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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