Posts tagged: tortoiseshell oversized shades

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

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

04.23.2012 [mon]

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

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

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

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

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

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

WORDS: View comments 4/23/12 Filed under: #avocado silk camp shirt  #cobalt suede cone pumps  #gray jeggings  #navy mini tote bag  #peacock slim silk scarf  #silver hoops  #tortoiseshell oversized shades  #white oversized watch  #~formulas 
04.08.2012 [sun]
Worn to: errands (Walgreens, Albterstons, Fred Meyer), Easter dinner @ my folks’
Dress, cardigan: TargetTights: DKNY (gift)Heels: Anne Klein (via DSW)Earrings, neckalce: giftsWatch: Fossil (gift)Trench: Banana Republic (via YLF swap)Scarf: Dress BarnPurse: Coach (gift)Shades: Forever 21 
Behind the outfit:Today’s dinner isn’t necessarily a dressy affair, but I know that my folks do tend to dress a bit nicer for Easter dinner as it’s one of the few holidays my mom celebrates. The pastel colors of Easter don’t do me any favors so I decided to wear something lady-like that hints at pastels, but with colors that are still saturated enough for my coloring.
It was most definitely too cold for this outfit BUT I wanted to wear it so I did! I started with the cardigan, which is the closest to a pastel clearly-non-casual thing in my wardrobe (recently pulled out for spring/summer). After looking over my dress options, I chose this one because I liked how the blue looked with the aqua cardigan (though a sweater dress would have been more weather appropriate). I wore nude microfishnets to mitigate a bit of the coldness, and chose my most lady-like heels to complete the “Easter vibe”.
Normally I like to wear a belt with this dress because leaving the exposed elasticy band really bugs me, but today I decided to just leave it be. I chose silver accessories to play into the cool colorway for the indoor look, and gold/leopard to contrast the cool colorway for the outdoor look. And hair up so it would say out of my food ^^

04.08.2012 [sun]

Worn to: errands (Walgreens, Albterstons, Fred Meyer), Easter dinner @ my folks’

Dress, cardigan: Target
Tights: DKNY (gift)
Heels: Anne Klein (via DSW)
Earrings, neckalce: gifts
Watch: Fossil (gift)
Trench: Banana Republic (via YLF swap)
Scarf: Dress Barn
Purse: Coach (gift)
Shades: Forever 21 

Behind the outfit:
Today’s dinner isn’t necessarily a dressy affair, but I know that my folks do tend to dress a bit nicer for Easter dinner as it’s one of the few holidays my mom celebrates. The pastel colors of Easter don’t do me any favors so I decided to wear something lady-like that hints at pastels, but with colors that are still saturated enough for my coloring.

It was most definitely too cold for this outfit BUT I wanted to wear it so I did! I started with the cardigan, which is the closest to a pastel clearly-non-casual thing in my wardrobe (recently pulled out for spring/summer). After looking over my dress options, I chose this one because I liked how the blue looked with the aqua cardigan (though a sweater dress would have been more weather appropriate). I wore nude microfishnets to mitigate a bit of the coldness, and chose my most lady-like heels to complete the “Easter vibe”.

Normally I like to wear a belt with this dress because leaving the exposed elasticy band really bugs me, but today I decided to just leave it be. I chose silver accessories to play into the cool colorway for the indoor look, and gold/leopard to contrast the cool colorway for the outdoor look. And hair up so it would say out of my food ^^

WORDS: View comments 4/8/12 Filed under: #aqua short sleeved cropped cardigan  #black patent kitten heels with cream trim  #black trench coat  #blue paint print grecian wrap dress  #gold mini satchel  #leopard scarf  #nude mini fishnet tights  #silver watch  #silver with amethyst droplets necklace  #silver woven circle earrings  #tortoiseshell oversized shades 
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 
03.28.2012 [wed]
Worn to: work
Tee: TargetShorts: Hinge (via Nordstrom)Tights: ExpressBoots: Miz Mooz “Flynn” (gift)Blazer: H&MScarf: Steve Madden (via Nordstrom)Pearl earrings: anniversary giftWatch: Anne Klein (gift)Purse: Kate SpadeShades: Forever 21 
Thoughts:This pretty bird print scarf is new, which I just picked up to help satiate my current desire to wear all things taupe (and I’m pretty much wearing them all in this outfit). You can find it here, in black, navy, and of course this taupe. It’s a lot thinner and gauzier than my other scarves, and also quite wide. I LOVE the way it drapes! I have hunch it’s going to be my favorite go-to scarf this spring!
Backlogged outfits update: Mar 10th | Sorting and Storing Polish | Mar 11th manicure | Mar 11th | Mar 12th | Mar 13th
(And with that, I’m all caught up!!)
Behind the outfit:Today’s outfit is a variation on the shorts+taupe tall boots outfit I wore last week, but this time the color comes from the jacket instead of the scarf AND it was happily warm enough to swap the sweater tights for textured hose! I just love how these taupe boots look with the tweedy shorts, and wanted to be sure to wear the combo (at least!) one more time before I have to put away both the shorts and tall boots for the season.
I started with the same base (tee, shorts, boots), and knew I wanted to wear my new scarf. With the warmer weather I decided to get a little subtle print mixing in so I chose these textured tights (which kind of mimics the bird motif, as someone over on YLF pointed out). The tights aren’t as low contrast as my gray sweater tights, so the tonal scarf does a little extra duty in softening the outfit.
As I’ve mentioned previously, because the tee is so casual I prefer to wear it with a jacket to add a little structure and dressiness. Today I chose my teal blazer to add a good pop of color since the outfit shaped up entirely neutral otherwise. And I finished the look off with pearl earrings, leaving my hair down, and a light pink lip gloss. The overall outfit effect is decidedly soft, much softer than last week’s version. I really like it!

03.28.2012 [wed]

Worn to: work

Tee: Target
Shorts: Hinge (via Nordstrom)
Tights: Express
Boots: Miz Mooz “Flynn” (gift)
Blazer: H&M
Scarf: Steve Madden (via Nordstrom)
Pearl earrings: anniversary gift
Watch: Anne Klein (gift)
Purse: Kate Spade
Shades: Forever 21 

Thoughts:
This pretty bird print scarf is new, which I just picked up to help satiate my current desire to wear all things taupe (and I’m pretty much wearing them all in this outfit). You can find it here, in black, navy, and of course this taupe. It’s a lot thinner and gauzier than my other scarves, and also quite wide. I LOVE the way it drapes! I have hunch it’s going to be my favorite go-to scarf this spring!

Backlogged outfits update: Mar 10th | Sorting and Storing Polish | Mar 11th manicure | Mar 11thMar 12th | Mar 13th

(And with that, I’m all caught up!!)

Behind the outfit:
Today’s outfit is a variation on the shorts+taupe tall boots outfit I wore last week, but this time the color comes from the jacket instead of the scarf AND it was happily warm enough to swap the sweater tights for textured hose! I just love how these taupe boots look with the tweedy shorts, and wanted to be sure to wear the combo (at least!) one more time before I have to put away both the shorts and tall boots for the season.

I started with the same base (tee, shorts, boots), and knew I wanted to wear my new scarf. With the warmer weather I decided to get a little subtle print mixing in so I chose these textured tights (which kind of mimics the bird motif, as someone over on YLF pointed out). The tights aren’t as low contrast as my gray sweater tights, so the tonal scarf does a little extra duty in softening the outfit.

As I’ve mentioned previously, because the tee is so casual I prefer to wear it with a jacket to add a little structure and dressiness. Today I chose my teal blazer to add a good pop of color since the outfit shaped up entirely neutral otherwise. And I finished the look off with pearl earrings, leaving my hair down, and a light pink lip gloss. The overall outfit effect is decidedly soft, much softer than last week’s version. I really like it!

WORDS: View comments 3/28/12 Filed under: #akoya pearl studs  #black chevron leaf stripe tights  #charcoal plaid wool shorts  #gold and silver watch  #red.orange crossbody bag  #taupe bird print scarf  #taupe long sleeve tee  #taupe tall heeled boots  #teal knit blazer  #tortoiseshell oversized shades 
03.27.2012 [tue]
Worn to: work, Silvertips game
Blouse: Halogen (via Nordstrom)Jeans: Empyre (via Zumiez)Heels: TargetHoop earrings: GNW (via Fred Meyer)Watch: Fossil (gift)Trench: Banana Republic (via YLF swap)Scarf: Dress BarnPurse: Kate SpadeShades: Forever 21Sweater: GAPNecklace: Etsy 
Thoughts:I normally don’t have to change outfits in any given day. My life is pretty casual overall, my work is creative casual, and since I shoot for smart casual dressing I’m covered for about 95% of whatever might come up on most days. Today was a very rare day where my work outfit was actually too dressy for the evening festivities! After thinking that the WHL (minor league hockey) season was already over, we learned that not only were there a couple of games left but that our local team still had a shot at making it into the playoffs AND had their last two games here at home! We made a last minute decision to go to the game in support, and I felt that my work outfit was just too dressy for a hockey game. So on the left is what I wore to work, and on the right is what I wore to hockey. (Unfortunately they lost today’s game, but still have a chance!)
This blouse was one that I’d pined over earlier this year after not jumping fast enough on my size before it sold out. I’d (apparently) left it in my Nordstrom wish list, and while cleaning it out recently saw that one had randomly been returned in my size so I didn’t hesitate to pounce this time! I don’t wear a lot of retro bombshell tops, but having a moody, abstract, watercolory print makes this one really appealing to me.
Backlogged outfits update: Mar 5th | Mar 6th | Mar 7th | Mar 8th | Mar 9th | Fruits/Emerald polish preview
Behind the outfit:Today I was in the mood for a strong clean outfit. The best way to do that is to keep the silhouette strong and pull colors from the blouse (gray, charcoal, slate blue, and orange). So I chose my black skinny jeans; charcoal or gray would have given a much softer look, but I rather like the stronger contrast from the black. Since we’re into spring I chose light shoes to brighten the outfit up, in light gray to pick up on the blouse and keep everything tonal. This is one of my favorite ways to lighten up spring/summer outfits with dark bottoms, any nude shoe would do. I also went for a bright orange lip (and bag!), which I thought was a fun pick-up on the blouse’s colors.
For the hockey version, I wanted to keep the outfit kind of in the same spirit of the work outfit (I usually do that when I have to wear multiple outfits in a day). So I swapped the top for a cozy printed black sweater, added the anchor necklace as a nod to the bow ties from the blouse, and of course kept the gray heels (devoted member of Team Heels checking in!). Plus I really love wearing nude/light shoes with all-dark outfits!

03.27.2012 [tue]

Worn to: work, Silvertips game

Blouse: Halogen (via Nordstrom)
Jeans: Empyre (via Zumiez)
Heels: Target
Hoop earrings: GNW (via Fred Meyer)
Watch: Fossil (gift)
Trench: Banana Republic (via YLF swap)
Scarf: Dress Barn
Purse: Kate Spade
Shades: Forever 21
Sweater: GAP
Necklace: Etsy 

Thoughts:
I normally don’t have to change outfits in any given day. My life is pretty casual overall, my work is creative casual, and since I shoot for smart casual dressing I’m covered for about 95% of whatever might come up on most days. Today was a very rare day where my work outfit was actually too dressy for the evening festivities! After thinking that the WHL (minor league hockey) season was already over, we learned that not only were there a couple of games left but that our local team still had a shot at making it into the playoffs AND had their last two games here at home! We made a last minute decision to go to the game in support, and I felt that my work outfit was just too dressy for a hockey game. So on the left is what I wore to work, and on the right is what I wore to hockey. (Unfortunately they lost today’s game, but still have a chance!)

This blouse was one that I’d pined over earlier this year after not jumping fast enough on my size before it sold out. I’d (apparently) left it in my Nordstrom wish list, and while cleaning it out recently saw that one had randomly been returned in my size so I didn’t hesitate to pounce this time! I don’t wear a lot of retro bombshell tops, but having a moody, abstract, watercolory print makes this one really appealing to me.

Backlogged outfits update: Mar 5th | Mar 6th | Mar 7th | Mar 8th | Mar 9th | Fruits/Emerald polish preview

Behind the outfit:
Today I was in the mood for a strong clean outfit. The best way to do that is to keep the silhouette strong and pull colors from the blouse (gray, charcoal, slate blue, and orange). So I chose my black skinny jeans; charcoal or gray would have given a much softer look, but I rather like the stronger contrast from the black. Since we’re into spring I chose light shoes to brighten the outfit up, in light gray to pick up on the blouse and keep everything tonal. This is one of my favorite ways to lighten up spring/summer outfits with dark bottoms, any nude shoe would do. I also went for a bright orange lip (and bag!), which I thought was a fun pick-up on the blouse’s colors.

For the hockey version, I wanted to keep the outfit kind of in the same spirit of the work outfit (I usually do that when I have to wear multiple outfits in a day). So I swapped the top for a cozy printed black sweater, added the anchor necklace as a nod to the bow ties from the blouse, and of course kept the gray heels (devoted member of Team Heels checking in!). Plus I really love wearing nude/light shoes with all-dark outfits!

WORDS: View comments 3/27/12 Filed under: #black skinny jeans  #black trench coat  #black with silver stripes dolman sleeve sweater  #dove gray patent pumps  #gray watercolor bow blouse  #leopard scarf  #red.orange crossbody bag  #silver anchor with asymmetrical beads necklace  #silver hoops  #silver watch  #tortoiseshell oversized shades 
03.25.2012 [sun]
Worn to: Brad/Cristin/Ian/Joe over after their ride, grocery
Sweater: LOFTJacket, jeans: TargetOxfords: Bronx “Heat of Nite” (via Nordstrom)Hoop earrings: GNW (via Fred Meyer)Necklace, shades: Forever 21Watch: Timex (via Target)Scarf: Old NavyPurse: Coach (gift) 
Thoughts:Somehow my sweater shrunk when I washed it a couple days ago! I have washed it several times before, always the same way, with cold water and air dried. I’m hoping I can gently stretch the slouch back into it but I don’t have high hopes for that working. I’ll have to experiment with the sweater to see how to make it work for me if I can’t get it to stretch back to its normal shape. Not sure how much I like this tighter fit, it really emphasizes the dolman sleeve which isn’t the best sleeve shape for my strong shoulder line (the looser body helped to mitigate that). Sad.
I wasn’t really planning on going anywhere or seeing anyone today, so I was in my PJs when our friends stopped by for a short visit after going out for a ride. I therefore threw this together quite quickly, and am pretty pleased with how it turned out! This is actually a take on my spring color palette formula, with the ivory and color (green) only in the scarf. That little formula has really been a great tool when I need a little outfit inspiration!
Backlogged outfits update: Feb 28th | Building An Outfit - 4 Stages | Mar 1st | Mar 3rd

03.25.2012 [sun]

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

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

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

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

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

WORDS: View comments 3/25/12 Filed under: #brown faux leather jacket  #champagne sparkly dolman sleeve sweater  #cream with navy green and tan circles scarf  #gold mini satchel  #gray distressed oxfords  #gray skinny jeans  #silver hoops  #silver robot pendant  #tortoiseshell oversized shades  #white oversized watch 
03.08.2012 [thu]
Worn to: bank, work, out to dinner @ Mainstreet Alehouse
Tee: JCrew (outlet)Blazer: H&MJeans, heels, earrings: TargetWatch: Anne Klein (gift)Shades: Forever 21Purse: Michael Kors 
Thoughts:Had a shot at some warm weather today, almost up to 60F! Definitely dressed to fit my mood today, and I felt fantastic in this outfit. It got me really excited and looking forward to summery weather! I also got a great compliment on this outfit from the bank teller, who also asked how I keep my blazer so white; I was a bit surprised and told him “dry cleaning” though I guess the truest answer would’ve been “luck”!
In addition, it felt great to give my feet a head start on no-sock shoeing. Do you all need to do that at the start of the warm weather season too? It takes me a good handful of outings at the start of spring to get my feet prepped for wearing my pumps and sandals sans socks. My feet did OK today, but they are definitely still in winter mode.
(Also finished up two more polishes to round out my first mini collection plus one extra, will post them all tomorrow!)
Behind the outfit:With the warm weather today, I was in the mood to wear my white blazer. So I thought I’d flex my warm weather dressing muscles a bit and sport one of my favorite brights to pair with white: orange! Usually in warm weather I like the color combo of white+orange+faded blue denim but since we’re not technically in spring yet, I went with an icy gray instead of the faded blue denim to keep things looking somewhat in the realm of winter. I did want the overall outfit feeling to be light so kept the shoes low contrast, and added just a little bit of warmth with gold accessories (earrings, watch).

03.08.2012 [thu]

Worn to: bank, work, out to dinner @ Mainstreet Alehouse

Tee: JCrew (outlet)
Blazer: H&M
Jeans, heels, earrings: Target
Watch: Anne Klein (gift)
Shades: Forever 21
Purse: Michael Kors 

Thoughts:
Had a shot at some warm weather today, almost up to 60F! Definitely dressed to fit my mood today, and I felt fantastic in this outfit. It got me really excited and looking forward to summery weather! I also got a great compliment on this outfit from the bank teller, who also asked how I keep my blazer so white; I was a bit surprised and told him “dry cleaning” though I guess the truest answer would’ve been “luck”!

In addition, it felt great to give my feet a head start on no-sock shoeing. Do you all need to do that at the start of the warm weather season too? It takes me a good handful of outings at the start of spring to get my feet prepped for wearing my pumps and sandals sans socks. My feet did OK today, but they are definitely still in winter mode.

(Also finished up two more polishes to round out my first mini collection plus one extra, will post them all tomorrow!)

Behind the outfit:
With the warm weather today, I was in the mood to wear my white blazer. So I thought I’d flex my warm weather dressing muscles a bit and sport one of my favorite brights to pair with white: orange! Usually in warm weather I like the color combo of white+orange+faded blue denim but since we’re not technically in spring yet, I went with an icy gray instead of the faded blue denim to keep things looking somewhat in the realm of winter. I did want the overall outfit feeling to be light so kept the shoes low contrast, and added just a little bit of warmth with gold accessories (earrings, watch).

WORDS: View comments 3/8/12 Filed under: #dove gray patent pumps  #gold and silver watch  #gold arabesque cutout earrings  #gray skinny jeans  #navy mini tote bag  #red.orange and navy striped tee  #tortoiseshell oversized shades  #white tuxedo blazer 
03.07.2012 [wed]
Worn to: Michael’s, work
Tissue turtleneck: JCrew (outlet)Blazer: ExpressJeans: Empyre (via Zumiez)Heels: Fioni (via Payless)Hoop earrings: GNW (via Fred Meyer)Necklace: TargetWatch: Fossil (gift)Coat: Calvin Klein (via Wilson’s Leather)Shades: Forever 21Gloves: IsotonerPurse: gift 
Thoughts:Today I was able to create my first made-from-scratch nail polishes (i.e. not mixed from existing polishes) which I hope to share with you all in a couple days. I’m excited to finally be able to get going on crafting nail polishes, been wanting to do it for quite a while now. Here’s a little sneak peek of what I was up to tonight:

Don’t they look fruity and delicious?
So I haven’t worn this blazer nearly as much as I expected to when I bought it back in October, and I’m not too sure why. My best guess is it’s because I sized down to get a really hourglassy fit, but this means I can’t layer anything except thin tops underneath so its versatility is more limited than a roomier blazer would be. Perhaps I should consider this a spring/summer jacket because that is when I wear thin tops; the sweaters I wear in the winter are simply too thick. It’s also a bit longer than many of my other blazers, but this length is actually a more “standard” length for pants; maybe I’m just not accustomed to these proportions because I’m used to wearing shorter jackets?
Behind the outfit:Today’s outfit started with the blazer! My selection of thin-but-not-summery tops is a bit limited, but my two tissue turtlenecks are really wonderful for spring transitional outfits. I wore the navy one last time I wore this jacket, so today I went with the gray. It was dry enough for wide hems, and at this time of year (super rainy) I can’t pass up any opportunity to wear my flared jeans! Because the blazer is so bright and a natural focus piece, I decided to keep the shoes and accessories low contrast; I wore my charcoal wool pumps, gray pearl/metal necklace, and silver watch. And I left my hair down and wavy to play up on the boho half of the outfit.
I’m pretty happy with these proportions, longer jacket and all. Though I do think that without the heels I would feel a bit leg-shortened with a jacket this “long”; I’ll probably stick to my hip-bone length jackets with flat footwear.

03.07.2012 [wed]

Worn to: Michael’s, work

Tissue turtleneck: JCrew (outlet)
Blazer: Express
Jeans: Empyre (via Zumiez)
Heels: Fioni (via Payless)
Hoop earrings: GNW (via Fred Meyer)
Necklace: Target
Watch: Fossil (gift)
Coat: Calvin Klein (via Wilson’s Leather)
Shades: Forever 21
Gloves: Isotoner
Purse: gift 

Thoughts:
Today I was able to create my first made-from-scratch nail polishes (i.e. not mixed from existing polishes) which I hope to share with you all in a couple days. I’m excited to finally be able to get going on crafting nail polishes, been wanting to do it for quite a while now. Here’s a little sneak peek of what I was up to tonight:

Don’t they look fruity and delicious?

So I haven’t worn this blazer nearly as much as I expected to when I bought it back in October, and I’m not too sure why. My best guess is it’s because I sized down to get a really hourglassy fit, but this means I can’t layer anything except thin tops underneath so its versatility is more limited than a roomier blazer would be. Perhaps I should consider this a spring/summer jacket because that is when I wear thin tops; the sweaters I wear in the winter are simply too thick. It’s also a bit longer than many of my other blazers, but this length is actually a more “standard” length for pants; maybe I’m just not accustomed to these proportions because I’m used to wearing shorter jackets?

Behind the outfit:
Today’s outfit started with the blazer! My selection of thin-but-not-summery tops is a bit limited, but my two tissue turtlenecks are really wonderful for spring transitional outfits. I wore the navy one last time I wore this jacket, so today I went with the gray. It was dry enough for wide hems, and at this time of year (super rainy) I can’t pass up any opportunity to wear my flared jeans! Because the blazer is so bright and a natural focus piece, I decided to keep the shoes and accessories low contrast; I wore my charcoal wool pumps, gray pearl/metal necklace, and silver watch. And I left my hair down and wavy to play up on the boho half of the outfit.

I’m pretty happy with these proportions, longer jacket and all. Though I do think that without the heels I would feel a bit leg-shortened with a jacket this “long”; I’ll probably stick to my hip-bone length jackets with flat footwear.

WORDS: View comments 3/7/12 Filed under: #black and white tweed wool coat  #black gloves  #chain with gray pearls necklace  #charcoal wool pumps  #gray tissue turtleneck  #red sharp shoulder blazer  #red slouchy hobo  #silver hoops  #silver watch  #tortoiseshell oversized shades  #vintage wash baggy flared jeans  #~observations 
 10.26.2011 [wed]Dress the Decade challenge: 1950s
Worn to: work, grocery store
[[MORE]] Tee: Victoria’s SecretCardigan: TargetPencil skirt: Forever 21Tights: Nine WestHeels: Anne Klein (via DSW)Pearl earrings: anniversary giftNecklaces, flower pin, hair clip: giftsWatch: Fossil (gift)Purse: Nine West (thrifted)Shades: Forever 21 
Thoughts:This was definitely the hardest challenge for me. I don’t find this decade particularly inspiring, so I thought I may as well go with something that I really rarely sport: a pencil skirt. I have no peplum tops/toppers, so I went with a cardigan for the “soft shoulder” look that was popular in the 50s. Wore my new 2-tone pointy toe heels because they are very reminiscent of the era, and what better way to debut them eh? Pearl earrings because a pearl necklace would be too much, cream flower pin because I couldn’t wait to wear it and the outfit really needed more white, and small layered necklaces to be more “me” but still era delicate. Lastly, I did an up-do of sorts as a nod to the coiffed hair of the era.
While I think this is a nice outfit and seems to fit the 50s theme, I am considering this a miss in terms of coming up with something that fits with my style solely because of the hair; a poof-banged high pony tail would give it a rockabilly touch and have made this a hit for me. I realized this halfway to work, but the outfit did grow on me throughout the day.
Played with Photoshop and added in rockabilly hair, and it confirms my belief that styling my hair like this when paired with strong 50s elements will make the outfit more “me”. Lesson learned!
 

image 10.26.2011 [wed]
Dress the Decade challenge: 1950s

Worn to: work, grocery store

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WORDS: View comments 10/26/11 Filed under: #akoya pearl studs  #black elbow sleeve tee  #black leather tote  #black opaque tights  #black patent kitten heels with cream trim  #black pencil skirt  #cream oversized flower pin  #mini crystal silver chain necklace  #red 3.4 sleeve cardigan  #silver and rhinestone hair clip  #silver watch  #silver with amethyst droplets necklace  #tortoiseshell oversized shades  #~creative challenges