Sunday, July 1, 2012

Back to Basics


______This outfit was put together after reading this post over at Joyful Outfits! The lovely Joyce challenged her readers to dress up the basic but lovely combination of a white t-shirt and a black skirt. It's been quite some time since I've actually worn a white shirt and black skirt together, so it was fun to finally play around with them again! Is it embarrassing to say that I actually had to make a trip to TJ Maxx to buy a plain white shirt for this? Yeah, I'm lacking a bit in the basics department... but now I can finally cross that off my to do list and say that I have one. I had a few outfits in mind for dressing up this ensemble but settled for this one here--basically, lots of gold accessories and a zebra clutch for a punch of pattern.

______After taking these pictures and arriving home, my mother and I spotted this teeny-tiny baby birdy hopping ever so awkwardly in our yard. He was so precious and so still! And so vulnerable. He would have been so easy to catch.

______No, I wasn't planning on eating him.

______...Well, I would be lying if I said I didn't at least consider it. He would have made a lovely nugget.

______I jest. I had no intentions of feasting anything but my eyes and my lens upon this tiny wonder. All I wanted to do to this little fellow was take some pictures of him. He made for a fabulous model, probably 'cause he was scared stiff with the thought that I was a dinosaur who was about to eat him. His mother, who I soon noticed was nearby and flapping around rather angrily, probably thought the same thing about me; thus, I left the two to reunite after a few final parting shops. As soon as I was out of view, the tiny bird and its flustered mother hopped toward a shrubbery, disappearing into its shrubbery-ness.

 Baby BirdBaby Bird3Baby Bird1Baby Bird2Baby Bird Butt :D

______(Yes, I took a picture of his feathered booty. Haters gonna hate.)

Top: TJ Maxx
Skirt: JCPenny 
Gladiator sandals: via Endless
Necklace: Wet Seal
Bracelet: Lulu*s
Earrings: Charming Charlie's
Clutch: won via WalkTheSand giveaway


Rory said...

I love this look! Great sandals :) And basics are sometimes the best, right? We shop at alot of the same stores im stores! I LOVE BARGAINS! :D
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Well... said...

Hahaha, oh man, that last shot of the birdy's butt made me laugh. I was like "Of course Ali would take a picture of that..."
Anyway, love your take on Joyce's challenge! The zebra print really does add a cool touch of color. And the gold plated necklace is awesome!
And you're not the only one who was scrambling for these basics...luckily I unearthed a plain white tee at the last minute, but I thought I was going to have to go shopping for one too! Crazy...I need to invest in some basic pieces...

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Nicole Testa said...

What a wonderful outfit! I love how it's so simple, but so put together at the same time. Cuuuute! I also lack basics though, which is problematic now that I have the urge to try and recreate this outfit!
And oh man, that baby bird! Holy cow (how bird?) What an adorable surprise :)

Julia said...

I love seeing the way everyone is styling Joyce's challenge! Love the necklace you used in your interpretation! :)

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Chelsea Elizabeth. said...

I love how you played around with the basics. Those sandals are so adorable, I'm obsessed!
And what a cute teeny bird!!

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Jennifer Fabulous said...

So elegant and classy. :) I love your sandals! And that bird is ADORABLE. xoxo

Jacqueline said...

hehehe-- those bird photos are cute. your outfit is lovely, simple and elegant.:D

Sofie said...

great outfit, love your clutch! ♥

Boheme.Fille said...

Chic minimalism! Gorgeous!
The birdie is so cute!

LyddieGal said...

haha, his little down turned beak makes him look so grumpy!

love the classic black and white, and i too once had to run to tjs just to get a simple white tee, since i had none.

love that awesome cuff, gold accessories on black and white are the best.

Marie McGrath (The Joy of Fashion) said...

Hahahahaha the picture of the bird bootie is my fav!!! So so cute. Love this black and white outfit!! You look very classic chic.

Daria said...

I really had to laugh when I read your post! What a cute little thing!
To your look: I love this simple combination, because it is cool, but elegant. Especially the shoes are interesting with the straps!

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Daria said...

Oh you really should do it! Wedges are really comfy and I hope these from Rocket Dog are good, they are my favorite ones!

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Lisa said...

gorgeous outfit! your shoes are fantastic!!!

eek said...

Those are some fabulous sandals!

Bonnie said...

You have such long, amazing legs that you are able to pull off wearing gladiator sandals with a short skirt. LUCKY. I have midget legs, so I almost need to wear heels with a skirt, or the skirt will overwhelm me. Color me jealous!
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EverythingPrettyGirls said...

I just stumbled across your blog and you are hilarious! I love it! And your outfit is mad cute. Nice to meet you!


Pip said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your comment! I love your clutch with this outfit and those shoes are fab! Also, the bird footage is so cute! I am a new follower and look forward to future posts! xx Pip

Joyce said...

I love how you styled this outfit, the necklace is oh so chic and I also really like the shoes :) Hehe the bird is adorable, these pictures are great...(lol especially that last one!) yay I like taking pictures of animals when they are still, I tried taking picture of this adorable squirrel baby but it was very difficult because it ran so fast.

annabarry said...

this is the cutest outfit ever<3 The zebra clutch and the gladiators are perfect
XO Tatianna

Fowzee said...

Love the outfit , the top is beautiful and the necklace is awesome!,


TheMadTwins said...

This look is sooo stylish and chic! I adore it so much!
And the little bird is so sweet.

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The Preppy Student said...

this is a fantastic look! your so prety and I love your shoes. I am your newest follower and I cannot wait to read more of your posts and hope that maybe you can return the favor and follow my preppy blog. I always comment back and would love to start a friendly relationship with your wonderful blog!

Femke. said...

looove the sandals!!
and that birdie is too cute hihi!!


monica said...

i love how you accessorized this outfit

Isquisofrenia said...

nice sandals, look so cute with the outfit

Hanna C. said...

thank you for your nice comments:)
anyway, i love your look. it's simple but still chic!!

The PvdH Journal said...

Well what gorgeous basics. I love the pop of the zebra clutch

Natalia said...

I really like the gold details, especially the cuff!
This birdy is so adorable, I can totally understand that you had to take a picture of his fluffy butt, I love that, too! (Also fluffy butts of dogs and cats) When I was a child, I found such a birdy as well, but it was too small to fly, it probably fell out of the nest. So I took it home and together my mother we took care of it for some months :)

Jelisaveta Đukanović said...

Beautiful! :)

Charlotte said...

oh, love your shoes! ♥

Amy Shaughnessy said...

You look so cute!! And that little bird is precious...


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Allie said...

This is such a great outfit! SO intense and cool. Love it!