OOTD Inspo: Black is the Name ft. Zaful

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OOTD Inspo: Black is the Name ft Zaful - Andrea Tiffany A Glimpse of Glam

Hey everyone!

Before I start I wanted to thank you all for your lovely comments on my previous post! It was a difficult post to write because politics is a topic that definitely requires some careful handling. The issue of politics has plagued the US for a long while now, and in the last month it’s really escalated. I felt a huge urge to share my thoughts, despite the fact that it is a sensitive topic to discuss. I tried to stay as objective as I could because I know that I personally do not have the best knowledge of politics, and insulting the side I disagree with doesn’t help push things towards the right path. There’s a difference between insulting and harping on what you don’t like, and venting and persuading others to see your point of view. It’s one thing to understand the other side, and it’s another to be narrow minded and stubborn. As I created this blog as a way to discuss various topics that includes politics and human rights, I definitely felt like it was necessary to address this topic and at the least let you guys know how I’m feeling.

That being said...

So sorry it’s been forever since I’ve last posted! I swear this time of year last year I was also this absent. I feel like winter quarter is the most difficult of all quarters at university. When midterms pop up, I seriously cannot do anything else but study, work on my projects, eat and sleep. Barely sleeping at that. I spent so much time at the studio for my printmaking class that I felt like I had moved in. My friend even joked that I should just set up a bed there.

I hope you are all doing well! I’m trying to make my way around to all your blogs again to update myself on what’s happening in your lives. Gonna try and get back into the groove of things. Blogging is like riding a bicycle: once you have learned, it comes back to you fast. Though, to be honest, I actually haven’t ever really learned how to ride a bike. But that’s besides the point. This post isn’t about my apparent lack of basic skills. That’s a story for another day.

As someone who generally creates a lot of artworks, and is in an art studio quite often, I gravitate towards dark or black clothing to prevent anything from staining. Though, colors can still stain on black, it’s not as painstakingly obvious as a bright blue stain on a crisp white shirt. I also like to change into sweats when I know it will really get messy, just as a definite precaution. Point is, black clothing is something I know I turn to quite often, and i’m sure you do as well. Black is easy to style, and works well for so many occasions.

I recently received some stuff from Zaful that I am quite pleased with. I got a black blanket scarf that I have literally worn at least once or twice a week for the past several weeks. I can most certainly vouch for how cozy and warm this scarf is. It’s helped me out during those cold winter mornings when I’m waiting for the bus. I also got a black off the shoulder top that doesn’t work the best now, but would be perfect when the weather warms up a tad. The last item of clothing to share is this black lace up dress that is definitely hitting the current trend. I like how it has a slight boho feel because of the shape of the sleeves coupled with the lace up front, but with it in black it makes it easy to style as edgy or casual or girly or whatever is up your alley!


Blanket Scarf - link HERE
The black scarf I got probably is my favorite of the three items. I love how I can bundle up in it. Whoever invented blanket scarves is my savior!! I seriously reach for one every single morning because they are an easy accessory and are ridiculously comfortable.


Blanket Scarf
I love throwing it on over a simple top as an easy way to add pattern and variety to my look. Here, I had on this burgundy-hued long sleeve paired with black pants and grey heeled ankle boots. By adding the blanket scarf, it quickly accessorized it into something that looks less lazy and quickly thrown together. Plus, it really helped me keep warm that snowy day.

Obviously this next set of pictures were taken on a different day because the snow is all gone. I had to choose a time when it was slightly warmer to wear the off the shoulder top I got. I can’t show the off the shoulder style very well if I’m bundled up, now can I?

There was one day in January where the weather actually warmed up significantly, for only a few hours in the afternoon. Almost as if it was meant for me to use that time for outfit photos. Then it subsequently got cold again, and I ran back inside to wrap myself up like a burrito.


With this black off the shoulder top, I chose to wear it with black and white patterned pants and a brown jacket. The pattern on the pants is attention grabbing, but balanced and quiet enough to complement the black top without stealing the show. This top does have skinny straps with it, which is nice because it helps it sit comfortably.

Black off-the-shoulder top - link HERE
I wore a brown jacket to break up the monochrome look. I’m sure you’ve all seen this jacket plenty of times before already in previous posts. Plus, the high collar of the jacket is really what appealed most to me. The contrast between that higher collar and the low off-the shoulder top works well because the top under the jacket looks mostly like it has a straight across neckline.



Black Off-The-Shoulder Blouse
I definitely won’t be able to wear this outfit until March because it’s been freezing cold here. It’s more of a spring outfit, so in looking ahead for the spring, this black blouse would definitely be a good choice! By paring with this outfit some brown booties, this definitely added to the whole spring look vibe.


Black Lace Up Knit Dress - link HERE
The last thing I wanted to share with you all is this gorgeous lace-up black dress that is on trend right now. The whole lace-up front is something that I’ve seen pop up from many retailers and designers, and it’s typically on sweaters. I like how this one is on a black dress. It has the same casual feel of a lace-up sweater, but as a dress it’s more versatile to incorporate into various different looks. Like I mentioned before, you can dress it up or down to give off an alternate feel.


Black lace-up dress 
Here, I chose to wear it simply as is with a pair of black boots. I have a thing for ankle boots, which I’m sure you can all tell by now. I have a petite frame, and wearing ankle boots flatters my legs more. I love higher boots like knee-high or even over-the-knee boots, but they can shrink the length of my legs and make me look shorter and stumpier. But, it also depends on the style of boots too. I just personally really like the way ankle boots look.

Lately, I’ve been leaning towards simpler looks. Letting clothes speak for themselves through subtle textural contrasts or color themes. Perhaps you can add on a belt to accentuate your frame, or maybe layer on some bracelets for that extra bling. But I like the loose flow of this dress, and the swingy sleeves are speaking to me as well.



I didn’t wear tights here because I also took these photos when it was a bit warm out. BUT, I definitely will have to wear tights if I wear this dress in the next couple weeks because it’s been freeeeezing. Have I mentioned enough times how cold it’s been? Hahaha repetitive, I know. But seriously. This winter has been crazy.

We finally got snow a couple days ago!! So much snow in fact, classes were canceled! That hasn’t happened since high school. It started snowing on Sunday night, and we all thought it wouldn’t stick. We’ve had a few false alarms earlier in the year with light snow that melted within a couple hours. However, it kept snowing harder and harder and by the next morning, I got a notification that classes were canceled. Some of my neighbors who are in elementary school also had a snow day as well. Pretty much everyone did because we got SO much snow!!

I built an adorable snowman with my sister and named him Pablo. When we went for a walk, it was so incredible difficult to not sink in and slip and fall. All you out there who live in snowy wintery places probably think I sound like I’ve just experienced snow for the first time. But, seriously, it was such a magical incredible moment. We haven’t had a blanket of snow like that in many years! Definitely a great little surprise! If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen Pablo chilling on my front lawn. He’s leaned over quite a bit now that the snow is melting. But he’s still intact!

Definitely head on over to Zaful to find these awesome articles of clothing I got! If you don't like wearing just black, they have a selection of blanket scarves to choose from that vary in color and pattern as well. For their prices, their quality is really good and I am definitely satisfied with what I got. I am so psyched that I got the dress because I can really see myself incorporating it into many more outfits when the weather warms up. I love wearing loose flowy dresses with shorter, structured jackets. Head over to Zaful and lemme know what you think!

I know I’ve been quite MIA lately. I definitely will be trying my best to update more often. It can be a challenge sometimes. I’ve noticed that I’ve been less inspired lately because I’ve been so stressed out with school. I’ve had these blogposts planned out for awhile now. I just haven’t gotten to writing it because I felt stuck staring at my laptop screen. It’s difficult to get your creative juices flowing again if you’re wiped out and mentally exhausted. I really like putting in effort into my posts to convey my authentic self as best I can. Though I can just write some short posts that are mostly filled with pictures, or a quick inspiration post, that’s not really showcasing my own voice. To me, it’s not about upping the amount of blogposts I can crank out. It’s about making creative content that reflects me. Anyways, thank you for being patient with me!

Are you for or against the whole lace-up trend? How have you been staying warm this winter? What are you most looking forward to this coming spring? Please lemme know in the comments down below!! I would love to hear your thoughts!!

Thank you all so much for stopping by and reading! I hope you are all having a wonderful week so far!


Til next time,
~A

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25 comments

  1. I love those patterned trousers. I am looking for some similar ones at the moment to wear for work, I think they look so nice with ballet pumps and a black top.
    I love the lace up on you here but still not quite sure if I can carry it off!

    Farah X
    www.vatkinary.com

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  2. Really interesting outfits! I like the most third combination, cause you are the most beautiful in this!

    Gotičarka

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  3. What a lovely dress! You look gorgeous as always <3 I love the lace up trend, but I think the style doesn't suit me. But I still looooove when my friends wear them lol And I'm definitely heading to Zaful, thanks for sharing xx

    Kaylee 🌛ㅣJK's Dawn

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  4. Love all the outfits. Totally understand when it’s that time of the year when uni takes up everything! Hope you’ve had a great start to february.

    TFM BLOG

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  5. "As always so stylish, really loving your style!!!!
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    "Greetings xxx
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    Hadasah Love || www.styletolove.com

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  6. Welcome back! I know Zaful and the clothes are amazing quality! Love the blanket scarf the most, I really need to get one for myself.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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  7. I love the lac up dress you have chosen which looks so stylish but also really comfortable at the same time. I know how difficult it can be balancing blogging and everything else going on and I wish you good look with all your assignments! x

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  8. Pretty outfit!
    Have a nice week-end!
    Gil Zetbase

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  9. The first outfit is amazing dear and the off-the-shoulder top sooo cute!! *-* I want a similar too for this summer (cause now it's quite cold outside here!) ^-^
    Have a lovely week darling!
    www.milleunrossetto.blogspot.it

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  10. I love this blanket scarf on you with the all-black outfit! I can totally understand why you'd be quiet at this time of year due to how busy your studies are; love that you do print-making by the way, that's so cool!

    aglassofice.com
    x

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  11. Every outfit looks very cool, but my fav is the 1st, you look super stylish with that blanket scarf! :D
    xxx
    S
    https://s-fashion-avenue.blogspot.it

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  12. I love the black one! You are so pretty! :)
    xx
    Mónica Sors
    MES VOYAGES À PARIS
    NEW POST: CROPPED FLARES
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  13. Loving this first layered look- how gorgeous is that scarf? It drapes perfectly.

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  14. I love the black dress!! Great looks!
    Dora xx
    www.BangsBang.com

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  15. The leather jacket and the scarf are my favorites!
    Especially the leather jacket looks amazing on you with your gorgeous hair (so jealous)!
    Have a great weekend ahead darling!
    Love from https://tbymallano.com/

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  16. You look super stylish :) I love all the outfits!! Have a lovely weekend <3

    aishettina.blogspot.it

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  17. It's okay to take breaks when life gets stressful, hun, please don't be so hard on yourself! <3 Your posts are always worth the wait. :) And I have heard mixed things about Zaful and the quality of their clothing, so I'm very happy to read that it's worked out so well for you! I love the pieces you picked out - I think your fashion sense is very similar to mine and I can relate to a lot of your fashion choices! That little black lace dress especially caught my eye from the start. It's so elegant, pretty and incredibly versatile! I'm a little jealous of snow your end, it's been years since I've been able to build a snowman, haha! Well, not once since living in the UK, actually. :D <3 xoxo

    Kay
    http://www.shoesandglitter.com/

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  18. Welcome back! And there's snow in your photos!!!! People tell me I'm weird for liking cold weather even when I get cold easily but I just like the cold weather! I love layering and feeling cozy. You got some nice stuff from Zaful! I actually really like the clothes that they offer. And I don't really wear black but if I am in your situation dealing with colors and art all the time, getting dirty, I will probably wear black a lot too. :)

    Jenn
    The Pink Lemonade Girl
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  19. Yay, welcome back! I know what you mean about creativity in blogging. It's why I keep taking random breaks (even though I think I'm getting better). It's definitely a work in progress though. On another note, I really like the clothes you got! I've been looking at blanket scarves recently too - they look so comfortable and an effortless way to look cute! There's a gray one from Acne that I've had my eye on (but, you know, MONEY) so I'll definitely take a look at Zaful.

    Sam | My Beauty Cloud

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  20. Welcome back. The stress is reparable. I hope you find a way to balance school life and blog life.

    You slayed in all outfit. Love.

    amakamedia.com 

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  21. I love all the outfits!! <3

    X Merel
    https://andathousandwords.com/2017/02/14/the-true-hong-kong-experience-at-pentahotel/

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  22. Zaful has some really nice pieces. I love that jacket of yours. Don't feel too bad about being absent. Life just gets in the way and we can all relate and understand. Though I too get that it doesn't make it less frustrating when you're not here creating

    Sxx
    www.daringcoco.com

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  23. All these outfits look so stunning!
    Xo Victoria-Maria
    www.vidcaria.blogspot.com

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