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White Jeans and Silver Sequins

I’m breaking all the rules! Sequins for day? White for winter? I say go for it!

white jeans

Sweater: Gifted (thanks Mom!)
Jeans: Lucky Brand
Boots: Cri de Coeur

It was a bit chilly, but I can’t complain. The only white in this photo are my jeans–not snow! I like white for winter (as long as the slush doesn’t dirty your hems). I think it works well when the fabric is weighty enough (think knits and denim and heavier items). I’ll save thin, sheer fabrics for warmer weather.

silver sweater

My sweater has subtle, silver sequins but because it’s a slouchy top, not a tailored, evening piece, I don’t mind wearing it during the day. In fact, I think it’s too casual for an evening out.

denim and sequins

Are you a rule-breaker too?


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Holiday Party Outfits

I look forward to Christmas and New Year’s parties and love to dress to the nines. For me, that usually means a long dress. For black tie events, I like to wear a gown, but I’ve been known to wear cocktail dresses to less formal affairs. Sequins, satin, velvet and embellishments add to the holiday flair.

This year I had two parties on my list, and I broke tradition: I wore pants. I wear pants a lot but I’ve always thought dresses were, well, dressier. However, I had a fantastic sequined blazer and I wanted to try it out.

sequined blazer

For the first holiday party, I wore the blazer with a cowl necked ivory top and glazed black denim. Yup, I wore jeans to the biggest party of the year. But I paired them with Christian Louboutin booties, which take any outfit up a few notches. And when denim is black, it always looks elegant.

Black on black

jeans and Louboutins

cream and black

Jacket: Thrifted
Top: Express
Jeans: Zara
Purse: Thrifted
Bracelet: Thrifted
Shoes: Christian Louboutin via consignment

The next party was just as fun, and I was one of the MCs! I had to corral 200 of my closest colleagues and lead the events of the afternoon. I’d heard it was a tough job (“herding cats” was part of the pep talk), so I dazzled them with red satin pants and the same sequined blazer I’d worn to the gala the weekend before. I was determined to get noticed.

Black and white and red all over

Jacket: Thrifted
Top: Express
Pants: Armani via Goodwill
Shoes: Manolo Blahnik via consignment
Earrings: Claire’s

It worked. I chatted up the room, kept the events going (gingerbread house building and a white elephant gift exchange were on the list), and made sure people found the main buffet, vegan table, and chocolate fountain.

red pants

Dressing the part helped get me into the role and made people pay attention to what I had to say. Carrying a mic around and talking to a crowd that big isn’t part of my usual day!

shiny outfit

I loved these pants when I found them at Goodwill and knew I’d find a good use for them. The only problem was, with heels, they were a bit short. I like to break fashion rules, but unless they’re gauchos, wide pants need to be long–at least in my book.

The solution: Hubby let out the hem for me so the pants could skim the ground as they were intended. Yes, the creases still visible (and I need to finish the edge), but no one noticed. What’s worse than a frayed edge? Highwaters. Definite faux-pas!

holiday pants

Have you been to any holiday parties lately? Got plans for New Year’s? If so, let me know what you like wearing to festivities.

dressy pants

This post is part of the Ethical Fashion Bloggers holiday party challenge, Visible Monday, and Thrifter’s Anonymous–a three-fer!


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Days Ten to Twelve

Day 10: I second-guessed myself when I added boots to my 30 pieces. Boots? In June? Well, I’m so glad I did. We’ve had rain and cool temperatures and the boots have come in handy. Today I braved the crisp weather in bare legs but I did keep my toes warm with my thrifted boots.

day 10

Dress: Express
Tank: Wet Seal
Scarf-as-belt: Thrifted
Boots: Naturalizer via thrifted
Sequined purse: Swapped
Recycled Leather Cuff: Greenbelts

Day 11: I caught a bit of sun today. Don’t worry—I wore sunscreen. It was a great day to take off from work. I walked my dog, enjoyed a leisurely latté, and stopped to take pictures of wildlife at Lake Larson. I saw a blue heron, ducks, and red-winged blackbirds. No turtles today though. Later I went to a concert with a friend. I felt cool enough to go from the lake to the show—mainly because of my rock ‘n’ roll cuff. This is my first repeat in the 30 for 30. On Day 1 I wore this dress. This time, I skipped the belt and swapped out my accessories.

day 11

Dress: Wish, Seattle
Tank: Wet Seal
Shoes: Flexx
Purse: Shiraleah
Cuff: Greenbelts
Necklace: Thrifted

Day 12: It’s Gay Pride weekend in Seattle. I met friends for drinks in Capitol Hill this evening and I wanted to be colorful for the celebration. I wore a tank top with multicolored sequins and painted my nails to match. I added blue and purple temporary streaks to my hair, but I have to say, in the photos, it kind of looks gray. Not exactly what I had in mind.

day 12

rainbow nails

Tank: old Navy
Jacket: Betsey Johnson via thrifted
Skirt: Boutique in Portland
Sandals: Naturalizer
Necklace: Dancing Turtle Studios, Santa Fe


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