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Orange and Green–a Favorite Combination

It’s spring, but in the Pacific Northwest, it’s up and down, weather-wise. We had warm days in February and we’ll have cool days in June. Layering is key.

orange and green collage

Blazer: Forever 21
T-shirt: Old Navy
Pants: Dickies
Cuff: Lauren Harkness
Shoes: John Fluevog

No matter what time of year it is, I’m drawn to secondary colors, especially orange and green. I wore this color combo a few weeks ago, a few weeks before that, and last fall. I never tire of it.

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Olive and Gray…in May?

Can you believe I’m wearing tights in May? Most of the country is packing shorts and tanks for the Memorial Day weekend and I’m looking more back-to-school.

green and gray

Sweater: Portland thrift shop
Skirt: Forever 21
Scarf: Love Culture
Tights: Roots Canada
Cuff: Greenbelts
Boots: John Fluevog

That’s Seattle for you. We had a good start to the month but cooler weather is back. They say summer starts on July 5th. At least I got to wear my cool, new Fluevogs.

I bought these as a consolation prize when I house I put an offer on fell through. I’d seen these shoes just after having my offer on a home accepted and I knew frivolous purchases were out of the question–for a long time. But during the inspection, I’d realized I’d got more than I bargained for. The house was going to be a money pit. I started dreaming of these boots. I backed out of the house and got these the very next day.

fluevogs

The last time I wore green and gray was last December. It’s not a common combo, but I like it. What uncommon color mixes to you like?

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Burnt Orange Crochet Dress

An ad for this dress popped into my email inbox a couple of months ago. It was an end-of-season, deep-discount sale and I was smitten. I have a small problem ignoring the deals on Ideeli, Shop it to Me, Gilt, and My Habit. Mostly, I have rules that send these amazing shopping deals into a folder so I can’t be tempted on a daily basis, but sometimes I peek–and inevitably cave.

orange crochet

Dress: Anthropologie
Slip: Swapped
Necklace: eBay
Cuff: Lauren Harkness
Bag: Matt & Nat
Shoes: John Fluevog

I don’t mind though. I’ve snagged terrific deals on items from Badgley Mischka heels to an envelope clutch. I just have to keep my shopping budget in mind as I browse. I loved the boho appeal of this dress, as well as the color. It’s a classic piece that will serve me well all year long.

boho look

I’d like to pretend I was dreamy and serene during this shoot–hence the heavy lids and somber expression. But the reality is that I hadn’t had my morning coffee. I went to the Bravern to buy an espresso from Vovito but they were closed. This is my pre-caffeine look.

The good news is that I got to pose in front of Anthropologie, where this dress is from, and they have a cool wall. The best news is that the Starbucks down the street was open. Don’t worry–I made it back to Vovito the following week. They have two Slayers so it’s always time and money well spent.

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Celebrate International Fluevog Day

Today is International Fluevog Day! According to the Fluevog website, it’s an “international affair that challenges us all to be better Fluevogers, teachers, lovers and neighbours.”

You might know that I have a love affair with Fluevogs. I have five pair (modest compared to some). In fact, the only time I break my vegan shoe rule is when I cave and buy a pair of ‘vogs. However, there are vegan options on the site, and I’ll try to purchase from that department in the future.

I first began lusting after Fluevogs in high school. I was lucky to live in Toronto, where there’s a store. Now, I’m gainfully employed in Seattle, where, coincidentally, there’s also a store. I think all the “cool” cities have Fluevog stores. It’s a great way to decide to live. Portland, Vancouver, Boston. Hmm. There’s an interesting corelation.

Of course, back in high school, Fluevogs were out of my price range. Now can splurge and celebrate: Tax refund? Fluevogs. Raise? Fluevogs. Christmas money? Fluevogs.

I love the unique style of John Fluevog’s designs. And I appreciate how utterly comfortable they all are. They’re hand-made too. Real pieces of art. In fact, one of the things I’d like to do is hang a few small shelves in my bedroom and put my ‘vogs on them. It’s a waste to have works of art sitting in my closet.

Here are my Fluevogs, in no particular order:

minis

My first pair: You can recognize Minis by their heels

everywear

I branched out, color-wise, with these Everywears

Minis boots

Minis are so comfortable, I got a pair of boots

blind faith

I bought Blind Faith shoes with a gift certificate I won

red boots

These Hope boots were half price!

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Retro Look: Red and Robin’s Egg Blue

I found this vintage dress at the Punk Rock Flea Market in December and I hadn’t worn it until now. I took a tip from Carmen, the guest blogger who is trying to wear only the things she’s not worn in a while (or, in my case, ever), and pulled this out of my closet. The dress cost only $8, but why should it sit unused?

Speaking of fellow bloggers, check out Natasha’s site, Required 2 be Inspired. Today she added my profile as one of the Canadian Cuties on her Canuck page. Thanks Natasha!

I wore a red belt and a not-so-cheap pair of Fluevogs (yes, you’ve seen them on me before).I don’t always try to match but I figured the dress and boots were a bold combination and it might be good to limit the palette of this outfit. I’m trying to think of other ways to wear this dress. It’s so bright! Maybe with chocolate brown. Let me know if you have any ideas.

vintage dress

dress and red boots

Dress: Thrifted
Belt: Thrifted
Boots: Fluevog
Bracelet: Claire’s

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Wonder Woman in Red Boots

When I wear red boots I feel like Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman (which, by the way, was one of my favorite shows as a kid). I walk a little taller, feel a little braver. Maybe I can leap over buildings and deflect bullets.

These red boots are by one of my favorite designers, John Fluevog. They weren’t cheap, but they were half price. They’re really comfortable and I’m betting, more versatile than they look. Time will tell. denim and red boots red boots reflection

Sweater: Banana Republic
Skirt: Dress Barn
Boots: Fluevog
Belt: Thrifted
Earrings: DIY (for sale on my Etsy page)

What are your “power pieces”?

It’s still April, and that means it’s still National Poetry Month.

Here’s today’s poem:

Love’s Philosophy
by Percy Bysshe Shelley

The fountains mingle with the river

And the rivers with the ocean,

The winds of heaven mix for ever

With a sweet emotion;

Nothing in the world is single,

All things by a law divine

In one another’s being mingle—

Why not I with thine?

See the mountains kiss high heaven,

And the waves clasp one another;

No sister-flower would be forgiven

If it disdain’d its brother;

And the sunlight clasps the earth,

And the moonbeams kiss the sea—

What is all this sweet work worth

If thou kiss not me?

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Purple Haze

The 30 for 30 Challenge ended two weeks ago, and I’m still getting acquainted with my closet. It’s almost spring, but it can feel chilly in the Pacific Northwest, with all the gray skies and rain. So I need to be warm and still have a bit of fun with color.

That’s why I was happy to find a deep purple, loose-knit sweater in my closet. I wore it with a pair of jeans to rival any designer pair out there. And they were only $5 at the Suzy Shier outlet in Cambridge, Ontario. I picked them up last summer while visiting my family.

lilac scarf and purple sweater

I loved these shoes when I saw them at the Seattle John Fluevog store. I thought the dark blue would look great with denim, but I wasn’t sure about the lilac portion. I loved the color, but I didn’t have much to match. And yes, if you’re paying attention, almost all my shoes and purses are faux leather (with the exception of vintage finds). I like to align my clothing choices with my eating habits (no animal products). Fluevogs are the only time I break my rule. I’m happy to report that they are making vegan options more available (these aren’t one of them though).

Serendipitously, my aunt in Germany recently sent me a lilac scarf. I wrapped it around my neck and added a silver bracelet that my dad gave me. I know I don’t have to match the purple shoes with another item in my outfit, but I like how the scarf pulls the look together.

shoes, scarf and sweater in shades of purple

Sweater: Papaya
Jeans: Suzy Shier
Scarf: Gifted
Bracelet: Gifted
Shoes: John Fluevog

What about you? How do you match colors? Are there certain things you don’t wear (fur, leather, items that aren’t fair-trade)?

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