Thursday, April 5, 2012

Leopard and Line

In this outfit:
Vest: Thrifted ($3)
Gold Cuff: Thrifted ($2)
Chain Bracelets: F21 ($3)
Necklace: Black Sparrow (gift)

Thursday already? I guess I can't complain, the weekend's right around the corner! I'm not going to lie though, this week has been a little stressful life-wise. We've been looking into moving into a different neighborhood, looking at different options as far as apartments go, and that's enough to send me into a stressed frenzy, weird dreams and all. I envy those "Type A" personalities who can decide they want to do something, and then GET IT DONE. The thought of moving is overwhelming to me though, I mean, we only just settled in to our place. The bright side is that we never fully unpacked from Massachusetts. Also, I've been putting off doing my taxes. I had four jobs last year- though I feel there's a fifth I'm forgetting about- plus we got married, plus we moved. It makes me want to hide under a rock. How do you deal with stress? I try to make it to the gym as much as I can when I'm stressed out, but even then, it's hard to find the time. When I'm home, I try to just focus on one thing at a time.

Aaanyway. This outfit. I've been trying to break out of my usual color/pattern combinations lately, and I feel one of the easiest ways to do that is with patterned shoes. Chris is always telling me to mix things up, and I couldn't help but feel he would approve of this combination (he did approve, later, once I got home from work).

ps- Sorry for the weirdly sized images, I know it's a blogging faux-pas (I'm working on it)


sweet harvest moon said...

Crazy pattern combi but I like it!
Can't wait for Easter weekend!

Marlena said...

I'm glad Chris pushed you haha this look is awesome. Pairing those shoes with that dress was a moment of inspiration right there. I have shoes similar to those but I suck at walking in heels (no matter how thick it is) so I've been putting off breaking them in. But now I'm inspired!

Arg, your taxes *do* sound scary, good luck with those!

Michal said...

Ahhhh this is so cool. I want that dress. You pull of these longer lengths so well! And those shoes look killer with this.

North Country Girl

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

Ugh, Julie, your taxes sound like a nightmare! I'm moaning to myself about having two jobs!

Brigita said...

LOVE - that says it all!
xx Brigita

anilorah said...

Really love this combination!!!

Sarah said...

I've always loved royal blue with leopard! Stunning dress, by the way! The denim vest definitely takes it to another level.

China Lily

Nnenna said...

Oh goodness, moving is just the worst! I'm not sure I've recovered from apartment-hunting here in NYC, and that was more than six months ago! I know that when I was struggling with all these decisions, it was helpful to just talk it out with someone and have someone there to listen to me complain about a terrible apartment or worry about being homeless! They just reassured me that everything would work out in the end, which it did :)

Oh, and taxes- I still don't know how to do my own; that kind of math/accounting just scares me!

Best of luck Julie and here's hoping that your stress level goes down soon!

charity victoria said...

I want that dress! It looks perfect paired with the denim vest. Sorry to hear you have to move again! Do you not like the neighborhood or something?

Orchid Grey said...

Charity Victoria, Moving isn't totally necessary, we'd just like to live within walking distance of our friends and have more around us. We live in a very quiet neighborhood, and I'm willing to guess we're the youngest ones on the block. Very quiet, yes, but a little boring.

Priya said...

Love the pattern of the dress!

Sunshine Over The Mountains

Kaity said...

Lovely juxtaposition! I love pattern mixing. You did it very nicely!


Helen said...

Being a 'type A' personality doesn't really make things easier - I know all about the weird stress-induced dreams (tornadoes and climbing never-ending staircases are the usual!)
Without wanting to sound like a therapist, I'd say work out what needs to be done in order of priority, and then work through each thing one-by-one and don't put too much pressure upon yourself to have everything fixed at once just because it needs doing. There's only one you, and you can only do one thing at a time. Schedule time for the gym and time out because that's how you'll maintain your perspective and stop yourself from getting burnt out.

Aya Smith said...

I love the design on your dress, it looks wonderful!!!!!

Aya ♥ Strawberry Koi

maria said...

Woohoo leapoard shoes! I recently bought a pair and I'm happy to see that I've been styling them with the same colours as you did. For some reason they really go with blue and black! :)

I hate to sound anything like being preachy but maybe these things will help - personally I have this mantra which is 'everything always works out in the end.' No matter how stressful life is, for those times you just want to curl up and disappear rather than deal with everything that needs to be done, at least you know at some point in the future everything will be sorted out.
Also, maybe it might help to find something mindless to do. I started knitting because I don't think about anything, it's like taking a mind break and just focusing on a repetitive task. It's such a small thing but a total life saver sometimes!

All the best x


Orchid Grey said...

Helen, You're amazing. Your comment totally kicked me into gear and I started my taxes. Even though it stinks to do them, I feel better knowing that I'm checking at least one thing off the list. Even though I didn't make it to the gym, I still plan to :)

Maria, You totally don't sound preachy, I appreciate your advice SO MUCH! It can be so difficult to put things aside at times, but it's necessary to stay sane! I love lifting weights for the same reason you love knitting, it's one of the only activities that I can do that I KNOW I won't think about anything else while I do it.

thank you all for your helpful and supportive comments!

Steffys Pros and Cons said...

ouch, i hate stress :( it does whacky things to people. just take one thing at a time and it will eventually all get done! i love those boots! i feel you on breaking out.. i keep wearing the same outfit but in different ways haha... i love how you paired two totally different patterns together!

Steffys Pros and Cons

amberly said...

I live in Shadyside! Its nice and quiet, beautiful old homes, and doesn't really feel like drunken-busy Squirrel Hill, but still, Walnut Street is a walk away with nice stores and restaurants and is said to be one of the nicest parts of Pittsburgh.

The reason we live here (Shadyside Commons) is because it's close to CMU, where my boyfriend is going to grad school. But I'm not sure where the Modcloth office is, or where Chris works, but I was at a party the other weekend and some girl told me Wilkinsburg was one of the most ghetto areas of Pittsburgh and to avoid it. Haha...but I'm not even sure where that is! Another friend of mine lives in Highland Park and loves it. But Squirrel Hill is nice and alive! So is Lawrenceville! But I am in the same boat as you, and not sure where the best place to live is. But I say decide soon, before it gets hot and sticky out!

P.S. I'd love to see an outfit styled by Chris :)

Jasie VanGesen said...

Those shoes are BONKERS in the best way possible.

Heather said...

I'm a big-time worrier and agree that working out is a great way to manage stress. I have also found that making lists helps me stress less. Once everything that needs to happen is written down somewhere, I don't have to keep it all in my head, and I can take my mind off of it a bit. Plus there's the great feeling of crossing things off the list as you get them done! Feeling disorganized increases my stress levels a lot. Getting a filing cabinet after college seriously changed my life. (That probably sounds insanely Type A!)

I also meditate. I just take 5 minutes at the end of the day, close my eyes and try really hard to clear my mind. I'm not very good at it, but it's surprisingly effective anyway. Now when I start to feel anxious/stressed, I know that it has been too long since I last meditated!

Good luck with your move and taxes. You can do it! :)

Monse Fuentes said...

love that dress!!

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Caitie said...

love the pattern mix! so fun!!!


Mikhaila said...

Gosh you are so gorgeous! I love love love the pattern mixing here.

I can totally emphasize with wanting to hide under a rock when stress becomes overwhelming and it seems there is so much to do. I usually make myself to-do lists, starting with the easiest things first. There is so much satisfaction with crossing things off the list!

Birta said...

I do the same thing as Heather does. I make lists, for the day, for the week, for the month even. It really takes the stress away.
And whenever I have something that needs to be done but I hate doing, I tell myself what my mom used to say: If it's something you really don't want to do, do it NOW and while you're doing it, think about how glad you'll be when it's done.

And like Maria, if I stress too much, I remove myself from whatever is making me stressed and do something mindless, like paint my nails or play with my dog.

Good luck with everything!

Anonymous said...

I love your hair. I know you get that all the time but jeeze. It's just too amazing.

I also love this dress!

Anonymous said...

Great dress.


Cathy said...

Wow! That necklace is a treasure! And the dress is lovely as well as the leopard print shoes. Definitely a chic and stunning outfit!

Cathy@Fashionable Dress and Discount Uniforms

Kelly Dillon said...

This is a great outfit! Love your boots!! Great blog :)

Benlovesting said...

You are so pretty! Oh and your outfit loving it! <3

Lauren Hargrove said...

You look fabulous! Love your hair and the color/pattern combo :)

Cait Emma said...

i swear only you can pull that off x

Mona Gray said...

Late to the comment party, but wanted to second Maria's knitting recommendation for fixing a clouded head. I find that, with knitting and maybe a good tv show/movie/book, I am just not capable of thinking about anything else. No room in the brain, so to speak.

Also, when doing laundry (especially ironing), I try to listen to educational (as in must listen to everything they are saying) podcasts/radio shows to keep my mind focused. I find that, at least being able to focus on those things, can help me stay a little bit focused while I do other things.

Jennifer said...

This is probably one of my favorite outfits from you! Super cute :)

xo Jennifer

Jesse Coulter said...

Love this outfit! You look great : )

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