Monday, January 30, 2017

Tie neck blouses

Count me in if there's a bow to be tied, or sometimes left untied. 
I love all types of sashes, bows and streaming ties on pretty much any clothing.

Here are three outfits with tie neck blouses,
a favorite of the fall and winter season. 

In the first outfit, I am wearing a wine color bow blouse 
under a marled grey, elbow length, cropped open cardigan.
The skirt has grommet detail attached to the ruffled hem.

This is a pretty complex outfit for me, and required a little trial and error. 
 Rarely do I wear this many layers and accessories!

I have had these ankle strap heels for a long time, but they don't get much wear.
  The bronze and gold  applied stripes make them a little challenging to style.
  The bronze convertible clutch, however, gets a lot of use, as does the simple jewelry. 

Next, a monochrome outfit.  Ivory tie neck blouse over ivory lace fit and flare dress.  
On a white background. Whoops, I almost disappear.
I left the bow on this blouse untied, since the outfit is very girly to start with.

Blush pink low tie heels and a matching blush scalloped clutch,
and pink stone earrings. 

More bows!  This time with a more tailored outfit.
Polka dot tie neck blouse, under a color block cardigan, for a little bit of pattern mixing.
 Worn with a navy blue button front skirt.

Worn with strap heels and a mettallic quilted kitty ear bag, and basic stud earrings.

Happy Monday, everyone!
Linking up with Patti at Not Dead Yet Style

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Pretty things at Kohl's

I stopped in at Kohl's this week, and am happy to report that the spring merchandise
 is starting to slowly over take the winter clearance racks!

Most notably, there are some very pretty, feminine blouses, that I love.
This serves to remind me, in the dead of winter, that spring is coming!  

It looks like blush (or in Pantone speak, pale dogwood) and lace 
are going to remain popular for spring.  I'm glad, because I never tire of lace

Florals are everywhere

and bright stripes

and lots of ruffles and sleeve details

I'm always up for anything that ties around the waist, so I liked this tie belt skirt
Another plus, the vertical stripes are so lengthening on the bottom half!

These last three pieces are from Lauren Conrad, which is my favorite collection at Kohl's.

Sweet dotted sheer netting overlay skirt

and pretty woodland scene print dress with an asymmetrical hem

and more floral and sheer layers of netting

I'm not sure how my spring wardrobe is going to shape up yet, or what I'll need, since what I have is currently packed up in boxes in the basement. 
 I think I'll run through my blog posts from last spring to remind me!

Meanwhile, these sure are nice to look at while I dream about spring

Monday, January 23, 2017


Whether short, long, or somewhere in between, a vest is a great layering piece. 
 I like to wear a vest over a dress to add variety to a dress that I usually wear on it's own. 
As a third piece with separates, a vest can add polish, and a whole new realm of mix and match possibilities.

For the first outfit, I added a vest I have had for several years,
over a dress that I usually wear on it's own.  

Cross strap heels, a bronze reticulated butterfly necklace, and metallic bronze clutch, to accessorize.

This casual jersey hooded dress, I generally don't layer, either.
The denim vest helps make more of a finished looking outfit of it.

Worn with brown booties with strap detail, a quilted denim clutch to tie in with the vest
and a modern gold tone collar style necklace.

A workwear outfit, with a long sleeveless vest instead of a jacket or cardigan.
Worn over a blush bow blouse, and a basic black pencil skirt.

A 1940's vintage feather plume brooch decorates the vest.

Same shoes as the first outfit, black leather belt, and metallic quilted bag.

Linking up with Patti at  Visible Monday 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Things leaving my closet

A snow day provided me with a good opportunity to have a look in the back of my closet, and decide whether or not it's time to purge some things back there!
 Here are some things I haven't worn this season, and am not inspired to,
so they are going out. 

I know, this is a bomber style, plus it has a faux suede front. Trending times two!
 It's just not a good style for me, so I'm going to let someone else enjoy it.

This lace front cardigan also has a raglan style sleeve,
and would look good on someone with broad shoulders.  That's not me.

A cute little cropped cardigan, but it's wool.
  I just can't wear it, even with a turtleneck underneath.

I love stripes, but this one, I'm just tired of.

A turtleneck is perfect for layering, but this one is too tight for me.

I've worn this several times, and always have difficulty styling it.
Time to let it go.

More wool.  Great for someone who is not so sensitive to it.

I know.  It's plaid, and now's the time to wear plaid!
Just not inspired.

This navy sheer scarf with a woven pattern has spent
four years folded in a drawer, and I've never worn it.
Time to move it on.

If anyone would like to give any of these items a try in your wardrobe,
let me know in the comments, or by email.  I would be happy to see them have a new home!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Tan, or lack thereof

Tan is not a neutral that I usually gravitate toward, so I thought I'd challenge myself to come up with three outfits, using tan pieces that are languishing in my closet.

First, I tried a totally neutral outfit.  I paired a tan ultra suede basic A-line skirt that I rarely wear, with an ivory pleated hem blouse and beige sweater vest combination.

I wore this with shoes and a bag of two different tones of embossed brown.
It sounds a lot more odd than it looked!

Next, a rarely wore tan blazer, over a leopard print sheath dress.
Not sure about this blazer.  Maybe I'll give it one more try with a spring look.

Burgundy booties and a black chain strap bag, to finish.
A bold buckle motif cuff bracelet seemed right to play off the gold tone hardware on the bag.

Another tan skirt that doesn't get much love.
Paired with a wine tie neck blouse, and a checked blazer.

I wore rusty brown suede lace ups, with a tan mini saddle bag and classic 
gold tone jewelry with this outfit.

This is the time of year when I start to notice which garments are the favorites I reach for,
 and which ones are getting pushed further to the back of the closet.
It's a good time to analyze those pieces, and think of how to make them work better in my wardrobe,
or if it's time to pass them on!

Linking up with  Visible Monday  

Thursday, January 12, 2017

January Thrift

Thrifty Thursday!

This week's trip to the thrift store, turned up a lot of nice sweaters to cozy up in
  during the cold winter months, as well as some great wardrobe basics.

I love animal motifs, so I'll start with this terrific tiger face pullover.  Here's looking at you, right?

How about a really cute little fox draped over your shoulders?

Also on the topic of animals, I found these winter staple turtlenecks, 

and this mock neck with a great row of  brass buttons.

A classic red V neck pullover,

and a striped one with a boat neck, and cute nautical buttons.

An eye popping bright blue tunic, that would look great with leggings or skinny pants and boots.

I liked this feminine crochet cardigan, with bell sleeves, in a prefect winter cranberry.

On top of the many sweater options, a boldly striped sweater dress,

and an olive short jumper dress with a lot of potential for layering.

These are fun, the cow motif mule-double animal!

Also in the shoe department, these elegant quilted pumps.

Faux fur is having a major moment, this faux fur jacket is right on trend,

and this faux fur trimmed cardigan.

Lastly, a hoodie with it's original tags still on it.
It would have been mine, but it was a bit snug on me for layering.
Love the Fair Isle yolk, though.

Hope you score some great finds if you are a thrift shopper!