Dreams of a Dessert

Sugared Rush

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.

Sugared Rush

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

Golden Flashback

stripes, yellow, cardigan,grey,skirt  stripes, yellow, cardigan,grey,skirt stripes, yellow, cardigan,grey,skirtI spent this weekend running around at an informal family reunion in Salt Lake City. It was wonderful to see the side of my family that is usually lost in the back of my mind and rarely seen in person. Growing up my immediate family never put much emphasis on general family time. Family seemed to come second to the myriad of other equally important events going on in our busy lives. This has developed in me the opposite desire. I wish too keep my family close. I look forward to when I can have my own household with family game nights and big holiday gatherings. I want to grow a community around me, and that goes beyond whatever blood I may perpetuate. Someday I just want a house overflowing with love. 

While I was galavanting, or more so sitting, around with my family I failed to take any photos, outfit or otherwise. This doesn’t bode well for my new years goals, but I don’t want to be down on myself. Instead, I see it as just another motivation to be better in the future. So I leave you with this beautifully sun dreaming photo set from what seems like forever ago. It took forever for winter to hit us this year, so these pictures were taken on an extremely warm week in the beginning of October. I was so glad to just be out in the sunshine, I spent quite a long while playing around with my camera.

These take the cake for my favorite outfit photos yet. I had been dying to share this top on here, only to accidentally spill tye-die on it right before I really started blogging. I spent over an hour trying to pull all of the color out of it, and managed to do a pretty good job. I still liked hiding the “ruined” part away in this perfect skirt. The skirt is my prime example of why you should never give much heed to the size number on an item. It is a large from F21, which is not my size, but I can only guess that it was suppose to be high-waisted, because sitting right on my hips it fits just perfectly.stripes, yellow, cardigan,grey,skirtstripes, yellow, cardigan,grey,skirt

[Cardigan: Thrifted ] [Top: Thifted] [Skirt: F21/Thrifted] [Booties: DSW]

See how else I styled this cardigan here.

xx Amy

Catching Up

Blazer, Business, Outfit, Pencil Skirt   While I haven’t had much time to work on the writing part of this blog, I’ve kept collecting outfit pictures. The last month (or two I guess) have gone by in a flash. Most of it was a big blur of working and being tired. I don’t think I realized how exhausting it is to balance two different work schedules, and I am in such awe of those who can, or have to, do this regularly. I’m finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, and am hoping to move full time at my office job in the next few months.

These photos are from a couple months ago when Boise was just starting to get cold. My fingers just froze while I was out shooting these. I rarely spend time downtown but it was neat to  head to the top of a parking garage and just check out all the new things popping up in my city. If you’re a Boisean, the most notable is the transformation of “The Hole” into what i’m calling “The Tower.” After 25 years it’s pretty great to see a shiny new building all ready to start welcoming customers. Maybe one day I’ll get to work in this tiny little center hub. And maybe by then it won’t be so tiny!Boise Tower

The challenge to dress up to an office standard has been one of the more fun aspects of these last few busy months. The biggest challenge I’ve run into is that I AM NOT a morning person. I tend to wake up barely 30 minutes before I need to be in the car and on my way and it just feels like high school all over again. Back then I had perfected the 10 minute wake and run out the door routine. Nowadays I’m at about 10 – 15 minutes to get dressed and my hair/make-up done. While I do wish I was better about waking up and actually had some real time to get ready I have discovered a few tricks to speed up my morning.Sugared Rush 4

Create a Mix-N-Match Wardrobe

Since I’m just beginning to build my work wardrobe I’ve been keeping it simple. Most of my clothes are black, blue, or pink so that I can easily mix and match all of my work pieces together.

Blazer, Business, Outfit, Pencil SkirtDon’t Look In The Mirror

This may just be me, but I tend to over analyze myself if I spend too much time in front of the mirror. I know my closet pretty well and have learned to just trust my sense of style. If I think that a pair of pants and top would go well together, then I just trust that they will and I wear them. That extra minute or two spent microscoping over every detail of your outfit can be just enough to make you late in the morning, so why deal with it. (Now, this doesn’t apply to getting my hair and make-up done. Mirrors are pretty necessary for that 🙂 )Blazer, Business, Outfit, Pencil Skirt

Keep It Simple

This is one of those tips that is so easy to say, yet hard to actually practice. The way I go about it is to just think about only doing one thing. For my hair, I just turn on my straightener, because that one device can curl or straighten any annoying kinks I may have. Since it’s also the only thing I use on my rushed mornings, I also know how long it takes to heat up, and to touch up my hair. With  my make-up I decide on just one feature to play up. If my skins being annoying I’ll focus on getting a good foundation on, or if I’m feeling fun I’ll spend time doing my eye make-up. For the rest, I just grab the quickest, simplest thing to complete my look – a brush of tinted chapstick or a quick layer of mocha eyeshadow.

Outfit Details: [Blazer: Thrifted] [Top: Old] [Skirt: JCP] [Necklace: Claires] [Shoes: DSW] Boise Capital

Are you a morning person? What are your tricks to getting ready quickly?

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

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