WIW: A little modern, a little vintage, a little cowgirl

Time to break out the B44 tiered dress! Because I do feel a bit self conscious in this body con dress, I've popped my tomato red blazer over top to make it a bit more work appropriate. For footwear, it's also the debut of my thrifted sand coloured fringed booties. I thrifted these about a month ago and am excited to wear them. It's not super cold today so no tights or fishnets (booties with bare legs as per Angie's blog this morning). It's also the first wearing of the vintage handbag that my MIL bought for me from a vintage Etsy site. I thought it went perfectly with the dress and booties. That's three first wearings in one outfit!

I feel pretty darned good in this outfit and definitely up there in the happiness scale. What do you think? Does it all work together? Any tweaks required? As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

Blazer: Gap
Dress: Anthropologie
Booties: thrifted (no label)
Handbag: vintage (early 1960's)


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Wardrobe Catalog

I've decided as part of my SYC adventure to actually take pics of all of my individual wardrobe items, including clothing, footwear, handbags, and belts. I'm not sure yet about accessories. This is so I can be sure of what I have, that I'm wearing all of my items, and have visual aids to assist in making different combinations.

I've searched on the web and found a few different programs that can help me with this and Homy Fads (http://homyfads.sunlitgreen.com/) kind of interests me. I don't have an iPhone so I need something I can use on my PC.

Has anybody ever used this program? anybody know anything about it?



Is jewelry dated?

Something Angie said has got me thinking about jewelry. In my outfit post with my orange skirt and purple jacket (http://youlookfab.com/welookfa.....ge-oxfords) Angie had suggested leaving off the necklace would be more modern. I had waffled about wearing the necklace and did feel the outfit had a cleaner vibe without it and very much agreed with Angie.

So this has me wondering - is wearing a necklace a dated style? On the other hand of course, the bubble necklace fad seems to have taken off and they are everywhere.

Would love to hear your thoughts on this.


WIW: animal, herringbone and a BF

My BF and I have come to a very happy place in our relationship - if I love him, he will love me back!

It's Denim Day at work, so out come the BF jeans. But I still need to wear these in a work-appropriate way so have paired them with a tucked in animal print short sleeve top and topped that with my herringbone charcoal blazer. I've added my red belt for a pop of colour. For footwear, I've chosen my Doc Marcie boots - I think the wedge heel and added height helps with the BFs. For more colour I'm using my red quilted leather handbag and for outerwear today, I've got my Club Monaco wool short wrap coat.

What do you think? Is this BF look work appropriate? how are the colours and proportions? As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

BTW it was interesting how originally I had chosen a pair of straight leg dark wash jeans but they didn't have the "edge" I was looking for so swapped them out for the BFs.

Gain says "TGIF"!

Wrap coat: Club Monaco
Blazer: Gap
Top: Peter Nygard
Jeans: Gap Sexy Boyfriend
Belt: Danier Leather
Handbag: Nine West (thrifted)
Boots: Doc Martens Marcie
Rings: one by local artist; one Lia Sophia


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WIW: Old Dress & New Handbag

I'm going on three years with this abstract print wrap dress and there is no sign our relationship is going to end anytime soon. This dress has been worn a lot and there is no pilling, no stretching, no fading...I wish every item I bought could be this reliable.Shout out to Jay Manuel's line - everything I've bought of his has stood the test of time!

I've paired the dress with my medium wash denim jacket in place of a blazer, a dark purple belt to accent my waist, and black micro fishnets. For footwear, I'm wearing my black wedge booties (haven't worn these in a while!). It's the debut of my new-through-consignment Christopher Kon black lamb leather handbag. I'm in LOVE! The simple shape and the gold hardware make me smile. For jewelry, I've added my new-through-consignment grey & silver bangle. On top of everything when I head out the door is my silver trench.

Does this work? Colours and proportions all play well together? As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

Jacket: Brody Jeans (thrifted)
Dress: Attitude by Jay Manuel
Micro fishnets: Hue
Booties: Blowfish
Trench: Ricki's (thrifted)
Handbag: Christopher Kon (thrifted)
Bangle: thrifted


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WIW: Purple & Orange & Oxfords

This combination looked really good in my head but I'm not sure it translates as well into real life. I started the outfit with my pumpkin orange skirt and then added a purple tank and my purple Amber Sun jacket. Footwear kind of stumped me though and I ended up going with my tri-colour patent leather oxfords. To pick up the tones in the shoes, I'm wearing my snakeskin bag. Jewelry consists of the amber vintage necklace my hubby gave me.

What do you think? Does this work? Purple and orange ok together? Should I have chosen different footwear? As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

Jacket: Amber Sun
Tank: Gap
Skirt: Winner's
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbel
Handbag: Elliot Lucca
Necklace: vintage gift

Whoops....I just realize I forgot to take a pic with my outwear. I'm wearing my silver trench coat.


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WIW: VC Houndstooth Blouse & Vintage Cartier

I've shown you the VC Houndstooth blouse in my K/R thread but this is its first official wearing. I'm trying it buttoned right up and have paired it with my black cigarette trousers. To further play up the black/white of the blouse, I'm wearing my Doc Sara oxfords for footwear. It's a mild day today so my outerwear consists of my black leather blazer and then for some colour and a bit of vintage, I'm wearing my 1973 vintage Cartier burgundy leather handbag.

I'm pleased with this combination but what do you think? Proportions and combination work ok? As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

Leather jacket: Danier Leather
Blouse: Vince Camuto (NAS)
Trousers: Calvin Klein (thrifted)
Shoes: Doc Martens Sara oxfords
Handbag: vintager Cartier (consignment)


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WIW: Brown, Dark Blue & Plaid Cape

Happy Monday morning ladies!

Today's outfit is about comfort as I have one of those running around kind of days at work. It started with my espresso brown trousers to which I added my Gap beige/cobalt/cream silk blend tee. On top of that, I'm wearing my dark cobalt blue 3/4 length sleeve cardigan. I'm using my Fossil re-issue vintage handbag and for accessories, my vintage men's tribal belt and a newly thrifted copper bracelet watch. For footwear, I have my trusty (a.k.a. old) Naturalizer brown booties. On top of all that for outside, I'm wearing my plaid, wide collar cape.

What do you think? Colours and proportions all work? As always, all comments/suggestions welcome.

Cape: Cejon (thrifted)
Cardigan: Attitude by Jay Manuel
Tee: Gap
Trousers: Esprit
Booties: Naturalizer
Belt: vintage (thrifted)
Watch: thrifted


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Chunky Knit Debombshell experiment - does it work?

Ever since Angie started posting about fisherman knit and chunky knit sweaters I've been wondering if they could work on a short, slightly chunky gal like myself. Then when she illustrated how to use a chunky knit to debombshell a pencil skirt, I knew I had to give it a try.

I'm not wanting to spend big dollars on a chunky sweater in case it's something I end up not wearing so off to Value Village I went this morning. I found a few sweaters that would qualify but most were poor fits. But I did find one contender. It's a cream colour, loose turtleneck (funnel neck?), petite Nygard fisherman knit sweater. It fits well, it's soft as can be and if I had actually done my hair and put on makeup, the colour would be fine.

I've tried it in two versions here - one with the abstract pencil skirt I got yesterday and the other with the orange pencil skirt I bought about a month ago and have been waiting for cooler weather to pull out.

First off - does this overall look work for me? Is the sweater a good fit and colour? Should the footwear be less chunky to counteract the chunky sweater?

Please analyze these outfits for me and help me figure out how to wear this trend. Thanks!


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Consignment Store goodies

I've recently sold a few things in my favourite consignment store and the owner called me today to let me know she had a cheque for me. Of course, there is always the option to take my earnings in trade instead of money.

I looked around a bit and found 5 items worthy of trade instead and I couldn't be happier.

Pics 1-2: Christopher Kon lambskin leather bag with gold hardware. I'm normally not a slouchy bag lover but this bag is gorgeous! The leather is soft like butter, the lining beautiful and the hardware noticeable but not overly "blingy".

Pic 3: Grey enamel inset into silver bangle. I've been looking for a grey bracelet for over a year now and finally found one small enough for my wrist.

Pic 4: Vintage gold/black/faux diamond bracelet. Love!

Pics 5-6: Gorgeous grey/cream abstract pencil skirt, fully lined in a lovely cotton/silk blend. It's a perfect fit and I'm looking forward to wearing it with a chunky sweater ala Angie's formula (when I find the right sweater). Label reads "ADA Fashion" and is a European brand.

Pics 7-10: Stunning LBD with lace front. The dress is a substantial ponte knit, completely lined with a lace front panel, under bust band. I always hear Angie's voice in my head when I see a dress that maybe I don't have an occasion to wear it at just now - when you find a great dress, get it now because you will never find it when you need it. The fit is beautiful and I feel very va-va-voom in it. Label reads "x:s clothing".

So what do you think of my "free" finds?


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