Friday, October 13, 2017

Lots Of Outfits And Words


I haven't been blogging or posting outfits to Instagram but apparently the need to document daily outfits runs deep. There's some complicated (and not so complicated) reasons that I'm not taking the usual "bloggery" shots. You know, the ones where I pretend there's not a camera five feet away as I nonchalantly look away? Bottom line is there's just not enough time in the day! And for now that's okay.

There's also reasons why I'm not posting many outfits to my usual Instagram account. The attention to my weight started to get uncomfortable. I tried being open about my illness and it's effect on my body but unfortunately some saw the weight loss as aspirational and I started to get private messages. I am sad that I might have inadvertently been promoting my weight loss as desirable so for now I'm backing up a bit.

But I'm here! I love you guys, and I love fashion and I love typing random shit and talking about my outfits so yeah. Let's get out of the wah wah sad stuff and onto the fun!

Tee: Madewell (here) // Bag: vintage // Pants: vintage Liz Claiborne (check Etsy! OMG these. Actually there's a ton of great ones) // Shoes: Madewell (here)

So first off, apparently I'm incapable of holding a phone still unless I'm looking directly at it. I promise that I'm not that in love with myself. Of course I take a bajillion photos of myself so you'll just have to believe me. :)

It's an outfit stack of Madewell and vintage! Andrew absolutely hates these pants so he's been rewarded with having to see me in them a few days in a row. I love that man. 

I have been looking for a good pair of pleated pants and the second I spotted these hanging on the rack my pulse quickened and I knew they were the ones.


Sweatshirt: vintage (check Etsy! This one is good) // Tee: Madewell (here) // Jeans: Levi's (here) // Boots: Zara (if you're ready for a square toe revival here)

Andrew also doesn't like this sweatshirt but I'm fairly confident he'd rather see me in it for a year straight rather than me wear those vintage Liz Claibornes even one more time. Haha!

I was definitely feeling the 80's vibe here down to the red boots. 


Coat: vintage Bonnie Cashin (check Etsy!) // Dress: Madewell (similar here) // Jeans: Acne Studios (similar here) // Shoes: Madewell (in blue here)

I haven't worn this coat in such a long time! It's been such a blog staple for at least 5, 6 years? and then I went a whole winter without wearing it even once. Well I fixed that.


Dress: thrifted vintage // Tee: H&M (here) // Jeans: Acne Studios (similar here) // Shoes: Madewell (in blue here)

Well I'm sure trying to cram in as many wears out of these shoes as I can before the weather gets too cold. Actually that whole sentence should be in past tense. We have reached the too cold tipping point already and all wears have been crammed in for this season. 

I tried really hard to find a similar dress but my usual keyword ninja skills were failing me. It's a maxi dress with pajama-ish details. Seems like something not-so-hard to hunt down but apparently it's just not that easy! Someone should stop me from buying this one though.


Tee: J.Crew (here) // Overalls: AE // Purse: Theory (in velvet here) // Shoes: Veja (here)

I called this look "toddler pilgrim". I absolutely love this shirt. Loooooove. Don't even care if it's a flash-in-the-pan trend, I will be wearing it years from now. 


Sweater: Madewell (this year's version here) // Tee: Madewell (here) // Pants: thrifted J.Crew (similar here) // Boots: Toyshop (here) // Tote: Uniqlo x J.W.Anderson (here)

I thrifted these velvet skinny jeans last week and ohmygosh. I'm trying not to bring too much into the house (I'm focusing on the reduce in reduce, reuse, recycle) but it's taking every fiber of my being not to hunt down every pair in my size on Poshmark and buy every single one of them. They fit like they were made for me. 

And the tote! I couldn't resist a puffer tote up here in Alaska.


Jacket: H&M (similar here) // Tee: J.Crew (similar here) // Skirt: Madewell (here) // Tights: No Nonsense (here) // Scarf: Gucci (similar here) // Boots: Topshop (here)

I already yammered about these tights on Instagram and I'm going to do it here as well. These have a yoga waistband so there's no pinching, squeezing, or rolling. I am NOT a fan of tights normally. Like, I have to be majorly motivated to wear something to torment myself with them. But these are like wearing feety yoga pants! I can handle that.


Friday, September 29, 2017

Instagram Roundup: A Few Core Capsule Looks And More

Tee: J.Crew (here) // Necklace: Madewell (similar here) // Jeans: Acne Studio (here but I got mine from the RealReal) // Shoes: Madewell (here) // Earrings: J.Crew (here)

This tee is from my core capsule! I love it. It's probably my favorite item. It has the fun sleeve detail and the comfort of a, well, t-shirt. It's going to look sooooo good under overalls. And of course I'm wearing my favorite necklace which is sadly sold out but the Kenneth Jay Lane one I linked to is a pretty good substitute. And I really love the shoes but I'm afraid I bought them too late (but on sale with an extra percentage off!) for fall in Alaska. They're crazy comfortable and I think a good transition shoe for someone who lives in, um, not Alaska. haha!


Hat: Janessa Leone (sold out. :( try this one) // Sweater: Sézane (here) // Necklace: Madewell (similar here) // Jeans: Paige (here) // Boots: vintage (check Etsy! OMG these blue ones or these ones MADE OUT OF JEANS)

Can't stop wearing these vintage boots. They have the perfect slouch and the perfect color. I think vintage shoes can be a little iffy and I don't buy them often. It's not an "ick" factor or anything, I just usually rely on my footwear to be pretty modern to bring my vintage pieces into the new millennia. But these won my heart.



Dress: vintage // Sweater Coat: vintage (Madewell has a similar one here)  // Boots: vintage

Yay all vintage everything! The saddest part of not fitting into my old clothing is the loss of vintage that I spent 20 years collecting. Some pieces I can still make work though and that makes me so happy!




Shirt: Madewell (in flannel here) // Coat: vintage London Fog (check Etsy) // Belt Bag: vintage Dooney & Bourke (here's a blue vintage Coach one!)  // Pants: Uniqlo (here) // Mules: vintage (Check Etsy)

When I bought the belt bag it was super dusty and dinged up. The cashier turned it over in her hands a few times and suggested that she charge even less than the $2.99 price tag. She was not impressed and probably thought I was nuts for paying "full" price. A little cleaning and it looks great! Right after I talk about not buying vintage shoes here's another pair. Whoops. 

And just a quick word about the shirt. The ex-boyfriend fit is my favorite shirt from Madewell and I usually buy one version every year or so. Plaid, white, striped. It's forgiving and flattering all at once.


Jacket: Zara (sold out? I can't find it again. It's newish though. Similar here) // Tee: ancient linen tee (similar here) // Overalls: Levi's (here) // Boots: Zara (old, similar here)

A cool, wet summer has transitioned into a cool, wet fall. A boldly striped water-resistant jacket brightens up a dreary day.


Sweater: Free People (here) // Jeans: AG (here) // Earrings: J.Crew (here)

And a cozy sweater! I'm super snobby about sweaters. They need to be warm but breathable. NO ACRYLIC. I cannot handle the feel of acrylic even if I love, love, love the sweater. There's been some heartbreakers in the thrift store I tell ya. So the fact that this sweater contains 40% acrylic and that I like it is crazy. Somehow I don't melt into a puddle of angry red Jenn when I wear it which is a snuggly miracle. I'm really selling this thing, huh? I'm a terrible style blogger. We've established this many times over the years. :)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Red Velvet Skirt

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Sweater: Sézane (here) // Necklace: Gorjana (here) // Skirt: Isabel Marant (see similars below) // Tights: Hue // Boots: Dries van Noten (similar here)

Purely from an Alaskan's point of view, retailers wait too long to put out their fall clothing. By the time it hits stores we have about a two-week (maybe) window to wear it before it's going to be hidden under a coat until after breakup.

If perhaps I lived somewhere else, the kind of place enjoying nicer temperatures with their changing leaves I would have paired this outfit with bare legs and my new Veja sneakers rather than these tights and riding boots. But I'm grateful that the snow has stayed away so far and that I can get away with tights still!

Note on the sweater: The wrap back is free. As in, it will open as much as your movements. Super sexy with a bralette around the house but for days where, say, school pickup is involved I use a safety pin to hold it together. It's still a pretty detail but much less opportunity to show off anything I'm not comfortable with.




Item(s) from core capsule: Sweater

Monday, September 25, 2017

90's Vibes

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marled sweater madewell oxfords theory whitney outfit ootd inspiration

marled sweater madewell oxfords theory whitney outfit ootd inspiration
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marled sweater madewell juliette oxfords theory whitney outfit ootd inspiration


 Dress: Madewell (here) Sunglasses: Le Specs (here) // Necklace: Madewell (I like this one too) // Coat: vintage London Fog (check Etsy or similar here) // Purse: Theory (in velvet here) // Tights: Hue (here) // Shoes: Madewell (here)

If it was really the 90's I'd be wearing platform mary janes on my feet and a crocheted cardigan over the dress though.



Items from my fall capsule collection: dress, shoes

Friday, September 22, 2017

Fall 2017 Core Capsule


From left to right, top to bottom:

Sweater: Sezane (here, image is wrong) // Jeans: AG (here) // Sweater: J.Crew (here) // Shoes: Madewell (here or here) // Dress: Madewell (here) // Jeans: Levi's (here) // Skirt: Madewell (here) // Sweater: Free People (here) // Tee: J.Crew (here)

So I've talked about core capsules on this blog but never before has it been so relevant. I don't want to keep beating the same old "holy shit my weight has changed a lot" drum but even my wedding ring literally falls off. It was nuts when it was 10 pounds in a month, now we're at 25 in three months (it's stabilized for now THANK GOD). I think a lot of us have had changes (pregnancy, bodies after baby, weight loss, weight gain) where the image in your head doesn't match the reality. I've had to send a lot of stuff back because I kept ordering the wrong size. I would talk myself into a different size when it came to adding it to my cart even when I knew better. I knew it but I didn't believe it. So that was a weird hurdle to get over.

Not a hurdle (weird or otherwise) to get over? Buying fall clothing. Don't need an excuse for that! But it was a little different this year in that I wasn't buying to fill in holes, I was buying what I will actually be wearing on a day to day basis. I still have some sweaters, cardigans, blazers, etc that still work so what I needed was the base pieces to fill it out.

I started with the color scheme: black, white, navy, cream with pink and cognac. Be warned, I am someone who has zero problem combining brown & black or navy & brown. Love it in fact. So there's that. I actually ordered this houndstooth J.Crew skirt too which would have worked beautifully in this capsule but it had thick, bunchy elastic on the back and I would have had to size down to get it to fit right and I didn't want to do that through the mail. It's super cute but try it on at a store if you can!

Anyways, I've ended up with 10 pieces I'm really happy with (I also got these Uniqlo leggings pants). There's a few more things I'm chasing down. I need a new everyday coat so I'm probably going to get the ubiquitous black Patagonia puffer coat (you know the one), and I'd like a pair of ugly-cute sneakers for down days and to fulfill my Parisienne in Alaska fantasies.

You know how bloggers tell you they love a piece and how it's going to be a staple in the upcoming season and then the readers never see it again? This is going to be the opposite of that LOL. In the next few weeks I'm going to show you how I mix and match this new clothing into my existing wardrobe.

Read more about my core capsule concept here or here.