It’s all in the details

22 Mar
The subtlety of details, neutral lace sweater with lace scarf
Lace details
Denim with the subtlety of neutrals and lace
Denim and lace

I recently picked up this cropped sweater having no idea how to make it work. It’s short. Really short. With cut-out lace panels. I knew that until I invested in a pair of high-waisted pants, I’d have to get creative so as not to flash my middrift at work. Enter tank tops. Two of them, in fact. I’ve discovered that the key to making a lot of things work is in the subtlety of details; the contrast of layering neutral tank tops of different lengths, lace patterns under a lace panel sweater topped off with a lace scarf.

Ready to be cited for wearing just too much lace, I braved another windy day in Downtown Oakland in denim and classic black ankle boots. It’s hard to believe that I once lived in jeans; however comfortable they may be I much prefer dresses these days. It’s a completely different look for me especially as I ponder what it means to be a feminist with regard to my fashion choices. It’s been a hot topic lately, check out what these Feminist Fashion Bloggers have to say if your interest has been piqued. On Friday, I’ll be participating on a smaller scale about said topic.

Nail polish iridescent like scarab beetles
For my love of scarab beetles

Speaking of details, I was complimented yesterday on my nail polish while grocery shopping. I thought I’d share. I was drawn to this color because it reminded me of a childhood family vacation we took when we still lived in Lebanon. My dad drove us through Syria, Turkey, Greece and into Bulgaria. I have very distinct memories of playing with scarab beetles in Turkey. They were black with a mesmerizing green iridescence. Just like my nail polish.


Deets: Cropped sweater/ModCloth, tank tops/Nordstrom’s, scarf/Urban Outfitters, denim/Calvin Klein, black leather ankle boots/Munro, necklace/Claire’s Boutique.


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  1. Bella Q

    March 23, 2011 at 7:28 am

    Blog is in the details. Love the lace, the necklace and the many textures. LOVELY!
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  2. Doreen

    March 23, 2011 at 8:44 am

    I really love the lace detail at the bottom, next to the denim. Your style is very eclectic, one day you rock the mod-look, and the next you make romantic lace look perfect. I really admire that ability to mix things up and not get stuck with just one style or look if you will.
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  3. Gracey at Fashion For Giants

    March 23, 2011 at 9:00 am

    I love how you styled that sweater. I think it’s absolutely perfect and love the scarf with it. Also perfect.
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  4. La Historiadora de Moda

    March 23, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    That sweater is such an interesting and unique piece! I’m glad you’ve found a way to make it work for you.
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    March 23, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    That first photo took my breath away.
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  6. Arash Mazinani

    March 24, 2011 at 11:24 am

    I love the nail polish I just did a post on that. That sounded like quite a bit of an adventure you had when you were younger.
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  7. Jodi

    March 24, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    love all the lacey stuff.. I need to break out some lace here and there.. am still feeling like it would be too girly on me or something.. but heck why not try it… LOVE the scarf too… its so YOU, love it on you and its a great soft color!! sounds like Oakland weather is the same as up the coast in Victoria!!! am home from Ottawa now so glad to be back!! ahhhh ooxoxo J
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  8. Veshoevius

    March 24, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    It’s a beautiful sweater and I love how you’ve made this work with the lacy tank top peeking beneath and then the lacy scarf to top it all off.
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  9. kristy

    March 24, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    you used to live in Lebanon!?!?!? that’s so cool!!! my bf is half lebanese. I want to go there so badly.

    i can totally see how that nail polish reminds you of scarab beetles. =)

    i love your outfit, but i know how you feel. i barely wear jeans anymore either. they are great sometimes, but there are just so many other fun things to wear!!

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  10. lexi

    March 24, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    Such a gorgeous nail polish color! I actually did a post on the scarab beetle: The Scarab Beetle

    xox Lexi
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  11. Terri

    March 24, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    Admiring the nail polish…and I have seen those bright green beetles in my neck of the woods.
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    March 25, 2011 at 6:40 am

    Love that wonderful top, and the way you are wearing it with some more lace and yewellery, fantastic.
    Loving your nail polish.

  13. Krystle

    March 27, 2011 at 1:04 am

    Wow, this outfit is so elegant! I am really into lace these days. I love all the details in it! Then, getting to the nail polish just topped it all off! That color is amazing and I need to find it asap! :)
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  14. Christina

    February 11, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Hello! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and tell you I truly enjoy reading through your blog posts. Can you suggest any other blogs/websites/forums that cover the same subjects? Thanks!
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