Akumu Ink: The Fox and the Bait Tee

Akumu Ink: The Fox and The Bait Tee

The next in my Akumu Ink outfit series is The Fox and The Bait– one of my favorites. The shirt is still available for purchase, and if you click on the link above not only will you see additional photos of the shirts, but also be able to read about the story behind The Fox and The Bait.

 

Chunky Mustard Sweater


Women’s Long Sleeve Knit Button Cardigan (One Size (UK 8-16 US 4-12), Mustard)

Have you ever gone shopping only to stumble across an article of clothing so ugly you can’t help but love it, and you keep thinking about all of the not-so-ugly items in your closet it’d go so perfectly with despite the fact that it is actually hurting your eyes a little to look at? That was me with my condiment-colored sweater. Okay, so the eye pain might have been a slight exaggeration, but ugly was not: it is boxy and oversized, chunky, and the color of mustard aged beyond its best by date– even the description is ugly (chunky mustard…bleh). But despite all of that, it has somehow managed to become a staple part of my work and casual wardrobe.

Its weight, cable knit texture, and odd color add interest to my typically black/gray shirt and leggings for work. Because it’s slightly oversized, I am able to (and often do) comfortably layer other long sleeve shirts beneath it when the weather is cold, and what you’d think would be an overpowering color actually makes other colors I wear pop too (such as my hair or the fox in this outfit). And if chunky mustard isn’t your thing, there are just shy of 20 colors for you to choose from instead!

 

Black Paneled Leggings

I’ve had these black faux leather paneled Express leggings for quite awhile, and of all of the leggings I’ve ever owned, they’re by far my favorite. They’re actually opaque, even after many washes, and they fit my short frame well.

This particular pair is long since available, however, I did link another pair of  (mesh) paneled Express leggings that I would love to add to my wardrobe.

 

Slouched Thigh High Socks


Velice Womens Winter Knit Over the Knee Socks Leg Warmer Thigh High Cotton Boot Socks 2 Pairs (Black)

I love wearing thigh high socks with shorts and skirts in the summer because they’re fun and I always seem to be chilly, but I realized that I don’t have to put them away for colder weather days that warrant skinny jeans or leggings because they look pretty great scrunched down to peek above my mid-calf boots. It adds some nice texture to transition from smooth leggings to pebbled faux leather, and I’ve been digging the look of cognac leather against charcoal-colored fabric a lot this year.

 

Black Knit Beanie


NYfashion101 Exclusive Two Way Cuff & Slouch Warm Knit Ribbed Beanie, Black

Admittedly, the hat I am wearing for this outfit is not my favorite ‘slouchy’ beanie. It fits my head poorly, but I don’t hold that against it because I don’t think I’ve ever owned one that’s actually fit my head properly. They are either so loose they won’t stay on, so oddly shaped that I look like I might be hiding an elongated skull, or so snug it points at the top like the one I’m wearing in this look. But alas, I keep hunting for the goldilocks of slouchy beanies. I’ve linked the one I’ll try out next above.

 

Fringe Bag


DEL MANO Fringe Cross Body Bag, Tan, One Size

When I initially purchased this crossbody bag, I didn’t think I’d be using it much– I really only bought it to use at a comic con while cosplaying a Dothraki Daenerys Targaryen, but that day came and went and yet it hasn’t remained unused long enough to collect dust.

It’s currently still available on Amazon (linked above) for anyone interested in snagging one of their own.

 

Cognac Motorcycle Boots


West Blvd Womens CAIRO COMBAT Boots Lace Up Military Army Motorcycle Biker Flat Mid Calf Shoes, Tan Pu, US 8

Motorcycle boots are another staple in my wardrobe, especially in autumn. I used to stick with black boots in this style, but a friend gave me this particular pair and I’ve been wearing them a lot since, finding them to be a nice way to refresh some of the ‘same old’ outfits I find myself repeating often. The pair I’ve linked aren’t exactly the same as the ones I’m wearing in the photo, but they are the ones I’ve chosen as a potential replacement when I inevitably wear my current pair out.

 

Orange Velvet Choker


Caydo 12 Pack Ribbon Velvet Choker Necklace Set for Women and Girls

My signature accessory: the velvet choker. I’m not sure I’ll ever get sick of wearing these things, especially with my growing collection to choose from. This orange choker is another from the Caydo velvet choker pack I purchased in the beginning of the year and I would highly recommend; all of them have held up perfectly with repeated wears and a couple even survived accidental machine washes in hot water without any evidence of damage. Miracles do happen. 😉

 

Contributors:

Photo by Lis Sto Photography

Hair Color by Stacey Dudgeon

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Akumu Ink: Locked Away Tee

Photo by Lis Sto Photography

For my first set of looks to launch the revamping of my blog, I decided to showcase a series of tees I purchased this past fall from Akumu Ink Clothing. I first stumbled across the brand on Instagram, and not too long after I saw my buddy Xhaiden (@chivalryisexistent) sporting a shirt of his with a cutesy, creepy design that I had to have. It took me about 10 minutes to add 18 items to my cart, but I forced myself to regain a little self-control and made some VERY difficult decisions. Because they were having a Black Friday sale and I needed some new tees, I ended up getting 7 shirts for next to nothing– though my heart is still broken because I WANT THEM ALLLLL! 😛

Akumu Ink: Locked Away Tee

The first of the shirts I am featuring on my blog is titled Locked Away. It is the only one from the set I did that is no longer available for purchase. The colors consist of white, tan, and red on a black shirt; I’ve been finding that I really like wearing tan, black, and heather gray together, and Locked Away was the perfect shirt to use for such a look.

Khaki shorts

I’ve had this particular pair of shorts in my closet for several years now. Because I don’t wear them often, they’ve held up well over time and are long since available for purchase. Since this specific pair is no longer available, I linked a pair of Volcom shorts that are and would make a great substitute for anyone who doesn’t have a pair already hiding in the back of their closet.

Fleece/Faux Leather Contrast Jacket

My gray/black fleece/faux leather contrast jacket has been one of the most versatile jackets I’ve ever owned. It’s perfect for spring-fall weather, works with a wide variety of looks, and washes so easily. I bought my jacket a couple years ago at Rue21, but this option on Amazon would work just as well and is just as affordable.

Faux Leather Backpack

I bought this faux leather backpack about a year ago to use at comic con with my Suicide Squad Harley Quinn cosplay, but have since ended up using it for much more than that. It’s not only worked well as a bag to “match” many of the cosplays I take to cons, but has also proven to go well with most of my closet. Because I haven’t had this bag for long, it is actually still available for purchase on Amazon. Click on the link above to take a closer peek on their site.

Black Keds

These shoes are another item that have gotten their money’s worth for me. I purchased my most recent pair about two years ago and am happy to say that they still look and feel like new despite wearing them at least 2x weekly during the warmer months. On that note, I’m thinking I’ll probably be snagging another pair in white sooner than later.

Aviator Glasses

If you don’t already own a pair of aviators or three, I’m surprised. With their popularity in the past several years, it seems almost everyone has a go-to pair, but if not, it’s a great time to find the right pair for you. Because they’ve been so popular, they are easy to find and are more options available than ever at various price ranges. The pair I’m wearing for this look came from Target, but if online shopping is your cup of tea, I’ve linked another great pair I have my eyes on above.

Velvet Choker Necklace

Last, but not least…the tan velvet choker. If you know me, you know I love my choker necklaces, and you may also know that I believe velvet choker necklaces to be superior to all others. I may be partial because I spent a solid few years of the 90’s wearing a black velvet choker (best birthday present EVER–thanks, mom) so they bring back warm, fuzzy (dare I say…velvety? ;P ) feelings of nostalgia, but I also think they just look better and work with a wider range of styles. They work for girly, punk, and retro looks. They work with collared shirts and low-cut tops. They look great layered with other necklaces, and they look awesome on their own too. What I’m really trying to say here is not to buy any velvet choker necklaces…just leave them all for me. 😛

 

Hair color by Stacey Dudgeon at Tangles Hair Studio

Phototography by Lisa McMahon at Lis Sto Photography