Monday, October 8, 2012

Pinspiration Vacation Edition - Stephanie

I am back from an awesome long weekend in Asheville, NC.  It was definitely more difficult working the Pinspiration challenge into hiking and enjoying the mountains, but I think it was a success.

Asheville is about 300ish miles north of Atlanta, so autumn was already in full swing.  I tend to have a pretty set wardrobe during fall that I don’t vary from all that much (boots/skinny jeans/blouse or tights/sweater dress/boots).  It is such a short season in Atlanta after all.  I took this weekend to play around with accessories in an attempt to mix up my usual go-to look.

Day 1 was travel day so I tried to keep it comfortable.  The inspiration shot for this outfit played with a very neutral palette.  Instead of skinny jeans like I normally wear, I went with khaki cords with a basic white tee (and boots of course).  I had originally paired this with an ocelot patterned scarf, but had issues figuring out how to wear it.  Later in the week Katie (also doing this challenged) schooled me in the fine art of scarf tying, but it was too late to make into this look.  I opted for my brown faux leather jacket instead.  This is not my favorite look.  While it’s not horrible, I miss color.

  •  Cords - Banana Republic
  • White Tee - Loft
  • Boots - Ivanka Trump
  • Jacket - Express

Day 2 we went on a haunted pub crawl of Asheville.  Since we were going to be walking the bulk of the night, comfort was key.  The inspiration for this look was a dress I saw on Anthropologie’s website.  I loved the styling of this more than anything.  Since the goal of the weekend was to mix up my usual fall look with accessories, I went with a pretty basic blue dress.  To it I added a bold statement necklace and purple tights (again I wore my brown boots…they are crazy comfy).  I had originally added a belt, but decided against it since we were going to be eating a big dinner and then hit up any number of pubs.  This was probably my favorite look of the weekend.  I love the blue and purple together.  It was just so much less expected than a standard black tight.

  • Dress - Modcloth
  • Necklace - New York and Company
  • Tights - Express
  • Boots - Ivanka Trump
  • Jacket - Express

Day 3 was game day for Georgia Tech, so we went into town to find a sports bar to watch the game in.  By Saturday, it was pretty chilly and I was bound and determined to make a scarf work.  Went with my basic sweater/jean/boot combo, but added the aforementioned scarf from day 1.  Thanks to Katie’s styling help, I now know how to tie a scarf.  I really liked this outfit too.  It was warm and comfy and, most importantly, still stylish.

  • Jeans - Old Navy
  • Sweater - Express
  • Scarf - Banana Republic
  • Boots - Ivanka Trump
  • Jacket - Express

I am now really looking forward to what is typically one of my least inspired fashion seasons.  Can’t wait to keep trying and pining new looks!

Here is a pic of the ladies on the way to the top of Chimney Rock in Bat Cave, NC.  I had such a lovely time with all of you!