Friday, September 5, 2014

Stepping Outside of My Comfort Zone

Skirt: Express
Shoes: Kurt Geiger
Purse: Marc Jacobs, old
Necklace: BaubleBar, sold out
Bracelets: BaubleBar (here, similar, similar, similar)

Happy Friday!  What are you guys up to this weekend?  I'm off to Seattle for a friend's bachelorette party, which should be a lot of fun.  This friend loves good food and wine so I'm sure the weekend will include some amazing meals.

One of the things that I've tried to do since starting this blog is step outside of my comfort zone.  This blog itself is a huge step outside of my comfort zone.  My clothing comfort zone lies in solid colors, so patterns and pattern mixing are a big departure for me.  When Gina of On the Daily Express posted this skirt, I fell in love with it and felt inspired to try a little pattern mixing with it.  Some bloggers (Erica of Casually Styled) mix patterns so well, but it isn't something that I automatically think of.  Anyway, I figured I would give it a try.  I'm still not 100% sure I love it, as I think it photographed better than it looked in real life (Does that ever happen for you guys?  I feel like it is always the opposite...).  However, I decided to put it up and get your thoughts.  I'm sure I will back back to one print at a time next week.

Are you guys good at pattern mixing?

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  1. You look gorgeous outside of your comfort zone! I love how you mixed patterns and textures.
    Red Reticule

  2. Aw so stunning pics! You look absolutely amazing! Great style!
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  3. You go girl! I think you look fabulous! Have so much fun this weekend, I'm so jealous that you get to go to Seattle. On of my favorite cities.
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  4. You look fabulous, I love this mix and the leather sleeves are the perfect touch.


  5. I love pairing florals with stripes. My 2 favorite patterns together. You look gorgeous Nicole. That skirt! Those heels!!

    Enjoy the weekend pretty lady!! Enjoy Beautiful Seattle!!

  6. You're one brave soul to step out of your comfort zone but this look is great on you! You look gorgeous!!

  7. I LOVE it! It looks so good and that skirt is amazing. I saw it at Express a few days ago. Keep doing what you're doing because you are doing it right!

  8. I'm so excited that you posted this today! The timing could not be better because I posted about you getting this skirt! Haha! Thanks for the shout out and it's funny, I know exactly what you mean about some things looking better in person vs. pictures. I am 100% adjusted to seeing pattern mixing on blogs. But I have only seen it once in real life! So I still haven't stepped out of my comfort zone to try it, but you do look absolutely fabulous here. :)
    Gina - On the Daily Express

    1. P.S. Have a great time in Seattle! Of all the places I've lived it has been my favorite place for food & dining so I'm sure you will have a good time!!

  9. First of all, your skirt is gorgeous. And, second, I'm not even kidding when I say that this mixing of prints works. It's fashion-forward and I think you pulled it off just fine! Have fun in Seattle this weekend! ;-)

  10. hello dear!
    OMG!Your have a great blog! pics are inspiring me! So creative :)
    I wanna to ask you if you want to follow each other?
    Let me know , pleas. I always follow back. Will be great keep in touch! :)
    have a great day !!

  11. OMG...I was SO close to buying that skirt from Express. I didn't because I would have gone way over my budget. You look so pretty here, and I love the pairing you did here. Nicely done and I hope you had blast the party :)

    Kreyola Jounerys

  12. Omg you look fabulous--you did perfect at pattern mixing and this skirt is AHHmazing :) Gina always has such great fashion inspiration!


  13. Stepping out of your comfort zone totally worked!! You look so fab & chic in this outfit. I hear what you are saying about starting a blog-it's way out of my comfort zone too but so glad I tried:) Enjoy your weekend!
    Marta, xo

  14. You look stunning! It's outside my comfort zone too so I totally get your feeling. But, you look amazing! Have a fabulous weekend!

    La Joie de Vivre by Alecia Mariana
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  15. Hi! You look great, love the leather detailing on the sleeves and the pattern mixing, such a pretty floral skirt, Nicole :-)
    I have stepped out of my comfort zone a few times with the big skirts, but sometimes you find you like other styles that way too :-)
    from the link up
    please stop by, jess

  16. love love! stripes and floral are a perfect combo!!

    Sandy a la Mode

  17. What a fun look! You look beautiful!

    Oby Grace

  18. You did GREAT! I know comfort zones are comfort zones for a reason. Great adventure and you done good! lol I love that look on you. Thanks, Nicole for your consistent attention to Fashion item Friday! Wha hooo! ♥, Renae

  19. What a beautiful look! I love how you mixed these prints :).


  20. Such a Gorgeous skirt! You look wonderful in this combination, so I hope you eased into being comfortable. Those bracelets are so Hot! Have a wonderful weekend!


  21. Love love this look! The tee and skirt are perfect. I love the mixing prints, and the girly floral with the edgier leather. This look is a definite win!


  22. In love with this look! The stripes are so cute with the floral skirt! Great styling, Dear.
    Dawn Lucy

  23. I love your skirt!!

  24. Loving this look way too much and we're sure it looked even more amazing in real life. Have so much!!

    xx 365hangers

  25. You certainly did an awesome job at mixing it up Nicole.....yes I totally can hear you on stepping out of one's comfort zones all the time !!!


  26. This is gorgeous on you and you've styled it well!

  27. This look works from top to toe!! You really should rock mixed prints more often! Love all the accessories, which really complete the look perfectly!

    x Diana

  28. This skirt is stunning, I love the floral with the stripes.

    Eleventh & Sixteenth

  29. SO love this pattern mixing combo!! You did an amazing job putting these pieces together! I know what you mean about stepping out of your comfort zone when blogging - just putting your face on the internet for people to see is hard enough! But you nailed it!


  30. You look amazing, Nicole! I love how the stripes contrast with the floral skirt! Such a cute look!


  31. Faux Leather Sleeves <3 I hope that trend never dies.