Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Flowers In the Snow

Fred Meyer Cap
Michael Michel Kors Sweater (thrifted)
Jacket (thrifted in 2013)
Winter Kate Skirt (ebay)
Rag and Bone Boots (ebay)
Free People Bag (ebay)

A bit of a warm spell around these parts and I'm starting to feel perky again. I don't know what it is about the deep cold that takes it out of you but it really does. I enjoy reading about Arctic/Antarctic  explorations, turn of the century Alaskcana and mountaineering  and one of the common themes that's repeated over and over is how the extreme cold would just suck the life out of everyone and tasks that would normally only take a few mins to complete would take hours in the cold. Of course, the Artcic/Antarctic exploration books and many of the early Alaskacana books talk about temps down to -80F and when describing the gear that was worn, I can't help but feel pretty lucky to only experience -50F every now and then and to have modern winter gear. (The cold weather slops that sailors wore in particular, I don't know how any one survived. People were tough!)

My outfit was completely second hand, aside from my cap, which is a direction i've tried to take my closet in. I don't usually get super excited over what is offered in stores these days but that could also be due to not having many stores to physically go into! It probably doesn't help that after a few years of buying mostly second hand, through thrifting, consignment or ebay, that I've gotten rather cheap. I never want to pay full price because I know I can find it for far cheaper! (Most of the time....) This skirt is one of my very favorites but I've slowed down on wearing it due to the extremely fragile vintage cotton it's made from. All I have to do is look wrong at it and it rips. So far I've repaired it four times and I accidently put two really long rips in it right after taking these pictures, ugh. I can't help but repair it however, I like it far to much to just give up on it.

At the beginning of winter I evidently like to go through a dark phase where I will wear all of the black and gray and towards the middle I usually like to start breaking out my bright clothes again. I mentioned this skirt is a favorite which might be a surprise  if you'd started reading this blog back in October - it is a rather bright pink! I really like it with a chunky sweater and moto boots and in this case a fake leather jacket to keep it right within my style preference.   (This jacket is a old one on the blog, I've worn it for many years and while I do have some nice leather jackets, this one has survived many closet clean outs. It is easy to clean and has worn extremely well with none of the "cracking" most pleather develops after a while.)

Monday, January 30, 2017

Lazy Winter Morning

Fred Meyer Cap
Scarf (made myself)
Helmut Lang Coat (ebay) and Skirt
Anhropologie Sweater (thrifted)
Cashmere Tunic Sweater (thrifted)
Old Navy Leggings
Rag and Bone Boots (ebay)
Free People Bag (ebay)
The sun looked really interesting this morning hiding behind the cloud bank and I didn't end u getting a very good shot of it at all.  I wished I'd been better these past few weeks about taking my camera because the extreme cold makes for some really great photos.
It was cold this morning so I layered two sweaters, this grey turtleneck tunic sweater (cashmere, mmm) under tis looser Anthro sweater I'd found at the Value Village in Wasilla from our last trip to Anchorage.  A skirt over leggings and tada, lazy style.  I'll pretend my coat makes it look like I tried.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Sun for 6 Hours, Temps Above Zero, It Must Be Summer

Fred Meyer Cap
Rick Owens Lilies Coat (ebay)
DKNY Cardigan (thrifted)
Free People Dress (ebay) over Intimint Jersey Dress(thrifted) and Old Navy Long Sleeve Tee
Free People Bag (ebay)
Rag and Bone Boots (Christmas gift)

Happy Friday and Happy warm up Fairbanks! It's been bitterly cold here the past few weeks but today we are enjoying a heat wave of 17F and man, it feels awesome! It is just so nice to be warm again and I'm pretty sure my car is a whole lot happier about it.  
After looking through my year end pictures for the post the other day I realized I needed to break this dress back out again as I haven't worn it during the winter. I switched out the plain slip I normally wear under it for my Intimint jersey maxi which made quite the difference towards staying warm.  It was still a bit cold this day so I wore my trusty Old Navy long sleeve tee(from 2013 but they stock them very year) under all of those layers to help hold in some heat.  Fleece tights and a wool/silk blend cardigan under my oat and I actually felt pretty warm.   I'm usually petty cold indoors so all I took off was my cardigan and that kept me from over heating.  

Thursday, January 26, 2017

They Call Us Crazy

AEO Scarf (2013)
DKNY Cardigan (thrifted)
Rick Owens Mainline Dress (ebay)
Paige Jeans (thrifted)
Rag and Bone Boots (Christmas gift)
Free People Bag (ebay)

Another warm weather outfit from a few weeks ago, temps rise above 30F in the winter and the coats are OFF.   Fourteen years ago my family moved up to the Interior from Wasilla and I visited them during Christmas break from school.  It was -25F in Fairbanks and coming from Wasilla, that's about as cold as it gets but when I arrived in Fairbanks, everyone was waking around in tee shirts while I was all bundled up in my snow pants and heavy parka.  Literally the only one around downtown with a coat on and my first thought was, "these people are insane."  Apparently I arrived just as temps had warmed up from -50F and to Fairbanks, it felt like a serious heat wave.   Obviously now, I am one of those insane people as we were working on the waterline last night and I was guessing it was zero or warmer because it felt jus so pleasant outside.
Thermostat read -20. 
It gets to you eventually.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Winter Chill


Fred Meyer Cap
Fleet St Parka (thrifted)
All Saints Leather Jacket
Marni Cashmere Sweater (consignment) over Old Navy Long Sleeve Tee
Banana Republic Pants (thrifted)
Nine West Leather Wedges (thrifted)
American Eagle Bag
The lighting on these photos is al over the place and I apologize.  The ice fog was rather thick in spots and then the sun would peek through and yeah, I was a mess.  It didn't help it was -22F and I didn't want to spend a ton of time getting right, even if I wasn't freezing. 
This is a rather basic look, sweaters, puffy winter coat and some really thick socks kept me warm, even if these silly gloves did nothing for my fingers. 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Looking Back: 2016

I am a few weeks slow to this post but hey, better late than never, correct. *couph2015postthatneverhappened* I personally always enjoy reading reviews for the past year and seeing what outfits were favorites and which purchases ended up being fabulous.

Looking back, I can see that I had some major shifts in my style. I still love my bohemian outfits and clothes but still feel really drawn to the dark side. I love the black lace Free People dress and had some really great summer outfits with it but have felt too lazy this winter to dig it out. Clearly, that will have to change. Something interesting that I realized as I was looking through was that I don't really like dressing for the summer. Fall and winter? Love it, although I might complain quite a bit about the cold. I do really enjoy laying and I think that makes my winter/fall outfits a lot more fun where during the summer I just want to cover up. I guess I really, really hate shorts. Note for next summer, just wear maxi skirts, it'll be fine.

Ebay, thrift stores and consignment were my jam this year.  I bought very, very few things new from stores and shopped almost entirely second hand.  I added some really nice, normally very expensive items to my closet this year but for very little actual money.  I am really patient and managed to buy all most all of my Rick Owens items for between $20-$30 and my most expensive Rag and Bone Boots were my Christmas present pair which were $70.(I normally find them for about $30-$50 which is a great price for how nice of boots they are.)  However, things don't need to be expensive to be nice - I wear the over-the-knee boots pictures in the last photos heavily during the winter and they are a no brand, fake suede pair that won't die.  I also get a ton of wear out of my Old Navy long sleeve tee I bought in 2013, I wear it in almost every outfit as a bottom layer!

Marni Cashmere Sweater - This was from a consignment store in Anchorage and funny enough, I didn't realize it was a Marni sweater until after I bought it. I had a few moments to look around the store and this was one of three items I tried on and bought - I loved the fit, how soft and light the cashmere was and how versatile it was. It wasn't until I was looking at it at home that i really looked at the tag and realized it said Marni. Score! since then it's gotten regular wear, the lighter color helps break up all the black and it's just so soft.

Helmut Lang Leather Pants - An ebay purchase and one of my favorite things. These pants were super popular about four years ago and still rarely show up for a good price on ebay but four years of stalking and I found these for a un-heard of price. They are a navy blue which I like more than the black - like my Marni sweater, the navy helps soften up all black outfits.

Rag and Bone Boots- I. LOVE. THESE. SO. MUCH. Enough said, I wear these almost every day at work and try really hard not to wear them with every outfit. They are just the most perfect boots for me and I love how they work with every outfit. Also, really, really comfortable. And they look cool. (And drum roll....they were $45. Brand new, never worn. From $595. Mic drop.)

H&M Fake Leather Jacket - I bought this at the new H&M store in Anchorage and it was instant love from across the store. It looks just like a Rick Owens jacket and the fake leather is a really good dupe - it's great a great texture and will wear a lot better than most of the shiny pleathers out there. It also is really well cut, I'm pretty impressed with the seaming on this and it's a really great jacket from a budget store. 100 perfect love it.

Rick Owens Mainline Cardigan - I'd been wanting a maxi cardigan for a while and actually had talked myself out of a RO one before, thinking I could surely find a cheap one at H&M or the thrift store. I did not have luck finding one that really worked for me and I am really happy I did not buy any so-so ones and waited until I found one I loved. This is from the mainline of Rick Owens and retailed for some crazy price but I bought it for the price of an H&M cardigan and I feel really good about it.

Rick Owens Lilies Wrap Coat - This coat is so beautiful and another thing I'd been staring at for a long time on ebay. for some reason it never sold and I am really glad it did not because it's stunning in person. I do wish it was thicker and that the sleeves had the silk lining that the similar cardigan has but otherwise, love.

Rick Owens Lilies Dress - I saw this dress drop to less than $20 on ebay and bought it kind of on a whim. It's such a simple, plain dress but it's amazing. It fits me really well and I love the length - it's not something I normally choose but it's really good.

Acne "Donna" Boots - These are such fun boots, sleek but with a heavy does of western inspiration.

I wish I could throw in my "worst of" outfits but I felt like that was most of my summer outfits this past year.  As I said, summer apparently is not my strong point and I was really tired this past summer and didn't put a huge amount of effort in.  Looking back this does help me realize that I don't have to wear shorts if I don't like them, I really do prefer my longer skirts and tend to feel more comfortable in them so I don't think I will fight that this summer.  I think I am going to try to swing back towards having a little more fun in my outfits and no taking them quite as seriously, I miss my fun bohemian bags and bright skirts!

Monday, January 23, 2017

A Cold Wind Blows Across

Free People Hat
Wool Cape Coat (thrifted)
Hemut Lang Coat (ebay)
Marni Cashmere Sweater (consignment)
Old Navy Long Sleeve Tee
J.Brand Coated Jeans (ebay)
Rag and Bone Boots (ebay)
Spell Designs Bag (ebay)

We had a pretty decent snow dump a little while ago and it was blowing like crazy.  In fact, I didn't even had to pretend twirl my cape for a dramatic atmosphere. ;)   This wool cape-coat is a fabulous over coat in that it's big enough it fits over everything and the thick wool can be a nice windbreak. I felt like I'd been rather boring with my outfits lately so I tried to incorporate a little fun with my beaded and fringed bag and then went with a pair of coated jeans and a cashmere sweater to have some contrast in texture. 
I am surprised I still have my hat however, the wind was blowing so fiercely that it kept flying off m head and I'd have to chase after it.  Clearly a lack of judgment on my part, wearing a wide brimmed hat on a windy day!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Hello Again

UO Hat
Forever21 Jacket (thrifted)
Eileen Fisher Wool Sweater (ebay) and Silk Tank (ebay)
Helmut Lang Skirt (ebay)
Lucky Brand Leather Bag (Christmas gift)
Rag and Bone Boots (ebay)

Hey all, sorry about the two weeks of radio silence.  It wasn't intended, life just got busy and blogging took a back seat for a little while.  About 10 days ago there was a serious cold front that swept across the interior and we were predicted to get down to possibly -65F. That's some hardcore cold, bad enough that you have to put special fuel additives into your heating oil and car tanks to keep the fuel from gelling up.  We were lucky and ended up getting the tail end of a snowstorm that dumped another foot of snow on us then then temps dipped down to only -51.  We did end up with some serious ice fog caused by the cold that reduced visibility enough that after school activities were canceled, school itself was not.  (In fact, I cannot think of one time school was canceled due to cold and we've been through -75 with wind-chill.  Someone asked a teacher the other day just how cold it had to be to cancel school and she had no idea, she'd never seen it canceled due to cold!)
It has warmed up quite a bit, today is only -20F so it feels wonderful out.  This outfit is not from today, it's from about 20 days ago during a warm spell when putting on a real coat felt like a good way to bring on heat stroke.  This jacket is an older thrifting find but hasn't gotten a ton of war in the past year.  I like the idea of the jacket but maybe not this particular jacket. For some reason it keeps feeling very juvenile when I wear it which is odd because I keep staring at the All Saints studded jacket from a few years ago.  Maybe it's too shiny?  I don't really know but I made myself try to wear it a few weeks ago and even then I really wasn't into it so I think 'll have to donate it and move on. 

These boots are probably my favorite pair of boots of all time, they are supremely comfortable and I get a lot of joy out of wearing them.  They just feel very me and I never feel like I have to struggle to incorporate them into my outfits, unlike the studded jacket.