Navy and cream, two ways

This first one, which I'm wearing today, my son called an angel outfit. An angel shirt, and angel boots. 

This hi-low embroidered tunic top is one that had been in the holding zone for a very long time. I'd loved it so much that I saved it through years of it not fitting. And now it fits again, yay! And look: I said I didn't like fringe, no way no how, and here I am happily wearing fringe. :) The jeans are cream colored wide legged, new to me, acquired pretty much exclusively because I have several dark blue tops and sweaters and wearing a column of dark blue makes me melancholy (so wearing them with dark-wash jeans is out). I really wanted oatmeal or cream socks, but alas! Wardrobe hole (note to self). So blue stripes had to suffice.

The second one I took the photos of a few weeks ago (but I didn't actually wear it; it hasn't been cool enough for this sweater yet). Newest handknit sweater, a simple v-neck with three-quarter length sleeves.

I might not wear these cream colored jeans with anything but dark blue, but I'm guessing even if not, I'll get a decent amount of wear out of them.


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WIW Kismet

I love this shirt, except that it's a little bit short and the bracelet-length sleeves really bug me. [Does anyone else have wardrobe items like that? With excepts? What do you do?] I "solved" the second problem here by scrunching the sleeves. (It doesn't tolerate very much scrunching, but it's working OK so far this morning). And the first was somewhat lessened by wearing a belt. Anyway, the patterning and overlapping pieces always remind me a bit of tattoos, so it somehow feels both pretty and tough. (And I don't think I've ever met a paisley I didn't love.)

It felt like everything came together perfectly on this one. The shirt background matches the boots, the rose stitching on the boots matches the shirt, and I got to wear never-worn lace-and-cables (with beads!) socks. I know the stitching on the boots and the socks don't show when it's worn this way, but still. These details add to my happiness with this outfit. Which was high. :)

Thoughts? Comments? Suggestions?

Worn here with: 
Vigoss bootcuts
brown Justin belt
Nocono boots
handknit beaded socks
lafont specs


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Another questionable pair of jeans I got on my latest shopping trip. I've never worn skinnies before. I'm clueless. 

Question 1: Do they fit? How do they look? Since I've never worn them, I have no idea what criteria to go by.

Question 2: Are they me? Do I care if they fit? Maybe I'm so firmly entrenched in bootcuts (and flares, and sometimes wide leg) land that I can safely continue avoiding this silhouette.


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WIW: New grey jeans

One of the things I got when I was thrifting with Amy (Amiable) on Tuesday was this pair of grey jeans. I knew when I bought them they might be problematic, but after I put them on today I realized it might be worse than I'd anticipated. 

The problem? Footwear. I don't have any black shoes or boots, just sandals (see #1). But most of the year isn't sandal weather, so what then? I was skeptical about them going with my taupe boots. I do plan to get some stompy black boots, but I don't have them yet. But the boot issue became moot once I tried them on today: They're too short for boots.

Do they work with these flat brown shoes (#2), or did I make a mistake? Should I keep them? 

(Worn here with my burgundy handknit Maderia tank.)


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Seasons and Nature Challenge #2

I had DH snap a photo (outside (#2-4) in a hurry this morning, and then as I was out and about I just kept thinking of all the little details I'd missed / not gotten around to thinking about to help it reflect (heh) this photo for the challenge. Sigh. 

So when I got home I tried again (inside, #1). 

Still not thrilled with this interpretation; others have done it so much better! I do think I'm happy with the outfit, though; I'd planned to wear my soft brown maxi cardi for the brown tones (and the lace at the cuff might echo the small feather shapes, I thought), but by kismet I ran across this long forgotten handknit shawl and threw it on instead.

I added lipstick, a navy bracelet, white earrings and my sunglasses for a bit refinement (maybe?).

Handknit hemp/cotton tank, Vigoss bootcuts, Nocona boots, handknit cotton shawl.


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Seasons and Nature Challenge #1

I decided to start with the first combination I wrote down for the Seasons and Nature Challenge. And I'm glad I did, because looking at the photo of me is calming my soul this morning. I selected the bright blue tee for the sky, the teal cardi for the back pool of water, the dark bootcuts for the shadowed rock surfaces, and the taupe boots for the sand.

Of course, it's not quite cool enough to wear this all day, but it was OK first thing in the morning, outside. :)

This combination — two big colors — felt like it required effort to pull off for about 30 seconds, and then it was just happy.


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Sari skirt with boots

I finally actually wore my sari silk skirt Friday. I paired it with this aqua tank for a tonal look, and then since it was cool, I finally got to wear my western boots, too! First official outing for both of those pieces.

I discovered a handknit cardi (from last year) that went pretty well, but I didn't end up actually wearing it — the boots gave me plenty of warmth for the day's temps — I didn't need wool (besides socks). As the weather continues to cool (if it does), I'm looking forward to wearing this with the sweater, though; I like it better that way.

This felt very experimental, maybe even daring when I put it on. But over the course of the day, I grew comfortable and liked it.

So, what do you say? Thoughts?

And my long skirt came this weekend, too! I'll be sharing it once I figure out what to wear with it. :)


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WIW: Long cardi from the last time around

Another quick early morning appointment, another excuse for a topper.

I've had this topper since the last time long soft cardigans were in stores. I thought I'd purged it, but it was still in my closet. I know it's probably showing its not-currentness — that tie! — but I still like the length and the bell sleeves, so I threw it on over a tank this morning.

I'll be knitting a more modern take on a long cardigan pretty soon, but in the meantime ...

It feels weird to be wearing toppers over tanks; I know it's not exactly uncommon in more of a business suit context, but it feels odd to me. However, it does seem to suit (Ha!) these days' temperature swings.

Oh, and I finally tried out my phone camera's timer function, and you can see the back half of Maisie in that last photo.

Soft brown topper
aqua tank
slim bootcut jeans
Birkentstock Habana Odessa sandals


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WIW: For a cool morning

I dressed this morning for the predicted high in the 80°s, donning my handknit asymmetrical burgundy tank, jeans and sandals. And then I realized [near-daily headaches have my foggy-brained, but that's why I was leaving the house] that we've been having some cool mornings lately. I checked the current temp, and realized I didn't want to go outside in 53° weather without sleeves. So I added my jean jacket, and rolled its sleeves. 

Of course, it was up to 70° by the time I got home less than an hour later, but still.

I had DH snap the photos when I was picking up my son before heading home after my appointment, hence the unusual backdrop. And I promise my face isn't actually fuchsia.

I'm almost giddy that it's nearly layering weather, for real!

Thoughts, suggestions? How would you improve this?


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WI'mW-ing: Pattern, and new specs

Sorry for the bad/blurry photos today.

I rarely wear pattern, but I'm inextricably drawn to paisley-type designs. I'm happy to have this familiar silhouette on, and I'm liking my hair today, and the injection of color isn't hurting, either. High happiness here.

The magenta is just a tad too bright for me to wear comfortably some days, but I feel like I've been stuck in medium blue for so many days (apparently all my looser tops are that color) that I'm happy to wear something different.

New specs, too. I ditched the former new eyeglasses because we couldn't get them to fit right and I couldn't get comfortable with the visual heaviness on my face. I like these better, already more comfortable seeing them on my face. The "turquoise/aqua" (per the manufacturer) read as mint when I wore a top that color, but it matched perfectly with an aqua top the next day.

(ETA: And here you can see my specs from the last year.)

Any thoughts, comments, suggestions? 


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