Sunday, January 19, 2020

Equestrian details

I am happy to see that equestrian details are having a fashion moment!
I have collected a few pieces with horse and bit themes over the past years
They are not worn very often, so I decided to devote this post to
the ones I have been wearing this season

This first outfit is built around a bright pink shirt
It is from Ralph Lauren, and is an unusual color for an equestrian theme piece

Kind of wild!
The horse bit detail running vertically down the front
 sort of has the look of braces or suspenders
I thought this little Coach belt bag was the perfect accessory
The braided belt is a pretty good match
although it did not come with the bag,
which can be worn on a belt or with a detachable
cross body strap

Bright pink triangular shaped stone earrings for jewelry

I rarely wear these kiltie pumps anymore
they have been in the consignment box twice
so it was nice to an outfit that seemed right to "trot" them out of the closet! 

This next outfit is accessorized, equestrian style
I'm wearing a classic camel color blazer 
with a black skirt with all around pleats 

I tied the giant equestrian motif scarf cowgirl fashion 

Carrying a multi earth tone snake print handle bag

For jewelry, I chose a gold tone link bracelet
and wreath circle stud earrings

Black square toe block heel pumps with buckle detail
to complete this look

Here are a few of the other equestrian detail items
that I pulled out of my closet and have been wearing this season:

A mini saddlebag purse, a double horse bit belt
short cowgirl boots and pumps with a wee horse bit buckle
Also an enamel and brushed silver horse head pendent   

Have a great week!
We had our second snow of the season yesterday
and the coldest and snowiest month is yet to come
We are currently smack dab in the middle of winter
and already I am dreaming of spring!

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Metallics-all that glitters

I am so glad that metallics and all that glitters
has become not only acceptable for daytime wear
but quite the norm!
The past decade has seen fantastic advances in the technology
of how fabrics and textiles are produced  
 This, along with more relaxed standards of what to wear for which occasion
has made metallics so much more available and wearable

I have embraced metallics, and love the pick-me-up
 a little shine in my wardrobe provides, especially in the middle of winter!

This first outfit has lots of shiny bits
The main metallic element is the burnished bronze leather pencil skirt
To jazz the outfit up even more
I wore an eggplant  purple open front cardigan sweater 
with applied pyramid studs and rhinestones

A close up of the amazing detail on the sweater

For jewelry, I chose a mixed metal eagle necklace
 and brushed gold tone stud earrings

Carrying a black trapezoid shaped handle bag

Bronze T straps with wacky wedge heels to finish the look

If you described this outfit to me without the photos
I would picture it in my mind as pretty over the top,
when in reality, it is pretty tame looking!
I guess the fact that most of the shiny bits are burnished and not bright
tones it down a bit

Next, a light tan shirt with glowing metallic lame threads woven through it
Paired with an olive green button front full midi skirt

This picture doesn't really capture the glow
Lame with military style pockets and epaulets-go figure!

For jewelry, I'm wearing a 3-D gold tone bar choker necklace
 with topaz colored rhinestones and gold tone bar earrings

Carrying a multi colored snake print handle bag

Cognac low block heel shoe booties to complete the outfit

Lastly, more shiny lame!
This outfit is made up of a basic boat neck cable knit pullover sweater
jazzed up with sparkly metallic threads in the weave
Worn with dark wash denim flares

My photos don't do it justice, but it glitters

Carrying a navy blue and wine two tone mini bucket bag

For jewelry, I chose a gold tone and plastic disc necklace
and small gold hoop earrings

Metallic perforated block heel slides to complete the outfit 
The finish on these shoes is somewhere between gold and silver
Should I call it gilver,  maybe sold?  I have a little trouble styling them
I remember when I purchased them, the store lighting
made them look more golden

Sunday, January 5, 2020


There are as many types of check patterns as there are ways to wear them!
Checks and plaids have been showing up in force in fashion
  over the past few seasons especially, and in the most inventive variations 
So many different sizes and color combinations, 
and of corse there is print mixing potential
Truly, checks have possibilities for every wardrobe!

The thing that ties these three recent outfits together
is that they all feature a check pattern of some kind
  First a large one, then medium and lastly a small one, all very different

The first outfit is an all around box pleated skirt 
with a big, bold loosely drawn check on it 
Very visible in red, tan and black, on a cream background
I wore this skirt with a bright red V neck cardigan sweater
 over a cream bow blouse that I have been wearing a lot over the holidays
This blouse made an appearance on several recent posts
and has been a great layering piece since it came into my wardrobe early this fall
I feel as if it has already paid for itself!

This little bronze metallic bag
has been worth its weight in gold, it is so useful and versatile
It came with a short detachable strap, to carryout it as a handle bag
and a longer strap so it can be used as a shoulder bag
Or detach all straps and carry it as a clutch

I simply accessorized this outfit with a thin black pebble grain leather belt
and vintage rhinestone and pearl half moon shaped earrings 

Strappy black low heel pumps to finish the look

Next, a more subdued design 
This ivory 3/4 sleeve blazer style jacket has
a blush pink and black check woven into it 

The pink is so light, the jacket almost reads as striped instead of checked
I like the big patch pockets that are matched up so nicely
you can hardly see them

Carrying my blush pink structured handle bag

Wearing gold tone jewelry in minimal organic shapes to accessorize

Black suede tie heels to complete this outfit

Lastly, a mini earth tone check pattern
on a pair of tuxedo style cropped trousers
Worn with a black short sleeve turtleneck sweater

Close up of the multi-colored check on the trousers

For a bag, I chose a vintage multi toned,
diagonally striped clutch from the 1950's

Adding a little bit more of a vintage vibe into this outfit
with a 1960's pewter cat pendant. I love the mod design of this necklace
Also wore a wide, gunmetal open cuff bracelet 

More accessories (headband for an uncooperative hair day)

Black suede ballet wedges with shiny buckle trim
to finish this outfit

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Festive New Year's 2020

Happy New Year to everyone!

I can hardly believe another year has passed
and we are saying goodby to 2019
and hello to a whole new decade!

This post highlights three outfits from the party season

The first outfit is a bubble gum pink fit and flare dress with a crochet edged petticoat
An ivory silk tie neck blouse is layered underneath
I wore this dress styled differently a few weeks ago
with a short sleeve black and white lace blouse over it 

The pale pink petticoat adds fullness to the skirt
 and the darker color crochet edge is meant to peek out

I'm carrying an ivory 1950's vintage beaded clutch bag
with  a sweet scalloped flap closure, that echos the dress trim 

Rhinestone headband and fabulous 1940's vintage 
baguette pink rhinestone clip on earrings for bling! 

Black and white micro striped pony hair Mary Jane heels
to complete this party look

Next is an outfit featuring an ivory on black 
embroidered floral and vine design vest  
I layered the vest over the same blouse as the outfit above
The streamers on this blouse  tie easily into the prettiest bow!
Worn with a black and white bold geometric design swingy 2 layer mesh skirt

Here's a close up of the embroidery on the vest-so lush!

Carrying my red square quilted clutch bag

For accessories, I'm wearing a black and red reptile printed belt 
and big red enamel flower shaped post earrings

Red patent leather pumps to finish this festive outfit

While print this post, I noticed
all three of these outfits feature a full and flouncy skirt
As you probably know, I'm partial to this style!

The last outfit is a super soft and luxurious 
pink cashmere cardigan worn with one of my favorite 1950's vintage pieces-
a felt circle skirt with a pink and red floral print
There is a gold metallic design stamped on top of the flowers

The details-such a great print!

Wearing hand crafted red heart shaped stud earrings
and a silver and gold tone linked necklace for jewelry 

Carrying a little red vinyl wristlet bag

Brown leather low kitten heel pumps to complete the look

Wishing a happy, healthy and prosperous new year to all!

Linking up with  Visible Monday.

#iwillwearwhatilike and Thursday Moda