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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.

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.

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.

Am I kawaii yet?

I am often inspired by modern Japanese and Korean fashion. Most notably, I really like the look of long layered pieces draped over or slightly tucked into slim pants or flouncy skirts.

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I think it looks balanced and interesting, and I am still experimenting with this silhouette despite having a larger frame and thicker legs.

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The delicate netting of this top caught my eye at Zara. It’s fulfilling my need for spring but is thin enough to layer under a thick cardigan and coat since it’s still technically winter. The high neck is a pretty little peek-a-boo detail under my coat, and it has high slits on both sides.

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I layered a short black skirt under the top to add tiers, and in the warmer months I plan to replace it with a more flirty skirt in a color similar to the top to create the illusion of a dress.

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I matched the gold in the zipper of my boots with a gold pinky ring and thin necklace.

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Over-the-knee tights and leather boots kept my legs warm on this breezy March day.

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Top: Zara
Cardigan: Primark
Skirt: Madewell
Boots: Michael Kors
Tights: H&M
Necklace: Gift (very similar)
Ring: c/o SammyDress
Lips: NARS in Cruella

Do you have a particular culture that inspires your style? Is there a particular style you’ve always liked, but were too afraid to try?

I look like a jellyfish

Really, my scarf and the layers on top make me look like a jellyfish.

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In other news, I now have a German bank account and health insurance. I can get sick, and pay for it! But my cheap ass got the most basic coverage so I can’t get in some crazy accident or contract the Zika virus.

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Jacket: Target
Dress: Forever 21
Cardigan: Forever 21
Scarf: Target
Boots: Michael Kors
Earrings: Primark

I had a mini freak out last night when I went to bed. I ended up returning to my desk and studying German for two hours because my DSH exam is just a handful of weeks away, and my current visa expires in just a little over two weeks. I’ve been in some sticky situations, but needing to pass a language exam to avoid deportation is definitely not one of them.

A comfortable combo

I’ve been feeling winter fat lately, so in addition to cutting back on the Reibekuchen and Kroketten and exercising more regularly, I have been wearing things that don’t make me feel like a sausage trying to squeeze into a wine bottle.

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Ah, my happy place. A weightless skirt with a thick elastic band, a loose-fitted sweater, a long coat that covers my hips, boots that accentuate one of the smallest parts of my leg and a scarf that covers my German bakery double chin.

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I wear this silhouette a lot because it’s comfortable for me. I can even see a difference in my stance and posture when editing photos from a shoot. I have more photos to work with because I felt more confident and less like I had to stand a certain way to appear longer and less pudgy.

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Coat: Forever 21
Sweater: Forever 21
Skirt: Aeropostale
Boots: Michael Kors
Scarf: Zara
Ring: c/o SammyDress

Going for a run now.

Adjusting to life as an expat

You are looking at a girl who has now successfully shopped for chili ingredients (cumin = Kümmel), washed clothes in a German washing machine (there’s a “cook” option. What.) and totally weirded out the locals by smiling at them.

Things I have not adjusted to: Paying to use public bathrooms, even at McDonalds, dogs that are not required to be on a leash and the tiny, expensive glasses of water you are served at restaurants.

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Sweater: Forever 21
Pants: Forever 21
Boots: Michael Kors
Crossbody: Dooney & Bourke
Earrings: c/o Mirina Collections (20% off with code leah20)

It’s finally cold here, and I am slowly adjusting to using Celsius. But not the metric system, screw you.