Mark Twain: Beware of Small People Desire to Inspire: My All-Time Favorite Quote

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Mark Twain - Small People

This is a quote that I have always taken to heart.  I came across this poignant musing by Mark Twain  the year after I graduated from college.  I was living in a big city and it was quite overwhelming.  There were very few people that wanted to give you a hand up.  Most people wanted to put you down and keep you down just for the sake of doing so.  My fiancé found this quote and forwarded it to me at my office one morning.  It really spoke to him as well.  Serendipitously, this was the quote of the day on his birthday.  We have always held steadfast regarding the tenets of this quote and fervently believed in Mark Twain’s wisdom.

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Polka Dots & Leather Skirt Anyone? A Beautiful Pattern and Texture Mixture

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B&W Polka Dot & Leather Skirt

(Photo © 2015 Ian Anderson)

This outfit blends a polka dot patterned blouse with a leather textured skirt by Ann Taylor to create an alluring silhouette.  The leather red belt brings the outfit together by creating a focal point for which the eye is drawn.  The coordinated necklace mimics the polka dots found in the blouse and adds another dimension to the outfit.  As a whole, this outfit is visually pleasing with a flair.

For other accessories, I would wear a pair of studded earrings or a very simple pair of complementary drop earrings.  I would be sure to keep it simple so as not to clash with the outfit.  Whether to wear tights with this ensemble depends, in part, on the weather and your geographical location.  I’m located in Florida and it’s not “tight weather” too often.  However, a pair of black tights would look great with this outfit.  For shoes, I wear my ankle boots with this outfit.  I just purchased a new pair for the season and I can’t wait to show them to you!  Knee high boots will also work well here too. This outfit is so ornate that few accessories are necessary.  If you overdo your accessories, the impact of the outfit will suffer.

This outfit is one my favorites for fall because the blouse is summer breezy and carefree while the leather skirt brings a heavier more cold seasonal feel.  It’s blending the two seasons into one outfit. Because this outfit includes a leather skirt and you are likely to wear either black ankle boots or knee high boots, I think this is a great day-to-evening outfit.  The blouse is light and carefree which makes it great for day whereas the leather skirt and boots give it a more nighttime look.  For brunch, lunch, or dinner, this outfit will make you stand out like a true Fashionista!  Not only will this outfit turn heads, it will make you the center of attention!