chopped and layered

posted on: December 19, 2011

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lace dress, earrings, and ruffle purse from plum // skirt and bracelet from h&m // black cami from aritzia // faryl robin shoes from dakota group sample sale // black satin belt from my craft bin // red revlon lipstick

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went to the salon (which adam pronounces in the most ridiculous french accent btw) last week to get a routine trim, but ended up cutting off a significant amount of hair.  had a classic meltdown at first, but i think that was in part because of how it was styled.  we had attempted a blowout, but with the new length it turned into more of a rachel cut from the 90's.  in an effort to fix it, i straightened the crap out of it which only made the new length even more shocking.  thankfully, i have curled it myself and actually really like the new 'do.  it feels a lot lighter and healthier, very refreshing!

with a super limited budget, i've had to improvise my holiday party outfits using the already existing contents of my closet.  in order to give my black lace dress a new look, i actually layered a black chiffon skirt over top of the dress and tied it together with a piece of black satin ribbon as a belt.  Many people don't think to put a skirt over a dress, but if executed right, it can look super cute!  makes me feel like i'm wearing a brand new dress and people are actually really impressed with my layering abilities.  or so they tell me to my face... :P

51 comments:

  1. Amazing! You look fabulous as always! xoxo

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  2. Love this outfit! So smart to layer the chiffon skirt over the dress, it looks like it was meant to be.
    You hair looks so gorgeous (and healthy!) I am sure it was a shock but it looks great.
    Especially loving that last shot-
    xo Cara
    http://www.afashionloveaffair.com

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  3. your shoes are SO the perfect touch, love that bit of mint green!

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  4. Amazing shoes! In love with the color.

    Following you on twitter

    Northern style exposure

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  5. Your new hair looks great, Alicia (it ALWAYS looks great). And excellent improvisation with the holiday party look :)

    xo, alison*elle

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  6. You look gorgeous! Love this outfit. I adore those shoes, such a fantastic colour!


    The Urban Umbrella
    xoxo

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  7. You look beyond beautiful on the first picture! Your big kind smile and mint pumps were the perfect accessories to go with that lovely feminine dress!

    Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

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  8. It's scary how in synch our minds are. I got my hair cut recently too (3" off the end and some all-over layering...like you, I feel like my hair is a lot healthier and lighter). Plus, I used the wear-a-skirt-over-a-dress trick in my last outfit post.

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  9. I love Faryl Robin shoes, the heels are a dead giveaway, they are so unique and cool!

    Hayley
    http://theweekendfile.blogspot.com

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  10. You look gorgeous as always! I always forget to mention... whenever you cut off significant amounts of hair, sometimes the hair acts up for a few days to a week. The weight off the ends is a bit of a shock so the hair doesn't really know what to do with itself. It's not so bad for most people but for people who have really thick hair like yours it makes a huge difference. Asian hair is also another factor of it. Couldn't quite tell you quite tell you why but it happens all the time. My hair sucks for a few days or so after I get it cut and then it gets nice again.

    I love what you did to re-use an older piece! So creative and it looks awesome! I would never have known it was a skirt over a dress. :) xoxo!

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  11. Love the new hair, Alicia! I'm due for a haircut, too, but I will most likely get a small trim and freshen up the layers.

    If you hadn't told me that you layered the skirt over the dress, I would have thought it was a dress! I love the holidays because it gives me a chance to dress a little more glamorous and edgier than I would at school. Hope your week is off to a great start!

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  12. that outfit is super cute and the shoes provide the perfect pop of color!

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  13. Alicia you look gorgeous!! I love this outfit - so pretty & festive and that bold red lip looks amazing on you!

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  14. Your hair looks great!
    And what a great remix for your dress and skirt :)

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

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  15. I would never have guessed that you were wearing a skirt over a dress, but I love the results! And your fresh new haircut is gorgeous- it seems like everyone is going short lately, I'm too terrified to do it myself but you pull it off beautifully. Especially with your bright lip and those shoes. I think I've waxed poetic about them before, but seriously. They are to die for!
    xox,
    Cee

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  16. So pretty Alicia. Your hair looks so amazing! It's always such a shock getting a hair cut but it really looks gorgeous (and as other have said... healthy!).

    And you're my hero for layering the dress and skirt. My budget is being murdered right now by Christmas so the idea of shopping for Christmas outfits is scary! Love how this turned out.

    xo
    Melissa
    (ps, thanks for the chat today xo)

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  17. Love the lace on your dress and the pop of color on your shoes. Beautiful.

    http://shannonhearts.blogspot.com/

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  18. This post is adorable! You're hair looks great and I'm loving the new ensemble. I frequent the skirt over dress look and everyones always amazed, I'm glad someone else is doing it too!!

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  19. I am super impressed as well, this is amazing, I would never have thought of that in a million years ... and your hair looks fabulous too by the way!!

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  20. Your hair looks great Alicia - it's always so lovely! And I'm a huge fan of skirts over dress ensembles. They really give you so much mileage out of your clothing.
    Have fun at your party!

    www.natashafatah.blogspot.com

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  21. Your new 'do looks fantastic but then I think any style would look great on you since you have such amazing hair! Great job re-styling your dress :)

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  22. Love how you paired the dress with skirt; I try the same thing from time to time! The new hair looks great as well :)

    <3 Shawna
    http://serpentinestreets.blogspot.com

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  23. Hair looks quite nice! I have been needing to try the skirt-over-dress thing, haven't been brave enough yet I guess. :)

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  24. thanks alicia, i hope my post is of some help to her :)

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  25. You look adorable!!

    Love the new hair!! And love your skirt/dress! :)

    xo

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  26. That is some successful layering there girly! Beautiful. Your hair looks great. Soooo jealous of those luscious locks of yours:)

    Jen xo
    http://www.prairiegirlinthecity.com

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  27. amazing! love each of your beautiful Outfits:)

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  28. Love this outfit. You are soooo beautiful! xxxxx

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  29. The hair looks fabulous!I love the "dress"....so creative...and the pop of blue/teal in the shoes looks so good :)

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray

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  30. Great way to mix two pieces! I like how you make the shoes pop! Great outfit and your hair looks amazing!

    hellolucie.blogspot.com

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  31. love the hair! love the outfit! you look great! As always :)

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  32. You should publish a tutorial on how to curl your long hair to look so amazing. (And if you could, please post it before Christmas Day..)

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  33. Love the all black ensemble paired with a bright shoe, red lip, and neutral clutch -ah, stunning as always Alicia!! As for the new hair?! I think it looks amazing, and I'm with you, I've had several melt downs after my hair gets styled at a salon - usually takes a few days to get your hair back/get used to a new length! Looks lovely on you!! xo veronika

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  34. this look is so great
    i love the black lace!


    Lady-Pa

    xoxo

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  35. Beautiful dress! I love it! And the red lipstick is a great touch!

    XoXo
    Plami

    http://www.fashionthrill.com/

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  36. Gorgeous dress! I am loving those shoes as well! Such a great colour!!
    Happy Holidays!!
    Bella xox
    http://www.chicinvancity.com/

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  37. What a great idea!!! You look amazing as always Alicia, don't panick about hair, it grows back! ;)

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  38. The lace dress is gorgeous, and those shoes are a perfect pop of color!

    www.chillairandperfume.blogspot.com

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  39. I love your dress Alicia! You (and your hair) look gorgeous! Very cool clutch too : )

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  40. omg i just ADORE lace and you look absolutely ADORABLE!

    http://sarassweetstyle.blogspot.com/

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  41. Alicia your hair looks amazing! I absolutely love it, it suits you beautifully. And the whole outfit is great, always love those shoes.

    Alex xoxo

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  42. I'M FOLLOWING U :)
    HOPE YOU FOLLOW ME BACK

    XOXO
    Happiness Everywhere♥

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  43. you look absolutely fabulous!!!
    kisses from prague
    http://sienastyle.blogspot.com/

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  44. I love that you paired something sexy like lace with a really sweet skirt-such a great holiday outfit!

    And don't worry about the hair-I've had that happen to me many times. Last year I went to get my regular red colour, but my stylist decided to be more adventurous without telling me....as she's washing my hair I hear her say "This red intensifier looks great!" Needless to say, I panicked when I saw how bright my hair was. But after a couple of weeks it really grew on me, and now I actually get my hair done that colour all the time! :) Once you learn to style it you'll be fine. It looks great though!

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  45. Your hair looks beautiful! It is always hard to get used to a change but I think this is a good one!

    Love the pop of turquoise in those cute little pumps btw

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  46. love this outfit! and the shoes, are so rad! happy holidays!

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