Happy Friday!!! It’s a REALLY happy Friday for me because guess who’s home for good?! Yeees! Fab!!!! *throws confetti* He came home last night, and he is NOT going back to South Carolina. I can’t believe he was there for almost four months. I guess our long distance relationship gave us good practice for LONG business excursions.
Needless to say, I didn’t do any blogging last night, so it’s a mad rush to get this post up before work this morning! This week’s Style Me Friday look was submitted by Dominique over at Lipstick Manual. I actually saw this look on Miss Lucia Lolita’s Fashion World myself last week, and LOVED IT! I was thrilled when the submission came through, but I actually replied to Dominique and told her that I didn’t think I had the pieces to pull it off…and I don’t. I don’t have that awesome camel-ish maxi skirt, or that awesome camel and orange color-blocked sweater. But, I thought about it, and aren’t I the one that’s always going on about not taking your inspiration too literally? So, what was it that I loved about this look? Well two things — the silhouette of the billowy maxi and the fitted knit, and the neutral, monochromatic color palette. We already established that I didn’t have the pieces needed for the first, but hmmmm, I think I might be able to pull together pieces to accomplish the latter. So, I grabbed my GAP Perfect Khaki Pants and paired them with a camel Old Navy v-neck. For the pop of color, I layered a pink cami under my sweater (though I would have preferred orange!). And, lastly I wore my Charming Charlie mixed metal bib necklace, since I didn’t have a wooden statement piece.
I think the look came together quite nicely! It’s a nice change of pace for me…very minimalist. I don’t do monochromatic looks often, but they really are very chic. I think the key to pulling without looking dull (especially when you’re using nuetrals) is texture and hue play. Mixing knits, with wovens, and monochromatic shadow prints adds interest. My outfit works because the khaki pants are a slightly different shade than my camel sweater, and of course the fabrics are completely different. Also, your accessories can make or break the outfit. Again, I think the beauty of a monochromatic palette is the minimalism of the look, so I didn’t want to pile on a bunch of jewelry, but as the inspiration look demonstrates quite beautifully, one good statement piece does the trick! So, I kept it simple with a statement necklace, a watch, and my standard hoop earrings…and of course my new favorite bag
Aside for the standard black on black, are you into monochromatic color palettes?
p.s. Thanks for all your feedback on my new makeup regimen. I am glad you guys like it! I am kinda lovin’ it too! I’ve also heard your requests for a weight loss post, and I am on it! I am also going to be doing a hair update in the next couple weeks, and I PROMISE I will get that damn bantu knot video edited soon. I don’t know you YouTubers do it. Editing videos takes FOR-EH-VER! I’m working on it…