After three interesting years of high school, I am quickly approaching my final year at a pace I’m not too comfortable with. With being a senior comes a lot of responsibilities and tasks that need to be checked off the to-do list. There are campus tours that need to be done, capstone projects that need to be started, SATs to study for as well as take, applications to send off to colleges, senior dues to pay off, a GPA to keep up, a show choir to lead now that I’ve been appointed captain (I’m super stoked about this), and on top of all that, balance a job on my plate. I will say that trying to write this list down got me breathing a little heavier, but every senior has to go through this. I should be able to do it too.
From the list, I’ve started campus tours. I visited Kennesaw State University a few weeks ago. I didn’t take any pictures, which I currently regret, because I was like a kid in a candy store. The campus is super cool and KSU seemed technologically advanced and offers good programs. In a few days I will be visiting the University of Georgia and I’m quite excited to see what’s in store. Another exciting milestone is that I started working. My first official job! I work as a cashier at a local pizza restaurant and I’ve been loving it. I’m the kind of person who will take working over sitting at home watching TV any day! Plus as a cashier I also take in orders, so it’s been definitely helping me build confidence when speaking to new people and enhancing my customer service skills.
A project that I’ve recently started is starting to take my senior pictures. I still have yet to sign up with a studio to get both my yearbook and cap and gown pictures. When it comes to the scenes my mom and I decided to do our own, ones that catered more to who I am and backgrounds that express the real Allyson. Like everything I do, I like to add a bit of a twist. My mom and I thought it would be a good idea to do some pictures at home since it’s where I live and spent my entire high school life in. We decided to do more of a high fashion shoot for my pictures, so we waited on a rainy day to take some cool shots. What I like about the pictures is that they have a range from almost playful to something a little gothic. I look like one of those chicks from horror movies who’s about to haunt someone (honestly those shots were my personal favorite). The rest of my senior picture scenes are still yet to be taken and ideas are still being brought to the table. Honestly, I think I need a scene surrounded by Disney characters. Those who know me will tell you that Disney movies make up my life. What can I say? I’m still a five year old at heart, despite the fact, I may need to face some responsibilities that require a tad bit of growing up.
Recently I have been looking at the outfits I have posted in the past and realized that I tend to stick to the cutesy dresses, bright colors, and comfortable shoes that minimize my height as much as possible. For years I have stuck to playing it safe in the clothes that make me feel comfortable and better about myself but I have never tried to expand my horizons in clothes that may push me to reach new levels of confidence. Ever since middle school hit, my confidence started to deteriorate (as any typical middle schooler’s would). I always tried to avoid making myself look any taller because I felt weird being taller than more than half of the boys in my class. I have been quite shy with my appearance and confidence from the very beginning of middle school to the beginning of junior year.
I don’t exactly know what happened but I just remember looking at myself in the mirror one day and finally telling myself to stop caring about what others would think. I finally wanted to wear heels like every other girl could despite the fact that it could make me taller than everyone in the room. I was more comfortable with wearing crop tops despite the fact that it may show a little bit of my tummy (which is weird because I’ve worn bikinis for years when I go swimming). I was ready to mature my taste in clothing and be proud of what I’m wearing.
The reason I’m sharing this is because I know that there are some girls who read my blog who are either in middle school or high school who probably feel the same way I used to feel. This is more of a reminder that this is just a small period of time before you truly gain the confidence to look the way you want without being scared or shy about it.
I can tell you when it comes to this outfit, I wouldn’t have even thought about wearing it two years ago. I would freak out about the fact that some of the skin in my stomach is being shown or that I’m wearing heels that will make me look taller than all of the guys I passed by. I wore this outfit to a friend’s birthday party and I’m 99.9% sure that I was taller than everyone at that party in those heels, but it didn’t even faze me, I was more concerned that the shoes would keep me from dancing the entire night (but word of advice, always bring comfortable shoes that match the outfit just in case your feet can’t take it anymore :).
I am pretty excited to say that this week will definitely be an eventful, but good week. Today is the two year anniversary since Cardigans and Necklaces was officially created. I’m ready to begin adding a second year worth of content to the blog! Another year of creating pretty outfits sounds pretty great if you ask me!
Another thing I’m pretty siked about is starting a brand new semester of school tomorrow. Last year I had an accelerated pre-calculus block class that I was not very fond of, but this semester I won’t have it any longer! I’m ready to meet new teachers and make new friends in my classes. This semester I will be taking a block physics class and a block Spanish 3. I’m not big on physics since it’s a mix between math and science (not my favorite subjects), but I’m ready to give it my best.
For those of you who don’t personally know me, I am probably the biggest Teen Wolf geek there is around. I mean, who else would binge watch all five seasons of the show in four days or learn all of the ages and heights of the actors in the show? Okay, I may have quite a bit of an addiction for the show going… but I promise you I’m not crazy (that’s a lie, I’m pretty crazy). All I can say is that a girl needs her fix of super attractive mythical creatures with crazy cool butt kicking abilities. Tomorrow season 5b of Teen Wolf starts and let’s just say that I may have cried a few tears of excitement this morning, #FanGirlAlert.
Speaking of my quirkiness, we all have learned from the past that I can be quite the mixaholic. A Mixaholic is a person who loves to mix and match different patterns and colors together quite a lot to the point where loved ones worry for the person’s well being and wonder if they will ever give up this addiction. Well for you loved ones, the answer is a big no, I will forever play around with patterns. The outfit above is a perfect example of my mixaholia (that might not be a word). A floral purple crop top with a grey and blue striped cardigan is quite a pattern mix but it definitely works. Since I’m not big with exposing too much skin, I always try to pair up crop tops with high waisted bottoms (in this case a high waisted blush pink pant). Since I already had so much going on in the top I kept the shoes and pants a light neutral color. The buttons in the pants were a rose gold color so I made sure to tie in rose gold earrings. Other than that, the outfit required little jewelry and looked pretty great. Remember young grasshoppers, sometimes less is more.
First I want to start saying Cardigans and Necklaces has now reached its 100th post! This is really special to me because it just shows how much I’ve been able to do since the beginning of the year. I also want to be able to thank all the people who follow me and leave comments. I ask that you keep leaving more comments so I can continue to grow and get better with my writing. Also leave comments on what you would like to see on my blog and I might even make an article about it. I’m so excited to continue posting and writing my articles.
A couple of months ago I was invited to a Miss Teen U.S.A. Mystery Pageant birthday party. Once I called and did my RSVP I was given a packet containing my character. I was given Ms. California which was pretty cool. Ms. California is doing the pageant to make her mom proud. In order to do the pageant she got some plastic surgery done on her nose and she went to Ms. Teen Alaska’s spa to get it done. So of course I had to be cautious of Ms. Alaska to make sure she didn’t rat me out at the party.
When I got to the party we were all given a certain space to sit and eat at. We had several meals and between each meal the waiter (birthday girl’s dad) would bring us a mint sherbet to cleanse our palates. Once we finished our meals we started the mystery pageant part. We were all given tasks to do and money to bribe others into spilling secrets. After we got the papers the lights went out and then one of the girls screamed. The lights came back on and then there lied a dead Ms. Texas among us. Everyone immediately got up and started questioning each other and threatening each other with “I will tell your secret” to find out who killed Ms. Texas. Everyone had something against Ms. Texas so everybody seemed like they were the ones who killed her. That made it kind of difficult to figure out who did it. Near the end all the girls were given the last couple clues. Ms. Texas had an affair with the past Ms. Teen U.S.A’s boyfriend. Also Ms. Texas was poisoned with green tic tacs. Looks like spear-mint is a pretty good weapon! I know, bad pun. A girl can only try.
Later when the results were given everyone was dead silent and anxious to find out who killed Ms. Texas. The killer was… Me! Just kidding! It was Ms. Arizona, but it would have been pretty funny if it was me. I guessed that the killer was Ms. Teen U.S.A. because of how Ms. Texas had an affair with her man. What I missed was that the tic-tac bottle said made in Arizona. Good thing I’m not a detective because there would be a lot of unsolved crimes.
Also near the end there were two different contests. One of the contests was who stayed in character the best and the other was who was best dressed. I was told about the best dressed contest and I was really shooting toward winning that contest. The birthday girl won the girl who stayed best in character with a good majority of the votes. I won best dressed with a majority of the votes as well. I was super excited to get the award because the award was in my area of expertise. Also before we left we were given goody bags that included tic-tacs, bobby pins, a nail filer, tissues, hand sanitizer, nail polish, and lip gloss. All things that a mysterious beauty queen will need in her every day life.
The invitation I was given told me to dress like a beauty pageant contestant so I wore the dress I wore to my 8th grade formal. The dress was a lace up dress so it still fit me pretty well. It’s an icy blue color which I love because the color is really pretty and it looks really good on me. The dress was an A-line skirt and one sleeved. I decided to wear flats to be comfortable that is why you can see in the picture that is a bit long. The jewelry was a simple silver and crystal bracelet and earrings that I got from Claire’s that looked expensive but fairly priced. I also wore my crystal tiara to match the jewelry as every pageant princess needs her own tiara. I even made my own sash because I thought we needed to bring our own, but they supplied us with sashes and tiaras at the party. Like I did for formal I made sure to curl my hair, except this time I did it myself.
Have you guys ever seen what crawfish look like? Recently I just went to a crawfish bake at a friend’s house. I was a little skeptical at first because when I would see them on TV they always looked like a cross between a spider and a crab. Also I would hear people talking about how the right way to eat crawfish was by sucking out the juices in the head, which did not sound very appetizing to me at all. When we were getting ready to eat the crawfish my mom’s friend dumped out the crawfish and everything that was cooked with on a table. I looked into the big pile of miniature looking lobsters and I could see potatoes, shrimp, sausage, garlic, and corn. It looked and smelled great! I started off with some of the potatoes and shrimp and finally built up the courage to try the crawfish. My dad had to show me how to open it up, which is a really messy process. I then ate it and it tasted a bit similar to crab. I liked the flavor of it, but I think I’m more of a shrimp girl. Life is all about experiences after all! so crawfish boil, checked.
Not much to say about the outfit. We were finally getting rid of the winter weather so wearing a dress was super welcomed. In addition I wore it to such a messy feast because I was meeting my mom’s friend for the first time and I wanted to look presentable. I always hear that the first impression is the most important impression. I posted a picture of the crawfish boil on Instagram so follow me at cardigansandnecklaces to see that picture and other random pictures. 🙂
Today I am starting the Tribal Nation series which is all about the tribal pattern. In the spring 2014 fashion week show, one of the trends for this spring was tribal. I think it is an interesting and very fun fashion trend that is very fitting for the spring since in my opinion, the tribal pattern looks better in brighter colors. When I think of tribal I think back to one of my childhood’s Halloween costumes where I dressed as an Indian because the dress had a tribal pattern. I am really excited to start doing outfits for this trend because the tribal pattern is very funky and it’s a lot of fun to play around with. I have been noticing the tribal trend in pretty much all of the stores I have been to recently. I already have four or five pieces in my closet with a tribal pattern, but I got them around the fall not so much to follow the trend but because I fell in love with the specific pattern.
I have also noticed the tribal pattern slowly creeping up among the halls at my school. I have been looking around at the clothes people are wearing and as the days go by, the more tribal patterns I see on shirts and tights. I can already tell that this spring I am going to see a lot of boho clothing at my school because along with the tribal pattern there are the head pieces and braids that the women wear on the hit show Reign. A quick tribal tip I wanted to share with you is that you don’t want to over do the pattern, too much tribal can cause your outfit to look like a costume.
I decided to start off with a tribal outfit that is perfect for school. This outfit definitely represents my style and is the type of outfit you would catch me wearing at school. Two nights ago one of my friends sent me a picture of her outfit. The outfit had a burgundy cardigan with a navy blue blouse inside, and a long necklace. She said that she created an Allyson outfit. The day after another one of my friends came in with a black cardigan and a white blouse and said she created an Allyson, that definitely put a smile on my face. This outfit has an orange cardigan with a tribal blouse inside. I loved this blouse because of the fun colors and the sheer fabrics. I made sure to include blue pants and an orange cardigan because they were colors found in the shirt and it didn’t look like too much color. I added orange sperrys because it went with the cardigan and because for some reason I think they are a very cute shoe. The jewelry is orange and blue as well, I know it sounds like there is a lot of those two colors but if you look at the outfit it’s not over done. One of my favorite pieces in the outfit would have to be the book bag. I really love the pattern and the colors in it, I just wish I could find a book bag like that in the stores I go to. Are you riding the tribal wagon yet?
At school I am always overhearing conversations among some of my friends about the book series Percy Jackson. I spent my last summer studying Greek mythology so i know a good bit about the gods and goddesses stories. The stories are very unique and interesting to know. Why is a 13-year-old studying Greek mythology during her summer recess? Because my mom made me. 🙂 She said that I need to be cultured and that was one of the things I studied last summer. Maybe I can share with you what other things I studied last summer. I read Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief but haven’t had time to read any of the other books yet. There are already movies over the first two books out, they aren’t as good as the book, but I don’t believe any movie is.
In Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief, the main character’s name is Percy Jackson. Percy has always been a kid who got into trouble and never did good because he thought he was dyslexic. Percy doesn’t find out he is a demi god until him, his friend Grover, and his mom get attacked by a Minotaur. The Minotaur perishes Percy’s mom. Percy and Grover stumble on to camp half blood where he meets Chiron and Anna Beth. Percy knows he is a demi god but he didn’t know whose son he was. He later figures out during a game of capture the flag (when a projection of a trident appeared above him), he was the son of Poseidon. That meant that Percy inherited Poseidon’s water powers, he has the same powers Poseidon has, yet not as powerful. That is bad news for Percy because the three god brothers (Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades) had an oath where they would no longer have children. Poseidon needed help from his son at the time because Zeus kept accusing Poseidon of taking the bolt. What Poseidon asks of Percy is to find the bolt and prove him innocent, which meant he had to go to the underworld because Poseidon thinks that Hades might have taken it. Percy didn’t want to go at first, but he figured that was the only way to get his mom back after the Minotaur perished her. Grover (a satyr that protects him) and Anna Beth (daughter of Athena) went along with him on his journey. They battle many obstacles trying to gather little pearls that will let them into the underworld.
I started thinking about how cool it would be to create a Percy Jackson outfit, it was fun to research. I used a white shirt with a long blue and flowy skirt because Percy Jackson had water powers that were inherited from his father. I used blue and gold cuff links because when I think about Greek outfits from mythology times, I have always seen cuff links being used. The earrings to me looked like they had a design you might find on some pottery or plates they used to make. The head band also looked very Greek as well so I included it in the outfit. The purse is silver and gold to go along with all the accessories. I kept the shoes blue because I wanted to keep the attention on the rest of the outfit. I would love to wear this outfit because it would make me feel like I’m a water goddess myself, that’s until I try doing some cool trick and it doesn’t work.
Do you want to know what I don’t understand? Blue is a color that can represent sadness ( I feel blue), I don’t understand why they used that color for feeling sad because there are a lot of people who like this color. I have a lot of friends and family whose favorite colors are blue, or at least branched to blue in a way, such as teal. I have to admit I like the color a lot, if you were to look into my closet you would find a lot of blue shirts and blouses. I love the color blue because it goes with so many colors, why do you think people wear blue jeans all the time?
I was looking for the next outfit to take a picture of and I kept thinking to myself that I needed to be creative. It took me a while to finally realize to put two different patterns but the same color. I used a dark blue and black striped shirt and a checkered dress for the outfit. Yes, I did say dress. If you have an old strapless dress that does not fit length wise, get creative and turn it into a skirt. All you need to do is role the top half of the dress down to your waist, but make sure it’s not all bulged at the bottom. I also used these light blue shoes, they almost look purple. I thought this outfit was great because it’s fun and interesting to look at. It’s something different that many people don’t tend to think about. Honestly, not many people would think to put blue on blue on blue. The accessories are simple because there is already so much going on in the outfit. Just a simple silver chain necklace and studs will do.
I wanted to take a second to talk about the photo shoot. We decided to take it at an airport near the house where they have a lot of smaller planes. When we went there, this very kind man allowed us to take pictures by one of the planes. He was so nice and helpful! I didn’t think we were going to be able to get in and do it, but he let me pose beside the plane. He even let me get into it and try on the headsets. Not the ideal accessory for the outfit, but still lots of fun to wear. I was so overwhelmed with happiness that I could not stop smiling or laughing, which was good for the photos. I was so interested in the plane and I could not believe I was actually there posing next to and inside the plane. I was kind of hoping a little that he was going to offer me a quick plane ride, but that was getting my hopes way to high.
Time flies when you are having fun…NOT! Finally back to school today after two weeks of recess due to a winter storm and winter break. I have to admit it felt good to be able to go back to school today and see my friends. What is not cool is the teachers piling on the homework to try and catch us up due to all the days missed. Luckily I anticipated the teachers’ frenzy and used the days that I was out of school to get ahead with my blog posts. Yay! This is my 50th post in a row and I didn’t want to miss it. One of my goals when I started the blog was to write sixty days in a row. Ten more days and I should be able to accomplish it.
My inspiration for this outfit was this cute zebra plate my mom pinned to one of her decoration boards. I liked the shades of blue used and the modern overall feeling of the plate. As I have mentioned before inspiration can come to you from pretty much anywhere, even a plate. 🙂 I tried to use different shades of blue to capture the hues of the plate. I felt I needed to work with a zebra pattern so I used a more modern version of the pattern with the top. My vision of modern also included a mix of styles in the outfit, grunge, preppy, modern and punk. Sometimes eclectic outfits like this one turn out to be even more special because they are extremely unusual and unique.