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Contrasts

Wore Out, Outfit Posts, Steve Madden Wedge Sneakers, Black and White Blazer, Faux Fur Scarf, Wool Blazer, ALDO Bag, Black Wedge SneakersGlasses: Eye Fly, Faux Fur Snood & Ring: Gifted (thanks Mom), Blazer Originally my Mom’s, Jeans: Battery St Jeans, Sneakers: Steve Madden, Bag: ALDO
Wore Out, Outfit Posts, Steve Madden Wedge Sneakers, Black and White Blazer, Faux Fur Scarf, Wool Blazer, ALDO Bag, Black Wedge SneakersWore Out, Outfit Posts, Steve Madden Wedge Sneakers, Black and White Blazer, Faux Fur Scarf, Wool Blazer, ALDO Bag, Black Wedge SneakersIronic that the day after I post about wanting to dress up more here I am in jeans and sneakers. There’s something wonderful about wearing my mom’s college blazer with my new wedge sneakers (yes I know I’m “like the last person to get them, like ever”). There’s an equilibrium that can be found when you mix contrasts and this outfit is exactly that for me; an unlikely mix of old and new favorites that worked a lot better than I thought it would.

What contrasts are you experimenting with?

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Catching up with Corey of Call Me Brazen Vintage

Cat-eye Sunglasses: Goodwill, 60s Mod Floral Dress: The Clothing Line, Cobalt Blue Ocean Belt: The Vintage Getup, Mustard Heels: TargetI was lucky enough to spend some time talking vintage, thrifting, and career path shifts with Corey of Call Me Brazen Vintage last week. It’s always wonderful to connect with people who are tirelessly pursuing their passion and Corey definitely falls into that category. Her passion for vintage can be seen in her personal style as well as in her wonderfully curated etsy shop, Call Me Brazen Vintage.

I was able to talk Corey into posing for  few photos at Perkins Pier and the blue hues in her mod dress and belt were perfect against the bustling Burlington waterfront. It wasn’t until Corey sent me her outfit details that I realized the belt and dress weren’t originally a set. The colors and print of the dress and belt work so well together it seemed like they would have been a pair from the start and both are accented beautifully by Corey’s mustard yellow heels.

While the sassy blue frock Corey is wearing above is from her personal collection, Call Me Brazen is stocked with everything from vintage clutches to printed wrap dresses, and one particular pair of high waisted baby blue pants that I’ve been debating buying for weeks. Make sure to check out everything that Call Me Brazen has to offer and keep checking back as Corey is constantly updating her wares.

What inspiring connections have you made lately? 

Wore Out’s Look of the Week

Happy Friday all! I want to start by wishing my wonderful boyfriend D a happy birthday, he’s turning the big 2-5 today! I can’t wait to spend the weekend celebrating with good food and good friends.

I knew that this lovely lady had the Look of the Week (LOTW) in the bag when I saw this awesome outfit. I’m so excited that Wore Out’s LOTW is…

Catherine from Small Town, Big WardrobeLook at this fabulous print mixing in action!

It’s no secret that I love print mixing so when I saw Catherine’s post on Tuesday I nearly swooned. The subtle and smart pops of color she expertly added give this look dimension and that little something extra that every girl is striving for.

The blue belt not only creates a perfect silhouette but also break up the black and white prints beautifully while the yellow flats keep this look fun and fresh. The other part of this outfit I love are the chic yet subtle additions of pearls. The pearl earrings and bracelet add a touch of sophistication (without being overly stuffy) and work perfectly with Catherine’s color palette.

This post is full of inspiration, not only is Catherine’s outfit the perfect example of print mixing but it’s also a great example of transitioning summer favorites into the fall (which she talks about). Personally I can see her wearing this look into the winter with  a blazer, jewel tone tights and a great pair of booties!

Not only is her content great but Catherine’s warm personality just shines through in her posts. Filled with honesty and spot on humor her content keeps me coming back just as much as her outfits do. Hopefully we can actually meet in real life one day as I’d love to be able to shop the Midwest with this gal!

Have you gone out on a fashion limb lately? What summer pieces are you still wearing?

Mixing Patterns with Naughty Monkey’s

Sunglasses: Chinatown, Scarf: Gifted (via Macy’s), Tank: Charlotte Ruse, Skirt: Downtown Threads, Heels: Naughty Monkey (via Stella)oh hi! thanks for waving & hollering at me while I’m snapping pictures

I bought these shoes on a whim (story of my life) when I was transitioning my wardrobe from frumpalicious college student to office fashionista. I wore them twice and promptly forgot I had them… until I was putting this outfit together. Black and white with red accents is one of my favorite color pairings. I especially love how the red and white pattern on the shoes works with the black and white skirt. The red accents kept the look from being too boring and the scarf added just the right punch of color.

The mornings have felt like fall and the afternoons like late summer so I’ve been relying on layers to keep me comfortable. Today I lugged a raincoat, blazer, cardigan and scarf to the office with me, not sure what type of weather I would encounter on the walk home. Worse case I’ll put all my layers on and do a few laps around the office to burn off lunch.

How have you been transitioning your wardrobe from summer to fall? What color combinations do you consider timeless?

The Stylish Palette: Mix, Match & Pair

Picking a bottle of wine to compliment a meal is no different than trying to find a pair of shoes that tie a whole outfit together. Just like a pair of platforms can add the perfect 70’s chic vibe to a pair of flared jeans, a well paired bottle of Barbera d’ Alba can enhance flavor notes in a bold tomato sauce.

Abby from Dedalus Wine Shop explained that when it comes to picking a wine that will pair well with your meal there are two main schools of thought; accent complimentary flavors or highlight contrasting flavors.

  • A complimentary pairing would highlight the citrus flavors in a  Sauvignon Blanc by pairing it with a light summer salad with a citrus dressing.
  • A contrasting flavor pairing would be using crisp citrus flavors of an effervescent vinho verde to lighten up heavier summery dishes; steamers with clarified butter, marinated grilled chicken or favorite summer grilled treat, bacon wrapped scallops.

Complimentary Flavor Pairing: Hilberg, 2008 Barbera d’Alba, $23.50Tone down the acidity of a bold red sauce by pairing it with this moderately priced bottle of red. Both the wine and the sauce have a certain level of acidity and when paired together they neutralize each other somewhat. This allows the sweetness from the tomatoes in the sauce and the berry flavors in the wine to really shine.

Feeling bolder? Take a contrasting approach with your fashion palette and treat leopard/cheetah prints as neutrals. Try swaping out one of your neutral staple tees with a bold fun animal print to instantly add interest. Here’s how two of my favorite bloggers did it.

Jessica from What I Wore mixed this vintage polka dress dots with stylish cheetah print pumps

Tiffany over at A Reason to be Fabulous treats leopard print as a neutral and pairs it with solids to create a beautifully bold look

Do you prefer contrasting pairings or do you prefer to play off complimentary colors? What food/wine pairings do you enjoy?

Wore Out’s Look of the Week

Happy Friday All!

I’m so glad to be back to my regular posting schedule! I’m looking forward to catching up with my all favorite blogs this weekend and finally unpacking the remaining boxes from the move, I can’t wait to be 100% settled in our new place.

Speaking of 100%… this week’s look of the week is seriously stunning. I’m kicking myself for not discovering this amazing blog/blogger sooner! This week’s Look of the Week goes to:

Vickie of Adventures in Fashion!Wowzah! I am loving the mix of prints that Vickie chose for this look. The nautical stripes and leopard print are unexpectedly perfect. Not to mention those rocking cut out heels, ah-mazing.

If you go back through some of Vickie’s older post (which I highly recommend) you’ll quickly notice that this fashionista isn’t afraid to get bold with her color or print choices. As someone who is slowly starting to experiment with mixing and matching prints her looks are nothing short of inspirational.

Speaking of inspirational how perfectly does her turban work with this look?! I love how the bright red perfectly stands out while complimenting the mix of prints and neutrals. The bold red also perfectly accents the cooler tones of jewelry she choose!

So the next time you’re wondering how to make florals work with animal print or what color accessories you should pair with your bright solids look no further than Adventures in Fashion!

When it comes to prints do you prefer the matchy-matchy approach or do is mixing and matching more your style?

Caught in the Crosswalk

“Show me cheetah trapped in an urban jungle!”

I love how this shot is framed

Sunglasses: Downtown Threads

Necklace: Forever 21

Sweater: Target

Cocktail Ring: Charlotte Ruse

Belt: ?

Pencil Skirt: Forever 21

Tights: The Sox Market

Booties: Bamboo (via Amazon)

Literally leaping into the crosswalk in between cars

I have to say this was the quickest and most hilarious photo session to date! My roommate Ned is an amazing photographer who’s exhibits have shown all over Vermont. Ned has a gift of being able to capture not just images but moments in time with such vividness it evokes emotions and senses from viewers.* I was honored that he snapped these pictures for me (and embarrassed when I handed over my craptastic point and shoot camera for him to use!)

Usually D takes my outfit pictures (he’s easy to coerce and it’s easy for me to relax when he’s behind the camera because he’s always making me laugh) but having Ned take these was so fun that I’m thinking it might be fun to have guest photogs once in a while!

Love how the shadows look with the cheetah print

Inspired by my booties Ned decided he wanted the pictures to be similar to photos a nature photographer might get of animals in the brush. Despite my limited nonexistent modeling skills the pictures came out beautifully and I have to say I had a blast! We only had a few minutes of light left so these were all taken in under ten minutes.

If you’ve ever driven in downtown Burlington you know that it’s a city of four way stops. As soon as the intersection would clear Ned and I would run out snap a few pics than run back to the sidewalk as car pulled up.  More than once Ned and I were snapping pictures and cars stopped to watch. Thankfully I was laughing too hard to be self conscious.  The people driving by must have been confused and amused!

It’s an accessory safari!

This is one of the first times that I’ve worn these booties with tights (usually I wear them with boot cut jeans) and I have to say I’m loving the look. Next time I’m thinking I might pair them with cutoffs, tights, and a breezy black linen tunic… stay tuned for remixes!

Since I wanted the booties to be the focal point of my outfit I kept the rest of my look neutral using solid colors and clean lines. I was surprised how well the purple of my sweater worked with the cheetah print. I’m excited to start trying new color and pattern combinations this spring and summer. Floral prints and bright solids for color blocking are creeping into my closet as the spring flowers creep through Burlington’s remaining snow. I can’t wait!

What colors and patterns do you love mixing? What new patterns and colors are you adding to your wardrobe for spring?

For more information about Ned’s photography and his newest exhibits please visit his website