Posts tagged: black dark faced watch

03.16.2012 [fri]
Worn to: work, date night dinner @ The Majestic
Dress: Old NavyBelt: thriftedTights: Forever 21Booties: Nine West (outlet)Earrings, scarf: TargetWatch: Timex (via Target)Trench: Banana Republic (via YLF swap)Purse: Michael Kors 
Behind the outfit:Today I wanted to find a way to transitionalize/winterize this dress (can’t wait to wear it bare legged if it ever warms up). The cut is easy to winterize, but since it’s a light jersey if I make the rest of the outfit too heavy it’s going to feel a little seasonally confused. So first I chose my finest gauge winter tights which, as an added bonus in this case, are gray; black would be much heavier looking, and I rather like the softer effect of the gray.
Instead of wearing tall boots, I decided to wear these ankle booties for several reasons primarily relating to the fact that the dress is midi length: the gray keeps them low contrast against the tights which lengthens the leg line as does the heel (especially useful with the midi length), the sleeker cut and peep toe makes them more springy looking, and I love how booties look with dresses ^^ Low contrast flats or pumps would also work here.
I don’t have a problem with the low neckline of this dress, but after winterizing the bottom half I decided to add the black camisole to help balance it. Since this dress has an elasticized waist which I generally like to cover with belts, I took the opportunity to add another dark element. After trying most of my belts I settled on this one, partially because it was one of the few that’s small enough to wear at my waist, and partially because I liked the toughness it added. I chose my black watch to keep with the dark accessories theme, and these gold dangly earrings to pick up on the brass from the belt.

03.16.2012 [fri]

Worn to: work, date night dinner @ The Majestic

Dress: Old Navy
Belt: thrifted
Tights: Forever 21
Booties: Nine West (outlet)
Earrings, scarf: Target
Watch: Timex (via Target)
Trench: Banana Republic (via YLF swap)
Purse: Michael Kors 

Behind the outfit:
Today I wanted to find a way to transitionalize/winterize this dress (can’t wait to wear it bare legged if it ever warms up). The cut is easy to winterize, but since it’s a light jersey if I make the rest of the outfit too heavy it’s going to feel a little seasonally confused. So first I chose my finest gauge winter tights which, as an added bonus in this case, are gray; black would be much heavier looking, and I rather like the softer effect of the gray.

Instead of wearing tall boots, I decided to wear these ankle booties for several reasons primarily relating to the fact that the dress is midi length: the gray keeps them low contrast against the tights which lengthens the leg line as does the heel (especially useful with the midi length), the sleeker cut and peep toe makes them more springy looking, and I love how booties look with dresses ^^ Low contrast flats or pumps would also work here.

I don’t have a problem with the low neckline of this dress, but after winterizing the bottom half I decided to add the black camisole to help balance it. Since this dress has an elasticized waist which I generally like to cover with belts, I took the opportunity to add another dark element. After trying most of my belts I settled on this one, partially because it was one of the few that’s small enough to wear at my waist, and partially because I liked the toughness it added. I chose my black watch to keep with the dark accessories theme, and these gold dangly earrings to pick up on the brass from the belt.

WORDS: View comments 3/16/12 Filed under: #black dark faced watch  #black trench coat  #black with brass studs double strand belt  #charcoal peep.toe heeled booties  #coral and tan dotty scarf  #gold arabesque cutout earrings  #gray sweater tights  #navy mini tote bag  #purple and blue zigzag dress 
03.13.2012 [tue]
Worn to: pharmacy, work, Type Tuesday
Sweater: GAPJeans, watch: TargetBooties: Nine West (outlet)Hoop earrings: GNW (via Fred Meyer)Scarf: Missoni for TargetCoat: Worthington (via JCPenney)Purse: Michael Kors 
Behind the outfit:I was looking through my spring outfits from last year, and came across one from the end of last April that I was totally in the mood to wear again. Today’s outfit is a near-copy of that one which had the same sweater, same jeans, and hair down, but with charcoal heeled booties, red and white polka dot vintage silk scarf (tied the same way), and red hobo purse. That outfit had a stronger graphic integrity with the black/gray, white, and red, but I also like the softer look this version has.
I almost wore the same booties, but after recently trying my straight leg jeans with mid-calf boots, I thought I’d go for a similar look with my skinnies and ankle booties. Usually I pull the hems over the booties, but letting them scrunch over the tops of the booties is a fun vibe, too.
(I totally forgot today was Type Tuesday (gathering of locals interested in typography), or I’d have worn something less casual looking. Or at least tossed on a blazer!)
UPDATE: I thought I’d add last year’s photo just for fun. Makes for a great example of how changing the shoes and accessories, even something minor and even if styled the same way, can switch up the vibe of an outfit. While I’m still enjoying not repeating for the most part, sometimes it’s fun to go back and wear some of my favorite outfits. With a little tweaking, of course ^^
 

03.13.2012 [tue]

Worn to: pharmacy, work, Type Tuesday

Sweater: GAP
Jeans, watch: Target
Booties: Nine West (outlet)
Hoop earrings: GNW (via Fred Meyer)
Scarf: Missoni for Target
Coat: Worthington (via JCPenney)
Purse: Michael Kors 

Behind the outfit:
I was looking through my spring outfits from last year, and came across one from the end of last April that I was totally in the mood to wear again. Today’s outfit is a near-copy of that one which had the same sweater, same jeans, and hair down, but with charcoal heeled booties, red and white polka dot vintage silk scarf (tied the same way), and red hobo purse. That outfit had a stronger graphic integrity with the black/gray, white, and red, but I also like the softer look this version has.

I almost wore the same booties, but after recently trying my straight leg jeans with mid-calf boots, I thought I’d go for a similar look with my skinnies and ankle booties. Usually I pull the hems over the booties, but letting them scrunch over the tops of the booties is a fun vibe, too.

(I totally forgot today was Type Tuesday (gathering of locals interested in typography), or I’d have worn something less casual looking. Or at least tossed on a blazer!)

UPDATE: I thought I’d add last year’s photo just for fun. Makes for a great example of how changing the shoes and accessories, even something minor and even if styled the same way, can switch up the vibe of an outfit. While I’m still enjoying not repeating for the most part, sometimes it’s fun to go back and wear some of my favorite outfits. With a little tweaking, of course ^^

 

WORDS: View comments 3/13/12 Filed under: #berry geo.floral silk scarf  #black dark faced watch  #black with silver stripes dolman sleeve sweater  #black wool coat  #charcoal peep.toe heeled booties  #gray skinny jeans  #navy mini tote bag  #silver hoops  #~observations 
03.11.2012 [sun]
Worn to: breakfast (Vintage), Adam over to work on his bike & dinner
Sweater, watch: TargetJeans: GAP “Real Straight”Boots, necklace: Forever 21Hoop earrings: GNW (via Fred Meyer)Coat, scarf: Old NavyPurse: Michael Kors 
Thoughts:Even though I have quite a few of my favorite formulas tagged, this season it seems I’ve fallen back most often on this one. Probably because it’s so very wet around here. As much as I love boots (and I LOVE boots!), by the time spring rolls around and it’s still super wet? I find I get just a little tired of wearing skinnies+boots all the time. Part of the problem, as I mentioned a couple days ago, is that I wasn’t really feeling my skirts and dresses this season which is the best change-up silhouette when it’s raining (I hate getting my hems wet). This also causes my outfit creativity to suffer, in my opinion. So hopefully next year I can remember to force myself to wear those more often so I don’t get bored!
Behind the outfit:Just a quick fall-back outfit (sweater, pendant, skinnies, boots). It’s gloomy today, and my outfit kind of reflects that. To counter the gloom a little I went with my cute little robot pendant, and of course there’s my cheerful manicure. I did keep the outerwear a bit lighter (that’s where the gloom is, after all!) and went with a light coat and colorful printed scarf.
Back in January, Angie posted an outfit where she tucked straight leg jeans into mid-calf boots. This is not something I do often (ever?), but I rather like the uber relaxed vibe. Now, I’m not a member of the super skinny calves club and these jeans are certainly more voluminous than hers, but because my boots are also super slouchy I think it works. If my boots were slimmer, this particular pair of straight legs would certainly poof too much over the tops for my taste.

03.11.2012 [sun]

Worn to: breakfast (Vintage), Adam over to work on his bike & dinner

Sweater, watch: Target
Jeans: GAP “Real Straight”
Boots, necklace: Forever 21
Hoop earrings: GNW (via Fred Meyer)
Coat, scarf: Old Navy
Purse: Michael Kors 

Thoughts:
Even though I have quite a few of my favorite formulas tagged, this season it seems I’ve fallen back most often on this one. Probably because it’s so very wet around here. As much as I love boots (and I LOVE boots!), by the time spring rolls around and it’s still super wet? I find I get just a little tired of wearing skinnies+boots all the time. Part of the problem, as I mentioned a couple days ago, is that I wasn’t really feeling my skirts and dresses this season which is the best change-up silhouette when it’s raining (I hate getting my hems wet). This also causes my outfit creativity to suffer, in my opinion. So hopefully next year I can remember to force myself to wear those more often so I don’t get bored!

Behind the outfit:
Just a quick fall-back outfit (sweater, pendant, skinnies, boots). It’s gloomy today, and my outfit kind of reflects that. To counter the gloom a little I went with my cute little robot pendant, and of course there’s my cheerful manicure. I did keep the outerwear a bit lighter (that’s where the gloom is, after all!) and went with a light coat and colorful printed scarf.

Back in January, Angie posted an outfit where she tucked straight leg jeans into mid-calf boots. This is not something I do often (ever?), but I rather like the uber relaxed vibe. Now, I’m not a member of the super skinny calves club and these jeans are certainly more voluminous than hers, but because my boots are also super slouchy I think it works. If my boots were slimmer, this particular pair of straight legs would certainly poof too much over the tops for my taste.

WORDS: View comments 3/11/12 Filed under: #black and gray striped sweater  #black dark faced watch  #black flat slouchy buckle boots  #cream with navy green and tan circles scarf  #ivory knit puffed jacket  #navy mini tote bag  #silver hoops  #silver robot pendant  #straight medium wash jeans  #~observations 
03.09.2012 [fri]
Worn to: work, date night dinner (Lombardi’s)
Dress: LOFTTights: ExpressFlats: KohlsPearl earrings: anniversary giftNecklace: Kenneth Cole (via Nordstrom Rack)Watch: Timex (via Target)Trench: Banana Republic (via YLF swap)Purse: Michael Kors 
Thoughts:Well this dress seems to have become a Friday date night go-to. Easy to style simply, my husband somewhat likes it (hey, I’ll take it!), and it’s nice and warm. Not sure what’s going to replace it once it heats up!
Behind the outfit:There’s not much to this outfit since this dress nearly styles itself, but today I wanted to give it a go without boots as that’s all I’ve tried so far. Also, I have been meaning to wear these tights which I bought waaaay back in November (along with three other really cute pairs), but I guess I haven’t really been into my dresses/skirts much this season and when I wear my shorts I always reach for my sweater tights. Since it cooled right back down today, I chose this pair because they provide the most coverage, and then went with these houndstooth flats for a bit of fun pattern mixing. And to add a little bit of bright to this very dark outfit, I added a light, colorful necklace and wore a soft pink lip gloss.

03.09.2012 [fri]

Worn to: work, date night dinner (Lombardi’s)

Dress: LOFT
Tights: Express
Flats: Kohls
Pearl earrings: anniversary gift
Necklace: Kenneth Cole (via Nordstrom Rack)
Watch: Timex (via Target)
Trench: Banana Republic (via YLF swap)
Purse: Michael Kors 

Thoughts:
Well this dress seems to have become a Friday date night go-to. Easy to style simply, my husband somewhat likes it (hey, I’ll take it!), and it’s nice and warm. Not sure what’s going to replace it once it heats up!

Behind the outfit:
There’s not much to this outfit since this dress nearly styles itself, but today I wanted to give it a go without boots as that’s all I’ve tried so far. Also, I have been meaning to wear these tights which I bought waaaay back in November (along with three other really cute pairs), but I guess I haven’t really been into my dresses/skirts much this season and when I wear my shorts I always reach for my sweater tights. Since it cooled right back down today, I chose this pair because they provide the most coverage, and then went with these houndstooth flats for a bit of fun pattern mixing. And to add a little bit of bright to this very dark outfit, I added a light, colorful necklace and wore a soft pink lip gloss.

WORDS: View comments 3/9/12 Filed under: #akoya pearl studs  #black and charcoal colorblock sweater dress  #black chevron leaf stripe tights  #black dark faced watch  #black trench coat  #blue and gold ringed necklace  #gray houndstooth flats  #navy mini tote bag 
03.06.2012 [tue]
Worn to: work, Michael’s, grocery
Sweater: Eddie BauerJeans: Empyre (via Zumiez)Boots: Not Rated “Boystown” (via heels.com)Pearl earrings: anniversary giftWatch: Timex (via Target)Coat: Calvin Klein (via Wilson’s Leather)Purse: gift 
Thoughts:Not fashion related, but I had a hankering to cook something new for dinner today, so my husband suggested I try making some baked pasta and meatballs. I made up a recipe to make ‘em up from scratch and I’m pleased to report that it turned out really well! Herbed the beef with an Italian herb mix (basil, oregano, etc.), parsley, chives, garlic, diced onions, salt, and black pepper. Pan fried the meatballs to half-cooked in some bacon grease, then loaded them up in a casserole dish along with almost-cooked noodles and piles of shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheese mixed throughout. Baked for 45 minutes, and served with rolls and a spinach salad. Yum!
Behind the outfit:Last week I wore this sweater in what I hoped would be its last outing, but today was really cold again soooo today is the new hopefully last outing! I was also feeling a bit uninspired this morning, so I styled it almost exactly like an outfit I wore back in January (different boots and outerwear that time) as well as in February of last year (middle photo, identical outfit sans scarf). It’s just a strong simple outfit, the sweater and boots equally showcased; honestly over the years this is by far the best way I’ve found to style this sweater, and as much as I don’t like to repeat outfits I don’t mind repeating this one.

03.06.2012 [tue]

Worn to: work, Michael’s, grocery

Sweater: Eddie Bauer
Jeans: Empyre (via Zumiez)
Boots: Not Rated “Boystown” (via heels.com)
Pearl earrings: anniversary gift
Watch: Timex (via Target)
Coat: Calvin Klein (via Wilson’s Leather)
Purse: gift 

Thoughts:
Not fashion related, but I had a hankering to cook something new for dinner today, so my husband suggested I try making some baked pasta and meatballs. I made up a recipe to make ‘em up from scratch and I’m pleased to report that it turned out really well! Herbed the beef with an Italian herb mix (basil, oregano, etc.), parsley, chives, garlic, diced onions, salt, and black pepper. Pan fried the meatballs to half-cooked in some bacon grease, then loaded them up in a casserole dish along with almost-cooked noodles and piles of shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheese mixed throughout. Baked for 45 minutes, and served with rolls and a spinach salad. Yum!

Behind the outfit:
Last week I wore this sweater in what I hoped would be its last outing, but today was really cold again soooo today is the new hopefully last outing! I was also feeling a bit uninspired this morning, so I styled it almost exactly like an outfit I wore back in January (different boots and outerwear that time) as well as in February of last year (middle photo, identical outfit sans scarf). It’s just a strong simple outfit, the sweater and boots equally showcased; honestly over the years this is by far the best way I’ve found to style this sweater, and as much as I don’t like to repeat outfits I don’t mind repeating this one.

WORDS: View comments 3/6/12 Filed under: #akoya pearl studs  #black and white tweed wool coat  #black dark faced watch  #black skinny jeans  #brown tall wedged slouchy boots  #charcoal chunky cable knit turtleneck  #red slouchy hobo 
03.05.2012 [mon]
Worn to: grocery, work, tacos (ran into Brad, Cristin, Joe, Tim)
Sweater, tights: LoftShorts: Hinge (via Nordstrom)Boots: Cole Haan “Air Whitley” (via Nordstrom)Hoop earrings: GNW (via Fred Meyer)Necklace, watch: TargetCoat: Worthington (via JCPenney)Scarf, purse: giftsGloves: Isotoner 
Behind the outfit:Well, today it’s quite wet out (I’m looking up at the rain starting to come down on the left, heh) and I really wanted to be wearing something slouchy and comfy. Because it’s so gloomy and dark, I also wanted an outfit that had a good shot of lightness in it. And of course, I’m trying to sneak in wearing these wool shorts as long as possible!
So with all of that in mind, today’s outfit started with the shorts. I’ve only worn them with my tall black boots two times (!), and decided to let them shine a bit so I chose my gray ribbed tights to make the contrasted item the boots (as opposed to black tights which would give the contrast to the shorts). The whole bottom half is still low contrast so the leg line stays nice and looong, even with the boots being flat; the vertical ribbing on the tights along with the boots being tall help add lengthening vertical lines, too.
Sweaters are my go-to top on cool days when I’m in the mood for slouchy-comfortable; this outfit is actually a variation of my easy-winter-sweater formula, with the jeans swapped for shorts+tights. This is one of my slouchiest sweaters, and if it didn’t have sparkly threads I think I would deem it a bit too casual for (my) work. Luckily I work in a very casual and creative environment! Lastly, I chose dark accessories to keep the light top from looking too out of place against the rather wintery bottom.

03.05.2012 [mon]

Worn to: grocery, work, tacos (ran into Brad, Cristin, Joe, Tim)

Sweater, tights: Loft
Shorts: Hinge (via Nordstrom)
Boots: Cole Haan “Air Whitley” (via Nordstrom)
Hoop earrings: GNW (via Fred Meyer)
Necklace, watch: Target
Coat: Worthington (via JCPenney)
Scarf, purse: gifts
Gloves: Isotoner 

Behind the outfit:
Well, today it’s quite wet out (I’m looking up at the rain starting to come down on the left, heh) and I really wanted to be wearing something slouchy and comfy. Because it’s so gloomy and dark, I also wanted an outfit that had a good shot of lightness in it. And of course, I’m trying to sneak in wearing these wool shorts as long as possible!

So with all of that in mind, today’s outfit started with the shorts. I’ve only worn them with my tall black boots two times (!), and decided to let them shine a bit so I chose my gray ribbed tights to make the contrasted item the boots (as opposed to black tights which would give the contrast to the shorts). The whole bottom half is still low contrast so the leg line stays nice and looong, even with the boots being flat; the vertical ribbing on the tights along with the boots being tall help add lengthening vertical lines, too.

Sweaters are my go-to top on cool days when I’m in the mood for slouchy-comfortable; this outfit is actually a variation of my easy-winter-sweater formula, with the jeans swapped for shorts+tights. This is one of my slouchiest sweaters, and if it didn’t have sparkly threads I think I would deem it a bit too casual for (my) work. Luckily I work in a very casual and creative environment! Lastly, I chose dark accessories to keep the light top from looking too out of place against the rather wintery bottom.

WORDS: View comments 3/5/12 Filed under: #black dark faced watch  #black gloves  #black tall flat buckle boots  #black wool coat  #champagne sparkly dolman sleeve sweater  #charcoal plaid wool shorts  #charcoal ribbed sweater tights  #red and black houndstooth cashmere scarf  #red slouchy hobo  #silver and black multi.chain necklace  #silver hoops 
03.03.2012 [sat]
Worn to: Sally’s, Target, Adam over for dinner
Tee, scarf, watch: TargetCardigan: Old NavyJeans: Empyre (via Zumiez)Boots: Cole Haan “Air Whitley” (via Nordstrom)Earrings, purse: giftsNecklace: Forever 21Coat: Weatherproof (gift) 
Thoughts:Even though I don’t have a lot of pattern nor pattern variety in my wardrobe, I really love all the hectic pattern mixing that’s going on this season. I find myself drawn to wearing pattern more in warmer weather, but didn’t add a lot of print to my spring/summer wardrobe last year so I hope to add more this year. I don’t expect to move away from my love of geometric and abstract prints, and would especially like to find a couple printed blouses and a printed blazer this season!
Behind the outfit:Some subtle pattern mixing today, tonal stripes and leopard print (ok, subtle for me). Feeling a little gloomy today so I ended up with a dark outfit. I started with the cardigan, and got the idea to pair with this tee because they were sitting next to each other on the shelf. I decided to tone the mix down by pairing with black jeans and boots.
I feel like this mix is subtle because both are on the smaller side, both have the same colors (though the cardigan has little bits of white), and both of those colors are low contrast with each other. And then the rest of the outfit is black, which is a major color in both patterns and also low contrast. The brightest thing in this outfit is my skin (and the kitty ^^), which works nicely to bring the focus up to my face.
For the outerwear, I decided I should add some brightness since it’s just so very gloomy out. I thought about my emerald rain coat, but decided to go with the casual vibe and brighten to the max with this ivory puffer instead. I used my scarf and purse for a shot of color. I quite like how the indoor outfit is very low contrast and the outdoor outfit is quite high contrast!

03.03.2012 [sat]

Worn to: Sally’s, Target, Adam over for dinner

Tee, scarf, watch: Target
Cardigan: Old Navy
Jeans: Empyre (via Zumiez)
Boots: Cole Haan “Air Whitley” (via Nordstrom)
Earrings, purse: gifts
Necklace: Forever 21
Coat: Weatherproof (gift) 

Thoughts:
Even though I don’t have a lot of pattern nor pattern variety in my wardrobe, I really love all the hectic pattern mixing that’s going on this season. I find myself drawn to wearing pattern more in warmer weather, but didn’t add a lot of print to my spring/summer wardrobe last year so I hope to add more this year. I don’t expect to move away from my love of geometric and abstract prints, and would especially like to find a couple printed blouses and a printed blazer this season!

Behind the outfit:
Some subtle pattern mixing today, tonal stripes and leopard print (ok, subtle for me). Feeling a little gloomy today so I ended up with a dark outfit. I started with the cardigan, and got the idea to pair with this tee because they were sitting next to each other on the shelf. I decided to tone the mix down by pairing with black jeans and boots.

I feel like this mix is subtle because both are on the smaller side, both have the same colors (though the cardigan has little bits of white), and both of those colors are low contrast with each other. And then the rest of the outfit is black, which is a major color in both patterns and also low contrast. The brightest thing in this outfit is my skin (and the kitty ^^), which works nicely to bring the focus up to my face.

For the outerwear, I decided I should add some brightness since it’s just so very gloomy out. I thought about my emerald rain coat, but decided to go with the casual vibe and brighten to the max with this ivory puffer instead. I used my scarf and purse for a shot of color. I quite like how the indoor outfit is very low contrast and the outdoor outfit is quite high contrast!

WORDS: View comments 3/3/12 Filed under: #black dark faced watch  #black skinny jeans  #black tall flat buckle boots  #coral and tan dotty scarf  #gray and black striped tee  #gray leopard cardigan  #red slouchy hobo  #silver robot pendant  #silver woven circle earrings  #winter white short puffer coat  #~observations 
03.01.2012 [thu]
Worn to: Gene Juarez Salon, work, Raptor’s game
Tee, watch: TargetSweater: Covington (via Sears)Jeans: Empyre (via Zumiez)Boots: Miz Mooz “Flynn” (gift)Pearl earrings: anniversary giftNecklace: With Love from CA (via PacSun)Coat: Old Navy (gift)Purse: gift 
Thoughts:Apparently, we now have an arena football team (Everett Raptors), and my in-laws have season tickets. My husband’s folks did some work for them as well as an ad in the stadium, so in return they have a set of 4 season tickets. Today was their home opener against the Allen Wranglers, and my husband and I were invited to go along. I was expecting the pacing to be pretty quick, but other than plays being shorter because the field is shorter, it didn’t seem much faster than NFL football. The Raptors also didn’t play very well, and had a pretty blow-out loss at 27-48. Hopefully they’ll improve, but at least we all had fun!
On a fashion-related note, few things make me feel more polished and uplifted than having my brows freshly done. Some people feel this way about their hair, but for me it’s definitely my eyebrows ^^
Behind the outfit:I’ve been itching to try styling these boots with my black jeans, so today I decided to form my outfit around that. I love how it turned out! I was a bit nervous wearing these boots, and such a light outfit in general, to the arena in case me or someone else spilled food/drink (I’m messy) but happily nothing happened.
Since my hair is dark I needed to have enough additional lightness to keep things balanced, so I decided to go all-out light for the top half with my hair down to act as a counter-balancing dark element (otherwise the eye would be drawn right to my pants). I started with the taupe tee for one because it goes-but-doesn’t-exactly-match the boots (I was in a matchy mood this morning!), and for two because it adds an additional brown element so the boots look more intentional.
It’s still too cold for the tee on its own, though I’m not sure I’d want to wear it unlayered anyway. Since it has good length I decided to wear this almost-cropped cream sweater over it, which also adds a great dose of lightness, and I think an even more cropped sweater would be fun too. The sweater has 3/4 length sleeves, so I folded the tee’s sleeves over and then pushed it all up.
For the accessories I chose this turquoise pendant to add just a little bit of color (and a bit of relaxed boho vibe), and the black watch to add a third dark element (uneven elements are more visually interesting). For the outerwear I went with this cream coat to keep the lightness going in the outerwear, and the red purse to add a big shot of color plus I love pairing red+turquoise+white. And I topped the whole look off with a bright red lip!

03.01.2012 [thu]

Worn to: Gene Juarez Salon, work, Raptor’s game

Tee, watch: Target
Sweater: Covington (via Sears)
Jeans: Empyre (via Zumiez)
Boots: Miz Mooz “Flynn” (gift)
Pearl earrings: anniversary gift
Necklace: With Love from CA (via PacSun)
Coat: Old Navy (gift)
Purse: gift 

Thoughts:
Apparently, we now have an arena football team (Everett Raptors), and my in-laws have season tickets. My husband’s folks did some work for them as well as an ad in the stadium, so in return they have a set of 4 season tickets. Today was their home opener against the Allen Wranglers, and my husband and I were invited to go along. I was expecting the pacing to be pretty quick, but other than plays being shorter because the field is shorter, it didn’t seem much faster than NFL football. The Raptors also didn’t play very well, and had a pretty blow-out loss at 27-48. Hopefully they’ll improve, but at least we all had fun!

On a fashion-related note, few things make me feel more polished and uplifted than having my brows freshly done. Some people feel this way about their hair, but for me it’s definitely my eyebrows ^^

Behind the outfit:
I’ve been itching to try styling these boots with my black jeans, so today I decided to form my outfit around that. I love how it turned out! I was a bit nervous wearing these boots, and such a light outfit in general, to the arena in case me or someone else spilled food/drink (I’m messy) but happily nothing happened.

Since my hair is dark I needed to have enough additional lightness to keep things balanced, so I decided to go all-out light for the top half with my hair down to act as a counter-balancing dark element (otherwise the eye would be drawn right to my pants). I started with the taupe tee for one because it goes-but-doesn’t-exactly-match the boots (I was in a matchy mood this morning!), and for two because it adds an additional brown element so the boots look more intentional.

It’s still too cold for the tee on its own, though I’m not sure I’d want to wear it unlayered anyway. Since it has good length I decided to wear this almost-cropped cream sweater over it, which also adds a great dose of lightness, and I think an even more cropped sweater would be fun too. The sweater has 3/4 length sleeves, so I folded the tee’s sleeves over and then pushed it all up.

For the accessories I chose this turquoise pendant to add just a little bit of color (and a bit of relaxed boho vibe), and the black watch to add a third dark element (uneven elements are more visually interesting). For the outerwear I went with this cream coat to keep the lightness going in the outerwear, and the red purse to add a big shot of color plus I love pairing red+turquoise+white. And I topped the whole look off with a bright red lip!

WORDS: View comments 3/1/12 Filed under: #akoya pearl studs  #black dark faced watch  #black skinny jeans  #cream cable sweater  #ivory knit puffed jacket  #red slouchy hobo  #taupe long sleeve tee  #taupe tall heeled boots  #turquoise and tassel pendant 
02.29.2012 [wed]
Worn to: work, Brad over to keg beer
Sweater: GAPJeans, scarf: TargetLegwarmers, purse: giftsBoots: Forever 21Hoop earrings: GNW (via Fred Meyer)Necklace: Nordstrom RackWatch: Timex (via Target)Coat: Worthington (via JCPenney)
Thoughts:Happy leap day! As you can see behind me, we got a little bit of snow last night though it didn’t really stick around for very long. As much as I like snow, I am hoping this is the last of it we’ll see this season ^^
Behind the outfit:I was feeling a bit tired after getting home late yesterday, so I went with my winter sweater formula (sweater + skinnies + boots + fun necklace) to keep things easy for myself. I started with the sweater, though something long sleeved would probably have been better. I like how light colors look in the snow, so I decided to wear these light gray jeans and then bookend with the black boots and slouchy legwarmers. To keep the top half a bit darker (not usually necessary, but the v-neck coupled with the short sleeves looked too exposed for the weather), I filled the neck in with knotted black pearls. Black watch, simple silver hoops, and peachy lip gloss finish the look off. I chose my black wool coat, and then decided to wear my coral scarf with the red purse since I liked how the two colors looked a couple days ago.

02.29.2012 [wed]

Worn to: work, Brad over to keg beer

Sweater: GAP
Jeans, scarf: Target
Legwarmers, purse: gifts
Boots: Forever 21
Hoop earrings: GNW (via Fred Meyer)
Necklace: Nordstrom Rack
Watch: Timex (via Target)
Coat: Worthington (via JCPenney)

Thoughts:
Happy leap day! As you can see behind me, we got a little bit of snow last night though it didn’t really stick around for very long. As much as I like snow, I am hoping this is the last of it we’ll see this season ^^

Behind the outfit:
I was feeling a bit tired after getting home late yesterday, so I went with my winter sweater formula (sweater + skinnies + boots + fun necklace) to keep things easy for myself. I started with the sweater, though something long sleeved would probably have been better. I like how light colors look in the snow, so I decided to wear these light gray jeans and then bookend with the black boots and slouchy legwarmers. To keep the top half a bit darker (not usually necessary, but the v-neck coupled with the short sleeves looked too exposed for the weather), I filled the neck in with knotted black pearls. Black watch, simple silver hoops, and peachy lip gloss finish the look off. I chose my black wool coat, and then decided to wear my coral scarf with the red purse since I liked how the two colors looked a couple days ago.

WORDS: View comments 2/29/12 Filed under: #black dark faced watch  #black flat slouchy buckle boots  #black pearl strand 72inch  #black with silver stripes dolman sleeve sweater  #black wool coat  #charcoal slouchy legwarmers  #coral and tan dotty scarf  #gray skinny jeans  #red slouchy hobo  #silver hoops 
02.28.2012 [tue]
Worn to: work, bonus Type Tuesday
Sweater: TargetJeans: Empyre (via Zumiez)Heels: Fioni (via Payless)Blazer: Trouvé (via Nordstrom)Scarf: Dress Barn Earrings, purse: giftsWatch: Timex (via Target)Coat: Worthington (via JCPenney) 
Thoughts:I’ve been thinking about how to revise this formula for spring/summer; simply swapping some of the black for white or gray may be enough, but obviously the tall boots component won’t work. I’ll have to experiment with it and post an updated outfit and formula once it warms up!
I also took some photos during the stages of this outfit, and have a fun post that breaks down how to build this type of outfit that I’ll get up later today.
Behind the outfit:Today I needed something that was smart and sharp looking (Type Tuesday gatherings are business, after all), but comfortable enough for sitting at a pub for a few hours. So I decided to use the black, leopard, and camel formula I first posted back in November, with the boots swapped for heels. This is because 1) it’s not quite as cold anymore, 2) they look dressier than my black boots, and 3) the charcoal color is a bit softer and picks up on the gray in the sweater. Also, I think the extra peeks of skin helped to lighten the look up a little, as do the gray stripes.
Have to say I love this outfit formula, even though I didn’t wear it as often as I expected to. I’m going to need to buy a lighter, breezier leopard scarf for when the weather warms up!

02.28.2012 [tue]

Worn to: work, bonus Type Tuesday

Sweater: Target
Jeans: Empyre (via Zumiez)
Heels: Fioni (via Payless)
Blazer: Trouvé (via Nordstrom)
Scarf: Dress Barn 
Earrings, purse: gifts
Watch: Timex (via Target)
Coat: Worthington (via JCPenney) 

Thoughts:
I’ve been thinking about how to revise this formula for spring/summer; simply swapping some of the black for white or gray may be enough, but obviously the tall boots component won’t work. I’ll have to experiment with it and post an updated outfit and formula once it warms up!

I also took some photos during the stages of this outfit, and have a fun post that breaks down how to build this type of outfit that I’ll get up later today.

Behind the outfit:
Today I needed something that was smart and sharp looking (Type Tuesday gatherings are business, after all), but comfortable enough for sitting at a pub for a few hours. So I decided to use the black, leopard, and camel formula I first posted back in November, with the boots swapped for heels. This is because 1) it’s not quite as cold anymore, 2) they look dressier than my black boots, and 3) the charcoal color is a bit softer and picks up on the gray in the sweater. Also, I think the extra peeks of skin helped to lighten the look up a little, as do the gray stripes.

Have to say I love this outfit formula, even though I didn’t wear it as often as I expected to. I’m going to need to buy a lighter, breezier leopard scarf for when the weather warms up!

WORDS: View comments 2/28/12 Filed under: #black and gray striped sweater  #black dark faced watch  #black skinny jeans  #black wool coat  #camel riding jacket  #charcoal wool pumps  #leopard scarf  #red slouchy hobo  #silver woven circle earrings