Monday, March 13, 2017

Enouph Is Never Enouph


UO Hat
Helmut Lang Coat (ebay)
Gap Shirt (thrifted)
Max Mara Cashmere Tee (consignment)
Banana Republic Pants (thrifted)
Free People Bag (ebay)
Rag and Bone Boots (Christmas gift, ebay)

Not only has it been a cold March, one the rare occasion it warms up we get more snow. WHEN WILL IT END?! I like everyone else in the blogging world am making the obligatory "can't wait for sandal weather" but man, I just want to see greenery again and not more snow! 40F sounds like paradise right now but I suspect spring may be a ways off for us and sandal season even farther - with more snow than average the melting/breakup season is going to be messy this year with mud every where! Boots are here to stay for a bit.

I pulled this shirt back out of a donate bag a little while ago, I go through periods of wearing it a ton and then not touching it for a while. It always stick around however, it's one of those magical unicorn button ups that doesn't gap at the bust and I enjoy it's vaguely western aesthetic.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Short Skirt And A Long Jacket

UO Hat
Jones New York Wool Coat (thrifted)
Cashmere Cardigan (thrifted)
Isabel Marant Entoile Dress (ebay)
Rag and Bone Boots (ebay)

This Jones New York is such a bombastic coat. It might not be a desired or fancy label but it can't be beat for the warmth  This thing is sturdy and while it is fitted, it is just loose enough that I can layer quite a bit under it. The little bit longer length is nice as well, extra warmth for the days when I'm a dipstick and can't resist breaking out the short dresses again. I don't usually style this dress aside from throwing a belt on every time because it's really stunning in person and I like the dress to be the focal point of the outfit but I think I might have to breaking about from my black coat obsession.   With one exemption, I've worn a black coat over this dress every time! I can't want for summer and the chance to try out some different footwear with it.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Snow Beast

UO Hat
All Saints Jacket
Gap Skirt (thrifted)
Tank (super old, from 2007 I belive)
Rag and Bone Leather Pants and Boots (ebay)

You'll have to pardon my anxious faces in these pictures, I was watching for cars! Not only is it crazy embarrassing to get caught along this back road, it's also become somewhat dangerous between the icy roads and the inexperienced drivers. I've pulled out so many little cars right in this spot! The upside is that the rental cars are super light and I can push most out but for the ones that are really stuck, it's a beast. There's nowhere to hook a tow strap on those things! (I have been really proud of my Explorer, she's turning out to be a great little snowbeast and does a good job of pulling. She's an 2005 which is about my favorite year for the Explorers, right when they really nailed everything on them.) The Fairbanks area went through, and still is, a recession this past year and while there's been a lot of terrible things about this recession one amazing thing that's come out of it is how much Fairbanks's citizens are helping each other. We've always been a friendly city and pretty helpful on the roadside but it's really come out this winter. You know how often I've seen a tow truck hauling a car out of a ditch this year? I can count the times on one hand. People have really stepped out and bam, soon as someone's off the road and in the ditch, there's at least two cars stopping instantly and hauling out their tow straps. (There's even a Facebook page where people can post if they need help car wise and many volunteers whom will spring into action.) It's pretty amazing and has really fostered a sprit of generosity and kindness.

Outfit wise, I'm surprised I haven't paired these boots with these pants yet, they were made for each other! It's a lot of leather going on in this outfit and I think I'll be glad to switch to my denim jackets once it warms up a bit. The embroidered denim jackets were a trend last summer and it looks like they're going to be strong again this year which I'm really excited about, I love embroidered jackets!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

A Cold March

Helmut Lang Coat (ebay)
Roxy Crop Top (thrifted)
Banana Republic Cashmere Cardigan (thrifted)
Target Maxi Dress (thrifted)
Free People Bag (ebay)
Rag and Bone Boots (ebay)

This black dress may be just a dress from Target but it is possibly my favorite maxi dress of all.  I like that it has short sleeve - not those monstrosity cap sleeve things - the slits on each side just the perfect height to show a little leg and some boots but not so high that I need to sew an extra 10 inches just to make it decent (looking at you Free People) and it just lays so perfectly.   It is a great balance between fitted and a little bit of drape through the skirt and it's easy to layer.  Being just a plain black maxi, it's a blank slate so I can swing either super bohemian when I feel the mood or I can darken things up and make it all goth-ninja. (Lol, what a crazy, fun term that is.)   Today I wore it the way I usually do, a little blend of my bohemian and gothish side and it works for me.  My bag and the crochet crop top layered over the top adds a bohemian feel while the sharp shoulders on my jacket and the sleek boots tone it down a bit.
In other news, you know what's not fun?  Three morning of waking up to -40F in March.  This morning it was a balmy -35F.  It's been warming up to between 5-10F above zero during the day but my car is super pissed about the whole thing.  The noises it is making in the mornings when I run out to start it are making me do the Alaskan Prayer Rite every time I stick the key in. Please, please, pleaaaaase start car, I promise some day we'll build you a garage and I promise to only put the best oil in you and didn't you like those new tires, pleeease start!   The Rites go downhill if said car does not start and there's usually a good deal of wailing, gashing of the teeth and looks of despair mixed in with irrational rage.   It is suppose to warm up eventually but it's been a cold March for us and I am really jealous of everyone experiencing spring right now!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

So Where's Spring?

UO Hat
Fake Leather Jacket (thrifted, no label, 2013)
Joie Silk Top (consignment)
American Eagle Jeans
Jeffrey Campbell Boots (ebay)
Free People Bag (ebay)

I did not get great pictures of this outfit and looking back, maybe that is a good thing.  It'ss an okay outfit but I'm not sure I like this jacket with it and I realized how goofy this shirt looks tucked in!  I swear, it did not look that way in the mirror.  It was another warm day where a light jacket was enough for warmth, our weather has dropped back down below zero now and I and everyone else who has to drive on the roads thankful.  They have been just awful lately! 

Friday, March 3, 2017

On The Road

Urban Outfitters Hat
Helmut Lang Coat (ebay)
Lil Silk Top (thrifted)
Banana Republic "Sloan" Pants (thrifted)
Rag and Bone Boots (ebay)
American Eagle Bag

I thirfted these pants a while back, they are the infamous "Sloan" pants and uh, I love them.  Mine are used but in really great shape with no wear (from the year 2014 according to the tag) and I just love how comfortable and well they fit.  They're glorifed leggings so I'm not sure how people could wear them to a job with a stricter dress code but seeing as my job doesn't have a dress code at all, they work for me.  Also, the rise is high enough I don't have to worry about bending over.  You guys, I am really dreading the days when pant rises go back down.  I don't think I can go back to low rise pants now that I've had the freedom of bending down without most of my butt popping out.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Where Do We Go From Here

UO Hat
Fred Meyer Scarf
Banana Republic Cashmere Cardigan (thrifted, 2012)
All Saints Jacket and Dress (ebay)
Balenciaga Bag (birthday present, used from ebay)
Rag and Bone Boots (Christmas gift, ebay)

I suppose my cropped Helmut Lang Jacket might have worked better with the proportions on this dress but I really liked how the curved hem of this jacket worked with the drape of this dress.  Next time I propbably with throw on the HL one, but this one is a little bit heavier.