When It Started

March 6, 2013

Twenty8Twelve leather jacket, H&M tank, Club Monaco camisole & clutch, 
tights c/o Pink Beryl, earrings c/o Brooklyn Designs, J.Crew skirt, bracelets c/o JewelMint

There’s something that’s just so right about green, black and leopard together. While I feel like the combo is in itself a bit of a retro nod to ’40s style, I especially love it given a modern spin, with tough elements and current silhouettes thrown in to give it some balance.

This whole look was inspired by these Brooklyn Designs earrings, really. It’s how I always map out my outfits – I take one element that sparks my inspiration and then build a look centred around it. Take this look from last week for example: I really just loved the idea of a neon jolt of colour tempered by eathier neutral tones, so I grabbed my new neon yellow Joe Fresh sweater and created a look around it. This look, on the other hand, was driven by a desire to create a fully monochromatic look – I’d been inspired by the amethyst top resting against a burgundy skirt and decided to create a more urban translation of that accidental combo.

Anyway, I was really struck by the classic opulence of the green onyx and gold of these earrings, so from that I piled on a luxurious pair of Pink Beryl tights, layered, dark-toned tanks, a sliver of emerald green via this much-loved wool skirt and my go-to leather jacket.

If any of you have been reading my blog for awhile, then you’ll be very proud of me…I’m finally starting to go to bed before midnight! For first-timers, pretty much I’m the most extreme case of a night owl you could ever find. I’ve never suffered from insomnia exactly but I’ve always loved/needed to stay up until at least 2 am, really ever since I was a kid. Through a whole lot of melatonin, rigid wake-up times and exhausting my body with tougher-than-usual workouts, I’m finally getting into a more “regular” sleep schedule though. I should be a normal human being in no time. If you have any more tips, keep them coming!

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  • Reply JennaStevie March 6, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    I am loving this look, that green skirt is perfetion with this leather jacket and the pop of leopard print is great. It's hard to break bad sleep habits so that is super impressive!

  • Reply March 6, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    This look is so cute. I'm never brave enough to attempt such short skirts, but I love the way this looks on you. I'm also a night owl. I thought that at some point I would grow up and go to bed at a normal time, but that never happened. On the upside, both of my kids are night owls and sleep in (for kids….), so I seem to be pretty lucky. What is with this world full of MORNING PEOPLE? Ugh.

  • Reply Naomi March 6, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    I love green and leopard together! Also love the 40's too 😛

    The Occasional Indulgence

  • Reply Alissa March 6, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Yes! There is something JUST right about that color combination! I feel like it's somewhat unexpected but yet so perfect together!

  • Reply Faith March 6, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    I love this! You just reminded me that I have to pull out my skirt in that color soon with my leopard clutch! Thanks for the inspiration. You look as gorgeous as ever!

  • Reply Cee March 6, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Bed before midnight? Good for you, pally – I'm proud 🙂 I'm also loving the combination of black and green on you, it suits your colouring so well. I know I'm long overdue to update you, promise an email asap! Miss you!

  • Reply Sara Strauss {Sincerely, Sara} March 6, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Black and green is such a great combo, especially with leopard! Definitely need more green in my life. I feel like that's the only color I'm lacking in my closet.

    It's great that you're going to be early! Sometimes it's so hard to just wind down and go to sleep when there's so much to do, but make a bedtime routine and then it will become habit and soon you'll find yourself getting tired during the routine because you know sleep is soon. At least that's what I do when I used to stay up too late during the summer and needed to get back into a routine for school.


  • Reply Melanie Liliana March 6, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    love that leather jacket! and any outfit with leopard is an A+ in my books!

  • Reply Well... March 6, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Oh man, leather, leopard, and mint? You know I love this! 😉

    Trendy Teal

  • Reply Jessica Gitler March 6, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    that jacket is fantastic!!! love the color green on you it looks great!!

  • Reply Kimberly March 6, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    A bright skirt, leather jacket + leopard clutch – yes please! Love this look from head to toe!! 🙂

  • Reply Dina Karivalis March 6, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    I love the green in this outfit! Such a cute combo with the bright lips.
    xo Dina
    Sweetest Somethings

  • Reply March 6, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    I love your green, black and leopard combo! You look so chic and I can definitely see the retro but modern vibe you mentioned. And those earrings are gorgeous!

  • Reply Petite Adventures March 7, 2013 at 12:42 am

    Alexandra, this look is absolutely stunning – so rocker chic! I love it!

    Kate xo

  • Reply Marisa March 7, 2013 at 6:27 am

    Hey there hot mama! This is one stunning outfit and the emerald skirt gives your look the perfect jewel tone pop. I never thought this colour combo had a retro feeling but now that you've mentioned it, I totally see it.


  • Reply A Fine Balance March 7, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    OMG girl! in bed before midnight! wooot! Its not the staying awake that gets me, its the waking up the next day haha! i love the emerald green and leopard together. Very retro!

  • Reply Mounette March 8, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    nice look, I like this skirt.
    I like the colors you use this next looks! Very good choice!

  • Reply janeysoutfits March 9, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    That's an awesome combination! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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