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Changing Seasons

I’ve always kept all my clothes together in my closet (as opposed to putting summer clothes away for the winter season and vice versa). I like this plan because a) I don’t have to bother with switching them out or worry about when the weather has officially turned the corner. But b) and more significantly, it gives me a lot more options and most of my clothes I can stretch to at least 3 seasons by mixing and matching.

The downside, though, is that I see my clothes all year, so I get tired of them – there’s no, “oh, I forgot I had this!” moment, because they’ve been in front of me all along.

All that to say, I’ve been trying to maximize my winter clothing wear because I’m a little tired of a lot of the spring/summer clothes I have in my wardrobe – at least the ones that are work appropriate).  I think, though, that the weather has finally turned (yay, but…), so I’m going to have to make the total switch soon.

In the meantime, here is a sweater skirt that I won’t be able to wear much longer…
1 - sweater skirt, jacketCute, though, right? I like skirts a lot, and especially love unique ones, weather because of shape, pattern, or in this case, material.

Do you switch out your clothes for the seasons every year? If so, have you done that yet? Rhode Island got a bunch of snow this weekend (and I got sunburned at brunch #sorrynotsorry), so friends up North, if you switched over, what did you wear the past few days?

Sunny and 75 (and December)

Just a quick post because it’s already 1:00 my time, which means most of my friends who are on the East Coast are about to take their mid-afternoon naps.  Actually, though, this might work out in my favor, because no one really gets anything done on Friday afternoons.  Maybe more people will read!

I don’t know if it’s warm where you are, but it’s over 70 degrees here in the great city of Nashville.  I’m not wearing shorts, because I think unless you live in Florida, you do have to retire those at some point, regardless of temperature.  But, I sure thought about it.

So, here’s an outfit I wore a few weeks ago when I was still in Georgia, and it was also over 70 degrees in a season where it is not supposed to be that warm.  Not that we’re complaining.

This necklace is one of my favorite fall pieces – I don’t typically think of blue as a “fall” color, per se, but I love the unexpected combination with amber, yellow, and deep plum.  I don’t have a lot to wear with it, but it makes me happy whenever I do.

1 - jean shorts, boots, cardiganHave a great weekend, everyone! Stay cool, warm or whatever your weather calls for, and I’ll be back next week with some Christmas-themed posts!

American Fall

Yesterday, we talked about my Rue 21 finds, and here’s another that I just couldn’t pass up.  Actually, I almost did miss this one and was about to put the other items back (I have this thing sometimes when I’m shopping that if I don’t REALLY want it, I’m too lazy to stand in line, even if said items are only $3 and $5 respectively).  But, as I was walking to the racks to put those items away, I came across this cardigan which was just too perfect to pass up, even with a steep $11 price tag.

So, I gathered my other clothes again, waited in line, and was pleasantly surprised to discover that the tag was wrong, and this adorable baby was only $3 too!  My high-waisted button shorts (buttons not pictured) were also from that magical shopping day ($5), and of course, my Sam Moon America necklace perfected the ensemble.  With my over-the-knee boots, I was ready for a fall evening that really felt more like summer.
1 - American flag cardiganWhat do you think of this patriotic look?  Or boots with shorts?  I’m a fan of that trend, but it can look tacky if not done properly.  Have you tried it yet?

Two-fer Tuesdays: Pretty Pleather

For this week’s Two-fer Tuesday, I’m focused on another skirt: my favorite “vegan leather” blue beauty.  Of course, it’s a little tricky to make a light blue, studded leather skirt look too different – no matter what you do to it, it’s pretty noticeable.  But I do think I was able to achieve a new feel with the second outfit, and the overall impact of the two looks was very different.

In option 1, I was trying to go casual – as casual as you can be in a flouncy leather skirt.  So, I paired it with a gilded sweater/sweatshirt and some flat oxfords.  (And, of course, my favorite necklace from Rahab’s Rope.)

1 - blue leather skirt, gold sweaterI’m not sure why this picture turned out so dark; I even lightened it in my photo editor/collage app. Ugh, photography…  You get the point.

In option 2, I took my old lady floral Peter Pan collar blouse that I really love, added my over-the-knee boots, and took this picture at the end of the day so I would look as tired and disheveled as possible.  Every once in a while, I wear an outfit that looks much better in real life than on camera.  This is one of those times.  I promise it was cute – lots of people said so.  But despite how it photographed, I couldn’t skip posting the picture because then it would just be a one-fer Tuesday, and that is not nearly as catchy.  Focus on the earrings.

1 - blue leather, floral blouseWhat do you think?  Different looks, or basically the same thing, disguised as creativity?  What would you wear with this skirt?  Let’s talk!

The Puffy Vest Rut

I’ve fallen into a bit of a rut lately, recycling the same pieces over and over (short-sleeved gray sweater, check; fleece-lined leggings, check; puffy vests, check). I am always in favor of mixing and matching, but I feel like I’ve taken it to a bit of an extreme. I think I’m so over the cold that whenever I get up in the morning, I’m just automatically drawn to whatever I think will keep me warmest; unfortunately, I haven’t invested in as many sub-zero pieces as I apparently should have (you live in Georgia, they said.  It’s hot there, they said).

So, hopefully this never-ending winter will, in fact, soon end, and I can start rotating between the other 9/10ths of my closet, and stop with these same 4 or 5 pieces.  In the meantime, here is my other puffy vest (you may remember the blue and white one that is so popular among the 60+ set).  I’ve had it for several years (it was a great Christmas gift from my brother many years ago), and while I’m wearing it a little more often than I’d like, I am glad to now be getting some good use out of it.

And, let’s talk about my jeans.  I LOVE the wash on these.  It’s so unexpected; white, without actually being white.  I got them at Target, using the Target Cartwheel app (if you haven’t downloaded this app yet, you need to do it ASAP.  Free coupons; I bought these with 20% off all clearance apparel!  You will thank me, I assure you.).

1 - brown and pink puffy vestHow is your winter wardrobe holding up?  Are you ready to switch over to spring fashion – or just ready to make the switch to spring weather?

  • Boots: DressUp
  • Blouse: Old Navy
  • Vest: long ago gift, but I think from Rue 21 originally?
  • Jeans: Target

Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks

I’ve been trying to get creative with my clothing lately.  Although I own so many pieces, I still sometimes get bored with my closet, and I’m always trying to think of new ways to wear things, especially with dresses and heavy sweaters which can be pretty limited in styling options.

So, a few weeks ago, I decided to try tucking a heavy sweater into my skirt and seeing what happens. And you know what, I actually really liked it!

1-sweaterandskirtI think I started with my boots here. These are the ones I’ve been trying to show you unfolded and over the knee – only in this outfit and with the way I’m standing, you can’t really tell.  I tried.  Anyway, to showcase the boots, I needed a shorter (but still warm!) skirt, and the outfit evolved from there.

A bulky sweater tucked in only makes more bulk, so I think this look could be tricky to pull off, depending on the skirt – where it hits, the way it hangs, one’s particular body shape.  I also needed the belt to make the outfit look complete and intentional – not just like I’d forgotten that sweaters aren’t made for tucking in.  But, with that touch, the stars aligned and I got a cute new way to wear one of my favorite sweaters.

Do you ever experiment with your clothing choices?  Have you stumbled upon something unexpectedly fun?  Let me know in the comments, and have a great weekend!

Black and Tan

First of all, before everyone starts staging an intervention, I HAVE taken down my Christmas tree.  It is still sitting in my spare room, waiting to go in the closet, but it is down.  However, since I took such an inexplicably long break from blogging this month, some of these pictures are old.  So, sorry about that.

I’ve been taking a class online in web design and it’s got me all fired up to create my own template (or at least pick one that requires some more tinkering than the standard WordPress template), so be on the lookout for changes over the next few months!  (But don’t look too closely…this may take a while.)

Anyway, this outfit.  I bought this MASSIVE sweater dress from a rummage sale to benefit Beloved Atlanta, an anti-trafficking organization.  I think it’s originally from Anthropologie, and it was $10, so I bought it – even if it is a large, and I’m not.

Honestly, I’m not sure what you’re supposed to do with it.  I wanted to wear it as one of those cool, long, open cardigans I see everywhere, but it’s just too big for that.  And then there are buttons in weird places.  So, this belted look is the best I could do, but I think it works.  And y’all, this is the warmest thing I’ve EVER put on my body.  Honestly, I thought I wouldn’t be able to wear unless I traveled outside of Georgia, but I guess my blood has thinned, because I’ve worn it several times.

1 - blacksweaterdressI realize I’ve yet to show you these over-the-knee boots actually over the knee.  I really prefer them that way, but with the length of this skirt, they had to be folded over.  I did take two pictures for you of the detailing, though, so you could see the super cute zipper down the backs and the super fuzzy buckle on the sides.

Stay safe, friends in the snow!  And send some my way, if you think about it.  I asked my boss if we could have a sympathy snow day this week…he didn’t think that was as good an idea as I did.

Around the World in 3 Days

Last week, I kinda went on an unintentional theme in my dressing.  I say unintentional because unlike sixth grade when I would plan out an entire week of different smiley-faced outfits (I’m still quite proud of myself for that), this theme just evolved.

It started on Monday, when I went in to work dressed as Robin Hood.  I work in a casual environment, but costumes are generally discouraged.  However, when you are late every day, sometimes you look in the mirror, say, “I look like a fairy tale character”, and decide to go with it anyway.  In this case, I started with the boots which are over-the-knee, but once I added the skirt, I realized they were too tall for the length of the skirt, so I folded them over.  And became a Merry Man.
1 - Robin HoodThe next day, I switched things up completely (sometimes I feel a little schizophrenic in my dressing, but that’s a topic for another day), and went with the very professional all black dress and pumps, adding a touch of color in my shoes and scarf.  My friend said I looked like I should be on Wall Street (which is why I left my glasses on for this picture – I thought it added to the pretense).  I laughed at the absurdity of dressing like Robin Hood one day and Wall Street the next, to which my friend said, “Well, Hollywood to New York…where will you go to next?”
1 - Wall StreetNever one to disappoint, I showed up on Wednesday ready for the streets of Paris. In theory, anyway.  When I think of Parisian fashion, I think slim-fitting, minimalist, and monochromatic, like Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face or almost every fashion designer, ever.  So, I tried my best, but other than the beret, I honestly don’t like very much about this outfit.  Maybe if my jeans weren’t so faded (who knew that my dark wash were no longer actually dark), I’d be a little happier.

Oh well.  C’est la vie.

1 - France, beretHow would you dress Hollywood, NYC, or Paris?  And more importantly, where would you go on a world-wide fashion tour?

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