Monday, May 15, 2017

Wide Leg Pros and Cons

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 Hat: Tula (here) // Tee: Madewell (here) // Pants: Madewell (similar here) // Shoes: Isabel Marant (platform version here or this years version here) // Bag: thrifted vintage (such a cute summery version here and pretty tempted by this anthro one here) // Necklace: Madewell (here)

It's a very Madewell kind of day I guess. It's also the time of year where I start wearing a plain t-shirt 90% of the time. I mean, they are very versatile. I'll try to only post the most interesting outfits here or on Instagram, which means the frequency is about to go down down down. Haha! Nice weather just brings out the simple in me. 

So high-waisted, wide-legged pants. Obviously a trend some of us will cringe at in a few years but that's fashion, right? When you're short-waisted like me there's probably a higher cringe probability. 

Cons:

It can make you look like an old man with your trousers pulled up to your chest.
It makes your rear end look about three feet long.
Short-waisted usually means you accumulate weight around your middle which these can accentuate.

Pros:

No rear end exposure when doing the mom squat.
Comfortingly holds all that post-baby stomach in.
Lots of leg room.

To get past a little bit of the cons I like to knot my shirt in front making an approximation of a waist (there's a little more stomach showing in these photos than I'd like but eh) and then pull the shirt down in the back a little bit so it only looks like my butt is 2 1/2 feet long. 

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Spring Floral Flings


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 Tee: H&M (here - yes, I bought this in 3 colors)  // Skirt: thrifted vintage (similar here) // Purse: Chloe // Shoes: Paloma Wool (here) // Necklace: Madewell (here)

It's been almost 70° so out came the vintage silk skirt! It's too big but whatevs. Just adds to the comfort level. :)

Happy Mother's Day for those U.S. moms!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Roundup: Transition

Oh boy, it's been a while. I realize that these posts are a little redundant now that I've started linking the Instagram photos in the sidebar but it's always fun to chat a bit too.

Cardigan: thrifted vintage (check Etsy!) // Leggings: Target (here) // Boots: XtraTuf (here)

Kit and I had a picnic lunch by the Eagle River, enjoying the beautiful weather we've been having. I think I've referenced this before but XtraTuf boots are, like, the official shoe of Alaska. I resisted for over three years but there's a reason they are so popular. They're comfortable, can take a beating, and go with everything. Alaskans of all ages, sexes, socioeconomic backgrounds, doesn't matter - they probably own XtraTufs if they spend much time outdoors. (If you would like to see more ways to wear yours I started a Pinterest board for Alaska Style, including the ubiquitous boots). 

Blouse: thrifted Liz Claiborne (similar here) // Dress: thrifted vintage (in my dreams here) // Purse: Theory (here) // Shoes: Target (here)

My super 90's mom look. Can you smell the Elizabeth Arden Sunflowers?

Coatigan: old (similar here) // Tee: H&M (here) // Necklace: Madewell (here) // Pants: Madewell (similar here) // Purse: DIY (love this one here) // Clogs: thrifted vintage (check Etsy)

Early spring is such an unattractive season here. I mean, we're spoiled the rest of the year so it seems a little greedy to complain. If you're intending on visiting and want to avoid the crowds and the millions of slow-moving motorhomes but still want to enjoy the looooong days and beautiful scenery aim for mid-May. There's some mosquitos but they're the early season ones - large, slow-moving and easy to swat. (I mention mosquitos because planning around them is A Thing here. The June skeeters? They are AWFUL. Tiny, numerous, and their bites itch forrrrreeeeevvvvveeeerrrr. Do not even think about going outside without bug spray. I'm not being cute here either. They can suck up to a pint of blood out of a moose each day.)

Alternatively, September is another time to consider. You'll miss out on the crazy summer nights but the scenery is gorgeous and there are zero bugs to fight off.

How in the heck did I manage to write so much about mosquitos on my style blog?

Jacket: The North Face (here) // Vest: REI Co-op (here) // Leggings: Target (here) // Ice Hikers: Merrell (similar here)

A hiking outfit. I don't think I've ever been so coordinated on the trail in my life. I felt sponsored.

Hat: Madewell (this years version here) // Scarf: thrifted (similar here) // Coat: Patagonia (here) // Shirt: Madewell (similar here) // Leggings: Athleta (here) // Boots: XtraTuf (here)

In my Xtratufs again. Andi is the only one in our family that doesn't have a pair yet. She's actually wearing another popular shoe brand in Alaska - Bogs Boots. We'll probably end up getting her a pair of 'Tufs so we can have a family portrait in our matching shoes. I'm not even kidding. But for winter time it's hard to beat the insulated Bogs for kids that are rated to -30°F! 

Dress: thrifted vintage (try Christy Dawn or Doen for similar) // Purse: thrifted vintage // Sandals: eBay (here) // Earrings: H&M (I like these too)

This is what I'm wearing right now! That's right, I'm typing to you right now from yesterday. Spooky.

Anyways, speaking of FQAD I'm in the midst of a pretty nasty relapse. So nasty I've ended up in an ambulance and the E.R. this week. I went in for some extensive testing to make sure there's nothing new contributing to the misery and I should find out more on Wednesday. It's been a pretty awful 8 days and today was one of the first that I could put on mascara (tremor wasn't so bad) and I got dressed in an okay way (i wasn't stuck in bed). Yay!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Might As Well Jump(suit)


Earrings: J.Crew (my new favorites! here)  // Tee: H&M (here) // Jumpsuit: thrifted vintage // Purse: thrifted vintage (similar here) // Flats: Chanel (exact in size 38 here or similar here)

I don't have too much to say today. Here's a few jumpsuits that I think would look fun with a tee layered under them if you you can't get your hands on your very own 80's goodness. ;)


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Hat Envy


 Hat: H&M (recent in-store purchase) // Tee: Zara (similar here) // Necklace: Madewell (here) // Pants: men's Wrangler (can't find it online? similar here) // Shoes: Intentionally Blank (here or here) // Purse: Madewell (similar here)

I've been so close to hitting the "checkout" button on a Janessa Leone´ boater hat. It's another item though where I can't justify the cost for the very short season I can wear it in. I'm hoping this very inexpensive H&M version will satisfy the longing although I'm already wishing the bill was a little bit crisper. Maybe I'll shift focus to a different hat with more year round wear because I really like the designer.

I've been tracking my best and worst cost-per-wear items on the Stylebook app for a while and using it to try and make better choices for my wardrobe. I'm still following the "core capsule" concept I came up with last year which is working out great (I should write a follow-up post, eh?). Now I'm focusing on what gets used the most (boots, sweaters) and not getting sidetracked into too many purchases that won't (sandals, tank tops, shorts, you get the idea ha!). And this isn't entirely revolutionary but if something isn't absolutely comfortable, I just won't wear it outside of the one outfit I envisioned the piece in. If that's a thrift store item, fine. Retail? Criiiiinge.

Won't you drool with me?