Posts tagged: ~formulas

 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 
 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 
04.23.2012 [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 
04.19.2012 [thu]
Worn to: work
Dress: Banana Republic (outlet)Jacket: Golden State Jeans (via Macy’s)Leggings: Victoria’s SecretHeels: Steve Madden (thrifted)Earrings: giftNecklace, watch: TargetScarf: Steve Madden (via Nordstrom)Purse: Linea Pelle for TargetShades: Forever 21 
Thoughts:One of the gals over on YLF suggested we do an “Interwebs Copycat Challenge”, no hard rules, just find an outfit that’s inspiring online and come up with an outfit based on it. I take inspiration from all over, whether it’s nature, art, conversation, TV, internet, bloggers, my husband, my cat, you name it. There’s great inspiration everywhere!
OK so this isn’t exactly a direct copy, but I loved Jessica’s recent black, white, and tan outfit and knew when I first saw it that I wanted to try something similar. Unfortunately I don’t have any tan toppers (!!). Military green is totally the next closest thing, right? ^^ Though it does change the vibe quite a bit (hers is more classic, mine is more boho/arty), I think the inspiration outfit is still pretty clearly represented. I just love how this outfit turned out! 
Behind the outfit:On the surface, Jessica’s outfit formula looks like this: black/white striped top + black skinnies + nude heels + tan trench. But this is a fairly limited formula. Looking in a more abstract way, the key elements that stand out to me are the cohesive neutral-heavy color palette, the slim silhouette, the structure from the trench, and of course the stripes.
So after looking at it a bit more I realized this formula could be broadened to: black slim bottom + x-colored pumps + x-colored jacket + striped top (if x is a color use neutral stripes, if x is neutral use either neutral or colored stripes). Much more versatile! Part of what makes the outfit look so chic is that the colors are cohesive; the expanded formula has this type of consistency with the shoes and jacket being in the same color family, but I don’t think that the striped top need match. Some examples of alternate color palettes that would fit this formula and still have the same chic look:
red/gray striped sweater, black cropped trousers, camel pumps, camel peacoat
cobalt/emerald striped hi-low blouse, black midi pencil skirt, pewter pumps, heathered gray trench
gray/white striped tank, black slim walk shorts, mustard peep toes, mustard blazer
tan/cream striped tunic, black skinny jeans, purple pumps, purple moto
And of course, Jessica’s original outfit using this formula comes out as: black/white striped sweater, black skinny jeans, nude (tan) pumps, tan trench.
I’m still enjoying the short-over-long silhouette, so after weighing my stripe options I decided to use this mini-challenge as a chance to style this rarely-worn dress (and happily now I have a bunch of ideas for it); it’s also a nod to the flared shape of Jessica’s trench. Initially I had my black skinny jeans on, but swapped to the cropped leggings because I was feeling optimistic about how warm it would be today (it was too optimistic: I ended up leaving the scarf and jacket on all day!).
I had a couple different options I considered for the matching pump/jacket combo: red/red, teal/teal, gray/gray, cream/white, and this green/olive. I liked the neutral vibe of Jessica’s outfit, so I decided to go with the olive. I don’t wear these green peep toes often because the canvas is pretty scratchy on my toes, which I would love to solve because they’re awfully cute and retro. But I toughed them out today as they’re my only green shoes and the extra darkness was necessary to balance out all the other dark elements above (jacket, hair, leggings) in a more interesting way than black pumps would. Good thing I spend most of my day sitting at my desk!
The accessorizing certainly departs in vibe from the inspiration outfit. To make the arty dress/leggings combo feel more “me”, I selected boho-ish jewelry: big silver earrings and a long silver necklace. Initially I thought about leaving my hair down to add yet another boho element, but (happily) decided to wear a scarf “just in case” it was cold (it was) and instead put my hair up. I chose this gauzy taupe scarf which technically adds an additional, though neutral, color but visually the light taupe echoes my skin so it doesn’t behave as an additional color, rather it behaves as a nude.
While this outfit works with or without any of the layers, my favorite is with everything all piled on!

04.19.2012 [thu]

Worn to: work

Dress: Banana Republic (outlet)
Jacket: Golden State Jeans (via Macy’s)
Leggings: Victoria’s Secret
Heels: Steve Madden (thrifted)
Earrings: gift
Necklace, watch: Target
Scarf: Steve Madden (via Nordstrom)
Purse: Linea Pelle for Target
Shades: Forever 21 

Thoughts:
One of the gals over on YLF suggested we do an “Interwebs Copycat Challenge”, no hard rules, just find an outfit that’s inspiring online and come up with an outfit based on it. I take inspiration from all over, whether it’s nature, art, conversation, TV, internet, bloggers, my husband, my cat, you name it. There’s great inspiration everywhere!

OK so this isn’t exactly a direct copy, but I loved Jessica’s recent black, white, and tan outfit and knew when I first saw it that I wanted to try something similar. Unfortunately I don’t have any tan toppers (!!). Military green is totally the next closest thing, right? ^^ Though it does change the vibe quite a bit (hers is more classic, mine is more boho/arty), I think the inspiration outfit is still pretty clearly represented. I just love how this outfit turned out! 

Behind the outfit:
On the surface, Jessica’s outfit formula looks like this: black/white striped top + black skinnies + nude heels + tan trench. But this is a fairly limited formula. Looking in a more abstract way, the key elements that stand out to me are the cohesive neutral-heavy color palette, the slim silhouette, the structure from the trench, and of course the stripes.

So after looking at it a bit more I realized this formula could be broadened to: black slim bottom + x-colored pumps + x-colored jacket + striped top (if x is a color use neutral stripes, if x is neutral use either neutral or colored stripes). Much more versatile! Part of what makes the outfit look so chic is that the colors are cohesive; the expanded formula has this type of consistency with the shoes and jacket being in the same color family, but I don’t think that the striped top need match. Some examples of alternate color palettes that would fit this formula and still have the same chic look:

  • red/gray striped sweater, black cropped trousers, camel pumps, camel peacoat
  • cobalt/emerald striped hi-low blouse, black midi pencil skirt, pewter pumps, heathered gray trench
  • gray/white striped tank, black slim walk shorts, mustard peep toes, mustard blazer
  • tan/cream striped tunic, black skinny jeans, purple pumps, purple moto

And of course, Jessica’s original outfit using this formula comes out as: black/white striped sweater, black skinny jeans, nude (tan) pumps, tan trench.

I’m still enjoying the short-over-long silhouette, so after weighing my stripe options I decided to use this mini-challenge as a chance to style this rarely-worn dress (and happily now I have a bunch of ideas for it); it’s also a nod to the flared shape of Jessica’s trench. Initially I had my black skinny jeans on, but swapped to the cropped leggings because I was feeling optimistic about how warm it would be today (it was too optimistic: I ended up leaving the scarf and jacket on all day!).

I had a couple different options I considered for the matching pump/jacket combo: red/red, teal/teal, gray/gray, cream/white, and this green/olive. I liked the neutral vibe of Jessica’s outfit, so I decided to go with the olive. I don’t wear these green peep toes often because the canvas is pretty scratchy on my toes, which I would love to solve because they’re awfully cute and retro. But I toughed them out today as they’re my only green shoes and the extra darkness was necessary to balance out all the other dark elements above (jacket, hair, leggings) in a more interesting way than black pumps would. Good thing I spend most of my day sitting at my desk!

The accessorizing certainly departs in vibe from the inspiration outfit. To make the arty dress/leggings combo feel more “me”, I selected boho-ish jewelry: big silver earrings and a long silver necklace. Initially I thought about leaving my hair down to add yet another boho element, but (happily) decided to wear a scarf “just in case” it was cold (it was) and instead put my hair up. I chose this gauzy taupe scarf which technically adds an additional, though neutral, color but visually the light taupe echoes my skin so it doesn’t behave as an additional color, rather it behaves as a nude.

While this outfit works with or without any of the layers, my favorite is with everything all piled on!

WORDS: View comments 4/19/12 Filed under: #black and white striped tee dress  #black cropped leggings  #green peep toe pumps  #olive military jacket  #oversized aviator shades  #silver hammered organic circles necklace  #silver woven circle earrings  #taupe bird print scarf  #white bucket bag  #white oversized watch  #~formulas 
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 
Guest post on Bella-Remixes!

Hi everyone, and another hi to new readers (thanks for stopping by!)! Bella from Bella-Remixes has been hosting a series of guest posts on spring trends this week, and I was thrilled that she asked me to write one!

Here’s a little preview:

My guest post about loafers is up today and debuts my brand new pair, so head on over to check it out. Also be sure to check out the other fab guest posts and Bella’s awesome urban style ^^

(PS: Don’t worry everyone, I HAVE been wearing clothes the last couple weeks. I plan to have those backlogged outfits posted shortly!)

(PPS: For future reference, direct link to my post is here.
Spring loafer formula: breezy top + blazer + skinny jeans + loafers + long pendant
Summer loafer formula: long printed tank + baggy denim shorts + loafers + stack of bangles)

WORDS: View comments 3/2/12 Filed under: #~formulas 
Building an Outfit - 4 Stages

I thought it’d be fun to do a quick outfit building post with today’s outfit. It shows quite nicely just how much non-clothing outfit components affect the final outfit, both in terms of the vibe it gives and the level of dressiness.

  1. Base outfit: top, bottom - The base outfit here is pretty simple, and neither piece is something special. This particular base is super casual because it’s a semi-chunky knit on top with denim on the bottom, is neither stylish nor frumpy, and from here there are a multitude of styling options.
  2. Addition: footwear - Shoes make a big, big impact on the vibe of an outfit, and can also transform something basic into something more fashion forward or something classic into something more modern. Today I chose charcoal wool pumps, but picture how different this stage would look with black tall flat boots, red heeled booties, leopard pumps, patent orange loafers, silver ballet flats, yellow Converse.
  3. Addition: jacket - A good topper with some shaping can do wonders for an outfit, especially when wearing knit tops. In this outfit the blazer is the “special” piece, and its structure makes an immediate impact. Jackets can also change the vibe and dressiness of an outfit; this particular jacket is quite classic in cut and color, but has a few cheeky modern details. Picture instead a long floral printed blazer, colorful knit jacket, neutral military jacket, denim jacket, checked vest.
  4. Addition: accessories - I find accessories to be a very personal thing, and everyone has their own unique accessorizing style. Regardless of preference, well-selected accessories polish off outfits, and can be used to add little extra dose of color, modernize something classic, neutralize something edgy, and even mix in a secondary style (e.g. adding bohemian accessories to an urban outfit). Today I chose a printed scarf and silver circular earrings, but picture instead a long medallion pendant, colorful statement necklace, brightly colored scarf, small silk scarf tied around my neck, several layers of chain necklaces, a dainty diamond necklace, a stack of jingly bracelets and bangles, long dangly earrings, a chunky cocktail ring or few.

The final outfit looks quite a bit more styled and polished compared to the plain basic outfit it started as, just by adding a couple elements (heels, blazer, scarf). Start mixing the different footwear, topper, and accessory options and you can start to see how many different ways a good base outfit can be styled.

I also wanted to show a quick comparison of a simple base outfit to a lightly stylized outfit for a weekend or at-home look (swap those heels for flats if it’s more appropriate):

Just by adding a pretty scarf and cute shoes, a basic outfit can be instantly updated. A great way to add a little extra punch to casual outfits!

WORDS: View comments 2/28/12 Filed under: #~formulas  #~observations 
02.24.2012 [fri]
Worn to: returns (Old Navy, Michael’s, Walgreens, Fred Meyer), Sally’s, work, date night dinner @ Mukilteo Lodge
Dress, tights: LOFTBoots: Not Rated “Boystown” (via heels.com)Earrings: self madeNecklace: Forever 21Watch: Anne Klein (gift)Coat: Worthington (via JCPenney)Scarf: Dress BarnPurse: Nine West (thrifted) 
Thoughts:I’m starting to enjoy dresses more and more as a quick and easy outfit option, especially great for date night because my husband isn’t a big fan of overly layered outfits. I’ve also come to realize that I like them much more than skirts (see previous sentence). Today’s outfit is a great example! I knew I had to be running around all morning, then working, then going out for date night. Starting with the dress as the base means I’m already almost done with the outfit. Cold out? Add tights. Wet out? Add boots. Complete the look with a watch, earrings, and/or your favorite pendant, and you’re good to go (basically today’s thought process).
Of course there are also layering options, like a button-up underneath or a jacket above. And with jewelry, shoes, and accessories there are lots of options to change up the look or the vibe of your dress as you wish:
A relaxed weekend look - slouchy or rugged boots/shoes, sweater tights, denim jacket, oversized fringed cotton scarf, and a casual leather hobo.
Going to the park with the kids - flat shoes/boots, opaque tights, colorful cropped cardigan, soft scarf, and colorful crossbody bag.
Business casual - sleek boots/booties, patterned or textured tights, colorful blazer, and leather tote bag.
Dress it up for a night out - colorful or metallic heels, sheer hose, cropped tuxedo blazer, sparkling jewelry, and patent evening clutch.

02.24.2012 [fri]

Worn to: returns (Old Navy, Michael’s, Walgreens, Fred Meyer), Sally’s, work, date night dinner @ Mukilteo Lodge

Dress, tights: LOFT
Boots: Not Rated “Boystown” (via heels.com)
Earrings: self made
Necklace: Forever 21
Watch: Anne Klein (gift)
Coat: Worthington (via JCPenney)
Scarf: Dress Barn
Purse: Nine West (thrifted) 

Thoughts:
I’m starting to enjoy dresses more and more as a quick and easy outfit option, especially great for date night because my husband isn’t a big fan of overly layered outfits. I’ve also come to realize that I like them much more than skirts (see previous sentence). Today’s outfit is a great example! I knew I had to be running around all morning, then working, then going out for date night. Starting with the dress as the base means I’m already almost done with the outfit. Cold out? Add tights. Wet out? Add boots. Complete the look with a watch, earrings, and/or your favorite pendant, and you’re good to go (basically today’s thought process).

Of course there are also layering options, like a button-up underneath or a jacket above. And with jewelry, shoes, and accessories there are lots of options to change up the look or the vibe of your dress as you wish:

  • A relaxed weekend look - slouchy or rugged boots/shoes, sweater tights, denim jacket, oversized fringed cotton scarf, and a casual leather hobo.
  • Going to the park with the kids - flat shoes/boots, opaque tights, colorful cropped cardigan, soft scarf, and colorful crossbody bag.
  • Business casual - sleek boots/booties, patterned or textured tights, colorful blazer, and leather tote bag.
  • Dress it up for a night out - colorful or metallic heels, sheer hose, cropped tuxedo blazer, sparkling jewelry, and patent evening clutch.
WORDS: View comments 2/24/12 Filed under: #black and charcoal colorblock sweater dress  #black leather tote  #black ribbed sweater tights  #black wool coat  #brass owl pendant  #brown tall wedged slouchy boots  #gold and silver watch  #green and brown sparkly scarf  #orange thin shell earrings  #~formulas  #~observations 
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 
02.03.2012 [fri]
Worn to: work, date night dinner @ Lombardi’s, grocery store
Sweater dress: H&MJeans: Empyre (via Zumiez)Booties: Forever 21Hoop earrings, bangles: GNW (via Fred Meyer)Watch: Anne Klein (gift)Scarf: TargetTrench: Banana Republic (via YLF swap)Purse: gift 
Thoughts:Today’s outfit was inspired by a recent outfit of Jessica’s from WhatIWore. I love the bold, graphic quality of her outfit but mostly I was inspired by the silhouette! A dress over flared jeans isn’t everyone’s cuppa tea, but I really love the boho flavor it has. Even a form-fitting dress like this one gives enough of the boho vibe, though a flared or empire dress would be much stronger. Last time I wore this dress, I wore it over skinny jeans (OK also the color is way off in these photos, it’s much better represented in the one I just linked!). I love how it looks with flared jeans, too! What do you all think, is this a silhouette you enjoy?
Behind the outfit:When looking at Jessica’s outfit it was clear that I don’t have the exact pieces (except for the scarf, apparently!) necessary to copy her look, but I certainly have similar enough pieces. The outfit can be broken down as: striped dress/tunic + dotty scarf + flared jeans + heels. I specifically included the patterns in the formula because I think the pattern mix is integral to the outfit, and is also very on-trend; having at least one color repeated in both the stripe and dot pattern will help tie them together, but it’s not a requirement.
So after determining the outfit formula, I knew I wanted to wear this striped dress with these flared jeans. From there, I debated about whether to wear this black dotty scarf or my brown dotty scarf; I decided I liked the graphic contrast of the black/white more than the softness of the brown/cream (both scarves tie in one of the stripe colors, but again this isn’t a requirement). Since the scarf is so bold, I wanted matching toned booties and in this case I could wear either black or cognac; black would ground the outfit darkly, and the cognac that I chose grounds it lightly. I also added a stack of jingly bangles to play up the boho vibe, and wore my mixed gold/silver watch since this outfit is warm-toned.

02.03.2012 [fri]

Worn to: work, date night dinner @ Lombardi’s, grocery store

Sweater dress: H&M
Jeans: Empyre (via Zumiez)
Booties: Forever 21
Hoop earrings, bangles: GNW (via Fred Meyer)
Watch: Anne Klein (gift)
Scarf: Target
Trench: Banana Republic (via YLF swap)
Purse: gift 

Thoughts:
Today’s outfit was inspired by a recent outfit of Jessica’s from WhatIWore. I love the bold, graphic quality of her outfit but mostly I was inspired by the silhouette! A dress over flared jeans isn’t everyone’s cuppa tea, but I really love the boho flavor it has. Even a form-fitting dress like this one gives enough of the boho vibe, though a flared or empire dress would be much stronger. Last time I wore this dress, I wore it over skinny jeans (OK also the color is way off in these photos, it’s much better represented in the one I just linked!). I love how it looks with flared jeans, too! What do you all think, is this a silhouette you enjoy?

Behind the outfit:
When looking at Jessica’s outfit it was clear that I don’t have the exact pieces (except for the scarf, apparently!) necessary to copy her look, but I certainly have similar enough pieces. The outfit can be broken down as: striped dress/tunic + dotty scarf + flared jeans + heels. I specifically included the patterns in the formula because I think the pattern mix is integral to the outfit, and is also very on-trend; having at least one color repeated in both the stripe and dot pattern will help tie them together, but it’s not a requirement.

So after determining the outfit formula, I knew I wanted to wear this striped dress with these flared jeans. From there, I debated about whether to wear this black dotty scarf or my brown dotty scarf; I decided I liked the graphic contrast of the black/white more than the softness of the brown/cream (both scarves tie in one of the stripe colors, but again this isn’t a requirement). Since the scarf is so bold, I wanted matching toned booties and in this case I could wear either black or cognac; black would ground the outfit darkly, and the cognac that I chose grounds it lightly. I also added a stack of jingly bangles to play up the boho vibe, and wore my mixed gold/silver watch since this outfit is warm-toned.

WORDS: View comments 2/3/12 Filed under: #black and camel striped sweater dress  #black sparkly bangles  #black trench coat  #black with white polka dots scarf  #cognac heeled oxford booties  #gold and silver watch  #red slouchy hobo  #silver hoops  #silver sparkly bangles  #vintage wash baggy flared jeans  #~formulas