What I Wore: Taking My Own Advise

Thursday, May 2, 2013

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What I Wore: Shirt (Old Navy), Skirt (59th Street via Yesstyle.com), belt (vintage), necklace (borrowed), hair scarf (boutique in Parma, Italy), moccasins (Minnetonka), Bag (Dellaiti Tuscania via a Roman boutique)


A few weeks ago, I posted about 20 Basics for Every Woman's Closet (and I hope you were reading the comments too; people had very good insight on using basics that worked for them!).  One of the items mentioned is a patterned or cambray button up. At the time, I'd still been lacking a cambray shirt, but knew how versitile the right one could be thanks to Pinterest and other blogs. Don't know if this one is the right (or wrong) cambray shirt for me, but this shirt was one sale at Old Navy, so I decided to take the plunge the with it! Much of the rest of the outfit are old favorites that have served me well. This skirt went to Italy with me when I taught English over there, and both the scarf and bag were purchased on that same trip (only after much window-shopping and exclaiming of "Bella!" as this, my host family's mother, Illyria, told me, is how you must shop in Italy). 

Speaking of foreign places, has anyone else seen this book, Paris Street Style? I've been enjoying reading books on personal style and fashion, but to be honest, many are the same- lists of dos and don't, and all tending to an unfortunate (and perplexing) habit of describing woman's bodies as fruits. I'd never figured out if I'm a pear, an apple or a mango for that matter! But this book? Not like that. There are beautiful photos, and there are (actually useful) styling tips (as well as advise about choosing and caring for quality items). My favorite part though is how it is filled with interesting interviews of different  French shop owners, independent designers, fashion journalists and others. They discuss their ideas of what  "French" style and the "French woman" are; the state of the fashion industry and how it is affecting consumers; their design processes; their style inspirations and models; and how style fits into a larger idea of how we live. I'd highly recommend giving it a read, if (as I presume you all do) you have an interest in clothes. 

Any fashion/style books you've been loving? 

32 comments

  1. I am in love with this skirt. It looks perfect on you each and every time you wear it.

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  2. super cute, and nice look!!
    hope u like my purposes as i loved your blog

    www.malesclutch.blogspot.com
    Sergio, xx

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  3. Great combination, so classic and lovely. This skirt is s beautiful!

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  4. I love your skirt, it's soo pretty and it looks
    amazing together with that denim shirt. :)

    dearmisscoco.blogspot.de

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  5. great outfit. I love the details.
    I have heard of that book "Paris Street Style." I have to admit, the cover intrigued me when I first saw it. But, as you say, some of the "advice" is somewhat typical and generic...but I often wonder, how specific can one be in style book meant to appeal to the masses? =)
    xo,
    nancy

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    1. That style books are meant to appeal to the masses... I'd never thought of that, but it is true. And some I've been reading (except for this one, all have been library books, so it is rather random what selections there are) have been good. But yes...that is definitely a limitation. Maybe that's why blogs are so nice. They usually have traget audiences and always new content :)

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  6. I hadn't heard about that book, but I'm looking into it right now. I love the ideas behind most styling books, but they are indeed often very same-same. I hope this one has more original content!

    I love this outfit by the way ^^ The chambray looks lovely on you, so I think you picked a right one ^^ Have fun styling it! x

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    1. I'd love to hear what you thought about the book, if you do end up getting to read it. At the very least, I felt like it used a larger vocabulary than many articles or books that talk about fashion.

      Thank you btw!

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  7. Great style advice, i happen to just have bought one, lol I'm now following your fab blog, follow me too if you wish:

    http://whosyourdowdy.blogspot.com/
    xo

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    1. Thank you; I'll have to pop over to your blog to see you wearing the chambray shirt!

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  8. This skirt and the chambray top were meant to go together! Such a lovely combo. I love the boho headscarf and that long pretty necklace. Cute doggy too :)
    Jessi
    haircutandgeneralattitude.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Jessi (Max the Dog says thank you too. I can tell by the wagging tail!)

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  9. Thanks for the recommendation! I don't actually read fashion books often, but I really like Victoria Beckham's book but I can't remember the name. Something about heels! Anyway, I love the color of your eyes. So pretty!

    xo

    Ashley

    Southern (California) Belle

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    1. Just recently I've gotten into reading style books. I'll have to check the Victoria Beckham one (Posh Spice!)

      Thanks btw!

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  10. That shirt looks great on you, and I love the yellow hair scarf!

    Rachel

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  11. pretty and cheery! and i really love that skirt. it's so airy and perfect!

    -Emma from -Emma from little motley (having an international giveaway right now, if you like etsy !)

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    1. oops...apparently I spaced out and typed double.

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    2. Thanks Emma. Good luck with your giveaway.

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  12. love the skirt and the way this outfit was put together with the touches of colour and everything.

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  13. This is such a classic look! You really pull it off! The colors are perfect for Spring and I love that brown bag! <3

    - Anna

    www.melodicthriftychic.com

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    1. So exciting that spring is finally (occasionally) here!

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  14. ah, i am in love with this skirt! it looks so comfy and perfect for summer.. reminds me of something i would wear to the beach!

    lindsey louise

    hellomrrabbitblog.com

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    1. Do you live near the beach (so cool!)? We have mountains here but no beach.

      Thanks Lindsey!

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  15. love your chambray shirt and you dog is just adorable!
    xo Ilana @ My Modern Vintage

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    1. Max the dog and I both are saying thanks ;)

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  16. loving that skirt and the wrap in your hair!

    xxx
    Lady à la Mode

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  17. Hattitude Style Blog

    Kristian! you are looking SOOO lovely! I Love this outfit. I'm going to have to re-create it for sure! You look fabulous!

    talk soon wild child
    -Hattie
    Hattitude Style Blog

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    1. I want to see your take on this look for sure! Thanks Hattie.

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  18. I cannot find a chambray shirt for the life of me. At least not one that is cute on me!!!! I want everything in this outfit - seriously adorable girl.

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    1. You see chambray shirts in magazine layouts all the time, so I find it weird how hard they are to find (good) ones in real life! This purchase was after a year of looking for a good chambray I liked. Hope you do find one sometime that show off how cute you are though :)

      Thank you btw.

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  19. that book sounds really awesome. i hadn't heard of it but will have to (digitally at least) give it a browse now, thanks! the cultural perspective of style def interests me more than just pictures having lived abroad too. did you live in Italy the same time as the Czech republic? i think you've told me i forget now, either way super awesome about both and that bag is absolutely gorgeous!! the chambray blouse is perfect on you, i think any one fits everyone greatly!
    My blog: Cuddly Cacti
    My E-Shop: Mitla Moda

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    1. It is an interesting book. I found it interesting that the vocabulary used is larger than a lot of other style books.

      I say "lived" but that isn't exactly fair. I was in the Czech Republic for a little over six weeks while taking the course, so... That was July 2010. The next year I was hired by the Lingua Senza Frontiere Company (Language Without Borders Company) to work in their English Language Camps in Northern Italy. A very interesting experience, though Italian law made some changes which makes it much harder for them to hire Americans now. There I lived in Amra Taggia (near Sanremeo which is on the Cote D'Azur near the French Border) for a week training and then with host families. Truthfully, the towns I taught in were in Emilia Romania, considered the bread basket of Italy. Very nice people and homes, but it would be like someone coming to America and going to Nebraska for their stay.

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