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This outfit is a bit crazy. But this room is a bit crazy, in a good way. Who would have thought to mix a tangerine, oriental rug with graphic, modern art and über contemporary accents (apparently Elle Decor)?

I tried to pick up not only the color scheme but also the sense of texture and playfulness of the room in my outfit, accenting a gray chiffon dress with a patterned cardigan, carpet bag, and statement wedges. I’d like to lounge on that couch and peruse an art book for the afternoon. But I’m not sure I’d like to live here full time. Super modern isn’t really my thing.

While doing some “research” for this post (aka, looking up words to get some context for my thoughts), I stumbled upon this Wikipedia article on hypermodernity/supermodernity. So long, post modernism? Even fashion can be intellectual.

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I like the eclectic, pop-art-meets-farm-house quality of this room.

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I’m drawn to the art deco lines in this River Island body con dress, but I don’t think I’ll feel comfortable wearing something so form fitting on my lower half anytime soon. The fit and flare skirt adds volume and, I think, more versatility to the base garment. Paired with classic accessories and a rustic, almost toile printed crossbody, it’s really a go-anywhere look with more visual interest than your average daily outfit. Home design translates surprisingly well to styling.

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Today, a live/wear inspired by this wonderful side table setting and wall display. Mint green and pale blue anchor various textures, prints, and mediums to create a cohesive, visually exciting space. I love when a space, or an outfit, manages to be both interesting and relatively laid back. I tried to capture the feel and color scheme of the home design with lived-in basics, vintage details, and pattern mixing. I love those boots in particular. I would definitely wear this outfit.

My style has become more laid back and less prissy since moving here. I think it has to do with feeling more settled and less scrutinized. I feel more comfortable in my own skin than I did in Tallahassee. Maybe I needed a fresh start. Leaving the style blog world behind has done wonders for my confidence, as well. When you’re photographing your outfits daily, you feel pressured to always bring something new and interesting to the table. Now I don’t worry about wearing the same, beloved shoes 3 days in a row. Who cares? Wear what makes you feel good about yourself; wear what works for your lifestyle; wear what you can afford.

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This has been an exhausting week. The cool weather and today’s visit from the Dalai Lama brought hundreds of people into the coffee shop, where I worked for five solid days. We were at least a person down from where we needed to be to keep the shop running smoothly this morning. I didn’t even get a chance to finish my coffee! I did, however, get to partake in the consumption of a free sandwich due to an order mix up, so all’s well in the end.

I pinned that lovely bedroom photo weeks ago and constantly go back to it because I find it so comforting. I love the mix of mustard and coral hues with light and airy grays and creams. The light coming in from the picture window is ethereal, too (I placed our bed under a window for this effect in our old apartment, but the light always glared in from under the blinds and woke us up early, so we moved it after a time). The nights here have been chilly, so an extra blanket at the end of the bed would be a welcome addition.

I just purchased that elephant shirt (along with a dress and some leggings) from ModCloth with the gift card my mother-in-law gave me for my birthday. I used to have a fairly impressive collection of graphic tees, but my style went more feminine-classic-basic in the final years of college. I’m embracing all the styles that have influenced me in this new stage of my life and am enjoying a good graphic tee again.

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wardrobe update

It’s tempting to go back-to-school shopping even though this is my second season out of school. I have purchased a handful of wardrobe builders lately, in part to add some interest to my wardrobe, and in part to prepare for the coming fall weather.

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  1. Polka dot and floral tees, Urban Outfitters: great layering basics in fun yet understated prints.
  2. Taupe and black cardigan, Marshalls: I love over-sized cardigans (the one I purchased is drapey) and stripes.
  3. Zig-zag necklace, (of)matter on etsy: I purchased a store credit at a discount a couple of months ago and finally chose this necklace. I am a big fan of simple, brass jewelry.
  4. Gray boots, Target: these were on clearance. I had actually purchased the black version of these last season, but I bought a size too big and never found a replacement. These gray ones are casual and remind me a bit of Blowfish boots.
  5. BDG high-rise cigarette jeans, Urban Outfitters: I’ve been taking advantage of the proximity of Urban Outfitters to my workplace. These jeans are still on sale and they fit my pear-shape figure better than pretty much all other jeans.
  6. Cognac buckle boots, Target: I already had to replace the Madden Girl “Guesser” boots I wanted with a similar pair because the former are incredibly difficult to get over my heel. These were $10 less and allowed me to get the other boots without spending more money on boots.
  7. Worishofer sandals, Modcloth: these aren’t exactly a fall shoe, but they were on mega clearance on Modcloth and I could use some comfy, retro-inspired sandals.

It’s safe to say that my “back-to-school” shopping is complete. I’m sure once winter settles in, I’ll need to buy some layering pieces, but for now, I’m quite satisfied. I made a paper bag waist skirt out of stretch denim fabric yesterday, so I can add that to the list.