WIW: my take on kimono and denim

Since Angie posted this "Statement Kimono & Denim" ensemble, I've wanted to wear it. My kimono is cropped. I've had trouble wearing it, for lack of under-layers that look good with it. This season I found a tank that is the right shade of taupe to layer with it, so I'm set. I can now pair it with jeans, as Angie suggested, or with pants for work. Today I did both.

The outfits:
1-2: white, gray, taupe, and espresso blurry plaid silk cropped kimono (made by me); taupe tank (A'Nue Ligne); dark cropped flare jeans (Mother, Insider crop); light pewter d'Orsay flats (Walk).
3-4: same tops with stone tencel harem pants (Stella Carakasi); dark pewter lace-up Mary Janes (Trippen); gray backpack (Rebecca Minkoff, quilted Julian).

Thanks for looking! I welcome suggestions and other thoughts.

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WIW: another blue dress

I've made a third denim-y blue dress. This one is sleeveless, so again, I must be creative to find ways to wear the dress in environments where I need more arm coverage, since I get cold easily. (I love dresses, but I often find them hard to wear for this reason--I need a layer or a second layer on my arms to stay warm.)

I finished the dress in the midst of a heat wave yesterday, and today it's cool enough that I am wearing it with a long-sleeved t-shirt underneath. Not optimal (it looks better sleeveless), but a compromise so I can wear it!
The jacket is for outdoors, or if A/C is freezing.

The outfit (worn to work):
Light denim sleeveless shirtdress with 3/4 gathered skirt, shirt-tail hem (longer in the back) (made by me); ivory long sleeved tee (Caslon); navy sneakers (Paul Green); stone denim jacket (French Dressing Jeans); ivory and taupe bag (Fossil).

Thanks for looking! I appreciate your thoughts and suggestions!

 

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the dog-print t-shirt

I asked for opinions here a while back on a dog-portrait knit fabric I was considering buying. It got mixed reviews; I went ahead and bought it. Here are the results, so far. I made a t-shirt, in which I combined the dog-print with a cream knit. I still have quite a bit of the dog-print fabric left, and will probably come up with another project or two where I can use it in small doses.

1-2 (worn to work): dog-print tee; cream cotton full-legged pants with narrow button cuffs (Kleen); stone denim jacket (French Dressing Jeans); black Birkenstocks; gray backpack (Rebecca Minkoff). (I wore black and white snake-print sneakers to work instead of the Birks.)
3-4 (worn after work): dog-print tee; khaki jeans shorts (Kut from the Kloth, Natalie); white and taupe lace-up sandals (P.Monjo) and black and tan platform sandals (Naot).

I welcome your thoughts and suggestions! 

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summer dress with Birkenstocks

I haven't worn this outfit yet, but was trying it on to see how I liked it, as I just finished the dress.
The dress is voluminous, made out of light-weight linen, perfect for a summer day. I'm not sure how it will be in air conditioning, though I did find one white cardigan in my wardrobe that I like with it (not pictured).
Angie's post today inspired me to try it with sneakers, too--again, not pictured here.

I tried the dress belted and unbelted. Which do you prefer?

Ivory, soft lime, soft blue, and washed-out navy linen lantern-shaped sleeveless shirt dress with side pockets, worn with black cross-strap Birkenstocks and a dark silvery skinny belt. Last photo, shown with pewter flats.

Thanks for looking!

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dark red culottes

A while back, I bought some dark red culottes from Madewell, tried them on with different items in my closet, and showed you the pictures. I liked them, but I decided not to keep them, because they were a bit expensive for a limited-wear item. I decided I could make a pair, if I came across a fabric that I liked.
I did find a dark red linen, and made a pair of culottes. My linen isn't as drapey as the rayon used by Madewell, but I like my color better, and  I like how they turned out. Here they are, in a couple of outfits.

1-2: Raspberry linen culottes and blue and red rug-print rayon high-low tank (made by me); blue jeans jacket (AG, Robyn); metallic lace-up Mary Janes (Trippen, Foxy).
3-4: Raspeberry linen culottes, light blue-gray linen long sleeved tee with layered hem, and black linen cowl-neck layered-front vest with gray, blue, and red appliques (made by me); black peep-toe sling back platform sandals (Munro).

Thanks for looking! I welcome your thoughts and suggestions.

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WIW: for YLF meetup

Apologies in advance: there are no photos of the fabulous YLF group here, just photos of what I wore, taken at home.

As any of you who have been to a YLF meetup know, anticipation and figuring out what to wear is part of the fun. You want to wear something that you love and that other fashionable, stylish friends will appreciate. You want to be comfortable for the possibility of trying on clothes, really quickly, as there is a lot of shopping territory to be covered. And you want your feet to be happy covering all of that territory.

Here's what I came up with today, and it seemed a pretty good pick. Shoes could have been easier on-off for try-ons, but otherwise, it worked well.

The outfit: Red, black, and cream print flounce-hem tunic with open back (Free People, new from NAS); cream skinny jeans (Mother, the Looker high rise, in Whipping the Cream--just love these names!); black denim cropped moto jacket (Free People); black and white snake print sneakers (Mephisto, Yael); gray backpack (Rebecca Minkoff, Julian).

What a fun day with YLF sisters!

Thanks for looking! Thoughts and suggestions are welcome.

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WIW: July 4

Well, it's not exactly a patriotic pairing, I'll admit. But here's what I ended up with, given a cooler day than I expected. I thought I'd wear this reddish dress with a blue denim jacket, but chose my olive leather moto instead, for warmth.

I do have on new blue specs; they are bright navy across the top and matte silver everywhere else.

Photo 1--the July 4 outfit (worn out to dinner):
Red-green cross-dyed voile dress (Judy Tampa); olive leather moto jacket (AllSaints); pewter cutout peep-toe booties (Paul Green); sage tumbled glass necklace and bracelet; silver bag with chain trim and strap (Michael Kors).

Also included (photo 2)--is an outfit from the day before yesterday (also worn out to dinner):
Blue jacquard dress (made by me); blue denim jacket (AG, Robyn) (not pictured); nude pumps (AGL) and clutch (J.Crew); gold layered necklaces with silver ring (Madewell).

Thanks for looking! I appreciate your comments and thoughts.

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New makeup: before and after

Inspired by Xtabay's post with before and after photos of her new makeup from MAC, I decided to record my before and after looks with my new makeup from the Chanel counter today. I am surprised at how little difference I see between my photos; my glasses seem to hide my eyes quite a bit. (This is my first attempt at cell phone selfies, too, so I'm sure the photo quality is skewing my results. I'm hoping, anyway.) I bought new eye makeup, foundation, blush, and lipstick for summer.

Photo 1: before makeup
Photo 2: after makeup
Photo 3: after makeup, without glasses
Photo 4: what I wore shopping--black frayed-hem skinny jeans (Mother, the Looker, in blackbird wash); mauve flounce-hem sweater (Tempo Paris); pewter lace-up Mary Janes (Trippen); glassy pendant with moonstone center, and matching earrings (Kendra Scott). Not shown: taupe raincoat Ritva Falla, light gray backpack (Rebecca Minkoff).

Thanks for looking! Thoughts and suggestions are welcome.

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WIW: the "impractical" dress

On Angie's post about why dresses are less popular items of clothing, I wrote about the impracticality of a dress I had made this season. It has short sleeves, and I couldn't find any jackets or cardigans in my closet that would go with it. Angie suggested my blue jean jacket. Today was plenty warm for a short-sleeved dress, so I wore the dress to work. I took along my jean jacket, and sure enough, I needed it partway through the day in the air conditioning. It worked just fine (though I do prefer the dress without a jacket).

Here's the "impractical" dress, as worn to work today:
Blue rayon jacquard short-sleeved shift (made by me); pewter d'Orsay flats (Walk, Franky); medium blue jean jacket (AG, Robyn); gray backpack (Rebecca Minkoff).

Thanks for looking! Thoughts and suggestions welcome, as always.

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Voile dress & blouse, and how to wear a summer dress on a cool spring day

Two of the lightest, airiest, beautiful summer pieces that I ordered last fall came in at my favorite boutique, and I picked them up today. (These are orders from the buying trip I made with my friend to New York last September.) Of course I want to wear them now, even though it's in the 50s and a bit cloudy.
So I played around to see what I could come up with. On the suggestion of a friend, I tried the dress with my black stretch fabric pointy-toed boots, and I think I'm going to wear this outfit out this evening. I layered a black 3/4-sleeve ballet-style top and black tights under the dress, plus a leather jacket over it.

Other, less covered, looks are for later, after summer arrives.
1-4: red-green voile dress (Judy Tampa), cool-weather version, with black tee (Tees by Tina), black tights, black pointy-toe boots (Donald J. Pliner); olive leather moto jacket (AllSaints); black cross-body bag (Cherokee).
5-6: voile dress, warm-weather version, with pewter cutout peep-toe booties (Paul Green).
7: with nude pumps and clutch, and shell-colored stone necklace
8: with same necklace and pewter lace-up Mary Janes (Trippen)
9-10: olive cotton voile v-neck blouse with ruffle trim (Judy Tampa), over black camisole, with black ruched tube skirt (Vince Camuto) and pewter lace-up Mary Janes.

Thanks for looking! Thoughts and suggestions welcome, as always.

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