Hi Wore Out readers – my name is Catherine, and I write the blog Small Town, Big Wardrobe. I’m so thankful Caitlin asked me to write a guest post – her blog was one of the first I connected with when I started fashion blogging, and I’ve been a devoted fan and reader ever since.
So confession time – I may have slightly exaggerated this post’s title. I did indeed to go on a vacation to France and get myself this red beret, but that’s not all: I also brought back World War II artifacts (for my dad, brother and stepbrothers), hundreds of photos, a complete awe at Paris and French culture in general, a desire to sell my soul for more Ladurée macarons – and then there were the clothes.
My amazing travel friends Olesia, Rosemary and Nicole and I were walking down the Champs-Élysées one night, past store after store filled with clothes we could not afford. Then we stumbled upon NAF NAF. Holy mother of clothing, it was amazing. So many clothes at affordable prices. On the Champs-Élysées. I was in fashion heaven. And after being warned about the Parisian attitude, we found complete kindness at this store – they even stayed open 45 minutes so we could finish trying on clothes and make our purchases.
I love a special piece of clothing with a story behind it – and when that story is from a once-in-ten-years vacation France, it becomes even more special to me. I still get a thrill out of wearing my special NAF NAF clothes and red beret.
And yes, I was that American tourist wearing a beret around Paris. Dream come true.
Thanks again Caitlin for asking me to guest-post! Come visit my blog or connect via Twitter or Facebook – I’d love to hear from you!
Blazer: Vintage (via my mom), Socks & Vest: Gifted, Belt: Goodwill, Shirtdress: TJ Maxx, Tights: Target, Booties: Forever 21By the time Friday morning rolls around I’m usually running on empty so the less I have to think about putting together an outfit the better. Inspired by Catherine’s “Chalet Chic” post I used some of my favorite pieces to create this casual New England winter look and was pleasantly surprised by the outcome.
I was fully expecting to hate how the socks looked pulled up with my oxford wedges but I like the pop of color they added. It might not be my most pulled together look (without the blazer, vest or booties it looks like I’m wearing a night shirt with holiday socks) but it was exactly what I was looking for.
What outfits/fashions have surprised you lately?
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?