Bright & Shiny Young Thing

All dressed up and nowhere to go (waiting for the gas man…yes, really).

I almost wore this with shorts & thigh-high socks, but quickly came to the realization that if I wanted to look like Heidi, I should just save it for Halloween or a costume party.

Aren’t gerbera daisies so pretty?

I can never come up with a flattering way to wear this green cardi-vest, because it flares out in an awkward, pregnancy-inspired A-line shape that is very unflattering. Then I had the realization that I could just cinch a belt around it and solve all of my problems.


Lookout, she’s getting artsy on us!

Now taking bets: is the flower I’m holding real, or fake? It could totally be real (why would I have a random fake gerbera daisy flower laying around?) or it could totally be fake (like I would drive to the flower shop for a daisy…). Let the betting begin.

Newest obsession: my Capturing Couture designer camera strap (mine is the Organza in Hot Pink–of course!).

Sometimes, especially after having spend countless hundreds of dollars on a Canon digital SLR, you just don’t feel like wearing their ugly, and uncomfortable vinyl strap emblazoned with their logo. And free advertising? Fughettaboutit!

So, after typing in “designer camera straps” into my google search bar, I came across this really unique and adorable shop that creates–you guessed it–chic camera straps!

What a way to bring in some femininity to an otherwise cold, hard, masculine tool. I love it! It’s backed with soft, padded velvet so it feels so nice against the back of your neck. What do you think?

I finally switched out my Canon EOS 20D (circa 2003) for a Canon Digital Rebel XSi. I love that it has a remote so I don’t have to run back and forth activating a self-timer every time HB isn’t around to snap my outfit shots. Fabulous!

What I’m Wearing:

  • Tuxedo Top, New York & Company
  • Green Cardi/Vest, Xhilaration
  • Leather Belt, “borrowed” from Mom’s closet years ago
  • Jeans, Habitual
  • Platform Wedge Sandals, Xhilaration
  • Camera Strap, courtesy of Capturing Couture (item provided for review – see disclosure policy for deets)

Leave a comment with your feedback on the outfit and my camera strap discovery! Also, check out my “Blogger Style” interview over on The Fashion Spot.

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  1. 04.09.2010 / 7:02 am

    Awesome! now THATS how you make your legs look longer. You look 6 feet tall in that first pic! Way to work it!

  2. Justine Nguyen
    04.09.2010 / 10:32 am

    You've now got a new reader in me! Adore all your posts; they're written with a real sense of sincerity, yet entertaining and honest.Btw, lovin' your outfits. So laidback, yet so inspired! Thank you for brightening my day 🙂

  3. 04.09.2010 / 11:11 am

    Aww your camera strap is so pretty!

  4. 04.09.2010 / 1:17 pm

    another great post. Love your outfit.

  5. 04.09.2010 / 2:19 pm

    gerbera daisies!! my favorite =) i love how you can use clothing in your closet that don't have the top name brands and just put it together and the outfit screams out hundreds of dollars!! the rose strap is adorable but don't know how it works with the outfit ….

  6. 04.09.2010 / 2:21 pm

    I just stumbled across your blog & it's lovely! I'm following you on bloglovin. Gerbera daisies are one of my favorites (2nd to tulips) and I have some on my dining table right now! LOVE your camera strap as well, so cool!

    • 04.10.2010 / 3:19 am

      thanks so much! gerbera daisies are so cheerful, aren't they…

  7. 04.09.2010 / 2:50 pm

    Wow, I LOVE the camera straps at that site! Thanks so much for the link!
    Also you look SO much taller than you claim to be! 😉

    • 04.10.2010 / 3:20 am

      I'm really 7 ' 8 " but shhhhhh…

  8. 04.09.2010 / 6:28 pm

    keep up the sarcasm too hehe the entries wouldn't be you without them =)

  9. 04.09.2010 / 6:31 pm

    o yea … i bet … real =) cuz i dont know when you would get one random fake daisy vs. one daisy you could've picked from a bouquet that was from another occasion

  10. 04.09.2010 / 10:49 pm

    Ooh, I love the vest and tuxedo blouse together! It has kind of a modern fairytale vibe with the ruffles and the delicate embroidery/lace.

  11. 04.10.2010 / 3:20 am

    They are quite difficult to totter around in – and I’m a pro with heels! (since I’m short, I’ve been wearing them all my life)

  12. 04.10.2010 / 3:26 am

    You are way too cute!! I need a remote so I can take self portraits too, haha!! The flower does look real, but I am going to guess that it is fake! =P And I am a total fan of camera strap covers, I've sewn a few of my own for my strap! =)

  13. 04.10.2010 / 3:26 am

    What a lovely top! That's my favorite color 🙂 Great idea on the belt!The camera strap is another amazing find. Why are people so creative?! Never even thought of replacing camera straps!

    Thanks for following me on BlogFrog!

  14. 04.10.2010 / 3:39 am

    How cute are you?? Found you from the comment you left on blog frog “What turns you away from blogs” so glad you commented after me- not sure I would have ever found you otherwise! LOVE the blog and am always a sucker for fashion!!

  15. 04.10.2010 / 1:42 pm

    I love what you've done with a unique top. It pairs perfectly with jeans. (You are right though shorts might just have made you Heidi.)

  16. 04.10.2010 / 2:11 pm

    Hi Kristina,Thanks so much for “following” my blog!
    And now I’m so glad to have found yours! Great fashion stuff….I’m going to pass on to my fashionista wardrobe asst Alexandra (see )….she keeps me in style and now I’m glad to have your blog for great looks too!
    Have a great wknd,

  17. 04.10.2010 / 3:25 pm

    Ugh, I have a dress that flares out in the same “Is she pregnant?!?!?” way. So I feel your pain. But you made it look really cute and nobody will wonder if you have a bun in the oven.

  18. 04.10.2010 / 6:04 pm

    Oh you are so beautiful and I love the picture of you with your camera! The light coming from that window is so appealing too.

  19. angela
    04.10.2010 / 9:23 pm

    I’ll take up that bet — the daisy looks strangely like one I’ve seen at IKEA. I have those shoes too! Love em, but don’t wear ’em much now that I’m pregnant again. Flats for me!

    • 04.10.2010 / 10:23 pm

      They are quite difficult to totter around in – and I'm a pro with heels! (since I'm short, I've been wearing them all my life)

  20. jamie
    04.10.2010 / 9:35 pm

    This is so lovely!

  21. Utata
    04.10.2010 / 10:26 pm

    I'm going to have to go with angela and guess fake, because I think I've seen one similar at IKEA!

  22. Utata
    04.10.2010 / 10:26 pm

    I'm going to have to go with angela and guess fake, because I think I've seen one similar at IKEA!

    • 04.11.2010 / 3:45 am

      you are correct, madam! 🙂

  23. 04.11.2010 / 6:24 am

    You look lovely in that shade of green especially in the first picture. I think that the belt is fabulous too. I'm just curious; was the camera strap pricey? It's very cute.

    • 04.11.2010 / 8:36 pm

      Trianna, the camera straps sold by capturing couture aren't pricey per se, but they are so worth it. the quality is so amazing, and i get compliments on it wherever I wear it. I want a wristlet next (for my point-and-shoot)! check em out here

  24. 04.11.2010 / 4:42 pm

    I hope this doesn't sound weird but you have the prettiest skin! 🙂

    • 04.11.2010 / 8:34 pm

      That's so sweet of you Ashleigh! Actually, I have terrible skin. Two rounds of accutane and I still have major breakouts. Thank god for antibiotics and silk creme foundation!

  25. 04.11.2010 / 11:01 pm

    Here's another gerbera daisies lover. Just check out my latest post and you'll see why… I love your chic outlook on fashion. Lovely.

  26. 04.12.2010 / 6:18 am

    loving the mix of tops. i need to hire you to be my fashion buyer! stopping by from blogfrog/sits

  27. 04.12.2010 / 7:56 pm

    I love the camera strap, I need to get one for my mom, scratchy, yellow and black is…. Ugly!

  28. 04.17.2010 / 4:56 am

    Wow, gorgeous. Love the texture. Just stumbled across your blog from Frogblog and it's definitely the first one I've seen that I thought, SO FOLLOWING THIS BLOG! LOL Much luv from Texas ~ a.k.a. the mom who travels

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