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Outfits of the Week: Spring Edition

Here’s a compilation of the outfits I wore last week! If you would like to see these outfits in motion, check out my newest video here:

Monday

Black on black, and possibly for the last time because I am in a spring state of mind. All I want to do is wear pretty dresses now, but this outfit was perfect for trying on clothes and getting pissed at H&M’s weird sizing. How can their tops be so loose, yet have such tight arms? How?!

Tuesday

Okay, all I did was work and workout on this day, but I wanted to show my new pink training shoes. They’re a cheap pair from Primark and will probably fall apart in a couple weeks, but they make me happy when I wear them and that’s all that matters right?

My poor knees and limbs hate me.

Wednesday

I wanted to wear this lightweight mustard trench/cardigan before it gets too warm for any outer layers. I was trying to achieve an androgynous look, but my flats and blouse lean more on the feminine side.

Thursday

This was my favorite outfit, and I actually wore it again with a cropped leather jacket to dinner a few days later. Floral dresses and flats are my go-to outfit, and I’m thankful I can finally put my tights away and enjoy actual sunshine on my legs.

Friday

Same outfit as before, slightly different styles. I had an Instagram-worthy time hanging out on my balcony for the first time this year.

Saturday

I’m trying to wear more European brands since that’s what’s affordable and available to me now. I bought this sweet skirt from Mint & Berry for only 13 Euros, and it’s just so pretty. I felt whimsical biking around looking for a location to shoot these photos, and I can’t wait to wear it more this summer. I wasn’t a fan of the high-low trend a couple years ago, but I think this skirt is an exception.

And…..that’s it. Going to go tan my ghost legs now.

I have risen from the blogger dead

This past month I have been knee-deep in German grammar rules, practice tests, flash cards and YouTube lessons in preparation for my B2 German exam I took on March 11. This is the third time I have taken a German language exam because my brain has just as much prejudice against this language as it does with Math. I mean, there are words like “Verwandtschaftsbeziehungen.” I don’t like it.

But now I am back to taking mediocre photos of my old clothes, and it feels good. I don’t have much of a spring wardrobe yet, and it will probably just be a few new pieces I add to my already existing wardrobe, as usual.

I came across this photo on Pinterest and it made me want to wear this skirt. My boyfriend and I are still in our mustard craze from last summer. We were even in Partnerlook (German word for wearing matching clothes) on this day too:

It’s pushing 60 degrees here in Germany, which means my jean jacket with a long sleeve top was perfectly acceptable. I still got confused looks from passersby about my “bare legs,” but what they don’t know is that I am living it up in nude tights. They’re seriously the best winter to spring transitional hosiery.

Top: Dorothy Perkins
Skirt: Forever 21
Jacket: American Eagle
Boots: KIOMI

Also, I have been uploading videos on my YouTube channel. Here is my most recent styling video featuring three neutral outfits:

I have more videos coming soon too since I finally have the time to work on it. Freaking German.

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.

Sweater|Jeans

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.