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Outfit of the Day: HKM Skirt

I’ve been pining for this HKM skirt foreverrrrr.
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Outfit of the Day: ASOS at Coastal Carolina Fair

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!

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Outfit of the Day: 90s Meets Boho with Frenchie Vintage (Sponsored)

I have quite a lot on my plate this week, so I’m going to keep this post short and sweet 💞

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Outfit of the Day: That Introvert Life Featuring Lazy Oaf

I came to a realization recently that my blog is seriously lacking a diverse color palette, and that’s truly a shame because I LOVE bold, bright colors despite the monochromatic vibes my site puts out.  When I saw this bright pink “Introvert” smock-fit sailor dress on Lazy Oaf‘s site, I realized that there has never been a piece of clothing that speaks more deeply to who I am as a person (that INFJ life, tho). Read More

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Outfit of the Day: Koulture Collective Jumpsuit at Brown’s Court Bakery

 So it’s come to my attention that ass is, like, all the rage these days.  Whether it’s because of that iconic Kim Kardashian Paper Magazine cover or simply because more people are proudly showing off their bodies, I’m pretty glad that it happened, and this amazing Koulture Collective jumpsuit made of stretch denim really hugs my curves (yes, all of them) in the best possible way.  I’d like to give a shoutout to Stephanie Stein Photography for making my butt look as luxurious as ever, even if it does mean creepers are coming out of the woodwork on Facebook.

 

Since I first started experiencing symptoms of depression a few years back, my body has been through several dramatic transformations.

 

At my worst bouts, I was using food as a tool to cope with my feelings of worthlessness, emptiness, sadness, lethargy, and suicide. I went from a size 2 to a size 8 and gained 40 pounds, and for a long time I felt like my dramatic shift in weight was an inside joke among my peers.  Fast forward to years later as I’m experiencing a period of peak anxiety, and the 40 pounds I gained falls off at a rapid pace–only, my body still wasn’t what it was before I put on the weight.  Even worse, people were complimenting me on losing weight in such an unhealthy and mentally exhausting way, I felt horrible about myself and my body, and it’s part of what kept me from blogging for close to a year (the other part being a sheer lack of funds–isn’t it great being a millennial?)

 

 

Now that I’m taking an antidepressant, seeing a therapist regularly, and striving to make better choices for both my physical and mental health, I’m starting to see my body differently.  Instead of seeing a bloated gut (FYI: I have endometriosis and no amount of exercise will make that go away), thick thighs, and an uneven reddened skin tone speckled with acne, I’m instead starting to see a healthy, enlightened young woman who feels confident in her patchy Irish skin and is proud of her juicy, round bottom while making great strides in various aspects of her life, having come a long, LONG way from where she was a year ago.

 

 

Every day, women are told they aren’t beautiful enough, they aren’t smart enough, they aren’t thin enough, they aren’t cool enough–and quite frankly, I don’t want to add to that conversation. I want to support my fellow women in whatever ways possible; if me flaunting a booty-hugging bodysuit empowers my readers in some way and makes them feel less self-conscious about the bod they’re rocking, then HELL YEAH! I’m all for it.  Like RuPaul says, “If you can’t love yourself, how the hell you gonna love somebody else? (CAN I GET AN AMEN??!!)”

 

Outfit details:

Denim Jumpsuit – Koulture Collective
*PSA: I’m only 5’3″ so my mom had to hem this jumpsuit for me.*
Heeled Boots – Urban Outfitters
Chandelier Earrings – H&M
Cold Bitch Brew iPhone 6S Plus case – Valfré
Gold Beaded Clutch – Vintage (It was a gift from a friend when she was living in Austin ♥)

‘Til next time, kittens!

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Outfit of the Day: In Bloom at Hyam’s Garden Center

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.

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Outfit of the Day: Dreamy Photoshoot with Stephanie Stein Photography

I am SO EXCITED to share this outfit post with all of you! I took a lot of time to reflect on the blog this past year when I was at the peak of my depression, and I pondered what I could do to improve the site’s overall look and feel in correlation with my ideas.  After a lot of reflection, I realized that Cats in My Closet is honestly lacking quality photography, which is vital as a fashion blogger: we live in the age of competition, where everybody and their mother (literally, mom blogs everywhere) has a website, so photos are a strong indicator of the type of content readers can expect to see on your blog.  We’re talking a window of mere seconds before someone either says “Oh my gawd, this girl looks like the anime ingenue of my dreams” or “Ugh, pink wig, NEXT.”  Needless to say, photos are pretty important.

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Outfit of the Day: Big Hair & BB Dakota

 

Sometimes all it takes is looking at things from a fresh perspective.

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Outfit of the Day: Blue Wig

First things first, I’d like to wish all of you a Happy New Year! Jordan and I were both exhausted from moving into our new apartment on New Year’s Eve, but we managed to make it all the way to the midnight champagne toast at our friends’ house party, so I’m pretty proud of us even if we were in bed by 12:15.

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Outfit of the Day: Retro Spring Style

I’m so sorry to have been on hiatus for so long! But good things are in store:  I finally bought a DSLR camera + tripod + remote. Which means I’ll no longer be using my shotty iPhone camera for outfit shots, and I won’t have to rely on anyone to take photos for me anymore. (Plus, I’m really awkward when I have pictures taken by other people, kind of like that episode of Friends when Chandler has trouble naturally smiling in photos).

My awkward factor didn’t completely dissapate in these photos, as Jordan and I were on the way to dinner, and I asked Jordan to take a few shots of my outfits. I’d say he did a damn good job for a first timer; he was so into taking pictures that he kept taking them the rest of dinner. He took some pretty unsightly photos of me eating that’ll make their place in a scrapbook one day.

We’ve finally got some Spring weather down in Charleston. I’ve been aching for this moment since I first started buying pastel dresses and sandals in January (I like to plan ahead). I went into Forever 21 after work the other day, and I swooned over this strawberry print blouse. Isn’t it just perfect for Spring? They didn’t have a small (*insert cry-face*), but the oversized fit allowed me to size up to a medium without the blouse looking completely weird. I may ask my friend Marie if she wants to go strawberry-picking again this year; now I’m getting a photo theme in mind (I’m such a dork).
I’m also a big fan of contrast in my outfits. When wearing something loose & flowing up top, I prefer to wear a tighter fit on the bottom. It really brings attention to my figure (yowsas!) and creates a balance to the ensemble.  The airiness of the shirt is a great juxtaposition to the weight of the denim below.

 Outfit Details:
Strawberry Blouse – Forever 21
Super High-Waisted Jean Shorts – eBay
Flower Crown – DIY
Platform Shoes – ModCloth
Fox Ring – Forever 21
Scallop Bag – ASOS

 

 

Every time I wear these shorts, I feel like I should be on the set of Now & Then–not to mention paired with my curly pixie cut. Retro chic, baby!
I hope everyone had a nice holiday. The kids around here are on Spring Break this week, so I have a feeling that I’ll be seeing a lot of action at work in the next few days. I’ll be sure to make time for posts though, honest!
‘Til next time, kittens.

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