I don’t think of myself as a Drama Queen. I’m usually pretty even-keeled and cool-headed; I figure life hands us enough drama already so why manufacture it?
But I’ll admit to loving clothes that add just a little bit of drama to an outfit, and this long cardigan does just that. I’ve tried to balance the boldness of the sweater and striped tee with softer grey pieces, and have added some gold with the bracelets for a little warmth.
Earrings: Alexis Bittar // Scarf: Eileen Fisher from last year, similar // Long Cardigan: Eileen Fisher, (similar style from Asos) // Top: R13, similar from Gap (long sleeves) // Bracelets: Stella & Dot, few years old, similar and Aurelie Bidermann // Jeans: NYDJ // Shoes: several years old, surprisingly similar from ECCO.
I purchased these shoes in Paris in 2008. They’re a brand called One Step which I’ve never seen anywhere since. At the time, I’d been on the hunt for a pair of “shooties” in this shape but with lower heels that anything I’d found up to that point. I spotted these in the window of a small shoe shop in the Marais, and it was the start of a beautiful and lasting romance. OK, so maybe I got a little dramatic there.
Do you have a favorite “dramatic” piece in your wardrobe?
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Although I have far more neutral shoes in my closet than colored, I am a sucker for brightly colored shoes. Especially bright flats:
I could have worn black flats with this look, but I just love the bright flats with the printed tunic:
Although, full disclosure, these flats don’t match this tunic; they go. You see, the flats are berry colored and the tunic has no berry in it:
It has red, it has bright pink and it has blue, but no berry. But, that’s the magic of bright flats. They may not match, but they go with everything!*
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* Mostly. They mostly go with everything.
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tall metrostyle leggings
Old Navy dress (worn as tunic)
Old Navy flats
Similar tall trench coat
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Inspiration here: I love this part – we’ll say it about bits of our favorite songs. Why can’t we say it about our bodies?
Good question, right? Even now, when general, vague body love is becoming slightly more acceptable, expressing pride or love for specific aspects of our bodies remains taboo. It sounds like bragging, and bragging is THE WORST, apparently.
Since it’s actually not, I’m hoping to spawn a little brag fest right here and now: What aspects of your body do you LOVE and want to celebrate? Do you have a strong back that helps you lift and cradle your kids? Do you have amazing freckles that illuminate your complexion? Do you have big, bold, kinky hair that makes you swell with pride? All of the above? Something else entirely?
I’ll get the party started: After years of hating it, I absolutely adore my hair. In its current configuration it is like a living topiary that I can shape and mould with some product, some heat, and my fingers. It’s wild, and for the first time ever I love its wildness.
It took me a while to realize it, but I actually have fairly long legs. What I’ve known for ages is that they’re incredibly strong and can carry me through long, trying days of walking and working and hustling. I love my legs.
I love the bit of my trapezius that slopes from my neck into my shoulder. It makes me feel tough and sexy all at once.
And you? Tell us all about the parts you love.