April 13, 2015 · 12:06 am
I love my Misprint Skirt! It’s on sale now, if you love it too.
Top: Old Navy
Necklace: Herbivore Clothing
Faux leather boots: Mia
This skirt is a terrific idea. Betabrand needed a way to use up the ends of colorful fabric. Their screen printer used to test ink on t-shirts but was asked to use the roll ends instead. Each panel is printed with ink “tests.” It’s a mashup of colors and patterns and I adore it! I can wear this with any panel on the front, and I can fold the waist over if I want a shorter look.
This is a great travel skirt. It packs well, looks different each time I wear it, and goes with everything. I’m a fan of Betabrand. Between this and the Perfect Dress I have, I’m going to be all set for my upcoming trip to Austin.
I paired my skirt with a bright fleece jacket. Fleece is very Pacific Northwest. Everyone has a fleece jacket. I find most aren’t very fashion-forward, but in a moto style cut, I approve!
I’m joining Sydney Fashion Hunter, Rachel the hat and Pink Sole for link-ups. See what all the others are wearing!
March 30, 2015 · 11:56 pm
Today, I’m starting from the bottom up.
Vegan boots: Nicora John
Skirt: Fred Meyer
Scarf: Herbivore Clothing
Faux leather jacket: Aeropostal
My new Nicora John boots are my favorite thing ever! They go with everything and are quickly becoming part of my “uniform.” These are handmade in LA, in an eco-friendly factory (solar panels anyone?). NJ is keeping the craft of shoemaking alive in the US, while working exclusively with textile leathers (meaning they’re all vegan). I can’t say enough great things about this company.
I found out Nicora John is doing a fundraiser to upgrade their factory, increase production, and lower costs.
Turns out there are next to zero shoe manufacturing facilities left in the United States available to emerging shoe companies, which forces them to outsource. The USA has lost 70,000 jobs in the show industry since 1979! And unregulated foreign-made shoes often lack animal welfare laws or labor and environmental standards.
There are so many reasons to support Nicora John. Plus, these boots are comfy! I’ll be getting the Willow boots next. So cute!
Okay, up to the skirt. This skirt looks red, but is actually a fine red and black striped fabric. I saw it on clearance and couldn’t resist (even though I’m trying to stick to my shopping goals of supporting USA-made and/or small businesses–it’s hard to break old habits and shop in a new way!).
I wore my new skirt with a scarf (purchased in a small shop), so maybe that evens things out. Scarves are my favorite way to dress up an outfit (and stay warm).
I think a faux leather jacket goes with just about anything. I wear mine all the time–with jeans, pencil skirts, dresses, and long skirts. This quilted version has a nice texture and is my go-to jacket.
I’m linking up with Style Elixir, Rachel the Hat, Penniless Socialite, and Rhea Etcetera–check out what everyone else is wearing!
December 20, 2014 · 11:13 pm
I get so many clothes at clothing exchanges, thrift stores, or clearance racks. But I paid full price for this shirt. It’s from Damselfly, a little shop in Seattle and was quite reasonable.
Jacket: Forever 21
I wore this hi-low top with skinny jeans. On it’s own, it’s a pretty pattern, with nice colors. I toughened it up with studded boots and a faux leather jacket. It was the perfect casual weekend outfit for a wine-tasting tour.
These studded boots are becoming part of my uniform. I wore them constantly in New York (with bare legs and dresses) and now I’m choosing them over other shoes with pants. I liked them so much, I went back to DSW and bought a backup pair! It’s not often I find comfortable, stylish vegan shoes for such a great price! When I need a replacement, DSW might not carry them anymore, but now I’m set!
I’ve gotten a lot of use out of this jacket too. It was from Forever 21–nothing groundbreaking–but it’s got a neat combination of faux leather sleeves and fabric bodice.
Do you have a go-to look?
June 29, 2014 · 9:26 pm
My mom just wrote about how she hangs onto her clothes for a long time and keeps things in rotation. I have to admit: I do the same thing. I’ve had some clothes for 10 or 15 years.
Unlike mom though, I do have a steady stream of clothes that leave my place too. I buy/trade clothing on a regular basis, but I also donate pieces I don’t wear to clothing exchanges so others can enjoy them.
Jacket: Guess via swapped
Sunglasses: Old Navy
Bag: Alchemy Goods
This look reuses my asymmetrical striped top and red wedges. I wore both pieces with a different pair of khaki capris last year.
These cuffed pants have been on the blog since I started it. I just keep coming back to them. Today, I added a denim jacket (cool breezes be damned!). I’m also carrying my recycled tire bag from Alchemy Goods. And, my newest tattoo is peeking out!
It makes sense that wardrobe staples like khaki pants, a striped shirt, or a denim jacket stay in rotation. Those types of items are worth splurging on (even though, in this case, I got them free or cheap). A crazy trend, like my red shoes, I wouldn’t spend a lot on–I might tire of them sooner than the “classic” pieces.
What pieces to you keep turning to and wearing again and again?
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June 24, 2014 · 9:09 pm
A few weeks ago I saw a fashion spread in a magazine. It featured a model wearing a black and white blazer, black tank top, faded boyfriend jeans, and hot pink stilettos.
I replicated the look–same colors on different pieces for a fraction of the cost.
Tank: Old Navy
Vegan belt: Couch
Bag: Susan Nicole
Jewelry: Gifted (thanks mom!)
I picked up this jacket at a clothing exchange. I performed a bit of surgery on it–a shoulder-pad-ectomy to be precise–and brought it into the new millennium.
I already had the tank, and you’ve probably seen these jeans by now.
Instead of bright pink shoes (which I do have, incidentally), I wore a pair of black pumps from the same clothing exchange. I love my pink heels, but one stand-out piece was enough for this look.
Have you ever copied a magazine look? What personal touches do you give your outfits?
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April 2, 2014 · 8:50 pm
Flannel is the uniform of the Pacific Northwest. It’s warm, that’s for sure, but it’s not usually incorporated into fashion-forward garments. Sometimes, Seattleites are called unstylish, but I disagree. And loads of Seattle Style Bloggers will prove otherwise.
I liked this jacket because it’s flannel and it’s stylish.
Shoes: Urban Outfitters
Scarf: Fred Meyer’s
Bag: Craft fair in Harlem
It’s a classic biker jacket cut in an unexpected color and fabric. A perfect non-leather option. I even included it in a recent vegan motorcycle jacket post on my other blog.
I wore my jacket over a black maxi dress and added pops of color in the form of blue ballet flats, a bright pink belt, and a light gray-blue scarf. My bag from a Harlem craft fair matched so I carried it with me.
I thought this was a comfy and stylish look for an afternoon out with hubby. We went out for lunch and then checked out the Bellevue Arts Museum, which was showing an exhibit of paper clothes. The clothes were elaborate reproductions of period pieces from the 17th century and on. Of course photography was prohibited.
Luckily I got this shot though. I wanted hubby to pose in front of this pair of wings but he insisted I do it. He pointed out that I matched the color scheme of the wings–and he was right.
Do you enjoy visiting museums and galleries?
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January 5, 2014 · 9:43 pm
If you’ve been to my blog before, you know I’m drawn to color. That’s why I mixed so many colors (and a couple of patterns) together in this outfit. I just can’t help it!
I’ve worn these flares before (with denim, stripes, and a poncho). This time, I mixed in houndstooth.
Of course, I also added stripes, and a bright, layered tank. I made my necklace out of another, less interesting necklace. Is that DIY or reassembly? Either way, I’m happy with the results.
I do wear black sometimes, but when I do so, I’m less likely to take time to pose for outfit shots. That’s the real reason you see me in so much color. It’s funny. At some points in my life, you’d be hard-pressed to find color in my closet at all. These days, I can dress in all colors, without hesitating. It’s like a fashion pendulum. Could swing back one day. But for now, I’m enjoying playing with colors.
I’ve linked up with Style Elixir, DC in Style and Thrifters Anonymous today. See what the others are wearing!
December 18, 2013 · 10:49 pm
Let’s it snow, let it snow, let it snow!
I’m ready! Of course we don’t have snow at the moment, but Seattle had experienced a cold snap lately. I don’t mind though–I get to put my new Vaute Couture coat to the test.
Emily coat: Vaute Couture
Scarf: Fred Meyer’s
Jeans: Just USA
Pleather booties: Diba
I almost didn’t buy this 3/4 length coat because it’s “warm enough for a Chicago winter” and we don’t get weather like that around here often. I’m so glad I got it though. It’s cozy and toasty without being bulky. When the cold stays out, I don’t hunch over to stay warm. So I can walk with my head held high, no matter what the temperature.
I’ve been wearing it zipped half up, moto-style, but I can zip it all the way up to really keep my neck warm. I unzipped the hood already, but I’ll add it back to show you how cute (and toasty) it is.
I love the velvety soft fabric and bright blue color. I’ve tried a couple of different looks so far. I love my bright pink infinity scarf, but I also like the blue stripes. They both go with the other, shorter Vaute jacket I bought the day this arrived in the mail. I loved this so much that I had to get another one.
Best of all, this is wool-free, 100% vegan, and has a quilted, recycled fiber lining. Vaute is a design house based in Brooklyn. It’s great that all of Vaute’s clothing is made in New York, by people who are paid fair wages. I love supporting small businesses–especially ethical ones!
I preordered this in early September at a great price. Buying before the coats are made gives the company funds to make the line.
I am more than thrilled with my coat. It almost makes me appreciate winter.
I’ve joined Style Elixir, The Pleated Poppy, Elizabeth Nygard, and Transatlantic Blonde for blog link-ups today. See what everyone else is wearing!
December 1, 2013 · 5:13 pm
I love the look of a classic biker jacket–you know, like James Dean or Marlon Brando used to wear. I recently went to an exhibit at Experience Music Project about the rock ‘n’ roll aspect of this style of jacket. I was blown away at how versatile this iconic piece is. Everyone from Joan Jett to Michael Jackson has been seen in the “antihero’s anti-sportcoat.”
The motorcycle jacket can be hardcore punk or art piece. What started as protective gear and became associated with outlaws and rebellion is now a fashion statement.
I’ve sworn off leather, and I do have a few faux leather jackets, but I also like the idea of reworking a classic in new ways. So when I saw this velvet version I snapped it up.
Jacket: Forever 21
Tank top: Target
Jeans: Just USA
Black is the classic color, but I really liked the brown. Next up: hot pink! I’d like a biker jacket in a thick cotton knit or even denim! There are so many options. You can wear them with jeans or a dress and they’re always in style.
Do you have a biker jacket?
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October 14, 2013 · 2:37 pm
I featured this jacket close to a year ago when I wore it to a Thanksgiving dinner. Here it is, this time with a dress.
Ring: Street fair in Florida
I bought this jacket with credit I had from a return at Lulu’s. I’d ordered a pair of pumps from them and the heel broke on my very first wear! I was so bummed, but Lulu’s righted the wrong, no questions asked. What great customer service!
I thought the red was a nice way to add color to my monochromatic outfit. Plus, it’s cooler now and I welcome long sleeves. My dress is a nice, striped knit. It’s a bit warm for summer but it has short sleeves and is chilly in winter. Maybe that’s why it ended up at a clothing exchange.
I’ll be looking for more ways to wear my red jacket over the winter. It’s versatile. It would look good with jeans, a mini, or just about anything.
Is there an item for fall that you’d like to get more wear out of?
Oh, I’m joining Style Sessions, Thrifters Anonymous and Monday Bloom today. Have a look at what everyone else is wearing.