Monday, October 12, 2015

Not A Good Obsession

Scarf (gift)
J.Crew Coat (consignment)
American Eagle Shirt
Leather Belt (thrifted)
Acne Jeans (consignment)
Free People Cogs (ebay) and Bag (ebay)

Switching up my look for the day with some wide leg jeans. There's a lot to be said about the ease of having a personal uniform but I know for me that can lead to a style rut. All black skinny jeans all the time! (Or maybe that maxi dresses, I suppose I have two uniforms.)  It's unusual not to have a hat however, I sort of missed it with the chillier temps today and it just didn't quite feel like a Katie outfit without a hat.   Don't let the lack of snow fool you, it's approaching winter rapidly around these parts, the ice on the ponds grows thicker and thicker by the day.  I feel like I need to make the most of every day right now because I know it's just not that far away, although I did just look up the extended forecast for Fairbanks/North Pole and you guys, it looks like it's going to be freakishly warm!  Like not even really hitting below zero until the end of November - that's nuts!  We've had some easy winters the past few years (after the winter that broke a hundred year record for cold, Thanksgiving was almost -50 below zero and that's not with wind-chill, just straight up cold) so I was really expecting to have a brute of a winter this year.  Hurray!

Sunday, October 11, 2015


Urban Outfitters Hat
L.L.Bean Jacket-Cardigan-thingy (very specific there, I know - consignment)
Forever21 Dress
Cleobella Bag
Free People Clogs (ebay)
American Eagle Outfitters Belt

Hey there dress! When first bought this dress I was really over the moon about it- I love the fit, the embroidery, the material, the style, everything. At $30, it was a lot to spend on a Forever21 dress but because I make it into a Forever21 maybe once every 2 or 3 years, I didn't mind spending that on something I really liked. And I still like it but I see the big difference now between this and my Free People dresses - while they are all made of this cotton, the F21 material is far more fragile and prone to pilling. All of my Free People dresses I've been able to toss in the washer on gentle but when I washed this, the very first time the entire skirt pilled and the hem ripped along the bottom. I was so bummed out! I did repair the rip and shaved the pills off but I treat the dress very carefully now and to be honest, it's sort of a downer. I know a lot of the Free People clothes are not always worth the full retail prices and that some people have complained with the quality but for the most part, I understand why the pieces are priced the way they are, there is a HUGE difference in the quality of material and I've been really happy with all of my items from there.

After all of that complaining, I do want to say that I still love this dress. It's just so pretty and it's one of the dresses I wear when I'm feeling "eh" and it always makes me feel pretty great. I wanted to work on my sweaters on outerwear this year, most of my coats are pretty old and worn out by this point so I has some luck finding a few coats and sweaters on ebay and at the thrift store. This sweater coat-thing was one of them, doesn't it look so Isabel Marant-ish? For being wool, it's not the least bit scratchy, it's warm and it's slim cut enough that I can layer it under my other coats. L.L.Bean is a really solid company to buy from, all of my outerwear use to be from them. I've had my green snow pants since I was 12 and those poor pants have been to hell and back - I've worn them every day for 8 months at a time, working at barns, teaching lessons, snow shoeing and snow machining and they're rough enough I can even ride bareback in them! (This use to be a fun pastime, my brothers and I would ride our ponies around bareback and try to shove each other off so having non-slippery pants was a huge bonus!)

Friday, October 9, 2015

Learning Curve


Free People Hat (gift)
Pacsun Kimono
Spell Designs Romper
Anthropologie Fringe Bag (gift)
Jeffery Campbell Boots (ebay)

More pictures from a few weeks ago - almost all of our snow has melted off and while it's really pleasant for October, it's still about 20-ish degrees in the more and it's not until later in the day that it gets nice and warm. I've had a few days of going bare-legged and I think I'll try to milk it for as long as possible!

On another note, I feel sort "eh" about this outfit. I bought these boots over a year ago and I just haven't worn them because I feel like they're not that flattering on me. No matter my weight I've always had cankles and while most of the time it's not that big of a deal, I'm really picky about where my ankle boots hit on my legs - I prefer about 2-4 inches above my ankle bone because it skims my ankle and hides them fairly well.  These boots just a little too low for me and they don't really have the visual weight to balance out the low cut.  I'm not really sure what to do about the boots, I like the look of hem but they just really don't work on me, I'll probably just end up seeing if the consignment shop wants the and if not, I'll take them to Value Village. I've gotten a lot better about not making shopping mistakes and learning what works for me and I don't feel too bitter about these boots, at least they were a learning experience and now I won't try to save up for those Chloe Susanne boots! (Soooo much shoes lust over those boots but eh, saves me money!)

I Like Hats

Urban Outfitters Hat
Free People Blouse
Fred Meyer skirt
American Eagle Suede Boots
PS Bag (consignment)

A pretty simple outfit, white, brown and burgundy read about as "fall-ish" as it comes!  I really like this little skirt, it's a style that keeps coming back in style and while very, very few items are truly timeless, this style of skirt really hasn't changed since the first time around.  I'm really excited to wear it with my Elizabeth and James sweater I thrifted earlier, I think the two will look really cute together. (As would a forest green sweater but ha, like I need more!)

 I hope everyone has a lovely weekend, I'm taking the kids to see Hotel Transylvania 2 today, it's been such a busy week that it will b fun to relax and do something fun.  Ev and I just started watching The Blacklist and we've watched almost through the first season in the past two weeks.  It's SUCH a good show and not nearly as emotionally stressful as Breaking Bad was.  (James Spader makes a parka look GOOD.  I really enjoy the plotline but I've also been having fun looking at the costumes for the show, it's all very sharp looking.)

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Coastal Weather

Urban Outfitters Hat

Free People Poncho
Winter Kate Blouse (ebay)
Rag and Bone Leather Pants (ebay)
Sam Edelman Boots (ebay)
American Eagle Outfitters Bag
Vintage Rings and Bracelets - a mixture of gifts and lucky finds

I've been getting quite a bit of wear out of these pants lately, summer in the Interior usually isn't that pleasant for wearing leather pants - no thanks in 70-90 degree temps! But during the fall and apparently what is now winter, they're pretty awesome and fairly warm. I suppose colorful skinnies are so 2011-2012 now but I've almost always had a pair of red leather pants in my wardrobe and while my last ones were very shiny bellbottoms, I think these are a little more wearable with the skinny leg. Pants styles cycle in and out and while the straight leg and flairs are coming back, I don't think skinny leg jeans will ever go completely out of style. For people living in climates that get quite a bit of snow/rain, it's nice to have pants that tuck into your boots and not have the hems get wet. (Yeah, remember trying to tuck your bellbottoms into riding boots? I use to have to wrap my jeans around my legs just to zip my riding chaps and man, I will never go back to riding in boot cuts after this, skinnies are too easy!)

Monday, October 5, 2015

Tada - Magic!


Forever21 Hat
Love Culture Jacket (thrifted)
Free People Dress and clogs (ebay)
AE Belt
Target Bag

Okay, it's not magic, these pictures are from a few weeks ago, before all of the leaves fell off the trees and uh, before that strange white stuff arrived. I'm not crazy enough to want to wear sandals in the snow!

I guess I got a little more wear out of these clogs so I suppose the love affair isn't dead yet, it's more of a low simmer. I wore them a ton this summer and while I do still like them, it will be nice to put them away for the winter and come back to them in another 8 months or so. *sob* I love this dress and have ever since I saw it first pop up but it's SOOO long! On the model it's a few inches above her ankle but on me, there's still a good three inches of fabric even with 4 inch heels on. I'm positive the she's is a giant, even by model standards. Thus, I had to tie up the side to make the dress walkable with the lower heels.  It sorts works but I think I might just have to hem it so it's not so much work to walk in it. (Haha, I'm sure that will happen sometime in the next 2 years, I'm about as slow as they come when it comes to getting around to hemming.)

Sunday, October 4, 2015

We Leave Our Christmas Lights Up All Year Round

Urban Outfitters Hat
American Eagle Poncho and Bag
Leather Jacket (thrifted- no label)
Old Navy Cardigan (about 6 years old at this point, Old Navy use to have the best cardigans)
Free People Dress (consignment)
Faux Suede Boots (thrifted)
Scarf (gift)

I wore this outfit last Tuesday at the beginning of the winter storm that dumped over a foot of snow on the Fairbanks area. The snow was heavy enough that with mixed with a little wind the power ended up being knocked out for over 20,000 people.  The power stayed out for the next few days (with it still being out for people up in the hills) but we have a wood stove and were fairly prepared for the blackout. I grew up outside of Seward right in between two avalanche zones and we'd get cut off from Seward and Anchorage for about two weeks out of the year and power outages were extremely frequent during the winter. We just got pretty use to having the generator ready to go, lamps and flashes lights ready and lots of wood for the stove and it's hard to break out of those habits - even if avalanches really aren't a problem in flat Fairbanks!