Sneaker and jeans refresh

On my trip to return the sneakers I ordered from Madewell, I found a couple of things that followed me home. At Madewell, I tried on two pairs of jeans and a pair of shorts, and I bought the Perfect Vintage Wide-Legged Jean in tile white. (If anyone can create a Find, I'll add it.)

And I found a pair of sneakers at Nordstrom, the Cole Haan Topspin style in Roccia Pearly Snake. To my eye, the color has a little bit of mauve to it, so these fit the bill for sneakers with a blush pink element to them, for which I have been on the lookout. (I was interested in getting an update to my blush slip-on Mephisto sneakers that are getting kind of worn looking after several seasons.) Curiously I tried on this Cole Haan style in a different color a couple of years ago and the back edge bugged me. But they seem to work fine now. I'll wear them around the house for a while to be sure.

Pics below:
1) What I wore shopping. White Levis Icon jeans, navy and aqua print peplum-back blouse (made by me), gray waffle-weave cotton jacket (made by me), gray leopard print sneakers (Mephisto Yael), and metallic pewter crossbody bag (Kurt Geiger).
2) showing the new jeans and sneakers
3-5) new jeans and sneakers with a boxy asymmetric metallic top (made by me) to show more of the top of the jeans.
6) new sneakers with a mauve sporty A-line dress (Zella) that I bought at the end of the season last year and look forward to wearing this summer.

Any comments and suggestions are welcome!

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  • cjh replied 4 months ago

    Very nice. And I really really love the black print shirt and silver shirt. Great work. 

  • LJP replied 4 months ago

    Gah - I love those new sneakers and the new jeans fit you like a dream !

  • Bonnie replied 4 months ago

    All three outfits look great. The new shoes work well with the new jeans and your tops. Your Refresh was very successful!

  • Suz replied 4 months ago

    Those new sneakers are fantastic! LOVE! I hope they work out for you. 

    Once again, you hit the jackpot with the jeans. You look great in every single jean I've ever seen you in! 

  • kellygirl replied 4 months ago

    Love the white denim and the new sneakers! I have a different pair of topspins that I love and wear frequently. You look so good in everything—the made by me pieces are the star of the show as always! So nice to see you!

  • Firecracker (Sharan) replied 4 months ago

    Thank you, everyone, for the lovely comments!
    cjh, your self-made garments are always a treat to see, too.
    Lisa, I was surprised the jeans fit so well and that I liked them on. Madewell jeans are hit-or-miss for me. Suz, I've been inspired by your wide-leg jeans and thought I'd try these when I saw them in the store.
    kelly, high five on the Topspins, and thanks for your sweet comments.

  • Jaime replied 4 months ago

    I love the top in the first outfit and just new it was MBM before I looked. New jeans and sneakers look fab!

  • Firecracker (Sharan) replied 4 months ago

    Thanks, Jaime! You have an eagle eye for the MBM label.

  • Katerina replied 4 months ago

    The new jeans and sneakers are perfection, really great. You have an amazing style and taste. Your shopping outfit is sophisticated. I admire all the pieces you have made. Always a treat to see your creations and fantastic outfits.

  • Bijou replied 4 months ago

    It is such a treat to see your WIWs and recent purchases. I LOVE the MBM label items and the new jeans are a perfect update for the warm weather ahead. I love how these fit on you.

  • Sally replied 4 months ago

    Love the new sneakers and jeans, they look so fresh.    The new sneakers look great with the a-line dress too. 

  • Olive Green replied 4 months ago

    That silver top is so good on you. Subtle shimmer. The blouse is unique. Your sewing skills are enviable. 
    And getting a great fit in jeans is the dream, lol. 

  • Dee replied 4 months ago

    Ouuu... nice style refresh, those wide leg jeans look great, new sneakers work well with them and also look fab with the Zella dress too. I so admire your sewing skills.

  • Brooklyn replied 4 months ago

    I love mauve too. A delicious muted pink :)

    I absolutely love the metallic top that you made. Wow! YLF!

  • UmmLila replied 4 months ago

    Those jeans are a really nice fit. I agree that Madewell sizing of pants and shorts can be very inconsistent. So these are a lucky find. 

  • sabimct replied 4 months ago

    It all looks fantastic - thank you for the inspiration.

    The dress is adorable on you!

  • ChristelJ replied 4 months ago

    Your fabulous new jeans and sneakers perfectly showcase your gorgeous tops. I bet you will get lots of use out of them.

  • RobinF replied 4 months ago

    Love the new jeans and sneakers. Are the sneakers true to size? They are sort of what I have been looking for. You metallic top is fabulous!

  • kkards replied 4 months ago

    All great. But the white jeans and metallic shirt is my fav!!

  • Minaminu replied 4 months ago

    Amazing! I like your longer hair and I am in awe of your sewing skills, the metallic top is really nice and it's my favourite outfit with the white jeans and trainers!

  • Angie replied 4 months ago

    Woohooo! White jeans. Happy dance :) 

    Sharan! SO GOOD to see your outfits on YLF again. Missed them so much! You look AWESOME like you always do! 

    New jeans and sneakers are KILLER. Love them with the top you made too. The dress is perfect for the hot weekend and week that lies ahead of us Seattleits - without a/c!! 

    Your hair is growing into the most gorgeous style! Curls are very forgiving, and you look beautiful. 

  • Firecracker (Sharan) replied 4 months ago

    Thank you, everyone! You are so kind and supportive.
    RobinF, I would say, yes, they are true to size. I wear a 7 or 7.5--most often the latter, and 7.5 is what I bought in this style. I could wear the 7, but the 7.5 allows room for a little more sock or foot-swelling.

    Minaminu and Angie, thank you for the hair compliments. As I grow it out a bit, I feel it has been most challenging since the last haircut. Not sure how to style it these days. So the compliments are extra reassuring!

  • Vicki replied 4 months ago

    Wonderful fit and pairing in every photo and I’d say that return paid handsome dividends.

  • Firecracker (Sharan) replied 4 months ago

    Ha! Thanks, Vicki. That's a much better way of looking at it than how much the return cost me!

  • Carol replied 4 months ago

    I am so not sure about this new drapey, wide-leg pants trend, but those new white ones look great on you. Love all the clothes you made, but the outfit with white pants and pewter shirt is especially sharp.  

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