I’ve recently been tagged with two lovely blog awards.

Fashionable Academics was kind enough to tag me with the Over the Top award:

For this award, I decided to tag three blogs that I’ve been reading for a long time, and that continue to be some of my favorites:

  1. Already Pretty:  If you don’t already read Already Pretty, then you need to go there, right now!  Sally has such an amazing blog, offering everything from wonderful, inspiring posts reminding you to love your body, to hilarious conversions about segmented-worm syndrome, to daily outfits, to thought provoking conversations on social issues, to style advice.  Her blog is absolutely one of my must-reads.
  2. Academichic:  I’ve been following the chics for quite awhile now, and these ladies have fantastic senses of style.  I love seeing how each of the three chics expresses their own personal style, and they also write wonderful modules on color combinations and proportions.  I love it when they take on wardrobe challenges, such as only wearing flats, or using a scarf in every outfit.
  3. Fashion for Nerds: Audi has an amazing, eclectic sense of style.  She’s not afraid to wear looks that might make her co-workers do a double take.  And she makes some amazing hats and belts that she sells in her Etsy shop.  And she has an insanely awesome shoe collection.  What’s not to love?

I also received a Best Blog Award from The Bargain Hunter Extraordinaire:

This one has a set of rules attached to it:

One: To accept the award, you must post it on your blog with the name of the person who has granted you the award, and a link to their blog.
Two: Pass the award on to approximately 15 other blogs that you recently discovered, and think are great.
Three: Contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

I’ve been discovering a lot of new-to-me blogs lately.  Here’s some of them:

  1. Calivintage
  2. Delightfully Tacky
  3. Iva Messy
  4. Jen Loves Kev
  5. Kansas Couture
  6. Musing Around
  7. Selective Potential
  8. Smaggle Style!
  9. A Tale of Two Closets
  10. Bon Bon Rose
  11. Bright Side Dweller
  12. Goldenmeans

(I realize that’s not quite fifteen.  Close enough though.)

I am continuing to adore this magenta cardigan I got for Christmas.  I’m discovering that drape cardigans are insanely versatile.  Last week, I wore it draped with a pair of skinny jeans and a blouse. For today’s outfit, I paired it with my little black dress and my goldenrod Malibrans.  Yellow and magenta was never a color combination I had given consideration before, but now I’m discovering just how great it is.

I love how the soft, light fabric of this cardigan ties up perfectly as a bolero.  I tried tying it back as a wrap sweater as well, but I didn’t like the effect, as it visually added bulk.  I love how tying it as a bolero adds a bit of waist cinching.

As you may know from previous posts, scoop neck of this dress is really low, and requires some layering underneath to be decent.  I originally tried a solid colored blouse for today’s look, but then I decided  that adding a bit of black and white pattern would complement the rest of the outfit best.

What color or pattern combination have you tried lately that surprised you?

Dress: American Rag Cie (via Revolve)
Blouse (under dress): Ann Taylor LOFT (thrifted)
Cardigan: Fossil
Tights: Target
Shoes: Fluevog Malibrans
Purse: Morelle Oyster
Pearls: Coryell Design

Quote: The Three Silly Billies, by Margie Palatini

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