Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Wrapped In A Blanket

Coat: vintage Woolrich (check Etsy for similar) // Hat: Madewell (similar here) // Pants: J.Crew (here) // Boots: Free People (same feel less hairy here)

I don't know what the point of this post is other than to show off dancing in the snow (FINALLY) wearing this vintage Woolrich blanket coat with no makeup on. I guess no other reason needed, right?

Thursday, December 28, 2017

That Ski Bunny Aesthetic

puffer coat snow outfit

puffer coat scarf winter outfit

Coat: H&M (the Moncler coat it's a dupe for here, or H&M's newest fashion puffer here)  // Scarf: old  (similar here, here, or here) // Leggings: Uniqlo (here) // Gloves: Marmot (here) // Boots: Moon Boots // Hat: Turnagain Mud Co. (here)

Every year after the holidays I go into a very ski bunny look. I guess it's just an easy way to look stylish when it's REALLY FREAKING COLD. :) Luckily there's several decades of apres ski looks to mine for inspiration on Pinterest.

Now lets talk about the outfit because this is a style blog and it might be fun to break it down. The coat is old but H&M has a new version out that I'm trying not to be tempted by. Not only is it down but it looks like a sleeping bag. A chic sleeping bag. The gloves are new this winter but I am LOVING them. They're warm but really flexible. I wear them in my Mountain Hardware mitts when it's crazy cold, that way I can still take my hand out to adjust kid's zippers or a camera setting without losing heat. The leggings are Heattech which if you've been following since at least last winter you know I swear by.

And finally the boots. These things are so warm. They can get too warm even. I don't know why they aren't more popular here in Alaska. Sorel is very popular but I'm going to say it: I don't think many of the styles very warm. Cute, yes, but not warm enough for really cold days (except for Caribou boots which I broke down and bought last winter). I think the Moon Boots suffer from their 80's reputation, people seem to recoil from anything 80's. But if you want really warm toes and you're willing to put up with some comments these are so good!

This reads like a book report on my outfit haha! And I almost forgot to mention the blonde! I needed a change although I'm freaking out over the color. I've been a brunette my whole life (I experimented with ruby red and purple in high school but still it was dark) and it's verrrrry weird to catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror. I thought the lighter color would help brighten my face up after this ridiculous year and the accompanying weight loss. And hopefully an outward change to reflect the inward healing.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Bright Sweaters

Hat: Turnagain Mud Co (here) // Sweater: vintage LL Bean (love this J.Crew one or check Etsy) // overalls: Levi's (here) // Boots: vintage Tecnica (have fun!)

So I tried. This is going to sound absurd but taking outfit photos takes practice and if you don't use it, you lose some of it. Or maybe it's my mind I've lost. It's hard to tell these days.

This outfit is a little "80's toddler in Aspen" but if you'd like to tone it down all you'd need were some skinny jeans. That's how I'm wearing this sweater next time! I'm really digging a bright sweater this winter. You know I've been feeling the 80's for the last few years and I think the resurgence is a lead-in to the '00's renaissance. God help us all.

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: S├ęzane (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. :)