A few WIW recently!

Hello ladies, it's been a while, eh? ^^ Thought I'd post a few recent outfits with a handful of new items (coral sweater, plaid bomber, yellow blouse, navy pompom) and plenty of oldies-but-goodies. If there's no coat in a photo I wore my charcoal plaid coat, don't worry!

I've been tweaking my style descriptors ever so slowly the past year or two and am finally feeling just about sorted (profile updated). Not adding many new pieces means it's mostly involved being stricter when styling my existing pieces so they fit the newer direction -- stern but consistent reminders that just because things can be worn together doesn't mean that I have to do it, and just because I liked a combo a year (or two or three) ago doesn't mean that it's pushing me forward now. It does feel nice to have a couple new pieces to work with again, though, especially since F/W is my dominant season and dressing for it is NOT my favorite.

Been taking photos sporadically, most often on the first wear of an outfit I really like so I have an easy reference for later repeats. I will try to post a few of them here and there :)

As always comments, critiques, thoughts and questions welcome!

(EDIT: Eep! Giant blob of Finds. Too bad I can't set it to "small" ><)

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WIW 05.13-19 [soft]

Managed to snap outfit photos most of this week! Had an odd constraint of a last-minute long airport run on any of these days (turned out to be today) which required outfits that would be extra comfortable for a few hours of driving. So stretchy, soft, and non-wrinkle was the order of the week. Also re-worked my style descriptors a bit and these all hit the spot really nicely!

Quick notes: #2 worn Saturday to get a long overdue hair cut, the rest to work. #3 and #5 both have blush floral lace hosiery that doesn't really come through in the photos, but you can see the pattern in the find below. #4 (aqua+silver) and #5 (camel+ black) are springier takes on favorite outfits from this past winter. Today's outfit (#6) is a favorite from last spring/summer which I wore with the silver pumps in #4 but didn't want to risk scuffing on the drive today, so instead opted for gold (and some more gold!).

Comments, critiques, thoughts and questions welcome!

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WIW [early may]

In the spirit of getting back to posting outfits, here's what I've worn to work so far this month. Not sure I can consistently do full weeks like this but I'll do my best to share at least some! Friday May 5th previously posted here (the denim-on-denim outfit in the summary image).

As is customary for spring in the Pacific Northwest, the weather has
been all over the place, primarily cool with plenty of wind+rain, and only recently a couple warmer days sprinkled in. Nothing new here -- continuing to wear old favorite outfits along with new pairings to try and keep things feeling fresh. Very happy to finally be able to work in more of my spring/summer pieces ^^

Comments, critiques, thoughts and questions welcome!

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WIW 05.06,07 [sorta springy casual weekend]

Some casual outfits for warmish dry (!) weather this past weekend. Nothing fancy here, pretty much how I dress on most weekends unless I need something smarter: sweater/flannel+jeans+booties for cold weather, tank/tee+shorts+flats/sneaks if it's hot, and something in between for in between. I don't particularly enjoy uniform dressing but have learned to do it for casual weekend wear since that's what works best!

#1 Saturday - Orange/navy striped tee with BF jeans for yard work. While working wore a straw cowboy hat, chambray sneaks, and purple gardening gloves. Tucked the side, swapped to gold loafers and added big gold hoops for quick lunch/home improvement store run (should've also popped on a belt!) then back to more yard work.

#2 Sunday - White and blush linen tee with BIG cuffed jeans, ivory rock earrings, and delicate silver necklaces. Had planned to hit the driving range but instead ran some errands so I opted for these little yellow flats over of the sneakers I'd been planning on. Later went for a walk with my sis and her pup.

And of course, also plenty of lounging around both days ;) Comments, critiques, thoughts and questions welcome.

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WIW 05.05 [Ensemble: Denim Shirt & Bell-Bottoms]

Totally adore the ensemble Angie posted this morning! Soooo up my alley. Decided to risk the possible rain (which held out, woohoo!) and wear right away. Paired with a seriously boxy denim blouse, and went a little more casual on the footwear/handbag front. I felt odd not wearing any pattern/color so opted for some OTT with the baubles, poofier bangs, and finished with some bright cherry gloss. Very happy with the outfit, found it particularly challenging to photograph. Has fab movement in person: extra swishy all over! Planning to don another version soon that's more tailored with a denim button-up shirt and dressier bag/shoe compliment.

I haven't pulled these jeans out in a while because they need rehemming -- I've already had them hemmed once -- but they need nearly another inch (!). I'm thinking I'll cut the bottom bit off to let it fray, and also have it taken up. Probably in the reverse order though ;)

Comments, critiques, thoughts and questions welcome!

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WIW 04.14 [Ensemble: Easy "Spring" Tweed]

Hi everyone! Love Angie's ensemble post today, don't have a way to don a spring version hence "spring" aaaand more tomboyish so nixing the "pretty" as well ;) Technically the right components but definitely a winter outfit; the only springy thing here is the exposed ankles! Going for lots of texture: heavy navy-with-gold-sparklies tweed moto over semi-chunky marled turtleneck (both roomy, even though they don't really photograph it) with white BF jeans and shiny black loafers. No time to spend on hair this morning so also popped on a fuzzy leo beret. Finished with some light pink gloss. Easy peasy as usual with these fabulous formulas, thanks Angie ^^

(Nothing new to report on the wardrobe front, just chugging along with what I've got.)

Comments, critiques, thoughts and questions welcome!

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WIW 10.07 [ensemble: casual layers & bling]

This morning's ensemble post for casual layers & bling is right up my alley, especially for weekend wear. My wardrobe is currently low on stripes as I've been a bit off them the past couple years in favor of more hectic prints, but was surprised to find that I could still pull a couple versions of the ensemble together. Primarily using striped tees which are reserved for ultra casual wear so it will definitely take a little extra dose of glam to feel fab with them, if at all. We'll see! I'll try those more casual renditions later this weekend, but for work today I thought it'd be fun to do a dressier version.

Balancing the light/dark, both in color and temperature, was a little tricky but I'm happy with how it turned out. After a storm last night it's somewhat sunny today, neither super cold nor super warm, so sheer black hose felt more appropriate than opaque. So then the tall black boots made everything feel overly dark -- until I added the ultra pale gray jacket (though didn't much wear without the jacket except briefly during lunch). Kept the bling tonal (black/white/gold necklace and charcoal crystal studs) and added a little pop of cheerful girly color with matte candy pink lipstick. For maximum glam chose my biggest sunnies and a very shiny metal clutch.

After work hubby and I headed to a hockey game so modified to more casual (and a little more in-line with the ensemble) with a team-colors plaid shirt and black accents. Looked a little more casual untucked but what can I say, I bat for Team Dressy ^^

Comments, critiques, thoughts and questions welcome!

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WIW 10.06 [inspired by Angie's recent ink gilet outfit]

(Yes I realize hers is more black than ink but I'm doing ink so that's my title story and I'm sticking to it! ;) )

As always Angie's recent ink/black/white outfit is stunning and inspiring!

Clearly this is a different outfit. For one no cute critter (my old chubby kitty just wouldn't make the same impression), for two no loooong vest. The latter definitely changes the fun proportions of the look but as I lack any sort of similar topper I decided to take the other elements of the outfit: cropped dark jeans, cream booties/necklace, and short sleeves (plus a little party in back). And truthfully this less-layered version is more me anyway. Chose a shiny clutch in place of the structured light gray satchel, and in the spirit of more-is-more added the doorknocker earrings; finished with some rust lip gloss. And because I'm in Seattle and not SoCal, I've also got my cream trench with me for the rain that's been promised us later tonight.

Other fun details: boots/jeans are shared wardrobe items with Angie (not sure if she's still wearing these jeans, though) and the clutch was purchased during a YLF meetup. This swingy blouse was purchased at the inaugural trunk show of local designer Lu. which was started by a friend of a friend, who I attended the show with (Nov. 2013). I love a good sentimental outfit ^^

Very happy with how this outfit turned out, and doubt that I'd have put this outfit together without seeing Angie's post. For a few reasons: I don't often wear blue, even less often wear all blue, and I almost never wear dark wash blue jeans. This pair has been all but orphaned, mainly due to lack of supporting cast (tops/footwear), and previously worn only a handful of times with pumps. Was surprised at how much I like the look with the ankle booties so am looking forward to experimenting further (have plenty of those!). And I don't know that I'd wear these two pieces together without all the added cream -- Good thing I don't have to ;)

Thanks for the inspiration Angie! Comments, critiques, thoughts and questions welcome.

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WMMW (what my mom wore!) 09.19

Just had to share what my lovely mom is wearing today because I love it so much! Fitted black and white floral turtleneck underneath a knit black harem jumpsuit and low-heeled booties, complete with chunky pearl/rhinestone/silver necklace, sparkly bangles, and cheerful pink lipstick. Go Team Maximal+Dramatic (see where I get it?) :D

(Mom often runs her outfits by me for feedback and ideas which is lots of fun; I really enjoy helping her come up with outfits to wear her beloved pieces in a current way as well as how to maximize impact of any new purchases, though she's always had a great fashion eye so I don't know that she really needs my help! I'm also her trend reporter. Earlier today she was wearing a silky apple green pleated bell-sleeved blouse with lace trim and gray jeans. As she says in Arabic, "Moda!" -- On trend! ^^)

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WIW 09.01,02 [ensemble: transitional black, white & grey]

Playing around with rather maximal takes on Angie's Transitional Black, White & Gray ensemble. Thursday was entirely pleasant weather, today is another matter -- I don't think "blustery" cuts it! Not terribly cold though, just heavy wind/rain/thunder/etc. Fall is definitely here in the PNW.

#2 Thursday 09.01. Heavy texture mix with a hectically large pompom scarf (much more hectic in person) tied in a loop with blunt ends for a little geometric contrast. In the spirit of "more is more" added a cuff, several rings, and printed ponyhair flats plus snakeskin shimmery clutch. Finished with my biggest round sunnies to echo the pompoms and rusty orange lip gloss.
 
#3 Friday 09.02. Texture/print mix with variable scaled high contrasts (plus nude fishnets which don't show in the photos). I don't normally like wearing black footwear with bare looking legs but these stompy boho boots worked well and also added to the maximal effect so why not. Finished with rusty orange lip gloss and of course trench and hat necessary for rain! I think the indoors version is fine with the heavy boots however it feels a little off with the outdoor version (my cream booties would definitely feel better there, sadly they're on their last legs so I'm saving for winter when breaks from black are a must) which I tried to offset a bit with the black bag.

#4. Detail photos.

As always comments, critiques, thoughts and questions welcome!

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