Monday, January 7, 2013

The mystery of the blotchy legs
































F21 Officer Jacket (thrifted)
JCP Lace Dress
Old Navy Scarf
Icing Tights
Kardashian for Sears Belt
Urban Vibe Spike Bracelet and AE Leather Bracelet
Vintage Ruby Ring and Vintage Sapphire Band
Salvatore Ferragamo Pumps (thrifted)
Michael Kors Leather Handbag (thrifted)

Mystery solved: I just really like weird tights. I bruise really easily and after a week of messing around with the horses, there's not much of a difference between my legs with the tights on or off.

There's only been two items that I've ever regretted putting back at the thrift store.  The first was a cashmere Theroy dress(stupidity, I know) and a pair of vintage Ferragamos.  I talked myself out of the Ferragamos by saying they weren't my style and I would never wear then and they'd just collect dust in the closet.  I put them back, thought about them all night and by the next day they were gone.   Since then I've kept my eye out for another pair and I got incredibly lucky a few months ago when I found this navy pair.  They're usually my go-to shoes for shorter skirts and dresses, but I seem to only ever wear them on days when I don't take pictures.  

Finding amazing items like this is why I shop at second hand stores, I can't afford to buy cashmere new or expensive shoes like these but because of thrift stores, I have the possibly of finding beautiful, classic items.   I spend the same amount of money that I could spend at Walmart and I come away with garments that will last for years, I help recycle and Wells Fargo's fellow antichrist doesn't get a single dime.  That's a win-win.

I know, I'm rambling tonight.  There was a 7.5 earthquake Saturday but we didn't even feel it up here in the interior.  I called a few friends who do live along the coast to make sure they were all doing well and they all were pretty thankful that only little waves came out of it.  It's been a few years since we've had a decent sized one in the interior but after two big ones along the coast in the same amount of months, everyone's getting their earthquake kits together.   Alaska's fairly well prepared when it comes to the earthquakes and they usually don't affect us that much, but you just never know.  Everyone worries mostly about the roads being damaged and our supply chain for the state being interrupted since the majority of our food comes up by trucks.  (Most of the food for Alaska is imported, so it's a bad thing if the roads get damaged.)  We've been  lucky though and everyone is thankful Alaska hasn't had to face the problems that other earthquake prone areas have been facing lately.

25 comments:

  1. How fun are those tights? And I'm loving that lace dress!

    XO
    Pearls & Paws

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  2. you know, I and my fiance sometimes watch a show about Alaska and the truckers who deliver food, cars... I guess everything. the last episode was about Fairbanks and it was so interesting!
    anyway, my story had nothing to do with your outfit so I'm going to say a few words about it now. I think I like everything about it but especially that blazer, your beautiful dress, the tights (again!), your bag of course.. and I really miss decent thrifting! our local shops are so boring these days and my favourite thrift store hasn't updated it's goods for at least a month!! it's crazy and I feel like something is missing..

    Maiken,
    Maikeni blogi - part of me

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    1. Oohh, that Ice Road Truckers show is really fun to watch, that Haul road is so scary to drive on! (That and the Alaska Troopers show are too fun, everyone in Ak watches that to see if it's people we know getting arrested, it's like our version of Cops.)

      And wow, I hope the thrifting picks up a little there! That seems to happen to our thrift stores around February, there's not much new stuff coming in, I think everyone just gets sick of going out in the cold. Good luck with yours though, I'll send some thrifting karma your way!

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    2. hehe, I guess it helped because today I visited two thrift stores (slightly though) and found two pieces, a dress and a top from one of those stores. it made me super happy and now I can't wait for spring to arrive because both pieces are rather light and not warm at all. I will take photos if I can since spring is too far away right now.

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  3. Omgsh, I know what you mean about finding something at a thrift store and talking yourself about it only to have it haunt you all night. Its happened so many times...good thing you found another pair of shoes that work though! These are super cute, and I love the blotchy tights haha. I want more textured pairs for this winter :)

    Trendy Teal

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  4. Glad you were OK with the earthquake...my cousin lives in Sitka and I think he had to evacuate for a bit. Anyway - love love love that lacy dress - so pretty on you :)

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray

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    1. No way, I didn't know you had a cousin over in Sitka! Yeah, there was a tsunami warming out for all of the coastline along there, those evacuations are really scary. (Your poor cousin, there's been a few of those lately!)

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  5. I think you have an awesome tights collection! I'd probably wear skirts/dresses more often in the winter if I could shop your tights wardrobe :)

    Glad the earthquake didn't affect you. Natural disasters are super scary!

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart
    Datevitation Giveaway!

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    1. I feel silly even mentioning it, you had it so much worse with the hurricane, it was horrible to see how hard poor New Jersey was hit and it's awful how terrible they're being about the aid. I think I'd rather deal with an earthquake than a hurricane!

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  6. Hi Katie, I hadn't heard about the earthquake, I hope there were no injuries and damages in those areas. You own the cutest tights ever, I wish I were bold enough to wear them, these are such a delight! Love the feminine lace dress too. I know those times when you regret not buying something and you finally decide to, they've floated off the rack. You're so lucky to find these classic shoes though! Wish we had thrift stores here. Thanks for your comment, I actually only started watching GG from the third series, once I saw the fashion, I was hooked more on that than the story line.

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    1. Everyone got off pretty easy with this one, we didn't even feel it in Fairbanks and my friends that live in Juneau had some stuff fall off their walls but no big waves. (The tsunamis are what everyone really worries about,there was a really bad one back in 1964 that wiped out my hometown and devastated a huge portion of the Alaskan coast, but we can really complain, poor Hawaii seems to get the brunt of the waves.) thank you so much for your sweet words, that's too kind of you!

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  7. I always wanted a white lace dress! it's so pretty!! and those tights!!
    when I was living at the first floor I wasn't so panicked about earthquakes, but now that I live at 4th, I kinda panick. There was one a month or so ago and I was literally waiting for its response and looking is something's moving..wasn't a nice night.

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    1. Oh, earthquakes are really scary when you're up higher than the first floor, that's really scary since its so hard to get down the stairs out out to someplace safe. Yikes!

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  8. LOVE this beautiful look, katie! and oh my goodness - i'm so glad you guys are okay! a 7.5 earthquake sounds scary!

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  9. The lace of the tights with the lace of the dress is perfect. I especially love that the lace on the tights keeps them from looking too stark against the cream of the lace dress.

    By the way, is your jacket navy or black? I want to recreate this outfit and I need to know :-)

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    1. It's a black jacket, but I think a navy one would work nicely as well. I think this is my favorite pair of patterned tights so far, they're really fun to wear and the navy seems a little bit gentler than black. And thank you Erin, you're too sweet!

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  10. katie q, i say big like to the outfit, & patterned tights! i am a tight ho. i have 2 large drawers full. i'm sure i've mentioned this. and while, i'm giving out personal info, i bruise way too easily, as well. holy scary about the earthquake! stay safe. play safe. ;)

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  11. Glad to hear you are okay after the earthquake. That's scary that all your food is bought in by trucks. I mean people in other parts of this country freak out and go crazy at grocery stores when there is a hurricane or snow storm, when in reality they could leave their house and go get something after the storm. BUT you cant prepare for an earthquake like that! Scary!

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    1. Heh, I feel stupid even mentioning the earthquakes after the devastation that you guys along the east coast faced after the hurricane. Even though we get large scale earthquakes up here they don't usually affect us that often or cause that much damage, it's usually the tsunamis or the road damage that we worry about.

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  12. Oh.. and LOVE your dress here is adorable! :)

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  13. You do seem to find some wonderful items! Beautiful outfit, everything is very pretty, especially the dress, jacket and shoes.
    Glad to hear everyone and everything are ok.
    xxx

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  14. Oh my goodness, your comment on my blog made my day. Mostly because I ALWAYS ramble in comments and fear that I'm coming across as crazy, so you have no idea how much I appreciate you doing the same. But as I was saying, your comment was SO sweet and I've decided that you are the awesome one. I think this is the start of a beautiful friendship.

    Also, I adore your style and I LOVE this outfit- I have a huge weakness for little lace dresses. These tights are fantastic and the perfect answer to random bruises (which trust me, I know way too well). Also, I'm extremely jealous of your thrifted Ferragamos. Basically, you're great.

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  15. Hope everyone is doing well in with the earthquake. I love the unique tights. I need to dedicate more time to second hand shopping with everyone finding great finds like those amazing shoes! Props for walking in the snow in those too :)
    -XOXO-
    Libby at http://libbysoutlook.blogspot.com/

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  16. You always wear such cute lace...and wow is that a lot of snow...I don't know how you can take your pictures in the cold...haha

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