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Granny Moto

Wore Out, Outfit Post, Vermont Fashion, Spring Jackets, Mock Neck Top, Charlotte Russe Jacket, Mustache Ring, Spring Outfit Ideas, Easy Spring Outfits, non leather moto jacketWore Out, Outfit Post, Vermont Fashion, Spring Jackets, Mock Neck Top, Charlotte Russe Jacket, Mustache Ring, Spring Outfit Ideas, Easy Spring Outfits, non leather moto jacketWore Out, Outfit Post, Vermont Fashion, Spring Jackets, Mock Neck Top, Charlotte Russe Jacket, Mustache Ring, Spring Outfit Ideas, Easy Spring Outfits, non leather moto jacketDollar Store Sunnies, Moto Jacket (similar): Charlotte Russe, Top: Georgia, Jeans: H&M, Misc Bangles, Mermaid Bracelet: Alex & Ani, Gifted Mustache Ring

I went to Charlotte Russe looking for a bandeau/bralet top and left with two jackets (this being one of them), NOT good. I will freely admit to owning too many coats but the pull of the sale rack was too strong. I couldn’t resist the mix of exposed zippers, gold hardware, and creamy twill, the perfect mix of tacky grandma and biker chic. Besides I thought leaving with only two coats was a testament to my willpower; I’m still thinking of the cropped cobalt blue leather jacket and powder pink silk blazer I left behind.

What pieces have you left behind or brought home recently?

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Casual Khakis

Dollar Store Sunnies, Blouse: AE, Khakis: Gap, Flats: Target, Gifted Accessories

Sometimes I feel sexier in an androgynous outfit than I do in an LBD and heels. The color, fit, and feel of these khakis is exactly what I’ve always wanted in a pant and I want them in every color. It may look casual but it feels fabulous.

What casual pieces bring out your sexy side?

Peacock on a Dock

Sunglasses: Zinnia, Jacket: TJ Maxx, Bag & Dress: Forever 21 Necklace: Battery St Jeans, Ring: Kohl’s, Belt: Goodwill, Flats: Target

A summer dress in just the right shade of green with a dash of peacock and leopard made for a beautiful morning on the dock at the Lake Champlain Sailing Center.  The mullet style hem made walking feel more like floating and while the wind was perfect for showing off the dress’s movement it wasn’t doing my hair any favors.

Tonight is the annual third of July fireworks display in Burlington and D and I are planning a picnic potluck with a few friends to celebrate. I’ve always found the Fourth of July  incredibly romantic. Something about the heat of the summer, glowing sparklers, and bare feet in green grass just gets me, so I’m excited that we’re keeping things a bit more low-key this year.

How are you planning on celebrating Independence day? What are your favorite Fourth of July traditions?

Obnoxiously Bright Pants & Glass Houses

You may have seen some chatter on my twitter feed about an interesting incident I had yesterday afternoon with a duo of ladies. The incident was both ridiculous and shocking and really got me thinking. The result is a much longer outfit post than normal, so feel free to duck out after the outfit photos/details if you’re short on time or attention span! Blouse: Talbot’s (via Goodwill), Necklace: Straw Market in Naussa, “Obnoxiously Bright” Skinnies: PacSun, Bar Ring: Downtown Threads, Heels: Michael Antonio (via Endless)Yesterday two ladies in their early 30s picked the wrong place and time to talk smack about me/my outfit. It was the wrong time in the fact that I’d had a frustrating morning at work so I was already ready to snap on edge. I was running errands in downtown Burlington and had my earbuds in but my Pandora wasn’t loading so no music was playing… aka I could hear everything.

My ears perked up when I heard a female voice directly behind me say, “like those pants are just obnoxiously bright.” I immediately got that sinking feeling in my stomach, were they talking about me? After a quick scan I realized that I was indeed the subject of their chatter; which continued along the lines of, “… if you want attention that’s fine but nobody wants the kind of attention she’s attracting wearing those pants…”

99.2% of the time I would have just kept walking too embarrassed to say anything but I was already pissed hot under the collar so instead of being self-conscious I was furious. I whipped my headphone out and spun around to face these middle age mean girls head on. I was in platforms so I was literally looking down at them. I tipped my sunglasses down and gave them my best “who the hell do you think you are” look and their faces instantly changed. They knew they’d been caught and were as shocked as I was with what came out of my mouth next.

“Ladies if I were in your tennis shoes, I would be more concerned with finding jeans that fit over my muffin top* than worrying about what young girls are wearing.”

I flashed them my best “eat it” smile, popped my headphones back in, and continued on my way (with a spring in my step) before they even had time to process what had just happened. I’m not going to lie, it felt amazing to put these ladies in their place, and the fact that I managed to pull it off so smoothly made it even sweeter.

However when I recounted the story to D, I realized that while it felt amazing to put those mean girls in their place I was essentially no better than they were. Yes, I gave them a dose of their own medicine but like their comments about my pants my verbal assault on them was nothing more than a personal attack that didn’t address their bad behavior as much as it did their physical flaws.

I think 50 Cent put it best when he said, “…You shouldn’t throw stones if you live in a glass house , And if you got a glass jaw, you should watch your mouth…”

If this altercation taught me anything it’s that until we turn our critical eye inward and come to terms with our own flaws and faults we’ll always be looking over our shoulder wondering if the mean girls huddled in the corner are talking about us. So take it from me, unless you’re free of flaws stop and think before you point out the flaws in others. You never know who may be listening and ready to snap back.

Have you ever dealt with mean girls? How would you have handled this situation?

*I didn’t actually use the term muffin top when confronting these ladies. In the heat of the moment, and I’m not very proud of this, I used much cruder verbage (that may or may not rhyme with supa) and I apologize to anyone who was within earshot of my originally worded comment.

Navy & Gold Maxi

Sunglasses: Dollar Store, Scarf & Sweater: Downtown Threads, Necklace: Gifted, Jean Jacket: TJ Maxx, Maxi Dress: Forever 21, Leopard Flats: TargetCasual spring layers at their most comfortable. A jersey maxi dress, a baby soft knit top, fun flats, and a trusty cropped denim jacket make for an outfit that’s as stylish as it is simple. Toss a denim jacket and bold scarf on over a solid maxi dress for an easy breezy spring look that’s great for running errands or a grabbing a brunch with the girls.

what spring staples are you already wearing out?

Col. Mustard joins the Navy

Scarf & Blazer: Saver’s, Belt, Rose Ring, & Gold Bangle: Charlotte Russe, Striped Tee: H&M, Blue Beaded & Orange Bracelet: Florence, Italy, Skirt: Downtown Threads, Tights: Sox Market, Oxfords: TargetPairing navy & gold together has always worried me because for some reason that color combination instantly brings to mind hideous, polyester, marching band uniforms. Tassels and batons aside I really liked this outfit, it felt like something Col. Mustard would wear if he were a) fashionable, or b) to go on a Navy expedition, so of course I loved it.

While there’s a lot going on in this look (stripes and prints, mixing black & brown, three different shades of blue) it feels like a simple outfit becuase of the clean silhouette and easy to wear pieces.

What new color combinations have you been experimenting with?

“Hey. That mullet’s pretty.”

Two things about this photo; 1) I wear a 8.5 shoe, in real life my feet don’t look this large, just in this photo apparently. 2) Eating half a bag of Cadbury mini eggs in leiu of breakfast will give you a visible food baby.Sunglasses: Charlotte Russe, Cardigan: Old Navy, Mullet Dress: Pac Sun Hat: Christmas Tree Shop, Moccasins: Lands’ End (last seen here & hereTote Bag (made of recycled rice bags): Peace & Justice StoreThis is what I wore for an afternoon barbecue at the beach with D (who’s thoughts on my outfit are quoted in the title) a few of our friends, and Lucy Dog. D and I made two different types of kabobs; a veggie kabob (with sweet onions and whole mini bell peppers) and pineapple and kielbasa kabobs. Both were delicious and eating them on a blanket at the beach made them that much better.

This ruffle mullet dress is proof that the sunny weather is getting to me. I never wear this much color and I definitely don’t make a habit of mixing “young” floral prints and stripes, but it’s working. And if there’s one thing I’ve learn it’s that when it’s working you don’t ask questions, you just go with it.

What’s been working for you lately? How have you been taking advantage of the spring weather?

My Literal Interpretation of a Shirtdress

Sunglasses: Dollar Store, Cardigan & Bar Ring: Downtown Threads, Men’s Button- up (worn as dress): Goodwill, Jeans: Thrifted in PA,  Scarf: Gifted, Boots: Steve Madden, Bag: ALDOThis Saturday (St. Patrick’s Day) D and I slept in, had a late breakfast at Sneakers in Winooski, spent the afternoon enjoying the unseasonably warm weather and then headed downtown for a few St. Patty’s Day drinks with friends.

This is what I wore for breakfast at Sneakers, which was insanely good by the way. D had the chocolate-Guinness pancake special while I opted for the mouthwatering delicious California eggs Benedict and one of the best soy lattes I’ve ever had. Everything was delicious and  after almost licking our plates clean neither of us needed lunch!

I wore a men’s button up as a mini dress over jeans with my beloved, and freshly cobbled, Steve Madden cowboy boots. On my last trip to Goodwill I found, fell in love with, and bought a men’s large cream colored button up with a fun burnt orange print. It was too big for me to be able to wear it as a top but it turned out to be perfect as a mini dress. Don’t you just love when that happens?

Want to learn how to turn a shirt into a shirtdress like the one I’m wearing above? Check out my very first how to video here!

Are their pieces in your wardrobe that you wear in “unconventional” ways? Were you St. Patrick’s day celebrations wild & crazy or on the calmer side?


Masking it, forcing it, and why authenticity is always the best policy

As someone with an extremely expressive face I’ve learned how to mask or “tone-down” my reactions and emotions. I have a mask of calm understanding that I slip on when I want to fly off the handle but can’t. I have a mask that projects an almost aloof level of nonchalant-ness that is perfect for public transit, and of course there’s my charming smile mask best worn during forced/required social interactions when people who get under your skin and make it crawl are unavoidable.

The only flaw with my emotional masks is that they don’t work on anyone who really knows me. This is especially true in regards to my sisters and D. Not only can they tell when I’m being genuine but they don’t hesitate to point it out when I’m not; and there’s no point trying to fake or force something only to be called out on it.

Gingham Top: Goodwill, Belt: Possibilities Shop, Shorts: Old Navy, Bracelet: Gifted, Tights: Target, Heels: Naughty Monkey via Stella Mae

With that sentiment in mind I’m going to tell you something you probably already know, I’m forcing it in this picture and doing a horrible job of hiding it. I took four pictures of this outfit and when I reviewed them it became startlingly clear that no mask could hide how much I wasn’t feeling it. I had a whole list of irrational and ridiculous reasons why I felt it was necessary to force myself to take outfit pictures and in the end they were exactly that, irrational and ridiculous. The photos sucked and I felt worse after taking them.

When I started Wore Out I jumped right in, posting 5 -6 times a week and I kept up that pace for my first full year of blogging. When D asked me why I felt the need to post so often I cited my desire to “keep up with the Jones’s,” to stay relevant. Then I started to think about the blogs/bloggers I follow and look up to, and it dawned on me that I didn’t like them because they posted everyday. I like them becuase they were real, authentic, and genuinely excited to share their voice, and their content reflected this!

It was truly a light bulb moment for me, so after a year of almost daily blogging I’m taking a step back to avoid blogger burnout (and more terrible outfit photos). I’m giving myself the opportunity to review/reassess what I want to post and how often. I want Wore Out and my content to genuinely reflect who I am and what I’m passionate about. So while I may be posting less, I’ll actually be sharing more.

How often do you post? What tips/tricks have you learned to avoid blogger burnout? How do you keep your content real and relevant?

Punchy Peonies

Scarf: Carol Maguire Home*, Blazer: Goodwill (kid’s), Sweater: Forever 21, Jeans: Hurley (via Plato’s Closet), Skull Ring: Downtown Threads, Earrings: Cape Cod, Boots: BlowfishYou can completely change the feel an outfit just by adding a scarf. Worn around my neck my Carol Maguire Home scarf lends a classic pop to an otherwise simple outfit but when wrapped as a turban the scarf immediately takes center stage and balances out the basic pieces I used in this look.

Carol Maguire Home is a labor of love between my stunning friend Amanda and her equally chic mom, Carol Maguire. Each C. M. Home print is painted by Carol in her studio before being translated onto the pieces in her line via a slow and precise screen printing process that gives each piece that one of a kinda feel.

I know a lot of people pack their scarves away with their winter clothes but lighter scarves are a staple in my spring/summer wardrobe. A light and bright scarf will keep the chill of the AC away, add color to simple sundresses and shield you from the sun at the beach, not many accessories are this hard working. My C.M Home peony print scarf is very light weight and has a subtly vibrancy that makes it easy to wear with all my spring/summer favorites.

For tips on turbans check out this video from Beth at B Jones Style (no one rocks a turban like this stylish lady!)

Looking for new ways to wear your favorite scarves this spring? Check out this cute post from Carol of Carol Maguire Home!

Do you wear scarves year round? Have you tried wearing a turban or is it too wild for you?

*Just to be clear, I love Carol Maguire Home and their products, always have. I was not compensated in anyway for this post, but I do wholeheartedly recommend C. M. Home and their beautiful collections.