Sunday, August 4, 2013

It's All About the Bag











     I enjoy trying unusual accessories to change an outfit I already have in the closet. I've been eyeing this BCBG bag all summer so at the summer clearance I picked it up. I like the sculptural quality and it adds a fun twist to this summer outfit. These shoes are from DSW and I think make a great transition piece into fall.

jacket--bcbg
purse--bcbg
earrings--handmade
shoes--audrey brooke
skirt--the limited

location--state fair grounds


links
plane pretty
not dead yet style
monday bloom
still being molly
mingle monday
lowercase letters
style elixir
what I wore wednesday
the pleated poppy
modly chic
the mrs. and the momma
face it catalog

54 comments:

  1. As usual, adore the outfit and the background. How do you always take such stellar shots and match your backgrounds. You never cease to amaze me! You weren't kidding - they are almost exactly the same shoes! I can't wait to see how you wear them :) I love them with this outfit and OMG - that bag. THAT BAG - can I borrow it? Heading to BCBG to check it out. It's fantastic!
    xo ~kim & chloe

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  2. Ann this is such a terrific look for you (and me!!!) I love it and it is a look I would wear totally as is. Again the photos are great - are you sure you don't want a job at Vogue or Bazaar?? Their clothes would certainly look more appealing.

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  3. fabulous shoes and really amazing bag, that's a key piece to rock any outfit! and love your background and great presentation of your accessories, you're so talented!!
    besos & arte

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  4. I was scrolling down your first photo on my little netbook, thinking again, nice locations, beautiful top, pretty skirt - and then there is the bag of the title, sitting there like a little hedgehog! What a great reveal, and such a cute little bag. It's unexpected with such a pretty outfit, but adds a touch of punk or something. It almost looks like it's protecting itself.

    Ann, I loved your comment on my last post about bringing all our history into today. Our pasts are what give us texture, after all. It's always great to read your thoughts - thanks!

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  5. No it's not a bag, it's modern art. Be honest you bought it in an art galery and not in a bag shop.
    It is eye catching and abolutely great and it is the perfect accessory for you. You look fabulous in this outfit!

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    1. Worse yet, the bag is from a large department store. Honestly!

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  6. That bag looks like an alien. Handy in case you are attacked you can throw your alien bag and literally take your assailants eyes out.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  7. I read the comment that Rebecca wrote and I think that she meant that YOUR photography would make THEIR clothes look better / more appealing. (Not that their clothes would look better on you.) At least, that's what I thought when I read it twice! I absolutely love your photos, too, and am so impressed that you have such a fun, eclectic wardrobe.

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  8. Ann, Again another fabulous blog post. I am so envious of all the awesome spots that you find. My blogs are normally around my home :( I would look kind of silly with my tripod downtown photo'ing myself :) We need to connect some day, since you are so close. You might really like the Etcetera line or Kokoon line that I sell. And, your husband-JHilburn.

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  9. I absolutely meant that Ann's photography would make their clothes look better. I look through the major magazines and find that the photography they use makes their clothes look unwearable. Everything I see on Ann I want to buy and wear!

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    1. Thanks Rebecca, love hearing your comments. I think I was unclear in my comment. I appreciate all the lovely things you have said.

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  10. It's all about the bag, the shoes, the skirt, the gorgeous blouse, the perfect fun hair cute, and the wonderful photo's. Did I leave anything out? With you, Ann, it's all about the overall wonderful package, although that bag is definitely worth a post title.

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  11. that bag is crazy fantastic! love those shoes too

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  12. Awesome the way the dark textured lozenge of the bag play with the shoes, skirt, and pattern of the blouse, and the fringe of spikes is tremendous - so pointy and festive, sharp and soft all at once! Love you standing on that studly green chair with your spikes. :)

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  13. Lovely outfit Ann. I particularly like how you have combined your signature lady like with touch of arty with a some more fashion forward items. The bag is amazing and I have to look closely before I realised I was looking at spikes. Fabulous!

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  14. Wow, this is a fantastic look, blending classics and cutting edge. Love that bag! Thanks for sharing it all with Visible Monday.

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  15. THAT is a cool bag!!! A perfect punk rock touch for a chic lady-like outfit. I like it.

    Mysmallwardrobe.com

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  16. Nice bag, but I love your skirt too!

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  17. What a striking purse! Love the edginess of it paired with a feminine outfit!

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  18. Can I ever forget this bag? Probably not. And there you've put it on the ground again - one of the favourite things I love about your shots, bags on the ground, and all else. Wouldn't my alter ego Miz Bagg love that beaut, swinging it mightily, thwapping passersby... Great post, Ann. Sorry, were you wearing clothes? - I'm absolutely fixated on the bag!

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  19. Sabine is right, this is ART and therefore nobody could wear it better than you.
    Stunning, Ann!

    Annette | Lady of Style

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    1. Oh thanks, I think this is my favorite outfit I have worn on my blog thus far. All parts of it are truly me.

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  20. Amazing jacket, stupendous purse. How fabulous and good for self defence. Love it!!

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  21. I love everything about this look. Great colors. Fabulous skirt and jacket. And great versatile shoes. To have the edgy purse with this outfit is just perfect. Wow!

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  22. Amazing bag! Have not seen anything like this before. As always you look elegant and chic. A very beautiful blouse and a classy skirt.

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  23. What a crazy bag!! Love peaces like that :)
    The blouse is gorgoues.. all this wonderful colors and pattern. Great!
    Your hair looks different.. much better, very stylish and fresh :)

    Dana, Germany
    http://danalovesfashionandmusic.blogspot.de/

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    1. Thanks Dana, just cut my hair a bit shorter and more layered.

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  24. Great bag and outfit!
    Lee
    everydayfashiononbudget.blogspot.com

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  25. Beautiful skirt and I'm obsessed with your shoes.

    Hope you had a great weekend!:)
    Sofia

    stylishlyinlove.blogspot.com

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  26. Wow, that bag is crazy!! But I think it's about that top too. So fab.

    Have a great week!

    -Jenny
    http://www.babblingsofamommy.com/2013/08/celeb-look-kelly-ripas-look-for-less.html

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  27. That's a scary bag. Pickpockets beware!

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  28. That bag is so special!! I love it! I also really like your shoes - they have an understate elegance about them.

    xx
    Sophisticated Lace

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  29. What a great bag. I would never have bought it. I am too practical. Most Dutch women are. Cannot schlep everything around in it. But what a cuty. Do does pins hurt? Do you have to be careful with it?
    I love that you have a print at the top and then the bag with the pins is against the solid black of your skirt. Very well styled. The silver of the pins is coming back in the white of the print jacket.

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  30. The bag is beautiful, but your jacket, too. I love the colorful print. I really like this outfit, you look elegant and youthful.

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  31. Well I guess that wards of pickpockets! hahahaha. I do love it tho. This post's color scheme is electric. Very nicely done!

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  32. Summer booties! Glam blouse and skirt. DANGEROUS bag.
    The best. Just the best. You look amazing, especially here and as always.
    Too cool to be seen this at this moment without shades ...
    I'm awestruck. It's your extremely dignified demeanor that gives this outfit it's clout.
    Grace Kelly with edge. That's it!

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    1. Oh Jan thanks for the generous comments.

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  33. More like Grace Kelly with edge and a keen artistic sense of visual composition.

    I love the aggressive bag paired with the flouncy skirt. How are the rest of us supposed to look good after your lovely editorial photos? No fair ;-)

    Alicia

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  34. Your very cute bag looks like a piece of modern art and the jacket adds a nice touch of colour. Great artistic pictures!

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  35. Your bag takes this gorgeous outfit to smashing! The colors of your top play nicely with the background and the flirty skirt adds even more fun. I see that you're photos are taken at the Minnesota State Fair, which brings back memories for me.

    Yes, Minneapolis has great shopping, and I only had a day to explore. So I barely touched the surface. I need to stay longer next time!

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  36. GOR- AND GEOUS. And I love the whole styling not just the bag- but the bag is pretty f-ing cool.

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  37. OMyGosh Ann, I just noticed your skirt! I have one identical but mines is from EXPRESS. I got it years ago and have kept it and kept it. Now, I think I may incorporate it into a post soon (since I am shopping my closet this month anyhow) and see what develops. That purse, that purse, OMyGosh, OMyGosh!

    I agree, taupe is great on us blondies. Thanks for your fun upbeat comment and post (this is one of your best!)

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    1. Look forward to seeing you wear a skirt with a ruffle. Thanks for the supportive comments.

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  38. Killer bag Ann! It is certainly eye catching, and you must get lots of compliments on it! For me, it's the blouse that really steals the show. So very chic and pretty you are!

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  39. Great photos! That bag... :)

    Thank you for linking up with Style Sessions!

    Lauren xx
    www.stylelixir.com

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  40. Beautiful photos! So artistic. And what a purse! Amps up the "presence" factor... and laughs at approachability of your total outfit (= (=

    Actually, you look sophisticated and elegant no matter what you wear, or how prickly your handbag is. Lovely. (very cool shoes by the way)

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  41. The ENTIRE Look is drop dead gorgeous! I LOVE it!
    Following you now through GFC :) Do check out my Blog here: http://redraoalice.blogspot.com/ and follow back for support!
    xx Red Alice Rao

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  42. I've seen people match clothes to accessories and vice versa, but matching yourself to your surroundings is always that little bit cooler. Talking of cool... that bag! I love that sort of thing. :)

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  43. In love with that jacket. Such a gorgeous print!

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  44. I love love love those shoes! They are great for now and into the Fall. Thanks for linking up for Favorite Fashion Friday. Hope to see you back tomorrow!
    Tara
    Penniless Socialite
    $10 Target Giveaway!

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  45. what a lovely background! that purse seriously is super rocking! what a fantastic look!

    kelseybang.com

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  46. Wouw! What a great Look, love your Outfit <3
    you look fantastic and i really love your Hair cut!

    xoxo Kira

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  47. You Know..for once I disagree with you. #NotAPursePerson While I love that bag, for me it's all about the shoes...but you nailed that too! Thanks for jumping into our VERIZON VOICES Fashionista style hop last week! Hope you will join us again this week here:http://stillblondeafteralltheseyears.com/2013/08/blogher2013-verizon-voices-fashionsta-style-hop-outfits-modeled-by-women-over-45/

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