Saturday, January 30, 2016

Out Of The Box






Fred Meyer Scarf
Helmut Lang Coat (ebay)
DKNY Cardigan (thrifted)
Anthropologie Jumpsuit (ebay)
Sandgrens Manhattan Clog Boots c/o Sandgrens
Coach Leather Bag (consignment)

Last winter I styled this jumpsuit almost the same exact way - black coat, black boots and uh, it wasn't good. In fact, the outfit looked so awful that it didn't even make it onto the blog. I think the difference this time around was that I played around more with layers, the DKNY cardigan has been a really great item for adding visual interest and being black, it works with everything!
I usually wear a red lipstick but my in-laws sent me a Kat Von D lipstick sampler for Christmas with a great red and a couple really fun colors, including this orange! Orange is really out of the box of me but I like it, it was a fun color and the lipstick itself is pretty great - it really stays on for a long time which hasn't always been my experience with a matt lipstick.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Lighten Up










UO Hat
Helmut Lang Leather Jacket (consignment)
Winter Kate Velvet Kimono (ebay)
Free People Dress (ebay)
Rag and Bone "Margot" Boots (ebay)
Leather Obi Belt (thrifted)
Anthropologie Bag (birthday gift)

I thought it was time to brighten up a little, I've been wearing so much grey and black lately that all of my brighter clothes have been hanging at the back of the closet. I like that this outfit is still darker but the velvet burnout adds some nice texture and the blue slip dress works with it. I've been wearing my obi belt more often, I thrifted it a few years back and wore it for a while and haven't broken it out for a while. It seems to really work with some of my more draped outfits and in this case, I really like how it looked belted over my kimono.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

January Budget

Helmut Lang Dress (ebay) - $39.99 + free shipping
Helmut Lang Skirt (ebay) - $19.99 + free shipping
Helmut Lang Gray Leather Jacket (ebay) - $80 + free shipping (it was more but I offered a lower amount because it's had quite a few alterations and the seller ended up taking my offer.)
Free People Sweater (ebay) - $31.00 + free shipping

Eileen Fisher Vest (thrifted) - $2.99 (not pictured, it's a long, loose vest)
H&M Cardigan (thrifted) - $3.49
Sorrels Caribou (thrifted) - $12.49

Helmut Lang Leather Jacket (consignment) - $50, paid in consignment credit, $0 paid out

Total: $239.95 but paid $189.95
Sold $90 on ebay after fees, made $162 in tips = $252 Budget for month

This was a busier month than December. My budget is whatever money I can make from consigning/selling on ebay and then whatever I make in tips at work so it really varies every month. It was a slow month at work so I did not make a ton in tips but I did have better luck this month selling on ebay. The $90 is what I made after ebay took it's cut and it's the best I've ever done, I usually make maybe $20 - $40 a month from reselling on ebay so this was just a really great month. Offering free shipping seemed to really help but it did take a big chunk out of my earnings so I don't know if it's something I'll continue to do. I save all of my credit from consignment at the shop since I get 50% back rather than the 40% I'd get if I cashed out, it's nice to have that build up because then when I find amazing things, I don't have to actually pay any cash out!

I was really focused on what I wanted to round out my wardrobe and aside from the Eileen Fisher vest, everything was a thought out purchase. I've been looking for a pair of winter boots to replace my Boggs Farm boots which have lasted me 8 years of daily, hard wear and finally fell apart. These Sorrels are in excellent condition with little wear on the soles and for $12.49, it beats buying a new pair!

I love my Helmut Lang items, the dress is turning to a great staple and it really works nicely with all of my cardigans and jackets. The skirt was a great buy, I get a lot of wear out of my Free People black mini so it's nice to have another one to spread out the wear and tear. I was really excited about my jackets, the grey one is a little longer and has a asymmetrical hemline and the great stretchy arm panels - that's one of the best things about Helmut Lang jackets! I was really excited to find the black one at our local consignment shop, this past month there has been so many great coats there, tons of Burberry ones, but I've passed on all of them because they just weren't my style or a really great fit. Then tada, this one showed up and because I've been saving my credits, I didn't have to pay anything out of pocket.

The Free People sweater was one I'd been looking at for a long time, I really liked the drape and from all of the reviews, it seemed like it was worth the price. But you know me, I always like to try to find it for cheaper and after watching ebay for a few months, it finally popped up in my size and at a great price. So far I really love it, it's soft and drapes really nicely but the material is thin enough that it fits under some of my slimmer fit jacket with no problem.

I realized that that was a lot of black- aside from the boots and the vest, everything is so dark. I usually buy my basics in black because it's easy but I've been leaning towards all black outfits this past month. I usually dress in darker colors during the winter and lighter colors in the summer so it's not really anything out of the norm. (Hah, I probably just described most of the population.) I don't think February will be a big shopping month, I feel really good with what I have and I'm trying to focus on wearing and remixing everything, especially now that I have the few staple items I was missing.

Linking up with Franish's Budget Bloggers for this month!
 

Wind Blown







UO Hat
Scarf (consignment)
Helmut Lang Leather Coat (ebay) and dress (ebay)
DKNY Cardigan (thrifted)
Salvatore Ferragamo Bag (consignment)
Free People Boots

I love these boots, they make me thing of something Rick Owens might create if he was doing a clog boot. Obviously, a very mild version of that but I really love the straps that wrap around and tie. The leather is really soft and thing which is a little unfortunate, these boots probably are not a "buy it for life" purchase but I think they'll hold up well enough for a few years. Thanks to this lovely winter we're having, I've been able to wear them quite a bit. They do have an open toe (WHY would you put an open toe on a boot??!) which means I can really only wear them if the temps stay up, I'm not interested in freezing! This is a funny statement considering I don't think I even wore tights in several of my outfits at the beginning of my blog and that was a brutal winter! Haha, I've gotten wimpy.....

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Some Are Misses

 



UO Hat
Scarf (made by me)
Helmut Lang Leather Jacket (ebay)
H&M Cardigan (thrifted)
Free People Dress (consignment) and Bag (ebay)
Sandgrens Manhattan Clog Boots c/o Sandgrens

This is not my favorite outfit - I liked it quite a bit when I was wearing it but looking at it in the photos the proportions seem really off. The coat, cardigan, dress and the front of the scarf are all about the same length and it seems that creates a top heavy look which even the clogs boots are having trouble balancing out. I liked the colors but I think one of the layers needed to be long to make this really work.
That's really one of the useful things about taking pictures of your outfits, you notice things that you don't really see in the mirror. 

 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Best Wishes For The Lower 48

 





 
 
UO Hat
Cashmere Scarf (thrifted)
Helmut Lang Coat (ebay) and skirt (ebay)
DKNY Cardigan (thrifted)
Old Navy Tank
Seychelles Boots
Salvatore F Bag(consigment)
 
I know, I've been wearing this DKNY cardigan an embarrassing amount of times, at least it sparks joy? It could just be that it's a warm layering piece and the lines of the asymmetric hem really works well with my jackets so it gets a lot of wear! The weather has been really lovely lately but brr, that wind! I won't complain, it's been such an unusually warm winter and to have above zero temps at the end of January is nuts, it should be super cold right now.  Also, the lower 48 has been hit by harsh winter storms, tons of snow and high winds is murder on power lines and not having electricity and heat during the winter is something I wish on no one. Wishing a speedy recovery from this storm and snow for you guys down there and hope everyone is safe and warm.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Lens Flair Like It's Photoshop 98









Fred Meyer Hat
Scarf (made by me)
F21 Jacket (thrifted)
DKNY Cardigan (thrifted)
Old Navy Old Sleeve Tee
J.Brand Maria Jeans (ebay)
Boots (thrifted)
Salvatore F. Bag (consignment)

...at least I think it was 98, maybe it was 99?  That lens flair was the most over used tool ever!

Every now and then I think "I'd love to buy some nice over the knee boots" and then I kick myself back to reality. First, like I need more boots? Noooooo. Second, this style of boot is usually made with suede and while my suede ankle boots have done a decent job of holding up in the snow, the suede of this style of boot is usually very thin (for stretchiness) and I have a horrible feeling they would just get trashed. I also don't really wear these boots often enough to justify buying a nicer version! These are a faux suede and not a great fake suede at that but they are thicker and fairly durable - there's also a lot of room in the foot and ankle so I can wear some heavy Smartwool socks and keep my feet warm. I'm not sure that's something I would be able to do in a nicer pair so in this case, the cheap wins out over a more expensive pair.

I did love this outfit! This cardigan is surprisingly warm and I feel like I finally acclimated to the weather this winter. (normally I do that in September but for some reason I just could not get warm this winter, even though it's been warm.) It's a switch up from my normal fedora with this hat, in 2014 I bought this hat in the blue and this red version and Izzy and I swap which one we wear for the day. They've made for a great winter hat, especially for being under $10! Ev has a fur Mad Bomber hat and I'd say these have been comparable in warm, even for being synthetic materials. They're also just really cute.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Snow Skirts





UO Hat
Scarf (gift)
J.Crew Coat (consignment)
Anne Klein Cashmere Sweater (thrifted a few years back)
J.Brand "Maria" Jeans (ebay)
Leather Boots (Christmas gift a while back)
Snow Skirt (Christmas gift)

Another practical outfit today, I thought I'd show how I wear some of my outdoor gear. This snow skirt was a Christmas gift from my in-laws and I absolutely love wearing it. It's a nice alternative to my snow pants and if I'm wearing a skirt, it's also a lot easier to strip off the snow skirt once I'm inside than snow pants are!

This was a casual work outfit, because of the snow and colder weather everyone in AK wears "outdoors" boots or shoes and once we get inside, we switch to our indoor work shoes. (Or just take them off if we're in someone's house, I'm not sure if removing your shoes is just an Alaskan thing - when I've gone down to the states people get confused when I remove my shoes before going inside. In Ak it's considered seriously rude not to remove your shoes and get snow/ice/mud all over your host's floors.) These are some older leather boots that are insulated so they do a decent job of keeping my feet warm when I'm running around. The layers might not be everyone's preferred aesthetic but I like them for warmth's sake, I really dislike shorter coats over jeans and getting cold air down my backside or sitting on a cold car seat. In the middle of winter we have to plug our cars in so they'll actually start in -50F and usually let them idle for 20 mins before leaving so the engine has time to warm up and the oil can cycle but the seat is always really cold and hard when you jump in! With the longer coat over the high waist snow skirt and then tall boots that come up under the hem of the skirt I'm completely covered and there's lots of trapped air in-between the layers to keep me insulated.

I believe these are call "scoop skirts" but I've only heard others refer to them as snow skirts. Either way, they're really great if you're doing a lot of walking around or wearing dresses/skirts and don't want them wrinkled from jamming them into snow pants. I do use my snow pants for outdoor activities like hauling and cutting firewood/playing/snow machine riding/snow shoeing/skiing, pretty much any activity where you're really getting into the snow.