Friday, February 23, 2018

Sun At The Back









BCBG Hat (thrifted) / Free People Kimono as Scarf (old) / Helmut Lang Jacket (consignment) / Lole Silk Top (thrifted) / F21 Skirt (thrifted) / Sam Edelman Boots (ebay) / Leather Bag (thrifted) Valentino Sunglasses (consignment)

I'm pretty fricken proud of myself.  Almost two years and I still haven't lost them! (Not for long anyways...) This is a new ground for me because I've always broken my glasses before, I think two weeks was impressive, never mind two years without breaking or losing them.  I am really careful to put them back into their case however and keep a good eye on them so I suppose that makes the difference - caring for your stuff, who knew?!
In real life, this top and skirt are actually the exact same shade of orange but photographed with a big difference.  I don't know if that's due to how the light shines of the materials - poly vs silk - but it looked pretty great in my option.  It's been warm enough that I can wear some of my jacket rather than the bigger coat so yay for more wardrobe options and getting some wear out of this jacket.
The kids started up ski club at school this past month so the warm weather has been pleasant for that as well - I help hand out equipment so it's nice not to have to wear ten different layers and it's been fun for all the kids to play in the snow and get to go out during recess. (The cut off for outside recess at our school -20F and we've been around -35F for the past several weeks.  Ugh, ready for spring!)

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Like Fancy People








BCBG Hat (thrifted) / Isabel Marant for H&M c/o H&M (2013) / J.Crew Coat (thrifted, old) / All Saints Jacket (ebay) / Isabel Marant for H&M Dress (ebay) / Sam Edelman Boots (ebay) / Ecote Bag, old

My husband and I's 11th anniversary was last week so we went out for a fancy lunch - FireWok! (If you live in the Fairbanks/North Pole area, FireWok beats the pants off Pagoda. I know, fighting words but so true.)  It'd warmed up so I was able to wear these boots again, they're just not quite big enough to wear wool socks with.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

So Much








BCBG Hat / Jones New York Wool Coat (thrifted, old) / Lauren Ralph Lauren Cardigan (thrifted) / Old Navy Velvet Tank / J.Brand Velvet Pants (ebay) / Rebecca Taylor Velvet Boots /  Cleobella Bag (old)
I hemmed this pants so they fall a little better on me now.  There's a lot of velvet in this outfit, velvet top, pants and boots!  It was all I could do not to go for a velvet coat, always over doing it, that's me!  I am trying to brand out pant style wise so...flares again.  I may be a one trick pony.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Old Forge







J.Crew Coat (thrifted, old) / H&M Scarf (thrifted) / Luaren Ralph Lauren Cardigan (thrifted) / PJK Silk Top (thredup, old) / J.Brand Coated Shorts (ebay) / Jeffrey Campbell Clogs (ebay, old) / Leather Bag (thrifted)

It's warmed up about 60 degrees up here so hurray for warmer temps, happy cars and being able to expand the wardrobe options a little!  This J.Crew coat is an older thrifting find and I like breaking it out in the winter because of the bright color and the decent warmth. (Not as warm as my Fleet St. Parka or my Helmut Lang coats)   I've talked before about my love for shorts over tights, some people don't care for it but hey, it's the same as a skirt and you don't have to worry about flashing anyone if you bit it on the ice.
We still have quite a few months of winter left up here so it's nice to play around when that spring-envious feeling hits.  So many months left until sandals!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Second Time Around






BCBG Hat / Wool Cardigan (Second hand from my grandma) / J.Crew Wool Sweater (thrifted) / Vince Suede Leggings (ebay) / Eddie B. Bag (thrifted) / Born Boots (thrifted)

I love this outfit and boy, silk undershirt plus a wool sweater plus a heavy wool cardigan equals super warmth!  (Silk is a great insulator in the winter and is used in most high quality long underwear for cold climates.  I use a silk tee from Coldwater Creek and have a pair of silk long johns from L.L.Bean and rarely am cold if I wear them.)  I like how all of the browns came together in this outfit, brown boots normally drive me bananas because I can't figure out how to make them work.  Turns out, it's not the brown boots that frustrate me, it's blue jeans.  Those are really hard to style, at least for me - black pants all the way!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Too Bright





BCBG Hat (thrifted) / Helmut Lang Coat (ebay) / Zara Velvet Dress (ebay) / Lucky Brand Suede Boots (thrifted) Fred Meyer Poncho (old)

Ugh, it was such a bright day that I did not do this dress justice in the photos but it's gorgeous in real life.  I'm a sucker for velvet and the velvet on this dress is surprisingly nice - we don't have a Zara in Alaska and I've not been in one so the only items I've had experience with have been garments that have shown up at the thrift store.  So far most of the things I've found have been pretty decent, good seams/finishes and decent material but this dress is far and away the nicest one, the velvet has an amazing hand-feel and none of that awful brush back feel of cheap velvet.  I really like the style and details as well, the neckline is very high and the bib detailing is well down and the sleeves!  I love the flair and they have a lining on the inside!  Pretty nice!
I went simple with my white HL coat and then wore my fringy poncho as a scarf .  The hat and the sterling silver earrings helped finish off the look although next time I think I'll go full Coven look and wear one of my black jackets.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Warm Again







Carhartt Hat / All Saints Jacket (ebay) / Zara Sweater (thrifted) / Free People Skirt (ebay) / Old Navy Leggings (4 years old) / Moon Boots (ebay) / Fred Meyer Mittens

These leggings are the best I've found so far - cheap and last FOREVER.  (I realized ON is not ethical but they last for so long and I've sewn up the few holes that have worn and I feel that taking care of your items that last is a good way to approach a wardrobe.)