Thursday, September 22, 2016

Board certified: shawl-collar blazer with a plaid shirt, skinny jeans, and western-style booties

Even though I've been blogging for three years now, the last words I'd use to describe myself would be "computer savvy"...in fact, pretty much anything beyond tapping the "Publish" button still has me holding my breath and tightly crossing my fingers!!  ;)

Monika Faulkner styles a plaid shirt with a shawl-collar blazer, skinny jeans, and western-inspired booties

And I'm no social media maven, either; I still don't have a data plan for my iPhone...'cause I can wait to check my Instagram and email until I get home, thank you very much!!  But.  I've definitely noticed that there's one particular Internet platform that - in my opinion - personal style bloggers don't utilize to full potential.

Monika Faulkner styles a plaid shirt with a shawl-collar blazer, skinny jeans, and western-inspired booties

skinny jeans, Aldo western-inspired booties

Did you guess Pinterest??  Did you know that Pinterest is so much more than a virtual corkboard for recipes and pretty pictures??  It's actually a search engine just like Google...which makes it an awesome way for other bloggers to find you and your fabulous outfit ideas!!

plaid shirt, shawl-collar blazer, Labradorite ring

plaid shirt, shawl-collar blazer, wire-framed sunglasses

To that end, I've created a collaborative Pinterest board called "Fearless Fashion File"...and I'd love all of us to share it!!  Some of you have an invitation to join up waiting for you - check your Pinterest messages! - and everyone else??  Simply send me an email to request one!!  And please start pinning your most fearless outfit creations right away...I'm getting a little bit self-conscious hanging out by myself!!

Monika Faulkner styles a plaid shirt with a shawl-collar blazer, skinny jeans, and western-inspired booties




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Monday, September 19, 2016

In the pink: how to wear a knit tank as a vest

Whether or not you happen to be fan of fall (most of my regular visitors know I'm not!) there's really no denying that the change in seasons makes for a perfect excuse to go shopping!!

Monika Faulkner styles a striped knit tank over a front-tied blouse, with boyfriend jeans and strappy shoes

And boy - have I ever done a lot of that recently!!  I've basically outfitted myself with an entire new wardrobe to tide me over until March or so; you could say it's a "consolation prize" for leaving my beloved summer behind!!

Monika Faulkner styles a striped knit tank over a front-tied blouse, with boyfriend jeans and strappy shoes

Monika Faulkner styles a striped knit tank top over a front-tied blouse

In order to keep my spending spree at least a little in check, I've been focusing much more than I ever used to on the versatility of each piece I'm deliberating; is it going to work in several ways with what I already have in my closet??  Like this pink and blue knit tank, for example; of course it's cute as a top all on its own the way I wore it in my "Falling out" post...

dusty rose front-tied blouse, boyfriend jeans, slate blue pebble-textured satchel

dusty rose front-tied blouse, boyfriend jeans, strappy shoes, slate blue satchel

...but it's even more awesome because it can stand in as a vest over this new front-tied dusty rose blouse!!  I've kept the layers from skewing too "preppy" by combining them with my distressed boyfriend jeans, strappy heels and - for the finishing touch - some rock-and-roll-ready sunglasses!!  Looking forward to hearing what you think, dear readers!!

Monika Faulkner styles a striped knit tank over a front-tied blouse, with boyfriend jeans and strappy shoes

P.S. Hope you're digging my updated blog space, too!!

     
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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Growth Factor: Flared midi skirt, sheer floral top, and leopard backpack

I may have let my birthday - it was last month! - slide without much ado, dear readers...but there ain't no way I'm gonna let that happen with my Blogiversary!!  It was exactly three years ago today that I published my very first post!!

Monika Faulkner styles a flared midi skirt with a sheer floral top and suede platform heels

And what better way to celebrate than with a fabulous new look??  While I've been knee-deep (tee hee!) in love with midi skirts recently, this flared version is admittedly a very different silhouette for me; I don't generally gravitate to a piece that's quite so "classic!!"

Monika Faulkner styles a flared midi skirt with a sheer floral top and leopard-print backpack

flared midi skirt, sheer floral top, suede platform heels, leopard-print backpack

But when it's given a dose of the unexpected care of some cool neoprene fabric...well, how could I possibly resist??  Combining the skirt with a sheer black floral top upped the edginess even more; as did pairing my lady-like ensemble with a rockerish leopard-print backpack!!

flared neoprene midi skirt, sheer black floral top, leopard-print backpack

sheer black floral top, sunglasses

Plus, in honour of my special day, the blog will be debuting a fresh new design very soon, too!!  After three years, I'm technically no longer a "newbie" here in the World Wide Web...StyleIsMyPudding is all grown up now, and I'm truly excited to see where it continues to take me!!  So happy to have you come along for the sartorial adventure!!  :)  

Monika Faulkner styles a flared midi skirt with a sheer floral top and suede platform heels

P.S. If my online digs don't look a little different just yet, please stop by for another visit in the next day or two; I'm on pins and needles to hear what you think!!



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