Wednesday, November 30, 2011

7 Day Dare: Darlyna

Wild. That's the word I think of when looking at this outfit. It's crazy in the sense that you don't see a fur vest very often in Wyoming and if you do, I'd think it was real. I'd also think he'd killed it himself, assuming it was a man wearing the fur vest. He'd be all Dexter-like about it, taking a trophy of his kill. 

Which leads to why this post is called "Darlyna." As you know, I love the show "The Walking Dead" on AMC, and one character has really developed this season, becoming my favorite character: Daryl. He supports the "back-woods redneck" stereotype in season 1 and takes it with him into the first few episodes of season 2, but he slowly grows out of that view when he starts to do upstanding things for the group.

There's a scene in the episode "Chupacabra" where a vision of Daryl's brother comes and taunts him by calling him names, one of which is Darlyna. I was inspired to create a look for what I imagine Daryl's possible girlfriend would wear (also realizing they're in Georgia means this outfit would never work down there...oh the humidity). I love the way this character is opening up and becoming more human in a world where humanity is threatened by zombies.

Sadly though, the show is on hiatus until February. *sigh* But for now, I'll be enjoying spiced eggnog and gingerbread cookies over the holiday season, at least until the gore begins again in February.

Vest: Old Navy
Shirt: American Eagle
Dress: Target
Tights: Old Navy
Necklace: Urban Outfitters
Boots: Enzo from Nordstrom

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

7 Day Dare: Bel-Air Flair

This sweater is definitely something from the 80's. Going into today's outfit, I wanted to wear leg warmers and back comb my hair, but once I put the chains around my neck, I felt like I was in Bel-Air homies!

For realz ya! In all honestly, I just love this sweater. It's warm, cozy and has a great pattern to it. Y'all out there that are hatin' are just jealous you don't have a rad sweater like this!

P.S. I realize that even though I was born in the 80's, I cannot fully take part in the vernacular of that time. Still, I made an attempt. Forgive me.

Sweater: Urban Outfitters
Dress: Target
Necklace: Old Navy
Tights: Simply Vera from Kohls
Boots: Ciao Bella from DSW
Sunglasses: Ray Ban

Monday, November 28, 2011

7 Day Dare: Overcast

I guess the dark clouds blocking the sun and the light breeze has to match my mood for today. This is my last chance to complete my rough draft for my paper. It's slowly getting there, but it's been an uphill battle to finish it.
If you haven't noticed, my hair is getting longer! I've had a short haircut since college started, which is also when I started cutting my own hair. Ya, you read that right, I chop my own locks, so if you like my hair cut then try it yourself. You'll have no one else to blame but yourself if you don't like it and if you do like the result, kudos. 

I feel like...senior pictures. That's what these pictures remind me of. The pretty background with the sitting and the hand folded the correct way. The only difference between these photos and my senior photos are that I have them. My family took senior pictures but didn't buy any...what a waste, right? Whatever, I didn't like what I was wearing in those pictures anyway.
So, this is Day Two of the 7 Day Dare. Good so far, but I can for sure tell you that come the end of the week, I'm going to hate wearing this dress and I won't want to look at it for a long least a few days.
Sweater: Target
Dress: Target
Scarf: Urban Outfitters
Leggings: Simply Vera from Kohls
Boots: Uggs
Sunglasses: Wayfarer Ray Ban

Sunday, November 27, 2011

7 Day Dare: Leftovers

Day One of the 7 Day Dare. This is going to be very interesting! I'm excited to be doing this challenge and I hope some of you will take on the same challenge. It definitely makes for good conversation with friends and family.

I'm calling this post Leftovers because that's what I've been surviving on since Thanksgiving. This huge paper I've been working on is sucking up all of my time, including for cooking. I'm thankful for microwaves and paper plates.

But, like any good procrastinator (because that's what college teaches above anything else), I'm finding 30 minutes to post the first look of The 7 Day Dare. I hope everyone enjoys these outfits and becomes inspired to mix up your closet to find the true potential of every article of clothing.

Vest: The North Face
Long Sleeve Shirt: Kohls
Dress: Target
Leggings: Simply Vera from Kohls
Boots: Uggs
Necklace: Target
Sunglasses: Wayfarer by Ray Ban

Friday, November 25, 2011

To Grandmother's House I Went

Another successful Thanksgiving! Since going home for a mere 3 days is not worth a plane ticket, I go to my Grandparent's Ranch, which is in the middle of nowhere...and I mean NOWHERE...Wyoming. The cool part about my Grandma's ranch is that she runs the state's Horse Rescue Center. She has about, oh.. 7 horses, 2 donkeys (burros) and a mule. She also has 5 cats, an Austrailian Sheepdog and a big 217lb Mastiff. Keep in mind that my grandma is almost 82 years old, hardly 135lbs and only 5 feet tall. She's a true cowgirl.

I have to drive over 300 miles to get to her house, so I always make sure that I dress for comfort above all else when I go visit. And once I arrive, I'm usually put to work, depending on the time of year. I don't mind it at all. I like helping them out on the ranch and I like to work with the animals. My grandma does some pretty amazing things with her animals. All of them are rescues who have a great home at her ranch. The horses that were once fearful of or mean to people are now the most gentle creatures. I hope everyone enjoyed their family time much as I did. And happy Black Friday! I definitely took advantage of some of the Cyber Sales!

Sweater: Old Navy
Shirt: Target
Boots: Uggs
Weekender Bag: Forever 21 (2008)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

What to Wear on Black Friday

I've never gone to a Black Friday event ever. My mom is an expert though and likes to work alone, as though I'd even have the opportunity to go with her anyway seeing as we're 1,300 miles apart. For the event though, I hear layers and comfort are key to a successful morning. In honor of this crazy day, I've prepared this post as a sample outfit idea for all you brave souls who are going out to the front lines of the retail war.

My idea for the perfect Black Friday outfit is a Chambray Shirt, jeans, boots, scarf and a warm, yet adorable coat. I imagine for the shopping you'll need something you can throw on and off in order to try things on because fitting rooms are not an option, I assume. Another reason for the cool coat is to make you easier to spot if you become separated from your group.

I am the type of girl where if my coat has a pocket that is meant for my wallet, I am going to use it. I also would just say purses are off limits when hoards of people are trying to get the last flat screen TV for cheap. I think that if you're a die-hard Black Friday shopper, then you're outside waiting in line and in that case, you should have friends or family bring you sustenance in the form of Thanksgiving leftovers at 2:00am.

I think Black Friday is hilarious.  My dad, dog and I would sit and watch the chaos from the comfort of our car with hot chocolate. My mom would come back to the car telling stories of her valiant effort in getting gloves that were $20 for $1 or the Wii she snatched from someones unattended cart (whoever that was, if you are reading this I am so sorry, but why would you leave your cart with no one there to watch it...come on). Whatever your reason is for being part of the madness, godspeed and good luck.

Coat: The North Face
Shirt: Aerie
Tank: Forever 21
Jeans;Old Navy
Scarf: H&M
Boots: Uggs
Belt: Target

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Yay!! Break! Although it really isn't a break because I will be writing a 20-page and a 10-page paper this weekend. And I'm not even having turkey this Thanksgiving. We'll be having game hens. I've never had them so I'm curious as to what they'll be like.

Besides writing part of a paper today, I baked some amazing cookies that I'm really proud of, pumpkin pinwheels and chocolate chip banana oatmeal cookies. I love baking...well, I love cooking too but baking is sweeter.

Oh, and you're probably wondering what's with the dinosaur. We have a museum on campus full of fossils and other cool things from millions of years ago. I love this art on the walls! And did I tell you we have a to-scale T-Rex statue on campus too? No worries dino-lovers, there's a legend to go with it, but you'll have to wait till finals week to hear it!

Sweater:Old Navy
Jeans:Old Navy
Belt: Target
Watch: DKNY
Boots: Ciao Bella from DSW
Sunglasses: Wayfarer by Ray Ban

Monday, November 21, 2011

Laundry Day

Like the title says, today was laundry day, meaning no really-cute stuff because it's all getting washed and ready for another day of style.

In the meantime, enjoy this rare occasion of sweatpants and a sweatshirt.

Sweatshirt: Billabong from PacSun
Shirt: Target
Pants: Old Navy
Necklace: Gift

Saturday, November 19, 2011

What to Wear to Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving is a day to celebrate flowy tops and elastic waist bands. It's a true American holiday: eat until you can't eat anymore. Many people I know have a more casual Thanksgiving, but then there are the questions of what can I wear that will let my full belly be comfortable and what will be cute and appropriate for a family occasion?
I have 3 different outfits to answer such questions. I have a casual (Dinner and Football), semi-formal (Kinda Casual) and the actual formal (Fancy Tableware, Fancy Dress) outfit ideas.

Dinner and Football
The key to a casual Thanksgiving is to look cute without trying. I love the black and yellow mix right now. The dark top with the happy bright sweater adds to the Chi of the meal and of the holiday; in the darkness of winter you'll bring warmth and joy to the home. To make your outfit have a more dressed-up feel, pick a detailed top and a sparkly necklace.

If you're wearing jeans, make sure you wear a pair that doesn't require a belt. Just avoid anything that is tight around the middle area of your body. I recommend jeggings because they make your legs look great and typically you don't have to wear a belt. Also, when wearing a flowy or big top, you should wear a tight bottom or vice versa if wearing a tight top, then go for a boot-cut or flare jean.
Sweater: Target
Shirt: Urban Outfitters (Similar)
Necklace: American Eagle (Similar)

Kinda Casual

If your crazy aunt tells you that the dress code for Thanksgiving is going to be a little different and she says it's going to be semi-formal this year, inside you really know she really means formal.  The goal is to not overdress and to still make your aunt happy. To reach this goal, mix rich colors with cotton and find a pretty delicate top and classy essentials to finish the look. And, of course, dress for comfort. This elastic waist skirt and loose-fitting top allows for both breathing and eating room.

A cranberry skirt is perfect for the holidays because of its versatility. Plus, it fits right in with the season's style. Tulip style skirts and dresses add some sex appeal, showing a little more leg than normal hem-lines. A delicate lace top is another hot style this season and the beige color gives endless options and ways to mix and match with other items already in your closet. A black blazer adds a classy touch, but the chain necklace creates a rough edge to such a feminine outfit. I included a link to this shirt below. Always do a photo check with any thin shirt or lace design that doesn't have an undershirt. With the photo check you can see if the flash does the unexpected: a wardrobe malfunction at a family gathering.

Jacket: Old Navy
Top: Aerie
Skirt: Old Navy
Necklace: Old Navy (Similar)
Shoes: Target (Similar)

Fancy Tableware, Fancy Dress
This look can be used for any formal holiday event this season. It has a little sparkle and a lot of easy, ready-to-wear appeal. Throw on a pair of heels to show off the hours you've put in at the gym. Just because it's cold out doesn't mean you can't be hot. In the Thanksgiving aspect, this dress is made of cotton and has stretch, again adding to comfort to a full belly. The horizontal stripes are tricky though. Some people have the idea that stripes are not good for a bigger person because they bring out curves in the wrong places. With this design, it actually makes a person look smaller because of the layers of fabric.

  To top off a beautiful dress, throw on a sequin sweater for holiday sparkle. With that, you are set to gobble down on some turkey, "ho ho ho" the night away or celebrate the new year with Dick Clark.

Sweater: Old Navy (Similar)
Dress: Express (Similar, Very Similar )
Necklace: American Eagle (Similar)
Shoes: Kohls (Similar)

Friday, November 18, 2011

Scarf Week: Eternity

Life Note: The day after seeing Breaking Dawn I was tired and cranky. I feel like a toddler when I don't get enough sleep. I'm all winy and just not pleasant to be around. But, for some unknown reason, I went to the gym and felt so much better after. Working out is like a healthy drug addiction. I need to keep up this work-out momentum.

Movie Note: Breaking Dawn was...well, I laughed a lot and I was laughing at times when I shouldn't have been laughing. Yes, it stayed relatively close to the book, just some of the gross scenes that came straight out of the book I wasn't prepared for because the way they did them in the movie was completely different than how I saw it in my head. My take on the movie: if you want a good laugh or to love something that's so ugly it's cute, then go see this movie and I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

Fashion Note: Today is the last day of scarf week. Yay!! Also, this is the second time I've worn this knit blazer. I love wearing items that I haven't gotten their wear out of yet. They still feel so new.
Weather Note: No, I don't have a fan like Beyonce that I carry around with me, it was windy today. I also expect snow will come tonight and all day tomorrow. It's going to suck. 

Jacket: PacSun
Shirt: Target
Jeans: American Eagle
Scarf: American Eagle
Boots: Ciao Bella from DSW
Sunglasses: Ray Ban
Necklace: Gift

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Scarf Week: Green Plaid

You know how yesterday I said I was going to bend that test over and make it say "thank you ma'am, may I have another"? Well, it wasn't the one bending know what I'm saying.
End of Sad Story.

On a happy note, I did get tickets to Breaking Dawn for tonight. At least I get a little happiness today. Also, happy day, most of my classes are canceled for tomorrow, Monday and Tuesday of next week due to Thanksgiving. Gotta love the holidays.

Strangely, my boots used to be black, but now they're beginning to look like Jay Leno's hair--a beautiful more-salt-than-pepper color. They've been with me for years and I think this may be their last Christmas.

P.S. I currently love the song "Home" by Girls Love Shoes. It's from a Lowe's commercial.

Sweater:Old Navy
Jeans: American Eagle
Scarf: Urban Outfitters
 Boots: Uggs
Watch: DKNY
Sunglasses: Ray Ban