Thursday, May 17, 2018

Mod mood

Activity: Meeting for worship

Coat: Talbots, thrifted (similar)
Dress: Boden, thrifted (similar)
Earrings: From Brazil (similar)
Bracelet: ebay (similar)
Bag: Kate Spade, gift (similar budget, similar)
Shoes: Franco Sarto via DSW (similar)

Outfit inspiration?  Completely these earrings that I had just purchased from a friend who brought jewelry from Brazil to sell.  I wasn't sure I'd have the items to match this mod feel, but with a basic shift dress (definitely a wardrobe basic, in my opinion), and this fun bright minimalist coat, the outfit came together.

I'm starting to realize what my closet goals are - versatility.  Not necessarily trendy, although I enjoy incorporating a popular trend if it fits my personal aesthetic (especially if I can thrift that item).  Within a range of looks I enjoy, I like being able to morph basic pieces into completely different feeling outfits.  I've had some hiccups along the way, choosing looks that weren't really my style because they were trendy, but thankfully outfit photographs often have kept me from wearing those items more than once (someday I'll share some of those photos, but ugh... not today).  

What are the outfit moods in my range - currently, anyway? Modern minimalist, like this outfit, slightly bohemian minimalist (like this outfit), classic (seen here and here), a bit preppy (here), a bit romantic (here).  

What are your favorite outfit moods?

Here are some shopping options, if you're in the market:






Sunday, May 13, 2018

She wore a ... red beret

Activity: Volunteer ministry

Hat: Parkhurst new on ebay (exact in cotton, similar on sale)
Trench: J. Crew, thrifted via ebay (similar - on sale!)
Tee: H&M (exact - 2 for $10 in store)
Skirt: thrifted (similar)
Shoes: Cole Haan Air, thrifted via ebay (similar - on sale!)
Bag: thrifted (similar)
Sunglasses: surf shop in SF (similar)
Necklaces: various trips (similar black bead, similar chain, similar pendant)
Earrings: vintage shop in SF (similar)

That's a really bad, title.  I know.  I'm sorry, I just couldn't resist.  Anyway, the outfit is still cute, in my humble opinion.  It's another outfit that will work just as well in 5 or 10 years, because it is made up of classic wardrobe staples: cropped trench coat, white tee, black pencil skirt, cognac mules, gold jewelry, and the fun addition of the red beret and basket backpack, which are both trendy and classic at the same time.  It could also easily be adapted for different seasons by adding a scarf and tights, or a warmer trench coat or a hidden layer underneath this one (like this awesome roll-up coat - now on sale - that is perfect for traveling with when you never know what the weather may turn out to be).  

I was also thinking this outfit would be great for traveling with, because adding a different hat and shoes or bag could completely change the look without adding much weight to your suitcase.  Think I'll keep this look in rotation for a while!

Here are some buying options, if you're in the market:

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Preppy for spring

Activity: Volunteer ministry

Jacket: J. Crew schoolboy jacket, thrifted (similar)
Top: LOFT (similar)
Skirt: DKNY (similar up to size 12, similar in more inclusive size range)
Shoes: Madewell (similar - 70% off in sizes 37-41)
Bag: unbranded, thrifted (similar)
Sunglasses: SF surf shop (similar)
Earrings: Renegade craft fair, Chicago (similar)

I love outfits that feel timeless and classic enough to be worn in any decade.  I feel like this outfit is a look I'll be able to turn to, even 10 years in the future, and it will still look just as classic. I could choose to add a trendy detail to make it more "of the moment", or leave it as it is, and it will work either way.  In this case, I feel like the key is the classic schoolboy blazer.  It's been one of those "bucket list" wardrobe items I'm always on the lookout for while thrifting, and when I stumbled across this one, I was thrilled.  (So thrilled, apparently that I didn't notice 3 sleeve buttons were missing - I'm usually better at noting the details that that.  However, either way, I would have bought this - buttons are easy to fix, as opposed to a fit or stain issue.)  I previously had a navy blue version by Gap, but it just wasn't the right color - and a really dark navy just doesn't combine as easily with black as gray does.  So, that version went out of the closet and this version came in.  

The other components of this outfit are also quite timeless - a light blue chambray shirt, black maxi skirt and cognac oxfords.  These are also all items I mix and remix again and again and would never be without in my wardrobe.

What are your wardrobe basics? Do share! (And would you like a wardrobe basics post someday? Let me know!)

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Flame orange for spring

Top: Harlowe & Graham, thrifted (similar full-length sleeve, similar 3/4 sleeve)
Skirt: thrifted (similar)
Earrings: ebay (similar)
Bag: thrifted (similar)
Bracelet: street seller in SF (similar)
Shoes: Pour la Victoire via DSW (similar)

I have always liked this color.  As I mentioned in this post, it combines with almost everything well - all shades of blue, all shades of brown or khaki, and I wear it with black often, as well, though some may feel that's too Halloweeny (Halloweenish?).  Although this top was recently thrifted, I've spotted this color often in spring releases - Everlane has several items, including an adorable lightweight full-zip anorak/raincoat in this color (they call it "poppy red", don't be fooled, I've seen it in person), Athleta offers the tulip back top (that I reviewed in this post) in this color ("on fire") in all sleeve lengths, and I saw several things in this color during a recent foray into a LOFT store, like this and this (called lava red and deep red on their  website - though I've seen them in person and they are this flame orange/red color, not straight red).  So, the good news is, if you're interested in this look, or just this color, you will be able to find it, as opposed to some of my looks.  (One of the side effects of blogging while thrifting...)

On a side note, I'm starting to be done with bell sleeves.  What about you?  Since I loved the color and the price was right, I figured I could always turn this into an elbow length sleeve top by removing the bell sleeves.  We'll see.  Any recommendations?

Here are few flame orange options for you - all of which I've seen in person and can vouch for the color:

Monday, April 30, 2018

Basket backpack

Activity: Acupuncture appointment, errands

Coat: Zara, thrifted (similar)
Top: Merona (similar)
Jeans: LOFT (similar)
Sunglasses: Surf shop in SF (similar)
Earrings: Robin Indira boutique (similar)
Bag: thrifted (similar)
Shoes: Cole Haan via ebay (similar - on sale)

A casual look!  I do wear these regularly, I just don't photograph them that much...  The focal point of this outfit was this awesome woven backpack I recently thrifted.  I had it in mind for a music festival we'll be attending in late May, but thought I'd see how it works as a hands-free bag on a regular city day.  It seemed too delicate to be useful, but in reality, it worked great!  Some options you can purchase are below.

I kept the rest of the outfit classic and neutral, making the outfit timeless - and versatile! Change it for a black heel and black top handle bag, you're ready for evening.

Here are some similar lightweight statement-making backpacks for you:

Friday, April 27, 2018

Neutrals with a new skirt...

Sweater: LOFT, thrifted (similar)
Top: Who What Wear (similar)
Skirt: Forever 21, thrifted (similar color and length, similar with buttons, though shorter -$8!)
Shoes: Pour la Victoire via DSW (similar)
Bag: thrifted (similar)
Earrings: Chicago Renegade craft fair (similar)
Necklace: LOFT (similar)
Watch: Apple, gift (current model)
Nail polish: Essie Gel Couture nail polish (no light needed) "Style In Excess"  (exact)
Lip: Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker lipstick in "Wine Not" (exact)

Is this springy (spring-like?)? It felt like it, whether it appears like it on film - or in person.  That's good enough for me!  What's your criteria for a spring outfit?  I'm all about how it feels.  And sandals help, right?

This was another look that came together at the last minute, mostly thanks to this awesome peplum top which I would rebuy again and again if I could - it gives every look a little extra something (perhaps even more in person).  The driving force was this skirt, a faux suede, faux snap front pencil skirt - this type of skirt has always been on my bucket list, but this one was even better than I thought - faux snaps are the answer, people!  No gapping when you're walking or sitting, or worrying your skirt will pop open.  Sadly, I couldn't find any close dupes right now (other than a couple of really expensive designer options), but I feel like this type of skirt is a classic that pops up every so often.  If you see it, grab it!






Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Cherry red (beret) on top

Activity: Volunteer ministry, errands, school pickup and droopy

Coat: Forever 21, super old (similarEverlane makes a nice basic one, as well)
Top: Lucky, thrifted (similar)
Skirt: Old Navy, old (similar)
Shoes: Born, via ebay (similar)
Hat: Parkhurst, via ebay (similar)
Earrings: ebay (similar)
Bag: Ashley Brooke via DSW, old (similar)

Full disclosure, the hat came in the mail today, so I didn't actually get to wear it all day. But this morning I really did wish that it had already come, since I planned this outfit based on adding this little cotton beret.  I've always loved berets, and have been seeing some really cute looks around San Francisco recently that I wanted to recreate (my favorite was a college student wearing a maroon beret with maroon boots with an otherwise casual neutral outfit), plus I saw this article mentioning berets were about to get some fashion love again for 2018.  I used to have a black wool beret, which I liked, but the wool would make my forehead get a rash (I'm slightly allergic to wool but refuse to remove wool completely from my wardrobe).  So I had been itching to find (haha, sorry) a cotton beret.  I really debated between gray and red, but since I had recently found these shoes, and saw somewhere that cherry red was a hot color for spring this year (couldn't find the article to link, sadly) - AND, most importantly I really like red - I took the plunge and went for the bright instead of the neutral.   

Am I the only one who struggles with buying the practical neutral color versus the fun bright color?  It seems to be a constant decision making process for me, surely I can't be the only one.

I think this outfit is a great example of taking basics many may already have in their closets (trench coat, black top, striped pencil skirt) and making it completely fresh by adding a couple of new accessories like a hat and shoes in a fun color.  I can't wait to find other outfits to which I can add a pop of red...

Here are some options if you're in the market!

Hat (I couldn't find a red cotton beret from the site I use for these widgets, although these below are super cute, but the link above in my outfit list is almost identical from Amazon):

Shoes (I actually think loafers would be much cuter, but I only need one pair of red flats):