Tag Archives: skinny jeans

Stripes, Florals, and Orange Pants

I wear these orange pants a lot, but they’re surprisingly versatile, and I always seems to find new ways to style them.

orange pants

So for now, they’re staying in rotation.

stripes and floral

Top: Marshall’s
Pants: Dickies
Shoes: Kimchi
Scarf: Swapped

This time, I wore them with a striped top and floral scarf. Scarves, I find, are a subtle way of pattern mixing and incorporating extra color into an outfit. My scarf has orange in it so it’s still a coordinated look. And aren’t stripes practically a neutral?

floral scarf and striped top

And since I was going with the orange and navy theme (possibly my favorite color combo), I thought I’d throw on some blue velvet shoes! Sometimes faux leather is boring and I love incorporating other textures into my footwear, like satin, embroidery, embellishments, and now velvet!

velvet shoes

These pants were originally boot cut but I felt like they weren’t long enough for that style so I tapered the leg and turned them into skinnies. They aren’t real peg legs, but they’re definitely not boot cut anymore. It’s actually a simple alteration–and you can use an existing pair of slim cut pants as your guide!

I’ve joined Lena B Actually and Rachel the Hat for their Passion for Fashion linkup. Have a look at what everyone else is wearing!


Filed under DIY, Fashion, Thrifty

Florals and Grape Skinnies

I’ve been upstaged by my cat again. Poor Margo. Alice is blind and can go out with close supervision, and Frankie is a dog who can’t escape the backyard. But Margo is a would-be runaway so she has to stay indoors (or in her catio, which she thinks of as an outdoor prison).

gray blazer

She practically begged me to let her out during this backyard photoshoot.

grape skinnies

Blazer: Smart Set via Goodwill
Blouse: Goodwill
Skinnies: Just USA
Socks: Fred Meyer
Shoes: Thrifted
Belt: Madden Girl
Ring: Old Navy

In case you’re not looking at the part-Siamese bundle of cute trouble in the window, I’m wearing a blazer and blouse from Goodwill and my Just USA skinnies.

Cat in the window

I bought a pair of these in red in a local shop and wore them so often I tracked down the brand online and bought two more pair: grape and olive.

floral ring

It seemed like a good outfit for a huge, frilly ring! I love this little piece of costume jewelry. It’s lightweight and soft. I’d love to try making something like this and gluing it onto a plain ring.

I’ve joined Not Dead Yet for Visible Monday and Color Blind for Thrifters Anonymous. Let’s see what other bold, thrifty women are wearing!


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Off to a Blogger Conference

I’m ecstatic! I’m going to my first ever blogger conference and I can’t wait! I’m a style blogger with a vegan twist and I recently started a vegan blog as well so Vida Vegan Con is the perfect venue for me! It’s this weekend in Portland.

green jacket

Jacket: Swapped
Scarf: Gifted
Jeans: Goodwill
Tank: Old Navy
Pleather boots: MIA
Tote: NARN

I’ll be joining 400 like-minded bloggers for a series of workshops, talks, lectures and presentations, with plenty of time to network, eat, and party. There are a couple of receptions, a silent auction and gala, all-you-can-eat vegan brunches, and at least one vegan ice cream bar. So yeah, it’s like Christmas!

green and black

I have my business cards ready, my tote bag for all the swag I’m going to pick up, and in idea of the sessions I’d like to attend. I rented a room in a woman’s home through airbnb, so I’ll let you know how that goes. I figure I’d skip the expense of a hotel because I won’t be doing much sleeping anyway.

the future is vegan

Now that my other blog, Sunshine and Slaughter, has been up and running for a couple of months, I thought this post would be a good time to introduce it. I’d love to know what you think (whether you’re vegan or not). I keep this blog light and fun and I use the other one for writing about animal issues, health, vegan restaurants and products, and updating people on things I’m working on.

See you on the other side (of the conference)!


Filed under Fashion, Thrifty

Rainy Days and Sundays

I went to the Seattle Center with my hubby recently. It was pouring all day and we almost didn’t leave the house. But if you live in Seattle and don’t go out in the rain, you might wait 6 months to get out! So we went for it.

EMP and Space Needle

Here’s an example of how faux leather boots are a better choice than the real deal. These leather-look boots are practically rain gear. They look cute and they’re totally waterproof.

rainy day wear

Umbrella: Hubby’s
Cape: Target
Brooch: eBay
Jeans: Goodwill
Boots: MIA via Amazon
Purse: Crystalyn Kae

I wore a cape, not a raincoat so I had to use an umbrella. Most people in Seattle skip umbrellas. We’re usually well equipped with our jackets and hats and we just don’t bother. Plus, the rain is often barely more than a mist. And while it goes on and on, it’s not heavy enough to warrant an umbrella.

EMP by Frank Gehry

I like the buildings in the area. Between painted murals and post-modern architecture, you almost won’t mind the rain.



Filed under Architecture, Fashion, Thrifty

Layered Shirt and Sweater

I rarely wear shirts–actual buttoned-up, collared shirts. They’re usually restrictive and often need ironing, so I ship shirts in favor of knit tops. But I’ve seen lots of stylish women–in blogs, magazines, and on the street–rocking the shirts and sweater look.


Sweater: Target
Shirt: Goodwill
Jeans: Goodwill
Shoes: Swapped
Necklace: eBay

I’m not one to easily fall for a fad, but I wanted to try this for myself. I’d always thought of this as a preppy sort of look, but with a mix of colors and textures, it’s sort of cutting edge. So I picked up a fun, stretchy shirt that was comfortable and didn’t need ironing. I layered it under a contrasting sweater, and voila!

sweater and shirt

I liked the look, I felt chic and not overdone, and yes, I’ll try this again.

mixing textures and colors

Have you tried any new looks recently? Would you try a sweater and shirt combo?


Filed under Fashion, Thrifty

Yellow Pants for Spring

When I started getting this post ready I thought something looked familiar. Then I realized I have two gray striped sweaters. What!

yellow pants

Cardigan: Ross Dress for Less
Top: Swapped
Pants: See by Chloé
Boots: Old Navy/Dirty Laundry
Bracelets: JC Penney

In my defense, this one is sleeveless and didn’t cost me anything. I picked it up at a clothing exchange. It’s a light, loose knit and makes a great layering piece. Wearing a cardigan over a sweater with sleeves would bee too bulky.

soaking up sun

I’m wearing my yellow skinny jeans again (not to be confused with my yellow boyfriend jeans). Do you see a theme? Sometimes when I like something (stripes, yellow), I tend to repeat it in slight variations. I also switched shoes halfway through this shoot. I like both looks, but I ditched the high-heeled Old Navy booties for low-heeled silver boots by Dirty Laundry. I knew there’d be lots of walking in my day, so I went the practical route.

striped sweater

Do you have certain wardrobe favorites?

I’ve joined Visible Monday at Not Dead Yet. Check out with the others are wearing!


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A Steal of a Snakeskin Shirt

About a year ago I saw a really neat blouse in a department store. Designer. And about a hundred bucks. I couldn’t pull the trigger but I didn’t forget how cool it was. A semi-sheer, red and black snakeskin print shirt. Kind of like this one:

red and black

Top: Ross Dress for Less
Tank: Old Navy
Jeans: Banana Republic
Shoes: Seychelles
Cuff: Swapped

I’m glad I resisted the urge to splurge. A few months later, while looking through the racks at Ross, I found a strikingly similar top for a fraction of the price.

snakeskin pattern

Here, I’ve stuck to a limited color scheme: red and black (one of my favorites). But I think this is a prime candidate for pattern mixing and for being part of a more colorful outfit. So I’ll be sure to try it in a few different ways.

stand-up collar

I like the “collarless” collar of the shirt. It’s basically a Nehru or Mandarin style and will probably be versatile.

cuff and shirt

Have you ever bought something and later found it on sale (or resisted a splurge and found a deal later)?

This post is part of What I Wore Wednesday at Transatlantic Blonde and The Pleated Poppy. Be sure to check out everyone else’s outfits!


Filed under Fashion, Thrifty

Dressing for the Show

Last Saturday I went to an eco-fashion themed fashion show. I wanted to dress the part: stylish yet eco-conscious. Here’s the outfit I put together.


Jacket: Forever 21
Top: Swapped
Pants: Zara
Belt: The Vegan Collection
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Purse: Crystalyn Kae
Cuff (shown below): Greenbelts

At first glance, it might not seem specifically eco-friendly. It’s not vegetable-dyed bamboo, for example. But I have a few things in mind when I put this together. Here’s my thinking:

The jacket is cotton and faux leather. And while we could debate the sustainability of pleather made overseas, I’m giving myself points for choosing non-leather. By the same token, the jeans are glazed denim, a leather alternative, and so is the clutch. That one I can really get behind. It’s by a local designer, Crystalyn Kae, and is very eco-friendly.

eco outfit

The shoes are leather, but I bought them second hand. Points for recycling! My shirt is swapped, so again, I’ll count that as recycling. The leather cuff was once a belt–upcycled! And the belt is all-vegan and US-made.

shirt and cuff

Regardless of how good a score I got on the eco-front, I tried, and I had a lot of fun in this outfit. I felt a little like Joan Jett!

I’m linking up to What I Wore Wednesday at The Pleated Poppy and Transatlantic Blonde. Be sure to check out what everyone else is wearing!


Filed under Ethical, Fashion, Thrifty

Zebra Stripes Again

I wore this top on jeanofalltrades a year and a half ago and still can’t decide if it’s tiger or zebra.

zebra and jeans

Top: Metropark
Tank: Old Navy
Jeans: Banana Republic
Shoes: Seychelles
Cuff: Lauren Harkness
Bag: Crystalyn Kae
Earrings: Premier Designs

No matter what animal print this is, it’s fun, and the color makes it sophisticated.

top details

I like pieces that are versatile and wearing this top with a skirt or jeans fits the bill. Next time, I’ll have to break out of the monochromatic zone and pair this with more colorful bottoms.

black and beige

What would you wear this with?


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Shopping in Kirkland with my Mom

My parents visited me from their home in Canada recently. They were here for a workshop: my dad worked while my mom shopped! You might remember the kitchen remodel post I shared last week. Here’s a “during” shot of my dad hard at work.

dad at work

One afternoon while he was working, my mom and I went to Kirkland, Washington, a small city just east of Seattle. Kirkland has a lot of neat shops, including one of my favorite consignment stores, Ragamoffyn’s.

My mom and I did a bit of window shopping and had an impromptu photo shoot. When a passerby saw us taking turns with a camera, she took our photo as we posed by a neat bunny statue.

Jean and mom

A few years ago I took a picture of these two rabbits and painted a picture of them, which I call “Snuggle Bunnies.”

snuggle bunnies

I blogged about my dining room before I moved. Here, you can see the table and chairs in my new place, complete with the painting on the wall. I’m still deciding what color to paint the room.

dining room

One of the great things about hanging out with my mom is that I have my own personal photographer (and so does she). My mom runs the blog Fashionable over 50 and captures her stylish moments, shopping trips, and adventures too. It runs in the family!

black and orange

stripes with orange

Jacket: Jones New York
Top: Ross Dress for Less
Pants: Dickies
Boots: MIA
Purse: Crystalyn Kae

It’s a lot more fun to have a friend or loved one snap pictures. Posing with a tripod does the job, but an expert eye for composition goes a long way. I wish we lived closer together. Other than our yearly visits, I use a tripod or solicit the help of my husband–but he can’t always follow me around with a camera!


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