Tuesday, August 14, 2007

School Rules


To make our new standard school attire more bearable for the resident fashionista (the other one), we decided to do a small story showing off a few little tricks.

So here are the options...
Shirts: white, navy, green or yellow button-downs and polos and turtlenecks. (green and yellow? I know, don't ask, school colors)
Bottoms: navy, black, khaki pants,long shorts or skirts
Dresses: black, khaki, or navy shirt-dresses ,polo dresses or jumpers

Clearly its going to be imaginative uses of a few colors, eye-popping details and less ordinary silhouettes that keep Juliana on the fashion bus.



Lets start with this short story. Her hair has changed a bit, no? I love it. So does she. A little pink streak never hurt anything either, especially when conservatively tucked back with a silver bow.



And balanced on the other side by a single gold butterfly earring.



More sparkles at the toes. No rules about sparkley toes.



Heres a new jumper and tote she made herself. I love the floral buttons she found. Ever since she started making jumpers and totes it seems there's always one or the other in progress. Her mock turtle neck is from Old Navy.



I love this shirt dress from the Gap. I bought one too. Not a size two though. Ahem.



A stinkin' cute red clutch from Forever21 is very pop-y with black.



Naturally, more fun shoes. These are from the Gap too. Not the same kind of deals as these, but an essential, don't you think?

So there's 3 variations on a theme. We wouldn't want her personality to suffer from lack of expression. Its pretty obvious how hard it is to get her to relax and be herself. Snicker. We had so much fun, I would have taken pictures all day but she got sick of changing.

You know teenagers. They are born rule breakers. The challenge is making sure they use their brains and creativity enough within the confines of rules to make the most of it. Its almost more of an accomplishment to maintain style within rules than if you had full freedom. But only if you care about that sorta thing. We're not sure she does, really. She does think she's really funny though.

xoAM

51 comments:

  1. Ok, I am just going to do a preemptive spit (toosoo) to ward off the evil eye -- your comment box will be filled with remarks about how gorgeous Juliana is today. And she is. (toosoo, toosoo).

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  2. too-soo to you!
    xoAM

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  3. Yes, she is GORGEOUS!! One look at her and you can tell what a creative and funky gal she is!

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  4. Adorable! Love her style from top to bottom.

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  5. i always was grateful not to have a dress code in my school, but look at how fun that can be!

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  6. She's so cute. I love all of the creativity. She reminds me of my sister in law, our family fashionista (I am a bit of a dud!)

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  7. Totally loving the jumper she made herself! I can tell, she would have been my kind of friend back in school...terrific pink streak. I wonder if that is kosher for moms? Probably no so much.

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  8. Thank goodness my teenage sons are at school and not reading over my shoulder because I'd probably have to hear a hundred times, "so, who's that girl with the pink hair?" Maybe not as much from the oldest (he's got a girlfriend) but the younger one has been nicknamed "the ladies' man" for a reason. ;)

    She's got a great sense of style, your girl. I'm sure it comes naturally!

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  9. does she have any friends? i mean what teenager could like her with that perfect skin and unique flair? i am not sure i like her....the little stinker :) :)
    you must be so proud, am.

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  10. Molly Irwin9:56 AM

    she looks just like you! Wish our uniforms had that much flexibility, but pretty strict white polo, navy skort, plaid jumper. Even the socks and shoes are mandated. We have to focus on cute hair embellishments.

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  11. courtney10:12 AM

    Oh I was eyeing that shirt dress as I walked by gap the other day.

    I love the hair. My parents were always happy to comply with hair color changes as long as it kept us from asking for a tattoo, or crazy piercing "hair grows out, tattoos don't" was their out look.
    I have been in need of a new cut but have been putting it off because I didn't know what I wanted, but I really like this (minus the pink streak, I think I might be a tad to old to pull it off). I might just take one of these pics in with me.

    She's so talented. Sounds like she takes after Mama!

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  12. How cute!!!! I just send my Kindergartoner out the door for the first time yesterday! Clad in Navy and white cuteness with accessories! (it's gotta be pink shoes for the five year old) :)

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  13. what a lovely gal.excellent sense of style, too. wonder where she got that? :)

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  14. Sandi Henderson10:21 AM

    Wow, through all the pictures I kept thinking.."she looks just like Anna Maria" and that last one-just like Audrey Hepburn. Not a bad combination-I say coupled with that size 2, you better arm yourself with a shotgun.

    Sandi

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  15. I think she looks beautiful, I adore her haircut, and she looks very classy with a slice of punk thrown in. I love it!

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  16. My daughter would love to be able to express herself at school but their uniform rules are so strict there just isn't any room.(very British!)We might have to sew some wonderful lining into her blazer!
    Juliana looks wonderful but seriously you do lock her up at night don't you!

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  17. I don't know about the fashion bus, looks more like the limo. Really, she is just so poised. Why wasn't I like that at 14? Must have been the stricter than strict school uniform.

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  18. great clothes, but i LOVE the hair! it wouldn't have occurred to me to stretch the uniform rules if we'd had them, until other people did.

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  19. i love that even at 14, she is so sure of her style and herself. and what great twists on the school uniforms!

    I actually used to wish they'd do that here in TN when i was in school...I always thought it would make things easier in classes and be neat to see everyone's perspectives on it.

    not that I was a dork and WANTEDh to wear school uniforms..psh. ;)

    anyway, lovely inspiring post to get the creative fashion wheels spinning! and lovely daughter, of course!

    .xo. Jenn

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  20. Wow! I love everything...and her jumpers...so cool!

    This gives a whole new spin to the school uniform debate. Maybe if kids tried to be more creative with it, it wouldn't seem like a "punishment" (at least that is the debate / attitude about it where I live).

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  21. Beautiful young lady. Love the hair. Love the shoes. We don't have a "unifirm" for school, but we do have some limits. My Molly struggles with some, and we do the same thing you are doing - creative and fun adherance to the "rules"

    Have a wonderful day.

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  22. Such a cute post! Love your pictures! Your site always makes me happy!

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  23. this post is delightful! i had a uniform at the boarding school i went to so i can understand Juliana's need to keep her own individuality. i had to do it with earrings and shoes...
    oh and i love her hair!

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  24. Ah! This is making me want to go back to school and wear a uniform. I don't have a quarter of the style Julia does though. I feel so inspired by the way she dresses and carries herself. You've done a good job with her!

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  25. She is so pretty! Her hair looks great too! I hope she has a wonderful school year!

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  26. I wish I was that cool when I was in high school! Heck, let's be honest, I wish I was that cool NOW!!!! And I'm very jealous of the hair. I won't mention how you must have boys beating down the door........

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  27. I'm going to join the crowd- she is absolutley beautiful AM! What great style she has, and I love the pink hair strip!!
    She really did well on her jumper and bag, I would so wear both of them!

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  28. Juliana is beautiful with michief in her eyes. I love the jumper and purse she made. Good for her!!
    Joni

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  29. Ugh I want her hair! I wish I looked half as cool as she does when I "grow up" (10 years her senior)

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  30. I love that jumper too! What a fun family you have created!

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  31. I love ur site !! your so creative:)

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  32. Work it girl....so stinkin' cute! Love the hair accessories!

    -Andre'a

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  33. Oh I LOVE it! She is beautiful and I just love her hair and her style. That is so great! Yeah Juliana!

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  34. I have to say that I just love your daughters hair since she cute it! It makes her look so cute and so much older, in a good way! I love her fashion sense also! Keep up the good work girlie!

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  35. Fashionista! Wow, very creative and talented. I love seeing teens do such wonderful things, especially when they have their own style and are not afraid to show it. Within reason of course. :)

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  36. wow..isn't it neat to see your creative flair coming out in your daughter? the pic w/ the daisy in her hair should be on the cover of a magazine!

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  37. I love that blue jumper! I'm inspired...hmmm I must make such a little thing, very cute. And I'm also loving that tote that she's wearing with it. Great stuff.

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  38. OH she is genetically your child! She is so imaginative and creative as are you. Watch out world...here she comes. Gorgeous and I love this post. ;) Blessings!

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  39. Please, please ask your daughter to show us how she makes her jumper/dresses. Please. From a fellow young(ish) maker!
    http://marianellen.typepad.com/

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  40. Love it. Especially love her hair!

    When I was much younger, I actually yearned for a school uniform. My school had a really strict dress code, but it was probably better than a uniform; however, Seventeen magazine did a whole spread about personalizing your uniform (socks, shoes, etc., just like you guys have done) and I wanted to play! Sadly, my school did have rules about socks (pantyhose required) and shoes.

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  41. Tanya Whelan4:42 PM

    Holy, moly Anna Maria, your daughter is sooo beautiful, surprise, surprise she looks just like you! Nice to have a daughter who looks like a sister! You girls have good genes...

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  42. Her fashion choices are fantastic and that hair -- oh my, it even tempts me and I KNOW what my own frizz magnet hair would do in a do that short -- can we say BOZO?!?

    She's going to be rocking in the halls -- just wish some of the kids I've seen at schools had the same sense of style!

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  43. Oh how they grow. J looks great, amazing, fabulous, and all other superlatives. Love the hair, I actually have the same thing right now, Fudge Raspberry Beret is my color of choice....See you at Greek Fest!

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  44. She is gorgeous and knows what suits her will.

    I just purchased
    shoes
    from shoedeals4u.com, which is pretty similar to yours. Now I would like to follow you fashion.

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  45. It's really funny to see how your daughter looks like mine!
    There is one pic of her on my blog for her anniversary, but I have pics where the resemblance is a lot more obvious (same hair cut, same pink, same make-up!!!)

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  46. Mariella6:21 AM

    Juliana rocks!

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