Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Bits & Pieces

The gem prints in my closet continue to evolve (you can jump to this post which will link to historical posts). The print alone on this skirt made me swoon, but then I saw that it was velvet, pleated, and a great length. In my teens I had a black velvet one piece swimsuit with a very similar print on it! I wish I still had it or at least had pictures of it...... it's was soooooooo 90's (in a good way)!
This skirt could definitely be holiday wear, and with the red & hearts it could even carry you through Valentine's Day! Everything I've paired it with is old and it got me to thinking that I really am a shopper who buys "bits & pieces". I've never really been one to go out in search of an entire outfit (top, bottom, jewelry, shoes) in one swoop. I love the challenge of mixing and matching new items with what I already have! In this case, I thought I was being rather boring going with traditional black tops and shoes rather than pulling another color out of the skirt. But then I had the idea to add a few vintage brooches that were my Grandma's. I really like how it came together! 
Tank - Motherhood Maternity (so yeah, 4+ years old)
Shrug Sweater - Casual Corner (how long have then been out of business?)
Pins - vintage from Grandma

Monday, October 15, 2018

Peacock Plaid, Pumpkins & Picking

Do you have traditions that you like to do for each season, and if you don't do them you feel disappointed? Our Octobers these past few years have been busy with many fun things, but we haven't been to an orchard/pumpkin farm in a long time. Around these parts they can get crazy busy on the weekends, it's chaotic, overpriced, etc..... So when the school PTO announced they were organizing a Mother/Son hayride we jumped at the chance to go. 
Alber's Orchard & Cider Mill in Manchester was so charming and the weather could not have been more beautiful! Lots of interesting history since they started in 1890..... they have 104 different types of apples! And it was really cool to hear about how they dismantle, repair, and rebuild the barns (which is why this pretty red one has the markings on it). The boys and I got donuts and cider upon arrival. We did the hayride and then explored to pick our pumpkin and bag of apples. I am so thankful my friend and her son were with us in the corn maze as it was no joke! Whew! 
I have a love/hate relationship with plaid, but when I saw this peacock colored beauty I decided it was love. It was the perfect piece for an outing like this. 
Last Winter, my two pairs of "bad weather" boots blew out on me. My rubber rain boots developed cracks where the foot bends, and the soles of my Ugg like snow boots fell off and would not stay back on with shoe goo. I'd had both pairs for at least 10 years so that's pretty good! So I hit up some end of season sales to replace them, leaning toward a duck boot style. I found these at American Eagle and thought they'd be perfect now that we're getting more active outside with the boys.
Tank, Jeans & Sunglasses - Target
Boots - American Eagle

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Crazy Cozy

Here I go again, gravitating toward the crazy. The colorful. The handmade looking. This shawl has so many pretty colors and textures - the pictures do not do it justice! Teal and pink and purple and yellow and olive...... 
Unfortunately, I can't find a link on Kohl's website yet but I will keep checking and update. I am thinking it is so new it's not on the site yet. It's by Mudd so it will be in the juniors section.
My brown long sleeved tee, and booties, are also from Kohl's but old. Jeans and sunglasses are Target.

Friday, October 5, 2018

One September

I know it's not September anymore, but the title of this post has to do with Anthropologie's brand "One September". This brand churns out the most perfect peplum tanks, so I thought in addition to showing this newest purchase I would revisit the others I have. While the style/cut may differ slightly, there are a few things they all have in common. The top placket is embroidered/embellished and then the fabrics have really unique prints.
This Trudy Embroidered Tunic has embroidery and buttons down the front, stripes, and flowers. I love the pink/purple/blue jewel tones. It was originally $88 but it is on sale for $49.95 with an extra 40% off! I paired it with one of my beloved long cardigans (Sears), dark jeans (Target), an old Lia Sophia necklace, and Minnetonka moccasins (TJ Maxx).

Look familiar? Yep, in this post where I showed the "Deauville" top by One September I pretty much said that jeans, a flowy tank, and a cardigan were my "uniform". 
I really enjoyed wearing the "Deauville" on it's own this Summer, but here's an idea for cooler weather. I am loving navy with olive so I'm going to pull on some cargo pants (Target) and booties (Kohl's) in olive. A dark denim jacket (TJ Maxx) and Macerata statement necklace from Anthropologie (necklace also seen here). I normally don't do lay flats, but I am experimenting so that I have more options to show outfits now that the weather/daylight is changing.
Here's the original post where I wore this "Larkspur" tank by One September on a hot day. 
To transform this for cooler weather, I went with darker denim (the flowers are navy, not black). And an olive jacket (Anthropologie) and booties (Kohl's) to bring out the olive stripe in the pattern. Lastly, another statement necklace from Anthropologie - the Painted Beads Bib!

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Skirting the Issue

 For the past few years, I've been shying away from skirts. With the weight that I've put on in my belly and hips, I felt skirts accentuated it even more. Sure, the waistband usually hit me at my smallest point, but then the fabric just pushed out too much (especially my profile). Dresses didn't do this to me so I stuck with dresses. I sold off many of my skirts and wasn't really buying any for a long time. That is until Anthropologie tempted me too much this Summer with this cute gemstone print and this stamp print. And now the skirt featured here of course! One thing that all 3 of these new skirts have in common that was appealing to me is elasticity in the waist. The gemstone print waist is entirely elastic - the stamp print, and this one, have a flat front but elastic in the back. This really helps with fit as weight fluctuations occur.
I couldn't resist the folksy print on this skirt - animals like foxes, bunnies and birds mirroring each other - it is completely what I love and expect from Anthropologie. The colors are perfect for Fall, although I kept things pretty basic with a black tee and jean jacket. I'll be looking to restyle this by pulling more of those colors soon!

Latigo Sandals : Anthropologie (old)
Black Tee : Meijer
Jean Jacket : TJ Maxx
Sunglasses : Target

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Then and Now : Otomi

Popping in with another "then and now"..... this time with one of my all time favorite embroidery patterns : OTOMI!!! The collage above are my newer pieces and the collage below is from previous years. These new looks I am showing could not be more simple - really casual tops thrown on with jeans. That's it. These past looks have a little more oomph to them - especially the jacket I made with one of my thrift store panels (also made these pillows - man that was one of those thrift finds you remember forever).
First up is this Nanette Lepore peasant top. Nanette did an entire swimwear line with this embroidery this past Summer and this top was considered a cover up. The Isla Marietas collection was sold at many retailers - I ended up getting my top at Macy's. I am linking to some eBay listings here.

This past Wednesday was our last "hot" day (or at least I think it will be). Ugh, it was too hot for any jewelry and I feel like a sweaty mess here! This Johnny Was tank (eBay) and wide leg jeans (Loft) kept me as cool as could be though.

And........ a few days later there is a chill in the air so it was perfect to bust out this long sleeve henley! The otomi pattern is printed on this top by Relativity, an exclusive brand of the now bankrupt Younkers.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Vintage Tunic

This tunic is one of those rare, vintage Anthropologie pieces that I finally snagged on eBay after years of looking. It's by Floreat and it's bright colors, pattern mixing, embroidery and flowy fabric checks all the boxes for me! It even has pockets! So easy to throw on with jeans and go! Per usual, I'm showing a "new to me" top with all the old standbys!
Floreat Embroidered Patchwork Tunic : vintage Anthro
Mossimo High Rise Jeans : Target
Sandals : Payless
Necklace : Express