Posts tagged: black wool coat

03.15.2012 [thu]
Worn to: Walgreens, work
Tee, necklace: TargetSweater: Ann Taylor (outlet)Blazer: H&MShorts: Hinge (via Nordstrom)Tights: Forever 21Boots: Not Rated “Boystown” (via heels.com)Hoop earrings: GNW (via Fred Meyer)Watch: Fossil (gift)Scarf: Dress BarnCoat: Worthington (via JCPenney)Purse: Michael Kors 
Thoughts:Today’s post is full of good stuff! As I said, I’ve been busy crafting away in preparation of re-opening my Etsy shop and am hoping this will happen in the next two weeks. So today I wanted to share a little preview of what I’ve been working on:

Aren’t they pretty? These little cuties will soon be earrings, and I’m also working on creating some nail polishes to sell as well. I’ll be sharing a manicure with one of the polishes I’m most excited about with you tomorrow!
Also, I fixed a bug that was preventing the tags from showing on all the posts in yesterday’s big update. ALSO also, a big backlog outfit post update with the full Neutrals Week Challenge, and a manicure with my first handmade polish.
Backlogged outfits update: Feb 6th | Feb 7th | Feb 8th | Feb 9th | Feb 10th | Neutrals week recap | Mar 3rd manicure | Mar 4th manicure refinish
Behind the outfit:Today’s outfit was formed using my outfit formula derived from this outfit way back in January; I’m definitely looking at other ways to interpret this formula for spring! Instead of orange for the bright color, today I chose teal. I did actually try orange first: I have a new bright orange blazer hanging in my closet (you’ll see it soon, I can’t wait to wear it!), but it made the top have look seasonally confused with the bottom half so I chose this darker jacket instead.
I actually started with the shorts today, then looked back through the outfits I’ve worn with them for some ideas. After seeing that I’ve only worn these boots once with them, I wanted to pair them again. The taupe tee was hanging up after being washed, and seeing it made the January formula pop into my head; the rest of the outfit came together pretty quickly from there. I used the same sweater as last time (and the same boots, for that matter), then chose gray tights to add another dose of gray, though, if I had it, I’d have preferred a lighter gray pair.
As I said above, I then tried my orange blazer but it was too bright so I went with this teal blazer instead. I knew I’d be taking my blazer off inside (those layers are surprisingly warm!) so I decided to add a necklace with more gray in it; it also makes the non-blazer version nicely neutral, which I think is fun. And lastly, for the outerwear I chose my leopard scarf that has brown in it to pick up on the boots; it also adds some extra interest since it’s printed.

03.15.2012 [thu]

Worn to: Walgreens, work

Tee, necklace: Target
Sweater: Ann Taylor (outlet)
Blazer: H&M
Shorts: Hinge (via Nordstrom)
Tights: Forever 21
Boots: Not Rated “Boystown” (via heels.com)
Hoop earrings: GNW (via Fred Meyer)
Watch: Fossil (gift)
Scarf: Dress Barn
Coat: Worthington (via JCPenney)
Purse: Michael Kors 

Thoughts:
Today’s post is full of good stuff! As I said, I’ve been busy crafting away in preparation of re-opening my Etsy shop and am hoping this will happen in the next two weeks. So today I wanted to share a little preview of what I’ve been working on:

Aren’t they pretty? These little cuties will soon be earrings, and I’m also working on creating some nail polishes to sell as well. I’ll be sharing a manicure with one of the polishes I’m most excited about with you tomorrow!

Also, I fixed a bug that was preventing the tags from showing on all the posts in yesterday’s big update. ALSO also, a big backlog outfit post update with the full Neutrals Week Challenge, and a manicure with my first handmade polish.

Backlogged outfits update: Feb 6th | Feb 7th | Feb 8th | Feb 9th | Feb 10th | Neutrals week recap | Mar 3rd manicure | Mar 4th manicure refinish

Behind the outfit:
Today’s outfit was formed using my outfit formula derived from this outfit way back in January; I’m definitely looking at other ways to interpret this formula for spring! Instead of orange for the bright color, today I chose teal. I did actually try orange first: I have a new bright orange blazer hanging in my closet (you’ll see it soon, I can’t wait to wear it!), but it made the top have look seasonally confused with the bottom half so I chose this darker jacket instead.

I actually started with the shorts today, then looked back through the outfits I’ve worn with them for some ideas. After seeing that I’ve only worn these boots once with them, I wanted to pair them again. The taupe tee was hanging up after being washed, and seeing it made the January formula pop into my head; the rest of the outfit came together pretty quickly from there. I used the same sweater as last time (and the same boots, for that matter), then chose gray tights to add another dose of gray, though, if I had it, I’d have preferred a lighter gray pair.

As I said above, I then tried my orange blazer but it was too bright so I went with this teal blazer instead. I knew I’d be taking my blazer off inside (those layers are surprisingly warm!) so I decided to add a necklace with more gray in it; it also makes the non-blazer version nicely neutral, which I think is fun. And lastly, for the outerwear I chose my leopard scarf that has brown in it to pick up on the boots; it also adds some extra interest since it’s printed.

WORDS: View comments 3/15/12 Filed under: #black wool coat  #brown tall wedged slouchy boots  #chain with gray pearls necklace  #charcoal plaid wool shorts  #gray sweater tights  #leopard scarf  #navy mini tote bag  #silver hoops  #silver watch  #taupe long sleeve tee  #teal knit blazer  #winter white turtleneck sweater 
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 
03.05.2012 [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 
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 
02.24.2012 [fri]
Worn to: returns (Old Navy, Michael’s, Walgreens, Fred Meyer), Sally’s, work, date night dinner @ Mukilteo Lodge
Dress, tights: LOFTBoots: Not Rated “Boystown” (via heels.com)Earrings: self madeNecklace: Forever 21Watch: Anne Klein (gift)Coat: Worthington (via JCPenney)Scarf: Dress BarnPurse: Nine West (thrifted) 
Thoughts:I’m starting to enjoy dresses more and more as a quick and easy outfit option, especially great for date night because my husband isn’t a big fan of overly layered outfits. I’ve also come to realize that I like them much more than skirts (see previous sentence). Today’s outfit is a great example! I knew I had to be running around all morning, then working, then going out for date night. Starting with the dress as the base means I’m already almost done with the outfit. Cold out? Add tights. Wet out? Add boots. Complete the look with a watch, earrings, and/or your favorite pendant, and you’re good to go (basically today’s thought process).
Of course there are also layering options, like a button-up underneath or a jacket above. And with jewelry, shoes, and accessories there are lots of options to change up the look or the vibe of your dress as you wish:
A relaxed weekend look - slouchy or rugged boots/shoes, sweater tights, denim jacket, oversized fringed cotton scarf, and a casual leather hobo.
Going to the park with the kids - flat shoes/boots, opaque tights, colorful cropped cardigan, soft scarf, and colorful crossbody bag.
Business casual - sleek boots/booties, patterned or textured tights, colorful blazer, and leather tote bag.
Dress it up for a night out - colorful or metallic heels, sheer hose, cropped tuxedo blazer, sparkling jewelry, and patent evening clutch.

02.24.2012 [fri]

Worn to: returns (Old Navy, Michael’s, Walgreens, Fred Meyer), Sally’s, work, date night dinner @ Mukilteo Lodge

Dress, tights: LOFT
Boots: Not Rated “Boystown” (via heels.com)
Earrings: self made
Necklace: Forever 21
Watch: Anne Klein (gift)
Coat: Worthington (via JCPenney)
Scarf: Dress Barn
Purse: Nine West (thrifted) 

Thoughts:
I’m starting to enjoy dresses more and more as a quick and easy outfit option, especially great for date night because my husband isn’t a big fan of overly layered outfits. I’ve also come to realize that I like them much more than skirts (see previous sentence). Today’s outfit is a great example! I knew I had to be running around all morning, then working, then going out for date night. Starting with the dress as the base means I’m already almost done with the outfit. Cold out? Add tights. Wet out? Add boots. Complete the look with a watch, earrings, and/or your favorite pendant, and you’re good to go (basically today’s thought process).

Of course there are also layering options, like a button-up underneath or a jacket above. And with jewelry, shoes, and accessories there are lots of options to change up the look or the vibe of your dress as you wish:

  • A relaxed weekend look - slouchy or rugged boots/shoes, sweater tights, denim jacket, oversized fringed cotton scarf, and a casual leather hobo.
  • Going to the park with the kids - flat shoes/boots, opaque tights, colorful cropped cardigan, soft scarf, and colorful crossbody bag.
  • Business casual - sleek boots/booties, patterned or textured tights, colorful blazer, and leather tote bag.
  • Dress it up for a night out - colorful or metallic heels, sheer hose, cropped tuxedo blazer, sparkling jewelry, and patent evening clutch.
WORDS: View comments 2/24/12 Filed under: #black and charcoal colorblock sweater dress  #black leather tote  #black ribbed sweater tights  #black wool coat  #brass owl pendant  #brown tall wedged slouchy boots  #gold and silver watch  #green and brown sparkly scarf  #orange thin shell earrings  #~formulas  #~observations 
02.22.2012 [wed]
Worn to: Target, Michael’s, work
Sweater: Ann Taylor (outlet)Blazer: H&MJeans: GAP “Real Straight”Booties: Ciao Bella “Glorious” (via Sears)Earrings: self madeNecklace: Forever 21Watch: Timex (via Target)Coat: Worthington (via JCPenney)Scarf: giftPurse: Nine West (thrifted) 
Thoughts:How delicious looking is cranberry (sweater) with orange (nails)? This is a color pairing I am going to have to keep in mind for when fall rolls back around. Along the same lines as my wool shorts yesterday, I would like to get a couple more outfits with this sweater in before it warms up. I have to say that unfortunately it hasn’t worn well; it’s already starting to pill along the bust (weird?) but the white one is doing just fine (also weird?). I’ve worn each one 4 times, and was hoping to get two seasons out of them; I don’t know if this one will hold up until next fall, but I do plan to continue wearing the white one going into spring for transitional outfits.
Behind the outfit:I’ve been slowly but surely adding a little more white/cream/gray to my outfits as we approach spring (I do plan to really lighten up for spring/summer like I did last year, but not completely leave out black). Today I wanted to style this sweater in a springy outfit, and this white blazer was the first thing to pair with it that came to mind. It’s still a little early, but it’s so gloomy out and the white is so cheerful! I knew the outfit would need a lot of other white to balance the big block of white from the blazer, so I chose my ivory booties (you’ll be seeing lots of them going into spring!) along with this pearl bib necklace and pushed up sleeves (yes, my skin is light enough to count for lightness balancing here -_-).
It’s too wet to wear flared jeans, which would have been my first choice, so I went with these straight leg jeans instead. To keep the outfit from being fully springy, I also added a few black elements in the watch and earrings. I’m still wearing my wool coat, but it’ll be time to swap to my trench soon (I hope!). Happily this scarf is light enough to go into transitional spring outfits; I picked it because I wanted to play up the black-and-white graphic quality of the coat/booties, and this black purse so it wouldn’t detract from that.
This transitional outfit can be boiled down to the following formula (“white” here could be white, cream, ivory, whatever light shade is right for you): deep colored top + white jacket and shoes + blue jeans + 1 white jewelry/scarf + rest of jewelry/accents in black.

02.22.2012 [wed]

Worn to: Target, Michael’s, work

Sweater: Ann Taylor (outlet)
Blazer: H&M
Jeans: GAP “Real Straight”
Booties: Ciao Bella “Glorious” (via Sears)
Earrings: self made
Necklace: Forever 21
Watch: Timex (via Target)
Coat: Worthington (via JCPenney)
Scarf: gift
Purse: Nine West (thrifted) 

Thoughts:
How delicious looking is cranberry (sweater) with orange (nails)? This is a color pairing I am going to have to keep in mind for when fall rolls back around. Along the same lines as my wool shorts yesterday, I would like to get a couple more outfits with this sweater in before it warms up. I have to say that unfortunately it hasn’t worn well; it’s already starting to pill along the bust (weird?) but the white one is doing just fine (also weird?). I’ve worn each one 4 times, and was hoping to get two seasons out of them; I don’t know if this one will hold up until next fall, but I do plan to continue wearing the white one going into spring for transitional outfits.

Behind the outfit:
I’ve been slowly but surely adding a little more white/cream/gray to my outfits as we approach spring (I do plan to really lighten up for spring/summer like I did last year, but not completely leave out black). Today I wanted to style this sweater in a springy outfit, and this white blazer was the first thing to pair with it that came to mind. It’s still a little early, but it’s so gloomy out and the white is so cheerful! I knew the outfit would need a lot of other white to balance the big block of white from the blazer, so I chose my ivory booties (you’ll be seeing lots of them going into spring!) along with this pearl bib necklace and pushed up sleeves (yes, my skin is light enough to count for lightness balancing here -_-).

It’s too wet to wear flared jeans, which would have been my first choice, so I went with these straight leg jeans instead. To keep the outfit from being fully springy, I also added a few black elements in the watch and earrings. I’m still wearing my wool coat, but it’ll be time to swap to my trench soon (I hope!). Happily this scarf is light enough to go into transitional spring outfits; I picked it because I wanted to play up the black-and-white graphic quality of the coat/booties, and this black purse so it wouldn’t detract from that.

This transitional outfit can be boiled down to the following formula (“white” here could be white, cream, ivory, whatever light shade is right for you): deep colored top + white jacket and shoes + blue jeans + 1 white jewelry/scarf + rest of jewelry/accents in black.

WORDS: View comments 2/22/12 Filed under: #black and white houndstooth fringed scarf  #black circular stone earrings  #black dark faced watch  #black leather tote  #black wool coat  #brass and pearl multistrand bib necklace  #cranberry turtleneck sweater  #ivory ruched pointy booties  #straight medium wash jeans  #white tuxedo blazer  #~formulas 
02.18.2012 [sat]
Worn to: breakfast @ Patty’s, Walgreens, Adam’s birthday (dinner @ Anthony’s, Everett Silvertips game), Chopstix
Sweater, jacket, scarf: TargetJeans: Empyre (via Zumiez)Boots: Not Rated “Boystown” (via heels.com)Pearl earrings: anniversary giftNecklace: YLF Secret Santa giftWatch: Anne Klein (gift)Coat: Worthington (via JCPenney)Purse: Coach (gift) 
Thoughts:Busy day today! First off, some fashion. I picked up some plain foam insoles from Walgreens today, and have to say WHY DIDN”T I DO THIS SOONER!? I put a pair in these boots, which are already one of my most comfortable pairs of shoes, and now they’re even better. For, like, $1.50 a pair? Yes please! I am definitely going to buy a few more for various shoes that have the extra room, especially my taller heels.
So we went out with our good friend Adam and his family for his birthday today, and had a great time! After a delicious seafood dinner, we went to an Everett Silvertips hockey game (quick insider tidbit: I LOVE hockey, baseball, and football!). Seattle doesn’t have an NHL team (*sob*), but we do have several minor league teams including one here in my own town. Whenever they play against Seattle, the games are super duper awesome, and tonight was no exception!


The game finished at 3-3 in regulation, went into overtimes, and ultimately to a shootout (my favorite!) with Everett taking the win! I took some video of the shootout shots for fun and mooshed ‘em all together with a slow-mo repeat of the winning shot:

Love that winning spin shot for Everett! You can tell we all had far too much fun ^^

Afterwards David and I went to Chopstix, a dueling piano bar, for a drink before heading home. We also saw THE COOLEST (nerd alert) car, covered in floppies and firmies!!

Behind the outfit:I don’t sport black-on-black outfits often, and one of my favorite ways to break up all the black is to mix in brown. Today’s outfit started with the sweater and jeans, because it’s a very casual base that could hide any grime I might incur over the day’s festivities. I added this particular pair of boots for a couple reasons: the brown color (to soften the black), the wedge heel makes them a bit dressy, and the fact that they’re synthetic so if they got mucked up at the game I could clean easily. I needed a jacket for the hockey rink, so I chose this leather jacket to keep things casual-cool, but if I had a color other than brown (gray, taupe, cream or red come to mind) I would probably like that more; I don’t mind the matchiness of the brown with the brown boots, mostly because they’re not the same shade of brown.
From there I added my pearl studs to add a wee bit of lightness, then this brass pendant to play with the browns. I chose this scarf to work both indoors and outdoors (wasn’t sure how cold the arena would be), and since I’m going with super matchy matchy, this one definitely fits the bill since it’s black, gray, and brown floral ^^

02.18.2012 [sat]

Worn to: breakfast @ Patty’s, Walgreens, Adam’s birthday (dinner @ Anthony’s, Everett Silvertips game), Chopstix

Sweater, jacket, scarf: Target
Jeans: Empyre (via Zumiez)
Boots: Not Rated “Boystown” (via heels.com)
Pearl earrings: anniversary gift
Necklace: YLF Secret Santa gift
Watch: Anne Klein (gift)
Coat: Worthington (via JCPenney)
Purse: Coach (gift) 

Thoughts:
Busy day today! First off, some fashion. I picked up some plain foam insoles from Walgreens today, and have to say WHY DIDN”T I DO THIS SOONER!? I put a pair in these boots, which are already one of my most comfortable pairs of shoes, and now they’re even better. For, like, $1.50 a pair? Yes please! I am definitely going to buy a few more for various shoes that have the extra room, especially my taller heels.

So we went out with our good friend Adam and his family for his birthday today, and had a great time! After a delicious seafood dinner, we went to an Everett Silvertips hockey game (quick insider tidbit: I LOVE hockey, baseball, and football!). Seattle doesn’t have an NHL team (*sob*), but we do have several minor league teams including one here in my own town. Whenever they play against Seattle, the games are super duper awesome, and tonight was no exception!

The game finished at 3-3 in regulation, went into overtimes, and ultimately to a shootout (my favorite!) with Everett taking the win! I took some video of the shootout shots for fun and mooshed ‘em all together with a slow-mo repeat of the winning shot:

Love that winning spin shot for Everett! You can tell we all had far too much fun ^^

Afterwards David and I went to Chopstix, a dueling piano bar, for a drink before heading home. We also saw THE COOLEST (nerd alert) car, covered in floppies and firmies!!

Behind the outfit:
I don’t sport black-on-black outfits often, and one of my favorite ways to break up all the black is to mix in brown. Today’s outfit started with the sweater and jeans, because it’s a very casual base that could hide any grime I might incur over the day’s festivities. I added this particular pair of boots for a couple reasons: the brown color (to soften the black), the wedge heel makes them a bit dressy, and the fact that they’re synthetic so if they got mucked up at the game I could clean easily. I needed a jacket for the hockey rink, so I chose this leather jacket to keep things casual-cool, but if I had a color other than brown (gray, taupe, cream or red come to mind) I would probably like that more; I don’t mind the matchiness of the brown with the brown boots, mostly because they’re not the same shade of brown.

From there I added my pearl studs to add a wee bit of lightness, then this brass pendant to play with the browns. I chose this scarf to work both indoors and outdoors (wasn’t sure how cold the arena would be), and since I’m going with super matchy matchy, this one definitely fits the bill since it’s black, gray, and brown floral ^^

WORDS: View comments 2/18/12 Filed under: #akoya pearl studs  #black and brown floral scarf  #black and gray striped sweater  #black skinny jeans  #black wool coat  #brass charm necklace  #brown faux leather jacket  #brown tall wedged slouchy boots  #gold and silver watch  #gold mini satchel 
02.10.2012 [fri]Neutrals week: black/gray/denim
Worn to: work, date night dinner @ Mukilteo Lodge
Dress: LOFTJacket: GAP (thrifted)Tights: DKNY (gift)Boots: Miz Mooz “Flynn” (gift)Pearl earrings: anniversary giftNecklace: YLF Secret Santa giftWatch: Anne Klein (gift)Coat: Worthington (via JCPenney)Purse, scarf: gifts 
Thoughts:Neutrals challenge day five! I just realized I’m wearing a lot of gifts today, I sure do know how to ask for the things I like ^^ This is the debut of the pretty boots my sweet husband bought me for xmas! Why did I wait so long to wear them you ask? In a few words, I am lazy. In a few more words, I need to waterproof them and I haven’t yet and it’s always wet/rainy and I was afraid to ruin them. I still haven’t waterproofed them, but I just couldn’t wait any longer to wear them!
One interesting thing about the leather these boots are made of: it’s much more taupey/gray indoors, but when in natural light they become much warmer looking. If I showed you an indoor photo of them, you wouldn’t believe it’s the same boot! I do wish this was the other way around since I spend more time indoors than out, and the outside color is just gorgeous with my skin and functions like a nude.
Behind the outfit:Today’s outfit formed around the dress, and this was the second outfit I put together for this challenge at the start of the week. Because this dress is neutral colorblocked I knew it would be perfect for this challenge! I also wanted to sneak another shot of blue denim in, and was pleasantly surprised to find that this jacket fit over the dress’s wide dolman sleeves; it’s just a little bit too long over dresses, a more cropped version would certainly be cheekier and is on my list to buy for this upcoming spring/summer season.
Since most of the week’s outfits were primarily dark (winter and all) I thought, to lighten this look, having more exposed skin instead of adding white would be fun. So I planned to wear these boots and crossed my fingers that it wouldn’t be pouring by today. Happily the weather cooperated! It’s definitely still too cold to go tightsless, so I added these nude mini-fishnet tights (you may need to load the full size image to see ‘em). If you haven’t ever given this type of hosiery a try, I HIGHLY suggest them! They are super fantastic for transitional and mild weather, and as an added bonus add a little extra textural interest.
I had originally planned on wearing my brass and pearl bib necklace with this outfit, but since I wore it yesterday I needed to find something else instead. So I decided to further play up the many vertical lines in this outfit and chose this long pendant. I had expected it to be cold enough to need both my wool coat and a warm scarf, but to my surprise it was quite mild so I ended up tying the scarf to my purse and ditching my coat.

02.10.2012 [fri]
Neutrals week: black/gray/denim

Worn to: work, date night dinner @ Mukilteo Lodge

Dress: LOFT
Jacket: GAP (thrifted)
Tights: DKNY (gift)
Boots: Miz Mooz “Flynn” (gift)
Pearl earrings: anniversary gift
Necklace: YLF Secret Santa gift
Watch: Anne Klein (gift)
Coat: Worthington (via JCPenney)
Purse, scarf: gifts 

Thoughts:
Neutrals challenge day five! I just realized I’m wearing a lot of gifts today, I sure do know how to ask for the things I like ^^ This is the debut of the pretty boots my sweet husband bought me for xmas! Why did I wait so long to wear them you ask? In a few words, I am lazy. In a few more words, I need to waterproof them and I haven’t yet and it’s always wet/rainy and I was afraid to ruin them. I still haven’t waterproofed them, but I just couldn’t wait any longer to wear them!

One interesting thing about the leather these boots are made of: it’s much more taupey/gray indoors, but when in natural light they become much warmer looking. If I showed you an indoor photo of them, you wouldn’t believe it’s the same boot! I do wish this was the other way around since I spend more time indoors than out, and the outside color is just gorgeous with my skin and functions like a nude.

imageBehind the outfit:
Today’s outfit formed around the dress, and this was the second outfit I put together for this challenge at the start of the week. Because this dress is neutral colorblocked I knew it would be perfect for this challenge! I also wanted to sneak another shot of blue denim in, and was pleasantly surprised to find that this jacket fit over the dress’s wide dolman sleeves; it’s just a little bit too long over dresses, a more cropped version would certainly be cheekier and is on my list to buy for this upcoming spring/summer season.

Since most of the week’s outfits were primarily dark (winter and all) I thought, to lighten this look, having more exposed skin instead of adding white would be fun. So I planned to wear these boots and crossed my fingers that it wouldn’t be pouring by today. Happily the weather cooperated! It’s definitely still too cold to go tightsless, so I added these nude mini-fishnet tights (you may need to load the full size image to see ‘em). If you haven’t ever given this type of hosiery a try, I HIGHLY suggest them! They are super fantastic for transitional and mild weather, and as an added bonus add a little extra textural interest.

I had originally planned on wearing my brass and pearl bib necklace with this outfit, but since I wore it yesterday I needed to find something else instead. So I decided to further play up the many vertical lines in this outfit and chose this long pendant. I had expected it to be cold enough to need both my wool coat and a warm scarf, but to my surprise it was quite mild so I ended up tying the scarf to my purse and ditching my coat.

WORDS: View comments 2/10/12 Filed under: #akoya pearl studs  #black and charcoal colorblock sweater dress  #black and white micro.houndstooth cashmere scarf  #black wool coat  #brass charm necklace  #gold and silver watch  #medium wash denim jacket  #nude mini fishnet tights  #red slouchy hobo  #taupe tall heeled boots  #~creative challenges 
02.04.2012 [sat]
Worn to: lunch @ Scuttlebutt
Blouse: Calvin Klein (thrifted)Cardigan: TargetBelt, earrings, purse: giftsJeans: GAP “Real Straight”Heels: Nine West “Picolaff” (outlet)Watch: Fossil (gift)Coat: Worthington (via JCPenney) 
Thoughts:Ahh we finally had some actual nice weather! My husband and I spent most of the day out working in the yard; I worked on getting some much needed pruning, weeding, and raking done. I have been completely surprised that my violas and primroses have been continually blooming all of this winter, through the snow and all! Hopefully I didn’t work too hard, I always do the first time out each season and manage to be sore far longer than I’d like to admit ^^
Behind the outfit:Today’s outfit is full of items I haven’t worn recently. I started with the cardigan; since I don’t really like to layer cardigans over knits, I chose this rarely-worn black blouse and then decided to make the outfit have a relaxed menswear vibe. Initially I planned to leave the shirt untucked, but it’s fairly short so I decided instead to tuck it. From there, I picked these not-yet-worn-much heeled oxfords (but will certainly be wearing more of once the weather warms up), and after that I chose this woven belt to match; both have much more vibrant color than these photos show. I chose the jeans after all of that, going with these straight legs to show a little of the shoe and keep the legline slim but a bit loose. Lastly I went with simple jewelry in line with the relaxed menswear vibe, but I did choose these larger earrings instead of my usual simple hoops to add just a little bit more femininity to the look.

02.04.2012 [sat]

Worn to: lunch @ Scuttlebutt

Blouse: Calvin Klein (thrifted)
Cardigan: Target
Belt, earrings, purse: gifts
Jeans: GAP “Real Straight”
Heels: Nine West “Picolaff” (outlet)
Watch: Fossil (gift)
Coat: Worthington (via JCPenney) 

Thoughts:
Ahh we finally had some actual nice weather! My husband and I spent most of the day out working in the yard; I worked on getting some much needed pruning, weeding, and raking done. I have been completely surprised that my violas and primroses have been continually blooming all of this winter, through the snow and all! Hopefully I didn’t work too hard, I always do the first time out each season and manage to be sore far longer than I’d like to admit ^^

Behind the outfit:
Today’s outfit is full of items I haven’t worn recently. I started with the cardigan; since I don’t really like to layer cardigans over knits, I chose this rarely-worn black blouse and then decided to make the outfit have a relaxed menswear vibe. Initially I planned to leave the shirt untucked, but it’s fairly short so I decided instead to tuck it. From there, I picked these not-yet-worn-much heeled oxfords (but will certainly be wearing more of once the weather warms up), and after that I chose this woven belt to match; both have much more vibrant color than these photos show. I chose the jeans after all of that, going with these straight legs to show a little of the shoe and keep the legline slim but a bit loose. Lastly I went with simple jewelry in line with the relaxed menswear vibe, but I did choose these larger earrings instead of my usual simple hoops to add just a little bit more femininity to the look.

WORDS: View comments 2/4/12 Filed under: #black short sleeve button.up  #black wool coat  #cognac braided belt  #cognac heeled oxfords  #gray with black stripes long cardigan  #red slouchy hobo  #silver watch  #silver woven circle earrings  #straight medium wash jeans