Nude tights aren’t just for old ladies!

German women love to wear jeans. Skinny jeans, ankle jeans, boyfriend, etc. in blue, black or white. Skirts, dresses and heels almost seem forgotten in the city of Cologne, and I assumed it was a “European thing”…until I visited Paris last November.

Not only did I see more women in mini skirts, dresses and heels, but they also wore nude pantyhose! I abandoned sheer nude hosiery in my early teenage years after reading diss after diss about them in Teen Vogue and Seventeen Magazine. I certainly didn’t want to be associated with anything deemed “dowdy” and “outdated.”

BUT THEN PARIS HAPPENED.

Gah, bare legs in February? Nah brah, nude pantyhose! I like black tights, but I don’t like how they look with light-colored shoes. I couldn’t wait to wear these boots with bare legs, so I bought a few cheap pairs of nude pantyhose at Primark to try the look.

First off, my legs were warm. I am wearing a 20 denier pair in these photos, which is thinner than my typical black pairs, but in 46 degrees Fahrenheit, 8 degrees Celsius weather, I felt fine. I received some confused looks from passersby, but that may have also been because I was on a giant metal dock taking photos of myself.

This pair was especially tight, which I’ve read is ideal to avoid sagging. No one wants to look like they have wrinkly ankles. I had to be especially careful when putting them on because the last pair I bought to try this little “experiment” ripped as soon as I tried to fit the control top over my beer gut. My finger went straight through it, resulting in a run reaching all the way to my knee. Not cute.

Dress: H&M
Jacket: c/o Sammydress
Boots: KIOMI
Scarf: c/o Sammydress
Tights: Primark
Earrings: Primark

This isn’t the last time you’ll see me in nude tights this winter and spring. I already know I will integrate this Parisian trick into my wardrobe. I think as long as I stay away from tweed suits and pearls, I should be fine?

If you would like to see this outfit in motion, check out my latest style video featuring three neutral outfits:

Who wore it better: Gray wool couch edition

Do you ever feel
like a gray wool couch?
Walking through the trees,
don’t sit on me please.

Yes, it’s a battle of the gray today. One thing is soft, woolly and takes up a large amount of space and the other is a couch. Who is sporting their gray, thick exterior the best?

I think it may be a tie. But in all seriousness, this outfit is extremely warm. Besides the fraction of leg that is only covered by tights, the rest of my core temperature is pleasantly high in this wool sweater, coat and over-the-knee socks. Paired with my leather boots and a thick scarf, I am absolutely shielded against winter’s cold bitch slap.

Coat: Zara
Sweater: Forever 21
Skirt: Madewell
Boots: Michael Kors
Scarf: Primark
Socks: Target

Check out the last “Who wore it better” battle against Moses here.

Who (or what) will I challenge next? We’ll find out whenever I get around to it.

Taking a break from black and giving nude boots a try

No one notices or cares, but I’m tired of wearing black on the bottom of every outfit this winter. I typically reach for black tights and boots or black jeans because they’re flattering and easy to work with. But this year I want to test my style a bit and try new things. We’ll see how long that lasts.

I originally wanted a pair of dark brown or gray booties, but saw this type of boot enough on Instagram and Pinterest to make me want to give it a try. I think they look better with bare legs and sundresses, but it’s still too early in the year to pretend it’s warm enough outside for that. I’m looking at you, popular fashion bloggers. Wearing sundresses late February to keep up with trends. Aren’t you cold?

I like them, but I think I’ve managed to make my legs look even shorter with the cuffed ankle hem. I maybe won’t wear this look again but instead buy a pair of nude tights so I can start wearing these boots with dresses and skirts. I’m just not a pants fan.

Even though it was 4 degree Celsius, 39 degrees Fahrenheit outside, I was warm in this plaid sweater. It’s extremely thick and has enough draped fabric to bundle up in.

Sweater: Primark
Top: Dorothy Perkins
Jeans: Topshop
Boots: KIOMI
Bag: c/o Dezzal
Necklace: Siberian Art Jewelry

This was my first time wearing these boots out, and of course I got them dirty during this shoot. How do you clean mud off suede? I’m an idiot.

Wearing all those winter sales

Whoever says gift cards are too impersonal and not a “proper gift” can suffocate themselves with my new discount sweaters. I received a couple for Christmas and spent more time than I should have browsing for clothes, meticulously trying to put together a full outfit and keep it very close to my gift card amount. I settled on a few sweaters, booties (not pictured here) and a pair of black Topshop jeans.

I also found a sweet blazer coat at Zara that makes me feel somewhat British? I don’t know, there’s something about it that makes me feel like I “stole me grandad’s old wool sport coat” (feel free to slap me) and turned it into fashion.

My orange scarf is from Zara Fall 2016, which I lovingly refer to as my Moses scarf.

My bag is from Dezzal, which you can read a review about here, and my booties are an extremely old and loved pair from Urban Outfitters.

And the tiniest yet mightiest new addition to my wardrobe is this crescent moon necklace, which is something I had my eye on at Urban Outfitters until I found one for a fraction of the price (and in rose gold!) at H&M.

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Now that my new wardrobe addition introductions are out of the way, I hope you all had a fat, drunken Christmas and are ready for the new year. I have a lot of ideas I’m ready to see through, and a lot of goals I want to meet this year, starting with my FREAKING GERMAN TEST THAT HAS BEEN HAUNTING ME FOR ALMOST TWO YEARS.

Happy 2017! Let’s get this shiz started.

Why do I always wear this style of skirt?

I’m not going to lie, I have about 7 or 8 skirts in this style. Knee-length, sometimes pleated and dark blue. If you’ve followed my blog for a while (you haven’t, who would want to do that?) then you’ve probably noticed that I repeat a lot of the same silhouettes. I just like it….?

Actually, I don’t. I’ve been wanting to change my style for the better part of this year but a 70% pay cut sort of, you know, killed that dream.

I’m a fan of the Japanese school girl Kogal (kogyaru) style and Harajuku fashion in general, but I feel too old and out of shape to pull off majority of these styles. I was giving the over-the-knee socks a try for a while, but my 28th birthday is creeping in on me so it just started to feel…immature.

I still gravitated toward this plaid skirt, and paired it with a loose fitting blouse and pointy flats for a bit more maturity. I don’t know why, but I only like to wear plaid items in December and January. It just feels off to wear it any other month, like wearing a sundress in February with tights. It doesn’t look….right?

Top: H&M
Skirt: Clockhouse
Shoes: Topshop
Tights: Clockhouse
Ring: H&M

So I spent more time than I care to admit playing with light drawing. I decided to keep one experiment for this post, but got a bit carried away. I still need to hone my backwards spelling abilities, but for now, here are my shit attempts.

Yes, that is supposed to say “Morning Ink.” It’s not easy to write backwards, god!

Pretty much.

Smokin’ and slender in your Homecoming dress

There may not be a more wonderful compliment for young women than to hear how “slender” or “slim” they look in their homecoming dress. Alright, it’s easy to appeal to a young girls’ insecurities, but looking slender and elegant is something that can be accomplished by proper shopping and a bit of time and energy.

We recommend avoiding bridal shops, because you are in high school and not about to become a teenage bride (well, at least the majority of you are not). For starters, you should shop in a store that is dedicated to high school aged formal girls’ wear – this means a focus on Homecoming and Prom, which are two of the biggest social events in high school. The first thing to do is find a reputable prom and homecoming dress shop, such as Peaches Boutique. If you’re unable to visit their impressive store in Chicago, Illinois, shopping online is the next best thing since you can shop 24/7 and take your time without your mother or companion breathing down your neck to “finish up” or lament how they are “ready to go.” See their dress collections at: https://www.peachesboutique.com/dresses/occasion/homecoming

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In 2010, New York Times Best-Selling writer Charla Krupp, wrote “How to Never Look Fat Again” and she has some great advice that will translate perfectly well into the quest for your Homecoming dress.

• Well Shod

If you have the stamina, strong feet and experience, wear “skinny heels with pointy toes” with your prom gown. Your legs will be instantly slenderized and sexy because the “slim toe and thin heel” work to lengthen the slim shape of calves. Your legs will look bulky if you choose square-toed shoes and chunky heels.

• Exposed (But In A Good Way)

A deep V-neck (a hot trend for Prom 2017, by the way) dress makes your body look longer and slimmer. It also brings the focus of your dress to the top and will make your proportions not only look proper, but thinner. V-necks can “visually balance broad hips and thighs,” notes InStyle Magazine.

• Undercover

“Spanx” has become part of the common vernacular now, but you don’t need to buy pieces of the popular, but pricey brand. Just consider good support garments, which are now more commonly called “Shapewear.” Shapewear pieces can feature extra-firm belly control, they can lift your bottom, smooth and lift your breasts and just make you look better from “the inside out.”

• Brown-Out

Faux tans are popular in Hollywood for a reason – if a starlet isn’t laying out in the sun (protected by sun screen that allows for some tanning), she’s having it air brushed on—why? Because it makes her look more slender. Or, she may opt for a do-it-yourself kit in which you rub the self-tanner into your skin like lotion and you instantly develop a tan. If you have any kind of skin blemish on your body, your exposed arms and legs will look smooth and even.

• Mono-a-Mono

Yes, that’s a play on “mano-y-mano,” and what we mean is monochromatic coloring. Choosing a single color to wear from top to bottom (and if for Homecoming you’re wearing a short dress, this trick applies too) will create a vertical line. You’ll instantly appear thinner and taller. If you draw attention with a contrasting color to your bodice or waist area, that’s where eyes will be drawn – and it cuts you in half (or thirds…).

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• Other “Lengthening” Tips

  1. Choose a shoe color to match your skin
  2. Wear jewelry that is long or vertical, rather than horizontal
  3. Wear your hair off of your face and high up on your head
  4. Pick a simple ensemble without a lot of distractions throughout the fabric
  5. Choose “slenderizing” fabrics – this means flat. Since formals are often velvet, brocade, damask, taffeta, tulle, satin, boucle, etc., use care in deciding.

Take note of all those tips and you’re sure to look stunning on homecoming night!

Outfit pictures I took right before it became cold as balls

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These were supposed to be published on Thanksgiving with a blog post that said something like, “Look at all the Thanksgiving colors I’m wearing! I’m a giant cornucopia!” or something stupid, but I was too busy hanging with a friend from back home in PARIS.

PARIS.

I WENT TO PARIS.

 

 

 

PARIS.

HOW.

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I’m still amazed, and forever thankful that I have the opportunity now to do such fun things. But back to this color vomit of an outfit.

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The last of the fall leaves were being blow away on this day, and it was warm enough to wear a light jacket and be completely comfortable. I recently bought this skirt, and wanted to play with color. I’m still not sure if light pink and dark orange work, but I like it anyway.

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I go through phases of wanting to wear nothing but black, or as much color as possible. Sometimes I want to fit in with the Germans I see downtown Cologne, but often it becomes boring and monotonous constantly wearing a black coat and gray scarf.

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I guess this is the last of my fall style since it’s already winter in Germany. This ended too quickly.

Top: H&M
Skirt: Clockhouse
Jacket: H&M
Beanie: Forever 21
Necklace: Siberian Art Jewelry
Shoes: Sam & Libby