On Nnenna’s Needles #21: Ombre-Like

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Here’s a sneak peek of my latest knitting project, something I’m making for my new home. I’ve held back from decorating the place that I’m staying at currently because I know it’s only mine for the summer, but I’m already very excited about having my own place in the fall. I’ll have free license to decorate it however I want to and hopefully this project I’m working on will make the new apartment feel a little bit more like home.

Also, just wanted to tell you guys that I’ve got some exciting things for the blog coming up in July! I’ve been working really hard on this stuff behind the scenes and there’s only a couple more weeks until I can reveal it all to you, so stay tuned! =)

P.S. Ten points for anyone who can guess what this is going to be! :D

I Just Can’t Get Enough

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Old Dress, Target Wedges, H&M Sunglasses

I love the summer and looking back at these pictures taken when I was home a few weeks ago reminds me of that. I love feeling the sun on my face and the wind in my hair. My favorite things to wear are dresses and skirts and summer weather is perfect for that. I don’t know what it is about summer, but I simply feel light and carefree. There are just so many good things that happen in the summer. Does anyone else love summer as much as I do?

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In other news, I survived my first week of work! On Friday, because of a lovely concept called ‘summer hours,’ I even got out of work early! I’m slowly getting into the routine of waking up earlier and going to bed earlier than I used to. Believe me, it is a struggle because I am the kind of person that likes to go to bed at 3am and wake up at 12pm, haha! Anyways, the people seem nice and hopefully I’ll make friends soon :) Another challenge I’m having is figuring out what to wear to work! My office is pretty casual, but I took stock of my closet and realized that most of it is inappropriate to wear to work (usually the item is too short for the office). So, I’ve been trying to take advantage of the summer sales to buy some things that are appropriate. Do you guys have any tips to help me with this little problem or have you run into this problem yourself?

Also, over the weekend I created a tumblr! I’m hoping to post images that I’ve taken with my new camera and just generally share pictures that I find inspiring. I’m obviously very new to this, so if you’re on tumblr and there’s anything I should know, please do share! And leave me your links so I can browse your tumblrs too! :D

FBFF: Since I Started Blogging…

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It’s been a while since my last FBFF post! This week, the questions are all about personal changes you’ve noticed since you started blogging:

1. Since you began blogging do you notice a change in the types of things you gravitate towards while shopping? Hmm, I guess my answer is yes to this question in a variety of ways! For example, before I started blogging I would never have mixed prints like I did in the outfit above. It just wouldn’t have occurred to me! So now, when I’m shopping for new clothes, I’m trying to envision all the different ways that I can wear it with the things I already have. Also, I’ll see a certain item and it will remind me of a blogger. I’ll think something along the lines of, “I could totally see this on insert blogger’s name here!” I would like to think that my style eye is expanding and I know I’m wearing outfit combinations that I wouldn’t have worn a year ago.

2. Do you find, as a fashion blogger, that you dress differently from your family and friends? Do they comment on that? Well, I started this blog while I was in college and I have to say my group of friends are quite the fashionable bunch, so the way I dress doesn’t stand out from them as “dressed up” or anything like that. I definitely have a different style than say, my sister for example. Actually, she used to rag on me all the time for being a shop-a-holic and such because she was still in a phase where she didn’t care about her appearance too much. However, as soon as she was able to drive herself places, you better believe that she started shopping just as much as I did, haha! Now I tease her for being a hypocrite! :P

3. What’s the weirdest fashion that you secretly like, even if you aren’t bold enough to wear it? I don’t know if I have a good answer to this question! There are certain fashions that I love on other people but wouldn’t be caught dead in; for example, flatforms. I do like the way that they look on other people and I know that they’re really trendy right now. But…I probably would never wear them because I’ve got large feet and I have a sinking feeling they would not do anything good for my feet (Confession and Disclaimer: I’m 5’3″ and wear a size 9 or 10- pretty big feet, I know! Also, I have not tried on a pair of flatforms IRL, so who knows- I might try on a pair and fall in love with them and be wearing them next week on the blog, so don’t yell at me because I’m calling my own self out! ;)

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4. Looking at current trends – what would you like to try but need to build up the courage to do? I know I am way late to the game on this one, but I would really to try out the crop top! I just love how easy breezy the outfit is above and I now think it totally fits my personality and might be something I could pull off. I used to think that only the super tall and thin could wear this trend, but now I know that it looks fantastic on many different body types and all I need to do is try! Let’s mark that as a goal for this summer, shall we? An outfit with a crop top! :)


5. Toot someone’s horn – what fashion blogger out there inspires you with her bold fashion choices? I have to say I absolutely love Julie’s (of Orchid Grey) style! I feel like she’s one of those bloggers that everything she wears, I would absolutely wear too. She definitely inspires me with the way she remixes pieces and combines them to form so many different looks! Also, her outfits aren’t always flashy, but to me, they’re never boring and I really admire that!

As usual, I’d love to hear your answers to any and all of these questions in the comments! :)

Fashion Beauty Friend Friday was created by Katy Rose of Modly Chic. Become a member at the Fashion Beauty Friend Friday Google Group to join in the discussion!

On Nnenna’s Needles #20

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Summer Lovin’ Vest
Handmade Vest, TJ Maxx Tank, Forever 21 Shorts

A while back, I mentioned I wanted to make a more summery version of this vest. I envisioned something lighter and airyer and eventually I found the pattern that I was looking for. I love the off-white color because it has summer written all over it. Actually, this vest is made of a combination of two different yarns, one of which has a little bit of a shine to it, which you can see when you’re closer. Here I just threw it on over a sheer top with cute birdies all over and added some dark wash denim shorts for a casual summer look, but I can picture wearing it so many other ways- over a strapless dress on breezy day…with a skirt for a walk through the park….there are so many possibilities! =)