Thursday, April 12, 2018

Roundup: Always Playing Catch Up

Blouse: Zara (here) // Jacket: The Great (here, runs big) // Jeans: J.Crew (here, runs true to size) // Shoes: Madewell (similar here) // Bracelet: Hermes (similar here, here, or here)

I'm not sure how I feel about my blog devolving to photos of me looking at me in a phone taking photos of me in a mirror. Uff da. It's pretty exciting to feel well enough not only to be looking forward to getting dressed but blogging it as well so I'm going to embrace it. For now.

Sorry my mirror is so dirty, we keep putting it up on the mantel to get an idea of what size of mirror we're looking for to go up there, and then taking it down so I can partake in the above-mentioned activity.

Sweater: thrifted vintage (see collage below) // Jeans: J.Crew (here, runs true to size) // Shoes: Tretorn

I can't believe that this sweater is vintage. Early 80's judging from the tag. The colors and style are so current!

Also, I still maintain Instagram looks on Shopstyle. Or try to. You can access that through my right sidebar or I usually have a link in my Instagram bio as well. Unless I'm linked to the blog and then hello, nice to see you here!

Blouse: Madewell (here) // Bag: Filson (here) // Jeans: J.Crew (here) // Boots: Dries van Noten (a fun pair in size 7.5 here or in a size 9 here) // Earrings: vintage

Going for a very classic look that day. I kind of never want to see another pair of boots again but these Dries are okay. :)

Tee: Madewell (here) // Necklace: vintage (similar here, wow pink pearl necklaces are not very plentiful!) // Belt: Madewell (here) // Pants: vintage (similar here or here) // Boots: Everlane (different color here)

I love these pants. Andrew grudgingly likes these pants. I'll take it.

Sweater: vintage (love this sweet striped one here or from Elizabeth and James here) // Earrings: walmart // Jeans: J.Crew (here) // Shoes: Paloma Wool (love them in woven white here) // Purse: Chloe

Another amazing vintage sweater! And I don't usually shop at Walmart (nothing intentional, just not in there often) but I was in the other day and they had the cutest floral earrings! I bought two pairs. Their website is completely overwhelming and I can't wade through that currently but there was a large display in store.

I almost didn't put up that last photo. It shows some of the discoloration on my face from my illness and it makes me feel not only sad but vulnerable. This syndrome never lets me forget it's there. I'm feeling a lot better and am out of bed pretty much all day (huuuuge victory) with occasional naps, and I've even been able to add back in a few foods. But I'm not going to triumphantly exclaim that I'm getting better until those spots fade (they're evidence that my liver isn't functioning correctly). 

Overalls: Madewell (here) // Blouse: Madewell (here) // Bracelet: Hermes (similar here, here, or here)
// Shoes: vintage

Some comfy knit overalls for those Mondays where all you're doing is playing catch up.

Jacket: old Zara (similar here or here) // Sweater: J.Crew (here, runs a little big) // Jeans: J.Crew (here) // Shoes: Paloma Wool (similar here

I've been rewatching Friends and I'm seeing some Rachel Green influences in my hair and clothing choices. Interesting that her style aged so well while Monica's and Phoebe's didn't so much.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Another Snow Day

 Thermal: thrifted (check Etsy!) // Overalls: Levi's (here) // Sweater: Madewell (here) // Boots: Frye (here) // Earmuffs: Free People (similar here)

I forget how fun it can be to create photos around an outfit. Right now that means the location, clothes, and tripod proximity all have to coincide because I don't have enough energy to plan shoots. So it might be extra fun when all that comes together.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Halfway There! 30x30 Wardrobe Challenge

Halfway there! It's been really easy this time, I'm still trying to pinpoint why. Maybe because I haven't been thrifting so there's no temptation to add in new pieces to style? I also feel like 30 pieces is too many for a 30 day challenge, there's two shirts that I haven't even worn yet! I probably should have included outerwear in there.

Anyways, I'll leave the lessons for a much less picture-laden post. Get ready to scroll.

Sweater: Madewell (here) // Coat: vintage (check Etsy!) // Jeans: AG (here) // boots: thrifted (similar from Forever21 here)

Sweater: 360Cashmere (similar here) // Necklace: Madewell (similar here) // Pants: Uniqlo (here) // Shoes: Tretorn (in black here) // Beret: old // Coat: Patagonia (similar here)

Sweater: thrifted LL Bean (interesting variation from LL Bean here) // Purse: Chloe // Belt: Madewell (here) // Jeans: AG (here) // Boots: Madewell (here) // Coat: vintage Bonnie Cashin (check Etsy! You won't regret it)

Blazer: vintage // Tee: H&M (here) // Skirt: Madewell (here) // Sneakers: Tretorn (in black here) // Coat: Patagonia  (similar here) // Boots: Tecnica (different color here)
(This blazer is a wool/silk blend and it is the softest thing I've ever worn and I can't find anything with that blend to link to. Dang it.) 

Spelling Bee Cheerleader:
Fisherman's Cap: Janessa Leone (similar from Urban Outfitter's here) // Sweater: 360Cashmere (similar here) // Pants: Uniqlo (here) // Boots: Topshop (here)
Ice Fishing Field Trip Chaperone:
Hat: Turnagain Mud Co (THE BEST here) // Bibs: Fred Meyer's boys // Snow Boots: Ugg (here)

(My knit hat was stolen that day. FROWNY FACE. Also, snow bibs are hard to find for women. So I stuffed myself into a pair from the boy's section. Making do.)

Blouse: Madewell (here) // Coat: vintage (check Etsy!) // Overalls: Levi's (here) // Boots: Madewell (here) // Purse: Theory (in denim here)

Dress: vintage (check Etsy!) // Coat: H&M (recent purchase, similar here) // Purse: Theory (in denim here) // Boots: thrifted (similar from Forever21 here)
 (I just feel the need to add that my tights were navy blue that day. Now you know.)

Hat: Turnagain Mud Co. (here) // Thermal: vintage (check Etsy!) // Jeans: Hudson (here) // Boots: Bogs // Sweater: Zara (similar here)
Sweater: Zara (similar here) // Tee: Madewell (here) // Pants: Uniqlo (here) // Boots: Frye (here) // Purse: vintage (dream version here or similar here)

Sweater: Aritzia (here) // Necklace: Madewell (similar here) // Jeans: thrifted men's 501s // Sneakers: Tretorn (in black here)
Jacket: H&M // Tee: Anthropologie (here) // Jeans: Hudson (here) // Boots: Madewell (here) // Bag: vintage
 (I switched in the Hudsons when I couldn't find my H&M skinnies)

Blouse: Madewell (here) // Bag: vintage // Jeans: H&M // Boots: Frye (here)
Blouse: Anthropologie (similar here) // Belt: vintage MaxMara // Jeans: AG (here) // Boots: Topshop (here) // Sunglasses: thrifted (similar here)

Thermal: vintage (check Etsy!) // Overalls: vintage (similar here)
Bandana: vintage (check Etsy!) // Sweatshirt: Sundry (similar from Sincerely Jules here or The Great here) // Skirt: Madewell (here) // Boots: Topshop (here)

You made it to the end!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

It's Another Good Old-Fashioned 30 For 30

A doctor told me to do a capsule wardrobe.

Now he didn't explicitly say the words, "Jennifer, you need to pick an arbitrary number of clothing to wear for an arbitrary number of days". But it's totally inferred.

So, I feel like all I talk about is my mystery illness these days and I really wish for my health to be the least interesting part of me but it has been a while since the last update so here we go. My body is shutting down. One by one my systems are slowing - digestive, reflexes, liver. My muscles are wasting. My body is acting like my adrenal glands are failing. I have switched doctors and the last three weeks have been a blur of testing. I actually have an appointment today to over the test results and hopefully come out with a plan of action.

So what does that have to do with capsule wardrobes? Well, one of the things I have to do is try not to stimulate the adrenal glands. Avoid anything that makes my heart go pitty-pat. No surfing the internet, reading suspenseful books, watching tv, following news, online shopping, thrifting, aerobic activity, etc. I'm supposed to be simplifying my life, eliminating stress and frustrations. Sounds nice but I'm a person whose brain constantly chants, "GO GO GO GO GO" so this is a real challenge. One I'm up to so far (there was one thrifting cheat).

Ignoring the actual illness, it's been nice these past few weeks. Afternoon crossword puzzles with a cup of tea, naps with my daughter, cooking chicken stock from scratch daily. Ruthlessly weeding out things that we don't use or love. Which brings me to my closet.

Any energy I spend putting an outfit together around a difficult piece or tracking down a pair of pants to go with a particular sweater is energy that could be going towards healing. Pulling at the neck of a top or itching from a scratchy sweater is frustration that could halt progress. Having clothing that doesn't fit staring back at me is a reminder of how far I've deteriorated.

So how 'bout a 30 for 30? I'm a week in and would love to post the outfits later this week but lets start with the pieces first!

Top row:
Sweater: Zara (similar here) // Jeans: AG (here or here) // Jeans: H&M (here) // Overalls: Levi's (here) // Men's Jeans: thrifted 501's
Second row:
Skirt: Madewell (here) // Pants: Uniqlo (here) // Overalls: vintage (similar here) // Boots: Frye (here) // Boots: Topshop (here)
Third row:
Boots: Everyone (here) // Boots: this is just a stand-in photo for a thrifted pair but if you like these exact ones they are here // Sneakers: Tretorn (here) // Dress: vintage (similar here) // Jacket: H&M (similar here)

First item of business was whittling it down to 30 pieces. I asked myself the following questions:

Does it fit?
Is it comfortable?
Is it seasonally appropriate?

And I was left with 25 items. 25! Out of a wardrobe crammed with amazing clothes. Stupid illness. Actually, I had tried not duplicating too much so I just added back in more white shirts and cream-colored sweaters. A dress and a jacket for layering, although I think you can kind of tell they were kind of tacked on. Oh well!

Top row:
Tee: J.Crew (love this one here) // Tee: H&M // Thermal: (not the actual photo) thrifted vintage // Ruffle Tee: Anthropologie (here) // Tee: Madewell (here)
Second row:
Sweater: Aritizia (crew neck version here) // Sweater: J.Crew (favorite buy of the season here) // Pink Sweater: Madewell (here) // Sweater Tunic: 360Cashmere (in a hoodie tunic here) // Sweater: thrifted LL Bean (check Etsy!) 
Third row:
Lacy Blouse: Anthropologie (oooh this one might be tough on my wallet: similar here, here, here, and here) // Peasant Blouse: Madewell (here) // Blouse: Madewell (here) // Heart-y Dot Sweatshirt: Sundry (in a sweet ruffle-sleeve here) // Blazer: thrifted vintage (I ended up going with a different camel blazer)

It turned out a little sweet and romantic. Perfect for February I guess but a little surprising for me. I didn't plan on a color scheme either but it kind of just showed up. I know some of the blouses look a little flimsy for a frigid winter month but I can just layer some Uniqlo Heattech underneath if I get cold. We're at that weird time of year where it's negative temperatures outside but on the inside the sun has come up just enough over the horizon to blast us through our southern-facing windows. You have to be prepared to alternate freezing and baking. My skin loves it. That's sarcasm.

So as I mentioned I'm a week in and already 30 pieces feels like too much for 30 days. Like I'm cheating somehow. And then I realize I'm locking myself into something rigid. It's never really been about that arbitrary number, has it?

Update: I've visited my doctor and my reflexes have improved along with a two ounce weight gain (this sounds silly to celebrate but it's the first time since April 2017 that I don't weigh less than the last appointment). My body is too fragile for medications or supplements so I'm going to keep doing what I'm doing (there's a diet and exercise component as well as the try-not-to-make-adrenaline plan) and hopefully this is the road to recovery!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Wrapped In A Blanket

Coat: vintage Woolrich (check Etsy for similar) // Hat: Madewell (similar here) // Pants: J.Crew (here) // Boots: Free People (same feel less hairy here)

I don't know what the point of this post is other than to show off dancing in the snow (FINALLY) wearing this vintage Woolrich blanket coat with no makeup on. I guess no other reason needed, right?