OTK Socks and a Cat Skirt

I’m joining the Throwback Thursday (#TBT) trend and posting a few outfit posts from earlier this year. The looks aren’t stale, but my hair is a clue that these aren’t recent pictures.

Somehow, I didn’t get around to posting this outfit, but I think it’s still a fun look and a way to show a warm, rainy day look.

black and white

T-shirt: Victoria’s Secret
Skirt: H&M
Socks: Emily the Strange
Pleather shoes: Jelly Pop (from DSW)
Umbrella: Totes (from the drug store)

This kitty cat skirt was popular at H&M last fall. It also came in a cute skater dress and in two variations of the print. I’ve seen women wear white with black cats and black with white.

cat power

It’s likely unavailable now though, unlike a Marimekko print my mom recently picked up. She found the same pattern recently (in fabric and in ready-made dresses) that she had almost 50 years ago! That’s staying power!

Even if you can’t get this print, a circle skirt and lug-sole shoe is a fun combination when it’s not cold but you need a practical, stable shoe.

OTK socks and skirt

The shoes are new but the style is reminiscent of the 90s. That’s why I thought the over-the-knee socks worked. It’s a little like The Craft, but in fashion, anything goes!

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Exploring Brooklyn

As part of my “pack light; wear dresses” motto, I threw on this cool dress for my excursion to Brooklyn.

Jean in brooklyn
Dress: Forever 21
Boots: Diba (from DSW)
Purse: Crystalyn Kae
Sunglasses: DKNY via swapped

Brooklyn mural

The boots will look familiar. I wore them a lot on the trip (I swear I sometimes wore sandals and ballet flats too) because they were wearable, walkable, and added a funky edge to otherwise sweet dresses.

brooklyn with mom

On this occasion, my parents and I visited a Brooklyn flea market (for my mom’s account, click here). We found one indoors as well. We checked out a couple of art galleries too, visited Vaute Couture (my favorite vegan coat store), and ended up at Champs, a vegan diner.

brooklyn flea

I’ve saved the best part for last: A week later, I wore this dress to New York’s Lower East side for vegan pizza (remember: four dresses–only my parents and you will ever know). Guess who I met at the table next to us? None other than Sarah Simmons. Sarah was on The Voice and is a powerhouse singer. She’s as sweet as she is talented. Truly humble and genuine. She should have a new album coming out soon, so be on the lookout for it.

sarah simmons

If you missed her on The Voice, check out a couple of snippets of her amazing talent. Her audition blew all the judges away. She does a powerful version of The Story too.

Oh, some of you have been commenting (complimenting me on) my new tattoo–the most visible one yet! Thank you. I wrote about it on my other blog, so if you’re interested, have a read.

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The Return of the Pink Skater Dress

Last year, on my trip to NYC, I saw a cute skater dress. However, it was in Old Navy–and I didn’t fly across the country to shop in a national chain! When I got back from my trip, I found the dress at my local store (no sense filling my suitcase with things I can buy at home).

This year, I packed my skater dress for my trip to NYC. It made its east coast debut in Chelsea.

skater dress and boots

Dress: Old Navy
Pleather boots: Diba (from DSW)
Purse: Crystalyn Kae
Cuff: Brooklyn Flea

I packed light this year. Four dresses, four pair of shoes, a skirt, a pair of pants, two tank tops and a cardigan. Not bad for two weeks away! However, no matter how light I pack, I can always go lighter–especially when travelling to a shopping mecca like NY! I bought 10 dresses on my trip (many at thrift shops) so I could have arrived with an empty suitcase. By the time my trip wrapped up, I had a wardrobe that would last all season!

posing in Marimekko

I wore this dress to my appointment at Ted Gibson Salon. I thought having my hair cut in The Big Apple would be a treat. Ted Gibson (from What Not to Wear) was out of my price range, but his stylist Sherilyn did a great job.

My parents joined me on the trip again this year. My mom has been much better about blogging about the trip, so check out her latest post (my skater dress makes an appearance–and she has one in houndstooth).

Oh, and the cuff? Genuine made-in-Brooklyn artistry at work. It’s made from a fork!

fork cuff

Stay tuned for more posts from New York–my favorite home away from home.

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Floral Dress for a New York Day

I’m in New York again! I’m having such a fantastic time and I’m so busy that I’m almost forgetting to blog! I’m here with my parents and so far we’ve gone to dance performances, flea markets, jazz concerts, museums, and vegan restaurants–I even got my hair cut here. We still have Shakespeare and comedy on the agenda.

Today we went to a fantastic event in Soho called The Seed. It’s a plant-based experience complete with vegan food, cooking demos, beauty products, clothing, animal rescue organizations, and fabulous speakers. I got to see Lois Eastlund again too–she’s the designer I met last year. You might remember her name from the mint dress I posted. In fact, Lois told me about the event. I’m so glad she did! I wouldn’t have wanted to miss this!

cinnamon snail

Dress: Forever 21
Shoes: Reneu
Purse: Crystalyn Kae

I was in heaven before I even entered the building. The Cinnamon Snail vegan food truck was selling scrumptious sandwiches outside.

food truck

Once inside, I posed on the red carpet before checking out the booths.

the seed

I found one of my favorite handbag companies–Gunas–and they were having a sale!

gunas

I got to meet Jenny Brown of Woodstock Animal Sanctuary, and Tha Vegan Dread, a professional bodybuilder (who’s as nice as he is strong).

jenny and jean

tha vegan dread

After looking at all sorts of products and learning about great animal organizations, we headed over to Mooshoes, a vegan shoe store that happened to be having a shop-up event with baked goods and other vegan product from local vendors.

mooshoes

shop up

The Seed is yet another reason why I love New York!

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Casual Grays

For a comfortable, versatile look, I often gravitate to capri pants–and these gray ones were $5. I’ve worn them so much over the past four years that even if I’d paid $100 for them I’d have gotten my money’s worth.

gray cropped pants
Top: Goodwill
Pants: Bluenotes
Shoes: ReNu
Belt: Truth
Cuff: Rogue City Killers

patterned top
Wearing this slouchy, oversized graphic T with my pants is comfortable and versatile. This day, I was just running errands but I’ll happily go our for lunch or shopping wearing my gray outfit.

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Unbleached Cotton Dress

Last fall I bought two dresses at The Natural Clothing Company in Snohomish, WA. The first, my color-blocked dress, is a bit dressier than this one. I like this one because it’s natural, unbleached cotton with a bit of a prairie flair.

offwhite dress
Dress: The Natural Clothing Company
Boots: Qupid
Belt: Wet Seal
Sweater: Old Navy

cream and brown
I wore it with tall, brown, lace-up boots, but it will look good with a nice wedge-heel sandal too. I’m thinking red! For now, I stuck to neutrals. My wide belt added an interesting touch, but I’ve worn this without a belt and it works.

boots and dress
My gold cardi is dressier than the original prairie feel I thought I was rockin’ but I think it’s a nice high-low effect. As a sleeveless dress, I thought a cardi would help carry this into fall–not that I want to think about the end of summer just yet!

unbleached cotton

I still don’t have a pure white dress, but the natural cotton, in this creamy off-white shade will do the trick (for now).

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Floral and Khaki in the Garden

Here’s a cute top I fell in love with at a local thrift store. It was too big, however, but nothing a little cinching couldn’t fix. My stretchy belt came in handy!

floral and olive

Top: Thrifted
Pants: Swapped
Belt: Swapped
Cuff: Roberta Oakes
Shoes: Payless

I paired my floral top with olive-green pants, which I rolled up to show off my loafers. Overall, this is a thrifty outfit.

belted top

It’s cute enough to run errands in, or grab a latté with hubby, but it’s not something I have to worry about if I muck around in the garden–something I love doing this time of year. My backyard is a peaceful, happy place where I can scout out birds, and drink wine in the shade while my dog sunbathes.

thrifty outfit

Seattle summers are short so I learn to appreciate them. Fortunately, winters are mild. I plant lots of types of flowering plants so I have something pretty to look at all year. There are a few weeds in my pesticide-free yard, but I don’t mind. I want the wild bunnies to eat organic!

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Simple Black Dress with a Statement Necklace

I love my UNA dress. It’s not new, but a black dress is always a great wardrobe staple–something to wear year after year. And UNA is a local Seattle designer. I love shopping local! I have a striped skirt and a purple skirt from this company too.

Una dress

Dress: UNA
Shoes: Thrifted
Necklace: DIY

What makes this outfit unique is the necklace I made.

shoe neckalce

It’s about 40 tiny doll shoes strung up onto a chain. I think of it as a modern take on chunky coral. I saw this idea online and really liked it. I didn’t want to buy a necklace so I made this. Well, I’ll admit that it was a time-consuming project! It took over an hour to hook all those tiny shoes onto jump rings and affix the rings onto the chain. If you see one ready-made, it’s probably worth the dough.

Summer dress

I wanted the necklace to standout so my all-black ensemble was a good backdrop for the candy-colored shoes.

summer blacks

Are you a DIYer or do you prefer to buy things other people have made?

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A Dress with Special Memories

I don’t think of myself as an overly sentimental person–but I can’t let go of this dress.

paisley dress

Dress: Target
Jacket: Swapped
Bracelet: Shop in Honolulu
Boots: Urban Outfitters

I bought it about 12 years ago. It’s hardly new. And there’s nothing special about it–except that 10 years ago I wore it on my first date with my now-husband.

sentimental dress

I don’t wear it often, but it has such good memories. It used to have sleeves, but I cut them off. Now, if it’s cool, I throw on a cardigan or jacket.

jacket and dress

These days, in the Seattle heat wave, that’s not an issue.

I recently wore this dress again when hubby and I went back to the place for our first lunch date: Araya’s Vegetarian Place. Araya’s has moved three times and added three more locations, but they’re still going strong. Just like Mr. Jean of all Trades and me!

earthtones

If you’re in the Seattle area (or LA!) check out Araya’s.

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Double Denim

I’ve been told jean-on-jean is not a good look. Even if your name is Jean–and I agree (usually). If denim on top and on bottom looks very “Jay Leno on the weekend” (it’s also a look referred to as a Canadian tuxedo).

To look more fashionista and less farmer (not that I have anything against farmers), wear different shades of denim.

jean on jean

Dress as top: Roberta Oaks
Shorts: Banana Republic
Shoes: Aerosoles
Purse: Shiraleah

I paired a light chambray dress over shorts with a darker wash. You can try a dark denim jacket with faded jeans, a medium wash with colorful skinnies, or my favorite: blue with white denim.

light and dark denim

I got this dress in Hawaii–where baring a lot was common. When I threw it on in Seattle, I felt underdressed. As summer progresses, I’ll get over that feeling. But for now, the dress is a tunic and the shorts are a good transition into skimpy summer looks.

dress as a top

I like remixing my clothes and layering is a great way to change up the look of certain pieces. Short dresses look great over skinny jeans, leggings, and even long, slim-cut shorts.

Do you have other tricks for re-wearing items?

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