Monday, August 31, 2015

All Bright, All Right

Alternately titled: Rainbow Brite, Madeleine Albright and Bright Here, Bright Now

As you probably guessed, I am wearing some bright colors today:

In fact, I may be wearing all the bright colors today.

I blame this skirt:

I mean, with a skirt like that, how can I pair it with anything but a bright, bright blouse?

I'm not complaining though.  All bright really is all right in my book:

Blouse: LOFT (similar)  Belt: thrifted  Shoes: Corso Como (similar)
Skirt: thrifted & upcyled Peruvian dress (mini option, black & white option, orange option)

Happy Monday, All!


Friday, August 28, 2015

8/28/15 Five for Friday: LTS Fall Collection

Early today I posted an outfit featuring these houndstooth skinny jeans from Long Tall Sally:

In case you missed that post, here's a brief synopsis: these jeans are very 90s and I love them.

But, they're not the only piece from the Fall Collection I love, so I thought I'd use today's Five for Friday to share five more pieces I'm thinking about adding to my closet this fall:

1. Herringbone Flippy Dress: Maybe it's seeing all the cardinals in the snow out here, but I just love red dresses for winter.  This one is sleeveless for easy layering and looks like it'd be flattering as heck on most anyone.

2. BFT "Garnet" Paneled Loafer: I have a thing for two-toned shoes.  And I love the classic black-and-white combination of these.  And I love that they're loafers (I think I'm getting preppy in my old age).  The best part though is that because these are Barefoot Tess, they are offered up to size 15.  I know!!

3. Chalky Check Maxi Skirt: As I said in my outfit post, I am pretty excited that the 90s are back for fall.  And this skirt has a great grungy, 90s feel to it.  I want to wear it with an oversized sweater and big boots.

4. Supersoft Jeggings: I actually have these jeggings; they were in the package LTS sent me to try and they are my favorite ever.  They really are super soft and have that nice, high waist that I love.  They come in the deep olive/forest color shown above, but also in a great rust color.  I think I need them in both...

5. Fleece Lined Tights: One of the hardest things, for me, about being tall is that I can't wear really the great tights.  The fun patterns, sweater tights and so-very-necessary-in-Pennsylvania-in-the-winter fleece-line tights are generally too small/short for my tights-loving giant self.  But, this winter, I will finally be warm thanks to these fleece-lined tights for tall women!  I will be buying multiple pairs.

Happy Friday!


Long Tall Houndstooth

This past week or so has been surprisingly, delightfully cool here in Pittsburgh.  So, I took the opportunity to break out a couple of fall items early.  Like these houndstooth skinny jeans:

Blouse: LOFT (similar)  Jeans: c/o Long Tall Sally
Sandals: Steve Madden (similar under $30!)

These jeans are part of the Fall Collection over at Long Tall Sally.  And those fine folks were kind enough to send me a pair to try.

And I'm so happy they did.  I love the plummy color:

And I love the 90s-vibe they have.  I'm kind of excited that the 90s are back in play this fall.  The fashion wasn't as fun as the 80s, but there was a lot of houndstooth.

You can't go wrong with a lot of houndstooth.

Happy Friday, All!


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Hepburn on Holiday

I think of this look as my "Hepburn on Holiday" look because Katharine Hepburn would totally wear this silk blouse:

And, if she were on holiday, she might even pair the blouse with this skirt:

Okay, yes, it's probably a little busier and brighter than she's know for:

But, we're talking about being on holiday here, folks.  On vacation.  A vacation full of mai tais and shrimp cocktail and brightly colored skirts paired with silk blouses:

Blouse: Banana Republic  Belt: vintage, thrifted
Skirt: thrifted  Sandals: Isola via Nordstrom

And, there are pockets:

Surely even Katharine Hepburn is unable to resist the lure of pockets.

In other news, I got a haircut once that gave me what I felt was an uncanny resemblance to Eleanor Roosevelt.  Today's hairstyle kind of reminds me of that haircut.  I've been trying to embrace my curls because the humidity is dictating that I do so, but this sort of soft up-do is... not great.

Happy Wednesday, All!


Holiday Skirts

Monday, August 24, 2015

Stripes & A Statement Necklace

The other day, the fine folks at Happiness Boutique sent me a statement necklace.  This statement necklace:

Celebration Statement Necklace c/o Happiness Boutique

And, I have to say, I couldn't be happier.  I've found that not all costume jewelry is created equally; a lot of it is not substantial enough for my tastes.  I don't want anything so heavy that it hurts my neck, but I also like my jewelry with a little bit of weight to it.  I have a couple of pieces that just feel like cheap plastic (and probably are).

But, this necklace; this necklace is perfect:

 It's just heavy enough to feel (and look) substantial, but not so heavy that I had to take it off after half a day.  And it looks to me as though all of Happiness Boutique's pieces are the same quality.  They are also very reasonably priced, especially given that shipping is free.  And there's a great rewards program too; you get points for both purchases and writing reviews.

There were a ton of necklaces that I loved, but I ultimately ended up with this one because I like the versatility of a multicolored piece.  All the colors in this necklace make me very, very happy.

Pairing the necklace with stripes also makes me very, very happy:

Skirt: sold out LOFT (similar, a-line option)  Necklace: Happiness Boutique
Blouse: thrifted (similar)  Sandals: Banana Republic (similar)

Because, really, how can you be mad at anything that goes with stripes?

Pro tip: Everything goes with stripes.  Including this necklace.

Happy Monday, All!