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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Intentions

This was not the outfit I was planning to wear today.

Favorite Floral

My debut for the new khaki pants was meant to be with something else, but things fell apart rather quickly when something I thought was clean was not to be found in the closet. Which is why even if you decide what you are going to wear the night before, it's still important to actually retrieve the items and have them at the ready.

The Rundown
Pants TJMaxx - Cardigan Gap - Cammi Gap - Sandals Nine West - Necklace Avon - Sunnies Kohls

But enough about the 'disappointment', when I have yesterday's outfit to talk about. As it was decidedly chilly and a bit rainy I had to make some kind of peace with pseudo-Fall and pulled out my favorite fall coat.

military inspiration

Navy, military inspired, and made of sweatshirt material, so it's wearable window is very small. With it, out came the red purse. Cranberry and Navy just feel right, and much as I love the tan cross-body bag, I've been schlepping it all spring and summer; the other bags were beginning to get jealous.

While digging through layers of cardigans tucked away in drawers, I happened upon the olive shirt, clearly out of place and begging to be among the other rich fall colors.

military inspiration

Socks.
I wasn't going to put on tights. It's far too soon for tights. While I must confess, I adore every J. Crew model who rocks this look, I wonder about it on myself.

I was even feeling like going for a walk, and decided to use the old factory as my backdrop. I was really hoping I wouldn't encounter any pedestrians, but of course I did. I spied their approach and quickly crouched by the camera and peered through the view finder, fired off a few shots for good measure and hoped they would just keep walking.
But I was forced into having a conversion:
"Are you a photographer?"
yes.
"Do you work for the newspaper?"
no, just a hobby.
"What are you photographing?"
the old factory.
"For the newspaper?"
nope.

Military inspiration

There was no way I was going to say I was a fashion blogger. (The explanation would be far too lengthy). But I suppose it's hard for someone to wrap their brain around the idea that some girl in a skirt and ballet flats is wandering around with a tripod photographing old buildings.

Military inspiration
The Rundown
Coat Marshalls - Top Gap - Skirt NY&Co. - Shoes Tahari - Socks Kohls - Necklace Gap - Bag Big Buddha - Earrings TJMaxx - Broach Thrifted

52 comments:

La Fille D'or said...

I LOVE the fall outfit! It's tricky to pull off that socks look - but you nailed it!

And argh! to passersby - okay well yes they have a right to be walking around. But do they have to be so
nosy? : )

Rad_in_Broolyn said...

I think you made the khakis work well.
I really really adore the second outfit. The proportions, the colors, the stripes, the socks- this outfit is really creation and perfect.
Also, next time someone stops and asks you, can you say that you're doing a performance art project? They will probably not ask anymore questions. I once walked around Chelsea with an 8' long 4"x4", and this guy who helped me asked, "Art project?"

Oh, My Darling said...

Ooh, the military-inspired outfit is stellar!

morefruitplease said...

The newspaper conversation is hilarious! I never realized what a challenge blogging would be until I realized how hard it was to explain to someone why you're taking a picture of something.

I really like your Fall look and think you pulled off the socks look!

eek said...

Fabulous fall outfit!

hee hee - sorry about getting "caught" taking your self-portraits! at least the photos turned out great :)

Ali said...

Haha! I've never had an encounter with any humans, thankfully. At least they eventually went away and weren't creepers of any sort.

I love the pop of red in that second outfit, and what a neat location for picture photos!

Closet Fashionista said...

Oooh I love yesterday's outfit!!! Today's is awesome too though ;)
http://aclosetfashionista.blogspot.com/

missvinylahoy said...

I really love the outfit and the photos in front of the old factory.
Sometimes I don't like explaining my fashion blog to people, because not everyone understands. "You take photos of your outfit and post it online?!"
Yes...

Lovely outfits though!!

La Historiadora de Moda said...

I understand that problem only too well. I think your plan B outfit looks pretty darn good, though.

I love the second outfit and that jacket!

Modesty is Pretty said...

I love the cardi of the first outfit and you know I told you you just look so gorgeous with the second outfit, I love the colors, even the lipstick pops out from that beautiful blue coat!

Lorena said...

I am laughing at the factory moment!
OMG... I totally get it. I would probably go speechless. You can count with one hand my outdoor pictures because I just dont want to deal with it and its kind of embarrasing. I should not care but I do...
BTW i think you PULLED the sock look !
I tried it and I SUCKED at the SOCK.

Daniela said...

LOVE that coat! That blue is gorgeous!!
I think I would die of embarrasment is someone found me photographing myself...:/ Only 2 of my friends know I blog.. my fiance and my mom know too, but it's just not easy to go telling people..lol

Robin said...

I can't believe how especially chic you look in that second look!

Anne said...

I love your fall outfit, especially that bag! That's such a great color! I don't think I could ever do the sock look without feeling like I was back in school wearing them with my uniform skirts, but you've actually managed to make it look good.

I worried about the same thing while taking my pictures today. In my own backyard. God forbid my neighbors would see me messing around with a camera's self-timer. Maybe one of these days I'll venture out of my yard.

Natasha xoxo said...

Love the long, navy blue coat!

<3, natasha
http://poshxoxo.blogspot.com

Shelley Ann said...

navy and red go so perfectly with each other!

lol @ the story. i always feel so awkward caught in those situations!

Elaine said...

Love it! The lengths of the jacket and skirt go very well together.

CLOTHED MUCH, a modest fashion blog

Romany said...

I love the factory photos - that outfit is so gorgeous (I sooo need a fire-engine-red bag like this right now).
Hmm the weather does seem to be getting cooler, in these pics. Looks about the same as our Spring weather over here. Pathetic attempt at spring, if you ask me...pfft.
Romany
xx

MeredithW said...

Pretty much inlove with your bag right now.

Love your outfit :)
x

Franca said...

I usually say 'I have an ebay shop and i'm selling this skirt/dress/bag'. People usually understand that. I love the outfit btw!

Franca said...

I usually say 'I have an ebay shop and i'm selling this skirt/dress/bag'. People usually understand that. I love the outfit btw!

Amber Blue Bird said...

I love the pin on your navy coat and that bag is such a nice addition to rest of the outfit. Two thumbs up

Closet Fashionista said...

I have a budget :D $150 a month, but trying to stay way under that ;) I post how much I've spent (on everything but gas) at the top of my sidebar, hehe

Diana Mieczan said...

That second outfit is amazing...I love everything about it:)...Kisses,sweetie

Ps: I am hosting a sweet jewelry GIVEAWAY today :) Hope you will join in!!!

Emilie said...

I really like khaki this fall!

Frances Joy said...

Ha! That story is hilarious! Also, I'm in love with everything in that second outfit. Seriously. The coat, the tee, the striped skirt, the socks!!!! Amazing!

Marie McGrath (The Joy of Fashion) said...

Sorry the outfit you had planned didn't work out, I love your alternative outfit though! The colorful floral print is beautiful on you! I also love yesterday's outfit, the brooch on the trench is so chic :)

www.thejoyoffashion.blogspot.com

Iris said...

I love the red purse! I'm not brave enough to head out and take pictures with the tripod in public, you're awesome! Maybe next month for me...

junghwa by amy stewart said...

I love the coat! I guess summer is over huh? :( Maybe that's why they make coats so cute... so we won't be so sad. ;)

Miranda said...

I love the military inspired look and you hair is fantastic!
http://washingtondcfashion.blogspot.com/

Gypsy said...

I love the material of your coat, it's like a cross between a coat and cardigan, which is perfect for the upcoming weather.
I only dare take outfit pictures if someone's with me, so I can pretend it's just friends taking pictures of each other and it's surprising how many people don't even know what a blog is.

Sarah Dee said...

you look so great!!

Sarah
theantiquepearl.blogspot.com

Eli said...

I looooooooooove this second outfit since I saw it on wardrobe remix, Im going to have tocopy it!! you look amazing!

Jess said...

Loving the color of that coat!!

Dina's Days said...

Beautiful colors. I love navy blue so much. You are so pretty :)

The Jilted Lovers said...

great outfit! love that brooch. it reminds me of ralph lauren

The Jilted Lovers said...

great outfit! love that brooch. it reminds me of ralph lauren

Emily said...

I love the coat. And the bag! I think bright red bags are in this Fall :)

FASHION ICE said...

really love the bold elements of this ensemble! come follow xxo

20 York Street said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! You should do that Mad Zmen audition at Banana Republic Hun!

Xoxo,

ML

Marie said...

I like both outfits.:D

I love the coat, amazing color and the texture doesn't look like it's itchy!:D

***** Marie *****
allthingsmarie.com

inge luciana said...

thanks for comment :)
nice outfit love the pants

Marta said...

such fabulous look! you look so unbelievably chic! and i love your coat!

LaToya said...

Both your outfits are amazing girl! Your hair looks really nice up btw!

Hugs,
http://achameleonscloset.blogspot.com/

Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

LOVE the coat from the second outfit!

à la Modest said...

Oh gosh... I fear those moments! I definitely had to say I was a fashion blogger once, but whoever I was talking to didn't really understand what that meant because he was in his 50s. Too funny!

I like that fall jacket :) I love, love the socks trend too.

Leonie said...

I love the first outfit- so gorgeous!

www.whatwouldleoniewear.blogspot.com

Leia said...

You look gorgeous as usual!

Leia

this free bird said...

Lyddie I LOVE your fall military coat!!! It is gorgeous!!! Is it sweatshirt material? Did I miss that? It looks so comfy and pretty!

And you have totally captured socks in shoes. I try it, but so far it's never worked for me. Take it away lady!!

xoxo,
Carrie

Sarah said...

OOh I just love the second outfit. Totally my style. The coat, the skirt, the flower. Love it all!

http://wearingitonmysleeves.blogspot.com

wonderfelle.com said...

ohmygosh I love your outfit and the background is amazing! the red bag is the perfect pop of color!

closet365 said...

Oh I love that coat! I'd say it was meant to be that the first outfit didn't work out because I LOVE what you put together. Beautiful fall look!