Monday, May 29, 2017
Paige Jacket (thrifted)
PS Tote (consignment)
It has finally hit green up around here and it's so nice to see leaves and grass again. I planted most of my flowers the other day but held off a little on putting my other starts outs with a frost in the forecast. This is just a breezey maxi and denim jacket outfit but I really liked it - total comfort!
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Helmut Lang Jacket (ebay)
Rick Owens Dress (ebay)
Jeffrey Campbell Boots (ebay)
Lucky Brand Leather Bag (Christmas gift, consignment)
For about a week it was warm enough to go sans tights but the tights have been back on this past week. Brrr, I'm ready for our summer weather! I really liked how the jacket's asymmetrical lines worked with the drape and lines on this RO tunic dress and then the heavier boots to finish it off made for a lot of comfort. I don't know if it's me getting older or just enjoying clomp-y boots but I am getting awful at wearing heels. I was wearing some the other day and kept stumbling, considering I use to wear 5 inch heels no problem on the ice I'm thinking it's a mixture of both.
Friday, May 26, 2017
Helmut Lang Jacket (consignment)
Old Navy Scarf (thrifted)
Buffalo Dress (consignment)
Free People Clogs (ebay)
Coach Bag (thrifted)
It's a holiday weekend for the US and while it's not looking to be nearly as warm as usual (we had snow and rain this morning, uggggh) there is lots of fun stuff to day around time. Pioneer Park, where these photos were taken, is having it's 50th anniversary this weekend with a little carnival and fun stuff for kids. I've talked about Pioneer Park quite a bit in the past so I won't rehash it again but it is one of our favorite spots in town and despite the name, isn't a tourist trap at all. It's a important center of our community up here and hopefully will be around for another 50 years at least.
Friday, May 19, 2017
Paige Jacket (thrifted)
All Saints Dress (ebay)
Free People Shoes (ebay)
Coach Bucket Bag (thrifted)
I do not normally like an empress waist on my dresses nor shirts, it's a little bit of a funny proportion on me and I prefer things to hit me about my true waist. I do like this dress however, the straps are really interesting, there's pockets (! Why are pockets on dresses so great? I don't know but I sure do love them) and the dress has a really great flow to it that I love. It's also just a black dress so hey, everything goes with it! I styled it a bit basic this day, throwing on a denim jacket and a scarf whereas most days I'd lean towards a little jacket and boots but I do like the softer look. And it blends which is really nice on a day when you don't want to throw too much thought into what you are wearing.
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Pleather Jacket (thrifted 2013, no label)
Isabel Marant Entoile Dress (ebay)
Rag and Bone Boots (ebay)
Anthropologie Bag (birthday gift)
Well, the snow in the background has melted off by now and green up is here - it's so wonderful to sit in the sunshine and see all of the leaves on the trees coming back. The cold in March just sucked it right out of us but it made spring feel like such a joy when it finally came around. We've been going for long bike rides during the weekends and now that school is out for the summer (where did that school year go?!) we are really looking forward to some camping, hiking and enjoying the lovely summer weather of the Interior.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Old Navy Scarf (thrifted)
Helmut Lang Jacket (ebay) and Top (consignment)
J.Brand Maria (ebay)
Vince Camuto Boots (consignment)
Never one to waste a good mist nor a good jacket, I took these pictures quickly in the morning after dropping kids off. This coat is great for those colder mornings but I think we've not hit the point where temp wise, it's a little too warm for it now. I've been wearing my Paige denim jacket that I thrifted last fall quite a bit but it wasn't quite warm enough for the morning and I liked the sharp silhouette the jacket created.
I also really like these boots but not the lines of them. I think I'm starting to prefer a little more or either an almond toe or a pointier toe box rather than the rounded off one on these boots. I looked back on my two other pairs that have round toes and I realized I didn't like them quite as much as well. It's a little funny, I would not have though I liked pointy toes after the great witchy pointed toe shoes of the early 2000's but it seems a little point isn't a bad thing. (In fast, some sort of point to this post would have been great, rather than ramblings!)
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
There was a really interesting thread about a week ago on femalefashionadvice (reddit sub) about what ten items you would replace right away if you lost your whole wardrobe. I always think it's really interesting to see what people use as a base for their closet and style and it made me think about what ten items I would want to replace if they were lost. (not counting undergarments!)
Leather jackets are a staple for me and I love them in every silhouette - cropped, draped and a more classical fit. if I had to buy only one it would be a tough call between All Saints or Helmut Lang but I feel I would go with HL. The fit on my HL jackets really works for me, they staddle the line between basic and edgy outfits and can swing either way.It's rare to have an outfit without a hat for me, I'd say these are a large part of my style. My favorite and most worn is from Urban Outfiters and was $32 I think. I've had it for 4 years now I believe and it's my most worn hat. Despite the low price, it's also my most durable!
My favorite black ankle boots change from time to time, I'll wear the daylights out of one pair and then switch to another for a while. My top favorites range from the cheaper, my Ecote suede boots for $69 which are amazing boots, to Jeffrey Campbells at $100-ish to Rag and Bone's Margot and Newbury boots at $595. (I did not pay retail for any of these, the Jeffrey Campbell's and Rag and Bone boots were found on ebay for less than the Ecote boots.)
I love a colorful dress but looking back, it seems I get the most wear out of my black maxis. They, like my Helmut Lang jackets, are able to swing style-wise in which ever direction and all it takes is changing up the accessories.
These may not be a very basic item for most but I love leather pants. I love them all, red suede, navy leather cropped pants or plain old black leather leggings. They add just a bit of omph to an otherwise basic outfit. I did run into a few time this past winter when I realized that too much leather may be a bad thing - leather jacket, pants, boots and purse looks a bit silly on me so I have to remember to step it back a little at times.
I really like the ease of pulling on a pair of moto boots and being out the door, I feel they have added quite a bit to both my personal style and sense of comfort these past few years. I love, love Rag and Bone's moto boots as fit and style wise, they are perfect for me.
These are another comfort thing for me, they are easy to throw on with a tee or an embroidered blouse and they can hit a great note in-between really dressed up and chill. I like either a plain black maxi or a colorful one, it's another way of scratching my bohemian loving side and they work with everything.
Isabel Marant embroidered blouses are my kryptonite, the fabrics are so heavenly and the embroidery is really nicely done. I wear these with my maxis, short skirts, high rise jeans or leather pants, although I seemed to have only chosen images of me wearing them with jeans! I also really like Winter Kate embroidered tops as I've had only good luck with them and they are cut very much on the generous side.
I like a dramatic coat, what can I say. They work for both sides of my style preference and they add a little extra to a really basic outfit. My favorites are Helmut Lang coats as I think they are cute just beautifully with a lot of interesting details and the quality and fit isn't something I've been able to beat. I also drool over Rick Owens' coats and have really enjoyed the wrap coat I found earlier this year, although I do wish the sleeves were of thicker material!
High rise black jeans, how I love thee. J.Brand Marias, I love your fit but man, do we have our fits - why must you break down so quickly and make me repair you so often? (As of today, I have had three pairs of Marias, one that I repaired close to 20 times along the pockets and seams until I finally gave up because the material was just destroyed. stay away from the Sateen material, it will only cause heartache.) American Eagle's jeans may be cheap next to the J.Brand's but I would have to say that I pick them over the Marias almost all of the time. They are sturdy and while the color does fade, I am only on my second pair in almost five years. That's not bad.
So how about you guys? If you lost your closet, what would you replace right away? I was a little surprised to find that kimonos did not make my list as I thought they were a really large part of my style and while they hit right at number eleven, they didn't quite make it to the top.