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Summer Rain: Shorts and Boots

What do I do when it rains in Summer? Well, a few weeks ago, I ran errands in boots and denim shorts.

shorts and boots

Top: Old Navy
Scarf: Swapped
Shorts: Calvin Klein (from Marshall’s)
Purse: JC Penney
Bracelet: The Fashion truck
Boots: Qupid

I think this outfit works because I layered on a scarf and bought the shorts a couple of sizes bigger than normal. I wanted boho-chic, not Daisy Duke.

multicolored look

I mixed colors in a seemingly haphazard way too. Nothing too contrived. Just a casual day. And I got to show off the orange and brass wrap bracelet I got at the Fashion truck in Boston.

wrap bracelet

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Mustard Shorts for Summer

It’s finally summer in Seattle! I don’t often wear shorts; I find dresses are more versatile and work for more occasions. But sometimes I want to throw on a pair of shorts and go. I featured these shorts on my guest post on Pocket Change.

mustard shorts

Top: H&M via Goodwill
Shorts: Lulu’s
Sandals: Goodwill
Earrings: DIY
Cuff: Claire’s

Now that the temperature is in the 80s, I can wear these again. In fact, I recently went to Boston and these were in my suitcase. I wear them with lots of tops (in Florida I paired them with tomato red), but I like the loose, flowy shape that this shirt offers.


I got this shirt at Goodwill. It’s thin and cool and has an unstructured, slouchy silhouette that works well with skinny jeans–and of course, shorts.


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Short Pants and a Make-up Bag

I have a secret: My “purse” is really a make-up bag. Worse Better yet, it was a free gift I got when I bought a bottle of perfume. It was filled with goodies like lip gloss and concealer. I got it when I met Diane von Furstenberg last fall.

free clutch

Top: H&M
Shorts: Swapped
Tights: Roots Canada
Shoes: Old Navy
Clutch: Gift with purchase
Cuff: Greenbelts

getting dotty

The way I see it is that only people who also bought the perfume and got the bag will know my secret (well, now you know too).  To everyone else, this is a simple clutch. A waterproof, zippered clutch.

Do you have any fashion secrets? Pyjama top as dress? Blanket as scarf? Something even more scandalous?


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Black and White on the Beach

One of the first things I did when I got to Florida was go to the beach. I’m not a sun worshipper, but the warm weather was a treat. I walked from our condo to the beach with my dad after dinner one evening, after the hottest rays were over.

B&W shorts

T-shirt: Target
Shorts: Free People
Purse: Crystalyn Kae
Shoes: Timberland
Cuff: Claire’s
Necklace: Gifted
Sunglasses: Target

The water was warm, but I didn’t swim. We looked for sea shells and watched a kite boarder. I bought these shorts in Santa Fe last spring but I’d never worn them before. They turned out to be a perfect alternative to a skirt on a windy beach.

shorts detail

It was hard to pose on the sand, and the wind was whipping our hair, but we had a lot of fun. Hard to believe it’s January.

Jean and dad


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Greetings from the Florida Everglades!

I escaped the Seattle ice storm in the nick of time: I had plans to meet family in Florida and nearly didn’t make it. But luck was on my side. We rendezvoused in Fort Lauderdale. Our first excursion was visiting the Everglades. We went to Shark Valley. Unlike the images of mangroves and vines and murky rivers, Shark Valley looks like a flat, grassy plain. Of course it’s a marsh, and beneath the grass is a 2.5 million-acre water filter that happens to be swarming with alligators.

jean with gator

I ran into this guy, about 8 feet long, on an elevated hiking trail. Needless to say, I turned around. Never interrupt a sunbathing gator. I later learned never to crouch down near a gator either. They don’t really attack people because we have a height advantage. It’s good to be tall in the swamp.


I promise to tell you more about the amazing turtles, gators, and birds in the Everglades. There’s also an interesting fashion twist on how the egret was saved. I’ll write about that later. One clue: They have the flapper girls of the 1920s to thank.

Just because I’m experiencing nature doesn’t mean I can forget about style.

at the Everglades

Top: Trina Turk via thrifted
Shorts: Lulu’s
Shoes: Timberland
Necklace: Miss Michelle’s Family Jewels
Earrings: Shirazi
Purse: Crystalyn Kae


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Rebel for a Good Cause

I’d been looking for a non-leather, James-Dean-style motorcycle jacket for a while and I hadn’t had any luck. Until now.

biker jacket

Jacket: Forever 21
Sweater: Papaya
Shorts: H&M
Tights: Target
Purse: Nine West via thrifted
Shoes: Mea Shadow
Cuff: Lauren Harkness
Necklace: Gifted

I found this brown velvet biker-style jacket at Forever 21. Not only is it vegan, it was a great price. I’ll be wearing this with jeans, dresses, and yes, shorts. I’m wearing shorts and tights a lot this fall. It’s a great way to extend my summer wardrobe (even though I didn’t actually wear shorts much in the summer).

My shoes were almost $200 originally but I got them for $30 online. I wore them yesterday with jeans, but they were hard to see.

cross necklace

I’ve had this cross necklace for ages and it has a special significance to me, but not in a way you might expect: My dad made this in the 60s. It’s this cool, carved wood, hippy cross and I love it! But it’s so in-your-face that I rarely wear it.

neutrals for fall

Until now. Now I see it as an artistic piece with personal, sentimental value, not an overtly pious statement.


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Playing with Texture: Metallic and Velvet

Talk about rule-breaking! I’ve gone out on a limb with this fun get-up and I don’t regret it. I saw these silver boots online and thought, “why not?” They’re comfortable and futuristic. I threw on my purple velvet shorts again. (I have to prove that the purchase wasn’t a bad idea, and it isn’t. I just want to wear these often enough to get the cost-per-wear low enough to justify the impulse.)

velvet shorts

turquoise tank

Blazer: Smart Set via Goodwill
Tank: Gifted
Shorts: Lulu’s
Belt: Target
Tights: Target
Socks: Sock Dreams
Boots: Dirty Laundry

The blazer pulls the outfit together. It’s still crazy, but I feel really cutting-edge wearing this. I love the color of the shorts and find the shades of gray tones things down a bit.

I grabbed this tank out of my tank drawer and thought it added the right pop of light-and-bright. I wore this out with my crafting friends, but I’d wear it almost anywhere: shopping, the movies, sightseeing. It’s versatile and relaxed but more interesting than jeans and a T.

silver boots

Do you wear unorthodox outfits? What’s a fashion risk you’ve taken lately?


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Jewel Tones for Fall

Here’s another shorts-and-tights combo. I feel like a pirate or member of royalty in this outfit. It’s mostly because of the luscious materials and rich colors than the style. I know I’m being reckless with these purple velvet shorts, but I couldn’t help myself.

purple shorts

jewel tones

Sweater: Papaya
Tank: Wet Seal
Shorts: LuLu’s
Tights: Nordstrom
Bag: Frye via thrifted
Earrings and cuff: Premier
Boots: Khrio

I just loved these boots when I saw them deeply discounted at a boutique about to go out of business. I try to branch out and experiment with color. It’s just too easy to fall back to black all the time. The dark green is unexpected and fairly versatile, and I’ve worn them often.

Do you have any unexpected colors of shoes or coats or things that people usually buy in basic black?

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Denim Shorts with Tights

I like the shorts-and-tights look. It’s a nice way to wear cute shorts without accidentally mooning everyone.

shorts and tights

gray and denim

Top and tank: Target
Shorts: Calvin Klein
Tights: Roots Canada
Boots: Dr Martens
Umbrella: Borrowed from hubby
Earrings: Old Navy
Cuff: Greenbelts
Legwarmers: Punk Rock Flea Market
Ring: Gift from my awesome friend, Misha
Necklace: Gift from another awesome friend, Angie

I broke a lot of rules with this outfit, but I had a lot of fun putting it together. Rules be damned!

I’m very lucky to have such cool and crafty friends. No sooner than I had wandered out in public did I get compliments on both the button ring and monkey head necklace. Thanks guys!

jewelry detail


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Day Off in the Dog Park

I work in a really casual office environment but for me, shorts are off-limits. I usually prefer skirts anyway (in or out of the office) because they seem more polished—and just as cool on a hot day. That said, I’ve found a few new cute pairs of shorts lately (you’ll see them in posts in the days to come). My veganhosen were just the beginning.

at the dog park with Frankie

Top: TJ Maxx
Shorts: Forever 21
Shades: Convenience store
Bag: Shiraleah
Shoes: Naturalizer

Even though I don’t wear them to work, shorts are perfect for a day off. On my day off, I went to Marymoor off-leash dog park with Frankie. The sun was out and the temperatures was in the high 70s! Proof that summer isn’t over yet. Frankie wore his dog cam (I’ll post the results soon) to document his version of our outing.

sunny day

I picked up this gauzy top earlier today while I was killing time waiting for my car to get serviced. It’s such a simple design (a rectangle folded in half, with a hole cut in the middle for my head. The sides are sewn part way up, leaving a make-shift armhole).

scarf top

I bought the top because I like it, but also because I’m going to use it as a pattern and buy scarves at Goodwill so I can make more of these tops.

color combo

I’ve been to the Marymoor off-leash area literally hundreds of times but today I found The Dog Garden, a tranquil, well-manicured place where people can scatter their dogs’ ashes and have stones engraved to commemorate their furry friends. When we entered the area, Frankie went straight to the memory wall and sat down. He stared off into the distance contemplatively for a few minutes and then continued his tour.

the memory wall

I couldn’t help but wonder if he knew what the area was for and if he was thinking about some of his friends who are now gone. My favorite quote read, “Whatever souls are made of, yours and mine are the same.”


After paying respects to some of the best friends a person could ask for, we continued back into the regular park and finished our walk, covering most of the 40 acres before going home for dinner.


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