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On the Town with Hubby

A few weeks ago, Mr Jean of all Trades and I took advantage of the last of the warm weather and strolled through Cal Anderson Park in the heart of Capitol Hill. The Hill is a vibrant neighborhood, and is the place where we both lived when we started dating. Our first shared apartment was here. I still miss having nightlife and restaurants in my backyard, but we traded it in for an actual backyard. Fortunately we’re only 15 minutes away.

Hubby in the park

Shirt: Goodwill
Jeans and shoes: Plato’s Closet
Earrings: Gifted
Sunglasses: Street vendor

I liked how cool and casual my husband was on this sunny afternoon. He wears a lot of suits so seeing him in jeans is unusual. He seems comfortable in them. I especially like his choice of shirt: pink plaid.

shirt details

Usually he’s decked out in black and I’m colorful. Today, I was in deep purple and black. But true to my style, I added a pop of color. My apple green purse.

black and purple

Top: Swapped
Skirt: UNA
Purse: JC Penney
Sunglasses: Convenience store
Bangles: Sears
Necklace: Vendor at SOWA Market
Shoes: Aerosoles

I love supporting local. My skirt is a design by UNA, which is a Seattle-based company. I’ve worn this before, on a cooler day. I also have a striped skirt by UNA and a black dress.

I’ve joined Visible Monday today. Don’t forget to check out all the other entries at Not Dead Yet!

Apple green bag

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Black and Brown and…is that a cow?

“Why on earth is there a cow crossing sign in the middle of an urban shopping mall parking lot?” you might be thinking.

cow crossing

It’s a little way to have fun with electrical equipment. The clever mall designers camouflaged some sort of high voltage electrical box with a cow pattern. So naturally they’d need a cow crossing sign. The best part is that when you walk past the “cow,” it moos!

una dress

Dress: Una
Cardigan: Thrifted
Belt: Forever 21
Boots: Bass

But enough about bovines. I’m wearing my Una dress today and I’ve used it to show that black and brown can go together, even though they’re not often seen side-by-side.

When I bought this dress at Velouria this past summer, I had the pleasure of meeting Susan, the designer. I told her I would wear this dress with brown as soon as fall is here. So here I am, in fall, with my chocolate and ebony combo.

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Black and Gray on a Sunny Day

It’s still summer (officially) but I’ve started wearing darker colors again. I don’t mind; I feel elegant when I do. Plus, I love the fit and shape of this Una skirt. I wrote about it in the spring, and again a couple of weeks ago.

I wore a long-sleeved t-shirt this time and my owl necklace. Sometimes simple outfits with statement pieces are effective.

black and gray

una skirt

Top: Old Navy
Skirt: Una
Shoes: Flexx
Necklace: eBay
Bracelets: Sears

What are your seasonal transition pieces? With fall around the corner, what are you looking forward to wearing when the weather cools down?

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A Dress Made for Me

I’m so happy to be sharing my new Una dress with you today. I recently wrote about the trunk show I attended with friends at Velouria. I might have mentioned that I bought an aubergine skirt that evening. Well, I also bought this dress. And while it wasn’t exactly made with me in mind, it fits like it was. And it is hand-crafted by Una’s owner, Susan. It was meant to be.

Una dress

eyelet back

Dress: Una
Pendant: Fremont Sunday Market
Clutch: Thrifted
Shoes: Flexx

I had a few items by other brands picked out but when I tried this on, there was no contest. It’s so soft and stretchy. And it’s lined (a rare thing to find in a cotton jersey knit dress). I just love the eyelet detailing on the shoulders.

I went the unexpected route by wearing periwinkle shoes, an amethyst pendant, and a button-covered vintage clutch. I’d wear this dress to work, shopping, or a fancy gathering (it can be dressed up or down). Today, however, I wore it to dinner with the Mister.

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Aubergine Skirt

This is my new skirt by Una. I picked it up at a trunk show at Velouria. I love the color and shape. What’s hard to see in these photos is the contrasting marigold stitching. Also, it’s bamboo and hemp. A great environmentally friendly fabric blend. The skirt is thicker and softer than a simple cotton jersey fabric. It’s rich and luxurious had has a smidgen of lycra to hold its shape.

una sksirt

flowers and una

detail of outfit

Top and tank: Old Navy
SkirtUna
Necklace: Gifted
Bracelets: Lucca
Bag: Nine West via thrifted
Shoes: Aerosoles

I can’t wait to remix this skirt. I want to pair it with white or chartreuse. For fall, I’m going to add tights and boots. You’ll be seeing more of this one.

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Street Style: Long and Lean

I’ve finally captured the elusive Cheryl. She can usually be seen running races or rowing competitively. Today, I found her moving at a slower pace so I snapped a picture. Cheryl is sporting a terrific long and lean look. Yes, it helps if you’re actually long and lean, but you can create a lean silhouette with a slim-cut top, skinny jeans, a sleek heel.

black top and skinny jeans

Top: Una
Jeans: Mavi
Belt: Old Navy
Necklace: Bree (by way of Santa Fe)
Bracelet: Street vendor in Victoria, BC
Ring: Store in Brooklyn
Shoes: BCBGirls

I like that Cheryl traveled to three corners of the continent (the Pacific Northwest – Victoria; the Southwest – Santa Fe; the East Coast – Brooklyn) to get her accessories. Perhaps that’s not the only reason she traveled, but it’s certainly a fun way to bring back trip reminders.

Her Una top is a new acquisition from the trunk show at Velouria that Cheryl and I attended last week.

detail of top

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Dinner, Drinks, and a Trunk Show

My friend, June, has a wonderful dress. When I admired it, she told me it was by Una. I told her about my Una skirt and we exchanged stories. Una is a local Seattle company.

June recently interviewed Susan Fedore, the designer behind the Una label. You can hear the interview on June’s blog, The Sustainable Fashionista. She also tipped me off to a trunk show featuring Una at Velouria. If June wasn’t off getting married, she would have joined Cheryl, Karena and me at the show.

I wore my Una skirt to the event.

una skirt

T-shirt: Victoria’s Secret
Shrug: Thrifted
Pin: Fable and Fury
Skirt: Una
Shoes: Flexx

Here’s a detail of the wonderful ladder stitching on my skirt, and the skull pin I bought at Urban Craft Uprising:

skull pin

Velouria is a great boutique in Ballard, a Seattle neighborhood, that features local designers and artists. At the trunk show, I got to meet Susan Fedore. She was great to talk to and I’m happy to report that I bought an Una dress and skirt.

I also met Atisha Pogue, the designer and owner of Atisha Louise Designs. I found a perfect pair of earrings that I plan to buy from her site.

Cheryl bought two great tops by Una. Then we went to Moshi Moshi Sushi for dinner and drinks. After dinner, we stopped by Lucca Great Finds, where Karena bought loose tea in an intriguing tin and I bought stackable stretchy bracelets. Lucca is a wonderful curio shop filled with paper goods, vintage finds, jewelry and glassware. I could spend all day in there.

drinks

Shopping for locally made goods, eating dinner with friends, and having good drinks along with great conversation is my definition of a fun evening. I hope you had a fun evening too.

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