Back Then, Right Now

by - Wednesday, November 16, 2011

I have a love/hate relationship with turtlenecks. Hated wearing them while growing up because my mom was convinced they were the greatest thing since sliced bread. Ribbed, cable, wool, you name it, I've worn it. And itched and felt choked through them all.

Mom: You cold? Here. holds up another turtleneck
Mom: Young lady...

So who knew why I decided to try on this turtleneck from H&M. Perhaps my subconscious was telling me it's time to get rid of childhood demons? Ok, I exaggerate. I'm glad I gave this top a shot because the fabric is soft to the touch, not itchy, and thin enough around the neck that I can still breathe. Thank you H&M for helping me overcome my childhood phobia ;) One down, many more to go!

What did you hate wearing as a child but have come to love now?

ETA: Just realized I'm wearing the same outfit Wendy had already posted. Completely unintentional, but a copycat is still a copycat. Sorry about that :( I'll try to be more conscientious in the future.

Whee! Can't get enough of warm fall days.

sunglasses: Old Navy round metal-hardware (similar)
turtleneck: H&M basic jersey (recent; similar; similar)
vest: Zara Girl fur waistcoat (sold here; similar; similar)
scarf ring as ring: Talbots - gift from Elle (similar)
necklace as bracelet: Forever 21 pearlescent beads & flowers (similar; similar)
belt: Express wide (similar)
jeans: Hollister boot destroyed (sold here; similar)

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  1. i never would have thought your outfit was similar to wendy's until you pointed it out. they have the same elements, but its put together differently. very pretty. and what? warm fall days? it was 39 out today here. yuck.

  2. I love your fur vest! I hated turtle necks as a child and I still hate them - on me. They look fine on other people. I feel like I am suffocating lol. - Dreama

  3. Your vest is awesome..I'm thinking I need a bolder one :)

  4. Ah! Love this fur vest!! So many things are getting added to my mental wishlist!! I cannot keep track!

    Great photo spot! :)

  5. When I was little, I refused to wear anything that was uncomfortable, and that list was long. I In the winter, I even avoided anything that had zippers that touched my skin. The metal was so cold in the morning, that I dreaded putting it on. I have come along way since then. :D

  6. I absolutely love the exuberance of the last photo!

  7. I don't like turtlenecks too, so I totally get feels suffocating when you go inside and its hot. I prefer scarves to keep my neck warm rather than a turtleneck.

  8. I think I need a fur vest in my life. I bought one from Zara a month or so ago but the fur was so smashed up that BF kept referring it to a dead squirrel, so back it went. I need to find a fluffier one, I guess!

  9. Love this! I haven't worn a turtleneck in YEARS. And hey, you were probably unconsciously inspired by Wendy. ; ) No harm in that!

  10. i love how this looks styled with a turtleneck and congrats on getting over your childhood phobia, lol!

    cute & little

  11. Wow those hollister jeans are cute cute cute..I never wore a turtle neck as a kid...but I own like two now!

  12. Girl, you are totally decked out and rockin it! Love it!

  13. awesome look!
    i'm jealous of your gorgeous colored leaves. ours go from being alive to dead brown in a matter of weeks with no pretty colors in between. bah.

  14. I hate turtle necks too! Hated them as a kid...still hate them now. I've gone a bit agro about them and don't think they look good on anyone...bit much, maybe? Hehe.

  15. I didn't like turtle necks when I was young. However, I've learned to appreciate them more as I get older =). Living in the colder states, I am sure we each have a few of turtle necks in our closet.

  16. @easy petite looks - It was 70s earlier this week but back down to 40s now. Boo!

    @Jane - Oh my gosh, your story brings up another uncomfortable childhood feeling. When I was really young, my mom used to put me in those frilly dresses that poof out. I don't know what the underlining material is called but it was stiff and ITCHY. My god, so, so itchy. I'm scratching myself just thinking about it, hahaha. High five to both of us coming a long way!

    @Jarucha - Hmm... maybe that's why I've been drawn to scarves as an adult. I've never really thought about it, but filling the void of turtlenecks with scarves make total sense!

    @Lisa - respect the shoes - I don't know if a dead squirrel is any better than a wooly bear (which is what my bf calls me when I wear the vest) ;)

    @The Little Dust Princess - Haha yes, Wendy is quite inspirational!

    @makeupandpearls - I saw your comment last night and made sure to pay attention to the leaves during my drive in this morning. Geez, in the span of a few days + rain, all I see are puke brown colors now. Blah!

    @Alterations Needed - Never say never ;) I still have to get used to my hair in a disarray after putting turtlenecks on. Once I get over that, I'll be good to go!

  17. LOL about your mom and turtlenecks - I can totally relate :) Love the luxe, rich look!

    Shopping this weekend? Gap has that 60% off 2 items deal on Saturday and starting today, 10% off all Gap family gift cards - both deals for cardmembers.

  18. Cee you look amazing! I hate turtlenecks too LOL! I had one navy one recently that I didn't mind because it wasn't as high as normal turtle necks and wasn't as tight. But I DO love the look of them. Maybe I'll check out H&M for an inexpensive one that way if I don't wear it much I won't feel so bad :P

  19. lol, you are funny, Cee. Jasmine doesn't like turtlenecks either. I don't blame her. I only like cotton or cashmere around my neck and that's why I am very picky on the material of the scarves I wear.
    Amazing outfit, Cee. I have been holding off on buying a fur vest. I don't know how long I can keep holding it off. lol.

  20. I so want to get a fur vest but know I will never wear it or pull it off like you! And I don't think you are a copy cat of Wendy's outfit at all....and even if you were- you both look great so it doesn't matter :)

  21. Oh, I hated turtlenecks.


    But...I bought one this fall. It's loose one, though, so I'm hoping it doesn't feel like what I remember from childhood :)

    Love the fur vest!

  22. @SewPetiteGal - Sadly I don't have any retail credit cards... kind of anal about my credit score, but I'm slowly coming around :) Did you stumble across anything good? If so, hope to see them on your blog soon!

    @Elaine A (TOBeautyReviews) - Yes! This H&M one can be folded under so it's not as high. I think it retailed for ~$13, so the price isn't bad.

    @Vicky - Consider this my enabling effort for you to find the perfect fur vest soon :D (Is that even grammatically correct?! I read it twice but can't think of how else to word "enabling" with "effort")

    @Really Petite - Ahh... the CA weather, right? But unlike East Coasters, you'll be able to wear nice things year round without having to cover up under bulky jackets :)

    @Tara - Hahaha, we've got to be sisters from a different mother ;)

  23. I felt like reading about my own childhood when reading this post! Like yours, my mom was/is similarly obsessed with turtlenecks. I don't know the last time I wore a cotton turtleneck--must be 10 years ago. I also don't care for turtleneck sweaters as I feel choked and itchy all day. But I like feeling warm and cozy, so your post might just inspire me to give the turtleneck another try. Maybe.

  24. Your outfit is really nice. Stop worrying about the other person(s). Had you even thought that you might have posted first. Wendy is not the only one with great taste and creativity, and you've just proven it. I don't think anyone cares if you and others post similar outfits (even if it is on the same day or not). Do you're thing girl. Karen J.


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