October 21, 2011

outfit post | pleather and lace

I am not a photographer. I shoot my blog photos with my iPhone 4, which is an upgrade from my unreliable point-and-shoot from a few Christmases ago.

I’ve always said that if I ever wanted to incorporate outfit posts into my blog, I wanted to do it right.

Well, the time has come.

My friend Ed agreed to snap outfit posts for the blog until I get my own camera and figure out my way around it.

Until then, enjoy Ed’s beautiful photography (and taking a peek at my outfits) every week.

This is going to be fun.

kimberlyloc wears a red lace dress over pleather leggings

{Dress//Boutique in Soho, New York City; Faux Snakeskin Belt//Target; Pleather Leggings//Forever 21; Booties//Wal-Mart. Photo By Ed Felix}

I wanted the first outfit captured on the blog to express a few things about myself.

Red is my favorite color, but for some reason, I own very few pieces of stop sign-colored clothing. This dress, which I got from a small boutique in New York City in February, combines showstopping red with delicate lace — a perfect reflection of my feminine yet fiery personality.

I like the way this lace dress hugs my body yet covers up everything — except when worn without leggings underneath (which I have never done!). I paired it with some edgy (and inexpensive) pleather leggings to tone down the girliness of the lace..and to stay warm in this cooler fall weather.

kimberlyloc red dress and faux snakeskin belt

{Photo By Ed Felix}

kimberlyloc red dress and accessories detail

{Cameo Bracelet//Solemates Boutique, Van Buren, Arkansas; 18K Gold and Onyx Ring//Gift from Mama. Photo By Ed Felix}

While there’s nothing extremely special about this faux snakeskin belt from Target, the bracelet and ring are special to me.

My first job ever, in high school, was at Solemates Boutique. I have a lot of clothing, jewelry, shoes and accessories from Solemates — and those pieces, including this cameo bracelet, are at least six to seven years old. While the bracelet may not hold any monetary value (it cost 24 year-2004-dollars), it reminds me of a very good time in my life — being 18, carefree and ready for my next adventure.

Upon completing one adventure in life, college, my mom handed down the gold and onyx ring to me. It wasn’t a particularly meaningful ring in itself — just a gemstone one of my mom’s friends gave to her that she had made into a ring — but that ring was the first of anything that belonged to my mom that I now own. I blame credit her for my love of big, gaudy chunky rings. I like the combination of this loud, dark ring with the pearly, sweet cameo bracelet. It keeps it real.

How do you keep it real? Show me some of your favorite fashion pieces! Upload them to the kimberlyloc.com Facebook page while you check out some outfit outtakes from the shoot. Or, leave me a comment and tell me what fashion blogs inspire you to keep it real :)

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  • http://www.cupcakecrusaders.com Stacy A

    Love all the touches! You look fab! :)

  • http://www.ginadebacker.wordpress.com Gina

    Beautiful! (And jealous! Now I need a professional photographer to do my fashion-photo bidding. ;))

    As much as I adore buying new pieces to my wardrobe, I also love wearing older pieces that hold a lot of precious memories. I know I’ll forever cherish my first strand of pearls that AJ gave to me on our first Christmas together. <3

  • Anne

    Lookin’ lovely milday!

  • http://beancakes.wordpress.com/ kristina@beancakes ❤

    kim ~ as soon as i saw that it was an outfit post i said yay!! you look gorgeous my friend! and i’m so happy that you’ll be doing these on a regular basis!! i love the red color on you and this outfit is perfect! i LOVE that cameo chunky bracelet as well as that stunning black onyx ring!!! and these photos are very professional looking as well ~ love the truck in the background as well as the warm soft light! have a great weekend kim and cheers to more of these outfit posts!!
    xoxo ~ kristina ;)

  • http://kimberlyloc.com kimberlyloc

    @stacy thank you!

  • http://kimberlyloc.com kimberlyloc

    @gina get nate to do it! :) i remember those pearls. so sweet. i prefer oldies but goodies. and fine jewelry is always a nice perk.

  • http://kimberlyloc.com kimberlyloc

    @kristina thank you friend! very nervous to put myself on here, but it was pretty fun and i’m excited to see how it evolves…and maybe i’ll learn how to use a camera at some point, too :) have a great weekend and thanks for your sweet words!

  • http://kimberlyloc.com kimberlyloc

    @anne thanks for stopping by and commenting! :)

  • http://gigidiaries.com Katrina

    I love the watch!

    • http://kimberlyloc.com kimberlyloc

      @katrina thanks! it’s actually just a bracelet with a cameo in it — so fun! thanks for stopping by my blog :)

  • http://www.bodiesinfocus.com Megan

    Wow, you look fantastic, Kim! LOVE the outfit and the photos. And your smile!

    I’m so happy I got to go to Solemates with you when we were in Arkansas. I could tell it was a really special place for you. I have that same nostalgia for some of the things I bought when I was 18. It was just such a wondrous time, full of such possibility. The memories are vivid and powerful — unlike those from any other period in my life.

    Thanks for this post!

  • http://kimberlyloc.com kimberlyloc

    @megan thanks luh! i’m so glad i could take you to solemates. while it’s not in the same location it was in when i worked there, it’s still just as special. such fun times with my julia and customers who i came to know on a first-name basis. thank you for the compliments! you are so sweet :)

  • http://nofindersfee.wordpress.com Caro

    Lovely photos! You look great. That dress is adorbs.

  • http://kimberlyloc.com kimberlyloc

    @caro thanks girl! i got it in nyc when i was out shopping with jennifer and greg. can’t remember where you were! :)

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