Posts tagged: red.orange crossbody bag

04.22.2012 [sun]
Worn to: shopping @ outlets with Christine, dinner @ Joe’s w/Darrin, Ian, Jeff, and Christine
Dress: Banana Republic (outlet)Jacket: GAP (thrifted)Leggings: Victoria’s SecretOxfords: Bronx “Heat of Nite” (via Nordstrom)Hoop earrings: GNW (via Fred Meyer)Pendant: ASOSWatch: Timex (via Target)Purse: Kate SpadeShades: Forever 21 
Thoughts:Today I went with a friend up to the outlet mall for a seasonal update of her work wardrobe, and we got her lots of great stuff! (I also got a few more spring purchases to round out my seasonal items: a striped summer dress, a floral pencil skirt, a sleeveless blouse, two summer sweaters, linen shorts, flat sandals, and two necklaces.) I love acting as a friend’s shopper, something I’ve done a few times usually for single occasions. Today was the largest wardrobe chunk I’ve helped a friend shop for, and I have to say I really enjoyed the whole process. We chatted for a bit a couple weeks ago regarding what she felt she needed, the styles she’s interested in, and the constraints of her work wardrobe. So when we went today we both had a pretty good idea of what we were looking for, and I was able to direct her to the best stores right up front; the two stores that I’d suggested as the best options (LOFT and Ann Taylor) initially got a bit of the stink eye, but we definitely found the most stuff at those two stores. And of course I did my best to be stubborn on only allowing items that fit and flattered. It was super fun to get to play pro stylist for a day!
Behind the outfit:Comfortable, flexible, and easy to move-in/change-out-of was the order of the day. When I shop for myself, I like to wear pants because that’s what I’m wearing most of the time; whenever I shop in a skirt, I end up with shirts the wrong lengths. So my usual shopping uniform is a jeans, a tee, comfortable walking shoes, and a cross body bag.
Since I wasn’t planning on really “shopping” for myself, I decided that leggings would be best for today so that I could easily pop something on or off without using the dressing room if needed, and thus could focus more easily on helping my friend with HER trials. I have a severe lack of tunics, or dresses short enough to wear as tunics, so I was quite happy that I’d rediscovered this tee dress just a few days ago. Definitely still need a topper so I went with my denim jacket for super casualization (also the sleeves stay up nicely), though I did take it off a few times while shopping; in those cases I used my purse and strap to hold it so my hands could stay free. I decided to wear my oxfords as the comfy walking shoes because they play up the arty aspect of the outfit. And because I was happy to see the sun, my bright Kate Spade bag was an easy choice.

04.22.2012 [sun]

Worn to: shopping @ outlets with Christine, dinner @ Joe’s w/Darrin, Ian, Jeff, and Christine

Dress: Banana Republic (outlet)
Jacket: GAP (thrifted)
Leggings: Victoria’s Secret
Oxfords: Bronx “Heat of Nite” (via Nordstrom)
Hoop earrings: GNW (via Fred Meyer)
Pendant: ASOS
Watch: Timex (via Target)
Purse: Kate Spade
Shades: Forever 21 

Thoughts:
Today I went with a friend up to the outlet mall for a seasonal update of her work wardrobe, and we got her lots of great stuff! (I also got a few more spring purchases to round out my seasonal items: a striped summer dress, a floral pencil skirt, a sleeveless blouse, two summer sweaters, linen shorts, flat sandals, and two necklaces.) I love acting as a friend’s shopper, something I’ve done a few times usually for single occasions. Today was the largest wardrobe chunk I’ve helped a friend shop for, and I have to say I really enjoyed the whole process. We chatted for a bit a couple weeks ago regarding what she felt she needed, the styles she’s interested in, and the constraints of her work wardrobe. So when we went today we both had a pretty good idea of what we were looking for, and I was able to direct her to the best stores right up front; the two stores that I’d suggested as the best options (LOFT and Ann Taylor) initially got a bit of the stink eye, but we definitely found the most stuff at those two stores. And of course I did my best to be stubborn on only allowing items that fit and flattered. It was super fun to get to play pro stylist for a day!

Behind the outfit:
Comfortable, flexible, and easy to move-in/change-out-of was the order of the day. When I shop for myself, I like to wear pants because that’s what I’m wearing most of the time; whenever I shop in a skirt, I end up with shirts the wrong lengths. So my usual shopping uniform is a jeans, a tee, comfortable walking shoes, and a cross body bag.

Since I wasn’t planning on really “shopping” for myself, I decided that leggings would be best for today so that I could easily pop something on or off without using the dressing room if needed, and thus could focus more easily on helping my friend with HER trials. I have a severe lack of tunics, or dresses short enough to wear as tunics, so I was quite happy that I’d rediscovered this tee dress just a few days ago. Definitely still need a topper so I went with my denim jacket for super casualization (also the sleeves stay up nicely), though I did take it off a few times while shopping; in those cases I used my purse and strap to hold it so my hands could stay free. I decided to wear my oxfords as the comfy walking shoes because they play up the arty aspect of the outfit. And because I was happy to see the sun, my bright Kate Spade bag was an easy choice.

WORDS: View comments 4/22/12 Filed under: #black and white striped tee dress  #black cropped leggings  #gray distressed oxfords  #medium wash denim jacket  #mega pearl pendant  #oversized aviator shades  #red.orange crossbody bag  #silver hoops  #white oversized watch  #~shopping 
04.07.2012 [sat]
Worn to: Joe’s for Cristin’s birthday BBQ w/hubby and Joe, Brad, Cristin, Ian, Darrin, Jeff, Christine
Tee, jeans: TargetBlazer: H&MBooties: Boutique 9 “Bailar” (via Amazon)Hoop earrings: GNW (via Fred Meyer)Necklace: Kenneth Cole (via Nordstrom Rack)Watch: Timex (via Target)Purse: Kate SpadeShades: Forever 21 
Thoughts:Had a spot of warmer weather finally, so I decided to break out these new booties which are a perfect warm-but-not-hot shoe for Cascadian spring weather. I’ve been smitten with these since seeing Angie wear them last June, and couldn’t believe it when someone on YLF posted that they were on sale for only $50! On top of that, I had $15 left on an Amazon gift card so I actually got these beauties for $35. I’m still in shock! And of course in honor of the occasion, I did my toes up in a pretty muted purple which flashes pink in the sun.
UPDATE: Well. More on this tomorrow but I managed to step in dirty motor oil, just one half of one shoe. I don’t have high hopes for salvaging these lovelies, but was able to find a pair a half size larger, still at the $50. I’ve ordered them so hopefully they’re not too big (these were a hair snug, so I think it’ll be perfect). Sad.
Behind the outfit:Today I was in the mood for something soft and light, and of course comfortable and casual enough for a BBQ. I had put this tee away for fall/winter in lieu of my gray and black striped tee, but decided today was as good a day as any to swap them for the season; I know the rest of the country goes batty for navy and white stripes even before spring arrives but, well, the weather just hasn’t felt right!
So this outfit started with the tee and the booties. The finer stripes of the tee make it more low contrast than graphic so I decided to wear my teal knit blazer to add some color, and because it’s knit it’s more appropriately casual for the BBQ. From there the gray jeans were an easy choice because I was in the mood to keep things low contrast, though I did think about wearing my black jeans as well (which I would probably prefer on a gloomier day).
Because I knew the blazer would likely come off at some point, I wanted to add a necklace to keep the look interesting with just the tee/jeans/booties. I tried a couple of my longer necklaces, but decided that I wanted something a bit bolder to really jazz the tee up. My coral beaded necklace didn’t quite feel right today; I was in a matchy-matchy mood so this blue one felt just right. White watch to add another dose of bright lightness, and then my bright red-orange purse for a shot of color in the other direction.

04.07.2012 [sat]

Worn to: Joe’s for Cristin’s birthday BBQ w/hubby and Joe, Brad, Cristin, Ian, Darrin, Jeff, Christine

Tee, jeans: Target
Blazer: H&M
Booties: Boutique 9 “Bailar” (via Amazon)
Hoop earrings: GNW (via Fred Meyer)
Necklace: Kenneth Cole (via Nordstrom Rack)
Watch: Timex (via Target)
Purse: Kate Spade
Shades: Forever 21 

Thoughts:
Had a spot of warmer weather finally, so I decided to break out these new booties which are a perfect warm-but-not-hot shoe for Cascadian spring weather. I’ve been smitten with these since seeing Angie wear them last June, and couldn’t believe it when someone on YLF posted that they were on sale for only $50! On top of that, I had $15 left on an Amazon gift card so I actually got these beauties for $35. I’m still in shock! And of course in honor of the occasion, I did my toes up in a pretty muted purple which flashes pink in the sun.

UPDATE: Well. More on this tomorrow but I managed to step in dirty motor oil, just one half of one shoe. I don’t have high hopes for salvaging these lovelies, but was able to find a pair a half size larger, still at the $50. I’ve ordered them so hopefully they’re not too big (these were a hair snug, so I think it’ll be perfect). Sad.

Behind the outfit:
Today I was in the mood for something soft and light, and of course comfortable and casual enough for a BBQ. I had put this tee away for fall/winter in lieu of my gray and black striped tee, but decided today was as good a day as any to swap them for the season; I know the rest of the country goes batty for navy and white stripes even before spring arrives but, well, the weather just hasn’t felt right!

So this outfit started with the tee and the booties. The finer stripes of the tee make it more low contrast than graphic so I decided to wear my teal knit blazer to add some color, and because it’s knit it’s more appropriately casual for the BBQ. From there the gray jeans were an easy choice because I was in the mood to keep things low contrast, though I did think about wearing my black jeans as well (which I would probably prefer on a gloomier day).

Because I knew the blazer would likely come off at some point, I wanted to add a necklace to keep the look interesting with just the tee/jeans/booties. I tried a couple of my longer necklaces, but decided that I wanted something a bit bolder to really jazz the tee up. My coral beaded necklace didn’t quite feel right today; I was in a matchy-matchy mood so this blue one felt just right. White watch to add another dose of bright lightness, and then my bright red-orange purse for a shot of color in the other direction.

WORDS: Notes: 1 View comments 4/7/12 Filed under: #blue and gold ringed necklace  #gray skinny jeans  #navy and white striped tee  #oversized aviator shades  #red.orange crossbody bag  #silver hoops  #taupe peep.toe oxford booties  #teal knit blazer  #white oversized watch 
04.06.2012 [fri]
Worn to: work, double date w/Kindah and Michael (Tulalip Casino to see Brad Garett, dinner @ Bob’s Burgers, tv at our place)
Sweater: GAPBelt, watch, earrings: TargetJeans: Empyre (via Zumiez)Boots: Miz Mooz “Flynn” (gift)Trench: Banana Republic (via YLF swap)Scarf: Steve Madden (via Nordstrom)Purse: Kate SpadeShades: Forever 21 
Thoughts:I felt great in this outfit, though felt under dressed at the comedy show. Maybe it had to do with the room being so fancy, or the ushers being in cocktail attire, but even though we were on the dressier end of the patron spectrum both my husband and I felt like we should’ve dressed much nicer!  
Behind the outfit:Yes I know I wore these boots only two days ago but after the comments I got yesterday, I just wanted to wear some of my favorite things today! And I really love how they look over my black skinnies, so I formed the outfit around that. I definitely prefer to have a good dose of lightness with this pairing, and today I was feeling like wearing something especially light so I chose this cream and navy sweater. It drapes really well, so I enjoy semi-tucking it and did so today. I added the coral skinny belt for a little pop of color, and also because I’m enjoying filling belt loops with slim belts these days. Gold earrings for added warmth, white watch for added brightness, and hair down to play into the outfit’s softness.

04.06.2012 [fri]

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

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

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

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

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

04.05.2012 [thu]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

04.04.2012 [wed]

Worn to: work

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

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

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

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

WORDS: View comments 4/4/12 Filed under: #black trench coat  #distressed ivory studded belt  #gold arabesque cutout earrings  #nude mini fishnet tights  #purple and blue zigzag dress  #red.orange crossbody bag  #taupe bird print scarf  #taupe tall heeled boots  #tortoiseshell oversized shades  #white camisole  #white oversized watch 
04.03.2012 [tue]
Worn to: post office, work, grocery
Tissue turtleneck: JCrew (outlet)Blazer: ExpressBelt: VansShorts: Hinge (via Nordstrom)Tights, necklace, watch: TargetBoots: Forever 21Pearl earrings, scarf: giftsTrench: Banana Republic (via YLF swap)Purse: Kate Spade 
Thoughts:I’m still trying to sneak in a few wears for some of my favorite fall pieces since the weather is still very mild. I warmed up to these shorts more and more as the season went on, and I’m pretty sure winter shorts have officially worked themselves into a staple role in my wardrobe. Now that we’re officially into April, I think I’m going to put them away until fall; I’m definitely going to miss them, though as I said a couple weeks ago I do have a silky pair waiting to come back out and play. I don’t really have a good transitional pair, that would definitely be something worth looking into either for this year or next.
Behind the outfit:For their last outing of the season, I wanted to try pairing my wool winter shorts with patterned (but not textured) tights. It’s definitely cool enough today for a heavily layered look, so I decided to make the most of the opportunity. I started with the shorts/tights and quickly decided that these short boots would look a bit more transitional than a tall pair. That added some slouch, so I wanted to keep that going with the top.
When putting away wintery pieces a couple weeks ago I kept this tissue turtleneck (and its navy sibling) in my closet specifically for transitional outfit purposes, as I wore them both quite a lot last year at this time. Not really feeling them as much this year as standalone tops, and I don’t really like to layer turtlenecks under other tops. I’m sure that’s related to desire to slowly fade nearly all tees from my wardrobe, but I must say that these are simply starting feel a little sloppy on me.
Either way, I was in the mood to wear a gray top with this outfit, so I chose this top because it was closest to what I wanted (a gray blouse would most definitely get a ton of wear, I must get one!). I wasn’t too happy with it on its own, so instead of a fully slouchy outfit I decided to add some structure with a jacket. The dark colors were a little too moody and muddled so I added the ivory belt, white watch, and long silver necklace, and pushed my sleeves up when the jacket was off. I had the trench/scarf with me but ended up not wearing them even though it was cool enough to. And I really like how the orange bag (and orange/fuchsia nails) looked with the red blazer!

04.03.2012 [tue]

Worn to: post office, work, grocery

Tissue turtleneck: JCrew (outlet)
Blazer: Express
Belt: Vans
Shorts: Hinge (via Nordstrom)
Tights, necklace, watch: Target
Boots: Forever 21
Pearl earrings, scarf: gifts
Trench: Banana Republic (via YLF swap)
Purse: Kate Spade 

Thoughts:
I’m still trying to sneak in a few wears for some of my favorite fall pieces since the weather is still very mild. I warmed up to these shorts more and more as the season went on, and I’m pretty sure winter shorts have officially worked themselves into a staple role in my wardrobe. Now that we’re officially into April, I think I’m going to put them away until fall; I’m definitely going to miss them, though as I said a couple weeks ago I do have a silky pair waiting to come back out and play. I don’t really have a good transitional pair, that would definitely be something worth looking into either for this year or next.

Behind the outfit:
For their last outing of the season, I wanted to try pairing my wool winter shorts with patterned (but not textured) tights. It’s definitely cool enough today for a heavily layered look, so I decided to make the most of the opportunity. I started with the shorts/tights and quickly decided that these short boots would look a bit more transitional than a tall pair. That added some slouch, so I wanted to keep that going with the top.

When putting away wintery pieces a couple weeks ago I kept this tissue turtleneck (and its navy sibling) in my closet specifically for transitional outfit purposes, as I wore them both quite a lot last year at this time. Not really feeling them as much this year as standalone tops, and I don’t really like to layer turtlenecks under other tops. I’m sure that’s related to desire to slowly fade nearly all tees from my wardrobe, but I must say that these are simply starting feel a little sloppy on me.

Either way, I was in the mood to wear a gray top with this outfit, so I chose this top because it was closest to what I wanted (a gray blouse would most definitely get a ton of wear, I must get one!). I wasn’t too happy with it on its own, so instead of a fully slouchy outfit I decided to add some structure with a jacket. The dark colors were a little too moody and muddled so I added the ivory belt, white watch, and long silver necklace, and pushed my sleeves up when the jacket was off. I had the trench/scarf with me but ended up not wearing them even though it was cool enough to. And I really like how the orange bag (and orange/fuchsia nails) looked with the red blazer!

WORDS: View comments 4/3/12 Filed under: #akoya pearl studs  #black and gray houndstooth tights  #black and white houndstooth fringed scarf  #black flat slouchy buckle boots  #black trench coat  #charcoal plaid wool shorts  #distressed ivory studded belt  #gray tissue turtleneck  #red sharp shoulder blazer  #red.orange crossbody bag  #silver hammered organic circles necklace  #white oversized watch  #~observations 
04.02.2012 [mon]
Worn to: work, tacos (ran into Joe, Brad, and Cristin & ate with them)
Blouse: JCrewVest: Forever 21 (via Buffalo Exchange)Belt: vintage, thriftedJeans: DKNY (thrifted)Booties, shades: Forever 21Pearl earrings: anniversary giftNecklace: thriftedWatch: Timex (via Target)Purse: Kate Spade 
Thoughts:Last week I put away my darker wash baggy flares for the season, and today I’m pulling out my light wash baggy flares for the season! This pair is FAR baggier than the other, which is perfect for warmer weather. I also wear these longer, so they have a ton of slouch at the hems. I know the world has been high on dark denim for a long time, but I have to say wearing faded denim in the spring and summer just feels perfect to me.
(And from here until fall you’ll probably see this backdrop a fair amount. When it’s actually sunny, my normal spot in the back yard gets lit way too harshly so I move up to my driveway and into the shade. Unfortunately the photos aren’t as crisp in the driveway but fret not, we still get plenty of overcast days for the normal, higher-quality back yard photos ^^)
Behind the outfit:It’s still a wee bit cool (don’t let that sun fool you), so I thought I’d pull out the furry vest for today’s outfit and roll super 70s with it. I was a bit stuck on what top to wear, only knowing that I didn’t want to wear a sweater with the fur vest. I tried a couple different button-ups before this one popped into mind; it was sitting outside of my closet, folded up in a corner. Now that that is remedied, I plan to wear it more as it warms up!
Initially I had the blouse untucked, but since this little vest is super cropped the proportions weren’t quite right on me, though a normal cropped length would be fun for a short-over-long look. Once I tucked it in, I decided cognac accents would be a good warm/earthy touch (the blouse color has a LOT of yellow, though it’s a bit more green than it looks in the photo), so I chose a cognac belt and booties.
I debated whether to do a necklace or not, since I’ve got the vest, a collar, AND the belt showing since the top is tucked. But the look is already a bit maximal, so I decided to go with it and added this gold and pearl tassel necklace. I usually pull necklaces out under my collar, but today I left it tucked inside; I like the effect, though I’m not sure if it reads as more or less casual. Pearl earrings to match the necklace, white watch for spring, hair up so it’s not too costume-boho, and bright orange bag because I liked how it looks with the lime. The bag’s structure is also a nice contrast against the soft outfit.

04.02.2012 [mon]

Worn to: work, tacos (ran into Joe, Brad, and Cristin & ate with them)

Blouse: JCrew
Vest: Forever 21 (via Buffalo Exchange)
Belt: vintage, thrifted
Jeans: DKNY (thrifted)
Booties, shades: Forever 21
Pearl earrings: anniversary gift
Necklace: thrifted
Watch: Timex (via Target)
Purse: Kate Spade 

Thoughts:
Last week I put away my darker wash baggy flares for the season, and today I’m pulling out my light wash baggy flares for the season! This pair is FAR baggier than the other, which is perfect for warmer weather. I also wear these longer, so they have a ton of slouch at the hems. I know the world has been high on dark denim for a long time, but I have to say wearing faded denim in the spring and summer just feels perfect to me.

(And from here until fall you’ll probably see this backdrop a fair amount. When it’s actually sunny, my normal spot in the back yard gets lit way too harshly so I move up to my driveway and into the shade. Unfortunately the photos aren’t as crisp in the driveway but fret not, we still get plenty of overcast days for the normal, higher-quality back yard photos ^^)

Behind the outfit:
It’s still a wee bit cool (don’t let that sun fool you), so I thought I’d pull out the furry vest for today’s outfit and roll super 70s with it. I was a bit stuck on what top to wear, only knowing that I didn’t want to wear a sweater with the fur vest. I tried a couple different button-ups before this one popped into mind; it was sitting outside of my closet, folded up in a corner. Now that that is remedied, I plan to wear it more as it warms up!

Initially I had the blouse untucked, but since this little vest is super cropped the proportions weren’t quite right on me, though a normal cropped length would be fun for a short-over-long look. Once I tucked it in, I decided cognac accents would be a good warm/earthy touch (the blouse color has a LOT of yellow, though it’s a bit more green than it looks in the photo), so I chose a cognac belt and booties.

I debated whether to do a necklace or not, since I’ve got the vest, a collar, AND the belt showing since the top is tucked. But the look is already a bit maximal, so I decided to go with it and added this gold and pearl tassel necklace. I usually pull necklaces out under my collar, but today I left it tucked inside; I like the effect, though I’m not sure if it reads as more or less casual. Pearl earrings to match the necklace, white watch for spring, hair up so it’s not too costume-boho, and bright orange bag because I liked how it looks with the lime. The bag’s structure is also a nice contrast against the soft outfit.

WORDS: View comments 4/2/12 Filed under: #akoya pearl studs  #avocado silk camp shirt  #cognac heeled oxford booties  #cognac x’s belt  #distressed light wash baggy flared jeans  #gold and pearl tassel necklace  #oversized aviator shades  #red.orange crossbody bag  #silver.brown cropped furry vest  #white oversized watch 
03.31.2012 [sat]
Worn to: breakfast @ Patty’s Eggnest, Lowes, lunch @ Philly Ya Belly, Home Depot, planting
Sweater, jeans: GAPBlouse, heels, watch: TargetEarrings: giftTrench: Banana Republic (via YLF swap)Scarf: Forever 21Purse: Kate Spade 
Thoughts, or "How I Got Stuck Gardening In Heels"When my husband and I were leaving to have breakfast this morning, we found that someone had run into our mailbox (and I mean RUN INTO) and destroyed it. So after breakfast we had to go get a new one. While at the home improvement store, we also decided to pick up some pretty annuals to plant in the yard for a boost of color including the gerber daisies you can see behind me and the lovelies behind the light there (I forget what those are).
Once we got home I told my husband that I wanted to take my outfit photos and then change before planting, and he gave me the “I’ll be done with this by the time you’re done with all of that” look. So I planted flowers for an hour in my trench and 3” heels (took the scarf and purse off, at least). Ladies if you want a good calf workout, try gardening in heels (I jest, but my calves are feeling like I ran for an hour!). I promise my “normal” gardening attire is less flashy ^^
At least the final result is pretty:

Behind the outfit:Today I was in the mood for a little denim-on-denim, but not a lot of denim-on-denim so I layered this brown sweater (which I could probably nickname my “weekend sweater”) over a chambray blouse. Plus adding a button-up underneath dresses it up just the right amount. Gray heels and white watch to keep the look light, along with pushing the sleeves up; the little peek of skin on the foot and exposed forearms help keep this from looking too cold weathered. I left my hair down for a more relaxed vibe, but regretted that decision (I say facetiously) about half an hour into the gardening.

03.31.2012 [sat]

Worn to: breakfast @ Patty’s Eggnest, Lowes, lunch @ Philly Ya Belly, Home Depot, planting

Sweater, jeans: GAP
Blouse, heels, watch: Target
Earrings: gift
Trench: Banana Republic (via YLF swap)
Scarf: Forever 21
Purse: Kate Spade 

Thoughts, or "How I Got Stuck Gardening In Heels"
When my husband and I were leaving to have breakfast this morning, we found that someone had run into our mailbox (and I mean RUN INTO) and destroyed it. So after breakfast we had to go get a new one. While at the home improvement store, we also decided to pick up some pretty annuals to plant in the yard for a boost of color including the gerber daisies you can see behind me and the lovelies behind the light there (I forget what those are).

Once we got home I told my husband that I wanted to take my outfit photos and then change before planting, and he gave me the “I’ll be done with this by the time you’re done with all of that” look. So I planted flowers for an hour in my trench and 3” heels (took the scarf and purse off, at least). Ladies if you want a good calf workout, try gardening in heels (I jest, but my calves are feeling like I ran for an hour!). I promise my “normal” gardening attire is less flashy ^^

At least the final result is pretty:

Behind the outfit:
Today I was in the mood for a little denim-on-denim, but not a lot of denim-on-denim so I layered this brown sweater (which I could probably nickname my “weekend sweater”) over a chambray blouse. Plus adding a button-up underneath dresses it up just the right amount. Gray heels and white watch to keep the look light, along with pushing the sleeves up; the little peek of skin on the foot and exposed forearms help keep this from looking too cold weathered. I left my hair down for a more relaxed vibe, but regretted that decision (I say facetiously) about half an hour into the gardening.

WORDS: View comments 3/31/12 Filed under: #black trench coat  #brown striped oversized sweater  #chambray tab sleeve button.up  #cream with silver fringed scarf  #dove gray patent pumps  #red.orange crossbody bag  #silver woven circle earrings  #straight medium wash jeans  #white oversized watch 
03.30.2012 [fri]
Worn to: work, date night dinner @ Famous Dave’s
Sweater: giftBlouse: Calvin Klein (outlet)Jeans: TargetBooties: Ciao Bella “Glorious” (via Sears)Pearl earrings: anniversary giftWatch: Fossil (gift)Trench: Banana Republic (via YLF swap)Purse: Kate SpateShades: Forever 21 
Behind the outfit:Today was quite cool so I thought I’d give this cashmere sweater one last spin before putting it away for the season. Since it’s a dark color, I wanted to include lots of lightness in the rest of the outfit. I started by adding the gray jeans, but it still felt a bit too wintery (probably because I wore it with these jeans several time over fall/winter). I then wanted to add the ivory booties, but it was a little too unbalanced so I thought about what I could do to add another good dose of white/cream to the outfit. My first thought was my pearl multistrand necklace, but I wasn’t in the mood to wear it.
With the high crew neckline, at first it didn’t occur to me that I could layer the white button-up underneath. But then I remembered that I could button it all the way up! I am still digging this vibe, and haven’t sported it since trying the look out way back in early February (and upon quick review, this seems to be mostly due to the fact that I haven’t been wearing button-up shirts much since then). So I gave it a try and just adore how it turned out! It feels very cheeky ^^ And adds just the right amount of lightness to balance the cream booties. Pearl earrings add the last little dose of lightness.
To continue with the cheeky vibe I put my hair up. I also really like how the fuchsia/orange from my nails looks with the purple, so I wore some light pink lip color (would wear fuchsia if I had it!) and added my bright orange purse. Normally I would wear a scarf with the outerwear because my neck gets cold quickly, but I rather liked how the buttoned up collar peeking out of the sweater looked against the black trench so I decided to skip the scarf today.

03.30.2012 [fri]

Worn to: work, date night dinner @ Famous Dave’s

Sweater: gift
Blouse: Calvin Klein (outlet)
Jeans: Target
Booties: Ciao Bella “Glorious” (via Sears)
Pearl earrings: anniversary gift
Watch: Fossil (gift)
Trench: Banana Republic (via YLF swap)
Purse: Kate Spate
Shades: Forever 21 

Behind the outfit:
Today was quite cool so I thought I’d give this cashmere sweater one last spin before putting it away for the season. Since it’s a dark color, I wanted to include lots of lightness in the rest of the outfit. I started by adding the gray jeans, but it still felt a bit too wintery (probably because I wore it with these jeans several time over fall/winter). I then wanted to add the ivory booties, but it was a little too unbalanced so I thought about what I could do to add another good dose of white/cream to the outfit. My first thought was my pearl multistrand necklace, but I wasn’t in the mood to wear it.

With the high crew neckline, at first it didn’t occur to me that I could layer the white button-up underneath. But then I remembered that I could button it all the way up! I am still digging this vibe, and haven’t sported it since trying the look out way back in early February (and upon quick review, this seems to be mostly due to the fact that I haven’t been wearing button-up shirts much since then). So I gave it a try and just adore how it turned out! It feels very cheeky ^^ And adds just the right amount of lightness to balance the cream booties. Pearl earrings add the last little dose of lightness.

To continue with the cheeky vibe I put my hair up. I also really like how the fuchsia/orange from my nails looks with the purple, so I wore some light pink lip color (would wear fuchsia if I had it!) and added my bright orange purse. Normally I would wear a scarf with the outerwear because my neck gets cold quickly, but I rather liked how the buttoned up collar peeking out of the sweater looked against the black trench so I decided to skip the scarf today.

WORDS: View comments 3/30/12 Filed under: #akoya pearl studs  #black trench coat  #gray skinny jeans  #ivory ruched pointy booties  #oversized aviator shades  #purple cashmere sweater  #red.orange crossbody bag  #silver watch  #white button.up 
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