapless. Using the chambray to cover my shoulders helped balance out the skin being shown and added some extra warmth for the evening.

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[Top: Ross] [Dress: F21 via Plato’s Closet] [Shoes: DSW]

Overalls Are A Girls Best Friend

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I must admit that I have been enthralled with overalls ever since I saw Matilda. I still think on that final montage,  with Ms. Honey (Embeth Davidtz) rollerblading around the living room. I thought her shortalls there were the epitome of cool. I wanted to be like her when I grew up. Confident, happy, and in overalls.

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I was so excited when I found this pair, but since that fateful day I have discovered exercise, and now they are a good bit too loose. That worked for me just fine today, since I am currently in the clutches of a terribly annoying cold. Who gets sick in the summer anyways! Most of my time lately has been pretending i’m a zombie, shuffling around the house, moaning for brains. My sinuses are so stuffed up, it feels like I could be zombified.

I can’t wrap my head around how many different names there are for overalls. I need to start keeping a list so effectively search for more, because my wardrobe certainly needs a few more of these. So my hunt continues to find the perfect pair of overalls to replace these lovelies. Maybe I’ll pick up some pinafores along the way. Same idea and just as lovely.

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[Top: Forever21(in blue)] [Overalls: Thrifted (Mossimo)]

So here’s my list so far:

Overalls

Dungarees

Jumper

Do you know any names to add to my list? How would you wear overalls?

Print Mixing: A Love For Stripes

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I’ve owned this top for 2-3 years, and have probably only worn it a couple times . That used to be a big wardrobe sin of mine. I’d purchase clothing that maybe I was uncertain about, or just cause it was a good deal and yellow (my favorite color), without thinking how i’d wear it with the clothes I already had. But I must have been thinking of the future, because now I am so happy I have this piece.

The shirt is a soft knitted fabric that proves to be a bit see through, though you can barely tell from a distance. At first, that intimidated me, and probably is a main reason for its lack of wear. I’ve started to realize that I am who I am, and it’s about time I become comfortable with that, cause from here on out, it’s not going to change much. My confidence may also be boosted by my recent commitment to a consistent exercise plan. So bring on the see-through.

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Since these are both stripes, I guess you could say I’m not really “print” mixing, but i’m still a novice at this so i’ll ease in slowly. I loved that both pieces had a similar color feel. Is there such a thing as bright pastels? If so, that’s how I would describe these two. Both pieces had similar off-white neutral stripes to help draw the outfit together. And I couldn’t help but mix the yellow and teal, it’s probably my favorite color combination at the moment.

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[Top: Charlotte Russe (old)] [Shorts: Forever21(Similar)] [Shoes: DSW]

I wore this outfit to an early breakfast with my girl friends. We try to all get together once a month or so to catch up. We’ve all been friends since early elementary school and have all grown a ton since then(personality, not stature, at least in my case), I think we were a bunch of late bloomers. But it’s great to see how quickly we regress to the ridiculous childhood antics from when we first met.  With our busy schedules we ended up meeting at the ungodly early hour of seven and this outfit was so easy to just throw on and go. I am such a night owl, that may be the earliest I’ve woken up all summer, but it was certainly worth it.

Are you still in contact with any old-school friends? Tell me your worst wardrobe sin?