Pretty in Pastels

Jan 28, 2013

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Can we take a moment and talk about how misleading the phrase “Old Man Winter” is? 
Whenever I saw him in story books or Campbell Soup commercials he’s this sweet old rag-tag grandpa, bundled up in a Civil War looking trench and blowing in some kid’s ear.  He’s like some elderly neighbor that coincidentally has frost bitten skin and doesn't give a flying fig for personal space. 
So. Misleading. When you’re out there on the Tundra that is Michigan Avenue, do you think there’s this wrinkly old man doing a hobbly skip next to your side, and sprinkling frost from his finger tips?
Nein.
What I see instead is an angrily gnarled scrooge, whacking anyone on the knees that dares to pass by with his cane, and giving them a lick of pneumonia for good measure. He rudely messes up your hair into a winded frenzy, and all he has to do is boredly point an arthritis-ridden finger your way and his dogs in the forms of Arctic winds pounce on you with out mercy.
That’s what I see. Sweet, old man winter my ass. 
And while he's up to his dirty tricks, I'll dress in pastels and pretend it's Spring.
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Blouse- F21
Suede Skirt- thrifted
Vest (tucked in)- Macy's
Belt- Jcrew
Shoes- Macy's

60 comments :

  1. I really like this look :) It's really cute and I like the suede skirt! xx

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  2. You painted the perfect picture of Old Man Winter. Hate that guy.

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  3. Haha! Yeah!! I'm not a fan of Mr. Winter at all!! I love your pink skirt and top! Very cute! I bought flowers the other day when it was snowing and I laughed at Mr. Winter. He can't fool us, he is mean!! =)

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  4. I couldn't agree more :)
    Lovely outfit, fits you perfectly
    xx

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  5. I couldn't agree more! So funny that you're into pastels as well... I've been painting my nails all sorts of flowery colors and have been on a huge, floral, pink clothing kick.

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  6. cute outfit! agreed that pastels help to brighten up a cold winter day. and yeah - old man winter is a real jerk! i'm so freezing outside, with my nose running and my lips all chapped. he is not a nice guy and can't wait til spring!
    -- jackiejade.blogspot.com

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  7. Beautiful writing!
    You look great in pastels :)

    Have a nice week,
    Irene

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  8. That is the sweetest shade of pink!

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  9. Love your pink :333

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

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  10. Love your skirt, such a sweet fondant pink :)

    le fresne x

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  11. i'm so glad someone is dedicated to the written word in their blogging! i don't know much about old man winter because he never comes to austin, but estranged cousin schizophrenic season sally is all up in my business and makes getting dressed so hard.
    i would have never thought of wearing a sweater vest this way, but i'm officially putting one on my thrifting wish list so i can try it!
    xo
    writeslikeagirlblog.blogspot.com
    ps. did you dye your hair? it looks fab.

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  12. This outfit is adorable! Love the pale pink!

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  13. cute outfit! :)

    xx, rebecca
    awayinparadise.blogspot.com

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  14. Haha! That has got to be the best description of winter I've heard. It is so TRUE! Makes blogging/taking photos such a bummer sometimes. Love the winter pastels though! You look so romantic and pretty in this-the white tights really made the outfit shine!

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  15. Old man winter is an asshole, there, I said it! I am so over winter right now, and we still have at least 2 more months of it :(
    I love the pastels you're wearing!! That skirt is gorgeous and so perfect with the blouse. Dress for spring and it will come?!
    xJennaD

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  16. Hahaha soooo true. Nothing makes me cuss more than freezing temps. But girl you look amazing!! I'm dying over this outfit! Love.

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  17. Lovin' this little number... one of my favs on you!

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  18. So beautiful, I love the mix of colours xo

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  19. You hair! What a difference, I love it. It'll take some getting used to, but I think it looks really good. Is this your natural color?

    Also, I love your writing. I just read a few of your posts on your tumblr and they're amazing. Anyone whose writing makes me laugh is awesome in my book.

    Also also, hooray for pastels!

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  20. I love all the colours in these pics
    J
    http://lifelovesand.blogspot.ie/

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  21. So true. He's the rudest person on earth.

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  22. Yes let's pretend it is spring, I love pastels, you look super cute!
    Simona
    www.lakenmoon.blogspot.com

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  23. Ha! You never cease to make me laugh! I totally agree about old man winter...I'm so done with him right now. You look so pretty in pastels girl! I really love that vest! And of course I always love that skirt :)
    -Jessi
    haircutandgeneralattitude.blogspot.com

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  24. This is very classic and great look!

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  25. The colour combination of your outfit is just adorable and refreshing. Followed your Tumblr, LOVE your writing

    xx
    The Young Bridget Jones

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  26. love this pairing of blush pink and gray on you :)

    Chioma
    C's Evolution of Style

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  27. Great look, love the skirt :D

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  28. I'm definitely not a fan of Mr. Winter right now. I like the pastels. They remind me of spring!

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  29. You look so darling in pink! I've actually never heard of "Old Man Winter" before, haha. But now I have!

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  30. So soft and pretty -- lovely for that sunny winter's day.

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  31. What a lovely skirt :)!! love the pastel color and great combination



    xoxo, Mich

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  32. Lol oh Marlen, Marlen, Marlen...you always know exactly how to say things :) I love it! Old Man Winter indeed...you painted him in the correct lighting, that's for sure. Way to stick it to him with this lovely spring outfit <3

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  33. Pretty in pastels! That's exactly what you are Marlen! So feminine and ladylike :)!

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  34. such a pretty look! I love your blouse!

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  35. :( hope you're faring well with the Michigan winter! At least you're still wearing pretty pastel pinks which are reminiscent of spring :)

    Mili from call me, Maeby

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  36. Love the powdered pink skirt on you. Great post!

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  37. You are conjuring up the craziest images for me!

    I do love this look. You always look so well in pastels.

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  38. What a stinking adorable outfit. I love those colors on you. Very lovely.

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  39. HAHAHAHAHA! Old Man Winter, indeed. Winter is mean. Winter is harsh. More like Mean Old Lady Winter, I should say. Whoa, I was being sexist. But more realist, really, because I envision me being Wintery when I get older.

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  40. I love those darling little booties!
    xo Josie
    www.winksmilestyle.com

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  41. Love the colour palette in this look!xx

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  42. you are too cute, the old man winter story is so funny. i think we kinda miss old man winter over here in sunny phoenix, or i just have a bad childhood memory. anyway, love the pastels here, all bundled up yet so cheery. and did you dye your hair? looks darker and good!
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  43. I love the colors here, so pretty and perfect for winter! I also checked out your Tumblr, good stuff :)

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  44. Love love love this outfit! It makes me think of spring and all the lovely pastel colors! Your skirt is really beautiful!

    xx Ivana

    Macarons and Pearls

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  45. I'm really not a fan of 'old man winter' myself. Grumpy old witch indeed. Still, you look adorable in the layers and pastels - it's strage, it made me think your hair was really a lot darker or something. Color trickery!

    <3 katherine / of corgis & cocktails

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  46. I wish I could carry off outfits like this. You look beautiful and so elegant and modest. You have lovely style.

    Janine xx
    BakeGlueandTrend
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  47. What a sweet and lovely outfit! I'm adoring that skirt + booties <3. And I'm having a hoot over on your tumbler- you're a very talented writer.

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  48. You look adorable. I really really like the colors here. I'm a huge fan of pastels. I'm sorry to hear winter is treating you so bad. You can come visit Miami whenever you like. Sometimes I wish it was a bit colder here so I could wear more winter clothes. =)

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  49. love the blush and white colour combination, they always look so pretty together, especially with the beige as well. i love that skirt!
    little henry lee

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  50. Great skirt. Love the blush color. These pastels are making me long for spring! :)

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  51. Thank you for your comment on my blog. I love your writing, it's hilarious! And your style is fantastic. I'll follow you, perhaps if you liked my blog you'll follow me back?

    Lx

    http://corporatekitten.blogspot.co.uk/

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  52. Love your vintage style! And love coming to visit and see what outfits you come up with! They look great on you!

    Love,
    Marilyn ;)

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  53. old man winter is the worst! but i love this outfit so much. i really like how matchy-matchy it is without being over the top— so cute!

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