Patterned Pants

I love the comfort factor of pajama pants, but wouldn’t be caught dead in them outside the house. That’s why I love the loungewear as outerwear trend that popped up last summer.

patterned pants

Jacket: Lulu’s
Pants: Bébénoir
Tank: Swapped
Shoes: Beyond Skin
Necklace: Gifted

These are a soft, relaxed-fit pant, reminiscent of harem pants or lounge pants. With slippers and a smoking jacket, I’d rival Hugh Heffner for stylish boudoir clothes. But with ballet flats and an unstructured jacket, these are surprisingly appropriate for every day. I wore them to work and out to dinner.

black and white and red

To be clear, these are “outside pants.” I bought them at Bébénoir when I have in New York last summer. I was lucky to have this incredible gem of a boutique just around the corner of my Harlem condo, where I lived (and pretended to be a local) for 10 days.

loungewear as outerwear

I’d read about Bébénoir in a fashion magazine the week before I flew to NYC. I wanted to visit, but Harlem is a big place. I had no idea if it would be anywhere near my apartment. Imagine my luck when my taxi passed the shop, turned the corner, and dropped me off at my temporary digs.

I must have shopped there every other day. I took my parents along too, and my mom loved their clothes (in fact, she bought a pair too, which you can see in her Harlem blog post). Bébénoir has a wonderful–and affordable–selection of men’s and women’s clothing and accessories (and super friendly staff).

beyond skin shoes

My Beyond Skin flats work really well with these pants. I got these as part of a Kickstarter. I donated toward their new line of shoes and received these. All vegan, ethically sourced, sweatshop-free, fair labor–and cute! If you haven’t checked out their site, do it now! I love their new spring line.

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Citrus Sweater and Cords

Yellow and gray–again? I know! I wore this color combo a few weeks ago.

citrus and gray

Sweater: Marshall’s
Jeans: Big Star via swapped
Boots: Cri de Coeur
Clutch: Alchemy Goods
Necklace: Florida shop
Cuff: Rogue City Killers

Both outfits feature metallic boots, but these have a heel and are slightly dressier than my silver combat-style boots. And this time, I opted for pants instead of a skirt. The pants are from a clothing exchange I went to recently. I’d never heard of Big Star but they fit great, so I took them. Turns out they’re over $130. Score!

yellow sweater with pants

My necklace was sewn onto a top I bought in Florida. I cut the stitches keeping the two items together and now I wear them separately. How would I have washed the top with jewelry still attached?

necklace, cuff and clutch

Despite being the brightest, acid yellow, I get a lot of wear out of this sweater. I do like pairing it with gray, but I’ll show you soon how I wear it other ways too–with denim, floral, black, white…

cords and recycled rubber

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Black and White 60s Mod Look

Here’s a head to toe thrifted look. I got the dress from one clothing exchange and the boots from another. But it’s a look that’s meant to go together. I feel very 60s mod in this outfit. The dress is short enough to belong in the 60s too–yikes! But it isn’t more revealing than shorts, so I’m embracing the look.

retro dress and boots

Dress: Swapped
Vinyl boots: Swapped
Necklace: Florida flea market

I fiddled with the previous shot to give it a vintage feel. But by making a color photo black and white, no matter how retro or artsy it might be, loses the best part of this outfit: the red boots! I love these knee-length, high-heeled boots.

red boots

In fact, I saw them at DSW and almost bought them. I regretted not picking them up. So imagine my delight when my friend Andrea brought hers to a swap. These are even better than the Fluevogs I used to have. I sold them because I was ridding my closet of leather and other animal products. Now I have a fantastic–free–vegan replacement.

graphic dress and tall boots

I don’t manipulate my photos a lot. I want to show the real me. However, I will crop out a cluttered background or edit out a piece of garbage on the ground. For this photo, I removed my house number (hey, I don’t know everyone and I don’t like pop-ins!). I also tried to remove an unsightly security sticker from the corner of the window. Well my second-rate editing tool got confused and cloned MY head into the space instead of matching the rest of the window.

Jean spying on Jean

This might be the best accidental edit ever! I’m leaving it in. There I am, peeping through the window, wondering what I’m doing outside.


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Flannel Biker Jacket

Flannel is the uniform of the Pacific Northwest. It’s warm, that’s for sure, but it’s not usually incorporated into fashion-forward garments. Sometimes, Seattleites are called unstylish, but I disagree. And loads of Seattle Style Bloggers will prove otherwise.

I liked this jacket because it’s flannel and it’s stylish.

biker jacket


Jacket: eBay
Dress: Lulu’s
Shoes: Urban Outfitters
Scarf: Fred Meyer’s
Bag: Craft fair in Harlem

It’s a classic biker jacket cut in an unexpected color and fabric. A perfect non-leather option. I even included it in a recent vegan motorcycle jacket post on my other blog.

I wore my jacket over a black maxi dress and added pops of color in the form of blue ballet flats, a bright pink belt, and a light gray-blue scarf. My bag from a Harlem craft fair matched so I carried it with me.yellow flannel jacket

I thought this was a comfy and stylish look for an afternoon out with hubby. We went out for lunch and then checked out the Bellevue Arts Museum, which was showing an exhibit of paper clothes. The clothes were elaborate reproductions of period pieces from the 17th century and on. Of course photography was prohibited.

yellow and black

Luckily I got this shot though. I wanted hubby to pose in front of this pair of wings but he insisted I do it. He pointed out that I matched the color scheme of the wings–and he was right.

Jean with wings

Do you enjoy visiting museums and galleries?

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Flower Power

While selling a few things on eBay recently, I bought this shirt. Hey–it’s not supposed to work that way! The ad at the edge of the screen called my name and I couldn’t resist. At least I made more than I spent.

floral shirt

Shirt: eBay
Jeans: Goodwill
Boots: Qupid
Cuff: Etsy

I don’t have a lot of button-up shirts and I liked the pretty florals in this one. It’s like a watercolor painting. My Impressionist shirt.

light jeans

I paired it with my faded cropped jeans and tall wedge-heel boots. I wanted to “ground” the look with a darker color. And I toughened up the delicate blouse with my mock-croc faux leather cuff.

I bet it will also look good with bright pink or light green jeans too. White jeans would look elegant, and I can also wear this with a skirt and tough, biker jacket. So many options!

tough and pretty

Overall, it was a thrifty look. Perfect for spring! I hope spring is on its way to you.

cropped pants with tall boots
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Turquiose and Brown Waistless Dress

I’ve had this dress for years and I still love it. It’s super comfy, is a neat Missoni-inspired pattern, and can be worn from early fall through late spring.

blue and brown dress

Dress: Ross Dress for Less
Tights: Target
Boots: Urban Outfitters
Cuff: Etsy

I’ve worn this with brown tights and tall boots before, but this time I thought I’d try booties and blue tights.

pleated high-waisted dress

I realize that without a defined waist, this could easily look like maternity wear. I have no solution to that dilemma. Other than carrying a flask and reinforcing the “I’m not pregnant” look by taking swigs from it all day.

blue tights

Sometimes a belt is a good way to define a waist, but this actually has pleats coming from a “princess waist” so a belt won’t work. I’m not too worried.

cuff accessoriy

I was really happy when this cuff arrived in the mail. I got it from Etsy, to replace some leather cuffs I’d gotten rid of. This is a faux leather, embossed cuff that’s lightweight and adds a bit of cool, toughness to the outfit. Doing a search for faux leather cuffs was overwhelming–there were so many great results! But I narrowed it down and got this one and a red one from a great shop called Trailer Park Gypsy.

Do you shop on crafty sites like Etsy? It can be addictive! I just bought a wall decal for my bedroom from another shop on Etsy.


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All Hail Kale

I couldn’t resist this KALE t-shirt from The Engine 2 website. The play on words (YALE) is a funny veg joke. Engine 2 is a site that offers recipes, a 28-day plant-based challenge, and shirts.

kale t-shirt

Dress: Forever 21
T-shirt: Engine 2
Jacket: Swapped
Boots: Urban Outfitters
Purse: Matt & Nat
Bracelets: Roberta Oakes

I don’t usually wear traditionally cut t-shirts and thought this would be just an exercise top, but it’s too neat to save for the gym. I wore it over a maxi dress. Fashion rules are meant to be broken!

blue and brown

I wore a denim jacket over my T and went with brown accessories. Orange and blue are complementary colors and a warm, reddish-brown can offset blue nicely. It’s unexpected too.

denim and faux suede

Once again, I got photobombed by Alice. She’s blind, so goes out only under close supervision. She’s never seen grass, but she love to nibble on it. That’s six pounds of sass right there!

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Blue Suede* Shoes

The Camilas are out! I love this evergreen bush, but I especially love it for the few weeks each spring when its pretty pink flowers bloom.

outfit collage

I wore my blue (faux) suede shoes with skinny jeans and a bright sweater. In the past I’ve paired these surprisingly comfortable shoes with skirts, but they work with pants too.

denim and platforms

Sweater: Target
Tank: Old Navy
Belt: Truth Belts
Shoes: Payless
Jackets: H&M

Of course I’m super tall in them–almost six feet tall–and it’s a lot of fun. I’d never look down on anyone, but I do love towering over everyone sometimes.

biker jacket and jeans

My velvet biker jacket comes in handy on nice (but cool) spring days. It’s still technically winter but spring will be here any moment! Today we had sun, rain, more sun, a bit of hail, and some clouds.

layered look for spring

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Silver Boots and Neon Yellow

I love my Tin Man boots. They add a fun, casual vibe to a skirt or pants. I’ve even worn them with shorts. Today, I went bright on top and neutral on the bottom. My boots almost blend into my maxi skirt.

yellow and gray

Sweater: Marshall’s
Skirt: Target
Boots: Dirty Laundry
Necklace: Online shop (name forgotten)

I’ve had this skirt for a few years now. It was definitely a good purchase. It’s great in all seasons. With boots–like here–and with sandals when it’s warmer out.

neon sweater

It’s definitely looking like spring in Seattle, but I’m not quite ready for sandals. I did skip my coat today (I wasn’t going far). I’m just eager for days when I don’t have to bundle up. At least it’s staying light longer now.

long neckace, long skirt

I got photobombed by my cat! She’s so sweet. I can’t get mad at her–even if she does steal the limelight!

boots and maxi skirt

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Houndstooth, Paisley and Stripes

I went all out with monochromatic pattern-mixing today. I was slow to embrace the trend, but I’ve learned to love it. I just don’t always like to think too hard about how my clothing items work together as an outfit. That’s why I don’t mix patterns a lot.


Coat: Macy’s
Shirt: Marshalls
Skirt: Swapped
Tights: Roots Canada
Shoes: Soda
Scarf: Fred Meyer’s
Necklace: JC Penney

Black and white is the common theme that ties the patterns together. Finding a theme made it easier to mix and match. Plus, stripes are practically a neutral. They go with everything.

paisley skirt

I added a pop of color with my hot pink infinity scarf–it’s still so gray in Seattle that I needed something to cheer myself up. The flowers in my garden (or lack thereof) won’t help for a while. And the rats are gloomy too. I stenciled those rats on my fence as an homage to Banksy. Or was he really here?

stripes and paisley

My wedge platforms complete the outfit. They’re fun and surprisingly practical. At least I won’t sink into the grass like I would in heels!

black and white

Do you have winter-spring transition outfits?

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