Bridge Over Friendly Water

Apologies in advance for the plethora of pictures…it’s like my camera decided to throw up good, fantastic, fun photos and I simply couldn’t say no to them (but I did, oh I did…and still there are 21 photos). Well, I guess that’s what happens when you have the best time ever doing an outfit shoot with your BFF and her boyfriend. Yep, Tracy and Paul filled in HB’s shoes while he was away on two interviews in different parts of the country.

So, lucky you, you get two outfit posts in one! One from me, and one from my uber-stylish, Burberry-loving best friend, Tracy (seen here & here), whom I’ve known since the first day of 3rd grade (we met in homeroom). Thank you to Paul for taking the amazing photos of both myself and the two BFF’s laughing together. I went ahead and took Tracy’s photos for fun.

My Outfit

I’m officially as in love with this skirt as I imagined I would be. All day, I felt both regal and bohemian at the same time, if that makes any sense at all.

The skirt is so long, and so tiny (but this is good, you’ll see why) that it sat right on my natural waist, which felt as if it were up to my armpits thanks to everything being low-rise these days…this actually helped with the length issue, and platform boots (also seen here here & here) solved the issue of the last few inches.


makeup: mac blush in “dollymix”, revlon matte lipstick in “pink pout”, mac eyeshadow in “gleam”

Oy vey. I’m getting these crazy hairs cut today – phew! Crossing my fingers that it turns out well, since I’m going to a new salon that’s completely green (as in, eco-friendly).

What are best friends for? Why, rearranging your necklaces and directing your “accessories shot” pose, of course!

top, skirt, rings & eiffel tower necklace: forever 21 | vintage bracelets | michael kors watch (c/o) | sam edelman boots (c/o) | house of harlow 1960 pendant (c/o) | pasiรณn for omnatura bag

Also: big, big thanks go to Lynzy of Sparkling Footsteps for procuring this very hard-to-find skirt from Forever 21 for me. I’d seen it ages ago on several bloggers and loved it, but couldn’t bite the bullet when it came to checking out on F21 because I just knew the skirt would be too long on me.

Lynzy had bought one herself recently, as it turns out, and made a separate trip to F21 to buy the skirt in my size for me. Special thanks go out to this kindhearted girl who did something sweet for a fellow blogger in another city far away, for nothing in return. Please check out Sparkling Footsteps!

Um, also…I’m basically wearing head-to-toe Forever 21. What can I say, it fits with my med student budget, and I love their on-trend styles! You do have to dig through some crap, though. But it’s worth it.

Tracy’s Outfit

Cutest. boots. EVER!

Isn’t her eye makeup gorgeous? I had to get a shot of it. Plus, my Christmas present from HB was a fabulous 60mm Macro USM f/2.8 lens, and I wanted to take advantage of its badass macro capabilities!

But mainly her eye makeup was pretty.

sweater & belt: express | jeggings: mossimo (target) | booties: liliana from method | ring: david yurman | bracelets: francesca’s | earrings: giveaway

Best Friends Forever (BFF)

Tracy and I have been best friends since the third grade. Over the years we’ve accrued enough nicknames to fill a small room, are the bluntest to each other than we are to anyone else (even our boyfriends), laugh together easily and naturally about pretty much everything, and consider ourselves sisters.

In the end we’re just two best friends gabbing and laughing…Like when two walkers strolled by and the elderly male joked, “Lookin’ good ladies.”

“Thank you!” we squealed.

What do you and your best girlfriend(s) like to do for fun together? Coffee? Movies? Drinks? Shopping?

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  1. 01.13.2011 / 12:45 am

    FUN! You noth have the best smiles! I have that skirt too, don't you just love it! I could wear it everyday!

    • 01.14.2011 / 9:34 pm

      I do love it – you need to post it on your blog, or have you already??

  2. Tracy
    01.13.2011 / 12:57 am

    I just wanted to thank my bestie for including me and Paul in this amazing blog she has created and built up over the years. Paul really enjoyed getting to play photographer…and I loved playing model with you even though you are way more natural than me. But I agree with everyone that Kristina's pairing for this outfit post is divine. Since we are around the same height, I have similar reasons for not wearing maxi skirts, but now I want to try it. I also think this look is perfect for Kristina!!

    • 01.14.2011 / 9:35 pm

      thank YOU for spending the day with me, and thank you again to Paul! You guys are so much fun!!

  3. 01.13.2011 / 10:37 am

    You and your girlfriend are so cute together! You really look like you could be sisters, but that may just be the bond you have that even the camera picked up on. That skirt is amazing. I may need to spend some time sorting through my local store to see if I can get one of my own. I love your whole look here!

    • 01.13.2011 / 11:28 am

      haha aww i hope tracy reads this comment. we feel like sisters! we've known each other forever!

  4. 01.13.2011 / 10:38 am

    there are so many pretty pictures of eyes in this post! ahah

    beautiful though

    • 01.13.2011 / 11:28 am

      I just LOOOOVED tracy's eye makeup here…too bad I could probably never recreate it!

    • 01.13.2011 / 11:27 am

      Thanks – we had such a blast, I'm glad you could tell!

  5. 01.13.2011 / 11:26 am

    That skirt is from F21? I never would have guessed. It's perfection!

    My bestie moved half way across the country for grad school. So, unfortunately, I don't see her enough. But we pretty much talk everyday, whether on the phone or gchat. We give eachother the best boy advice, and sometimes we online shop together, "which dress should I buy LINK X or LINK Y?" When she comes home, there's always fun to be had!

    • 01.13.2011 / 11:32 am

      OMG I love the idea of online shopping together!! Sometimes Tracy and I will send each other pics on our iPhones asking for the others' advice if we're shopping separately. So fun!! Oh, the advances of technology and how we put them to good use…

  6. Trianna
    01.13.2011 / 11:27 am

    In the seventh picture your eyes look amazing. Wow! Love how happy you both look in this post, and the colors of blue and brown together. Also I'm green with envy over some of that jewelry and your pals purse.

  7. 01.13.2011 / 11:28 am

    Ok. that skirt is MARVELOUS. and your proportions are just right! And I could care less how many photos you post. I'd look at them all.

    My best friend and I? we like to eat. we're both foodies, so we spend most of our time together going to restaurants or cooking new things. It's our favorite past time! Oh yeah, and we like to complain about how much weight we are gaining from said food outings, but also like to do absolutely nothing about it, though we do often come up with work out plans we never deliver on. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • 01.13.2011 / 11:35 am

      Tracy and I always come up with great workout ideas – we are actually workout buddies, but I only get up off my lazy ass every so often…Tracy on the other hand is MUCH better about working out!

      • Tracy
        01.13.2011 / 12:59 am

        Don't give me so much credit, I have been way off of my routine lately and Ive been eating out and cooking with Paul like crazy…its gonna be bad news soon if I dont get it in gear. However, I will be hoping to get some invited to come workout in that great new gym of yours Kristina!

  8. 01.13.2011 / 11:40 am

    SO into the long skirts right now. It looks great on you! I hope we see a lot more long skirts in the coming seasons.

    • 01.14.2011 / 9:28 pm

      I loooove long skirts but I'm so short it becomes difficult to find the right length. This one was fine, but it felt like it was hiked up to my friggin' armpits!

  9. 01.13.2011 / 11:54 am

    I've seen that skirt around a bunch of times and I absolutely love it. I'm obsessing over maxi skirts lately, and you look so great in it! I love the shirt you paired it with. Classic and simple, yet so chic.

    You and your friend look like you had so much fun! Very pretty ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 01.15.2011 / 2:28 am

      We had a ton of fun, as usual!!

  10. 01.13.2011 / 11:57 am

    this is such a fun post, i love how you included your bff!! and i am in love with your skirt!! i have been wanting a long skirt like that for a while now. great find from f21!

    • 01.14.2011 / 9:31 pm

      thanks amber! i bet you could still find one of these at your local f21 – in fact i picked up a grey maxi from there the other day!

  11. 01.13.2011 / 3:05 pm

    I love your outfit. It is perfection and beautiful in simplicity.

  12. 01.13.2011 / 3:16 pm

    Cute photos! I love that skirt, not everyone could wear it so well. You look great.

    Also, I'm really jealous of how warm and sunny it looks! It's all cold and snowy up in these parts!


    • 01.14.2011 / 9:37 pm

      Laura – unfortunately it quickly became cold (40 degrees cold) the next day. It's been grey and overcast ever since! ๐Ÿ™

  13. 01.13.2011 / 3:17 pm

    I love the shade of blue in your top and the shade of brown in your skirt!! BTW…great pictures…looks like a fun time!

    • 01.14.2011 / 9:37 pm

      Thanks pam , it was a great time. We went out for sushi afterwards!

  14. 01.13.2011 / 3:40 pm

    the pictures of you two on the bridge are so lovely! i've known my best friend for 26 years and the best trip i ever took was a two month backpacking trip throughout europe with her, we spent ever day together and never fought! that's when you know you're true friends ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 01.14.2011 / 9:39 pm

      Wow, 26 years??? That's awesome!! Sounds like so much fun to go backpacking!! I would looooove to do that sometime.

  15. 01.13.2011 / 4:10 pm

    what super cute photos of the two of you!! and your watch is amazing!! i love it!

    • 01.14.2011 / 9:41 pm

      The watch pretty much never leaves my wrist! It's definitely a staple, for sure.

    • 01.13.2011 / 11:27 am

      Thanks V – I usually don't dress bohemian but I wanted to try it out–and ended up LOVING it! I wanted to wear it again the next day, and the next day and the next…too bad it turned 40 degrees the next day. Houston weather is so weird sometimes!

  16. 01.13.2011 / 4:23 pm

    You and Tracy are too cute!! The skirt looks so flattering on you as well~

  17. 01.13.2011 / 4:33 pm

    Oh man, I am suffering from extreme accessory envy after reading this post. You look gorgeous in this outfit- especially the super flowy skirt- but it's the jewelry and the shoes that really make it. That pendant- gah! Seriously, envy.

    And I'm having make-up envy because I operate like a 4 year old when it comes to cosmetics- as in, I have no idea how they work so I don't wear much. Thus, I'm super impressed with both yours and Tracy's. Subtle but really gorgeous!

    PS- This is the first time I've commented on your blog. I'm a slacker. But I dig it x 1000. Especially now that I've seen that pendant. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 01.14.2011 / 9:42 pm

      Well I'm so glad that you commented – I hope you'll do it more often! Thank you for such a genuine, thoughtful comment – and keep up the great work with sartoriography!

  18. 01.13.2011 / 4:51 pm

    I loooove this skirt. Looks perfect with the top you paired it with! These photos are gorgeous – love how happy everyone is! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 01.14.2011 / 9:43 pm

      Probably the alcohol helped. Just kidding! We're just naturally high.

  19. 01.14.2011 / 10:14 am

    Such cute photos! I have a few best friends and for me their is nothing better than just having girl talk over dinner and drinks. <3

  20. 01.14.2011 / 10:33 am

    So sweet!
    It's official, after seeing a couple long skirt posts today I'm obsessed!…

    Tracy's eye makeup is the coolest! I love how the colors stay separate but slightly blend together. I'm an overblender which usually results in something like a bruise on my eyelid ๐Ÿ™‚

    Stop by and weigh in on the open toe shoes w/tights debate – would love your opinion!

    • 01.14.2011 / 9:22 pm

      Add it, buy it, wear it! Love to see what you pick!

  21. 01.14.2011 / 11:41 am

    I love these pictures of you and your best friend, they are so fun! It makes me miss my best friend so much! Also, you two ladies are very stylish! ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. 01.14.2011 / 9:35 pm

    Makes me miss my best friend… she's 500 miles away! And she's my sister-in-law, so we definitely consider each other sisters! We also do the online shopping together – sometimes through emailing links and sometimes on the phone while on the same shopping sites.

    How did your haircut turn out? Do you still do your own color? If so, what do you use?

    • 01.14.2011 / 9:39 pm

      Awww so sweet that you get along with your sister-in-law so well!

      My haircut turned out GREAT I think – it looks so much healthier than it did before now that all the split ends are cut off! I am still doing my own hair color-wise, but I'm gonna let it go "au natural" from now on…if I can stand it…

      • 01.14.2011 / 11:42 pm

        We've been best friends since my freshman year of high school… long before we became in-laws… She introduced me to her older half brother when I was 19 because she thought we were perfect for each other – huh, guess she was right ๐Ÿ™‚

        Can't wait to see the new cut and hopefully you do better than I have with going "au natural" – my natural blonde has become darker over the years and doesn't look good with my skin tone, so I always end up lightening it again. Good luck!

  23. 01.15.2011 / 11:44 am

    i'm in love with this look– the maxi, the loose top. love love love. What color is that shirt anyway because it looks blue, but in your one closeup with the necklace taupeish.. either way i love it.

    • 01.15.2011 / 4:14 pm

      It's a kind of a greyish-blue, actually. for some reason the camera decided to make closeups of the shirt look completely grey, but it's more of a dark blue with gray tones!

  24. 01.15.2011 / 6:27 pm

    Beautiful Photos!!! YOu are looking GREAT!!! Love Your blog and i'll follow yo in bloglovin :))


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  25. 01.16.2011 / 2:07 am

    The shots of the BFF are too cute. You guys look adorable together. I love friend shots. It's more personality that's put into the blog. Your friends know you better than most anyone. Love this maxi on you too!


  26. 01.16.2011 / 11:34 am

    awww so in love with your skirt/dress… flowy + warm! So glad I found your blog!

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