Girl, you don’t match! Pattern mixing part 2.

So, I tried it again.

This time I put a little more thought into it and re-read the rules of pattern mixing so that I was fully aware of the rules I was breaking (be wrong, strong! Remember?) I did cling onto two rules for dear life though:

1. Mix patterns from the same color family. Check – except maybe the gold in the scarf and the neutral beige of the base of the leopard print, but it’ll do.

2. Space the patterns out. Check, kinda’.  I discovered with my last attempt at pattern mixing, I’m just not that comfortable mixing more than two patterns.  Any they musn’t be right on top of each other.  Baby steps.

PRO TIP – This is also a rule I find applies to wearing colors (clothing, accessories, or make-up) that are closely related but just a shade apart.  Space them shits out!


Cookie likes it!


Even the spray bottle is in on it!


I finished up the look with some pretty neutral eye make up, and matching (breaking rules again!) red lipstick.  Another PRO TIP – This type of red was difficult to find a lipstick match for.  It’s not a true red, but is very cool.  A coral based red did the trick.

One nuance of note: Regardless of the outfit being a success or not, I was feeling pretty fierce that day.  I suspect I could have chosen clashing colors for the whole damn outfit and still been a bad bitch.  Confidence is just that good.

What do you think?  Did I nail it or do I need some more practice?

“I’ll Try Just About Anything Twice!”

Once for the experience, a second time to make sure I don’t like it.

Back story: I was walking along, minding my business, and I noticed this quote posted on someone’s cube wall:

It seemed to come at an opportune time.   With the new year and along with everyone else, I’ve been taking stock of my life.  It feels like it’s a bit stagnate.  I know that Hubby and I have been out of survival mode for a few solid years now and are working our way up Maslow’s Hirearchy.  Getting past the foundation seems to bring all those first world problems like self enlightenment and all that garbage.  Since I’m not quitting my day job to busk my way across America any time soon I wanted to start small.

How small you might ask?

It came to me this morning as I was reviewing the absolutely boring coordinated skirt and cardigan I laid out for myself last night before bed.  I had 10 minutes to scrap that idea and come up with a new one but there was one problem: I’m such a chicken when it comes to my wardrobe!  As a life long fat girl, I’ve had my trials and tribulations building my wardrobe.  By now I know what works on my body and what is flattering. However, I have yet to master the fine art of mixing patterns.

Then I recalled a post I came across on Nouveau North Westerners where  Ms. Alison’s pattern mixing left me a little uneasy but delightfully titillated.  How can I get in on that?  Today was my day!

I didn’t have the chance to take the outfit for a test drive at the grocery store (shut up, you know you do it too!) and certainly at 6:30 this morning no time to research the rules of mixing patterns.  So, I just went for it.  Yes, in the back of my mind the thought that even if I look terrible surely, it wouldn’t be worse than neglecting to brush my teeth or that one time in Vegas. My logical brain knows it’s dumb but even something as small as stepping out of my comfort zone by mixing up my clothing coordination – had me a little shook!   If I’m honest though, after lunch I forgot all about what I was wearing thus proving once again, it’s not what you wear, but how you wear it.  Be wrong strong y’all!

The result: nailed it? I’ll have to try it twice more to make sure.

Pattern mixing makes me itch!

What are you tried and true tips for mixing patterns?  Lawd knows I could use some help!