The holidays are finally here and this means that the festivities have finally began for many. This means that many of us are busy making shopping lists, busy shopping and planning for the days ahead. I’m not really make a list or shopping; honestly, that’s the one thing I hate about this season. The vehicle AND mall traffic alone, will make you want to give up shopping completely. If I do any shopping it will be online because let’s face it, the mall is a nightmare. The one place I do plan on raiding is the thrift stores. I love a good bargain and let’s face it, that is the one place that is usually not as crowded.
Speaking of shopping; a couple of weeks ago, I purchased these beautiful Donacaster wide legged trousers BRAND NEW WITH TAGS! Can you believe they retailed for $220 and I paid, $10.00 for them? Talk about a lucky score. While I intend to wear these in MANY different ways, I loved how they looked with this light/powdered blue turtle neck. I thought the outfit looked very monochromatic-esque and that appears to be a thing on the blog lately ( not intentional) but I loved how darker toned sweater looked with the pants. I had two shoes options that I wanted to wear – these bone color heels OR a pair of metallic blue heels. Ultimately I chose the bone color shoes because I wanted an outfit that was on the lighter side of the spectrum. I finished my look with a faux-faux-ostritch clutch and a high ponytail.
Pants: Donacaster, thrifted: $10.00 // Sweater: J.Crew Turtleneck, thrifted: $4.00 // Clutch: No Brand, thrifted: $2.00 // Thrifted Total: $16.00
Shoedazzle Pointed Toe Heels, similar here
Donacaster high waisted trousers, similar here
No Brand, Faux-Ostrich Envelope Clutch, similar here
Asos Design Small Metal Square Cat Fashion Earrings, available here
J. Crew Light Blue Turtleneck, similar here
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.
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.
Vintage Joanie Char Blouses San Francisco, Splurge here
French Connection Wool Skirt, similar here
Nine West Heels, similar here and Faux-Ostrich bag, similar here
Vintage Joanie Char Blouses San Francisco, Steal here