As a PERSONAL style advocate and blogger, I tend to march to my own beat and wear things because I feel that they match my personality and body type rather than because they are trendy. I do, of course, try to incorporate fashion-forward items into my daily outfits, but there are some that I just cannot wrap my head around. For example, houndstooth is one of those prints that just doesn't do it for me. I've seen a lot of style bloggers work their magic on it and make it look good, but I have no intention of letting it grace my body anytime soon.
Animal print is one of those trends that to me is almost on the same level as houndstooth. I don't own that many animal print pieces, mostly because I find them too busy to integrate properly in most of the looks that I try to achieve. This coat is one of the very few animal prints I own, and definitely the most eccentric. I'm not sure why I decided it was a good purchase- maybe the coziness and softness, or maybe the fact that it feels luxe rather than kitsch. It's one of those items that I would expect myself to absolutely hate, but in reality I'm really into.
Maybe I'm not bold enough to try everything that the fashion world deems worthy... or maybe I'm just trying to remain faithful to myself in a world where it seems that everyone wears the same uniform. The Valentino studded heels (I'm guilty of that, just the cheap Rue 21 version), the Zara skort, the Celine bags, they all reappear time and time again. Maybe if I could afford that stuff, I would be wearing all of that, too. But for now, I just enjoy being budget-friendly, and hopefully even a bit different from the standard.
I'm never going to be a main risk taker, and I'm comfortable with that. To me, clothing is about properly representing myself and channeling my daily moods. And I hope that it is exactly what I come across as doing.
Who would've thought that this cardigan (also featured here) could be so versatile? I purchased this piece at the Matador Mall, an outside marketplace that my school hosts every now and then, fully aware that it would be one of those pieces worn very rarely and only with a limited amount of outfits.
However, I stand corrected. I haven't even owned this piece for a month and it's already a go-to and surprisingly versatile. For this outfit, I just found it to be the perfect complement to the bright belt and camel-colored wedges, and an attention-grabbing, yet tame way of pulling together the entire outfit.
Throughout the years, I feel like I've always purchased safe statement pieces. I'm not exactly sure how to put that in words. I guess you could say I've purchased stuff that my mom would approve of and not find to be an unreasonable purchase. With this particular cardigan, I can almost imagine her nagging.
"That thing will get caught in everything!" (it does)
"You can probably use that for like two normal outfits!" (challenge accepted)
"The washing machine will kill it." (I love it so much that it'll get special hand wash treatment)
Even so, I've decided that I'm going to love this piece forever and ever and try my best to incorporate it into as many outfits as possible. Every now and then, my school has an outdoor market of sorts, where vendors set up tents on campus. I purchased this beauty for $10 from one of my favorite tents, which contained pretty unique, cheap apparel. I've noticed similar prints around lately, but the fringes were something new, which attracted me to the product.
I absolutely love its thin composition, yet cozy feel. I'm not a huge fan of bulky clothing, which is part of the reason I strongly dislike wintertime, but the more thin, yet wearable during cold weather clothing I find, the more I warm up to months like November.
I can't believe we're a week away from the start of December, and a bit over a month away from the New Year! I also can't believe that in about 3 weeks, I will be done with my first semester as a college sophomore, and, most importantly, I will return home to all my beloved clothing items that didn't make the cut to California. That's probably the only positive to going back home, but I'll take it :)
Thank you so much for stopping by and reading my random rambles!
This past weekend was filled with lots of cuddling and lots of Nutella, so, it was basically filled with everything good in the world. To our surprise, though, this stunning lad and I managed to somehow leave behind a cozy bed filled with blankets and get all prim and proper for a night out in Hollywood.
We were originally supposed to dress up as Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan for Halloween, but we ended up not going out that weekend. So to make up for it, we went big for an AFI Fest movie screening. We actually didn't end up seeing the movie we had planned to, but what we DID see was so great! Breathe In will be in theaters starting March 2014 and it is SO worth the ticket, no matter what the IMDB rating says. It's by the same team that put together Like Crazy, another movie that I strongly recommend. Cried like a little baby throughout both of them, so if you like drama, you're in for a real treat with those two!
In terms of outfit choice, the dress was the cheapest, most Daisy-like thing I could find at the mall. I had originally purchased it more out of necessity than anything else, but I've fallen in love with the tutu bottom and sparkly top combination. Wearing it has made me feel like a true princess :). The jacket and bag were completely unplanned parts of the outfit, as I needed to fit a huge camera in my bag and the jacket was the only one I had brought with me for the entire weekend. In the end I was digging it aesthetically and I was super warm, too, so no complaints there!
Thank you so much for stopping by!
And remember, come March, you should be all over Breathe In.
Photos by Aidan Bradbury-Aranda
necklace: Icing by Claire's
peplum: Charlotte Russe
shorts: Decree at JC Penney
tights: The Gap
boots: Dollhouse at Ross Dress for Less
Just a quick outfit post on what I wore to an Afrojack concert last weekend. I was going for something relatively uncovered, but falling under the category 'quirky' rather than 'skanky.' Personally, I feel like my goal was achieved. This outfit was also incredibly comfortable!