Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Let's Talk Turtlenecks

I love turtlenecks.  I mean, I even have a Pinterest board dedicated to Turtleneck Style.  I know they're considered by some to be the realm of kindergarten teachers (or kindergarten students), but you don't have to pair a leaf-print turtleneck with an appliqued-acorn sweater vest, folks.  There are chic ways to wear turtlenecks.

Like these looks:

All images from Pinterest: Left, Top, Bottom

See?  Chic.

So, what are the best turtlenecks for mastering these chic looks?  Well, I've done a lot of research (bought a lot of turtlenecks) and I can help you out with that.

The first look is a thin turtleneck sweater layered under a dress & a belted fur vest.  For this look, I love the lightweight turtleneck sweaters from Old Navy:

They are truly lightweight and they come in Tall.

For the second look (top right), I also recommend Old Navy:

These jersey turtlenecks are a great lightweight layering piece, available in striped, solid and heathered colors.  And also available in Tall.

Now, for the third look, you don't want anything too lightweight or insubstantial because it won't be completely covered.  For this look, I recommend these Land's End turtlenecks:

I have two of these, and they're great.  Thick enough to be worn on their own, or under a blazer, and a great layering piece for very cold climates.  Like Pittsburgh!  They're also great because the neck is thicker than the jersey necks so you can wear them scrunched or folded without them falling.  The striped version is not available in Tall, but the solid (12 colors available!) and printed versions are.

What about you, Reader Friends?  Are you yay or nay on turtlenecks?

Happy Wednesday, All!


Monday, December 15, 2014

Vintage Pendleton

I've said it before, but my mom is a master thrifter.  Seriously, she is pretty much the best.  And I'm very lucky to be the recipient of some of her awesome thrifted finds.  Like this vintage Pendleton jacket:

She gave it to me this summer and Oregon never did get quite cold enough for me to wear it while I was there.  But, I don't have that problem here in Pittsburgh where every day is cold enough for Pendleton.  Hooray?

I don't wear a lot of brown but I love the colors of this jacket:

Probably because the brown is accompanied by rust and blue.  Man, I love rust and blue.

And I love this jacket:

Jacket: vintage gifted  Shirt: Nordstrom (similar)
Jeans: Old Navy  Boots: Kenneth Cole Reaction (similar)

So, you'll probably be seeing it a lot on the blog.  Just a fair warning.

Happy Monday, All!


Friday, December 12, 2014

Dryel and All the Lurex

When it comes to the holidays, I'm not a big fan of wearing red and green and snowflakes and appliqued elves.  Instead, I tend towards shiny holiday dressing.  I mean, if there is any time to wear all the thrifted Lurex you can find, the holidays are it!

And I do plan on wearing all the Lurex this holiday season:

Unfortunately, Lurex is best when it's dry cleaned and dry cleaning can add to the already high cost of the holidays.

That's where Dryel comes in:

As an official Dryel ambassador, I knew immediately that the first things I was going to clean with the Starter Kit were my Lurex pieces to get them ready for the holidays.

I had never used Dryel before, but can I just tell you how easy it is?  The first step was popping all that shiny goodness into the Dryel Fabric Protection bag:

I then added the ULTRAcleansing cloth, set my dryer and et voila, the clothes were done within 30 minutes!  Happily all of the pieces kept their shape and their shine.  And they smelled good too; not overly perfumed, just clean.

Not only is Dryel quicker than a trip to the dry cleaners, it's also less expensive.  The Starter Kit retails for $6.99 and includes an improved Dryel Fabric Protection bag good for up to 30 loads.  Once you've used all the cloths in the starter kit, make sure you keep the bag and get yourself a Refill Kit.  They retail for $8.99 and clean up to 30 garments.

So, as you shop for the holidays, don't forget to look for Dryel in the new, red packaging and add it to your cart.  You can find it most anywhere.

Happy Friday, All!


Please Note: As a Dryel Ambassador, I am compensated for my review of their product.  But, as always, all opinions expressed within this blog are mine and mine alone.  And that means that if it were no good, I'd let you know.  Promise.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Mustard and Leopard

On my last day in Oregon, I wore mustard and leopard.  Oh, and I added some polka dots too:

Leopard Coat: LOFT (similar, similar, similar)

Not only is this the outfit I wore on my last day of work on my last day in Oregon, it's also the last outfit my friend and photographer, Ferge, ever photographed for me.  She was so mad that I was leaving that she cut off my head:

But, even headless, it's still pretty darned cute, right?

I told you that I'd been on the hunt for oversized sweaters for Pennsylvania, right?  Well, they're great for the cold, but they're also great for pairing with short, flippy skirts:

Sweater: Handmade, thrifted (similar)   Skirt: Old Navy  Tights: Hue  Boots: Splendid (similar)

I don't generally wear short skirts, but I do love a short, flippy skirt.  (I like to pretend the extra volume makes up for the lack of length).  Especially when paired with an oversized sweater.

What about you, Reader Friends?  Is this a silhouette you'd wear?

Happy Thursday, All!


Monday, December 8, 2014

Donuts, Not Layers

Although I love layers, I don't always feel like I do them well.  It can be hard with my build to wear a layered look without adding bulk.  Especially around the midsection where everything converges (shirt, sweater, waistband).  But, I think I nailed it with this look:

I wish the pictures were better, but it was pouring the day I wore this because, well, Oregon.  But, really, this is probably my most successful attempt at layering ever.  I even layered my collar with a necklace!

Yeah, this is definitely my best layering ever.

I mean, just look:

Top: c/o Foxcroft (similar) Skirt: Thrifted  Sweater: Piperlime
Necklace: Macys  Tights: SPANX  Boots: Born Crown

The only bulk around that midsection there is due to donuts (I really like the chocolate cake kind), not due to layers.

Donuts, Folks, not layers.

Happy Monday, All!