Monday: Rule Breaker

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Dress: ASOS c/o Gwynnie Bee | Belt: Nordstrom Rack (c/o gift card – similar) | Blazer: Limited (similar) | Tights: DKNY | Booties: Nine West | Bracelet: Emerson” c/o Kristin Biggs, Stella and Dot

I never have believed in the “rule” that you can't mix navy with black (even wrote about it here). In fact, I think black does a great job of making navy pop and look less ordinary. This shift dress is adorable on its own, I have worn it with a wide black belt, and tried it today with this cute little belt I have had for a while yet rarely wear (think this is actually the last time). I think the black tights and jacket not only make it winter-appropriate and work-appropriate, but also make the pattern pop.

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How was everyone's weekends? We were THRILLED to have the first weekend in eons with nothing scheduled. Emerson all week has been asking for a “Val.” This is a character from one episode of Doc McStuffins and for some reason she has become obsessed. I watched the episode with her and saw it was essentially a stuffed heart with arms and legs and thought… I could make that. She asked for Val to be big, which made it even easier for me to make. So Saturday after her ballet class, Emerson and I headed to the local Jo-Ann and got the supplies. I was surprised that she wanted on sale fleece for the body instead of faux fur, and together we figured out glittery felt to make lips, a set of googly eyes, and some purple remnant satin for a bow on top of her head. I don't have a serger, but I triple-sewed each seam and hand sewed the limbs to keep them sturdy. We made lashes from some landscaping fabric (thanks to Karl for the brilliant suggestion). I wasn't sure exactly how I was going to do the hands and feet, but Emerson decided Val didn't need them and didn't even need a bow. It was fun dusting off the sewing machine for the project, and fun to have the time to do it with Emerson. She LOVES Val, and has been sleeping on her, lying on her to watch TV, and dragging her all over the house.  You can see all the pictures of Val and the rest of my weekend on my Instagram account!

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  1. Today I invented my own take on “navy and black,” with your assumed 🙂 permission I am wearing plum and chocolate-brown, colors that are much more flattering to me.

  2. Love this look. I clicked the Asos link, and I have to say, I enjoy the way it looks on you more than the model. Your curves and the belt give it some shape! Also love Val!

  3. You look great in this outfit! I’ve been thinking a lot about the whole navy and black thing…I own lots of both colors (most of my wardrobe is black, navy, or gray), and have always avoided pairing navy and black. However, it’s essentially no different than wearing a black top with dark wash jeans…so this weekend, I wore a navy blouse with my black skinny jeans and it actually worked! You’re so right that the black makes the navy pop. I’m going to keep trying the navy and black combinations 🙂

  4. I’m continually AMAZED at how you make these sack-looking dresses (that I would never give a 2nd glance) look awesome!!! Cute x1000.

  5. I love that dress – must have missed it in earlier posts.

    What a cute stuffed friend – and what a lucky little girl to have a mama who can do this!

  6. I love the pattern on the dress and I’m a big fan of navy and black together! Val turned out really cute and it sounds like a fun mother-daughter project!

  7. hahaha love that val made it to an outfit post. we’re huge doc fans, here, too, so I totally get it! And, I’m also a HUGE proponent of navy with black so adoring this look. This outfit fits you so perfectly… gorgeous, Allie!

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