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.
Tights: Roots Canada
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.
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?
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!
Do you have winter-spring transition outfits?
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I lucked out recently when I spotted this Diane von Furstenberg dress at a thrift store. It’s not her signature wrap style, so I think it went unnoticed by staff and customers. Nonetheless, it’s a pretty dress, with asymmetrical front seams and a bow at the collar. It’s not too frilly or girly, which is nice. I’m not a big fan of over-the-top ruffles–and least on me.
Dress: Diane von Furstenberg
Shoes: Poetic Licence
Cuff: Shop in Issaquah, WA
Navy will go with about anything, but I had to try it with muted purple tights. The same purple tights, in fact, that I wrote about for my latest New Year’s post. This time, I also matched my tights (always elongating) with my shoes–velvet and sparkly peep-toe heels. A little girly is fine, right?
So this outfit is actually the same as my New Year’s one, with one simple swap. I traded my jumpsuit for a dress to change things up completely.
I wore this to a double-date dinner with hubby and a couple of friends. It’s looking spring-like, but nights are still cool so I appreciated the sleeves and tights. The 3/4 sleeves let me show off my “diamond” cuff. Well, it looks luxe. But at $10 I’m guessing it’s not diamond.
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I referenced my olive jeans in the title of this post and my mind kept reading “olive garden.” I changed the title so it included “leopard” instead and it sounded like there was a leopard in the garden. I give up. I’ll embrace the humor!
Spring is almost here. I can taste it. Usually, the only hints are rain, rain, and more rain, but a bit of warmth from the sun never hurts.
Top: Old Navy
Jeans: Just USA
Belt: Couch Guitar
Bracelets: Various shops
Purse: Crystalyn Kae
I’m always one to cover up with sunscreen but after so much gray, I was happy for a few rays. A little Vitamin D is good this time of year.
I took advantage of the sun and warmth to have a look around my garden. It’s going to need a lot of work, but surprisingly, a lot of things live throughout the winter. And many flowers will start blooming on their own. I’ll fill in whatever’s missing with plants from the nursery.
This isn’t a gardening outfit, but it worked just fine for a peek at the garden for a pre-spring assessment. I’ve worn this shirt with red pants before, so I knew a red belt would work. I wore my olive skinnies because I love olive and red and because the olive was another neutral to balance out the top. The boots pull in shades from my top too.
An arm party is a fun way to accessorize. I wore my Timex and threw in a few stretchy beaded bracelets in colors that matched my outfit.
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Today I’m wearing gray. Usually I like wearing color to contrast the gray Seattle winter but I don’t mind blending in sometimes. Call it camouflage for the Pacific Northwest.
Hat: Forever 21
Sweater: Wet Seal
Jeans: Sonas Denim
Flannel boots: Groupon
Every winter wardrobe needs a beanie (or toque, as we call them in Canada). I usually wear one to keep warm, but it’s a fun fashion item too. I ditched my jacket to show off the velvet skull on my shirt.
My jeans are from Sonas Denim and I got them as part of a Kickstarter campaign. Sonas was raising funds for their new line so in exchange for a donation, I got these. Sonas is a vegan-run company intent on keeping their environmental footprint small. They recycle everything (even scraps of denim), give 10% of profits to animal welfare groups, and have plans to fund an animal sanctuary.
When I contributed to the Kickstarter, I got to communicate with the founder himself, Gerry Kelly. I can’t say that happens very often!
I love my Sonas (I bought a second pair in black waxed cotton for a dressier, almost leather-look) so even on a gray, day, I’m happy–which is what Sonas means in Gaelic!
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Here’s a blast from the not-so-distant past. A striped, floral and khaki number I wore in the fall and never added to the blog.
Scarf: Shop in Portland
I’m looking for spring outfit ideas and this will work now, just like it worked in October. In fact, in Seattle, it works about nine months of the year. There’s only a few months in winter when open toes are too chilly for me. Even in summer, a light 3/4-length top and loose pants are fine, especially in the evening. Only the red leaves on the tree date these pictures.
I squeezed in a bit of pattern mixing with my floral scarf, and the red in the scarf picks up the color of my shoes. These shoes are so comfortable! The platform means the heels isn’t as high as it looks, and the pleather is soft and not at all sweaty.
I’ve worn these pants a lot! Definitely got my eleven dollar’s worth. They were on sale in the junior’s department and even came with the belt. I wanted a loose, casual look so I went up two sizes.
My grass is still green–we’ve had rain and only two days’ of snow this winter–but my herb garden is asleep. I can’t wait until spring so I can cook with freshly picked chives, parsley, basil and rosemary!
What parts of spring are you looking forward to?
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It’s rare that I double down on shopping, but when my Vaute Couture Emily coat arrived in mail a couple of months ago, I tried it on, fell in love, and jumped on Vaute’s site so I could buy the other coat I’d been eying: The Traveler.
Coat: Vaute Couture
Boots: Cri de Coeur
I was initially drawn to the color of this coat (dolphin), and the great tagua nut buttons. I also knew that this was the type of coat I’d wear a lot in Seattle (not too warm, not too bulky, but cozy enough to protect me from chilly weather).
The Traveler is made in NYC from recycled materials, and it’s vegan. No down or wool in this baby!
Necklace: Fremont Sunday Market
What better to go with my new coat than my Cri de Coeur booties! These are leather free, fair trade, and I adore the subtle sheen. The soft gray shade goes with everything too.
To offset my investment pieces, I wore a top from the Express sale rack and a skirt I found at a thrift shop.
You can almost make out the new tattoo I have on my calf in this last picture. I’ll save the big reveal until after the color is added.
One of the first things I did when I went to NYC last summer was head to West 125th Street to the Studio Museum in Harlem.
The museum is a contemporary art gallery focusing on African-American works. It offers an artist-in-residence program too, so it not only reflects and showcases art in the community (and for the community) but it gives artists a space to practice their craft.
In addition to an impressive permanent collection, there is a constant rotation of exhibits. Here’s what I saw.
Robert Pruitt’s exhibit Women featured a collection of large-scale conté-on-butcher-paper drawings of women. There are pop culture and political themes in the work, which feature models of women in Pruitt’s life. They’re embellished with gold leaf.
I saw a high school photography exhibit featuring wonderful snippets of student life, from family and home scenarios to perspectives on high fashion. Here are just a couple of the 30 or so images from the collection.
I enjoyed Jennifer Packer’s work, which was varied in theme but related in its textures and painterly-ness.
Cullen Washington Jr.’s Untitled (Mondrian #6) echoes the geometric aspects of Piet Mondrian, only Washington’s are created entirely with found materials.
Another geometric piece was nearby, this one by Steffani Jemison.
Shooting without a flash indoors is limiting, but I did capture a few other pieces, including these from the Body Language exhibit.
The Studio Museum is a gem and I highly recommend visiting if you’re ever uptown.
When I went to Snohomish, WA a few months ago, hubby and I wandered the old town, grabbed drinks, and window shopped. My window shopping turned into the real deal when I found the Natural Clothing Company.
The store features a diverse range of styles and sizes (men’s and kids’ stuff too) with a common theme: organic, chemical-free clothing. The footprint of making the clothes is smaller, and the clothes themselves are healthier to wear. Not everything is vegan (wool was among the natural fibers), but I found lots of great pieces in cotton, hemp, linen, bamboo and even soy!
Dress: Natural Clothing Company
Pleather boots: MIA
Necklace: Shop in Ft. Lauderdale
As usual, I thought I’d just “try on” this wonderful organic cotton dress, but it fit so well and was really comfortable. It’s lined and has pockets! So I did the economy a favor and picked it up.
I love the pop of red the sash provides, and the three neutrals give me lots of options for shoes and accessories. If I turn from left to right, you’ll think it’s a completely different dress!
If you’re ever meandering through Snohomish (it’s the type of town that you really need to meander through), take in the sights, grab a bite to eat, and check out the Natural Clothing Company. If you don’t get to Snohomish, don’t worry–they have an online shop too!
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When I bought my fox sweater, I also picked up this owl sweater. It’s just so cute! The fox has glasses and this guy has a bow tie. Aww.
Sweater: Old Navy
Skirt: Forever 21
Tights: Roots Canada
Booties: Old Navy
Ring: Roberta Oakes
I will be able to wear this with everything but, creature of habit that I am, I wore it with a pencil skirt–just like I did the first time I wore my fox sweater.
The main differences between the two looks is that this time I have on tights and short boots. Last time I had bare legs and knee-high boots. Color combos and accessories really change things up so I don’t think anyone noticed that I was repeating a “formula.”
I’m a big fan of pencil skirts now. I wasn’t when I’d only had experiences with stiff, uncomfortable ones. But these stretchy skirts are great! I like how I can wear them high-waisted as a mini or on my hips for a knee-length option.
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I joined the Navy. Old Navy!
Shirt: Old Navy
Pants: Old Navy
Belt: Couch Guitar Straps
Until this pair of pants arrived from oldnavy.com, I had zero camouflage in my closet. Or maybe I did. Maybe it was just so good at being camo that I couldn’t see it!
I like the unexpected color of these pants. (Well, blue camo is worn in the Navy, I think of the olive/khaki color combo when I think of camo.)
Camo reminds me of hunting, and hunting makes me sad, so I’ve steered clear of this pattern. But the blue camo seemed like a nice variation.
I’ve since seen professional wildlife photographers wearing camo (they even have camo cameras) so if I do get some green camo clothing, I’ll pretend I’m on assignment with National Geographic. Seems reasonable, right?
And to offset the military vibe, I’m wearing a belt made of vinyl from a VW Bug. You can’t get more hippy than a Bug!
For once, I’m actually wearing a “classic white shirt.” For years I went without this wardrobe staple because I thought it would get dirty and wrinkled (and it probably will). Nevertheless, I’m glad to have a timeless item.
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