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Friday, April 24, 2015

Moody Dawn 'Til Dusk Outfit.

The response to last week's post made me mushy inside, guys. Thanks for indulging me and being supportive of my silly interests and hobbies. Y'all are the best enablers a blogger could have.

Now down to business.

On Wednesday, I left my house at 9:25 AM after putting the kids on the bus, knowing I would likely not be home again until 10 PM that evening. This is not my usual schedule, and the fact that it was non-stop back to back events kind of made me feel a bit ... dark.

Moody Dawn 'Til Dusk Outfit. via sotabulous.com

This may be a surprise, but I'm actually a bit of an introvert. I like my quiet. I need my down time. A day full of things where none of them were fun but all of them needed accomplished just made my soul weep.

Moody Dawn 'Til Dusk Outfit. via sotabulous.com

So I needed an outfit that was appropriate for not just one, but TWO shifts at work, as well as the day's errands and appointments. And as much as I love dresses, I needed something more utilitarian -- read pockets my phone actually fits into -- and less fussy (it was a super windy day, as you can see from my hair) and I guess my inner '90's girl is just taking this moment to shine in all of her angsty pre-teen glory.

Moody Dawn 'Til Dusk Outfit. via sotabulous.com

I was lucky enough to be able to pop home for literally 45 minutes mid-afternoon -- to let out the dogs, get the mail, get Tova changed for soccer ... and take outfit photos because after detailing my outfit for a friend via text, she practically screamed at me to do a fashion post.

Moody Dawn 'Til Dusk Outfit. via sotabulous.com

Moody Dawn 'Til Dusk Outfit. via sotabulous.com

Et voila, Liz. Et voila.

A couple of things made this shoot more difficult, aside from the time crunch. Taking pictures in the front yard versus the back posed a challenge ... my neighbors are nosey, people walk by all the time, so I had an audience which made me nervous (please to notice, if you zoom in, my chronic resting bitchface in full effect). Also it was a weirdly overcast day and I forgot that the front yard doesn't get the best light in the afternoon. But this outfit felt like it needed a less cheery backdrop ... so bare cement stairs and front porch it was.

Moody Dawn 'Til Dusk Outfit. via sotabulous.com

I did manage to take some better detail shots, though.

Moody Dawn 'Til Dusk Outfit. via sotabulous.com

Also because Liz yelled at me that I needed to. Because details are important.

Moody Dawn 'Til Dusk Outfit. via sotabulous.com

I also experimented with some new Lightroom presets from VSCO. I love their VSCOcam app on my phone for editing photos, so when they released a free starter pack of presets for Lightroom, I got stupid excited. I wish ... I wish they just had a desktop app like the mobile one, because I'd use that in a heartbeat. But these presets were okay, probably more refined than the ones I've created myself. Slow learning curve, all this fancy photography stuff.

Moody Dawn 'Til Dusk Outfit. via sotabulous.com

Complete sidebar: I really need a name to call this series ... thoughts? And any other things any of you out there want to see, or questions you have about stuff? I feel a bit strange still being like LOOK AT ME WEAR CLOTHES so if this can be a collaborative effort, I'm all here for that.

Also this post's inspirational shout out is to Kaylah at The Dainty Squid because hipster life goals.

Moody Dawn 'Til Dusk Outfit. via sotabulous.com

Black flower-print lined blazer: Old Navy
Floral print tank: Old Navy
Black cuffed chino shorts: Old Navy
Black tights: Spanx (yep. no shame here.)
Neon green belt: H&M
Chandelier earrings: NYCO (I think, I can't really remember, I've had them for eons)
Rose gold single chevron ring: Vince Camuto (via TJMaxx)
Bracelets: Mantraband
Multi-chain necklace: H&M
Short moto boots: MIA (via Nordstrom Rack)
Lipstick: Too Faced Melted Berry (because I know someone's going to ask)