Pinterest me (the after).

Exactly one week ago, I challenged myself to a 7 day experiment of sorts.

I called it “Pinterest me.” and I spoke of my lack of confidence and sense of personal style.

And so, I made a private Pinterest board (you can see my Pinterest Page Here) and pinned looks that were out of my comfort zone and dove right into the deep end of the Pinterest pool.

How did I do?

Well, you can check it out below,

in what I will call, “Pinterest me (the after).”

Day 1:

From Pinterest

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My attempt:

FullSizeRender(171)(On me: mustard-yellow sweater from Forever 21, over-sized striped shirt by Splendid, J Brand Jeans, long gold necklace, bought for me by my parents in Paris, white sneakers by Superga and aviator sunglasses by Ray Ban.)

Day 2:

Daytime from Pinterest

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My (hybrid) attempt:

I combined the two looks above to utilize what I had in my closet. I will say that this look is probably where I go farthest away from my comfort zone. For a leggings and sweatshirt gal, this was hard to do in a way that still felt authentic. For the record, I LOVE the top look, but felt like I achieved more of the bottom. That is to say that I was more successful with one of the iterations than the other (which was, quite possibly, not a great thing.); I’ll let you see for yourself.

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(On me: burgundy sweater from lululemon athletica, white tank from Mossimo, red dress from my sister (tag says I Love H81), gold necklace from J.Crew, boots by Jimmy Choo. Chunky cardigan on the right is from Forever 21. And it makes me feel like a librarian. NOT that there is anything wrong with being a librarian. I love books as much as anyone. I just want to point out that I am not, in fact, a librarian.)

Day 3:

From Pinterest

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My Attempt:

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(On me: gray softest fleecey sweatshirt ever by Silence and Noise (LOVE this brand), gray t-shirt by Rachel Roy, boots and wellie socks by Hunter, black knit leggings by Gap, black tote by Jack Rabbit, black cashmere hat from my parents’ coat closet, travel coffee mug by Jonathan Adler, because, obv. And yes, it was empty; I opted to drink a hot chai tea latte next door)

Day 4:

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My (hybrid) attempt:

Note: I wanted to highlight items from each look, combining some old favorites with bold new statements (like giving myself a deep, dark red lip with this killer Kevyn Aucoin lipstick in Bloodroses*.)

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(On me: camel sweater by Joie, off-white long-sleeve shirt by lululemon athletica, tank top from Target, skinny pants by Gap, 5050 Over-The-Knee boots by Stuart Weitzman, Lapiz pendant from my husband (he got this for me for healing and it is my most precious necklace), sunglasses by Chanel (thanks to my sis–amazing hand-me-over. Finally, my “leopard clutch” is actually the fleece face-warmer I got from Gap Kids for my daughter last week. It’s all about the props, people.)

*When we were in middle school, my dear friend had the Kevyn Aucoin “Making Faces” book and though I did not wear any makeup at the time, I was–quite happily–her guinea pig, as she transformed me into Julia Roberts, Cher and Tina Turner, to name a few muses. His name will always be dear to my heart.

Day 5:

Daytime From Pinterest

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My Attempt:

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(On me: Gray sweater by BDG , white tunic from Anthropologie, leggings by Mossimo, bag by Yves St. Laurent.)

But then, life stepped in.

My husband and I were on a little 2 day getaway and woke up in the morning, after sleeping gloriously late (8:30 am what WHAT!) to missed calls from home. Our girl was sick.
And so, we cut our trip short and raced home.

I immediately changed out of my nice little tunic and into sweats.

So, because I am always going to keep it real, here is what I really wore for most of the day on Wednesday:

IMG_1285(On me: Soft black zip-up hoodie from BP Undercover (the Junior’s department at Nordstrom), a pair of tie dyed sweatpants from a kid’s store and socks from J.Crew. And blue Gatorade.)

Day 6:

Daytime from Pinterest

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My Attempt:

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(On me: coat by Zara kids, black and white tank by Life is a Joke, black skinny pants by Gap, belt by Hermes, booties by Dolce Vita. )

Day 7:

Daytime from Pinterest

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(On me: pink sweatshirt by WILDFOX, pink silk blouse by J. Crew, charcoal leggings from J. Crew, leather bracelets by Hermes, boots by Jimmy Choo, pink sunglasses by Ray Ban, given to me by my husband on my wedding day.

**The rest of the bracelets in the stack on my wrist are all meaningful for me, as they were given to me by many of my very closest friends; a studded bracelet that Twin gave me RIGHT OFF OF HER WRIST when I admired it, an enamel bangle that K bought for me when I picked it out at the retail space of one of her clients, a silver bracelet from J for my 30th, a black cuff with a Fitzgerald quote from A for my birthday and a very cool snake cuff that S got me for my college graduation. Love day, indeed!)

This last outfit felt the most like me–and like Valentine’s Day- and so while I had planned my looks ahead, I am glad that I ended on this note. The thing is, personal style is called by that name for a reason. It has to be personal. I am all about branching out and so glad that I did. I took some risks and managed to find some great new combinations. I wore pieces that have been sitting my closet for months (ahem, years). But, at the end of the day, I may still be a cool sweatshirt, leggings, studded boots girl, and that’s OK. As long as I can branch out along the way, I consider this challenge a success.

And, I have to tell you, it was fun!

Don’t believe me?

Try it out yourself!

With love, leopard print and laundry loads

xx,

B

 

 

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