Archive for October 2012


Wednesday, October 31, 2012 10:18 PM

This is one of the two pashminas I grabbed while sorting clothes at SwapMaine in June. The other one is solid red, but today I wanted a pattern mix. Somehow it got twisted in the middle, so one end is the negative of the other.

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Polka dot dress, Gap (thrifted)
Paisley pashmina, swapped
Tank top, J. Crew
Pumps, Franco Sarto Uri (gift)


Tuesday, October 30, 2012 10:56 PM

My drive home from work was a little scary last night, full of blinding rain and buffeting winds. I definitely had to keep both hands firmly on the wheel to make sure I stayed in my lane on the highway. Overall, we came through the storm well; we're on high ground, and the utilities downtown are underground, so there was little risk of a blackout. I know others were not so fortunate, and I'm hoping for a speedy recovery for the communities and people affected.

Outfit-wise: Now that I have my new "disco pink" skirt, I can recreate this outfit of Stacey's in a way I wasn't able to back in June.

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Purple blouse, Van Heusen (thrifted)
Art Deco necklace, thrifted
Velveteen belt, thrifted
Pink knife pleat skirt, Target
Mary Janes, MIA 2 Leonore (eBay)

The Costume That Wasn't

Monday, October 29, 2012 10:28 PM

I loved seeing everyone's Hallowell costumes on Instagram, Facebook and various blogs this weekend. But it did make me a little wistful that J and I didn't have any occasion to get dressed up. We're sort-of hermits, and we really need to branch out and meet more people in Portland. Had we had the opportunity, I definitely would have dressed as Selina Kyle, specifically in the scene at the charity ball. Black dress, pearls, a lace mask and the cat ears I think I still have from a few Halloweens back — what could be easier?

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Red shirtdress, H&M (thrifted)
Striped cardigan, Aeroposale (thrifted)
Navy tights, Target
Metallic flats, Bare Traps

10 Ways to Wear a Black Cardigan

Sunday, October 28, 2012 10:32 PM

There are few items more basic than a black cardigan. This is a silk one from Banana Republic, and I picked it up on eBay along with one in burgundy, for a total of about $26, if I recall correctly. The two are identical, but for some odd reason, the black cardigan is a little more snug than the burgundy one.

There's not much to say about these outfits. Most of them would actually be complete outfits without the cardigan, so it's serving just to provide some additional warmth.

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Lace Sleeves

Friday, October 26, 2012 11:27 PM

Lace sleeves are weird. They trap just enough heat to keep me a little warmer, but when my arms swing when I'm walking, air flows right through. And the air doesn't even feel neutural, like it does on my legs — it feels cold, I guess because of the contrast with the slight warmth when my arms are still.

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Black dress, Gap
Lace shirt, Bozzolo (thrifted)
Cameo necklace, thrifted
Black flats, Ecco

On Belt Sizes

Thursday, October 25, 2012 9:57 PM

This was my first belt, bought four years ago to wear with a couple of loose tops that I wanted to cinch at the waist. It's just big enough to wear at my hips, too — a little bit of a stretch at the last hole. Now, when I buy a belt new and have access to a range of sizes, I choose one that fits at the hips first, then use a hole-puncher to make it wearable at the waist as well.

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White shirt, Banana Republic
Turquoise necklace, thrifted
Pants, J. Crew Minni (thrifted)
Black patent belt, Target
Red pumps, Franco Sarto Uri (gift)

Two Teals

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 10:39 PM

This scarf/table runner and skirt didn't match as well as I'd thought when I first decided to wear them together. They weren't right next to each other, so I hoped they wouldn't clash too obviously. Also, I know I said I bought these boots so I could wear them with bare legs, but that just wouldn't work with a past-the-knee skirt, so that made the black tights a necessity.

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White sweater, Gap
Paisley scarf, thrifted
Floral skirt, Target
Tights, We Love Colors
Black booties, Target

Color Trends

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 10:11 PM

Burgundy is so hot right now. Mint was in the spring, but not so much now, probably because fall is better suited to forest green, emerald and other jewel tones. But I didn't pick up this cardigan at Goodwill until the summer. Maybe mint will come back in the spring, but even if it doesn't, I think it looks great with the reds, pinks and deep blues in my wardrobe.

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Mint cardigan, H&M (thrifted)
Necklace, thrifted
Burgundy pencil skirt, thrifted vintage
Peach pumps, Nine West (thrifted)


Monday, October 22, 2012 11:30 PM

Here's the second of the three brightly colored skirts I recently bought. The color is most accurate in the left detail shot below, but even there it isn't vivid or deep enough. I hope it comes out better next time!

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Blazer, Forever 21 (consignment)
Striped T-shirt, Old Navy (thrifted)
Red necklace, thrifted
Teal pencil skirt, The Limited
Navy tights, Target
Mary Janes, MIA 2 Leonore (eBay)

Cozy Casual

Friday, October 19, 2012 11:30 PM

I went super-casual today because I wanted something super-comfortable after getting all dressed up for our anniversary dinner last night and coming home with my feet in a lot of pain, even though the shoes were ones I've worn several times before.

I'd forgotten how much I like this sweater. It's soft and cozy; fitted and flattering without being binding or constricting. And it's the only camel-colored item in my wardrobe, so it gives me the opportunity to do something different color-wise.

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Sweater, Ralph Lauren Sport (gift)
Necklace, thrifted
Jeans, DKNY Jeans
Loafers, Cole Haan (thrifted)

Belated Anniversary

Thursday, October 18, 2012 11:47 PM

J and I were supposed to go out to dinner yesterday night; he'd switched shifts with someone so that he'd work a sort of swing shift rather than his usual 3:30-12:30 shift. But then he called me in the middle of the day to say that someone else in his department had had a family emergency and they needed him to stay on past midnight anyway, even though he'd arrived at work at about 11:30 a.m. So that was annoying, but it wasn't J's fault. He was able to work a half-day today, and we had a delicious dinner at Bresca. The important thing, however, is that the last two years of my life have been better than I could ever have imagined. After a total of seven years, I love you more than ever, J.

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Print blouse, Charter Club (consignment)
Pink and orange necklace, Macy's
Purple snakeskin belt, thrifted
Gray pants, Banana Republic Martin
Pink and orange pumps, Liz Claiborne

Slippery Skirt

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 10:14 PM

This skirt is a little loose at the waste and is made of a fabric with no cling or grip, so it has a tendency to get twisted around. Both when I got into my car this morning and when I got back to my apartment tonight, I found that the skirt had pulled a 180 and was exactly backward.

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Black cardigan, Banana Republic (eBay)
Silk blouse, Banana Republic (thrifted)
Khaki skirt, Gap (thrifted)
Polka dot tights, Old Navy
Pumps, Calvin Klein Dolly (eBay)

Smoky Mountains and WNC

11:30 AM

Warning: Photo-heavy post ahead.

I saw most of my relatives on my mother's side of the family at that wedding we went to in Tampa in early July. But I hadn't seen any of my father's family since our own wedding, two years ago today. So when it came time to plan our fall vacation, we decided to travel to Asheville, where my grandmother — my only remaining grandparent — lives with one of my aunts and her daughter, my 18-year-old cousin.

And as long as we were going to be in WNC, we thought we should visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park so we could cross another park off our list. It worked out nicely because we explored the park at midweek, when it was presumably less busy than on a weekend — though we still experienced some traffic jams — and spent Friday evening through Monday morning at my aunt's house in the country outside Asheville.

As we did on our first trip to the area exactly five years ago (before my relatives moved there), we rented a cabin so that we could save money by cooking our own food. Even better, the owners of the property kept a large organic garden open to guests, so our meals were made with hyperlocal eggplants, turnips, cherry tomatoes, basil and mint.

We woke up to heavy fog every morning.
Freshly picked raspberries for breakfast

New Booties

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 11:34 PM

Here I'm debuting two of the online purchases I made when I wasn't thrifting last month. The yellow pencil skirt is one of three brightly colored skirts I bought ought of a desire for colored bottoms. The booties are to supplement, and possibly replace, the black ankle boots I bought for my first northern winter four years ago (I have the same style in dark brown also).

I wanted black booties with a sturdier heel and a shorter shaft to be more flattering with bare legs. I wore the brown ankle boots with bare legs in one of these outfits, and that was my last time wearing either pair without tights to reduce the contrast with my super-pale legs. Booties are a trendy item not totally in my wheelhouse, but I liked them on a first wearing today.

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Black sweater, Target
Cameo necklace, thrifted
Yellow pencil skirt, The Limited
Skinny belt, from a Modcloth dress
Black booties, Target