Wednesday, 29 June 2011

the only water in the forest is the river.








A few of these are blurry, but I adore the colours!!
















outfit details:
dress - Lapris
belt - Kohl's
shoes - Elle by Kohl's
bracelet - Kohl's or Target

Today was a sleepy day.  Of course, I would choose the first sunny day in a while to sleep all day... because that's literally what I did!  I woke up around 8-ish, ate breakfast, read a little Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, then fell asleep in the living room.  I woke up a little while later, migrated upstairs to my bedroom, and fell asleep again.  I woke up for good around 3, when my mum came in to show me this dress she'd bought me while shopping!  It's made of a gorgeous semi-iridescent fabric and, on top of being really pretty (I mean, woah, a strapless dress I actually enjoy wearing!!), has these cool button tabs on the inside of the skirt that let you decide how much, if any, shirring you want on the skirt.  Pretty nifty!

Seeing as I slept the day away, my actual outfit was pyjamas and a dressing gown at the more awake points.  Today's outfit photos are showcasing my planned outfit for tomorrow, because I doubt I'll have time for any photos tomorrow: I'm going to the dentist for a cleaning (so much fun... *winces*), then having my friends Haley and Julie over for a Nerf sword battle (yeah, we're that cool), a sleepover, and a photoshoot on Friday.  I'm going to spend all my free time picking out fun costumes and ensembles for the photoshoot - it's going to be so much fun!

I'm so happy today's sky was beautiful and cloudless!  Don't get me wrong, I love rain, but too many overcast days in a row have me scrambling for inspiration and outfit photos!  They make me want to lounge around in my pj's all day, drink tea, and generally be a hermit, haha.  Here's to sunny days and extracting my mind from the hermit mentality!

Cheers,
Shayli

PS - I took off my camera's polarizing filter, and I think that helped me achieve the look I was going for with incorporating the sunlight as backlighting.  Yay!

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

"don't take pictures with your panties hanging out."















I feel like this doesn't look like me at all!  It's the exact same photo as above, but
with a slightly different smile, that's all.  Weeeeeeeird!






outfit details:
grey blouse - Self Esteem, Kohl's
linen shorts and belt - Apt. 9 for Kohl's
boots - Steve Madden
fedora - American Eagle
pop top bracelet - self-made
dark lipstick - it's actually burgundy lip liner with Burt's Bees lip balm layered over it :)

Today, I was working in my parents' office (they're both chiropractors and acupuncturists - I was filing insurance papers.  Oooh, exciting!) and reading fashion blogs to pass the time as I scanned documents.  I began to think about the shoes I was head-over-heels in love with yesterday, wondering if I'd still love them if I hadn't seen them on a blog I admire.  Which, of course, spiralled into:

How do fashion blogs impact our attitudes towards consumerism?  As a blogger, I use clothes to reflect my personality and mood on a certain day.  Sometimes I want to be ignored, to have people's eyes pass right over me.  Other times, I'm looking to shock and make people stare.  But I'm always putting a little bit of myself into my style.  Often, when I'm reading fashion blogs, I find myself becoming caught up in the idea - subconscious or not - that if I had the same clothes as Jane/Coury/Annika/Jena/insert-fashionable-blogger's-name-here, I would look as fabulous as they do.  It's a common trap that companies use to sell clothes and other merchandise, and here I am falling into it when I'm not even being sold anything!

As one person said in a comment on this Chictopia post, there's a difference between fashion and style.  Fashion is made up of clothes, shoes, accessories, or anything you buy.  It can only get you so far.  Style goes further; it's something internal, a sense, that you can hone and develop and maintain no matter your location, size, price range, whatever perceived limitations you might have.  I wholeheartedly agree with this idea, and I'm really glad I had it spelled out for me yesterday.  It helped me tone down my shoe lust, and think.  Yes, the shoes are gorgeous (and horrendously expensive, ahh!), but all the fashionable shoes in the world won't give me the style of another person, however much I might admire it.

The only thing to do is continue to develop my own style, using pieces which make me happy, and which I can afford.  Though that's not to say I can't splurge once in a while - I mean, come on!  It's shoe loooooove!!

Cheers,
Shayli

PS - The title of this post is the advice my grandmother gave me today.  It made me laugh, and I suppose it's also something good to keep in mind!  Haha, I love her.

Monday, 27 June 2011

ech.

I'm feeling icky about posting such a complain-y post today.  I'm sorry, I should have waited until I was in a better mood.  Forgive me?


From here on out, it'll be only sunshine and smiles, I promise!



And pretty flowers - I'm slightly in love with this photo, and even more because the next morning it had turned into a mini-sunburst of a flower!

Cheers (for real this time),
Shayli

head over heels...


I hear thunder....







outfit details:
t-shirt - American Eagle
shorts - Elle for Kohl's
belt - Kohl's
(k)nut bracelet - made by moi!  (tutorial found here)
...I always differentiate between food nuts and hardware nuts by putting a mental "k" in front of the hardware ones.  And because I'm a massive Harry Potter nerd.  Or something.

Disclaimer: This post focuses very little on my boring outfit (thank goodness) and very much on the shoes in the last photo [photo credit].  Much complaining and sighing is about to ensue.

I think I have a shoe crush.  No - more than a shoe crush: I'm in love with these Miu Miu ankle boots.  I feel bad and slightly stupid about it, but hey, I don't own many high quality pieces of clothing.  I have a lot of nice jewelry and some great vintage pieces, but other than that, the majority of my clothes are from Kohl's or Target, maybe American Eagle.  Forever 21 if I'm lucky.  That's due to 1) the area that I live in, 2) the fact that my mother is a Kohl's woman through and through, and 3) the rest of my family not loving clothes as much as I do.

Therefore, I feel alternately extremely selfish, and somewhat entitled to own something really nice, that I'd be proud to pass down to my kids or something.

Sorry about the complain-y post, it's just... rrrrrr.  Greedy, selfish, foolish child!

I'll stop now.

Cheers,
Shayli