What I Wore :: Sparkles and Sheers

I have a bad habit of buying complete new outfits. Often I'll find one piece and then continue hunting until I've created exactly what I see in my mind. Or, I'll just go to the mall and put together a complete look for an occasion. Or a Thursday. Whatever.

I went to the mall yesterday to pick up a little lunch and found myself wandering around Forever 21 aimlessly, looking for a specific sweater (I never found it and ended up ordering online). When I found this sheer top and pleated skirt, it just felt like they were supposed to BE together, you know? And since I'm busy moving, I have nothing to wear. Wouldn't want to unpack stuff just for that, you know? Welcome to my justification process. I also thought, Wouldn't this look lovely with my new studded pumps from ShoeDazzle?

So that's how this outfit was born. Out of the justification that I shouldn't unpack things just to wear because I'm moving. Also, how maj is this blouse? I love the sequin collar and I can already see myself wearing it under sweaters, un-tucked with skinny jeans and booties, maybe with a festive skirt and tights...! It's a fun twist on the classic. Go get you some.

In love with these studded beauties. So glad I ordered them in black, too! The contrast is just too good. Add in a perfect heel height and a little gold shimmer, I may wear these babies to bed tonight. MUAH. I love you, shoes.

Blouse, Skirt, Forever 21. Shoes, Erin by ShoeDazzle.

Sometimes I Shop :: Studded but Sweet

I fell in love with these Valentino studded pumps when I first saw them on Chloe's blog - they're so feminine and fun! And despite being a pretty bold statement, they seemed to go with everything she wore them with. So if you're into the "inspired by" design, ShoeDazzle has a nearly perfect match with Erin.

Erin comes in nude or black, and while I haven't seen her in person yet she's definitely on my wishlist. And as if you needed any more convincing, they're offering 25% off pumps today only.

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Inspired Style :: The Serena

Every now and then, I'm inspired so much by an outfit I see somewhere, I decide to recreate it using what I have in my closet. Usually the idea comes to me because I remember similar items from my closet. I even keep a notebook of outfits I've cut out of magazines for inspiration when I can't figure out what to wear (highly recommend you guys do that!) I've always been a HUGE fan of the fashion on Gossip Girl, and while I'd consider myself more of a Blair than a Serena, I loved this look and realized I had all of the pieces to make the puzzle. The inspiration:

Blue pants? Dazzling jacket? I'm on it! I picked up this jacket recently from Forever 21, from the Love 21 line and it's all kinds of awesome. I randomly saw this photo while I was contemplating how to style it, and thought it was perfect. Here's how I wore it.

Not too shabby, right? Believe me, blue pants are not the easiest thing to style, so I always welcome inspiration.

I love these earrings! I picked them up from Ember last summer and they're so fun and shiny. I worried the gold on gold might be overload, but whatever. I do what I want, Maury.

These shoes have just a hint of leopard print, so they feel more special and sassy than just a pair of black pumps, but they can go with pretty much anything. I think they're kind of unique.

The best picture my camera has ever taken. I have no idea why it came out like this, but I love it, and I want every picture I take to look like this. Props to Sandra for being my photog for the night! Anyway, have you ever tried to recreate an outfit you saw on TV, in a magazine, or on a blog?

Jacket, Pants, Forever 21. Cami, The Limited. Shoes, ShoeDazzle. Earrings, Ember.

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