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Labels of Love: My Style Evolution

When I was little, I wore some questionable outfits. My aunt says that I wore things with stains and colors that completely clashed. My dad says that I had favorite pieces of clothing and would want to wear them often. Even if they didn’t fit me, I wanted to wear those pieces. A lot of people have favorite shirts or lucky jeans, but I normally remember where I got a piece of clothing and where I’ve worn it.

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I didn’t really get into fashion until early high school. I was a tomboy growing up and that required jeans and t-shirt mostly. Some french exchange students visited our school and I was in love with the French and their style. I started wearing tailored, neutral colored (and a lot of black) clothing. I had an obsession with scarves. Literally – I’d wear them all year round. When I got my first trenchcoat, I wore it so much that people would be able to find me in a crowd if they saw a brunette with a trenchcoat.

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aforementioned scarf and trenchcoat

Later in high school, I discovered the fashion blogging world and started wearing very trendy pieces regardless if they flattered me… (I’m looking at you baby doll dresses and banded bottom shirts). Then, I realized that I was buying pieces because they were trendy instead of because I really liked the pieces.

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clogs and velvet dresses

When I got to college, my style was a mix of trendy pieces and classic French-inspired pieces. As the semesters flew by and my classes became more one-sided and math and science-y, I needed an outlet for some right-brain thinking. Fashion was this outlet. I started to love taking pieces and trying to find ways to wear it in unexpected pairings or in unexpected ways. This was incredibly fun and relaxing and my fashion got a little more eclectic.

plaid and moccasins

plaid and moccasins

I started playing around more with fashion and started reading more fashion blogs. I enjoy doing fashion challenges with myself; one week, I wore a monochrome outfit with a different color each day. As I got more into thrifting, I got more interested in refashioning pieces and was more likely to buy more trendy items as they were not as expensive as the pieces in stores. Now, I’m really interested in Asian fashion and have been loving the cartoon prints all over tops and pants in Tokyo.

and sometimes, i sacrifice function over fashion #nobackpackforfirstdayofschool

and sometimes, i sacrifice function over fashion #nobackpackforfirstdayofschool

So, if someone asks me what my style is, I guess I’d say it’s eclectic trendy with french influences with girly details. Does anyone have a word for that? 🙂

How would you describe your style? 


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Outfit of the Day: The Goldilocks Skirt

I have been searching for the perfect chiffon maxi skirt for about a year. I’ve tried on numerous skirts to no avail. I tried on skirts that were too tight and hard to walk in. I tried on skirts that were too loose. I tried on skirts that were too shear. When I tried on this skirt, it felt “just right”. I love the color – even if it’s a little brighter than I usually wear. The length is exactly what I wanted – short enough to wear without heels and long enough to wear with heels! The best part was that it was thrifted. I searched everywhere for it, but found it for $4 at the thrift store! Just goes to show, you can find amazing things at thrift stores!

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hi blog readers!!

hi blog readers!!

The top is from Threadless – a company that produces designs on shirts and hoodies of popular user-submitted art. It’s great fitting and the airplane on my shirt is made up of tickets, but the tickets are all jokes. I got it about five years ago, but I still love it.

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For jewelry, I decided to layer a bunch of old charm bracelets. I love mixing metals!

Shirt: Threadless (Exact)

Skirt: Thrifted

Belt: Thrifted

Shoes: Payless

Bracelets: Claire’s, Charlotte Russe, and Kohl’s (these are from about 7 years ago though)

Watch: Gifted


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The Sunday Edition: July 21, 2013

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1. These wooden gems look totally real and you could do a lot with them.

2. Although I could totally feel like the embroider knee highs could become a trend, it’s cool to see 15 fashion trends from the past that designers haven’t used.

3. I love my electronics, but this might be taking it a little too far.

4. These resumes are so awesome. I like the envelope one!

5. A mug with a cookie slot – that sounds amazing! These coffee mugs are so fun!

6. Would you have ever guessed that’s chalk? Here are some common things under a microscope!

7. Can you believe this is made of chocolate, sugar, feathers, and cotton? I love this artist’s work.

8. I really want to make this bracelet made out of a fork!

9. Cannolis are good. Cannoli dip is even better.


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Outfit of the Day: Mad {Wo}man

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I saw this dress at Saver’s and instantly fell in love. The colors are so fun! The buttons of the back remind me of gum drops. Good thing they’re on the back- or I would get really hungry. I also love the fit. Do you think I’ll be able to sneak on to the set of Mad Men?

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aforementioned gumdrops

aforementioned gumdrops

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i whip my hair back and forth

i whip my hair back and forth

I tried to keep the look modern by adding in non-60s accessories and pulling on the color from the buttons with the wedges, the two pink belts, and my trusty orange clutch that I’m pretty sure I’ve featured here at least 5 times. I just love it too much.

Dress: Thrifted (Similar Fit, Similar fit and color, but more modern,  similar buttons)

Purse: Thrifted (Similar)

Shoes: Thrifted (Exact)

Belts: Banana Republic (Similar)


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Ways to Wear: Refurbished Floral Dress, Part 2

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In Part 1, I talked about four ways to wear a dress that I cut into a bandeau and dress. Here’s part 2!

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Look #1 – Bandeau 

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photo 2 (19)photo 1 (22)Bandeau: Pac Sun

Shirt: Forever 21

Skirt: Gap

Shoes: Payless

Necklace: Thrifted

Belt: Thrifted

Look #2: Bandeau and Skirt as Separates 

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Hairclip: Thrifted

Necklace: Forever 21

Bandeau&Skirt: Pac Sun

Sweater: H&M

Shoes: Payless

Look #3: Skirt 

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i throw my hands up in the air sometimes

i throw my hands up in the air sometimes

Sunglasses: Tourist Shop

Shirt: H&M dress

Belt: Thrifted

Skirt: Pac Sun Dress

Shoes: Payless

Look #4: Pretending It’s A Dress

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Hat: DKNY Outlet

Boyfriend Jacket: New York & Company

Bandeau & Skirt: Pac Sun

Bag: Thrifted

Shoes: Payless

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Which outfit do you like the most?


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Ways to Wear: Refurbished Floral Dress, Part 1

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awkward photos from freshman year of me wearing the dress

I’ve had this Pac Sun dress for about three years now. When I first got it, it was really cute, but it ended up shrinking in the wash and being an awkward too long to be a shirt/too short to be a dress thing. It cinched at my ribs instead of my waist and I avoided wearing it.

3I absolutely love the pattern, so I decided to refurbish it and make it a bandeau and a skirt. All I did was cut it above between the two elastics. This made it so the skirt part would stay up (and be a skirt).

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I tried to make a lot of different outfits wearing the pieces and here is part 1. Hope you enjoy!

Look #1: Skirt 

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Shirt: Espirit

Skirt: Pac Sun

Shoes: Payless

Belt: Thrifted

Bag: Thrifted

Look #2: Bandeau

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Shorts: DKNY

Shoes: Payless

Bandeau: Pac Sun Dress

Sunglasses: Free from my college

Bag: Gift from Thailand

Look #3: Bandeau as Fake Shirt 

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Hairband: H&M

Bandeau: Pac Sun Dress

Sweater: Forever 21

Skirt: Thrifted

Purse: Thrifted

Shoes: Payless

Look #4: Skirt as Shirt 

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Someone is having way too much fun

Someone is having way too much fun

 

Necklace: Forever 21

Shirt: Pac Sun Dress

Belt: Thrifted

Shorts: DKNY, cut by me

Shoes: Googly Eye Sandals 

Which outfit was your favorite? Stay tuned for part 2 on Friday…

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The Sunday Edition: Links of June 30, 2013

Welcome back to the Sunday Edition! I hope you enjoy all these links I’ve found. I love sharing links with my friends, so I hope you are interested in these links as well! Now, you can access the links in two ways: click on the link in the text or click on the corresponding picture.

What do you think of these products' packaging? How to make FREE ICE CREAM! What creative advertisements. Powerful Photos on June 26th Sprinkles & Pancakes Hair Bow Hipster Fashion Cycle Sartorialist Cake Postcard Image Map
  1. What do you think of these products’ packaging? I think they’re awesome.
  2. Have you ever wanted ice cream at a restaurant, but didn’t want to pay for the bowl? This awesome instructable will show you how to do it for free!
  3. These ads are so unique. What creative ideas.
  4. These are some powerful photos of outside the US Supreme Court on June 26th after the decision about DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act.
  5. Sprinkles on & in pancakes? I’m in.
  6. Finally, a simple way to do a hair bow.
  7. What do you think of the hipster fashion cycle?
  8. Here’s some advice on how to get on the Sartorialist.
  9. Can’t be there for someone’s birthday? Send them cake!

BONUS: It’s so interesting how etiquette is different throughout the world.

Favorite Song of the Week:

Which apparently translates to the “navel of the world”, but I love it…