Dots and Plaid and lots of Brown

This post went up ever so briefly by accident a few weeks ago.  Sometimes I create posts but end up never posting them for whatever reason, but usually that the photos didn’t turn out so well or that I wasn’t happy with the outfit or that I just never get around to finishing it. In this case, it was the first two excuses, but since I may not have a post in the next little while, here ya go!

I’m pretty handicapped when it comes to mixing prints and patterns. I don’t have that many in my closet and when I do have them, I’m boring and just match them with solid colors. Some people manage to do it really well but I, on the other hand, look like I got dressed in the dark. We gave it a good college try today, however, I cheated a bit and added a solid brown sweater over top so the dots were just an accent. Doing it in small doses is really the safest way of mixing patterns and prints and keeps it looking professional at the office.

DSC09711_2 DSC09714_2 DSC09718_2Forever21 Trousers /  Ann Taylor Silk Polka Dot blouse / Jacob /Botkier Charlotte / Coach Letty Wedge Boots 

Much better! But I’m wearing a heck of a lot of brown. My three sweater limit this season is killing me! Oh how I’d love to buy a bright colored sweater to wear with this outfit. =(
I really like these plaid printed pants, but I really wish the material was heavier to give it more structure. They’re Forever21, so I can’t expect much. I’m thinking about adding a fusible interfacing in the inside so they would drape better, but I’m unsure of what would result.

For the Love of Leopard (+Giveaway!)

Sometimes an otherwise extremely plain outfit just needs is a little leopard print to give it that little oomph:

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  T. Babaton by Aritzia Exeter Blazer / Ann Taylor Silk Camp Shirt /  GAP Really Skinny Pants / Marc Fisher Kevins Boot / Cotton-blend Scarf (Ebay) / Forever21 Necklace

Do you know what today is? It is AFD’s second blog-iversary (OK actually it was yesterday, but I didn’t have time to finish this post)! I can hardly believe I had this blog and have updated it on a fairly regular basis for two years now.  One of the biggest reasons that I continue to feel motivated to post is because of the great blog community in which I’ve found myself and the wonderful people I’ve come in contact with. I’ve hinted about it in a few posts, but it hasn’t been the greatest year (or years??) for me, and a result, the blog has slowed down somewhat with a lot of effort on my part to keep it going. I’ve been trying to step away from it without completely stepping away. A blog can be a wonderful creative outlet at times, but as many of my fellow bloggers know, it’s also a lot of work (particularly if you’re taking your own photos!). So it’s been a fight between my need to be creative and keep busy and my desire to be recluse and shut everything off to re-group. So this giveaway is especially for those of you who have supported me along the way because I know I haven’t been as consistent as a good blogger should be. Thank you so much!

 I’ve put A LOT of thought into this giveaway. I’m an extremely thoughtful gifter, meaning that when I’m buying gifts for others, I think long and hard and I tend to buy and return a lot of things until I get it *just* right (or at least I think I do). I really wanted this giveaway to be something that was pretty, but still a bit edgy. It’s something that I would wear, but also something that would appeal to those of you who don’t necessarily share the same style as I do (and yet still read my blog). So I’ve spent MONTHS thinking about it and I’ve finally narrowed it down to the gorgeous leopard scarf that I’m wearing above (not the exact one I’m wearing, but a duplicate)! I’m sorry if you have one already, but hey, you can never have enough leopard in your life. 😉

It is a bit rough right out of the bag, but after some wear it really softens up (made of a cotton-blend) and it is very big and fluffy (200cmx135cm). See?

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It pretty much goes with everything and you can wear it all year round because it’s so light. It also has a small fringe. Could it be more perfect?? I think not! As a disclaimer, this giveaway is sponsored by me.  Please read the rules below before entering: [GIVEAWAY CLOSED]

(1) Open to residents of the US and Canada. I will use a reliable shipping method, but I am not responsible if it gets lost or if gets hit with duties. I will try to ship from the country in which it will be sent. 
(2) Giveaway ends Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at 11:59pm (EST). Winner will be announced on Wednesday, December 28, 2011 on this blog and on Twitter. 
(2) Winner will be drawn randomly and must contact me within 48 hours of the announcement or a new winner will be drawn. Remember to check back to see if you’ve won!

How to Enter (Mandatory):
(1) Complete the entry form. Include your name and email address (for verification purposes only, I promise).

For Bonus Entries:
(1) Follow AFD publicly, through Google Friend Connect. (+1 bonus entry)
(2) Tweet about the giveaway! (+1 bonus entry)
(3) Blog about the giveaway! (+1 bonus entry)
(4) Follow me on Bloglovin’! (+1 bonus entry)

Thank you so much, everyone! Good luck! I hope you like it! xCher

Lacey day

DSC09728_2J.Crew Tippi Sweater / H&M Skirt / Ann Taylor Signature Pump / Express Bracelet / Botkier Charlotte Clutch / Forever21 Pendant / Forever21 Ring
Sorry, only one shot today. I only took five shots of this outfit (because I was lazy) and only one turned out decently. This is the one…and I’m kind of slouching.


Still trying to think up different ways to style this skirt that doesn’t look like I’m going to a formal dinner party.