Monday, January 23, 2012

Technical Difficulties and Style Resolutions

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      Even though i'm neither here nor there about New Year's resolutions I did end up making some this year. Most of my resolutions are personal but I did make a few blog ones, mostly updating more and improving the quality of my photos. Eager to start working on my blog resolutions early I went out and bought a tripod. Unfortunately, when I came home and attempted to take photos with it I found out my camera is dead. Luckily my camera's extended warranty is still valid, so hopefully I can get it fixed soon. I also have a cheaper camera I can use in the meantime. But, this may mean posts will be slower with fewer pictures until the camera situation is fixed.

      Anyway I figured it would be fun to also make some style resolutions for the blog. I think it'll help me further evolve my style and take more style risks in this still young year. So here are my 12 style Resolutions for 2012:

     1. wear a completely neutral outfit/ work more neutrals into my wardrobe
     2. experiment more with black
     3. break in my docs
     4. wear/ find more blazers
     5. try out pastels
     6. Thrift more but be pickier about clothes I buy
     7. re-focus on pants
     8. invest in work wear
     9. attempt to wear heels more
    10. experiment more with makeup and hairstyles
    11. experiment more with accessories
    12. Go through closet: donate unwanted and wear unworn

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

2011 asos purchases

2011 asos purchases

             Since I'm newly re-unemployed I'm going back to my "don't buy any new (non thrift/ secondhand) clothes until employed" pledge. I may have to cave and buy a couple pairs of pants at some point, but I'm gonna try and look for them awhile in thrift stores first. Anyway while I was still technically employed (last week) and Asos was having a sale, I decided I should go for it and buy a few last minute pieces I've been drooling over for a while. As you can see this year I'm all about the statement Jewelry, which is good since one of my weaker fashion skills is accessorizing. I'm hoping to step up my accessorizing game this year and, of course, channel Liz Taylor as Cleopatra as much as possible. I'd been drooling over the statement necklace ever since I saw it on Asos and since it was on sale and back in stock I decided the time was right to buy. The earrings weren't on sale but are so cute I couldn't resist. The mesh shirt is a bit of a departure for me, especially since it's January and cold. I bought this black forever 21 dress a couple years ago, as a bit of an impulse buy, that I really like but it's sleeveless. I don't mind sleeveless but this is a short black tube dress and wearing it as is just didn't feel very me. I'd been looking for a good sheer/mesh shirt to put under it but hadn't found anything good, so when I saw this online I knew it would be perfect. I still have to try it on with the dress and make sure it works though. There was another item, a mesh bodysuit, on Asos that also would have worked. But, years of Dance leotards and  less then fond memories of bodysuits I wore when I was 5 deterred me from buying it. I figured this shirt would get me more mileage, it'll work well with the dress, as a shirt with a tank top underneath during the summer and possibly with a blazer during the winter. Anyway if I hate it with the dress I can always return it and get the bodysuit (same price). Finally I've been lusting after this red knit dress for a while. It has a 50's cut to it and seems a little Cleopatra to me. I think with a statement necklace and some cute shoes it'll be fabulous. Anyway you should be seeing these in outfit posts as soon as I receive them and I'll let you know how they are in person.

          So after my few months of relatively little thrifting (gasp) I'm getting back in full gear for the new year. First though, I think I'm gonna go through my closet and see what I can donate and try to come up with creative way to wear stuff that's I already own but rarely wear or haven't worn yet. I love thrifting but I'm gonna try and spend as little money as possible, period, until I get another job. I'm also gonna try and be more selective while thrifting. I'm usually pretty good at this but there's always room for improvement. So that should keep be busy for a while and hopefully drum up some content for the blog as well. 

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!!!!

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        It's officially 2012! Happy New Year!!!! I hope you all had a fabulous New Year's Eve and aren't too hungover today. I didn't really write down any formal New Year's Resolution, but one goal I have this year is to post more on the blog. 2012 will be my first full year of blogging and I want to post at least four times a month if not more.

Dress: Asos  Tights and Belt: Target  Shoes: Urban Outfitters

I rang in 2012 at a friends New Year's Eve party then came home and watched Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper on CNN. All in all a pretty good NYE. I knew I'd probably wear this dress on New Year's Eve if I did anything. Thankfully the party I went to had a dress code so I wasn't terribly over dressed. I was probably the sparkliest person in attendance, but everyone likes sparkles right?  As I've mentioned I go this dress as a birthday present to myself back in November. It's a tad too big, and I should probably get it tailored, but since I don't really have the money to pony up for a tailor I just decided to belt it and call it a day. I think it looked pretty good in the end and I was able to ring in the new year pretty fashionably, always a plus.