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Six Months Late (NYFW SS13)

By fashion statements, lifestyle, spring, style, summer No Comments

Back in September, I spent hours pouring over SS13 runway photos from NYFW (and a few from the following week in London). I created these collages of my top five looks from lots of designers I love, but I never actually got around to posting this because I was too busy using these photos to help me clean out my closet. Maybe you think I was crazy for caring about spring/summer fashion when fall was around the corner, but having some inspiration in front of me as I was putting away my summer clothes was a pretty good indicator of what I probably wasn’t going to wear again. It enabled me to donate and sell some clothes and shoes instead of cluttering up my space by storing them for the winter.

The entire month of September went by in a blur, and then I figured it was way too late to post these, right? But now that its 20 degrees and snowing, I’m ready for spring. I’m ready for crisp white, bold stripes, watercolors, fun dresses, shorts, sandals, sunglasses…you name it. So even though this is technically six months late, I’m posting this now. I obviously won’t be wearing any of these exact items in the upcoming months, but I am using all this inspiration to create a bit of a wishlist. (Before the next Fashion Week happens in two weeks, and I have to start all over again.) =)

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All photos via Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

Dot Dot Dot

By fashion statements, outfits, style, winter 6 Comments

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Jacket: LOFT. Shirt: J.Crew (similar). Jeans: Mossimo (old, similar). Boots: Diesel (similar). Bag: Cole Haan (old). Necklace: F21. Bracelets: a few old ones, plus a new one from Swell Caroline. Sunglasses: Ray-Ban.

According to my poll, outfits and style posts are welcome on this blog. I haven’t posted many recently, mostly because I got sick of people who don’t understand the point asking me things like, “Do you think you’re some kind of a model now?” and “Don’t you care about anything other than clothes?” and “Are you going to make fun of me if I wear the same dress to two events in a row?”

For the record, I do not think I’m some kind of a model. If I could style a model every day and post a photo of her on my blog, I would do that. I’m well aware of the fact that I’m 5’1″ and at least a few pounds overweight (working on it), which basically makes me the furthest thing from a model there is. Besides, if you wanted to see models, I’m assuming you would pick up a real magazine, and not come here looking for outfit posts, right?

Second, I care about a lot of things. But I occasionally blog about clothes and fashion because it’s fun. =)

Third, I wear the same stuff over and over and over again. Less is more when it comes to clothes, and I would never judge anyone for wearing something multiple times.

Glad we got that out of the way. Now let’s all have a fabulous, polka-dotted week. =)

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One Piece, Three Ways: Indigenous Premier Cardigan

By fall, fashion statements, outfits, product reviews, style 8 Comments

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I recently had the opportunity to work with Indigenous to style and review a piece for their #worthwearing campaign. I selected this Premier Cardigan from their collection of organic clothing and styled it three ways. I love, love, love how soft and cozy this sweater is. It’s knit from Tencel and organic cotton with intricate detailing down the front, the sleeves and the back.

Fair trade fashion is obviously a little more expensive than it’s alternative. Prior to doing any research on the subject, I probably would have balked at the price this cardigan; however, thanks to Indigenous and Wikipedia, I have a much better understanding of the benefits of organic fibers, low impact dyes, and supporting local artisans. That being said, I if spend more money on a piece, I want it to be versatile, so I can wear it multiple ways. My first outfit was inspired by fall’s mixed media jacket trend, but I like it better because it’s less fussy, and I can wear these pieces separately to create other looks.

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This cardigan is a tad long for me (I’m only 5’1″). To be honest, if I had purchased it, I probably would have exchanged it for something that fit me better. But I’m always up for a challenge and I was impressed with Indigenous’ philosophy, so I did my best to style around the length. The outfit below was the first thing that came to mind when I received my cardigan, but it’s my least favorite of the three — mostly just because I’m short, so the sweater-to-Lisa ratio just isn’t optimal. =)

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For my last look, I wrapped, pinned and tucked the sweater under this full skirt to create an entirely different silhouette. This was a little tricky to maneuver, but I mainly wanted to show the versatility of a piece, which is something I always consider when I’m adding to my wardrobe.

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How would you style this cardigan? I had a few other ideas, but these were my three best, and my favorite is…

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…the cardigan/sleeveless trench combo. =)

Thanks to Indigenous for the cardigan, for inviting me to be a part of the #worthwearing campaign, and especially for introducing me to the idea of eco fashion. It’s something I plan to keep in mind when shopping for clothing in the future.

Long Weekend Layers

By fall, fashion statements, holiday fun, outfits, style 3 Comments

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Some people put up their Christmas decorations the day after Thanksgiving, but I was in New Jersey, so the closest I came was breaking out the plaid. Actually, I’m lying. I started wearing the plaid a few weeks ago. I can’t help it — I wear Hawaiian print in the summer, plaid in the winter, and stripes and leopard print all year round.

There was a time in my life that I used to leave the house in one shirt. And I’m not sure what prompted me to start layering two and three of them on top of each other every day — maybe I was just dying to do three times as much laundry. But I must admit that creatively mixing and matching my wardrobe makes my outfits a feel little more original. Although, many of these outfits were inspired by last winter’s Chicago trip, so maybe not that original.

Anyway, in case you’re wondering, plans for this week include washing all these clothes, putting up my Christmas tree, and working a full 40 hours (which I haven’t done since September). =)

30 for 30 Flashback

By fall, fashion statements, outfits, ruling at life, style, you might learn something 2 Comments

Right around two years ago today, I was in the in the middle of Kendi’s 30 for 30 challenge. Maybe you remember the rules? Take 30 pieces from your closet (including shoes, but not including outerwear and accessories) and remix them into 30 different outfits over 30 days. I had lots of fun doing this, and as it turned out, I was able to turn 30 pieces into not just 30, but 50 outfits. Whenever I feel the urge to shop too much or buy something I don’t absolutely love, I try to keep in mind the lessons I learned about my closet over the course of this challenge and that since I still own most of these pieces, I have plenty to wear.

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If you want, you can read a little more about the 30 for 30 here.