Adult Swim

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Fun fact: Indianapolis is home to the largest children’s museum in the world. The only bad thing about the museum is that there are always a bunch of children there. Go figure. But in 2013, Adult Swim Indy was born. On this one night of the year, they open the museum up to adults only. Tickets are pricey because it’s a fundraiser, but thanks to the generosity of a friend (whose dad is a sponsor of the event), I got to go last year and again this past weekend.

It is…so. much. fun. Picture 2500 drunk grownups hula hooping and riding a carousel. There are tasty food samples from local vendors (beer cheese soup has changed my life), a DJ, and a drum circle surrounded by dinosaur skeletons. You can see a few photos from the night on my Instagram feed.

As an added bonus, Adult Swim has become sort of fashion show too! I think people really take advantage of the chance to wear something different from what they would wear on a typical weekend. I don’t know if you knew this about me, but I quite enjoy an excuse to put together a fun outfit, and this is what I came up with! I figured as long as I’m going to be at a children’s museum, I might as well act like a child and insist on wearing all my favorite things at once: plaid, leather, ankle boots, fun jewelry, red lipstick, and an unexpected hat that clashes with everything else. I’m a big girl…I’ll do what I want.

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And as long as I’m being childish, here are some funny faces:

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*Skirt and boots purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M.

How to Wear Ankle Boots (Part Deux)

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It’s been almost a year since I originally wrote about how to wear ankle boots. Back then I only had like 4 pairs, and now I have…you know…more than 4 pairs. I’ve learned so much since that first post. Most of it is about law, granted, but some of it is about ankle boots. So it seems like a good time to build upon last year’s advice. Welcome to How to Wear Ankle Boots (Part Deux)!

So. People seem to be wary of ankle boots for a couple of reasons. First, they’re worried they’ll look shorter and/or fatter because of how these boots are cut. Second, they just don’t know what to wear with the boots. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: The key to wearing ankle boots is elongating your legs as much as you can while still showing off the shape of the shoe.

Here are a few ways to wear ankle boots, and what to keep in mind along the way…

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I don’t know why cuffed jeans used to be a big fashion faux pas, but somewhere along the way things changed. Please. Do not be scared to roll ’em up. Roll or fold your jeans so the hem just barely hits the top of your boots. In case it isn’t obvious, this just applies to skinny/straight leg jeans. Don’t roll flared jeans – that’s crazy talk.

Keep in mind: This look should work well with wedge and heeled boots, but it can be a little trickier with flat boots. Ankle boots can easily make you look shorter, so if you’re already short (like me), just be really careful about proportions. And what about socks? That’s also a tricky issue. I think a peek of sock can be OK, but it can also ruin everything. You can play around with options, but if you want to err on the side of caution, I’d say stick with hidden socks.

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For shorties like me – and probably for most average-height ladies too – even chunkier ankle boots can work with skirts and dresses as long as they’re above the knee. Showing more leg makes your legs look longer, but let’s keep it decent, shall we?

Keep in mind: This shorter-is-better rule applies mainly to more causal boots, meaning ones with wider openings and chunky heels. A dressier ankle boot (like I’m wearing in the last photo in this post) is likely to work well with any length skirt!

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In case it hasn’t sunk in yet, making your legs look long and lean is pretty much my main piece of advice for pulling off these tricksy little shoes. Dark leggings are one of the most lengthening and leaning kinds of legwear I know of. In the photo on the left, I’m even wearing them with flat ankle boots.

Keep in mind: If I see you wearing leggings without a top long enough to cover your lady junk, I will yell at you in public, and it will be very embarrassing.

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When it gets too cold out, you might not  want that sliver of exposed skin between your boots and the bottom of your rolled up jeans. That’s when tucking comes in handy. I sometimes put my socks over the bottom of my jeans so they don’t ride up too much.

Keep in mind: This only works with skinny jeans, otherwise it looks pretty tucking weird. Ha…get it?

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Some ankle boots are basically just pumps with some extra coverage on the top of your feet. When the boots are nice and fitted to your feet with narrow openings and thin heels, you can wear them with just about anything you would normally wear pumps with.

Keep in mind: All those other rules are just some tips to get you started. Depending on how daring you are with your style, you could very well break some or all of them! But I saved this for last because otherwise you wouldn’t have read the rest of the post. And I worked hard on it.

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Warmer Days

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Seeing as how yesterday was freezing and snowy here in Indianapolis, it seems like an appropriate time to flash back to more temperate times. This was the last outfit I wore on my Florida Christmas vacation. I rewore these jeans and boots from my Day 1 outfit – I had to conserve suitcase space for all the generous gifts I got from Kristin and her family. They seriously know how to spoil a girl. I think I married into the right family 🙂

Hope you all stay warm and cozy! Or if you live somewhere warm…boo. I hate you.

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More Stuff I Wore

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If you saw how cozy I looked in my last outfit, you’re probably not surprised that I picked this cardigan to remix. Maybe I’ll just remix it every day for the rest of the month. Or maybe I should be impressed with myself for not spilling spaghetti sauce on it 2 days in a row and quit while I’m ahead. I didn’t actually eat spaghetti either day, but still…I wouldn’t have been surprised.

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Psychic Style

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As you all know by now, I’m doing this remix thang where the point is each day to re-wear something from the day before. Well, for this outfit from Saturday evening I re-wore something from Saturday morning. There’s no rule that says you can’t double up the remixing sometimes. You know how I know? Because I wrote the rules, bitches (I use bitches as a term of endearment).

I wore this for a friend’s birthday house party. I feel like dressing for house parties is tricky because you never know if they’re going to be casual or dressy. I usually just think about the style of the host and go from there. Something told me a leather skirt would be perfectly appropriate in the home of this particular friend. And wouldn’t you know it – the birthday girl herself was wearing a leather skirt, too! Not only am I stylish; I’m also psychic.

Oh, a quick reminder: The Enza Essentials giveaway ends on Thursday! Don’t forget to enter.

Shirt // similar Skirt* (on sale) // another similar Skirt (petite sizing) // similar Tights // Boots (in black suede) // Cuff* // Link Bracelet (extra 30% off w/ code BIGSALE) // similar Necklace // Lips “Plushest Punch”

*Skirt purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M; cuff bracelet provided courtesy of House of Gemmes.

Get Out

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As I mentioned Monday, I spent most of last weekend in my PJs doing homework. I did get a chance to venture out (had to make an exception for a friend visiting Indy) and this is what I wore. I was excited to get out of the house, but equally if not more excited to have an excuse to put together my first outfit in 3 days. Does that make me weird? Probably. Do I care? No. This cute Peter Pan collar top came in the mail last week and it wanted to go for a spin.

On another note, apparently I need to remind my landlord to mow the grass to a height that is more appropriate for showing off my boots. How inconsiderate.

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*Boots purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M.

Super Soft

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This is the softest shirt ever. So soft, in fact, that I worry it’s on the verge of just falling apart. I’ve had it several years but I’ve probably worn it less than 10 times. I’m trying to preserve it as long as possible, so I save up for one or two wears a year.

I realized the other day that summer was coming to an end and I still hadn’t worn the magically soft tee! So I busted it out and paired it with my recent fall-ready purchase: these fringed ankle boots. If you’re feeling sad about the end of summer, I recommend buying new boots. It gives you a reason to be excited about cooler weather. Or you could go ahead and wear them now even when it’s 80 degrees out. With your super soft summer tee. Best of both worlds!

(For more tips on wearing ankle boots – and some shopping links! – see my popular how-to post from last winter.)

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*Boots purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M.

Denim on (Colored) Denim

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Exciting news, friends! I am officially DONE with my second year of law school! The only slight downside is that I only have one year left to wear stuff like this on weekdays. I’ll relish it while I can.

I know I’ve already said it, but I’m so glad I finally got a jean jacket. I’ve already gotten 3 wears out of this guy. I’m still not a fan of doubling up on the blue denim (Texas Tuxedo style), but I’m cool with mixing the jacket with colored denim.  Throw in some polka dots, and it’s the perfect outfit for someone who’s 2/3 of a lawyer and 100% awesome.

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Feelings, Nothing More than Feelings

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So now that my February remix is over, you’d think I would be relieved not to be under any “pressure” when picking out my outfit. Instead I stare blankly at my closet not knowing where to start. “I can wearing clothez?!”

I ended up picking this sweater because I’ve only worn it once and I didn’t want it to be jealous of all the clothes I wore TWICE in a row last month. Don’t even try to tell me clothes don’t have feelings. I have to hang on to that idea to rationalize a lot of things. Such as: “There was only one more pair of these shoes left and I didn’t want them to be lonely.” See?

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