A Surprising Love Affair

Jan 2, 2013

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Day two of the new year calls for a fancy shmansy-outfit, don't you think? I'm starting to get a full-blown crush on silk scarves. And there's a funny story behind this one.

My boss gave me a gift card to Banana Republic for Christmas this year, and as I looked at the simple grey card in my hand, I wondered if this was his sly way of finally getting me to dress professional.  I usually come barreling through the office door in flamboyant grandpa sweaters, patterns warring with patterns battling with patterns, and high-waisted anything.

And when you think of Banana Republic, you certainly don't think my style. You think beige. You think of cardboard colors and pension accounts.
And so I thought "Ok, two can play this game", and decided I'll keep up my crazy clothes choices and buy a MEN'S SUIT there. How do you like them apples, sir?

Haha just kidding. I actually took this as a fun challenge to pick something out that I can coax and mold into my style that I normally wouldn't glance at twice. And what that certain something was was this elephant-patterned scarf!

When I tied it around my neck and glanced at the mirror, i felt like my name was Beatrix and I was on a safari tour in South Africa and should be holding a giant butterfly net in my left hand. All that from just one glance. How could I not buy it?

And so our love affair started.

Did you ever have a moment like this? I'd like to hear your stories :) 

Shirt- thrifted at Goodwill
Scarf- Banana Republic (and it's 50% off!)
Pants- F21 (recent!)
Belt- thrifted


29 comments :

  1. Hahaha! I love how you felt, beatrix. ;) Super cute outfit, and I love the scarf.

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  2. Those pants are awesome! And yay for gift cards!

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  3. I love the elephant patterned scarf! It's especially perfect with the printed red blouse and powder blue pants! You have such impeccable taste. My hubs love the Banana Republic and has to nearly pull my teeth to get me in that beige palace....hehe. He always ends up finding great pieces though :)

    Happiest new year Marlen! xoxo Marisa

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    1. hahah beige palace- that was put beautifully!

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  4. The scarf is adorable, especially with the printed red shirt! I am definitely a fan of this Beatrix alter-ego. I have a pair of sunglasses which I feel like that in, especially when paired with a big sunhat. It's amazing how clothes can transport you like that! I also really like how you have been doing your hair, I feel like mine is a slightly awkward in between length for me and need to find out some cute ways to do it other than just rolling out of bed in the morning and MAYBE blow drying it if I am feeling fancy!
    xo Hannah
    p.s. Just realized we are patriotic red and blue blog twins today! :)

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    1. ugh i know, this in-between length can get awkward. i curl it with a straightening iron and then brush it out a tad. it takes like 5 minutes and makes me look a little less slob-ish haha. And i'd love to see this sunglasses-floppy hat combo some time. it sounds very hollywood glam

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  5. Haha hi Beatrix u look amazing however!
    And to be honest u look perfect in this suit!!!

    xx
    Christina Klein
    http://bychristina.blogspot.com/

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  6. This story is awesome, and that scarf is awesome, and I am in love with your shirt.
    Happy New Year!

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  7. I gotta say, I LOVE those pants. That color is so great and the fit is super 50s.

    I loved that story and I can totally relate. I can't tell you how many times a boss has pulled me aside to tell me I'm looking unprofessional because I'm "wearing too many colors" or my "socks don't match" but never have I had the experience of the slightly-backhanded gift card hint. That is so hilarious!

    I love what you got with it, too. I think your boss should be satisfied that you tried your hardest, but I'm sure there will be a little eye-rolling like "of course she'd find something super-patterned and with animals on it." I love how you embrace your style and approach life head-on.

    Longest Comment Ever Award goes to..... Kate from Clear the Way

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    1. Hahah I loved your long comment! And I laughed at the "of course she found something with animals on it"- I didn't even realize it was super true to my quirky style. I can't change who I am :)

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  8. Those pants are ah-mazing! I love all the colors and you really know how to work a scarf ;)

    xo

    Ashley

    Southern (California) Belle

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  9. Love the scarf and the story that goes behind it.

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  10. I love that scarf and I love it even more now that I know it has elephants on it!

    xo Jenny
    [archi]dress

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  11. Oh, I love it! You wear that style of pants so well with your nice long legs. I can never find trousers that look quite right on me. They are a fabulous color too. I love the scarf you bought with your giftcard! I bet the boss will approve :) I always feel a story when I find something I love- but mostly it's me as a housewife taking a fresh pie out of the oven or something,haha.

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    1. haha with your gorgeous vintage pieces, i can totally see why! i feel like that's usually the look i go for too

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  12. this outfit pops so amazingly! the scarf is very chic :)

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  13. I must admit that I adore this scarf! I had that moment with tights! I refused to wear them until I had moved back from knoxville to missouri! Zachary surprised me with a pair of bright floral tights and I've been head over heels ever since!

    -Rosie

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    1. amazing how we can cave and change our mind :)

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  14. The scarf looks great on you- and the elephant pattern is fantastic! It definitely gives a strong retro look, and you pull it off really well. Always a challenge to select something from a store that doesn't fit with your style, but I think you did good :) Love the blouse too!

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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  15. Haha way to stick it to the man! You look great.

    Rachel

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  16. your high waisted pants!! i love :)

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  17. Such a great scarf! Awesome find. X

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  18. Love those pants. and that shirt. And everyone in my office is always thrown off by me never wearing pants and always being in skirts and often glitter or shiny things. I mean, glitter belts or shoes arent that bad, right?! Anyhow - I love how you pulled this look off. The shirt and pants are so fun together.

    <3 katherine
    of corgis and cocktails

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    1. i think a girl *needs* to have a pair of glitter shoes and a glitter belt. it's the perk of being a girl and not having to wear like... camouflage and polos like boys do. i'm completely on your side!

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  19. I love how vintage you look! That pattern is fantastic! :) Scarves are fun. Sometimes I forget to incorporate the little dainty ones, though. >:\ I love when I'm reminded by pretty looks like this! :)

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    1. i always forget about them too. i swear, if i don't have everything displayed in my closet i forget i own it haha

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  20. This scarf is awesome! Although, I would kill to see you walk in with that suit on! You crack me up.

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