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Prints-ess Clash

I've never been one of those people who can artfully combine seemingly clashing prints in a Dries-y/Etro-ish way. I wish I was, but my limit seems to be two prints at a time, tops.However, I managed to squeeze in another pattern in the form of an accessory--a hat--instead of trying to pull off polka-dot pants or something. Keeping the other main elements (trousers, cardigan, belt) solid helps offset the floral hat, striped and floral blouse,...

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Hat Trick

My hair is usually too big to wear a proper hat, but every now and then I get into a "hat mood," which is often brought on by watching old black-and-white movies and various TV shows featuring pimps.Lately, I've seen a lot of beautiful vintage numbers while out on Style Tour stops at NVISION and Talk of the Town, and decided to (kind of) get in on the act.I originally bought this hat as a...

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Wise yet unsolicited advice

I'm feeling all mature and klassy (hence the Chanel-y sweaterdress), so the following is a dose of wise-yet-unsolicited advice: Do not attempt to wear 4-hour shoes* for 6.5 hours. There will be much gnashing of teeth as you attempt to strut around all "it's all good" in order to save face, and your feet will remind you of the torture you put them through for the remainder of the day and into the...

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Exotic Earthangs

Do you ever get stuck in a fashion phase? Where you're really only interested in buying one type of item but you want a lot of them? Right now, I'm on an earring kick. I can't explain it and there's no real reason for it, but for the past few weeks, I've really been into earrings. Dramatic ones, feathered ones, obviously fake jeweled ones...

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Wang Chung-y

I'm not big on patterns, but I do love a good stripe. Upon finally finding a classic Breton tee for a decent price (why are these so difficult to find when they're supposed to be everywhere?), I was inspired by Alexa Chung's tomboy-meets-French-schoolgirl-style. Stripey, Chung-y fun! Petite Bateau top, H&M skirt, thrifted blazer, Colin Stuart boots A woman standing in line behind me at the store complimented my boots and politely pointed out that...

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Miss Match

Though I was brought up in the Garanimals Church of Matchy-matchyness (will the deacons in fuschia gators please say amen?), I soon learned that matching colors is not the only--nor necessarily the best--way to put together clothing that looks good. While there is something to be said for having shoes that match your dress that match your jewelry that matches your purse, it's much more interesting and creative to wear things that don't necessarily "go"...

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Modest Me

Despite the summerific 80+ degree weather (why wasn't it like this when I wanted to have Slip 'n Slide birthday parties back in elementary school?), I was feeling modest and turned to my favorite color scheme for inspiration. A loose cotton cardigan and high-waisted Hammer pants are cool and breezy, but still covered up. A luxe belt, a touch of lipstick, and my new favorite almost-retro hairstyle add a touch of sophistication to the...

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