Pleasingly ugly

DRESS: Printed bell sleeve dress Charles Henry, similar and in orange
 SHOES: Red shoes Biviel HAND BAG: Black handbag Nina Ricci NECKLACE: Kate Spade Saturday

Just the other day I was making a comment on a blog when the idea came up. The idea of something being pleasingly ugly. It's not easy on the eyes, but so nice. It's bad, but good. It's odd, it happens and this outfit is proof. Allow me to explain. This dress does not need much accessorising, its printed and with long sleeves, so shoes, a handbag plus a pair of earrings should do. But, like I've said before I tend to add instead of subtract.
So, a moment before heading out the door I picked up a black and white chunky fabric link necklace from the Kate Spade Saturday collection (R.I.P.) and something clicked. It looked terrible. But, I liked it. In my head it worked, just for me ; ) 

Oh, and I'll be posting a close up on my Instagram, on the right bar of the blog you can see it.

White things

SKIRT: White pencil skirt Nine West - SHOES: Black patent shoes Zara - HANDBAG: Houndstooth print no brand
TOP: Black boxy satin top H&M - SUNGLASSES: Dark burgundy sunglasses from the Dollar Store 

White pencil skirt, check. White pleated skirt, check. White eyelet skirt, check. Two white mini skirts, check
Lost count of how many white shirts, blouses, tee shirts and such, but ask: most likely I'll have it. The white Halston dress from Sex and The City ? Yes, I have it too. White handbag, check
You get it, I love white garments and accessories. It's an easy wear, white is canvas and does not take much thinking. As much as I love it, the only thing I do not own in white are shoes, although I did have a pair of sandals not that long ago. White shoes remind me of the shoes nurses wear. 
How about you, is white a basic player in your closet ? Where do you draw the line, what would you never wear or have in white ? 

A Timeline

What hangs in our closet is a bit of a life timeline, it reflects stages we are in, jobs, trends, daily activities among many other things.  Today I thought I'd share some random looks from my own blog's timeline.  

2009 Full Post here                                                   2010 Full Post here
Looks like '09 and '10 were my first years experimenting with coloured shoes, I also think color block was trending. I loved that yellow clutch however it fell apart shortly after.
 2012 Full post 

The striped dress era must have been sometime around 2012. This one got a lot of wear. Looking back, all of the items I am wearing here are no longer in the closet.

From 2013 the dress is very Pretty Woman like, so I can only guess I must have seen a rerun. Funny thing, this dress looked so good in pictures, but in real life it was falling apart and odd fitting. However this picture makes me nostalgic for it. 

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In 2014 I held on to striped dress momentum, I also wore this dress a lot and then I gave it away, same as the shoes. 2015 chambray and bangs. I have thing thing with bangs, I want them and then when I get them I suddenly don't want them anymore.

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2015 was probably one of the years where I dared to wear skirts and flats. In my head skirts must be worn with heels. It took me a while to get there. So you can understand why the skirt and sneakers thingie does not seem to be done around here.
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Last year, 2016, all I can say here is that I love this dress. I feel like me in it. 

From this timeline exercise of picking random pictures through the years I can tell you that I have gotten rid of about half of the items I wore. I can also tell you that sometimes I wear things just because they are on trend and not because they look good. Not good. I can also say that you can tell I am wearing heels less and less these days. Also, not good. On the bright side, well, there's always room for improvement ;) 

Skirt vs Wind

TOP: White boatneck tee shirt Talbots, almost identical and another with longer sleeves here - SHOES: Black patent Zara
SKIRT: Blue printed skirt Zara, could not find a similar one but look at this  HAND BAG: Coach, similar and here
As you can see in the above pictures the wind and the skirt had some encounter ! Even though I was finally able to get some decent non-windy shots, I must be admit that the wind won. What issues do you run into when taking pictures ?