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What I Wore | 10.30.12

Not only am I bad at remembering to take a picture of "What I Wore" for this new series, I guess I'm also pretty bad at posting it on the correct day when I do take a photo!  This is what I wore this past Tuesday for caramel apple making night. :) (Try to ignore the terrible photo quality. I had little no lighting in my attic that day...) It was another experiment in layers.  I started with a summery white lace dress that I just can't bear to put away for the cold months quite yet.  I layered a shades-of-turquoise flannel tunic over the dress to warm it up.  I really liked how the lace peeked out from underneath!  I belted the waist of the tunic with a simple brown belt.  I kept my legs warm with brown tights, turquoise knee socks, and my spray painted brown riding boots.  (Oh, those "knee socks" are also the sleeves cut off of an old, worn out sweater.  Thank you, Pinterest.)  For jewelry, I wore a few strands of beads and a skeleton key necklace, plus a simple pearl ring.  I carried my trusty olive green tote.

And here^ it is recreated with similar items.  It was cozy, comfy, and definitely something I'd wear again. :)



DIY Cat Barrier for Under $100 (See-Through, Climb-Proof, and Too-Tall-To-Jump)

ICYMI: I gave up Cotton after deciding that after trying so many things, my two adopted cats Dahlia and Cotton were just never going to get along. Long story short: I missed her. And Cotton's back. And Dahlia's not going anywhere. My heart is big enough to keep trying. And my apartment is big enough that if I need to keep them separated long term (or permanently), it can be done.
I'm going to write-up a separate post about some of the solutions I've tried, how they worked, who they worked on, and what I'll be trying next. But in this post, I wanted to share the main 'piece de resistance' of having both cats in my apartment: an un-climbable, un-jumpable, see-through barrier to separate Cotton and Dahlia.

Aria's Room | Pretty Little Liars Decor

Welcome back for LU's 2nd room in the PLL series!  Today you're getting a glimpse into my favorite room on the show... Aria's room.  Aria Montgomery is the artistic, imaginative, bookworm of the bunch.  So it's no surprise that her room has an artsy, historic, romantic eclecticism atmosphere.  Plus, it's full of books.  My two words for Aria's attic space: Vintage Eclectic.  (Those happen to be my two favorite decorating words... so brace yourself for my soon-to-come swooning.)

Pencil It In | Working the Pencil Skirt into Your Work Attire, Including 25 Examples with Do's and Don'ts

Starting this week, every Wednesday on The Lovely Side will be devoted to wardrobe, hair, and beauty content.  With summer internships right around the corner and interviews for real world jobs looming as well, I thought now would be a good time to delve into the world of office fashion.  
Sarah, a reader, recently emailed me asking about how to style a pencil skirt for her "somewhat casual, somewhat professional workplace full of fashionable co-workers."  She's been lusting after pencil skirts at several stores, but been hesitant to purchase one for fear of looking bad in it and not knowing what to wear with it.