I’ve never really noticed before, but it turns out that our back alley is a fashion blogger’s dream. I think someone who enjoys taking outfit photos more than I do (and has more fashion sense) should move into our apartment just for the endless backdrops. I can’t believe last weekend was the first time I noticed it!

Joe and I headed up to Minneapolis two weeks ago for Jason and Ali’s graduation. Typically, I wear gym shorts or sweats in the car if we have a long road trip in front of us, but since we had plans to meet up with friends when we got there, I decided to dress things up a little more than usual. I’m still not sold on this blazer, since it’s a bit big and a tad longer than I would like it to be, but I do love a mis-matched pattern here and there. This skirt and top is my absolute favorite way to wear patterns that don’t seem to go together.

Other notes: After editing these photos, I committed myself to using self-tanning lotion more often. My legs are white enough to scare everyone away!

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  • UrbanWife

    Cute! I do love the brick wall, too.

  • http://www.girlversusdough.com/ Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

    Super cute outfit! Love the mix of patterns in the same color scheme.

    And I guarantee I could beat you in the “scarily white legs” department. ;)

  • Kelly

    I really don’t mean to be critical, but I have really enjoyed your No Fat Talk blog series, so it took me by surprise to read a comment about your need to use tanning lotion. How is that any different? Isn’t it still giving into the idea that there is a “perfect look” you need to obtain?

    • MadisonMayberry

      Kelly, interesting comment! It most certainly got me thinking on my car ride to work. I guess I never even thought about the correlation between using self-tanner and the “No Fat Talk” series/mission. Perhaps I should, though.

      For me, I think about self-tanner in the same vein as makeup: something I use that makes me feel good. I don’t wear a lot of makeup (I’m not all that talented with it) but I do find the process of getting dressed up/made up fun. In using self tanner, I’m not aiming to look perfect, but I do try to look my best, which is relative to everyone. A former sun-worshiper, I’ve now shunned tanning beds and baking in the sun for healthier alternatives, like self-tanner.

      But back to your point, I can totally see why me saying “After editing these photos, I committed myself to using self-tanning lotion more often. My legs are white enough to scare everyone away!” may be interpreted as negative body talk, which wasn’t my goal at all. Next time, I could probably just skip that bit of commentary. :)

  • http://www.mylessseriouslife.blogspot.com/ Sara @my less serious life

    love the pattern mixing you have going on here. i could learn a thing or two from you here. i think part of my problem is that most of the pieces i own are solid (which makes pattern mixing difficult!).

    and in regards to the leg comment (and noting conversation below) – no worries lady! i acutally did not have that thought at all about your intial photo. my fashion icon ms. kendi of kendi everyday has made me more and more comfortable with not obessessing about being tan (i used to do this too much). now..my severe sports bra farmers tan is another story…

  • http://www.bringinthpink.com/ Amber @ Bring In-the-Pink

    You are so stinkin’ cute. LOVE the outfit, and you really do have the best backgrounds for such photos! :)