Poppies and Peter Pan Collars

Surprisingly, I’m enjoying some of the new updates to WordPress. The option to display photos in different ways is actually useful! What do you think of today’s all-circles layout? However, I’m not a huge fan of some of their other changes to their formats. More on that in a later post, though!


Anyway, today’s OOTD features one of my latest favorite items! I found this red dress at one of my local thrift stores for just $8, and it fits perfectly! It features a peter pan collar and an allover red, white, and grey poppy print. I can’t stop wearing it lately!

Back in middle school and the beginnings of high school I was obsessed with wearing just all black and concert tee shirts…*shudders*! If me at 18 had met me at 14, I’m sure I would have told me I needed a serious style makeover! However sometimes it’s hard to keep away from what used to be your default way of dressing…I saw this dress and thought that a grungy/indie vibe was just what it needed. I grabbed my trusty black Converse and some black knit knee socks, and of course a beanie, and voila! I had to grab a nice dark lipstick too of course. I kept the rest of my makeup neutral except for defining my eyebrows.

 

Dress: Thrifted, Knee Socks: Payless, Sneakers: Converse, Beanie: Forever21, Lipstick: Milani in Cabaret Blend.


It can be super hard to avoid your style roots, but overall I really like how this turned out! What do you think? Do you ever revert to what you style used to be? What do you think of the changes to WordPress? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by!

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Short Hair, Short Skirt, Don’t Care

     I hate being professional.

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I think that fashion shouldn’t be restricted. I hate dress codes in any form. I feel that restricting what I can wear is like restricting my freedom of speech. Fashion is art. I will use my fashion as graffiti if I want to- bold, larger than life, full color six stories high!

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But I totally get why we need dress codes. We have to have some semblance of professionalism in the workplace, in the classroom, in order to properly represent the institution I attend.

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As a nursing student, I’m constantly followed by dress codes. Nothing too short, no crop tops, closed-toed shoes only. No dyed hair, no fake nails, no nail polish. No shorts, no jeans, nothing low cut. Nothing fun!! I feel like I’m being stifled and strangled!

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So here is an outfit that’s totally inappropriate for class, work, and anywhere else I have to be, featuring a crop top and a too-short skirt. Fashion is the best form of self-expression; it’s the one that everyone everywhere takes part in every day.

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On another note, I cut my hair and I’m loving it! I took off about 8 inches, which is the most I’ve ever done! It was time for a change 🙂

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The top I’m wearing in this post is featured in Back To School Haul, while my ankle booties can be seen again in my August Favorites post.

What do you think? How do you feel about dress codes? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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August Favorites

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I hope everyone’s been having a good month! Tomorrow I start my second year of college. I’m so glad to finally be back on campus, but I’m not quite ready to start actually going to class again…waking up at 6:30 is not my favorite thing in the world, I’m pretty much the opposite of a morning person. Anyway, here’s what I’ve been loving this month!

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First up, pretty stationery! I’m the kind of person that would be totally lost without a good planner. This one is from Staples and has both a monthly and daily view. I also have this adorable world map notebook! Pretty stationery is one of my favorite vices. You can find this planner here!

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My current makeup obsession is baked eyeshadows. I picked these up from Sally Beauty supply for just $1 each just to test them out. Of course, they’re not the best quality, but I’ve really loving the great neutral metallic shades, and they do well worn wet with a primer underneath. I’ve been loving this BellaPierre lipstick as well! I received it in a previous Ipsy bag, but didn’t get around to testing it until recently. It’s extremely pigmented, and I’m really loving wearing it this summer. You can find it here for $19.99!

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 These boots. I could wax poetic about how much I love these boots for hours. They’re the perfect height, have an awesome chunky heel, and go without absolutely everything! Stay tuned for an outfit featuring them soon! I can’t wait to wear them when the weather gets a bit colder. I found them at Forever21, and though they aren’t available in black anymore, you can grab them in maroon or cognac here!

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What have you been loving this month? Are you ready for the month of September? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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Denim Shift Dress

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Hello everyone, and happy Wednesday! I hope wherever you are is cooler than here; temperatures are off the charts and all I want to do is spend all day in the pool with a cold smoothie!
 Today was another oppressively hot one, so I thought it was the perfect day to show you guys this sleeveless denim shift dress! You may remember it from my Back To School Haul the other day. It’s my favorite piece lately! It’s so swingy and cool, and just so easy to wear. I paired it with my favorite oxfords, a bronze necklace, and this lovely little coin purse for some fun vintage vibes.

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I threw my hair up to get it off my neck, and added a simple winged eyeliner look. Aren’t the mountains just gorgeous here in Vermont? I love the summer scenery!

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Shop this look: Denim Shift: Forever21, Necklace: Forever21 (similar), Sunnies: Forever21, Coin Purse: Vintage.

Also a quick mention, this marks six months of Color Me Kiki! Thank you so much to everyone who follows, comments, and enjoys my posts; it means so much to be to be able to share my writing and creativity with all of you like this! I extend a virtual hug to each and every one of you 🙂  I’ve come so far in a short time thanks to all of you, so, thank you very much!

What pieces are you loving for summer? What do you think about shift dresses? Let me know in the comments! Good luck beating the heat, and thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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My Dresslink Wishlist

Happy Wednesday, everyone! I hope everyone’s week is going well so far. I’ve been exhausted trying to keep on top of work, social outings, and everything else. I’ve been rewarding myself for getting through the days with a lot of online shopping! 😉 I’ve been testing out some new retailers that aren’t my usual go-tos. It’s always good to look around and see what other options are out there instead of getting stuck in a style rut!

By now, everyone’s probably seen links to this new clothing website cropping up on various blogging feeds. If you’ve never heard of Dresslink, here’s the basics-it’s a Chinese wholesale clothing retailer, which means they can sell clothes very cheaply! They have some really cute designs and some awesome on-trend pieces that I’d love to try out! Here’s my wishlist!

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Black Romper

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Little White Dress

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 Blue Jumpsuit

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Fringe Skirt

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Of course, with wholesale clothing you run the risk of the quality being poorer than expected, but with such great prices I think that risk is a fair tradeoff! Nothing on the wishlist costs over $8-how crazy is that? I’m in love with all of these pieces, especially that black romper and the black fringe skirt. Dresslink also has an insane amount of pieces-there truly is something for everyone! You can check out the website by clicking on the picture below!

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What do you think? Have you shopped at Dresslink yet? Which of the pieces on my wishlist is your favorite? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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Back In Black

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I’m on a bit of a rock and roll kick this summer so far- I channeled some edgy rocker vibes in this OOTD with my maroon leather jacket and round sunnies.

I’m in love with this black maxi dress, my latest purchase from the amazing TJ Maxx! I tied it up to keep it off the ground, and also to add a bit of an edge to the silhouette. The soft jersey fabric is so versatile, and I’m loving wearing it in so many different ways this summer so far! I grabbed a silver necklace to add a little flair, but overall I tried to keep everything pretty minimal to let the details take center stage.

I added my ever-present Milani lipstick in Caberet Blend- it’s a great maroony-red shade that perfectly matches the jacket! I left the rest of my makeup neutral so as not to offset the bold lip.

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I’m in love with these suede booties-they’re the perfect 70’s low boot! I have very similar ones in a different shade as well, and I wear them constantly! Booties are my vice 🙂

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I couldn’t resist adding this last picture-I had way too much fun with this photoshoot 🙂 I think it captures the edginess I was going for rather well haha! I love wearing this maxi dress like this, and I have so many other ideas for it too! A black maxi dress is really the perfect staple for any closet in any season! It can be easily transformed no matter what your aesthetic is.

What do you think? How do you style a black maxi dress? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by!

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See this jacket styled differently in In Like A Lion, Out Like A Lamb and these booties again in Good Vibes!

May Favorites

June is finally here! The promise of regular sunshine is so close I can almost taste it…I can’t wait til it heats up enough for me to sit on a beach somewhere with a good book, my swimsuit, and a cold glass of lemonade in my hand! I’ve got summertime on the brain, and so it make sense that my favorites for May are on the sunny side.

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I’m planning a few beach days for this summer, and good reads are an essential! I picked up this copy of Kurt Vonnegut’s Breakfast of Champions at a local bookstore’s sale the other day for just a dollar! Vonnegut is one of my favorite authors, and I’m looking forward to rereading this classic soon! You can find it here.

Victoria’s Secret was having one of their semi-annual sales the other day, and I grabbed this amazing longline lace bralette. It’s the perfect summer layering piece for under cutout tees and loose dresses! I can’t wait to show you it in a beach OOTD! You can find a similar one here.
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What’s a beach day without a great bronzer? I’m new to using bronzers, and so I found this one at my local drugstore for just $4! I picked it up in the shade Ticket To Brazil, and I’ve found it to be an amazing product so far! It isn’t too shimmery and adds just the right amount of color to my skin. It is available in 2 other shades, and I highly recommend it if you’re a bronzer novice like me. Find it here!

I’ve written before about my love for Milani lipsticks, and I decided to test out some of Milani’s other products. I grabbed this eyeshadow in the shade Belle Champagne. It’s a lovely shimmery peachy color, although it is a little sheer, but for light everyday wear it’s perfect! I’ve had better results when applying it wet as far as pigmentation goes. Pick one up here.

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I grabbed these cute little travel sized brushes on sale at the amazing TJ Maxx! I have yet to test them fully, but they seem lovely so far. They’re so soft on the skin, I can’t wait to test them!

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What products have you been loving this month? Are you ready for warmer weather? What are some of your beach day essentials? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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Making Waves

Happy Friday, everyone! I thought I’d show you one of my favorite slightly more formal outfits in today’s OOTD. Today was such a beautiful sunny day that I just had to pull out one of my favorite vintage-inspired ModCloth dresses.

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This lovely floral tea dress is my favorite to wear to slightly dressier occasions, like family dinners and the like. I adore the vintage cut with its longer skirt and deep V back. It’s a perfect color combination of navy and white with an adorable floral print. I grabbed it from ModCloth on sale for just $24.99, and I’m so pleased with it! It works for so many occasions, and I instantly fall in love with anything vintage-inspired and floral to boot!

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I just had so much fun taking these pictures! Sometimes it’s nice to shake up your blogging routine. Every outfit and every day is different and unique, so I feel that each photoshoot should reflect that! It was also such a hot day, it felt lovely to cool my bare feet in the lake 🙂

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I added my favorite floppy maroon hat and lipstick, as well as my great maroon Mary Jane heels. I just love these shoes-just the right combination of vintage and modern! Plus they were on sale for just $14 when I got them-can’t beat that price, and the quality is great! They’ve lasted a year or more now, and I’m still head over heels for them haha. Maroon and navy is such a great combo, I felt the accessories and dress really complemented each other. What do you think?

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lake3Dress: ModCloth, Hat: Amazon, Shoes: Payless(no longer available), Lipstick: Milani

What do you think? Do you shop at ModCloth? What do you think of maroon and navy-any favorite color combos? I’d love to hear what you think in the comments! Thanks for stopping by!

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See a different way to wear these heels and this hat in Mint To Be and in Landslide

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Today I’m channeling some serious seventies vibes! This outfit was my take on the great seventies trends that have been going on this season. I couldn’t help titling the post after the classic Stevie Nicks song-I just love her!

I wore my new romper that I just received from Forever21. I’d never bought a romper before, and I was hesitant to try them out, but I’m so glad I did! They’re such a versatile addition to any wardrobe-there’s so many different styles, so no matter what your style is you can find one for you-whether you prefer bohemian, preppy, or edgier vibes. I’m 5’8″, so finding ones that fit me has been really difficult! I was pretty worried about this one, but the wonderful Forever21 came through again, and it luckily fits perfectly. I added a long knit cardigan, my heeled suede booties, lots of jewelry, and my new favorite hat- this amazing maroon sunhat!

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This romper features lace straps and edging, as well as pockets, an elastic waist, and adorable buttons up the back! I added some of my favorite silver necklaces too at different lengths. I swiped on some plum lipstick to match the maroon sunhat too!

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Channeling Stevie Nicks by spinning in my cardigan…I’m going to need a floral kimono to properly copy her!

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I added some volume and curl to my hair with my favorite salt spray. I love all the 70s trends cropping up, so I added as many as possible to this outfit-round sunnies, lots of jewelry, big floppy hats, and suede booties! I just need something fringe to complete it!

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Romper-Forever21, Hat-Amazon, Booties-Charlotte Russe(similar), Necklaces- Similar, Lipstick-Wet N Wild,

Cardigan-Gap, Sunnies: Amazon, Salt Spray-Ulta

What do you think? What’s your favorite seventies trend? What do you think of rompers? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by!

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See these boots styled another way in Good Vibes, or this cardigan styled differently in Day Trippin’

Day Trippin’

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a lovely weekend. I spent my Saturday taking a road trip adventure! Since I’m not originally from the area I live in now, I decided to explore somewhere I’d never been before. We found some great spots in the nearby town of Cooperstown NY, home to the National Baseball Hall Of Fame. I even managed to squeeze in an outfit to share with you all! I love taking these little day trips around the area. They’re such a great opportunity to just relax and explore somewhere you’ve never been before!

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We found a cute little park right on the edge of the lake. It was such a gorgeous day outside, I finally got to break out my summer shorts!

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I chose my white denim shorts and added a loose patterned print top. Some silver necklaces, a mustard satchel, and my trusty ankle-strap sandals round out the look! Comfortable shoes and a large purse or backpack to hold your essentials are a must for day trips like these. I threw on a grey cardigan to combat the wind coming off the lake. Easy, breezy, comfy, and road-trip ready!

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After staying awhile by the lakeside, we walked through the adorable downtown area of Cooperstown and found a great little sandwich shop called the Stagecoach. I tried out the Dolce Vita- a ham, mozzarella, avocado, and pesto panini. it was incredibly delicious, and I definitely recommend checking the place out if you’re ever in the area!  We then stopped by a lovely little bakery, and I couldn’t resist a slice of the chocolate ganache torte…it was so delicious and rich!

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Top: Vintage, Shorts: Similar, Sandals: Payless(similar), Satchel: Forever21(similar), Cardigan: Gap, Necklace Set: Similar

All in all, it was such a fun day! Exploring new places is always so much fun, and the sunshine and promise of summer had me feeling on top of the world! Is there anywhere in your area you’ve been wanting to explore? What are your road tip fashion essentials? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

Love Kiki

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