WIW cool early spring faves

Aaaand a few cooler early spring favorites (that's all for now, don't worry!). Not expecting much more of this weather ahead until fall, woohoo!

No spring purchases here but a couple from FW17: orange sweatshirt sweater, coral sharkbite sweater, oatmeal shawl cardi, black skinny jeans, plum plaid coat, and burgundy clutch.

Since these were faves I was happy with the whole lot :D I was super pleased at my discipline for repeating high happiness outfits, like these, this past season instead of wearing new combos "just because." Plus it's a lot easier esp. on those days when my brain just isn't going!

Comments, critiques, thoughts and questions welcome ^^

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WIW mild springy weather

Here's a lot of what I've been wearing for recent milder spring days! Happily repeating these plus some others I haven't photographed recently (older faves which I've shared in the past, particularly this blouse). I think these are pretty representative of where I'd like my style to go -- bohemian, romantic, soft, dramatic with touches of arty, punk and retro. Still enjoying lower contrast outfits (lower contrast to themselves, anyway... they're still often high contrast to me). Most of my spring refresh is done but I would like more silhouette options for bottoms; should be fine once there's more consistent warmer weather, it's the milder crazier stuff that's currently limited. And working on getting a few more pairs of shoes, too; I've got way too many favorites worn to the ground right now and several others on their way there ><

Newer pieces for SS18: taupe suede slim pants, pink ruffle sleeve tee, watermelon denim jacket, sage crochet-yoke tank, red faux wrap top, black/tan marled cocoon cardi, black/white patterned silky track pants, gold/blue stone earrings, ivory 2-tiered necklace.

Pretty happy with all of these but absolute highest happiness: #2/3, #10, #11, and #4 has been a great weekend casual go-to.

Comments, critiques, thoughts and questions welcome!

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WIW 04.23-26 [mini spring heat wave]

We recently had a lovely week of unseasonably hot weather -- in the mid 80s, which is a solid 20-30F degrees warmer than usual for this time of year here. It was fun to pull out both old and new summer pieces, almost like a little summer test run. One of my summer goals this year is to wear dresses more but no worries I will continue to be a solidly representing member of Team Shorts.

photo #2 has a new jacket, rest are oldies but goodies. Loved the vibe this outfit has, would like more of it. Can't really see them but worn with big hammered gold hoops (they're in the Finds).

photo #3 is a go-to favorite outfit I've been wearing for a few years now (since 2015 maybe?). Updated with boho rose gold accents and new sunnies.

photo #4 is a mix of oldies worn in a new (?) way. A little hectic ^^ A rare outfit accented with silver. Ended up a lot warmer than expected so I was mostly sans jacket.

photo #5 is mostly newer (watermelon jacket, pink patterned dress). I got this cotton sack dress mainly for those really hot days when clothing just doesn't sound good and I think it will work really nicely for that!

Comments, critiques, thoughts and questions welcome.

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WIW 05.03 [another duster & separates]

Yesterday I thought I'd try another version of duster+culottes for some unseasonably warm weather. My initial purchasing thought for this semi-sheer navy duster was to wear with jean shorts and a breezy tank in high summer but this turned out pretty fun, too!

This is definitely one of those outfits that is extra tricky to photograph since every piece has both volume and a lot of movement (and me too during photo time, apparently ><). I very much enjoyed all the swooshing around ^^ Maybe not everyone's cuppa with the flats -- it would certainly be more conventionally flattering with a little heel -- but I liked the more relaxed vibe the flats offered.

Unfortunately the navy dye isn't quite set and rubbed off on various things throughout the day. Any tips on how to set it?

Comments, critiques, thoughts and questions welcome!

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WIW 04.27 [formula: duster & separates]

Hello ladies! After a little spring mini-heat wave I was bummed about the cool weather today ... until seeing Angie's delightful formla this morning. As always, Angie to the rescue ^^

I LOVE duster length soft toppers! My solitary structured woven duster bit the dust (haah ~) last year (the whole back seam unraveled, boo) or I'd definitely have tried a version of example #5 from the blog post. Since my only other woven duster is a high summer piece I thought I'd play with this new sorta cardigan? duster -- It's a very open-weave knit with material which feels more like a thick embroidery thread or extra fine rope rather than normal yarn.

#1 is what I'm actually wearing today. Totally love it! Would never have put together without the blog post.

#2-4 are a few other ideas that popped to mind when reading the blog post (esp. examples #1 and #4), none of which are fully hashed out nor styled. When I bought the duster, I was expecting that it'd behave like gray in outfits but this morning was surprised to find it actually acts more like a fine black&white print! So I'd also love to try over a full column of white and maaaaayybe if I'm feeling it a column of black. Maybe. Also some olive. Also also some dresses.

Looking forward to playing with it some more and, as always, thanks for the awesome inspiration Angie! I will definitely be referring back to the blog post.

Comments, critiques, thoughts and questions welcome!

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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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