Letting it all hang out

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Ann Taylor Leopard Trench Blouse / J Brand Lightweight Lovestory / Zara Blazer, popped collar / Forever21 Necklace   Le Chateau Ring / Coach Letty Wedge Boots / Botkier Charlotte Clutch 

I’ve been experimenting with my shirt-tails lately. Fully tucked in, the “mullet”-tuck (think J.Crew), and all hanging out. The mullet-tuck and a fully showing shirt-tail isn’t always so appropriate for work, but it’s still kind of fun to see how it looks under layers of different lengths. In this case, a shorter jacket.

The story behind this AT Leopard Trench Blouse: I am in love with it.  I’m not sure what possessed me to try this on in the store, but when I did, there was no doubt that I wasn’t leaving the store without it. In fact, I loved it so much, I didn’t even really pay too much attention to the fit (does anyone else do this?!). It felt a little small in 0P (my regular size), but I thought that was just because it was polyester and there wasn’t much stretch to it. But when I brought it home (to Canada, no less), I realized that it was *REALLY* small.  I’m pretty much a 0P/XSP on top across the board in most brands, sometimes an XXSP, or a regular XS in Canadian or Euro-brand things. But I had to exchange this for a 2P! I don’t think that’s ever happened before in my lifetime. But even still in 2P it is still a little snug across the chest when buttoned up all the way, and I’m not even large chested. I contemplated going up to a 4P but thought that this would make the blouse way too boxy around the waist. I love this thing though and I thought I would never be one to wear a leopard blouse. How things change.

It’s a Love Story

This is a combination of some of the pieces in my closet that I’m loving right now:
DSC08308_2 DSC08316_2 Talula by Aritzia Exeter Blazer / DV by Dolce Vita Camper Shirt / J Brand Lightweight Lovestory / Charles David Nexus Boot /Express Bracelet /  Stein Blye Necklace / Michael Kors Runway Watch / Ann Taylor Calfhair belt 

I think I need to try harder with adding earrings when I accessorize an outfit. I like earrings, but it just feels like too much effort to put them in and take them out everyday (OK, mostly because I have a lot of piercings and I can’t be bothered).

Blocked

My first color block!…I could almost say that this is also my first Zara purchase, but it’s not. A few years ago, I purchased a pair of linen pants that I proceeded to return the same day. LOL. I think this may be my first *successful* Zara purchase, though. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you probably know that I love the style of Zara, but the fit and the quality generally don’t agree with me…or I don’t agree with *it*. I do like to look though, and a few days ago I dropped in for a quick peek before my CLE class and saw some gorgeous pencil skirts. I’m a sucker for royal blue. It is my favorite color EVER. Even my Clarisonic brush is royal blue. No joke.

So when I saw a royal blue pencil skirt laying on the table, I made a bee-line for it.  I took it into the fitting room, and there began the debate/confusion. On the table it looked royal blue. In the fitting room, it looked like an old man’s trouser blue. Do you know what shade I’m talking about? Blue, but not a deep navy, but kind of gross looking. Then I was on the fence. It looked great. The fit was great. Quality seemed pretty darn good, for once. Cute exposed zipper in the back. But what color *was* this? I was also debating the purchase because I already have a blue skirt, and girl doesn’t really need multiple blue skirts, does she? I then took it back to the table and compared it to the the other skirt they had in burgundy (it also comes in black). I didn’t really like it. It was much more brown than I would have liked. If it had more of a red tone to it, I would have taken that one, no question. But then given the lighting in that store, I really couldn’t be sure what color it was.

Anyway, after staring at it for a while, I just went ahead and purchased the blue one. And I think I made the right choice. What do you ladies think? Is it royal blue or old man’s blue?

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Rachel Roy Ruffle Halter Top / Zara Sheath skirt / Boutique9 Thomsina / Express Bracelet

From these photos, I’m starting to believe this skirt is actually PURPLE!

If you’re wondering, how much the skirt costs, it’s $49.90US. The sales associate also reminded me that Zara will go online on September 7th. Rumor has it though, that they will not ship to you, but rather to the store for pick-up. Kind of strange and a complete disappointment if you don’t live near a Zara, but kind of cool if you actually do live near a B&M store and you can only find what you want online.