Friday, December 19, 2014

Roundup: A Lot Of Thrifted Tops

 Beanie: Gap | Jacket: thrifted | Shirt: thrifted (similar here or here) | Jeans: H&M (here)| Boots: La Canadienne (here)
I wore this a few weeks ago. I've been having more luck at the thrift stores. I think it's because my mindset has changed. When we first moved here I was used to a very different lifestyle and I was still shopping for it. My brain has finally caught up to my physical location!

 Sweater: H&M | Overalls: American Eagle | Shoes: Prada | Purse: thrifted Deux Lux
I already admitted this on Instagram but I didn't wear this a full day. It's really cute but the sweater is pretty long and it kept rolling up around my waist. It looked like I had a child's inner tube stuffed in my pants. Real comfortable and real attractive. I'll try it again but this time with a shorter sweater.
 Top: thrifted vintage (check Etsy) | Skirt: Isabel Marant (similar in a fuller shape here or here) | Shoes: thrifted vintage Calvin Klein (almost exact but $$$ here)
I was procrastinating and decided to try out different party outfits. I love this top!

 Coat: thrifted vintage | Belt: ASOS (similar here or here) | Jeans: H&M (here) | Boots: La Canadienne (here)
Wrap belts are the best. It actually looks like I have a waist!

 Sweater: thrifted (similar here, here, or here)| Top: Zara (here) | Pants: H&M (here) | Shoes: Converse
This was a quick outfit for an early playdate. I say "early" but it was at 10:00 am. Which, technically, is before the sun even rises which sounds pretty dramatic. "When does your playgroup meet?" "At dawn!" Moving onto the clothing, you can't tell from this photo but I cut really high vents up the side seams of the sweater - I think it really makes the sweater more modern. It also gives me a chance to show off the layering a little more!

Sweater: thrifted (similar here)| Shirt: thrifted (similar here or here) | Jeans: H&M (here)| Shoes: thrifted
I looked so cranky in all the pictures I took that day! I don't know why, it's hard to be mad when you're wearing yellow. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Holiday Play

Sorry about the weird picture quality. It's so dark here! I tried shooting in manual to lighten things up but I'm not good at staying still enough, even for the second it takes for the shutter to snap. Funny story, when I was in the interview process at the State Patrol I had to take a lie detector test. The officer that administered it never forgot me the whole time I worked there, even though we only saw each other every 2-3 years. He said I was one of the squirmiest people he'd ever given the test to. When most people first meet me they think I'm laid back and somewhat monotone. I guess all my energy goes into fidgeting!

Scarf: eBay (here)
Tee: H&M
Skirt: thrifted vintage (similar here or here)
Shoes: thrifted

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Wool Poncho

A quick post in real time! This is such a busy week for me, and probably for you too so I'll keep it short and sweet. This is another vintage item I bring out at least once a year, every year. I barely got any looks at school pick-up so apparently I've worn down the other moms (and a few dads). Yessssss.

Poncho: vintage (check Etsy)
Pants: H&M (here)
Boots: La Canadienne (here)

Monday, December 15, 2014

Spring 2015

I don't post a lot of inspirational-type fashion photos on here, but when I do it's because I'm really, really excited by it. It's no secret I love style and clothing and watching the runways is part of that. Every few years all the fashion stars align and I get really inspired by the clothing coming down the catwalks.

I almost always love anything from Chloe. The Spring/Summer 2015 collection has me drooling even more than usual. White blouses, 70's-ish denim, pretty sandals. One of each, please.

J.A. Vandevorst
This isn't my style but I'm so inspired by how the clothing was constructed to look like it's blowing in the wind.

Etoile Isabel Marant
Sweaters, stripes, jeans. Yep, yep, and yep.

Haider Ackermann
Seriously. I'd wear this in a heartbeat. A very expensive heartbeat.

Even JCrew is getting into the slouchy action! It's like all my fashion dreams are coming true in 2015.

Stella Jean
Bright colors mixed with sporty elements. Huge earrings. I'm in.

I haven't really been interested in Gucci since Tom Ford was at the helm but it has my attention now. Almost everything sent down the runway was perfection. It was a glam spin on the early 70's with light denim and lacing done in a modern way.

Anyway, I'm not going to spend my children's college education fund on clothing in 2015 but it does give me a good idea of things to look for at the thrift store: light denim, oversized shorts, pastels, space-dyed sweaters, and bright pieces. To mix in and make the pieces more modern I'll be checking out the "fast fashion" stores for: cropped pants, statement earrings, and some red or cognac sandals.

all photos from

Sunday, December 14, 2014

State of Inspiration

Today I took my oldest daughter Christmas shopping. She carefully selected her outfit, shoes, and accessories and asked if I would dress fancy as well. How could I say no? Since I knew we'd be fighting crowds my "fancy" is a little muted but I like to think a faux fur scarf instantly elevates any outfit.

I was very influenced by the perfectly pastel winter skies and frosty trees in Alaska right now. I love how inspiration can come from anywhere.

Scarf: H&M (similar here, here, or here)
Sweater: thrifted (similar here, or here)
Necklace: thrifted (similar here, here, or here)
Jeans: H&M (here)
Boots: Sam Edelman