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*fist pump* Baby’s First Links à la Mode

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Such a pleasant surprise to find that my Valentine’s Day post was chosen for Links à la Mode! Run by Independent Fashion Bloggers, this challenge accepts weekly submissions by a Tuesday deadline to bring you a curated list of must-read posts! Thank you IFB ❤

Please check out this week’s blog posts below — lots of lovely and inspiring content!

Links à la Mode, February 16th

(Overalls by Free People from Lord & Taylor, Sweatshirt from Korea inspired by Jeremy Scott 2007 design)

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Black And White Thinking

The world is not black and white, certainly… but half of my closet is.

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All photos are by the incredible Angie @ AngelitasPhotos. Leather jacket by French Connection (on sale, UK only. Potentially also here, have never ordered from this site). Leather pants by H&M

Dressing in black and white, just like thinking in black and white, is easy. But that said, dressing in black and white is also super chic and fabulous, whereas thinking in black and white can fall hugely short of capturing reality.

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Hat by Kathy Jeanne Saks Off Fifth (on sale). Top from Debenham’s (similar here and here)

Add some color, on both fronts. Wearing black and white? Use your face to add in some color: vivid lipstick, louder blush. Taking photos in a black and white outfit? Find a beautifully vibrant background to enhance the contrasts in your clothing.

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Face: BB Cream in Tan by Tarte Cosmetics, Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal by Becca Cosmetics, Blush in Seduction by NARS Cosmetics, Lip Whip in Raspberry Tiramisu by Beauty Bakerie Cosmetics, Brow Zings by Benefit Cosmetics, Eyeshadow palette in Morning Java by Clinique

If you’re thinking in black and white, do the same thing, but figuratively. Imagine how someone else might be thinking in grey, or in technicolor, and try to step into their shoes. The world is never so simple as to fit into just black and white. We live in a wonderfully complex society, filled with wonderfully complex people.

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Hair: Blowout in style Cosmo-Tai by the Drybar

Some of these wonderfully complex people will likely be at your Thanksgiving table tomorrow. And as wonderfully complex people tend to enjoy talking to other wonderfully complex people, discussions may arise around recent events that have encouraged a comeback in black and white thinking.

So let the color in. Paint with those colors. Speak with those colors. Live and breathe those colors. Encourage and inspire others to do the same.

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But don’t stop dressing in black and white. Because…hello, fabulous.

Have a happy Thanksgiving. ❤

All photos by Angelitas Photos. I HIGHLY recommend her for anyone looking for a tri-state area photographer. She’s super talented and such a joy to work with. Check out her portfolio or @portraitsbyangelita on Instagram.

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Halloween Week OOTD Round-Up

Halloweek is one of my favorite times of the year.

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Bag by Nine West, Skirt by H&M, Boots from Macy’s, Glasses from ZeroUV
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Shirt by ModCloth, Necklace by Forever21

I call it “Halloweek” because it is impossible for me to compress all of my energy and enthusiasm for the holiday into just one day. Every year, I spend the whole week preceding Halloween dressed up in morbidly fun outfits, because…why not?

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Shirt by Black Heart Lingerie, Dress by H&M, Hat from Sak’s Off Fifth, Boots by Necessary Clothing
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Chokers by Guess, Glasses from Ricky’s NYC

I see Halloween as a very empowering holiday. Some use it as an excuse to be someone other than themselves, but I use it as an excuse to be the most outrageous, unconventional, and eccentric version of myself possible.

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Shirt by TopShop, Skirt from a London boutique in Seven Dials, Shoes by French Connection, Glasses by ZeroUV
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Coat by BBDakota, Earrings from ModCloth

I have several pieces in my closet that are just plain weird. As much of my fashionista lifestyle involves adapting these pieces into some modicum of professional wear for my 10-to-6 job, I find that the really spectacularly odd pieces are forced to hide in the back of my closet, waiting to emerge.

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Skirt and Top by H&M, Boots by Nine West, Glasses by ZeroUV
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Hat from Saks Off Fifth

And boy, do I love to bring them out for Halloweek…

One Step Forward

It’s a Thursday evening, and I’m starting a fashion blog.

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Photo by Allison Stock Photography

I’m going to admit it: I didn’t see this one coming. I started @absolutedax, a fashion Instagram account, a couple months ago with the encouragement of my coworkers, mostly for the amusement of my friends and family, but as I found myself more and more exposed to the fabulous world of #Instafashion, I felt myself filled with purpose.

Four months ago, I’d say my purpose in life was to bring laughter to the faces of loved ones, to pet ALL the dogs in the world, and to show people how incredible math (yes, math) is.

My newest purposes are the reason I’ve started this blog:

  • To encourage others to live (and dress) outside of the box,
  • To add some color to a predominantly white fashion landscape (where are the minorities at?), and
  • To be my best self.

My journey to self-acceptance has been a rollercoaster with rickety seats, but as a result of the ride, I can now express myself confidently through fashion. I’m not by nature an overtly confident person – in fact, I’m often the opposite – but fashion is one of the few realms in which I feel no doubt at all.

In fact, it’s one of the few areas in which some might call me “daring”…

xo, DAX.