I dress for Girls

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The clothes:                                                                                                             Sweater-JCrew old-similar here                                                                                Pants-Macys old-similar here                                                                                    Heels-Nine West from a Haute Look Sale (If you aren’t signed up WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR, it’s amazing) check it out here                                                                  Necklace-Stella and Dot

There are three kinds of women in this world-those that dress for men, those who dress for women and those who could not possibly care less (I have heard these people exist although I would be completely intolerable to them so naturally I don’t know any). I, obviously dress for women. I love fashion, I love taking chances and for the most party my husband doesn’t like/care/notice what I wear. Unless its new. He ALWAYS can sniff out a new item. Its rude. And amazing.

The day I wore this outfit I had a happy hour planned with one of my favorite people. Her name is Laura, she is engaged, she is a blogger-check her out here, and, well, she is just plain awesome. She also gave me one of the best compliments I have ever received. In our first year together she told me I make her want to dress better. It still brings a tear to my eye. And a whole lot of pressure to deliver an amazing outfit that looks effortless and original every single time I see her (which is a LOT). Some would crumble under the pressure. This is where I thrive. This is where amazing outfits are born.
I love the unexpected mix of this cozy knit and the army pant all brought together with the studded heel. Maybe others hate it, but I had a feeling she might be impressed. And if not she at least has the good manners to not tell me to my face. That’s not true, she would totally tell me. And probably blog about it.

Unfortunately she came down with a bad cold and wasn’t able to meet up so she is seeing the outfit right now with you all for the very first time. So Laura-if your reading this let me know your thoughts.

What do you all think?

Mal

73 and sunny

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Lace Maxi-KC Boutique similar here, Leather jacket-old similar here, Leather boots-Shoemint old similar here, necklace- amazing find last time I was in Jamaica similar here

 

It’s about this time of year-the weather shifts just slightly. All of a sudden 43 degrees feels like 75 and we are all reaching into the back of our closet for the things we shoved there last September. And before we even have a chance to slip into our favorite cropped boyfriend jeans and toms or in my case maxi dresses, the weather has gone back to its typically moody January self of cold and cloudy and endless.
I got this black lace maxi dress right at the end of maxi dress season and it never even got to have its day in the sun. So I have been trying to work it into my winter wardrobe. Though it is meant to be worn with a fabulous pair of sandals, a messy bun, huge sunnies and tons of bangles for right now it will have to exist with a pair of riding boots and a leather jacket. And really I think it works pretty well. You know-for those days that we feel like spring will never come.
How do you wear you summer clothes in the winter? Cause this whole jeans and sweaters and leggings and long pants and cold noses is for the birds. Spring-are you out there?

First World Problems

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SunniesRayban, SweaterJoe Freshand its on sale for practically FREE, Vest-Macy’s sold out-similar here, Jeans-Lauren Conrad Collection-old, Boots-Shoemint (would you judge me if I told you have it in green also?)

Ok, so immediately following the over indulgence of the holiday season it seemed everything in my closet was fitting a bit more snug that I had remembered previously. And since I spent the season in yoga pants and oversized sweatshirts, spending time at home with Husband and Harvey, I really had been blissfully unaware of what effect sugar cookies for breakfast had on my waistline (and my thighs and my bum).

Stepping back into clothes with less than 100% stretch was eye opening and until I had a few days to cleanse my holiday sins I had to exist in outfits that didn’t send me into a two year old temper tantrum that would include crying uncontrollably, locking myself in the bathroom in a robe and calling the only person who could talk me off this ledge-my mama. This outfit became a go to. It hid my holiday muffin top, kept me warm and lifted my spirits because it included my two favorite colors-lime and leopard.

Things are back to normal here at the Mallory Manual and I am able to exist in my full wardrobe once again. But I will remember fondly this wonderful outfit that got me out of the house during those juicier days and all the cookies I ate to get me there.

Well hello there-First World Problems.

Mal

Resolve or not resolve

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New Year’s resolutions have gotten such a bad rap lately. Everyone who is anyone is standing up and declaring that NO they will not fall victim to the big, bad New Year’s Resolution. They won’t wake up 17 days into January knee deep in self-loathing, another year begun with the best of intentions already gone.

But I don’t see it like that. I have never woken up after promising myself I would eat Vegan for the entirety of 2012 only to succumb to a block of cheese after a Bachelor marathon filled with rage (because let’s be honest-CHEESE MAKES EVERYTHING WONDERFUL). The way I see it is for 17 days I changed my life. Was it huge? No. Did I fall right back into my pizza loving, dairy eating ways? Certainly. But did I push my limits for a few weeks. Yeah-and it was awesome to live through. Each year I go into it with a hope to change or become better, to live better and to find new excitement, to try new things, to say yes more and no less (unless I want to say know in which case, I am the boss of me and I can do anything I want).

2014- My resolution is to find the beauty in life every darn day and then jump right in the middle of it and be fabulous. You care to join me?

I am not putting any pressure on you, friends. I hope you made a resolution, or didn’t. Stuck to it or threw it out the window when the light of January 2 streamed through your shades. But maybe, just maybe see if you can change your life this year. Start now or start in March, make a summer promise or wait until your holiday décor is back out but change it. Even if only for a minute. Cause it might just be totally awesome.

xxx

Mal

Fur Couture

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Fur Vest-JC Penny Sold Out-similar here, Dress-Anthropologie old-similar here, Hat- American Eagle old-similar here, Boots-Chinese Laundry old-similar here, Necklaces- both vintage both gifts from super awesome people.

I just said no, I ran not walked, I avoided it like a plague, BUT IT CAUGHT me. You have seen these on runways, on celebrities and on BEBE ads but I swore you would never see one on me (let’s be honest, I am so NOT the BEBE type).Until now. The faux fur vest. It’s a strange piece that since falling into one (in JC Penny no less!) I can’t think of anything else. I spend my days dreaming of all the things in my closet it will make more fun. Its funky, its warm, it’s a bit sexy and I want to wear it every day. For like ever.

Fashion should be something fun and daring and silly and a little self indulgent and if this vest isn’t that I don’t know what is. My husband thinks I look like I am wearing a dirty rug. And I am ok with it.

No road kill was harmed in the making of this post.

xxx

Mal

In the Jungle

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Sweater-Forever 21 Similar here, Dress-Forever 21 Similar here, Belt-Jcrew (old) Similar here, Tights-Spanx, Necklace-Stella and Dot, Boots-Chinese Laundry (old) Similar here

I want to say something and I want you to really let it sink in.

My name is Mallory, and I love animal print.

Specifically leopard. Is there anything better-if so please introduce me immediately.

When it comes to clothes, I like to treat animal print as a neutral because they basically are. My theory is you can wear leopard print with ANYTHING. SO far I have not been proven wrong. Or at least no one has said anything.
Let’s just put it this way. If I can work a leopard print into an outfit-it’s going to be an awesome day.

This is actually a dress from Forever 21 (hello $8). If I told you I had two of it would you judge me? Cause I totally do…err… I mean don’t.

Xxx
Mal