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Merlot Sweater and Cobalt Skirt

For two whole minutes last fall, I had long(ish) hair. It’s funny how I wait so long to grow my hair out and then immediately get bored with it. Well, here’s a rare look at the long-haired me. A little #TBT.

sweater and skirt

Sweater: Target
Skirt: Forever 21
Tights: Roots Canada
Shoes: Soda
Necklace: eBay

wedge heels and tights

I wore my comfy merlot (burgundy/wine) sweater with a pencil skirt. This stretchy skirt is very versatile. It goes with everything from blazers to t-shirts. I dressed up the simple top with a long necklace with a wing and some bling.

necklace detail

It’s officially tights weather in Seattle so I thought a look back to last year’s tights season would be appropriate. The outfit was worn a while ago but it works now. In fact, I might just wear this tomorrow!

thrifty outfit

I’m joining Happiness at Midlife, The Penniless Socialite, Style Elixir, and Rachel the Hat for linkups today. See what everyone else is wearing!


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Tent-striped Skirt for Fall

Here’s another #tbt to last fall. One of the few outfits I neglected to post.

black and white skirt

Top: Old Navy
Skirt: H&M
Tights: Roots Canada
Pleather boots: DSW
Scarf: Gift from Marion
Ring: Gift from Mom
Vinyl bag: Snap Designs

I loved the wide, black and white stripes on this skirt (yes I got the same one in a cat pattern–I just couldn’t decide). This one had a dramatic, circus-tent look.

all black with stripes

To offset the dramatic pattern, I wore all black. But I still needed to inject a bit of color into my look. I chose a lovely mauve scarf that my aunt sent me all the way from Germany. My yellow bag is the complementary shade to purple so they work well together.

purple and yellow accents

Last fall was the point when my hair was the longest it’s been in a decade. I’ve had pixies and bobs and finally got it this long before getting trim after trim until my hair is short again. I can never decide!

long hair




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Black and White Stripes and Floral

I love mixing patterns, especially when the patterns are in the same color family. I’m mixing and matching black and white again here. I did that recently with houndstooth, paisley and stripes. In this look, only the top is the same.


Top: Marshall’s
Skirt: Thrifted
Boots: MIA
Socks: Sock it to Me

I wore this skirt on the blog a couple of years ago. that time, I was in Florida and made it a warm-weather look. It’s not bad out now, but it’s not Florida warm either. So I stuck with boots.

stripes and florals

Peeking out of my boots are my black and white star knee-socks. You can’t see much of them, but technically they count as a third pattern. And stars are an appropriate theme for today. If you’re a Star Wars fan, you’ll know the reference.

skirt and boots

May the Forth be with you!

I’m linking up with Visible Monday and Monday Bloom today. Go see what all the other visible, blossoming women are wearing!


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Houndstooth Scarf and a Wild Surprise

My mom recently sent me a couple of neat scarves (and one for hubby). I got this houndstooth number and a leopard one; hubby got a Blackwatch tartan scarf (but I might wear it too).

pink and black

Sweater: Swapped
Skirt: Swapped
Tights: Roots Canada
Boots: DSW
Scarf: Gifted

I wore my scarf with a bright pink sweater I picked up from a clothing exchange.


Halfway through my photo shoot, I heard a strange rat-a-tat-tat.

thrifty outfit

I looked up and across the street, hammering on a cell tower, was a woodpecker!

spotting wildlife

What a beauty. I believe this guy (or gal) is a pileated woodpecker.


I love eyeing wildlife–especially in the city. It’s amazing how many neat animals drop by. From rabbits to crows, they’re all so fun to watch. I’ve even seen raccoons. Hubby’s even seen a full-grown buck and two coyotes (we live near a greenbelt). I admire all the species who work hard to eke out an existence and raise their families.

After my nature experience, I picked up my purse–an amazing Susan Nicole number that I won in a raffle at the Walk for Farm Animals last fall–and headed off to work.

Susan Nicole purse

I’m joiningtwo linkups today: Lena B. Actually for Passion for Fashion and Style Elixir for Friday Fab Favorites. See what all the others are wearing!


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All Hail Kale

I couldn’t resist this KALE t-shirt from The Engine 2 website. The play on words (YALE) is a funny veg joke. Engine 2 is a site that offers recipes, a 28-day plant-based challenge, and shirts.

kale t-shirt

Dress: Forever 21
T-shirt: Engine 2
Jacket: Swapped
Boots: Urban Outfitters
Purse: Matt & Nat
Bracelets: Roberta Oakes

I don’t usually wear traditionally cut t-shirts and thought this would be just an exercise top, but it’s too neat to save for the gym. I wore it over a maxi dress. Fashion rules are meant to be broken!

blue and brown

I wore a denim jacket over my T and went with brown accessories. Orange and blue are complementary colors and a warm, reddish-brown can offset blue nicely. It’s unexpected too.

denim and faux suede

Once again, I got photobombed by Alice. She’s blind, so goes out only under close supervision. She’s never seen grass, but she love to nibble on it. That’s six pounds of sass right there!

I’m joining Style Elixir, The Pleated Poppy, and Transatlantic Blonde for linkups. Check out what all the others are wearing!


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Silver Boots and Neon Yellow

I love my Tin Man boots. They add a fun, casual vibe to a skirt or pants. I’ve even worn them with shorts. Today, I went bright on top and neutral on the bottom. My boots almost blend into my maxi skirt.

yellow and gray

Sweater: Marshall’s
Skirt: Target
Boots: Dirty Laundry
Necklace: Online shop (name forgotten)

I’ve had this skirt for a few years now. It was definitely a good purchase. It’s great in all seasons. With boots–like here–and with sandals when it’s warmer out.

neon sweater

It’s definitely looking like spring in Seattle, but I’m not quite ready for sandals. I did skip my coat today (I wasn’t going far). I’m just eager for days when I don’t have to bundle up. At least it’s staying light longer now.

long neckace, long skirt

I got photobombed by my cat! She’s so sweet. I can’t get mad at her–even if she does steal the limelight!

boots and maxi skirt

I’m joining Visible Monday and Monday Bloom today. Check out what all the other bloggers are wearing.


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Houndstooth, Paisley and Stripes

I went all out with monochromatic pattern-mixing today. I was slow to embrace the trend, but I’ve learned to love it. I just don’t always like to think too hard about how my clothing items work together as an outfit. That’s why I don’t mix patterns a lot.


Coat: Macy’s
Shirt: Marshalls
Skirt: Swapped
Tights: Roots Canada
Shoes: Soda
Scarf: Fred Meyer’s
Necklace: JC Penney

Black and white is the common theme that ties the patterns together. Finding a theme made it easier to mix and match. Plus, stripes are practically a neutral. They go with everything.

paisley skirt

I added a pop of color with my hot pink infinity scarf–it’s still so gray in Seattle that I needed something to cheer myself up. The flowers in my garden (or lack thereof) won’t help for a while. And the rats are gloomy too. I stenciled those rats on my fence as an homage to Banksy. Or was he really here?

stripes and paisley

My wedge platforms complete the outfit. They’re fun and surprisingly practical. At least I won’t sink into the grass like I would in heels!

black and white

Do you have winter-spring transition outfits?

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My Vaute Couture Traveler Coat

It’s rare that I double down on shopping, but when my Vaute Couture Emily coat arrived in mail a couple of months ago, I tried it on, fell in love, and jumped on Vaute’s site so I could buy the other coat I’d been eying: The Traveler.

Vaute Traveler coat

Coat: Vaute Couture
Skirt: Thrifted
Tights: Target
Boots: Cri de Coeur

I was initially drawn to the color of this coat (dolphin), and the great tagua nut buttons. I also knew that this was the type of coat I’d wear a lot in Seattle (not too warm, not too bulky, but cozy enough to protect me from chilly weather).

dolphin coat

The Traveler is made in NYC from recycled materials, and it’s vegan. No down or wool in this baby!

pink and blue

Top: Express
Cuff: Swapped
Necklace: Fremont Sunday Market

What better to go with my new coat than my Cri de Coeur booties! These are leather free, fair trade, and I adore the subtle sheen. The soft gray shade goes with everything too.

outfit details

To offset my investment pieces, I wore a top from the Express sale rack and a skirt I found at a thrift shop.

high and low

You can almost make out the new tattoo I have on my calf in this last picture. I’ll save the big reveal until after the color is added.


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An Owl Sweater is a Real Hoot

When I bought my fox sweater, I also picked up this owl sweater. It’s just so cute! The fox has glasses and this guy has a bow tie. Aww.

owl sweater

Sweater: Old Navy
Skirt: Forever 21
Tights: Roots Canada
Booties: Old Navy
Ring: Roberta Oakes

I will be able to wear this with everything but, creature of habit that I am, I wore it with a pencil skirt–just like I did the first time I wore my fox sweater.

pencil skirt

The main differences between the two looks is that this time I have on tights and short boots. Last time I had bare legs and knee-high boots. Color combos and accessories really change things up so I don’t think anyone noticed that I was repeating a “formula.”

gray and blue

I’m a big fan of pencil skirts now. I wasn’t when I’d only had experiences with stiff, uncomfortable ones. But these stretchy skirts are great! I like how I can wear them high-waisted as a mini or on my hips for a knee-length option.

sweater and skirt

I’m joining Fashion Informant, Elizabeth Nygard, and Passion for Fashion for Friday Linkups. See what everyone else is wearing!


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Moto Jacket and Pencil Skirt

I didn’t do a lot of post-Christmas shopping last month, but this quilted pleather motorcycle jacket was an exception.

moto jacket

Jacket: Aeropostale
Top: Marshall’s
Skirt: Forever 21
Tights: Roots Canada
Shoes: Old Navy
Purse: JC Penney
Necklace: Herbivore Clothing

I found the jacket in the clearance section at Aeropostale.com–and then I saw the site had an additional 40% off! That made this $100 jacket about $22.

black and blue

It’s really soft, and completes my moto jacket collection. I have a velvet one and other variations, like pink, but until now, I hadn’t found the perfect faux Rebel Without a Cause version.

Today, I wore it with tights and a pencil skirt. Perfect for wine tasting and a live show, which is where hubby and I were off to.

touch of red

A jacket like this is a classic, and I’ll be able to wear it with everything from jeans to dresses. What classic pieces do you have in your wardrobe? Anything missing?

I’m linking up with Fab Favorites, Love your Look and Passion for Fashion today. See what all the other bloggers are wearing!


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