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Monday, January 27, 2014

Manic Monday: Adjustments


I've been wanting to wear this anchor shirt for awhile! I originally planned to wear it with this metallic skirt and my new metallic booties. I got dressed, even went through the motions of taking photos. But once I saw all the photos on my iPad, I decided the outfit needed some adjustments. These booties with the metallic skirt was a bit much. And the taupe tights were reading too much like pantyhose! *shivers* 

Since the booties have a purplish undertone, I knew they'd be perfect with my plum skinnies. And since I was nixing the silver skirt, I decided to switch out the silver multi-strand necklace with a couple of different ones worn layered. I definitely feel more comfortable and satisfied with this new ensemble.





Earrings: Target (option) | Necklaces: Banana Republic (option), Express (option) | Top: Express (option) | Pants: Express (option) | Belt: Urban Outfitters (option) | Bangles: Misc mix (option) | Booties: Jeffrey Campbell | Sunnies: Tom Ford (option)

Mix it Monday: See how else I've styled these skinnies!

In terms of other adjustments - you may or may not have noticed, but as a one-year present to my blog, I finally took the plunge and bought my own domain. So, you can now find me at morepiecesofme.com! My blogspot address will re-direct to my domain, so this is really a seamless change for you readers. Such a small detail, but makes me quite happy. And then on top of this, I also bought a new 50mm lens. I can't believe I waited this long to buy one. Seriously. Such a huge difference, and I'm excited to experiment more with it! Finally, as you can see from these photos, I've been practicing using a camera remote. The husband was out of town, so I took these photos all by myself! I need to try the 2 second delay function so that my hand isn't in an awkward position. But, for my first go, I was pretty pleased with myself!


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54 comments :

  1. I definitely agree with your outfit adjustments and it's fun to see the changes you made and your reasons behind it. Usually we just see the final outfit result and for me there's often a "process," so it's nice to know that others go through the same process. Whether photos are involved or I'm just feeling OFF, I definitely have to make adjustments regularly. (I wish I had thought to pair that top with plum! Part of my reason for returning it was I could only think to pair it with white skinnies and that felt too spring/summer. Oh well...)
    On the Daily Express

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed this! This is a challenge of mine when I take photos ahead of the days I wear these outfits! I end up making these tweaks, but then the original photos become worthless! In one hand it's good, because I'm get a chance to tweak the outfit before I do actually wear them, but on the other it's bad for photos! But I could see myself doing a "what I changed about this outfit" post being a recurring theme! Oh and, when all else fails plum/wine skinnies seriously go with everything. Everything.

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  2. Your shirt is so cute. I love anything with anchors. I don't have an outfit post today but I linked up a cooking video. Hope it's OK. Have a wonderful Monday!

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    1. Yes, for sure it's ok! So glad you linked up and thanks for the sweet comment! I've only just now gotten into the whole anchor bit!

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  3. Great job remixing that pretty top Carylee.....it's so making me look forward to Spring already!

    Rebecca
    www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

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    1. It makes *me* excited for spring, too!! Thank you for participating!

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  4. Metallic is so in. I can't pull it off but of course you are the girl that can pull off ANYTHING! I'm digging how you paired plum with blue. Cool colors work well together that way. I need you to enter my closet and put some things together. Would you please? Have a lovely day!

    ~Skye
    TheShopaholicSAHM

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    1. Seriously - anything I can do, you can do better! But yes, I would love to closet collaborate with you! How fun would that be??!

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  5. I love that anchor top. It will also look great in spring, paired with white pants!!

    Elizabeth
    elizabethnygard.com

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    1. Thanks! And oh yes for sure! Can't wait for that pairing when it warms up! With nude espadrilles!

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  6. That anchor top is so cute! I love it against the plum pants! Thanks for sharing with Mix it Monday!

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    1. Thanks so much for hosting! I look forward to looking back at ways I've worn the same pieces because of your linkup!

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  7. That top is ADORABLE. And I love the purple pants!

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    1. Thank you! I don't really know why it's taken me so long to wear it!!

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  8. I really love that you showed the first outfit and how you improved it! I really like the metallic skirt and can't wait to see how you'll style it again. The plum skinnies definitely looked great with the metallic booties.

    Have a nice day!

    Erica
    www.casuallystyled.com

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    1. Thanks, Erica! The metallic skirt will make an appearance soon! I will work on it!

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  9. I agree with Erica...the metallic skirt is fantastic! I've also been checking out than anchor shirt...I plan on doing a nautical theme in april, so I hope its on sale by then :)
    Take Care!
    -Merrie

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    1. Thanks so much on both counts - the outfit and the blogaversary! I def do still love the skirt, I just need to style it differently! And I hope you get your hands on this shirt - you will love it!

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  10. What a great skirt. Love these 2 looks on you.

    Love,
    Sofia
    stylishlyinlove.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Sofia! It was a fun Monday outfit!

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  11. Love the anchor shirt! I love the nautical trend. I have an anchor cardigan that I mix with red or yellow pants. Sending warm temperature thoughts your way!

    http://lcbf441985.blogspot.com/

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    1. I appreciate the warm vibes!!!
      I have a navy sweater with a red anchor! I'll have to try it with yellow pants! Thanks!

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  12. Love the anchor shirt! Stay safe and warm!!! Thank you for hosting the link up again :)

    xo,
    Janise

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    1. Our pleasure!
      And I really am tired of being cold! Can't believe I could go without wearing a jacket in these photos and now we're back to freezing!!

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  13. Love the blue and plum together! Great look!

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    1. Thanks so much! I swear I pair plum with everything!

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  14. Love the anchor shirt and I love that you were able to look at your pictures and determine a better way to wear it! I love having a blog and being able to look back and adjust outfits if I need to!

    Congrats on your new domain name! That is seriously awesome. And I couldn't even tell you took these pictures yourself! I just bought a tripod and I am a little nervous about taking my own pics. I hope they turn out as well as yours!

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    1. Yes, absolutely the blog is good for catching things that are off and fixing them! I am amazed at people who don't even have full length mirrors and still leave the house without a care!
      And thank you SO much for the encouraging words about the photos! It was tough, but I know it will get easier! Good luck with yours, I'm sure they'll be great!

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  15. Don't you hate when that happens? Scrapping an entire set of photos sucks but it's so worth it if you're happier with the second outcome :) I love those booties and belted skinnies with this top! It turned out awesome.

    Jessi
    http://haircutandgeneralattitude.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, jessi! I'm in love with these booties, and they definitely needed to be showcased as its own metallic piece and not in competition with the skirt! Thanks so much for stopping by and linking up!

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  16. I really love those cut out booties, amazing!

    xoxo, KP
    Eleventh & Sixteenth

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    1. They're so much fun! Highly recommend if you can get your hands on them!

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  17. Ahh the ye old camera and remote trick. I use it all the time and you slowly get better at hiding the little thing. Or, if you're like me, you use the two second timer and chuck the remote out of the way and onto the street. I don't recommend this, mine was almost run over once when I chucked it too far...

    Arielle from Tangled Musings

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    1. Hahaha!!! Awesome!! And yes, I'll have to set up the 2 second delay! I'm just happy this is SO much better than setting a timer then running for your life to get in place and look natural!

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  18. Thanks so much for hosting this link up! I'm so impressed by your pictures - I am going to have to take the plunge and get a proper camera and remote as you're doing, great idea. I agree with you about your remix, although all the pieces separately are fab - love those booties and the silver skirt too. The second outfit is very cool, and you look so relaxed too. Glad to be linking up again x

    Mama-andmore.com

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    1. Well thank you so much! Glad to have you linkup with us again! And yes, if you do decide to get a camera, definitely recommend a remote if it doesn't come with it. Mine was maybe $8 on Amazon and so worth it!

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  19. looking lovely, great photos and blog
    greetings http://www.we-heart-fashion.com

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  20. Also Happy Blog-aversary! :) I can't believe you've only been doing this for a year..gives me something to strive to :)

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  21. Thank you for hosting! Things I love about your outfit: your necklace, your anchor shirt! I like it all, but I love those two things!

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    1. Aww - thanks so much! We appreciate your participation!

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  22. I love this top, you look gorgeous in this blue! Thanks for linking up with Mix it Mondays!

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    1. Thanks, Ginny! And thanks for co-hosting!

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  23. Having a good camera makes all the difference. I also hate when an outfit just does not work and no amount of tweaking can save it. You did a great job with the plum pants. I love purples and blues together and the boots go so well too!

    Tracy@Its Mostly About Fashion

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    1. Thanks, Tracy! Oh yes, I know what you mean about that! It's good we can recognize that, though, and always seek improvements and inspirations!

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  24. I love that top! Congratulations on 1 year Carylee! and your pictures look great !

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    1. Thank you so much! I had a lot of fun! Looking forward to year #2!

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  25. Loving that anchor blouse! Classic piece, and you've styled it perfectly for the winter. :)

    -Ashley
    http://lestylorouge.com

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    1. Thanks, Ashley! It's a great print and perfect color blue!

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  26. Both looks are great! I like it with the skirt!! Metallic is the best :)

    xo Megan, Lush to Blush

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    1. Thanks, Megan! I will have to whip this skirt out again very soon!

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  27. Hi Carlylee! Your anchor blouse is adorable :) And you look great in those plum pants!

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    1. Thanks, Tara! I was never super into a nautical theme, but this shirt was too good to pass up!

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