Posts tagged: olive twill skinnies

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

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

Backlogged outfit, added 02.12.2013.

Worn to: work

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

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

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

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

WORDS: View comments 5/3/12 Filed under: #black trench coat  #cream with navy green and tan circles scarf  #gold with emerald panels necklace  #olive twill skinnies  #oversized aviator shades  #rose gold oversized watch  #teal patent pumps  #white bucket bag  #white with taupe stripes loose sweater  #~creative challenges 
04.12.2012 [thu]
Worn to: work
Blouse: Old Navy (via Plato’s Closet)Blazer: H&MPants: Max RaveHeels: Anne Klein (via DSW)Earrings: self madeRing, shades: Forever 21Watch: Timex (via Target)Purse: Linea Pelle for TargetScarf: Target 
Thoughts:This is actually the second outfit I came up with for today; the first one was super casual, and since I’m going to a baseball game tomorrow I decided it’d be better suited for that. So today’s outfit instead turned into a light outfit with black accents, something I don’t sport often. I’m really pleased with how it turned out! It seems like a good way to stretch more use of my (few) black accessories, especially in spring/summer when I tend to stop wearing them. Definitely will be doing this again!
Have to say I also quite like the color palette here: white, black, olive, blue, red. This is a pretty classic “winter” palette, but is certainly wearable whether you’re warm or cool toned. Just be sure to pick the white, olive, and red that best suits your coloring.
Behind the outfit:I enjoy wearing my chambray button-up with these olive skinnies, probably because I love to pair blues and greens together. Today I grabbed the chambray then instead decided to try this gingham top, which gives a more graphic look as opposed to the chambray which is quite low contrast and muted. Even though it’s sunny, it’s still quite cool so I wanted to add a blazer to dress up the gingham. Initially I was going to wear my black blazer and cream booties to add to the graphic quality, but since I wore the cream booties in yesterday’s outfit which was also rather dark, I decided to flip it and wear my white blazer and black heels.
Gingham always feels playful to me, so I put my hair up to add to that. I think between the hair and shoes it was probably enough darkness to balance against the light clothing, but I was in a matchy mood so I also added the black earrings; almost went with my black watch but instead I decided to wear the dotty scarf to add a bigger block of black, which I like a lot better (more graphic). And for a little extra shot of bright color I went with a bold red lip, which actually felt a bit more unexpected for me because normally I’d do orange with an outfit like this.

04.12.2012 [thu]

Worn to: work

Blouse: Old Navy (via Plato’s Closet)
Blazer: H&M
Pants: Max Rave
Heels: Anne Klein (via DSW)
Earrings: self made
Ring, shades: Forever 21
Watch: Timex (via Target)
Purse: Linea Pelle for Target
Scarf: Target 

Thoughts:
This is actually the second outfit I came up with for today; the first one was super casual, and since I’m going to a baseball game tomorrow I decided it’d be better suited for that. So today’s outfit instead turned into a light outfit with black accents, something I don’t sport often. I’m really pleased with how it turned out! It seems like a good way to stretch more use of my (few) black accessories, especially in spring/summer when I tend to stop wearing them. Definitely will be doing this again!

Have to say I also quite like the color palette here: white, black, olive, blue, red. This is a pretty classic “winter” palette, but is certainly wearable whether you’re warm or cool toned. Just be sure to pick the white, olive, and red that best suits your coloring.

Behind the outfit:
I enjoy wearing my chambray button-up with these olive skinnies, probably because I love to pair blues and greens together. Today I grabbed the chambray then instead decided to try this gingham top, which gives a more graphic look as opposed to the chambray which is quite low contrast and muted. Even though it’s sunny, it’s still quite cool so I wanted to add a blazer to dress up the gingham. Initially I was going to wear my black blazer and cream booties to add to the graphic quality, but since I wore the cream booties in yesterday’s outfit which was also rather dark, I decided to flip it and wear my white blazer and black heels.

Gingham always feels playful to me, so I put my hair up to add to that. I think between the hair and shoes it was probably enough darkness to balance against the light clothing, but I was in a matchy mood so I also added the black earrings; almost went with my black watch but instead I decided to wear the dotty scarf to add a bigger block of black, which I like a lot better (more graphic). And for a little extra shot of bright color I went with a bold red lip, which actually felt a bit more unexpected for me because normally I’d do orange with an outfit like this.

WORDS: View comments 4/12/12 Filed under: #black circular stone earrings  #black patent kitten heels with cream trim  #black with white polka dots scarf  #blue gingham button.up  #faux turquoise cocktail ring  #olive twill skinnies  #oversized aviator shades  #white bucket bag  #white oversized watch  #white tuxedo blazer  #~observations 
03.29.2012 [thu]
Worn to: work
Tee: Aggrolites concertBlazer: H&MPants: Max RaveBoots: Forever 21Hoop earrings: GNW (via Fred Meyer)Watch: Timex (via Target)Trench: Banana Republic (via YLF swap)Scarf: Steve Madden (via Nordstrom)Purse: Kate Spade 
Thoughts:When I was first working towards honing in on my style I wore the graphic tee+blazer combo quite a bit, but have moved away from that as the number of tees in my closet became drastically reduced. The graphic tees that have survived in my wardrobe are a handful of band tees, a Sturgis tee, and a couple printed/striped tees. I do still think that this is a fun casual look, though more weekend than work, especially when done with high contrast or strong graphic integrity. And it has a bit of sentimental value to me, because it takes me (way) back to my days of playing in a punk/ska band.
This outfit, dressing up a graphic tee, follows a pretty straightforward and versatile formula, and is a great casual option for those days you’re running errands: graphic tee + blazer + slim pants + boots/heels. The more graphic/high contrast the better for myself, but it works equally well with more subtle tonal shades.
(It was pouring, POURING rain when I went to take my photos today hence the goofy pose on the left. I just couldn’t get more than a couple snaps off!)
Behind the outfit:Yesterday Joy over on YLF posted a great outfit sporting a graphic tee, and I was inspired to don something similar (isn’t her hair fabulous!?). Joy’s outfit had white on the bottom and denim for the jacket, but there’s no way I could wear white bottoms on such a rainy day so I swapped that and went with my white blazer and olive skinnies. I did consider wearing blue denim on the bottom (my straight leg jeans) but 1) with the rain I just had to wear boots, and for some reason I am still lacking a pair of blue denim skinnies, and 2) with these rather shapeless band tees I usually like to keep the bottom silhouette more slim, especially today with the slouchy boots. I thought about wearing my tall black boots instead of these, but it just felt too wintery with the white blazer.
To play up the graphic integrity I went with a bold orange lip and matching bright orange bag, and my white watch to add an additional white element. And for the outerwear, of course I had to add my new taupe bird print scarf! I also liked the neon nails with this as a tiny tiny shot of color, and those along with the slick pony add a fun 80s touch to the outfit.

03.29.2012 [thu]

Worn to: work

Tee: Aggrolites concert
Blazer: H&M
Pants: Max Rave
Boots: Forever 21
Hoop earrings: GNW (via Fred Meyer)
Watch: Timex (via Target)
Trench: Banana Republic (via YLF swap)
Scarf: Steve Madden (via Nordstrom)
Purse: Kate Spade 

Thoughts:
When I was first working towards honing in on my style I wore the graphic tee+blazer combo quite a bit, but have moved away from that as the number of tees in my closet became drastically reduced. The graphic tees that have survived in my wardrobe are a handful of band tees, a Sturgis tee, and a couple printed/striped tees. I do still think that this is a fun casual look, though more weekend than work, especially when done with high contrast or strong graphic integrity. And it has a bit of sentimental value to me, because it takes me (way) back to my days of playing in a punk/ska band.

This outfit, dressing up a graphic tee, follows a pretty straightforward and versatile formula, and is a great casual option for those days you’re running errands: graphic tee + blazer + slim pants + boots/heels. The more graphic/high contrast the better for myself, but it works equally well with more subtle tonal shades.

(It was pouring, POURING rain when I went to take my photos today hence the goofy pose on the left. I just couldn’t get more than a couple snaps off!)

Behind the outfit:
Yesterday Joy over on YLF posted a great outfit sporting a graphic tee, and I was inspired to don something similar (isn’t her hair fabulous!?). Joy’s outfit had white on the bottom and denim for the jacket, but there’s no way I could wear white bottoms on such a rainy day so I swapped that and went with my white blazer and olive skinnies. I did consider wearing blue denim on the bottom (my straight leg jeans) but 1) with the rain I just had to wear boots, and for some reason I am still lacking a pair of blue denim skinnies, and 2) with these rather shapeless band tees I usually like to keep the bottom silhouette more slim, especially today with the slouchy boots. I thought about wearing my tall black boots instead of these, but it just felt too wintery with the white blazer.

To play up the graphic integrity I went with a bold orange lip and matching bright orange bag, and my white watch to add an additional white element. And for the outerwear, of course I had to add my new taupe bird print scarf! I also liked the neon nails with this as a tiny tiny shot of color, and those along with the slick pony add a fun 80s touch to the outfit.

WORDS: View comments 3/29/12 Filed under: #black Aggrolites band tee  #black flat slouchy buckle boots  #black trench coat  #olive twill skinnies  #red.orange crossbody bag  #silver hoops  #taupe bird print scarf  #white oversized watch  #white tuxedo blazer  #~formulas 
03.20.2012 [tue]
Worn to: Walgreens, work, gym
Blouse, watch, scarf: TargetSweater: Covington (via Sears)Pants: Max RaveBooties: Ciao Bella “Glorious” (via Sears)Earrings: giftTrench: Banana Republic (via YLF swap)Purse: Coach (gift)Shades: Forever 21 
Thoughts:You guys, it’s actually kind of warm today: it got up to FIFTY-TWO (if you’re in the Northern hemisphere and enjoying normal or ridiculously warm spring weather, feel free to chuckle at how not-really-warm that is)!! This morning I read Angie’s fabulous post “How to wear spring trends in winter weather”, and found myself nodding along at each tip. The list is full of things I do for spring/summer, period, regardless of temperature (I’d been thinking about writing something up about it, but Angie’s list is fab. Go read it!). Lightening up is the biggest thing for me, but since we have fairly mild summers and very wet springs lots of those other things remain relevant all through the season.
Somehow reading Angie’s post has inspired me to really kick up my style again; I feel like I’ve been rutting a bit, but I do think many of us get this feeling at the end of winter and summer. Bringing in a few fresh items has already helped tremendously; I am now even more excited to clear up my closet this weekend, and to make a list of what I hope to purchase over the season.
Backlogged outfits update: Feb 11th | Feb 12th (Valentine’s!) | 2012 Spring Trends (sick day, Feb 14th)
Behind the outfit:Today’s outfit didn’t start anywhere near where it ended up! Last night I thought about building an outfit around a pair of old heeled loafers I’ve been itching to wear again, and so this morning I grabbed my flared jeans… But then totally changed my mind and felt like wearing these pants instead.
From there, I initially decided I didn’t want to wear a sweater as I feel that’s all I’ve been doing the last couple months, so I went to a reliable favorite pairing and put this chambray blouse on; love this muted base outfit, and hopefully you do too because I’ll probably wear it quite a bit! Then reality reminded me that it’s still not that warm and a sweater would probably still be a good idea. I’ve been really liking the cropped-over-long look since fall, but don’t really have any proper cropped sweaters so I thought I’d give this almost-cropped sweater a try with this outfit. And happily it works (though shorter would be a bit better)! To balance the final look, I added a couple other light elements with the cream booties and my white watch.

03.20.2012 [tue]

Worn to: Walgreens, work, gym

Blouse, watch, scarf: Target
Sweater: Covington (via Sears)
Pants: Max Rave
Booties: Ciao Bella “Glorious” (via Sears)
Earrings: gift
Trench: Banana Republic (via YLF swap)
Purse: Coach (gift)
Shades: Forever 21 

Thoughts:
You guys, it’s actually kind of warm today: it got up to FIFTY-TWO (if you’re in the Northern hemisphere and enjoying normal or ridiculously warm spring weather, feel free to chuckle at how not-really-warm that is)!! This morning I read Angie’s fabulous post “How to wear spring trends in winter weather”, and found myself nodding along at each tip. The list is full of things I do for spring/summer, period, regardless of temperature (I’d been thinking about writing something up about it, but Angie’s list is fab. Go read it!). Lightening up is the biggest thing for me, but since we have fairly mild summers and very wet springs lots of those other things remain relevant all through the season.

Somehow reading Angie’s post has inspired me to really kick up my style again; I feel like I’ve been rutting a bit, but I do think many of us get this feeling at the end of winter and summer. Bringing in a few fresh items has already helped tremendously; I am now even more excited to clear up my closet this weekend, and to make a list of what I hope to purchase over the season.

Backlogged outfits update: Feb 11th | Feb 12th (Valentine’s!) | 2012 Spring Trends (sick day, Feb 14th)

Behind the outfit:
Today’s outfit didn’t start anywhere near where it ended up! Last night I thought about building an outfit around a pair of old heeled loafers I’ve been itching to wear again, and so this morning I grabbed my flared jeans… But then totally changed my mind and felt like wearing these pants instead.

From there, I initially decided I didn’t want to wear a sweater as I feel that’s all I’ve been doing the last couple months, so I went to a reliable favorite pairing and put this chambray blouse on; love this muted base outfit, and hopefully you do too because I’ll probably wear it quite a bit! Then reality reminded me that it’s still not that warm and a sweater would probably still be a good idea. I’ve been really liking the cropped-over-long look since fall, but don’t really have any proper cropped sweaters so I thought I’d give this almost-cropped sweater a try with this outfit. And happily it works (though shorter would be a bit better)! To balance the final look, I added a couple other light elements with the cream booties and my white watch.

WORDS: View comments 3/20/12 Filed under: #black trench coat  #chambray tab sleeve button.up  #coral and tan dotty scarf  #cream cable sweater  #gold mini satchel  #ivory ruched pointy booties  #olive twill skinnies  #oversized aviator shades  #silver woven circle earrings  #white oversized watch 
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 
 12.08.2011 [thu]
Worn to: Gene Juarez, work, Ivar’s (Mukilteo)
[[MORE]] Sweater: Covington (via Sears)Tee: Converse (outlet)Pants: Max RaveBooties: Very Volatile “Warrior” (via Zappos)Pyramid stud earrings, gloves: TargetNecklace: Forever 21Watch: Timex (via Target)Coat: Weatherproof (gift)Scarf: giftPurse: Nine West (thrifted)
Thoughts:After yesterday’s success with the blazer, I thought I’d give it a go with another not-worn-enough item: the booties! I don’t know why I have such trouble with these, but it usually stems around the shaft; they are snug enough to make it awkward to tuck skinnies in, but loose enough to make it awkward to have skinnies over (anything straight or wider is easy-peasy). I also generally dislike platforms and these have a slight platform AND a lug sole so they feel a bit clunky even with the stiletto heel. Despite all of that, I still love these booties!
Behind the outfit:Today I thought it’d be fun to contrast the utility/rocker vibe of the booties, so I decided to wear a plain, preppy crew neck sweater. As I’ve said before, this sweater on its own is too short for normal pants so I either need very high-waisted pants, or a longer layer underneath. I decided to up the contrast and wore a long black tee underneath; this echoes the booties and my hair (which ends up being even more important after I decided to wear light pants), and really makes the sweater pop. From there I decided on these olive pants to work with the utility aspect of the booties (plus I love how olive looks with black and white/cream). I added my black watch because it’s dark and the oversized face works nicely with the preppy-utility vibe I have going; I added the pearl bib necklace as a twist on the preppy top half; and wore my hair up in a spunky pony tail because, let’s face it, utility-prep needs some spunk!
For the outerwear (which I just realized I haven’t really been explaining), I went with my short white puffer in a rare case of matching the outside look to the inside look. I wore my black studded gloves, black purse, and a black-and-white scarf to echo the booties, watch, and my hair. So in the outerwear, the coat essentially works like the sweater, and the gloves/purse/scarf work like the black tee.

image 12.08.2011 [thu]

Worn to: Gene Juarez, work, Ivar’s (Mukilteo)

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WORDS: View comments 12/8/11 Filed under: #black and white micro.houndstooth cashmere scarf  #black dark faced watch  #black leather tote  #black long sleeve tee with stars  #black lug sole heeled ankle booties  #black studded gloves  #brass and pearl multistrand bib necklace  #brass pyramid stud earrings  #cream cable sweater  #olive twill skinnies  #winter white short puffer coat 
 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 
 10.28.2011 [fri]
Worn to: work, mechanic
[[MORE]] Chambray top: TargetPants: Max RaveBoots: Madden Girl “Sheldun” (via Zappos)Denim jacket: GAP (thrifted)Scarf: TargetEarrings: Fossil (gift)Watch: Timex (via Target) 
Thoughts: My car door handle popped off this morning! Completely caught me by surprise, but hey I’ll take that type of auto malfunction over an under-the-hood malfunction (way cheaper). So I had to stop by my mechanic’s to order the part before work, boo -_-
I bought these boots late last winter so I haven’t had too much time with them, but still I don’t reach for them as much as my other boots and I’m not really sure why; if I can get the synthetic leather to break in and soften up a bit that would probably help though. So far I’ve only worn them with skinnies and tunics+leggings, but I’m thinking they could also be fun with dresses or shorts. The mid-calf shaft height is tricky, so I have some homework!
Behind the outfit:Today’s outfit started with the boots, first wear of the season! Haven’t worn the skinnies in a while, so I added them to the mix. I love pairing chambray with these skinnies because of the muted neutral base it creates, and decided to add interest with a fun scarf. I was in a neutral mood, so this was the scarf that won out because the black and white dots are very graphic yet still neutral. And it kept with the theme of things I haven’t worn in a while. It also bookends the boots, and keeps the attention by my face because it’s the darkest as well as the only printed element. Definitely, officially too cold to go without a topper so I added the denim jacket as a tonal blue element against the shirt (also it’s sassy!). The earrings mimic the dotty scarf, and the watch/purse play up the black in the scarf.
Do any of you build outfits around a single item you feel like wearing because you haven’t worn it in a while?

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Worn to: work, mechanic

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WORDS: View comments 10/28/11 Filed under: #black dark faced watch  #black leather tote  #black with white polka dots scarf  #chambray tab sleeve button.up  #charcoal heeled slouchy boots  #medium wash denim jacket  #olive twill skinnies  #silver circles earrings