383 / ootd: zig-a-zig-ahhh

(Hopefully everyone got and appreciated the Spice Girls reference that is the title of the post.)

I usually don’t update during the week but I really liked this outfit so I snapped a quick photo after I got home from work. Both the long sleeve printed dress and the racerback black dress over it are from ASOS (size uk18). I put my faux leather vest from Forever21 over it and wore the metallic blue skinny belt from ASOS Curve.

Sidenote: I have such shitty lighting in my apartment so that’s why it’s in black and white.

Also since we last chatted, I got a few new tattoos!

black dress, printed dress, belt – asos
vest – forever21
tights – avenue
pin – indiegoespop
wedges (not shown) – juicy couture

381 / ootd: weekend carma

In a recent post I mentioned that I placed my first Carmakoma order since they were having their big end-of-the-season sale. Since arriving, I’ve been wearing the dresses nonstop as they serve as great throw-on-and-go pieces (I’m sure everyone knows by now just how much I hate mornings). This dress is the Gull and I bought it in an XL but I should’ve sized down to an L for a more fitted look. Because it’s too big and made of knit, it doesn’t really have a shape without a belt. However, I love love love the leather patches on the shoulder and the fact that it has a hood. The overall length is perfect and the fact that that back has an additional two inches or so added is great because it’s annoying to have the back of your skirt/dress be higher than the front because of all the junk in the trunk.

I paired the dress with my new favorite thigh-highs from Hips & Curves. They have a backseam which makes them that much better. Prepare to see them a lot.

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380 / ootd: saddle up

If you follow me on Tumblr, you may have heard about my love of saddle shoes. Ever since Jeremy Scott sent down his rendition of them with a super chunky pink heel, I have been needing to get my hand on a pair. So a week or so ago during a late-night texting session with Brittney, she linked me to these AMAZING Jeffrey Campbells which were everything I loved. I immediately purchased them and have been resisting the urge to wear them with everything. I even purchased the more practical version from Payless for those random trips to the store where 6 inch heels may be too much. The blazer is one I picked up from SimplyBe a long time ago and it had been sitting in my closet ever since. I had nothing to wear it with but now it goes perfectly with my new shoes!

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379 / ootd: black, red + sheer

As usual, I went out for brunch today and used the opportunity to wear my black and red vinyl bra that I scored this past summer on eBay. I layered it under the sheer mesh dress from Hips & Curves and a sheer high waist skirt from Jibri. This outfit combines my love of sheer everything and vinyl anything, which is why fall/winter is my favorite time of the year.

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377 / ootd: sunday brunchin

Sundays are usually reserved for sleeping in, doing laundry and cleaning but lately I’ve been heading out to have brunch at this nice little spot a block or so from my apartment. Because it snowed a bit late last week, there’s a lot of slush left on the ground but I really couldn’t be bothered to wear weather-appropriate boots this morning. I decided to break in this two-tone faux fur jacket from ASOS Curve and pair it with a lace button-up that I got from Forever21+. The skirt is one that I’ve had forever as it was a thrift score from a few years back. Ripped sheer tights from Avenue and my black glitter wedges complete the ensemble.

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375 / ootd: now with more sequins

For the past two years or so, myself along with a lot of other people have been basically begging for someone to make our dreams of plus size leather shorts a reality. A few months ago, Torrid came through with these faux leather shorts and I immediately snatched them up. I know I give Torrid a lot of shit (that they most definitely deserve) but I give props when they’re due and they hit a homerun with these. They’re pretty short which is exactly how I prefer my shorts and I’ve found they work best with oversized/boyfriend blazers and tights.

Today I paired them with a sheer cropped white button-up from Nasty Gal and the sequined blazer from ASOS Curve. I will say that this blazer is not worth the $130 price… at all. There’s no structure to it and I was going to return it but I’m lazy and never made it to the post office. I unbuttoned a few top buttons and bunched up the sleeves to make wearing a button-up and blazer seem more causal and laidback. I finally made use of this oversize red metallic clutch I got in an ASOS sale a long time ago. It’s been collecting dust in my closet so I took it for a twirl.

edit: There were a few people that asked about the clear wingback chair, you can find it here!

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374 / ootd: starting over

So it’s been a while… the good news is that 2012 will definitely see a resurgence in blog activity. I’m sure I’ve said it previously but then I disappeared again haha but really, this time it’s for real. Nothing much has changed since I’ve last blogged except my address. I stopped crashing at Brittney’s and got my own place and now it’s basically me vs. the self-timer. Also, after almost 6 months, I was finally reunited with most of my wardrobe last week so I feel complete in a way. The outfits that I wear now are a better representation of where I’m at and what I’m into, whereas earlier it just a mashup of whatever I had in my suitcase or bought recently online. Blahblahblah enough of that, onto the fashions!!!

I’m still very much into long lengths and I bought this skirt on Etsy a few months back and have paired it with everything from crop tops to sweaters. Even though it’s wintertime here in Chicago, I refuse to give up on my sheer tops so I just layered it under a faux leather vest and skinny bowtie from ASOS. The sheerness keeps the outfit from being too covered up and stuffy. This Cast of Vices leather bag is my new favorite. I’m not a bag girl at all but I couldn’t pass up this one that is based on the plastic thank you takeout bags but is done is the softest lambksin leather.

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373 / ootd: sequins + pvc

The amount of time left to wear this super short pvc skirt is dwindling the more the temperature drops and wind picks up. I figured I’d take it out for a spin while crawling some bars this past week. It was a texture explosion as I paired it with this leather-like top from forever21+ (which you’ll be seeing in the next post as well) and sequined blazer from yours. Because there’s so much leg on display (and because I knew there was a good chance I’d be drunk), I opted for my creepers instead of any sort of wedge/heel.

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372 /ootd: SHEERED

A couple weeks ago I went back to DC to gather the rest of my clothes to ship here to Chicago and one of the most exciting things there was this floor length sheer stripe skirt I got from Jibri. I originally ordered it back in May and literally the next week, I came to Chicago (and we all know that story) so basically I finally got my hands on it 5 months later. Again, the wintertime was not going to deter me from wearing this skirt out around the city. I threw on some semi-sheer tights and called it a day. I’m not one to pair shorts under a sheer skirt, it just looks weird. I also paired it with this leatherette top from Forever21+ to add some toughness to the skirt. Simple and chic~

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I think I’ve stated on more than one occasion that I’m not much of a fan of Torrid or Forever21+. However, the one thing that keeps me going back to Torrid is the fact that they carry the Tripp skinny jeans. When this version with the faux-leather patches went online, I knew I had to order them. This red leather jacket from F21+ is the only item I’ve ever purchased from them that I really really loved. The jacket is actually really heavy and doesn’t feel flimsy/cheap which is always a concern when shopping there. It’s definitely the best thing they’ve ever offered.

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