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Octopus Obsession

ModCloth Octopus top

ModCloth Octopus top

ModCloth Octopus top

Adventure Stories Wallet

Octopus top ModCloth

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As children (even as adults) when asked what our favorite sea creature is, the answer is almost always “dolphins” or “sharks” or “turtles.” I have yet to encounter someone who shares my obsession with octopuses. However, they must be out there…because there is now a wide variety of octopus clothing, accessories and home decor to choose from – much to my delight.

For me, the octopus is quite majestic and mystical. Maybe it’s the tentacles, the black ink or the incredible speed and intelligence they possess. Either way, I am quite tickled to be able to literally wear my love of octopuses on my sleeve (and even feet!).

Custom Made octopus TOMs

My TOMS were actually custom made from the lovely KellismCo store on Etsy. She hand paints TOMS with the most extraordinary designs. I, of course, was immediately drawn to her Octopus paintings. I have had these TOMS for well over 3 years and they are some of my favorite shoes to wear when traveling or doing a lot of walking. They give just enough arch support and cushion for a day of walking, and I have never gotten a blister from them. They also breathe well (yay for not having stinky, sweaty feet) and keep your feet covered from the dirt and grime on the street. I have worn these TOMS in many different cities and am almost always guaranteed to receive a compliment and an exclamation of, “Where on Earth did you find those TOMS?!” Finding the Octopus top on ModCloth was perfect. I couldn’t have dreamed up a more fitting top to wear with these TOMs if I had tried!

Handmade map earrings

Another Etsy purchase I am just delighted with are my earrings – they are maps of the world! Given my love of travel. I couldn’t resist them. And they match my mapped Octopus top perfectly. The shop Livin’ Freely handmade them, and they are just darling!

Adventure Stories Wallet

And last but not least, I need to tell you how awesome my wallet is. This is the first wallet I’ve bought in roughly a decade, but it was time. My previous wallet had finally gone into the white light. (The cardholder part was ripped..a very dangerous environment for my ID and credit card. Haha.) This “Adventure Stories” wallet is fantastic because not only is it cute, but it also can double as a clutch. I’ve found myself just carrying this and receiving many compliments (especially when I’m in the airport, I’m almost guaranteed a compliment from a TSA agent). Not only does it hold my cards, but I can also easily fit a lipstick, chapstick, and keys in it. My only negative I have to say about it, is it’s a bit more “plasticky” looking than I like. However, this is a very minor complaint, and the wallet’s quality seems quite good. I expect to have this wallet for the next decade, as well. (UPDATE: This wallet started falling apart on me a few months after I bought it. You can read more about that by clicking here.)

Now, I need to know…am I the only one who loves Octopuses? Or is there another Octopus lover out there? Let me know in the comments!

Where to find it:

Top: ModCloth
TOMS: KellismCo
Wallet: ModCloth
Earrings: Livin’ Freely
Capris: Kohls (similar)
Flower ring: BeautifulPetra
Bracelets: A very persistent street vendor in India 🙂
Sunglasses: Burlington Coat Factory (old)


  1. Super cute outfit! Octopuses have a classic, vintage feel. You might like this Octopus tote bag ($20): https://poshmark.com/listing/Octopus-Shopper-Tote-596113442de512e42700c84b (P.S. It’s not my page or item I’m promoting–just saw your post & thought you might like it–it’s in my “likes” (saves) at Poshmark).

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Oooh! That is super cute! Thank you for sharing!

  2. Swiss Missus says:

    Super cute, I like Octupuses too. :). Or is it octopi?

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Yay! A fellow octopus lover. 🙂 I think octopuses or octopi are both fine. However, octopi is “technically” incorrect because octopus is not a word with a Latin root (it’s Greek). But people have been saying octopi for hundreds of years, so, it’s gotten to the point it’s not really wrong. And it’s so much more fun to say! 🙂

  3. grace Liang says:

    Wow! Hand painted on your shoes?! That is great! Now I have the octopus obsession too! 🙂

    Take care and keep in touch!
    Please stop by every Wednesday for Color and Grace Fashion link up! 🙂


    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Thank you, Grace! I will be sure to stop by tomorrow. 🙂 Hope you have a great week!

  4. Those octopus Toms are awesome. I’ve tried Toms on before and thought they were so comfy.

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Thank you, Jessica! Toms are the best!

  5. Amanda Brezovsky says:

    Im totally loving this whole cute outfit! The octopus Toms are such a delight to see and match the Modcloth shirt perfectly! I never actually met someone who liked an octopus until you! Now I can say I do know someone who likes them the most of all. Very cool.


    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Why thank you, Amanda! Glad you now know someone who likes octopus. 🙂

  6. Who doesn’t love an octopus, to eat or to wear I’m totally game. And those TOMS – me likey! I actually have never bought a pair of TOMS but the custom painted pair seems like a great start and I’ll definitely be checking out her etsy store!
    BTW- Probably my cutest blogging friend – for realz! MWAH!
    XO Amanda | http://sansscrubs.blogspot.com

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Oh gosh. You are too kind, Amanda! And you have to get a pair of TOMS! You won’t regret it. They’re so comfy, and Kelli’s designs are beautiful. I want to buy another pair of her cherry blossom TOMS…or maybe a custom Game of Thrones pair. The possibilities are endless. Haha.

  7. Elena Fomina says:

    Love the cuffed jeans and their saturated color. I’ve been contemplating the cuffing of my jeans for a while now – should finally start doing it!



    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Thank you, Elena! I have had these jean capris for a while now and love them – so comfy. And surprisingly, Kohls still has them in stock!

  8. jenniferrzasa says:

    Best. Outfit. Ever. Seriously! I love the whole thing, top to bottom! You have also perfected the “I’m just here leaning on a fence looking totally cool” look! 🙂


    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Haha! Thanks so much, Jen! 🙂

  9. I love this look. The octopus is one of my favorites! This shirt is so super cute. Great look!

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Thank you so much, Sarah! And yay! A fellow octopus lover. 🙂

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