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Still Rockin’ My Missoni Shift

Some items in my closet have staying power. This Missoni for Target shirt is one such item. I’ve worn this with tights and booties and I’ve worn it with skinny jeans and boots. This time, I’ve chosen denim leggings (yeah, yeah–jeggings) and nude ballet flats.

shift and cardigan

Cardigan: Target
Shift: Missoni for Target
Leggings: JC Penney
Flats: H&M
Necklace: Handmade by Dad

Yes, you read that right. My dad mad my turquoise necklace. Isn’t that sweet? He’s a fan of stones and gems so it made sense that he’d incorporate turquoise stones and silver beads into a neat piece.

turquoise necklace

The matching cardi was great for the office–it’s always chilly at my desk.

shift and jeggings

Stripes (zigzags) and flats are always in style, making this outfit have staying power. Next time I’ll pair it with my mustard jeans and pick up the yellow stripes in the top.

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Houndstooth Dress Two Ways

I love houndstooth. It’s such a classic pattern I doubt it will ever go out of style.

I thought I’d style my new dress a couple of different ways so see if I could make my dress look fresh. First, I wore bright blue shoes and a black cardigan.

blues shoes and houndstooth

Dress: H&M
Cardigan: Target
Faux Suede Shoes: Payless
Vegan Purse: Crystalyn Kae

Then, I tried the opposite: A blue cardi and black shoes, er, boots.

blue cardi and dress

Cardigan: Target
Pleather and Neoprene Boots: DSW

The boots help take my dress into fall. Next up: Tights and a jacket. I think I could even wear a turtleneck under this dress and mix up the look even more.


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Turquoise Cardigan and Patterned Dress

Here’s another summer dress I’ve worked into my winter wardrobe. I bought this for a summer wedding a few years ago and finally decided to wear it for less formal occasions. Today, I went to work in it. Just like the other summer dress I recently wore, this one has a dark background, making it more wintery.

turquoise cardi

Dress: Boutique in Seattle
Cardigan: Old Navy
Boots: Borrowed
Belt: Madden Girl
Scarf: Thrifted
Clutch: Shiraleah

Step one: Boots. They always make an outfit fit for fall and winter. I borrowed these from a friend while she borrowed a pair of mine.

Boots and dress

Step two: Cardigan. Layering is practical because it keeps you warm, but it covers short sleeves that would otherwise scream “summer.” I belted mine to give this outfit a bit of shape.


Step three: Scarf. I like scarves all year long, but they’re especially nice in cooler weather. They can hide a low neckline and generally add polish to an outfit. I picked a scarf in a small pattern with some of the same colors as the dress. If you’re new to pattern mixing, a scarf is a good place to start.

layers and colors

Do you have any secrets for incorporating summer wear into your winter wardrobe?

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Summer Dress in Autumn

I bought this chambray dress last winter when hubby and I were in Honolulu, Hawaii. In the tropics, all I did was slip into a pair of sandals and I was ready to go. There are only a few days in Seattle when I can do that (even on hot days, evenings are cool). I wanted to get lots of use out of this piece so I planned to style it a lot of ways.

chambray dress

Dress: Roberta Oaks
Cardigan: Old Navy
Tights: Target
Shoes: Aerosoles
Belt: Ross Dress for Less
Purse: Forever 21

A cardigan (I call this one my Mr. Rogers sweater) over the dress adds warmth, as do the tights. For fun (and because I like breaking rules), I added purple shoes. Who says purple and red don’t go together? These shoes are a similar hue to the tights and they blend a bit.

red sweater

I plan to wear this in a few other ways too. Over skinny jeans, with knee-high boots, hmm. I’ll probably think of a few more ideas. Do you have any?

red and blue

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Red, White, and Blue

I should have worn this last Monday, Memorial Day. My outfit here is quite patriotic: red, white, and blue.

red white blue

Cardigan: Prada via consigned
Tank: Wet Seal
Jeans: Jessica Simpson via swapped
Faux suede booties: Crossroads Trading Company

It’s also very thrifty. I found the cardigan at a consignment shop. My Shoes are from a second-hand shop and the jeans were swapped. I probably never would have tried on a pair of Jessica Simpson pants in the store, but I took a chance on a freebie. I’m glad I did. they’re soft and comfortable and fit well. They’re the perfect length for a mid-height heel.

jeans and a cardi

I read about Jessica Simpson and her namesake line and I was impressed. Unlike a lot of celebrities who lend only their names and have little to do with the line, Simpson is very involved in the creative process. I watched her on Fashion Star and really admired her. She’s come a long way since her reality TV days.

thrifty outfit

Do you have a brand that you never thought you’d wear?

Oh, be sure to check out the visible women at Not Dead Yet and the thrifters anonymous at Colorblind. I’ve joined those two group posts again today!


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Black and Seafoam Dress

dress and cardi

Dress: Shop in Canada
Cardi: Smart Set
Shoes: Timberland
Necklace: Santa Fe street vendor
Bracelets: Various places

The dress is sleeveless, low-cut, and short, so I wore it with a coral cardigan and casual sandals. I didn’t need to vamp it up. I added a bunch of inexpensive stretchy bracelets for an impromptu arm party. These are from places like Claire’s, and shops around town. If it fit with the color scheme, it went on my arm.

arm party

I might try this with a blazer too.

tie dress

Do you hang onto clothes or is your closet lean and mean? According to many people, “if you haven’t worn it for a year, toss it.” But I really like this dress; I just don’t always get to things in my closet. I tend to prefer collecting clothes, and I keep them as long as they’re in good shape, fit well, and suit me.

Oh, don’t forget to check out the other Visible Monday posts. I added this to Not Dead Yet’s linkup.



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Business Casual

My friend Suchitra asked me about business attire because a friend of hers works in an office and needs ideas about how to be creative and stylish within a business setting. I promised to take on this challenge–if she joined me in it! Suchi is very fashionable and always looks great. She was in my blog earlier too.

For the next few days, you’re going to see Suchi and me in our best business casual looks. Remember that we work in a no-dress-code environment. Adjust your look to suit your workplace!

yellow blazer and color-blocked dress

On Jean
Blazer: J. Crew via thrifted
Tank: Wet Seal
Jeans: Gap
Shoes: BCBGirls via thrifted
Bag: Nine West via thrifted

On Suchi
Cardigan: H&M
Dress: Ragamoffyn’s
Boots: Aerosoles 

I’m a big fan of blazers and cardigans. They add polish to an outfit, and are great in chilly, air-conditioned offices. I think women have a lot more leeway with business clothes. We branch out with color, textures, and styles more than men. Shirts and ties are where men add color. Women can get creative head to toe, but I hope men step it up and have fun with fashion too.

Here, I wore a velvet mustard blazer. I’m wearing jeans and a tank top but the jacket and heels pull this look together. If you can’t wear jeans at work, try a long bootcut trouser. Suchitra wore a cardigan over her color-blocked dress. Between that and the boots and tights, she can take a sundress into business territory.

What’s your go-to business look?


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