Thursday, October 22, 2015

What I Wore: Spikes and Skulls

Can you believe that it is already the very end of October?!
Where has the time gone?
I know, I know. I'm a broken record at this point, always saying that.

I'm confused though (once again!), and I feel like I blinked...BAM. Fall hit me in the face... 
Fall on face. 

I wore this outfit on one of those insane days that THE POPE was in town. People, New Yorkers, absolutely love this leader and respect him immensely. It was a circus. A good circus, and I loved seeing the city alive with excitement 

A good hat (I'm obsessed with this style! Especially all of these by Bailey) makes any outfit for me personally, especially when paired with prints and studs. 

City slicker style. 

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Bailey wide-brimmed hat // Express slim boyfriend jeans // BCBG Maxazria studded heels (Similar Here, Here, and Here) // Ark & Co. blouse with back cutout // Alexander McQueen skull silk scarf // Kat Von D fuschia lipstick // 
Ray-Ban black aviators (discounted!) // Jill Stuart metallic handbag (handpainted by me)

So, yes, me and hats. No surprises about that loving relationship. I've started to love the proper look of a feminine blouse topped off by a scarf/bow. Although I'm not incredibly "preppy" by definition--OK, I would not consider my style that at all--I do like to take a few notes here and there from the prepster handbook and mix them with edgier or unexpected details. I chose a classic ivory collared button-up with a draped cutout in the back, which I am eerily obsessed with. Back cleavage? OH, YEAH. Sign me up. The scarf is a classic Alexander McQueen skull and crossbone print, which I wear often, even if just tied onto a handbag. I'll admit, I don't shop at Express often or even enter one (again, it's New York, and I don't often end up at mall-type outlets), but I stumbled into the downtown Brooklyn Express outlet. Who knew?! I fortunately snagged two VERY discounted pairs of jeans. I hardly wear anything but dark or black, slim pants (leather, anyone?). I love this pair of  light-washed"slim fit boyfriend jeans." Both pairs, though, are shockingly comfortable while flattering my super short frame. Pops of color came in the form of a berry-hued lipstick by Kat Von D and an older Jill Stuart bag that I painted on with metallic fabric paint. 

**Shhhhhh, don't tell Jill! It used to be a very pale grey shade and became totally discolored by other clothing and by daily wear itself. This was one of my best ideas yet! Try it!

Lastly, studded pumps played well with the vibe of the skull scarf, while simultaneously offsetting the loose, casual look of the jeans. All in all, this was totally a "mix and match" ensemble. A little of this, a little of that. But, hey, to each their own! I've included more inspiration below:

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September (and February!)  means New York Fashion Week, which is always pretty nutty. The fall weather is just perfect, though, for displaying accessories and most recognizably, shoes. In the winter, we're all in boots or booties...or snow boots...yeah. So, boots galore. Fall fashion week allots a more varied display of footwear. I never quite make it to all of the events, presentations, runway shows and parties that I plan to attend. It's a bummer but a pretty all-too-common occurrence for most of us when we're zipping from one side of the town to the other, then back uptown and down again. Some shows start excruciatingly late; some begin right on time. You never know, so you just do the very best you can and prioritize.

This month, I experienced another joyful "life moment." I met the youngest addition to my family, my second niece, and became a third-time aunt. A proud one, at that. All of these babies around have me itching. This 'ole gal has decided that she's not turning a year older come December. Nope. Not happening. Maybe next year? Or never.

Never works for me.

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