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Find Me at Charleston Fashion Week!

Good news: I’ll be at the Charleston Fashion Week finale on Saturday, March 18 🙋 Look for me and Stephanie at Marion Square to get your picture taken and maybe even give us a hug or two (we also accept snacks and cocktails, if you’re feeling so bold).  We’ll see you under the tents!

 

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Outfit of the Day: Crawling Out of the Comfort Zone with Pose Wigs (Sponsored)

Over the past few years, wigs have become sort of my “signature” sartorially, mostly by accident really. Aside from being a great way to change up my style from look to look, wigs are also work for those awkward hair days, especially now that I’m in the slow (read: painful) process of growing out my pixie cut.

 

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Outfit of the Day: Prism Power with h0les Eyewear

Happy New Year, everyone! I think the general consensus is that the world is glad 2016 (which will now be referred to as The-Year-That-Shall-Not-Be-Named) is over.

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Outfit of the Day: Dandy Boutique Retro Dress + Discount Code! (Sponsored)

I am SO excited to announce my recent collaboration with Dandy Boutique, a quirky clothing and accessories store based in downtown Charleston. I met owner Holly recently, and she suggested that I stop by the store to pick out some outfits to feature on my blog. Dandy Boutique carries amazing independent brands such as Sugarhill Boutique, Dear Creatures, and BC Footwear, so I leapt at the opportunity for a partnership!

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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: Vintage Duds at Eclectic Cafe & Vinyl

I’m back with more photos from my main girl Stephanie Stein! Can I just take a second to gush on how much I love her work and how lucky I am that we met? We jive so well, and she executes my vision perfectly (although obviously I need to work on my body language just a tad, ha! I’ll be sure to rewatch some America’s Next Top Model to improve my “smize” and to teach myself to stop carrying so much ~tension~ in my mouth. Progress, peeps.) We’ve got some awesome projects in the works, I’ll be sure to share more deets when I can.

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Outfit of the Day: Alexandrea Anissa Lingerie at Grand Bohemian Hotel

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

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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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