Ace of Spades

I love playing a good card game, especially if Spades are involved. Then, there are moments when I enjoy a great game of chess as well. That's right, call it what you want, but I come from a family of devoted chess players. Whenever I go to visit my father the marble case is opened, and we pick up wherever we left off from our last game. It's quite a special time whenever it happens.

My friends and I also occasionally have a game night where a bunch of us relax, and enjoy laughs as we eat gourmet hors d'oeuvres. It's an anti-stress environment, we have chilled sips from our favourite stemware, and all in our Sunday's best! There's something about being all dolled up for no rhyme or reason other than because you want to as you're encompassed by loving friends. The night tends to occur when everyone needs a breakaway, and we're all split up in coupled groups trying to defeat one another in a little "friendly competition."
Due to all of our busy schedules it doesn't happen often enough, but when it does it's always a night to remember. This is an outfit that I wore for our game night a little while ago, which is not exactly my version of being dressed up. However, for me, I wanted to be playful casual this time, especially since I am usually in work ensembles. I also wore a fascinator with this outfit, but added it after I shot these photos. In the end, it was all about having fun and enjoying the company of friends. And that is not too shabby for a weeknight of bliss!


The goods: Stonewash denim-Cheap Monday, Glitter Heels-DIY, Shirt:Express, American Apparel Braces/Suspenders, Lace neck ruffle-used fabric from this DIY, Glam brooch-DIY



  1. Ich liiiebe so hübsche DIY Sachen!!! So toll und originell <3
    Danke dir, Süsse

  2. Love love that lace neck ruffle, it is darling and I would wear that! This whole outfit is gorgeous really, you look beautiful!!The pop of colour from your heels is great too :) Hope you have a great day doll and all is well xo

  3. I love this look my dear! It's great how you've taken a pair of skinny jeans and a classic white shirt and given both pieces a completely unique twist by adding in some braces and that beautiful lace neckpiece! The splash of pink with your gorgeous shoes is also a lovely choice. 

    I think it's so nice to have little traditions, such as picking up your game from where you left off and though you might not do it as much you'd like at least you will always have those precious memories. Great post as always, hope you're well :)

    Take care,

    Daniella xox

  4. Great look and great inspiration for upgrading a good look for basics!!

    Greets from the

  5. Vix Brearley12 December, 2012

    Love that jabot and the fab braces, you look fab. x

  6. SACRAMENTO Amate12 December, 2012

    I love all you are wearing. You are such an artist with the DIY.

  7. Oh, Vielen Dank! Ich liebe DIY/Design! /Madison xx :)

  8. Thanks soooo much Kizzie! Enjoy your day, lovely. xx

  9. Those snappy suspenders are so cute!

  10. Such a cute look - you are rockin' those suspenders!

    The Other Side of Gray

  11. I like your suspenders!!!
    Great outfit dear!

  12. Fun! You ROCK those suspenders :) 

  13. Ivana Kardua12 December, 2012

    fab outfit:)

  14. Oh to Be a Muse12 December, 2012

    I like your playful casual look and dressing up simply because you want to. Now I need a pair of suspenders...they really make a look pop.

  15. Margaret Cruzemark12 December, 2012

    You have such an eye when it comes to fashion and style. I adore this look!!!

    Best Regards

    Miss Margaret Cruzemark

  16. :) Thanks my dear! xx Muah!

  17. Your necklace is gorgeous! Love the suspenders too, super cute!

  18. Ah, I love nights like that too! I do wish I could play chess though, I've always wanted to learn, but none of my family or friends play so I was never taught.
    Love this outfit, that little ruffled collar & the braces are such perfect touches, makes it feel really fun! :)

  19. You look gorgeous! I think this might be one of my favorite looks of yours. Love the suspenders, you made it chic and stylish!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  20. Amazing look, darling ~ love the suspenders!


  21. the neck ruffle is so pretty!
    but i think i am in love with your jeans. what a great fit! ;)

  22. Hi sweety, i am loving the hint at boy's clothing in this fantastic look, the addition of the bright pink heels was genius! 

  23. Oh, thanks so much sweetie! We always have loads of fun playing games. I'm so glad to have met you through blogging! Enjoy the rest of your week. xx/Madison

  24. :) *Blushes* Thanks Yi-chia! xx

  25. Thank you. Actually Cheap Monday and Acne denim are most of my favourite brands that I have because I love the fit. :)

  26. Yes, it was a fun time. Thanks. I love chess, although I have yet to beat my father, perhaps one day in the future!  :)

  27. Very cute look.  A little unusual in a good way.

  28. TheChicSheet13 December, 2012

    Nerdy chic ;)


  29. Fabrizia Spinelli13 December, 2012

    Amazing collar!

    Come back soon to visit my fashion blog!

    a Daniel Wellington watch!!

  30. A Brit Greek13 December, 2012

    Oh I love nights like that, you kinda never want it to never end because you're having such a great time with them.

    You look seriously amazing! I love the monochrome look, the glasses look fab on you too!

  31. Wow super cool look. Your shoes look rad!!!



  32. I love the suspenders and shoes! Definitely love having a night with friends, relaxing, eating & playing games :)

  33. mademoiselle mode13 December, 2012

    Perfect look ^^
    Black and white I love that :)

    New post - Kisses

  34. Lucie Srbová13 December, 2012

    You look absolutely awesome!!!

    Kisses, Lucy:)

  35. love love love the ruffled collar! its so beautiful and chic :D

  36. you look cute Madison :) i admire anyone that plays chess. it's definitely a game of skill and intellect. i never learned how to play. hahaha

  37. THE-LOUDMOUTH14 December, 2012

    Your game nights sound like a blast, and you look awesome!  I love that you're not afraid to rock funky items like suspenders -- so cool!

  38. very classy look! I love the retro and masculine vibe of this outfit.And I have to mention I love Spades (I have 8 Spades in total on my body

    Inside and Outside BlogP.S. I'm hosting a glasses giveaway on my blog here check it out!)  

  39. Oh those are my favorite nights! I LOVE password and charades and embarrassing amount. But I truly miss playing cards I did a freelance job next door to the production company that produced the world poker series and we used to play cards on their fancy poker table every much fun.

    You my friend should wear suspenders everyday!

  40. so cute! I love the necklace and suspenders
    Shasie of Live
    Life in Style

    Enter my Jewelry

  41. I love the collar on your top and your suspenders! Do cute!
    <3 katherine
    of corgis and cocktails

  42. What a great idea for a fun night with friends! And that outfit is perfect for casual, friendly fun :)

  43.  Thanks J. Yes, I love a good card game, especially with wonderful company. Happy holidays!

  44. You look ready to defeat someone, hehehe. Board games are so much fun, especially with the chilly Dutch weather you want to stay inside and warm. Very cute look!

  45. Haha, thanks lovely! Yes, it was quite a fun gaming session. Enjoy your Valentine's day! xx


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