Chocolate Laced: 21 Day Challenge - Day 17 - Repair & Wear It!

So, maybe I was a little too ambitious with this challenge, but I guess I don't like to back out of things that I'm passionate about and that I love doing. So, I was initially going to skip this day because I didn't think I had anything that needed repairing and I got home at around 11:45 PM last night (with a 9:20 AM class the following/this morning). I thought it would've been too much to find something that needed to be repaired and then to actually repair it myself. I was right. It was too much. But I went on and did it anyway!

Day 17: Do you have a pile of shame too? That place where you stick clothes that need a new button/ hem fixed/ the sides taken in? Well, for tomorrow I want you to go dig through that repair pile, pick a deserving item, fix it and wear it. And then tell us about it, of course.

It turns out that before two weeks ago, I would not have had a single item to repair. I like to fix my clothes that I think are worth the fix as soon as I recognize the problem or just get rid of them if they're not worth it. However, in one of my recent thrifting trips, I picked up this dress because I liked the shape of it. I tried it on and loved the fit but I wasn't the hugest fan of the length. It stopped at about 3 inches above my ankle but my imagination saw how much potential the dress had and I promised myself I would take it to a tailor. I've yet to find a tailor, so I decided to take matters into my amateur hands and hand-sew the hem to shorten the dress.

What I'm Wearing
Earrings: gift (my mom's collection)
Linen Blazer: UK Style French Connection ($12)
Linen Gingham Dress: thrifted ($10)
Watches & Bracelets: gift (my mom's collection)
Leopard Bow Belt: ASOS ($6)
Skinny Belts: H&M (3 for $10)
Oxford-Like Flats: Kimichi Blue (eBay $10)
Leather Structured Bag: vintage
TOTAL: $44

It was too late when I realized that the hem job I did was too short, but I'm still comfortable in the dress. I didn't cut off any fabric; I'm actually holding the excess up inside the dress with some safety pins! I did this so that I could undo the hem and get it professionally done or redo it myself when I'm better friends with the sewing machine in my garage.

Oh, how I love this bag. It only poses one problem. It. Is. HEAVY! I feel like if I keep carrying it, my left arm will have a large muscle-builder look and my right arm will remain just as frail looking. I'm going to look into getting a locker on campus.

This is the first time I'm wearing a dress in so long! I've be wanting to wear one, but it never worked out the way I planned! Finally! Dresses are so freeing!


Chocolate Laced: 21 Day Challenge - Day 16 - Menswear

This bag and these shoes were exactly why I was so excited for this challenge! Aren't they divine?

Day 16: It's kind of fun to wear boy clothes sometimes. You can go all out with a tie and button up shirt or go subtle with a chunky watch and menswear inspired shoes or mix something masculine with something really feminine. You can even raid your significant other's closet if you want (I won't tell).

When I saw the shoes I fell in love with them. When I found them in my size I had my friends hold me up from fainting. The bag was like a gift from above. When my family moved into our current place of residence, this bag was one of the treasures that came with it. The previous owners left it in the garage along with other things. I've been eyeing the bag for the past four years that we've lived here and no one touched it (or even moved it!) so I took the liberty of giving such a worthy and beautifully structured bag a place in my closet.

What I'm Wearing
Earrings: (old)
Denim Jacket: Gap thrifted ($8)
Button Down: H&M (my sister's closet)
High-Waisted Croppped Pants: H&M ($10)
Belt: H&M (came with pants)
Leather Watch: Fossil (gift)
Herringbone & Leatherette Oxfords: Forever 21 ($25)
Leather Structured Bag: vintage
TOTAL: $43

I'm starting to realize that time management is crucial when trying to be Superwoman! Going to school, working, doing extra-curriculars, blogging, having a social and family life, and finding time for myself takes a lot out of me! I need to start finding myself in bed before 12!


Chocolate Laced: 21 Day Challenge - Day 14 & 15 - Inspiration and New Hairdo

Today is the first day of class! After losing power last night because of Hurricane Irene and being forced to wake up early, I woke up this morning in disbelief. This summer flew by! Having started this blog in the beginning of the summer, it puts it all into perspective for me. I've only had one class so far; my next one is at 4:15 PM. I'm currently in the library moving my head slower than usual and bumping to Micheal Jackson! Happy Birthday MJ!

Day 14: I want you to copy someone. Find an outfit that you loved on someone else and recreate it for yourself using stuff from your own closet. Make it work for your style and body type and make it your own.
Day 15: Your head has the power to make or break your outfit (AND your confidence) so tomorrow I want you to try something new with your hair and build your outfit around it. Try loose waves or a high bun or victory rolls or a crown braid or maybe a new hair accessory.

Hurricane Irene made it impossible for me to do an outfit post yesterday because 1) I didn't go anywhere and 2) I had no power (on and off, it was scary)! I was going to wear this outfit to church, but I just decided to combine it with my new hairdo today. And what better day to do both than on the first day of class when everyone looks extra spiffy! I was inspired to wear this outfit while browsing a Refinery29 article on how to wear neon colors without looking like traffic cone! This look is called "Neon in the Nude". This color is so bright I can't tell what it is! It's a tomato-y dark coral-like red! I'll just call it coral. I think that may be my color!

What I'm Wearing
Earrings: (gift)
Neon Blouse: Old Navy (gift) [shop]
Pants: Macy's ($8)
Flats: Steve Madden (gift)
Watches: Gold Seiko and Leather Fossil (gifts)
Bracelet: CR (my sister's closet)
Necklace: Forever 21 (my sister's closet)

My hair! I saw the style on a Japanese girl and later on Lady Gaga and I promised myself that when I put long hair on my head, I would make a hair bow tie! It was SO difficult because the procedure for holding a hair bow made of heavy braids is so much different than making one with real hair. I got some help from a YouTube video and when that didn't work, I found what worked for me on my own! I'm just very careful as to how much vigor I put into moving around. It's certainly making me walk with a lot more grace. I absolutely love it! I also tied my belt in the style of a bow tie to compliment my hair!

Tomorrow's challenge is menswear! I could cry with excitement!


Chocolate Laced: 21 Day Challenge - Day 13 - Neutral...Pop!

So I was excited for today's challenge...that is until Hurricane Irene swooped down and destroyed all my pending plans. I'm gonna be home all day today (not including a brief trip to Walmart to stock up on some hurricane relief items...mostly food) and I didn't want to get all spiffy just to walk around the house. Le sigh.

Day 13: I love neutrals with a pop of color (in rooms as well as in clothes). It's classic but still kind of unexpected. Your pop can be accessory, a skirt, a lipcolor. Have fun with it!

What I was going to wear was a lot happier than this. I like happy outfits. But today, my melancholy outfit tells a story and it goes: In the midst of Irene's gray skies, all I really want is some sunlight! The end. How'd I do? Is there a bright future for me in the story writing business?

What I'm Wearing
Earrings: (closet swap)
Necklace: (gift)
Oversized Vest: H&M ($5)
Shirt: H&M ($3 eBay)
Belt: H&M (3 for $12; $4 eac)
Pants: H&M ($5)
Sequin Flats: Steve Madden ($40)
TOTAL: $57

Thank goodness for H&M, huh? With the exception of my shoes and jewelry, my entire outfit is from there. Gotta love me some Hennes! I actually love working there. It's only been two weeks and I don't want to leave! It's like going to work in my dream closet every day.

So, I also painted my nails neutral with a pop! Not for the sake of this challenge, but just because I love fall colors and I'm anxious for the season to arrive! Taupe and maroon! I may have an outfit for that! For all of you who are in the midst of Hurricane Irene or are awaiting her arrival like I am, be safe!


Chocolate Laced: 21 Day Challenge - Day 12 - Jazz Up Jeans

I've been looking and looking for ways that I could incorporate my remix item into another challenge day and, lo and behold, day 12 tells me to jazz up my jeans!

Day 12: I think it's fair to say that jeans are a staple for most people. They're comfortable, versatile, and come in a huge range of styles and price ranges. Odds are good that you A. own a pair of jeans and B. wear them constantly. The problem is that jeans go just as well with a frumpy t-shirt as a silk top or blazer and, in our casual culture, people tend to reach for the frumpy t-shirt first. So for I want you to bust out those jeans but jazz them up. Go fancy or rock and roll or office chic or whatever, but don't go frump.

One of the reasons that it's so hard for me to have a style definition is because I love just about everything! Especially menswear! A friend of mine is an extremely dapper fellow and his style is so on point that he was stopped in his tracks, photographed and interviewed for a publication in his university's paper about how fly he is! (He attends Howard U.) I am dedicating this outfit to him.

What I'm Wearing
Bow Necklace: DIY (chain hooked onto barrette)
Linen Blazer: UK Style French Connection ($12)
V-Neck Silk Knit Sweater: H&M ($3 eBay)
***Button Down: A'gaci ($5)***
Gold Watch: gift (my mother's collection)
Bracelets: assorted
Leather Belt: Topshop (my sister's closet)
Jeans: H&M SQIN (3 for $10 eBay: ~$3)
Canvas Satchel: ASOS ($25)
Oxfords: Bamboo ($10)
TOTAL: $55
(The asterisks indicate my remix item!)

I really wanted to wear an actual bow tie, but my shirt wasn't made for those, so I got innovative! I took one of my hair barrettes, a chain from a necklace that I rarely wear, and I went to work! Ta-da! The finished product!

Boy! Already halfway through with this 21 day challenge and I'm loving each day! Stay tuned for tomorrow! (I'm super excited about it, by the way!)

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