earn your stripes

red stripes red and yellow outfit combo denim jacket and stripes austin fashion blogger
jacket: Nordy Rack (similar) // shirt: Forever 21 // skirt: ASOS // hat: swapped // booties: Charlotte Russe (similar)

photos by Chelsea Laine Francis

I wore this outfit recently and snapped a 'gram asking if y'all would want to see the whole thing. This outfit has been the perfect winter-to-spring transition with a few layers and some cool weather accessories paired happily with bare legs.

Chelsea and I were so lucky to stumble upon this wall. It was just hiding out in the middle of South Congress when we were on our way to brunch. I pulled over so fast and just plopped down on the striped bench while SXSWers walked past with their badges and giggled at us. I used to get so freaked out when people saw me taking outfit photos, but I've gotten to where it feels pretty natural as long as no one is asking to "help" or catcalling.

A few of you have been asking me lately how I get my hair curled like this. First, I never thought I would be on the receiving end of that question. Second, I do it with a straightener and I can't tell you how. Not because I don't want to be transparent, but because I literally have no idea how to explain it. I still do it wrong 60% of the time when I try and have to just give up and walk around with half-ish curly hair. After years of trying and trying (and burning all my fingers), I just sort of figured it out? It's just like curling ribbon with scissors...but with hair and a straightener? This tutorial is pretty close to what I do if you're interested!

What are y'all up to this weekend? I'm still coming down from my TxSC high and have about 7 posts in my drafts I want to work on for the coming weeks!

21 comments

  1. I wish I could wear a skirt without tights right now but we're still in winter/spring limbo in PA!

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  2. These photos are awesome! You look great!!

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  3. Nicole, you are the stinking cutest thing! I love that skirt and most of all, I love your smile! Best smile on the web-for realz!

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  4. This is the coolest outfit! I definitely see myself mixing black and denim more now. I love the look! I have a bunch of posts in my drafts box too. So much to do, always.

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  5. I *love* the yellow hat with the red and white striped tee. That is one of my favorite color combinations because it's classic with a little bit of sass thrown in there.

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  6. This is adorable! I love the skirt and boots together.

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  7. You are so adorable in these pictures and this location really is perfect. So glad you happens upon it. I'm still very cautious about taking pictures. So much so that I never leave my property. I've got to get over it. Anyway... is it bad that the stripes make me think of "Where's Waldo?" FYI, I love "Where's Waldo?"

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  8. I love when there's a new post from you, you're like human sunshine. This is such a cute outfit!

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  9. YOU are human sunshine! every time i think of you, i light up because you and your passion make me so excited! plus, you just glow in that you look exactly how you want and appear so comfortable in your skin.


    xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo <333333
    (apparently i'm still feeling sappy from last weekend. sorz.)

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  10. haha i totally meant to tell a story in this post about a Target cashier asking if i was supposed to be Where's Waldo, and then i forgot about it until just now!


    taking photos off the property is SO MUCH EASIER when someone else is taking them. seriously, it makes all the difference.

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  11. i'm glad to hear that because i've been wearing this combo constantly!

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  12. i always feel a little bit like ronald mcdonald in yellow and red, but not necessarily in a bad way, haha!

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  13. you would look so cute in this outfit, tbh. also you in black jeans with a cute denim jacket and a blouse seems like a good look for you. i'm so excited for you to move back!

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  14. eep stay warm! sending warm winds your way!

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  15. Um yeah so I'm going to have to agree with Mia re: human sunshine. I'm kicking myself for not introducing myself to you at TxSC. Oh well, I'll just follow you everywhere online ;) bahaha. Also can't wait for all those posts you're drafting up!


    xo Kimi
    twentysomethingsimple.wordpress.com

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  16. love x 1,000,000. I think this might be my favorite outfit shoot you done!!! Also this is really making me consider buying a denim jacket, but I'm lost on how to style them in a way that feels like me!

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  17. You always find the perfect spots for your photos!! I need to start scouting cool locations instead of just taking pictures near my apartment like I always do! That beanie is adorable!
    ~Sara

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  18. Oh geez- dream photo location! I love this so much and how you coordinate with the wall :) I still have not gotten over people seeing me take outfit pics and have outtakes with my panicked expression as people walk by- haha.

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  19. I just think you're one of the cutest people I've ever known. I LOVE these shots of you, Nicole - you look so happy and relaxed!! I love your outfit, your hair (I can't wait until mine is a bit longer so I can try this look out!), your photo location...sigh. Love you, girl.

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