The Addams Family

Happy HALLOWEEN! Halloween is my favorite Holiday and I like to go all out. This year, my family and I decided to be the spookiest and kookiest, The Addams Family. They were my childhood favorite! Growing up my sisters even nicknamed me “Wednesday Addams” because I was that child, lol. I originally thought I was going to sew the dress this year like I did last year’s costume but I was too lazy. Instead, all costumes were purchased and the most difficult part was the makeup. On second thought, getting my dog to cooperate was THE most difficult part. I watched a million Youtube tutorials for Moritica’s makeup and I still didn’t get it 100% right but it’s a costume so I enjoyed the process instead.

The photos were taken at the Old Settlers Cemetery. “It was the first municipal burial ground in Charlotte and contains the graves of many early settlers, with gravesites dating from 1776 through 1884.” – Wikipedia.

The Addams Family: Morticia and Gomez Addams featuring Cousin Itt


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Cousin Itt

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The gold tear drop ruby is my wedding ring ❤

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Victorian Blouse + Midi Pencil Skirt = Monochromatic Outfit

If you notice carefully on my photos, you will notice that this week my makeup is much different. I’m a total basic bitch when it come to my makeup because I suck at it. I also like a more natural look AND when I do happen to play around with shadow, I hate the way it looks. Truth be told, I learned how to PUT ON makeup at 22 (thank god for YouTube tutorials). I say, “put on” because I wasn’t slaying. I was doing enough so that I wouldn’t look ridiculous but I don’t even think I put on concealer and don’t even get me started on “contouring.” I figured out what that was at 27 and the way I “blend” my contour might make Youtube Makeup Vloggers cringe.  I have so much respect for Youtube Makeup Vloggers and makeup artist; applying makeup ain’t easy.

Today’s smoking eye was inspired by Halloween costume. If you follow me on Instagram then you’ll know I was Morticia Addams this year. I struggled with doing her contoured cheekbones but I think I did a decent job. The smoky eye was not a hassle and I loved the way it turned out. I figured I would recreate the look once again but with my normal foundation. I LOVED LOVED LOVED the way my smokey eye turned out.

Outfit Details

I have this slight obsession with Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex. I just like the grace that she exudes in all of her photos and outfits. While I cannot afford any of her outfits, I can sure replicate them so today I decided to replicate her signature, “messy bun.” I thought today would be the perfect day to recreate the messy bun since I have a blow-out. While I don’t think the Duchess has worn an outfit similar to mine, I think it might be “royal approved.” I have to say, I felt like a royal in this outfit but what put it over the top to me was the messy bun. I see why the Duchess wears this hairstyle often, it’s very easy to pull off especially when you are running late.

This victorian style shirt really set the tone for this outfit. I wanted a monochromatic outfit and since it’s officially chilly outside, I choose this wool skirt. The pencil skirt and shoulder padded top created the perfect silhouette that gave this look a #tbt moment to the 1940’s. Let’s take a moment to talk about this top. The romanticism of the Victorian era is something to really appreciate and this top pays homage to that era in a totally re-inspired way. While this is totally a vintage piece by today’s standards, this top is still relevant today. This top is truly a timeless piece and a staple in any closet. The skirt is a beautiful French Connection wool skirt that is also a few years old but we all know fashion is recyclable so you wouldn’t be able to tell that this skirt is not from this season. I complete this monochromatic outfit by pairing it with a pair of dark beige patent leather heels and a faux-ostrich clutch.

*Full Disclosure* This outfit was 100% thrifted. 


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Vintage Joanie Char Blouses San Francisco, Splurge here

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French Connection Wool Skirt, similar here 

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Peek-a-boo moment

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Nine West Heels, similar here and Faux-Ostrich bag, similar here

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Vintage Joanie Char Blouses San Francisco, Steal here

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Double Breasted Blazer + “Mom” Jeans

My husband is not a fan of this jean style and I’m completely in love. “Mom” jeans are totally flattering and fashionable – don’t get it twisted. I actually bought these jeans at the Goodwill outlet for $1.39 but unfortunately, they had a hole right in between the but hole area.  One night scrolling through instagram I came across a pair that had been distressed like these and I immediately wanted a pair. However, after a few google searches I realized that these were redone. Of course, because of the “Kardashian effect” these were soon available in a shitload of websites, here and here. Since I am a DIY’er myself, I told myself that I would try to make myself a pair before I shelled out the cash. These are my interpretation of them but I will be honest, I did not 100% love the look so I think I’ll be buying a pair, hehe ^_^ . If you want to distress a pair yourself, google search “how to distress jeans” and you will find tons of tutorials that will teach you how to try it. I suggest you start with a pair you don’t mind “testing” it on BEFORE you do it on a pair you love.

Outfit Details

It’s no secret that this fall season “on trend” item is the suit. There are suits EVERYWHERE and almost EVERY celeb out there is rocking a suit, blazer, trousers, etc. I for one, have always owned suits (for work) blazers and trousers, so this has been a super easy thing for me to replicate. I also own multiple blazers because I personally love a good blazer but I have been falling more and more in love with the double breasted blazer. I know most people think of the mafia when they think of the double breasted blazer but there’s something so cool about them. Which is probably one of the reasons why the mafiosos wore these. I was actually at an H&M the first time I saw them at fast fashion shop and when I pulled the blazer out of the rack, I almost fainted! It was marked for $80-ish dollars? I can’t remember but I scuffed at the idea. Do you know how many of these are just WAITING at your nearest thrift store to be taken home!? I did what I do best. I went to my local thrift store and there. it. was. This beauty was hanging on the coats/blazers sections for a cool $4.00. The blazer is in impeccable condition and sure, this might be a decade old but you can’t tell.

Since it’s casual Friday I knew I wanted something laid back but chic to wear so I pulled these two pieces together. I originally was going to wear a white long sleeve top but it’s pretty chilly outside so I stuck to a long sleeve bodysuit which was warmer. Keeping my height in mind, I opted for a pair of heels but you know I do the most sometimes so leopard heels it was. I’m trying this new thing where I try to style my hair more, so here you go. A half up/half down do that took me back to my middle school days with my heart bamboo hoops.


 

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Levis 550 Vintage Jeans, similar here

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Gap Cotton Long Sleeve Bodysuit, similar here

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Talbots Double Breasted Blazer, similar here

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Steve Madden Leopard heels, similar here

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Silk Wrap Blouse + Velvet Culottes

Fashion Rule: If you’re 5’4″ and under, NEVER wear Culottes, A-line Skirts or anything that stops right above your ankles.  Rules are meant to be broken.

There’s this huge misconception in the fashion world that people under 5’4″ should avoid clothing that stops at our ankles because it will make us look short or as if the “outfit is wearing us.” While, this is true. If done right, you CAN wear such pieces if you’re 5’4″ and under; you just need to know how to do it. I’m no expert, believe me. However, speaking as someone that happens to be 5’4″, I know all too well about what works and what doesn’t. Whenever I do wear pieces that sit just above my ankles, I usually do the following:

  1. I make sure the skirt/pants sit right above my waist and tuck the blouse in.
  2. Since I’m small chested, I can get away with blouses that have ruffles etc. but I make sure that the design doesn’t swallow my waist as this is the area that I want to accentuate.  However, I usually stick to a top that’s fitted and that I can easily tuck in.
  3. I usually wear pumps/stilettos and avoid shoes that wrap around my ankles. I never wear boots because it really does shrink me. However, I have seen short women pull this off effortlessly; it just doesn’t work for me.
  4. Avoid things that will make me look frumpy and shorter than what I really am.

However, I will say this: YOU have to know your body – what works and what doesn’t. In the end, wear whatever the hell makes you happy! 

“Fashion is about dressing according to what is fashionable. Style is more about being yourself.” – Oscar De La Renta


Outfit Details

Now that we’re done breaking rules, let’s talk about today’s outfit. That top was actually a steal because I bought it at Goodwill for $3.49 BRAND NEW WITH TAGS. (My gut feeling tells me that this was purchased from The Limited’s liquidation sale from last year and since items were final sale and you could not return them, the buyer donated it to Goodwill. Why do I think that? There were a ton of The Limited items at Goodwill that day, lol.) Anyway, back to the outfit.  Originally when I purchased it, I thought I was going to wear it with jeans but when I saw my velvet culottes, mind changed. I love playing with different textures and patterns and mixing these two together really made the outfit stand out. This top is the perfect cocktail dress replacement. You don’t have to sacrifice style for comfort because you can still be a standout with this piece.

I’m a huge fan of navy and black combination and this was the perfect outfit to mix those two colors with. I accessorized with a black and pink clutch; I just loved the pop of color. The shoes were another steal: $1.39 at the Goodwill Outlet O_O BRAND NEW! These were the perfect evening shoes for the perfect evening and I didn’t have to sacrifice comfort.


 

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The Gap Velvet Culottes, similar here STEAL!

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The Limited Blouse, similar here steal!

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JR Kitten Heels, similar here and similar evening clutch here

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The Limited Blouse, similar here SPLURGE

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Floral Baroque Shirtdress

It’s been six months since my last post. It’s not for the lack of content but more so because I lose interest in things fairly easily. I am working on that. Instead of 5 outfit posts a week, I’ll start with 3.  Either way, I am going to start being a little more committed to my blog because I honestly do love it.

A quick recap of my summer: I did a little less thrifting this summer, I took a summer trip back home, I moved and have a smaller closet (which is why I’ve been thrifting less) and I’ve been working out consistently.

Outfit Details

We’ve all seen those fancy silk baroque Versace dresses, that are just too darn expensive for us normal folk to purchase. Luckily for me, I found this gem of a beauty at Goodwill for $5.00. After I purchased it I felt like I was walking out of Neiman Marcus. Of course this isn’t Versace or Gucci, it’s a 1980’s brand that no longer exists. This is why I love thrift stores ! The place where hidden treasures lie waiting for someone like me to come rescue it. I would like to think that the person that owned this rocked it as much as I’m about too. I honestly felt like Bruno Mars in 24k Magic lol.

I kept the styling of this outfit simple since the dress is the piece that I wanted to take center stage. The dress did not include the original belt but I added this gold link belt. The unexpected twist here? The coat. Honestly, this was not planned but it was cold out so I threw it on and I’m glad I did.


 

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Ann Taylor Plaid Wool Coat, Similar here

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Baroque Dress, similar here

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Baroque Dress, similar here

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Baroque Dress, Similar here

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