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Monday, April 4, 2011

{Outfit Inspiration} Black & White Stripes

Hello, hello! How was your Spring weekend? We had a fabulous, Griswald-worthy weekend, full of family time, including a successful Pancakes & Pajamas Party for my little girl. I'm excited to share the pictures with you, once I get the chance to upload them!

You know from my Son's Room and Guest Bathroom, that I'm a sucker for stripes. It's one of my favorite patterns, full of so much punch. And depending on how they are used, stripes can be preppy, sporty, masculine, or elegant, but always dynamic. Especially in a black and white scheme.

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Without the stripes, these spaces would be lovely, but certainly not impactful. Same is true for my outfit:

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A non-descript black pencil skirt and gray sweater sounds like a professional's 'uniform', but throw in black and white stripes and the outfit has energy!

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My closet is chock-full of too many stripes, but I can never resist the vibrant pattern....in my closet or home. Here's the birthday girl herself, getting in on the pose action!


This blog has become quite the family effort, as even my son is begrudgingly taking the picture!
What's your relationship with stripes? Do you love wearing strong patterns, or prefer to keep things subtle?

Oh, and speaking of Black & White, if you follow me on Twitter, then you know Mr. Sugarplum and I played hooky from work Friday. He was sweet enough to swing me through West Elm and ZGallerie, where I scored these greek key salad plates for $5/each! I can't wait to build a tablescape around them! (Probably not Easter.)



{Outfit deets: Striped turtleneck - Mossimo; Gray sweater - F21; Studded belt - F21; Black pencil skirt - Isaac Mizrahi for Target; Black tights - Jcrew; Black patent pumps - Circa Joan & David; Silver earrings - Anthropologie; Dark roots - all me}

34 comments:

  1. You and baby girl are sooo adorable!!! Happy Monday!!!

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  2. i love the stripes! i love that they are simple yet make a bold statement. i especially love the floors with black and white rugs- and that one wall- awesome! and you and your daughter are both adorable! glad the party was a success!

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  3. I have a love hate relationship with stripes. I think as far as decor their fabulous... as far as fashion... it depends. A stripe shirt would work... stripes pants would make me look like a double wide. I would need my own beeper for whenever I was backing up!

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  4. I'm loving stripes. I just did a striped painting last week. Too funny. Here it is. http://jandjhome.blogspot.com/2011/04/diy-black-and-white-heart-painting.html

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  5. Love the stripes!! I need some more of them in my life haha

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  6. Love that first picture with the one wall of stripes! Great outfit & sounds like a wonderful weekend! Happy Monday!

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  7. I love black and white stripes. I'm dying to have the chair in my bedroom upholstered in a wide stripe. I think it would be super sharp!

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  8. my obsessions with stripes is borderline creepy. I obviously love B&W ones and I love wearing blue and white stripes!

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  9. These are my favorite posts! You always look so chic and pulled together! :) ...and baby girl is rockin' that pose...I think you might have a little bit of trouble on your hands. :) Have a wonderful week!

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  10. You know I love me some black and white stripes- such a classic and graphic addition to any space. Lovee your outfit my dear- you look fabulous! And scorezies on the plate- yum!

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  11. My ever sassy Cassie! Can't wait to hear more about the party. I am taking notes! And as far as stripes go, I would put them anywhere. I LOVE them.

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  12. Cute outfit! Those stripes make it pop! Now, I'm looking everywhere for a wall to put stripes on!!

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  13. Great outfit Cassie! Love the dishes you scored!! Can't wait to see pics from the party.

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  14. I am going to be making striped curtains, and I was debating white and gray or white and black - and you just solidified that I should do black and white. Thanks for sharing these pics!!

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  15. LOVE the entire post...b&w stripe is definitely the best combo *EVER* and holy crap, you and baby girl couldn't get any cuter!!! Your outfit is fantastic and about to be copied...(c: Happy Monday!

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  16. yay I missed the outfit inspirations latley. Love it!!

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  17. I am a stripe-a-holic. I own a LOT of striped clothing, but surprisingly not a lot of my home decor is striped. Thanks for the inspiration - very lovely!

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  18. Your blog is a family affair now! Maybe I should start teaching James how to take photos- would make my life so much easier! I know the post is about stripes (which I looove) but I really love your BELT! Must Have!!

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  19. Oh Forever 21! Love that place, especially for sweaters! I always feel a little foolish going in there since Im nowhere near 21 anymore but they have the cutest stuff on the serious cheap!

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  20. OMG! You and your daughter are the cutest! And I just love all the stripe inspiration! :)

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  21. Well i love black and white stripes and so ur daughter she's so adorable:)
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  22. Fantastic outfit! I love the belt as much as the stripes. But I might like your daughter's pose nest of all. ;-)
    Abby

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  23. Mommy and little girl poses are too cute and you can tell your little girl has as much personality as you! I love black and white--happen to have a lot of it in my home and your plates are spectacular too. They remind me of the garden patterns at the Palace of Versaille in France. Enjoyed sharing in your joy with your new found fashion and home decor finds.

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  24. At my local vintage shop they call me stripes for my penchant for buying so many striped shirts. In fact this past weekend I wore black peg pants, loafers and a black and white striped turtle neck that looks identical to yours...how funny! I wore an electric salmon skinny belt with it and a yellow, white and black toile coat...sounds weird, but it worked somehow. Great post as I'm obviously a sucker for stripes too!

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  25. How precious is that picture of you and Sloan?! Love it and your outfit. I have that same turtleneck -- now I know how I am going to wear it next time! :)

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  26. I'm wild for Black & white check out my drapes here http://loretta-aplacecallhome.blogspot.com/

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  27. Oh, those PHOTOS! I recently had the idea that I really, *really* wanted to paint some stripes somewhere in our living room. Husband looked at me like I was bonkers. Bonkers no more -this post as been bookmarked to show him!

    I love your outfit too- perfectly inspired, and your daughter is darling!

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  28. I adore black and white stripes! I just finished my chair with a black and white striped seat AND am re-upholstering an arm chair with black and white stripes and nail head detail!

    LOVE all your photos and your outfit - perfect!

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  29. I love the b and w stripes in the room with the white ghost chair.
    I used black and white as the base colors for my daughter's first birthday and then added a punch of lime green and chartreuse to spice it up. The basics were black and white so that I could use them again in the future with a pop of a different color. My point (Im never sure)? b and w are classic and just make everything look clean and classic. xoxo shelli

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  30. You two look adorable! Not to mention your outfit! I have a stripe shirt that I wear in a very similar way...as I prefer to keep the stripes on my arms mostly!:) Dying over your new plates too!

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  31. oh my goodness, i loved that outfit and you are so right, the stripes just added so very much to that outfit!!!! i too have a closet full of stripes and now polka dots...lol

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Your comments are like popcorn with milk duds, I just can't quit them. Thanks for taking the time to share your positive thoughts! xoxo, cass

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