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Peplum Top and Polka-dots

I didn’t jump on the peplum trend when it hit stores a couple of years ago, but when I found this peplum top at a clothing exchange I figured I’d take a chance on a new style.

peplum with polka dots

Top: Swapped
Jeans: Makers of True Originals
Shoes: DSW with DIY heels
Bracelets: Claire’s

Peplums, a short overskirt or extra layer of fabric that emphasizes the waist, actually came into fashion in the 1860s. I think of them as more of a 1950s item. A couple of years ago, retro-inspired fitted jackets and tops hit the stores. I didn’t buy any, although I did find a peplum-inspired top at a clothing exchange a while back.

peplum top

I’m late to the trend, partially because I’m still not sold on it–despite its waist-whittling effect. But like I said. Clothing exchange. Zero-risk investment.

red and blue

I wore the top with denim capri pants (also slightly retro). Capris are a great seasonal transition piece. My red sandals got one last hurrah. I’ll be switching to closed-toed shoes soon. The rains are coming.

capris for fall

I have a winter peplum (black velvet) that my mom gave me so I’ll try that out when the weather is cooler. Do you have peplum tops? What do you think of them?

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Casual Grays

For a comfortable, versatile look, I often gravitate to capri pants–and these gray ones were $5. I’ve worn them so much over the past four years that even if I’d paid $100 for them I’d have gotten my money’s worth.

gray cropped pants
Top: Goodwill
Pants: Bluenotes
Shoes: ReNu
Belt: Truth
Cuff: Rogue City Killers

patterned top
Wearing this slouchy, oversized graphic T with my pants is comfortable and versatile. This day, I was just running errands but I’ll happily go our for lunch or shopping wearing my gray outfit.

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Exploring Honolulu

Honolulu is the capital of Hawaii (which itself is made up of eight main islands). It’s at the south end of Oahu, the most populated island. The island has close to a million residents, with more than 1/3 living in Honolulu. Visiting a big city might be a strange way to “get away from it all,” but being city folk, it’s was a nice transition stop for us.

Friday Morning we awoke to a gorgeous view. Hawaii really is the Rainbow State!

rainbow in Waikiki

First stop: Diamond Head, a volcanic cone at the edge of Honolulu. The crater is a 1.1 mile winding hike up to the top, where we were rewarded with a 360 degree view of the city and ocean.

view from Diamond Head

If you go, go early. The throngs of tourists slowed us down a bit on the way up. We passed most of them and even ran the last portion–99 steps straight up–to an old military lookout.

Jean with Honolulu in distance

After descending back to our rented Jeep, which I fell in love with by the way, we drove to Chinatown for lunch.

lava wall

Top: Gifted
Purse: Shiraleah
Pants: Calvin Klein via swapped
Shoes: Naturalizer
Sunglasses: Corner store in Santa Fe

My dreams of vegan dim sum were shattered when we found out the restaurant had changed hands and was now just a regular dim sum place. So we wandered around until we stumbled on Adega Portuguesa. Hubby and I ate and drank and prepped for the afternoon.

The highlight of my day was finding a cluster of shops near the restaurant, in the Chinatown Arts District. First stop: Roberta Oaks. I met Roberta, who designs, sews and sells all the clothes in her store.

RO womenswear

RO menswear

I bought a chambray dress from her, as well as a upcycled cuff made in Namibia of old PVC pipe. It’s hand-carved and looks like bone or horn–but it’s vegan and sustainable! The fair-trade company, The Base Project, enables artisans to hone their crafts, helps their communities, and earns them money for education, healthcare, and food. Hubby bought aviators, and I also got a leather-look rubber wrap bracelet, a ring made by a friend of Roberta.

My purchases at RO

Around the corner was Owens & Co., which I’d read about in Lucky Magazine. Missy, owner of the shop, has a wonderful collection of gifts and accessories. I found books and onesies, bags and stationary.

Owens & Co

Owens collage

I bought an upcycled, locally made make-up bag, two sparkly hair clips, and an adorable pair of earrings by Umi, another local designer.

purchases from Owens

Next door is La Muse, another great store. By now I was trying to reign in my spending so I only grabbed a pair of earrings and two stretchy spiked bracelets.

purchase from La Muse

Owner Juli Chu makes all of the jewelry in the shop–many pieces with Swarovski crystal, and also stocks it with fresh casual wear perfect for Hawaii.

La Muse

We stopped back at the hotel so I could change my top and shoes–mostly because even though I’d packed lightly, I was afraid I wouldn’t wear all the things I’d brought, which would prove I’d hadn’t packed light enough.

Jean and Teddy

Top: Target
Shoes: Timberland

We walked from our hotel to the shopping center of Waikiki. It was hugely popular, but I just wasn’t interested. After meeting local designers and shop owners, big name brands didn’t cut it. I can buy a designer handbag in Seattle or any other city. But it was fun to grab a latté and wander around the avenue, people watching and taking in the warm breeze.

designer stores in Waikiki

Walking all day in the heat tired us out so we grabbed a quick nap at the hotel before heading back to Chinatown for cocktails. We’d heard great things about Hotel 39, and stopped by for drinks on a rooftop courtyard. Inside, the DJ spun house music and we watched the regulars mingle and dance. I wore my new Roberta Oaks dress.

Our trips might be short, but we sure do cram a lot into them. We didn’t stay past midnight; we had another busy day ahead of us.

Next stop: Kailua to check into our cottage on the beach!


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Scarf Top and Denim Capris

It’s hard to believe it’s October! The weather is in the 70s–and it still hasn’t rained! That’s about 70 days of dry.

capris and a scarf tshirt

Top: TJ Maxx
Tank: Old Navy
Capris: True Originals
Cuff: The Fashion Truck
Shoes: Chelsea Crew

I’m not complaining. I’m wearing a sheer, gauzy summer top that looks like two square scarves sewn together. It would be an easy shirt project, in fact. I know I said that last year and still haven’t tried it.

the shirt

I wore this last year with shorts and skinny jeans. I think it works with capris too. And of course, I had to wear my red sandals too. I love these–despite the fact that the cork is falling off. I promised to do a DIY tutorial on replacing the cork with sparkles–and I will (soon). Probably before I get around to making a shirt like this!

summery outfit

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Monochromatic Florals

When I went to Fort Lauderdale for a day of sun and shopping I chose a black and white, floral handkerchief skirt and simple black T. Coincidentally, my mom was wearing a black and white floral top and black capris. We’re quite coordinated, don’t you think?

Ft. Lauderdale

On mom:
Top: Calvin Klein
Capris: Roots Canada
Purse and shoes: Fort Lauderdale street market

On me:
Top: Target
Skirt: Thrifted
Shoes: Timberland
Purse: Crystalyn Kae

We walked up and down the beachfront, dipped our toes in the water, and looked through the surf shops before stopping for a mimosa at an outdoor patio.

Later, we drove down Las Olas boulevard past Millionaire’s Row to the River Walk. The houses in the wealthy neighborhood had streets in the front and canals in the back. Nearly everyone had a pool and a yacht! River Walk boasted floating restaurants and dinner cruises, towering condos with sweeping views of the beach, and a lovely path where we checked out the water’s edge.

Before heading off to dinner we hit a quaint downtown shopping area with neat shops and restaurants. A fun day for sure!


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Capris and a Cowl Neck

Look, it’s my Boodlebag again! I told you I use it a lot. Today I paired it with my favorite cowl neck top, a delicate cardigan, and my periwinkle Flexx sandals.

periwinkle and denim

shoes and purse

Top: Jacob
Cardigan: Ross Dress for Less
Jeans: True Originals
Earrings: DIY
Shoes: Flexx
Purse: Boodlebags
Cat: Petfinder

My top has a bit of a story to it. I found it when I was visiting my parents last summer, at a well-known Canadian store called Jacob. I bought it, packed it, and ruined the second I unpacked. It snagged on my suitcase zipper before I even had a chance to wear it once.

I called my mom, who graciously went back to the store, found the last medium, and mailed it to me here in Seattle. Disaster averted! Thanks Mom!


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Days 22 to 24

Day 22: I wore this bright shirt with my denim capris today. It’s a loose, cool top, suitable for warmer days. As an added bonus, it’s nice and billowy so you can’t tell that I had too much sushi for dinner!

day 22

Top: Macy’s
Jeans: True Originals
Shoes: Payless
Bracelets: Claire’s

Day 23: My bright pink dress is back. I wore it with boots on day 10, but I was glad to ditch those today. I paired it with a blue tank and belt. My necklace is a piece of a butterfly wing encased in glass. Now that I write about it, it sounds kind of morbid, but no butterflies were harmed for the making of the necklace (They died of natural causes? Yikes! I’m digging myself in deeper). The money raised goes to help conservation efforts. Tha’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

day 23

Dress: Express
Tank: Wet Seal
Belt: Steve Madden
Shoes: Timberland
Necklace: Shirazi

Day 24: I’m wearing my reversible skirt again, this time with a sequined tank. It’s a lot of white for one outfit, but it felt fresh and summery. The cardigan isn’t part of the 30 pieces; I wore it in the morning while it was still cool and removed it later in the day.

day 24

Cardigan: Nordstrom
Tank: Old Navy
Skirt: Zand Amsterdam
Sunglasses: Target
Shoes: Aerosoles
Bag: Shiraleah


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Street Style: White Denim for Summer

I’m on a roll. Two days of street style! I work with Suchitra and I am always inspired by her outfits, whether she’s in casual jeans and a sweater, a flouncy dress, or traditional Indian salwar kameez (a tunic-style top and pants), she always looks so stylish.


There are so many times I’ve wanted to capture her fashions and post them here. I finally did so recently. Suchitra shows how to mix denim. The white, military-style jacket is so fresh and crisp. It’s a perfect cover-up for cooler days or breezy office AC. Her dark capris contrast nicely. Dark denim is a great casual Friday office go-to.

A bright top and silver strappy sandals complete the look. Head to toe fabulous!

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