WVW: Native American*

So I’m not Native American, I’m Greek American. But I was feeling rather Pocahontas/prairie fab in this Sunday outfit. You never know with this girl…one week I’m a Russian princess, the next I’m the queen of the tribe, even if only in my mind. I don’t know if it was the freshly done coiffure, the sterling bling, or the long skirtβ€”but all together, I thoroughly enjoyed feeling a little un-me. So what if I was OTT for an IKEA trip, right?

Oh, and there’s that little vest again. Me and my vests. I remain smitten with them and unapologetic for the rerun(s).

*WVW = What V Wore
Country Road faux fur gilet, Pink and Chartreuse shirt and Odille skirt (both from Anthropologie),
Ann Taylor cami, Fossil Belt, Miss Sixty boots. Sterling ring and bracelets, miscellaneous.

90 comments

  1. I love that this was your Sunday-at-ikea ensemble. Why not be fabulous in the land of pressboard furniture? (To be clear: no judgement. I am routinely seduced by the do-it-yourselfiness of ikea’s awesome bookshelves. Probably I could put the Billie shelves together professionally.)

    1. Ha! Thanks A-Dubs.

      Yeah, IKEA. Always seems like such a great idea. But then once I’m there, I’m never that into it. But to be fair, I did score a rug.

  2. This is lovely my dear! And indeed, ethnicity can be so inspirational when creating an outfit as there are so many things you can draw inspiration from, patterns, motifs, colors, geographic area etcetc. You’ve done a beautiful tribute to Native American culture.

    β™₯
    Fashezine

    1. Thank you Ioana…you are so right: we all have our own way of drawing inspiration from the world around us. You are especially good at transforming your inspirations into beautiful pictorials.

  3. I am not at all hating on the vest, just need to get up and get one already πŸ™‚ great responses on the Friend Friday questions as always, you really are a fantastic writer in case you were wondering πŸ™‚ Hope you had a good weekend and have a great week!

    1. Thank you Lee…yes, I have my Country Road on. Funny thing…whenever I wear my Aussie labels, I ALWAYS get compliments on them. And a “Where did you get that?!”

      Oh, sorry, it’s from AUSTRALIA! That always trips them out here in the States. And ensures no one else looks like me. I kinda like that.

  4. Elle
    Lisa
    Glamour Fashion

    Thank you all for your comments! And if there is one piece I can recommend that you scoop up, it’s a fur vest! Faux or real, you will wear the hell out of it.

  5. I love the skirt! Paired with the other items I totally “get” the Native vibe. Rerunning the vest – that means it was a GREAT buy. Note how often my fleur de lis belt shows up……… πŸ™‚
    Nothing wrong at all with glamming it up for a trip to Ikea. As a fashion blogger, isn’t that what we “do”? Take every opportunity to look our most fashionable? Well, ok – maybe it’s just me wearing a dress and stilettos to the grocer!
    Love the outfit V!

    1. Thank you doll! And you are correct…we do take every opportunity for flex our fashion muscle, don’t we?!

      Glad you enjoyed the Basilica…what a stunning cathedral! Being Greek Orthodox, that’s the kind of church I’m used to seeing.

    1. Thanks, Jill. Funny thing is I used to NEVER wear red on my nails. I’m more of a fuchsia girl. But ever since I discovered Big Apple Red by OPI, red nails are a regular thing for me. It’s the PERFECT shade of red! And it looks amazing on toesies too!

  6. I am definitely feeling the Native American vibe – love it. I wouldn’t have thought to pair that skirt with the vest, but it just works. You look stunning, and surely turned just as many heads as Pocahantas would have!

    1. Thank you, B! You’re such a sweetie. I’ve had the skirt for YEARS, but only got the vest last year. I love when that happens…when old and new come together perfectly in your head and in real life.

    1. Thank you Ashe! Sometimes I wonder, what IS my style? I think I know, but I’m always curious about how others perceive me as a result.

  7. So sorry for being so MIA. My studious self came out but my blogger self is back! Cheers!

    Love the vest (again) and this is probably my favorite part about dressing, and that is: you can be whoever you want to be. You can play the part and almost feel like you’re living in a fantasy land. Today I was the slummy college student… meh, I have had my better days πŸ™‚

    And to answer your question about the jewelry: yes! Love turquoise and golds.

    See you soon!
    XOXO,
    style activist
    http://www.styleactivist.blogspot.com

  8. Mmh And just like your vest’ s wide palette of possible declinations I think that these (fantastical) states of mind (naturally) tend to reflect THE Fashionista’s chameleonic potential (AND your bloody polished claws her day to day sophistication side) Dear V !!!

    Γ  BientΓ΄t, Antoine

  9. I don’t even care that your vest has made multiple appearances, and if any one does they can take it up with me. hehe But seriously, who even cares if you wear and rewear an item in a OOTD post? To me, it just shows your creativity as a fashionista even more, showing the different ways you can combine a specific piece. Now, I absolutely love this faux fur vest of yours, so wear it all you want, girlfrannn!

    And just so you know.. my post inspired by you did wonders this week for me. I became a little less engrossed and a little more removed from my Mac screen. And guess what? I didn’t die.

    Have a fabulous week!
    XXXO
    M

    1. Marissa, thank you, and I totally agree! I like seeing how I can reinvent my own looks with the same old pieces and it’s nice to know others appreciate that. Though I think for most of us, that is reality…we have limited wardrobes and budgets!

      Glad you’re feeling better about some time off. And I love that line…”I didn’t die.” We all know that, but we are just so wrapped up in this!

  10. I remember once when I was about 6, we had a summer camp in the school holidays and had to choose to be either a cowboy or a native american, i chose to be Pocahontas, so i will forever love references to her πŸ™‚
    So great with that fur vest too, i will never get tired of seeing them honestly!!! Gorgeous as alway!
    xoxo
    Meg

  11. I’m in love with this look it definitely has a tribal flair but on the really refined side!!! Anyway in my mind there is nothing better than being way overdressed whilst traipsing about town. On a side note I’m so in love with your fur vests i need to get me one or some…

  12. You know how I feel about skirts, any skirt. But this one is just out of this world, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    It has a very spanish flair to it.
    You look so beautiful that I could look at you for hours my dear, dear friend.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  13. i am totally digging this vibe! i love a good native american feel, especially when not taken too literally. i think you do this well and i still very much get a “vahni vibe” from it. attitude is so much a part of personal style, when you dig what you’re wearing your attitude will always shine through and make it so you!

    1. Thank you sugar! I know we are BOTH all about personal style. I think it’s just something in you, that you can’t manufacture, you know?

  14. I love this outfit, ruffles and fur and all! You have inspired me to look for a furry vest my self, so thanks for that πŸ™‚
    You sure know how to make the most of the every day moments, I also dress up for trips to IKEA lol. Do a Norwegian look next pretty please πŸ˜€

    1. Thank you Anika! I do believe in making the most of everyday moments.

      Hmm…Norwegian look. I’d have to look that one up. I have no clue!

  15. Random question for you Vahni, but how do you care for your hair? I’m trying to grow mine out (it’s like 2-3 inches past my shoulder now). How often do you get it cut?

  16. V!!! I have missed your looks so much!!! This native American inspired look is fab! That skirt is awesome! Love the little flounces! I’m so sorre I’ve been MIA, its just so crazy in December!! Filling orders, making gifts, holiday shindigs a few nights a week. And so trying NOT to make my boyfriend feel neglected! haha (Please tell me how to juggle it!!)
    But I’m here! and I’ll always been catching up with u love! xoxoxox M

    1. Aw, lovely, and I have missed YOU! Thank y ou. I can understand you needing to step away from the blog for a bit. There is no secret to juggling it…you just do what you can, when you can. I’m struggling with it as well. Wish I could clone myself sometimes!

      xoxo

  17. No shame in rockin’ that vest ALL the time. It’s fabulous! And thanks for your sweet words about our family pics! The leopard top was in honor of my Auntie. She looooooved leopard. We lost her a few years ago to breast cancer. Every time I wear it, I feel like she’s with me! : )

    1. Kristin, I love the story behind that fab leopard top. So cool. You looked so gorgeous in your photos! And I loved the pop of red in the ring. Famous.

  18. Nothing wrong with looking fabulous at IKEA! Man i so need to do a trip! Did you go overboard on shopping there, i always come out with extra things that weren’t on the list!

    x.o.x.o

    1. Ha! No, I didn’t go overboard. I always feel like I want to buy, but then I get there and end up buying like one little thing. Don’t know why that is.

      Thanks again for the superb Little Black Book feature, doll. You made me look like a total star!!!

      xo

  19. Hey my lovely!!!! So I KNEW that skirt was going to be from Anthropologie!! ugg Iove that store!! In fact I have pondered getting a part time job there and Free People if not just for the discount!!!! It looks awesome and I love that vest of course!!
    Ok so did you just trim your hair?? It looks freshly trimmed to me? Or I could be crazy bc thats true too!
    Either way, you look fab!

    XX

    1. I’m with you on the Free People love. When I go boho, I look to Free People. The last catalog killed me, there were so many gorgeous pieces!

      And wow, do YOU have an eye! Yes, I did just get a little trim. Took about 3/4″ off. I don’t like to trim much off these days, but it needed it. Really, it needs 3″, but that ain’t happening.

      Thanks, hon!

    1. Thank you LHdM. And I’m dying…”You could have been inspired by the Sami.” I had to Google that! But you are right. I very well could have.

  20. Definitely don’t apologize for the vest reruns. We love them. In fact I have SEVEN faux fur vests on my ebay watch list right now and I’ve got active bids on two. Lol! I missed out on a couple great ones by $1 so I am a tad bit peeved!

    Anyway, this combo is so unexpected and fabulous. I never would have thought to pair that skirt with the fur vest but it looks so beautiful. It’s just enough glam and totally weather appropriate! Two thumbs up!

    1. Thank you Heather! I love it…over the track suit. I wear mine with everything too. They really ARE warm. But not too hot or bulky for running around, you know?

  21. You look beautiful V. The skirt is amazing. I love the colour and the ruffled layers. A perfect long skirt is something I have yet to own. And being both a Russian Princess and queen of the tribe is something that is definitely not just in your mind. You own it! xx

    1. Thank you Brooke! I have so many long skirts…I’m sure you’ll find the perfect one soon. You can wear them too, because you are tall and have a smokin’ bod!

      I noticed you changed blogs again. Can’t wait to see what you have in store.

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