Monday, June 18, 2018

Pastel world

Lavender seems to be The pastel color of the season, but all pastels are trending this spring
I thought I would center this post around some pastel mixes I have been wearing lately

This lavender embroidered linen blouse hasn't gotten much love for the past few seasons 
so I decided to pull it out of the closet to try it out again, since the color is so popular 
  Worn with a lavender, pale yellow and black leaf print asymmetrical hem skirt

I found this cute lavender handle bag at Target that is just the right size for me
For jewelry, a gold tone vintage organic shape hinged bracelet
and a pair of long neglected pearl stud earrings

Nude faux suede pumps to finish the outfit

Next is a mix of pastel and black.  I paired this pale aqua, ivory and black 
floral print blouse with black wide leg cropped  trousers

White round handle bag with tiny gold tone tassel earrings
and an aqua expandable bracelet from the 1950's to accessorize

Finishing off with black low heel D'Orsey pumps 

Lastly is an ivory lace trimmed blouse from Victoria's Secret that I thrifted and modified
two years ago.  It was a very good purchase, as I chose it frequently
  My cost per wear must be down to coins by now
Worn with cropped ruffle and buckle detailed trousers in dusty pink

I dressed up this outfit with a 1950's ivory beaded bag,
silver tone bow necklace and double faux pearl earrings

Sweetheart vamp nude pumps to finish


Monday, June 11, 2018

Florals in bloom

I'm a big fan of floral prints, so of course I have plenty of them in my closet, so,
this post is dedicated to outfits dominated by flowers!
I noticed all three of these have something else in common,
they are all on a white background
Although I wear florals in all seasons these are light and airy-perfect for summer!

First, a super comfy knit dress with big sprays of bright multi-colored flowers
This dress has a lot of color and detail, so I kept the accessories simple

Worn with my 60's vintage yellow handle bag, a green belt that doesn't go with much in
my closet, so I was happy to get it out and wear it with this dress
  For jewelry, yellow flower shaped earrings and a gold tone bow bracelet 

Nude pumps to finish the look

The next floral is a sleeveless dress with a two layer print skirt, one sheer and one opaque
It was a little chilly on this day, so I wore a lilac cardigan layered over it

Blush scalloped bag with amethyst jewelry
An expandable cuff bracelet and diamond shaped drop earrings

To finish, low heeled blush tie pumps that I have loved for three seasons now
I am always happy to see them again, after they have been stored for the winter.  My favorites!

Lastly, a sheer white background floral blouse with a navy blue camisole underneath
This top has double flowers, as the small white ones are 3-D attachments to the fabric 
Worn with a flared navy blue skirt

For accessories, I choose a navy blue and white striped box clutch and
pink belt, with gold tone knot bracelet and flower shaped earrings 

Brink pink block heel sandals to finish

Linking up with  Visible Monday and Thursday Moda #119 

Monday, June 4, 2018

Spring jackets

I have worn jackets and blazers more often this spring than I would ordinarily
 because it has been an unusually cool and rainy start to the season!

Here are a few jackets I have worn so far, this spring

For the first look, I pulled out this bright turquoise blazer that I haven't worn since last year
It adds a pop of color to a black and white outfit
  Worn over a plain white tee, and black and white gingham check trousers

Accessorized with a round white handle bag, a white 50's expandable plastic cuff bracelet
and a necklace I designed and made years ago of turquoise colored glass beads and leather

Finishing the look with black block heeled sandals

The next outfit is a soft blush pink moto style jacket
over a burgundy lace shift dress with a nude lining 

Shiny metallic quilted bag with gun metal cuff bracelet and flower drop earrings

Burgundy suede and leather ankle strap heels to finish

Lastly, a long lavender blazer over a basic belted gray sheath dress
I've lost count how of how many times I have worn this dress in the past 4 years 
It is such a versatile basic building block  

1930's vintage lavender and pink glass bead necklace and
metallic reptile embossed clutch and silver tone link bracelet

Faux snake skin low heel pumps to finish

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Forever in denim

I hope everyone in the US who celebrate Memorial Day had a great weekend! 

A heartfelt thank you to the men and women who serve, or have served
our country in the military

I thought a post with a denim theme would be perfect for a long holiday weekend
to kick off the unofficial start of summer

First, a pair of dark wash rolled ankle crop jeans
with a nautical striped tee.  This one says "Hello, Sailor" which seems especially right
 since I live in a port city

Accessorized with a red patent leather wristlet that I use  lot-it was a great purchase
Today I tied a nautical print scarf tied on it, and wore silver tone star earrings 

Red sling back flats of great comfort to finish the look

Next, a knee length light wash button front denim skirt
Worn with a ruffled cold shoulder floral print blouse,

 a pink belt, and delicate gold tone jewelry

Pink ankle strap wedges and a pink and white gingham check tote to go matchy-matchy!

Lastly, mid wash whiskered skinnies
worn with a soft peach floral shirt tied at the waist

Peach clutch with gold tone faceted stud earrings
and a gold tone and blue stone bracelet for jewelry

Canvas lace up wedge sandals to finish

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Monday, May 21, 2018

Closet edit

This post is dedicated to things that are leaving my closet
Most of these items have been worn for years and have served me well
   A few just don't get enough wear to merit the closet space they occupy
  Still others are a struggle for me to style. It's time for those things that are passed over 
time and again to stop complicating my life!  
They are going to the consignment or thrift shop,
where hopefully they will find a nice new home with someone who will enjoy them!

I wrestle with the full sleeves every time I wear this blouse
so it's off to find someone who appreciates it's voluminous sleeves

I've worn this basic sheath dress in a lot of ways-
it's time for someone else to try their remixing skills with it

This skirt is a bit too large, I think it's meant to be worn more high-waisted
so I'm passing it on to someone who it fits better

This dress would look great on someone with curves!
I love the dress, but not on me.  I have only worn it once, so off it goes

I feel like this coloful tie dye dress is too short for me now,
but it would make a great summer festival choice

Speaking of length, every time I put on this polo dress, I feel like
 it hits me at an award point on my leg-maybe I'll try hemming it up a bit

The dropped shoulder sleeves are not the best choice for me,
but I have enjoyed wearing the bold, nautical stripes

This jacket is leather and is a great fit, but it feels stiff and confining to me 

Here is a beautifully tailored and versatile jacket for someone else,
it's a little big on me, although I did wear it a few times with a belt

These next three blouses are tunic length.  I am always attracted to this style,
but it really doesn't work well in my wardrobe anymore, 
they get passed over a lot

I like the pajama-ish style of this blouse, and it's very versatile,
but doesn't look quite right on me-I think the stripes are too far apart 

I've worn this tuxedo front blouse quite a lot but pass it over, lately

I can't keep the shoulders up on this one!

I hope taking a good look at these will help me avoid some future shopping pitfalls
and maybe inspire you to a thoughtful closet edit!

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