WIW: Spring tweed for Easter

I decided to try Angie's Easy & Pretty Spring Tweed ensemble for Easter. Here's the outfit:

Green tweed boxy jacket with faux-leather pocket trim (made by me); Black shirt-tail hem woven tee (Pleione); white straight-leg jeans (Lucky, Lolita); black heeled Chelsea boots (Steve Madden, Pistol); black cross-body bag (Rebecca Minkoff); black leather cuff with bronze and rhinestone oval ornament; antique gold and crystal oval earrings (Kendra Scott).

Thanks for looking! Happy Easter to those who celebrate it.

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WIW: thinking pink

I liked this outfit today, so I thought I'd share it here. It's dry and cool, the perfect weather to wear a boiled wool coat I recently made. The pattern is the Brooklyn coat from Tessutti, a company in Australia. I love the design, with side pockets and the quirky addition of patch pockets on back!
It's sunny, too, hence the sunglasses in my outdoor look.

Here's the outfit, worn for a day off and shopping at the farmer's market:
Cream skinny jeans (Mother, high rise Looker, in Whipping the Cream); mauve and cream floral silk-cotton voile blouse (Halogen); long gray cowl-neck vest with step hem (Peter O. Mahler); purple boiled wool clutch coat (made by me); blush leather high-top sneakers (Ecco, Soft 7); blush tote bag.

Thanks for looking! I appreciate any thoughts or suggestions.

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Culottes & Cocoon Coat

I was inspired by Angie's culottes & cocoon coat ensemble to get out my cropped wide-leg jeans, which have been in hibernation since last fall. I also had a new cocoon coat that I made, to try with them. So here's my attempt at this outfit idea. My cocoon coat is more of an indoor topper, or a very mild weather jacket, so this outfit won't get worn for a while yet.
The outfit: Charcoal scuba knit cocoon coat (made by me); charcoal and multi-color floral silk peasant blouse (made by me); cropped wide-leg dark wash jeans (Loft); black booties (Steve Madden); silver chain-strap shoulder bag (Michael Kors).

Oh, and what I actually wore today (photos 3-4):
Boyfriend jeans (CoH, Emerson); teal long-sleeved tee (Caslon); ivory boiled wool vest with vintage buttons (made by me); brown lace-up booties (Jo Ghost).

Thanks for looking! I welcome any suggestions or thoughts you may have.

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WIW: Boiled wool hoody

I haven't been on the forum much lately, though I've been trying to keep up with Angie's blog posts. I thought I'd share today's outfit and show you a new hoody I made from boiled wool. It's easy to sew; like fleece, its cut edges don't fray, so you can leave raw edges, as I did here.

The outfit (worn for a day off):
Gray and ivory variegated boiled wool short-sleeved pullover hoody (made by me), worn over black, red, gray, and ivory mottled print tee (made by me); black cords (Kut from the Kloth, Diana); wine booties (Joseph Seibel).

Thanks for looking! I appreciate your thoughts and suggestions.

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WIW: 2 holiday outfits--faux fur and wine-out

To go out to dinner this week for our anniversary celebration, I tried a version of Angie's Easy Faux Fur Vest ensemble. Then I made a subdued attempt at a festive yet warm outfit--a wine-out look!--for a holiday piano recital and shopping party. Here are the outfits. . .

Photo 1 (worn for the anniversary dinner): burgundy cozy knit cowl-neck dress (Bobeau), espresso sweater tights (Smartwool); faux fur vest (made by me); sparkly layered necklace (Lucky); espresso moto boots (Miu Miu). Not pictured: navy trench (London Fog); black cross body bag (Rebecca Minkoff); black newsboy cap.

Photo 2 (worn for piano recital and holiday shopping party): Wine corduroy skinnies (Kut from the Kloth, Diana); wine silk blouse, wool pullover sweater, and scarf (Eileen Fisher); wine patent oxfords (AGL). Not pictured: taupe trench (Calvin Klein); black crossbody bag (Rebecca MInkoff).

Thanks for looking! I welcome your thoughts.

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WIW: day after Thanksgiving

I didn't get a photo of what I wore on Thanksgiving, but here is my outfit for the day after, which involved a family brunch. I hope everyone who celebrates the holiday had a nice one!

The outfit:
Olive skinny corduroys (Kut from the Kloth, Diana); mauve, olive, and deep indigo impressionistic tulip-print silk long-sleeved blouse (made by me); olive long open-weave knit vest (Caslon); brown and black studded belt (Suzi Roher); long key pendant; brass double-disk dangle earrings (Lucky); brown high-top shoes (Jo Ghost); not pictured: navy trench coat (London Fog) and espresso and black satchel (Joy Gryson).

Thanks for looking! As always, I welcome your thoughts and suggestions.

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WIW: cropped flares and a little waist definition

Today I got to see Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style at the Seattle Art Museum. It was fascinating, and such a treat to go with two of my sewing friends!

Here's what I wore:
Black cropped flare pants (Halogen); silk reptile print long-sleeved t-shirt in shades of blue, ivory, and black (made by me); aqua blue knit vest with shawl collar (OSKA, waistcoat Pit); olive leopard print wrap-style hooded raincoat (made by me); black high-shaft pointy-toe booties (Steve Madden); black cross-body bag (Rebecca Minkoff).

The vest is new, from the store where I work (OSKA Seattle), and three of these items are from Nordstrom Anniversary sale this year (pants, boots, and bag). I felt quite current, wearing a few of the "must-haves" from Angie's list for fall 2016: cropped pants and higher-shaft booties, plus a little waist definition!

If you're in the Seattle area, I highly recommend the YSL exhibition. I may go again, before it is over!

Thanks for looking, and I welcome any comments or suggestions.

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WIW: to Portland YLF meetup

Today I got to meet up with several wonderful YLF members in Portland. The local crew in Portland--Cerinda, Rabbit, Muffin, and Ambergreen--welcomed several of us from out of town, including Kari, her mother, and me, from Seattle, and Theodora and Viva from across the country!--and we had a great time. The only photo I have for you is what I wore, taken after I got back home. We did take the requisite bag and shoe shots, though, and there should be one from our scrumptious brunch, organized by Muffin. We browsed through Nordies, Banana Republic, and a few very cool local shops downtown and had a terrific time visiting!
Thanks to the "PDX" crew for organizing and getting us together!

My outfit:
Dark skinny jeans (Mother, the Looker highrise, in Coffee Tea or Me); angled-hem sweater tunic with an abstract running-paint kind of print in blues and greens on gray (made by me); olive leather moto jacket (AllSaints, Hawks); dark brown high-top lace-up boots (Born, Troye); espresso and black satchel (Joy Gryson, Natalie).

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WIW: plaid and pearls

Here's my outfit inspired by Angie's plaid shirt ensemble post. I am not a big wearer of plaid or of button-up shirts. But I do have a couple of plaid t-shirts (four, if you count blurry-plaid patterns), so I chose my red plaid tee. My animal-print cardi is a nod to the faux-fur topper in Angie's ensemble and to the leopard print toppers that are popping up all over this season. And I put my hair up and wore red lipstick, a la my style icon, Linda Rodin (photo 3).

I'm not sure I will even venture out of the house in this outfit (stormy weather!), but I can at least show it to you all here.

The outfit:
Black skinny frayed hem jeans (Mother, the Looker, Blackbird wash); red, black, and gray plaid tee (made by me); gray fuzzy animal print cardigan (Free People, Out of Africa); studded belt (Suzi Roher); faux pearl collar necklace (Cristabelle); marcasite disc earrings (Lucky); black waterproof moto boots (Blondo).

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New work clothes: a 6-item capsule

I posted here about my new job as a part-time sales associate at OSKA in Seattle. The company provides a "uniform" of a few outfits, so that we can wear clothes from the current collection to work. I got to choose my outfits from the styles available at the store.

Here's the capsule of six items that I chose, and photos of a bunch of outfits that I can create using them.
The pieces:
"Renzi" trousers, a lantern shaped style, in a black and white striped wool
"Nang" trousers, a cropped wide-leg, in navy viscose-elastin blend
"Rommy wash" trousers, a harem style, in black washed wool knit with raw edges
"Pilvi" pullover, a knit vest with short funnel neck, in a marled gray wool and cotton blend
"Raima" blouse, a cotton shirt with a small stand collar, in a very pale gray poplin
"Raissa" blouse, a short swing jacket with small stand collar, in a charcoal lightweight crinkled wool blend

I have already added a crew-neck long-sleeved knit top in the light gray color and a scarf, to extend the possibilities even further. I didn't picture them here, because I wanted to explore and show just how far the initial capsule could go on its own.

The job is a lot of fun, and I'm really enjoying how easy it is to get dressed for work. This required uniform gives me the chance to play with a minimal wardrobe, without giving up the variety I love in my non-work wardrobe.

Thanks for looking! I welcome any comments and suggestions!

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