Category Archives: Winter

Guest Post: Something New, Something Blue

Time for our weekly guest post with Alicia! I have to tattle a  little bit on her–she sent me a text asking if I still wanted her guest post (I did) and then said Okay, I’ll have to figure out how to take my photos by myself” and I wanted to squeal and welcome her to the world of true fashion bloggers who have to figure out their cameras’ self timers! Congrats, darling!

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Newlywed here. I might still be a little preoccupied. But let’s get down to business.

This past weekend, I went down to visit my parents. We were shopping for Christmas presents for my grandmother and we happened upon this little jacket and blouse. My mom was going to get it for my grandmother, but I coveted it. I love the shade. And I convinced her to buy it by saying “Hey, if we find something better for Nan Nan, you can give me the blouse and jacket.” Score. We found something better for my grandma.
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The jacket is 100% cotton. The blouse is lace. My favorite part of the blouse, though, is the lining on the collar that perfectly matches the beautiful blue jacket. The skirt has this cute little pleat thing on one side. It is soooooo old, but it fits! The tights are super smooth and comfy. And I’ve introduced the boots before.

Alicia 12-18-12 2I do think the jacket looks a little bit mature for me, but I love the pop of color. I look forward to experimenting with it to make it look more youthful in the future. Once I find it, I’m excited to incorporate it into my casual wear, my work wardrobe, and maybe even as something dressy. I have commented before that I want to get more color, go a little outside my comfort zone, and I think this color is a great first start.
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Blouse and Jacket: Style&Co, Macy’s. Tights: Calvin Klein, Macy’s. Skirt: Wet Seal. Boots.

I welcome any ideas for youthfulness. For example, accessories? Different bottoms to wear with them? I have no idea.

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Remixed to Perfection

Talking about clothing and outfits feels a little empty after the events of the weekend. I’ve written more about my views on everything on my other blog, so if you need to stay in that moment and reflect some more, I respect that. I also know that there are a lot of good people out there who eventually need a break from the heavy, and that’s what this post is about.

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I’ve ignored this dress for a long time, mostly because I couldn’t figure out a way to wear it without hating it. I knew it existed–I just hadn’t found it yet. The shape is tricky around my midsection which is less a problem about looking bad and more about feeling frumpy. Also? Orange, brown & cream? difficult colors to add to.

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Sweater & Tights: Target | Dress: Sojourner | Shoes: Thrifted | Coat: H&M

I found this dress on massive sale at a little boutique up in Bellingham, but I know it was on Modcloth for a while. I tried to find it for you, but with no luck. You’re free to try on your own, though. Those birds are wearing neck ties, fancy hats and monocles, so I’m not sure what print could possibly be better.

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This coat is meant for spring, but it’s meant for springs that are dryer than the ones we have so I usually wear it in winter–the closest thing we have to ad ry season. I have to layer it extra or I freeze, and today was definitely a day that required more layers I had. All in all, though, my outfit felt super successful. Remember kids–adding color is always the right option.

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I’m Dreaming of a Chartreuse Christmas

Christmas Outfit

Well, at least for my dress. I put together a cute little holiday outfit that I’ve been fantasizing about. I think it’s super cute for the holidays, and each piece would be great to remix into my own wardrobe for lots of further use!

1 I can’t think of anything better to wear than a chartreuse dress like Frozen Margaritas Dress | Modcloth

2 It took all my self control not to buy this sweater, which is on sale right now! Sequin Front Caridan | The Limited

3 I’m pretty sure I’ve had dreams about the Opaque Fairisle Tights | ASOS

4 I love these shoes and they’re the perfect touch Børn ‘Verna’ Flat | Nordstroms

5 A cute flower for my hair, such as this Magnolia Flower Clip | Enchantedly Yous, Etsy

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Rule Breaker

I got a call from my mom on Tuesday asking if I wanted to have lunch with her before work. Well, duh. I was running out of outfit posts, mom. I kid, I kid. I mean, I still have one more stockpiled. I decided to break the rules of work and wear a patterned skirt. And by decided, I mean I’m out of clothes and need to do laundry pretty badly.

Cape: Thrifted | Skirt & Top: H&M | Leggings: Gift | Shoes: Clarks | Bag: Melie Bianco

Cape: Thrifted | Skirt & Top: H&M | Leggings: Gift | Shoes: Clarks | Bag: Melie Bianco

My manager didn’t bat an eye at my skirt, so I think it gets to be on the sometimes rotation. Yay for small victories in rule breaking! Also, take a good look at that photo–it was taken by mom, who’s getting to be a total champ. I want to give her a nice big shout out for doing a bunch of my outfit photos lately. She used to be pretty timid about it, but this time she just snapped a few shots and handed my camera back to me like a boss. It’s a fun process to watch.

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I know I’ve talked about this cape before, but hot damn I love it so. It was inspired by David’s mom, who has a much nicer and higher quality cape. I remember the first time I saw it on her and immediately thought omgwantcape. I went back to Bellingham shortly after and almost immediately thrifted this beauty. It’s a little tight around the bust on me, but I don’t care. It satisfied that itch pretty effectively!

PS–Hooray for celebrating the end of the world, guys! Unless it’s supposed to end at the end of today instead of the beginning. In which case, this might be the last blog post ever from us. Stay tuned.

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Guest Post: Working in Winter

Happy Tuesday, everyone! I’m excited to share another guest post from the lovely Alicia. Remember, you can read her blog over at Break Out of the Bell Jar! Thanks for the post, Alicia, and I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I did!

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This outfit is more or less what I wore to the interview for this job. Just replace the tights with nude pantyhose and the boots with modest nude-colored Kate Middleton-esque heels. I adore this dress. I ran into a teacher after school had ended while wearing this little number and he told me I looked “too professional and pretty” to work at my law firm. He was only kidding around. He’s a prosecutor and we’re a criminal defense firm. He and my bosses get along fabulously and he was by FAR my favorite teacher. His sense of humor is dry, a little morbid, and sarcastic. Just like me! Angel

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Dress: Fred Meyer | Tights: Calvin Klein | Jacket: American Rag, both from Macy’s | Boots: Overstock.com

That was supposed to be my “angry fake model” expression. It looks more like I wasn’t ready for the picture, but I still like the photo.

Now, these boots. I made an extra effort to get these boots into the picture. Not really my favorite. When I purchased them online, I thought they’d be sturdier and more attractive. But they make great winter boots anyway. My favorite part about them is that when I walk, they make a soft padding sound instead of a click-clack. I love the click-clack too, but sometimes a girl wants to be stealthy!

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As for this last photo. Well, I wanted to do a pose I hadn’t done before. Ever. But the point of the outfit is that it’s relatively warm in the winter. The tights are a little thin, but they protect against the wind. The jacket is also a little light, but helps seal in some heat. The dress is very, very thick and warm. Overall, the outfit is a little too black-and-grey for my taste. I feel comfortable and pretty in it, anyway. And I think it had the desired professional-looking effect I was looking for the first time I wore it. After all, I landed the job!

A Post With An Abundance of Overshare

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Brace yourself, because it’s about to happen. The first thing I though when I looked at these photos, and likely similar to what you’ll think, is Why on earth am I wearing shorts in early December?

Truth is, guys, I’m one of the reluctant leg shavers. Especially during the winter months. It feels pointless and petty and such a nuisance, so I skip weeks when it’s cold out. I finally caved and shaved my legs the night before this outfit, and so when I woke up I was super exciting to show them off. I knew I’d be spending the whole day inside with friends while we decorated, so I threw on a pair of shorts and David looked at me like I had grown an extra pair of legs.

A little impractical? I asked

Just a little, babe, he replied

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I added tights and somehow it felt like a good idea. When Kels and I made a quick run to the store for more ornament hangers, though, and snuck in outfit photos I started to reconsider my decision but it was too late. I was committed and for the record, this outfit is super comfortable.

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Sweater: Thrifted H&M | Shirt: H&M | Shorts: Target | Headband: Gift | Shoes: Thrifted

So tell me, am I crazy for wanting to wear shorts in December? Wait… maybe don’t answer that. What’s the craziest, out-of-place thing you’ve worn? Was it worth it?

Won’t You Put Me In A Zoo?

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That was totally my favorite Doctor Seuss book growing up. I felt so bad for the poor little fella! He’d be so happy in a zoo. Anyway, this was totally all I could think of when I threw this outfit together.

This was my DMV + Car Insurance + Medical Appointment for David outfit. Comfortable yet professional, and for those who think I’m flashing some inappropriate levels of cleavage rest assured–there’s a tank under that top.

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Sweater Skirt & Shoes: Thrifted | Shirt: Mona B | Tights: gift Express

There’s not a whole lot to say except this outfit was a million times more comfortable than I expected and a lot more flattering than that shirt’s initial shape would lend you to believe. My personal policy, by the way, for the DMV is to go into as ridiculously happy as is fucking possible. Charm everyone who looks at you for longer than five seconds. Kill them with kindness. Oh and go in armed with a 16 oz iced green tea half sweetened from Starbucks.

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