Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Try-it-out Tuesday: Pinterest-inspired

     During the summer, Pinterest and I were likethis. I was enthralled with the possibilities - no more ripping things out of magazines and losing them or having no neat way to collect them! Everything in one place! I can write little captions to remind me of why I ripped it out in the first place!
     I pinned recipes, possible DIY projects, 2 million cupcake recipes ... anything that caught my eye. And then to balance out the cupcakes I dutifully started a board for other foods (i.e. breakfast, lunch, dinner).
     Alas, Pinterest and I have cooled down to a long-distance relationship. I stop by once a week, and only for a minute or two at that. We're still fond of each other but it's not the same. This blog has become my new time-suck project, and Pinterest knows it.

     I seem to excel at pinning outfits that prominently feature things I DON'T own (i.e. colorful things). But I've seen so many bloggers wearing cool outfits inspired by pins that I decided to browse my board one more time for Try-it-out Tuesday. And the one shown above looked perfect.
     According to the tag, the dress print is "Fresh Zebra." Looks like I was on an animal-print kick when I was shopping a few months ago.
     Things I like about this dress: the fuller skirt, the colors, and that it's lined.
     Things I wish I had noticed before: the dreaded chest-button gap. Very odd, as I'm not busty and the dress fits well everywhere else. Now I know to try a size up in this brand.
     Luckily, I'm not teaching this year, so I don't need to go into my "power stance" (hands on the hips) on a daily basis and risk giving someone an accidental eyeful. I first heard of the power stance from a teacher in my education program. He said he used it regularly when teaching middle school and that it was helpful for projecting physical presence when you're on the short side. When I first saw the power stance, I thought, "Nah, I can't see myself doing that." Fast-forward a year or two to my stint as a classroom teacher and I found myself using it ... everyday.
Fossil "Mystic" necklace
      I played around with buttoning the top button and adding a necklace, but it seemed like a little too much.
       Happy Tuesday!


  1. Ooohhhhh ... I am hooked on the Pinterest.

    I dig this whole look on you - it is classy, chic, work-appropriate. I love the belting over the cardi, I personally can't seem to get away with it!

  2. Thanks, Lisa! The weather is getting a little cooler here (YAY) and I'm looking forward to playing around with this look a little more. :)

  3. I don't think it looks like too much! Very cute outfit :)

  4. YAY! I'm glad you gave your pinterest another try, though I understand it's not for everyone. You did a great job recreating Sydney's look. The neutral cardigan helps to break up the pattern, making it less overwhelming on a petite. The necklace under your collar is a nice touch!

    I look at my pinterest albums daily to get ideas for outfits and to inspire my design work. I also make the effort to only pin photos that I know I can recreate with items in my closet. Otherwise, it would only be a collection of unobtainable dreams and that's not the point! Also, I go through periodically and edit pins so that I don't need to weed through things that are no longer interesting to me. I heart pinterest--big time!

  5. YAY! I am so happy about this look! You look amazing! I don't think it looks bad with the necklace, but I prefer without--but either one is gorgeous! Pinterest is awesome for sudden inspiration isn't it? You look totally gorgeous and you are rocking this look!

    I Can Be Many Things

  6. @Megan - thanks! Maybe next time I'll be brave and keep the necklace on the outside.
    @Van - I think I'm going to adopt your "work with what you got" outfit pinning guideline. It will make my time-wasting hobby more useful. ;)
    @Courtney - Thank you for the kind words! I felt very put-together wearing this, and that's a good feeling. :)

  7. you did a great job with this outfit and i love the belted cardigan over the dress!

    cute & little

  8. Thank you, Kileen! I never really liked belts before but I'm being converted by their figure-flattering qualities. :)

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