For this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge, Salazar gave us something really unique: pick a paper sculpture by Peter Gentenaar. The instant I saw his sculptures I immediately knew I wanted to wear this cardigan.
Cardigan – The Limited | Camisole – The Limited | Skirt – The Limited (same) | Shoes – Bandolino (similar)
I mean, look at this piece. Click on the image for more information:
Swirls and ruffles and colors. They are so beautiful! My outfit doesn’t do them justice but I’m working with what I’ve got. Meaning I took two of my ruffliest pieces and paired them with a white skirt so that the focus would be on the green cardigan and camisole.
Actually, I think this is only the second time either the cardigan or the camisole have made it to the blog! So, thank you Salazar and Peter for the inspiration.
I’m beginning to think that H&K Style Journey and her friends know about my lack of orange items! This is the second outfit in a row to feature orange!
And, as we all know by now, there is no orange in my closet. However, there are ruffles, bootcut jeans, and ballet flats. This ruffled cardigan hasn’t been worn in a long while so it was nice to get some use out of it. In fact, in the past I’ve always worn it with my winter white pants so breaking out of that rut and wearing it with jeans was a welcome touch.
Even if my jeans are wrinkled. Seriously. How do jeans even get wrinkled??
Also, funny story, my hair dryer completely died on me while drying my hair this morning. As in, so dead it had to be given a funeral as I lowered it into its trash can casket. Which means I will be going to Ulta on my lunch break and buying a new one. Any suggestions on what I should get?
P.S. Happy Pi Day! I’m actually running a “Pi K” tonight. 3.14 miles followed by pie (both pizza and dessert), beer, and who knows what else. Exciting, right?
Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Camisole – The Limited (similar) | Skirt – Target (same) | Shoes – Bandolino (similar) | Necklace- The Limited (same)
One of my goals for this blog is to show that real women who work real jobs don’t have to dress in all black or get stuck in a rut of black pants and a button down shirt. I am a real woman, I work a real job, and, yes, I wore a leopard print pencil skirt to the office today. I’ve worn green and leopard together before and I still think it’s a great combination that makes the leopard print look a bit more toned down.
But looking at that photo from last year I noticed something: I’m wearing the same cardigan today yet when I tried to button it all the way up it didn’t quite work. In fact, I’ve been struggling with a few items in my closet recently.
And here’s where I talk about either my clothes shrinking or me, well, not shrinking. So, if you want, you can stop reading right now.
When you take pictures of yourself every day for over a year you start to notice things. Like, how a skirt fit you months ago versus how it fits you now. How a cardigan that once worked when you buttoned it all the way no longer feels comfortable even unbuttoned. And when you track your purchases every month you start to see trends in sizes as well.
Yes, I weigh myself. Yes, I’ve put on a few pounds. But it seems to be more than that. My body shape seems to be changing and I seem to be carrying weight in places I didn’t used to carry it. Is this what happens when you start to reach your mid-30s? Maybe it’s what happens when you start hanging out with people who drink beer more than wine (I love both equally, by the way). Maybe it’s just that when I started this blog I was strength training at least 3 times a week and occasionally doing two workouts a day and now I’m doing one workout a day and have gotten into a strength training rut.
This isn’t a plea for “you look great” compliments. I know I still look good. I just look different than I did last year. And I’m trying to figure out why that is.
Even though yesterday I managed to forget half my jewelry when leaving the house, thus feeling a bit naked, I was able to get a lot done. I even got in a great workout when I got home from work.
All of that changed, however, when I checked my mail on the way back from the gym. In the mail I received a letter from an attorney’s office threatening to take me to court for using a photo of Jennifer Lawrence on one of my Inspiration Monday posts.
The photo has been removed. I’ve let the attorney’s office know. But in the letter they wrote multiple times that removing the photo doesn’t absolve me of anything. In fact, it appears the company that claims to hold the copyright wants me to pay them for the monetary damages they incurred by having their photo used without paying for the rights.
Me. My little blog that gets MAYBE 100 unique visits a day.
It got me thinking. Today’s outfit is my own spin on an outfit I originally saw on Pinterest that came from A Fashion Deliberation. It’s nothing groundbreaking. A navy skirt with a navy and white striped tank and a green cardigan. Did I really need an inspiration photo to put that together? People have probably been wearing outfits like this for years.
Yet, it wasn’t until I saw the photo that the lightbulb went off in my head. “Oh,” I thought, “I have those pieces! I can wear them together! And I’ll wear them on Tuesday since it’s ‘Stars & Stripes’ Trend Spin at The Fashion Canvas and Walking in Memphis.”
Using inspiration photos is a part of many personal style bloggers repertoires. I use them and when I know I got my inspiration from another photo I do my best to credit the original source. It’s fun to see how I can make the items I already own work in ways I hadn’t thought of before. But maybe I don’t need to use them? Maybe it would be better if I was able to use my own creativity when putting together an outfit. Be original instead of a copycat and all that.
I don’t know the answer. But I do know that I will be paying more attention in the future to the challenges I participate in and what photos I use as inspiration, if any.
It’s funny how you think about cardigans. They’re meant to be worn over something, right? But what happens when you have a crewneck style cardigan and you button it all the way up? It becomes more like a regular crewneck sweater! That’s what I did with this outfit after I saw an photo on Pinterest with a woman wearing a green sweater with a leopard cardigan. Darn, I thought. I wish I had a green sweater.
But, wait! I actually do! And even if this had been more of a v-neck cardigan you could still get the same idea with the colors and patterns.
So, this is my PSA to tell you think about wearing your cardigans buttoned all the way up. What have you got to lose?
Funny story about this photo shoot. Molly was taking the pictures and a woman walking down the sidewalk stopped and said, “That’s my house! Do you want me to take a picture of both of you on the steps?” (Aside: this is the Keith House) No, thank you, we said. Just trying to get a picture of me by my lonesome. “Oh, so it’s not a friends thing?” Uh, well, we’re friends but, no, we’re not taking a friends picture. Awkward!
I pinned this look a few weeks ago not really thinking I’d ever be able to recreate it. I mean, I had the burgundy pants but the green blazer? Right.
But, wait! I have a green cardigan! And, in fact, I had to search all over my apartment to find it because it was still in the dry cleaning bag from the end of last winter.
Putting these colors together is not something I would have thought of on my own and I’m still not positive the purple-ish colored top is the exact look I’m going for. The plus is, I have a lot of things in my closet in this color family so I can play around with it a bit and see if one works better than the other.
What do you think? Crazy colors or just right?
Also, my guest photographer, Molly, was making me laugh by trying to take pictures without the cop cars in the background. We finally decided they add an urban aspect to the photos.
Today I skipped the belt and left the cardigan open.
Which way do you prefer?
Since I have no torso I prefer todays’ look. It’s a little “sloppier” but I think it makes me look more proportional.
I have a bonus photo for you!
Necklace: JC Penney
Boots – Liz Claiborne/DSW
Tuesday was my husband’s birthday and this is what I wore to go out to dinner. We didn’t go to that fancy of a place but sometimes you’ve just got to get a little dressed up! Especially when your husband bought you the dress for Christmas.