Over-Under

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When fall comes, I get so excited about layering again. I mean I love clothes, so the more I get to wear, the better. But after a few months, the excitement wears off. It’s kind of like marriage (juuuuust kidding, honey).

So to switch things up, I try to make some more creative and unexpected layering choices. One of my favorites is wearing a cardigan as a shirt (fully buttoned) with a layer over it like a vest or jacket. Did I just rock your whole world? If I did, you probably need a hobby, because a button-up cardigan is really not that exciting. Except when it’s zebra print.

Oh, and the repeat item is this vest! I have the Take One, Pass it On challenge to thank for inspiring my layering adventures today. And since I invented the Take One challenge, I guess I can thank myself. Good job, me.

Sunglasses (on sale) // similar Cardigan // similar Vest // Jeans // Belt // similar Spike Bracelet // similar Flower Bracelet // Shoes // Lipstick “No. 16 Pourpre Preview”

Nothing Like New Shoes

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Good news! You can stop holding your breath with anticipation because those shoes I told you about the other day came in! Oh, and they were BOGO so I got these boots for free! Nothing makes me happier than new shoes (except world peace and kittens), so I built this outfit from the feet up.

Speaking of new things, I got another shade of YSL Glossy Stain because I liked my first one so much. I went for this slightly purply pink because I’ve never worn a color like it before. What do you think? Lipstick is kind of a new obsession for me, so I’m just playing it by ear. Or by mouth. Whatever.

Sweater: LOFT, old (similar here and here)

Jeans: Madewell

Belt: Ann Taylor, old (similar)

Boots: Sole Society

Lips: YSL Glossy Stain No. 16 “Pourpre Preview”

Back in the Day

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OK, the leaf picture might have been staged. But I’m excited for fall.

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20120919-213006.jpgWhen I was in high school, the goal was to wear jeans with the lowest rise possible, and the only reason to tie your shirt was to show off your pink cubic zirconia belly button ring. (I didn’t have a belly button ring, but I probably wanted one at the time.)

If you had told me in 2002 that in ten years I would be wearing this outfit, I would have thought I turned into a major nerd. And I would be right, BUT my nerdiness is entirely separate from this outfit choice. The outfit is smart, not nerdy. In my old (relatively) age, I now realize that high-waisted bottoms make my short legs look longer, even in flats. And speaking of short, often times shirt hems and sleeves are overwhelming on me; cuffing the sleeves and knotting in the front fixes that problem! Live and learn.

Nerdy High-rise jeans available at Madewell