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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 I certainly didn’t want to be associated with anything deemed “dowdy” and “outdated.”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:

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.

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 lot of old, something new

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 -_-

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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.

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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.

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Dress: ASOS
Cardigan: Forever 21
Scarf: Target
Boots: Primark

I want to build a new Fall wardrobe, especially now that Germany has given up its weak attempt at a summer. I’ve given in to the world of Pinterest and started gathering ideas for this season. Just getting tired of the same ol’ same ol’ you know?

When your future relies on a language test

I recently had to Google “How to cope with expat depression” because it finally hit a week ago. I wouldn’t say I am legitimately depressed, but I am experiencing more waves of worry and self-doubt far more frequently than a couple months ago.

I moved from Houston, Texas to Cologne, Germany to start a master’s program in English this summer, but this did not happen. I didn’t score high enough on the Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (the most difficult German language proficiency exam) to qualify for my completely-in-English master’s program. This means I couldn’t enroll and need to take another qualifying test, this time the Goethe Institut B2 Zertifikat exam.

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Blah blah blah, right. It’s a language exam, just study, shut up. I get that. But I am more bothered by the simple fact that all of my accomplishments so far mean nothing unless I pass a mid-level language exam.

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This, coupled with taking a 75% pay cut and dealing with difficult neighbors when trying to take blog photos, one of the few things that gives me creative joy, leaves me feeling dejected. On top of this I have three loan companies demanding payments of more than I make a month. But I have to remind myself that I am the one who made things this way. I decided to attend a college that cost $30,000 per year, I decided to leave my comfortable job, I decided to move to Germany.

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My master’s program, a job in writing and editing and my own personal happiness is currently dependent on this language exam. Maybe it doesn’t have to be, but it is the path I am currently committed to.

Top: Zara
Cardigan: Primark
Pants: J.Crew
Shoes: Zara
Earring: H&M

I check my Google Adsense account, SocialBlade and site stats religiously to try and figure out a way to make a little extra money and create content I enjoy. If any of you have tips, I would love to hear them. I have a few ideas for how to change my aesthetic and content, I just need to see it through.

Getting annoyed by Instagram again

I have been the most negative asshole for the past few blog posts but it does not stop now, friends. Instagram is so easy to complain about, yet I still use it.

I’ve even thought about deleting mine Essena O’Neill style and posting a rant about how insufferable it all is, but then I remember that the public generally only values the opinion of popular, thin and, dare I say, white women and not an insignificant pudgy girl in glasses.

But I am not here to shit on popular blogger stereotypes (at least not today) but instead on those who think their “audience” is upset when they don’t post new content for a few days.

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Sometimes I will see a blog write, “I’m so sorry I’ve been MIA! I will have a new blog post up soon, lovelies” or “My blog post is actually going to go up TOMORROW and not at 5 p.m. eastern, so so sorry! Stay tuned!” Even YouTubers do it with their specific scheduling as if we are all sitting at home screaming at our computers because StaceyTutorials hasn’t uploaded her 13,000th glittery cut crease makeup look yet.

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I understand that some of the bigger bloggers and YouTubers do have dedicated readers and viewers who look forward to a new look. I have one YouTuber in particular I watch as soon as she uploads a video, and actually get irritated when she hasn’t uploaded in a while. IT’S BEEN A MONTH NOW, KASSIE.

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I don’t know the demands of these bloggers and YouTubers, so perhaps their apologetic posts are warranted. I still feel that it is appropriate to question the self-importance one might develop when creating a website or video channel completely about one’s self. It requires a bit of narcissism to stand in front of a camera and document your face, clothes and personality.

I have gone weeks without posting anything on my blog before and feared that I was tarnishing my reputation, but in the end, I didn’t have one. And I bet a lot of these other bloggers apologizing on behalf of their silence don’t have one either. Social media, websites and videos are fast entertainment, and if you’re not creating something, I’m sure there is someone doing it in your place.

Coat: ASOS
Sweater: Primark
Jeans: Topshop
Flats: H&M
Scarf: H&M
Bracelet: H&M

I have stripes, rips and a feather pattern going on in this look. I don’t hate it.