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Blue, Gray, and a Cowl-neck Scarf

I found another way to wear my Ivan Grundahl skirt. I got it on sale a few years ago, but even on sale, designer threads aren’t cheap. But my cost per wear is getting lower. I’m glad I bought this piece. I feel like it’s timeless.

blue and gray

Jacket: Swapped
Sweater: Target
Belt: Ross Dress for Less
Watch and cuff: Thrifted
CowlScarf City
Skirt: Ivan Grundahl
Boots: Prada via consignment

Today I paired my skirt with denim, navy, and a pair of thrifted, microfiber Prada boots. In the past, I’ve worn it with fuchsia, green, and even dusty rose.

pink cowl tops it off

I have enjoyed my cowl-neck scarf a lot too. I was so happy when Rosalind, owner of Scarf City, made me a custom non-wool scarf. I find wool terribly itchy and I’m on a quest to not wear animal products of any kind. This cotton scarf did the trick!


I’m joining Visible Monday today. Check out all the other visible women at Not Dead Yet Style.


Filed under Ethical, Fashion, Thrifty

Gray Maxi Skirt with Stripes and Pink

I almost forgot to write this post. Today is the monthly theme post at Sophistique Noir. There are still a few hours left in the day, so I’m technically not late. This month’s theme: the maxi skirt.

I have a few maxi skirts but the one I like most is this Ivan Grundahl. It’s not the longest skirt I own, but it might be if it weren’t for the ruching and pleating. I like the asymmetrical shape created by all the gathers.

Maxi skirt with Wine accessory

Top: Thrifted
Skirt: Ivan Grundahl
Socks: Sock it to Me
Boots: G by Guess
Cuff: Greenbelts
Earrings: DIY

I’ve worn this skirt a couple of times on this blog. Once with pointy heels, and another time with these same flat boots. I like the dressed up/down effect that the casual boots create.

striped socks

Check out how all the others styled their maxi skirts.


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Green, Gray, and Grundahl

When I went to Etsy Rain a few weeks ago, I wrote about how I bought a slew of green things. Today, I wore the lime green earrings by Phoenix Beadwork, the kelly green ring by One-eyed Collie, and an avocado green necklace my mom gave me.


To the mix, I added neon green socks and a forest green tote bag.


There are over 400 shades of green. I’m probably not supposed to mix this many shades in the same outfit, but I couldn’t resist. Green isn’t often used as an accent color but I thought I’d give it a try. I kept everything else neutral and went with a statement skirt. My Ivan Grundahl.

green acessories

Jacket: Express via swapped
Top and tank: Target
Skirt: Ivan Grundahl
Socks: Joann Fabric
Boots: Guess
Earrings: Phoenix Beadwork
Ring: One-eyed Collie
Necklace: Gifted
Tote bag: Crystalyn Kae

During my photo-taking, a curious squirrel stopped by to check things out. I told him to stay still so I could take his picture and sure enough, he did! A chance encounter with this squirrel totally made my day. He put a big smile on my face. Look at how cute and chubby he is.



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Another Grundahl

Several times now, I’ve mentioned a “Seattle boutique” that “recently closed” because “the owner retired.” The shop was Synopsis 206 in the Pioneer Square neighborhood and I miss it.

Almost every time I publish a post that features an original piece by a designer, I start by mentioning the boutique. Well, if you’ve been adding it up, yes, I made off with quite a haul. I bought six skirts, a dress and a pullover. The cost of all of the items would have been over $3000 but everything was 70% off the lowest ticketed price.

Here’s the Ivan Grundahl skirt I bought that delightful and pricy day.


Shirt: Old Navy
Pleather jacket: JC Penney
Faux leather boots: Liz & Co.
Clutch: Coach via thrifted
Necklace: Premier Designs

This seemed like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to “stock up” (so to speak) and acquire my first pieces by Neodandi, Cop Copine, Selma Karaca, and Ivan Grundal. I’m not a slave to brands, but I’m not going to turn down original, quality pieces either. I have one more Grundahl that I bought long after that spending spree. I wrote about the coat in another post.

I find it funny how I’ll wear a $5 shirt with a $450 skirt (even if I didn’t pay that for it). Do you mix high and low-end items too?


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Ivan Grundahl Night Model

I few months ago I bid on an amazing Ivan Grundahl coat on eBay. Much to my surprise, I snapped it up for about $140. It retailed for much, much more, but a brick and mortar store was selling last year’s inventory online.

Ivan Grundahl is a stellar Danish designer. The lines are sharp, the silhouettes are dramatic. His work is often asymmetrical. It’s deconstructed yet simple. To me, the pieces are very artistic.

I wore the coat to a movie a few weeks ago. Last night, out of the blue, my husband said, “can you put on that coat and come with me?” It was after ten pm and I wondered what he was up to. He grabbed his camera and tripod, an umbrella, and a stool, and took me to Ballard, a Seattle neighborhood.

He hoisted me up onto a loading dock by a set of train tracks and set up a shot. He wanted a model for an idea he had. Here’s what he created:



The photos are not manipulated. I love how they almost look black and white, but aren’t. Because we were out after dark, he used an exposure that opened the shutter for more light. The photos are slightly grainy, but that’s one of the things I love about them.

On the way home, we stopped in the Cascadia neighborhood and he took this shot:


Then we found an empty parking lot downtown Seattle, and he took a few more shots:


night light

Finally, I convinced him to join me. He set the timer and we posed for a few shots together:



Usually, I’m the one with the tripod and timer. For this blog, I’m my own photographer. So it was nice to be a model for a night and follow someone else’s direction.


Filed under Art, Fashion