05.27/28.2012 [sun/mon]Backlogged outfit, added 02.23.2013.
5.27 Worn to: breakfast @ Totem5.28 Worn to: breakfast @ Red Cup
Thoughts:I haven’t worn this cardigan since October and as you all know I have been off cardigans for quite a while. This week I’ve worn them twice, once today and once on Monday, both times buttoned up of course. I am guessing this is a side effect of the soft dressing thing, and I’m also guessing it’ll breathe some life back into my orphaned cardigans. I should probably go through my cardigan pile and remove the ones that can’t be worn buttoned up like a soft, knit blouse because that’s really the only way I’m wearing ‘em these days.
Behind the outfit:Sunday and Monday I spent most of the time at home just hanging out and doing chores, but did head out of the house for various meals. I wore the same thing out for both days, just an easy and basic outfit formula: long buttoned cardigan + soft tank + jeans + pumps/flats. Easy peasy!

image 05.27/28.2012 [sun/mon]
Backlogged outfit, added 02.23.2013.

5.27 Worn to: breakfast @ Totem
5.28 Worn to: breakfast @ Red Cup

Thoughts:
I haven’t worn this cardigan since October and as you all know I have been off cardigans for quite a while. This week I’ve worn them twice, once today and once on Monday, both times buttoned up of course. I am guessing this is a side effect of the soft dressing thing, and I’m also guessing it’ll breathe some life back into my orphaned cardigans. I should probably go through my cardigan pile and remove the ones that can’t be worn buttoned up like a soft, knit blouse because that’s really the only way I’m wearing ‘em these days.

Behind the outfit:
Sunday and Monday I spent most of the time at home just hanging out and doing chores, but did head out of the house for various meals. I wore the same thing out for both days, just an easy and basic outfit formula: long buttoned cardigan + soft tank + jeans + pumps/flats. Easy peasy!

WORDS: View comments 5/27/12 Filed under: #dove gray patent pumps  #emerald leather tote  #ivory boyfriend cardigan  #rose gold oversized watch  #silver woven circle earrings  #straight medium wash jeans  #taupe silk tank  #~formulas  #~observations 
 05.26.2012 [sat]Backlogged outfit, added 02.23.2013.
Worn to: quick grocery store run
Behind the outfit:It was gloriously warm today! My husband and I enjoyed spending all day in the yard playing games and soaking up the sun. I was wearing this gray camisole and baggy denim shorts most of the day, but popped on a jacket, jeans, and heels for a quick run to the grocery.

image 05.26.2012 [sat]
Backlogged outfit, added 02.23.2013.

Worn to: quick grocery store run

Behind the outfit:
It was gloriously warm today! My husband and I enjoyed spending all day in the yard playing games and soaking up the sun. I was wearing this gray camisole and baggy denim shorts most of the day, but popped on a jacket, jeans, and heels for a quick run to the grocery.

WORDS: View comments 5/26/12 Filed under: #emerald leather tote  #gray lace trim camisole  #ivory knit puffed jacket  #oversized aviator shades  #silver hoops  #snakeskin low pointy pumps  #straight medium wash jeans 
 05.25.2012 [fri]Backlogged outfit, added 02.23.2013.
Worn to: date night dinner @ Mukilteo Lodge, Turners w/Kindah and Andrew
Thoughts:Well I can already tell that I’m just going to want to wear this lovely emerald tote every day! Between the fact that I’m feeling emerald as my color for the season and the fact that emerald will go with every single color in my closet, it’s going to be hard to spread the bag love around. At least for a while ^^
Behind the outfit:I so enjoyed wearing the slim-tunic-over-flares silhouette on Tuesday that I wore it again today with a sweater dress! Tuesday’s outfit was cool and accessorized white/silver/cool; this time around the outfit is warm so I accessorized black/gold/warm. This sweater dress is pretty long, so today I thought I’d add a belt to shorten it just a touch; it helps balance the proportions, as do the very high heels. I recently bought two leather obi belts, one black and one tan. The tan shade didn’t match the dress’s camel (the tan is cool, the camel warm) so I went with the black. It lines up perfectly with a black stripe, making the belted effect rather subtle even though the belt itself is quite wide and statement-y. It’s my first time wearing an obi belt, and I was pleasantly surprised to find it quite comfy since the leather is super duper soft.

image 05.25.2012 [fri]
Backlogged outfit, added 02.23.2013.

Worn to: date night dinner @ Mukilteo Lodge, Turners w/Kindah and Andrew

Thoughts:
Well I can already tell that I’m just going to want to wear this lovely emerald tote every day! Between the fact that I’m feeling emerald as my color for the season and the fact that emerald will go with every single color in my closet, it’s going to be hard to spread the bag love around. At least for a while ^^

Behind the outfit:
I so enjoyed wearing the slim-tunic-over-flares silhouette on Tuesday that I wore it again today with a sweater dress! Tuesday’s outfit was cool and accessorized white/silver/cool; this time around the outfit is warm so I accessorized black/gold/warm. This sweater dress is pretty long, so today I thought I’d add a belt to shorten it just a touch; it helps balance the proportions, as do the very high heels. I recently bought two leather obi belts, one black and one tan. The tan shade didn’t match the dress’s camel (the tan is cool, the camel warm) so I went with the black. It lines up perfectly with a black stripe, making the belted effect rather subtle even though the belt itself is quite wide and statement-y. It’s my first time wearing an obi belt, and I was pleasantly surprised to find it quite comfy since the leather is super duper soft.

WORDS: View comments 5/25/12 Filed under: #black and camel striped sweater dress  #black leather obi belt  #cognac heeled oxford booties  #distressed light wash baggy flared jeans  #emerald leather tote  #gold arabesque cutout earrings  #oversized aviator shades  #rose gold oversized watch 
 05.24.2012 [thu]Backlogged outfit, added 02.23.2013.
Worn to: birthday day off work! Mariner’s game, dessert at Purple
Thoughts:For my birthday today my very sweet husband surprised me with a killer tote! I’ve been eying it for a while; it comes in sooo many delicious colors, I had the hardest time choosing between the emerald, cobalt, or tangerine. Very happy with this emerald, it’s such a gorgeous, brilliant color. We both took the day off and went to a baseball game for some relaxing entertainment (don’t worry, my choice! too bad they lost 0-3 though), followed by delicious birthday dessert.
Behind the outfit:Today’s outfit came together out of a short list of necessities: I wanted an outfit with the Ms colors, flat comfy shoes because I knew we’d be walking quite a bit, and pants if possible. This new turquoise sweater isn’t quite the Ms shade, but it was close enough for me! It’s actually the same sweater as yesterday’s but in a size down. Because of that it loses some length, making it better suited for skirts than pants; I got around that by layering a navy tank underneath for some extra length (and a fun light-to-dark tonal gradient!). And since I’m trying to wear my jeans less I chose my black trousers instead of black skinny jeans. Added the pearl necklace for a pop of lightness (which is also echoed by the bits of exposed skin, and the white watch), and popped on my brown faux leather jacket along with a scarf for an extra layer of warmth while at the ballpark.

image 05.24.2012 [thu]
Backlogged outfit, added 02.23.2013.

Worn to: birthday day off work! Mariner’s game, dessert at Purple

Thoughts:
For my birthday today my very sweet husband surprised me with a killer tote! I’ve been eying it for a while; it comes in sooo many delicious colors, I had the hardest time choosing between the emerald, cobalt, or tangerine. Very happy with this emerald, it’s such a gorgeous, brilliant color. We both took the day off and went to a baseball game for some relaxing entertainment (don’t worry, my choice! too bad they lost 0-3 though), followed by delicious birthday dessert.

Behind the outfit:
Today’s outfit came together out of a short list of necessities: I wanted an outfit with the Ms colors, flat comfy shoes because I knew we’d be walking quite a bit, and pants if possible. This new turquoise sweater isn’t quite the Ms shade, but it was close enough for me! It’s actually the same sweater as yesterday’s but in a size down. Because of that it loses some length, making it better suited for skirts than pants; I got around that by layering a navy tank underneath for some extra length (and a fun light-to-dark tonal gradient!). And since I’m trying to wear my jeans less I chose my black trousers instead of black skinny jeans. Added the pearl necklace for a pop of lightness (which is also echoed by the bits of exposed skin, and the white watch), and popped on my brown faux leather jacket along with a scarf for an extra layer of warmth while at the ballpark.

WORDS: View comments 5/24/12 Filed under: #black patent loafers  #black skinny ankle trousers  #brass and pearl multistrand bib necklace  #brown faux leather jacket  #cream with navy green and tan circles scarf  #emerald leather tote  #navy ribbed tank  #oversized aviator shades  #silver hoops  #turquoise loose sweater  #white oversized watch 
 05.23.2012 [wed]Backlogged outfit, added 02.23.2013.
Worn to: work
Behind the outfit:After really enjoying my winter shorts this past season, I’ve been neglecting my spring shorts for some reason so I decided to pull ‘em out today. Still in a slouchy mood, so I paired them with my new favorite slouchy summer sweater. Kept the look simple with sheer tights instead of pattern mixing with textured tights, but I’ll probably try that soon! I think a sheer black with a pin print would be especially fun.

image 05.23.2012 [wed]
Backlogged outfit, added 02.23.2013.

Worn to: work

Behind the outfit:
After really enjoying my winter shorts this past season, I’ve been neglecting my spring shorts for some reason so I decided to pull ‘em out today. Still in a slouchy mood, so I paired them with my new favorite slouchy summer sweater. Kept the look simple with sheer tights instead of pattern mixing with textured tights, but I’ll probably try that soon! I think a sheer black with a pin print would be especially fun.

WORDS: View comments 5/23/12 Filed under: #akoya pearl studs  #black extra sheer tights  #black flat slouchy buckle boots  #black silky dress shorts  #black trench coat  #coral and tan dotty scarf  #rose gold oversized watch  #oversized aviator shades  #white bucket bag  #white with taupe stripes loose sweater 
View comments 5/22/12
 05.22.2012 [tue]Backlogged outfit, added 02.20.2013.
Worn to: work
Behind the outfit:Was in the mood for a little waist surrender and general bagginess today! This tunic has shrunk over the years; at one point it was long enough to wear over leggings, but these days it’s nothing more than a long shirt. I usually pair with skinnies, but was in the mood to try it with my baggy flares (one of my favorite silhouettes!). It was too cold out to wear on its own, so I popped on my teal knitblazer for a tonal shot of color. For a little extra contrasting color I added bits of white (earrings, watch, bracelets, bag), silver (bracelets), and cognac (shoes). And lastly, left my hair down both for softness and to help balance all the volume.

image 05.22.2012 [tue]
Backlogged outfit, added 02.20.2013.

Worn to: work

Behind the outfit:
Was in the mood for a little waist surrender and general bagginess today! This tunic has shrunk over the years; at one point it was long enough to wear over leggings, but these days it’s nothing more than a long shirt. I usually pair with skinnies, but was in the mood to try it with my baggy flares (one of my favorite silhouettes!). It was too cold out to wear on its own, so I popped on my teal knitblazer for a tonal shot of color. For a little extra contrasting color I added bits of white (earrings, watch, bracelets, bag), silver (bracelets), and cognac (shoes). And lastly, left my hair down both for softness and to help balance all the volume.

WORDS: View comments 5/22/12 Filed under: #cognac heeled oxford booties  #distressed light wash baggy flared jeans  #gold thin bangles  #gray striped tunic with cord belt  #ivory inlaid bangle  #oversized aviator shades  #pink inlaid thin bangle  #purple inlaid thin bangle  #silver owl cuff  #southwestern turquoise stone bracelet  #teal knit blazer  #white bucket bag  #white metal hoops  #white oversized watch 
 05.21.2012 [mon]Backlogged outfit, added 02.20.2013.
Worn to: work, grocery
Behind the outfit:I know orange is the color of the season, but I’m really feeling emerald… and even more the two of them together! This outfit started with the tee and jeans, but it was a little too much blast-of-color for my mood today. Then I was inspired to add in some gray after seeing how wonderful it looks with emerald on Kari recently. I’m definitely still off cardigans, unless they’re buttoned right up. Like a soft, knit blouse! This particular cardigan re-earned its place in my wardrobe after being paired with this very tee back in December, and I’m still enjoying the look so I repeated it again today. I chose my houndstooth flats to add another gray element to tie in with the sweater, and also add a subtle bit of pattern mixing.

image 05.21.2012 [mon]
Backlogged outfit, added 02.20.2013.

Worn to: work, grocery

Behind the outfit:
I know orange is the color of the season, but I’m really feeling emerald… and even more the two of them together! This outfit started with the tee and jeans, but it was a little too much blast-of-color for my mood today. Then I was inspired to add in some gray after seeing how wonderful it looks with emerald on Kari recently. I’m definitely still off cardigans, unless they’re buttoned right up. Like a soft, knit blouse! This particular cardigan re-earned its place in my wardrobe after being paired with this very tee back in December, and I’m still enjoying the look so I repeated it again today. I chose my houndstooth flats to add another gray element to tie in with the sweater, and also add a subtle bit of pattern mixing.

WORDS: View comments 5/21/12 Filed under: #akoya pearl studs  #black trench coat  #emerald skinny jeans  #gold mini satchel  #gray cable knit cardigan  #gray houndstooth flats  #oversized aviator shades  #red.orange and navy striped tee  #white oversized watch 
Beauty corner: Revlon Colorburst “Sweet Tart” Lip Butter

Backlogged post, added 02.20.2013.

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I liked the formula of the more pigmented Revlon Lip Butters I own (which I talked about last month), and wanted to replace the icy pink that didn’t work for me. After looking a bit online, I thought I’d give “Sweet Tart” a try since most people called it a “warm pink” and it doesn’t have any frosty particles. I wore it for the first time this past Wednesday, and found that this shade is definitely more suited to my warmer undertones than the cooler “Strawberry Shortcake”. It’s a pretty classic Barbie Pink, nice and bright! The formula is decent, part sheer and part crème so the color stays put but is also layerable. My husband found it TOO candy pink for me, and I’m inclined to agree with him. I’m thinking that the right pink for me might be more of a fuchsia, but in the meantime this candy pink will still be a fun occasional changeup from my usual oranges and reds.

WORDS: View comments 5/20/12 Filed under: #~beauty 
 05.19.2012 [sat]Backlogged outfit, added 02.20.2013.
Worn to: YLF photo meetup (Alki beach for photos, Cactus for lunch, Starbucks for post processing), out to dinner @ Main Street Alehouse, over to Adam’s to play with feretts
Thoughts:Super action packed day for me today! A little while back one of the YLF forum gals, the fabulous Jenava, suggested we have a little meetup that focused on photography. So today we met up at Alki Beach over in West Seattle for a fun day of laughs, food, and some camera practice. Angie’s husband Greg, the guru responsible for all the backend web stuff for YLF as well as Angie’s gorgeous outfit photos, also joined us. I was most looking forward to chatting with him about his post-processing technique, and was happy to learn that our overall process is very similar. We all had a great time, and of course I took loads of photos!
Click HERE for photo set #1 (at the park by the mini Statue of Liberty).Click HERE for photo set #2 (down on the beach).Click HERE for photo set #3 (lunch and coffee. UPDATED: some additional photos by other ladies not covered by my own nor the YLF post).
UPDATE: Read Angie’s fab recap of the day over on YouLookFab!They’ve also posted a great little album of photographs from everyone.And lastly, there were many lovey photos taken of me during the meetup but here’s a link to my favorites of the day.
Afterwards, I met my husband for dinner and then we went to play with our friend’s ferrets while he’s out of town. For fun, some critter photos! Kitty has been dying to get outside all week (he’s an indoor cat), so today I let him out on the patio while taking my outfit photos. That’s one happy kitty! And Adam’s little ferrets are generally too quick to get decent photos of, but I was able to surprise Bert here long enough to snap one.

Behind the outfit:Today I wanted to wear something that would photograph well, or would at least look interesting in the photos. Brights aren’t usually a good option for very sunny days, but I wasn’t convinced that it’d be anything other than half cloudy today so I decided to do it anyway. (The weather sure showed me though, it was bright and sunny all day ^^)
After this past week of warm weather, today was cooler. This pencil skirt is lined, making it impractical for truly warm days but for a cooler warm day it’s perfect. I figured if anyone could appreciate some crazy pattern mixing it’d be the YLF gals, so I decided to go for broke and pair it with my silk peacock feather blouse; there is a bit of pink in the print, the navy picks up on the dark spots of the skirt, the sheerness allows me to layer a red tank underneath for a “hint of red”, and the breezy silhouette works especially well with slim bottoms. I added the nude fishnets for a touch of extra warmth, and even more pattern mixing. Finished the outfit off with my loafers, though I’m probably going to have to try some other flat footwear with my skirts after this! Left my hair down for added softness, and bright silver earrings to add some lightness.
This whole outfit is rather bold, and has a lot going on so I realize that it won’t be everyone’s cuppa tea. Crazy print mix (peacock, floral, fishnets), pencil skirt debombshelling, and more flats with skirts! I liked this outfit a lot, but my husband strongly disliked the print mix here.

image 05.19.2012 [sat]
Backlogged outfit, added 02.20.2013.

Worn to: YLF photo meetup (Alki beach for photos, Cactus for lunch, Starbucks for post processing), out to dinner @ Main Street Alehouse, over to Adam’s to play with feretts

Thoughts:
Super action packed day for me today! A little while back one of the YLF forum gals, the fabulous Jenava, suggested we have a little meetup that focused on photography. So today we met up at Alki Beach over in West Seattle for a fun day of laughs, food, and some camera practice. Angie’s husband Greg, the guru responsible for all the backend web stuff for YLF as well as Angie’s gorgeous outfit photos, also joined us. I was most looking forward to chatting with him about his post-processing technique, and was happy to learn that our overall process is very similar. We all had a great time, and of course I took loads of photos!

Click HERE for photo set #1 (at the park by the mini Statue of Liberty).
Click HERE for photo set #2 (down on the beach).
Click HERE for photo set #3 (lunch and coffee. UPDATED: some additional photos by other ladies not covered by my own nor the YLF post).

UPDATE: Read Angie’s fab recap of the day over on YouLookFab!
They’ve also posted a great little album of photographs from everyone.
And lastly, there were many lovey photos taken of me during the meetup but here’s a link to my favorites of the day.

Afterwards, I met my husband for dinner and then we went to play with our friend’s ferrets while he’s out of town. For fun, some critter photos! Kitty has been dying to get outside all week (he’s an indoor cat), so today I let him out on the patio while taking my outfit photos. That’s one happy kitty! And Adam’s little ferrets are generally too quick to get decent photos of, but I was able to surprise Bert here long enough to snap one.

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Behind the outfit:
Today I wanted to wear something that would photograph well, or would at least look interesting in the photos. Brights aren’t usually a good option for very sunny days, but I wasn’t convinced that it’d be anything other than half cloudy today so I decided to do it anyway. (The weather sure showed me though, it was bright and sunny all day ^^)

After this past week of warm weather, today was cooler. This pencil skirt is lined, making it impractical for truly warm days but for a cooler warm day it’s perfect. I figured if anyone could appreciate some crazy pattern mixing it’d be the YLF gals, so I decided to go for broke and pair it with my silk peacock feather blouse; there is a bit of pink in the print, the navy picks up on the dark spots of the skirt, the sheerness allows me to layer a red tank underneath for a “hint of red”, and the breezy silhouette works especially well with slim bottoms. I added the nude fishnets for a touch of extra warmth, and even more pattern mixing. Finished the outfit off with my loafers, though I’m probably going to have to try some other flat footwear with my skirts after this! Left my hair down for added softness, and bright silver earrings to add some lightness.

This whole outfit is rather bold, and has a lot going on so I realize that it won’t be everyone’s cuppa tea. Crazy print mix (peacock, floral, fishnets), pencil skirt debombshelling, and more flats with skirts! I liked this outfit a lot, but my husband strongly disliked the print mix here.

WORDS: View comments 5/19/12 Filed under: #black patent loafers  #gold mini satchel  #navy peacock print handkerchief blouse  #nude mini fishnet tights  #oversized aviator shades  #red floral pencil skirt  #rose gold oversized watch  #silver woven circle earrings  #tomato red ribbed tank