October 8, 2015

Remix: Navy Blue Button Down Skirt

How to style a blue button down skirt
one | two | three

All of a sudden button down skirts are all the rage - particularly denim ones. I've been wearing button down skirts (both thrifted and bought) for years though. And no, that's not a hipster-y answer, it's the truth and you can see it in these pictures! They go all the way back to 2010! It's kind of weird to see that I've had this Forever 21 navy blue skirt in my wardrobe for over 5 years, but that just means it's a versatile and classic piece. (See, you can find great pieces that last at Forever 21, believe it or not.)

This skirt has been worn in summer and winter, with plenty of color and with neutral palettes. It's a flattering shape and it has elastic on the waist which means I can wear it throughout giant meals and holiday weight fluctuations. It's fantastic! 

I still enjoy a lot of these outfits and would wear them again. I think my all-time favorite is number 8 here. 1, 2 and 3 are favorites too. It has to be a good sign that I still like the majority of my prior outfits right? Which of these looks is your favorite?

Different ways to style a Forever 21 button down skirt
four | five | six

Navy Blue Button Down Skirt Remix
seven (yes I realize this one is a regular blue skirt, but it's the same sort of look!) | eight | nine

Summer Styling of a Navy Blue Button Down A-line Skirt
ten | eleven | twelve

Do you have a button-down skirt yet or would you pick one up now that they're all over the place? Here's a hint: you can find button down skirts everywhere in thrift stores. Most of the time they just need to be hemmed! 

And for fun, how would you style this skirt? Give me some ideas! 

Have a happy happy rest of your week and as always, thanks for stopping by!

October 5, 2015

Dragon Con 2015: Super Sailor Moon and Sailor Jupiter Costumes

Sailor Jupiter and Super Sailor Moon Cosplay from Dragon Con 2015

I'm so excited to finally show you our Sailor Scout costumes from Dragon Con last month. I'm a little behind posting these pictures, but now that it's October, it's almost even more perfect to share these. A fantastic thing about Dragon Con is already having costumes ready to go once Halloween rolls around! 

Sailor Senshi Costumes - Sailor Jupiter and Super Sailor Moon
dresses: handmade | converse: shoe carnival | wigs: amazon | gloves: amazon and then altered | sailor moon heart charm: bought at dragon con 

Jeanie came to Dragon Con this year, so I knew I wanted to dress up in some sort of theme with my sister. (Mom and I did Star Trek costumes together last year - and this year too.) There is epic 90s childhood nostalgia tied to Sailor Moon and it was a costume I thought would be cute and fun. Anybody else remember watching Sailor Moon on Toonami on Cartoon Network many moons ago? Now I'm watching the reboot on Hulu and enjoying every minute of it - transformation scenes and theme song included! I even read the comics early this year. And I'm supposed to be an adult?

Sailor Jupiter was always Jeanie's favorite so Mom made her her signature green and pink dress. My costume was a take on Usagi's Super Sailor Moon look, minus the boots. We both went with Converse for comfort and the fact that Converse are just easier to find and can be used again in real life. When I wear this costume again I may find some tall red boots (and actually buy a tiara instead of using makeup to draw one) but this was perfect for a day spent wandering around the convention. I will say, wigs are an epic pain in the ass. It was by far the most uncomfortable part of the costume. This wig was heavy and the pigtails were constantly in the way. I don't know how women with super long hair deal with it! It was worth it though!

Hand Sewn Sailor Jupiter Costume
Sailor Jupiter Costume from Dragon Con 2015
Usagi - Super Sailor Moon Cosplay
Sailor Moon Heart Silver Crystal Brooch
In the name of the moon, I will punish you! Sailor Moon Cosplay from Dragon Con 2015
Super Sailor Moon Costume Close Up
Handmade Sailor Jupiter and Super Sailor Moon Costumes

We're so lucky to have a creative mom that can sew us ridiculous costumes. Thanks Mom! I finally got to be Sailor Moon after all these years!

September 29, 2015

Outfit: Star Trek Matching Set with Blue Flats and a Bouffant

Handmade Star Trek Print Matching Separates with Cobalt Blue Flats
top, skirt: handmade | shoes: delia's | earrings: dragon con 2014

I know I wore this Star Trek matching set to Dragon Con last year, but I just had to put it back on for Dragon Con 2015. Mom made it for me and it's one of my favorite outfits I own. I especially enjoy that the skirt and top can be worn separately too. I've definitely gotten plenty of use out of the skirt because the pattern pairs with pretty much any other color. The top gets less wear because I have to wear a sticky bra with it and ain't nobody got time for that - most days.

This was my outfit for the last day of Dragon Con, which is probably the saddest day because everyone's packing to leave and most of the panels are finished. The crowds are 1/10th of their former ridiculousness. We still headed down there for more people watching and to eat lunch though. I'm already looking forward to next year!

Bright Red Hair, Star Fleet Earrings, and Blue Eyeliner
Pleated Star Trek Print Skirt with Blue Flats
Star Trek Matching Set with Halter Top and Pleated Skirt
Blue Winged Liner with a Red Bouffant
Red Bouffant and Star Trek Comic Print Halter Top and Pleated Skirt

Anyway, I hope you're all having a fantastic week so far and had a great weekend. I did the Walk to End Alzheimer's on Saturday and went to Wild Heaven Brewery on Sunday followed by a brief visit to Taste of Atlanta. It rained all weekend too and I'm ready for it to not be soggy outside because soggy puppies are not my jam. Plus Riker really needs a good run around at the dog park and it'll have to dry out before that happens!

Happy Tuesday!

September 24, 2015

Work Outfit: Mustard Yellow Shift Dress with Blue Peeptoe Wedges

Mustard Yellow Shift Dress, Blue Peeptoe Wedges, and an Apple Necklace

A couple years ago I probably wouldn't have picked up a shift dress like this, but there are a lot of more-fitted ones around now that they've come back into style! I think the older I get, the more styles I enjoy (which can be a problem when you like clothes because then the wardrobe just keeps getting larger.) This yellow dress should be a super versatile year-round piece though, so I couldn't resist it. Mustard yellow pairs with so many different colors too. This time I went with a pair of blue wedges to contrast.

I actually wore this outfit during headshots day at work. They brought in makeup people and everything. They did my makeup very natural-looking. I tend to like either a little more on the eyes or on the lips, but my skin looked great!

It's been a little cool here in Georgia for this time of the year. How would you style this dress for fall? You think a collared shirt would layer well underneath it? I might have to try!

Forever 21 Yellow Retro Style Shift Dress with an Apple Necklace and Red Hair
Retro Clear Apple Necklace with a Yellow Background
Light Blue Peeptoe Wedges
Red Hair, Mustard Dress, and an Apple Necklace
Mustard Yellow Forever 21 Shift Dress with Blue Wedges
dress: forever 21 | shoes: xappeal - rack room shoes | necklace: great grandma

I apologize for being a little absent from the blogiverse but the majority of this past week has been spent with family because my grandma died. So I was up in Illinois last weekend and catching up with work the rest of this week. I'm ready for a day off because the past little while has sucked. At least I was able to make it up north to be with my family last weekend. I don't have a lot of time to sit around and mope though. I'm distracted by my new crazy puppy, Riker, and work and that's probably a good thing. 

Other than that, things are fine and I'm looking forward to fall festivities. What kinds of fall things are you most looking forward to? I'm excited for tights weather even though Riker will probably jump on me and tear up my favorite pairs. And soup and roasted vegetables. And all pumpkin-flavored things. Plus my birthday is next month.

Have a happy Friday and happy weekend!

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