Where Aztec Meets New York & Link Up On the Edge #72

I will be the first to admit that I am not a huge fan of tribal prints. I’m not exactly sure what it is about the geometric shapes and lines that are traditional in this type of pattern, but it just does not appeal to me. I have wondered before on my blog what exactly it is that draws certain people to certain prints and patterns. Even colors, too.

*This poncho was gifted to me by Zaful in exchange for this post. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.

I realized that one particular quality in a print that tends to bother me is complete symmetry. I prefer a little more abstract and asymmetry in a pattern. For example, I love florals, dots, paisleys, tweeds, animal prints, and any other sort of wild, crazy pattern out there. There is something too harsh in geometric prints and patterns that seems to create sort of an uneasy feeling in me.

*Poncho: Vintage Geometry Rhombus Tassel Pashmina Poncho – Coffee. Unfortunately, this poncho is sold out. But check their other tribal inspired ponchos here.

But on the flip side of that, I do adore stripes, herringbone, houndstooth, and plaids. All of which consist of hard angles as inherent in the nature of those prints. But triangles and big squares and zig zags and chevrons? Yuk, I say. I just don’t like them.

But when I was asked to choose an item from Zaful, something kept pulling me back to this Vintage Geometry Rhombus Tassel Pashmina Poncho. For some reason, the name of it bothers me…all those math words in there seem to damper my creativity! But the beautiful pops of turquoise stripes caught my eye. Β Or maybe it was the soft coffee color accented with black that drew me in. I’m not really sure. But I was really digging this poncho despite its name, so I went for it.

It is super soft and cozy and kind of perfect for a mild fall or winter day. The turquoise is so vibrant and cheerful that it totally added a little extra bounce to my step. Then to make it even better, I had this amazing turquoise medallion statement necklace that has been hanging around my life completely neglected for years. And now the icing on this tribal inspired cake, these teal velvet paisley booties from Shoe Dazzle. Velvet, paisleys, block heels, and teal…now that is speaking my sartorial language!

What better way to tie together velvet paisley and a tribal print then my favorite faux leather pants and my new Jord watch. It’s like Aztec meets New York in some sort of tribal-city fusion! While I was doubtful about the tribal print trend, I think I discovered my way own of wearing it: with a little bit of leather, a splash of velvet, a floppy hat, a hint of edginess, and a pinch of sass!

*Boots: Gigi Block Heel Bootie in Teal from Shoe Dazzle.

*Watch: Frankie Series in Ebony & Gold c/o Jord. If you click here and enter your email address, you will receive an instant coupon code which is valid until December 15. Shop for a beautiful wood watch for your favorite guy or gal this holiday season!

Are you on board with tribal prints? How do you wear them? Or do other softer prints appeal to your aesthetic sense?

And now your favorite posts from last week.

This post from Cute Capsule Life featuring an adorable Wrap Cardigan and Burgundy Skinny Jeans was the most clicked post of the 141 post that were linked.

Wrap Cardigan and Burgundy Skinny Jeans | Fall Winter Capsule Wardrobe

And Christina from Amanda’s Books and More shared her post 6 Free Epic Fantasy Novels which gained some interest from you all as well!

6 Free Epic Fantasy Novels and a Linky

Keeping it on the edge,


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88 Responses

  1. Those boots are terrific and I love the color! I think you look great in Aztec prints. Enjoy your weekend.

  2. Jamie Ashcraft

    Love the booties!

  3. I am not a fan of tribal prints either. I think when I saw that poncho alone, that I wouldn’t have given it a second look. But the way you styled is is fantastic! What a great look! This is the power of fashionbloggers!

    • Thanks so much, Nancy! Isn’t it strange how a pattern or print can just make you say “Ick” but then when styled in a certain way, it just works? I am glad I’m not alone on tribal print dislike!


  4. This poncho is so up my alley! Love it! Those boots are the perfect complement too. Thanks so much for the link up Shelbee!


  5. Shelbee I am in the same boat as you and never even realized what it was but aztec, tribal, geometric, etc. prints are not my jam at all. I never really thought of why but I think you hit the nail on the head – the hard angles. However, you styled this perfectly and I am drooling over those boots! Fabulous!!!!!!

    • Kellyann, I am so glad that I am not alone in my distaste of these types of prints! I don’t want to be print prejudiced, but I guess I am! And these boots…yes, I could not resist the color or the velvet paisleys! Thanks so much for stopping by!


  6. Shelbee, I can totally understand why the name would put you off LOL – I hate maths he he he! But… the the outfit, gosh that is gorgeous! I LOVE the colours, the hint of that beautiful shade of blue and the hat. Man, that hat on you is sublime! You look beautiful!
    Suzy xx

    • Oh wow, Suzy! Thank you so much for this incredibly lovely comment! And isn’t that a silly name to give to a beautiful poncho with gorgeous colors?! Once I had this styled, I was really digging it mostly because of the splashes of blue! Thanks for stopping by and have a marvelous weekend.


  7. I love everything about this look. I am a fan of the aztec design and your blue booties really make your poncho pop! I love your necklace too, just perfect!! Happy Friday!

    • Thanks so much, Cheryl! And I can totally see you rocking the tribal designs! I am really happy with this poncho once I had it styled! Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend.


  8. Shelbee, you absolutely rocked this outfit! I know you say you’re not into tribal print, but I totally adore this on you. And you styled it perfectly with those gorgeous booties! *insert heart eyes emoji*…lol. You can just pass those on over to me when you’re done with them, okay :). Thanks for sharing and hosting the link up party as well.

    • Aw, Kishina! Thanks so much for this lovely comment! I adore these booties so I don’t know if I will ever tire of them enough to pass them on! Haha. And yeah, despite my distaste for tribal prints, I really do love this piece. Have a wonderful weekend!


  9. I see why you were so drawn to it. It really looks great on you and the colours are truly inspiring!

  10. And maybe it’s the pop of blue in the pattern that is so eye catching, Shelbee?? Because I’m kinda the same way about these prints, but this poncho is so lovely!!
    Have a great weekend!

  11. This is such a striking poncho and looks wonderful with your turquoise booties and statement necklace! I am not a tribal print person, either. I do have one cozy dusty cardigan that is a tribal print I love, and I think it has to do with the deep, rich colors which seem to be the primary focus (for my eyes, anyway).

    • Thanks so much, Jennie! I do like the way this all came together and I can tolerate the tribal print in this case. But yeah, definitely not a print I am normally drawn to. I think it is the colors as well that pulled me in. And I do love a cozy poncho/ruana! Thank you for stopping by. Have a fabulous weekend!


  12. Thanks for hosting the party. The leather with velvet booties looks stunning.

  13. Shelbee, I’m so happy that you chose this aztec poncho because it looks beautiful on you. I’m not a big wearer of tribal prints either, but I love the colors in this one, and those booties are perfect with it!

    • Thanks so much, Rachael! I really think it was the pop of blue in it that drew me in. Despite its print, I really do love it once I styled it. Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great weekend!


  14. Wow – I’m thrilled one of my posts had the most views last week – thank you for featuring it this week – and thanks for hosting the linkup every week! I always enjoy reading your posts!!

    • Bethany, thanks so much for linking up with me! I meant to comment on your post to let you know and I totally flaked so I am glad you popped by and saw it! We got buried in snow last night and I completely got off track! I look forward to seeing more of your posts and wish you a very wonderful weekend!


  15. Looking great. Thanks for hosting and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  16. The name of that poncho is quite a mouthful, but I am glad you gave it a try! It’s really cute and I love the bright turquoise booties you wore with it!

  17. Cape & booties are on point! Looking lovely


  18. We are in total agreement on the whole aztec thing, but you are right, there’s just something about this one that’s really cute. I think the pop of turquoise and so many stripes might be the answer. You’re also right that the name is a math nightmare. hahaha I love how you added the bright booties too. Cute as ever, Shelbee! Happy Friday! XO

    • Lisa, thank you so much for such a lovely comment! Why would they use such an unappealing name for a pretty poncho?! So funny! And I agree, I think it is the splash of blue that makes the tribal print bearable! Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend.


  19. Great poncho! Looks fab with you faux leather pants and you are rocking that hat!

  20. Your poncho looks super with your boots – love both of them. Thanks for hosting and have a super weekend Shelbee,


  21. These boots are the perfect complement to this poncho! So cool!
    Jeans and a Teacup

  22. Very sexy! Tribal prints looks good on you and I love that you added leather pants an s those cute Blue crush boots! Loves thanks for sharing and hosting Shelbee! πŸ˜‰


  23. Shelbee, another fabulous outfit! The textures, the patterns, and the colors all work together in such a marvelous way. And the boots are killer! You’ve got more than just a little sass going on. I need to dig out my tribals and let my own sass fly. Thanks for sharing your styling inspirations and for the link up.


    • Rena, thank you so much! The boots are pretty fabulous, if I don’t say so myself! Part of my Shoe Dazzle binge! I look forward to seeing how you style your tribal prints! With an extra side of sass, I’m sure! Let it fly, my friend.


  24. Your poncho is groovy but let’s talk more about those amazing turquoise boots! πŸ˜‰ Thanks for hosting the linkup, and have a fantastic weekend!
    Cheryl Shops | http://www.cherylshops.net

  25. Nice boots!


  26. love those shoes!! I can not take my eyes off them!!!

  27. You look great in that poncho and I love how you style it with leather leggings and those boots. Have a beautiful weekend.

  28. Oh, Shelbee I love all prints (especially tribal prints). The cyan color is actually my favorite color and I can wear it all the time. More so those boots are everything and so super cute. I just love the texture of them! Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Gigi, thank you so much for sharing your enthusiasm about tribal prints! All the blues right now are really catching my attention as a fun color for winter! And aren’t these boots just something else? I fell in love with them the minute I spotted them! Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend.


  29. I love that poncho! It’s really pretty and I love how long it is. Love that watch too!

  30. I absolutely love your Aztec print shawl! It looks so nice paired with your necklace. The colors in this outfit look so gorgeous on you, and are so perfect for winter. Love this look!
    Thank you for linking up this week!

    ~xo Sheree

    • Sheree, thanks so much! Teals and turquoises are definitely turning out to be great colors for me. I am totally digging all the blues for winter right now! Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous weekend.


  31. Hello there fabulous! You look awesome in this outfit

    Life is just Rosie

  32. I love your cozy winter look, babe! those boots are too cute!

    Edwige | http://www.hypnozglam.com

  33. I’m really drawn to tribal prints and stripes. Mostly stripes, I have so many stripes in my wardrobe, haha! I love how well the velvet boots go with this too – it’s like those pieces were made to be worn together! πŸ™‚

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend! After a crazy week I’m hoping to do a little bit more for Christmas, getting those last few gifts and doing some more wrapping!

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • Mica, thanks so much for sharing your love of tribal prints with me! I do love a good striped pattern myself and have tons hanging around my closet. I hope things are starting to calm down for you and get your last minute Christmas activities completed. Have a wonderful weekend.


  34. Shelbee I looooooooooooove this look! You look stunning and these boots have such a great colour!
    I wish you a wonderfull weekend, XO Tina

  35. I’m like you…I prefer more “messy” random prints. I’m that way with everything though. I don’t like structured hairstyles, I prefer my hair more bedhead-ish. I don’t like a full tuck, it just makes me uncomfortable, and I prefer my clothes slouchier rather than form fitting…hmmm…I suppose that all speaks volumes about my personality doesn’t it? Lol! I feel a blog post coming on…you often inspire me my friend!
    PS…I absolutely love those boots!

    • Aw, Debbie, thanks so much for this lovely comment! I am glad that you are inspired. And I look forward to seeing what kind of post comes out of this! You always look fabulous in your slouchier comfy looks…that’s way more my comfort zone, too. But then again, I do like to add a little sass every now and then! Have a wonderful weekend, my friend!


  36. Oh wow, love the colour of your boots Shelbee πŸ™‚ Great look. Thanks for sharing at the weekend blog hop.

  37. Shelbee I love the colors and patterns on this look.

  38. Love the colors in your poncho. Lots of great posts in the link up. I am loving the cocktail ones! πŸ™‚

  39. Fabulous poncho, I love the print! Those boots are a gorgeous colour! Wonderful outfit Shelbee!

    Emma xxx

  40. Hi Shelbee! That is a FABULOUS outfit! Love the boots and how they make the blue pop out on the poncho! Thanks for hosting! Hope your have a terrific weekend πŸ™‚

  41. I am not on board with tribal prints but I could use this poncho – I think its a beautiful garment which you have pulled of magically.

  42. Shelbee, I’m typically with you on the Aztec prints…not my thing. However, I think that poncho looks really pretty on you. NOW…those boots, I’m in love!!

    • Julie, thanks so much for sharing my um…distaste for aztec prints in general…but for also seeing whatever it is about this poncho that is still so good! And yeah, these boots are pretty fabulous, if I don’t say so myself! Thanks so much for stopping and for the lovely comment.


  43. Hi Shelbee, I love what you did with your outfit here. While I am with you on finding the right tribal print, I was actually attracted to your poncho because of your accessories. The teal necklace and velvet shoes were perfect to bring out the tribal pattern. It was muted by itself but came to life with your gorgeous accessories.


    • Maureen, thank you so much for this very observant comment! It was definitely the teal in the poncho that drew me to it in the first place. So naturally, I wanted to make that color pop. I’m just glad I had the right accessories to do that and that I was successful in my styling mission! Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great day!


  44. Love your poncho Shelbee, the boots are great!1

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