Wednesday, January 30, 2013

FATSHION FACEOFF: RED DRESS

Hey y'all! Today is Wednesday and that means it's time for the Fatshion Faceoff! (If you're new to the blog, you can find out more about the FF here.) This week's challenge item was chosen by Olivia and she picked... a red dress! Since I tend to pair red with leopard and black accents, I decided to switch it up a bit this time and go a bit more casual. 



cardigan: Target (similar, similar)
necklace: ASOS
belt: Target
dress: Old Navy (similar)
heels: JC via ModCloth (similar)

ERMAGAHD you guys, I am so over taking pictures with my phone. I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong and they keep turning out so grainy and gross. I'm sorry you've had to put up with it, too. Good news though, I broke down and invested in a new camera, and it finally arrived today! I'm sure it will take a while to figure it out and learn awesome photog skillz, but you'll bear with me, right? Grainy grossness be gone, ew.

But before I start tinkering with my new toy, let's go see how the other Fatshion Faceoff girls are wearing their red dresses! They always look fab, don't you think? :)

Olivia Wait Until the Sunset (Australia)
Mouna Brussels Fatshion (Belgium)
Mhairi Lilybobombs Lovely Lumps (UK)

xo
dani

Sunday, January 27, 2013

DOUBLE VISION: DOUBLE DENIM

Hey y'all! It's Sunday, so of course that means it's time for this week's Double Vision post! Double Vision is a series of awesomely fun posts that I do with my friend Hanna of The Wardrobe Challenge. If you're new to the blog, you can read more about it here

This week, Hanna suggested that we do double denim for our challenge. I'm a huge fan of wearing double denim (I do live in Texas afterall), so I was up for it. She also thought it would be fun to glam things up a bit and add jewelry to the mix. You can see my take of glitzy double denim below.




shirt (similar) - Old Navy | belt - Torrid | jeans (up to a size 20 and run large) - GAP | bag - Madewell
leopard heels (similarsimilar) - Ivanka Trump via Zappos | jewelry (try this, this, this) - Forever21

I've lived here in Texas for over half my life, and it never fails to make me giggle when I hear other people's perception of us here in the Lone Star State. I've heard that everyone here owns a pickup truck (not true) and wears cowboy boots (another non-truth). The shows on tv also don't help, as they often show Texas girls wearing their denim with sky-high heels, some kind of animal print, and tons of sparkly accessories (usually diamonds or something). So my outfit today was inspired by some of those false assumptions, because well, why not. If you can't poke fun of yourself, then what's the point, right? :) 

Anyway, enough about me, let's go over to Hanna's blog and see her take on glammed up double denim! 

xo
dani

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

26x30: STYLISH FRIENDS



scarf (similar), sweatshirt (similar), leggings - Old Navy
bag, dress (similar, with peplum) - gift from Hanna | kicks - Converse from DSW

Today I was chatting with Hanna about the 30x30 challenge and how I'm kinda really ready for it to be over. It's dragging on too long, you guys, and I'm just not feeling super inspired anymore. Plus I think I picked too many non-colors, and it's kind of getting me down. I'm ready to use my whole wardrobe again! :D 

Anyway, being the awesome friend that she is, Hanna suggested that I try the outfit combo above. Super cute, right? And totally perfect for going kicking around on a lazy Saturday and a trip to the movie theater (yay, The Hobbit!). So, the lesson of this story is that any of you who might want some stylish advice or just wanna see some of her fabulous outfits, make sure you check out Hanna's blog or send her a tweet or something. I'm pretty sure you'll love her as much as I do. Thanks again, babe! <3

xo
dani

Friday, January 25, 2013

25x30: SLOWLY BUT SURELY






sunnies - RayBan | cardigan (similar in other colors) - Old Navy | tank (in navy/white) - H&M  
bag (now on sale!) - Madewell | jeans (similar) - Torridkicks - Converse from DSW


Slowly but surely approaching the end of this round of 30x30, but also slowly but surely getting closer to graduating. With the new semester having gotten into full swing, I thought y'all might like to know a little more about exactly what it is I'm studying and all that fun stuff! 

If you've been following the blog for a while or have seen my Instagrams/tweets/whatnot, you've probably figured out that I'm studying art. Specifically, I'm pursuing my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Metalsmithing and Jewelry*. (Whenever I tell someone what I'm studying, their eyes usually light up with either excitement and wonder or terror and worry, and it always kind of surprises me who reacts how!) 

I have dabbled with art since I was a wee little Dani, but it hasn't always been a dream of mine to be a metalsmith/jewelry artist.  I really feel so so lucky that I fell into it when I did. It was totally one of those right-place-right-time kinds of things, and now a few  semesters later, I'm so thankful that I found my passion at a time when I felt particularly lost. Now I'm in my third to last semester, and if everything goes as planned, will be graduating at the end of next spring. Yay! I still haven't decided if I want to get my master's degree so I can teach at a university or just skip it to start my own jewelry line, but either way, once I graduate I'm hoping to land an assistant position with an established artist or work as a bench artist while I figure out what I want to do. (See, I told you I'm not a good life-planner!) 

This semester is extra special because I'm finally an official M&J major, having passed the entry review last semester! The fall semester was super stressful and I was taking 4 studio classes (about the same time/work commitment as a 60-hour workweek) so that's why you didn't see me much here on the blog. I'm really hoping this semester will be a bit less insane, as I'm only in 3 studio classes and apprenticing. For studios, I'm Color and Surface (exploring ways to use color on/with metal), Multiples and Mechanisms (production work with metal and hinges/die-cutting/die-forming/etc), and an intermediate Ceramics class (messy but fun wheel-throwing). For my apprenticeship, I'm helping my (favorite, btw) professor with his own studio practice. How excited am I, you ask? TOTES! So far we've done some resin casting, digital design work, mold-making for casting, small jewelry findings, and professional/officey things. He also co-runs a program to support and supplement the efforts of a women's co-op in Turkey, so I'm hoping to get to help in some way with that as well. And as if that wasn't enough fun, I'm the co-PR officer for our Metals Club and am also going to an artist symposium next month in Arizona! Busy busy busy! :D

Anyway, I've been looking forward to this semester for a while, and I'm really excited for all the cool things I'm going to do and learn. I'll try to talk more about my art and post images of my finished work here on the blog, but you can always check out my Instagram for pictures of in-process work and other artsy things I'm up to. Also outfits. And shoes. Lots of outfits and shoes on there as well. ;)

xo
dani

*Wait, is it "jewelry" or "jewellery"? The answer.. :)

Thursday, January 24, 2013

24x30: HURRY HURRY



scarf (the look for less here) - McQueen via ebay | tshirt - H&M | bag - gift from Hanna
skirt (similar) - Old Navy | booties (similar) - Steve Madden via DSW

I know, I know, these pictures are all sorts of wonky, aren't they? I was in a major rush to take outfit photos before the light went (hence the exposure adjustments), and for whatever reason, I couldn't get many shots that weren't majorly blurry, either. I just couldn't stand still, I guess! I was too excited to show you guys my awesomely simple outfit. Yeah, let's go with that, shall we? ;)  

Anyway, hope you don't mind the silly pictures too much and I'll try to get some better ones up soon. Are you having a great week so far? What have you been up to?

xo
dani

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

FATSHION FACEOFF / 23x30: DENIM VEST

Hi there!  It's Wednesday, and it's time for the Fatshion Faceoff! (If you're new to the blog, you can  click here to find out what the Fatshion Faceoff is all about!) This week's challenge item was chosen by me and I decided that we all style... a denim vest! I layered mine over a tshirt for a casual day of running errands on campus. Wanna see?





vest (similar, similar) - thrifted & diy'd | tshirt - New Look | jeggings (similar) - Gap
bag (similar) - gift from Hanna | shoes - Converse from DSW

A denim vest is such a great staple item to have in your closet, and you can totally make one of your own. Just find a denim jacket at a thrift store and snip the sleeves off. That's it. And it's cute, right? 

Now lets go see the other Fatshion Faceoff girls in their denim vests! I bet they look pretty cute, too! :)

Olivia Wait Until The Sunset (Australia)
Mouna Brussels Fatshion (Belgium)
Mhairi Lilybobombs Lovely Lumps (UK)

xo
dani

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

22x30: LONG DAY






jacket (similar in silver) - bought with help from Hanna | shirt (similar in bunny print, elephant print) - ASOS Curve 
jeans (similar) - Gap | bag (similar, similar), earrings - Forever21 | wedges (similar) - ASOS

It's been a really long day, you guys, and I'm about 2 minutes away from crawling into bed. Zzzzzz....

xo
dani

Monday, January 21, 2013

21x30: CALM BEFORE THE STORM





dress - ModCloth | belt (similar) - Forever21 | skirt under dress (similar) - ASOS 
bag (similar) - vintage Coach via ebay | wedges (similar, similar) - Guess via DSW

I don't really have all that much to say today, guys. I could whine some more about the dumb Texas weather, but I kinda feel I've already done that a lot lately. I could talk about cool art things I'm working on, but the semester just started last week and I haven't really been in the studio much yet. Whomp whomp. Anyway, its pretty much guaranteed that things around here will get lots more busy and interesting soon, but for now, I'll wish you a great Monday and see you tomorrow! :)

xo
dani

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

DOUBLE VISION: GIFTED GOODIES

Hey y'all! It's Sunday, so of course that means it's time for this week's Double Vision post! Double Vision is a series of awesomely fun posts that I do with my friend Hanna of The Wardrobe Challenge. If you're new to the blog, you can read more about it here

Since we've been friends for a while and like to send care packages back and forth, this week we thought it'd be fun to show you outfits comprised only of things we've received from each other. Our friendly parcels usually have some sort of clothing element to them, so let's see what we came up with!




earrings, blazer, dress, bracelet, clutch (similar in nude, black), leggings (similar), booties - gifts from Hanna 
(If you have questions about where she found an item, leave me a comment and I'll ask her! :)

See, Hanna is awesome, right? She knows my love of animal prints (hence the adorable owl blazer and horse clutch) and sparkly shoes (see fab boots above!), but she also knows what looks good on me even when I don't (bodycon, anyone?). She's a great friend, and not just because she spoils me and sends me lovely packages. We talk all the time, and she's super supportive when I'm crazy busy and grouchy, and I hope I do the same for her. Someday I hope we can meet up and hang out in person, although I can't imagine what kind of shenanigans we would have if unleashed on the streets together! :D 

Now we should go see some of the things I've sent her, right? C'mon, you know you want to. Let's click on over to her blog and see what she's wearing!  

xo
dani

Friday, January 18, 2013

READER REQUEST: POP OF RED

A couple of days ago, I received the sweetest email from an awesome reader, Janelle, asking for some styling help! Next month she'll be in a performance and the dress code is everything has to be black but with one red accent. She's already purchased her skirt, a high-low hem number with a sheer overlay (similar to this one), but she wanted some help figuring out what her one red accent piece should be and what I would wear.

If I were in the performance (yikes, stage fright!), I'd figure out which part of my body I'm the most confident with and choose my red piece to highlight that area. Since I'm not sure how formal (or not) her performance is, I tried to choose a variety of items that could work. See below for my picks!

^^ TOPS ^^

Choose a red top if you really want to highlight your bust or arms, or if you just want to get as much red on you as possible. :) My favorites are the pussybow top (for a more formal event) and the leopard tank (for an informal one), with both being tucked into the skirt. They both have unique detailing that will stand out on stage. Add a belt and maybe a cardigan, and you'll be good to go. 


^^ SHOES ^^

Red shoes are an easy way to show off your legs or sweet dancing moves. Other girls might go with red heels, too, so make sure yours are amazing and have some kind of awesome accent, like glitter, shine, or a pretty bow or flower. My top picks would be bow kitten heels (formal) or the sparkly bow heels (informal). Y'all know I love some glitter.


^^ ACCESSORIES ^^

Another great way to wear red is in your accessories. It's a more subtle way to get that red pop into your outfit, and I'm guessing not many fellow performers will go this route. A sparkly necklace or gorgeous earrings will draw the eye to your face, and tights or a belt will make people notice your legs or waist. I'd go with the earrings (formal) or the tights (informal).


^^ WHAT I WOULD WEAR ^^

This is probably pretty close to what I would wear (you KNOW I'd pick shoes for my accent piece, no question there). I like the sparkle of the shirt (duh), the shoes are a subtle pop of color, and both the hem of the skirt and the strappyness of the heels would show of my legs. I would definitely have a red lip (this one is my fave) to brighten up my face and pick up the color of my shoes.

I hope this has helped you, Janelle! Please email me a picture of you at your performance, I'd love to see what you chose to wear! Break a leg, babe! <3

xo
dani

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

FATSHION FACEOFF: KNITTED JUMPER

Hi there!  It's Wednesday, and it's time for the Fatshion Faceoff! (If you're new to the blog, just click here to find out what the Fatshion Faceoff is all about!) This week's challenge item was chosen by Hanna and she picked... a knitted jumper (or sweater for you American folk)! Perfect timing, too. Remember the last post where I was, er, kinda complaining about it being warm in January? WELL GUESS WHAT? No sooner had I typed the words than snow was in the forecast. Below is what I wore yesterday, and it's a good thing I took pictures in the morning to take full advantage of the (meager yet adorable) snowfall. By the time my afternoon class was done, so was the snow. 







scarf (similar) - Forever21 | coat (similar), sweater (similar) - Old Navy
jeans (similar) - Torrid | bag - Zara | boots (similar, similar)- Target 


And if you're wondering why I didn't get any pictures of my cozy v-neck, short-sleeved, navy/gray sweater sans coat, it's because I dropped my camera before I got the chance. Now my sweet old granny Canon Powershot won't focus properly, and that's not cool, especially since I wasn't planning on buying a new camera any time soon. I've already had to send it away once before to be fixed, and it's probably not worth sending away again (that shiz is expensive!). So now I can't decide if I'm going to borrow the boyfriend's point-and-shoot for the time being or if it's a sign that I need to break down and invest in a my own newborn of a DSLR. What do you think? 

But before we get all cameratalk-happy, we should probably pop over to the other girls' blogs and see what jumpers they're all rocking today! I'm especially curious to see what Olivia's wearing, as it's summertime in Australia and not exactly knitwear season. ;)

Hanna The Wardrobe Challenge (UK)
Olivia Wait Until The Sunset (Australia)
Mouna Brussels Fatshion (Belgium)
Mhairi Lilybobombs Lovely Lumps (UK)

xo
dani

Monday, January 14, 2013

20x30: BARELY APPROPRIATE






cardigan - Macys | necklace, top - Forever21+ | skirt - Old Navy | belt - Torrid | boots - ModCloth

Just so you know, the pictures above were taken a few days ago, when the weather was slightly warm but still cool like me. Hence the very inappropriate outfit for this time of year. I mean, it's January, and I really shouldn't be able to bare my legs, but today things are back to being frigid. Thank. Goodness. 

xo
dani