Saturday, June 4, 2011

Too Hot to Trot

See? I told you I’d do better at posting more often!

So first, you get two outfits for the price of one today. Exciting, right? There’s a story there.

My favorite boutique in the very small city that I live in is called Imagine. The clothes are well-made and decently priced, the staff is great, and the owner is wonderful. She’s also been using text messages and Facebook to promote her store – she’ll send messages to customers who sign up for it about various deals. Well, one of those deals was yesterday – if you were one of the first five customers to come in after receiving a text, you received any pair of jeans in the store FREE with a purchase of $25 or more.

I was the fifth customer. Can I tell you how excited I was? I mean, I normally don’t need any excuse to visit Imagine, so this was like, a bonus. These are the ones I got, and the awesome flowy top was my $25-or-more purchase.

Aren’t they cute?

Normally, I go for the more professional, dark wash jeans, but these were just sooooo cute I couldn’t resist. Besides, it’s summer – I’m only teaching for six weeks anyway.

Unfortunately, because it’s summer in Louisiana, it’s waaaaaay too hot to wear these today, so I’m wearing this instead.

Rest assured, however, these jeans WILL be making a frequent appearance, especially when it cools down a bit.

Anyway, back to the outfit itself. Tops like this tend to scare a lot of women because they can be hard to style. Many women also have the misconception that tops like this will make them look fat. That’s actually not the case 90% of the time, though invariably, there will be one flowy top that WILL do that. This is why it’s important to try them on, and to keep in mind the idea of proportion: if you have something billowy on top, wear something fitted on the bottom.

This top in particular is nice because it’s so light and sheer – it literally feels like all I’m wearing is the tank top underneath. I also love the colors in it – it’ll go with nearly everything that I wear! It’s going to be making a frequent appearance, I can promise you. Because it's so bright, I kept to fairly simple gold jewelry. Silver or other metalics would also work, but because of the yellow and red in this top, I wanted to stick with warm tones.



Oh, and by the way this is the hairstyle that I wear when either a) I wake up and my hair looks like crap (usually b/c I washed it and slept on it), b) I washed it but don’t have time to dry it (which happened today), or c) I want to put it up in a style other than a pony tail. I found the idea for it here, on Stylish White Female’s blog (which is one of my favorites, by the way). It’s really easy, and if you do it with wet hair, you get awesome ringlets! I recommend using really strong bobby pins instead of the regular ones – they tend to fall down, though if you use enough of them (and enough hairspray) they work in a pinch. 

Top: 5th Culture at Imagine Boutique
Jeans: Anoname at Imagine Boutique (a similar style is The Artist at American Eagle)
Shorts: American Eagle
Tank: American Eagle
Shoes: Steve Madden
Bracelet and Earrings: Thrifted from Change Clothes Consignment Boutique

Oh, and I FINALLY have a Twitter account, so everyone should totally follow me. Have a fun day! Kisses!


  1. Sorry, but not impressed. Something else besides the top would have been much more flattering, and a different hairstyle.

  2. I think, Mary, that this outfit may not appeal to your aesthetic, but I am certainly very impressed with it. My typical uniform is billowy shirts and shorts (for 108 degree heat index) and skinny jeans on cooler days (less than 100 degree heat index). Billowy tops are perfect for all types of weather, and they show off a thin figure very well, especially in bright light.

  3. I LOVE YOUR HAIR!!!!!
    The whole outfit too...but that HAIR!!!!

  4. I disagree with you as well, Mary...anything constructive to say, or did you just feel like criticizing?