Sunday, January 26, 2014

Cranberry Curls + DressLily

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______DressLily was kind enough to send me over this cute turtle-necked dress with pretty pleats and candy button details. They're an online retailer like many of the others you have seen featured lately, and their selection was nothing shy of an online wonderland.  I was super happy to confirm that this dress was not only the proper length, but also warm! Another win from the Asian retailers, cha-ching! The material is fairly thin, but the turtleneck and long sleeves make it rather a toasty frock.

______The color appeared to be more a purple color on the website; I was surprised to find this dress arrived as more of an oxblood color and without the ruffles that were promised on the dress's product page--thankfully, the dress seems to get along well my polka dot socks. However, if you were to have actually paid for the item and waited a month, it would have been an extreme bummer to receive something that differed from the product imagine.

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Cranberry Curls

______The weather has been undulating like a squishy jellyfish in the ocean's tides lately. I'm sure that by most of my outfit posts, you guys are all, "Dang, Ali, bare legs? You've had such nice weather!" but that's not entirely the truth. It just so happens that on the days when the outfit post feels are just right, the temperature feels are pretty darn decent, too. Why, this morning I woke up to a frosty 15 degrees. For someone who likes to ride her bike every morning, you can imagine I'm quite perturbed that I have to work out on stationary machines instead.

______But on the bright side, I can glue my sticky eyeballs to my computer screen and watch anime on Netflix. Last night, I was engrossed in the final episode of Attack on Titan. It was a gruesome and badass episode with all its animated blood and fierce, dizzying fighting techniques... alas, now I must wait for the second season to come out and be subbed in English. Wistful sigh.

______In other news, I successfully used the word "finesse" in art history the other day. Milliseconds after I sputtered it out, speaking of political finesse in terms of a skill Rubens had to gain his art patrons, my professor used the word in the exact same way to confirm my proper usage of it. I know a hefty amount of intelligent words, yet I constantly fear that I'll use them improperly in conversation. It's a weird fear, isn't it? Either way, that was a big cha-ching for my vocabulary! Gettin' smarter, maybe.

______That's the second time I'm used the phrase "cha-ching" in this post; I promise I'm not turning into a cash register. Or maybe I am since I'm rich with analogies and lame puns.

Cranberry Curls

Dress: c/o DressLily
Blazer: Charlotte Russe
Socks: Target
Oxford heels: Jeffrey Campbell (similar)
Ampersand ring: c/o BornPretty
Rose earrings: Charming Charlie (similar)


Ramida Dusdeevutikul said...

Lovely look!

Click4Chic said...

Amazing <3

kisses from Croatia,


Anonymous said...

love this dress the colour is gorgeous!! xx

Kelly Jaspers said...

nice post, and you're looking so lovely!
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Bessana Blue said...

the dress is cute, you're so pretty but the shoes with those socks just took my heart!

Jamie Rose said...

At least the dress ended up being super cute despite not matching the product image. I love this color on you and the high neckline. Your navy blue blazer looks awesome with it. Also how cute are you matching your socks perfectly to your dress? I'm loving it! And I always enjoy when you wear these shoes. They're so cool!

Frannie Pantz said...

Ba dum ching! LOL I love the color this dress turned out to be. I love your socks, as always.

megcasson said...

I absolutely adore this outfit.

The Girly Gamer said...

Woww! This look is absolutely beautiful! Your hair looks great, and the color of that dress is fantastic!

The Girly Gamer

Linda B said...

Haha, you really are wealthy with the analogies!
Anyway, this dress is perfect for you Ali, I love the turtleneck design paired with the blazer. Plus, your polka dot socks make a signature appearance again - perfect :)
Hmm, although that would be disappointing to recieve something that's different from what you thought it would be - good thing it was free!

The Dragonfruit Diaries

LyddieGal said...

No Ali, your puns are never lame! I'm glad you've been having great success with the asian fashion sites - even if the dress did not turn out as advertised, at least it does fit! Plus the color is gorgeous and looks perfect with the socks.
Chic on the Cheap

Keit said...

Ugh, Attack on Titan, don't remind me! I think I've watched it three times, read the manga two times, already. And still no second season! How am I supposed to survive without this? And most importantly, without Levi! *_*
You are one amazing Goldilocks! The dress is super, so glad it's the right size too! And it matches the cutesy socks perfectly!

Samantha said...

Haha. You are the queen of witty, Ali!

And this colour mishap has worked in your favour because that dress looks amazing on you (although, I've had that happen to me and it's uber lame)! The colour looks great with your hair, which is looking so pretty with the curls! And I love how the socks match with the dress.

Alissa said...

STAWP! Omg. JUST STAWP! Why do you have like 15 mile long legs!?!

Marlen said...

oh that always stinks when the color looks different in real life- i don't get why they let that happen. buuuut the oxblood looks super super pretty on you and with your blonde hair. and i LOVE turtleneck dresses. they're just so cozy and demure. and how amazing does it look with those polka dot socks? this is definitely one of my favorites from you :D

xo marlen
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Sam said...

Hi dearest Ali, this rich maroon hue is so stunning on you, adore the design of the dress, its girly and demure. Haha, I do love your puns and analogies and as I said before, I hope you are beginning work on your first book! Thanks for taking the time to stop by hun!

Halie said...

Gorgeous red color.

Jacqueline Stewart said...

I'm likely the ox blood, even if it was meant to be purple, at least it matched your sockies! :) about the weather, it's 42 here today so I wouldn't mind a bit of that cold right now... you are rich with puns... and, if you do turn into a cash register... I'll still love you... it'll be harder to match your socks to things tho. What color cash register would you be do you think? I'm thinking gold...and old fashioned-ish...

Jessica said...

The socks and shoe combo makes me so happy. And high five for expanding your vocab! :-)

(If you're interested, my current giveaway is for a delicate sterling silver arrow necklace from Chloe + Isabel.)

mochaccinoland said...

pretty!! burgundy looks great on u! cute matching little socks too. it's a real bummer after waiting for a long time for the package and it turned out to be different from what you have expected. it happened to me a couple of times.


Jo said...

Cha-Ching... You scored again with your punny writing.

I love your analogy and lame puns if you were to so call them lame! I think you did a great advertorial on the dress. It looks lovely. It's a bummer to wait that long definitely.

Ali! Where have you been??? I missed you and your cute writing! I can imahine you wearing a Chinese cheongsam with your lovely hair all bunned up!

How did you lurk around my Facebook? You got me so confused wondering if there was any friend request from you on FB. After I scrolled through my whole friend list, I couldn't find you. You mean you lurk around whatever you could see on my public profile?

Ah... you have to reply me on this coz you really got me baffled. LOL

Jo said...

You've got mail! =D

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Lily Fang said...

Ali, you are the cutest thing! Glad to hear that the dress is warm too, since it suits you so well! Love how you paired it with a navy blazer and gorgeous gold necklace. Those flower earrings also match so well! Sorry to hear it didn't turn out quite like you expected, but I think it's still darling!

And yeah, I totally feel you on the cold weather. It's horrible for running! I tried yesterday since I was sick of the treadmill, but the sub-zero temperatures made it a very bad idea. Hope it warms up for you to bike soon!

And haha, anime. My friends are addicted, so I've watched along for a few. I didn't find a taste for Mushishi, but I mildly enjoyed Nodame, and I really liked this unnerving movie, Hotarubi no Mori e. It may not be your taste, but here's the link!

Glad you used the word well! I have that fear too, every since I used gratituous instead of gratuitous on my SAT essay last year...haha, always loving your puns, Ali!

Have a beautiful week!

Lucie Srbová said...

you look amazing!!! love your shoes!

Style Without Limits

Julie Ann Lozada said...

you're so gorgeous in that gorgeous dress.

It’s a GIRL Thing

Julie Ann Lozada said...

you're so gorgeous in that gorgeous dress.

It’s a GIRL Thing

Boheme.Fille said...

What an interesting dress, I love that it has a turtle-neck! Has a lovely color too! I like how you wear it! :)

Jessi said...

The weather here can't make up it's mind either! It's been pretty nice and kind of sunny lately and then today it's snowed ALL DAY LONG. Boo! Love this dress! Cranberry is an awesome color on you and your hair looks gorgeous like that!


Anonymous said...

nice legs