Bellwether Blues

It’s not quite sweater weather yet, but when there is a slight chill in the air (or the air conditioning is on full blast), I do like to layer.  I especially like the versatility of wearing vests; you can wear them year-round.  Unfortunately, when it gets too hot, I have to retire this particular vest.  But, on a day where you can stand to wear something for extra warmth, this vest is the way to go.

Some days I’m in the mood to wear a certain color.  Blue was the color of choice for this outfit for what was supposed to be a simple mall outing (we ended up leaving the mall past midnight because of a traffic debacle, and so, to avoid idling in our car, we went to the movie theater and caught a late night show).

I added something from our Japan trip to my purse.  The bell makes a “jingle-jangle” every time I step.  I suppose it’s my way of making sure I don’t get lost in the crowd as well as having a memento of vacation to hold onto (sorry you have to witness a close-up of my dry hand).

What trends do you like to wear year-round?  Hope everyone is enjoying the weekend!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Top:  Shop with Velocity/Marshalls

Vest:  Kaisley/Marshalls

Shorts (not pictured, but were definitely worn underneath my long top):  Banana Republic/donated

Purse:  vintage Coach

Shoes:  Merona/Target

Necklace:  Richelieu/vintage store

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Summer Breeze

I almost wore this exact same outfit yesterday (note:  the outfit pictured was from over a month ago).  But, instead of a denim skirt, I wore denim shorts.  And I wore my brown slingback flats.  And–apparently, my outfit from yesterday was quite different from this outfit, although I did recycle what I wore up top.  Anyway, this is one version of what I call “breezily casual” because this comfortable, flowy top is perfect for when I need some natural air conditioning (and air reminds me of the word breezy–get it?–ugh, sorry I have a horrible sense of humor.).

This is a fun summer outfit because I don’t feel over-exposed or too overdressed.  I also wanted an excuse to wear my green wedges.  I’ve decided that I absolutely need to start adding more color to my outfits.  And wearing colorful shoes is a good place to start.

How’s everyone’s summer so far?  Stay cool, my dears.

P.S.  I hope my hyperextended elbow doesn’t freak out too many people.

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Top:  derek heart/Marshalls

Cover Up:  Girl Talk/TJ Maxx

Skirt:  Gap/donated

Wedges:  Mossimo/Target

Purse:  vintage Coach/thrifted

Sunglasses:  London Fog/Marshalls


Tokyo Trip: One Last Look

And now for my last outfit of the trip (I really know how to extend my vacation, don’t I?).  It wasn’t anything fancy; just something that I could wear and be comfortable in for the long journey home.

I reworked my leggings from earlier in the trip and layered with socks (I thought that I had forgotten to pack my gray socks, but apparently, I didn’t look hard enough).  This was essentially my version of a nightgown that I could wear in public (by this time, I also had a full-blown cold, so I really couldn’t have cared less about what I was wearing).

The best part about this outfit was the vintage suitcase that I bought a few weeks before our trip.  It’ll probably be the first and last time that I’ll use it though.  The fabric started to unravel and I was afraid the whole thing was going to be in pieces by the time we made it to the airport.  Luckily, it survived–and thankfully, you all survived my drawn out recap of our trip.  I miss Tokyo, but I hope we’ll be able to go back and see more of Japan someday.  In the meantime, I’ll see you stateside!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

T-shirt:  Something Navy/Marshalls

Dress:  Old Navy/Old Navy

Leggings:  Xhilaration/Target

Socks:  Charter Club/Macy’s

Shoes:  Big Buddha/DSW

Belt:  Betsey Johnson/ TJ Maxx

Purse:  Chinese Laundry/gift

Bow:  WEGO in Harajuku

Suitcase:  vintage/boutique store in Delaware


Tokyo Trip: Pocket Moments

For Day 6 of our trip, we went outside of the city and into Kawagoe, a quieter area with small shops and restaurants.  I wore a flowy top, which in my mind’s eye, was my closest approximation to a kimono (please excuse my dour face; this is when I was starting to not feel too well).

Since I was starting to get the sniffles, I had several tissues in my pocket.  I’ve realized that I feel incomplete if I’m wearing an outfit without pockets; I need pockets to store essentials or for a place to rest my hands.  Thankfully, my skinny cargo pants has many pockets.

We walked around and enjoyed the smaller town-feel.  As the sun moved out from under the clouds, the day got a little bit hotter.  I used our umbrella to shade myself, almost wishing I had a prettier parasol instead.

We went back to Ginza tired yet sad that this would be our last night in Japan.  We wanted to go to a hibachi, but since we were tired, we settled on McDonald’s and ate our food while watching a variety show in our hotel room.  An unexpected yet fun way to end our trip.

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Top:  Living Doll LA/TJ Maxx

Camisoles: (1)  Merona/Target; (2) Imaginary Voyage/Marshalls

Pants:  Almost Famous/Marshalls

Flats:  Mossimo/Target

Socks:  Target

Belt:  Calvin Klein/Marshalls

Purse:  Chinese Laundry/gift