OOTD: Black-out and the Statement Necklace

There’s a really big football game on campus today against a top ranked team.  As a result, about half the campus is wearing school shirts while the other is doing what they call a “black-out” in support of the team.  It basically looks like, in bright, sunny, warm weather, we all went goth for the day.  (Note that there are a good chunk of the folks in school shirts that are black, so it’s kind of impressive to see just how much black there actually is around!)  They even made the homepage background black for the day.

It is REALLY easy for me to dress in all black.  The biggest question is how to find enough black, but which cute top to wear.  I picked the SWAK MIA top in Black that I picked up a couple of weeks ago for $24.99 and am wearing it with yet another pair of my Coldwater Creek Ponte Knit Jean-style trousers.  The top gives me some shape while still being soft, comfortable, and sufficiently modest to wear to work.

However just because I went for all black does NOT mean that I can’t accessorize.  I recently found this GORGEOUS, graphic, black and white collar-style necklace on the Dressing Your Truth site.  At $22 I had to get it and am just as much in love with it now as I was before.

Shoes were chosen for comfort today.  I have a 3-4 year old pair of black Merrill Slingback Wedges that have both leather and suede in them.  They provide a little lift, but also look nice with trousers and provide some comfort.  (Picture shows them in brown, since I couldn’t get t good picture of the two-tone effect with my cellphone.)

Looking at this closeup reminds me of something; lately a lot of the plus-sized bloggers have been posting makeup tutorials, so here’s what I have to say on that topic.  I’m wearing Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Adore, and that’s it.  Looking at this picture, I could use a bit of under-eye concealer, but the fact is that I am NOT a big makeup person.  Eye makeup always looks like fun, but a coating of mascara hardly shows, and anything more complex tends to take on an 80’s drift in my hands.  I’m blessed with pretty good skin and I use my Clarisonic Mia Brush daily with Philosophy’s Purity cleanser in order to keep it that way.  I focus on skincare, not skin-coverage.  So I stick to a bold lip color and call it a day.  In other words, this is NOT the place to come for makeup advice :-).  Now, if you want to talk about skin care, I am ALL over that one….


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  1. Kori Donahue says:

    Hey honey! Thanks for linking up! I’d love your feedback on my post! Kori xoxo

  2. DaenelT says:

    Our school colors are red, black and gray – all colors I do not have an abundance of in my wardrobe. 🙂 I do like that top and the necklace is just too cute. I need to up my accessory game, it’s not til I’m leaving the house that I notice something’s missing.

    And can I tell you how happy I am to see a fashion blogger over the age of 20 something? Yay us!!!!!

    Have a great week.