Starlight, star bright

Wow, thank you everyone for you nice comments about yesterday's outfit!

Here we have today's ensemble, incorporating bright colors. Both the indoor and inevitable outdoor editions.


{Ralph Lauren khakis, GNW shirt, longsleeve via Pick Your Plum, Gap denim jacket, Lands' End flats, Shade scarf, Ike & Co necklace, watch via eBay, earrings and flower by me (both available here)}


For lack of a poodle skirt*

Today's prompt was to pick a decade or wear regional attire, without looking costume-y. To be honest, I almost skipped it and went straight to bright colors, but once I put on this skirt, I realized that worn high with a tucked in top, it had a fairly 50s silhouette to it. So that's what I'm calling this.

After taking the above picture, I had to throw on some red lipstick to round out the look.

{eshakti skirt; loft sweater, felted by someone else and chopped by me; shade top, gnw tights via fred meyer, old shoes from who knows where, knotted pearl rope inherited from my grandma, earrings and bow by me (earrings available here)}

*In the interest of full disclosure, I do own a poodle skirt, but I think that would qualify as "costume-y," so it stayed in the box.


Mixing patterns

Pattern mixing is not my favorite. While I love seeing other people do it, my closet is almost entirely composed of solids. Which means I don't have many choices of what to mix. I think I have four? five? patterned shirts, one pair of faintly striped pants and three patterned skirts, but none of them pair very well. Last time I copped out with stripes and a lightly patterned scarf. I liked the look, but didn't really feel like I was mixing patterns. I wanted to do a better job this time, besides the fact that I already wore my striped shirt this week.

I know the button-up doesn't look patterned in the above picture, but I swear it is.

{St. John's Bay jeans, old Docker's button up, Old Navy top, necklace from who knows where, Doc Martens loafers}


Snow, and ice, and miracles

If you're not from around here, you may not know (or care) that we had snow-mageddon last week. It snowed on and off the whole week. Now, I don't like being cold, but I can handle some snow. Especially if it doesn't stick around too long.

But this?

Out of control.

The snow wasn't the worst part.  Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday were all pretty standard snow days. And with Tom home (love being married to an educator,) he was happy to take the kids out to build snowmen and go sledding. (And Lou is totally faking that sad face in the second pic.)

But Thursday it started with the freezing rain. As in, it rains, but freezes the minute it touches anything. So everything (cars, houses, trees, everything) is covered in a sheet of ice.

All that ice makes trees heavy.

And they don't like that so they bend.

Or break.

And sometimes when the break, they take out power lines.

We were doing well, and more or less kept our power until Thursday night. Many people lost it before then (some as early as Tuesday), so we were counting our blessings.

But our luck ran out Thursday evening as I was cooking dinner. It was close enough to done that we ate it anyway and went to bed. The next morning the house was freezing. By which I mean it was 56 degrees. I was ready to leave (Tom's parents still had power and my parents have a generator). Tom wanted to stick it out, since the power could come back anytime, but by three that afternoon, I convinced him to abandon that hope. After all, PSE officials were estimating that it would be into the next week before power was restored to everyone. We packed up and drove north around 4, making sure to turn everything off, so if the power did come back on we wouldn't be wasting electricity.

As can be expected, our power came back on before 7 that night (Tom called, and our answering machine picked up-that's how we knew it was back). As the kids were already on their way to bed, we stayed the night, and planned to come home after lunch.

And as usual, it was a little later than that by the time we got on our way, and when we came home, I opened the door to the light on in the laundry room (it has two switches, so you can never be sure if it's on or off) and a smoky smell.

The kitchen fan was on, the burner (where I had been cooking dinner Thursday night) was red hot and our stove looked like this.

It took me a while to figure out what it was, but once I did, I realized how lucky blessed we were to still have a house.

Tom had emptied our food scraps container and it had gotten set on the cold stove instead of being put away. We had added several things to it, and now all that was left was melted plastic, charred orange peel and ashes.

We opened doors and windows to get rid of the smoky smell, all the while thanking our Maker for sparing our home.


The dreary morning I woke up to left me feeling a bit gloomy, a bit like Eeyore, if you will.

Gray, black and denim, with touches of pink for fun.

{Costco shirt, hand-me-down jeans and sweater, Land's End silver suede flats,  pink slap watch via eBay, gifted earrings, Target jacket, ginormous black flower by me}



Today's prompt of "embrace a trend" was a bit hard for me. (Sorry for the complaining.) I mean, I'm okay trying out new trends in theory, but it kind of requires having trendy pieces in your closet. Glancing at Kayla's list of ideas was a strike-out for me.

Winged eye-liner? been doing it for 3 years, hardly new.
Ballerina bun? love it, but I just cut my hair, and I don't think I can pull it off currently.
Neon? don't own any.
Skinny jeans? don't have any, nor do I have any alteration candidates, or time to alter them.
Dots? love them, don't have any.

Then I remembered this cardigan I picked up at Goodwill a couple of weeks ago. It's close to neon. I added some stripes (they were on the list as a dying trend), a belt (not on the list, but a trend in my book) and orange (along with my winged eye liner) and called it good. I even busted out the tripod and got a blurry picture for you all to appreciate! :)

{shirt: Kersh via Costco; cardigan: thrifted; jeans: hand-me-down; shoes: Land's End, watch: eBay, belt: hand-me-down}

Come to think of it, a bright orange slap watch is pretty trendy in my book, so I'm calling this a job well done. 



-chrome, that is.

This one is hard for me, and so I opted for the nothing side of my personality. I mean, I did complete the mission by dressing in one color (khaki is light brown, right?), but it was not a worthy effort.
{khakis: eBay, white long sleeved shirt: Pick Your Plum, brown shirt: Costco, flower: me (available here)}

And, again, no tripod. Sorry.

Louie, however did a much better job. :)

Minus the whole holding still bit.



Kayla is doing another challenge, and since I can't say no to a challenge, you get to see what I'm wearing these days. :)

This one is only 2 weeks, and weekdays only, so it's less of a commitment if you'd like to join me.

One thing I know about myself is that I'm not very good at doing a happy medium. I'm all or nothing. So when the prompt was layers, well, you get layers.

Three shirts, (plus a jacket), two necklaces, two skirts, and boot socks (totally faked) peeking out of my boots.

I failed at getting a full body shot, since I don't have a full-length mirror (which means, I don't know what I looked like, either) and didn't feel like getting out the tripod. Later this week, maybe.

{pink undershirt: Shade; ivory henley: Wet Seal (online); green button-up: Costco; denim jacket: Gap; brown skirt: mikarose via Costco; pink paisley skirt: who knows; pink socks: gift; boots: Anne Klein via eBay; necklaces: gifts, ring, earrings, and flowers by me, and available in my shop.}

And yes, I actually wore this outfit Sunday. :)