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.
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.
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.
I WENT TO PARIS.
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.
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.
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.
I guess this is the last of my fall style since it’s already winter in Germany. This ended too quickly.
Beanie: Forever 21
Necklace: Siberian Art Jewelry
Shoes: Sam & Libby
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
I rarely buy new clothes, which is why this outfit is a repeat of stuff I bought at least 3-5 years ago. I am a top-notch up-to-date blogger, you should follow me -_-
An old Burberry rip-off dress from ASOS, a maroon cardigan that I bought at Forever 21 during a lunch break back at one of my first jobs out of college and a scarf that I bought for $7 at Target for Fall 2012.
But the booties are new! I saw these while my cheap ass was browsing Primark on a Saturday afternoon. Fighting my way through older Turkish women and teenage American tourists, I finally decided to buy this last pair (which happened to be in my size) after admiring them for a couple of weeks and slowly watching their stock disappear.
Primark shoes may be cheap (these were 25 Euros) but they are ridiculously comfortable. I don’t know what they’re putting in the cushion of their shoes, but my granny feet don’t get sore nearly as fast as they do in my nicer footwear.
Cardigan: Forever 21
So I downloaded the app “Prisma” that lets you apply art filters over your photos. I’ve grown bored of my blog content, so I edited a few of my photos with the “Gothic” filter.
Alright, cool. Maybe this could work. I have a few photo concept ideas in mind because the standing-in-the-middle-of-the-shot-with-bokeh blog photo look is getting oooooooooooold.
But I did it anyway.
I found this dress a few months ago at Mango and immediately had my doubts about it before trying it on. The color, the belt, the material, the cut, all of it seemed wrong. It looks more straight and narrow when on a hanger, so when it slipped on comfortably and revealed its flirty feminine silhouette I was glad I put my insecurities aside and gave it a try.
After this find, I couldn’t help but wonder about all the other clothing items I put back on the rack because I had convinced myself that there’s no way it could look good on me.
I recently got off my ass and made a YouTube video discussing my apple-shaped figure and shared outfits using items in my wardrobe that I find flattering for my shape:
1. A long white shirt
I have a long torso, tree stumps for legs and enough hip width to carry quintuplets. This long Zara blouse hangs low in the front and back, but has high side slits which, in my opinion, create the illusion of longer legs when viewed from the side. I like this shirt a lot solely because it conceals my Grand Canyon hips and shows the smallest parts of my legs. My body already looks like a permanent fun house mirror reflection, so why not play up the illusions?
These were a recent purchase inspired by, yet again, Wendy. I have been consistently inspired by this woman’s style despite having a completely different frame than her. But she remains one of my favorites because she combines luxury items with affordable pieces, such as these flats. A lot of people may not think a pair of 80 Euro flats are affordable, but they’re quickly paying for themselves. I can wear jeans, a striped tee and these shoes and my outfit looks more interesting than if I had just thrown on simple solid black flats. The patent leather teeters on the edge of looking bondage-y, but I like that? It’s like hey, my feet are into some weird shit man. Plus they distract from my whale hips.
4. Tra tra trench coat
This trench coat makes me feel like a straight up proper lady. I can belt this bad boy over stained pants and a BABYMETAL t-shirt to walk my dog in the morning and I look like I am on my way to an overpriced brunch date. I specifically wanted a trench with a full skirt to conceal my beer belly and, you know, the military tank I call hips. But I have to be mindful of how tight I tie the belt to avoid back fat spillage. I had to edit out a couple clips from the video because it looked like I was growing an ass on my back. Winter is over, time to start Fitness Blender again…
5. A black midi skirt
SPECIFICALLY BLACK BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT MAKES IT TIMELESS. Hey! Do you want to wear something that makes it look like you’re about to spin around in a field of tulips? What if that clothing item was also appropriate for work, school, church, a first date, funeral, dancing, and basically just what the fuck ever you want to do? This skirt, man. THIS SKIRT. I bought this on clearance at Banana Republic and it makes me feel so free and pretty. I’ve worn it to my office job AND to the park on the same day, and it was appropriate for both occasions. It moves with the wind but doesn’t fly up and it’s a flattering and comfortable length. No awkward hem pulling required.
6. Black jeans
Again, color specific, but I’ve learned that they pair with almost anything in my wardrobe, for any season, and for any style. This $17 pair I got at Forever 21 is in constant rotation for me, and satisfy my shifting style. They’re high-waisted, so they help create the illusion of longer, thinner legs. This is ideal for my apple-shaped body since very little about my shape is well-defined. Pair these with black booties and a shirt with a high-low hem and it looks like you have slender tree limb legs. TRUST.