Sunday, January 27, 2013

Utah Valley in the winter time is a very dreary place. We basically live in a bowl, which gets filled with what we call "inversion" and other people might call "smog." Because of that, I can't take these shots in natural light, and unfortunately, I use compact fluorescents in the hall where I take these -- so my colors and lighting are not so hot.
I was really on the fence about whether or not to keep this mustard sweater, but I decided that for eleven dollars, I would. The problem is that this color and my face don't really look that great right up next to each other. So, i'm wearing a scarf that matches the pink in the skirt as a buffer. I am loving the mustard tights with this skirt!!!
Baby Cable Crewneck in English Mustard, Talbots; Floral Pastiche #2 Pencil Skirt, J. Crew; Hue Tights in Gold, Macy's, Pink Check Scarf, BYU Bookstore; Jewelry, Coldwater Creek.

Friday, January 25, 2013

For this casual Friday, I went with a doe heather chunky sweater, red jeans, and a red, blue, and purple scarf.
NYDJ Alisha Skinny Jeans, Nordstroms; Cable Cotton Sweater in Doe Heather, Talbots; Scarf, Coldwater Creek.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

I've had the settings messed up on my camera, so this picture is especially awful.  This was my first chance to wear my new Wiltshire liberty print shirt, so I wore it with a navy bottom and purple jacket.
Hue Tights in Navy, Macy's; Navy Seasonless Wool Skirt, Talbots; Navy Patent Belt, Talbots; Liberty Perfect Shirt in Wiltshire, J Crew; Purple Brocade Jean Jacket, Coldwater Creek, Jewelry, Coldwater Creek, Talbots, and Macy's.

Wednesday, January 23, 2012

My, this is not a great picture of me. I did really like this new blouse with the burgundy and black, though.
Halogen Skirt, Nordstroms; Bouquet Print Tee, Talbots; Boyfriend Cardigan in Black, Talbots; Ribbon Belt with Flower; Chicos; Hue Tights in Burgundy, Macy's; Jewelry, Talbots.

Give Me Liberty!

Liberty Margaret Annie

Liberty Wiltshire Purple
Liberty D'Anjo Pink
Liberty Indian Red
Liberty Tresco Floral
Liberty June's Meadow
 The one J. Crew thing I find that I really love are the liberty print shirts. I have all of the above patterns, and I am lusting after this one.  As soon as a sale comes online, it will be mine.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

After a day of vacation, I quickly threw back on the same sweater and scarf with a skirt for work. I love Monday holidays!
Yellow Damask Plaid Skirt, Talbots; Blue Cashmere V-Neck Sweater, Talbots; Belt, Talbots; Scarf, Franscesca's, Hue Tights in Sand, Macy's.

Monday, January 21, 2013

I didn't have to go to work today because of MLK day, but I did go to the movie, Life of Pi, with the family. This and a wool coat kept me warm in the rather cold movie theater.
Heritage Ankle Jeans in Emerald, Talbots; V-Neck Cashmere Sweater in Blue; Talbots, Peacock Scarf, Francesca's.

eBay Strikes Again

I had a nine dollar eBay credit expiring on Feb. 2nd -- well, I couldn't just throw away nine dollars, could I? So, I decided to bite on this cute little item:
With the credit, this shirt came to just ten dollars.
The big mystery was what exactly it would look like. There were three pictures of it on eBay, and each one looked very different. Well, Saturday it came in the mail, and the mystery was solved:
The actual color is the one on the right. Because this is a "haberdashery" item, it has beautiful finishing details, including covered matching buttons.
I feel like I got a pretty good deal for ten dollars, and this just rounds out my spending for the month. I stuck to my budget of less than $100!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

I'm embracing the stripes here. I just felt like being a little wild (to match my hair, mayhap?). This is one of the very few things that I've ordered from J. Crew lately that I've actually kept. I guess I've come late to the J. Crew party, and I feel like I got here after all the cake and balloons. I've found some vintage skirts on ebay which I love, but most of their new things are . . .  hmmm . . . blegh. The quality is questionable and the styling is so-so -- very blocky for me so far. The only thing that I really love that they have are the liberty print shirts, and I live too far away from a store to get them at really good sale prices, and the VPS service never works for me.
Hue Tights in Navy, Macy's; Shoreline Stripe Skirt in Navy, Talbots; Colorblock Tee, J. Crew, Jewelry, Coldwater Creek.

Friday, January 18, 2013

For this casual Friday, I wore a cashmere cardigan with a blouse that matched the cardigan under it in case of gaps. The turquoise bib necklace was a nice match with the blue.
Blue Watercolor Cashmere Cardigan and Top, Talbots; Lee Jeans, Shopko.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Today I wore my liberty indian red shirt, blue pants and this fringed jacket. I was wearing this jacket one last time to try and feel the love, but after one of my students made a funny comment about the jacket, I knew it had to go. Someone somewhere is going to love this jacket, so I have listed it on eBay.
NYDJ Alisha Skinny Jeans in Cobalt, Nordstroms; Liberty Print Perfect Shirt in Indian Red, J Crew via eBay; Fringe Leather Jacket, Coldwater Creek; Jewelry, Francesca's.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Way back in May 2012, I saw this post on Polyvore, and I was in love. A few days later, I saw this jacket on eBay for $15, and I bit on it. I hadn't tried it yet this year, but decided to trot it out with my green jeans (that are the same color as the skirt--my camera is washing everything out right now. I LOVED this outfit -- it felt so spunky.
I quickly changed into a purple (yes, bright purple, even if the picture doesn't look like it) skirt for a visit to the temple with the BHW, and I loved that combination as well. Now I am wishing I'd pulled this jacket out  earlier this year.
I tried this jacket with a black button-down blouse and didn't like it, but I like it quite well with the simple black blouse I have it with here.
Plaid Swing Jacket in Black/Ivory, Talbots; Heritage Skinny Jeans in Emerald, Talbots; Origami Tee in Black, Talbots, 120s Pencil Skirt in Purple, J Crew; Hue Tights in Charcoal, Macy's; Pearls, Talbots.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

I am trying to wear things I haven't worn so much this year, so I pulled out this houndstooth jacket and paired it with a ponte knit top and bright fuchsia skirt. The jacket looked awesome with this grouping, but it didn't stay on much at work due to how warm it is.
Houndstooth Moto-Jacket in Black and White; Talbots; Ponte Top in Black, Talbots; Patent Fuchsia Belt; Talbots; Hue Ribbed Tights in Black, Macy's; Jewelry, Coldwater Creek and Designed by Denee; Stretch Wool Flannel Skirt in Fuchsia, Talbots.

Monday, January 14, 2013

I loved this outfit on me today, but after looking back at my inspiration photo, I probably should have added a belt. I do love the touch of yellow with the gray, though. And it's always a good day when I can wear my beloved yellow pointy toed shoes.
As far as necklaces go, I have been stacking necklaces more and more these days. This is a three strand pewter pearl  one with the chrysanthemum one -- both from Talbots via eBay.
Palais Floral Pencil Skirt in Gray, Talbots; Secret Silk Blouse in Yellow, Chicos; Linen V-Neck 3/4 Sleeve Cardigan in Dark Gray, Talbots; Hue Tights in Light Gray, Macy's; Jewelry, Talbots, Chicos, and Harry Mason Earrings.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

It has been around 5 degrees every day for quite a while, which means that I've got to have layers. I am not a naturally warm person -- my feet are as cold as ice all winter. Today I wore this animal velveteen suit with a cashmere sweater to church in an attempt to keep warm. Thanks to my cashmere wrap, it succeeded to some extent.
Animal Velveteen Jacket and Skirt, Talbots; Cashmere Crewneck Sweater in Hot Pink, Talbots; Hue Ribbed Tights in Chocolate, Macy's; Jewelry, Designed by Denee.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Today was a casual day, so I went with chocolate brown jeans and this geometric jacket. I added some tribal jewelry to kick it up a notch. It's always a good day when I can wear my most comfortable shoes with inserts -- they make my feet feel so good.
Platinum Denim Jeans in Chocolate, Chicos; Ivory Tee, Talbots; Geometric Jacket in Brown/Ivory, Chicos; Jewelry, Chicos.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

 I snapped this picture very quickly last night, and it shows. The artificial lighting in my hall makes this outfit look completely different from the one to the right, even though it is actually a pretty close match. Thanks to Apples & Pencil Skirts for the OOTD idea!
Colored Denim in Kelly Green, Talbots; Camel and Ivory Striped Tee, Coldwater Creek; Jewelry, Talbots; Ponte Jacket in Navy, Talbots.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Today I paired this very vintage houndstooth skirt with a simple cotton sweater. I added a green velvet jacket for the trip to and from work.
Vintage Green and Ivory Houndstooth Skirt, Talbots; Cotton V-neck Sweater in Moss, Talbots; Hue Tights in Moss, Macy's; Jewelry, Chicos;

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

It felt so warm and cozy wearing my old Eddie Bauer wrap skirt on Sunday that I pulled out this gray plaid one and wore it to work today. I do like this skirt even better now that there is more material in front. I don't have to worry about flashing anyone.
Wrap Skirt in Plaid, Eddie Bauer; Merino Wool Diamante Button Sweater in Gray, Talbots; Hue Tights in Charcoal, Macy's; Jewelry, Talbots; Velvet Jacket in Deep Red/Burgundy, Talbots.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Today felt vintage, plus I am trying to really stick to my goal of not buying anything - so I went with this silk blouse and a neutral pant.
Silk Top, Coldwater Creek; Travelers Tank in Burgundy, Coldwater Creek; Platinum Denim Jeans in Soft Sand, Chicos; Jewelry, Coldwater Creek.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Today I went with a wrap skirt from Eddie Bauer that I've had for a very long time. I moved the buttons over about two inches recently, and I like it even better now (less gaping). This is a thick wool skirt that feels like a blanket, which is perfect for our none-too-warm chapel on an arctic Sunday in January. I added a diamante sleeved merino sweater and a vintage 3/4 sleeve jacket over the top.
Wrap Plaid Skirt, Eddie Bauer; Merino Diamante Sleeved Sweater in Red, Talbots; Wool 3/4 Sleeve Jacket, Talbots; Hue Tights in Gray, Macy's; Jewelry, Talbots.

Update: So I had actually taken a picture of this outfit, and I guess I wore my hot red shoes.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

The main concern for a Saturday at our house is staying warm, so I went with these vintage pieces. I love the muted paisley pattern on this shirt. Toasty!!
Double Breasted Merino Wool Cardigan in Light Brown, Talbots; Brown Paisley Button-Up, Coldwater Creek; Platinum Denim Jeans in Brown, Chicos.

Friday, January 4, 2013

 On this casual Friday I am talking about JRR Tolkien's "discovery" of the epic poem Beowulf, so what better than to wear my new Tolkien tee I got for Christmas. My students got a real kick out of this.
Tolkien tee,; Liberty Perfect Shirt in Indian Red, J. Crew; Toothpick Jean in Garment Dyed Twill in Golden Sunflower, J. Crew.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Today I went with a chocolate colored Chicos Travelers top and a vintage Talbots tweed skirt. I wore the matching jacket to and from school, but just the top at school -- I've got 30 students heating up my life and don't need a jacket. I wore my new jewelry that Mike and Alison brought back from Cancun. Unfortunately, the necklace broke, but I think I can fix it (probably better than before).
Vintage Talbots Ruffle Tweed Jacket and Skirt; Chocolate Travelers Top and Tank, Chicos; Hue Ribbed Tights in Chocolate Brown, Macy's; Jewelry, Gift from the DD and SIL.