Posts tagged: black trench coat

 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 
 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 
 05.03.2012 [thu]Picture perfect challenge, Day 4: Morning Mist, Rock Island Bend, Franklin River, Southwest Tasmania, Australia by Peter DombrovskisBacklogged outfit, added 02.12.2013.
Worn to: work
Behind the outfit: Well after a few days of hectically colorful outfits, today I was in the mood for something simpler. I had a completely different outfit planned that used my new white skinny jeans (yay finally!), an olive tunic, and white blazer. Buuuut it’s pouring rain something serious and a cool 50F out, so I came up with something new. (I’m totally going to wear that other outfit when it warms up though!)
The mist in this photo really stands out to me, which is why my original outfit idea was mostly white; I did try swapping in my gray skinnies in place of the white ones, but I just wasn’t in the mood to wear something quite that muted on such a gray, drizzly day. So with the mist in mind, I decided on a muted but light color palette that picks up on the photograph’s major colors in singular blocks: white (mist), taupe (rocks), olive (foliage), teal (water).
The textural contrast between the rocks, foliage, and water also stands out to me so I wanted to get a little of that in my outfit as well. The teal heels being patent leather is a nod to the glassy water, the sweater knit (and stripes) a nod to the rocks, and I styled my hair EXTRA curly as a nod to the foliage.
I also wanted a few different shades of green in this outfit in color tribute to the foliage beyond just the olive pants, so I decided to use accessories to get those in. I added a new emerald and gold necklace, and did a quick (super) sparkly dark green manicure (the polish is named “Rain Forest”, I couldn’t resist!). As it is raining I needed a coat today, so I wore this scarf which nicely picks up the colors from the photo, as well as adds a bit of lightness to my outerwear along with the white purse. And lastly, I am wearing a nearly-nude peachy lip color to keep with the soft shades.

image 05.03.2012 [thu]
Picture perfect challenge, Day 4: Morning Mist, Rock Island Bend, Franklin River, Southwest Tasmania, Australia by Peter Dombrovskis

Backlogged outfit, added 02.12.2013.

Worn to: work

imageBehind the outfit: Well after a few days of hectically colorful outfits, today I was in the mood for something simpler. I had a completely different outfit planned that used my new white skinny jeans (yay finally!), an olive tunic, and white blazer. Buuuut it’s pouring rain something serious and a cool 50F out, so I came up with something new. (I’m totally going to wear that other outfit when it warms up though!)

The mist in this photo really stands out to me, which is why my original outfit idea was mostly white; I did try swapping in my gray skinnies in place of the white ones, but I just wasn’t in the mood to wear something quite that muted on such a gray, drizzly day. So with the mist in mind, I decided on a muted but light color palette that picks up on the photograph’s major colors in singular blocks: white (mist), taupe (rocks), olive (foliage), teal (water).

The textural contrast between the rocks, foliage, and water also stands out to me so I wanted to get a little of that in my outfit as well. The teal heels being patent leather is a nod to the glassy water, the sweater knit (and stripes) a nod to the rocks, and I styled my hair EXTRA curly as a nod to the foliage.

I also wanted a few different shades of green in this outfit in color tribute to the foliage beyond just the olive pants, so I decided to use accessories to get those in. I added a new emerald and gold necklace, and did a quick (super) sparkly dark green manicure (the polish is named “Rain Forest”, I couldn’t resist!). As it is raining I needed a coat today, so I wore this scarf which nicely picks up the colors from the photo, as well as adds a bit of lightness to my outerwear along with the white purse. And lastly, I am wearing a nearly-nude peachy lip color to keep with the soft shades.

WORDS: View comments 5/3/12 Filed under: #black trench coat  #cream with navy green and tan circles scarf  #gold with emerald panels necklace  #olive twill skinnies  #oversized aviator shades  #rose gold oversized watch  #teal patent pumps  #white bucket bag  #white with taupe stripes loose sweater  #~creative challenges 
 05.01.2012 [tue]Picture perfect challenge, Day 2: Water lilies, Okavango Delta, Botswana by Frans LantingBacklogged outfit, added 02.12.2013.
Worn to: work
Behind the outfit:This is my favorite photo of the week but unfortunately my favorite aspect of it, the yellowy lily pads, is hard for me to properly represent; I don’t have any yellow clothing items except a gingham shirt which I felt didn’t have the right vibe for this almost-surreal photo. So instead I focused on the moody green and blue shades that surround the lily pads, the soft vertical lines of their stems, and the fluidity and murkiness of the water.
I wanted to wear mostly green since the plants and water are what really set the vibe of this photo for me, and the blue is a reflection of the sky. So I chose my green skinnies (vertical lines) and paired with a breezy (fluid) tee that has a green/yellow print; since the hi-lo hem is cropped in front, I chose a teal tank to layer underneath to pick up on the murky shades in the photo that blur the water and sky. And then added bright cobalt heels as a nod to the small dose of blue from the sky reflection.
Since there’s not really any yellow, I wanted to represent the lily pads as more of an echo; I chose round earrings and put my hair up in a fanned bun to mimic their shapes. Their dark stems are very striking, and though I tried every single dark necklace I own as a nod to them, I ended up going without because I felt they interfered with the soft vibe of the outfit; ultimately, what inspires me most about this photo is the surreal feeling.
I chose a bright orange lipstick as a nod to the small bit of orange in the largest lily pad. And for the outerwear, today it’s very VERY wet so I needed my trench coat. Luckily since it’s dark I can pretend that it’s representing the stems, but really… it’s my only spring coat. So I decided to go with that, and added a printed mustard silk scarf and my gold purse to make myself a yellow lily pad ^^
And here’s a closeup of my bun:

I probably should’ve taken some how-to photos, but hopefully this explaination will make some sense: First I made a very high ponytail, cupped the top half, and pinned it in place. Then I split the remaining bottom half of the pony tail in two pieces, left and right, and twirled each side around the base then pinned the ends underneath. Lastly, I pulled the sides down a bit to give the bun a more cohesively round shape, using bobby pins to pin the sides down which also lifts the bun. And then lightly roughed the bun up by passing my hands over the top a few times.

image 05.01.2012 [tue]
Picture perfect challenge, Day 2: Water lilies, Okavango Delta, Botswana by Frans Lanting

Backlogged outfit, added 02.12.2013.

Worn to: work

imageBehind the outfit:
This is my favorite photo of the week but unfortunately my favorite aspect of it, the yellowy lily pads, is hard for me to properly represent; I don’t have any yellow clothing items except a gingham shirt which I felt didn’t have the right vibe for this almost-surreal photo. So instead I focused on the moody green and blue shades that surround the lily pads, the soft vertical lines of their stems, and the fluidity and murkiness of the water.

I wanted to wear mostly green since the plants and water are what really set the vibe of this photo for me, and the blue is a reflection of the sky. So I chose my green skinnies (vertical lines) and paired with a breezy (fluid) tee that has a green/yellow print; since the hi-lo hem is cropped in front, I chose a teal tank to layer underneath to pick up on the murky shades in the photo that blur the water and sky. And then added bright cobalt heels as a nod to the small dose of blue from the sky reflection.

Since there’s not really any yellow, I wanted to represent the lily pads as more of an echo; I chose round earrings and put my hair up in a fanned bun to mimic their shapes. Their dark stems are very striking, and though I tried every single dark necklace I own as a nod to them, I ended up going without because I felt they interfered with the soft vibe of the outfit; ultimately, what inspires me most about this photo is the surreal feeling.

I chose a bright orange lipstick as a nod to the small bit of orange in the largest lily pad. And for the outerwear, today it’s very VERY wet so I needed my trench coat. Luckily since it’s dark I can pretend that it’s representing the stems, but really… it’s my only spring coat. So I decided to go with that, and added a printed mustard silk scarf and my gold purse to make myself a yellow lily pad ^^

And here’s a closeup of my bun:

image

I probably should’ve taken some how-to photos, but hopefully this explaination will make some sense: First I made a very high ponytail, cupped the top half, and pinned it in place. Then I split the remaining bottom half of the pony tail in two pieces, left and right, and twirled each side around the base then pinned the ends underneath. Lastly, I pulled the sides down a bit to give the bun a more cohesively round shape, using bobby pins to pin the sides down which also lifts the bun. And then lightly roughed the bun up by passing my hands over the top a few times.

WORDS: View comments 5/1/12 Filed under: #black trench coat  #cobalt suede cone pumps  #emerald skinny jeans  #gold mini satchel  #green geo print hi.low top  #mustard painterly plaid silk scarf  #oversized aviator shades  #rose gold oversized watch  #silver woven circle earrings  #teal ribbed tank  #~creative challenges 
04.20.2012 [fri]
Worn to: work, date night dinner @ Ivar’s (Mukilteo)
Tee: TargetCulottes: BCBG Max Azria (via Plato’s Closet)Tights: ExpressBooties: Nine West (outlet)Pearl earrings: Anniversary giftNecklace: Pieces (via ASOS)Watch: Anne Klein (gift)Scarf: thriftedTrench: Banana Republic (via YLF swap)Purse: Linea Pelle for TargetShades: Forever 21 
Thoughts:One of the things I enjoy most with dressing is playing with proportions. Today I’m sporting an odd one: midi-bordering-on-cropped length culottes with ankle booties and an asymmetrically semi-tucked top. It’s basically lengthening everything except my calves (and one side more than the other for that matter, heh). There are several things going on that make the proportions work to my eye:
I have proportionally short thighs so adding length just makes them more “normal” (the cuffs of these culottes sit entirely below my knees by at least an inch).
Even though I’m shortening my calves, since the booties are heeled they kind of even out what they’re shortening at the ankle. I guess it’s more “not lengthening” than anything, really. (Compare to yesterday’s outfit, the heel height is about the same.)
The whole bottom being super low contrast helps quite a bit, too.
And the semi-tucked shirt adds the last bit of additional optical leg length.
Pumps would be a more optimal leg lengthening choice here, which is nearly always a priority of mine. That was actually what I tried first, a pair of charcoal pumps (true low contrast) followed by a pair of very light gray pumps (an interesting look, they definitely “popped”). Ultimately I went with the booties because they are a bit more fashion forward and I felt that it would help to make the proportions/patterns look more intentional. In this case I chose edgy over flattery, but I don’t feel like I sacrificed leg lengthening as a whole: while in its separate halves my leg line is not “optimally flattered”, the resulting leg line as a whole is lengthened.
Bless my little camera for making my legs look proportionally correct and even a little long (they’re not), but anyone who’s taller than my thighs will see something much funkier let me tell you ^^ I’m pretty pleased with the oddball proportions, though I know this won’t be everyone’s cuppa tea. What do you all think?

04.20.2012 [fri]

Worn to: work, date night dinner @ Ivar’s (Mukilteo)

Tee: Target
Culottes: BCBG Max Azria (via Plato’s Closet)
Tights: Express
Booties: Nine West (outlet)
Pearl earrings: Anniversary gift
Necklace: Pieces (via ASOS)
Watch: Anne Klein (gift)
Scarf: thrifted
Trench: Banana Republic (via YLF swap)
Purse: Linea Pelle for Target
Shades: Forever 21 

Thoughts:
One of the things I enjoy most with dressing is playing with proportions. Today I’m sporting an odd one: midi-bordering-on-cropped length culottes with ankle booties and an asymmetrically semi-tucked top. It’s basically lengthening everything except my calves (and one side more than the other for that matter, heh). There are several things going on that make the proportions work to my eye:

  1. I have proportionally short thighs so adding length just makes them more “normal” (the cuffs of these culottes sit entirely below my knees by at least an inch).
  2. Even though I’m shortening my calves, since the booties are heeled they kind of even out what they’re shortening at the ankle. I guess it’s more “not lengthening” than anything, really. (Compare to yesterday’s outfit, the heel height is about the same.)
  3. The whole bottom being super low contrast helps quite a bit, too.
  4. And the semi-tucked shirt adds the last bit of additional optical leg length.

Pumps would be a more optimal leg lengthening choice here, which is nearly always a priority of mine. That was actually what I tried first, a pair of charcoal pumps (true low contrast) followed by a pair of very light gray pumps (an interesting look, they definitely “popped”). Ultimately I went with the booties because they are a bit more fashion forward and I felt that it would help to make the proportions/patterns look more intentional. In this case I chose edgy over flattery, but I don’t feel like I sacrificed leg lengthening as a whole: while in its separate halves my leg line is not “optimally flattered”, the resulting leg line as a whole is lengthened.

Bless my little camera for making my legs look proportionally correct and even a little long (they’re not), but anyone who’s taller than my thighs will see something much funkier let me tell you ^^ I’m pretty pleased with the oddball proportions, though I know this won’t be everyone’s cuppa tea. What do you all think?

WORDS: View comments 4/20/12 Filed under: #akoya pearl studs  #black sheer giant polka dot tights  #black slim culottes  #black trench coat  #charcoal peep.toe heeled booties  #gold and silver watch  #navy and white striped tee  #oversized aviator shades  #stone on hammered gold circles statement necklace  #turquoise and green colorblocked scarf  #white bucket bag 
04.18.2012 [wed]
Worn to: work
Blouse, jeans, scarf: TargetHeels: Halogen “Payton” (via Nordstrom)Pearl earrings: anniversary giftNecklace: giftWatch: Timex (via Target)Trench: Banana Republic (via YLF swap)Purse: Linea Pelle for TargetShades: Forever 21
Thoughts:As much as I’d like to be on Team Wear, I’m not quite there. I don’t really “save” my clothing for special occasions or anything, I just usually like to wait a while to let an item percolate in my brain before I cut the tags. I did this with most of my new purchases for the season. However! These lovely new pumps (80s cone-heeled bright bright cobalt goodness!) did NOT sit in wait as long as most of my purchases, just a couple weeks while I waffled on which size to keep. They are remarkably comfortable, and I’m reallllyyyyy hoping that Nordstrom will reissue these in a few other shades (they had a bright pink and leopard, neither of which appealed to me). Houndstooth gets my top vote.
Behind the outfit:Today is my husband’s birthday so I decided to wear something simple, formed around pieces I know he likes, the chambray shirt and the gray jeans, and kept the jewelry small and sentimental. I initially had on my gray houndstooth flats since my husband bats for Team Flats; I know he’d have preferred the flats, but I just couldn’t resist switching to the bright blue pumps! Plus they’re new! I’m rationalizing that the cobalt “goes” with the blue chambray, so… it’s all still very matchy-matchy, so that keeps it simple still, right?? ^^
Today was back to being cold enough for a coat, so I chose my coral scarf to add an additional bit of brightness to the outerwear. In retrospect, I should have worn a different purse; normally I like the high contrast, but with the two brights (coral scarf, cobalt heels) it felt a bit off. If I did this outfit over again, I’d instead go with my gold mini-satchel which would also pick up nicely on my bright yellow nails.

04.18.2012 [wed]

Worn to: work

Blouse, jeans, scarf: Target
Heels: Halogen “Payton” (via Nordstrom)
Pearl earrings: anniversary gift
Necklace: gift
Watch: Timex (via Target)
Trench: Banana Republic (via YLF swap)
Purse: Linea Pelle for Target
Shades: Forever 21

Thoughts:
As much as I’d like to be on Team Wear, I’m not quite there. I don’t really “save” my clothing for special occasions or anything, I just usually like to wait a while to let an item percolate in my brain before I cut the tags. I did this with most of my new purchases for the season. However! These lovely new pumps (80s cone-heeled bright bright cobalt goodness!) did NOT sit in wait as long as most of my purchases, just a couple weeks while I waffled on which size to keep. They are remarkably comfortable, and I’m reallllyyyyy hoping that Nordstrom will reissue these in a few other shades (they had a bright pink and leopard, neither of which appealed to me). Houndstooth gets my top vote.

Behind the outfit:
Today is my husband’s birthday so I decided to wear something simple, formed around pieces I know he likes, the chambray shirt and the gray jeans, and kept the jewelry small and sentimental. I initially had on my gray houndstooth flats since my husband bats for Team Flats; I know he’d have preferred the flats, but I just couldn’t resist switching to the bright blue pumps! Plus they’re new! I’m rationalizing that the cobalt “goes” with the blue chambray, so… it’s all still very matchy-matchy, so that keeps it simple still, right?? ^^

Today was back to being cold enough for a coat, so I chose my coral scarf to add an additional bit of brightness to the outerwear. In retrospect, I should have worn a different purse; normally I like the high contrast, but with the two brights (coral scarf, cobalt heels) it felt a bit off. If I did this outfit over again, I’d instead go with my gold mini-satchel which would also pick up nicely on my bright yellow nails.

WORDS: Notes: 1 View comments 4/18/12 Filed under: #akoya pearl studs  #black trench coat  #chambray tab sleeve button.up  #cobalt suede cone pumps  #coral and tan dotty scarf  #gray skinny jeans  #oversized aviator shades  #silver key necklace  #white bucket bag  #white camisole  #white oversized watch 
04.08.2012 [sun]
Worn to: errands (Walgreens, Albterstons, Fred Meyer), Easter dinner @ my folks’
Dress, cardigan: TargetTights: DKNY (gift)Heels: Anne Klein (via DSW)Earrings, neckalce: giftsWatch: Fossil (gift)Trench: Banana Republic (via YLF swap)Scarf: Dress BarnPurse: Coach (gift)Shades: Forever 21 
Behind the outfit:Today’s dinner isn’t necessarily a dressy affair, but I know that my folks do tend to dress a bit nicer for Easter dinner as it’s one of the few holidays my mom celebrates. The pastel colors of Easter don’t do me any favors so I decided to wear something lady-like that hints at pastels, but with colors that are still saturated enough for my coloring.
It was most definitely too cold for this outfit BUT I wanted to wear it so I did! I started with the cardigan, which is the closest to a pastel clearly-non-casual thing in my wardrobe (recently pulled out for spring/summer). After looking over my dress options, I chose this one because I liked how the blue looked with the aqua cardigan (though a sweater dress would have been more weather appropriate). I wore nude microfishnets to mitigate a bit of the coldness, and chose my most lady-like heels to complete the “Easter vibe”.
Normally I like to wear a belt with this dress because leaving the exposed elasticy band really bugs me, but today I decided to just leave it be. I chose silver accessories to play into the cool colorway for the indoor look, and gold/leopard to contrast the cool colorway for the outdoor look. And hair up so it would say out of my food ^^

04.08.2012 [sun]

Worn to: errands (Walgreens, Albterstons, Fred Meyer), Easter dinner @ my folks’

Dress, cardigan: Target
Tights: DKNY (gift)
Heels: Anne Klein (via DSW)
Earrings, neckalce: gifts
Watch: Fossil (gift)
Trench: Banana Republic (via YLF swap)
Scarf: Dress Barn
Purse: Coach (gift)
Shades: Forever 21 

Behind the outfit:
Today’s dinner isn’t necessarily a dressy affair, but I know that my folks do tend to dress a bit nicer for Easter dinner as it’s one of the few holidays my mom celebrates. The pastel colors of Easter don’t do me any favors so I decided to wear something lady-like that hints at pastels, but with colors that are still saturated enough for my coloring.

It was most definitely too cold for this outfit BUT I wanted to wear it so I did! I started with the cardigan, which is the closest to a pastel clearly-non-casual thing in my wardrobe (recently pulled out for spring/summer). After looking over my dress options, I chose this one because I liked how the blue looked with the aqua cardigan (though a sweater dress would have been more weather appropriate). I wore nude microfishnets to mitigate a bit of the coldness, and chose my most lady-like heels to complete the “Easter vibe”.

Normally I like to wear a belt with this dress because leaving the exposed elasticy band really bugs me, but today I decided to just leave it be. I chose silver accessories to play into the cool colorway for the indoor look, and gold/leopard to contrast the cool colorway for the outdoor look. And hair up so it would say out of my food ^^

WORDS: View comments 4/8/12 Filed under: #aqua short sleeved cropped cardigan  #black patent kitten heels with cream trim  #black trench coat  #blue paint print grecian wrap dress  #gold mini satchel  #leopard scarf  #nude mini fishnet tights  #silver watch  #silver with amethyst droplets necklace  #silver woven circle earrings  #tortoiseshell oversized shades 
04.06.2012 [fri]
Worn to: work, double date w/Kindah and Michael (Tulalip Casino to see Brad Garett, dinner @ Bob’s Burgers, tv at our place)
Sweater: GAPBelt, watch, earrings: TargetJeans: Empyre (via Zumiez)Boots: Miz Mooz “Flynn” (gift)Trench: Banana Republic (via YLF swap)Scarf: Steve Madden (via Nordstrom)Purse: Kate SpadeShades: Forever 21 
Thoughts:I felt great in this outfit, though felt under dressed at the comedy show. Maybe it had to do with the room being so fancy, or the ushers being in cocktail attire, but even though we were on the dressier end of the patron spectrum both my husband and I felt like we should’ve dressed much nicer!  
Behind the outfit:Yes I know I wore these boots only two days ago but after the comments I got yesterday, I just wanted to wear some of my favorite things today! And I really love how they look over my black skinnies, so I formed the outfit around that. I definitely prefer to have a good dose of lightness with this pairing, and today I was feeling like wearing something especially light so I chose this cream and navy sweater. It drapes really well, so I enjoy semi-tucking it and did so today. I added the coral skinny belt for a little pop of color, and also because I’m enjoying filling belt loops with slim belts these days. Gold earrings for added warmth, white watch for added brightness, and hair down to play into the outfit’s softness.

04.06.2012 [fri]

Worn to: work, double date w/Kindah and Michael (Tulalip Casino to see Brad Garett, dinner @ Bob’s Burgers, tv at our place)

Sweater: GAP
Belt, watch, earrings: Target
Jeans: Empyre (via Zumiez)
Boots: Miz Mooz “Flynn” (gift)
Trench: Banana Republic (via YLF swap)
Scarf: Steve Madden (via Nordstrom)
Purse: Kate Spade
Shades: Forever 21 

Thoughts:
I felt great in this outfit, though felt under dressed at the comedy show. Maybe it had to do with the room being so fancy, or the ushers being in cocktail attire, but even though we were on the dressier end of the patron spectrum both my husband and I felt like we should’ve dressed much nicer!  

Behind the outfit:
Yes I know I wore these boots only two days ago but after the comments I got yesterday, I just wanted to wear some of my favorite things today! And I really love how they look over my black skinnies, so I formed the outfit around that. I definitely prefer to have a good dose of lightness with this pairing, and today I was feeling like wearing something especially light so I chose this cream and navy sweater. It drapes really well, so I enjoy semi-tucking it and did so today. I added the coral skinny belt for a little pop of color, and also because I’m enjoying filling belt loops with slim belts these days. Gold earrings for added warmth, white watch for added brightness, and hair down to play into the outfit’s softness.

WORDS: View comments 4/6/12 Filed under: #black skinny jeans  #black trench coat  #coral leather skinny belt  #cream with navy striped top boatneck sweater  #gold arabesque cutout earrings  #oversized aviator shades  #red.orange crossbody bag  #taupe bird print scarf  #taupe tall heeled boots  #white oversized watch 
04.05.2012 [thu]
Worn to: work, Everett Raptors game (ran into Josh)
Blouse: Maurice’sCardigan: Old NavyJeans, heels, scarf: TargetHoop earrings: GNW (via Fred Meyer)Necklace, shades: Forever 21Watch: Timex (via Target)Trench: Banana Republic (via YLF swap)Purse: Kate Spade 
Thoughts:Well, today my husband and I went to our local arena football team’s game (some photos here) where we ran into an old friend. I haven’t seen him in a couple years, pretty sure not since overhauling my wardrobe and style. He commented “You still dress like Aida”, and I wasn’t sure whether to take that as a compliment or be worried! My husband didn’t help when I commented on this to him by saying “Maybe it’s because you still dress weird”. *sigh* I feel like both of those comments took me several steps backwards, mentally. To be fair, I didn’t start from grubby stained tees and sweats or anything, so I am going to try and take it as what I’m wearing fits my personality properly (which is, of course, something that I want). And also that, apparently, my husband finds me weird.
On a different note, I tried a different tinted red lip balm today which I quite like! Last season I used Cover Girl Natural Luxe in “Muscat”, which is a bit more subtle, a true but still warm red, and has a touch of sparkle to it. This one here is Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in “Candy Apple”, which is much more pigmented, is a solid flat color, and I would call it a tomato red. I’m feeling this new shade a lot more than the one I wore last year, and I’m excited to have my bold red lip color for this season ready to go! Though to be honest, I tend to prefer orange in the summer.
Behind the outfit:I love how leopard print, gray or tan, looks when paired with red and when reviewing how I’ve worn this cardigan I’ve only done it once! So that was the idea behind today’s outfit, but when reviewing my tops… severe lack of red, even though it is one of my favorite colors. This blouse is older, and I just haven’t been reaching for it at all. I gave it a whirl today, but still not really feeling it and I can’t quite put my finger on it. Too cool? Too muted? Not digging the short sleeves? I think it’s a mix of all three, so I’m going to set it aside for now. Overall, I like the styling here but the shirt just felt too off. I have a strong feeling that a red silk blouse would get a ton of wear, and I should probably look into getting one.
Anyway! I started with the red button-up and the leopard cardigan, which felt a bit heavy and dark so I decided to go with light gray jeans and heels to lighten the look up. It still felt heavy (maybe heavy isn’t the right word here, but certainly a bit muddy) so I then added the pearl necklace and white watch, and put my hair up. Lastly I went with the bright red lip to echo the red blouse, even though the shades don’t match up (cool vs. warm).

04.05.2012 [thu]

Worn to: work, Everett Raptors game (ran into Josh)

Blouse: Maurice’s
Cardigan: Old Navy
Jeans, heels, scarf: Target
Hoop earrings: GNW (via Fred Meyer)
Necklace, shades: Forever 21
Watch: Timex (via Target)
Trench: Banana Republic (via YLF swap)
Purse: Kate Spade 

Thoughts:
Well, today my husband and I went to our local arena football team’s game (some photos here) where we ran into an old friend. I haven’t seen him in a couple years, pretty sure not since overhauling my wardrobe and style. He commented “You still dress like Aida”, and I wasn’t sure whether to take that as a compliment or be worried! My husband didn’t help when I commented on this to him by saying “Maybe it’s because you still dress weird”. *sigh* I feel like both of those comments took me several steps backwards, mentally. To be fair, I didn’t start from grubby stained tees and sweats or anything, so I am going to try and take it as what I’m wearing fits my personality properly (which is, of course, something that I want). And also that, apparently, my husband finds me weird.

On a different note, I tried a different tinted red lip balm today which I quite like! Last season I used Cover Girl Natural Luxe in “Muscat”, which is a bit more subtle, a true but still warm red, and has a touch of sparkle to it. This one here is Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in “Candy Apple”, which is much more pigmented, is a solid flat color, and I would call it a tomato red. I’m feeling this new shade a lot more than the one I wore last year, and I’m excited to have my bold red lip color for this season ready to go! Though to be honest, I tend to prefer orange in the summer.

Behind the outfit:
I love how leopard print, gray or tan, looks when paired with red and when reviewing how I’ve worn this cardigan I’ve only done it once! So that was the idea behind today’s outfit, but when reviewing my tops… severe lack of red, even though it is one of my favorite colors. This blouse is older, and I just haven’t been reaching for it at all. I gave it a whirl today, but still not really feeling it and I can’t quite put my finger on it. Too cool? Too muted? Not digging the short sleeves? I think it’s a mix of all three, so I’m going to set it aside for now. Overall, I like the styling here but the shirt just felt too off. I have a strong feeling that a red silk blouse would get a ton of wear, and I should probably look into getting one.

Anyway! I started with the red button-up and the leopard cardigan, which felt a bit heavy and dark so I decided to go with light gray jeans and heels to lighten the look up. It still felt heavy (maybe heavy isn’t the right word here, but certainly a bit muddy) so I then added the pearl necklace and white watch, and put my hair up. Lastly I went with the bright red lip to echo the red blouse, even though the shades don’t match up (cool vs. warm).

WORDS: View comments 4/5/12 Filed under: #black trench coat  #black with white polka dots scarf  #brass and pearl multistrand bib necklace  #dove gray patent pumps  #gray leopard cardigan  #gray skinny jeans  #red tonal striped short sleeve button.up  #red.orange crossbody bag  #silver hoops  #tortoiseshell oversized shades  #white oversized watch  #~observations 
04.04.2012 [wed]
Worn to: work
Dress: Old NavyBelt: VansTights: DKNY (gift)Boots: Miz Mooz “Flynn” (gift)Earrings, watch: TargetTrench: Banana Republic (via YLF swap)Scarf: Steve Madden (via Nordstrom)Purse: Kate SpadeShades: Forever 21 
Thoughts:While I’ve put away nearly all of my winter items, these nude boots are going to stay out until the last possible second! I’m guessing around mid-April; the color could certainly be used all year but, regardless of color, tall boots just don’t feel springy enough to me. I do see plenty of women wearing their tall boots all the way up until the start of summer around here because our springs are just ridiculously cold and wet. If it stays really cool I may leave them out until the end of the month, but we’ll see how the weather goes. 
Behind the outfit:In light of wearing some cooler weather items, today I wanted to wear this spring dress with my nude boots again while I can because I just love the combo! Not quite warm enough to skip the hose, so I wore my trusty nude fishnets. To lighten the look up I added an ivory studded belt and white watch, and there’s a small peek of white camisole as well. I thought about a necklace, but I think I’mm starting to feel a bit off them after wearing so many pendants this past winter. So instead I put my hair up and went with long dangly gold earrings!
(And because it’s much colder than that sun may lead you to think, I of course needed a coat. To keep it light, I added my taupe scarf which picks up on the light boots and helps to bookend them against the dark coat/hair. And the bright orange purse is just fun ^^)

04.04.2012 [wed]

Worn to: work

Dress: Old Navy
Belt: Vans
Tights: DKNY (gift)
Boots: Miz Mooz “Flynn” (gift)
Earrings, watch: Target
Trench: Banana Republic (via YLF swap)
Scarf: Steve Madden (via Nordstrom)
Purse: Kate Spade
Shades: Forever 21 

Thoughts:
While I’ve put away nearly all of my winter items, these nude boots are going to stay out until the last possible second! I’m guessing around mid-April; the color could certainly be used all year but, regardless of color, tall boots just don’t feel springy enough to me. I do see plenty of women wearing their tall boots all the way up until the start of summer around here because our springs are just ridiculously cold and wet. If it stays really cool I may leave them out until the end of the month, but we’ll see how the weather goes. 

Behind the outfit:
In light of wearing some cooler weather items, today I wanted to wear this spring dress with my nude boots again while I can because I just love the combo! Not quite warm enough to skip the hose, so I wore my trusty nude fishnets. To lighten the look up I added an ivory studded belt and white watch, and there’s a small peek of white camisole as well. I thought about a necklace, but I think I’mm starting to feel a bit off them after wearing so many pendants this past winter. So instead I put my hair up and went with long dangly gold earrings!

(And because it’s much colder than that sun may lead you to think, I of course needed a coat. To keep it light, I added my taupe scarf which picks up on the light boots and helps to bookend them against the dark coat/hair. And the bright orange purse is just fun ^^)

WORDS: View comments 4/4/12 Filed under: #black trench coat  #distressed ivory studded belt  #gold arabesque cutout earrings  #nude mini fishnet tights  #purple and blue zigzag dress  #red.orange crossbody bag  #taupe bird print scarf  #taupe tall heeled boots  #tortoiseshell oversized shades  #white camisole  #white oversized watch