Showing posts with label mixology 101. Show all posts
Showing posts with label mixology 101. Show all posts

Thursday, July 18, 2013

mixology results // I scream for ice cream



dress: handmade // shirt: thrifted // tights/boots: forever 21




This will be the last outfit I "officially" style from the Remix my Closet post, so sorry if your outfit wasn't included! (I'm inevitably going to wear them though, it's just that I am pretty backed up on outfits currently, heh.) This outfit was put together by Alex, but I totally had a brainfart moment and didn't wear the green tights that she had suggested! So I apologize for that. I totally forgot to even double check and was just picking out the clothes from memory. Green tights with this would have been so much more fun, and it would have worked because my dress is a light green and the tights are a dark green.




But anyways, I'm so excited for this weekend because my family is going fishing! But not just any ol' put-the-boots-on-and-stand-in-a-river-for-hours, we get to go to Prince William Sound on my dad's friend's boat and fish for salmon and halibut. Mmmm yummy in my tummy! I'm not much of a fan of fishing from a river, but I love boats a whole bunch and being anywhere even remotely near the ocean, so I can't wait. I can just taste the salty air and feel my hair whip against my cheeks now.




Have a wonderful day!




Wednesday, July 10, 2013

mixology results // cupcakes & zigzags



This outfit was picked out by Ali, who decided to pair my pink dress from passing whimsies with my fun cupcake socks! This sort of mustard yellow wouldn't be the first color I would think of when deciding what to pair with pink, but in little doses it works well. I also threw in my striped shirt to peek through the back of the dress (and I can already tell I'm going to be wearing lots of different shirts with this dress this way).



This ensemble was put together by Rhesa, and honestly, I didn't think it was going to work out. But the moment I put on the combinations she suggested, it ended up being one of my favorite outfits from the bunch! That just goes to show that even if you don't think something will match, you have to try it on to be certain. Even I would have never thought of this combination, but you can guarantee that I will be wearing this outfit as much as I possibly can.

Hope you have a great day!



Tuesday, July 9, 2013

mixology results // floral on floral



Here's an outfit put together by Hilary from the remix my closet post! The floral lace plays nicely with my floral skirt, and the purple is a bold contrasting color against all the reds and oranges in the skirt! If there's one thing I've learned about print mixing, it's this: confidence, above all else, is key. The reason I'm so good at mixing crazy things together is because of my non-concern with what others will think of me. Like any human, that's not always the case in my instance, but I try to always wear something that I'm comfortable in, but also pushes me a little bit.

In real life news, all this week I'm taking photos of my church's day camp (so if you've emailed me recently, I'll try to get back with you tomorrow)! You can view and purchase photos here and see a little bit of what I'm up to every day this week. It's pretty tiring taking pictures for four hours and then coming home and sorting through them for five hours. But I'm loving every second and getting some great images out of it as well!

Hope your day is awesome.



Monday, July 8, 2013

mixology results // stripes, geometry, and contrasting colors



Today we will be looking really quickly at three outfits from the remix my closet post, starting with an outfit put together by Sara! This outfit I think I've already worn twice, but it's just so fun that I can't help it! This is the perfect outfit to show how any color works with any other color. The blue in the shirt isn't related to any colors in the skirt--in the way that there are blues in the skirt as well--but because all colors are the same color intensity, they work. The stripes are, of course, a neutral pattern, so it works with any other pattern, including the fun pattern in my neutral colored cardigan!



This outfit was put together by Hannah, featuring the same cardigan. The pattern works well with the pattern in my dress, not only because they are both geometric patterns, but because one is a large pattern and the other is small. I added a pop of color in the shoes and I was good to go!



Hannah also picked out this outfit, using the shirt as a jumping point. She pulled the purple from the color in my shirt to tie in with my skirt, and then threw in a contrasting color of green to make the outfit a bit more interesting. Here is another mixology result showcasing the green + purple combination!

Check back tomorrow for more mixology results!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

mixology results // red, white, and blue



jeans: target // shirts: thrifted // boots: gift // jacket: forever 21 (old)





This is an outfit that my friend Ali put together from my remix my closet post, and I thought it would be perfect for the fourth of July! I added the blue polka dots for the festivities, and it was the perfect outfit for a cold Alaska day. All our warm weather disappeared, and this is what a typical Alaska summer feels like. Cold, overcast, maybe a day or two of sunshine, but certainly not on a holiday. That's okay though, I don't mind it. Today we ran around outside, doing a lot of touristy things for my extended family that's vacationing up here, and this beach was one of the places that we went to! I'll have more pictures from today up soon.





Hope you're having a great day!



Wednesday, July 3, 2013

mixology results // green + purple



dress/tights/belt: thrifted // cardigan: ? // boots: forever 21





This is the outfit Z put together for me from my remix my closet post. I added the belt to go with the leopard print on the inside of my boots, and to add another print. Since both of the prints are neutral colors, they work. Since they are contrasting prints, one geometric, one organic, they work. Since on print is big and one is small, they work. I loved the colors in the cardigan/tights that she picked, and probably wouldn't have thought to pair them together! Since the purple and green are both dark colors, they look pretty awesome next to each other!






In other news, my grandparents, aunt, uncle, and cousin are all coming up for the fourth of July! So I'm a bit unsure how posts will go for the next few days since I'm being kicked out of my room and there will be a lot of extra peering eyes to creep on me while I take outfit pictures, but I can guarantee there will be a lot of fun event photos for you to look forward to!

Have a great day everyone.





Saturday, June 29, 2013

mixology results // neutral polka dots



shirt/skirt/cardigan: thrifted // shoes: payless




What if I told you guys that this week of mixology posts was just a huge conspiracy to get you guys to pick out my clothes for me? While that definitely is not the case, I still felt pretty cool when I woke up this morning and thought, "I wonder what I should wear today? Oh wait, I'll have my people decide for me!" Haha you are my people now. But all kidding aside, I really loved this outfit that Fernanda put together through my remix my closet post. Be sure to join in on the fun and read over all of my mixology posts from this past week! (intro//color//prints//combinations) I'll probably accept outfits until next week, and then it will be back to waking up and groggily picking out clothes in my half asleep daze every day.




All of the pieces in this outfit really work well together. First let's look at the polka dot shirt. Neutral color, neutral print, therefore it goes with anything. The lime green cardigan is my accent color because there isn't the same tint of green anywhere else in the outfit, but there are the same tints of other colors in the skirt (mostly the yellow and light pink).




I hope you have a great day, and thanks for a great week of mixology! Tomorrow I'll have two posts, first my week in instagram (because I'm addicted to it and love posting pictures there), and then June's blogger of the month! Who's it gonna beee? And then following Monday's June Review post we shall continue these mixology results, so you don't want to miss it!


Friday, June 28, 2013

mixology 101 // remix my closet [closed]



Now it's time to put all that new knowledge to the test! If you're just joining in on this week of mixology, be sure to check out the previous posts here: intro//color//prints//combinations

I've pulled together some select pieces (basically my entire wardrobe) for you to mix together! You can choose as many pieces as you want, you can choose multiples pieces in one category, the point is that you're the stylist, and I'm your client! You have full reign. Comment below with how you would create an outfit with these colorful printed pieces. A great example comment would be something like this: "I would love to see the lace button down shirt over the striped shirt, with the purple pencil skirt." And then tomorrow (or in the next couple of days, depending on how many people participate), I'll style the outfit and show you why it was successful or not so much. I hope you have fun doing this!



Button-down shirts (could also be worn as cardigans, can be tied, can be worn under or on top of other pieces):
1. lace, 2. beige floral, 3. pink floral, 5. denim leaf print, 6. purple floral



Regular shirts (can be worn tied, on top of other pieces):
1. zebra print, 2. floral, 3. striped, 4. polka dot, 5. crop top, 6. green polka dot



Cardigans:
1. gray, 2. purple, 3. green, 4. lace, 5. two-toned vest



Skirts:
1. orange floral, 2. purple pencil, 3. pink/blue, 4. green multicolored, 5. yellow floral



Pants:
1. High waisted striped, 2. pink shorts, 3. plum, 4. red



Dresses:
1. polka dot, 2. pink open back, 3. purple lace, 4. yellow zigzag, 5. ice cream, 6. geometric, 7. cherry



Legwear:
1. blue floral leggings, 2. pink/blue floral leggings, 3. lace tights, 4. green tights, 5. purple zigzag socks, 6. polka dot socks, 7. cupcake socks






Thursday, June 27, 2013

mixology 101 // combinations



Today we shall be talking about combining both patterns and colors in outfits. If you're just tuning in, be sure to check out the previous posts: intro//color//prints

We will also be discussing different types of fabrics and how to mix them (though I'm not as knowledgeable on the subject so I will be somewhat limited) as well as different structures of clothing.

So now you have all the knowledge (that I know) about colors and patterns individually; and now it's time to combine the two! Let's look at a few examples of mixing prints with color in mind.



Liz of Delightfully Tacky provides a great example of easing into mixing multiple patterns. Because the colors in the print of her shirt are so closely related to each other, the print almost acts as a solid color. She works that to her advantage by allowing the subtle print act as an accent print against the main print of the stripes in her cardigan. The cardigan also has the outfit accent color of blue. By choosing one print with one accent color and incorporating other prints with the main color (in this case orange), Liz really shows how you can begin mixing prints with ease.

I almost forgot to mention her polka dot hose, but that's just the point, since they are not only a neutral print but also a neutral color, I didn't even notice them at first! To add any sort of interest to an outfit, the easiest way is to add a neutral print in a neutral color.

Speaking of neutral colors, take a look at how Connie of K is for Kani (left) and Alex of Great Plain Style (right) both used neutral colors in their awesome outfits. Connie paired a geometric, neutral colored skirt with an organic, bold colored shirt. Her green jacket is the focal point because it is the brightest color, and the bag is a nice complement to the jacket.

Alex combined two organic prints, but since the leopard print contains neutral colors, it goes with the galaxy skirt. Technically, the pattern of the shirt is invisible because of its neutrality, allowing it to be paired with literally any skirt in existence.


Question: I've noticed, that sometimes it's not only a question of patterns and colors, I think from time to time it's about the materials too, and I find it problematic (what a strange word, used with this "primitive" topic :D). Sometimes I just take a really nice skirt and I think with that blouse it might look awesome, but when I try them on, it's a bit of disaster - because of different fabrics. Anyway, I may am too much choosy :D :) What do you think about it?

Perhaps my above statement of being able to pair any skirt in existence isn't exactly true. There are a couple other aspects to outfits, such as type of fabric and structure of pieces that affect how an outfit look. As a general rule, I would say similars work well and opposites work well. In the case of fabrics, I envision a fuzzy sweater working well with a leather skirt, or a leather skirt working well with a leather jacket. To take it a step further with structure, the fuzzy sweater could be tight fitting, and the skirt could be a flair skirt. That way you have two opposites, both in fabric and structure. I think Le Blog De Betty is one of the best blogs out there to gain some insight by way of observation about different fabric types as well as structure. Definitely scour her archives and see how she works the fabric and structure of clothes to their highest potential.



In my own outfit, I'm sporting three different patterns: the geometric pattern in my shirt, zigzags in my dress, and stars on my tights. Because the zigzags are a small print, they complement the large geometric print. Because the zigzags feature a yellow similar to the geometric print, they match each other well. The red and blue are the same shade, so they both work together and are therefore my accent colors. The yellow, because it is the most prominent and a much brighter color than the red and blue, is the main color. It's good to note that the shirt and dress are both made of a soft feeling fabric (I'm guessing cotton, but I really don't know off the top of my head), and both have a nice, flowy structure to them.


Marlen of Messages on a Napkin is one of the best when it comes to mixing prints and patterns. In fact, she's starting up her own mixing series, Layered Like an Onion! In this outfit specifically, she paired a geometric zigzag print with an organic floral print. Both colors on the prints are tints of red and blue. She then added a beautiful pastel green belt (an opposite of the red and a complement of the blue).


Here's another example of how any color within the same tonal range will work. You can see that even though I change the hue of the dress, it still complements the colors of the rest of the outfit, which just goes to show just how versatile colored prints really are. Even though any color works, the original blue-green color of the dress, or the red color in the gif above work the best, because one is the opposite of the red floral print, and one is the same. You should either be matchy-matchy or contrasting. (But really, any color works and any color would look great.)

takeaways:

1. To ease into mixing prints, choose a bold print with an accent color, as well as a subtle print that matches the main color.
2. Think in opposites or matches--in terms of everything: color, texture, structure, pattern.


If you have any questions, please let me know! Tomorrow we will be putting your knowledge to the test (don't worry, it will be easy) by remixing my own pieces! So be sure to check back here tomorrow to join in on the fun!

Have a fantastic day.