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A Classic Christmas Color Combo

Christmas time comes once a year; during the holiday season we welcome Santa Clause & snowmen into society, sing Christmas carols, snack on Christmas cookies, shop for gifts to show our gratitude, and spend time with loved ones surrounded in a sea of red & green.

Now that Christmas has come & gone, some scrooges are ready to take down the Christmas lights and bring the artificial tree back up to the attic. But just when you think you’ve seen enough red & green, I put together this outfit incorporating the classic Christmas colors.

Burgundy Bottoms, Mint Top, Fur Vest

There are certain colors that naturally work well with each other and general themes that help harmonize hues. The underlying theme behind this creative color combo is the ‘Split Complementary’ color scheme – using any color with the two colors on each side of its complement.

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I used tints & tones of the two colors to complete this look – the less literal interpretation of the true hues probably makes it more tolerable to wear. My mint green sheer button-down shirt is a tint (base color with a bit of white added) of green while my burgundy bottoms are a shade (color plus black) of red. I went light on accessories and completed the color trio with my orange marble-stone cocktail ring.

To Winterize this season-spanning the look, I layered my white & grey fur vest from Free People on top, and threw on my grey tall leather Steve Madden boots to coordinate.

Burgundy Bottoms, Mint Top, Fur Vest

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What do you think? Would you wear this? Or are you sick of seeing red & green for the time being?

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Crazy About Corduroy!

Hounds-tooth, herringbone, and tweed are some of the typical textures for fall & winter; but my personal favorite when it comes to seasonal fabrics is corduroy. It’s often soft to the touch and the distinctive ribbed texture adds an extra element to any ensemble. I’ve stocked up on cords the last two seasons in order to have options when I want to wear my preferred winter woven, here’s a look at some of the outfits I styled while incorporating my cord collection…

Anthropologie Charcoal Cord Leggings

I bought these charcoal cord leggings from Anthropologie last fall and absolutely loved them! The stretchy material is so comfy that it pretty much feels like you’re not wearing any pants. Now, surely that’s not really the case, but the super-soft fabric definitely sticks to body to show off all your curves!

Anthropologie Coral Cords

Like I said, I wore my pair from last year so much that I bought the same stretchy cords again this year in another color! By the time I actually got around to purchasing my second pair they already went on sale, so I got these coral cords for only $19.95! (originally $88.00)

Anthropologie Gold High-Waisted, Wide-Leg Cords

The wide-leg shape was a popular silhouette for pants last season, so I bought these gold high-waisted, extreme-flare corduroy slacks from Anthropologie to stay in style. I didn’t wear them much this winter because silhouettes for trousers trended more toward skinny-leg, but I’m sure the extreme-flare style will come back around someday…I just hope I’m still the same size when that time comes. :)

Free People Bright Blue Cords

I picked up this pair of bright blue cords from Free People a couple months ago….again, on sale… again, only $19.95. (originally $128.00) The pants coordinate perfectly with a red Free People embroidered-front tunic I have; and coincidentally, they have embroidery along the back as well.

Urban Outfitters Light Brown Cords

You bet I saved the best buy for last! I bought this pair of light brown cords at the Urban Outfitters Surplus Store last week for only $5.95! (originally $58.00)

You can save a lot on seasonal styles like these if you’re willing to wait until later in the season. Sure, the tradeoff is that you have less time to wear them…but when you save as much as I did, does it really matter? Winter will come around again next year… and when it does, you’ll be set!

Do you rush out at the beginning of the season to buy your weather-appropriate wardrobe needs? Or do you wait until the end of the season to stock-up on stuff that’s all on sale?

1 Sale Sweater Styled 9 Different Ways – Now That’s a Deal!

Like I said last week, I’m surprised the Lucia Delphinium Shawl Sweater lasted long enough on the sales floor at Anthropologie to be marked all the way down to $19.95! If I could’ve bought the digital pattern knit at its original price of $248.00 I probably would’ve; and following the first markdown to $129.95 I was entertaining the idea even more. I must have missed it when it was marked down to $39.95, because I definitely would have bought it then; but thankfully I spotted it once again after the final markdown – and ended up saving even more!  (Luckily, I got the last one in stock!)

Anthropologie Lucia Delphinium Shawl Sweater on Sale

Everyone else must not have seen the potential in this unique, versatile piece like I did or I’m sure they would’ve scooped it up much sooner! The innovative design allows for a ton of options when wearing this hand-knit top. I spent some time playing around with it over the past week & check out some of the different ways I styled it…

1.   Buttoned all the way up in the front & the back

Anthropologie Shawl Sweater Styled 9 Different Ways

2.   Basically worn in reverse – with the cozy wrap in front & pop of pattern in the back

Anthropologie Shawl Sweater Styled 9 Different Ways

3.   This is probably the most creative way I could wear this piece – here I’ve unbuttoned the top entirely then wrapped the two panels around to the back. A single button at the bottom secures it in place and wha-lah – thick-knit sweater turned twist-front top!

Anthropologie Shawl Sweater Styled 9 Different Ways

4.   Here, I swung the shrug around again so the pattern’s on the back. Either wear the poncho loosely draped like this or undo the top button and sling an arm though for a one-shoulder look

Anthropologie Shawl Sweater Styled 9 Different Ways

5.   With the simple oblong shape, when totally undone the sweater turns into a standard scarf that can be simply wrapped around your neck

Anthropologie Shawl Sweater Styled 9 Different Ways

6. Or, left open & looped through, the sweater can be wrapped like a handkerchief scarf

Anthropologie Shawl Sweater Styled 9 Different Ways

7.   Buttoned up the front but left open in the back, now it’s baggy like a blanket (a stylish snuggie perhaps?)

Anthropologie Shawl Sweater Styled 9 Different Ways

8.  This is my 2nd favorite way I styled the sweater – into a one-shoulder top! Simply shift it to the side & slide an arm though; buttons line the single slouchy sleeve while the other shoulder stays exposed.

Anthropologie Shawl Sweater Styled 9 Different Ways

9.   With all but the top button undone & the back left open the sweater is now a cape vest. Other obvious variations would be to only fasten the center button, or the bottom 3 buttons, or every other button. Ok, ok, not really…now I’m getting a little carried away – but you get the idea!

Anthropologie Shawl Sweater Styled 9 Different Ways

See what I mean?! There’s so many ways to style this super-soft sweater…and to pay only $19.95 for it – that’s what I call a steal! If you divide the 9 different ways I styled it by the price I paid, that comes down to $2.20 a look. (And that’s just counting what I showed you – there’s no doubt even more ways this top can be worn!)

A practical purchase?? – I’d say so! Would you have bought this unusual piece had you come across it? What price would’ve you been willing to pay? And lastly, which way is your fav?

Saturday Steal: Stocked-Up on Off-Season Summer Stuff

Yesterday after my workout I decided to walk a couple blocks and stop at the Urban Outfitters Surplus store on Fullerton to see what I could find…and what I did was well worth the trip! I must have had summertime on my mind because I’ll have to wait until then to wear what I bought; but when you can stock-up on off-season stuff for a fraction of the price you just can’t pass it up! Check out what I got…and even more surprising – see how much I spent!!!

Urban Outfitters Floral Print Romper

I don’t typically wear bright colors, but I love how the hues pop against the black background of this jumper. The fun floral print, flirty silhouette and vibrant colors have me wishing it were summer so I can wear this playful piece! Originally $69.00, marked down to $9.99.

Urban Outfitters Red Silky CrissCross Romper

It’s almost like the intricate strappy neckline extends from the bold crisscross pattern that covers the one-piece. And the lightweight, flowy fabric makes this perfect for those hot, humid days.  Originally $59.00, marked down to $9.99.

Urban Outfitters Salmon Scalloped-Edge Onesie

Scalloped edges add a subtle touch to this simple salmon-colored romper. With such a basic silhouette, I can pile on a bunch of necklaces or add a belt – the options are endless! Originally $59.00, marked down to $9.99.

Urban Outfitters Fuschia Fanny Pack

This fuchsia fanny pack is the perfect hands-free carry-all for all the music festivals I intend on attending again this summer. Having to hold onto a bag while trying to work your way through a crowd is annoying! This vibrant velvet hip bag will hold my things & keep me worry-free while I spend my summer days under the sun, bouncing between stages surrounded by the sweet sound of music. Originally $29.00, marked down to $9.99.

Urban Outfitters Black Leather Corset Top

This black leather corset top is not something that I would typically buy, but when I saw it I had an idea for an outfit in mind…

Leather Look - Black Corset Top & Fit-n-Flare Skirt

I recently bought a black leather fit-&-flare skirt for work and thought it may make for an interesting ensemble if I wore the black leather corset top under a sheer shirt tucked into my skirt. The leather top peaks out from underneath the see-through shirt and meets the top of the high-waisted skirt – it’s an interesting inside-outside approach to a leather look :/

Leather Look - Black Corset Top & Fit-n-Flare Skirt

Leather Look - Black Corset Top & Fit-n-Flare Skirt

As I said, not my typical attire…but maybe I’ll give it a try – I’ll let you know if I ever end up wearing it :) Originally $34.00, marked down to $14.99.

I was debating on one of the items, but when I got up to the register and realized there was an additional 50% off I added it back to my pile of purchases – when things are 5 bucks who can pass them up?! If I were to buy all of this merchandise at full price I would’ve paid around $250.00; but instead, my total for the five items was only $30.00! Again I say – well worth the trip!

I Have Skeletons in my Closet…but They’re not Secrets

Happy Halloween Everyone!!!

Since I don’t think my manager would appreciate it if I came to work dressed as a pumpkin, nor would I want to walk out in public dressed as one, I chose something from my old skull-and-crossbones collection to wear to work today. Here were some of my choices…

Urban Outfitters Skeletons with Hearts Cotton Top

Urban Outfitters Skull Trim V-Neck Cotton Top

Urban Outfitters Skull-and-Crossbones Scarf

The mark of a human skull with two long bones crossed below it represents the presences of danger or impending harm. Over time, the-skull and-crossbones have come to reference a number of different things. Pirates were the first to flag their ships with the marking to ward off other vessels in the water. It has also been used to denote the entrances of cemeteries and serves as a warning of poisonous substances. Some secret societies, fraternities, and military forces have adopted the symbol onto their badges as a form of group association.

The emblem synonymous with death became stylish a few years ago and seems to reemerge every year around this time. The ghastly sign is no longer only worn by punk rockers or those who choose to go gothic with their personal style; but now comes in many forms, from feminine to funny, on clothing, accessories, and everything in between.

I think the skeleton cotton top I bought from Urban Outfitters (years ago) is super cute with the tiny red hearts sticking out from the bare bones.

Urban Outfitters Skeletons with Hearts Cotton Top

And my scarf (also from Urban years ago) was most likely a recreation inspired by the famed Alexander McQueen creation.

Alexander McQueen Skull Scarf & Urban Outfitters Look-a-LikeMy Urban Outfitters skull scarf is on the left and an Alexander McQueen skull scarf is on the right.

McQueen was obsessed with the afterlife and made the skull his trademark, which can be found on many of his designs. The iconic designer’s mysterious dark side was often depicted in his flamboyant creations and use of fragile fabrics, opulent detailing, and brazen conceptions. Sadly, the symbolic emblem has a deeper meaning now, after his untimely death, then ever before.

Do you ever sport the ‘stay away’ symbol as part of your personal style?