Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Another Fall Floral

At the risk of appearing to be a one-trick pony, I’m wearing another fall floral today:

Today's fall floral is less bold than yesterday’s, but remains one of my favorite dresses to remix.  The bits of color throughout the dress lend themselves to several color combinations.  Today I picked up on the burgundy, olive and tan tones in the dress (vintage) with olive tights (Hue), burgundy shoes (Naya “Jada” via Nordstrom) and a tan cardigan (Old Navy).  I added a thin belt (Gap) and fully intended to add earrings but that didn’t happen.  I did wear my hair in a side pony though, so you’re welcome for that.

Happy Wednesday, Everyone!


P.S. Side ponies are totally coming back.  Probably.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011


Dear friends,

Ever have one of those weeks?

Absolutely flat out from my end, but I can't (and won't) complain. The festive season brings some great parties, the perfect excuse to spend extra time with family and friends and of course holidays, which means not long until my Ski holiday in Japan! Can't wait!

This near perfect vintage floral print is actually a dress (worn as a vest) picked up from my favourite Canadian vintage store SHOPPALU. Gorgeous or what!

I'm wearing:
Vintage dress, via SHOPPALU
Denim cut-offs, via LITTLE LEFT OF CENTRE
Sunglasses + Shirt, Mink Pink MARKET HQ
Biker boots, via TONY BIANCO

Friend in Fashion

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Fall Floral – Remixed

As I said before, I think this skirt is just perfect for fall.  And as its still fall for another month, I thought I’d get another wearing in:

Once again, I’m unable to resist the lure of the burgundy and plum flowers on this skirt when deciding what to pair it with.  This time I paired the skirt (thrifted) with burgundy tights (Hue) and plum polka dot bow blouse (Old Navy) layered under a black sweater (Hinge via Nordstrom).  I added my trusty riding boots (Born Crown “Sosie” via Nordstrom) and vintage carnelian earrings (Lil’ Gypsy Vintage).

Here is a close up of the earrings:

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  In spite of my snow-fears, we didn’t run into any in the pass and only encountered a little bit while cutting the Christmas trees.  I do have some photos from my trip; I’ll try to get those posted this weekend.

Happy Tuesday, Everyone!


Monday, November 28, 2011

Reader Question – For the Love of Leggings

Lovely reader Karina emailed me the other day regarding ideas for flattering ways to wear leggings for those of us with a little bit bigger tummy area.  Specifically she asked about what type of tops to wear with leggings so that “a little bit bigger tummy area” doesn’t get misinterpreted to “bun in the oven.”

As it turns out, I LOVE leggings and since I’m still out of the office and so don’t have an OOTD photo, I figure this is a great time to talk about how this giant wears leggings.

Layers, Layers, Layers

In my mind, leggings lend themselves to layering like nobody’s business.  And layering can be a great way to disguise a midsection without looking too bulky.  (A long scarf can help do that as well).

Leggings + Tunic + Sweater + Scarf:

 Long-Sleeve Tee + Dress +  Poncho Sweater + Leggings:

Leggings + Tunic + Button Down + Scarf:

Put a Belt on It

Depending on where you belt and the width of your belt, belting can be a great way to highlight or even create a waist.

Leggings + Tunic + Skinny Belt + Cardigan:

Leggings + Tunic + Medium Belt + Cardigan + Scarf:

Boots, Boots, Boots

I always wear my leggings with boots.  Even booties can help balance out a thicker upper body.

Leggings + Skirt + Long-Sleeve Sweater + Scarf + Mid-Calf Boots:

Blouse + Dress + Leggings + Scarf + Suede Booties:

Tunic + Cardigan + Scarf + Leggings + Riding Boots:

What about you, Reader Friends?  Are you a fan of leggings?  And what is your favorite way to wear them?


Saturday, November 26, 2011


Dear friends,

The last couple of weeks have had me all consumed in a hunt for the perfect handbag.

Shopbop is always my go to, and with so many goodies I'm finding it terribly difficult to decide. I have however, managed to narrow my shortlist of favourite down to five.

Now it's over to you, I need your help - which is your favourite?

Designers (clockwise)

See by Chloe Poya Medium Tote Bag

Marc by Marc Jacobs Too Hot To Handle Drawstring Bag

ROMYGOLD Fringe Tote


MARC BY MARC JACOBS Bob's Memphis Trip Top Handle Satchel

Good weekend all!

Friend in Fashion

Friday, November 25, 2011

Black Friday Blog Awards

It's Black Friday, but I'm not shopping.  I'm still in Northern California "enjoying" the snow (I'm not a snow girl).  But, I didn't want any of you who might be reading blogs over the Thanksgiving Holiday to miss me too terribly (it's okay to miss me somewhat, I miss you all too) so I scheduled this post.  That's right, even when I'm away, I'm thinking about you guys.

Here's the deal.  Three of my lovely blogging friends, Kelsey of Charming Pumpkin, Karla of Frugal Big Girl and Erin of Plus Sized Curves Ahead gave me a couple of blog awards last week and I'm quite excited about it because it gives me the opportunity to do two things.  One, I get to share a little bit about myself for my new readers and for those of you who've wondered about my accent.*  Two, and this is my favorite part, I get to share some of my favorite new blogs with you guys.  Very exciting, no? 

Let's get started.  Here are the awards:

And here are the rules:

·         Link back to the fabulous blogger you got the award from (done, done and done)
·         Write 7 random things about yourself (I excel in random things, so, don't worry, I got this)
·         Fill in the question form below (I'll do my best)
·         Give the award to 10 other blogs and let them know (Love to!)

7 random things about me:

1.      I love books.  I read constantly, I just forget to update the What I'm Reading thingy in my sidebar.
2.      I wear a size 10 shoe and am under the impression that is practically dainty for someone my height.  Don't disabuse me of this notion.
3.      I was a three sport athlete in high school - cross country, basketball and track and field.
4.      Zombies both scare and enthrall me; as a result, I am obsessed with The Walking Dead.
5.      I love to laugh.  A lot.  And as loudly as possible.
6.    Grumpy people make me smile.
7.   I ride my bike to work every day, rain, shine or snow.  And it's the best thing I do for myself.

Question and Answer:

·         Name your favorite song: This probably isn’t the best way to start a Q&A, but I don't have a favorite song.  I can, however, tell you that right now I am listening almost constantly to The Black Keys.  Especially their album, Brothers.
·         Name your favorite dessert: Strawberry Lemonade Cake
·         What pisses you off: Besides snow?  People who say “I seen that…” – it makes me stabby when people say “seen” instead of “saw.”
·         When you're upset, you: Shriek and threaten to elbow the offending party in the neck, of course.
·         Your favorite pet: Dogs, I still miss my puppy immensely. 
·         Black or white: I’m both, actually.
·         Your biggest fear: Um… zombies.  Duh.
·         Best feature: I would say my wit, but I guess my smile is okay too.
·         Everyday attitude: I some how manage to be both high strung and disengaged.  It’s a talent.
·         What is perfection: Being woken up late on a Sunday morning from the light streaming through the trees. 
·         Guilty pleasure: The Walking Dead (seriously, I’m obsessed).

And here are some of my new favorite bloggers:

·         Amanda at Something Old Meets Something New – we’re physically polar opposites, but Amanda and her blog are so sweet, you can’t help but love them.
·         Jenn at The Suburb Experiment – Jenn is hilarious and we all know how I like to laugh (see # 5 above).  She’s good at dressing herself too.

·         Tracy at The Closet Shopper – great style and seriously diverse musical interests.  What’s not to like?
·         Kassi at The Closet Intervention – Kassi is a fellow tall blogger with fabulous style and a fabulous personality to match.
·         Fashion Dynamite – Great style and pretty pictures in the woods; an all around lovely blog.
·         Natasha at Required2BeInspired – I’d be inspired by Natasha’s blog even if she didn’t make it a requirement.  She has fabulous style and makes a lot of her own clothes. 
·         Krista at Lazy Saturdays – Krista is crafty, has great style and I LOVE her remix posts.
·         Cambria at JupeCambria is super sweet and her style is what I’d aspire to if I weren’t a total drama queen.
·         Sydney at Basic Cravings – Sydney has very clean, very classic style while working color and the best statement necklaces ever.  Ever, I tell you, ever.
·         Dawn at Suitcase Vignettes – I loved Dawn’s blog from the first moment I read it.  And that was before I found out that she throws the best Halloween parties and pairs awesome fur hats with sequins.  Love.

* I'm just kidding - I have a slight lisp, but no accent.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Wear It Wednesday: Tunics

I'm participating in Wear it Wednesday today, which is being hosted by the lovely Bekah of Matters of Merrymaking.  This Wednesday's item to wear is tunics, about which I am fairly excited because I love tunics.  And my favorite way to wear them is layered over leggings as I've done here:

In front of a huge sequoia at McMennamins Grand Lodge.

For this outfit I paired snake print leggings (Target) (you can sort of see the snakiness of them in the last shot) under a cream and gold lace tunic (thrifted) which I in turn layered under my trusty black sweater (Jones New York via Ross).  I added flat black boots (Chinese Laundry via Piperlime), a brass and crystal necklace (via Special Portland) and a few bracelets (Banana Republic and Macys).  Full disclosure; I'm pretty sure this tunic was originally sold as a dress.  But, as you can see, it's nowhere near dress length on my tall self.  So, for you tall ladies out there, if you're looking for tunics, look in the dress section - that's what I do.

To see how everyone else wore their tunics today, stop by Matters of Merrymaking; Bekah has a whole list of participants.

Happy Wednesday, Everyone!  I hope everyone has a fabulous Thanksgiving!


Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Dear friends,

To celebrate the festive season, Friend in Fashion has teamed up with local Melbourne designer, EMMAJANE to give you the chance of winning a gorgeous emmajane dress of your very own!

The lucky winner will have their choice of either a 'lacey love' or 'tuscan sun' dress.


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It's as easy as that!

Entries close 12pm AEST Tuesday 6 December. Best of luck

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Simple Blue

I had a horrible time getting dressed this morning.  I started with a vintage sweater dress that I was going to wear with a blazer, a la Destrehan’s Daughter, but it was too hot.  Which is saying something because it’s pretty cold here.  Then I tried a plaid skirt and a fuzzy sweater but it was just too bulky; I looked like Bulky McGeen.  Then I tried this blue sweater with the plaid skirt and felt like Lumpy McGee.  I also tried this sweater with a camel skirt but felt like Frumpy McGee.  Finally, I ended up with this:

When it was all said and done, this was the outfit I felt most comfortable in today.  Just a simple sweater (Old Navy), jeans (Bandolino via Macys) and boots (Born Crown “Sosie” via Nordstrom).  Although I love layers and lots of color, I have to admit that sometimes simple is best. 

Happy Tuesday, Everyone!


P.S. This will be my last “live” post until next Tuesday.  I’m going out of town for Thanksgiving tomorrow, but do have some posts scheduled that, Blogger willing, will post over the next couple of days.  I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving, and I will get caught up on all your blogs when I get back.  Promise.

P.P.S The weather has finally driven us inside for our photo sessions so bear with me as we try to figure these indoor photos out.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Take Four: Saturated Hues from Coast to Coast

Hello!  I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.  Mine was busy, busy, busy, but in the most fabulous way.  Also fabulous is today’s Take Four theme: Saturated Hues.  I’m a big fan of rich, bold color, so the berry, emerald and cobalt shades that were shown on the runways for this fall thrill me to no end.  For my take on the trend, I went with berry:

I layered my cranberry wool cardigan (Ports International, thrifted) with a black and cream brushstroke printed sleeveless dress (Target).  I added a thin brown belt (Gap), black tights (Spanx via Nordstrom), burgundy pumps (Naya “Jada” via Nordstrom) and a few accessories. 

Want to see more outfits incorporating this fall’s saturated hues?  Visit Bekah at Matters of Merrymaking, Kelsey at Charming Pumpkin and Karla at Frugal Big Girl to see how they rocked the trend.

Happy Monday, Everyone!


Saturday, November 19, 2011


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Dear friends,

Statement dress and a pair of killer heels - keeping it simple nothing beats it!

This absolutely divine silk maxi dress is going to become one of my favourites this festive season.

Parties, travel and FUN are all on the cards over the next few weeks. Follow all the adventure on TWITTER.

The lead up to Christmas is my favourite time of year!

I'm wearing:
Maxi dress, via ISOLA BY MEGAN GALE
Shoes, 'kortina' via TONY BIANCO

Friend in Fashion

P.S. Stay tuned later in the week for a very special Friend in Fashion giveaway! If you love pretty dresses, you're going to LOVE what's in store.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Pleats and Plaid

Alternately titled: More Things That Go with Orange

I think I’m breaking one of the cardinal rules of style blogging in that I’m wearing the same scarf I wore yesterday again today:

But, hey, is it my fault that orange goes with everything?  Of course not; I’m just taking advantage of that fact (yes, Erin, it’s a fact) by pairing my favorite scarf with everything I possibly can.  Today I paired the scarf (Nordstrom) with a handmade pleated plaid skirt (vintage, thrifted), gray wool sweater (thrifted), tights (Spanx via Nordstrom) and what are apparently my new favorite booties (Nine West via TJ Maxx).

It has gotten very, very cold here in Oregon lately causing me to shift my aesthetic more towards function over form.  I generally try to maintain both in my outfits, but during the winter, the weather forces me to become increasingly practical.  For example, wool sweaters and cashmere scarves help keep me warm during my freezing bike commute.  And the tights both help to keep me warm, but also dry quickly if I have to ride my bike in the rain.  Which, this being Oregon, I usually have to ride my bike in the rain.

How about you, Dear Readers?  Does the cold weather increase the functionality of your outfits, or are you still all about form?

Happy Friday, Everyone!  And have a fabulous weekend!


Thursday, November 17, 2011

A Few of My Favorite Things

This outfit contains quite a few of my favorite things:

Orange cashmere scarf (Nordstrom) that goes with everything?  Check.  Riding boots (Born Crown “Sosie” via Nordstrom) that I wear with everything?  Check.  Studded belt (Michael Michael Kors via Nordstrom) that makes me feel like a bit of a Billy Bad Bottom?  Check.  To these favorite things, I added an olive cardigan (Target) layered over a gray tunic (Tulle), black riding leggings (Vince Camuto via Nordstrom) and some fringed square hoop earrings (vintage via Lil’ Gypsy Vintage).

What about you, Reader Friends?  What are some of your favorite items to wear and why?

Happy Thursday, All!


Wednesday, November 16, 2011


Dear friends,

So today is my birthday and what a beautiful sunny day Melbourne has put on for me!

Kicking into full birthday gear, and looking forward to a weekend full of festivities and frivolity!

I'm wearing:
Denim shorts, One Teaspoon via AUSTRALIAN FLAVOUR
Shirt, Mink Pink via MARKET HQ
Shoes, 'hybrid' via TONY BIANCO
Bracelet, Dallas and Carlos via HOW NOW MADAM COW

Friend in Fashion

P.S. Absolutely living in these denim cut-offs via online favourite AUSTRALIAN FLAVOUR. This store has a fabulous selection of amazing Aussie designers - do check them out!


Colorful Collegiate

A co-worker commented that my outfit today is very “collegiate,” and I guess it is:

It does have a sort of prepster, collegiate look about it, which isn’t my usual style, but I like it.  I think the unusual color combination keeps it from being run-of-the-mill collegiate and feels more like me.  Full disclosure; as much as this color combination feels like “me,” I actually borrowed the idea from this outfit of Kendi’s.  But, as soon as I saw her post, I knew I wanted to pair my bright yellow sweater (Nordstrom, thrifted) and mauve skirt (vintage, thrifted).  I added navy tights (Target), colorful socks, lace-up booties (Nine West via TJ Maxx) and a multi-colored scarf.

Interestingly enough, I don’t usually consider yellow to be a fall color.  I know it was shown in quite a few fall collections:

Left to Right: Thakoon, Max Mara, Jill Sander & Karen Walker

But it was not anything I thought I’d try.  Now that I have tried it though, it makes sense to me.  I think this sweater will be a nice counterpoint to our increasingly rainy weather here in Oregon.

How about you, Dear Readers?  How do you feel about lemon yellow for fall?  Is it something you’d try?

Happy Wednesday, All!


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Matchy-Matchy vs. Clashy-Clashy

I considered wearing red skinny jeans with this color-blocked sweater:

But, that would have been too matchy-matchy for my tastes.  Given the choice, I usually prefer to be clashy-clashy rather than matchy-matchy.  There may be some deep-seeded psychological reason behind that preference; such as I’m afraid to look too put together lest people start to expect it from me, but mostly I think it’s just that I’m drawn to riotous color. 

Like the bright mustard yellow color of these cords:

These cords (Gap) make me happy and it made me happy today to pair them with this color-blocked sweater (Old Navy) and my all-time-favorite boots (Born Crown “Sosie” via Nordstrom).  I also added some bracelets and a watch that could serve to tie the look together if one was insistent on that sort of thing.

What about you, Reader Friends?  Do you tend towards matchy-matchy or clashy-clashy?

Happy Tuesday, Everyone!


Monday, November 14, 2011


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Dear friends,

Summer is well and truly at our doorstep here in Australia, which means you can expect to see more of me in fail-safe cotton sundresses, like this 90's inspired Somedays Lovin' baby-doll via MARKET HQ!

I was in Sydney last night for a very quick visit and blogger preview of Tony Bianco's upcoming winter collection! A steamy 38 degrees greeted us off the plane, followed by a great night of blogger fun, not to mention some incredible shoes!

The perfect way to kick off my birthday celebrations!

I'm wearing:
Dress, Somedays Lovin' via MARKET HQ
Denim shirt, Pimkie
Shoes, 'hybrid' via TONY BIANCO
Bag, Tokyo
Sunglasses, Rubi

Friend in Fashion