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Celebrating Emma Watson – Black and White Stripes

7 Oct

Celebrating Emma Watson. Yes, that’s right, the girl from the Harry Potter movies.

You may remember this version of Emma Watson.

Hermione Granger at her finest.

Now check out the latest version of Emma Watson.

Hello, awesome haircut!

I am totally in LOVE with this pixie cut on her. If I wasn’t attached to my long hair right now, I’d run out and get this haircut tomorrow. Someday.

Because I’m kind of obsessed with her new look, I chose to do a feature on her. I found this picture of her and I really enjoyed her sweater.

Wide stripes are frightening for a lot of people. They are bold and definitely make a statement.

I only have one shirt in my closet with wide stripes like the one she is sporting above … and I happened to purchase it for a Halloween costume. I was a mime last year. After I wore the shirt as a part of my costume, I put it in the dryer and it shrunk. I kept it because I thought I might choose to be a mime again some year … but today I pulled it out of my costume box and chose to wear it.

So there you have it. Bold black and white stripes. This shirt used to be a lot longer … the shrinkage has now turned this into a cropped shirt. Luckily those are coming back in style.

I’m really am happy to be seeing a transition from long tops to short tops though. Not that I didn’t like the long tops, but I’m ready for something new. I am a fan of this trend. Especially the loose fitting cropped tops I’ve seen. Not too cropped though, let’s not get crazy.

I was searching for pictures of intentionally cropped tops that I could post and I found this:

My shirt amped up a few levels. I’m not loving this shirt in particular just because I think the crop is too short and the sleeves are too huge. But you get the idea.

Here are a couple close ups of my outfit today.

I chose accessories with a little bit of edge, but let’s be honest, I could never take this the whole way. I just don’t have an edgy aesthetic. 

And just for clarification, no that’s not a coke spoon. It’s an antique salt spoon that I turned into a pendant. I don’t do drugs.

Outfit Breakdown:
Top: Forever 21
Spoon Necklace: Antique
“K” Neckalce: Adorn Me (location in Ann Arbor, MI)
Belt: The Gap ($9.99)
Jeans: The Gap (Originally $69.50)
Shoes: Banana Republic

I never thought I would wear this shirt aside from my costume. Not only because it’s not what I would typically wear, but also because it shrunk significantly in the wash. Thanks to the new cropped trend, I could make this shirt work. Don’t you just love how trends cycle? Not saying that you shouldn’t get right of old clothes but you never know when you’ll be able to bring out long forsaken wardrobe pieces!

Also, props to Emma Watson for her bravery when it came to cutting her hair. This bold pixie cut inspires me – and hopefully you – to continue taking fashion risks!



Overcoming My Disdain For Black Pants.

6 Oct

Okay, so … While searching through fashion inspiration online, I found this picture of Hilary Duff and really enjoyed what she had going on (aside from the fact that her pants appear significantly too long).

I thought this would be a good look to re-create … just one problem: I hate black pants. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not hating on black pants for being black pants … I just don’t like the memories that I carry with my black pants.

When I was in cosmetology school, we  were required to wear black pants every day. Ugh. That’s enough of a rut already. On top of that, we had to wear these big, ugly, parachute-esque smocks and closed-toe, black shoes. Because of this, I wore pretty much the same thing 5 days a week for about 11 months. Black pants are now my nemesis.

Attempting to re-create this look pulled on my creativity strings a bit considering I haven’t purchased a pair of black pants since 2007. I pulled out a pair from cos. school and after coloring in a bleach stain with a permanent black marker, they we ready to wear.

I really love the ones Hilary is wearing above, high wasited and wide leg. It works really well with the tucked in blouse … but considering I don’t own anything like that, I tweaked the look a bit.

Because the rise these pants is fairly low, I left my shirt untucked instead. Though in keeping with Ms. Duff’s look, I stuck with a blousy top. To give it some shape, I wrapped a scarf around my waist as a pseud0-belt.

The gold detail on the straps of my top is actually a pair of clip on earrings. One of my favorite clients at the salon gave me some of her Aunt’s old clip-ons that she had around her home. I’m so excited about them! Lots of fun things in store … 🙂

Here is a detail shot:

I also thought my sandals deserved a feature … considering this might be the last week I can get away with open toed shoes. I really love these. Dressier than a flip flop but just as comfy!

Outfit Breakdown.
Top: Target ($19.99)
Clip-On Earrings: Vintage and gifted.
Scarf: Gift, though purchased at Charlotte Russe
Bracelet: Forever 21 – Same as yesterday’s.
Pants: Forever 21
Shoes: The Gap

There we go. Black pants. I did it. There is a lesson in itself. Re-use old things you never thought you’d wear again. Give it another try. These pants were three years old and stained but as Tim Gunn would say, I “made it work”. Also, a few small additions to a simple top and it looks totally different! … Oh, the things accessorizing can do. Have fun!


Salon Workday – Professional yet Feminine

5 Oct

Happy Monday! Today I ran some errands in the morning and then had a short workday at the salon.

Shanty had a grooming appointment at noon and then afterwards Kai and I prepped for setting up our photography display at the Knapp’s Corner Starbucks. We had to make a trip to Office Max, Hobby Lobby, and our printing company so I didn’t want to look TOO dressy … but I also still needed to stick to our “no jeans” during the week policy at the salon.

I’m a bit of a risk taker when it comes to working in an environment where clothes are easily ruined. One splash of hair color or bleach and a garment is done for. I also don’t wear heels to work (usually). Sometimes I miss the days where I worked at the front desk as a receptionist because now I stand on my feet all day – not conducive to high heels. I also never ran the risk of damaging clothes back then. Keeping these things in mind, sometimes coming up with creative outfits for work is challenging.

Here’s what I sported today:
Shanty and I before her grooming appointment … my little fluff.

This shirt also can be worn off one shoulder, which I love. Not quite work appropriate though.

My hair-do. 🙂 Someday I’ll do some tutorials on easy styles! The clip is actually a pin that I purchased at a vintage store in Holland. I pinned it in like I would on a piece of clothing, and then secured it with bobby pins.

A close up of my belt. I made this for my 3 year anniversary – the same occasion I bought the flower pin from yesterday’s entry for. This belt is simply some beaded trim with ribbon attached. The ends of the ribbon are beginning to fray. I will have to buy something at the fabric store for that … one of these days.

Here’s how I originally used this piece:

A headband! I probably wouldn’t do this on a normal day, so I intentionally left the ribbon long enough to wear as a belt. I didn’t want this gorgeous trim to go to waste! And now that I’m seeing this picture, I really wish I had worn that pearl bracelet today. Shame!

Today in choosing my outfit, I started with my skirt and then built from there. I knew I needed to wear flats … then I added tights and had the bottom half all set. I pulled the gray top after scanning my closet and knew pale pink would be a good accent. I think it’s pretty clear that pale pink, gray, and I have been like this *insert crossed fingers here* lately.

Outfit Breakdown.
Top: The Gap (Originally $19.50)
Skirt: The Gap (Originally $49.50)
Belt: Homemade
Tights: Forever 21
Ballet flats: The Gap (Originally $39.50)
Pin: Vintage ($8)

Do you ever get lost when looking for something to wear? I know how that feels. Next time if you don’t know where to start, pick a single piece you want to wear and build from there!