Monday, May 11, 2015

Roundup: Spring Fling

If you got to this text, you are a scrolling superstar.

It seems like each time I disappear from the blog I come back with some excuse. Sick, tired, busy, blah, blah, blah. This time is no different. :) The mixed feelings I've always had about blogging have resurfaced. Wearing anything other than well-loved favorites just feels too costumey and contrived. I'm afraid that when I blog I'm just adding to the buy! buy! buy! noise that is so loud in the style blogosphere. I love style and clothing. I love looking at style and clothing. I'm not sure that will ever change. Instagram suits my feelings at the moment because it's so fleeting. You scroll through the feed, pausing and admiring when something catches your eye. You continue on, inspired. It's just a fun outfit and no one is trying to make it more (although the push to monetize Instagram is ruining some of the fun, just like it did blogging. Once I see an account start heavily pushing Like To Know It it means I Will Unfollow It. Quickly.)

I guess I'm just really tired of acquiring things just to make new outfits. I'm tired of being sold clothing instead of seeing someone really express their style. I don't think I've ever shared this on the blog but we grew up pretty poor and clothing/fashion was NOT a priority even though I desperately wished it was. After college I struggled a bit and due to bad choices by me and others even ended up sleeping in a car for a time. I slowly pulled myself out of that hole (with some help) and once I had some disposable income I started spending it on the clothing I admired on other people. I wanted to own some of the confidence and success that I thought came with wearing brand names and/or trendy items. And then I'd stand in front of a packed-to-the-gills closet with "nothing to wear".

It was when we moved to Alaska and I cleaned out my closet that I realized it felt good to have a wardrobe where most everything felt like "me". I've had a few missteps and I had to clear out some wrong choices but nowhere on the scale that I used to. I've finally come to the conclusion that I don't have to own things that I like when they don't fit into my lifestyle or style narrative. I can appreciate them and move on. Took me long enough. :)

Life, it's a process, isn't it? Just when you think you're nailing something you find out that you were using the wrong hammer.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Roundup: 50 Degrees

Goodness, you guys. I've been really sucky at regular posting and now I'm coming at you with 6 outfits.

I purchased this giant, vintage cardigan about 2 weeks ago and I've worn it almost every day since. Sometimes as part of an outfit (like above) but mostly as a big, cozy hug over my jammies or regular clothes during the major cold snap we had last week.

Cardigan: vintage (other hooded oversized cardigans here, or here)
Tee: Zara (similar here)
Black Pants: H&M (here)
Belt: ASOS (similar here or here)
Jeans: H&M (here)
Boots: La Canadienne (here)

Cold. So cold. I know it's super annoying to bitch about weather on an outfit blog but SERIOUSLY. It was in the negatives all week. And that's not including windchill.

Coat: thrifted (similar here)
Sweater: H&M (similar here)
Skirt: Forever 21 (similar here)
Boots: H&M (similar here)
Beret: eBay

This is a grandma dress. I knew I'd have to be on top of my make-up game if I was going to pull this one off. I had originally pictured it with my white Converse sneakers (picturing a cute, casual look like this) but I had again had the problem of looking like I had joined a cult. Seriously, what's my malfunction?!

Dress: thrifted (similar here - join me.)
Boots: H&M (similar here)

How do you feel about paperbag waists? I love them! I'm aware that because of my high waist they give me a three-foot-long butt but I don't have to look at it and unless you live in Anchorage, you don't either. :)

Shirt: Zara (similar here or here)
Pants: Zara (similar here)
Shoes: thrifted (similar here, here, or here)

If I've scared you off from paperbag waists, check out these ladies wearing them well: here, here, and here. Also, a much higher fashion authority than me has declared them cool again: Isabel Marant.

Spring! Or spring-like weather! I'm not sure yet! Also, green eyeshadow for St. Patrick's Day.

Jacket: thrifted (similar here)
Scarf: gift from a friend (similar here)
Tee: Madewell (here or here)
Jeans: Free People (here)
Shoes: Converse One Star (similar here)

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Roundup: The Return

I've been a little absent from blogging because I've had a relapse of the antibiotic side effects. I've been forcing myself to get dressed every day and have been posting to Instagram (since it only takes a few seconds) but getting a blog post up has been a little harder. The funny thing? Wearing heels helps take some of the pressure off of the painful ligaments and tendons in my ankles. Pretty sure that's not usually how it works. :)

This was my second outfit of the day (see below). It's a little weird but I think it works. We've been having some very mild weather here. So mild that the official Iditarod starting line had to be relocated to Fairbanks and the organizers had to truck snow into Anchorage for the ceremonial start! Things like that are kind of disappointing, wearing some of my favorite heels in March is not.

Jacket: thrifted (similar here)
Overalls: American Eagle (similar here or here)
Shoes: vintage Calvin Klein (similar here)

It's the return of the revival tent! This was what I really wanted to wear but the wind had other ideas. Of course, everyone commenting on Instagram had much more common sense than I and suggested I wear shorts or pants underneath. Duh. Next time.

Dress: vintage (sorry, I couldn't find anything like it. Shirt dresses? Yes? Shirt dresses 6 ft wide? No.)
Wrap belt: ASOS (similar here or here)
Boots: H&M (similar here)

A very casual look, like most days. I think it's time for a haircut. Some more layers to free the waves! I always think I'm going to like a blunter cut but forget that I then really have to do something with it besides comb it in the morning. At least wavy hair can look purposefully messy.

Cardigan: Target
Top: Forever 21 (here)
Jeans: ASOS (here)
Clogs: Tory Burch (similar here)

This was my 80's Parisienne look. These pants are huuuuuge but fitted at the waist. I really like them and can't wait to wear them this summer.

Coat: vintage (similar here or here)
Top: Zara
Pants: By Malene Birger (similar here or here)
Boots: H&M (similar here)

Another casual outfit. We had a playdate at McDonalds again and they have a giant wall of windows AND crank the heat up. You have to dress very lightly or risk getting hot and cranky. It's still worth it though. When it's super duper cold, or during break up, you need to find as many indoor play places to take your kids as possible. Or you will all go nuts.

Tee: Madewell (here, here, or here)
Jeans: Citizens of Humanity (here)
Coat: thrifted
Clogs: Tory Burch  (similar here)

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Fleece Lining

I know most of us have our eyes on spring but I just had to sing the praises of a fleece-lined sweater, and I said on Instagram I'd round up a few available in stores since mine is thrifted. It was another find at the Value Village President's Day sale and I've worn it constantly. It has the look of a sweater with the comfort of polar fleece, and the warmth of both. LOVE IT. It's gone hiking and out to dinner with equal ease. OK, I'm done writing my ode - here's a few for sale:

I know some of those are men's but I'm 90% sure mine is too. It doesn't matter. FLEECE. SWEATER. HEAVEN.

Here's a few others that I couldn't get on the widget but are definitely worth checking out:

This women's space-dye one with fur poms is really cute here.
I like the native-inspired pattern on this one.
The pattern on this one is good too.
This sweater has feminine Scandinavian look in red.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Roundup: Normal

This was my "responsible" mom look. I know that ripped jeans don't normally say "take me seriously" but this is Alaska, trust me. I was also in a very bad mood, can you tell? :)

Coat: ancient Espirit
Sweater: Sandro (similar here)
Jeans: ASOS
Heels: thrifted (similar here or here)
Scarf: eBay

Confession time: I have amassed a large collection of coats since moving here. It got even larger after the 50% Presidents Day sale at Value Village. It's a good thing I can wear them 11-12 months out of the year.

Coat: thrifted vintage (similar here, here, or here)
Shirt: Free People (similar here or here)
Belt: thrifted
Jeans: Free People (here or here)
Boots: Enzo Angiolini

I think I've worn this outfit before, the newest piece is 3 years old but I think it resembles this runway look from Chloe (only winterfied)

Blouse: H&M
Pants: Joie
Boots: Sam Edelman

Linking to Pinterest reminds me. . .you know how Pinterest has started recommending pins? It does a pretty good job of showing me interesting architecture and travel pins that I haven't seen before but I have seriously given Pinterest the wrong impression, fashion-wise. The style being recommended is so off the mark that it's laughable. I really don't like when it's obvious that the bloggers are all dressed up with nowhere to go but the photoshoot. I guess I might like it if it's very editorial, but if it's all this-season J.Crew and Nordstrom? Get off my board. :)

Hat: Target (here)
Trench: H&M
Scarf: thrifted
Top: Target
Pants: H&M (here)
Boots: La Canadienne (here)

I was pretty happy that it was freezing in New York for Fashion Week this year because it provides me with much cold-weather inspiration. It's pretty mild here but if it gets cold again I'm ready with some fresh ideas!

Sweater: thrifted (similar here, here, or here)
Jeans: H&M (here)
Shoes: thrifted (similar here or here)
Watch: Target (similar here)