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Stripes and Khaki

Here’s a blast from the not-so-distant past. A striped, floral and khaki number I wore in the fall and never added to the blog.

stripes and khaki

Top: Marshall’s
Pants/belt: Macy’s
Shoes: Payless
Scarf: Shop in Portland

I’m looking for spring outfit ideas and this will work now, just like it worked in October. In fact, in Seattle, it works about nine months of the year. There’s only a few months in winter when open toes are too chilly for me. Even in summer, a light 3/4-length top and loose pants are fine, especially in the evening. Only the red leaves on the tree date these pictures.

floral scarf

I squeezed in a bit of pattern mixing with my floral scarf, and the red in the scarf picks up the color of my shoes. These shoes are so comfortable! The platform means the heels isn’t as high as it looks, and the pleather is soft and not at all sweaty.

khaki pants

I’ve worn these pants a lot! Definitely got my eleven dollar’s worth. They were on sale in the junior’s department and even came with the belt. I wanted a loose, casual look so I went up two sizes.

fall to spring look

My grass is still green–we’ve had rain and only two days’ of snow this winter–but my herb garden is asleep. I can’t wait until spring so I can cook with freshly picked chives, parsley, basil and rosemary!

What parts of spring are you looking forward to?

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Red Wedges for the Conference

I’m usually a light packer. Carry-on restrictions force me to edit my travel wardrobe. But this past weekend I didn’t have as many limitations. I drove to Portland for a vegan bloggers conference. I might have packed five pair of shoes but I’m not admitting to anything!

stripes and khaki

Top: Swapped
Pants: Swapped
Shoes: Payless
Necklace: The Vegan Woman
Bracelets: Boutique on Bainbridge Island
Tote: NARN

Part of my wardrobe dilemma was weather. Rain, sun, warm days, cool nights. It’s hard to pack for all that. I packed heels for a gala, flats to go with my capris, boots for rainy days and well, the wedges were not at all necessary, but I like them.

neutrals and red

In the end, instead of packing “outfits,” I packed various items that all went together so I could assemble them on the day of, depending on the weather. A tank top, t-shirt, cardigan, and light sweater covered the bases for my tops. Jeans capris, cargo pants, and a maxi skirt gave me variety for the bottoms. A denim jacket was the perfect evening piece and worked with everything but my jeans (that’s just too much denim!).

I wore my new “vegan” necklace too (and packed a cute empty cage necklace by The Sapphire Bee). I thought they were a good fit for the theme of the conference.

vegan necklace

You can read about the pre-conference (my first day in Portland) on my other blog. I had great luck with airbnb, and I found cute shops and vegan bars. What’s not to love?

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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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Thrifty Thursday: Girls’ Night Out

I decided to try a more polished, less quirky look for dinner and drinks with a few of my friends. I also wanted to try another red and brown outfit, like I tried last week. So I put together this ensemble. I have to admit, I felt very sophisticated in it.

I wore red shoes and paired them with-wide leg brown pants that I found in Ragamoffyn’s, a high-end consignment shop in Kirkland. Then I thought I’d wear something else I don’t usually wear with brown: black. I added a funky silver and red pendant necklace from Macy’s.

red brown black

outfit for dinner

Top: Wet Seal ($15)
Pants: People Like Frank (thrifted) ($45)
Necklace: Macy’s ($15)
Clutch: Thrifted ($3)
Shoes: Payless ($17)

And, as National Poetry month wraps up, I give you:

Jabberwocky
by Lewis Carroll

‘Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!”

He took his vorpal sword in hand;
Long time the manxome foe he sought—
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

“And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”
He chortled in his joy.

‘Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

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