Monday, November 22

Selective Potential

So anyone who has a blog without a doubt follows the lovely Tieka. All you have to say is Tieka and everyone knows who you're talking about- and everyone could agree that she is the sweetest, most down to earth girl with a kickass style who should be walking the runway:). I first found Tieka last November and I remember thinking how absurd and crazy it was that she had 500 followers. And look at her now!!! Tieka was truly who inspired me to start a blog- and not just because I loved her clothes. I loved the way she got excited about little things like I do and how she was in love with her life- it's so infectious. Until Tieka, I was an awkward dresser who hated getting dressed in the morning but loved buying clothes. I always had the clothes obsession in me, but it never showed. Tieka inspired me to be bold and dress how I wanted. I started picking up on the way she styled different things and it wasn't long before I took the inspiration she gave me and ran with it. I guess you could say the result is this blog- which has never been about showing the world how well I think I dress, it's always been about learning and challenging myself to put my best foot forward every single day and to be confident about what I'm wearing and who I am. Clothes don't make a person, but the person in them makes the clothes. I've grown so much and the past year that I've been stalking style blogs have been the best and most transforming of my life- I'm just so happy and in love with everything!

Corniness aside (I'm sorry I had to spill that on you all), I was so so so excited when I saw this dress on Modcloth before I saw that it was Tieka's namesake dress. I ordered it and fell in love. One year ago, I didn't have a pair of tights in my closet and now I have over twenty five. One year ago, I wouldn't dare wear a dress in public or to school, and now I wear them almost every single day. I would have never, ever dared to wear this dress let alone take a picture of myself wearing it.
I knew styling this dress I wanted to do something more than just stick with the black and white palette. It needed life! I threw on my mom's red blazer to add just a smidge of color and a pair of patterned tights to really make the dress stand alone, and I like the result. Unfortunately, the dress was way, way too big on me (I had to pin it just to get these pictures) and I gave it to the lovely Jasmine, but if I could get my hands on a size small, I would be the happiest girl in the world.
Thank you, Tieka! No dress could come close to as amazing you are, but this one comes close.



Zaia said...

tieka is simply a blogging icon, a reference , and truly one of the best bloggers out there.
I love how you styled it, its quite simple but the pop of red makes such a big impact on the whole thing, i love it. oh and the signature tights,perfect.
lovely new header and background, its adorable!
xxx zaia

elanor, said...

aw this is so sweet and amazing and corny in the best possible way!

tieka certainly inspired me to start blogging too, oddly enough. :) i found her on lookbook and became obsessed! hehe.

and look where we are now!

you're awesome, girl.

xx elanor

Amber Blue Bird said...

Apparently I live under a rock because I do not know who tieka I must locate her blog!

Love the tights you paired with this darling dress

Nicole, Coco Maria said...

Aww, this is a wonderful post! Tieka is certainly inspiring! So are you! I love seeing your outfits, and you inspire me to try new trends as well :)

I love how you styled this dress! Those tights and that red blazer are wonderful!

Charlotte said...

this is amazing. Tieka is probably one of my favourite bloggers. She is just a normal girl like you and me and that is what I love about her!!
she has inspired me so much too with my blog. it was her and elizabeth of delightfully tacky that made me start blogging!!
i love this dress so much and you've styled it so well!!
my dream is to one day have a name-sake dress on modcloth!!

Charlotte xxx

natalie said...

Well now I feel majorly out of the loop haha, cause I was not aware of who this Tieka was! But I just checked out her blog and it surely is completely awesome, so I can certainly see why you and so many others are so inspired by her. And the dress inspired by her is amazing too!

Nat Elizabeth said...

haha, brilliant!
I love reading al your words.
and I didn't know who Tieka was but now I sure do :)

I'm in love with those tights, has to be said!

P.s I have a new post also! :)


itahl said...

what a perfect combo.. I super love the dress.. :)

Estefany @ The Helmet Head said...

Tieka is really a great inspiration for so many girls. She is the sweetest too!

I love how you styled the dress. The red is so unexpected, but oh so perfect with the white and brown.

Take care girl!

Megan said...

I saw you on her blog this morning and was so excited! The red blazer really sets off the look.

JMay said...

Such a cute outfit, love it!

simplyhope said...

Awww such a lovely post! The post of red and fabulous and love those tights girl!

Sydney, The Rabbit-Hearted Girl said...

Tieka is SUCH an inspiration! I just love Selective Potential. <3

Louise said...

I love this dress on you! Dare I say you wear it, IMHO, on par/better than Tieka herself! It fits you so darn well!

hellolyndsey said...

you are so sweet and i love her too! how could somene not love her!?!?

i have an obsession with rebecca the clothes horse and she is the one who inspired me to start fashion blogging. she's so whimsical and dreamy, i want to be JUST LIKE HER!

lyndsey of hellolyndsey,<333

Michal said...

You look awesome!! I love, love, LOVE how you styled this.

Tieka is definitely a huge inspiration- not just with her cute style but her zest for life as well! She's definitely one of the reasons I started blogging. (:

Shy, Chesterfield said...

Tieka inspired me to start mine too!! haha. I've been reading liebmarlene and clotheshorse for a long time, only those 2 oddly enough, when I found hers she planted a seed for me to start my own!


Jasmine said...

Hehe you spelled her name wrong silly, but Tieka is amazing. Amazing is an understatement! I hope you get to meet her (and me) one day :) I can't wait to style the dress! I will probably get around to it during winter break for my 21st birthday! Thank you thank you thank you for sending it my way! <3

Alex said...

Oh I clearly fail at blogging - I've never heard of her!

The dress is DIVINE though and you look fantastic in it, such a shame it was too big. I love how frankly you write about your fashion journey - it's truly lovely to hear how much bolder you are now.

sherryl said...

i adore how you styled it. love the pop of red. :) and of course everyone knows tieka. oh my goodness. she is amazing and so inspiring.

Fivetwocharm said...

your tieka is probably my keiko lynn!

i love how you put your outfit together. i can't imagine that once a upon a time, you never wore dress. keep up the good work:)

jamie-lee said...

I have to plead ignorance - I had not heard of Teika until now!

Loving that you added a bit of "life" to this outfit with those tights, you look sweet xx

Ali said...

That is an adorable little dress-- aand you look just as good as Tieka does in it! ;) I love how you paired it with those amazing tights and shoes, plus the red blazer is such a nice pop!

Tieka, Selective Potential said...

Oh my gosh, this post made me tear up a little bit! It is so exciting that I have this amazing group of readers out there, but it doesn't truly hit you until you hear them say how much you've inspired them. You have always been so sweet and I truly appreciate every kind word you've written about me! It means so much. :)

You are the cutest, sweetest girl. I absolutely love my namesake dress on you - the pop of color is perfect and something I really need to try with the dress soon!


Becca said...

so much in a year!

Don't you just love being young, being able to change and grow and become whatever you want?

Rio said...

Aww I do love Tieka and her amazing style! All the details in this outfit totally remind me of her too :). Your tights and shoes are to die for, and I love the pop of red! :)

Matt said...

Tieka is definitely an awesome blogger! And I love how you've styled this dress!! The shoes totally rock! And such wonderful pictures too! A few years ago, I never would have imagined I would have a blog where I posted pictures of the outfits I want to wear either! You have such a wonderful blog and its always so fun to read! I hope you're having a wonderful Thanksgiving! :)

Stel said...

I have to completely agree with this post! I discovered her before she became really big and she is just such an inspiration to so so many people. She was the reason I started my blog too.

Her namesake dress looks lovely on you and the red works perfectly!!

~Abby~ said...

That outfit(excuse my language)..fucking rocks!!! The tights are so awesome and the dress is über cute! :D


Annebeth said...

Oh yes I love her too, she always seems so happy and content, not jaded at all by the succes. I've been missing you on chictopia, missy! You totally are a Tieka-esque girl btw, both style and personality wise. You're a total sweetheart :)

if you have some spare time, check out my blog! I just wrote about my LanvinxH&M dress!

Emily, Ruby Slipper Traveller said...

This is a beautifully put together outfit. I love the contrasting print of the dress, tights and shoes, and of course the red blazer. Too bad it didn't fit, but you still got an amazing photoshoot out of it!

I've enjoyed watching your style evolve the last few months! : )

blorange dice said...

super badass tights, and i love these photos.

p.s. you are so sweet!... did you notice my scarf is from charlotte russe? haha so random, but i've come to find that they've actually got some cool stuff!

Roadrunner said...

The dress is so cute :) And I love the pattern of the tights!


Dreamy Princess said...

Your tights are the best! so bold. I LOVE it!!
Oh, I adore your new layout, especially the header..

Dreamy Princess
~I wonder what it's like to live in Paris~

Katie, Tinda Keelie said...

Tieka is the first blogger I fell madly in blog-love with too! AND she's from my home state of Michigan! I couldn't believe it. You picked a fabulous lady to be inspired by.