H&M top, Forever 21 skirt, American Apparel petticoat, Merona black tights, Colin Stewart booties via Victoria’s Secret, Forever 21 rings & pendants (heart & antique)

Anyone who has read my blog knows I love girly. I love flouncy, fluffy, ruffly, silky touches in all their feminine glory. Could this outfit be any more the embodiment of this? I love it!!

I was getting dressed for a fun evening out, and I knew I wanted to somehow incorporate my new American Apparel petticoat (bought at the AA outlet store on Venice Beach for 50% off!) without looking…well, ridiculous.

So I paired it with my new silky, swingy skirt from Forever 21 and kept with the neutral theme by adding my drapey top (from H&M) with sparkly stud detail.

To bring in the wide black waistband, I kept the legs black on black with tights and black booties. All finished off with a messy fishtail braid, long necklaces, and my usual plethora of rings. I was ready to roll!

Photos shot by HB, edited by moi. Thanks darling!!

For the first time in years, I busted out my fancy Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L lens.

Anyone who knows anything about photography and Canon knows that L lenses are the absolute best lenses in the world.

The glass, minimal distortion, “bokeh” (that’s the blurring that happens behind anything that isn’t in focus) and color are unsurpassable in perfection. So why has it taken me so long to dust off my one and only L lens for outfit posts? I have no idea.

It is only an f/4, which means that unless you’re in a decent amount of light, anything else will be a little blurry. And it’s not the IS (image stabilized) version, which costs about $2000 extra, so you need to pretty much shoot in daylight hours.

Also, you have to be kind of far away from your subject. [houston] had no problem with this, and I think he was rather pleased when checking the shots on the camera.

I, myself, will be making sure this lens stays permanently attached to my camera from now on. I don’t know why I didn’t think to use it sooner! Sheesh.

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  1. 10.17.2010 / 7:26 pm

    Love this girlie outfit!! You look fabulous!
    xo M

  2. 10.17.2010 / 7:37 pm

    This is hands down my favorite outfit of yours EVER! Seriously, so adorable, the petticoat looks so cute under that skirt (and I looove the color of the skirt, as well! Such a great neutral!) The necklaces top this off perfectly! Okay, enough swooning, just sayin', love this one!

  3. 10.17.2010 / 7:37 pm

    I think this was a perfect way to work the petticoat! It's girly, but doesn't feel saccharine sweet. Good job! 🙂

  4. 10.17.2010 / 7:52 pm

    Love the Booties with the skirt! 🙂

  5. 10.17.2010 / 8:10 pm

    I love these pictures! They are reallllly great. I have lens envy right now 🙂
    You look adorable!

  6. Jenny
    10.17.2010 / 8:57 pm

    Oh thats such a great idea for the petticoat! I've always love them when I see them at stores but never knew how I'd wear it!

  7. 10.17.2010 / 9:27 pm

    oooo this outfit is super ridiculously precious!! i love how the top and the skirt colors are so similar, looks like you're wearing a belt on the dress!! and thanks for the tip on the lenses, i have yet to get my hands on a new slr yet =)

  8. 10.17.2010 / 10:33 pm

    I love the outfit! Absolutely perfect! Your face looks so angelic. I think it's one of my favorie outfits I've seen you in. This outfit describes without any need of words, what your blog is all about! 😉 Love it!

  9. 10.18.2010 / 12:33 am

    Great post Kristina! You look adorable, and those booties are hot! I love those lenses too (the ones that blur the background), so I will be telling Kamikazi all the time to use his 55 telephoto lens (we are Nikon lovers) to take my outfit pictures. I am not a frilly kind of girl, but something about you wearing them is inspiring me to give it a shot or two. 🙂

  10. 10.18.2010 / 7:45 am

    Love the petticoat – how cute! The shoes are to die for too!


  11. 10.18.2010 / 8:56 am

    You look darling, darling!! I adore this! So feminine. So PSS. I saw this very petticoat at my AA outlet when i was hopping for an 80s-inspired outlet, but they only had like…XSs, which in AA sizing is like XXXXS. haha. But yes, I adore it all.

  12. 10.18.2010 / 11:03 am

    Absolutely stunning, lady! This outfit is SO pretty!

  13. 10.18.2010 / 2:25 pm

    These are great photos…I so need a new camera!
    Love Colin Stuart shoes – I have several pairs in this brand from VS!

    Love the outfit too!

  14. 10.18.2010 / 4:10 pm

    ooo just saw the skirt on the forever21 website, it looks so much cuter with the petticoat underneath!!

  15. 10.18.2010 / 11:32 pm

    Oh man, I saw that petticoat in American Apparel this evening. I was so tempted to get it. I love short skirts and, as you show, it looks adorable. I should go back and get it!

  16. 10.19.2010 / 8:56 am

    I absolutely love this outfit– it's really inspiring in its femininity and simplicity.

    And now I definitely want to look in to this lens, too!

  17. 10.20.2010 / 6:14 am

    wow i love how dressed up the fishtail braid looks here! you could totally wear that to the wedding if you wanted to! it looks awesome (as does the whole outfit!)

  18. RosaLovesDC
    10.20.2010 / 8:28 am

    I almost bought that top at H&M the other day (along with a bunch of other things I found), but I had to be good and I only got a dress.
    Love the shoes!

  19. 10.20.2010 / 8:44 am

    I love everything about this look! It's so feminine, and so chic and yet it looks so comfortable. An absolute win!

  20. 10.20.2010 / 10:27 am

    Your very best outfit and outfit post! Loved every little thing. The pictures were just fab. Every shot of you is great. SIGH>>> to be so young!

  21. 10.21.2010 / 2:38 am

    Wow, this was a truly nice outfit. i love the way you combine the colors

  22. 10.23.2010 / 6:13 pm

    I just saw you featured on the man behind the camera on Tieka's site. These pictures are absolutely gorgeous. Kudos to you both.

  23. 10.27.2010 / 8:13 am

    You look beautiful and I love the dress! I LOVE my 70-200 f2.8 lens (I shoot nikon though 🙂 ) That is the lens I use for my outfit shots and these look great! 70-200 is such a great lens, but I'm also very partial to short depth of field!

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