Posts tagged: cheetah wedge booties

03.22.2012 [thu]
Worn to: Walgreens, work, gym
Tee: Old NavyDenim jacket: GAP (thrifted)Trousers: Express “Editor” (via YLF swap)Booties: Matisse “Nugent” (via Zappos)Earrings: TargetNecklaces: Calypso St. Barth for Target (coral), thrifted (gold & pearl)Watch: Anne Klein (gift)Purse: Coach (gift)Shades: Forever 21 
Thoughts:On Monday when I was looking over my spring/summer stuff, I completely forgot about my knits! I have them in a different closet, and remembered about them this morning. It’s not a huge jackpot or anything, but there are a few cute things in there that I was happy to find. This tee is one of them. I love the color and the stripes, but unfortunately it’s just too sloppy looking to wear on its own; I would LOVE to find a similar soft, silky blouse to replace it!
I’m also totally happy it’s finally dry enough to bring out the wide legs! I love wearing them on milder days in spring and summer, they manage to be both breezy and warm. This pair is quite light (both color and fabrication) so I don’t wear them into the fall, but my denim pair I can wear all the way through to the start of winter if it’s dry enough.
Not sure if I’ve mentioned it before, but I am 5’3”. I know that most petites operate under the thought that they cannot wear wide legged pants because they’ll be swamped in the fabric. I feel this is untrue, but we do have to work a bit to find the right pair, and in general we have to pay extra attention to lengthening the leg line when wearing them. Some tips on finding and working your pair:
Look for a pair that’s fitted along your hips so you’re not hiding all of your shape (also helps minimize excess fabric). Personally I like pairs that are fitted (but not necessarily tight) through the hip and seat because it shows the perfect amount of shape while keeping the wide leg integrity.
A higher waist will give the illusion of a longer leg line. This can be accomplished through the pant itself, or by tucking in a top, belting a longer top at the waist, wearing a cropped jacket, etc.
The hems need to be just about on the ground. 1/4” above it, max. Any more than that and you immediately start to get a leg shortening, flood pant effect. (I also feel this way about any long loose hem, like bootcuts and flares)
Unless your legs are proportionately long on your body (mine are a little short), you really will need a bit of heel to make them work.
In addition, all the usual “make yourself look taller” tricks will work well with wide legs (adding vertical lines, keeping things low contrast, etc.). I used all of these tips today!
Behind the outfit:This is yet another take on my current favorite spring color palette formula, with the addition of denim (that makes it three times this week, gotta chill on that eh?). I started with the trousers and tee; the trousers because I’ve been craving a new silhouette, and the tee because I wanted a light outfit base that followed my spring color palette without wearing my taupe tee two days in a row ^^
As I said above, this tee requires a jacket; blue denim isn’t in the color palette, but I liked how it helped make the trousers look more casual. I chose these cheetah wedges to provide the orange (next week I’m going to try this color palette with an accent color that’s not orange!) plus it’s a great subtle pattern mix with the striped top and lightly plaid pants. I tried a couple pendants, but wasn’t feeling it so I decided to go for a layered, maximal look to play up the breezy vibe of the trousers. This coral necklace was an easy first choice (more orange!), and I tried this gold and pearl tassel necklace on a whim to happy results. The final outfit has a great somewhat unexpected boho vibe (my hair helps with this too), which I really dig!

03.22.2012 [thu]

Worn to: Walgreens, work, gym

Tee: Old Navy
Denim jacket: GAP (thrifted)
Trousers: Express “Editor” (via YLF swap)
Booties: Matisse “Nugent” (via Zappos)
Earrings: Target
Necklaces: Calypso St. Barth for Target (coral), thrifted (gold & pearl)
Watch: Anne Klein (gift)
Purse: Coach (gift)
Shades: Forever 21 

Thoughts:
On Monday when I was looking over my spring/summer stuff, I completely forgot about my knits! I have them in a different closet, and remembered about them this morning. It’s not a huge jackpot or anything, but there are a few cute things in there that I was happy to find. This tee is one of them. I love the color and the stripes, but unfortunately it’s just too sloppy looking to wear on its own; I would LOVE to find a similar soft, silky blouse to replace it!

I’m also totally happy it’s finally dry enough to bring out the wide legs! I love wearing them on milder days in spring and summer, they manage to be both breezy and warm. This pair is quite light (both color and fabrication) so I don’t wear them into the fall, but my denim pair I can wear all the way through to the start of winter if it’s dry enough.

Not sure if I’ve mentioned it before, but I am 5’3”. I know that most petites operate under the thought that they cannot wear wide legged pants because they’ll be swamped in the fabric. I feel this is untrue, but we do have to work a bit to find the right pair, and in general we have to pay extra attention to lengthening the leg line when wearing them. Some tips on finding and working your pair:

  1. Look for a pair that’s fitted along your hips so you’re not hiding all of your shape (also helps minimize excess fabric). Personally I like pairs that are fitted (but not necessarily tight) through the hip and seat because it shows the perfect amount of shape while keeping the wide leg integrity.
  2. A higher waist will give the illusion of a longer leg line. This can be accomplished through the pant itself, or by tucking in a top, belting a longer top at the waist, wearing a cropped jacket, etc.
  3. The hems need to be just about on the ground. 1/4” above it, max. Any more than that and you immediately start to get a leg shortening, flood pant effect. (I also feel this way about any long loose hem, like bootcuts and flares)
  4. Unless your legs are proportionately long on your body (mine are a little short), you really will need a bit of heel to make them work.

In addition, all the usual “make yourself look taller” tricks will work well with wide legs (adding vertical lines, keeping things low contrast, etc.). I used all of these tips today!

Behind the outfit:
This is yet another take on my current favorite spring color palette formula, with the addition of denim (that makes it three times this week, gotta chill on that eh?). I started with the trousers and tee; the trousers because I’ve been craving a new silhouette, and the tee because I wanted a light outfit base that followed my spring color palette without wearing my taupe tee two days in a row ^^

As I said above, this tee requires a jacket; blue denim isn’t in the color palette, but I liked how it helped make the trousers look more casual. I chose these cheetah wedges to provide the orange (next week I’m going to try this color palette with an accent color that’s not orange!) plus it’s a great subtle pattern mix with the striped top and lightly plaid pants. I tried a couple pendants, but wasn’t feeling it so I decided to go for a layered, maximal look to play up the breezy vibe of the trousers. This coral necklace was an easy first choice (more orange!), and I tried this gold and pearl tassel necklace on a whim to happy results. The final outfit has a great somewhat unexpected boho vibe (my hair helps with this too), which I really dig!

WORDS: View comments 3/22/12 Filed under: #brass pyramid stud earrings  #cheetah wedge booties  #coral multistrand beaded necklace  #cream and tan striped long sleeve tee  #gold and pearl tassel necklace  #gold and silver watch  #gold mini satchel  #gray wide leg trousers  #medium wash denim jacket  #oversized aviator shades 
01.10.2012 [tue]
Worn to: work, Type Tuesday
Blouse, cardigan: Old NavyJeans: Empyre (via Zumiez)Booties: Matisse “Nugent” (via Zappos)Hoop earrings: GNW (via Fred Meyer)Watch: Timex (via Target)Coat: Calvin Klein (via Wilson’s Leather)Scarf: giftPurse: Forever 21 
Thoughts:Angie’s fab pattern mixing blog post this morning coupled with a serious need to wear something cheerful today inspired me to mixmixmix! And I adore how it turned out, so fun! I’m not sure how crazy this is on the Scale Of Print Mix Madness (feels pretty tame to me), but either way this outfit helped cheer me up immensely. I know heavy pattern mixing isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, and that’s OK with me, but I do think this neutral leopard with colorful gingham mix could be a great “starter mix” for those who are just getting into print mixing (and it doesn’t have to be in two tops, see below!). I would extract the formula as: leopard item + gingham item + neutral item (pulling from the leo print) + fun bootie.
I also got a great compliment on this outfit at the pub! While chatting with one of the typographers about business he suddenly stopped, mid sentence, and commented on how much he appreciated that I’d put the two prints next to each other. And he couldn’t even see the shoes! Totally made my day ^^
Behind the outfit:As I said above, this outfit started with Angie’s pattern mixing post. Her examples show 4 prints that are easy to mix with florals, but as I don’t wear florals I was really only looking at the first column and how they mix together since I wear all of those. I didn’t realize until later that gingham and leopard were the last two prints in that first column!
There are many ways to add print to a printed top: topper (cardigan, blazer, vest), scarf, bottoms (skirt, pants, shorts), belt, shoes. I started looking over my printed tops, and realized that what I SHOULD be starting with is the second patterned element because, for me, those options are much more limited. So I started looking over those options instead; my eyes landed on this leopard cardigan which is folded up on the shelf above where the gold gingham shirt is hanging. I caught the color and pattern combo out of the corner of my eye and just loved it, and of course then immediately wondered how I hadn’t noticed it before!
From there, the bottoms that came to mind were gray or black jeans because I wanted to echo the neutral shades in the cardigan. I tried the gray first and it was a nice soft look, but when I tried the black the strong contrast really appealed to me so I went with those; it also makes the pattern mix even stronger and bolder looking.
I considered several footwear options before trying these booties. First a couple different tall boots, then black flats. As I was reaching for the flats, the cheetah booties caught my eye (again!) and I thought they’d be worth a try with this. And they turned out super fun: with the black dots and cream tips picking up on the leopard above, the orange and yellow being adjacent colors (still on my mind), the cheetah being an extra shot of feline print (mrawr!), and they help make the mix look even more purposeful. They turned out to be my favorite detail of this outfit!
I also felt like keeping the pattern mix going with the outerwear, though I do that often: tweedy plaid (coat), houndstooth (scarf), and of course the cheetah (booties).

01.10.2012 [tue]

Worn to: work, Type Tuesday

Blouse, cardigan: Old Navy
Jeans: Empyre (via Zumiez)
Booties: Matisse “Nugent” (via Zappos)
Hoop earrings: GNW (via Fred Meyer)
Watch: Timex (via Target)
Coat: Calvin Klein (via Wilson’s Leather)
Scarf: gift
Purse: Forever 21 

Thoughts:
Angie’s fab pattern mixing blog post this morning coupled with a serious need to wear something cheerful today inspired me to mixmixmix! And I adore how it turned out, so fun! I’m not sure how crazy this is on the Scale Of Print Mix Madness (feels pretty tame to me), but either way this outfit helped cheer me up immensely. I know heavy pattern mixing isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, and that’s OK with me, but I do think this neutral leopard with colorful gingham mix could be a great “starter mix” for those who are just getting into print mixing (and it doesn’t have to be in two tops, see below!). I would extract the formula as: leopard item + gingham item + neutral item (pulling from the leo print) + fun bootie.

I also got a great compliment on this outfit at the pub! While chatting with one of the typographers about business he suddenly stopped, mid sentence, and commented on how much he appreciated that I’d put the two prints next to each other. And he couldn’t even see the shoes! Totally made my day ^^

Behind the outfit:
As I said above, this outfit started with Angie’s pattern mixing post. Her examples show 4 prints that are easy to mix with florals, but as I don’t wear florals I was really only looking at the first column and how they mix together since I wear all of those. I didn’t realize until later that gingham and leopard were the last two prints in that first column!

There are many ways to add print to a printed top: topper (cardigan, blazer, vest), scarf, bottoms (skirt, pants, shorts), belt, shoes. I started looking over my printed tops, and realized that what I SHOULD be starting with is the second patterned element because, for me, those options are much more limited. So I started looking over those options instead; my eyes landed on this leopard cardigan which is folded up on the shelf above where the gold gingham shirt is hanging. I caught the color and pattern combo out of the corner of my eye and just loved it, and of course then immediately wondered how I hadn’t noticed it before!

From there, the bottoms that came to mind were gray or black jeans because I wanted to echo the neutral shades in the cardigan. I tried the gray first and it was a nice soft look, but when I tried the black the strong contrast really appealed to me so I went with those; it also makes the pattern mix even stronger and bolder looking.

I considered several footwear options before trying these booties. First a couple different tall boots, then black flats. As I was reaching for the flats, the cheetah booties caught my eye (again!) and I thought they’d be worth a try with this. And they turned out super fun: with the black dots and cream tips picking up on the leopard above, the orange and yellow being adjacent colors (still on my mind), the cheetah being an extra shot of feline print (mrawr!), and they help make the mix look even more purposeful. They turned out to be my favorite detail of this outfit!

I also felt like keeping the pattern mix going with the outerwear, though I do that often: tweedy plaid (coat), houndstooth (scarf), and of course the cheetah (booties).

WORDS: View comments 1/10/12 Filed under: #black and white houndstooth fringed scarf  #black and white tweed wool coat  #black dark faced watch  #black skinny jeans  #burgundy crossbody bag  #cheetah wedge booties  #golden gingham button.up  #gray leopard cardigan  #silver hoops  #~formulas 
12.15.2011 [thu]
Worn to: work
Blouse: Calvin Klein (outlet)Tee: TargetJeans: GAP “Real Straight”Booties: Matisse “Nugent” (via Zappos)Hoop earrings: GNW (via Fred Meyer)Watch: Timex (via Target)Coat: Worthington (via JCPenney)Scarf: Forever 21Purse: Nine West (thrifted)
Thoughts:Today Angie posted a cute outfit which I loved so much I wanted to copy it right away! I love mixing dressy and casual elements in my outfits, so this is right up my alley. I usually mix them all up, especially since I’m severely lacking casual footwear, but I think there’s something so chic about the way the way Angie’s outfit is dressy on top and casual on bottom. I’ve been wanting to add a pair of Cons to my wardrobe for a while, and this outfit really makes want to pick up a red or gray pair next time I make it up to the outlet mall!
On an unrelated note, I just found out that my awesome hair stylist, Tan, whom I’ve been seeing for the last 5 years is no longer cutting hair! I am borderline depressed about this, you guys. He was so fantastic. I could, literally, just tell him to do something fabulous…. and he would! And look at how long my hair is!? I suppose this is what I get for putting off getting my hair cut for *cough* 2 years (hey, I was going for a super boho thing!). I am SO not looking forward to having to find a new stylist. Bah.

12.15.2011 [thu]

Worn to: work

Blouse: Calvin Klein (outlet)
Tee: Target
Jeans: GAP “Real Straight”
Booties: Matisse “Nugent” (via Zappos)
Hoop earrings: GNW (via Fred Meyer)
Watch: Timex (via Target)
Coat: Worthington (via JCPenney)
Scarf: Forever 21
Purse: Nine West (thrifted)

Thoughts:
Today Angie posted a cute outfit which I loved so much I wanted to copy it right away! I love mixing dressy and casual elements in my outfits, so this is right up my alley. I usually mix them all up, especially since I’m severely lacking casual footwear, but I think there’s something so chic about the way the way Angie’s outfit is dressy on top and casual on bottom. I’ve been wanting to add a pair of Cons to my wardrobe for a while, and this outfit really makes want to pick up a red or gray pair next time I make it up to the outlet mall!

On an unrelated note, I just found out that my awesome hair stylist, Tan, whom I’ve been seeing for the last 5 years is no longer cutting hair! I am borderline depressed about this, you guys. He was so fantastic. I could, literally, just tell him to do something fabulous…. and he would! And look at how long my hair is!? I suppose this is what I get for putting off getting my hair cut for *cough* 2 years (hey, I was going for a super boho thing!). I am SO not looking forward to having to find a new stylist. Bah.

WORDS: View comments 12/15/11 Filed under: #black dark faced watch  #black leather tote  #black wool coat  #cheetah wedge booties  #gray and black striped tee  #rust zigzag scarf  #silver hoops  #straight medium wash jeans  #white button.up 
 10.17.2011 [mon]LA trip: Day 4 
Worn to: airport & flight
[[MORE]] Tee: JCrew (outlet)Vest: Old NavyJeans: Empyre (via Zumiez)Wedge booties: Matisse “Nugent” (via Zappos)Earrings: GNW (via Fred Meyer)Necklace: TargetWatch: Fossil (gift)Purse: Kate Spade
Thoughts: On the last day of the trip, AJ and I got breakfast before saying goodbyes and heading out (Claire had an early flight and left before I awoke). I took a shuttle to the airport, and found that our flight was boarding (and subsequently leaving) early. This time I had a much better seat; after some seat shuffling so the guy next to me could sit next to his wife, I ended up getting a window seat AND the use of an armrest. As much fun as I had on the trip, it was so wonderful to be home and see my husband and kitty again!
Behind the outfit:Another outfit that didn’t follow my initial outfit plans. For one, the booties just wouldn’t fit in my suitcase after all the shopping was stuffed in there unless I was willing to completely crush them, which I was not. For two, after the cramped flight over I just didn’t want to wear that same tee on the way home. Panic top #2 to the rescue! Further proof that this vest goes with everything.
And for fun, here are a few photos I took during the flight home:
Flying over California
Flying over Oregon
Flying over Washington

image 10.17.2011 [mon]
LA trip: Day 4 

Worn to: airport & flight

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WORDS: View comments 10/17/11 Filed under: #black skinny jeans  #chain with gray pearls necklace  #cheetah wedge booties  #olive utility vest  #red.orange and navy striped tee  #red.orange crossbody bag  #silver hoops  #silver watch  #~travel 
 10.16.2011 [sun]LA trip: Day 3(above photo by AJ)
Worn to: Huntington Flea Market, lunch at Macaroni Grill, shopping at The Lab
[[MORE]] Blouse: Always Sunny by Sunny Leigh (via Nordstrom Rack)Blazer: vintage (thrifted)Shorts: Willow & Clay (via Nordstrom Rack)Wedge booties: Matisse “Nugent” (via Zappos)Earrings: TargetWatch: Fossil (gift)Purse: Kate Spade
Thoughts: We started the day off meeting at the Huntington Flea Market.

Rae took us to a vendor who sells clothing for $1 a piece; the tent had several long tables with piles and piles of clothes spread across them, and we rummaged through them to see if we could find any gems. There aren’t any dressing rooms so you either have to pull clothing on over your own to try, or hold up against yourself and eyeball it. I can definitely see the appeal to this type of shopping, though it would certainly work better if we had more than one hour to spend there. One of the skirts I bought ended up being too small; when I held it up it seemed like it would fit, but I forgot to take into account the back. We also stopped by a few jewelry vendors. Check out this crazy leather coat I tried on, so Matrix!

After that we met up with two more YLF ladies for lunch for a delicious meal and tons of gabbing! This was our largest grouping of YLFers of the trip, and a definite highlight for me (look at our happy faces!).


From there, it was back to more shopping! We stopped by The LAB, shopped shopped shopped, then had some yummy dessert and snacks at Gypsy Den (monster slices of carrot cake! huge chunks of apple crisp! piles of chips and salsa!). For our final shopping stop, we went to Metro Pointe at South Coast and by the time the stores were getting ready to close, AJ, Claire and I were all shopped out! So, on our way back to the hotel we stopped by Trader Joe’s for some cheese, fruit, and wine to snack on. And of course stayed up way too late, once again :)
UPDATE: Read Rae’s fabulous account of the day over on YLF!
(snack photo by AJ)

Behind the outfit: If you read my initial outfit plans, you’ll notice that this is not the outfit I’d planned for this day; it’s also the day I threw all the panic items in for since lunch was the largest group of the trip. As expected, I decided to wear something different from both what I’d initially planned AND the backup plan. Really, I just mixed the two ideas together but the outfit still functions in the same way: sleeveless top for when it’s hot outside, blazer for when it’s cool inside, shorts+boots because I’ll take all the summer weather I can get!
Items purchased: 
black skirt (swap meet)
silver & gold multi chain necklace (swap meet)
pewter metal linked belt (swap meet)
black slouchy pleated pants (Buffalo Exchange)
cropped furry vest (Buffalo Exchange)
long dangly beaded earrings (Urban Outfitters)
rose chain, pearl, and rhinestone necklace (Nordstrom Rack)
extra long black pearl strand (Nordstrom Rack)

image 10.16.2011 [sun]
LA trip: Day 3
(above photo by AJ)

Worn to: Huntington Flea Market, lunch at Macaroni Grill, shopping at The Lab

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WORDS: View comments 10/16/11 Filed under: #black vintage blazer  #cheetah wedge booties  #cream and brown dotty ruffled blouse  #gold arabesque cutout earrings  #orange paper bag shorts  #red.orange crossbody bag  #silver watch  #~shopping  #~travel 
 10.14.2011 [fri]LA trip: Day 1 
Worn to: lunch with parents, airport & flight, dinner at TGIFriday’s
[[MORE]] Tee: TargetBlazer: vintage (thrifted)Jeans: Empyre (via Zumiez)Wedge booties: Matisse “Nugent” (via Zappos)Earrings: GNW (via Fred Meyer)Tassel necklace: LOFT (outlet)Watch: Fossil (gift)Purse: Kate Spade
Thoughts: For a day that consisted primarily of airport/flying, it was pretty busy! I stopped by my folks’ for lunch on the way to my husband’s work, then he drove me the rest of the way to the airport. I was a bit nervous about going through security since I was bringing only a carry-on which, of course, contained my (very pared down) beauty supplies, but happily they didn’t take away any of my stuff (I’d have had to fight someone if they tried to take away my face wash and powdered dry shampoo!).
The flight itself was about 3 hours, and extremely cramped because I was sitting in between two very large guys who took up part of my seat room as well as both armrests -_- I cannot tell you how happy I was to have a blazer as part of my flight outfit; as soon as I disembarked, I popped that on and felt instantly put together.
After taking a shuttle to the hotel I excitedly met AJ and Claire, my roomies for the trip. We snapped some quick photos, then went out to dinner and gabbed away. Then returned to the hotel and gabbed away. Great start to the trip :)

Behind the outfit:Truthfully, I dislike flying because I get motion sick. I would probably have dressed down if I were not meeting AJ and Claire immediately after disembarking the plane (got a style standard to uphold ^^). So coming up with an outfit that would be stylish as well as comfortable was paramount. This definitely fit the bill, and as an added bonus the jeans, blazer and booties didn’t have to be packed (they take up a lot of room).
On the subject of beauty supplies: I like to pack light, and since it all had to go in my carry-on I brought only the essentials: lotion, face wash, dry shampoo, mascara, a couple tinted lip balm colors. I don’t use much more than that at home except on hair wash days, and I don’t plan to wash my hair on the trip so that saves a good extra bit of room. If you’ve never tried going a few days pared down, it’s pretty refreshing.

image 10.14.2011 [fri]
LA trip: Day 1 

Worn to: lunch with parents, airport & flight, dinner at TGIFriday’s

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WORDS: View comments 10/14/11 Filed under: #black skinny jeans  #black vintage blazer  #cheetah wedge booties  #gray and black striped tee  #red.orange crossbody bag  #silver and rhinestone tassel necklace  #silver hoops  #silver watch  #~travel