what I wore; colorblocking like a champ! - The Dainty Squid

what I wore; colorblocking like a champ!

Monday, April 09, 2012

the details
dress - thrifted
sweater - c/o Club Couture (last year)
belt - thrifted
necklace - handmade (tutorial here)
tights - c/o Modcloth
camera bag - c/o ONA

Can I just complain a little bit before before I gush about my outfit? I don't complain much so I think it's fine right now. Okay, well, you know how my camera is currently sent into the Canon repair center and I'm using a back up camera (a lower model from before I upgraded)? Well it was so super duper frustrating to get these pictures. Kevin and I were having the worst time trying to get the settings perfect. It was like everything I was used with my camera to was completely different on this one. We spent so long trying to find an area that wasn't awkwardly lit. Finally we found one that was smack dab in the middle of the park where people were walking by. If you've been reading for any amount of time you probably know I am the shyest person ever so getting my picture taken in front of anyone is a challenge, let alone people who literally stopped and stared. I was super determined to get pictures so I managed to stand there loud and proud while Kevin snapped away. YES! GO ME! Moral of the story? Get really mad, to the point where you don't care that people are watching you and you'll be able to take pictures in public! Haha!

Nooooow, the good stuff! THESE SHOES. Modcloth recently released a vintage reserve footwear collection sourced from the original stock of shoe store owner Joseph La Rose. The shoes have never been sold to the public and have never been worn. I was, of course, super stoked to get my hands on a pair. This pair was definitely calling my name, I cannot resist a real colorful pair of kicks (yep, I just called shoes kicks - that's a first ...and last). I couldn't have been more excited about them... until they got here and I saw how they were packaged....
In the original box (which was inside of another box to keep it safe). Isn't that so charming?! I think this might be the first pair of shoes ever that I keep in the box when I'm not wearing because there is just no way I could throw away that box.

And we'll end with a jumping picture, because you best believe I was really happy to finally be done taking pictures.
Hope you're having a wonderful day!
xoxo

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56 thoughts

  1. kaylah, those are mad cool shoes! go you.

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  2. Those shoes are totally outta sight! They remind me of a pair my mother wore when I was a kid! And gawkers are highly irritating :)

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  3. wow, great outfit, sandals are just perfect, love them!!
    **

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  4. Awh! I hate taking pictures in public! I wouldn't want people staring at me. Even though, I must say if I saw someone taking outfit photos, I would probably ask them about it. But I think that is because I blog and I would want to know if they do too.

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  5. Congrats on taking pictures in public!

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  6. I bet they thought you were a model of some amazing magazine. Those shoes are a rainbow of gorgeousity!
    Catherine Denton

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  7. Those shoes are the bomb! Great outfit. I love how subtle the star tights are.

    And great job standing up to stares. The same thing happened to me the other day, when I was shooting my last post. Oh well!

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  8. Those sandals are perfect. They look so comfortable and cute, and they're all the better for being vintage deadstock!

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  9. I strongly dislike when people stop and stare when I'm trying to take outfit pictures. It strikes me as SO rude and nosy. Urgh.

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    1. Totally! Like, dude, I don't stop and stare at you while you're walking your dog! Don't stop and stare at me just because I'm taking pictures!

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  10. Those KICKS were the first thing I noticed! I love this blog :B

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  11. those sandals are so cute!! love the colorblocking :)
    2-or-3-things.blogspot.com

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  12. Oh man, my jaw dropped at the site of all those awesome deadstock shoes. The color block shoes are amazing and I love the tights.

    -Lauren
    FrenchNavyVintage.blogspot.com

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  13. stunning colors and i absolutely adore the shoes and the necklace

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  14. Lovely outfit! I'm really smitten by the tights! How are they called? I can't seem to find them on Modcloth.com?

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    1. Sorry, they're all sold out! But they're made by House of Holland (http://www.houseofholland.co.uk/) and there are some on ebay right now! (I was just looking because I bought a second pair since I never want to be without them!)

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    2. Thank you for you answer, I'll look on ebay for them. I also would never want to be without them! =)

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  15. First off, lovely outfit, and those shoes. Oh my! Secondly, I would LOVE it if you shared what model the camera you actually took these pictures with is, or what settings you finally had to use. I have a canon, but compared to yours it's a 'lower model' and it's SO hard to find the perfect lighting and settings. Maybe I should just upgrade?! ;)

    xo, Meghan
    ahoynative.blogspot.com

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  16. High five for over coming shyness!!

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  17. Those shoes are so beautiful!!
    xx PonyChops

    http://pony-chops.blogspot.co.uk/

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  18. Before I read your post I thought to myself "wow, those shoes are A.M.A.Z.I.N.G", so I clicked on ModCloth's link immediately, and I was sorely disappointed by their photos! Those shoes look *to die for* on you, not so much in ModCloth's pics. So extra thanks for persevering through the camera frustrations/shyness, and getting some awesome pictures! Too bad their out of my size :( It would have been extra special to get that box in the mail :)

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    1. Why? Modcloth's pictures really don't look that much different other than being on a white background without feet in them.

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    2. Maybe it's just my computer, but the colors look more vibrant in your photos. Plus I find it helpful to see products on a live person, rather than on a white background, but that's just my personal preference. I'm sorry I was just trying to pay you a compliment, but I guess it didn't come out that way. You/your husband take lovely photos, and I enjoy seeing ModCloth's products on you.

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  19. I must say I'm jealous of your hair. Maybe the people weren't looking because you were taking photos but because of your hair. I would totally stare If it weren't too creepy!! long story short love your hair.

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  20. First of all good on you for being so determined! I suck at that. ;p The shoes are reallly amazing and that's probably my favorite jumping picture ever. ;)

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  21. Those shoes are absolutely amazing! And I love how you colorblocked with them. I particularly love that you matched your belt to your necklace--cute touch. And I feel your pain with the photos--my blogging companion and I have learned the ins and outs of our small town's alleyways like none other just so we can avoid people. They still manage to find us, though, and make strange comments. I read some other blogger's advise to say you're working on a school photography course assignment. It's a safe excuse (even if it's entirely and completely invalid!)
    <3 Sequins

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  22. Ha, I'm completely the same about my photos. We do them outside our house most of the time and I'm convinced most people walking past are like "Ugh, VAIN". Anyhoo...

    I love the shoes. But also: those tights are incredible. Need to find a pair for myself!!

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  23. I LOVE colorblocking.

    But ... OMG ... THOSE SHOES ... I look such a long time for shoes like this ... but can´t find some here in Germany. :-(

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  24. I wouldn't be able to throw away that shoe box either!!

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  25. Awesome outfit all around, but man do those shoes take the cake! As a fellow shy person, I totally understand - What? People are watching me? FREEZE. I'll have to try that gettin' angry to get it done tip. Thanks for battling awkward lighting and passers-by to show us your beautiful outfit. (I'm still in love with that triangle necklace too.) ^-^

    http://cardigannoir.blogspot.com/

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  26. Yay for taking pictures in public! I hate that too! :/ Those shoes are amazing, by the way!

    xx Adrian

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  27. I love the colours and the photos are great. I particularly like the jumping photo- well done for overcoming your shyness!

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  28. Absolutely beautiful! Those shoes are fabulous and I'm definitely going to try making that necklace. Yayy, Monday! :-)

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  29. Yay for the outfit and the shoes! And I love your tights as well! And yay for you, for still modelling and being so pretty even though everyone was staring at you :)

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  30. Love love love the shoes. And great job on taking photos in public! I'm still shy about that, but one day....

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  31. ohh my goodness, love the shoes, love the tights, LOVE the bag! so good. good on ya for overcoming your shyness. I don't know if I'd be able to do it! :)

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  32. Observers are annoying when you are trying to take pics! Hate it. Ther reserve collection is AHmazing.
    Marie @
    Lemondrop ViNtAge

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  33. I always use to shy from wearing blue and green together but I'm starting to love it (I did a blog post on it). Especially since I thrifted a blue chambray vintage dress that looks perfect with my kelly green cardigan. Kelly green… is there anything that colour can't do?! :)

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  34. Those shoes are absolutely glorious!

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  35. I live in an EXTREMELY rural area and the times I take pictures in our yard or in the street people drive by and crane their necks out the window to look back at me. I just stare back coldly. :)

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  36. your flats-sandals?¿ looks fun and cute with the outfit!! I love the last photo

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  37. The last picture looks like you're a superhero flying off to save the world.

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  38. Those shoes are the bee's knees!!!

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  39. yeah i'm kind of obsessed with this line too. kind of amazing. you look great! I totally feel ya on the gettingn angry. it works the best.

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  40. Hands down favourite outfit post to date!! The colours, the tights, the shoes - wow!
    And yay you for being awesomely brave!!!
    That shoe box is so sweet. I'm going to go peek at MC now ;)
    Luvluv,
    Sway xx

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  41. Oh my gosh, your outfit is totally the BOMB. Wow, I love how you brought everything together. So lovely. xoxo

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  42. WoW these shoes are super cool! Look great with the outfit too, comes together perfectly.

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  43. Those shoes are amazing! I love how they tie around the ankle and add colour!

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  44. Those.Shoes.Are.Amazing! It sucks they don't have my size anymore :(

    http://www.lyzhang.com

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  45. Loving your outfits and the way you work colours! I honestly believe everything would be okay if I just had those shoes!

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  46. Go Kaylah! I've had social anxiety for most part of my life (all better now though) so I totally get the don't-wanna-get-my-picture-taken-in-front-of-people-thing! Also, LOVE the shoes!

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  47. Those shoes are SO adorable! I saw them on modcloth and totally passed them by, but seeing them on a model is totally different. I love the little red flap things at the ankle, they are just so cute XD

    And man... people staring is the worst. It's one of my major pet peeves. I think you are very brave for taking the photos in a public place anyway. Btw, I'd love to see some behind the scenes photos of where you're doing the photoshoots ^_^

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