Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Patch Madam

Basics with a twist: A black tee with a fun graphic and boyfriend jeans with patches. Pretty sure I'm going to be wearing this combo again and again.

Tee: H&M (similar here, in sweater form here, or a cute sweatshirt option from Madewell here)
Jeans: ASOS (similar from anthropologie here, Paige denim here, or Urban Outfitters here)
Heels: thrifted (similar from Forever 21 here or Nine West here)

Monday, September 22, 2014

Layers of Victorian

I'm going to stop apologizing for crappy camera phone pictures. Because if I were truly sorry I'd drag out the tripod and take some real photos. My name is Jenn, and I am a Lazy Photo Taker.

Channeled a Victorian vibe today. The dress is one of the few thrift finds I've purchased here and I'm really excited about it.

Sweater: Free People (similar)
Dress: thrifted (similar here or here)
Boots: Sam Edelman (other cute lace up booties here, here, or a splurge here)

Sunday, September 21, 2014


I see a lot of advice on how to wear overalls and most of it includes dressing it up. I say go the opposite direction. Sure it's not very high-fashion but it's the freakin' weekend baby and I'm about to have me some fun. You know, shopping and hiking and stuff. What are you doing?

Tee: Target (from the boys' section here)
Overalls: American Eagle (here)
Plaid shirt: Madewell (in a different color here)
Shoes: Converse (similar)

Friday, September 19, 2014


It was supposed to be in the 60s today so I thought I'd pull out this vintage silk shawl top that I've had for a few years but haven't worn yet. But then my daughter came at me with hummus hands and it never got above the 46 degrees and I conceded it might not be the right day to wear it. So I changed into this:

Complete with crappy iPhone pics. So, I wear this top a lot. I can be a little weird about sweaters because I can't handle how many of them feel against my skin. I don't have that issue with this one so I'm thinking about getting the navy color because it's on sale (!!) and I know that I'll actually wear it. I've never been a multiple-items-in-different-colors kind of person but I may have to make an exception here. And as a bonus, hummus washes right out of it.

Outfit #1

Top: thrifted vintage (similar kimono here or adorable tank version here)
Jeans: H&M (similar here)
Shoes: thrifted (similar here)
Purse: thrifted (similar and affordable here)

Outfit #2

Coat: thrifted (similar here or this cute cascading version here, also check Etsy for vintage ones)
Sweater: Madewell (navy blue here)
Jeans: H&M (similar here)
Shoes: Zara (similar)
Necklace: thrifted

Monday, September 15, 2014

Updates and Random Photos

I've included one picture not from Instagram so if you already follow me there, it won't be complete repeat. :)

 Dress: thrifted (similar) | Skirt: vintage (similar but with softer pleats) | Boots: Sam Edelman

Even though I don't have a ton of luck with thrift stores here, I still stop in once and a while to look around. A few weekends ago I went and scored a few items! When I got home and pulled this oversized sweater dress out of the bag Andrew stared at it in dismay, "Are you going to belt it or. . .?" His distaste for the dress was soon forgotten when I pulled out the next thing - a shirt made of Native American print bandannas with fringe. He probably still sees an image of that sucker every time he closes his eyes.. :)

 Sweater: Madewell (here or here)| Skirt: Forever 21 (similar but more expensive) | Clogs: Tory Burch (similar or check eBay for the real thing)
The socks with clogs was a much more daring style choice than I had anticipated judging by the looks on other people's faces.

 Flannel: Madewell (here but it doesn't look like it comes in this color anymore) | Lace tank: H&M (similar) | Jeans: Current/Elliott (here) | Boots: Sam Edelman
I'm calling this "Alaska Fabulous". I've accepted that I'm going to be here a while and am going to make it work for me. I think I've already mentioned that I've given away or consigned a huge portion of my wardrobe - I'm being realistic about what my life here entails but I'm not going to stop having fun with fashion. Probably ever.

 Sweater: H&M | Skirt: Isabel Marant | Loafers: thrifted GH Bass (similar)
After making some slow progress after my bad reaction to an antibiotic, I had a relapse last week. It was very frustrating. I'm still putting on makeup and getting dressed every day though - fake it 'til you make it, right? :)

Cardigan: Target (here) | Tee: Nordstrom (similar) | Denim: Free People (here) | Flats: Prada
Goodness, I didn't realize I was being so hard on the pockets of my cardigan. The thing is already falling apart and no need to hasten it's demise. I hate shopping for cardigans. I realize they're kind of necessary but there is something about cardigans that go so wrong on me except for the odd one-in-a-thousand. I don't think I have a bad body but it's not made for rocking cardigans, that's for sure.
Sweater: Madewell (here) | Skirt: vintage | Clogs: MIA (similar) | Watch: Target

It's time to take all the fall/winter stuff out of storage! After a year or so of going more minimal I'm excited to play with my wardrobe a bit more this autumn. I've been getting inspired by B.Jones Style archives (I hope she starts blogging again soon), the revival of Closet Visit, the blog Dress Like a Parisian, and the fall/winter shows of Chloe, Isabel Marant, and the Chanel Metiers d'Art collection (minus the casual cultural appropriation of course). It's so fun to be excited about fashion again!