Thursday, February 10, 2011

White Denim: Whispers to Cats

Here we are on the last day of the White Denim Challenge.  The good news is I managed to get it together and make it outside for some outfit pics.  The bad news is I came back home, fell out and am still sick.  Is it Friday yet? Even though I've been under the weather, it's been mad fun to see how everyone has brought a different spin to styling their whites.  A big rah-rah to the girls in the snow...it's a hot mess dealing with slush, but the outfits were awesome!

Confession:  I'm not much of a rule follower - probably because I spent half my life rigorously following them.  Don't get me wrong, I'm still my same nerd - trying to get the right amount of rest, eat my veggies, pay my bills on time and all the important stuff - but in areas such as fashion...I mean really, what's going to happen?  I'm going to wear white after Labor Day and the Fashion Police are going to haul me over?

If anything I find white denim to be particularly wonderful in fall and winter - simply because it can both brighten and soften an ensemble.  The outfit I put together is one of my go-to's.  It blends cashmere, suede and leather with white denim to create a Calvin Klein-esque appeal (at least in my mind).  Cue the horses...I mean the cats.
 ~Outfit details:  Club Monaco-Sweater (seen here and here), J.Crew-Belt, 
Martin+Osa(RIP)-Denim, Banana Republic-Suede Boots (seen here), 
Foley + Corinna-Mid-City Tote, Melinda Maria-Rings, Anthro-Sunnies~
 It's tough to shoot in the sun so here's a better side view.
I've worn each of these pieces before and consider them staples in my closet.
Close-up:  Despite the bunch in the knee, I still like the pants in boots.

Apparently cats find white denim appealing, too.  
Remember in the summer when I was cat whispering 
in the canals?  What was I wearing?? White denim shorts + grey poncho!
It's no mystery that I love cats and they love me.  I've been a cat homing
device ever since I was a little kid.  Today we walked up and they
almost immediately started coming out.
Hollar!! It got soooooo close.  The wild ones are always my besties!
I realize you're thinking, 'wth lady isn't this about white denim??'
Sowee!  I couldn't resist...(dear carey:  also purchased food and returned)
Truth:  I got winded and had to sit down before I passed out.
Thus is the price of maintaining a blog. 

Don't forget to check out everyone else who's up today - stop by more than once if you don't see their posts right away.  They've all confirmed and I'm not sure what their regular post times are:



  • And thanks again to everyone who participated and all the readers who came around and visited each of us.  It's been fab!






77 comments:

Krystal said...

this whole challenge thing has made me want to buy some white denim for sure!

Claire Kiefer said...

You look phenomenal and not sick at all--impressive! I love the shots--the angles, the light, the rocky beach, everything about them. I'm lovin the other blogs I've seen so far, too, and can't wait to check today's posts out.

Glad you were feeling better enough to venture outside, and hoping for an even well-er report tomorrow. love!

S.I.F. said...

You are seriously so beautiful friend!! Keep on the mend... hope you're feeling full force again soon!

this free bird said...

Claire I'm all kinds of out of whack. It's bloody 1:45 AM and I'm awake. Give me 5 min and I'll be back in a semi-veg state. Sneeze, sneeze, achy bones, sniffle. Oy. I suck at being sick.

this free bird said...

ps-do i look any thinner? i mean really - it's been 3 days on broth, grapefruit and dark chocolate. okay today i ate some ruffles, but aside from that no dice! i neeeed to get back to squatsville!!

Katie said...

Love the outfit and YAY for getting out of the house! Now get back to bed and try to sleep off this bubonic plague/crud/Bieber fever. (Its taken however many days of your near death but I finally worked a Bieber fever joke in. You're welcome.)

Vanilla said...

Great outfit, you make wearing white jeans look easy :)

Love, Vanilla

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Collette Osuna said...

You look HAUTE!! Those are some pretty sexy boots ya got there lady....do call a doctor sweets:)

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Styles 'n Cream said...

In your own words - you look HAWT. Forget about squattsville - just get some rest, lots of tea and you will be back on your feet very soon. I am amazed that in this condition you were able to pull such a wonderful Calvin Klein-esque photo shoot. You are such a trooper. And as for the outfit - I love the combination of all neutral, earthy tones. Amazing!!!!

Jenni Austria Germany said...

i love this outfit. you're the stylish-est.

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Lisa Griffin said...

you look fabulous and thanks for risking the hyperventilation! now rest up this weekend!
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Tanya (a Taste of T) said...

I simply adore this outfit! Great boots!

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Rissy said...

first, I just saw your comment above asking if you looked thinner and I def. giggled!

second, this look is so Jen Anniston esque and I adore it and her. Sometimes I seriously make a conscious effort to dress like her... ya know because I'm a weirdo and all. ; )

RosaLovesDC said...

Lady, you look fabulous even in sickness.
Get some rest and thanks for setting up this challenge. It was awesome!

Dea said...

I really like the white jeans during the winter, especially paired with brown boots. Your whole outfit is chic!

Debby said...

I'm all over those boots, Carrie! Take it easy... you must still need rest. Come on Spring, huh? xo

Danielle (elleinadspir) said...

The sunlight in that first pic is beautiful!

Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

super cute outfit - and rules? no one follows rules, that's the rules :o)

*kiss kiss*
Erika
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Kristin W said...

Perfect outfit! I love the sweater and the belt :) What a great challenge...I think I was in the mindset that it was something you could do if you live somewhere like Cali. Seeing even the snowy city girls do it is perfect! I don't think I'm ready for it (white denim doesn't always flatter), but I love it!

Hope you get to feeling better...and agreed...why the heck isn't it friday yet?!?!?!

cuteredbow said...

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Stacey said...

These are some magazine worthy shots Carrie! Gorgeous! I hope you're taking it easy and that you're feeling better:-)

Cafe Fashionista said...

I have a suggestion, seeing as how you are a fashion rule breaker of the most fabulous kind! You need to put together a book full of pictures of you and other fashion bloggers wearing ensembles that "break the rules" - such as the white denim. Gah! I would buy it in a heartbeat!

You're bed-ridden with the flu? No! The only way that is acceptable is if you are doing loads of online shopping - so you have something new and fabulous to wear once you are capable of getting up; and you are eating massive amounts of sweets! Get well soon, Carrie!! :)

Staley Mc said...

LOVING this look!! I'm with you on the rules! Let's break them!

Taylor said...

GIrl I love you!!! You pushed through all in the name of a challenge and fashion of course! Those are great staples, and I love the boots/jeans combo!

Cara said...

great photos and outfit Carrie!

Taylor said...

You look seriously fabulous, I am obsessed with this outfit! The pictures are gorgeous. I am really envious of your fashion posts, always. The setting you chose is absolutely breathtaking - I have a thing for jetties.

I might just take part in this challenge myself.

Leah said...

That sweater looks so cozy! Perfect for a day of sickness but still makes you look chic. Let's call it "sick-chic" :)

xo L

Agentsuperstar said...

Great outfit! The photos are awesome as well, who took them?

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Courtney Erin said...

I love how you combined the white denim with the neutrals and those awesome brown boots - it looks great! And I can't believe you're a cat homing device me - me too! My husband is always all kinds of embarrassed when we go for a walk and cats start coming out in spades and I start squealing "here kitty kitty" and the making up fake names for the cats I meet, like Jumbles.

Sorry you're still sick - I woke up this morning with a sore throat and cough so I think I re-caught the plague. Dammit.

xoxo ~ Courtney
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FRANKIE HEARTS FASHION said...

You seriously look amazing...no one would ever know you were practically on your death bed like a day ago! That sweater with the boots and the belt?! Swoooooonnn. xo

Lisa Lisa Lisa said...

This outfit looks soooooo comfortable and chic. I'm sorry you fell sick. Are you feeling better yet? And it is nearly, nearly Friday!

Annie said...

You look awesome Carrie and so not sick at all! Too funny about the wild cat.. how perfect for you :)

Chiara said...

Loving the white denim with the brown boots! I couldn´t agree more about the rules... unfortunately wearing white denim in the canadian winter is a no, not because of the rules, but simply because of the salt stains and slushy dirty snow... but any other place, has me wearing white denim any time of year.
xoxo

Bella @Bellgetsreal said...

Glad you could get out and take in some fresh air. I love the combo of white with the carmel coloring.

I think I need some white wide legged beauties for Spring!

Isabel said...

breaking the rules looks good!

Isabel @ Walk of Fashion

Kimbirdy said...

oh i'm sorry you're still sick, but you look fabulous. i absolutely LOVE this outfit! and i agree, white works especially well in winter.

Jamie said...

That sweater/belt combo is flawless!! Love the color palette of the entire outfit. Soft, neutral, perfect!! Feel better lady!!
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Higgenbottom said...

you're like the pied piper of cats. me too. except for me, instead of cats, it's germ-coated children. i work in kid's ministry at my church. this is the third time i've been sick this year!

i agree, your outfit is calvin klein reminiscent. kuddos to utilizing the classic-staples. i'm convinced that if i can pinpoint my staples, i can minimize my closet and get all feng shui up in there.

oh, and yes, i told all the credit card offers that i'm dead. that was about four years ago and i haven't received an offer since. and yay to being bffs! call me every five minutes and we'll justify medication by junk food for each other.

Lisa - respect the shoes said...

I hope you're feeling better - oh the things we go through for blogging. When is Blogger going to send us our big fat blog checks for our troubles, haha?

la petite coquine said...

That is serious white denim dedication! I'm just glad you didn't conk out right there with the wild kitties! Also, that look is giving me serious "What to wear" inspiration-it's my first day of funemployment before I start my new job Monday, and I'm going to enjoy it (even if our new neighbors warranted 3 police visits last night)!

Marie a la Mode said...

What??? There are wild cats that come out from under rocks where you live???!!! That's crazy!

You, my dear, look amazing! I love this color palette with the white pants and brown boots.

Feel better soon!

TheChambrayCountess said...

I love how you can be miserably sick and still put together a fantastic outfit! Feel better soon!

Closet Fashionista said...

Love it! And GRR stop being sick, haha :p
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Allergic to Vanilla said...

hey cat lady! love this look on you- it totally is Calvin Klein-esque!! And with the river rocks in the background---are you sure you weren't in the final M+O ad campaign?

By the way, how can someone look that good, while being that sick. Stay out of the cold, and hydrate-feel better soon doll!
p.s my post is up!! ;)

xo Carlina
AllergicToVanilla.com

Valerie said...

Carrie, this is all kinds of Calvin Klein chic! You hit the nail on the head with this one. That sweater is the perfect color and I love the way you belted it. Thanks again for coordinating the challenge, you did an awesome job. I'm off to check out the others. FEEL BETTER SOON!!!

xo
Valerie

Daniela said...

lovely outfit!
up next.....?? you're the official challenge person now, I hope you know.

Alycia (Crowley Party) said...

I need some white denim!

Ashleigh said...

hahaha, thanks for the snow shout out :) If you're sick I wouldn't know it, you look fabulous as usual!
Martin + Osa!!! *sniff sniff tear* I am reeeally missing their winter clearance right about now. You would this this loss would get easier with time but it hasn't let up!

P.S. I agree with Daniela - you're the official challenge person now! ;)

Freelance Shop-A-Holic said...

Man, even when you're sick you look amazing! Show off!
Thanks again for doing this!
I am going to copy this look for sure!
NOW... what's the next challenge? Get busy challenge maker upper person lady! Hop to it!

Josie said...

Super stunning as always, Carrie. I adore your boots and that belted cardigan is absolutely fabulous. And it's of course perfect with your white denim! This has been such a fun challenge, my dear. Hope you're feeling a bit better today!
xo Josie
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Dancing Branflake said...

You look gorgeous! You pull off these jeans like none other!

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My Heart Blogged said...

I'm glad you are feeling better. I love your white denim outfit. I need to get a pair, and I hopefully I can keep them stain free.
My Heart Blogged

Ms. Givens said...

Love your sweater. Looks so cozy!

Catita said...

I love white jeans! and you've styled them perfectly!

SoYesterday. said...

beautiful pictures! I just love those boots so much :))
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Jess said...

Love the neutrals. Those jeans look amazing with those boots. And you look awesome considering you are sick!!

xo

Amber Blue Bird said...

you look very snappy despite being sick. I hope you can get rid of this illness soon!

Alicia said...

Love this look Carrie! okay, now i'm inspired to pull out my white denim, perhaps this weekend! ;)

Chas said...

Gorgeous photos! Your outfit is perfect- I love the belted sweater, especially with the crisp white denim.

Style, She Wrote said...

Love this look! I have been craving white jeans for a while and love the way you styled them here. xo style, she wrote

Raez said...

wow, you pull off the white pants well! how chic.

xx raez

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Nooo! Still sick? At least you look hot while you're sick lol! Poor thing! Get better SOON!

Shoe said...

That is a beautiful cardigan and you wear it effortlessly!

:)
Shoe
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Miss Caitlin S. said...

you look fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The second picture is my absolute favorite!!!! Seriously, you look so beautiful and fashionable. Also, I didn't know Birds chased cats, I thought it was the other way around!

alli/hooray said...

You look great Carrie, love this outfit - I don't even look this good when I'm NOT sick.
Hope you take it easy this weekend and start feeling 100% again!

this free bird said...

Girls I'm just getting to comments and reads today and am so happy you enjoyed the challenge!! It was so fun to see everyone's outfits - I'll see what else I can come up with for another one. I don't know about you, but I am totally getting floral fever (on top of my already plaguing bieber fever that has had me out of action for FOUR DAYS - ugh!!)

In the meantime THANK YOU!! Here's to white denim!!

Oh and ps-yesterday when I ran into petco it is next to a whole foods and 2 women totally gave me props for the white denim! PROOF!! Free birds everywhere are longing for permission to escape from their cages!!

ahahaha

xo,
Carrie

Erica said...

Gorgeous look

Fifth Sparrow said...

Damn Carrie, you look gorgeous (Calvin Klein for sure!!). I so wanted to take part in this challenge, but lost my white pants in the summer (yeah... no idea how that happened!) and was a ball of stress for the past few weeks! Let me know if you have another style challenge though, I'd be up for it for sure!
I hope you're feeling better very very quickly! xx

Yvette said...

you look amazing!

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Catherine Au Jong said...

nice lovely cardigan! :) and you made it look even nicer!
catherine

Kara said...

Wow, those photos are gorgeous. I'd never guess that you're sick after seeing them. Great finale with this outfit! Looks cozy too. xx

taylorbigler said...

Gorgeous photos! Love the neutrals, and the sky doesn't hurt either!

corksandcaftans said...

"I've been a cat homing device ever since I was a little kid."

yeah, we're the same.

Rachel said...

Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa (http://ninjiom-hk.cwahi.net/) may be another choice. i know alot of people use it, its also non alcoholic, though it's effectiveness is not as good as alcohol based cough medicine, but it's still good to use on not so serious sore throat.

Anonymous said...

beautiful girls inside & out. cats are drawn to that.
i hope your cats find homes.
i so love cats too.
chelsi

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