last year, i put together 5 halloween costumes with things straight out of my closet, meaning i did not spend a single penny. i thought i would share them again this year for a little inspiration if anyone needs it. this year i am also in need of inspiration.. i'll let you know what i come up with!
so the clothes are obviously pretty cool, but the jewelry is really what i am taking away from this. it is oversized and true statement pieces. and on top of all that, they would make for a pretty great diy project. who is with me?!
images via style.com.
well.. i started to get back into the swing of this blogging thing and right when i was, BAM!, something bad happens.
a couple weeks ago, our apartment got broken into. they took my laptop and external hard drive, as well as my camera. i was happy because i knew my memory card wasn't in it, but it turned out they took that as well.
it is easy to move past losing material objects and hope the insurance company will help us out, but it is hard to get over having lost everything i have worked on.
so in trying to start fresh, here are my five outfits (and one hairdo, let's say i'm in a rut) i wore this week. for being taken with an iPhone, they aren't half bad.
so for thinking my style is versatile and always changing, i do end up with a certain uniform during the week.
monday's are the only day i can wear something 'fancy' or long since its the day i do less running around and less carrying armfuls of stuff up and down stairs.
friday's tend to be the day i do a lot of outfitting, so i like my own outfit to be a little more inspired.
i try to switch it up, but it is hard in this in between weather period. i am starting to look forward to some crisper weather, though i wouldn't dare say it out loud! one thing i can guarantee you is that you will find something around my waist at least three out of the five days.
yeah, this is what i was looking at in thursday's photo. crazy kittens!
if you have looked in a magazine, turned on the tv, or just walked out your front door, you know that crop tops are major right now. i, for one, know that they are NOT for everyone. i also know that they really aren't for my current body type either. with that being said, i like the way they look. i like to push the limits and break the rules. i also know there is a very certain way to wear them.
so if you are in the 90% off the population like me, here are a few tips:
- always pair your crop top with something high waisted. when i say high waisted, i mean high waisted. not a mid rise, not a high rise. it needs to hit at the smallest part of your waist and your belly button must be covered.
- add a layer. covering up more skin will make the small amount you are showing at your midriff not such a big deal.
-tie something around your waist. this trick i use a lot, not just for crops. if you tie at your waist, the sleeves should cover up the 'belly area' that hides most ladies least favorite body part. it is also useful in styling any outfit (shortening the length, changing the waist line).
- if you are wearing shorts or anything shorter in length, try a crop with sleeves (short or long). if you are wearing pants or anything maxi, crop tanks are okay.
- think of proportions: a more voluminous bottom calls for a smaller top and vise versa.
- and as always, try mixing prints and textures. have fun!
jacket and bag were thrifted. everything else came from urban outfitters (on sale).
i am sure a lot of you work in an office, or even indoors during the summer. i am sure a lot of you have to deal with air conditioning and know that the layers are on and off all day long. and if you are like me and work in ac, run up and down stairs all day, carry arm loads of things up and down said stairs, you know the real importance of layering.
the key here is to make sure that no matter which layer you put on or take off, it still looks like a complete outfit. multiple light layers looks more interesting than throwing on that cardigan hanging off the back of your desk chair.
camo jacket from goodwill - $5
sweater on a gift card way on sale at intermix - $75
stripe tee from madewell - $10
polka dot high waisted jeans from urban outfitters - $7
sandals from urban outfitters - $17
necklace from forever 21 - $8