Color Theory + Halloween

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Vintage Dresses for Halloween- Color Theory Shop on Etsy

Vintage Dresses for Halloween- Color Theory Shop on Etsy

Wearing vintage on Halloween is the best way to guarantee a unique costume! The shop is stocked with some fun dresses, tops, and bottoms that would make great costumes, or just one of a kind additions to your fall wardrobe.

Take 20% off any vintage in the shop with the code SPOOKY through Friday, October 24th!

Do you know what you’re going to be yet? I’m still waffling between a couple of ideas…

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Rules, Schmules

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Peter Pan collar dress & Swedish Hasbeens on Lala Faux Bois

This outfit got me thinking about how much I hate the idea of “fashion rules” and “dressing your age”. As someone in their mid-30s, it may not be commonplace to wear knee socks or still be so in love with short dresses and Peter Pan collars, but I do and I am! I’ve always been a firm believer in wearing what you love even if it may not follow the rules- although there were definitely periods in my life I was guilty of conforming out of insecurity, and those are what I’d consider my biggest fashion fails, even over embarrassing outfits.

I hate when I hear someone saying they should stop wearing something because of their age, or imposing arbitrary age limits on styles! Or thinking there’s an age cap on having a personal style blog- because boy do I get strange comments from my peers sometimes :)

I’ve always cared a lot about clothes, and I always feel my best when I’ve put together an outfit I feel good in. That may sound superficial, but I think it’s true for a lot of people, if we’re being honest… That’s why I say wear what makes you happy! A lot of people wouldn’t feel comfortable in turquoise knee socks, and I totally get that. A lot of people feel their most confident in a power suit, when I would feel ridiculously out of place wearing one.

Peter Pan collar dress & Swedish Hasbeens on Lala Faux Bois

Peter Pan collar dress & Swedish Hasbeens on Lala Faux Bois

Dress: thrifted
Bag: vintage shop in Austin (the story of it here)
Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens (super sale here!)
Socks: Nordstrom Last Chance

Peter Pan collar dress & Swedish Hasbeens on Lala Faux Bois

This doesn’t mean my style doesn’t change, I definitely see it naturally shift (thank goodness!) on a regular basis- I just try to stay true to what I love. And stay away from judging other’s fashion choices, which is the other big piece of respecting personal style. Treat people how you want to be treated, and all that jazz.

What are your thoughts on fashion rules and dressing your age?

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Design: Mitla Moda logo

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Over the summer I had the pleasure of getting to work with Dus on a logo for her non-profit shop Mitla Moda. I was so excited that she thought of me for the first official logo for her shop!

We met through blogging a few years ago and have had the opportunity to hang out a few times, since she lived about a mile from me until last spring when she and her husband moved to Austin. Over the years of being friends with Dus I’ve gotten to know her style, which I would say is bohemian with a southwest flair; and she is a total inspiration with her emphasis on an eco-conscious lifestyle. She was a rarity in her years in Phoenix- living totally car free!

Talk about a dream client. She was the perfect balance of having an opinion, but being totally open to ideas and suggestions. She ended up choosing this logo from a few options, with the two M’s in the circle woven together as a loose interpretation of the designs of her artisan goods.

Mitla Moda Design Branding Logo

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If you haven’t had the chance to check out Mitla Moda, do it! Dus and her husband have journeyed to Mexico to visit the artists, and hand select each of the pieces for sale. The profits all go back to the makers, so not only do you get a truly handmade item, but you can know you are supporting the artisans that weave each piece.

Dus is a genius with remixing the tops from her shop and you can see so many styling ideas on her blog or Flock Together!

If you would like to work together on a design project, send me an email to lalafauxbois@gmail.com so we can chat!

**All photos are from Mitla Moda/Cuddly Cacti**

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Mustard Seed

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black and white striped skirt
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skirt, top, sweater: thrifted
boots: Target (2 years ago)
puzzle piece pin: DIY

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Even as much as I thrift, and believe in the magic of thrifting, sometimes I’m surprised when I actually stumble on current item I want. Sometime mid-summer I had decided I wanted a black and white striped mini skirt, but I didn’t want one enough to scour the stores, and ordering something like this can be a gamble- of course I didn’t want it too tight or too mini. I was excited to recently thrift one for $3, and I actually found all of the clothes from this outfit on the same trip- so not much brain power had to be used for this :) I like it paired with this vintage blouse because I think it’s more balanced with something looser on the top, and hello- stripes plus florals.

Earlier in the year Amanda sent me a care package full of Arizona souvenirs she’d thrifted in her home state if Minnesota, including a bag full of AZ puzzle pieces. I turned this one into a brooch, which is a DIY as easy as it gets.

I’m in Oregon visiting my family right now, and somehow got lucky with the most amazing weather for this time of year, of sunshine and 70 degree temps. I’m off to hang out with my nephews that I haven’t seen in over a year- which is like a decade in little kid time, so I can’t wait! What are you up to this weekend?

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Tour de Fat 2014

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Tempe New Belgium Tour de Fat
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Keeping up with this weeks bicycle theme- and it just wouldn’t be fall on the ol’ blog without a Tour de Fat post. We’ve been going since ’05 (minus one year for a wedding), and it still reigns as my favorite festival. Actually it would be more accurate to say it’s the only festival I will always leave the house for ;)

This year we dressed as a marching band- my friends found these amazing hats at Goodwill last year and have been saving them up for this day. You can check out past years here, here, and here.

Have you ever been to Tour de Fat in your city? What’s your favorite festival?

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