Posts tagged: champagne sparkly dolman sleeve sweater

03.25.2012 [sun]
Worn to: Brad/Cristin/Ian/Joe over after their ride, grocery
Sweater: LOFTJacket, jeans: TargetOxfords: Bronx “Heat of Nite” (via Nordstrom)Hoop earrings: GNW (via Fred Meyer)Necklace, shades: Forever 21Watch: Timex (via Target)Scarf: Old NavyPurse: Coach (gift) 
Thoughts:Somehow my sweater shrunk when I washed it a couple days ago! I have washed it several times before, always the same way, with cold water and air dried. I’m hoping I can gently stretch the slouch back into it but I don’t have high hopes for that working. I’ll have to experiment with the sweater to see how to make it work for me if I can’t get it to stretch back to its normal shape. Not sure how much I like this tighter fit, it really emphasizes the dolman sleeve which isn’t the best sleeve shape for my strong shoulder line (the looser body helped to mitigate that). Sad.
I wasn’t really planning on going anywhere or seeing anyone today, so I was in my PJs when our friends stopped by for a short visit after going out for a ride. I therefore threw this together quite quickly, and am pretty pleased with how it turned out! This is actually a take on my spring color palette formula, with the ivory and color (green) only in the scarf. That little formula has really been a great tool when I need a little outfit inspiration!
Backlogged outfits update: Feb 28th | Building An Outfit - 4 Stages | Mar 1st | Mar 3rd

03.25.2012 [sun]

Worn to: Brad/Cristin/Ian/Joe over after their ride, grocery

Sweater: LOFT
Jacket, jeans: Target
Oxfords: Bronx “Heat of Nite” (via Nordstrom)
Hoop earrings: GNW (via Fred Meyer)
Necklace, shades: Forever 21
Watch: Timex (via Target)
Scarf: Old Navy
Purse: Coach (gift) 

Thoughts:
Somehow my sweater shrunk when I washed it a couple days ago! I have washed it several times before, always the same way, with cold water and air dried. I’m hoping I can gently stretch the slouch back into it but I don’t have high hopes for that working. I’ll have to experiment with the sweater to see how to make it work for me if I can’t get it to stretch back to its normal shape. Not sure how much I like this tighter fit, it really emphasizes the dolman sleeve which isn’t the best sleeve shape for my strong shoulder line (the looser body helped to mitigate that). Sad.

I wasn’t really planning on going anywhere or seeing anyone today, so I was in my PJs when our friends stopped by for a short visit after going out for a ride. I therefore threw this together quite quickly, and am pretty pleased with how it turned out! This is actually a take on my spring color palette formula, with the ivory and color (green) only in the scarf. That little formula has really been a great tool when I need a little outfit inspiration!

Backlogged outfits update: Feb 28th | Building An Outfit - 4 Stages | Mar 1st | Mar 3rd

WORDS: View comments 3/25/12 Filed under: #brown faux leather jacket  #champagne sparkly dolman sleeve sweater  #cream with navy green and tan circles scarf  #gold mini satchel  #gray distressed oxfords  #gray skinny jeans  #silver hoops  #silver robot pendant  #tortoiseshell oversized shades  #white oversized watch 
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 
02.23.2012 [thu]
Worn to: Walgreens, work
Sweater: LOFTBelt: vintage (thrifted)Jeans: Empyre (via Zumiez)Booties, shades: Forever 21Necklace: YLF Secret Santa giftWatch: Anne Klein (gift)Coat: Old Navy (gift)Scarf: TargetPurse: Nine West (thrifted) 
Behind the outfit:It dried up a bit today and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to wear my flared jeans! I was in a boho mood (mainly because of my hair, it looks really good today if I do say so myself!), so I ran with that. This top isn’t really boho, but I like the drapiness with flared jeans, especially when tucked in. To play up the soft colors and boho vibe I chose a cognac belt and shoes, and of course a long pendant; the top’s modern silhouette helps keep this from veering into 70s costumey territory.
My in-laws bought me this little coat for xmas a couple years back, and I always thought it was too sporty for my style so I’ve only worn it a handful of times. It’s also just a bit cropped which makes it less versatile. But lately, I’ve been eyeing it and thinking I should give it try as a casual jacket. I rather like wearing short jackets with my flared jeans, though I know this isn’t everyone’s cuppa tea; the wider legs help to balance the proportions with the short jacket. The final outerwear outfit feels like a sporty-yet-modern take on the 70s to me. And I love how the ivory lets the coral scarf really pop!

02.23.2012 [thu]

Worn to: Walgreens, work

Sweater: LOFT
Belt: vintage (thrifted)
Jeans: Empyre (via Zumiez)
Booties, shades: Forever 21
Necklace: YLF Secret Santa gift
Watch: Anne Klein (gift)
Coat: Old Navy (gift)
Scarf: Target
Purse: Nine West (thrifted) 

Behind the outfit:
It dried up a bit today and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to wear my flared jeans! I was in a boho mood (mainly because of my hair, it looks really good today if I do say so myself!), so I ran with that. This top isn’t really boho, but I like the drapiness with flared jeans, especially when tucked in. To play up the soft colors and boho vibe I chose a cognac belt and shoes, and of course a long pendant; the top’s modern silhouette helps keep this from veering into 70s costumey territory.

My in-laws bought me this little coat for xmas a couple years back, and I always thought it was too sporty for my style so I’ve only worn it a handful of times. It’s also just a bit cropped which makes it less versatile. But lately, I’ve been eyeing it and thinking I should give it try as a casual jacket. I rather like wearing short jackets with my flared jeans, though I know this isn’t everyone’s cuppa tea; the wider legs help to balance the proportions with the short jacket. The final outerwear outfit feels like a sporty-yet-modern take on the 70s to me. And I love how the ivory lets the coral scarf really pop!

WORDS: View comments 2/23/12 Filed under: #black leather tote  #brass charm necklace  #champagne sparkly dolman sleeve sweater  #cognac heeled oxford booties  #cognac x’s belt  #coral and tan dotty scarf  #gold and silver watch  #ivory knit puffed jacket  #oversized aviator shades  #vintage wash baggy flared jeans 
12.17.2011 [sat]
Worn to: Barnes & Noble, white elephant party @ Brad & Cristin’s
Sweater, jeans, necklace: LOFTBoots: Not Rated “Boystown” (via heels.com)Earrings: giftWatch: Anne Klein (gift)Ring: YLF secret santa giftCoat: Calvin Klein (via Wilson’s Leather)Scarf: Dress BarnPurse: GAP 
Thoughts:We rarely have holiday parties to attend, so I don’t have a fun holiday wardrobe capsule with lots of sequins and jewels. This year we had a white elephant party to go to, and even though I knew it would be casual, I couldn’t help but inject some sparklies into my outfit! Especially after reading Angie’s post on holiday cover-ups (look at how glamorous everything is!). My sweater and scarf have metallic threads, my necklace and ring have rhinestones, and my purse is a crackled bronze. All subtly shiny, but they felt nice and festive as a group. I like the warm/cool mix here; definitely works with my Icy Autumn palette (which I’m still refining), and the sparkly elements are like the frost at sunrise ^^
Hair update: I asked my friend Kari if she would share her stylist’s contact with me since her hair is always so amazing looking, and I will be calling on Monday to make an appointment!
YLF Secret Santa gifts:Today we got to open our YLF Secret Santa gifts! I got two lovely antiquated brass pieces, a charm necklace and an owl ring. I love them! And of course, I just had to wear the ring right away. Thank you Secret Santa! [UPDATE: OK now I know who it was, so, thank you Kimlee!!)

And here’s the necklace I made for my draw (happily she liked it, I was so worried it would be too over the top):


It was super fun watching everyone unveil their gifts and try to guess who sent them. I wish I’d participated last year but I was too shy. Well, I definitely plan to continue participating in the future!

12.17.2011 [sat]

Worn to: Barnes & Noble, white elephant party @ Brad & Cristin’s

Sweater, jeans, necklace: LOFT
Boots: Not Rated “Boystown” (via heels.com)
Earrings: gift
Watch: Anne Klein (gift)
Ring: YLF secret santa gift
Coat: Calvin Klein (via Wilson’s Leather)
Scarf: Dress Barn
Purse: GAP 

Thoughts:
We rarely have holiday parties to attend, so I don’t have a fun holiday wardrobe capsule with lots of sequins and jewels. This year we had a white elephant party to go to, and even though I knew it would be casual, I couldn’t help but inject some sparklies into my outfit! Especially after reading Angie’s post on holiday cover-ups (look at how glamorous everything is!). My sweater and scarf have metallic threads, my necklace and ring have rhinestones, and my purse is a crackled bronze. All subtly shiny, but they felt nice and festive as a group. I like the warm/cool mix here; definitely works with my Icy Autumn palette (which I’m still refining), and the sparkly elements are like the frost at sunrise ^^

Hair update: I asked my friend Kari if she would share her stylist’s contact with me since her hair is always so amazing looking, and I will be calling on Monday to make an appointment!

YLF Secret Santa gifts:
Today we got to open our YLF Secret Santa gifts! I got two lovely antiquated brass pieces, a charm necklace and an owl ring. I love them! And of course, I just had to wear the ring right away. Thank you Secret Santa! [UPDATE: OK now I know who it was, so, thank you Kimlee!!)

And here’s the necklace I made for my draw (happily she liked it, I was so worried it would be too over the top):

It was super fun watching everyone unveil their gifts and try to guess who sent them. I wish I’d participated last year but I was too shy. Well, I definitely plan to continue participating in the future!

WORDS: View comments 12/17/11 Filed under: #black and white tweed wool coat  #brass and rhinestone owl ring  #brown tall wedged slouchy boots  #champagne sparkly dolman sleeve sweater  #crackled bronze mini bucket bag  #gold and silver watch  #gray jeggings  #green and brown sparkly scarf  #large crystal studs  #silver and rhinestone tassel necklace  #~xmas 
 11.16.2011 [wed]
Worn to: work
[[MORE]] Sweater: LOFTScarf: TargetBelt: giftPants: Max RaveBoots: Madden Girl (via Victoria’s Secret)Earrings: Fossil (gift)Watch: Anne Klein (gift) Coat: Worthington (via JCPenney)Purse: gift 
Thoughts: We had a huge windstorm last night, thought it would be fun to leave in the more of the background to show all the pretty leaves. Some of them are bigger than my head! It’s still quite windy today and the left photo is all wind-gusty, whee!
Behind the outfit:I guess I’m still feeling the muted tones after yesterday’s outfit. I started with the sweater and pants; I wore these two together, tucked like this, in early summer and I haven’t worn them together since. But you know what? It was one of my favorite base outfits (love this muted color combo), and after playing with it this morning I’ve got a few other ideas for how to change this look up! In the summer outfit I paired with cream, but today I wanted to play up the warm tones in the sweater so I added the tan boots and belt.
Initially I had a pendant on, then decided to switch to a scarf since it’s really been cooling down (I think the wool coats are officially going to be here until spring). I’m not a big floral gal, though if I’m going to wear a floral print I certainly prefer the dark kinds like this one. This one works especially well in this outfit because it has both black and brown; the brown picks up on the belt/boots, and the black picks up on my almost-black hair and the coat.

image 11.16.2011 [wed]

Worn to: work

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WORDS: View comments 11/16/11 Filed under: #black and brown floral scarf  #black wool coat  #champagne sparkly dolman sleeve sweater  #cognac braided belt  #gold and silver watch  #olive twill skinnies  #red slouchy hobo  #silver circles earrings  #tan riding boots 
 10.08.2011 [sat]
Worn to: YLF meetup (breakfast and shopping)
[[MORE]] Sweater: LOFTBelt, shades: Forever 21Skirt: vintage (thrifted)Oxfords: Bronx “Heat Of Nite” (via Nordstrom)Scarf: TargetPearl earrings: anniversary giftWatch: Anne Klein (gift)Purse: Fossil 
Thoughts: Starting off with a bang! And a rare day I’m out doing something: meeting up with some of the local, and oh so stylish, YLF ladies. I had a really hard time coming up with an outfit that was appropriately fashion-y for breakfast yet easy enough to shop in (usually shop in a tee+jeans). Besides getting lovely compliments by Angie and the other ladies, double bonus because my husband really liked this outfit (rarity!). I ended up getting a few great fall pieces that I know will be workhorses (to be shared shortly) including a delicious new Kate Spade purse which I wore right out of the store!
UPDATE: Read all about our day on my guest post over at YLF!
Behind the outfit: This outfit developed around the skirt. My initial idea was to wear the sweater untucked so the banded hem covered the skirt waist. It looked OK but the proportions were much more evenly balanced and didn’t feel retro enough; tucked without the belt made the proportions too small on top. I tried several belts before settling on this one: wide black buckled belt completely didn’t match the soft vibe of the outfit, brown belts were all too warm, skinny belts (black, mustard, coral) were lost in the sea of fabric. This beige belt works well because the color is so similar to the top’s that it gives the illusion of adding torso length without taking away any leg length; and the width covers the skirt’s waistband which prevents any color interruption.
After adding the belt, the black flats I was initially wearing felt heavy in this now-very-light outfit. Heels felt too dressy (and not practical enough for a day of shopping, though I can wear them when shopping on my own), boots were too heavy. I tried my distressed oxfords on a whim and really loved the bit of geekiness they gave the outfit, especially paired with the midi skirt length. To play that up I added the crossbody bag and swapped my previously-decided-upon leopard scarf with this new plaid scarf. Added the pearl studs instead of my usual silver hoops to play off the demureness of the skirt; the silhouette with the fuller skirt reminds me a bit of the 50s full skirts with saddle shoes.

image 10.08.2011 [sat]

Worn to: YLF meetup (breakfast and shopping)

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WORDS: View comments 10/8/11 Filed under: #akoya pearl studs  #beige wide crochet belt  #brown crossbody bag  #brown wool a.line midi skirt  #champagne sparkly dolman sleeve sweater  #gold and silver watch  #gray distressed oxfords  #oversized aviator shades  #tan and gray plaid scarf