Style Evolution

 

Usually during a change in season I feel my fashion style morph a bit. But this time around, there seems to be a lot more changing other than adding more scarves and cardigans. I feel like my own personal style has changed and I now am drawn to monochrome with a punch of color using shoes or accessories.
When people used to ask me whether I liked brown or black better I would always say brown and barely had a black piece of clothing in my closet (except for one black shirt I would keep for recitals and music gigs). But recently, I’ve been more into black instead of brown. This whole thing may seem like no big deal to you readers, but to me it’s a bit life changing- or at least wardrobe changing.
Almost every day when I’m putting an outfit together I gravitate towards white, cream, and black for clothing options. I also love to pair these colors with a camel bag. I then add orange or red shoes, or a colorful scarf to complete the ensemble and I’m ready to walk out the door.
So what has triggered this change? Who knows. But I do have to admit it is nice to change up the wardrobe every once in awhile. A lot of the clothing items I own are oldies but goodies that I’ve worn season after season. It’s nice to get rid of items that have had a good run in my closet and breathe new life into my style.

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Has anyone else made the switch from brown to black? I’d be interested to hear your fashion evolution stories!

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PIXIE GROW OUT PROCESS- HOW ABOUT THAT BOB?

I recently went to my hairdresser and she finally said the words I’ve been waiting months to hear: my hair is officially a bob style! It was quite the long and at times annoying process, but I persevered and I’m so glad I did!

Below is a picture from the end of September 2013 when I decided to start growing my hair out:

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I must say that my new bob does take a little more time/effort to style, which I’m not that used to coming from a pixie cut. I blow dry my hair after washing and sometimes certain hairs like to flip out and I have to straighten them or pin them out of the way. Some days it just doesn’t want to cooperate and takes multiple bobby pins to style it decently before I walk out the door. But all in all, I’ve had the most fun with this length of hair so far.

A few things about the picture collage below:

1. It was late at night and I was getting a little silly.

2. I didn’t have a lick of makeup on (au naturel, right?)

3. I wanted to show how versatile this hair-length is: you can wear it down, pin the bangs back, or even have a cute ponytail. The possibilities are endless!

PicMonkey Collage5Have you ever thought about getting a pixie cut? What do you think of the bob length?

One more question: should I get bangs?? Help me decide in the comments below!

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FEBRUARY STITCH FIX HAUL

As I was scrolling through my Newsfeed on Facebook, I saw that one of my good friends shared something called Stitch Fix- clothes and accessories sent to your door by a personal stylist. I clicked on the link and before I knew it, I was all signed up for a package coming my way in just a few short weeks.

For those of you who don’t know, here’s a screen shot from their website explaining how it works:

CaptureYou can also link a Pinterest board or any other website that you feel portrays your style so the stylists have more of an idea of what you like. It also made me go over my pins on my “Style” board and weed out the things that really weren’t me. Apparently, at first glance at my board, I really love scarves and cardigans- check out my Pinterest board if you’re interested!

So here it is- my first Stitch Fix box. I felt like a kid on Christmas and couldn’t wait to see what the stylist picked out for me. I wrote them a note saying I was going to be in Chicago for St. Patrick’s Day weekend and was looking for a cute outfit for the trip- here’s what they sent me:

PicMonkey CollageI must say- I didn’t think this fix was really me. I do love me a good cardigan- but these two were a bit too floppy and shapeless. I feel like sometimes since I’m a size large in most clothing and I’m tall, people assume I’m also bigger. But I’m not. I’m quite the averaged-sized human being: just 6 feet tall. I’m also not a huge maxi-skirt fan, so that right off the bat wasn’t something I thought I wanted to keep. I’m also into autumn colors, so the scarf and the skirts’ bright, bold pattern were a bit out of my comfort zone. The only thing I liked right away was the pencil skirt- it fit pretty well and was a nice, neutral brown.

But to my surprise, once I tried the outfits on (mixing in my own accessories), I weirdly loved them all. Here are three of my favorite combinations of the 5 things they sent me:

PicMonkey CollageI surprisingly loved the scarf- and happened to have a jacket that matched it quite well. I probably would have kept it- if not for the price tag. I didn’t feel like it was worth the amount they were asking and I think that I could find one similar locally for less- but it at least broadened my horizon to new colors and “bright” things.

The pencil skirt was as great as I thought it would be- it’s stretchy and no zipper in sight which makes for a sleek, no-fuss look. The cream twist cardigan was also much better on me than in the box. But- as with the scarf- I felt like it wasn’t worth the price. If the fabric were a bit more quality and was about $20 cheaper, I would have definitely kept it. But I’ll keep my eyes out for something like it in the future now that I know it’s something I like on me.

The maxi skirt was also a huge surprise- it was so comfortable and long enough for my mile-high legs (and you have no idea how hard it is to shop for those bad boys). The cardigan was alright, just not my style. Loved the color, though.

I guess all in all I wasn’t expecting perfection from my first fix, but I feel like this fix was one that really opened my eyes to new styles and colors I never thought to use before. Before shipping the items I didn’t want back, I was given the option to tell my stylist what I thought about her picks- which hopefully will help her know what I like and don’t like in the future! And I’ve decided I’m going to get one fix shipped to me every month for 6 months and if I feel like it’s not working for me, I’ll quit. But I really like the idea of it and I’m hoping for even better luck in the future!

If you’re interested in trying this out, click here to go to their website and sign up!