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Back in Color

6 May

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Top: Cotton On (similar)
Shorts: American Eagle
Shoes: Chinese Laundry (similar)
Sunglasses: c/o ZeroUV

While black and white was fun for a while, I was starting to miss color. So I donned this bright yellow-green sweater, and paired it with a bright red lip. The mesh makes it perfect for spring because it adds that extra layer, but it isn’t too warm.

When it’s warmer, I typically push up the sleeves of any sweater and jacket that I wear, but here the sleeves felt too bulky when I tried doing that. So instead I cuffed the sleeves a few times before pushing them up.

Tip: If where a shirt ends lines up where the sleeves end, you’ll have a straight line running across your midsection, which isn’t always the most flattering. To avoid this, push up your sleeves when you leave a longer shirt untucked, or leave them alone when you do tuck in.

Here I could have pushed my sleeves up a little for a more flattering look overall.

And how fun are these sunglasses? The perfectly round lenses make me feel a little like I’ve got alien eyes and that’s always fun. Also the detail on the side is so pretty that I feel like I need to have my hair up whenever I wear them.

Experiment in Dyeing: A review of RIT and iDye Poly Dyes

22 Apr

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Top: Charlotte Russe (similar)
Skirt: DIY (similar/similar)
Shoes: Steve Madden
Bracelet: Anna and Ava
Bag: Dooney and Bourke
Earrings: c/o Jami
Sunglasses: c/o ZeroUV

Recognize this skirt? How about if I told you that it used to be a different color?

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I completely love this skirt to pieces, so I was heartbroken when I spilled on it and I couldn’t get the stain out, no matter what I tried. So I decided to try something I hadn’t before; I thought that I’d try to dye it. I picked up a box of RIT dye in purple and hoped to get it to a radiant orchid color.

And despite the box saying clearly that the dye wasn’t recommended on 100% polyester, I tried it anyway. Lesson in following directions. After almost an hour I ended up with a still mostly pink skirt with lavender blotches all over.

Luckily I was able to find some iDye Poly at Joanns, which is meant specifically for polyester fabrics, and it worked amazingly well. The color was absorbed almost instantaneously, and all the stains (both the initial ones, and the ones I created by attempting to dye with the wrong kind of dye) disappeared. So while my skirt may not be Radiant Orchid, I’m completely in love with the vibrant purple color and am so glad I can keep wearing it.

To Tuck or Not To Tuck?

10 Apr

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Tank: Forever 21
Blazer: H&M
Pants: H&M
Sunglasses: c/o ZeroUV
Shoes: Jessica Simpson (similar)

My first instinct is to tuck most things in. It emphasizes the waistline and I feel like it always makes an outfit look more polished. So when I bought these pants almost a month ago, I immediately wanted to tuck drapey tops in. There were two problems with that:

  1. Tucking emphasized the significant amount of fabric around my hips, making these otherwise cute pants unflattering on me.
  2. Since the waist of the pants was lower, tucking in a loose top also meant that the skinniest part of me that you could see was where my pants hit, which was significantly wider than my natural waist.

So when I finally gave in and tried these pants with an untucked top, I was surprised and ended up being really happy with the result. The balance of the draped pant and fitted top works well here, and if I end up getting pants like this with a waistline at my natural waist then I’ll definitely try tucking those in, but until then…untucked it is!

Tip: Don’t stick to your style comfort zone because it’s easy. Keep in mind what parts of your body you like most, and try to put together outfits that cater to that.

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Also don’t my glasses rock? ZeroUV has so many super cute styles at an affordable price of $9.99. When I saw these I wasn’t sure if they were my style, but then I put them on, and I didn’t want to ever take them off. They’re just so fun! I also want this, this, and this, and given the price point I wouldn’t feel bad buying all three.