Tent-striped Skirt for Fall

Here’s another #tbt to last fall. One of the few outfits I neglected to post.

black and white skirt

Top: Old Navy
Skirt: H&M
Tights: Roots Canada
Pleather boots: DSW
Scarf: Gift from Marion
Ring: Gift from Mom
Vinyl bag: Snap Designs

I loved the wide, black and white stripes on this skirt (yes I got the same one in a cat pattern–I just couldn’t decide). This one had a dramatic, circus-tent look.

all black with stripes

To offset the dramatic pattern, I wore all black. But I still needed to inject a bit of color into my look. I chose a lovely mauve scarf that my aunt sent me all the way from Germany. My yellow bag is the complementary shade to purple so they work well together.

purple and yellow accents

Last fall was the point when my hair was the longest it’s been in a decade. I’ve had pixies and bobs and finally got it this long before getting trim after trim until my hair is short again. I can never decide!

long hair




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Endless Summer

I don’t like fall. There. I said it. All my friends are celebrating the changing leaves and sweater weather with pumpkin spice lattés and I’m having none of it! Seattle had a terrific summer. Warm, but not humid. Sunny but not hot. Mid 80s from May through September. I could count the rainy days on one hand. Even now, it’s not time for a coat.

orange and blue

Top: Thrifted
Jeans: Banana Republic
Shoes: H&M
Belt: Steve Madden

If I had my way, it would be summer forever. Sure the autumn colors are pretty but the days are getting shorter and the nights are cool. Winter will be here soon, and that bums me out.

thrifted top

These photos are from a month or so ago, when I was enjoying my backyard oasis. I still hang out there with my dog, but the garden has faded. My top, however, is still bright.

balancing act

I bought this at a thrift store–despite it being two sizes too big. I just couldn’t resist the little shoe pattern! For my first attempt, I belted it. I might take it in at the waist–or maybe completely transform it into a skirt, a scarf, who knows?

shoe pattern

Such a big, busy top needed a simple, streamlined bottom so I wore skinny jeans and nude ballet flats.

I’ll be switching to fall clothes soon, but I’ll cope. I’m counting down the days till spring!

I’m joining The Penniless Socialite for Favorite Fashion Friday, and Rachel the Hat for Passion for Fashion. See what the others are wearing!


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Black and Gray Tunic and Leggings

Here’s another #tbt (Throwback Thursday) post. It’s an outfit I just wore last week, but the picture was taken last fall. Sometimes my posts-to-pictures ratio gets out of whack and I find myself with a surplus. And since this I still a look I like, I’m sharing it today.

black and gray

Top: ecoSkin
Leggings: Victoria’s Secret
Boots: DSW
Purse: Susan Nicole

I got this tunic when I was in New York last year. It’s by ecoSkin, a “green” clothing company from California that uses environmentally friendly fabrics and strives to be earth-conscious and minimize their carbon footprint. I’ve seen people wear this as a top, but I think they might have been shorter than me. For me, this is the perfect tunic, so I paired it with black leggings and tall boots.

eco-friendly outfit

My boots are half pleather and half neoprene (scuba material) so they have a nice, snug fit without being tight. I’m always on the lookout for great vegan shoes and boots–surprisingly, there are lots (just look into my shoes closet and you’ll see).

vegan boots and purse

I won–yes won–this amazing Susan Nicole bag at last year’s Walk for Farm Animals. Of all the raffle items, this was my favorite and as luck would have it, I won! Susan Nicole makes an amazing line of vegan leather, eco-conscious handbags.

comfy fall look

I do love the comfort of leggings and the look of boots, even though I’m not one of the people who can’t wait for fall. I mourn the end of summer each year. But fall is a good time to start plotting a winter getaway!


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Peplum Top and Polka-dots

I didn’t jump on the peplum trend when it hit stores a couple of years ago, but when I found this peplum top at a clothing exchange I figured I’d take a chance on a new style.

peplum with polka dots

Top: Swapped
Jeans: Makers of True Originals
Shoes: DSW with DIY heels
Bracelets: Claire’s

Peplums, a short overskirt or extra layer of fabric that emphasizes the waist, actually came into fashion in the 1860s. I think of them as more of a 1950s item. A couple of years ago, retro-inspired fitted jackets and tops hit the stores. I didn’t buy any, although I did find a peplum-inspired top at a clothing exchange a while back.

peplum top

I’m late to the trend, partially because I’m still not sold on it–despite its waist-whittling effect. But like I said. Clothing exchange. Zero-risk investment.

red and blue

I wore the top with denim capri pants (also slightly retro). Capris are a great seasonal transition piece. My red sandals got one last hurrah. I’ll be switching to closed-toed shoes soon. The rains are coming.

capris for fall

I have a winter peplum (black velvet) that my mom gave me so I’ll try that out when the weather is cooler. Do you have peplum tops? What do you think of them?

I’m linking up with Fashion Informant, Passion for Fashion, and Favorite Fashion Friday. See what all the others are wearing!


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Mini Dress with Sleeves

I’m wearing a mini dress with three-quarter sleeves today. I’m enjoying the sun and warmth while I still can!

mini dress

Dress: Purdy Girl
Belt: Steve Madden
Shoes: Cri de Coeur

I found this number at a shop in New York’s Upper West Side when I visited in August. It was half off an I couldn’t resist. The waves in blue, purple and gold drew my eye. It’s got a light background, but strong colors.

NYC dress

I added a turquoise belt and gold platforms. I bet I can wear this with leggings and boots when the weather gets cool.

summer dress

Today, though, cooler weather was not on my mind! I had a nice pedicure last week for a wedding I was in and I intend to show off my toes until it starts to rain.

Cri de Coeur

I hope you have great days ahead too!


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The Perfect Dress

This really is The Perfect Dress–well, that’s what it’s called on Betabrand, where I bought it.

perfect dress

Dress: Betabrand
Shoes: Payless
Belt: Steve Madden
Sunglasses: Old Navy
Earrings: Shirazi

I have a few things from Betabrand, but this is the first piece I’ve posted about so far. Betabrand is a company in San Francisco that designs and manufactures clothing based on what their fans choose. Through crowdfunding, new designs enter the market. Betabrand has really neat ideas like work-appropriate bikewear, reversible blazers, and this perfect dress.

colorful stripes

It even has pockets! And I’ll be able to carry it into fall. But what drew me to the dress was the pattern. The turquoise, blues, and reds reminded me of Santa Fe. It also comes in other really cute patterns. When the dress arrived in the mail, shortly after funding was complete and the dresses were made, I thought it might be too long. I debated chopping a couple of inches off. Then I remembered that I already have a lot of short, summer dresses and this length might just be, well, perfect.

red shoes and dress


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Chevrons and Gold

I’m drawn to Missoni-style pattern (despite not having any Missoni myself–well, not counting the Missoni for Target dress I got at a clothing swap). This dress, however, reminds me of a Missoni: colors, chevrons and all.

chevron stripes

Dress: Bebenoir
Belt: Steve Madden
Clutch: Shiraleah
Shoes: Cri de Coeur
Necklace: Herbivore Clothing
Cuff: Citizen Rosebud on Etsy

Now, what you don’t see is the texture of the dress. It’s a printed woven material, not a knit. So there are differences. I like it all the same. Plus, it reminds me of my fabulous trip to NYC last year, because that’s where I bought it.

orange and green dress

I wore the gold cuff I bought from Citizen Rosebud’s Etsy shop. One-of-a-kind, I’m afraid. But Rosebud always has great things in her shop, so check it out and see what you can find!

cuff, dress, cat

My Cri de Coeur gold platforms worked well with the dress, and I threw in a bit of brass with my vegan sailor-style pendant from Herbivore Clothing. Who says vegans aren’t stylish?

I’m joining Style Elixir, Pleated Poppy and Transatlantic Blonde for linkups. See what everyone else is wearing!


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Blue and White Hi-low Dress

I found this dress at a clothing exchange recently. I love grabbing items I might not otherwise try. It’s a no-risk investment. Turns out, I like the cut of this dress–but if I ever change my mind, I’ll bring it back to another exchange.

hi-low dress

Dress: Swapped
Belt: Florida shop
Sunglasses: Flea market in Florida
Shoes: Payless
Rubber bracelets: eBay

I added a belt I already had so this dress would have a bit of definition at the waist. And so things weren’t too predictable, my red wedges made an appearance. Red, white, and blue. I should have worn this on the 4th of July!

swapped dress

When I wear my white sunglasses, I’m reminded of Kurt Cobain–I recall pictures of him wearing a similar pair. When the world lost Cobain, I was still living in Toronto. Who knew just a few years later, I’d be in Seattle? A little too late to enjoy the grunge scene, but it’s a great city nonetheless.

red, white and blue

Oh, I’m a day late and a dollar short, but I’m linking up with The Life of the Party, Lena B Actually, The Penniless Socialite, and Simple Sequins. See what all the others are wearing!



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Turquoise Summer Dress

I bought this dress so I could enjoy simple, one-piece dressing. In summer, it’s great to just throw on one item, stay cool, and not worry about what to wear it with.

turquoise dress

Dress: Target
Jacket: Betsey Johnson
Belt: Marshall’s
Boots: Cri de Coeur
Necklace: DIY

I’ll also be able to wear this with leggings or over skinny jeans in the cooler weather–but I’m not jumping on the fall bandwagon yet. The weather is still in the 80s and it’s still technically summer.

silver and blue

Today I brought along a denim jacket so I wouldn’t freeze in the office. Yes, this is a short dress and it’s borderline work-inappropriate. But I don’t mind showing bare legs. And the neckline is high. Nothing to see here, folks! Gotta love a casual work environment…

dress and denim jacket

The booties ground the outfit and bring it into September. But if you’ve seen my New York posts, you’ll know I love short boots all summer long.

I wore my doll-shoe necklace again today. I thought I’d pair it only with black outfits, but I think it will go nicely with solids in any of the shoe colors.

necklace detail

I’ve joined The Pleated Poppy and Transatlantic Blonde for linkups. Check out what everyone else is wearing!

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Palazzo Pants for Day and night

I bought a pair of colorful tribal-print palazzo pants this summer and found a few ways to wear them. These look fun with a tank top in any of the colors in the pants: wine, teal, black or white.

Sometimes a simple white T does the job well. This shirt has a slight cowl neck so it’s not exactly plain.

palazzo pants and a white T

Top: Store in Seattle
Pants: Target
Cuff: Lauren Harkness
Shoes: Novaca
Purse: Crystalyn Kae

On another day recently, I wore a loose, sleeveless shirt with a bit of detailing on the neckline.

black top and palazzo pants

Top: H&M
Necklace: Gifted

Finally, for evening, I wore a fitted black top with loose sleeves.

dressy pant outfit

Top: Swapped
Earrings: Premier
Clutch: Crystalyn Kae

I like getting lots of use of my clothes so I need to make sure I can wear items more than one way. These pants passed the test. Plus, they were cool and comfortable on my trip to NYC. I neat the heat in style, so I consider this a win. I wore these in parks, subways, on the street, and out to eat.

What’s your go-to traveling outfit?

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