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Art, Albums and Vintage Clothing

A couple of weeks ago–I can’t believe it’s been that long–I had two invitations for the same evening: One for an art show and the other for a store opening. Never one to miss out, I went to both. First hubby and I went to eat at an Indian restaurant in Issaquah, a quaint town just east of Seattle. I dressed for dinner, the art show, and the grand opening. orange and caramel

Fox Sweater: Old Navy
Skirt: Forever 21
Boots: MIA
Cuff: Rogue City Killers
Bag: Snap Designs

After dinner, we headed over to ArtEAST, an art gallery that also offers art classes. I’ve taken a couple of classes there and really had fun! On this occasion I saw a whole new batch of paintings, sculptures, and photos.

I enjoyed a lot of the works, along with a glass of wine, and then we had to leave.

The next stop was Seattle’s Phinney Ridge neighborhood, where Beats and Bohos was having a party. My friend and fellow blogger Citizen Rosebud sells vintage apparel on consignment from this shop and it was great to see her. Our mutual friend, stylist and blogger Catie Beatty was also there and we chatted and sipped on bevvies while we perused the displays.

art at Beats and Bohos

Last stop of the evening was a nightcap at a well-known Seattle institution: Carmelita’s. This vegetarian restaurant is closing because its owners are retiring. I’m going to miss it so I said good-bye with a glass of sangria.

I’ve linked up with Lena B Actually, Rachel the Hat, and The Life of the Party. Have a look at what everyone else is wearing!


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Head in the Clouds

I have an astronomical theme going on today. I learned that if you wear tall enough shoes, your head will be in the clouds. Mine looks to be flirting with the morning fog.

blue and yellow

Sweater: JC Penney
Skirt: Forever 21
Jacket: Thrifted
Shoes: Payless
Purse: Forever 21
Belt: Steve Madden via Ross

And what goes with clouds? The sun and the moon and the stars–and stars are on my sweater! I liked this top when I saw it in the clearance section of JCP. Partly because of the great color combo (and stars) but especially because it’s reversible! Don’t be fooled if you see me wearing a blue sweater with yellow stars. It’s this ol’ thing.

stars and denim

I really wish (upon my starry shirt) that all clothes were reversible. Imagine the options? My wardrobe would double.

pencil skirt

I lucked out this spring when I visited Payless and found thse faux suede platform wedges. I’d gone in looking for flats but all the flats I tried on were uncomfortable. I tried these on, just for fun, and wouldn’t you know it: they were comfortable! No, I won’t be walking all day in them, but for a tall shoe, I’m impressed! No pinching or rubbing.

blue skirt

Do you wear heels and flats or do you gravitate toward one type of shoe?

This is my first time linking up with Lena B Actually (another Canadian blogger-yay!) I’m really happy to get the chance to discover even more amazing bloggers. I’m also linking up with Style Elixir again. Won’t you see what everyone else is up to?


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Sweater and a Wrap Skirt

I’m wearing one of my Erin McLeod wrap skirts again, this time on a cool day with tights. Last time I featured this skirt it was a summery look.

sweater and skirt

Sweater: Goodwill
Skirt: Erin McLeod
Tights: Target
Boots: MIA
Necklace: eBay

I paired the skirt with a boxy sweater, which I thought was a nice contrast to the fitted nature of the skirt. The sweater is really comfy but the outside is almost rubberized. It feels very strange but I don’t notice when I’m wearing it, fortunately.

I love my faux leather boots but I’ve never had boots with the zipper on the outside before. I like how the zipper detailing is visible, but when I cross my legs the zipper pull digs in to my leg a bit. All the more reason to sit up straight with both feet on the ground, I guess!

warm tones

A wrap skirt is a versatile piece and in a knit, it’s great for packing. My mention of packing is a hint of future posts. I just came back from a girls’ weekend in Savannah, Georgia, so I’ll be showing off the city’s architecture soon.

boots and skirt

Do you have any travel plans for summer?

Today I’ve joined the Anything and Everything bloghop by My Thrifty Chic and The Sapphire Bee. Check out what everyone else is writing about!

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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?


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Sparkly Stripes

Some days I like simple dressing. Today was one such day and this is one such outfit. It’s just a sweater and jeans.


Sweater: Dress Barn
Pants: Zara
Shoes: Naturalizer via Goodwill
Bracelet: Consignment shop

It’s a bit more special than most “plain” outfits because the sweater has a nice, subtle sparkle to it. Just enough to shine, but not too much for daywear.  And my jeans are glazed denim. They have a look not unlike leather, but much cheaper–and vegan!


My mom helped get me this top. She saw a “buy one, get one half off” sale at Dress Barn but wanted only one item. So she brought me along and let me get the discount on whatever I wanted. How nice!

gray outfit

I’ve joined the Anything and Everything blog hop by The Sapphire Bee and My Thrifty Chic. Have a look at what the others are blogging about!

And since it’s Wednesday in the UK, I’ve also joined the fun at Transatlantic Blonde for WIWW. Check it out!


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Sheer Sweater and Jeans

I forgot about these photos. This is a sweater I bought a couple of months ago. I jumped on the sheer sweater trend because they’re great for layering and aren’t too hot in milder climates or indoors.

sheer sweater

Sweater: Target
Tank: Old Navy
Jeans: Citizens of Humanity
Shoes: Crossroads Trading
Purse: Matt & Nat
Bracelets: Gifted (thanks Jon!)

I also liked that the color is a brighter version of coral. Not quite neon and deeper than melon. I’ll showcase these boots better soon. They’re a chocolate-brown faux suede that I picked up at Crossroads trading. Second hand, but never worn. Score! And my thoughtful brother, Jonathan, bought me these bracelets. How nice!

sweater and jeans

By swapping out what I wear under it, I can really change the look. The only trouble is that is snags really easily. So I use my handy crochet hook to pull errant threads to the inside of the sweater, where they’re less visible.

hobo bag

This piece should take me well into spring too. Oh, the bag is made of recycled water bottles but to look at it, you’d think it was suede. Pretty neat!

I’ve linked up with Visible Monday at Not Dead Yet today. Check out all the other look-at-me women!


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Sweater Weather

I’m breaking out my fall wardrobe and nothing says autumn like a sweater. Who doesn’t like a sweater? They’re comfy and versatile. This season, loose knit, open weave sweaters are popular so I thought this olive number from my closet would seem fresh.

olive sweater

Sweater: Papaya
Tank: Old Navy
Jeans: Banana Republic
Shoes: Seychelles
Cuff: Karin Jacobson Designs via gifted

I like the textures of this sweater. It adds interest and doesn’t seem only about dressing warm. Gotta think of style too, no matter what the thermometer says!

textures and loose knits

I accessorized with this neat die-cut cuff from Karin Jacobson Designs. My friend Elly is a fan and supporter and she brought several pieces back from Minnesota with her on her last visit. Lucky for me, she gave me this one. I like all of the jewelry on Karin’s site and I’ll be buying some soon.

Cuff by Super Karin

Today I’ve joined two What I Wore Wednesdays! The Pleated Poppy and Transatlantic Blonde. Check out what they (and their followers) are wearing!


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Love Will Tear Us Apart Heart Sweater

Here’s another challenge for Red and Black week at Sophistiqué Noir.

Red and Black Week

I saw this sweater at a flea market in Florida this past winter. Nothing had price tags but the clerk said it was $50. I was on the fence about it. Loved it, but $50? I talked myself into it and went back the next day. A different clerk said it was $120. What? I skipped it.

Then, last month in Vancouver, I found it at Plum, a little boutique on Granville. It was $30. Yay! I didn’t think twice.

heart collage

Sweater: Plum
Tank top: Old Navy
Jeans: Banana Republic
Shoes: Mea Shadow
Recycled bicycle tire braceletPRFM
Ring: Handmade from buttons by my friend Misha
Earrings: DIY

I used to name my clothes when I was a kid. In the spirit of youthful creativity, I’m calling this my Love Will Tear Us Apart sweater. One day, when I have an extra $160 lying around, I might get this Ian Curtis dress. Until then, this top will do.


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