City Mode



Shirt: Thrifted (LOFT)
Skirt: Thrifted (Talbots) similar
Shoes: Charlotte Ruse 
Bag: Hobby Lobby
Sunglasses: Forever 21
Necklace: Forever 21

Taylor Swift meets nautical, meets classic, meets Mode and The City in today's post (and oddly enough I was listening to Taylor Swift while writing this...lol). I have always been the BIGGEST fan of stripes, especially when they are a nautical theme stripe which is exactly what this LOFT sweater reminded me of when I snagged it at Goodwill a couple of weeks ago. Quite honestly this look is very "designer" brand inspired as both this top and skirt are major brands (both thrifted) and it makes me feel all citified :) Of course that is precisely what I was going for with this look. However, if I had to be more specific as to my inspiration for this ensemble and post I would have to say that it is all due to Mode and The City with Daphne's fabulous parisian city style (go check out her blog right now) which I completely swoon over when I read each one of her posts! 

On the contrary, I am not that much of a city person (at least not all the time). I attend college in a small country town, both my parents are from small towns (and I likewise have been given a taste of that life all my years), and I myself come from a moderately small town (which happens to be about 45 minutes from a bursting city). Nonetheless, I consider myself to be both a mix of city and country. I love the excitement of city life, the fashion, opportunities, shopping, and people (people watching, not mingling) but really only in moderation for occasional adventures and travel. However, I will always love the country life with its serene atmosphere, silence, peace, simplicity, and the general laid back lifestyle. 

Switching directions, how are you lovely people doing? I wonder if it is raining in your neck of the woods, country, or world? It happened to rain buckets yesterday and everyone had school canceled except me. We shall see if today goes the same, since it is supposed to storm again, and if we are granted a day off also? It is nearing the end of the semester and I am sooooo ready for classes to be over so I can move home and get started on my life! As cliche as that may sound college doesn't leave much room for "living" which in my case really just means: sewing, shopping, writing, picture taking, blogging, adventuring, creating, and doing nothing.......can you relate! I want it to hurry and be the end of the semester because right now I have so many ideas swirling around in my mind and if I have to wait more than three weeks my head might explode...hehe. Summer means free time from school (though I unfortunately have on online class) and time to catch up on the MANY blogging things I have written down and making a dent or even demolishing the pile of fabric that needs to be turned into a piece of clothing:) 

What do you consider "living"?
Do you prefer city or country? 

-Madison

23 comments

  1. The stripes are swell! I love the blouse, it's got that Parisienne flair and it's beautiful on you. You've great taste, Madison!
    I like both! For me, I have to be in a really big city or a really small town (I'm talkin' less than a few hundred people). So I guess I'm rather lucky that we live downtown in the big city and when in England a very small village. It gives me a chance to wear great city ensembles or the lovely country ones!
    Great posting! I look forward to more!

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    1. Thank you Krystle! It sounds like you have the perfect mix of city and country:)
      -Madison

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  2. I'm definitely a stripe person! Such cute pictures Madison! I like the quiet of living in the country, but I enjoy visiting the city...I agree with you about the people watching, not mingling:)
    heather

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    1. Thank you Heather! Stripes are the BEST! Glad to know you like people watching too:)
      -Madison

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  3. Oh Madison, nailing it in the fashion department once again ;) I was fascinated with that skirt when I first saw it on instagram: almost like the bottom half of a trench coat cut off and turned into a skirt! So fabulous & unique! The whole ensemble is simply trés chic, my dear :)

    xo,
    -Charlotte
    boyerfamilysingersblog.com

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    1. Isn't the skirt fun! That is exactly what I thought when I first saw it "it's a trench coat skirt!" And I had to have it:) Thank you for your sweet comment as always Charlotte:)
      -Madison

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  4. This is so chic and Parisian - I love it! Stripes and khaki are so classic.
    I'm much more of a city girl myself, or at least more of a Northern girl (both my parents grew up in the North East, but I grew up in the South!) There's something about the city vibe that just makes me feel constantly inspired and energized. But, there is always a special place in my heart for the country, even if it's not your typical farm girl life (not really my jam). I love the quiet fogginess of the moors and the highlands, sheep farmers and pastures and wide open spaces just as dearly as crowded buildings and the smell of coffee in the 6 AM rush. :)

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    1. Ahhh....I can imagine how serene and beautiful your country life is, it sounds fantastic! But city life sounds pretty good to because you are in The UK right?
      -Madison

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    2. Nope, southern USA! I am in love with Europe though?? Haha. I think my dreaming has been confused with actuality...;)

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    3. Haha....no way! The way you were describing the country totally sounded like you lived in England with the "moors" and "highlands". I am totally in love with Europe too:)
      -Madison

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  5. This is seriously the cutest outfit! You really do look like Taylor!

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  6. This outfit is adorable!! I have a striped shirt like this but it's navy and I wear it almost once a week haha!

    Not really due to choice I'm more of a city person! I can't drive (never will be able to) so living in the country isn't exactly the best place for someone who can't drive. I do love the country though. I lived in a small town in Wyoming for a while (who surprisingly had the best bus system I've ever used??) and I LOVED it. I'd love to move back there someday.

    Lee - leethrifts.com

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    1. Thank you Lee! Sounds like your small town is fabulously quaint.
      -Madison

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  7. Terrific outfit! It strikes me as something Bardot would have worn if she was a young woman in today's world.

    ♥ Jessica

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  8. Love this outfit! I love anything parisian or nautical and this checks all the boxes, so classic and lovely! I am definitely a country girl! There's just something more romantic and peaceful about the countryside! Although I definitely would love to explore European cities such as France or London!

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    1. The countryside is definitely romantic! I have to agree with you about France and London however:)
      -Madison

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  9. I love this outfit!Especially the way the red stripes and the anchor go together.I would say I am a country girl,I do enjoy the older cities,though [France,London,Venice etc]

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    1. I enjoy the older cities as well! The historic aspects of them are so inspiring:)
      -Madison

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  10. This outfit is so flattering! I love looks that accentuate a girl's natural waist. You look fantastic and I love the whole vibe!!

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    1. OH, thank you so much! You are the best:)
      -Madison

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  11. This outfit is so flattering! I love looks that accentuate a girl's natural waist. You look fantastic and I love the whole vibe!!

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