WIW triple plaids!

A couple outfits featuring triple plaids :D Wore the first (orange/red) out for lunch and errands this weekend, and the second (green/yellow) to work today.

Having trouble coming up with a good explanation of these, they were pretty much off 100% feel. Hectic, just because! In the plaids there's a little shared color (blue across all three in the first, yellow in jacket/scarf in the second), a little shared scale (jacket/sweater in the first, jacket/shorts in the second), and some, but not entirely, shared contrast levels. I don't think any is necessarily required for a successful mix but any one can be a good place to start.

Very happy with both outfits -- lots of color, lots of pattern, lots of texture, and in line with my updated style goals -- and will definitely be wearing again ^^

Comments, critiques, thoughts and questions welcome!

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WIW 12.01 [ensemble - leggings & the kitchen sink]

A take on Angie's ensemble from this morning. I'm a big fan of kitchen sinks but I like mine colorful, patterned and/or textured. Definitely not layered -- often if I'm layered I probably had to force myself to do it!

I'm missing the whimsical skirt part of the ensemble (not really my jam) which I think is pretty important to the vibe, so instead subbed in culottes because of the longer length. But they're not nearly whimsical enough. Should've gone with a dress, probably, but I quite enjoy the arty glam thing going on here.

Photo #1 is a more faithful rendition of the ensemble but I felt off in it (waaaay too layered, and a bit hard edged, for me). I'm actually wearing it without the jacket ala #2/3 instead; more streamlined, lighter overall, and more colorful feeling. In the spirit of the dark topper listed in the ensemble, for outerwear I chose a somewhat-glam black coat. Also tried this with black loafers but the look skewed too arty; I'm more arty-lite so the patent pumps+extra long glittery earrings (and all the furry bits) added enough glam to keep me happy. I did like the loafers without the leggings but will keep that for spring.

Happy with how this turned out, even if it's not as whimsical as the ensemble (might give it another go next week). Comments, critiques, thoughts and questions welcome!

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WIW thanksgivings oranges

Hope everyone had a lovely weekend. Here are my various Thanksgivings outfits, which I thought would be fun to style around orange (and red) pieces. Orange makes me hungry! :D Worn for visiting (#2), hosting (#3,4), and restaurant (#5) meals.

Mainly old pieces with a handful of new things: orange textured sweater, plaid bomber, and orange floral scarf. The outfit in #5 I feel ambivalent about, not something enough (still thinking -- trendy? printed? glitzy? dramatic? probably dramatic.) for me.

Comments, critiques, thoughts and questions welcome!

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casual before the rain

A few recent casual outfits worn for various errands, weekend stuff, very low-key work days, etc. before the rain really hit. It has now arrived in full force, so I guess that's my cue to move to boots for the next 5 months as we enter my dominant, but unfortunately not particularly favorite, kind of dressing: rainy fall/winter casual. Mainly because it's just sooooo long and limits the range of silhouettes I can wear. To help I put up a pretty bit of framed corkboard in my closet on which I plan to pin any casual outfits I really liked wearing for quick and easy future repeat reference :)

Comments, critiques, thoughts and questions welcome.

(PS I did also wear coats with most of these: wool charcoal plaid with #3,4 and cream trench with #5)

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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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