Sunday, July 31, 2011

I love your smile.......




When my daughter and I went thrifting last week, she found this skirt, held it up and said, "Mom, what do you think?"  With gleaming eyes, I asked, "For me or for you?"  She quickly let me know that it would be for me and I jumped at it!  I just LOVE this skirt and in some ways it encapsulates some constants about my style.  (I really think it's those constants that transform personal style into SIGNATURE style and that's ultimately what I'm heading toward.)
The skirt has some drama to it yet is a classic shape.   I tend to gravitate to clothes that have some "UMPH" to them.....a "LOOK AT ME!" quality if you will.  And this skirt with it's metallic leather definitely makes a statement.  With this look, I've found myself moving further along the path to SIGNATURE STYLE by learning two constants that I find in my outfits:

1.  I ADORE metallics!  Seriously!  What sequins are to some, metallics and shiny's are to me!  They go with EVERYTHING and they always look fabulous.  My favorite shoes are metallic shades that dress everything up.  In fact, when I think about it, I even prefer metal over beaded jewelry.  Usually when I have jewelry that is beaded, I rarely wear it, no matter how pretty it is.  I just favor silver, gold or metal.  It's nice to know this about myself and helps avoid shopping temptations and bringing home things that are soon neglected.

2.  I'm a bit of a minimalist at heart.  Well, when it comes to accessories anyway!  With this skirt and metallic belt, I just felt like that was enough.  And it occurred to me that I need to embrace this about myself.  I've gotten out of my comfort zone on this one, but have decided that it's just me.  I'm not afraid of the risk, I just don't like alot accessories muddying up an outfit.  Another one of those things that I can appreciate on someone else, but when it comes to myself, I'm just not feeling it.

I'll be posting this week a dress that I dyed to give it a second life!  LOVE it!

16 comments:

  1. That is a very cool leather skirt, wow! I think you are wise in your choice of minimal jewelry, as these pieces really shine. Come on over to Visible Monday, and post one of these pictures,if you can; you look fantastic.

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  2. Serene~How cool is it that the skirt is LEATHER!!!! OMG it just brings it up a whole other level! Love the graphic print--I would definatly have that in MY wardrobe.
    Believe it or not, I am a minimalist too when it comes to jewelry. I'm always with so much color; that's enough. You have to know when to stop! Love ya~me

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  3. Metallics just ROCK! And don't they suit your lovely skin?!
    Yummy skirt,I can see you having a lot of fun with that! And the top is a sweetie,SO shimmery!
    xxx

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  4. Yes, it does have drama. I'm attracted to items like this skirt.

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  5. OK, Serene, you seem like a very nice person and all. But I'm telling you: if we ever meet in person, I am hitting you over the head and stealing that skirt. You think I'm joking? Ha! Better sleep with it under your bed at night. Love, love, love it.

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  6. you look absolutely classy and chic! It's so wonderful to be thrifting with your kids. Yes I definitely love the skirt your daughter picked for you! The graphic pattern is gorgeous.

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  7. Serene, that skirt is you! It looks wonderful on you!

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  8. I really like your skirt. The pattern is awesome.

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  9. Gorgeous! You look gorgeous!

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  10. The first thing when I saw you rocking that skirt is that is was so you- yes, the element of classic cut with a unique twist IS the Elegant Bohemian. Love it, and how your style is individual and fun and yet so wearable. And you know I also love that not only do you love thrifting but that it's a family thing- me too! My mom and I love to go thrifting together! xo. -Bella Q
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  11. You really do pick some great items I would probably never consider, but you make it work! That's one of the great things I'm learning thanks to you and my other new bloggy friends, is how to see items in a different light, and challenge myself to come up with NEW looks instead of sticking to the same old same old rules. Lovely!

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  12. Love your skirt. It looks like it could be styled in many different ways. Lucky you in finding it, especially thrifted.
    I love metallic, sparkle, sequins, crystals, anything shiny!

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  13. Oh, that skirt. My goodness, it is just perfect. I love the colors, the shape, the LEATHER, all of it. Perfect. Your daughter has a great eye, just like her mom!

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  14. Really cute skirt. I love it when my daughter helps me shop Goodwill, too. The top looks really comfortable.

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  15. The patchwork pattern on this skirt is wonderful! You look fabulous and are an inspiration.
    Van // The Clothes We Wear // Wearing motherhood with style.

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