Bold Kitty

2.22.12dPants: Gap | Shoes: Payless (similar) | Scarf: Target | Watch: c/o Fossil

I’m really glad cuffed and ankle length pants are coming back in style. It makes it a lot easier to find pants as a tall girl. And even if these pants aren’t supposed to just come to my ankle, I shall tell people they are. (Notice that when I sit they come up to my calf. They are supposed to be that way, I promise…)
Directly after these photos were taken, I sat in my car and cursed the wind for a good 5 minutes for 1) messing up my messy bun and 2) making my scarf look like it was trying to eat my neck. Then I asked Bryan if there was a place in the world with no wind and it was always 70 degrees outside. He said nowhere, but I’m still hopeful this place exists. And when I find this place I will move there and wear scarfs and messy buns all day, every day.   **Update: After many comments from dear readers, it turns out this place does exist — it is a special place called San Diego.  I am packing my bags today.

  • Wear Abouts

    the bright colors with leopard is such a chic styling ! <3

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  • Samira

    I adore the shirt!! beautiful outfit post!!!

  • Mere

    I think I need to add leopard print to my wardrobe!! For some reason that print scared me until the last year or so haha.  Maybe I will start with a pair of shoes…baby steps.  Cute post!!

  • Tinacious Me
  • Meghan Hayes

    Northern California!

    • bf+v

      that’s what i’m trying to tell her, too!

  • Maria Ana

    looove the mixing between color block and leopard print =) amazing** 

  • $41071682

    This is such a great look! I just love the shoes!

  • Erin Haberman

    I love these colors together.  Leopard prints and brights make me happy.  You look great with wind blown hair!


  • CristenFortier

    well you’re still rocking it even with the neck eating scarf and extra messy bun so don’t fret. although if you do find this magical no wind place let me know, i’ve spent too many years in cities that could double as wind tunnels.

  • Jennifer Tolle

    I’m totally digging the blue ankle length pants!  Lovely.

    Also, San Diego is where you want to be.  Seriously.

  • Jessica Camerata

    Super cute outfit.  Love the blue pants with leopard, wouldn’t have thought to do that, but I will be adding that to my list of outfits to wear with my blue pants!  And hey, windblown hair is what the Victoria Secret models go for, so you’re right on track!

    xoxo Jessica

  • Kendra

    Ohh I love these pants! I bought a different pair from the GAP last week that I’ve been loving and I may have to add these as well. 

    Happy Wednesday! 


  • Houseofavandan

    Love your use of color. I really like those blue pants!

    I have new tutorials.

  • DWJ

    If you want to move, you’ll have to go to Barbados. The wind is very gentle and it’s typically about 75 degrees and perfect all day. 

  • Jane Kim

    I love the mix of bright solids with an animal print. It’ll be on my to-do list for next week’s outfits :)

  • Rebecca Hansen

    Gorgeous combination. Love those pants. And just pretend you had a wind machine and you wanted the photos to look epic and windswept. You look gorgeous, as always.

    Rebecca (hearts)…

  • Jessica

    The color of the pants is great, and love the shoes!

  • kitsunekun

    totally feel you on the talll/long legs front.  I can never find jeans that fit right. love the -cuffed look:)

  • Gwen

    San Diego and Santa Barabara are really amazing weather spots (though they do have wind in Santa Barbara, it’s right on the water, it’s not uncomfortable wind.)

  • Lyosha Gont

    so colorful~ simple and fab! you defenitely rocking the leopard print!

    Inside and Outside

  • Caitlin Rodriguez

    I love this combo! So cute and girly.

  • RestonStyle

    Love the colour combination! I feel your pain with finding pants that are the long enough :) The problems of being tall (and in my case, too tall for regular length, too short for long length)

  • Mrs. Baker

    love all the colors and the cuffed jeans!

  • Stephanie Thorpe

    I’m still looking for that wind free, 70s and sunny everyday place, too.

  • Sara Wagner77

    ah! i think i tried on those pants (in a different color). they look great here – i love the bold pant look going on right now. unfortunately, i can’t find a pair of non-jeans pants to fit my body to save my life. thank god for skirts, otherwise, i would be bottom-less. and…i’m pretty sure i’d get fired.

  • Amyjoy1818

    Just wondering how tall you are?  You always look great.  For someone who likes sweets, you look thin, too!

  • Amber

    Texas wind can be brutal for sure. I was in downtown Fort Worth today and crossing the street was a nightmare. The wind threw me sideways. I was glad to get in the cover of the skyscraper to protect me from that hurricane gust of wind. Love that color blue. :)

  • Rebecca Lately

    It’s a messy messy bun!  Your hair still looks great :)

  • Pamela

    Umm, Santa Monica? *basks in sun*

  • Jen C

    You are just adorable!  Great location too – love those rocks.  I’m still adjusting to the ankle length pants… I still feel like I’m wearing high waters!  Love how it looks though.

  • Sarah Bartley

    Definitely SoCal! 

  • SunnySide_Lindsay

    Love the whole outfit- messy bun or not! Question though, are the pants from Gap or J Crew? I clicked through to the Gap link you posted but just wanted to make sure. I’m in the market for some cute deep blue pants and these might just fit the bill!


    • Kendi Lea

      Blerg — they are from Gap. I guess I had J.Crew on the brain this morning? They are from Gap and I love them, totally recommend them! :)

  • T.

    Great look!! Be glad you live somewhere where you can apparently take pictures without a jacket and without socks in February!

  • Hannah McKay

    I am with you on the no wind and 70 degrees. When you find out where that exists, let me know. I will move there immediately, too.

  • iva klepi

    I love this combination blue, pink and pattern  ♥

  • Kimberly

    I totally agree with you on the cuffed pant thing – being over 5’8″ has its upsides and downsides for sure.  Btw, we have the most ridiculous wind here (because we live right near one of the great lakes) and I completely relate to the photo-taking issues it causes.

  • Thessa

    I totally have the Soft Kitty song in my head now.

    I have the opposite problem with pants — I’m super short!  I’m digging the cropped pants trend, but I can never find real ankle length pants.  Love the pops of color in this outfit. 

  • 2blondie

    I’m in love with this outfit! Those pants! I wish they were in my closet this second. :)

  • Asher

    I absolutely love your mix of colors :)

  • bf+v

    california is 70 degrees and up, most days.  but it does get a little windy.  wind is good for the messy bun.  maybe you should come visit.  i’ll blow up the inflatable mattress.  do you wanna share a room with a 6 month old who messes in her diaper at 3 am or an 11 year old who keeps his baseball cup out on his dresser?  and how do you like your eggs?  i’m planning…

  • Ladybug

    The scarf and shoes are my definite fav!

  • Lauren Corso

    This is super fun.  Same color scheme as the outfit on my blog today!

  • Sara

    Love this outfit. I am looking for a pair of blue pants myself and haven’t made the decision on jeans or casual pants yet. See I am  the other way around I would wear these as full on pants ha-ha ya being short and not ever getting to wear Capris. 

  • KK @butshoppingmakesmehappy

    Girl, you are amazing at taking photos in the wind! How do you keep your face so normal? Even if the wind is blowing mildly, my face always looks irritated, pained, and slightly tortured in my photos. You are a rockstar…love the bold colors!

  • Maddy and Kenzie

    Loving the blue pants! Just bought a pair myself and I wasn’t really sure how to wear them, but now I’m going to try something similar to yours!

  • tumoes

    Cool trousers. x 

  • Kirsten

    I totally know what you mean about the weather wrecking your hair!!
    You look wonderful tho!
    Those pants with the leopard is genius!

  • Jess

    I never would have know that those pants were not meant to be that way unless you told me … they are great! really great!!

  • Bri Rios

    Always 70 degrees and hardly any wind? Southern California :)

  • Charlotta, Afternoon Apparel

    Love these happy and bright colours with that print!

  • House Of Jeffers

    I think you wear the wind-swept hair look perfectly! = ) As for your look, I’d totally wear everything – head to toe. Actually, I’m wearing a similiar pair of shoes today on my latest outfit post – the higher the heel, the closer to God. = P


  • Jessica Tingle

    CUTE! I love blue pants!

  • Jupe_Cambria

    I just think cropped pants are cuter on everybody…and so much more fun to style. Love your brights/leopard mix, current fav of mine!

    <3 Cambria

  • Heather Barnes

    Love the shoes. Cant believe their payless!!


  • Tairalyn

    Ha Ha – while you worry about wind I curse the rain. I live in Vancouver, BC {Canada} and the rain visits us quite a bit. Ah well – what can you do… I guess we could all move to Hawaii. What do you think?

    Your outfit it fab Kendi! As always…. Loving Leopard as well – I’m a little shortie 5′ 5″, so the fad of ankle length pants isn’t as exciting. I hear your pain however! LOL

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  • Thelifeafter

    crazy wind in Florence too today! I love the pants!

    The Life After

  • LauraC

    A no wind place of only 70 degrees does exist..and it’s called socal. Well except for the Santa Ana winds we get some times in the winter..but other then that it’s usually perfect! 

  • Jjanga

    I love this outfit and those shoes so much!


  • Natasha Fatah

    I’m going to remake this look with my snakeskin blouse, seen here:
    What do you think? will it work?


  • Kait

    Oh Kendi, darling…like so many others have said…Southern California is the place you’ve just described.  San Diego in particular.  Come visit us…you won’t want to go home!

  • Ashley

    Those pants are GREAT!!  Love them!~

  • Styleclouds

    Love the look! The pants are fantastic and I love how you pair it with leo! xo, Christina

  • Jessica Auz

    I love the scarf and at 5’10” feel your pain about pants. I think that’s why I so rarely wear them.

  • Candace

    Yes, there is a place like that and that place is San Diego. You would like it here other than the lack luster shopping, but in these times of hardship we just shop online.

  • Carrie

    Love the pants! That will be the next colour I purchase!

    Style in the City

  • Cbsallee

    Fabulous, fabulous look!
    Best,Chelsea :

  • Hannahstiff86

    I just really love those pants!! Gap has some steals! And the Payless shoes. You GO girl.
    real budget, real busy, real body fashion:

  • Always Maylee

    I love the color combo!  And your messy bun looks perfectly messy.  :)

  • Stephanie

    I will forever love those shoes. I can’t believe they’re from Payless. 

    -Stephanie from Chocolate Laced

  • Cecilia Oviedo

    Cobalt + leopard = genius!

    Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

  • Anita

    wow a great outfit! and your scarf isn’t looking that bad!
    xxx Anita

  • Kristin

    San Diego is pretty close to your dream weather :) It’s currently 82 with no wind. Love the bold colors and print by the way!

  • Sarah

    Love the outfit, those pants are such a great color!

  • Natalyascloset

    Such a great outfit!! XOXO,

  • Kristi

    Don't move to OKC because the wind blows about 30 mph every single day it feels like

    • Rachael, Really.

      Agree! And it's a cold wind! All my outfit photos look like I'm auditioning for best dressed in a tornado. Hair in the face. Tears streaming down my cheeks. Scarf in a horizontial position.

  • TAKippy

    Beautiful colors to mix with that print.

  • Cecilia Harvard

    Oh my gosh those heels are amazing. I love how you mixed the bold colors with that print!


  • Christine Dillon

    i just love your blog. makes me smile! :)

  • Tiana

    what a cool and chic color palette :) the leopard gives it such a nice touch!
    tiana of l’esthetique

  • ARob

    Come to Arizona.  It’s 70+ 350 days of the year & only windy on summer afternoons when it is also raining.  Or when you are inbetween towns and then you’ll see those giant dust storms. haha. @ajrobin on pinterest

  • SUe

    Yep, was gonna say San Diego, but you’d have to give up some closet space to live there, it’s sooooo expensive! Love the colors Kendi, you look great!

  • Dawnie P

    Love these colors together they’re so bright and bold, make me feel all summery!


  • Betsy

    Its not really that expensive here, although it is occasionally windy, but then you can just call it “beach hair” San Diego rules!

  • Whateverismarveloustoday

    Those jeans are so lovely. You put together such gorgeous outfits, and you always look beautiful

  • mollybkidd

    This is such a great look. I love the color & prints you’ve got goin on here, Kendi :]


  • Amber @

    i love ankle pants too!! since im short that means i can cuff them instead of hem them!

  • SimplyChic

    love the color blocking combined with the leopard print! :)

    xo jeanette

  • SimplyChic

    Target also has a very similar pair of pumps! :-)

    xo jeanette

  • Stevie

    Also, Nipomo, CA. best weather in the states according to jeopardy…

  • Whitney

    Great minds think alike! I styled those (very similar) pants today, too! :)

  • supal {chevrons & éclairs}

    Ha I was about to San Diego! It’s where the sun shines and people smile.

  • Keren / The Walkup

    Those Royal Blue pants are the perfect penciled ankle cut and color. You win! Now give me your thighs and I could wear them too! ha!

  • SomeLikeItSimple

    That’s hilarious! Come to San Diego and I’ll show you all the adorable little best places to shop!! Also, I swear everyone is wearing bright pants lately. I MUST get myself some. <3 Sarah

  • Anna Rose

    So cute! Love the blouse : )

    xx Anna Rose

  • New Petite

    Im glad too… Most of the pants run long on me and I can cuff them without coughing up at tailors :-)

  • Marie

    HAAA! I was thinking San Diego but I read a blog today about the cold windy weather they’ve had. So pop, I burst that bubble. However, you still have fabulous pants so chin up.
        Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge 

  • Tracy Dauterman

    It’s windy in San Diego too.

  • Jaana


  • Sarah Kinonen

    I love your shoes! The pants are great, but the shoes – amazing.

  • Style This World

    Love the color of your pants!!!!

    Welcome everybody:

  • TheresaTran

    Hahah! I love the outfit. The pops of color are great! (: Ahh, I know what you mean…I hate it when the wind ruins a perfectly good messy bun. haha


  • Angela

    Love the boldness of this outfit and of course the fun animal print shirt! You put together such wonderful outfits :) Btw, I saw that you were mentioned in Ruche’s on FB page today– I was like “I follow that gal’s blog!” You rock!

  • Callie

    Adorable outfit! Love the bold pants and scarf. It’s a great contrast!


  • Jennifer Wcisel

    Hmm, I’ve been thinking about moving to San Diego… I also hate the wind and how it ruins my hair and makes it stick to my lipstick! Gross.

  • Audrey @ Putting Me Together

    Yes!  I was just thinking “San Diego.  Move here.  Done and done.”  Some people said it’s windy, but that’s mostly by the ocean.  If you come inland just a tad it’s perfect.

  • Michelle

    Or Santa Barbara; then, you don't have to ever worry about it getting too hot, either.

  • Elma Joy Trinidad

    Bold looks & San Diego for the win(d) 😛

  • Lauren – Clean Up Nicely.

    Third Generation San Diegan here. It is not really any more windy here than any other town. Of course it is windy if you are right on the beach but in most of city – no wind. 

    However, my fam always tells me to tell everyone it sucks here (so that no one else moves here – too many transplants). So…. I change my mind – Yes there is TONS of wind – and the weather totally sucks. 😉

  • Anonymous

    How tall are you?

  • Mica

    Love the colours in this outfit, and the leopard print shirt is perfect!

  • blue roses

    i have been eyeing those pants hardcare since gap released them this spring…. i’m trying to save for my vacation to paris, but i just may crack.

  • Hsboschke30

    I love love love this outfit – the colors are perfection :)

  • Wendy

    All my life I complained:  too hot, too cold, too humid, etc., etc.  My dad told me that the only place I would be happy is San Diego.  When I finally went on a vacation there, they had record highs in the 90’s that week.  Everyone there said it never happens.  My dumb luck or it follows me around.

  • Laurel Walker

    Um, these pants are making me so jealous. Dear Kendi, Magically turn me into your size and give me all your clothes? I WANT COBALT PANTS. You are so fantastically amazing. I love leopard and colors and you are rocking it today. Boom-shaka-laka.

  • Lisa

    Hahaha I just moved to the east coast from San Diego and I definitely miss the weather a little bit :)

  • Sara Campbell

    Love the bold colors and the leopard print together.
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  • SkippySays

    I’m in favor of a San Diego move! It’s one step closer to me in San Francisco :)

  • Amy Hanen

    Love love love! 

  • Jennie Bee

    thats good for short people too, now i can roll up my pants so that they aren’t dragging on the floor:) 

  • AlissaBurton

    Haha, I feel you about the wind! I always get grumpy when it gets windy and in Oklahoma, that is ALWAYS.

    Great shoes! I’ve really been on the look out for some nice looking platforms.

    Great photos, great post!

    alissa b

  • Lorie

    Kendi, come to San Diego! You’ll have a fan club waiting to meet you. You’ll love the weather here! :)

  • Kwyver

    Gorgeous outfit! Those trousers are amazing, and they completely look like they are meant to be that way. I know what you mean about difficulty with length for tall girls-I’m six foot so can’t buy trousers in lots of places and they are too short and it’s almost impossible to buy shoes!

  • chillairandperfume

    Beautiful bold pants! I love all the cobalt blue I’m seeing everywhere. I need to get my hands on some!


  • Grace Huang

    super cute ensemble~

  • Stephanie

    Those pants are to die for – I’m drooling over the color :)

    Eternally yours,

  • Chely Ruvalcaba

    Representin from SD! This is where it’s at Kendi!

  • Eileen Wong

    I love the leopard print top!

  • Laura Major

    I LOVE how you mixed the blue pants with leopard, sneaky cute! 

    LuLu from A Candid Life

  • holly227

    your style is so classy and personal! i love the way you mix concepts and colors. i live in houston, and next time i am in dallas, i am most definitely going to make a stop at bloom! i’ve looked at the site, of course, but i have had to make a rule with myself about online shopping… which is i am not allowed to do it! i could see myself making an exception for bloom someday though :) anyway, i love your blog, and YOU are beautiful!

  • Eva Marino

    Love the combo of print & color! And I am ALWAYS dreaming of more balmy climates… Balmier, than say, the tundra of New Hampshire where I reside? I think anyplace is warmer! 


  • cro

    Who thought electric blue pants would match leopard print so well?! Great styling as usual!

  • AndreaClare

    super pretty background in these pictures! loveit!

  • Ebonyjb

    i have been dying to get blue pants.

  • TheChicTeach

    I am loving the purpley pink and cobalt together, very flattering!

  • Phantom47c

    Bright and lovely!

  • Twoshoppermoms

    You are showing some of my favorite things all together: animal print,bright blue, and purple.

  • Madeline Quaint

    But what would we do without the dramatic flying-hair-pictures? Aren’t they worth it? :)

    Love this look, it’s so arty! :)

  • Meg

    im looooovin the cuffed pants deal as well.

  • simi

    you are awesome and hilarious..i love your blog

  • Ash

    I was going to comment and tell you San Diego…and you have already written that.  Although we do have our “Santa Ana” winds, where it’s super dry and hot, but they don’t happen very often.

    Love your humor in your writing!

  • Nicole Gomez

    Great, great, great outfit. Adore it love it, need those pants. Dying.

  • Amielle

    Those pants are perfect and I’m waiting for them to go on sale so I can pick them up on my student’s budget. And perfect to add some pop to any wardrobe!

  • Linda

    Haha, San Diego? I’m moving there too then!
    Also, love the bright colors and cheetah print <3 Definitely very bold!
    You look amazing. I'm so jealous of your long legs

  • Allison Miller

    will be cuffing my blue skinnies next time!  so adorable.

  • Vi

    false. it was cold and overcast today in san diego. it was rainy and windy the past week too. (with the exception of the absolutely gorgeous day yesterday) i think our weather is bipolar

  • Kanae (Pearls and Peacocks)

    Cute. I will try this

  • Annie

    Maybe I should go to San Diego too… LOL! I love the prints and colours of this outfit :)

  • Clara Turbay

    Excellent love it.

  • Shivangi Sharma

    LOVE the top! I’m glad that non-existent place exists! :)

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  • Megan Rose

    I complain about the wind every day. You’d think after living in Nebraska, then Oklahoma, and now Texas that I’d be used to it.. but.. no.. especially when trying to take some frickin’ pictures. haha. oh well. I love your pants, and as a fellow tall girl, I find myself making excuses for my slightly-too-short pants as well. *sigh*. 
    Oh, and I like your new header and over-all look. :) Very pretty! 

  • Brandi

    You look great! and I am also grateful for the ability to wear pants as short as I want and its fun because of being tall…you’re funny 😉

  • Lsenerch
  • Juna

    Always love your looks :)


  • Stacia Stall

    I’m from Dallas, but lived in SD for 3 years– they lie. If you live by the beach it’s as windy as Chicago– and it’s 60’s half the day Jan thru June.

  • Mz Savvy Style

    Love this combo! I too am glad ankle pants are making a come back (and I'm far from tall!). I enjoy your blog! Please visit mine

  • Celyn_lifeisashoe

    great look, love the prints!!!

  • Whitney

    I never would have thought to mix the cobalt pants and the bright pink scarf!  Adorable with leopard.

  • Reba

    as a fellow tall girl, i fully believe in the cropped pant. and if a regular-length pant turns out to be a little above highwater??? cuff it!

  • Luce

    I’m tall as well (5’9) and struggling with this trend because I’m not exactly sure just how high to cuff them. I had this hilarity of a problem today only to change back to trousers.

    Also, is it just me, or do these pants also become baggier as the day goes by? I feel like I’m wearing a diaper!


  • Elle W

    Pretty sure you wouldn’t have wanted to be in San Diego the last few days. Rain and wind and flooded streets because the city is not set up properly for weather. 

  • notemily

    Has anyone ever told you you look like Michelle Dockery? Especially with your hair like that, you remind me of Lady Mary. Gorgeous.

  • Kristin Masliuk

    I LOVE this outfit – I wish I was brave enough to wear those bright colors!!!

  • workitChristine

    Now I’m going to have “Soft Kitty” stuck in my head all day!

  • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait

    I love those shoes so much I went on a mission to find them! Low and behold Payless Shoes AUSTRALIA are currently selling them too! Bought the black and the taupe and they are some of the most comfy heels I have ever worn. LOVING this blog! xx

  • MacMeBLUSH

    I love the ankle pants, and I too want to move to a place that it's always 70 degrees, one can dream.

  • Qingwa

    This outfit look comfortable
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