Zara Pleated Midi Skirt

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged…almost a year…but I’ve decided that I want to get back into it. There isn’t one specific thing that happened that made me want to stop, instead it was a combination of a few little things. The first being that I didn’t feel inspired. There has been so much negativity floating around this past year that it just didn’t make for a conducive environment for creativity. I believe creative people have the tendency to be more sensitive to their environment. A huge part of me felt that there are bigger issues to worry about than cute outfits, but then I had to pull myself back and realize that I can’t take on all of the problems of the world. There may always be greedy, ignorant human beings, and the only thing I can do is continue to focus on being the opposite of anything that they stand for. Another reason is that I have a love/dislike for social media. On the one hand I love seeing beautiful pictures, love all the positive inspiration, but I detest the ugly that it brings out in people. When did people stop having manners?

Everyone needs a little distraction though, so why not distract you with some fun outfits? I noticed I was wired differently at a young age. You can blame my Mom for that since she would make some of my outfits. If everyone else had something, I didn’t want it. Or if I didn’t have it first, then I didn’t want it (a little part of me is still like that). This could be one of the main reasons why I like to focus on custom made pieces instead. For example, I haven’t purchased a choker during the whole choker trend. I didn’t wear them in the 90s when my generation was rockin’ them, and I don’t have the urge to wear them now either (plus, I have a short neck…haha), but my point is you don’t have to wear every trend. And yes, we all like to stay on trend, but I think it’s more important to focus on creating your own personal style and incorporating small trends, rather than following every trend…especially as we get older.

What I want is for my blog to be more focused on personal style rather than one that focuses solely on the latest trends. I mean, I don’t know about you, but I wear my clothing more than once. I live in the real world and in my real world, I might shop twice a month, if that. I prefer to consciously shop. When you shop based solely on trends, it’s actually incredibly harmful to the environment (don’t get me started on fast fashion). At the same time, it would be inefficient for me to try and make all of my own clothes. So when I do shop, I make sure that I can incorporate each piece with other items in my closet AND that I can wear it again throughout the year. What is more efficient (I heart efficiency) is having a closet that you can style with numerous pieces and that can work well together.

I will do a series, like this post (but not as wordy) where you can buy it this season and I will show you how to wear it for seasons to come. I also plan on doing reviews of items I buy. And of course, I will add items that I make myself…and just a whole bunch of other good stuff. It’s time to have some fun!

Now, for the outfit deets:

I have had this Gap jean jacket for at least 15 years. I have taken it in since I am a little smaller than I was then, and even though it’s still a little loose, I haven’t found the time to alter it again. I love that it’s a little worn, especially on the elbows. I will link a similar style. A good Gap jean jacket is definitely a staple piece.

My FRIDAY “top” is a Jcrew swimsuit. I bought it in the Spring and have actually worn this same look but with a different Zara skirt. It had a bit of a higher waist so it wasn’t cropped to the point where I would have felt uncomfortable wearing it in public. I purchased the size large, but feel that it doesn’t hold me up too well. I could have probably gone one size down. The shoes are perforated leather Vans, a California girl staple, and true to size. The necklace is Bauble Bar and thought it would be perfect to style future swimsuit coverup shoots…but I just had to wear it now. I like the added pop of color it gives. It is a little heavier than the jewelry I’m used to wearing but I’m looking to add more statement pieces to my collection.

And the item you can purchase now and wear later – this emerald pleated skirt from Zara. One thing about Zara is that I have to try everything on before I buy. I mean…fast fashion. But, I think they do a good job of creating some well made, on trend pieces, that you can get a lot of wear from. And although the fit can be off on some, the quality is there (for the most part). What first drew me in to this skirt was the color. Emerald green is probably like my 3rd favorite color. And the way it glimmered when the light hit it…just…I had to have it. As I looked it over, like 3 or 4 outfits ran through my mind that I could create with it, so I knew that my cost per wear would continue to decrease. It is elastic at the waist, unlined, made in China, and 100% polyester. The fabric is thick enough that it can get away with being unlined. Since the initial reaction for most when styling skirts is to dress it up, I decided to dress it down for this month’s look. Let me know what you think!

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Jean Jacket:  Gap Icon denim jacket, Skirt: Zara pleated midi skirt, Top: Friday Sporty Swim Top, Necklace: BaubleBar Tiziana Statement Necklace, Shoes: Vans ‘Classic’ Sneaker, Hat: Brixton ‘Joanna’ Straw Hat (originally purchased at Active Ride Shop, but they don’t have it online anymore – they do have it at Nordstrom), Earrings: Gorjana (I bought these at Nordstrom but they don’t have them anymore – Gorjana makes my FAVORITE jewelry!), Sunglasses: MCM 57mm sunglasses


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