Posts tagged: straight medium wash jeans

 05.27/28.2012 [sun/mon]Backlogged outfit, added 02.23.2013.
5.27 Worn to: breakfast @ Totem5.28 Worn to: breakfast @ Red Cup
Thoughts:I haven’t worn this cardigan since October and as you all know I have been off cardigans for quite a while. This week I’ve worn them twice, once today and once on Monday, both times buttoned up of course. I am guessing this is a side effect of the soft dressing thing, and I’m also guessing it’ll breathe some life back into my orphaned cardigans. I should probably go through my cardigan pile and remove the ones that can’t be worn buttoned up like a soft, knit blouse because that’s really the only way I’m wearing ‘em these days.
Behind the outfit:Sunday and Monday I spent most of the time at home just hanging out and doing chores, but did head out of the house for various meals. I wore the same thing out for both days, just an easy and basic outfit formula: long buttoned cardigan + soft tank + jeans + pumps/flats. Easy peasy!

image 05.27/28.2012 [sun/mon]
Backlogged outfit, added 02.23.2013.

5.27 Worn to: breakfast @ Totem
5.28 Worn to: breakfast @ Red Cup

Thoughts:
I haven’t worn this cardigan since October and as you all know I have been off cardigans for quite a while. This week I’ve worn them twice, once today and once on Monday, both times buttoned up of course. I am guessing this is a side effect of the soft dressing thing, and I’m also guessing it’ll breathe some life back into my orphaned cardigans. I should probably go through my cardigan pile and remove the ones that can’t be worn buttoned up like a soft, knit blouse because that’s really the only way I’m wearing ‘em these days.

Behind the outfit:
Sunday and Monday I spent most of the time at home just hanging out and doing chores, but did head out of the house for various meals. I wore the same thing out for both days, just an easy and basic outfit formula: long buttoned cardigan + soft tank + jeans + pumps/flats. Easy peasy!

WORDS: View comments 5/27/12 Filed under: #dove gray patent pumps  #emerald leather tote  #ivory boyfriend cardigan  #rose gold oversized watch  #silver woven circle earrings  #straight medium wash jeans  #taupe silk tank  #~formulas  #~observations 
 05.26.2012 [sat]Backlogged outfit, added 02.23.2013.
Worn to: quick grocery store run
Behind the outfit:It was gloriously warm today! My husband and I enjoyed spending all day in the yard playing games and soaking up the sun. I was wearing this gray camisole and baggy denim shorts most of the day, but popped on a jacket, jeans, and heels for a quick run to the grocery.

image 05.26.2012 [sat]
Backlogged outfit, added 02.23.2013.

Worn to: quick grocery store run

Behind the outfit:
It was gloriously warm today! My husband and I enjoyed spending all day in the yard playing games and soaking up the sun. I was wearing this gray camisole and baggy denim shorts most of the day, but popped on a jacket, jeans, and heels for a quick run to the grocery.

WORDS: View comments 5/26/12 Filed under: #emerald leather tote  #gray lace trim camisole  #ivory knit puffed jacket  #oversized aviator shades  #silver hoops  #snakeskin low pointy pumps  #straight medium wash jeans 
 04.29.2012 [sun]Backlogged outfit, added 02.12.2013.
Worn to: @ home pie/coffee/baseball, gardening, Scuttlebutt, Lowes
Behind the outfit:A basic weekend outfit using my favorite “spiff up a tee" outfit formula modified for a colder day, subbing in a sweater for the tee. Layering up the necklaces (or adding just one statement necklace) and popping on a jacket takes the outfit from basic casual to pulled-together casual. And if this outfit needed to be further dressed up, simply swapping these casual flat boots for dressier footwear will pull the dressiness factor up yet another level, as would a dressier jacket. An easy outfit base that can go from lounging to Lowes to lunch:
Base outfit: sweater + jeans + statement necklace
Pulled-together casual: + casual footwear + casual jacket
Smart-casual: + dressy footwear + casual jacket
Dressy smart-casual: + dressy footwear + dressy jacket

image 04.29.2012 [sun]
Backlogged outfit, added 02.12.2013.

Worn to: @ home pie/coffee/baseball, gardening, Scuttlebutt, Lowes

Behind the outfit:
A basic weekend outfit using my favorite “spiff up a tee" outfit formula modified for a colder day, subbing in a sweater for the tee. Layering up the necklaces (or adding just one statement necklace) and popping on a jacket takes the outfit from basic casual to pulled-together casual. And if this outfit needed to be further dressed up, simply swapping these casual flat boots for dressier footwear will pull the dressiness factor up yet another level, as would a dressier jacket. An easy outfit base that can go from lounging to Lowes to lunch:

Base outfit: sweater + jeans + statement necklace

  1. Pulled-together casual: + casual footwear + casual jacket
  2. Smart-casual: + dressy footwear + casual jacket
  3. Dressy smart-casual: + dressy footwear + dressy jacket
WORDS: View comments 4/29/12 Filed under: #brown faux leather jacket  #brown riding ankle boots  #brown striped oversized sweater  #silver chain 60inch  #silver hoops  #straight medium wash jeans  #silver with knotted bubblegum pearls necklace  #white bucket bag  #white oversized watch  #~formulas 
04.16.2012 [mon]
Worn to: work, out for tacos
Sweater, jeans: GAPBelt: VansHeels: Apostrophe (via Sears)Pearl earrings: anniversary giftNecklace: Forever 21Watch, jacket: TargetPurse: Linea Pelle for Target 
Thoughts:(For fun, a photo of my partner in outfit photos crime: Kitty managed to sneak all the way up onto the waterfall while I was taking my photos this morning!)

This is another one of those outfits that seemed better in my head than in practice. This sweater has dolman sleeves, which I’m begrudgingly starting to admit add too much width to my already wide shoulders; I have two sweaters with this type of sleeve, and will probably retire them both after this year. The combination of the sleeves+tucking+straight leg jeans made me feel quite top heavy with this sweater, but a normal-sleeved sweater (even if slouchy or drop shoulder seamed) would have worked nicely; the last time I tucked this sweater I wore it with flared jeans which also helped balance the proportions a lot better.
The jacket is also tricky. It’s a slightly-awkward-for-jackets in-between cropped length; I think it would be workable if it were a spring weight, but it’s actually rather heavy which makes it outerwear, and it feels a little seasonally confused. As a result, I don’t wear it nearly as often as I would if it were, say, 2” shorter or 2” longer. I do love how it looks from the back, though! The outfit isn’t all that bad, but between those two issues I just felt really top heavy today.
Behind the outfit:I spent most of my energy on this outfit trying to balance the black sweater, especially after I chose to wear these snakeskin heels. At that point the sweater was untucked, and although the light shoes pick up on my light skin and the silver stripes, it still didn’t feel like enough to really balance out. So I tucked the top and added the light belt, and then it really needed more light elements so I added the mixed media necklace, pearl earrings, and white watch. Also donned a red lip for a small shot of color. I think that leaving the sweater untucked with the same accessories but swapping the shoes for something dark would have worked a lot better.

04.16.2012 [mon]

Worn to: work, out for tacos

Sweater, jeans: GAP
Belt: Vans
Heels: Apostrophe (via Sears)
Pearl earrings: anniversary gift
Necklace: Forever 21
Watch, jacket: Target
Purse: Linea Pelle for Target 

Thoughts:
(For fun, a photo of my partner in outfit photos crime: Kitty managed to sneak all the way up onto the waterfall while I was taking my photos this morning!)

image

This is another one of those outfits that seemed better in my head than in practice. This sweater has dolman sleeves, which I’m begrudgingly starting to admit add too much width to my already wide shoulders; I have two sweaters with this type of sleeve, and will probably retire them both after this year. The combination of the sleeves+tucking+straight leg jeans made me feel quite top heavy with this sweater, but a normal-sleeved sweater (even if slouchy or drop shoulder seamed) would have worked nicely; the last time I tucked this sweater I wore it with flared jeans which also helped balance the proportions a lot better.

The jacket is also tricky. It’s a slightly-awkward-for-jackets in-between cropped length; I think it would be workable if it were a spring weight, but it’s actually rather heavy which makes it outerwear, and it feels a little seasonally confused. As a result, I don’t wear it nearly as often as I would if it were, say, 2” shorter or 2” longer. I do love how it looks from the back, though! The outfit isn’t all that bad, but between those two issues I just felt really top heavy today.

Behind the outfit:
I spent most of my energy on this outfit trying to balance the black sweater, especially after I chose to wear these snakeskin heels. At that point the sweater was untucked, and although the light shoes pick up on my light skin and the silver stripes, it still didn’t feel like enough to really balance out. So I tucked the top and added the light belt, and then it really needed more light elements so I added the mixed media necklace, pearl earrings, and white watch. Also donned a red lip for a small shot of color. I think that leaving the sweater untucked with the same accessories but swapping the shoes for something dark would have worked a lot better.

WORDS: View comments 4/16/12 Filed under: #akoya pearl studs  #black with silver stripes dolman sleeve sweater  #distressed ivory studded belt  #faux shearling bomber jacket  #pearl chain and bead multistrand necklace  #snakeskin low pointy pumps  #straight medium wash jeans  #white bucket bag  #white oversized watch  #~observations 
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 
03.12.2012 [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 
03.11.2012 [sun]
Worn to: breakfast (Vintage), Adam over to work on his bike & dinner
Sweater, watch: TargetJeans: GAP “Real Straight”Boots, necklace: Forever 21Hoop earrings: GNW (via Fred Meyer)Coat, scarf: Old NavyPurse: Michael Kors 
Thoughts:Even though I have quite a few of my favorite formulas tagged, this season it seems I’ve fallen back most often on this one. Probably because it’s so very wet around here. As much as I love boots (and I LOVE boots!), by the time spring rolls around and it’s still super wet? I find I get just a little tired of wearing skinnies+boots all the time. Part of the problem, as I mentioned a couple days ago, is that I wasn’t really feeling my skirts and dresses this season which is the best change-up silhouette when it’s raining (I hate getting my hems wet). This also causes my outfit creativity to suffer, in my opinion. So hopefully next year I can remember to force myself to wear those more often so I don’t get bored!
Behind the outfit:Just a quick fall-back outfit (sweater, pendant, skinnies, boots). It’s gloomy today, and my outfit kind of reflects that. To counter the gloom a little I went with my cute little robot pendant, and of course there’s my cheerful manicure. I did keep the outerwear a bit lighter (that’s where the gloom is, after all!) and went with a light coat and colorful printed scarf.
Back in January, Angie posted an outfit where she tucked straight leg jeans into mid-calf boots. This is not something I do often (ever?), but I rather like the uber relaxed vibe. Now, I’m not a member of the super skinny calves club and these jeans are certainly more voluminous than hers, but because my boots are also super slouchy I think it works. If my boots were slimmer, this particular pair of straight legs would certainly poof too much over the tops for my taste.

03.11.2012 [sun]

Worn to: breakfast (Vintage), Adam over to work on his bike & dinner

Sweater, watch: Target
Jeans: GAP “Real Straight”
Boots, necklace: Forever 21
Hoop earrings: GNW (via Fred Meyer)
Coat, scarf: Old Navy
Purse: Michael Kors 

Thoughts:
Even though I have quite a few of my favorite formulas tagged, this season it seems I’ve fallen back most often on this one. Probably because it’s so very wet around here. As much as I love boots (and I LOVE boots!), by the time spring rolls around and it’s still super wet? I find I get just a little tired of wearing skinnies+boots all the time. Part of the problem, as I mentioned a couple days ago, is that I wasn’t really feeling my skirts and dresses this season which is the best change-up silhouette when it’s raining (I hate getting my hems wet). This also causes my outfit creativity to suffer, in my opinion. So hopefully next year I can remember to force myself to wear those more often so I don’t get bored!

Behind the outfit:
Just a quick fall-back outfit (sweater, pendant, skinnies, boots). It’s gloomy today, and my outfit kind of reflects that. To counter the gloom a little I went with my cute little robot pendant, and of course there’s my cheerful manicure. I did keep the outerwear a bit lighter (that’s where the gloom is, after all!) and went with a light coat and colorful printed scarf.

Back in January, Angie posted an outfit where she tucked straight leg jeans into mid-calf boots. This is not something I do often (ever?), but I rather like the uber relaxed vibe. Now, I’m not a member of the super skinny calves club and these jeans are certainly more voluminous than hers, but because my boots are also super slouchy I think it works. If my boots were slimmer, this particular pair of straight legs would certainly poof too much over the tops for my taste.

WORDS: View comments 3/11/12 Filed under: #black and gray striped sweater  #black dark faced watch  #black flat slouchy buckle boots  #cream with navy green and tan circles scarf  #ivory knit puffed jacket  #navy mini tote bag  #silver hoops  #silver robot pendant  #straight medium wash jeans  #~observations 
03.04.2012 [sun]
Worn to: Totem for breakfast w/Adam, dirt bike riding in Monroe (w/Brad, Cristin, & Adam), Jack-in-the-Box for dinner w/Adam, Kindah and Michael over for tv
Blouse: HollisterJacket: Olivia Sky (via Fred Meyer)Jeans: GAP “Real Straight”Hoop earrings: GNW (via Fred Meyer)Scarf: TargetPuffer: Weatherproof (gift)Purse: giftRiding gear - boots: River Road 
Thoughts:Since I started this blog in the fall, I haven’t gotten much opportunity to share my warm weather activities. I mentioned way back in January that my husband’s primary vehicle is one of two motorcycles, and that he rides all year rain, shine, or snow (though he now finally has an SUV, so I can worry less about those snowy days). In warmer weather I ride along with him on the back, and over the last couple years we’ve gone on several long trips either by ourselves (San Francisco) or with a group of our closest friends (Sturgis, Yellowstone). And, of course, lots of short trips.
I don’t have much desire to ride street bikes myself, but have been really wanting a dirt bike! We are hoping to get one or two this year, and a couple of our friends picked up some recently so we went to hang out with them today. My husband rode (I did not), and we all had a great time! I’ll get more into motorcycle wardrobe stuff when the weather warms up (big challenge for me), but for now I’m adding a new tag “~moto” that will have all motorcycle related posts. And of course sharing with you guys lots of photos and even a little video!
Photo set #1 [click to see photos #1-10 and read stories!]Photo set #2 [click to see photos #11-20 and read stories!]

Behind the outfit:Today I needed something warm and casual that I wouldn’t mind getting dirty. There was also the chance that I might ride (though I ended up not riding) so that also had to be taken into consideration. With the latter in mind, I started with my riding boots. They’re mid-calf height and quite wide at the ankle (you can kind of see it under the pants), so something bootcut to go over the top or skinny to be tucked in is ideal. I was originally going to go with skinny+tuck, but decided I like all of my skinnies too much to risk ruining, so I instead wore these straight leg jeans which are my most casual pair. The hems are just wide enough to fit over the boots, but not quite slim enough to tuck in so I wore them over.
From there, I knew that I wanted the base layer AND topper both to be comfortable enough to ride with. Initially I had a tee on, but past experience with riding has led me to the realization that woven tops, and button-ups in particular, make me feel much less frumpy (more on that when the weather warms up). So I swapped the tee I’d first put on with this plaid shirt, and lo-and-behold did instantly feel much better. I don’t have a lot of truly casual topper options (something I need to remedy), so this sweatshirt moto was an easy choice; the only other options were my brown faux leather jacket (would have been an OK choice) and my denim jacket (too much blue and denim).
I’d decided from the start to wear my puffer coat because we’d be outside for several hours, and it’s much easier to clean than my wool coats (appropriate casual level as well); chose this red bag because the synthetic surface is also easy to clean. I added the scarf for extra neck warmth kind of last minute, and was really glad that I did because it was pretty chilly. I actually ended up leaving the coat and scarf on nearly all day, except for a brief warm few minutes when the sun came out.

03.04.2012 [sun]

Worn to: Totem for breakfast w/Adam, dirt bike riding in Monroe (w/Brad, Cristin, & Adam), Jack-in-the-Box for dinner w/Adam, Kindah and Michael over for tv

Blouse: Hollister
Jacket: Olivia Sky (via Fred Meyer)
Jeans: GAP “Real Straight”
Hoop earrings: GNW (via Fred Meyer)
Scarf: Target
Puffer: Weatherproof (gift)
Purse: gift
Riding gear - boots: River Road 

Thoughts:
Since I started this blog in the fall, I haven’t gotten much opportunity to share my warm weather activities. I mentioned way back in January that my husband’s primary vehicle is one of two motorcycles, and that he rides all year rain, shine, or snow (though he now finally has an SUV, so I can worry less about those snowy days). In warmer weather I ride along with him on the back, and over the last couple years we’ve gone on several long trips either by ourselves (San Francisco) or with a group of our closest friends (Sturgis, Yellowstone). And, of course, lots of short trips.

I don’t have much desire to ride street bikes myself, but have been really wanting a dirt bike! We are hoping to get one or two this year, and a couple of our friends picked up some recently so we went to hang out with them today. My husband rode (I did not), and we all had a great time! I’ll get more into motorcycle wardrobe stuff when the weather warms up (big challenge for me), but for now I’m adding a new tag “~moto” that will have all motorcycle related posts. And of course sharing with you guys lots of photos and even a little video!

Photo set #1 [click to see photos #1-10 and read stories!]
Photo set #2 [click to see photos #11-20 and read stories!]

Behind the outfit:
Today I needed something warm and casual that I wouldn’t mind getting dirty. There was also the chance that I might ride (though I ended up not riding) so that also had to be taken into consideration. With the latter in mind, I started with my riding boots. They’re mid-calf height and quite wide at the ankle (you can kind of see it under the pants), so something bootcut to go over the top or skinny to be tucked in is ideal. I was originally going to go with skinny+tuck, but decided I like all of my skinnies too much to risk ruining, so I instead wore these straight leg jeans which are my most casual pair. The hems are just wide enough to fit over the boots, but not quite slim enough to tuck in so I wore them over.

From there, I knew that I wanted the base layer AND topper both to be comfortable enough to ride with. Initially I had a tee on, but past experience with riding has led me to the realization that woven tops, and button-ups in particular, make me feel much less frumpy (more on that when the weather warms up). So I swapped the tee I’d first put on with this plaid shirt, and lo-and-behold did instantly feel much better. I don’t have a lot of truly casual topper options (something I need to remedy), so this sweatshirt moto was an easy choice; the only other options were my brown faux leather jacket (would have been an OK choice) and my denim jacket (too much blue and denim).

I’d decided from the start to wear my puffer coat because we’d be outside for several hours, and it’s much easier to clean than my wool coats (appropriate casual level as well); chose this red bag because the synthetic surface is also easy to clean. I added the scarf for extra neck warmth kind of last minute, and was really glad that I did because it was pretty chilly. I actually ended up leaving the coat and scarf on nearly all day, except for a brief warm few minutes when the sun came out.

WORDS: View comments 3/4/12 Filed under: #MOTO black leather boots  #blue plaid button.up  #coral and tan dotty scarf  #gray sweatshirt moto jacket  #red slouchy hobo  #silver hoops  #straight medium wash jeans  #winter white short puffer coat  #~moto  #~travel 
02.22.2012 [wed]
Worn to: Target, Michael’s, work
Sweater: Ann Taylor (outlet)Blazer: H&MJeans: GAP “Real Straight”Booties: Ciao Bella “Glorious” (via Sears)Earrings: self madeNecklace: Forever 21Watch: Timex (via Target)Coat: Worthington (via JCPenney)Scarf: giftPurse: Nine West (thrifted) 
Thoughts:How delicious looking is cranberry (sweater) with orange (nails)? This is a color pairing I am going to have to keep in mind for when fall rolls back around. Along the same lines as my wool shorts yesterday, I would like to get a couple more outfits with this sweater in before it warms up. I have to say that unfortunately it hasn’t worn well; it’s already starting to pill along the bust (weird?) but the white one is doing just fine (also weird?). I’ve worn each one 4 times, and was hoping to get two seasons out of them; I don’t know if this one will hold up until next fall, but I do plan to continue wearing the white one going into spring for transitional outfits.
Behind the outfit:I’ve been slowly but surely adding a little more white/cream/gray to my outfits as we approach spring (I do plan to really lighten up for spring/summer like I did last year, but not completely leave out black). Today I wanted to style this sweater in a springy outfit, and this white blazer was the first thing to pair with it that came to mind. It’s still a little early, but it’s so gloomy out and the white is so cheerful! I knew the outfit would need a lot of other white to balance the big block of white from the blazer, so I chose my ivory booties (you’ll be seeing lots of them going into spring!) along with this pearl bib necklace and pushed up sleeves (yes, my skin is light enough to count for lightness balancing here -_-).
It’s too wet to wear flared jeans, which would have been my first choice, so I went with these straight leg jeans instead. To keep the outfit from being fully springy, I also added a few black elements in the watch and earrings. I’m still wearing my wool coat, but it’ll be time to swap to my trench soon (I hope!). Happily this scarf is light enough to go into transitional spring outfits; I picked it because I wanted to play up the black-and-white graphic quality of the coat/booties, and this black purse so it wouldn’t detract from that.
This transitional outfit can be boiled down to the following formula (“white” here could be white, cream, ivory, whatever light shade is right for you): deep colored top + white jacket and shoes + blue jeans + 1 white jewelry/scarf + rest of jewelry/accents in black.

02.22.2012 [wed]

Worn to: Target, Michael’s, work

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

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

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

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

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

WORDS: View comments 2/22/12 Filed under: #black and white houndstooth fringed scarf  #black circular stone earrings  #black dark faced watch  #black leather tote  #black wool coat  #brass and pearl multistrand bib necklace  #cranberry turtleneck sweater  #ivory ruched pointy booties  #straight medium wash jeans  #white tuxedo blazer  #~formulas 
02.04.2012 [sat]
Worn to: lunch @ Scuttlebutt
Blouse: Calvin Klein (thrifted)Cardigan: TargetBelt, earrings, purse: giftsJeans: GAP “Real Straight”Heels: Nine West “Picolaff” (outlet)Watch: Fossil (gift)Coat: Worthington (via JCPenney) 
Thoughts:Ahh we finally had some actual nice weather! My husband and I spent most of the day out working in the yard; I worked on getting some much needed pruning, weeding, and raking done. I have been completely surprised that my violas and primroses have been continually blooming all of this winter, through the snow and all! Hopefully I didn’t work too hard, I always do the first time out each season and manage to be sore far longer than I’d like to admit ^^
Behind the outfit:Today’s outfit is full of items I haven’t worn recently. I started with the cardigan; since I don’t really like to layer cardigans over knits, I chose this rarely-worn black blouse and then decided to make the outfit have a relaxed menswear vibe. Initially I planned to leave the shirt untucked, but it’s fairly short so I decided instead to tuck it. From there, I picked these not-yet-worn-much heeled oxfords (but will certainly be wearing more of once the weather warms up), and after that I chose this woven belt to match; both have much more vibrant color than these photos show. I chose the jeans after all of that, going with these straight legs to show a little of the shoe and keep the legline slim but a bit loose. Lastly I went with simple jewelry in line with the relaxed menswear vibe, but I did choose these larger earrings instead of my usual simple hoops to add just a little bit more femininity to the look.

02.04.2012 [sat]

Worn to: lunch @ Scuttlebutt

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

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

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

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