Posts tagged: navy mini tote bag

 05.17.2012 [thu]Backlogged outfit, added 02.19.2013.
Worn to: work, Adam’s to play with ferrets, dinner @ La Palmera (Mill Creek)
Thoughts:Today I had a surprise trip to play with some ferrets (our friend is out of town) after work! I hadn’t expected to play with them, and learned that breezy tops and super wide pants make for exciting ferret exploring territory ^^
Behind the outfit:This is another rare combo (that’s twice in one week!) that I enjoy repeating, though I like to switch up the color of the tank underneath. Last year I wore this shirt+jean combo with the tank tucked in for a super 70s vibe, but today I left it untucked for the short-over-long trend we’ve got going on this season. Also left my hair down to really play up the boho vibe.

image 05.17.2012 [thu]
Backlogged outfit, added 02.19.2013.

Worn to: work, Adam’s to play with ferrets, dinner @ La Palmera (Mill Creek)

Thoughts:
Today I had a surprise trip to play with some ferrets (our friend is out of town) after work! I hadn’t expected to play with them, and learned that breezy tops and super wide pants make for exciting ferret exploring territory ^^

Behind the outfit:
This is another rare combo (that’s twice in one week!) that I enjoy repeating, though I like to switch up the color of the tank underneath. Last year I wore this shirt+jean combo with the tank tucked in for a super 70s vibe, but today I left it untucked for the short-over-long trend we’ve got going on this season. Also left my hair down to really play up the boho vibe.

WORDS: View comments 5/17/12 Filed under: #black clog sandals  #golden ikat circle top  #navy mini tote bag  #oversized aviator shades  #rose gold oversized watch  #silver hoops  #tomato red ribbed tank  #wide leg high waisted jeans 
 05.16.2012 [wed]Backlogged outfit, added 02.19.2013.
Worn to: work
Thoughts:All day I kept going back and forth on this one for myself, but I do like the outfit as an outfit. I’m quite fond of the vibe with the shirt buttoned up all the way but the silk scarf tied loosely. Overall the look feels sportier rather than my more usual Urban or Boho leanings, but ultimately I’m thinking that’s just going to be a quality that pops up whenever I wear these pants and I’m OK with that!
Behind the outfit:After wearing these silky cargo crops last week, I couldn’t wait to try another outfit with them. Since they’re a very not-classic piece, for today I wanted to try pairing with other more-classic pieces. What’s more classic than a white button-up blouse? Not much! Buttoned all the way to the top because I’m 100% still loving it, and sleeves pushed up to echo the exposed calves.
This outfit actually follows my favorite formula for a button-up with a silk scarf tie, but swaps out the skinnies for long slouchy shorts. From there I decided why not play up the contrasting styles, keeping the top rather classic; so I chose somewhat sporty sandals (which show off a nice little peek at my coral toes!), and plain silver hoops. The menswear+sporty vibe turned out pretty fun! Finished the look up with a new “what I was hoping would be fuchsia but turns out is little too pink” lip color.
And for fun, here’s a little illustration in cropped pant flattery: a side-by-side comparison of these cargo pants at the cropped length I’ll be wearing them (below left) vs. at their “correct” longer cropped length (below right). These pants were clearly designed for someone much taller than my 5’3” self, so I definitely have no desire to wear them left long!

image 05.16.2012 [wed]
Backlogged outfit, added 02.19.2013.

Worn to: work

Thoughts:
All day I kept going back and forth on this one for myself, but I do like the outfit as an outfit. I’m quite fond of the vibe with the shirt buttoned up all the way but the silk scarf tied loosely. Overall the look feels sportier rather than my more usual Urban or Boho leanings, but ultimately I’m thinking that’s just going to be a quality that pops up whenever I wear these pants and I’m OK with that!

Behind the outfit:
After wearing these silky cargo crops last week, I couldn’t wait to try another outfit with them. Since they’re a very not-classic piece, for today I wanted to try pairing with other more-classic pieces. What’s more classic than a white button-up blouse? Not much! Buttoned all the way to the top because I’m 100% still loving it, and sleeves pushed up to echo the exposed calves.

This outfit actually follows my favorite formula for a button-up with a silk scarf tie, but swaps out the skinnies for long slouchy shorts. From there I decided why not play up the contrasting styles, keeping the top rather classic; so I chose somewhat sporty sandals (which show off a nice little peek at my coral toes!), and plain silver hoops. The menswear+sporty vibe turned out pretty fun! Finished the look up with a new “what I was hoping would be fuchsia but turns out is little too pink” lip color.

And for fun, here’s a little illustration in cropped pant flattery: a side-by-side comparison of these cargo pants at the cropped length I’ll be wearing them (below left) vs. at their “correct” longer cropped length (below right). These pants were clearly designed for someone much taller than my 5’3” self, so I definitely have no desire to wear them left long!

image

WORDS: View comments 5/16/12 Filed under: #cream striped slim silk scarf  #black silky cropped cargo pants  #black suede banded heeled sandals  #navy mini tote bag  #oversized aviator shades  #rose gold oversized watch  #silver hoops  #white button.up  #~observations 
 05.08.2012 [tue]No Denim Week, Day 2Backlogged outfit, added 02.15.2013.
Worn to: bank (WF), work, Type Tuesday
Thoughts:I got these awesome silky cropped cargo pants at the YLF swap this past weekend, and they’re one of the pieces I’m most excited about playing with. Yes, they are a bit different from what I usually wear; in that regard, this outfit is probably as sporty as you’ll ever see me! But I really love the softness, the longer length when worn as shorts (I don’t plan to ever wear them as pants), and especially love the very slouchy vibe they give off. The sheen makes these pants quite hard to photograph, so you’ll have to trust me when I say that they actually do drape nicely. Unfortunately my husband hated this outfit (the pants in particular, especially paired with pumps), but I really liked it.
Behind the outfit:I know I’m shooting for softer dressing but for the debut outing of these pants, which are already a little out of my comfort zone, I wanted to pair with more structured pieces; I am happy with the amount of softness they add just on their own, at least for now. I also thought it’d be fun to play up the sporty vibe. So for structure, I chose my white blazer, skinny blue leather belt, and gray pumps; and for sportiness, I chose a ribbed tank, plain hoop earrings, and another try at a messy fanned bun (which I’m still loving since trying it out last week). And topped it all off with a bright red lip!

image 05.08.2012 [tue]
No Denim Week, Day 2

Backlogged outfit, added 02.15.2013.

Worn to: bank (WF), work, Type Tuesday

Thoughts:
I got these awesome silky cropped cargo pants at the YLF swap this past weekend, and they’re one of the pieces I’m most excited about playing with. Yes, they are a bit different from what I usually wear; in that regard, this outfit is probably as sporty as you’ll ever see me! But I really love the softness, the longer length when worn as shorts (I don’t plan to ever wear them as pants), and especially love the very slouchy vibe they give off. The sheen makes these pants quite hard to photograph, so you’ll have to trust me when I say that they actually do drape nicely. Unfortunately my husband hated this outfit (the pants in particular, especially paired with pumps), but I really liked it.

Behind the outfit:
I know I’m shooting for softer dressing but for the debut outing of these pants, which are already a little out of my comfort zone, I wanted to pair with more structured pieces; I am happy with the amount of softness they add just on their own, at least for now. I also thought it’d be fun to play up the sporty vibe. So for structure, I chose my white blazer, skinny blue leather belt, and gray pumps; and for sportiness, I chose a ribbed tank, plain hoop earrings, and another try at a messy fanned bun (which I’m still loving since trying it out last week). And topped it all off with a bright red lip!

WORDS: View comments 5/8/12 Filed under: #black silky cropped cargo pants  #dove gray patent pumps  #gray ribbed tank  #light blue leather skinny belt  #navy mini tote bag  #oversized aviator shades  #rose gold oversized watch  #silver hoops  #white tuxedo blazer  #~creative challenges 
04.24.2012 [tue]
Worn to: work
Blouse: Old NavySweater: GAPJeans: Empyre (via Zumiez)Boots, scarf: Steve Madden (via Zappos, Nordstrom)Pearl earrings: anniversary giftWatch: Fossil (gift)Purse: Michael KorsShades: Forever 21 
Thoughts:Yesterday I finally (finally) went and got the beautiful rose gold watch my sister bought me for xmas sized to fit, I know I’m going to be wearing it a ton! I also tried to get an oversized dark-faced brushed silver watch sized, but it wasn’t sized correctly so I’ll need to go back and have them re-do it. I’m looking forward to having more watches in rotation, especially since I seem to be less inclined to wear my necklaces these days, and these oversized styles are by far my favorite.
I think I’m going to officially put away my tall boots for the season today, although I’ve a hunch I can keep wearing them for a while with only cool weather in the foreseeable future. I’m itching for warmer weather, and wearing tall boots just makes it worse! Maybe I’ll just leave the taupe pair in my closet for now, and while I’m at it maybe I’ll put these black jeans away, too…
Behind the outfit:I wanted to try a different type of buttoned-up look than yesterday, and with the cool weather today a sweater was pretty much the best top option. So I got the idea to try a semi-tucked look with this sweater, which is my current favorite way to wear it, layered over a buttoned-up button-up. I chose this yellow gingham for a couple reasons: first the yellow plays really nicely with the cream sweater, second I like the print mix of stripes and checks, and third the gingham felt appropriately cheeky on this gray day, providing just the right pop of color.
It was wet out, making non-dragging hems a must. Not quite warm enough for skinnies+pumps (my first choice) since I prefer to wear that combo sans socks so instead I went with skinnies and heeled boots, dark to match the dark day and also they added some toughness to the preppy top half. I did rebel and wore just a scarf instead of a coat (though I probably should’ve worn a coat), and chose my navy bag to pick up on the navy stripes in the sweater. Lastly I put my hair up to add to the cheekiness of the gingham and keep the top half as light as possible.
So the layering was an ambitious idea, but really it was just too chunky to do the semi-tuck (even though it photographed alright), primarily because with the black jeans I needed to semi-tuck BOTH tops to prevent some heavy sweater grinning; being able to fully tuck the blouse would have made the semi-tuck drape better, but still tough to get the drape right.

04.24.2012 [tue]

Worn to: work

Blouse: Old Navy
Sweater: GAP
Jeans: Empyre (via Zumiez)
Boots, scarf: Steve Madden (via Zappos, Nordstrom)
Pearl earrings: anniversary gift
Watch: Fossil (gift)
Purse: Michael Kors
Shades: Forever 21 

Thoughts:
Yesterday I finally (finally) went and got the beautiful rose gold watch my sister bought me for xmas sized to fit, I know I’m going to be wearing it a ton! I also tried to get an oversized dark-faced brushed silver watch sized, but it wasn’t sized correctly so I’ll need to go back and have them re-do it. I’m looking forward to having more watches in rotation, especially since I seem to be less inclined to wear my necklaces these days, and these oversized styles are by far my favorite.

I think I’m going to officially put away my tall boots for the season today, although I’ve a hunch I can keep wearing them for a while with only cool weather in the foreseeable future. I’m itching for warmer weather, and wearing tall boots just makes it worse! Maybe I’ll just leave the taupe pair in my closet for now, and while I’m at it maybe I’ll put these black jeans away, too…

Behind the outfit:
I wanted to try a different type of buttoned-up look than yesterday, and with the cool weather today a sweater was pretty much the best top option. So I got the idea to try a semi-tucked look with this sweater, which is my current favorite way to wear it, layered over a buttoned-up button-up. I chose this yellow gingham for a couple reasons: first the yellow plays really nicely with the cream sweater, second I like the print mix of stripes and checks, and third the gingham felt appropriately cheeky on this gray day, providing just the right pop of color.

It was wet out, making non-dragging hems a must. Not quite warm enough for skinnies+pumps (my first choice) since I prefer to wear that combo sans socks so instead I went with skinnies and heeled boots, dark to match the dark day and also they added some toughness to the preppy top half. I did rebel and wore just a scarf instead of a coat (though I probably should’ve worn a coat), and chose my navy bag to pick up on the navy stripes in the sweater. Lastly I put my hair up to add to the cheekiness of the gingham and keep the top half as light as possible.

So the layering was an ambitious idea, but really it was just too chunky to do the semi-tuck (even though it photographed alright), primarily because with the black jeans I needed to semi-tuck BOTH tops to prevent some heavy sweater grinning; being able to fully tuck the blouse would have made the semi-tuck drape better, but still tough to get the drape right.

WORDS: View comments 4/24/12 Filed under: #akoya pearl studs  #black skinny jeans  #charcoal heeled slouchy boots  #cream with navy striped top boatneck sweater  #golden gingham button.up  #navy mini tote bag  #oversized aviator shades  #rose gold oversized watch  #taupe bird print scarf 
04.23.2012 [mon]
Worn to: dentist, lunch @ Hoffman’s, jeweler, Fred Meyer, work, out for tacos
Blouse: JCrewScarf: Fred MeyerJeans: LOFTHeels: Halogen “Payton” (via Nordstrom)Hoop earrings: GNW (via Fred Meyer)Watch: Timex (via Target)Purse: Michael KorsShades: Forever 21 
Thoughts:I am not usually out and around as many people as I was today, so I was pleasantly surprised to get quite a few compliments on this outfit at almost each stop I made during the day. They were primarily on the interesting color combination, but one lady commented that the whole soft vibe was unique. Which got me thinking! Way back in February when I was looking over which trends appealed to me, “Soft Dressing” was the one I was most interested in but the urban/punk side of me tends to prefer harder-edged things. I felt super in this decidedly soft outfit and could happily wear variations of this all summer; somehow it felt urban enough. So I’m going to think about what exactly “soft dressing” would mean for my style, and experiment further with how to make it work within my style goals. Should be a fun challenge!
Behind the outfit:Today I wanted to wear an outfit formula that I enjoyed quite a bit last summer: button-up blouse + long silk scarf tied like a men’s tie + skinny jeans + pumps. In particular, I wanted to remix the combo of my avocado silk shirt and gray super skinnies with shades of blue.

I kept the outfit base, the avocado silk blouse and gray skinny jeans, the same but this time buttoned my blouse all the way up because I’m still enjoying that look. I actually debated wearing the same teal silk scarf, but then remembered I had this peacock one waiting to be worn. I bought it way back in January, but haven’t yet worn it. My primarily-outerwear scarves are hanging on the opposite side of my room, and my silk scarves are hanging inside my closet because they’re primarily-innerwear; for some reason I had both this scarf and the orange equestrian silk scarf I bought at the same time hanging with my outerwear scarves, so I’ve just been forgetting them when coming up with outfits. Which is a shame, because they’re both quite lovely!
After deciding on the peacock scarf, I had a couple different shoe options because separate from neutrals, any shoe that picks on a color in the scarf could also work here: purple, navy, cobalt, teal, aqua, or yellow. Of course I had to go with my new cobalt pumps! I chose my navy bag because it picks up on another color in the scarf, yet also tones things down just a wee bit; the shoes and bag being somewhat matchy (both blue) helps with that. And my lemon-yellow nails pick up on yet another color from the scarf. This is definitely not a color combo for the faint of heart, but I thoroughly enjoyed wearing it!

04.23.2012 [mon]

Worn to: dentist, lunch @ Hoffman’s, jeweler, Fred Meyer, work, out for tacos

Blouse: JCrew
Scarf: Fred Meyer
Jeans: LOFT
Heels: Halogen “Payton” (via Nordstrom)
Hoop earrings: GNW (via Fred Meyer)
Watch: Timex (via Target)
Purse: Michael Kors
Shades: Forever 21 

Thoughts:
I am not usually out and around as many people as I was today, so I was pleasantly surprised to get quite a few compliments on this outfit at almost each stop I made during the day. They were primarily on the interesting color combination, but one lady commented that the whole soft vibe was unique. Which got me thinking! Way back in February when I was looking over which trends appealed to me, “Soft Dressing” was the one I was most interested in but the urban/punk side of me tends to prefer harder-edged things. I felt super in this decidedly soft outfit and could happily wear variations of this all summer; somehow it felt urban enough. So I’m going to think about what exactly “soft dressing” would mean for my style, and experiment further with how to make it work within my style goals. Should be a fun challenge!

Behind the outfit:
Today I wanted to wear an outfit formula that I enjoyed quite a bit last summer: button-up blouse + long silk scarf tied like a men’s tie + skinny jeans + pumps. In particular, I wanted to remix the combo of my avocado silk shirt and gray super skinnies with shades of blue.

I kept the outfit base, the avocado silk blouse and gray skinny jeans, the same but this time buttoned my blouse all the way up because I’m still enjoying that look. I actually debated wearing the same teal silk scarf, but then remembered I had this peacock one waiting to be worn. I bought it way back in January, but haven’t yet worn it. My primarily-outerwear scarves are hanging on the opposite side of my room, and my silk scarves are hanging inside my closet because they’re primarily-innerwear; for some reason I had both this scarf and the orange equestrian silk scarf I bought at the same time hanging with my outerwear scarves, so I’ve just been forgetting them when coming up with outfits. Which is a shame, because they’re both quite lovely!

After deciding on the peacock scarf, I had a couple different shoe options because separate from neutrals, any shoe that picks on a color in the scarf could also work here: purple, navy, cobalt, teal, aqua, or yellow. Of course I had to go with my new cobalt pumps! I chose my navy bag because it picks up on another color in the scarf, yet also tones things down just a wee bit; the shoes and bag being somewhat matchy (both blue) helps with that. And my lemon-yellow nails pick up on yet another color from the scarf. This is definitely not a color combo for the faint of heart, but I thoroughly enjoyed wearing it!

WORDS: View comments 4/23/12 Filed under: #avocado silk camp shirt  #cobalt suede cone pumps  #gray jeggings  #navy mini tote bag  #peacock slim silk scarf  #silver hoops  #tortoiseshell oversized shades  #white oversized watch  #~formulas 
03.16.2012 [fri]
Worn to: work, date night dinner @ The Majestic
Dress: Old NavyBelt: thriftedTights: Forever 21Booties: Nine West (outlet)Earrings, scarf: TargetWatch: Timex (via Target)Trench: Banana Republic (via YLF swap)Purse: Michael Kors 
Behind the outfit:Today I wanted to find a way to transitionalize/winterize this dress (can’t wait to wear it bare legged if it ever warms up). The cut is easy to winterize, but since it’s a light jersey if I make the rest of the outfit too heavy it’s going to feel a little seasonally confused. So first I chose my finest gauge winter tights which, as an added bonus in this case, are gray; black would be much heavier looking, and I rather like the softer effect of the gray.
Instead of wearing tall boots, I decided to wear these ankle booties for several reasons primarily relating to the fact that the dress is midi length: the gray keeps them low contrast against the tights which lengthens the leg line as does the heel (especially useful with the midi length), the sleeker cut and peep toe makes them more springy looking, and I love how booties look with dresses ^^ Low contrast flats or pumps would also work here.
I don’t have a problem with the low neckline of this dress, but after winterizing the bottom half I decided to add the black camisole to help balance it. Since this dress has an elasticized waist which I generally like to cover with belts, I took the opportunity to add another dark element. After trying most of my belts I settled on this one, partially because it was one of the few that’s small enough to wear at my waist, and partially because I liked the toughness it added. I chose my black watch to keep with the dark accessories theme, and these gold dangly earrings to pick up on the brass from the belt.

03.16.2012 [fri]

Worn to: work, date night dinner @ The Majestic

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

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

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

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

WORDS: View comments 3/16/12 Filed under: #black dark faced watch  #black trench coat  #black with brass studs double strand belt  #charcoal peep.toe heeled booties  #coral and tan dotty scarf  #gold arabesque cutout earrings  #gray sweater tights  #navy mini tote bag  #purple and blue zigzag dress 
03.15.2012 [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 
03.14.2012 [wed]
Worn to: work
Tank: Petite Sophisticate (outlet)Cardigan, watch: TargetBelt: Francesca’sPants: Max RaveBooties: Ciao Bella “Glorious” (via Sears)Earrings: giftScarf: Old NavyTrench: Banana Republic (via YLF swap)Purse: Michael Kors 
Thoughts:March is a month of wacky weather here in Cascadia, and this year is no exception. While many parts of the country are warming up and getting ready for spring, we’ve been stuck primarily in the 40s and getting a mix of sun, rain, and snow… all in the same day. Needless to say dressing has been quite a challenge.
Last year I started transitioning lighter elements into my outfits around the start of spring. I think I’ve mentioned before that I tend to feel happier in lighter outfits, and since all this grizzly weather has been getting me down, I’ve decided to start a bit earlier this year! I moved a few of my light colored, transitional spring items back into my closet this morning, and put away my heaviest, darkest winter clothing. Hopefully the weather decides to cooperate with this decision. (It totally didn’t today. It was freezing and pouring out when I was taking my photos this morning! You can see me get progressively wetter if you load the full-size image ^^)
I apologize for the slowness of getting my blog here up-to-date (if you’re reading this in the future, I’m about 1 month behind heh). Between two huge projects at work and spending my off-work time vigorously working to get my Etsy shop re-opened, I haven’t been able to catch up on my backlogged outfit posts as quickly as I was hoping, but promise I am working on it; I do have a lot of content and photos uploaded, just not completed and put together in any coherent manner. So on that note, here is a huge update!
Backlogged outfits update: Feb 1st | Feb 2nd | YLF LA post recap | Feb 3rd | Feb 4th | Feb 5th | Neutrals challenge preview | Feb 21st manicure | Feb 25th polish spree | Feb 26th manicure | Mar 1st manicure
Behind the outfit:Today’s outfit formed around the tunic+skinnies silhouette. I started with the pants, and since I’m lacking in actual tunic tops (especially for low 40s temps) I thought I’d try buttoning this straight long cardigan. I wasn’t in the mood for a super waist surrendering look so I knew I would need a belt, but before that I needed a top to wear underneath. I made the decision to GO LIGHT FOR SPRING, and then grabbed this cream tank to wear underneath the cardigan.
From there it was a balancing act. With just the tank, cardigan, and pants the overall outfit was fairly soft but the tank looked so very bright against muted gray and olive (cover my shoes with your hand on the left-most image and you’ll see what I mean). To balance it out, I could either add darker footwear and light accessories OR I could add light footwear and a mix of light/dark accessories. I chose the latter and added my cream booties, white watch, and silver earrings as my light elements (my light nail polish and exposed forearms also help here); and a dark belt as my single dark accessory, with my hair as a second dark element.

03.14.2012 [wed]

Worn to: work

Tank: Petite Sophisticate (outlet)
Cardigan, watch: Target
Belt: Francesca’s
Pants: Max Rave
Booties: Ciao Bella “Glorious” (via Sears)
Earrings: gift
Scarf: Old Navy
Trench: Banana Republic (via YLF swap)
Purse: Michael Kors 

Thoughts:
March is a month of wacky weather here in Cascadia, and this year is no exception. While many parts of the country are warming up and getting ready for spring, we’ve been stuck primarily in the 40s and getting a mix of sun, rain, and snow… all in the same day. Needless to say dressing has been quite a challenge.

Last year I started transitioning lighter elements into my outfits around the start of spring. I think I’ve mentioned before that I tend to feel happier in lighter outfits, and since all this grizzly weather has been getting me down, I’ve decided to start a bit earlier this year! I moved a few of my light colored, transitional spring items back into my closet this morning, and put away my heaviest, darkest winter clothing. Hopefully the weather decides to cooperate with this decision. (It totally didn’t today. It was freezing and pouring out when I was taking my photos this morning! You can see me get progressively wetter if you load the full-size image ^^)

I apologize for the slowness of getting my blog here up-to-date (if you’re reading this in the future, I’m about 1 month behind heh). Between two huge projects at work and spending my off-work time vigorously working to get my Etsy shop re-opened, I haven’t been able to catch up on my backlogged outfit posts as quickly as I was hoping, but promise I am working on it; I do have a lot of content and photos uploaded, just not completed and put together in any coherent manner. So on that note, here is a huge update!

Backlogged outfits update: Feb 1st | Feb 2nd | YLF LA post recap | Feb 3rd | Feb 4th | Feb 5th | Neutrals challenge preview | Feb 21st manicure | Feb 25th polish spree | Feb 26th manicure | Mar 1st manicure

Behind the outfit:
Today’s outfit formed around the tunic+skinnies silhouette. I started with the pants, and since I’m lacking in actual tunic tops (especially for low 40s temps) I thought I’d try buttoning this straight long cardigan. I wasn’t in the mood for a super waist surrendering look so I knew I would need a belt, but before that I needed a top to wear underneath. I made the decision to GO LIGHT FOR SPRING, and then grabbed this cream tank to wear underneath the cardigan.

From there it was a balancing act. With just the tank, cardigan, and pants the overall outfit was fairly soft but the tank looked so very bright against muted gray and olive (cover my shoes with your hand on the left-most image and you’ll see what I mean). To balance it out, I could either add darker footwear and light accessories OR I could add light footwear and a mix of light/dark accessories. I chose the latter and added my cream booties, white watch, and silver earrings as my light elements (my light nail polish and exposed forearms also help here); and a dark belt as my single dark accessory, with my hair as a second dark element.

WORDS: View comments 3/14/12 Filed under: #black trench coat  #cream ruched neck tank  #cream with navy green and tan circles scarf  #gray with black stripes long cardigan  #ivory ruched pointy booties  #navy mini tote bag  #olive twill skinnies  #olive with brass studs wide belt  #silver woven circle earrings  #white oversized watch  #~observations 
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 
03.12.2012 [mon]
Worn to: work, tacos
Sweater: Ann Taylor (outlet)Jacket: ZaraJeans: GAP “Real Straight”Booties: Forever 21Earrings, chain necklace: giftsNecklace: Calypso St. Barth for TargetWatch: Anne Klein (gift)Coat: Calvin Klein (via Wilson’s Leather)Purse: Michael Kors 
Behind the outfit:Last month I noted how yummy looking cranberry and orange are together, but no need to wait for fall I guess! Since it’s still cool today, I thought I’d give it a go. I’d wanted to get a couple more wears of this sweater in before putting away for the season, but the color just feels so wintery that I’ve not been inclined to pull it out; so this will be it until next fall, assuming it doesn’t continue to pill while unworn (which it seems to be doing).
As much as I love orange, I don’t seem to have a lot in the way of orange accessories (and should probably pick up a few more this season while the color’s hot). This necklace is actually coral, but it skews pretty strongly orange. The combination of the turtleneck and the wide necklace felt really heavy, so I added the delicate chain and giant crystal stud earrings to break and brighten things up a bit.
With the still gloomy weather (hence the indoor photos), I chose blue denim, charcoal, and ink blue as the supporting colors; keeping those optically tonal lets the cranberry and coral shine. And the little gold threads in the jacket add another little dose of brightness. The manicure doesn’t really “go” (too neon for the more muted shades), but I think that’s OK sometimes.

03.12.2012 [mon]

Worn to: work, tacos

Sweater: Ann Taylor (outlet)
Jacket: Zara
Jeans: GAP “Real Straight”
Booties: Forever 21
Earrings, chain necklace: gifts
Necklace: Calypso St. Barth for Target
Watch: Anne Klein (gift)
Coat: Calvin Klein (via Wilson’s Leather)
Purse: Michael Kors 

Behind the outfit:
Last month I noted how yummy looking cranberry and orange are together, but no need to wait for fall I guess! Since it’s still cool today, I thought I’d give it a go. I’d wanted to get a couple more wears of this sweater in before putting away for the season, but the color just feels so wintery that I’ve not been inclined to pull it out; so this will be it until next fall, assuming it doesn’t continue to pill while unworn (which it seems to be doing).

As much as I love orange, I don’t seem to have a lot in the way of orange accessories (and should probably pick up a few more this season while the color’s hot). This necklace is actually coral, but it skews pretty strongly orange. The combination of the turtleneck and the wide necklace felt really heavy, so I added the delicate chain and giant crystal stud earrings to break and brighten things up a bit.

With the still gloomy weather (hence the indoor photos), I chose blue denim, charcoal, and ink blue as the supporting colors; keeping those optically tonal lets the cranberry and coral shine. And the little gold threads in the jacket add another little dose of brightness. The manicure doesn’t really “go” (too neon for the more muted shades), but I think that’s OK sometimes.

WORDS: View comments 3/12/12 Filed under: #black and white tweed wool coat  #charcoal heeled lace.up booties  #coral multistrand beaded necklace  #cranberry turtleneck sweater  #gold and silver watch  #ink blue tweed moto jacket  #large crystal studs  #mini crystal silver chain necklace  #navy mini tote bag  #straight medium wash jeans