As promised, here are last week's outfits. (I'm really excited about pretending to be a fashion blogger!)
Day 1: Rainbow Bright
Dress: Max Studio, $50 at TJ Maxx
Necklace: Forever 21, $10.50
Note: I could have been more creative but it was hot, so this was the best I could do. Maybe that doesn't sound like a good excuse, but if you're living through this DC heat wave then you know what I'm talking about.
Day 2: Belt It Up
Dress: Target, around $25
Belt: Forever 21, around $15
Blazer: Zara, $90
Necklace: Eastern Market, around $20 (I should have worn it the day before to bring in more of a rainbow of colors)
Note: My photographer, @samanthareho, clued me into taking diagonal photos so you can see more in Instagram, which makes you crop your photo into a square. Genius! (Or maybe I'm just dumb. It was hot. Leave me alone.)
Day 3: Keeping Cool Trick
Blouse: LOFT, $25 on sale
Trick: Take off your jacket
Note: This was a super embarrassing photo shoot, as lots of people were walking by and commenting. The photos turned out well, though, and all the comments went to my head and made me think I was a model, until...
Day 4: Patriotic
Top: H&M, $5
Gold Pendant Necklace: The Limited, around $12 with coupons
Red & Gold Bangles: From Ashmi's wedding (matched my sari)
Skinny Jeans: LOFT, $60
Belt: Gap, $25 on sale
Note: These were taken on my rooftop and were almost as embarrassing as the photo shoot the day before as the rooftop was packed with people. The wind was blowing and made my top outline my faux mother belly, but I was too nervous to retake any photos, so this is what I ended up with.
*That bottom left photo is of me holding a cake that took me all day to make. It was supposed to look like this:
...but instead looked like this:
Later in the night, when I was requested to sing a Broadway rendition of Katy Perry's "Firework," I was unaware that another photo shoot was going on:
What I learned: That shirt is NOT flattering. (Good thing I only paid $5 for it.) I am not a cake baker. I will stick to cupcakes from now on.
Day 5: A Bright Pucker
Dress: Target, around $18
Note: I lurv this dress. I have traveled in this dress twice now, and it is so comfortable, easy to wear and flattering yet provides plenty of coverage. LURV. IT. I was in Maine for Joanna's wedding, hence the hotel bathroom.
Day 6: Channeling Audrey
Note: I decided to channel Marilyn instead because I had already planned on wearing this dress for the wedding, but Audrey would have been really fun to do. I'll try to mix Audrey in with another outfit later this month. The pose is weird because I was trying to do the Marilyn wind-blown look, but there was no wind, so I just look like I need to go to the bathroom.
Dress: I think Max Studio, will double check, $50 at TJ Maxx
Shoes: Enzo Angiolini at Macy's, $89 (they sparkle!)
Earrings: Forever 21, $3
Seashell Purse: Vintage, inherited from my great aunt
Days 7 & 8: A Short(s) Story and Swish Your Skirt
Due to the heat wave, I spent both of these days lying on my couch watching HBO on Demand, which I had for the weekend. I was way excited about watching episodes 2 through 10 of "Girls" (HBO teased the first episode on YouTube), but I ended up sleeping for most of the day and was unable to gain consciousness until the sun went down.It was literally too hot to watch TV, much less put together an inspired outfit. I actually had some cute madras shorts with a neon yellow t-shirt I was going to wear on Day 7, but I was too heat-stroken to walk to my bedroom and change. My neighbors were lucky I even had pants on. So I dressed up Noli instead.
That's Chanel, and that, coupled with her adorable, panting face, makes up for me not getting dressed for two days.
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