Double the Denim

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Denim on Demin | In good faith, Tess
Denim on Denim | In good faith, Tess
J. Crew statement earrings | In good faith, Tess
Denim & Leather fashion | In good faith, Tess
Denim on denim fashion | In good faith, Tess
Zara statement clutch | In good faith, Tess
Fashion blog | In good faith, Tess
fashion blog | In good faith, Tess
Denim on denim | In good faith, Tess | fashion blog
*Christiansen Photography
{Denim jacket: Togs} {Flying Monkey jeans: Togs} {Kenneth Cole Wedges} {J. Crew Earrings}
{Talia Hancock tee: Togs} {Zara Clutch} {Bite Lipstick}


It was a shining moment.  I was being pulled in a come hither kind of way.  These jeans were like, "Come here. I'm perfect for your hips and butt."  Their seductive allure and ombre fade reeled me in. Looks can only go so far, the fit was the next test.  Skinny jeans are notorious for being a tight squeeze, sometimes even forcing you to jump as you pull them up, or am I the only one who does that?  But these bad boys fit like a glove.  I could do lunges, jumping jacks, and even the splits in them ( HA, I can’t do the splits ).  This may be the closest I’ve been to finding my perfect “pair”.  Starting to sound like an “I love lamp” moment?  But these jeans…man, we went together perfectly.  Like peanut butter & jelly, salt and pepper, and now denim and denim (?), light with dark, dark with dark, or light with light… Yep, it’s a trend with endless possibilities.  When choosing my separates I chose denim that were a few shades apart, pairing distressed jeans with an acid washed, leather sleeved denim jacket.  As far as accessories, I opted for simple studded wedges, contrasting statement earrings and bold lips.  If you’re not fully comfortable for the full on denim look, try colored denim or you can help break up the denim with a white tee.  How do you feel about wearing double the denim?
  
With finishing up my fall semester, starting to teach exercise classes again, and holiday festivities, the past few weeks have been utter madness.  Which in turn has left me no time to blog, let alone sleep.  I plan to spend my next few weeks of break with family and friends, catching up on sleep, and at last finishing the book, “The Man Repeller”.  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday, surrounded by loved ones and good company. 


In good faith, 
Tess

Well (Played) Plaid

Monday, December 2, 2013

Plaid & fur | In good faith, Tess
Plaid, fur, and leather | In good faith, Tess
Plaid, fur, and statement necklace | In good faith, Tess
Plaid, fur, leather, hologram purse | In good faith, Tess
Plaid, fur, & statement necklace | In good faith, Tess
statement necklace | In good faith, Tess
Aldo sneaker boots | In good faith, Tess
Plaid & Leather | In good faith, Tess
*Photos by Hayley Christiansen
{Sneaker boots | Aldo} {Plaid Shirt} {Leather skirt | Togs} {Old fur vest} {Necklace | Togs
{Joia hologram purse | Togs}


I was one of those “public school kids” growing up. I never had to wear the plaid, navy, and those awful, awful khakis to school.  But for some strange reason there were times I wanted to, similar to when I really wanted braces in 5th grade because I had this completely insane perception that they were cool, only to find out a few years later they were far from.  The above look is meant to embody that private school girl.  I finally got to wear the equestrian plaid, and sport the typical I-don’t-care-what-my-hair-looks-like bun on top of my head. Forgetting the khakis, I wore an embossed leather skirt and faux fur vest to give this look some bite and pizazz.  This season when wearing plaid embrace bolder styling choices.  The fabric (yes its actually a fabric, not a pattern) can seem a bit prim, so try adding a dark lipstick, high heels, or leather leggings to your look.


In good faith,
Tess



Serendipity

Sunday, December 1, 2013


Serendipity. [ ser-uhn-dip-i-tee ]
Noun
1.     The effect by which one accidentally stumbles upon something truly wonderful



*Video by Hayley Christiansen 
{Outfit details will be later posted}

Video blogging is a complete unknown to the mastermind behind the video and myself. Feeling a tad vulnerable, we would greatly appreciate your comments and input about the video and the overall idea.


In good faith,
Tess 

Those Who Wear Hats

Monday, November 25, 2013

floppy hat | In good faith, Tess

I’m a sucker for hats. They're are a fun, unique accessory, and they occasionally allow me to go a day longer without washing my hair. I often find myself staring at this particular large, floppy hat each morning as I blankly stare at my closet wondering,    “What      am      I       gonna      wear      today.”                Randomly I have this tiny battle with myself, “No, I can’t wear that to class. Not in Nebraska. . .” Finally once I decide why do I care, the hat then brings other challenges...  “Do I take the hat off once I'm inside and if so, then where do I put it?  If I haven't washed my hair in a few days, you couldn't pay me to take it off.  But on a second thought, I’m a poor college student...  The Man Repeller, Leandra Medine, commented on those who wear hats, “The most blaring indication that to wear a hat is not just to make a statement, but to yell that you are the type of woman who knows how to pull off a hat.  And so, by the power vested in your indispensable swag, you will.”   Preach it Leandra, preach it!  A writer for the Man Repeller offered another perspective, that when you wear a hat, “You look like an asshole.” She said that the reason hat-wearers probably appear as they do is because wearing the topper takes a lot of confidence.  Enough, at least, to seriously believe that everyone else has got it wrong, but you’ve got it right.  I took on Leandra’s challenge of emulating that confidence in the look below.

In good faith, Tess
white on white  | In good faith, Tess
In good faith, Tess
In good faith, Tess
In good faith, Tess
*Photos by Hayley Christiansen 
{Chaser tee | Togs} {OVI blazer | Togs}  {old booties | local boutique} {Stylebook shorts | Togs}                  
{old hat | Togs} {Vegas Volt lipstick | Mac}



I’m trying to hold onto my summer pieces as long as I can, while taking on another challenge of mastering white after Labor Day.  Some say white after Labor Day is a “no-no”, but the only reason I can think of why is if you get as white as I do in the winter, then it isn't the most flattering hue for your skin color.  The Labor Day rule has met resistance from as far back as the 20s, when Coco Chanel made white a year-round staple.  I think a great solution is off-white.  It’s not as harsh as pure white, and more fitting for the cooler season.  I have sought after an off-white blazer for sometime now, and this wool blazer comes pretty darn close to perfection.  I wore a screen printed tee underneath with patterned shorts, and accessorized with my floppy hat and Jeffrey Campbell inspired booties. The blazer, tee, and shorts are all from Togs boutique.



In good faith, 
Tess

Leather, Pleather, and Peplums

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

 in good faith, tess
 in good faith, tess
pumps | in good faith, tess
leather | in good faith, tess
peplum | in good faith, tess
peplum | in good faith, tess
*Photos taken by Hayley Christiansen
{DL 1961 Peplum } {TAG Elemental leggings} {Clutch} {BCBGeneration pumps} {Ketz-ke coat}


If you know me, you probably know that I am a sucker for anything leather.  And if you really know me, you know that I tend to follow an “anti-pant” lifestyle.  However, I highly doubt I’m the only one whom upon getting home immediately takes off their pants or changes.  (If this is beginning to feel like a “TMI” moment, I apologize, but bear with me here.)  While I do hate pants, I do enjoy the occasional pair of leggings, especially leather ones.  I all too often reach for a pair of my leather leggings when I’m pushed for time or feeling a little sassy.  So you could probably understand that when I spotted these quilted faux-leather leggings at togs boutique, I had to have them.  Feeling a little swanky, I paired the bottoms with this rad kaleidoscope-looking printed peplum and teal studded clutch.  Now if you’re saying to yourself, “Hey, I’m feeling a little sassy,” you too can get this look.  The leggings, peplum, and clutch are all available at togs boutique! 

Check out Togs on facebook and instagram, you will be swooning! 


In good faith,
Tess

man·re·pell·er

Wednesday, October 30, 2013


suspenders
leather
knuckle rings
floral
suspenders
leather
knuckle rings

{leather overalls} {collective concepts floral shirt} {old forever 21 booties}


I am a self-proclaimed ‘man repeller’. Not in the sense that I physically repulse men, but my overalls sure aren’t luring men in by the dozens . . . Below my favorite blogger, Leandra Medine, defines a ‘man repeller'.


man·re·pell·er1  [mahn-ree-peller]
–noun
outfitting oneself in a sartorially offensive mode that may result in repelling members of the opposite sex. Such garments include but are not limited to harem pants, boyfriend jeans, overalls (see: human repelling), shoulder pads, full length jumpsuits, jewelry that resembles violent weaponry and clogs.
–verb (used without object),-pell·ing, -pell·ed.
to commit the act of repelling men:
Girl 1: What are you wearing tonight?
Girl 2: My sweet lime green drop crotch utility pants, of course.
Girl 1: Oh, so we’re man repelling tonight?


Whether I’m sporting my bright orange harem pants, tutu, boyfriend jeans or any of the above mentioned, I always seem to get some unfavorable responses from the opposite sex. Mouths drop. Eyebrows rise.  And then men seem to run away as fast as possible (minor exaggeration.)  Many women commented on Leandra’s post, commenting that women who classify themselves as “man repellers,” end up whining about why they are single after the fact. My response… if I dressed for men, I’d walk around naked.  But I’ll do society a favor and stick with these overalls.


In good faith,
Tess

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