Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Mixing It Up: Tucker for Target Part 3

The morning that Tucker for Target was released was a bit of a nightmare (see here).  After finally finding availability at one store I opted to purchase several things knowing that only a few would stay with me and the rest be returned.  It's amazing how items can come together when they're hanging in the closet or splayed across my bed - far from the glaring fluorescent lights and pressure of making a purchase in the store.  Pieces I might not otherwise think of wearing together suddenly come to life and form the best outfits.  When I saw Gaby (Tucker's mastermind) at an event in Laguna Beach and later in LA the thing that struck me about her is how carefree and laid back she is - she mixes prints and patterns with ease - wearing different ones on top and bottom.  The Chef thought it was a little out there; I prefer the term "eclectic"...and very much free bird style.

On Sunday I threw this outfit on and giggled out loud when I turned to look in the mirror.  It had been forming in my mind since I first caught a preview of the line and turned out to be pure magique!  Don't you love when that happens?  I was feeling pretty good about myself until I noticed that the ad campaign totally put the same two pieces together - oh well, at least I can say I'm catching Gaby's flavor!!  For some reason I totally felt like Mrs. Roper (my hero!) when I was out and about in the outfit...anyone else catching that vibe?

 It all began with this descent.
 And the next thing you knew I was standing in a bunch of thistles.  
 The cami dress lying perfectly beneath the signature mid-length
...while I tried to get visions of rodents nests in the grass out of my mind.
The outfit is so insane - I'm in love with it!!
Two of my friends are missionaries to Africa.
 The bracelet and the necklace were gifts from them -
and were handcrafted in Uganda.
They're absolutely splendid and unique in design.
The tights and shoes are what really take this outfit to a whole other level.
(that and my disheveled nest of hair and all the thorns stuck in my flesh through the tights)
 Check the dress from the back - totally flowy and perfect for a fall day.
Well, almost fall on that day.
The next thing you knew it was time to tiptoe back through the weeds
and pray to God there weren't any snakes or mice out there. Ugh!!
(not to be mistaken for UGG! by Jimmy Choo sorry I couldn't resist)
Also doubles as a superhero outfit.  Ideal for scaling walls...even dirt ones.

Item details:  Tucker for Target - Camisole Dress in Halo, Tucker for Target - Signature Dress in Floral Print, Steve Madden - Empiire Cloxford, Anthropologie - Tights

Do you feel tense when you take outfit pictures?  I totally do!! Do you find the more unexpected or glam an outfit is, the less stress you feel?  I'd love to hear your thoughts.  And stay tuned for a guest post within the week over at Jess's blog Cheap But Chic where I'll be doing an item comparison of my regular Tucker blouse with one from the Tucker by Target line.  I'll let you know once it's up - if you've been holding off purchasing a blouse that post might help you make your decision.

90 comments:

Katie said...

Love, love, love how you mixed the prints. It looks perfect and effortless - exactly how it should. I would go rummage my closet right now to see what I could come up with since I'm now feeling inspired, but it would be lame and Jared is asleep and looks at me weird when I come up with outfits in the middle of the night. Weirdo. Anyway.

Collette Osuna said...

You look great...love the dress....and the tights....and of course those shoes are fab too:)

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Exuvalia said...

I love your shoes. Can I steal them one day? =P
And and and, I think you're photogenic.

iloveyouvalentine said...

such bold, warm colors!
i'm always so hesitant to mix prints. this is inspiration!

Krystal said...

oooo you do look so free, i must admit! hair blowing in the wind and all!!!!!
I have missed you my dear, I'm finally back with some freakin down time, i almost don't even know how to handle it! i need to go read the rest of your blog and see what you've been up to :)

Debby said...

This is a FUN outfit! I love the tights/shoes you chose!! xo

Diana Mieczan said...

You dont even know how much I love your outfit:)...It feels so free and amazing!!! Totally love your hair like that and that dress is so die for:)
hugs and kisses,darling

Ps: I am hosting a sweet GIVEAWAY later on today :) Hope you will join in :)!!!

Jessica said...

I'm in love with this outfit! I actually like a lot more on you than I did in the ad campaign - I think your superhero prowess did it for me!

Chas said...

I love it! Love the dress with the tights and the clogs are fabulous!

Cara said...

Very colorful! I have been "missing out" on all the Target collaborations lately-totally slacking (boo me)

Lori said...

Mrs Roper.... hmm ~ had to wrap my mind around that one!! There are things you just would never think of putting together but this outfit is fab Carrie ~ not exactly hiking shoes you have on there ~ but they work! lol

Lisa said...

loveee the mix of patterns. LOVE.

kirstyb said...

great outfit x

Jamie said...

This outfit is gorgeous! LOVE!! I especially love the pink floral dress...WOW. But you're right the tights and shoes just take the cake!
When I am doing outfit pics I don't really get tense because I have been in front of the camera for so many years. I think to me it's more of a fun way to express myself rather than work. But I totally agree that when I am loving my outfit I definitely feel better about what I post than when I am lukewarm about what I'm wearing. Nothing to fear here doll, you look amazing!!

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MerciBlahBlah said...

Yes yes YES - your outfits just keep getting better. LOVES this, and LOVES mixing my patterns too. Great photos!!

Merci,
Shan

Café Bellini said...

I agree about the tights and shoes! Fantastic. Love the outfit.

MerciBlahBlah said...

P.S.
I got the shirt in the same pattern as your dress, and found a big Navajo blanket print sweater at Tar-jay the same day and fully intend to wear them togeva.

Colleen said...

You look so cute in this outfit! I agree, it looks better on you than in the ad campaign. And I LOVE LOVE LOVE those tights! I am such a sucker for crazy colored tights. Those shoes...OMG...AMAZING! I think the tights make them look even more fab with the color popping through. So, how many Tucker for Target pieces did you get in all? I was feeling guilty with 7 pieces, but I think you are right there with me! =)

Jess said...

Love the outfit! You have an eye for putting pieces together, I would have never thought to pair that dress with those tights and shoes! LOVE the one of a kind jewelry pieces that your friends sent to you! :) And I totally loved Ms. Roper.

Christy Sews said...

I had to smile when I saw your mix since it's the same one I plan to do once the temps drop here enough to pull out tights. The only difference is I'm planning to wear my olive tights and boots. Your esemble is fabulous!

Lisa Griffin said...

Ahhhh this outfit is insane and I LOVE IT! also those shoes, i've been looking for some clogs that aren't too cloggish and these are perfect! seriously thought this outfit-LOVE

Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

i didn't get anything @ the Target Tucker collab .. but i'm LOVEN the dress on u - and the shoes r killer, i want them!

Lynzy said...

I am in LOVE with those Steve Madden Oxfords!!
xo Lynzy
http://fromskirtstoskillets.blogspot.com

Ms. Givens said...

I absolutely am envious of this outfit and love the thistle pictures!
Yes, I get tense and always feel like it shows in my pic.

The Zhush said...

You Rock! This outfit is amazing...in a million years I could never ever pull this off! I am in awe!

Leia said...

I have NO idea what Tucker is but I do know that you look awesome! I love the colored tights, too, they look perfect with the dress. Also, YES I am incredibly tense when taking outfit photos - no matter *what* I'm wearing!

Leia

Anna Jane said...

if that's mrs. roper, i'll take it! you look great, Carrie, and i love the tights + shoes combo. i hate taking outfit pictures, no matter what i'm wearing...it's just uncomfortable all around for me--but i love the result usually!

xx anna jane

Nikki said...

I thought that first pic was an Ad for the target tucker line or something!!! Your outfit is gorgeous!! love how you styled that dress with those tights and booties. Your shoes are amaaaaaazing!!! I need to go search for them now!!!


xx
Nikki

Rachel said...

That dress is perfect on you! And those shoes? I need them!!

xoxoFashionLady said...

I love your shoees ! C:

xoxo.



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Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Great colors and prints! Can't wait to see the comparison of Tucker vs. Tucker for Target!

love jenny xoxo said...

fabulous outfit and awesome photos! I love it!

XOXO

Annie said...

You look awesome! I love the colors so much and the backdrop for these shots.. and you don't look tense at all :) xo

Taylor said...

YOU ARE SO FREAKING ADORABLE I love you!!!!!!!! I don't have the nerve to pull off the layers but girl you are rocking it!

Jesa said...

Ah, the colors! Hope you know how beautiful you are!! That dress is seriouly fantastic!

x!

Daisy said...

your style is so unique (I don't care that the adds put the 2 pieces together!) because you did it all on your own. Especially digging the red tights and the super funky jewels from africa!

laurenne said...

umm.. you are a million times hotter than Mrs. Roper! Although she's definitely a good hero to have.

shari @ little blue deer said...

Hells yeah! And you're right, the shoes and tights totally make the outfit! XX!

PursuitOfLLT said...

I love how you mixed this. it really works!

Marissa said...

Wow - good work! I never would have thought of this in a million years.

xo Marissa
(The Well-Appointed Catwalk)

Anna Walker said...

Oh my gosh! I love your outfit! :) And those shoes?! A-mazing!!!!

sssdawna said...

very cool fit : ) i think it's fun to take outfit pictures but it's been awhile hahaha

Sleepy Moon Design said...

My favourite part of the outfit is the shoes and tights.

EEEP! Snakes!

Josie said...

I DIE over this look, Carrie -- you certainly worked hard enough for it! You've mixed prints effortlessly here; I especially like the under-dress. The tights and shoes tie it together beautifully! I finally made it over to a Target and fell in love with a bunch of the pieces (mine had a fab selection, actually) but none of them were really ME, despite how pretty they all were. Anyhow, way to rough it in the desert, my dear!
xo Josie
http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

Beckerman Girls said...

You looook soooooo cooool!!!!!!!!!! Just wicked hot!!!! Love all the prints and how mismatched and matchy match it is !!! You look just gorgeous!!!!!!
xox Big kisses
xo Beckerman Girls

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Claire Kiefer said...

So, it's no surprise that you look adorable since you ALWAYS look adorable. I love the bright, happy colors and mixed prints here! And you're right--the shoes! I wish I looked as put together as you always seem to. :)

Cafe Fashionista said...

Are you kidding me, Carrie?! This seriously looks like a Tucker for Target advertisement! You look absolutely gorgeous in their clothes - these pictures should be hanging in Target stores nationwide - at least until the Tucker for Target collab is over. LOVE! But most of all I love those tights - ohmigosh the color is GORG!! :)

Connie @ SogniESorrisi said...

Such a bright and fun outfit!

Jammer said...

Outfit posts stress me out too and im just taking a picture in a mirror! Haha although im gona whip out the new tripod this weekend and try to get some decent pictures. Ps - i think target needs to replace their tucker ads with these asap! U look amazinggggg

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

I have done ONE outfit photo (which I posted) but I want to do more and yet- who does yours?
I feel weird when my hubs does them- he's not a photographer- My oldests takes pretty good photos- but I don't know- yours are so good.

Tsuki aka LittleGrayFox said...

so great! I love the mix and LOVE those shoes!
٭Tsuki٭
{Little Gray Fox}

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Valerie said...

I love all your Tucker for Target posts, Carrie. And the long sleeve dress you're wearing is the same one I bought last week! I haven't worn it yet, but I'm dying to break it in and I love the way you wore it over the other Tucker dress and tights. It's funny that you mention Mrs. Roper because I reference her ALL the time when discussing my outfits. I have many "Mrs. Roper" dresses that I absolutely love. When i put them on and ask Gabe what he thinks, he looks confused and says something along the lines of "It's not very flattering..." Ha! Basically saying it looks like a sack, which is exactly the case. But I love them.

My wallet restraint is still going well. I'm exercising self control and I feel like a weigh has been lifted. Of course I'll feel differently when the perfect camel colored bag crosses my path.

xo
Valerie

this free bird said...

Valerie, I mean Mrs. Roper, I'm doing pretty good too and I feel the same way. It helps to know you're battling it right along with me - as crazy as that might sound.

Strength in numbers!!

xoxo,
Carrie

Krystal said...

funny that you mention 200 naps....because totally. i've been sleeping like 10 hours at night AND wanting or taking naps. it's crazyyyyy.
and it's ALSO funny because when i do anything minor I'm all "I need to put that on my resume" hahah :)

Krystal said...

like...shopping should be on it. and blogging...

Wild and Precious said...

you look fabulous!!

target just keeps getting better.

can't wait to go get a bunch of fun tights!!

Taj Acosta said...

The tights are the icing on the cake and make the outfit glam! I love that you went there with this look it's really refreshing ;)
I haven't forgotten your shampoo question but I was gonna check the correct names last night and forgot. I'm such a snob about shampoos it's bad! I have been liking the John Frieda Root Awakening line with Eucalyptus and Trader Joe's grapfruit citrus shampoo. smells amazzz. There's one more but I will check tonight. xoxo

this free bird said...

Thanks so much Taj - I've been holding out and am so happy to hear from you. I'm a total shampoo snob too!! oy

PhotoPuddle said...

I love, love, love that colour. And how cool are those shoes! Another great outfit.

Jennifer Fabulous said...

This outfit is absolutely gorgeous and unique! You DO look like Mrs. Roper! Her style is crazy and insanely ecclectic. She was the only reason to watch Three's Company. Hehe. ;)

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

I can't even take it!!! This is so amazing. Every single thing. You mixed them perfectly and those tights and the shoes!!! OMG I'm really speechless. You rock Mrs. Roper! Oh and u have a soul sister in me. J often calls me that when I come out in an outfit that are Mrs. Roperish ;)

OneCraftyFox said...

I never would have thought to put those two pieces together... BUT IT WORKS!!

I have never actually done an outfit post, only three posts that showed something new I sewed and was selling in my Etsy shop.

I feel really awkward in front of the camera and never know how to pose. I feel silly! Teach me your ways, oh Free Bird... teach me your carefree ways... ;)

Alicia said...

oh my gosh lately i've been so camera shy! aha. but love the combination of the two tucker for target dresses!! great idea gabby (even if the campaign did the same combo).

Ashleigh said...

Look at you being on top of it! You should totally get credit for being ahead of the campaign :) I love love love this combo, and the shoes...they're perfect to top it all off!
I've been debating posting outfit pictures b/c I don't want my awkwardness to be more noticeable than the clothes! Tense is a good word for it...although I did notice that with a flowy outfit I was more jumpy/twirly and casual.

Liz said...

I just checked out that Tucker for Target line at a local Target this past weekend. Unfortunately they didn't have very much.

I feel weird taking pictures of myself that's why I hardly ever do OOTD posts. Plus I'm just too lazy. :)

Bella *Bellgetsreal said...

Mrs. Roper has nothing on you. You look stunning. I especially love the shoes and tights and how you belted the dress. Your pictures are amazing too. I don't know how you do it, I can't seem to figure out how to take such carefree pictures that show the outfit off that well. Must give us some tips.

Marcie said...

First, awesome outfit and colors. I love the tights and rustic location! Second, yes I feel tense with outfit pictures, so I don't do them anymore. I am to self conscious. I wish I could have a more relaxed look like you and Valerie. You both have my favorite outfit pics.

30 days!! I have to break a bad habit for 30 days?! This is going to feel like a lifelong sentence, but here goes nothing. I will let you know how I do.

xo M

20 York Street said...

Wow, you are the master of pattern mixing! I love the comment you left at my blog, I'm pretty much the same, I cling on to summmer as if I cling on to dear life!

love the sunnies, its from where?

besos,

ML
20 YORK STREET

Closet Fashionista said...

Love it! The few Tucker things I tried on looked like doody on me, but I might try some more when I go to get my sisters birthday present on Friday
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MarchMusings said...

Great take on mixing prints. The two pieces look like they were made to be worn together!

Couture Carrie said...

OMG darling Carrie I LOVE this outfit!
The mix and match of patterns totally works!

xoxox,
CC

Susan said...

Hi Carrie,
I'm back....

I like it when you smile for the camera. Totally makes the outfit :)
cheers
Susan

Raez said...

gorgeous colour on you. those shoes are perfect!

xx raez

style'n said...

Carrie- I totally see why you have a zillion comments here...you look AMAZING in all that color. It really suits you well. (although I am very confident that when you post on the white outfit you will look equally beautiful ) And I agree very eclectic, free bird, creative, and original. I really love your sense of style.
naina

Kristin said...

I loooooove how you styled it! Th necklace is too fabulous!

styleforlife said...

Got to LOVE the outfit...Wonderful taste!! I adore it and you look amazing in red!!! xx

CC said...

You look uber gorgeous! The dress and leggings go together so well and I LOVE those shoes. :)
Xx

Punctuation Mark said...

i love those dresses that look perfect by themselves and that you can wear with anything... lovely!

Miss V said...

Seriously such cuteee stuff I was just there and totally thought about you while perusing the line! I need to go back and actually purchase something the dresses are purrr fect for Fall!! You look amazing as always!

Mimi said...

i love this ensemble! especially your shoes! :D

<3, Mimi
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Allison said...

I'm so not good with mixing prints, but I love it! You've got such a good eye for it.

I can't thank you enough for the kind comment you left on my blog the other day. It meant more than you know. I've been through a devastating experience lately. I haven't published it on my blog b/c it's personal, and I don't everyone to know...but I just lost the love of my life, and I've felt the need to resign from my job of 5 years. All of that in two weeks is a lot to deal with.

She Wore It Well said...

Onl you, my friend, could pull something like this off!! Sensational! xo

LyddieGal said...

Don't you hate it when you come up with this brilliant, original idea, only to then find out its already been done?! Haha. So frustrating.
But the two pieces do look brilliant together, and I am very interested to see how the target blouse compares to the designer blouse.

Chic on the Cheap

Marissa said...

OMGsh Carrie! I absolutely love your Steve Madden 'Cloxfords'.

You have completely inspired me to head to my nearest Target and search out the Tucker designs. I have not done so yet- and shame on me!

I love this loook!

XXXO

SMASH said...

I think if I saw you walking down the street, you would make me smile! This outfit is so carefree and fun, finally someone who is embracing color!!

I'm also glad we are totally on the same page about UO!!! ;)

xx
MILK TEETHS

Poppies and Sunshine said...

I love this! The color is fabulous. I want to get colored tights for fall. I think they really make a statement. I love your shoes too!

Jess said...

Yayayayayyy! Can't wait for the guest post - how's it coming along??

As for that outfit, I'm in love. I would have never thought to pair those two pieces together but they look incredibly chic. You have such an eye for high-fashion looks. xo

heather yalin said...

Carrie! I LOVE this outfit of yours! Might be my favorite! Definitely one of my faves! :)

Fashion Meets Food said...

I tried on some Tucket clothing and I looked like a homeless person. I was highly disappointed! You look insanely fabulous though!

xo

this free bird said...

Honey we need to talk...My out of town guests just left and I want to dish with you on what you tried on. I've seen your pictures and this line would look superb on you!! Test those prints out and don't give up :)

xoxo,
c

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