Petite Fashion Challenge #17: Candy Colorized



 I’m back, finally! And I decided that my returning post was going to be a PFC, my first in a long time. I finished my exams last week, but TBH, I haven’t fully recovered and I’m still trying to find a groove into life without studying. Thank you for your patience. I haven’t done much shopping over the past month with the exception of some activewear, and I’ve been feeling a bit uninspired, so I decided to take this challenge to try and get me going.

The challenge is hosted by Sew Petite Gal:

The Challenge: Candy Colorized : Take a bowl full of colorful candies (M&Ms, Jolly Ranchers, jelly beans, etc.), close your eyes, and draw 2-3 pieces.  Now use those colors (+ a neutral of your choosing) to form the basis for your ensemble. **Extra brownie points if you post more than 1 colorful ensemble or if you add a DIY element (because I love DIYs so much!) :D**   

When I’m in a style rut, sometimes I try to put together outfits that make me feel uncomfortable to try and push me out of that proverbial “box”, so for this PFC, that is what I tried to do. You’ll see in a moment what I mean.

Here is my bowl of candy. I decided to use some M&Ms. I was going to use some Smarties because they have more colors, but I forgot to buy some when I was Toronto, and they don’t sell them in the U.S:

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    There are the two colors I ended up choosing:

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And the outfit (I apologize if the photos look strange, both my iPhoto and my Pixelmator are giving me issues right now, so much for upgrading):

DSC03650 DSC03651H&M Collarless Blazer (similar here) / Theory Larryn Skirt (similar here and here) / GAP Stripe Tank  (similar here and here) /  Pour La Victiore Mai Wedge /  Viktor Sabo Leather Obi Belt (Black, O/S) (similar here) /  Forever21 Flat Link Chain Necklace / Material Girl and Forever21 Bracelets (similar here) / Forever21 Ring /  Botkier Charlotte Clutch

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you can guess what it is about this outfit that makes me uncomfortable. LOL. And yes, I cheated and put the color on my feet just so I could use the skirt and these shoes that I’m currently obsessed with.

The blazer is the one non-gym-wear clothing items that I purchased this month. It comes with a ruched sleeve, but ruched sleeves on blazers bug me, so I took it upon myself to do some DIY-ing and cut out the elastic and pressed out the wrinkles. Does this get me some brownie points?!?:

Before:

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     After: 

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The end result is bracelet-length sleeves, which is fine for a spring/summer blazer. I may decide to let them out a bit more using the technique I used here.

Check out what the other petites came up at Sew Petite Gal’s blog!

The White Jacket

I’ve been on the hunt for a great statement blazer the last few months. Something a little different, and something in a color other than black. I’ve been reading around the internet about how people can’t get enough of their white blazer, so I decided to take the plunge with this Zara tuxedo-style blazer for $89.50:

DSC03139_2 DSC03123_2 DSC03122_2Zara Blazer / Club Monaco Alesia Silk Shirt / Paige Premium Denim Verdugo Jeggings / Belle by Sigerson Morrison Verena Flats / Forever21 Spiked Tribal Necklace / Forever21, Material Girl Bracelet

At first it sort of felt like I was wearing a lab coat, but when I got over that initial feeling, I do like it and it is of decent quality. I like the structured shoulder and the shape of the lapel. The only real issues I have with it is that although it fits my shoulders, it is too big in the waist when buttoned up. Also, now that I look at these photos, it also looks a bit too long. Ideally, I would prefer that the jacket be an inch or two shorter so not to shorten the look of my legs. Otherwise, the jacket looks really great thrown over a pair of jeans for casual wear, but I’m not so sure I’m going to get a whole lot of wear out of it now that summer temps seem to be creeping upon us here in D.C.. I think this may have to go back and I’ll have to suspend my blazer search until Fall approaches once again.

Should I keep the blazer or just return it for something that I think will get more wear?


   

Bad a$$

I’m going through a major rocker chic phase in my casual wear right now (which will all end abruptly when the D.C. humidity begins to rear it’s ugly head). It’s a direct result of two items I purchased over the winter holidays: My Rich & Skinny Wax-Coated Jeggings and my Ash Virgin Leather Sneakers. These two items have taken over my wardrobe and everything is styled around them. There’s been a lot outfits like this:

DSC02562_2 DSC02569_2 DSC02536_2Denim: Rich & Skinny Wax Coated Legacy Jeggings /  Ash Virgin Sneakers Michael Kors Runway Watch / Le Chateau Ring / AE Favorite T (similar here) / J.Crew Keeper Chambray / Talula by Aritizia Exeter Blazer / Rayban Aviators

My observant readers might notice that I lost a button on my blazer half way through my photo shoot. =/

I get a lot of stares when wear these two items together. Actually, the shoes themselves generate a lot of attention (a completely unexpected reaction when I purchased them). But worn with these jeggings, I get a lot of “looks”. I’m not sure if it’s “WTH IS SHE WEARING?!” or “Damn, that’s cool.” I’d like to believe that it’s the latter, but I don’t really know, nor do I really care. I just feel totally bad a$$.

Have you ever purchased an item that was a total “game-changer”–an item that completely affected your style (for good or bad) or found yourself constantly planning all your outfits around it? I’d love to hear about it!