25 January 2013

Camouflaged

Thanks so much to Ginny and Nicole for passing along the Sunshine Award to me, I'm very flattered! Major props to you both for almost being done with your 30 pieces for 30 days style challenge!

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 camo

As a gal who adores fashion, is a bit of a shopaholic and has a daily style blog, I'd like to think of myself as a pretty open-minded person when it comes to trying new things in the name of fashion. Cropped harem pants? Check. Super chunky platforms? Done. Dayglo everything? Yes and un-huh (pay no attention to the  the crazy hair ...).

But when it comes to something I've already made up my mind about? Fuggedaboutit.

For most of my life - literally - I almost never wore skirts or dresses. I was a shy nerdy athlete growing up and always felt self-conscious about my legs because I had pretty muscular calves that were nicknamed "mango calves" by my friends at school. Plus skirts and dresses were "girlie" and "precious" and that's the last thing I was.

  camo  camo

So it was literally not until I started my blog - this blog - that I finally began branching out and started snatching up skirts. My legs, that I wanted to hide when I was younger, was suddenly one of my best personal assets.

What happened? Seeing all you ladies in blogdom looking so good in your frilly skirted frocks. Realizing that it's been years since I've tried baring my legs and maybe it wouldn't be that bad if I did.Thinking that maybe I could look good too. And the worst that could happen?

Enter blogging Lisa, present-day. 

I've conquered skirts, dresses, accessorizing, stilettos, red lips, skinny jeans, colored bottoms. And today I can cross "camo" off my mental sartorial blacklist too.

What are you trying lately that's sartorially new for you? Are there still styles or pieces you're still not ready or willing to at least consider?

camo

camo

camo

Jacket: J.Crew camouflage chino (sim, sim, sim)
Tunic: F21effortless calm (worn here - sim, sim, sim)
Tee: LEC (sim, sim)
Jeans: BR classic skinny (worn here - sim, sim, sim)
Belt: J.Crew (sim, sim)
Necklace: Personal Jewelry via Etsy (worn here - sim mini, larger, pricey)
Bracelet: Ann Taylor pearl & pave cluster (worn here - sim, sim, sim)
Brooch: Broochmaker via Etsy (worn here - sim, sim)
Bag: Brahmin sadie (worn here - sim, sim, plastic)
Boots: Frye jane stitch (worn here - sim, sim, tasseled)

76 comments:

  1. That lace top is faaaaaaaab! I love the way you styled this - camo is definitely something I've been too afraid to try as of yet. I'm exactly the same as you as far as skirts too - I never would have been caught dead in a skirt or dress unless I was going to some event but now my go-to is almost always a skirt of some kind. We're growing up Lisa! Hehe... :-)

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  2. I really love this look on you! I love how you took something so "masculine" looking and added feminine touches like the pearls and the flower.

    I'm really reluctant to do it because of how much time I spend with people in the military--not sure if they'd find me appropriating part of their uniform disrespectful so I shy away. (I don't think it is, but I wouldn't want to offend them if they happened to.) But it looks great on you!

    My former challenge was wearing color--as a law student I had it drilled into me that work clothes were black, gray, or navy. It took a few years of working in academia to break myself of that but now I love wearing bright colors.

    I'm still working on hats. I think they make my head look weird...

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    1. I know what you mean about the camo - I'd feel the same way if I worked around a bunch of mil folks.

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  3. I love the combination of tough and girly with your camo jacket with lace and the flower pin. So smart!

    I have had similar feelings about skirts/dresses. It's not like I have any actual reasons to not wear them much, aside from the fact that I just feel more comfortable in pants. I have a few but I feel like I have to force myself to wear them once in a while. But I've seen so many cute blogging ladies wearing them all the time that I'm open to trying to work them into my wardrobe a bit more. They are on my list of things to look out for when shopping.

    Inge
    thisevolvinglife.blogspot.com

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    1. I feel more comfy in pants too - until one day I decided to photograph myself from the front, side and back in my work trousers. And realized how unflattering they all looked on my! Skirts were much more flattering - plus wearing a skirt forces me to be more ladylike, hehe.

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  4. i love it. i think you were able to make it look girly in the right way so it totally works!

    i hope you have a great weekend!

    K

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  5. Love your camo and lace! I'm married to a hunter so I see camo a lot during the winter. I'm pretty willing to try anything, as long as it is age appropriate.

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    1. Oh I'd be embarassed to see some real hunters all geared up in their camo while I sport my "urban" version, hehe.

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  6. Anything lemon yellow is still on my do not wear list. It just doesn't look great with my skin tone.

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    1. My "bad" color is lavender. It makes me look really washed out, so I totally know what you mean.

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  7. I think I've tried about everything at some point in my life. These days just not as adventurous...too lazy!

    You are always my inspiration Lisa!

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  8. You wear belts so well. I love with belt and camo jacket together.
    Method Clothe

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  9. Super awesome jacket. Love the way you styled it too. You totally deserve the sunshine award.
    Girlie Blog Seattle | Casual Clothes for Less

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  10. Loving the army jacket. I say try everything once.

    BTW...I've included you in my Friday Top Five Favourites this week : )

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  11. lol I had similar experiences with my calves and pants. I have athlete calves. I remember wearing heels and a skirt to work in my first year of work and having a co-worker scream across the floor "wow your calf muscles are so big!". It was embarrassing, but I moved on. Now I'm well stocked in skirts. However, they're in storage until the weather gets up to at least into the 30s!

    P.S. love the camo + flower combo!

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    1. We should totally be proud of our strong legs - they literally carry us everywhere!

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  12. It is the super high stiletto heel that has me flummoxed. I see all those real housewives of Beverly Hills wearing them and am in awe. How in the world can they manage?

    On that same sartorial note, those body con "bandage wrap" dresses are so lovely on the right figure, me, yeah, probably not. I will stick to my vintage inspired frocks, thank you very much.

    But I never say never, so maybe one day you all will see me rocking out the body con dress and hoof heels. ;)

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    1. And your outfit? Hits all the right trends but doesn't look overdone. Bravo, Ms. Lisa!!!

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    2. Sky high heels for me still mean only about 4" tops and only on days I know I will be sitting mostly at my desk, hehe. Otherwise it's just a bunch of me stumbling around with twisted ankles and blisters!

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  13. I LOVE your "girly camo" outfit!! Seriously..perfection :)

    -Jenna Brianne
    wearablefunfashion.blogspot.com

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  14. This is so fun and unexpected! I love the pop of blue in your bag too. Right now, I'm trying to conquer button downs. I know it's such a simple pice to wear, I just don't think I wear them right. Practice makes perfect :)
    Thanks for the shout out!
    Ginny
    mynewfavoriteoutfit.blogspot.com

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  15. Love the feminine touches you gave to the camo jacket and outfit in general:)! Really beautiful Lisa! Btw...I wasn't much of a skirt or dress person either, but my blog changed my fashion (for better or for worse:)!

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    1. Well blogging definitely changed my closet space requirements for the worse, hehe.

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  16. Love how you adorned your camo jacket with the belt and the flower pin, Lisa!
    Super fab!
    Love
    Juneli from Fashionably Yours

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  17. What the heck are mango calves. That don't even make no sense. You're lovely and I love that flower pin. Great inspiration for spring :)

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  18. The boots gorgeous and I am excited that Frye is finally here in Dubai! They just open this massive shoe heaven called The Level selling only shoes from many labels! The chino is great looking too but it's a pair of camou cargo that I am lusting over.. have a great weekend, Lisa!

    Greetings from Dubai!
    MRS JACK OF ALL TRADES DAILY
    http://mrsjackofalltradesdaily.blogspot.com/

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  19. This is such a fun combination of girly yet tough. Love!

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  20. this is so fun - i love when there are combos that incorporate a bit of both worlds. camo and lace. brilliant! you look fantastic! xox P

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  21. Love the look. You made this manly jacket looked so sweet!

    Smile On:)...Classy Pam

    http://classypam.blogspot.com

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  22. Wow, now that's how you style camo. I am southern, Texan to be precise and camo is like a uniform here. I refuse to wear it but kudos to you for rockin' it! Love your blog BTW. Sure I look at the pretty outfits but your writing is the bomb! Very witty you are, keep up the awesome work and fab outfits. And you calves rock girl!!!

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    1. Thanks so much! I live in the SE and I do have to aware of where I am going because I go sporting this jacket around - I don't want to seem like some military or hunting poser, hehe!

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  23. I love that bag! And I'm so surprised how feminine you made that jacket look! Kudos. I absolutely love your blog; following you now!
    Liz
    http://liz-makes.blogspot.com/

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  24. mango calves?!?! the stuff kids come up with! don't worry, i was called e.t. and skeletor. we all got our names i guess. weird how much it mattered when i was young. i remember taking weight gain powder trying to pack on lbs and nothing worked. i am so glad i am old and have grey hair & wrinkles to worry about instead. =) this outfit reminded me i need to wear my camo jacket WAY more often. i will pretty much try almost any trend. never got around to the harem pants. i did mc hammer pants in the early 90's though. so i guess i kinda did.

    xoxo, jenn
    the stylish housewife

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    1. The good thing about kids is that they're honest and say what they think. And that's also the bad thing about kids, because they have no tact yet! ;o)

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  25. hey girl, my sunglasses are from gucci! thanks :)

    -Marsa
    The DayLee Journal"

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  26. Great jacket!
    -Nicole
    http://nickichicki.com

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  27. love love love this look!!! the combo of lace and camo is really great :)

    katslovefashion.blogspot.com

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  28. Love the flower pinned to your camo jacket, great idea!!
    xoAmy
    www.dreamingincashmere.com

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  29. Lovely outfit! You look stunning.

    -Vogue&Heels
    vogueandheels.wordpress.com

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  30. You look absolutely adorable!! Love how added a feminine lace and floral pin to your outfit!!

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  31. everything about your look just makes me smile ^ ^

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  32. love this outfit hon!! i'm obsessed w/ camo these days too!! i love how you paired it w/ a feminine edge w/ the pink flower :)

    omgosh that's exactly how my mom makes japanese curry too w/ potatoes, carrots and chicken! i think it's a taiwanese thing hehe :p

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  33. Lovely :)
    Would you like to follow each other via GFC or more?
    Let me know :)

    Kisses!

    http://www.gagcloud.com/

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  34. I really really like this combo on you! I haven't really worn camo before either and this makes me think I should!

    Claire - http://polkadotsandrainbowdrops.blogspot.co.uk/

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  35. Absolutely adore your flower pin on the army jacket! What a great mix and a great idea:) Hope you have a great weekend! xoxo

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  36. So glad to have stumbled upon your blog! I love your style! Camo used to be such a taboo for me but now I'm loving it and looking for the perfect option!

    -Nico

    www.SatinAndSaly.com

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  37. Good for you for breaking out of your shell! You do have great legs! I think blogging has helped me to be much more creative with my outfits, before I was stuck in the jeans and hoodie rut - not any more :) Lately I've been trying to wear more simple outfits, and less trends. Maybe I'm just getting sick of those cheap things not lasting for more than a season (trend wise and quality wise). Great topic, Lisa!

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  38. I love how you've glammed up the camo jacket! You look great in that! Good for you for going for it with skirts and dresses! I'm getting over my self-consciousness with 5 inch heels (since I'm already so tall). Blogging is good for us lol!

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  39. great jacket!

    btw, I’m giving away a black leather bag similar to the HERMES BIRKIN one on my blog, so if you want a new bag go ahead and join the GIVEAWAY:
    http://livinginash0e.blogspot.ro/2013/01/new-leather-bag-giveaway-international.html

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  40. I'm jealous of your calves! Mine a so scrawny that I have a hard time filling out boots! haha... Blogging has been so helpful with trying out different things. I used to be scared of wearing dark/red lips. And now it's one of my favorite things to do!
    ~Jessica

    Jeans and a Teacup

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  41. Seriously this outfit is perfection! I love your style!

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  42. Oh this lace shirt is really pretty! I'm trying to wear pants more, actually. For a long time I really didn't wear them much... I think I got tired of them actually! But this winter I've been wearing jeans quite a bit.

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  43. I can't believe you used to never wear dresses or skirts... I think you look amazing in girly frocks! I think it's great that other bloggers have inspired you to jump out of that comfort zone. I feel like in many ways other bloggers inspire me to do the same thing. It's one of the many reasons why I love blogging!

    xo

    Ashley

    Southern (California) Belle

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  44. believe it or not different size and colored stripes. i'm heavy chested so i always went with the "thinner the better" ones. my closet also has a lot of black, grey, brown and navy in it. so i've vowed this summer to utilize more color.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  45. Love the jacket, love the bag! You look absolutely amazing :)

    Thanks for visiting my blog

    Im your newest follower on BL #290, hopefully you can follow me too.

    xo

    Stylejourneys

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  46. Gorgeous look! I love how you made the camo look very feminine by adding a touch of pearls & flower brooch :)

    http://anmari-ish.blogspot.com

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  47. Love the camo with the flowers and pearls...so pretty!

    xo, jill
    Classy with a Kick

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  48. Love this casual/chic look on you.


    Kisses
    Sofia

    stylishlyinlove.blogspot.com

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  49. OMG this is so fabulous! Love that you added a pink flower to the camo - and those blue jeans are perfect! Head to toe I love this!

    XO
    Pearls & Paws

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  50. why wouldn't you show your great legs off? kids can be so mean sometimes! i love the camo on you. i love how you made it so feminine!

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  51. Pin on an oversize flower and I'm sold!

    (If you're interested, I'm giving away a Stella Valle necklace. Details here.)

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  52. LOVE the camo jacket, and that flower brooch is perfect with it!

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray

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  53. Heyyy..

    I absolutely adore this outfit!

    http://simplysassysstyle.blogspot.com/

    Dawn

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