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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.

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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.

Track sole bluchers and stringy hair

I am bad at change.

“Haha what, you moved to Germany from Texas.”

I know, but I mean changes such as different glasses, updated YouTube layouts or a new phone. It’s too foreign and feels weird on my face.

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But nothing beats the fear and dread of a haircut. My hair, the stringy sad mess that it is, is demanding a new style.

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But I am a wuss. Just…the biggest wuss. I see styles that I like and could imagine on myself, but they never turn out that way. The hairdresser cuts more than I asked and my hair has an unnatural amount of body. Seriously, who can maintain that post-haircut hairdryer bounce? You know, when they do the thing with the round brush? It’s magic.

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Not only do I have to accept that my hair is atrocious, but I have to find a hair salon in Germany. In German. With Germans. I can barely get American hairdressers to listen to me, now I have to do it auf Deutsch?!

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Coat: Forever 21
Sweater: Forever 21
Skirt: Madewell
Shoes: Zara
Bag: Dooney & Bourke
Earrings: Primark

I have a couple cut ideas in mind like Stephanie’s from The Fashion Citizen, or Jen’s from From Head to Toe. A medium length, something full, maybe a little longer in the front. Still deciding.

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.

Stop following then unfollowing me on social media

This is a shallow topic, I’m aware. But I’ve become so annoyed by this “business” and the people who try to rope me in. Many are aware of those who follow hundreds of accounts, wait for those accounts to follow them back and then immediately unfollow them. Of course this is done to increase their ratio of their followers to those they follow. I understand it makes a page look more “liked” and “popular” to have 6,457 followers and only follow 224. You look like you’re influential, but you’re actually annoying.

I hate promoting myself. Sometimes I will update this blog and not mention it anywhere because I don’t want to shove it in anyone’s face. I am not trying to make a living off of this blog or pretend I have anything new or interesting to offer. I am just wearing what I like and learning about photography in the process. It’s a hobby.

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But I understand that this isn’t a hobby for everyone. Bigger bloggers make a generous living off of their style and it’s an attractive option for women who want to share their wardrobe. It has even opened doors for aspiring models, photographers and graphic designers. Blogging may be a saturated medium, but it’s pleasantly fun and a simple way to make a portfolio.

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But what truly pisses me off and has turned me into a friendorfollow.com user are the selfish vain people who try to build themselves up by stepping on the toes of others. Those who put their Instagram or Twitter on a pedestal and try to give the illusion that they are creative and attractive enough to deserve a large following.

What is valuable about this? My Instagram has just over 1200 followers, but that number is constantly shifting and only a handful of genuine people “like” and comment on my content. This niche is important to me, and I find interaction and feedback to be more useful and engaging. But yet bloggers use this number to fuel their worth, and companies see it as an opportunity to promote their product. I’m sorry, but those 10k followers probably don’t give a shit about what “Lipstick and Croissants” is selling.

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I need to stop blabbering about this because it’s ridiculous, but it’s also almost as insulting as companies who ask me to create content for them in exchange for possible “exposure.” Sit the fuck down.

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Top: Zara (similar)
Tank: American Eagle (similar)
Jacket: American Eagle (distressed version)
Jeans: Forever 21
Boots: Sam & Libby for Target
Necklace: Gift
Earrings: Primark

Now that I have overloaded you with images of my outfit and complained about social media hags, can I just talk about how much I love layering this crochet tank under tops? I would never wear it on its own because it’s hella sheer, but ugh, it’s my favorite addition to a blouse or sweater.

Just to be clear, I stand on no moral high ground. I mean, obviously. I stood around a window for a blog post and whined about Instagram, how could this possibly be taken seriously. These are my little thoughts about a “problem” that is unbelievably insignificant. I just needed to rant. 

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.