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Monday, January 30, 2012

Sequined Collar

For my first attempt of styling the KARL sequined collar, I was going to keep things pretty simple, with just the grey sweater and some dark jeans, but then I decided to have a little fun and wear my mustard cords - which in turn play in with the color blocking of my new Zara clutch.

The clutch was not something I'd intended on buying, it was $60, so it was a bit expensive, but the moment I held it was in love. I'm a very hands-on shopper. I touch, I hold, I smell, I parade around in front of the mirrors. The soft buttery leather, the scent, how it looked when I held it up against my trench caused me to completely fall in love. I left the store.
I went back for it.*

My Sister told me that I looked like a clown - this is not the first time she has critiqued something of mine in such a way. In fact, there is even a theme. Apparently if I wear something yellow with a fun collar, I become a member of the circus.

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The Rundown
Mustard Cords Gap - Sweater Gap - Booties Madden Girl - Trench Coat London Fog Thrifted - Fur Collar Thrifted - Color Block Clutch Zara - Sequined Collar KARL - Rings Gift, The Cavernous Jewelry Box - Fedora Market in Italy - Nail Polish Essie Fair Game

*This shopping experience went down shortly after I attended the KARL launch - a clothing line launch without any actual clothing on site.

I know they were trying to be unique and modern and embracing the times where we all just shop on our iPhones, but I can honestly say that if that clutch had just been an image on a screen, I would have liked it, but thought that $60 was too expensive and moved on. It was the tactile experience which made it impossible for me to forget about the bag and the reason I ultimately purchased it.

Online shopping may have it's conveniences, but I don't believe it can ever replace or compare to holding something in your hands.

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54 comments:

  1. P.S. You're right, totally stoked about the Jason Wu for Target line!

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  2. Well you are the most stylish circus member I've ever seen! I love the mustard cords and that great new clutch! The collar is splendid as well!

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  3. Adore the collar and the mustard cords. I agree with you, shopping where you can touch and feel a garment is so much better. I am so picky about materials so its better for me.
    Have a stunning week

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  4. There was an article about collars in my Saturday newspaper - The GUardian. Love yours.
    Please visit my blog to find out about the 2012 Capsule Wardrobe Challenge. I do hope you can join us.
    Jane

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  5. That collar is gorgeous, I LOVE the mustard clutch and you already know I'm a fan of that coat.

    I much prefer to be able to buy things in person, online shopping just doesn't really do it for me.

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  6. love your sweater!!
    kisses from prague
    http://sienastyle.blogspot.com/

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  7. I love the collar - it is so fun without being over the top! And I agree, I always prefer buying things after trying them on.

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  8. That clutch is pretty incredible and I love this whole look on you - one of my favorites I think!

    Courtney ~ http://sartorialsidelines.com

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  9. Love a splash of yellow in the middle of winter, ahhhhhhhhhhhhh.
    Gorgeous.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  10. Yes, it's definitely easier to say no online when you haven't touched any item. I love the collar - adds a faux layer without adding any bulk!

    P.S. I went shopping yesterday with a friend, tried on a dress for fun and now that it's not online I really want it. That's the problem with shopping - hard to say no!

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  11. Absolutely agree, I've never managed to fall in love with anything online that much that I'd order it. I regularly fall in love with stuff I can actually touch. :)

    The clutch is beautiful and the ensemble is nothing clownish!

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  12. love ur outfit!!

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  13. Yay the collar and bag look awesome!!
    and that is so true, when you feel something it is sooo much better than just looking at it (like when I felt the Chanel... *sigh*)
    http://www.closet-fashionista.com/

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  14. love the grey and yellow combination!

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  15. I don't think you look like a clown at all! The sequined collar looks very on trend and playful. And your clutch is indeed gorgeous, I can understand why you went back for it.

    www.thejoyoffashion.blogspot.com

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  16. That bag is great. I love the color.

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  17. oh your sister! Ignore her, you look very nice and there is nothing clowny about your outfit, nothing at all. The clutch is cute! =D

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  18. You look great! I've never seen a collar like that ON someone. Really pretty!

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  19. That pop of yellow looks great on you Lyddie and so does the collar. Cute outfit girl. I like to buy things on sale too, but sometimes we just have to have that item. Great clutch. Enjoy it!
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  20. You've come up with a great combo! The sequins are just they perfect accent!

    Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

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  21. Love the collar, clutch, the pops of yellow...pretty much all of this!

    As fun and convenient as it is to shop online, I do prefer shopping in person.

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  22. I would have to say that I disagree with your sis, you look great! You pulled off this collar in a casual way that works. I would have gone back for the clutch too. I love how you are wearing a mustard jean. I have been looking for a colorful pair that I could pull off for ages. Keep mixing it up!


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  23. GREAT COMBO!!I LOVE IT

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  24. What an evil little sister... and you do not look like a clown-
    I look forward to seeing more of that collar and COULD not agree more with you - part of the shopping experience is using your senses to explore the items.

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  25. no you in no way look like a clown
    isn't that funny that yellow=clownish to her??
    i am loving that sweater btw
    brett

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  26. I dont know what circus your sis thinks you belong to but I wanna join!

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  27. PS totally agree with you on the whole online shopping thing. A picture can only do so much.

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  28. It's not a look for everybody (ie your sister), but I think your collar looks great! And I love those jeans!

    xoxo
    www.natashafatah.blogspot.com

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  29. I definitely agree about shopping being a physical process. I too need to touch and feel and stand in front of the mirror for hours on end.

    I had the exact same reaction to that gorgeous Zara clutch! Boyfriend talked me out of it, how I wish he didn't. Now that I see you carrying it I'm filled with regret.

    But hey, you and I think alike :)

    xx
    thistimeisacharm.blogspot.com

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  30. Shopping *is* a super physical process! Ahh, I couldn't agree more. I'm one of those touchy, stare-y, look-y in the mirror for longer than I should when contemplating buying something kind of people.

    Also, you totally don't look like a clown. I think you look like a ring leader, though. I love the yellow pants and the sequin against the knit top! Prettay prettay.

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  31. The mustard and grey are such a great combination. That collar is so fun!!.

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  32. Great outfit. I always love seeing those mustard cords. That bag is pretty great too.

    xo,
    Tracy

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  33. The collar, the clutch, the mustard jeans...very nice and not at all clownish! I'm like you. Lately I've begun trolling things online, but if I can visit the item in a store, I'm more likely to buy in a face to face setting.

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  34. This (and how tricky it is to make a return) is exactly why I almost NEVER shop online, unless it's for a very specific, long-awaited for item. I love the way you styled this collar. It works~!

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  35. I really like those jeans! I don't see anything circus-y here! Btw, I did order those Steve Madden boots. They are really very comfy, thanks for the recommendation.

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  36. That clutch is gorgeous - and love your sequin collar :)

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray

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  37. I've been a bit skeptical about the collar trend, but that one is really cute, and I love how you styled it. I also adore those yellow pants!

    xo,
    Hannah
    www.chillairandperfume.blogspot.com

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  38. Love the sequins, and I really love that clutch! It is awesome!

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  39. I am loving that clutch. It was totally worth splurging on it!

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  40. You did not look like a clown hahahahaha. You should have been in Brooklyn with this outfit (don't worry, I will take you there one day). I am terribly jealous of this clutch. It's bright and neutral, which is still something I'm wanting to do for spring.

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  41. I completely agree-I've never bought clothing online because I love to feel the fabric, try it on and see how it makes me feel. Love this outfit- the bright yellow and chic hat and collar-very cool!

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  42. Your shopping views remind me of Carrie telling the girls that shopping's her cardio and she won't do it online! (Sex & the City... as if I had to say it)

    Also, if your sister thinks you look like a clown, you're definitely the chicest, least scary clown ever! I never thought about buying detachable collars, but seeing you style it proves it's a really cute statement piece!

    xx Melina

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  43. Your sister is silly, you look great--I love the mix of yellow and gray! And I'm the same way--I'll occasionally shop online, but to me nothing replaces physically being in the stores and trying on and touching the clothes. That's something the computer just can't imitate!

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  44. I love the Zara clutch. It's so true - I love to shop online but going to an actual shop has it's own appeal.

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  45. LOVE that Zara clutch! And of course that KARL sequined collar.

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  46. I have to disagree with your sis, love this outfit and that clutch looks great! Can;t wait to see it in future posts.

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  47. I love this outfit, Lydia the collar is awesome! You did a great job styling it and once we get to spring you'll put that clutch to great use I am sure :)

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  48. Saw the bag at the Zara sale, so cute!! I also saw a pretty little collar AT Zara that they've been selling as of late.

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  49. Love the cords and that fabulous sequin collar! Nice blog :) Following.

    xo

    fashion-gg.blogspot.com

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  50. loveee this combo. i have a sequined collar in gold too! this should be a fashion event #sequinedcollar :D

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  51. this yellow is great! i will take that clutch, thanks!! ;-)

    ~nic

    ps i love to shop in the stores better than online myself.

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  52. Wow, that clutch is serious! I love the color :)

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  53. This clutch is the best! SO CUTE!

    <3 Sarah
    theantiquepearl.blogspot.com

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