Monday, March 30, 2015

Refashion: Show Some Leg!

I spend a significant amount of my free time on the Internet, just looking at clothes. I can't help myself; I love this stuff! Sometimes I come across things that seem great in theory, but don't make much sense in practice. Like this gorgeous blue skirt I found on Asos.com. 


There's so much to love about this skirt. That color! That sheen! The subtle sexiness of a slit up the leg! The model looks polished and formal, yet relaxed. Who wouldn't want a skirt like this? I was tempted to put it in my cart, but $50 is more than I tend to shell out for things like this. Also, I don't have any reason to have something like this in my closet. When would I wear this? My lifestyle just does not include many formal or even semi-formal occasions. Besides, I already have a skirt like this.


Okay, there are a few differences between my semi-vintage mid-90's maxi skirt and the skirt above, but not many. The blue is pretty much right on, and the shape isn't far off, either. The bonus of my skirt, besides the fact that I already own it, is the tulle crinoline underneath that helps keep it fluffy.


The crinoline has always been my favorite part of this skirt, even though it never shows. I have thought about altering this skirt for years and years, and seeing the blue skirt on Asos inspired me to finally do something. I decided to try something simple and cut a slit in the skirt to show off the crinoline and my leg just a little.



Not bad! I like the tulle peeking out like this; it's unexpected and interesting, and makes it feel sexy but still a little understated. I might have to find a reason to wear this skirt again. This could be appropriate for grocery shopping or running errands or blogging, right?

For the curious: My black cotton shirt is from Forever 21 and the skirt is A Fortiori and was a gift given to me in 1997. It came with a cropped black velvet camisole and a long sleeved velvet jacket, just in case you doubted the time frame of this set. I still have both. My pointy toed patent leather kitten heels are Vince Camuto, found at Goodwill.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Friday Photoshoot: Buses!

It seems like I spend a lot of my free time taking photos of myself. That's probably because I spend a lot of my free time taking photos of myself. I'm not totally self-centered, though; sometimes, I like to have other people take photos of me! Ha, I promise that's a joke. Tyson Habein of Electric City Creative asked me if I'd be willing to help him try out some of his new photography toys, and I couldn't say no! He took me to a school bus graveyard, and we had a great time battling the cold wind and trying to decide what I should do with my hands.




If I see a bunny, I have to interact with it. I simply have to. They were everywhere in this place; you can even see them in the background of a few photos!


Do you see the bunny?






Truthfully, modeling can be tough; you have to know your own face really well and know about light and angles, and then there's the whole mystery of what to do with your hands. If in doubt, what should you do with your hands? Jazz 'em. Always jazz 'em.


For the curious: Tyson asked me to wear black slacks and a black turtleneck with a stylish coat and a colorful scarf for this shoot, and though I don't normally dress in one color like this, I think I might do it again! My turtleneck is Banana Republic. My black slacks and scarf are both from Target. My grey coat is Calvin Klein, bought from a consignment shop, and my teal ballet flats are Cole Haan, bought on super duper clearance last year.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Skirt and Sneakers!

I don't normally just come up with an outfit out of nowhere, all willy nilly. I like to gather inspiration and try out combinations I see on other people first. I'm not ashamed to admit that I have blatantly copied many looks, and I'm not about to stop. Fashion is like it's own free country that way: I can do what I want, and nah nah nah nah boo boo. Lately I've been seeing a lot of women wearing dressy skirts with casual sneakers. I love skirts! I also love sneakers! But should I combine the two? I did wear a skirt with sneakers all the time when I was a cheerleader in high school, and I always thought it looked great, so I decided to just do it. 



The huge bonus to wearing is sneakers is that you're wearing sneakers. They are so comfortable! These shoes are infinitely easier to walk in than even my shortest heels, and they never hurt my feet. Plus, it makes it much more difficult to knock me over with the strong winds we get here in Montana. Not impossible, mind you: just harder.



Keep that skirt down!





I think it went pretty well! My striped top is casual, so it ties in well with my sneakers, which provide a little pop of color in an otherwise neutral outfit. The whole look is also vaguely French and effortless, which I also like. I will be doing this again and again and again; I have a lot of skirts and a lot of sneakers. I could go weeks without repeating a combination.

For the curious: It's the tulle skirt again! I bought mine from Eshakti.com, and I never imagined I would get quite as much use out of it as I have. It has become a staple and maybe even a signature for me, and I love it! My striped boatneck tee is Jones New York, and it's another one of those things I wear all the time. My pink sneakers are Superga, and they are by far the best sneakers I have ever owned. I found mine on sale on shopbop.com. All photos in this post were taken by Kristi.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Goodbye Pixie!

I love having a pixie cut! It's easy and fun and I never have to worry about my hair getting into my lip gloss. That being said, it's time to grow it out! As much as I love the pixie, I think I love having some length to my hair even more. There is never a more special time in your life than when you're growing out a pixie cut. It seems like it should be the easiest thing in the world to just let your hair grow. You just don't cut it, right? That's one way to go about it, but then you have to deal with the horrid shagginess on the back of your neck. 



It might not look like much, but that little bit of shag drives me bonkers! It's difficult to control and just sticks up all over the place, and it tickles my neck in a bad way. I'm self-conscious about it and I'm constantly reaching up to smooth it down. Then there's the stuff over my ears, which is barely long enough to be tucked back, and only with the help of rubber cement or duct tape.


It turns out that you don't have to go through the trauma of growing out a pixie alone! I was able to get some help from my awesome stylist who is going to help me get through this difficult time. She removed some of the bulk from the back without sacrificing too much length, and did a micro trim over my ears. 




This is much easier to deal with! Thankfully, my hair grows at a creepy fast rate, so I'm about two minutes away from having waist-length hair. It's a bit of a bittersweet thing for me. I've always wanted a pixie cut, and I'm glad I finally tried it, but I miss having longer hair. I never fully adjusted to my new reflection in the mirror, and I'm pretty sure that my hair is longer in my dreams. It's okay, though: the pixie and I had some great times! Here's a little farewell montage of my most daring haircut ever:









You treated me well, pixie cut; it has been a great four months with you. I'm sad to see you go, but not sad enough to keep you. Maybe one day we will meet again! Probably not, though. Sorry.

For the curious: The first three photos on this post were taken in my pajamas, which consist of a Barbie tee shirt I found at Old Navy at least five years ago and some kind of soft pants. In the photos after the haircut, I'm wearing my black wool Jennifer Lopez for Kohl's dress and a cardigan from Old Navy. I'm wearing the same dress in the first and last photos of the montage. I wear that dress a lot... You can find details for the montage photos hereherehereherehere, and here.




Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Put On a Cape, Rule the World!

I have a knack for buying things right at the end of the season. It's a great way to save a ton of money on those essential pieces you'll use for years and years, but its also a bummer because you buy this shiny new coat or pair of boots, and you get to wear them just once or twice (if at all) before the weather changes. When my friend Wendy from Roulette Vintage showed me this incredible vintage tweed cape, I couldn't resist it, even though I won't get many chances to wear it until winter starts again in September. (I'm only half-joking). A cape has been on my shopping list for years, and this vintage stunner was perfect, and at a price I couldn't refuse! 




Lucky for me, I live in Montana, where we know no seasons! I knew we'd have at least one more day of not-so-great weather so I could pull this treasure out of my closet. 




I was so excited when this cape arrived in the mail; it was even better than the photos showed! Check out the details. I can't get enough of the royal blue flecks in the tweed! 





I was going to wear riding boots, but instead I added a small feminine touch with some pointy-toed ballet flats with big bows. I think it makes for a nice look, though riding boots would have been pretty nice, too. Maybe next time...



A cape is a great option for jacket weather! It will keep you warm and makes it easy to do Tyrannosaurus arms, which is a must on chilly days.


What's even better than having Tyrannosaurus arms? Having a place to hide! You have to love a coat that will double as a safe place.

I can't see you, you can't see me!

It feels so good to check this item off my list. I'm glad I waited for the perfect cape to find me! There's a reason all the best superheros wear a cape: because it looks and feels freaking awesome!




For the curious: The amazing cape came from Roulette Vintage. This is a great Etsy shop; Wendy has a natural talent in finding unique vintage pieces in impeccable condition. Keep an eye on her Etsy shop and her Facebook page to get first dibs on all the best items!

I wanted the cape to be the focus of my outfit, so I kept everything else very simple. Both my black sweater and my purple camisole are from Forever 21; the jeans are from JCPenney. My adorable ballet flats are from Modcloth. My gold ring has been sitting in my jewelry box for fifteen years or so; my gold sparrow earrings are from Claire's.

Thanks to Kristi for taking all of these photos!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Makeup Monday: Cracked!

Today I want to talk about a serious problem I have. See, I love makeup. I've been wearing it since I was thirteen, and I wear at least a little makeup nearly every day. That being said, I buy a lot of makeup. I have tons of the stuff, and most of it just sits around, waiting for Halloween or a special occasion, and some of it I use every single day. I have found that no matter how often I use my makeup, I break it. All of it. 


I don't know how this happens! I have been buying this Cover Girl translucent powder for years, and no matter how gentle I am with it, the lid always falls apart! I've noticed that this happens with my other makeup, too. 



Do you see the massive crack in the lid of my e.l.f. primer? You would think that I just slam that thing back on every time I use it, but I swear I'm very careful! By the way, this primer is amazing, especially for the low, low price of just $6. I definitely recommend it, breakable lid and all. 


Eyebrow pencil: cracked! For a while, I thought maybe it was just because my makeup is inexpensive stuff. I recently started buying myself some higher quality makeup, like this NARS Multiple, which is an awesome and slightly expensive cream blush/eyeshadow/highlighter. I love this stuff! I swear I can hear an hallelujah chorus every time I use it.

...and the angels sing...
Oh, but wait...

...or not. 
CRACKED! This one is particularly upsetting because I was actively trying not to break it. I thought I was doing so well, and I cried a little when I noticed the fracture. This is only a small portion of my problem, too! I have compacts with busted hinges, shattered lipstick tubes, and eyeliners with lids so decimated they barely do their job. It is maddening.

Am I the only one with this problem? Do I have freakishly strong hands? Is makeup packaging just generally poorly made? All I know is that this drives me crazy, and I have no idea what I can do about it. Do you have this problem, too? Tell us all about it in the comments! In the meantime, it may be wise to handle all your makeup with oven mitts. Let me know if that works.

For the curious: Most of the makeup in this post can be found at any store of any type, even gas stations and shoe stores. I like to buy my makeup from Target. The eyebrow pencil is NYX in taupe, and I don't like it at all, though I did use it up entirely, and failed to throw it away after. I'll throw it away now, though, I promise. I'm still searching for the perfect eyebrow product; if you have any recommendations, please share them in the comments! The NARS Multiple comes from Sephora.com, as I do not have access to this particular line of makeup in this city. I paid about $40 for it, which is much more than I would ever normally spend on any makeup item, but I have no regrets! It looks great, it feels great, and it lasts forever.

Friday, March 13, 2015

From the Readers!

Here at Kalidikeds, I love to hear from our readers! This week, my friend Daisie demonstrated how the elementary school set likes to mix a casual tee with a fancy skirt.





Daisie is a natural at modeling; she makes shopping for shooting targets seem like the most stylish activity around! And check out those adorable heart-shaped sunglasses! Too cute! 


Amy decided to step outside her comfort zone and try some silver eyeliner! Check out the before and after:


Wow, that makes a big difference; look at how the silver makes her green eyes pop!


And with both eyes done, the result is subtle but pretty. Love! We'll definitely have to pull out the silver eyeliner sometime.

If you'd like to share photos with me, I'd love to receive them! If you've tried out one of my style challenges or put your own spin on something I've done, or if you just want to show me how awesome you are (because you ARE awesome, after all) you can message me on my Facebook page, or email me at kalidikeds@gmail.com. Happy Friday, all!


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Momma Miller's Mercantile: Alliteration and a Great Skirt!

It's like Christmas here at Kalidikeds! I checked my mail the other day, and tucked inside was a neat little package from my dear friend Shannon. Shannon and I go way back, and she is one of the most genuine people I have ever known! She messaged me a while back to say that she loved Kaldikeds and that she wanted to make something special for me. I felt so honored; this is an amazing gift! What was inside that package? An amazing self-lined, wool woven skirt in my favorite shade of blue! Shannie is the amazing purveyor of Momma Miller's Mercantile and writer of the blog of the same name, and she designed and made this pleated dream just for me! How lucky can a girl get? 









Isn't it gorgeous? Shannon really nailed my style with this skirt; I love how full and bright it is, and the high-waist and the length are perfectly flattering. And that color! This shade of blue is surprisingly versatile and works well with lots of different colors. I paired it with a yellow tee and a white cardigan, then pulled it together with a dark teal sash around my waist. I'm starting to notice a pattern in my outfits with things tied around my waist... I tried the outfit with purplish pink flats, hot yellow heels, and teal flats, and they all looked great! 




I think the yellow heels look the best. I don't tend to go for any kind of matching, but there's something about the yellow top with the yellow shoes that makes me want to do this again. You can expect to see a lot more of this skirt as the weather warms up; I can't wait to see what else I can do with it!

For the curious:  Shannon does all kinds of sewing work through her business Momma Miller's Mercantile; she can do just about anything you will ever need! She makes custom clothing using your own measurements; she also does alterations and repairs, and she always has a variety of projects for sale, like reversible tote bags, upcycled kids clothes, and hats! Check out her new blog for tutorials and everything else she'll be up to in the upcoming months. My yellow tee is from The Walk In Closet; the white cardigan is Port Authority, and it was a gift. My purlpish pink pointed toe flats are from ModCloth; the teal flats are Cole Haan, and my yellow heels are Ralph Lauren, bought from an online consignment shop.