Shock & Strut, How To Wear Color & Leather

I have never been one to shy away from graphic prints, bold colors, or quirky trends. As someone who was raised by a professional clown, yes I know that explains a lot, I have wholeheartedly embraced the fact that I am just not going to fit in to the crowd. Once you’re no longer afraid of standing out, it’s so much easier to take risks. Whether in life, love, or fashion; when you dance to the beat of your own drum there will always be people who respect your individuality, and then there will be those who just don’t get it. The joy of embracing your individuality is that other people don’t have to get it, but when you meet someone who does it’s magical. The more you follow your dreams, take risks, and embrace your own individuality; the more the world opens up and life becomes more beautiful.

I knew I wanted to shoot this look with Tabitha. It’s very quirky, trendy, and oh so colorful. I knew she would get it, because she gets me. I am very much like this look. A little tough at the core, but all sunshine and rainbows on the outside.

When balancing color, pattern, and texture it is good to have an anchor piece that ties the whole look together. In this case my leather skirt anchors the look and draws the eye down to my black boots and back up to the black in my pom pom leopard toboggan. Now this is not a fashion rule, because fashion rules (like most rules) were made to be broken, but rather this is a guide to help you figure out what the heck you’re going to wear when you pushed the snooze button 10 times too many and have less than 5 minutes to get dressed in the morning. No rules, just time savers.

Another time cruncher’s fashion tip, Jewel Tones are like the BFF’s of the color world. Much like the Jersey Shore cast embers these hues are bold, usually loud and boisterous, great party animals, and although these members may clash they’re always going to be there for one another when the cameras are rolling. Amethyst, Sapphire, Emerald, Peridot, Citrine, Turquoise, Topaz, Garnet, and Amber are great for color blocking. These rich hues can mingle together to create some amazing ensembles.

Add a dash of powdery white snow and you have a colorful gem against a gorgeous canvas.

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Photography By: Tabitha Prevett Photography

Leopard Toboggan: Betsy Johnson via Nordstrom Rack, Citron Sweater: Target, Faux Leather Skirt: Nordstrom Rack, Emerald Tights: Target, Boots: Lucky Brand, Assorted Bracelets: Dress & Dwell/Vintage/Dillards

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Snow Leopard

For over a year I have been on the prowl for the perfect leopard coat. Much like the search for the epic North American Bigfoot, all I had to show for my efforts were a few late night photos that lead nowhere. Either the coats were too expensive, too cheap, or just nowhere to be found. The truth is, a good leopard pattern can be unbelievably luxe, but the wrong pattern can leave you looking like a 12 year old Jersey girl. I am very picky when it comes to my spots, I may have a lot of leopard but you will never see me sporting a bad faux (or ever a real fur for that matter).

So I was borrowing returning some clothing in my sisters closet when a clear plastic garment bag began to sway in the drafty basement breeze. I turned my head and lowe and behold, it was the coat I had been painstakingly longing for. Turns out, the reason I couldn’t find it was that it was gloriously vintage. The faux fur was pristine, and the pattern was insanely gorgeous. It was spot on, pun intended. So I made my sister an offer she couldn’t refuse and pretty much haven’t taken this coat off since.

The other week we had the most unbelievable snowfall, and my gorgeous blonde bombshell of a photographer (aka the best harsh weather braving buddy EVER), stopped by and captured this coat in its natural habitat.

Voila, the Snow Leopard!

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Photography By: Tabitha Prevett Photography

Coat: Vintage, Sweater: Vintage/Thrifted, Necklace: Dillards, Sequin Shorts: Vintage/Thrifted, Boots: Lucky Brand

Bedroom Blues

Since it’s colder here than the polar ice cap,  it’s got me thinking a lot about cozy-ing up our little bedroom. This fall we took the plunge and painted our bedroom a dark flat navy, which really makes  my grandma’s white mid-century dresser  and our white leather headboard pop like a crisp clean linen hanging against a warm summer sky. But aside from these lovely color combinations, our bedroom still needs a TON of help. Unfinished projects, like the brass mid-century light fixture I picked up at a rummage sale, are lying around creating heaps of clutter and utterly un-cozy-ing up the space.

So, to spur on my design go-getter, here’s a little inspo for my bedroom blues…

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