Work in Progress // OOTD + a Ralph Lauren Giveaway (Closed)

Don't you love it when an outfit makes you feel confident, powerful, & beautiful? It's brilliant that a mixture of fabrics can alter your mood in such a positive way. That's how this look makes me feel. Like a badass. Like I can accomplish anything I put my mind to, crushing the competition. I'm sure there's some type of psychology behind the phenomenon.

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I recently purchased a plethora of items online from Rue 21 & Urban Outfitters & literally couldn't wait to wear them. Seriously. Once I received my Rue 21 package, I basically got dolled up to go buy groceries because I was so psyched. "Oh yes I will buy these veggie chips," I said as I clomped around in my 3 inch boots. However, it's difficult purchasing items online because you never know if they're going fit or not. Some looked utterly fabulous whilst others made me look like Thanksgiving dinner. Stuffed. But what are you gonna do?

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california lifestyle blogger
Anyhoo, I took a little trip to North Park with my boyfriend. North Park is a cool, trendy neighborhood in San Diego. They have a lot of funky places over there -- from gourmet ice cream to a music venue that functions as a church on Sundays. I had some brewery reviews to do so we made a day out of it. After getting a flight of tasters we stopped by to grab a bite to eat & found this gated area. Turned out it was the perfect location to snap some outfit photos. 

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california lifestyle blogger

That's where the problem lies. I still get incredibly anxious while taking outfit photos in public. Like a bitter, frigid, icy winter, I freeze up. I'm no model. Anytime someone passes by I get really self-conscious, making my photos look extraordinarily awkward. The look of discomfort can be read so easily on my face. I think I need to create some sort of persona & just roll with it, pretending to be that confident, powerful, & beautiful person the outfit makes me feel like I am. But it's a work in progress.

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california lifestyle blogger
I received these Ralph Lauren sunglasses from the Sunglasses Shop* to style however I wanted. I love the tortoise shell design & maybe you will too because they were kind enough to do a giveaway for my readers! Are you excited? I know I am. Now we can wear matching sunglasses. Oh yeah! 

Enter the giveaway:

What you'll win:
 A pair of Ralph Lauren sunglasses! Over $100 in value! You get to choose from this list.

1. Please enter by choosing one, any or all of the options above. 
2. This giveaway is open worldwide!
3. No giveaway accounts!
4. This Ralph sunglasses giveaway closes 12 a.m. Monday November 9, 2015.



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california lifestyle blogger
Sunglasses: Ralph Lauren* // Button Down: H&M (similar) // Top: Rue 21 (similar) // Shorts: LL Cool J (similar) // Boots: G by Guess (similar)

Perhaps with these fierce boots & righteous sunglasses I can feel as powerful as I wish to be. It's all in my head & it's time to change how I take photos. I've watched enough America's Next Top Model by now to get the gist of modeling. Thanks Tyra! If anything, at least I know how to smile with my eyes.

Do you get self-conscious when taking outfit photos? Have you ever watched America's Next Top Model? What do you think of this outfit? :]

* Disclaimer: The sunglasses were received complimentary from Sunglasses Shop in exchange for an honest review. All opinions in this review are 100% mine aka Carmen's. :]

57 comments

  1. Love those boots, they are just gorgeous! Awesome giveaway too :)

    X

    Anjelique

    http://www.anjelique.com.au

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  2. What a nice sheer button down. This gave me an idea on how to wear mine on the next outfit post :)

    Have a nice day!

    xoxo,
    SHAIRA
    www.missdream-girl.blogspot.com

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  3. I'd like to watch this movie :) I'm also getting self-conscious when taking photos. Your outfit looks very cool. And you are beautiful! xx

    "A leave-on exfoliator I swear by!" // www.keenonbeauty.com

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  4. Love the boots, they are great!

    www.elabellaworld.com

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  5. An outfit is the best when it makes you feel confident. Love this fun look.

    Brooke
    Pumps & Push-Ups

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  6. I love it when your outfit transforms your whole attitude for the day. It's all about perception and the clothes you wear can be pretty powerful.

    -M
    www.violetroots.com

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    1. You are so right! It is definitely about perception. :]

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  7. I really love the boots, totally what I want to wear this winter! And the sheer shirt is dreamy, I could make that one work for me too.
    Beaumiroir

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  8. You look amazing! I absolutely love the sheer piece with the edgy boots. Great look!
    xo Kiki
    http://colormekiki.com/

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  9. I never would have thought of adding that extra sheer layer on top! this is brilliant :)
    http://www.footnotesandfinds.com/

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    1. I'm really enjoying layering pieces these days. :]

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  10. Great outfit! The sheer top is so pretty and the sunnies are so cute!! You look fantastic!

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  11. You look like a total bad-ass in this outfit!! I absolutely love it!
    ~Sara
    Sincerely, Sara

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  12. What a unique outfit! I always put on all my new clothes when they arrive - it turns my room into a mess while I run around trying out new combinations. Taking pictures in public can be awkward, but I tend to do it with friends, so it's not as bad!

    Angelina Is | Bloglovin'

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    1. It's so fun to wear your new clothes immediately. I don't know why. :]

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  13. I LOVE the button down! It looks amazing! I also love the boots!

    http://beautyandtheblog.us

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  14. Magnifique, j'aime beaucoup !
    Kiss - Elodie

    http://www.luxetoutou.com

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  15. yes definitely a fierce look! I'm loving the sheer long shirt. and don't worry too much about taking photos in public, you'll probably never see those people again (well that's what I tell myself)! :)

    Metallic Paws

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    1. Yeah I should just tell myself that over & over. :]

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  16. Feel like a badass? You LOOk like a badass, Carmen. I LOVE this look and would wear this out any day. I'm in love with your shoes and, ugh, that sheer cover up is insane. I've taken photos in public a lot of times but I still get extremely self conscious, and like you, freeze up whenever someone passes by. Whatever the case, I feel much more comfortable when I'm in badass boots and killer sunnies. Smize on, girl!

    May | THE MAYDEN | Bloglovin'

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    1. Haha thanks May! Sometimes I just pretend I'm famous & my boyfriend is the paparazzi. It makes me feel slightly better. Smize on! :]

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  17. I love the sheerness of the top :)
    xo, Jessica || The Petite Diaries

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  18. This is such an amazing look! I love the button down! And I always get self conscious when taking photos. My face never seems to have the confidence I want to express. I probably need to start watching America's Next Top Model for tips.
    ~Lili
    www.thefashionsalt.com

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    1. I just started watching the latest season of America's Next Top Model & it's helping me. :]

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  19. This is so cool! The shirt is a great addition and just elevates your whole look into awesomeness :)

    Anna xx
    http://thefashionscents.blogspot.com.au/

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  20. What a cool outfit! I love the sheer long blouse over the shorts. It really gives the illusion of a dress!

    https://forsevenseasons.wordpress.com

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    1. That's a cool observation. It is kind of like a see-through dress. :]

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  21. I love the way you styled that sheer black top and your boots are killer! I have yet to take outfit pictures in public, but I would imagine I'd feel the same discomfort and awkwardness. But no worries girl, I don't see any awkwardness in these photos! You look beautiful. Keep it up :)

    Amy | http://amypham.me

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    1. Photos are definitely nerve-racking but the more you do it the less odd it gets. :]

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  22. Love the outfit. How tall are you? The sheer piece looks awesome on you...I'm afraid I'd look weird in it since I'm short. Also...I take my own photos so setting up the tripod in public and posing is EXTRA awkward for me. :)
    www.streetmadonna.com

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    1. I'm 5'7". That's true a tripod in public would be a little weird; I understand. :]

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  23. I love how you put everything together- the boots and the sheer top over the tank top!


    Macarons and Mischief

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  24. Carmen you look incredible!!! Meanwhile I'm sitting at home in my pineapple pjs hahaha I love it! Also really love what you're standing in front of, that iron gate/door! I'm studying interior design so I'm like YES! Em xx

    http://edoublemamurray.blogspot.com.au/

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  25. You look gorgeous!! Love this outfit on you! Wonderful job at choosing colors and layering your pieces.

    www.chicuturnonglitz.blogspot.com

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  26. I do like the way you think about yourself and your blogging. It is noticeable you are a conscious writer.
    Meanwhile your outfits are original and attractive, and you style them well. So no need to doubt yourself, but it is nice to hear your musing about it, which makes your writing human and funny. Keep entertaining us!
    Bold Bliss
    http://boldblissblog.com

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