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Classic spring colors

IMG_2833Classic spring color palate; White, Navy and Hot Pink accents.  My husband actually teased me the other day about the amount of pink I’ve been adding to my wardrobe, but it’s a favorite accent color for me.  Never baby pink; always bright hot pinks.

  • Navy striped tee (Ralph Lauren Outlet, similar)
  • White, Navy and pink cardigan (Eloquii)
  • White straight leg jeans (Coldwater Creek)
  • Pink Canvas Pocket Tote (Michael Kors; old)
  • Navy sandals (Kenneth Cole Reaction, purchased at TJMaxx)
  • Pink shell necklace (old)
  • Pink leather bracelet (old)
  • Pink sunglasses (Betsey Johnson, purchased through LittleBlackBag)

Before I got into purse, I had 2 identical bags that I alternated between.  These Michael Kors Pocket Totes are nearly perfect in terms of size and shape.  I have this one in pink that I carried spring and summer, and a leopard print version that I carried fall and winter.  I refuse to get rid of them; they are still awesome bags.  So they are still part of my regular rotation!

This outfit was inspired by a couple of other outfits I’ve seen lately involving stripes on stripes.  I think it’s a fun look.  If the stripes are the same colors, they actually look great if the “main” color is reversed (as in this case) or if the stripes are of different sizes/thicknesses.

Photo on 4-2-13 at 11.09 AM #2

However for a cheap dime-store necklace, that pink fake shell thing is getting a lot of wear.  I need to go shopping and find something better that can still bring the color in but be more in tune with my style shape-wise.

I also am still on the hunt for a pair of navy-ish sandals that I love.  These are OK, but not as comfortable as I would prefer and don’t have any heel at all.  I would prefer some heel (an inch or two).  So that hunt goes on.  (I could have worn the navy cape cod polka dot sandals last worn here, but felt like that would be a bit much with the stripes on stripes.)

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Start from the bottom up

IMG_2809I got a new pair of shoes last week that IMMEDIATELY inspired me to make an outfit around them.

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Sometimes, if the shoes are cute enough, they just hand you an outfit on a silver platter, and that’s what happened here.

  • Black and red Cape Clogs Le Femme Sandals (Cape Clogs)
  • Black maxi skirt (Karen Kane, purchased at Dillards, old)
  • Black and white chevron cami (Lane Bryant)
  • Red bell-sleeve jacket (J.Jill, no longer available in plus)
  • Red dot bag (Kate Spade Deborah Dot Nadine – no longer available; check ebay) Still love this more than I can possibly explain.
  • Red steampunk necklace (artist friend)
  • Red Bangles (Mystique, purchased at Marshall’s)
  • Black Bangle (Vince Camuto, purchased through LittleBlackBag)

Photo on 4-1-13 at 12.46 PM

So that you can see the mixed bangles and the necklace.

2013-01-10 10.46.34This outfit just threw itself together for me.  I mean seriously, the hardest part was deciding whether to do the maxi skirt or a pair of black skinny jeans.  I literally started pulling things out of the closet and this was the first item of everything.  No questions.  Just easy.

Part of what I love is that each piece is heavy and solid – nothing feels cheap or flimsy.  And I could probably kill someone with these shoes…They are solid wood soles…Yet comfortable and with arch support.  I don’t know how they do it!

2012-09-11_14-42-41I still adore this bag.  I swear, sometimes, that if I had to get rid of all but one this is probably the one I would keep.  Fun, great shape and size, both a cross-body strap and a handle. What else could you ask for?

 

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Today was an amazing ride to work – the perfect temp; just cool enough to be comfortable without being chilly.  Although it wasn’t actually any faster than normal, the ride felt somehow easier.  Loved it!

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Happy spring colors

Spring comes early in Arizona, which means that my spring wardrobe comes out earlier than most.  Today’s outfit was a personal challenge to not wear black and go for happy spring colors.  Of course, I managed to forget my camera (riding my bike tends to make me a little scatter-brained in the morning) so you get indoor pics today!  I’m liking my hair, though!

Photo on 3-25-13 at 11.58 AM

Old navy lists this tank as Grey, but it looks green to both me and my husband.  I played around with wearing it with both this dark hunter color and more of an olive shade, and both looked good.  The hunter won because they are a heavier fabric and it’s still a little chilly (by Arizona standards) early in the morning.

  • 41-O93h6yeLDark green (really) knit jeans (Coldwater Creek, old)
  • Peach cardigan (J.Jill)
  • Green and Peach tank (Old Navy)
  • Peach hobo (Penny Sue, purchased at LittleBlackBag)
  • Peach and tan Bracelets (Purchased at LittleBlackBag)
  • Khaki Earthies Larissa Sandals (purchased off ebay, mostly available on clearance if you hunt around a bit) Pictured here, since you can’t see them in the picture.

These jeans are an interesting case.  I remember them being too snug the last time I wore them, but today they fit perfectly.  Yet my weight hasn’t changed.  Here’s hoping I can drop a size or two regardless of what the scale says.

Here’s a closeup shot that will give you a better look at the bracelets:

Photo on 3-25-13 at 11.55 AM

I spent this past weekend (well, part of it) in my closet.  I went through all the clothing, put together a big bag of stuff that I took to good will, including stuff I didn’t like, that didn’t fit right, or that I just hadn’t worn despite owning for a long time.  I also donated a bunch of sandals that are cute but have no arch support; I just find them too painful to walk far in, and I’d rather focus on filling in blanks with shoes that meet my needs better.

At the same time, I pulled all my heavy sweaters and put them into a tote to go to the dry cleaners.  I love them all, but they need to be cleaned and put away for the season.  Right now they are just entirely too warm and that will only get worse.  Plus it’s like a huge shopping trip in the fall when I pull them back out!

Cardigans like this one stay; it’s a linen blend and very light weight.  I also keep the open-weave ones around for summer.  I love my layers, but nothing that will cause me to overheat!

My closet is still a bit overcrowded, though.  Primarily this is due to an unwillingness to let certain pieces go; tops I love but that have either shrunk or are looking worse for wear.  Also, I have a whole collection of “sitting-around-the-house” tees that I don’t wear out; they are soft, generally oversized and in all sorts of random colors, many of which just aren’t good colors for me but that I think are pretty.  I would probably have a lot more space in my closet if I let those two groups of tops go (or at least started folding and putting elsewhere the house tees).

Or I need a house with a bigger closet.  I mean, after all, my shoes are in a different closet and I have a bookshelf with doors for my purses.  Clearly I don’t have enough space 🙂

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A busy week calls for simple clothing

IMG_2775Last week didn’t get any less busy as it went on but at least by Friday I managed to get enough done to feel like the week had been a success.

  • Black slim-leg knit jeans (Coldwater Creek)
  • Floral A-line Tank (J.Jill)
  • Linen Blend Drape Cardigan (JJill)
  • Black sandals (Aetrex; old)
  • Black and white purse (Penny Sue, purchased at Little Black Bag)
  • Art Deco-esque Necklace (my boutique across the street)

The bag is a new one from Little Black Bag.  On the one hand, I think it looks really sharp – from a distance.  However it feels kind of PVC-like in a way I’m not entirely fond of.  The size and shape are terrific, though, so for now I will hang on to it.  With any luck, it will hold up in the way that only PVC can; forever.

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IMG_2788Closer shot of the necklace.  I really like it; crystals in a few places, a very art deco feeling design, and just the right length for this type of top.  It wouldn’t be considered officially art deco, but it has that feel.  I like that era and the design aesthetic, so for me this was a great find!

As you can tell from the location of the full length shot, I rode my bike Friday and was on my way back to the bike shop.  (This is the best spot on my walk to take a picture; there’s a mail box to put the tripod on and enough shade that the light isn’t problem.

I replaced the tires with ones that are less sensitive to thorns and all the detritus on the sides of the road in Arizona.  The fastest way to ruin a perfectly lovely ride is a flat tire.  The 9 miles from home to work isn’t a hard ride, but a flat can take it from 40 minutes (stop lights; meh) to twice that.  What I love about riding is the feeling of motion; the wind, watching the ground disappear under my tires, all that.  (I’d say the wind in my hair, but I wear a helmet when I ride; my brain is my most valuable asset, so I protect it.  And I don’t trust cars.)  Overall, it’s very satisfying.

I rode twice last week.  The goal for this week is to ride 3 times, but the minimum is still 2.  Early meetings can throw off the schedule very easily.  Riding makes me feel good, although someone needs to explain why my weight keeps going up despite a substantial calorie deficit; I’m thinking I just need to leave the scale alone for a while.

 

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Bad Blogger. No Biscuits.

This past week has been a little chaotic.  Not bad.  Just a bit crazy.

First, it’s been really busy at work.  Second, I’ve started trying to ride my bike to work a couple of days per week, and since I hate riding after dark if I can avoid it that has meant being VERY focused at work.  Thus the two outfits I have for this post are pictures taken on my walk to the bike shop when I suddenly realized that I hadn’t taken pictures of my outfits yet.  Definitely not my best pictures.

IMG_2711The first was an opportunity to show off a cool new purse I got.

This purse is too much fun – black stripes, pink almost everywhere, spikes, and a tassel as the icing on the cake.  How can you not love it!

These pants fit so well.  Comfortable and soft.  I actually have them in 3 other colors.  If I could buy them in a full rainbow, I would.

IMG_2745This outfit was one I saw immediately when I found the top at Marshalls.  My husband tells me it’s not, but to me this is about as preppy as I get.

  • Navy Cardigan (Marshalls)
  • Striped Top (Cynthia Rowley, purchased at Marshalls)
  • White pants (Coldwater Creek)
  • Pink necklace (old)
  • White sandals (also old and being replaced due to a complete lack of arch support)
  • Pink Purse (Vieta, purchased on Little Black Bag)

I had been looking for a navy cardigan for some time, one that was light and airy.  When I saw this I knew I had to grab it.  But the top was my real prize; great spring colors, great colors for me, and a nice loose cut.  I think I’ll go for my boot-cut pants next time.

I keep hoping that with the bicycling to work 8.5 miles in each direction, 2-3 times per week, I will lose some weight.  So far, I’ve gained.  I don’t quite know how that happened, so I’m just ignoring the scale for a while.  It hates me.

Anyway, I will try to get back into taking pictures this week.  I have some cute new ideas and outfits to show you.

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