Outfit: Hey, Little Hollywood


I’m taking a little bit of a blogger break right now, but while I’m spending my free time eating chickpea cookie dough and napping with Moxie, I’m going to re-share some of my favorite blog posts from last fall.  If This American Life gets to air reruns, why can’t I? 



I have such a deep love for fall, and I’m so despondent over its imminent end.  It’s simply tragic that it only really lasts for about six weeks–after that, the trees are bare and it’s only a matter of time before the outdoors become unbearable.  I suppose this is why I took pictures for this shoot until my camera battery died;  I had to capture as much of the season as possible.

These photos were taken at the Mayslake estate, which is one of my favorite locations.  I haven’t been here since I moved, but with the colors changing, I had to make a return trip.  There’s something so magical about the bright colors against both the lake and the old Tudor facade.  I don’t think I could ever tire of taking photos–it has so much to offer!

I’m wearing some of my favorite fall elements–a cozy sweater with a quirky collar underneath and a pair of thick knee socks.  Before I started this blog, I don’t think I would ever have worn something like this.  I seldom thought about the details–in years past, I probably would have worn the shorts with tights and the sweater by itself.  The socks and the collar make the whole thing.  That’s what I’ve noticed about some of the exceptionally good bloggers–they really pay attention to the details, and I’ve been trying hard to emulate that.  I want each piece to have something of interest and add a line or two to the outfit’s narrative.

So now, when I go shopping, I like to choose pieces that go beyond being practical, and I’m not just talking about statement pieces.  The next time I need to replace worn-out basics, I’m gunning for ones that have a little extra interest.

So what about you guys?  Has your philosophy on style changed in, say, the last year or so?

Hat: old, Urban Outfitters

Top: old, Urban Outfitters

Sweater: thrifted

Shorts: old, H&M

Socks: old, Urban Outfitters

Boots: old, Dolce Vita

Bag: old, ModCloth


20 thoughts on “Outfit: Hey, Little Hollywood

  1. Lovely photos! Beautiful colour, and your outfit is very edgy and cool!
    My philosophy on style changed quite drastically some years ago when I went from wanting not to stand out to wearing what I like. But it was more of personal thing at the time than just a philosophy on style.
    Much love!


    1. Thank you! And thank you for sharing–that’s such a huge leap to go from staying out of the spotlight to having a very popular style blog!! 🙂


  2. Love this outfit! Especially the striped sweater, and collared top combo! I’d say my style has definitely changed over the last year in that I’ve come to really appreciate more neutral and simple styles, and also a lot of kind of baggy shapeless things! I’m finding inspiration in the styles of the 60s and 70s these days where I used to go for a more classic 1950s style. I just try to let myself evolve as time goes! 😀


    1. Thanks! And I think your style evolution is really interesting–the difference between the ’50s and the ’60/’70s is pretty striking!


    1. Thank you very much! I would love to see your bowler hat! I bought mine last year on a whim and now I’m obsessed–definitely want to add a gray one and a brown one to the collection.


  3. The spiked collar adds a fun touch to the more neutral colors in the rest of the outfit, I like that it’s peeking out from the sweater 🙂

    In terms of my style philosophy, I think similarly to you, I’ve been thinking more about how to add unique or individual touches and flourishes to my outfits so it’s not like i just wore something straight off the rack (although there isn’t anything wrong with that either!). My current problem is that I have a TON of skirts but not really enough tops to go with them. For some reason I just can’t find that many shirts or blouses that I like, but I can always find a ton of skirts that I love. Oh well, gives me an excuse to go shopping, right?


  4. Lovely photos! I totally agree with becoming more aware of what you are wearing, since starting your blog. It’s been like that for me too. I notice that I wear what I want to now, and I am more adventurous in my fashion choices than I used to be, so that is good 🙂
    The Artyologist


  5. Love everything about this shoot! Striped sweaters are my go-to in fall and I agree that it ends way too soon. Those boots are adorable and the perfect autumn color.

    Mayslake is absolutely gorgeous. It was one of our top choices for our wedding venue, but we ended up having it somewhere else. I could live in the library in the mansion.




    1. Thank you so much! I’ve had to stop myself from buying any more striped sweaters because I have so many of them now 😉

      And I love that you know about Mayslake! It’s one of my favorite places to shoot at but I’ve only been inside once. I need to go back and check out that library!


  6. You’re absolutely right that the mark of a great dresser is the attention to detail. The little special bits in your outfits make me very happy.

    “I want each piece to have something of interest and add a line or two to the outfit’s narrative.” –That is officially my new style motto. ❤



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