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“My casual may not work for everyone,” says Carrie Wood with a laugh. “But I aim for balance – outrageous shoes with a neutral top, overwhelming vs. underwhelming, dull vs. bright. It’s a formula.” A young Navajo software engineer at IBM in Tucson, Arizona, Wood approaches her outfit’s compositions much like the equations she uses in her day job.

Eclectic, comfortable and random are some of the words Carrie uses to describe her style. Married and raising an adorable son, her style reflects an edgy-practicalness. “As I breastfed I would need to think about outfits which would transition easily or what shoes I could wear and not flash everyone as I picked up Sharky.”

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Dressed to attend a Janelle Monae concert, Carrie is styled in a vintage skirt she hemmed to make more youthful along with a mix of layered necklaces and lace. The entire combination echoes a delicate-rocker mix of texture.

Wood is known to put her sewing machine to work to make items more personable. Proof is a favorite sweater she wears that incorporates Louis Vuitton’s iconic monogrammed leather as elbow patches on a white cardigan which exemplifies Wood’s continuous elevated personalization and craftiness.

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Connecting with Carrie before her upcoming venture with her husband to Santa Fe for the Indian Markets, she is looking forward “to seeing all of the fashion events going on this year with both IFAM and SWAIA, I plan to take in as many as I can.” In addition to the all the fashion happenings, Santa Fe provides many styling opportunities for everything from, “something comfortable for wandering around the markets during the day and a little more dressy [outfits] at night.  The cooler weather will allow for more wardrobe options than southern Arizona’s triple digits, I’m definitely looking forward to that.”

Inspired by bloggers like Sincerely Jules, Wood’s style continues to be very logical giving consideration for the event she’s attending or what she needs to do. Finding style as the way one interprets fashion trends her advice to those preparing for the Markets or any other event, “don’t be afraid to take risks – it’s trial and error – all about adding and subtracting.”

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