Colors With Silly Names

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I just spent the last four days giving the entire tag system of the blog an overhaul. My shoulders are screaming from too much computer, but at least it’s done. Now you can use the tag to see how I’ve worn a certain item, or find a look by colors. It was interesting to go back to the earlier posts (there is so much WTF in some of those early outfits, like seriously, what the fuck was I thinking?) and see how my style has changed. One thing I’ve noticed is that once I moved home, I don’t wear a lot of colors anymore, it’s mostly black and blue and gray. Of course the main reason for that is my changing style and taste, but ideally, I’d like to be able to put together grown-up outfits without sacrificing colors too.

And on that note, I’m taking part in Heidi and Marissa‘s semi-annual Pantone-inspired Color challenge, or as I like to call it, the Colors with Silly Names challenge. Yesterday’s color was Radian Orchid, which is kind of a soft purple, and my cardigan is perfect for it. The weather is warming up, but very slowly, so I resisted the temptation of dressing like it’s still winter by wearing white jeans, to make the outfit more spring-appropriate.

ETA: The white jeans might be my own decision but I can’t take credit for top half of the outfit, which is lifted directly from this pin.

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Cardigan: Forever21 (dyed by me), Top: Zara, Jeans: Calvin Klein, Sandals: Zalora, Scarf: hand-me-down

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Spring!

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Just a simple casual outfit to celebrate sunshine and warmth… well, maybe just the warmth. It’s still pretty overcast here due to the rain, but at least the sun breaks through now and then. I know I’m going to be bitching about the heat (and the humidity, and the mosquitoes, and having to shave my legs) in about a week, but let’s just enjoy this for now.

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Shirt: local shop, Cardigan: Forever21 (dyed by me), Jeans: Mango, Sneakers: Payless, Necklace: gift


It’s A Snood! It’s A Scarf! It’s A Vest!

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This is another vest I got from my mom. I have no idea how to style it, though. When I was playing around with it, it somehow ended up around my neck, so I decided to roll it up into a circle scarf (plus I’ve always wanted to try turning a sweater into a scarf after seeing it on Kate of The Perpetual Student’s Wife.) Looks a little bit like I’m being eaten alive by a wool donut though, doesn’t it?

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teal shirt purple cardigan white wool circle scarf by 14 shades of grey

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This is what the vest actually looks like, if you guys have any suggestion on how to style it:

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T-shirt & Cardigan: Forever21, Scarf/Vest: vintage
Jeans: Charlotte Russe, Oxfords: thrifted via Buffalo Exchange


Wear Ye Polyester While Ye May

I got this dress a while ago, but it’s one of those quintessential 70’s thick polyester dresses (I think my mom has one with the exact same texture), and the weather has been too warm for it. Thankfully it’s cold and rainy today so I got one last chance to bring out the polyester before summer hits.

Also, doesn’t the print on the dress remind you of Tron? Or Pac-Man?

Dress: vintage via Thread Echoes, Cardigan: Forever21 (dyed by me)
Shoes: Madden Girl (thrifted), Necklace: Icing


Bolinus brandaris

After this week’s SIA challenge, I realized that I wanted a purple cardigan. Since I’ve sworn off shopping until after the move home (having to pack your entire closet into two 50-lb suitcases is a very good incentive for a shopping ban. And I already have 85 lbs. of books), it’s dye job to the rescue. Recognize the cardigan? It’s my “lab coat” cardigan. It’s too baggy, and I couldn’t find any way to make it look less like a lab coat, so I’m happy with how it came out.

Bolinus brandaris is the species of mollusk used to produce Tyrian purple dye (the color worn by Ancient Roman royalty.) I’m not sure if this purple is Tyrian or not, but I like to be pretentious đŸ˜›

Shirt: Old Navy (thrifted), Cardigan: Forever 21, dyed by me
Jeans & Belt: Target, Booties: Madden Girl (thrifted), Necklace: self-made