Open To Interpretation

button up: target (altered), sweater: abercrombie (old), skirt: made by me (tutorial), sparkly flats: gift from my mom (shop)

Freckles in April OTI
Today is Open To Interpretation day with Kayla, Erica, and Amy. I love doing these challenges, but this one was seriously hard. A pencil skirt and heels is great for some days, but not so much for a day when you’re home with Peanut and his two two-year-old friends and acting as a referee, a trampoline, and a cafeteria lady.

So mostly for modesty purposes, I went with the maxi skirt, and threw on some sparkly flats for good measure.

Head on over to the other girls blogs to see how everyone else interpreted the look!



  1. Kayla says:

    So cozy and cute! I need to be better at wearing skirts outside of church.

  2. Katie says:

    love this look! maxi skirts are so comfortable! i wish it wasn't freezing cold here so I could wear mine!

  3. TheTinyHeart says:

    Love your interpretation with the bold colors! This challenge also stumped me big time and I decided to skip it.


  4. Rebekah says:

    I love your interpretation! I love the maxi skirt, it makes it a whole fun new look! (and the color of your sweater is amazing!)


  5. Ooooo, I love it! The color of that maxi is so gorgeous and I love it paired with the brown sweater. Way to go. Everything is perfect for handling toddlers!

  6. Faith says:

    That is such an awesome maxi! I love those sparkly flats too! πŸ™‚

  7. Erica says:

    Sparkly flats are like chocolate of the clothing world. They always make you smile and feel amazing, even if you are chasing around toddlers all day (or slaving away to the man in my case). Your mom should seriously be a professional buyer.

    North Meets South

  8. Brandi says:

    That skirt is so fun!

  9. Rachel says:

    Thank you for posting a picture of your shoes! I always wonder what shoes people wear with maxi skirts/dresses in the winter.

    Also, I noticed that you altered your button-down shirt. Do you have a tutorial for that? I have a button-down that I'm looking to alter.

    Love your tutorials! Your maxi skirt is on my list of things to make and I just "refashioned" a pair of pants the other day. πŸ™‚


  10. That maxi skirt is so gorgeous! What an amazing color!

    See Me Rwar

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Open To Interpretation

 black t-shirt: urban outfitters, striped t-shirt: target, cable knit scarf: hand me down (refashioned into an infinity scarf), orange cords: anthropologie, brown mary janes: target

For me, the worst part about the month between Thanksgiving and Christmas is the waiting game. I may be twenty four, but I’m still eight years old when it comes to Christmas. It’s particularly bad when you’re not spending Christmas with your parents, so your mom ships stuff directly to your house and you’re forced to wrap your own gifts. Self control is not my strongest attribute, so wrapping a shoe box with a pair of new shoes for you inside is pure torture. I promise, I did not peek…but I was tempted.

Luckily, my mom helped tide me over by buying me these amazing orange cords as an early Christmas gift. She also picked them out. I’m much too chicken to buy a pair of orange pants — but what do you know? I love them. She’s pretty much the reason I have anything interesting in my closet.  You’re the best, Mom.


I’m linking up with Kayla today for Open For Interpretation.

Freckles in April OTI
We used this outfit as inspiration. Perfect for my orange pants’ debut….but now I’m pretty sure I need some red pants.  Head on over to her blog to see her interpretation of this outfit, as well as a bunch of other bloggers outfits!



  1. Janssen says:

    I love the pants! Everything fun in my closet is from Mom too πŸ™‚

  2. preethi says:

    You. Have. Orange. Pants. How jealous am I? (Answer: Very, very jealous.)

    You look adorable, as always.

  3. Kendra says:

    LOVE the outfit! So jealous of those orange cords! Gotta get me some of those. And I saw that you know Christine Smith – she and I are from the same hometown in good ol' Fresno πŸ™‚

  4. Chelsea says:

    I LOVE the pants! Those are darling. You pull them off so well.

  5. Merrick, you're one hot mama! Orange looks good on you πŸ˜‰

  6. I've never seen pants in that color before and I'm in love with them! And I love the way you layered shirts and added a scarf. Super cute look. Thanks for joining in with us!

  7. Sam says:

    Love that outfit! I thought the picture was faded til I clicked through and saw your pants are actually orange. Great interpretation!

  8. Love your interpretation. Those pants are a fun color!

  9. Grace Marie says:

    I bet this gets pinned a bajazillion times!!

    amazing, looks great!!

  10. TicoTina says:

    hi, I've never commented before, but I just wanted to let you know that I pinned this look to my fashion board becuz I love it and would so adore to wear it =)

  11. Janelle says:

    You look fantastic, as usual. I love the pants!

  12. LatteLove says:

    you wear this outfit so well! Love the orange pants πŸ™‚

  13. Faith says:

    This looks awesome on you! Love the pants!

  14. Erica says:

    Wow – those pants are amazing! I told my mom to stop buying me clothes when I was 8. Maybe I should rethink that policy. Thanks for participating!

    North Meets South

  15. Anne says:

    Love the pants! And great scarf – what a good idea to refashion into an infinity scarf… I'm going to have to dig through my scarf collection to try one myself!

  16. LOVE THE PANTS. Good job aunt Carole….I would like a size 20 please πŸ™‚ (no, not a 2 like Merrick…a TWENTY!!) That is how I am feeling these days…pants a little snugola.

  17. Rachel Marie says:

    Wow! Your mom has awesome taste πŸ™‚
    I really like your interpretation of the look.

  18. Tiffany says:

    Oh, you're so cute!! And I love the orange cords. Your mom bought you those?? She must be one stylin' lady! =)

  19. Wow, your mom is kind of amazingly fashionable, because those pants are GREAT! She can buy me clothes any time haha. I really like your take on this outfit πŸ™‚

  20. Megs says:

    first, your outfit is incredible!!
    second, you are gorgeous!!
    third, i LOVE those pants so so much!!

    love your style!!

  21. Kayla says:

    Those pants are freaking amazing.

    Freckles in April

  22. Lindzie says:

    Love your pants! πŸ™‚ A great orange color.

  23. Merrick, AMAZING. I can't tell you how much I love this outfit on you. Perfection!

  24. Carole says:

    I've still got it πŸ™‚

  25. Kati says:

    What a fantastic take on the outfit, those pants are so great!

  26. Kati says:

    What a fantastic take on the outfit, those pants are so great!

  27. Hey Merrick! I saw you over on the OTI on Amy's blog. I love your version of the outfit and am loving your blog πŸ™‚

  28. Emily says:

    This entire outfit is adorable! Love it!!

  29. Just found your blog and it's so cute! Love your style! xx.
    Newest follower!

  30. Love the pants! Love your blog! I hate the waiting game too. It's such an exciting time of year. πŸ™‚
    -Kayla from Love Sparkle Pretty

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