Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Pumpkin Post

I have to admit, I'm a bit of a dud on Halloween.
I love fall and all that comes with this time of year but, I never really get into the real spirit of things.

 I'll just say that I blame my parents or my Mom and explain that it was not a holiday that we celebrated. To a girl raised in a Christian Reformed household, evil and darkness were things to stay away from, not embrace.

 So, this dark and ghoulish black peplum jacket with gray jeans and black boots is about as close as I will get to Halloween's darkness.

So, to soften up the look, I paired these with a soft pink cashmere sweater and cobalt blue baubles.
It's just more me!

Jacket: Carlo Blanco-thrifted
Jeans: Gap limited Edition-thrifted
Sweater: J.Crew
Necklace: Vintage and thrifted
Boots: Circa Joan and David (old)

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Monday, October 29, 2012

All in a dress

I've had to teach quite a few field labs this fall but, I still want to look stylish as I traipse through the mud, muck and streams.  

 This is one look I pulled together with a striped dress, a fatigue inspired jacket and my trusty Hunter's.

 I think I was able to look put together to be comfortable, hip and fashionable.

Dress: Target
Jacket: Old Navy (old)
Necklace: Target (old)
Boots: Hunter's via Zappos

Friday, October 26, 2012

I can't stop wearing these boots!

For me, Hunter wellies bridge the gap between function and style perfectly.

But, I've been wearing them longer than it has been fashionable to have a pair in your closet. I just love now when I need to put on boots to go study a stream or get through some mucky field, I look so stylish.

And, I can promise, I will still be wearing them when it is no longer so hip!

Sweater: Banana Republic (old)
Shirt: Eddie Bauer-thrifted
Jeans: For all Mankind Straight leg (old)
Boots: Hunters via Zappos
Scarf: NY&Co-thrifted

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Call me Mayle

While going through my favorite consignment shop this summer I found this 100% silk Mayle dress. I must have over looked this dress in months previous because I found it pushed to the sale rack for $3.00! I thought the geometric print was current looking and I always love a shirt dress.

I brought it in the dressing room, tried it on and was amazed at how it was cut. It fits my body wonderfully. I bought it thinking that I would alter the length to make it more youthful. Not any more.

After I got home I was intrigued, the quality and fit of the dress were so impeccable, I wanted to know more about the designer or manufacturer. Enter, Google and let my education begin. Mayle, designed and produce in the USA was founded by the former model, Jane Mayle. Her collections were known for their femininity and her appeal was to the retro-vintage feminine aesthetic. Jane started her own line in 1999 and discontinued it in 2008. Unfortunately it seems she wasn't into the mainstay style of fashion merchandising and became frustrated with the fast fashion movement.  Many women were disappointed when she no longer produced her beautiful silk dresses and vintage looking blouses. Since 2008 she still has been producing some clothes. She managed a pop up boutique in NYC and also designed a collection of handbags this fall 2012 for Club Monaco. I now know how lucky I am to own this dress.

Final Styling.
I was undecided how I would wear this dress and finally settled on black pointy flats and the tough vibe of vegan leather jacket.

Dress: Mayle-thrifted
Shoes: Sam Edelman Isador-thrifted
Jacket: JouJou-thrifted
Clutch: Juicy Couture-thrifted


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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

On the wild side

Red and leopard print are a classic pairing.

 I tried two new to me trends in one outfit. My first pair of red skinny pants and leopard booties.

 Of course, I could only pair it with a classic, the chambray shirt!

 I really liked the look and red pants are so. much. fun.

What do you think?

Shirt: J.Crew
T-shirt: J.Crew
Pants: LEI
Booties: Target

Linked up with Lindsay for WIWW:

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Golden Fall

I put this outfit together, wore it all day and didn't get pictures of it until evening. I swear it looked a lot better fresh and unrumpled!

The grey sweater toned down the golden mustard of the cords and the leopard belt added a bit of interest.


I liked the crispness of the white shirt and paired with my trusty Frye Durango's it felt right in season!

Cords: GAP Real Straight-thrifted
Sweater: GAP-thrifted
Shirt: J.Crew
Boots: Frye
Belt: Target

Linked up today at Pleated Poppy

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012


This jacket caught my eye immediately, I liked the pockets, the belt and the fall appropriate weight.

I've worn it a lot lately and got these pictures of it featured in a casual look. 

My favorite part of this outfit were the layered denim and blue checked shirts,

 and the beautiful vintage blue necklace.

Cords: J.Crew
Denim Shirt: Old Navy-thrifted
Shirt: Mossimo-Target
Jacket: H&M-thrifted
Necklace: Vintage-thrifted

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Very casual

My blog has been neglected. A teaching overload, a new kindergartner and a lingering cold and bronchitis have kept me from posting much in the past month.

 I found these pictures I took 3-4 weeks ago still on my camera and decided to post them.

 This was a casual Saturday afternoon look with boyfriend jeans, boat shoes, a gingham shirt and a cable V neck.

All finished off with dirty hair. I will be back and cleaned up soon!

Jeans: For all Mankind-resale shop (Clothes Mentor)
Shirt: H&M-thrifted
Sweater: J.Crew-thrifted
Shoes: Target

Linked up with the pleated poppy for WIWW.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

To the point

Do you, or do you not, love pointy toed shoes? 

I remember when they became a popular trend three different times in my life. The first was in high school in the early 80's (maybe 1983). All the rage was the pointy high heeled pump. I loved the trend and charged right home and into my mother closet to see if I could find any remnants from the 1960's that she had held onto. No luck, so then it was onto Grandma's house and there I found a few pairs, one in particular that I became enamored with; brown leather with a snake skin embossing. I also went and bought myself a black patent pair and I was all set!

These held on until I abandoned the trend and embraced the 1990's, Dr.Marten's, clunky platforms, squarish toed shoes and everything not a pointy toe. Then the early 2000's, I remember distinctly seeing a girl with a beautiful pair of leather pointy toed pumps and a flare jean and I fell in love again. I held onto this love of the pointy toe up until 2006 when I again abandoned them for an almond toe or round ballet flats.

Now, they are back and I have to admit, I'm a bit ambivalent.  I know that when a trend repeats its' self it is not always in the same form as before. Which is good news because, about a year ago, I got rid of all the pointy toes in my closet, with the exception of two pairs. I remember really thinking about it, do I keep them or not? The two I decided to keep were a dark blue suede flat and a black leather pump. I think I deemed them in good shape,of a nice quality and therefore a classic.

So what is different this time around?  To be honest, I really researched  and thought about this to see if mine (the blue and black pair) fit into 2012. Just short of pulling out a protractor and ruler, I made two determinations for 2012: first, the point is not as "pointy" the angle is different and is right about 45 degrees.  Secondly, the length of the point is less severe-the distance between the tip of the point and where the top of the foot becomes visible is shorter. 

So, do I wear these that I've kept around? Or, do I call it a trend that needs a fresh life and buy some new?

I was really, really lucky the other day and I found a brand new pair of black flat Sam Edelman pointy toes at a thrift shop for one dollar. I bought them.