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Transitioning into Fall with Shorts

I’m lucky that Seattle weather has been mostly nice this September. It’s a perfect time for shorts and boots–and if it does rain, my feet are covered. My boots are pleather, which makes them almost rainwear.

boots and shorts

Shorts: Ross Dress for Less
Shorts: Calvin Klein via Marshall’s
Boots: MIA
Cuff: Lauren Harkness

Until now, I’d only worn my sheer black and red snakeskin print shirt with black pants. So I thought I’d try a more multicolored look this time. I paired the normally dressy shirt with faded denim shorts and my caramel-colored boots. And since I didn’t wear this to the office, I went bold and ditched the cami.

sheer shirt and denim

I don’t wear shorts and boots a lot but I had fun with this outfit. It’s perfect for errands, a casual lunch, or whatever else the day throws at me.

red, blue and caramel

Do you wear boots and shorts? What’s your go-to seasonal transition look?

I’m joining Visible Monday at Not Dead Yet and Monday Bloom at DC in Style. Have a look at all the other posts!


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A Steal of a Snakeskin Shirt

About a year ago I saw a really neat blouse in a department store. Designer. And about a hundred bucks. I couldn’t pull the trigger but I didn’t forget how cool it was. A semi-sheer, red and black snakeskin print shirt. Kind of like this one:

red and black

Top: Ross Dress for Less
Tank: Old Navy
Jeans: Banana Republic
Shoes: Seychelles
Cuff: Swapped

I’m glad I resisted the urge to splurge. A few months later, while looking through the racks at Ross, I found a strikingly similar top for a fraction of the price.

snakeskin pattern

Here, I’ve stuck to a limited color scheme: red and black (one of my favorites). But I think this is a prime candidate for pattern mixing and for being part of a more colorful outfit. So I’ll be sure to try it in a few different ways.

stand-up collar

I like the “collarless” collar of the shirt. It’s basically a Nehru or Mandarin style and will probably be versatile.

cuff and shirt

Have you ever bought something and later found it on sale (or resisted a splurge and found a deal later)?

This post is part of What I Wore Wednesday at Transatlantic Blonde and The Pleated Poppy. Be sure to check out everyone else’s outfits!


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How to Wear Leopard

If you follow this blog, you’ll know I love animal prints and wear them a lot. Sometimes animal prints can be daunting. So when Pretty Grievances challenged me to share how I style leopard for Jungle January, I jumped on it. Here are a few tips on how to wear leopard–both subtly and boldly.

Shoes are a great way to try animal print. They won’t overpower your outfit and you can choose from a lot of styles.

Ballet flats or loafers are perfect with jeans–skinny, boyfriend, brights–they’re casual and comfortable.

ballet flats

Cardi: Thrifted
Tank: Target
Jeans: Just USA
Bracelets: Claire’s
Shoes: Payless

To take it up a notch, try a heel. They add va-va-voom to a simple look.

high heels

Top: Thrifted
Jeans: Earnest Sewn
Shoes: Two Lips
Purse: Crystalyn Kae

If shoes are too much of a commitment, a belt, scarf, or purse is a great way to dip your toes in the animal print pool. I’ve been known to do that, as you can see in the links to my other posts.

Feeling brave? Try a top. Leopard doesn’t have to be in real-life, typical leopard colors. Here, I went for a business look in gray and black. The cami underneath keeps things appropriate for the office.

business look

Shirt: Goodwill
Pants: Express via swapped
Shoes: Payless
Watch: Kenneth Cole
Tote: Victoria’s Secret

Then, I changed the look completely with the same top. But instead of slacks, I wore red skinnies and chunky heels. I’m ready for girls’ night out! On a hot date, I might skip the cami.

red pants

Shoes: Cole Haan via thrifted
Watch: Emily the Strange

Go from tabby to tiger by donning a dress. There’s nothing subtle about that, but there are different looks you can create. Here’s a dress that steals the spotlight–especially with hot pink pumps.


Dress: Ross Dress for Less
Blazer: Thrifted
Shoes: BCBG via consignment

But add tights, a scarf, and boots, and the dress goes from date night to shopping with friends. I love adding a denim jacket to a dress. It makes even dressy looks versatile and approachable.

dress and boots

Jacket: Guess via swapped
Scarf: Gifted
Tights: Marshalls
Boots: Khrio

How do you wear leopard? Are there any looks you haven’t tried and want to?


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Leopard and Denim

I’ve joined WIWW at The Pleated Poppy. Check out what all the others are wearing on a Wednesday!

Look what I found in the vaults: A couple of photos that never made it into my blog. You can tell this isn’t current because a) the rhododendrons are blooming and b) my hair is a bit shorter. That means that my hair is actually growing! I’m trying to grow it but it’s a slow process.

leopard and denim

Shirt: Old Navy
Tank: Target
Jeans: Earnest Sewn
Boots: Urban Outfitters
Bag: SNAP Design
Earrings: Amy Bengston

I wore this sheer leopard shirt over a tank and paired it with skinny jeans and booties. I wanted casual, not sexy. And a sheer, animal print top can easily veer into sexy if you’re not careful. Not that there’s anything wrong with sexy. But if memory serves me correctly, I wore this on a Saturday for running errands. I was going for casual and fun.

yellow and red with leopard

Even though this picture is a few months old, it’s a current look. I wore it in spring, and I’ll wear this shirt in fall too. In fact, I keep most of my clothes for a long time and they make appearances season after season.

Does your wardrobe have a high turnover or do you keep pieces year after year?


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Taking a Walk on the Wild Side

Here’s a look-at-me dress. It’s neutral, not bright, but animal prints are definitely bold, no matter what their hue.

animal print dress

Dress: Marshall’s
Shoes: Manolo Blahnik
Purse: Crystalyn Kae
Cuff: Lauren Harkness

I love animal prints! I also have a snakeskin faux-wrap dress, a grey-tone leopard print shirt dress, and a green and blue leopard print wrap dress. Do I really own four animal print dresses? Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!

animal attraction

This one was a steal at Marshall’s and is my first in brown and tan. I scored the shoes at Second Time Around consignment during my trip to Boston. STA is an amazing place. I’ve dreamt of going back to Boston just to hit up their three locations in beantown. If there’s one near you, don’t miss it!

wild side

Also, don’t miss Not Dead Yet’s Visible Mondays and ColorBlind’s Thrifters Anonymous, the two link-ups I’m participating in this week.


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Pink and Red for Valentine’s Day

This month’s Everybody, Everywear challenge is pink and red. I enjoy trying new looks, but I don’t have a lot of pink. Hot pink, yes, but my bright pink tops didn’t go with the shades of my red pants and skirts. Then I remembered the craft pile.

red and pink

Sweater: Izod via Goodwill
Dress as skirt: Boutique in Seattle
Shirt: Old Navy
Shoes: Two Lips
Necklace: eBay

I bought this sweater at Goodwill so I could make a pillow like the one I made before. Well, it’s getting one more chance as a garment before it becomes a household accessory. I put it on over a red dress I’ve worn before and added a leopard print shirt underneath for good measure.

a touch of leopard

I’ve never worn two pieces of animal print before, but I think this works, style-wise. It didn’t work weather-wise, unfortunately. So I ditched the dressy satin shoes and wore more practical boots. I chose striped socks for a funky, power-clash effect.

weatherproof look

Boots: Qupid
Socks: Sockadilly

Have a look at how everyone else styled their pink and red looks today at Everybody, Everywear.


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Dress Up, Dress Down: Leopard and Sparkle

With leopard and sparkle on the agenda you might wonder how I could dress my outfit down. I should put this in perspective. A couple of weeks ago I was invited to a wine tasting at ROAD Apparel. So both my outfit ideas were for a Saturday evening event. I do think they’d both work for day too, with a couple of minor adjustments.

I knew for certain that I’d be wearing my silky cowl-neck top with a sparkly cardigan. The sparkles say fancy but the cut of the sweater says casual. Seattle is known as a casual city but for a Saturday night event, I didn’t want to under dress. This was my compromise.

First, I tried on wide-legged pants and leopard ballet flats.

gold and brown

Cardigan: Old Navy
Top: Express
Pants: People Love Frank via thrifted
Shoes: Payless
Necklace: Mary Kay
Cuff: Lauren Harkness

Just to mix things up, I swapped the pants for a denim pencil skirt and traded the flats for heels.

gold and blue

Skirt: Sofada
Shoes: Two Lips

Which outfit do you prefer? I ended up going with: The skirt!

The shape (pencil) was dressy and the fabric (denim) was casual. I felt like I was ready for any occasion in this outfit. I love this brand too. It’s a line of handmade clothing by Alice Dobson, a Portland designer. I try to support small businesses whenever I can. The gorgeous hammered copper cuff by Lauren Harkness is another example of an independent designer. I bought both items recently at an event called Thread.

I threw on a jacket I’d thrifted at Goodwill and I was set.

The final look

Jacket: Tahari via Goodwill
Clutch: Shiraleah

Tahari jacket and Shiraleah clutch

To dress these items down more, I’d change the skirt for dark jeans and keep the heels. These looks are probably fine for day, but a simple white t-shirt would be a good substitute for the silky blouse.

I’mentering this post in the Everybody, Everywear challenge since it meets this month’s requirements: sequins and sparkles.


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Animal Instincts

Welcome to another Bloggers do it Better challenge courtesy of Pretty Shiny Sparkly. The challenge is a chance for real women to show how they wear a current trend. This time it’s animal prints. I love animal prints. I’ve worn my zebra top recently, and my leopard ballet flats. Today, I’m bringing out the leopard shirtdress again.

animal print

leopard print

Dress: Marshall’s
Jacket: Betsey Johnson
Belt: Forever 21
Shoes: Aerosoles
Tote: Crystalyn Kae
Ring: Fuego

I dressed this outfit down a bit by wearing a dark denim jacket with the dress. The denim says “casual” but the hue is dressier than a faded jacket.

I’ve always wanted a bright yellow belt and thought it would look good against the print. The dress is busy and it would be easy for a subtle belt to get lost. This one stands out. Yellow and purple are complementary colors so I chose deep purple shoes today.


The dark green tote bag adds a third color. Well, four if you count denim as blue. It’s a wonderful faux leather bag from Crystalyn Kae, and it’s hand-crafted right here in Seattle.

jacket, bag, ring

Do you wear animal prints? Did you participate in the challenge? Don’t forget to check out how others styled animal print over at http://prettyshinysparkly.com/bloggers-do-animal-print-better/


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Dashing to the Mall

I’m not a big fan of malls. I like to be able to go outdoors easily and tell time based on the sun. There’s something about a giant mall that makes time disappear too quickly. Plus, I like thrifting. So when I shop, you’ll often find me in local boutiques and thrift stores. I also find online shopping really convenient so I often shop at larger retailers online.

That said, I sometimes end up at the mall. My most recent trip was to Bellevue Square so I could look at costume jewelry and accessories.

black and blue

denim and animal print

Top: Victoria’s Secret
Skirt: Dress Barn
Shoes: Payless
Purse: Frye via thrifted

Denim is such a neutral canvas that I usually pair it with patterns and bright colors. Today I got dressed feet-first because I wanted my leopard print flats to be the point of interest. I kept the other pieces (top, purse) neutral too.


Where do you shop? Are you a fan of online shopping, thrift stores, the mall, or boutiques?


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Thrifty Thursday: Tiger Camo and Cropped Pants

I believe tigers are already camouflaged in their environment. They probably don’t need to be olive drab as well in order to blend in. But when I saw this olive-colored, tiger-striped t-shirt, I couldn’t resist.

urban camo

colorful combo

T-shirt: H&M
Tank: Wet Seal
Pants: Eileen Fisher via thrifted
Cuff: Greenbelts
Shoes: Aerosoles
Laptop Bag: Solo

I’ve been digging the billowy cropped pants that 5′ 10″ waify models have been sporting on the runways and in magazines this summer. I wasn’t sure if I could pull off the look and I didn’t want to invest in a pair of trendy pants. So I did the next best thing: I found a pair of loose, tapered pants at Goodwill and ruched the last few inches of the outside seam. I hand-stitched gathers until they were the right length. I like them and I’ve been wearing them a lot but if I change my mind it was only a $5 investment.

What steals and deals have you found? Do you alter your finds or keep them as is?

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