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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

Does this hat make me look like the boot scootin’ Texan I am?

I found this hat at Primark for like, 8 Euros, I don’t know, but was excited to see that it was 100% wool, not obnoxiously huge and came with a small simple buckle. I was sold on this style of hat from Instagram and other bloggers I follow, despite it being something I wouldn’t normally buy.

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BUT COULD I LOOK MORE TEXAN? I didn’t even see the resemblance until I was editing these photos and realized how much my jean jacket and wannabe cowboy hat make me look prematurely prepared for the rodeo.

I MEAN

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I can pretend to look pensive while staring at the ground all I want but it does not erase the fact that I should be on a dance floor somewhere doing the Boot Scootin’ Boogie.

Maybe I’m overreacting.

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Just maybe.

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I really like this outfit though. I bought these black jeans as a replacement for my cheap ass Forever 21 pair I ripped when squatting at work. They’re super soft and warm, but attract my dog’s hair like a magnet. He doesn’t even shed that much, but nope, everything that does come off of him lands on my pants.

Top: H&M
Pants: Clockhouse
Jacket: American Eagle
Boots: Michael Kors
Hat: Primark
Scarf: c/o Sammydress
Rings: c/o Sammydress

I miss Texas.

Zaful review: Pointed ankle boots

I am on a review roll, please bear with me.

Zaful is an affordable clothing site with trendy unique pieces. Similar to Dezzal, the site is focused on providing clothes from new designers without a middleman, as is claimed at the bottom of their “About Us” section. I was impressed with the site’s shoe collection since finding timeless shoe selections on most fast fashion sites is becoming a chore. I am not in the market for furry sneakers, thanks.

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I picked these pointed ankle boots with elastic sides because they resemble a pair I’ve had my eyes on at Zara, BUT MAN DID I SCREW UP. I wear a size 40 and the closest size available is 39…but I got them anyway. They, well, they hurt, but it’s not the shoe’s fault. I put a lot of faith into them fitting since I sometimes wear a 39 at Primark, Zara and H&M. But no, these are true to its size.

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The shoes arrived within three weeks, which has been the average shipping time for foreign goods I’ve reviewed previously. They were shipped in a standard box with what I assume is the design label’s name, “Nuo Mei Deng,” which I actually didn’t know before they arrived. The name is not listed anywhere on the product description, but it wouldn’t have affected my decision anyway.

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Everything was appropriately packaged with foam inserts to maintain the shape and wrapped in soft packing material and plastic. The shoes were completely unharmed from shipping and are exactly as they appeared on the website.

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The heel is exactly 8 centimeters, as listed in the description, but something I wish I had paid more attention to. I didn’t think the heel looked that tall in the photo, but it’s quite high in person. I’m probably just a wuss.

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I wore these shoes briefly around my apartment and for these photos, and they immediately started to crease. This is expected with leather, but there is a part on the front of the shoe that curves up near the elastic part when I put them on, but it may be because my foot is curled inside of it and therefore distorting the shape.

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I have short legs, so I appreciate the length these boots add to my legs and feet, and how slimming the ankle is. I aim to add more timeless pieces to my wardrobe, and can see these staying in style for years…if they fit. Man, what was I thinking?

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Boots: c/o Zaful
Sweater: Forever 21
Skirt: Forever 21

If you’re new to Zaful like I am, check out their Facebook page and Instagram feed for giveaways and style inspiration!

It’s not street style if it’s not on a street

What kind of style blogging photos are most appealing to you? Simple white backgrounds with plenty of light, curated dreamy nature photos or city shots? Are you more drawn to a person’s outfit if they are standing on a New York sidewalk or walking down a grassy pathway surrounded by apple trees?

Two of my favorite bloggers are Rebecca from A Clothes Horse and Wendy from Wendy’s Lookbook. They are completely different from one another, but are very talented at what they do. Wendy’s luxurious style shot against street scenes bathed in golden hour light inspired me to start my blog. She tests and reimagines feminine silhouettes, and eloquently explains her outfits and style ideas. Rebecca self-shoots whimsical nature photos with rich color and a careful focus on details. I was heavily inspired by her to take my own photos but I don’t have half of her eye for backdrops and settings.

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I often complain about not having simple access to an attractive sidewalk in the city for shooting blog photos. For the nearly four years I have had this blog, I’ve never shot photos in a city center despite the setting being popular among the most well-known bloggers. I realize how unoriginal I am being, but it’s not difficult to see that a simple gray or white background really helps an outfit pop.

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I typically bike around my neighborhood and depend on the scenery outside of my apartment to suffice. This has led to more unrealistic forest shots than I would like, and a complete misrepresentation of the life I live. I don’t spend a lot of time among trees and farms, but it has become my “style.”

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I don’t like to give in to the pressure of making my blog into something that sells, which is why I abstain from white-washed backgrounds and excessive affiliate links. I admit that true “street style” is more appealing to the current masses than my romps in the forest in clothing repeats, but it’s what I’m working with.

This sweater and necklace are not repeats though, and they’re the epitome of fall for me. My cardigan is basically a wearable blanket, and my necklace is eye-catching enough to stand out against the large plaid print. I was looking forward to wearing this cool Dezzal find because it looks like the kind of jewelry I wish I could have made in my college jewelry-making class. It plays a trick on the eye, because it is a bit thicker in real life than how it appears in the photo, and is earthy yet modern with the geometric wood and white shapes.

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Sweater: Primark
Dress: Forever 21
Boots: Michael Kors
Necklace: c/o Dezzal

I took Coco Chanel’s advice today and removed one accessory before leaving the house to take these photos. My new wool fedora made this outfit look like trendy trash, so I’ll save it for another blog post.

October 1st

I didn’t experience a noticeable shift in seasons while growing up in Texas. Summer lasts well into September, and the leaves seemed to go from green to brown overnight. I remember eagerly watching the weather report at the start of October to see if a cool front was headed our way. I longed for the smell of autumn, wearing my hoodie to school and having hot cocoa at home. It was even more exciting when it was cold enough to light the fireplace in our living room and sit comfortably in pajama pants and sweaters.

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It wasn’t until I started college in Indiana did I really get to see what Fall is supposed to look like. The trees looked like the ones I had seen in movies and calendars, and the chill in the air came sooner. I replaced my hot cocoa with coffee and pumpkin beer, and actually had a reason to buy a proper coat.

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I moved to Germany last December and have had the pleasure of experiencing a proper shift in seasons for a full year (and hopefully many years to come). Pumpkin lattes are also a thing here, but so are hedgehogs as decorations and drinking mulled wine, something I am not accustomed to. Halloween is not popular and is overshadowed by Oktoberfest, but this isn’t stopping me from decorating our balcony with a giant spider and web.

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To celebrate the haunting yet festive spirit of October, I wore this Gothic-style feminine dress with a pair of Blucher shoes I bought too late into Winter this year. This dress is definitely an upgrade from my black hoodies, but still captures a dark feel with its lace detailing on the bodice and haunting print. It’s lightweight with elastic lace at the end of the sleeves and is fully lined. This is probably my favorite Dezzal piece so far.

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Dress: c/o Dezzal
Shoes: Zara
Rings: Forever 21

Happy October.

A crappy poem about pants

What is this crease in the middle of my gut?
Tis a mark from where the pants cut.
Along the middle, through the thighs
This woven material is my demise.

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Can’t walk, legs constricted
Tapered cut, ankles evicted.

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I want to like you, pants, I really do
But when it comes to basic life activities, what’s a girl to do?
You’re stiff, expensive, can’t be washed every day and more
I just had to throw away two pairs recently that tore.

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This is my last pair, but not for a while

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If I had a son, his name wouldn’t be Kyle…

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But look, I wore you today
You’re still incorporated into my wardrobe no matter what I say.

Top: Primark
Cardigan: Primark
Jeans: Topshop
Shoes: Urban Outfitters
Watch: c/o SammyDress

A basic woman wearing white before Labor Day

I didn’t plan this, really.

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I wrestled with buying this skirt because I really like how it fits, but knew it would be difficult to style for fall. I’m actually trying to figure out some outfits and put them together into a YouTube video that I will finish….sometime here it is!

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Skirt: H&M
Top: Forever 21
Jacket: American Eagle
Shoes: ZARA
Necklace: Forever 21

Enjoy the long weekend back in America, y’all.