THE FAIR IS HERE!!! Every fall, the Coastal Carolina Fair comes into town, but the last few seasons I haven’t had the opportunity to go due to work or traveling. I’m always waaaaaaay too nervous to go on any rides (have you seen how quickly those are put together?! NOPE.) but I love partaking in fair food: caramel apples, Elephant Ears, deep fried Oreos (seriously amazing if you’ve never tried them.)
I had the opportunity to collaborate with photographer Nicole Mickle for a really cool night shoot amidst the food stalls and ferris wheels. Read more for full outfit deets and to see all of the incredible photos!
Normally I would drone on and on about where I gathered inspiration for this outfit and provide some witty anecdote to show you all that I’m personable and really quite charming, even through a computer screen. However, this photo set by Stephanie Stein is so exquisite that I would rather the pictures speak for themselves, so I’ll keep my chatter short and sweet.
I decided to try something a little different and channel my inner Black Lady (aka the villain version of Chibiusa in Sailor Moon, which every moonie loves to cosplay at one point or another.) I’ve found over the years that it’s really important to step out of your comfort zone, so I figured I should apply the same advice to my styling. The pale pink wig juxtaposes well against my new black ribbon choker and dark (I mean DARK) lips. I’ve been interested in dipping my toes into pastel goth, so I foresee more black lipstick looks in my future.
You guys, I had such a blast on my previous shoot with Stephanie Stein that her and I decided to collaborate again. We’d both heard incredible things about the atmosphere at Grand Bohemian Hotel, a boutique hotel that was recently named one of the best new hotels in Charleston by Travel + Leisure, so we thought we’d stop by for a few fancy cocktails and a couple of photos. Y’all wanna talk about bougey, this place had it ALL: a cozy rooftop bar with quirky seating, mirrored elevators with purple lights, crystal chandeliers; Stephanie even took a selfie in the bathroom mirror because the decor was that perfect. Read More
At this point, it’s pretty obvious that my style errs on the vintage side, likely due to the resurgence of period TV series like That 70s Show, Mad Men, and newcomer Stranger Things (still in my queue, by the way!) I received this floral print off-shoulder dress in from ASOS, and like clockwork my mom immediately began reminiscing about how she used to wear dresses like this one when she was a teenager. She started to get a little wistful and my eyes started to glaze over, so I calmly backed away until I was safely out of her line of sight. (Kidding, of course; I live for old stories. Not saying my mom is old…this isn’t going well.)
Meow meow, all my little kittens, and thank you for checking out the OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF COVERED IN CAT HAIR! *Hooray* I’ve been eager to (re)launch my blog for ages now, and I’ve finally gotten to a point where 1)I feel as though I have a wardrobe that reflects my personal tastes, 2) I know what I want to feature on my blog & how to organize it effectively, and 3) I’m on a semi-regular work schedule and can find time to take photos and post content. Yahoo!
My boyfriend is currently touring, and he caught some of the nasty storms that are passing through from the Midwest to this way (down in the good ol’ south). The good news is that I, miraculously, didn’t catch any rain on my day off (Usually it always rains on my days off, or maybe I’m just that much of a pessimist…) and the wind aided the movement of my skirt in these photos. I live in South Carolina, so the winters (if I should even use that term) are generally mild; when I took these photos, it was in the 70s. I love where I live sometimes.
I recently purchased this high-low skirt at Target, which by the way has severely stepped up their game in the home + clothing departments, and realized that it is the only high-low skirt I own. For shame, because it’s wonderfully flowy & comfortable, AND it has polka dots on it—my obsession, as you’ll come to find out as CICH progresses. I think I’m going to use this skirt as a pattern to make my own using this gorgeous lavender silk fabric I picked up over the summer.
And here I am looking a bit aloof. Have I mentioned that I’m not very photogenic?
Sometimes I like to talk while pictures are being taken, and thus is the (hilarious) end result. If only I could remember what was being said…
Shoes – Shoe Carnival? Maybe? They’re pretty old, and I have a terrible memory…
Flower Wreath – DIY Collar Clips – Christmas Gift
My friend Marie lived in Austin, TX for a little while & was nice enough to pick me up some really cute collar clips for Christmas from a secondhand store. Those clips + this sweater = a match made in heaven. Troofin’. She knows my grandma-chic style so well.
Thanks for stopping by and for giving Covered in Cat Hair a shot. I’d like to take this blog and my dreams to big places, so stay tuned for more awesomeness to come. (I literally have a notebook full of ideas; GET EXCITED).
Editor’s Note: Not long after I established Covered in Cat Hair, I got a cease-and-desist from a lawyer as the name had already been trademarked. I’m pretty sure that blog doesn’t exist anymore, which I find pretty hilarious.
So this has turned out to be QUITE the late post. Basically, my computer is a jerk and decided to go berserk (heh, look, I rhyme!) right before I submitted my post yesterday. Really, Windows? You fail me sometimes.
So for you fashionistas out there, you are well aware of the trend of flower hair wreaths made popular by Lookbook bloggers and, most recently, Lana Del Ray (ugh). While there are a number of kinds a person can make (the most popular being avant garde & simple prairie style), I decided to make a statement art piece with my flower crown closely resembling those donned by street style mavens. Want to know how to make your own?
Time: Approx. 30 mins
Faux Flowers Floral Wire
Hot Glue Gun Fabric or Acrylic Paint
Paintbrush Ribbon or Lace (optional)
Faux Birds Nest (also optional)
Take two of your large flowers and wrap them together with the floral wire as shown in Step 2. This is the part that will go along your head, so be sure to shorten or lengthen the stems as you tie them together.
You will then want to hot glue your two flowers together the front; this area will be the very front of the wreath. Be careful, as your glue gun will be super hot (mine gets up to 380 degrees!). After that, you will cut your remaining flowers off, leaving a little bit of stem to tie and glue with. Overall, I used six big flowers and a various number of small white flowers, but it is up to personal preference.
Once you’ve finished gluing the bigger flowers, you can add accent flowers as necessary. I added them mostly around the tops of the purple roses because it adds a nice contrast. You can also add some more leaves (from your other flower stems) if parts of your crown are a little bare. Since the wire seems to irritate sometimes, I decided to wrap the back in a pretty, soft white lace trim (to match the accent flowers). Once I finish wrapping, I hot glue the ends of the trim to keep it in place. For those with serious tender heads, I would also suggest buying floral tape to tape around the bottom the tiny stems of the other flowers we cut to avoid sharp edges.
To add my own personal touches, I decided to glue on a fake bird’s nest and to put silver accents on the very edges of each flowers’ leaves. If you’re feeling really experimental, you could paint each flower a different color. Some other great ideas I’ve seen are adding glitter or multi-colored ribbons to add to the “statement piece” effect.
Et voila! You’ve made your own floral hair wreath, you trendy soul, you.
(Please excuse the look on my face; my mother isn’t the greatest photographer in the world.)
I will forever love hair wreaths because they are very transitional and are easy crafts for during the week. I like to make seasonal crowns to ring in each season the right way! I only wish that it wouldn’t have been raining today so I could really spotlight this beauty, but maybe next time.