So a while back as i dug through racks and racks of sale items at H&M i found the prettiest tiered dress, and it was only $5 so you know i had to get it right? Well i did, and i wore it to a friends birthday party….and then it never saw the light of day again. Sad, sad indeed that such a pretty little thang would have to stay hidden in my closet. Well today’s inspiration comes from the blog Girl Necessities and gave me the perfect excuse to bring it out of the dark. As usual, i love the combination of styles. In this case girlie with rugged.
The day of the shoot it was beyond cold in the streets of NYC so i finally caved and decided to do the shoot indoors. I picked a spot as free of clutter and close to a window as possible take advantage of the natural light and to let the outfit shine. I quite liked how it turned out. What are some of your favorite spots to take pictures?
While browsing through Pinterest this photo popped out at me. I absolutely love the depth that layering gives an outfit. I also love the particularly boho chic-ness of this outfit. Not to mention i had pieces to pull off a similar look. I decided to wear a purple striped Uniqlo button up to reflect the bold and crisp nature of the plaid button up in the photo. Then to emulate the monochromatic aspect of the outfit i decided to wear a grey bowler hat that i got off an NYC street vendor and a long grey pocketed American Rag sweatshirt that i inherited from a friend. Lastly, i finished the outfit with some black tights and black Steve Madden boots. It would’ve been cool to have been able to finish the monochromatic look with grey boots, but black is what i have so black is what i wore! How lucky was i that the sky decided to coordinate colors with me too!
Today’s inspiration outfit comes courtesy of Instagrammer @maddinka. If you’re on Instagram, be sure to check her out! I actually saw maddinka’s outfit via the fashion magazine OOTDMagazine‘s Instagram page. They are a constant source of inspiration for me and where i find a lot of the bloggers i end up following. The outfit i put together is actually one that i’ve worn in the past. I was pleasantly surprised that an outfit similar to one i put together all on my own made it on OOTDMagazine and so without further ado…my outfit…rawwwwrrrrr
Tahari coat, Renee New York via Daffy’s, H&M skirt, Rafaela blouse, August Silk cardi via Marshall’s, Steve Madden boots, Simply Vera – Vera Wang leather gloves via Kohl’s
I’m not gonna lie to you guys, the past couple of shoots have tested my cold tolerance since i’ve chosen outfits that were not exactly covering my limbs. For this outfit i set out in search for something more appropriate for shooting outdoors in cold weather. An internet search for winter 2012 trends led me to this Glamour Magazine UK article. They call the look Quintessentially British and say this about how to put this look together:
Sturdy leather boots, Fair Isle knits, the classic flat camp, tweeds, heavy-duty knitwear and colours that channel British heritage (royal blue, pillar box red).
And here is the outfit they chose to represent the look
Inspiration Outfit || Glamour Magazine UK
So i thought to myself, i could totally pull this off! I have a “pillar box red” t-shirt I could wear, and a pair of pants that i recently bought at Zara (they’re 50% off!) that i thought would work great. Add to that my Sharagano Atelier plaid blazer, benetton tweed coat and most definitely sturdy Ink leather boots and we’ve got something. While doing the shoot i even got inspired to style it two ways, one styled more similarly to the inspiration outfit and one with my jacket buttoned up. Which is your favorite?
My inspiration for today’s outfit came from one of my favorite instagramer’s new shop, apjshop. Check it out:
Inspiration Outfit || Part of instagramer Instapam’s new clothing shop, apjshop
What i liked about the outfit aside from the fact that i have a very similarly shaped blouse and a tule skirt, is that the shape of the blouse is reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn’s style. I love the simplicity and elegance this outfit exudes, just like miss Hepburn herself.
My top is Kensie and was part of a dear friend’s donation pile a while back, and she thought it would be perfect on me. The skirt is from Strawberry. It used to be tiered the way the skirt in the inspiration outfit is, but after a while i felt it was too short on me so i had my mother take it apart and sew it back together into the shape you see today. I am lucky gal to have a seamstress at my fingers tips for…well…whenever she feels like helping a sister out. What do you think of my outfit? how well did i recreate the look?