I noticed something recently. When you use words like oxblood or houndstooth to describe a color, print, or pattern...it automatically makes you a legit authority on fashion. I'm guilty of it...trying to sound legit when I am sooo not legit. Like at all.  But seriously...have you ever asked yourself...what in the heezy is oxblood? Or houndstooth?

I'm sure you're wondering why this is relevant at all to your life. Well, I'll tell you. Are you ready? My girl Kim & I did some damage last week at the Dillard's New Year's Day Sale. And I happened to find a mega cute black & white checked sheer top...i.e. houndstooth.

Suddenly, I thought to myself...what in the heck is houndstooth?

According to Wikipedia:
Houndstooth, hounds tooth check or hound's tooth (and similar spellings), also known as dogstooth, dogtooth or dog's tooth, is a duotone textile pattern characterized by broken checks or abstract four-pointed shapes, often in black and white, although other colors are used. The classic houndstooth pattern is an example of a tessellation.

We won't get into the definition of tessellation. It's not really important for this little lesson. But aren't you glad you now know the origin and definition of houndstooth? I know I am. 

Thank you, Wikipedia, for explaining the obvious to me.
And for allowing me to explain it to whoever is reading this nonsense. ha!

Haven't had enough yet?

Hello, 1950's Lucille Ball houndstooth. 
And how can I not call attention to this killer oxblood pout. Killer.
This picture makes me want to walk up to every girl in sight and say, hey girl, heyyyy.

Hello, 1989 NKOTB shiny houndstooth.
You too can achieve this look with a can of Aqua Net & a pair of tweezers.

Hellllerr, 2012 twin houndstooth.
I heart you, Tia (& Tamera).
And your style.
And your cute husbands.
And your adorable babies.
And the way you display affection by sniffing each other.
And how fabulously you rocked this houndstooth dress.
And if you ever read my blog I also blogged about you here & here.

And last but certainly not least...bam.
Hello, 2013 Selfless Ambition houndstooth.

.:: Details ::.
top: Dillard's (here) | blazer: Dillard's (not available online)
jeans & necklace: Target (old)
suede peep toe booties: Audrey Brooke (thrifted | similar)

Clearly the love is still alive & well. 

P.S. I counted the number of times I used the word houndstooth in this post. If you include the one I just used...16 times. Flipping ridiculous. 

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  1. hilarious!! i do the same thing only with the words "chevron" and "quatrefoil" LOL
    Love me some Tia and Tamera too...soooo pretty. I think you win! killin' the game in your houndstooth!! ;)

  2. Lol... yeah what is houndstooth? Oxblood maybe sounds like something you can put together with the words you already have. This hilarious post aside, I'm really liking you blog, definitely following. God bless.


  3. Lol! I love houndstooth, I was sporting it today too. Love your explanation. Oxblood is the one that I had to figure out. Someone once told me they loved my oxblood shoes, and I was like, um... yeah. Thanks. Clueless. lol!
    Also love the black, white and pink combo.
    I'm following!


  4. I recognize t houndstooth but never knew what it meant, I thank you for the lesson!

    Thanks for sharing your favorite post at Raising Imperfection! We feature our favorites on Friday, make sure to come back and check.

  5. I would have never known what that pattern was called, thanks :)

  6. I found you from the Sunday Style Blog Hop, and am now looking forward to reading more of your posts! You are too funny and love your take on Houndstooth!

  7. I love your curly hair and that top looks lovely!

  8. Great blog! Im a new follower!


  9. Hmmm I've never thought about this before, interesting!

    xo Shane

  10. Blog hopping today. I love Houndstooth, it is such a classic and timeless pattern.

  11. Haha, you crack me up! The NKOTB houndstooth is hilarious. LOVE how you paired yours with the hot pink blazer.

    The Tiny Heart

  12. stumbled onto your blog and just wanted to show some blog luv! def enjoyed this post!

    That outfit you put together is FIERCE!!!!
    Def in LOVE with that blazer and those shoes!!

    New follower via email :-)


  13. Loving the way you rocked this houndstooth. I'm wearing black and pink houndstooth today so I guess great minds think alike ;)


  14. I have a houndstooth patterned dress that I love--it's definitely a classic pattern that doesn't lose it's appeal over the decades!

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  16. I absolutely love your bright blazer! It looks great with the houndstooth top.


  17. That's awesome! I never knew the definition either!
    And you go...rockin' that bright pink blazer! Sweet :)

    Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection!
    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured :)


  18. You're so cute! I like your outfit and I wish I had your hair!


  19. Love ur pink blazer! :D
    Lizzy <3

  20. LOL @ you counting the number of times you used houndstooth! LOL! At first, I didn't know what oxblood was but I was always aware of houndstooth, even as a child.

    I love how you paired that together. I love that color!

  21. LOL!!! Too freaking funny! Now following you!

    Maya D


  22.  Hi, Great post.  I found you through the blog hop. Please stop  by and say hi when you get a chance.  .Be sure and check out my new Blog Hop that started. It's Weekly Goals Link Up. It's a great way to stay on track. Have a great day. :) Now following you. 

  23. I love your houndstooth top and that hot pink blazer. Looking oh so gorge! :)

    Adin B

  24. Great blouse and I love how you paired it with the pink.

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  29. LOL...Now I'm going to go look up the definition for oxblood!! I did damage at Dillards on New Year's as well-its a family ritual! You look amazing!



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