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Hi, everyone! It’s been a while, and I missed you all. I hope you didn’t think I abandoned ship on the 30 Day Style Challenge–not when I’m so close to the finish line! Internet out in the sticks is spotty at best, so I’ve been without a reliable WiFi connection for a few days. I’ve still been taking pictures, and I have three new outfits to show you–and a knitting project, too!

Outfit #1: Spring-tober

outfit1collagereduxI’m gonna drop some philosophy; Albert Camus once said, “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” Well, if Camus was talking about South Louisiana, he got it all wrong, or maybe nature here is more literal than existential. Right now we have plenty of actual flowers, as you can see behind me, in full bloom along with green grass, hummingbirds, and the like. Outfit #1 is very much inspired by these “fall” colors, and they *pop* being paired with black.

Sweater: ModCloth (Similar) / Camisole: Walmart / Necklace: Maurices / Skirt: Gwynnie Bee / Shoes: Jessica London

Outfit #2: I Made a Thing!

outfit2collagereduxI wore this outfit over the weekend when the weather got a bit cooler. I decided to transition my favorite spring dress using a new chambray top, tights, some oxfords, and a hand-knit cowl. I’ve been knitting a lot more lately, and I came up with the pattern for the cowl on the fly. For all who are yarnfully inclined, here’s how I made it:

First things first–the yarn I used is Manos del Uruguay’s Maxima in Chrysanthemum. I found it at my local yarn shop, McNeedles, but you can get it online here. I used a 16-inch, size 8 circular needle. Gauge for this project isn’t terribly important, but you do want it to go over your head and be a little slouchy around your neck. I cast on 125 stitches, but you can do more or less as long as you have an odd number. After casting on, place marker and join in round without twisting stitches and work in k1, p1 (seed stitch) for about an inch. When you reach the beginning of the next round, work in stockinette stitch (all knits) until you have enough yarn left to end with one final one-inch band of seed stitch. Bind off in pattern, weave in your ends, and you’re good to go! As you can tell by the picture, I’m wearing the cowl inside out. Any knitted garment can be reversible if you want it to be, *wink!*

Shirt: ModCloth / Dress: ModCloth / Tights: Avenue / Shoes: Jessica London


Outfit #3: When You Go-Go
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Loving ’60s fashion, I’ve wanted to try this ModCloth dress for a while. It’s offered in so many colors, I wasn’t sure which one to pick. One of my work friends has one in sea blue, and I’ve seen Angela from The Passionista wear it on her blog in lavender, and they both look so cute! I went with red because, why not? I also finally got a pair of black knee-high boots that fit! I’ve tried so many places over the last three years, it’s not funny, but these boots from Jessica London are stretchy and fit well over socks and leggings; however, I think I’d be pushing my luck to wear them over jeans or pants. Also, I went up one size larger than what I ordinarily buy from them.
Dress: ModCloth / Leggings: Torrid / Boots: Jessica London
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I hope you all enjoyed my outfit 3-fer today! I always love comments, so let me know what you think. Thanks bunches, and I’ll see ya tomorrow!
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imwalkingherereduxI rarely wear heels in public. You know the saying, “practice makes perfect?” Well, I haven’t practiced wearing them very much mainly because with EE width feet, it’s difficult to find pairs of heels that are cute, comfortable, and will allow me to stay balanced while walking. I do wear heels occasionally for pictures on flat surfaces, but gravel is another story. For every picture like the one above, there’s one like this:

likewhoareduxThat was a close one! I did manage to stay on my feet, so no worries. Also, I’m beginning to embrace the rusty farm equipment near my house. It creates a nice atmosphere, don’t ya think?

mediumreduxMy dress is by Hell Bunny. I always giggle when I look the brand up online because auto-correct wants to change it to “He’ll Bunny.” Personally, I would go with “Heck Bunny,” but that’s just me. I’ve seen Hell Bunny dresses many places from Modcloth to Hot Topic; however, this one is from Gwynnie Bee. Full disclosure, the dress is not in perfect condition. I’m pretty sure I wasn’t the first GB subscriber to wear it as the polka dots are slightly faded and there are imperfections on the print in inconspicuous places. I know many of you ladies shop at thrift stores, so I looked at the dress from that point of view, and I decided it was a keeper!

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In the spirit of walking on loose gravel in heels–what fashion risks have you taken recently? Thanks for stopping by and helping me find my balance!

Dress: Hell Bunny via Gwynnie Bee / Shoes: Payless / Necklace: Rue 21 / Earrings: Icing

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