Wednesday, September 28, 2016

What Comes Around Goes Around

Jacket: vintage (see below) // T-shirt: Free People (here) // Jeans: H&M (here) // Shoes: vintage (similar here) // Belt: vintage MaxMara // Purse: vintage Chanel (here or or a bargain here) // Bracelet: Kate Spade (here)

 I think this looked better unbelted but I didn't take any pictures of that so I can't prove it to you.

So I'll tell you about my purse instead. I bought it at a consignment shop. I was 75% sure it was fake simply because it was priced at $40. However, the lambskin leather is like butter and the whole thing is extremely well-made. The inside flap even has the interlocking C's in relief, so even if it was a fake it was like the best fake that ever faked. And it was $40 for an incredible vintage purse, logo or not.

So 25% of me carried it around with a maybe? feeling. Maybe it was real? But probably not? And since most of me thought it was probably fake I used the heck out of this purse. Then four years after I bought it I stumbled across the exact same one on Shopbop. For $3,000. I died a bit. Whoops.

But I got to thinking. If I had known it was real thing, would I have enjoyed it nearly as much? Sure, it might still be pristine but it also would have spent a LOT of time on the tippy top shelf of my closet, stuffed with paper and swathed in protective dust bags. I've owned it for 8 years now and with a conservative estimate I've worn it 80 times per year on average. 640 times this purse has carried what's important to me. That's crazy!

So seize the day. Wear the purse/shoes/coat/whatever.

Oh, and since I knew there was a very slim chance of finding something similar to my coat-thingie, I made a little widget with all kinds of attention-grabbing toppers. Won't you window shop with me?

Monday, September 26, 2016

Roundup: One Hat and A Lot Of Vintage Cardigans

 Sweater: H&M (here) // Jeans: Levi's (here) // Purse: Chloe // Shoes: Zara (here)

If you've ever wondered what I'm always looking at in my photos, it's probably one of my children. And now you can see why.

 Hat: Madewell (similar here) // Coat: vintage Woolwich (cute current Woolwich coat here or cozy blanket print here) // Jeans: Citizens of Humanity (here) // Boots: Gucci (not really similar but these Gucci rain boots are super cute)

It's been downright chilly in the mornings. And still raining. Always raining.

 Hat: Madewell (similar here) // Earrings: H&M (similar here) // Cardigan: vintage (similar from Pendleton here) // Shirt: vintage (similar here) // Jeans: AG (here) // Shoes: Madewell  (here)

Hat: Madewell (similar here) // Cardigan: vintage (this is a cute alternative here and this is what came up when I searched "rainbow fringe cardigan" here - only $5000 to be a cat toy) // Jeans: Citizens of Humanity (here) // Boots: Free People (similar here

We ended up being the only campers in Hope this weekend. The town is only about three blocks long by two blocks wide and we could see everyone coming and going from our vantage point. There was a steady stream (at least a dozen) of people coming to the end of Main St, getting out of their vehicles to photograph their children or girlfriends in this field then getting back in their car and immediately leaving. Hope isn't on the way to anywhere and it's not really near anything else either (58 miles and a mountain pass away from the nearest town). It's a fun place to visit because it's pretty and it's an old mining town with really charming old log buildings but very few of the visitors even walked down one block to see them. They just got in their cars and . . . left. 

So you know when you see the pretty pictures of pretty families doing fun things all the time? And maybe you feel a little envious because when you're doing fun things your children are constantly in a state of undress, with mud wiped across their cheek and one undone pigtail? There may be families out there that can achieve social-media readiness at all times but I think I may have seen behind the curtain this weekend. 

Hat: Madewell (similar here) // Cardigan: vintage  (similar here or here) // Shirt: Aritzia (here)  // Jeans: Citizens of Humanity // Boots: Jeffrey Campbell (here)

Wow, am I wearing this hat in every picture?! *scrolls up*  No, but close. Time for a haircut? Or maybe some new hats. . . I also just realized this photo is out-of-focus. Time for a new prescription? 

Turtleneck: J.Crew (here) // Dress: vintage (very similar here, here, or here) // Earrings: H&M (very similar here) // Shoes: thrifted (similar here ) // Purse: vintage Chanel (exact here

While I love dressing for the rugged Alaskan fall, I take every opportunity I can to dress up for the city as well. 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Thrift It - Fall 2016 Trends

This isn't a comprehensive list of all of Fall 2016's trends but they are ones that you might be able to find secondhand!

First up, structured handbags. I wouldn't be sad to see that Gucci one up there under the Christmas tree but this is an easy trend to try out with vintage! A consignment or vintage shop would probably be your best bet but I come across them in thrift stores as well.

Loafers. The loafer mule is really trendy this year but pretty impractical for any kind of inclement autumn weather. Luckily the classic loafer is also in style and completely possible to pick up secondhand. Pair them with cropped denim and a sweater for a cozy fall look.

Dark Florals.  Also pretty easy to thrift florals on a dark background, what's fresh is it's now a trend for fall. In my dreams I would pair them with some embellished Miu Miu sandals but in real life a pair of ankle boots would probably work better. Or how about some velvet boots which brings us to our next trend. . .

Velvet! So, so, SO easy to thrift. The trick is to keep everything else in your outfit very modern.
Maybe a velvet top with ankle flares, a mary jane pump, and the structured handbag?

Any trends you're looking forward to?

Monday, September 19, 2016

Berry Picking In Fall Foliage

 Glasses: Quay (here) // Sweater: Aritzia (here) // Shirt: Aritzia (here) // Pants: H&M (they're back! here) // Boots: Bogs (here)

I know I wear these boots constantly but it's rained practically non-stop for the last two months. If we don't get a lot of snow this winter I'm going to be pissed.

This has nothing to do with my outfit, I just feel like sharing. Andrew used to work as a fishing guide in SE Alaska. The tourists would ask a lot of questions because most of them were first-time visitors to the state. Some of them sillier than others; he's been asked more than once what elevation they were at as they fished in the ocean. Um. . .

Andrew makes stuff up if he doesn't know the answer. And he can say the most outrageous stuff and sound completely plausible because he's smart and has a very deadpan delivery. I've fallen victim many times. So one time he was on the ocean in the middle of nowhere when his clients asked what the black speckles were on a cliff. This is what he told them:

Well, about 10 years ago a FedEx plane carrying inkjet cartridges crashed near here. The plane disintegrated in mid-air and those black marks you see are where the cartridges hit the rock. 
 They completely believed him and actually brought the story back to the others. They'd ask him to take them out the island where "that FedEx plane crashed". He eventually came clean and they all had a big laugh. I like to think that the returning guys gave the newbie guide crap the next year for not knowing where the Inkjet Cliffs were. You know, paying it forward and all that.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Great Outdoors

Outfit 1: H&M jacket (similar here)  // Madewell shirt (current version here)  // Citizens of Humanity jeans (here) // Bogs boots (here)

Outfit 2: Athleta top (here) and skort (here) // Bogs boots (here)  // REI backpack  // Patagonia hat  (here) // Quay sunglasses (here)

Note: it was my first time wearing anything from Athleta and I'm very impressed! Comfortable, wicking, and the skort was extremely convenient. Everything went from the trail to dinner really well (as in, not wrinkly and not smelly). I also ordered this top with long sleeves (here) and love it too!