It will be Spring soon.
It will be Spring soon.
I’ve been out of commission over the weekend because I gave myself a concussion trying to move a desk downstairs and falling down the stairs into a wall. My right temple and the wall became good friends, to the tune of a 4″ dent in the wall, a goose egg on my temple, and a 1″ cut on my forehead. That was fun. But made me a little too fuzzy to even think about posting anything. Now I’m back to my old self again, and back to work. Before I fell down the stairs I wore this outfit to work, of vintage-meets-tomboy, motorcycle-meets-soft. I kind of like it.
Of course, I’m using the camera on the self-timer, and most of my shots turned out blurry. C’est la vie.
I love these pants dearly, and always get a ton of questions when I wear them. If you’re looking for your own pair, you can find them in navy boiled wool (what I’m wearing; the U.S. Navy winter weight version), or black wool twill (summer weight version) on eBay. Once upon a time, you could buy them from the Army & Navy Surplus for $1. Boy, those were the days. (Sometimes you can still find them at surplus stores – if you’re lucky!)
Lookbook Store sent me this jacket to review along with the sweater they sent, and it’s just awesome. Cropped, cute, pieced – it really should cost a lot more, given it’s lined well, has zip pockets, and is put together expertly with all of that piecing and shaping. Gorgeous – and I’m thinking of pairing it with a tulle skirt of some sort, to play off the tomboyish, hard edge of the motorcycle style. Hmmm…
So ear climbers and ear cuffs are a trend, and I’m tired of the ones with a regular post and then a little clip that goes under your ear cartilage. They never stay on! This one does, because it uses the unique innovation of a super-long ear-post that goes through your piercing hole and sits snug up against the curve of your ear on the back-side. Look for these ones, people!
I have a stylish DIY coming up soon…so stay tuned!
Hope everyone’s having a great start to their weeks:-)
It was my birthday…oh, a couple weeks ago…and I wore this then. Right before Christmas, when the weather was trying to decide whether it was going to get super-cold…or just stay damp and foggy.
My bestie Lex Casciato (A.K.A. the artist and musician Little Warrior) and I went to a local tearoom [hooray for English scones with clotted cream!] for afternoon tea since that was the only time our schedules sync’ed up during the holiday season. Plus, I’m more of an afternoon-outing-type of person, rather than a party all night til the cows come home type. You know.
So Lex has a FABULOUS new album out called Fight with Your Heart and you all have to download.right.now. Seriously! I have “Over” and “Little Airplanes” on repeat since I got my hands on a copy. LOVE.
Lex was most obliging and took a few shots of me as we left the tearoom – the sun came out very briefly and then gave way to fog again, fading into sunset – and then the streetlamp came on…so the photos looked a little strange.
Lookbook Store sent me this sweater to review…and okay, truth time now…I’ve been LIVING in it since. I want to cuddle it and hold it and kiss it and stroke it and put it on a leash and call it Bob. It’s so fluffy, so poufy, so warm, so fuzzy – it is THE perfect sweater to wear out and about – yes, WITHOUT a Winter coat, folks, so you look fashionable and chic lwithout being bulky ike all those girls on “Winter Fashion” Pinterest boards do. I call it my potato-sack sweater, but in a good way.
And no they didn’t pay me to write that and I actually bought a second sweater exactly the same in beige from Lookbook Store out of my own pocket (currently on sale for $39 too!!) because when you have found your sweater BFF…you have to strike while the iron’s hot. Or while the swaeter’s unpilled. Or so to speak.
And so I turned 36.
35 was the worst it could ever have been, but maybe I can just crawl back into my sweater/snuggie-in-a-pinch and at least celebrate that 36 couldn’t possibly, possibly be any worse than the past year has been. I hope I don’t speak too soon and jinx it all.
Hope everyone’s week is off to a great start!
I’m trying out Marsala, PANTONE’s 2015 Color of the Year, and I have to admit, it’s not too bad. I can get into a rich, deep burgundy when paired with overall neutrals, like my favorite soft greys and blacks. Add a bit of impact with a similar lip color, dark around the eyes, and it works. It still reads Fall/Winter to me, so time will have to tell if I can incorporate this into a more Spring-y ensemble. Like an Iron Chef Fashion Challenge. Except with…kidneys.
Even if you’re not ready to jump on the Marsala bandwagon yet, I’m sure you still have dark, rich colors in your wardrobe that you want to keep looking dark and rich all year round, wash after wash. (For me it would be my beloved charcoals, blacks, and navies that I’m most concerned about.)
Laundry photo by Ryan McGuire.
That’s why Clorox has developed Clorox® 2 Darks & Denim, formulated with 2x the color boosting power and removes 4x more stains than are removed with pre-treating. Plus it won’t cause fading of your beloved darks.
HOW TO REMOVE DEODORANT STAINS FROM DARK CLOTHING
I don’t know about you, but I’m always getting white deodorant residue on my dark tops when I put them on – which leaves me scrubbing furiously in the morning with a pair of pantyhose to try and remove the most visible. But when it comes time to wash you want to remove every last trace of deodorant lest it start to build up on your fabrics (yuck!). You can apply liquid Clorox® 2 Darks & Denim directly to the deodorant stain and rub in. Wait 3-5 minutes (don’t let it dry on the fabric), then wash immediately in the hottest water recommended on the care label with detergent and additional Clorox® 2 Darks & Denim based on your load size.
HOW TO REMOVE OTHER TOUGH STAINS FROM DARK CLOTHING
For tough stains, like wine coffee and grass, be sure to pre-treat. First, remove the garment: do not treat clothing while wearing it. Remove all loose dirt from the fabric and blot wet stains with a clean absorbent cloth. Apply liquid Clorox® 2 Darks & Denim and rub it in. Wait several minutes – don’t let it dry – then wash with like colors.
HOW TO KEEP YOUR DARK DENIMS FROM FADING
I love me some dark denim, but sometimes the faded look is not what I’m going for. Though I wash my dark jeans much less than my light, faded jeans, when it comes time to wash I will bundle them all together to save water, and use Clorox® 2 Darks & Denim for the load. Plus I don’t dry my dark jeans in the dryer; they are all air-dried, and come out of the wash looking just the same as when they went it (especially important for brand-new jeans where the dye runs!)
Hope that gives you some pointers on how to keep your dark colors – including the controversial Marsala – just as deep as the day you got them! Do you guys have any tips for keeping your darkest darks perfect?
Do share in the comments!
I was sent these adorable No nonsense Corduroy Leggings to style in my outfits, and here’s what I came up with! Outfit 1, Dressy: No nonsense Corduroy Leggings in black, gold Triforce stud earrings, DIY blue quartz vintage remade necklace (handmade by me!), button-down chambray shirt, silver lurex sweater, jewel-top silicone watch, silver round-toe heels. Outfit 2, Business: No nonsense Corduroy Leggings in black, gold stick stud earrings, DIY black and gold leaf quartz necklace (handmade by me – soon available in my Etsy shop), pink blazer, violet scallop-hem blouse, DIY wrapped quartz bangle (handmade by me!), jewel-top silicone watch, fitness monitoring bracelet, gold electroplated quartz ring, black stack-heeled mid-calf boots. Perfect for cooler weather, these No nonsense Corduroy Leggings are super-comfy, warm, and pair with a variety of outfits to look stylish and on-trend no matter what. You can dress them down or dress them up (as I chose to above), and you’ll find that they integrate seamlessly in your wardrobe. They’ve also become my new favorite lounging pants: the corduroy is fuzzy and cozy, perfectly suited for those ubiquitous Pacific Northwest gray & rainy days (you PNW peeps know the ones I’m talking about – the ones that last all winter, right?! This fall, No nonsense has designed a curated collection featuring new fabrications and patterns, including Denim and Ponte Knit Leggings, Sweater Tights and Fashion Tights in bold prints. This new full line of legwear is consistent with the brand’s heritage of quality and innovation in hosiery and socks – available where people shop the most, like grocery, drug, and mass merchandise stores (as well as online on their official website!). These Corduroy Leggings have a soft, covered waistband that doesn’t dig into you, faux fly stitching, and functional back pockets. The fabric is high-quality and won’t sag, bag, or start to lose its shape, even after multiple wears. Available at Nononsense.com in a variety of gorgeous colors, they cost less than $20 and mold to your shape like buttah. And yes, leggings CAN BE worn as pants – at least in this case! (All those design details really make the difference.)
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I’ve been applying to jobs lately. Full-time, part-time, whatever seems a good match for me. Still working on my blog, still working on making videos, but do need to supplement out of necessity now. So I’ve been applying since May, and finally, finally got a call about coming in on an interview. (more…)
I just couldn’t stop thinking about stripes for Summer after posting my first Chic for the Week installment 2 weeks ago, especially when rendered in that gorgeous ballroom-length full skirt. So of course I snapped up a low-cost steal to fuel my stripe-lust: this JOA skirt from Shopbop. (more…)
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