Saturday, February 27, 2010

Feeling Springy!

Hello Friends!

I took a little trip downstairs to the storage room last week and pulled a few pieces that could make these last days a little more . . . springy if you will! My husband made me limit myself to five. Reasonable considering my closestS are already overflowing! Anyways . . . I love this skirt; it's so full with pockets too! It's too light weight to wear through the winter, but I'm wearing it now! I made the belt a few weeks ago with Midori ribbon from Ester's Fabric Store on Bainbridge Island. A simple sweater and embellished button up seem fitting for this girly look.

As for the 4th day of my "hair wear challenge," I went with curls, curls, curls! I never use rollers, but I busted them out for today. the result took little hands on time, but of course the rollers have to set. The look is decidedly Dolly Parton-esque, and I am not sure it is really my style. The headband is my style and was a gift form Janet and Lori, love it too! This outfit was a happy way to end the week!

Jacket: Quicksilver Women
Sweater: Etagere, Nordstroms
Blouse: Gap
Skirt: Soda Blu via the Frock Shop
Belt: Made by Me
Tights: ?
Oxfords: Thrifted. Vintage?
Headband: Gift, Anthropologie
Sunglasses: Kate Spade

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Favorite Flannel

Hello Friends!

Today was a windy, sunny day in Seattle. I love the energy that comes with this type of weather. Makes me want to fly a kite or something! 

I wanted to wear my favorite flannel one more time before it retires until next winter. I just love this shirt so much! It is warm, comfortable, soft, cheery, classic, I could go on and on! When I was taking pictures by the lake, it seemed like the whole neighborhood was out to enjoy the weather. I got a few inquiries as to what I was doing, some curious glances, and lots of dogs coming up and sniffing me. Go figure! I also went a little crazy with the Picnik 1960 effect. I thought it appropriate for these pictures!

Oh! the hair today was a low side bun with a braid around the base that I had seen in Real Simple over the summer. When I have to be at work at 6:30 in the morning, simple is the word of the day! It took about 2 min; I didn't even brush my hair, just pinned it back.

Sweater: Gap
Flannel: Vintage, thrifted
Jeans: Joes, Nordstroms
Boots: Ancient Steven Madden
Earring, gift from MIL
Headband: JCrew
Glasses: Kate Spade, Nordstroms

Until next time . . .

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

High Waist, Deep Pockets

Hello Friends!

A couple things . . . 
Today the sun disappeared again, but I have hope that summer is coming! Our CSA, Boistfort Valley Farm sent out their spring newsletter and summer membership is open! Yipee! I think I am going to get my spring/summer clothes out of storage and see what is appropriate to start wearing next week. It will be March you know?!!

In other news, I'd like to start showcasing men and women who are using fashion to make a difference in our world. Personal blogs, especially fashion dairies, are a bit ego-centric. Don't get me wrong, I love them, read them religiously, and obviously have me own. I just want to use this page to spread some good news and let you, dear readers, in on ways you can use your own fashion obsession for a good cause. Sounds good? If you have any favorite people you'd like me to mention or good ideas, please, please send me an email!

And, today's little ensemble . . . Honestly, these jeans are too short, but I really like the color and the high waist. They might be ready to go back to Goodwill. We'll see. I love this scarf; my mother gave it to me for Christmas. I think it adds a little color to this otherwise plain palette. I love my cardigans and this one in particular, so I wore it for the ump-teenth time! 

Finally, today is day two of my hair-wear challenge. I have been dying to try the full-on-side-braid for a while. This little challenge gave me the courage to wear it to work. (All in the name of competition!) Honestly, this hair style is quite annoying. It required many bobbypins and more than a bit of hairspray. I actually hated it until I saw these photos. In its defense, it was super quick and could be done with less than squeaky clean hair. Total time: 8 minutes. 

Sweater: Banana Republic
T-shirt: Gap
Jeans: Thrifted
Belt: Thrifted
Shoes: Kenneth Cole, Nordstroms
Scarf: Gift from Mom
Necklace: Thrifted

Until next time . . .

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Shirt or Dress?

Hello Friends!

Since Meghan's birthday has come to an end, I am super ready for spring! It was even 60 degrees in Seattle today! I know it's going to be raining by Wednesday, so I wanted to wear something a little bit "warmer weather-y." I love this shirt dress, but it requires leggings or shorts for work. I think I copied an outfit from Orchid Grey, but I couldn't find it on her site. I love the dress with the draping neck of the sweater. The necklace, which is hard to see, if pretty little leaves made of copper.

Also, today is the first day of my own hair-wear challenge! I decided that I should start slow and do the wavy look. It required the usual leave in conditioner, some Aveda foaming mousse product stuff, and some serum to tame the frizz. Total time to apply product and scrunch: 3 minutes maybe less! Hopefully tomorrow I am as successful! Fingers crossed! 

Coat: Banana Republic, HMD from Lori
Dress: Target
Sweater: JCPenny
Tights: Gap
Boots: Sam Edelman, Nordstroms
Sunglasses: Kate Spade, Nordstroms
Necklace: Nordstroms
Scarf: Banana Republic, gift

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Over the Weekend

Hello Friends!

This weekend Meghan came up for a little visit to celebrate her birthday. We spent Saturday wandering around Seattle in the SUN! It was lovely to be with good friends on such a beautiful day! We had brunch at Lowell's in Pike Place (one of the restaurants Tom Hanks eats at in Sleepless in Seattle), did some shopping, and took pictures. We cooked Megs dinner with every intention of going dancing after wards, but we got to talking and the wine kept flowing. We finished the night wrapped in blankets on the couch watching Notting Hill on the Family Channel, full makeup and hair mind you. Really a perfect night though. It is just such a blessing to have such wonderful friends!

Here are some outfit shots and some candids!

Jacket: Sashimi, Nordstroms
Sweater: JCPenny
Cordureys: JCrew
Scarf: Alpaca, Peru
Boots: Corso Como
Sunglasses: Kate Spade, Nordstroms
Purse: Hobo, TJMaxx

And one of Meghan!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

I wanted to wear jeans . . .

Hello Friends!

By the time Thursday night rolled around, I was ready for a jeans day. When I have to work super early, especially on a Friday, I want jeans, possibly a sweatshirt, and my trusty Chuck Taylors. Somehow I came up with something a bit more polished, but still comfortable. I really liked Kansas Couture's post about denim. It made me think about how I wear my own denim pieces.

All in all, this outfit was a nice substitute for basic jeans and tee. I think I works well with the belt tying it all together. My only wish is that I had worn flats, but then my pants would have been dragging. (I really wish they made adjustable hems like they make adjustable waistbands for kiddos!)

Sweater: Gift
Belt: Thirfted
Denim Trousers: Anthropologie
Trench: Vintage, Etsy
Boots: Banana Republic
Locket: Gift from Mom
Sunglasses: Kate Spade, Nordstroms

Friday, February 19, 2010

The Hair We Wear

Hello Friends!

Last Tuesday, I took a mental health day. I needed it. I actually need another one. Or maybe a week. Well, longer really. Anyways . . . back to Tuesday. I was getting a pedicure, sitting by the fire, enjoying some kind of healthy herbal tea, reading last months copy of Elle. I read an inspiring article about a girl who, for 21 days, tried new hairstyles. Upon reading this article, I immediately tried to memorize each and ever one. Obviously I failed and had to resort to Googling it. 

The jist of all this is . . . how many of us wear out hair in the same fashion day in and day out? I do, for one! I have three basic hairstyles: down, ponytail, and bun (side bun if I am feeling sassy). So I as forced to ask myself: Why can't I have creative hair too? Laziness? Sure. Lack of talent? Yep. In ability to see the back of my head where most hair sytles require me to fix eight bobby pins? You betcha!

But really when it comes down to it. I am lazy. BUT! Starting Monday and every work day for the next three weeks. I will attempt a new hair style. Yikes! If there is an inspiration picture, I will include it. This way, you can see how I succeed or fail (more likely!)!

Here are a few of the photos from the Elle article. All photos courtesy of

Happy Weekend!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Sunshine Makes Me Feel Fine!

Hello Friends!

Today was delightfully sunny and a bit warm in Seattle! I could feel spring just waiting to burst on the scene! Since winter is coming to a close, I did wear another favorite winter piece, a JCrew wool skirt. It's just the right length for me, and can be part so many different ensembles. The belt is a ribbon by Laura Foster Nicholson that I stitched onto a D-ring. My necklace was a gift from me father. It is a cedar bow dipped in gold. It is very fragile, so I do not wear it much. I do love it, though. Simple sweater, comfy t-shirt, and oxfords pulled it all together. Oh! The tights I am wearing are nude, but have a nifty pattern that keeps them from being too plain Jane. I think tomorrow is a jeans day, but we will see!*

Also, I am intrigued by Elle's January "21 Days, 21 Hair Styles" article. I think that might be a fun challenge . . . more on that later!


Coat: BB Dakota, thrifted
Skirt: JCrew
Sweater: JCrew
T-Shirt: Gap
Tights: Calvin Klien, Nordstroms
Oxfords: Vintage? Thrifted
Necklace: Gift
Belt: Made by Me

*Today I took pictures before work, and they felt a little rushed. I think I also prefer the mid-day sun.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Savoring the End of Winter?!?

Hello Friends!

Daily Dress Up: 2/17/2010

Today marks the end of my four day weekend. Boo. However, I am fortunate that when I am gone for one day, heck sometimes even for only 30 minutes, the people I spend my day with rush over and embrace me. I work with 3-5 year olds, just to clarify! It makes coming back to work so much more exciting if almost tolerable. Tomorrow I will get to hear how they make spaghetti pie as if I didn't plan it and order all the supplies for them. I will get to to hear who bumped their knee and who is going on vacation, who tried a new food, and who went potty all by herself. As exhausted as they make me, at the end of the day, I love my job. 

Anyways back to the real reason you are reading this little blog . . . 

Today marks the end of my four day weekend. No boo this time. This weekend in my dear friend Meghan's birthday (the 6th anniversary of her 21st), and for me, her birthday always signifies the ending of winter. I am not sad to see winter go; don't get me wrong! However, I am going to try and wear some of my favorite cold weather pieces in the next few weeks. I will miss them. These wool sailor pants are much loved! Not only are they ridiculously comfortable, but they are warm to boot! It's a common theme in my closet, warmth and comfy-ness.

 wondering why my shoes is undone! 

 Jacket: Relic from my time at Abercrombie and Fitch
Ruffled Top: F21
Pants: BB Dakota, gift
Platforms: Vintage, thifted
Headband: JCrew
Bracelet: Nordstroms

Window Shopping

Hello Friends!

One thing I love about shopping is the window displays. I love how magical they can be. Almost like a play set up for you to enjoy as you hustle to where ever it is you need to be. In Seattle, Nordstroms is my favorite display-er. The crystal clear glass makes you believe you can walk right up there and be part of it all. Last weekend I enjoyed their spring windows. Some are set up by designer, some by style. Here are few of my favorites for you to enjoy!




Love the lace and sequins together!

(Sadly I only had the trusty i phone, so the quality is not the best.)
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