Archive | May, 2013

Tie-dyed Jeans – A Happy Accident

31 May

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Jeans : Unknown (see original here)
Shirt : Gap
Shoes : Unknown

Yesterday I had a ton of work to do, and in standard Mega fashion I came up with a good way to procrastinate. I decided I was going to try to bleach an old pair of jeans that I never wear because it’s an odd wash, and turn them into a brand new white pair of jeans. But things didn’t end up exactly as planned.

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I only had a small amount of bleach at home, but I figured might as well give it a shot and mixed the bleach with enough water  to submerge my jeans. Turns out leaving jeans all crumpled up in a smallish bucket with bleach ends up turning them tie-dye, even if you’re moving them around every 30min or so. I ended up leaving the jeans in the bucket for almost 20 hours and didn’t bother with mixing them after the first 4 hours or so.

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The end result is kind of cool, but I wish the front looked more evenly tie-dyed like the back does. I think I’m still going to try to bleach them to white, but before that I wanted to take these fun jeans for a spin.

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Featured Fashion Link Roundup 5/30

30 May

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I’m excited to announce that Dress Up on a Cloudy Day has yet again been featured on IFB’s weekly fashion post round up. Each week the Independent Fashion Blogger Network hand selects 20 posts that it deems to be the best, and this time my collaboration post “8 Ways to Mix Prints” has been featured. In the past, my analogous color mixing post and my ways to wear a striped top post have also been featured.

I also hope you check out the other great posts that were featured this week! I know I’m going to try making myself some new shorts with Cella Jane’s DIY shorts tutorial, and Kittenhood’s jewelry post has inspired me to to pick up a bag of pistachios next time I go to the store.

I’m still having fun with my new bangs, so expect to see a bang heavy outfit post tomorrow ;).

 

Unveiling of My New Hair

28 May

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Do you remember how I mentioned that I was obsessing about straight bangs in my 5 things about me post? Well, you gals gave me that little push that I needed to feel confident about getting them cut! And the salon I was going to was offering a great deal, so I decided to get highlights for the first time as well.

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Top : H&M (check in store)
Pants : Macys (similar)
Shoes : Abella
Belt : Forever 21

Aren’t the bangs fun? They’re definitely a completely different look for me. At first I wasn’t sure what to make of it, but after staring at them in the mirror for a little while I’m really loving them. I think I might take some scissors and trim the sides so they’re more straight and less U-shaped though. I’m going to wait until I wash and style it myself to see, but I think if the bangs were straight across instead of slightly curved on the sides they might be more flattering.

As for the color my stylist recommended balayage instead of traditional highlights, for a more subtle natural look and I really like how they came out. Balayage is basically a technique where the stylist handpaints the color directly onto the hair instead of using foils. And since the highlights done this way don’t go all the way up to the roots, they’re much more natural looking and they’re also low-maintenance!

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My new hair makes me feel like I’ve stepped off the pages of a magazine! It’s funny how the smallest of changes to your hair can make such a huge difference. Now I just have to see if I can replicate the styling at home.

Indian Traditional Wear

26 May

I have a little bit of an unusual post for you today, but I hope you enjoy it just the same!

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Growing up in the U.S. with a close circle of Indian family friends, my formal party attire has always been mixed: sometimes dresses and skirts, and sometimes in traditional Indian clothing. Indian traditional clothing ranges from an Indian styled skirt and top called a gaghra, salwars which are like a tunic and a matching pant, half-sarees (a pseudo saree that’s really a skirt that you then wrap a short piece of cloth around), and the well-known sarees.

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For me sarees were always the Holy Grail. Sarees are typically worn by adults, so I had to wait to reach a certain age before being able to wear them, but now that I’m old enough, I can’t get enough of them. For those of you who aren’t familiar with sarees, they’re literally six yards of fabric that you pleat and fold into an outfit.

They’re typically paired with a matching underskirt and a blouse. There was a time where a blouse was made of the same fabric as the saree, but nowadays it’s more typical to wear a contrasting, but still matching blouse. Here I grabbed an older blouse that I had, did a little bit of alteration to open up the back a little more, and paired it with this saree.

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Sarees are amazing. They look flattering on anyone and any body type, and there’s so much room for self expression in them. You can pleat and wear a saree in multiple different ways depending on how you want it to hang and what parts of the saree/your figure you want to show off. And then you have the blouses that can completely transform the look of a saree from old to young.

I guess you could say the closest equivalent to a saree that you can find in western fashion is a convertible wrap dress, but even that can’t possibly come close to capturing all of the richness, culture, and color you can find in sarees.

This particular saree I wore for a wedding I attended yesterday, and I’m always astounded how comfortable they are. 6 yards of pleated fabric, a few pins and a blouse, and still I had no issue rocking it up on the dance floor.

P.S. I’m excited to tell you guys that I booked an appointment on this Tuesday to get me some straight bangs. I’ll also be coloring my virgin hair for the first time! So keep your eyes out for an unveiling of my new hair come Tuesday.

P.P.S. Be sure to let me know in the comments if you’d like to see more posts like this in the future!

8 Ways to Mix Prints

24 May

Been collaborating with some fantastic bloggers for the past few weeks to put together a great post for you guys and I’m really happy with the end result. I’m sure you guys won’t be disappointed.

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Print mixing is one of those things that fashion magazines often make sound more intimidating than they actually are. It’s really quite simple.

Use the following tips to help guide you:

  • Pair together similar colors.
  • Polka dots, stripes, and animal prints can be treated almost like solids : they go with pretty much anything.
  • Pick one bolder pattern and keep the rest more neutral and simple.
  • Play with the scale of prints by mixing a small print with a larger one.
  • Use a solid colored piece like a belt or a jacket to break up different prints.
  • Choose prints that have one color in common for effortless print mixing.

 

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Polka Dot Pants : Old Navy (similar)
Top : Charlotte Russe (similar)
Shoes : Unknown (similar)

In my outfit, I paired my polka dot pants with a floral top. Since I paired a small scale polka dot with the larger scale, bolder floral print, the effect of the print mixing was subtle and not at all jarring to the eye. I also picked patterns that were all in the same color story, which makes the outfit feel more like one unified piece and not like a modge podge of different elements.

I would typically recommend staying with 2 prints, but because my polka dot print was so subtle, I added a little extra pop with a graphic pair of flats.

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A good way to dip your toes in print mixing is to find yourself a bag, scarf, or pair of shoes with a fun print. Since all these pieces are on the smaller side, it’s easy to pair them with any printed pieces that you may already have in your wardrobe. Just keep those style tips in mind and you’ll be golden.

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the featured bloggers print mixing outfits:
Kristina from Kristina does the Internets
Reid from The Fashion Blender
Cayli from Nightchayde
Elizabeth from Undeniably, me
Brittany from Piece, Love and Sole
Terry from Oh, Ivory
Jo-Anne from Myself Expressed

I plan on organizing another collaboration post similar to this one in June so if you think you might be interested shoot me an email at dressuponacloudyday@gmail.com. Looking forward to hearing you all!

5 Things You May Not Know About Me

21 May

I got tagged for a 5 Things About Me post by Reid from Fashion Blender, so you my wonderful readers are going to find out more about me than you probably want to know ;). Reid and I met recently, and we’re working with a handful of other bloggers to put together a great style post, so keep your eyes open for that. Until then, here’s a little bit about me:

1. I speak fluent French.
I’ve studied French for over 8 years, and I’ve also spent 6 months abroad in Bordeaux, France. To be honest, I’m kind of obsessed with it all: the language, architecture, the food…Ohh how I miss those heavenly buttery croissants.

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2. I’m a science geek and I plan to be a doctor.
Yep, my passions are definitely wide and varied, but at least you can’t say that I’m not interesting! I recently graduated college so now I’m in the process of applying to medical schools and all of that other fun stuff. This also means that I’ll likely be in school for a long time before I start working, but I know it’ll be completely worth it!

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3. I’m a total Disney girl.

Doesn’t matter if it’s the old stuff or the new stuff. I loved all of it when I was growing up, and it’s stuck with me through the years. I think it goes along with that love of happily ever afters.

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4. I love to bake!
I experiment with cooking sometimes, but baking is my real passion. I think that may be my sweet tooth talking, but there is really so much more room to have fun and be creative when you’re baking.

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5. I really want to get straight bangs but I don’t know if they’ll suit me.

Last time I had bangs was when I was like 1 or 2 and had a mushroom cut, and for some reason, that was a time in my life when my hair was pin straight. Now my hair is definitely not straight, and I know it would require additional styling time every morning, but my primary concern is that I don’t know if they’d be flattering on me or not. What do you guys think?
P.S. Please excuse my ridiculous photoshopping.

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I’d love to know more about some of the other bloggers I follow too, so I’m tagging five of my favorites:

1. Célèste from Fashion is Evolution
2. Gabrielle from Look Sharp, Sconnie
3. Catherine from Small Town, Big Wardrobe
4. Heidi from Frantic but Fabulous
5. Kristina from Kristina does the Internets

Why Neutrals Can Be Amazing

19 May

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Dress : c/o Mfandj*
Clutch : c/o Bonne Amie Boutique*
Shoes : City Struts (similar)
Belt : Charlotte Russe (Similar)

I know I’m always obsessing about color, but neutrals also make fantastic outfits. The nice thing about wearing neutrals is that you really can call attention to the gorgeous textures and prints that you’re wearing.

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This dress and clutch are wonderful designs from Etsy sellers Mfandj and Bonne Amie Boutique. The white polka-dot print of the clutch pops perfectly against the soft gray lace dress, and the darker heels and belt balance out the spectrum of colors.

I hope to experiment with different hairstyles in the future. I’ve realized I tend to be really lazy with my hair. Do you guys have any easy favorite hairstyles?

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Bonne Amie Boutique is offering the readers of Dress Up on a Cloudy Day a 10% discount on their products from now until May 30 with the code DRESSUP10 and Mfandj is offering a 10% discount from now until June 8 with the code DUCD10. Take this opportunity to check out both of these designer’s fantastic products!

* These products were given to me courtesy of (c/o) Mfandj and Bonne Amie Boutique, but all opinions and writing are of my own.