Flower Power

Top o’ the mornin to ya! I have no idea why I’m feeling so chipper (and Irish, apparently). Perhaps because it’s Thursday which means it’s nearly Friday which means it’s nearly a weekend of FREEDOM?

It could be that. Or it could be the extra shot in my grande cinnamon dolce latte this morning.

Either one is okay by me.

By now you may be noticing that things are a little pink. Well, ladies & gents, don’t adjust your screen – I was feeling the flower power today and some of that power manifested in the form of a whole lotta fun in the darkroom.

What, you thought my photos were digital? Shyea. Right. C’mon.

No? Fine then. A little fun in the post-processing. That sounds so much less mysterious.

You guys are really inspiring me with your questions and comments telling me what you’d like to see more of on PSS. I’m gathering them all up to save for a rainy day, to tap into when I’m running low on inspiration or searching for new post ideas. And you guys have given this gal plenty of food for the famine!

And I’m happy to say that I’m already fulfilling your requests! Several of you asked for more outfits consisting of budget-friendly items, and this outfit most certainly fits the bill. The most expensive thing in this outfit (excluding my watch) is my jeans. And they’re from Gap. Go me!

Secondly, one of you asked for–believe it or not–more parking garage photos. After I pulled my jaw back up to my face with my free hand, I instantly rejoiced. It’s like someone telling you not to blow dry your hair, wear makeup, or change out of your PJ’s, because you look better that way. Shyea! I took that request and ran with it.

To the parking garage.

On another note, this is the first time I have used my tripod and remote to take outfit photos in…well, a really long time! Aren’t you proud?

HB was post-call and super tired, and even though he offered, I touched my finger to his lips and silenced him mid-sentence with:

“Shh shh shh – no honey. You’ve done enough. Please. Don’t think about me.”*

And then I floated–okay schlepped–off with my gear to the parking garage. Well, that’s how it went in my head at least.

*HB would like me to note that he did in fact offer and I did in fact say no. That is all.

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  1. 04.07.2011 / 12:01 am

    awee you look so goddess like in this first photo! Wispy hair flowing in the wind. lol! Loving all the soft layers and the bell bottom pants! perfect my dear. and GOOD job with the photos πŸ™‚ im sure HB is proud of u. xo, Kim http://www.eatsleepwear.com

  2. 04.07.2011 / 12:24 am

    I especially like your hair and shoes!! <3

  3. 04.07.2011 / 1:03 am

    i was just day dreaming about an outfit shockingly similar to this one! love it.

  4. Eboni Ife'
    04.07.2011 / 2:32 am

    Kristina! Don't you just love those pants! I wear mine a couple times a week (shhh. Don't tell) seriously, I just wore then in yesterdays post and got so many compliments. They look fabulous on you, too! I'm also dying for that clutch!!!

  5. 04.07.2011 / 5:08 am

    I love your hair! I have been dieing to try these wide leg jeans but am worried that a woman in my age bracket may look silly. Still, I want to try them on, and at least after viewing your outfits I know what shoes to wear! The first shot is SOOOOOOOO cute!

  6. 04.07.2011 / 6:01 am

    These are some pretty dreamy photots! I love the pinky hue to them and your outfit is so cute. I will have to save this outfit for my inspiration folder:)

  7. 04.07.2011 / 6:15 am

    these are gorgeous pictures and i'm loving the pink hue. the wide-leg jeans are great and i need that AA clutch! oh, and you took some amazing remote pictures. πŸ™‚

    • 04.07.2011 / 12:45 am

      Thanks Kileen. It took me a bit to get back into the swing of it. It's been a while!

  8. 04.07.2011 / 6:24 am

    I am so excited that GAP is making awesome jeans again. My checking account is beyond thankful!

    • 04.07.2011 / 12:44 am

      And mine as well! $200+ jeans are great investment pieces but not for everyday wear (and believe if I could get away with it I would wear jeans every day, all year round. I'm a jeans girl.) I could buy 4 pairs of these (moderately expensive) Gap trouser jeans for the price of one pair of J Brands or 7FAM!

  9. 04.07.2011 / 6:27 am

    I love the post processing done with these photos! They look etherial and a little bit vintage! I need to find something like that shrug for this spring! It looks like it is just the right weight for spring days.

    • 04.07.2011 / 12:43 am

      Thanks Rochelle! Etherial and vintage are *perfect* ways to describe what I went for with these photos. With the braid, the flower print, the shrug, the shoes…I even *felt* vintage.

  10. 04.07.2011 / 7:58 am

    i think the pink tint is fitting with this uuuber girly outfit! i love that floral shirt and the necklace… AMAZING! it is so unique!

    <3 steffy

    Steffys Pros and Cons

  11. 04.07.2011 / 7:59 am

    HAAAA! Now you know how I feel with my tripod and myself! Love these shots, though. The editing is superb.

    I have that bag too. Waiting to rock it with…something. Don't know what, yet, cause I thought it was going to be a LOT darker when I ordered it. AA screwed up the one and only order I've ever placed for two of these clutch bags. Both were the wrong color, but I kept them. No more AA for me. I kinda HATE their ads anyway.

    OK, sorry for the mini rant. Hope your day is lovely!

    • 04.07.2011 / 12:42 am

      Haha thanks Vahni! I'm so sorry to hear about your AA debacle! When I bought mine months ago I just went to the store and picked it out. But I agree with your wanting the darker style – it definitely would suit your style better! But have fun with it, I wear it with dark jeans (ahh I'm sounding so fashionista right now, matching my bag to my clothes) and it usually pairs well.

    • 04.07.2011 / 12:41 am

      Thank you shelby! I was afraid people would balk about the heavy-handed processing, but the way I see it is that the post-processing is as much an opportunity for artistic style as the taking of the photo, so why not put your unique spin on that too? πŸ™‚

  12. 04.07.2011 / 8:14 am

    great outfit. all the pieces fit together perfectly. & im sooo a fan of wearing multiple necklaces. also i love how the colors of the outfit & photos all blend together.

    • 04.07.2011 / 12:40 am

      If you can believe it, this is actually just one necklace! Modcloth sells it, it's a fabulous messy tangle of chains that don't make any sense – and believe me, I've spent countless minutes trying to "untangle" it but now I've just resigned to the fact that it is supposed to be that way. Go figure!

  13. 04.07.2011 / 8:29 am

    love love love how this outfit screams spring!! =D

  14. 04.07.2011 / 10:13 am

    Love the photos today! This felt gave me a little extra shot of espresso happiness πŸ™‚

  15. 04.07.2011 / 10:21 am

    PrettyShinySparkly> Flower Power: Top o’ the mornin to ya! I have no idea why I’m feeling so chipper … http://bit.ly/hieA69 (#fashion)

  16. 04.07.2011 / 10:28 am

    Wow, people really get up early to read about your fashion wisdom! What an amazing fan base you have! (and deserve)

  17. 04.07.2011 / 10:50 am

    These photos are gorgeous – well done! I love the easiness of this look and how you still manage to look perfectly put together!

  18. 04.07.2011 / 11:11 am

    Love the shots – you did a great job with the tripod. And this outfit is great. I'm especially loving all the accents. The necklaces, ring, bracelets, belt… they all make the outfit stunning. – Katy

  19. 04.07.2011 / 11:27 am

    Lol, you and your dude are so cute! This is such a lovely outfit, and your pics are beautiful! I'm loving all of the flower power!

  20. 04.07.2011 / 2:05 pm

    Love the outfit. Budget friendly doesn't mean cheap and ugly!

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  21. 04.07.2011 / 2:09 pm

    I love your bag! You always have the perfect accessories for your outfits. Love your blog. Thanks for posting!

  22. 04.07.2011 / 3:40 pm

    Thursdays are my favourite for the exact same reason!
    I love when you talk about pieces you found at steal prices, so that's my vote.


    Lauren from ChickAdvisor

    P.s. i appreciated the pink-y photos – brings a little Spring to the dreary view we have at the office right now.

  23. 04.07.2011 / 4:18 pm

    Love this outfit. The pants are wonderful as is the clutch! The tint of the photos is beautiful.

  24. 04.07.2011 / 5:37 pm

    I'm always proud to see other girls taking photos with a tripod! I know how hard it is, so I appreciate the effort it takes. I love your trouser cut jeans here too. I love the look of dressed up, more professional looking denim. I have a similar pair of theory jeans that I bought a while back. I just keep going back to them and wearing them year in and year out. That's the true sign of a good investment.

  25. 04.07.2011 / 6:12 pm

    I'm glad you are going to show some more budget friendly items. This outfit is great on you, and I like the pink haze.

  26. 04.07.2011 / 6:43 pm

    The first photo of you is gorgeous, doll! I actually like these parking garage photos too – something completely different than the ordinary outfit post you'll find!




  27. 04.07.2011 / 8:38 pm

    I came across your blog on a forum on IFB. This is a great outfit! I really like the belt that you paired with it as well. The cut of your jeans is nice, Gap has really good jeans sometimes. πŸ™‚ I will definitely be stopping by again!

  28. 04.08.2011 / 4:11 am

    I love this pink tint in the pictures! so pretty. Will try that as well soon!

    Thanks for this pretty outfit inspiration. Needed more ideas for my flare jeans! Very cool that all those pieces are under 50 bucks!


  29. 04.08.2011 / 1:43 pm

    Haha, the HB dialogue made me laugh. What a nice guy you have! And loving the flares. You pull them off so well. We are pretty similar in height I'd say – and I just can't get a flare jean to look right on me! I'll just have to try again, I suppose πŸ™‚



  30. 04.12.2011 / 1:40 pm

    I want to put this entire outfit on! LOVE those shoes!

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