Friday, October 24, 2014

Skipjack Weather

I have a lot of scarves.  No, really.  I mean a noticeably large amount of scarves.  But, my very favorite scarf is my skipjack cowl:

I love it for a lot of reasons.  One, because it's made right here in the Pacific Northwest by a Seattle knitter.  I love that and love the fact that I actually had the opportunity to meet the woman who makes them; her name is Anna and she has an Etsy shop called Victory Garden Yarn.  Anna is really, really nice and she makes beautiful scarves.  Like this skipjack cowl scarf:

Scarf: Victory Garden Yarn  Sweatshirt: thrifted  Jeans: Old Navy  Boots: Born (similar)

I also love it because the rust color is so perfect for fall.  And perfect for me given my love of orange. And love it because it's warm but not too hot, so, once again, perfect for fall.  Last, but not least, I love it because it looks cool.  And I need all the cool I can get in my wardrobe.

As you can see, I am super, super excited that it's finally skipjack weather here in Oregon. I think I'm going to celebrate by wearing the heck out of this scarf.

Happy Friday, All!


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Making Do

I don't own a denim jacket for the same reasons I didn't own a denim skirt before this one.  Because between the denim and my broad shoulders, I end up looking like a denim box.  And I'm usually okay with the decision not to look like a denim box.  But, once every two years or so, I end up wishing that I had a denim jacket because I am convinced it would be the perfect finishing piece for whatever I'm wearing.

This biennium, it was this outfit:

I don't know why, but this outfit just cried out for some denim.  I think it's the tiger.  Doesn't this face say "top me with denim" to you?

Yeah, it does to me too.

But, as you can see, I don't own a denim jacket so I had to make do with a denim shirt:

Tee: Bobeau (similar)   Skirt: Leith   Shirt: Caslon (similar)  Shoes: Madden Girl (similar, similar)

I wore it open and wondered if anyone would point out that it was not a jacket and therefore my jacket-like utilization was not okay:

And you know what?  No one did.  Possibly because they have better things to do but most likely because making do with a denim shirt works just fine.

Happy Friday, All!


Monday, October 20, 2014

Fall Floral & All-Season Animal

In between the rains, we've been blessed with some really gorgeous days here in Oregon.  I took the opportunity on one of those days to go bootless.  Choosing instead my favorite animal print flats:

Dress & Belt: vintage, thrifted  Shoes: Nine West

These  flats are some of my very favorite shoes and really, if it didn't rain like the dickens here all fall and winter, they would be all-season shoes for me.

This time around, I paired them with a dark, fall-appropriate floral dress:

All of my dark floral dresses are thrifted, and this one is no exception.  They are one of the easiest items to find in secondhand stores and a great way to wear floral through autumn and winter.

I especially love the mix of bright pink and black on this dress:

It's fall-appropriate without being gloomy.  And it's the perfect fit with the leopard flats.

Honestly, even if you're "not really into" animal print, I recommend a pair of animal print shoes.  They're fun, they're exceeding versatile and I promise that they won't lead to head-to-toe leopard velour.  Unless, of course, you want them to.

Happy Monday, All!


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Friday, October 17, 2014

Loose Layers & Mixed Media

I was recently lucky enough to be offered a piece from the MarketPlace: Handwork of India Fall line and I was thrilled as they are one of my favorite companies to work with.  They are a wonderful company doing wonderful things and their clothes are both unique and well made.

As always, it was a struggle to decide which fabulous piece to choose, but I finally landed on the Indu top:

Indu Top in Charcoal

Why this top?  Well, I love the colors. And I also love the patterns.  But, my main reason was the fact that it's a mixed media top, combining woven panels with cozy tee shirt material and embroidery.  I love combining different textures in an outfit to add interest, but sometimes I'm too lazy to make the effort.

And that's why the Indura top is perfect for me.  I can be lazy and still be interesting.  Yay, me!

This top has a boxy, oversize fit that stymied me a bit at first because boxy on me looks, well, boxy.  But then I had the idea to layer it over another oversize piece and, as un-figure-flattering as that sounds, I really liked it:

Top: c/o MarketPlace: Handwork of India  Shirt: Gap  Jeans: Old Navy  Boots: Born (similar)

Because the top is a little short on my giant self, I think the loose layers actually work better than the Indu top on it's own would.  Or, maybe I just really love layers.  That could be it, but I'd swear this works:

So much so, that I plan on wearing iterations of this layered look throughout the fall.  So, I'm not saying you have to get on board, but the train is certainly leaving the station.

And I'll be wearing this as I drive it:

Happy Friday, All!  And a huge thank you to MarketPlace: Handwork of India!


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A Little Going

The jewels on this sweatshirt do not match this skirt:

Top: LOFT  Skirt: thrifted vintage  Shoes: Old Navy (similar, similar)

But, the jewels on this sweatshirt go with this skirt:

LOFT Jeweled Sweatshirt

Why do they go?  Because the color of the jewels and the color of the skirt are in the same color family; that sort of burgundy/wine/claret color family.  They may not match, but being in the same family tricks the eye into thinking they match.  Or, close enough for government work.

Especially from far away:


This trick is why you don't have to worry over much about whether or not what you're wearing matches.  The eye doesn't require a perfect match; it just requires a little going.

Happy Wednesday, All!