Before the Light Fades

photos shot by [houston] – thanks babe!

My oh my, it is getting quite chilly outside, isn’t it? I live deep in Texas and today it was 37 degrees. Cray-cray. Although I’m Norwegian by blood (and thus am contractually obligated to love chilly weather ) it can be quite uncomfortable to be caught in a cold place with thin layers. This Zara coat (last winter, sorry) is the perfect mix of style and substance.

Are you a hat person? I’m one of those people who has never felt really comfortableΒ wearing hats, and am always startled and awkward when people I’m shopping with try to tell me that they think I look goodΒ in hats. “Oh, er, um, this thing? Ah. Thanks. I’m gonna put it back now. I’d never wear it. But thanks.” I’m trying. And this isn’t the first time I’ve worn a fedora on the blog (here, and here).

I thought I was being so clever in snipping off the ribbon from my $20 Albertus Swanepoel for Target hat (making it look exactly like the $178 J.Crew version) but it seems the internet (I mean you, Alicia!) beat me to the punch! Clever folks! Haha πŸ™‚ I love a good bargain, especially when mixed with a little DIY ingenuity.


PSS Random Fact Time! I can sing the entireΒ Gangsta’s Paradise song (you know, by Coolio?) from start to finish. Coolio’s rapping ain’t got nothing on this girl. Maybe I’ll do it sometime on the blog?

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  • You DO look so good in hats…I’m a little jealous. I don’t know why fedoras never seem to look right on me – I really wish they did because I love them so. πŸ™ Oh, and um I know all the words to that song, too – that’s what happens when you have a brother who blared it constantly!

  • You are a hat person– not many people can pull them off! Love the clutch πŸ™‚
    xx Kathryn

  • Well, I think the hat looks great on you! It’s fab and I love the leopard print! However, I do understand your hesitation regarding hats….I’m the same way! I also love the touch of sparkle with the Zara sequined clutch. Considering I also love your Zara blazer and coat and your MIA shoes…..I have some shopping to do! πŸ˜‰
    P.S.- it’s also really cold in Tulsa too! High yesterday was only 34 degrees! Brrrrrrr!

  • The photos are amazing!!! And you’re definitely a hat person!! Looking great!! :-)xo, Christina

  • Beautiful photos! I don’t think I’m a hat person either, but you definitely are. You look great! πŸ™‚

  • such an amazing and classy look! the leopard hat really adds a special touch to it πŸ™‚
    xxx,

    Fashion Fractions

  • Well yes, the hat question is difficult. Unforunately hats don’t suit me at all. I look ridiculous in them. But I think this one suits you very well – you look fantastic in it! But the only thing that matters is how you feel with the hat – and I feel horrible with hat…xxx Anita

  • Love the mix of stripes with the leopard print! Super cute!
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  • Please bust a Coolio rhyme on PSS!!! I would love to hear it!! Just thinking about your cute self rapping makes me smile!!! I love your hat! I look really good in hats, but never buy them. I guess I would rather not have hat hair! Have a great Friday!!!!

  • Between your and Alicia’s post, I think you have sufficiently convinced me to invest in this fedora! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • I think you look great with a hat on! But I know the feeling of awkwardness, I am the same way with hats πŸ™‚ And I totally think you should post a video of your rapping skills! Haha!

  • Chaz

    I wish I could wear hats more but I rarely find one that fits my giant noggin (a gift from my big-headed father). One size fits all? Pul-eeze. I tried this same one on at Target – loved it, but couldn’t get it over my forehead. On a more positive note, I’m taking my new Zara clutch out for its debut on a weekend trip to Nashville – how exciting!P.S. I can sing the entire “Humpty Dance” by Digital Underground. πŸ™‚

  • LOVE the hat and Coat. I love the lighting in these photos as well!! Doesn’t matter where you got that hat from because it looks amazing. You should def wear hats more often!!

  • Last pic my fave…Is that jacket Pink? Cute! You look TALL!!

  • That fedora is amazing, and looks great with the outfit! You are definitely a hat person! I’m not sure how great hats look on me, but I love them so I wear them anyway πŸ™‚ Also, great photos (love the way they look with the sun setting)!

  • That hat is out of this world fabulous lady!

  • AWWW 37 degrees??? Girl that’s summertime for us in Chicago, especially now we just got snow. But, the clean lines in the outfit: amazing. Love the stripes as well!

  • I am also Norweigan but I cannot STAND the cold weather. And I live in Colorado where our high last week was 10. Something ain’t right!
    I LOVE this look! The hat is a great touch (I am totally a hat person!)

  • That hat and clutch are adorable!! My fam’s in TX too… crazy how cold it’s getting!! Colder than in NYC!!!

  • You pull off that leopard hat well! Great look!

  • I love this outfit! Especially the hat- you DO look great in hats, by the way- and the clutch looks great, too. I love your Zara coat!

  • And it looks so cute on you!! RT @PrttyShnySprkly @CheetahIsNB and I think alike πŸ™‚ http://t.co/QhDuwp88 #albertusswanepoel @targetstyle

  • Loving the blazer and the clutch together! I think you can pull the hat off though I wouldn’t even come close!
    x

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  • Absolutely love the jeans and the clutch!x Martine

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  • I am with ya on the hat sitch but i broke down and bought a fedora and I have gotten tons of compliments so I’m thinkin maybe a fedora is just what us “non-hat wearing” girls need! I am loving your leopard print fedora, I just might have to venture to Target and while I am there I MIGHT pick up a floppy hat too… MAYBE! haha
    xoxo

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  • loving your accessories and that blazer, so pretty!!!

  • you look fabulous…love the hat!!

  • first of all I just found your amazing blog and I’m so super glad I did. Second I am obsessed with that Zara clutch I want it so bad mainly because I love anything with sequins but this one is just too perfect. And I also was not a hat person until this past summer when I found one that I just loved too much to pass up and everyone else loves it too!you look great in these photos the colours are just so gorgeous πŸ™‚
    xx

  • I think most of the time hats are about confidence. If YOU think you look good, you can pull off anything, including hats!
    I love wearing them myself, but only pull them out on the weekends. I wish I could wear them more often!

  • Hats! I have been forced to love them living in Chicago. 37 is great weather lol. Pretty pics. My fiance is my phyographer πŸ˜‰

  • This outfit is amazing…it’s got stripes, sparkles AND leopard. Well done πŸ™‚
    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray

  • Love the sparkly bag. Cute!

  • You look stunning, so pretty…I love the gold clutch it just brings the whole look together πŸ™‚

  • I think the hat looks great on you. I always want to wear hats, but I’m the same way – I never feel that they look good on me. I always feel awkward in them. I buy them, but never wear them. πŸ™