Thursday, August 25, 2011

Karma Chameleon...You Come and Go, You Come and Go (OOTD)


So I guess it's no big secret that I've been going through some...stuff...lately. When I'm feeling blue, it really takes serious effort just to pull myself out of bed in the morning much less put together an outfit.

But then, with the click of a mouse, inspiration can strike.

Leave it to Kim of Anthroholic: one of my favorite outfit constructionists. (is that even a real term or did I just make that up? I probably should've just said "stylist," but I thought "outfit constructionist" sounded kind of cool. It's also 1:30 AM right now, so I think potato chips sound cool right now too.)

Anyway I loved her color combo in this outfit she wore the other day. I wouldn't have thought to pair mustard-y gold with orange or red, but I loved how it looked and I thought I'd try my hand at recreating it with pieces from my own closet...

Liberty of London for Target (similar here and here)
Looping Lanes Belt (2010)
Matrushka Construction Earrings

(okay, pardon the soft focus on the photo - Husband took the photo and he did the best he could and we couldn't take another one before the battery died, sooo...yeah.)

(...also, pardon the Hello Kitty bandaid on my knee. I cut myself shaving that this morning. Yep. Junior-high-style. w00t.)

Anyway, when life gives you lemons, what do you do? You make lemonade, spike it and then buy some fabulous shoes. The shoes, as you may recognize (though Husband cut them off a bit - oops), were inspired by Carol. After watching her wear hers for a year and seeing that they looked truly fabulous (and...well, after a particularly trying day), I decided to take the plunge and buy myself a nice little pair of shoes.

Though I tend to refer to shoes like these as shooz.

Oh, I'm fancy.

Another thing I do when I'm feeling blue (besides shop) is pull up some music from the 1980s. I find that it takes me back to when I was a kid, when my biggest worry was what grade I got on the latest math test. So I'll leave off this little post with a song (which I couldn't stop thinking of since my outfit was reddish and goldish, with a teeny bit of green from the flowers on the dress. And also in reference to the fact that I seem to pop in and out of this blog without any rhyme or reason. It's just how life goes, I guess)...

and, finally, a quote:

"My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we'll change the world." - Jack Layton (1950-2011)

Thanks so much for reading, and I hope you have a great day!


  1. Hi Kathryn:

    Thanks for including the quote by Jack Layton who died in Toronto (my hometown) this past Monday morning.  His letter, in its entirety is moving and inspirational.  It's amazing that his legacy is far-reaching and inspires hope in those near and far.

    Best, Lisa

  2. Hi Kathryn:

    Great to see you; hang in there and I love culture club too!


  3. Hey pretty lady!  It's wonderful to see you and you know you're in my heart and prayers :)  This too shall pass. I've been going through a lot of really rough family stuff lately too, so I feel your pain, and just want you to know you're not alone.
    I love your outfit, and i love how you coined me an outfit constructionist!  That's awesome and I'm flattered.

  4. Love the shoes! Long time reader, first time commenter... love the blog!

    Had to come out of lurking so that I could share a tip I read a long time ago... (and depending on what you're going through this could totally seem so freaking minor... so, it doesnt apply with BIG deals... but with smaller ones...) when you're feeling a little blue or out of sorts... wear a bright blue necklace. Something about the blue tones reflecting against your face and not only lifting your mood, but also bringing attention up to your face and the blue tones brighten up your face and at least make you appear like you feel better than you really do!

    I bought a big chunky blue necklace for this reason and I have to say it works!... I've also taken to buying my friends blue necklaces for gifts.

    Take care of yourself!

  5. Kathryn, you're looking lovely per usual. I'm also a Culture Club fan. Sorry to hear about the difficult time. Hope things get better soon.

  6. That quote is so moving. What a loss for the Canadian people. May he rest in peace.

    You look very lovely, as always.

  7. Kathryn PrettythingsAugust 25, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    Aww, thanks Terri. I really appreciate it. =)

    And yay for Culture Club! I swear Boy George does his makeup better than I do, lol

  8. Kathryn PrettythingsAugust 25, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    Thank you Kim. Your kindness means so much to me. I keep you in my thoughts and prayers too, and I hope all is going okay in your neck of the woods. Sending virtual hugs your way too.

    Your style is an inspiration to me and I love that I'm able to look at my closet in a new light thanks to you. You're awesome, lady. =)


  9. Kathryn PrettythingsAugust 25, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    Amen, sister. That whole letter brought me to tears. Such a loss.

    Thanks so much for your kind comment, and thank you for reading.

  10. Kathryn PrettythingsAugust 25, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    Hi Lisa...

    His letter, so full of hope and optimism in the face of loss, is such an inspiration for all. It's not easy to stay hopeful when things look hopeless, but his letter reminds me that it's important to try.

    My condolences to the Canadian people on their loss.

    All the best to you, and thank you for your kind comments.

  11. Kathryn PrettythingsAugust 25, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    Thanks for reading and for your kind comments!

    It's funny, I was just admiring a girl with a blue necklace just the other day and I made myself a mental note to look for one. =) Thanks for the suggestion! I believe that people should do what they need to do for themselves as long as a) they don't hurt themselves, b) they don't hurt anybody else and c) they don't break the law.

    (the third one probably sounds a little odd, but people do the oddest things when they're in despair, and I've yet to discover a truly worthy reason to acquire an arrest record)

     Thanks again. xoxo

  12. Hi Kathryn! Long time reader, first time commenting. I just want to say I know how you feel. I've been going through alot of "stuff" lately myself. I don't know what you are going through, but I just wanted to say you look beautiful and keep your head up!

  13. Hi Kathryn,
    I'm sending you virtual hugs from Canada. Stay strong, lady! Also, it's very cool that you included the quote from our dear Jack Layton. A very sad passing of a real gentleman!

    Take good care! (:

  14. Kathryn PrettythingsAugust 25, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    Hi BonnieJo! Thanks so much for your kindness. I'm sorry to hear that you have "stuff" going on too. =\ Take care of yourself, and I hope you have good "stuff" to balance the not-so-good "stuff." Hugs to you.

  15. Kathryn PrettythingsAugust 25, 2011 at 2:23 PM

    Thank you so much! I really appreciate it!

  16. In LOVE with that beautiful orange scalloped sweater! That entire ensemble is so perfect for our upcoming transition into fall... yay!

    Wanted to let you know, I tried putting the book club badge up on my blog but was unable to get it to work!  Did put up a post about it and wanted you to be able to take a peek!


  17. So in love with that orange scalloped cardi!  That is the perfect ensemble for our almost transition into fall... yay!

    I wasn't able to add the book club badge to my blog, but did share a post about the IPOPT Book Club and wanted you to be able to check it out.

    Hope all is well and life moves right past any hard times you may be experiencing!


  18. Hi Kathryn,  I love the rush that comes from being inspired to dress in fun ways- it's often a comfort amongst the the things you can't change or affect.  And you must know the pleasure that it brings other people to see you having fun!  heh...and great shoes always make me happy!

    Hang in there, and thanks for the words from Jack- I haven't been able to actually read his letter yet, since I am kinda unusually upset by his passing.  It's so unfair, you know?

  19. Oh and me getting temporary reprieve from your stuff by looking adorable and hanging with Boy George has inspired me that perhaps I should do the same.  Hugs!

  20. Sometimes when I'm feeling blue I try dress for the total opposite and try to brighten up my day that way.  You look amazing BTW.  And good old comfort music is not that bad either.  Hope you're feeling better, girlie! 

  21. This has been a tough year...I keep finding myself saying "well it could have been worse." That's not the most cheerful state of mind when that is the best consolation you can think of! I hope things are easier for you soon. This is my first comment but coming to this blog has brightened up my year. You are both beautiful, sweet people and your posts always bring a smile to my face (and good ideas to my closet). Take care.