Hi, there!  My name is Lauren and thanks for stopping by my blog!  I’m a curly-haired, remotely-located e-librarian for a large company, who LOVES cardigans…I mean, really, who doesn’t?  Since starting my work-from-home job, my once honed-in fashion skills have become a bit rusty.  My husband, bless his heart, has become used to the wild woman he sees when he returns home from work:  insane afro/ringlets, no makeup, pajamas (or as we like to call them, lazy pants, to make them sound a bit fancier than they actually are), surrounded by an assortment of work paraphernalia, and snuggled up with a large man-kitty, Doughnut.  I’m hoping this blog will inspire me, and maybe others of you out there who are in a work-from-home fashion rut, to find the motivation to dress up!

I’m a huge fan of color AND pattern, but am not particularly bound to any type of clothing genre, if there is such a thing.  I have hippy dresses, work clothes, formal dresses and everything in between.  Much to my husband’s chagrin, I have a closet full of patterned dresses and blouses; he prefers simple, solid color frocks.  I’m trying to branch out a bit and purchase some less busy items, but I’m not doing so well…here’s one of my latest purchases from ModCloth:

Frida Kahlo Blouse ModCloth

Too busy?  I know the Frida Kahlo look is a bit nutty, but I ran across some really striking pictures of her on Pinterest, and you can tell she was a fan of a good pattern, too.  I had to do something artsy to pay homage to my pattern-lovin’ sister from a different mister.  You can order the top here (if it’s in stock).  The jeans are from Levi’s…they’re my first pair of jeggings and I really like them!  The sandals and earrings are from Target (where 75% of my closet contents came from), and the necklace is from Charming Charlie.  If you don’t have a Charming Charlie’s near you, check them out online.  It’s like Clair’s for grownups.  I wore this outfit, without the crazy braids/flowers, to the doctor’s office a couple of weeks ago.  I think it was the only time I got out of the house that week. 😦

Here’s something that still has a little bit of pattern, but doesn’t scream LOOK AT ME!!!…well maybe the dinos will get some looks when people see them up close, but really, most of the outfit is solid (right??).  I wore this little cutey to Kroger the other day, not realizing it was 45 degrees outside…Things like checking the weather become pointless when you’re inside for 5/7 days a week:

Dino Dress ModCloth

This is the first of many, many cardigans you’ll see throughout my posts.  As I said before, I’m obsessed.  Which is why I named my blog “Curls and Cardigans”.  Maybe you’re thinking, “why in the heck does a girl from Texas need so many cardigans?”…well, while I might not need the cardigans outdoors for 8/12 months, the air conditioners around here are running inside non-stop those 8 months out of the year, and boy are they cold!  I can’t stand the cold (I like to think it’s because I’m half Panamanian and tropical climes are encoded on my DNA as my ideal temperature for “best results”), so I make the A.C. situation tolerable and enjoyable by finding cheap, colorful, and easy-to-carry cardigans that I can take on and off whenever I need to.  This dress came from ModCloth, the shoes came from Urban Outfitters, the necklace was a Charming Charlie or Target purchase, and the cardigan is from Target.  I never would have put a mustard cardigan with this outfit, but I got the idea from ModCloth’s Style Gallery, which contains outfit photos other girls with the same dress have taken, and how they styled it.  You can check them out here.  See if you can find yours truly in the bunch.  A lot of these pictures are just stunning.  I want to live near old looking bridges, and forests, and meadows, too!  Not stuck in the middle of a very large, non-foresty city.

These two outfits were pretty easy to put together and throw on.  The biggest time-consuming thing is picking out the jewelry and shoes, and taming my curls into actual curls, and not fuzzy-looking roots with one or two corkscrews sprouting out this way and that.  I’ll save that routine for another post.

Thanks for reading!


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2 thoughts on “Hi!

  1. Absolutely so proud of you! Love the Frida-inspiration and the dino-littles. Love a cardi myself, especially paired with statement jewelry from CC’s. But most of all I love you. Can’t wait to read more and hopefully do a link-up with you in the near future. XO


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