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I have a lot of animal print items in my wardrobe.  Most of it is leopard print but some of it is cheetah print and some of it I don’t actually know what animal it is!  LOL.  But, I try to sprinkle it in to my outfits sparingly and usually in small doses of accent with ballet flats or a scarf.  And, then other times I make it the star of the show— like I did on Friday when I wore my leopard print button-up.

Much of the time I dress up my leopard print outfits and usually pair them with black.  This time, I wanted to make it slightly more casual.  I chose to keep the tie neck on the blouse (it’s removable) and pair it with medium wash skinny jeans.  I pulled in a wide dark brown belt and brown ballet flats.  Lastly, I wore my oversized gold watch and some gold dangle earrings.  I liked how the outfit looked and felt.  And, to be honest I basically wore this same outfit on Sunday when my husband and I ran errands.  The only differences were that I didn’t tuck in the blouse and I wore my black ballet flats and silver jewelry.

Here are some other ways that I have styled this blouse before– mostly in dressier outfits.

As you can see, I’ve done it twice with black pants (rows 1 & 2, L), colored cropped pants (rows 1 & 2, C) underneath an orange sweater (rows 1 & 2, R), and once with a navy skirt.  Do you have a favorite?

-Carla

Wednesday evening to class I paired my navy blue pencil skirt with a chambray top and brown pumps.  I just finished replacing the zipper in this skirt.  It had a bit of fabric that would always catch and eventually the zipper stopped working.  I removed it and then hand-sewed in a new one.  I had originally intended to use the sewing machine but it was so intricate that I just couldn’t do it.  (I’m not that advanced of a sewer.)  My outfit is based on a pin that is similar in nature but my chambray shirt is a slouchy boyfriend style and didn’t tuck into the skirt in a neat and clean way.  I fussed with it for quite a while before I tied the ends in a knot and called it done.  I was slightly disappointed in this outfit because it didn’t come together the way that I wanted.

Thursday I went casual and sports fan mode.  The Cleveland Indians beat the Astro’s two games in a row so I chose to wear my newest Indian’s shirt.  I looked back at how I styled it the first time but I didn’t take any pictures so I just went from memory and tried to style it differently.

I went with a navy blue tank top underneath that you can’t really see, dark wash bootcut jeans, a dark brown belt, white leather Converse and simple silver jewelry.  I didn’t put too much time or effort in to pre-planning this outfit and I think that in some aspects it shows but I also believe that not every outfit has to look like it was ripped from the pages of a fashion magazine!

-Carla

Prints Galore

Easter Sunday was a lovely day of family, food, fun, and candy!  As I mentioned in my last post my husband and I hosted our parents.  There were 7 of us all together.  We made the ham, mashed potatoes, rolls, and apple pie.  I bought a cheese ball and crackers and a lemon layer cake.  My parents brought potato salad and a cherry cheesecake.  My sister-in-law brought Hawaiian salad and my monther-in-law brought ribbon jello.

After some deliberation, I finally decided on an outfit.  I wanted to dress up but not so much that I would look out-of-place.   A frilly and lacy dress might have been appropriate when I was younger, but not so much anymore.  Instead, I opted to go with my flowered print pants– which were a big hit!

I paired them with my blush colored blouse and sparkly gold ballet flats.  My husband changed his shirt from the Spring green t-shirt to a sky blue polo shirt.  We took a group photo and it turned out great– everyone had on bright and Springy colors and we looked like a bunch of Easter eggs!!

Here is the last time that I wore these pants and blouse:

I focused on the blues and teal in the pants the first time around and went with black ballet flats.  For the blouse, I went with dark wash skinny jeans, a sparkly gold cardigan, and gold ballet flats.  Above, I am wearing it untucked.  But, with the flowered pants I opted to do a front-tuck.  I think that the proportions worked in my favor– my mother-in-law said that I looked skinny in my pants, so I’m going to wear them every chance I get! LoL.

Looking back through my gallery, I noticed that I’ve been wearing a lot of dresses to class.  I didn’t really realize it, though,  If you had asked me I would have thought that I’ve worn pants the most– but the tally is dresses 9, pants 6, and skirts 5.  So, I created two outfits featuring skirts for this week to even out those numbers some.  Here is the first one that I wore Monday evening:

My outfit is based on the pin, above.  I paired my brown skirt with a leopard print top, red blazer, and pointy-toed brown ballet flats.  I really liked how this outfit came together.  I didn’t add nearly as many accessories as the inspiration photo– my blouse has a keyhole opening with a bow so I skipped a necklace and bracelets can tend to rattle around and be noisy when I am lecturing so I just went with gold hoops and my gold watch.

I’m really glad that my blouse has sleeves and I was able to take off my blazer because about half-way through class I did get warm.  Usually I don’t like to pair red and leopard print together because I think that it comes across as a bit too sexy, but in this instance I didn’t get that vibe at all!  I think that it might have to do with the very demure and almost sweet cut of the blouse and the blazer is very professional and business-like.  Is that just a weird thing that I think?  Please let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

-Carla