Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Plum Pop

Although I was tempted to channel my inner Captain Casual again today, I wanted to wear my Karina Dresses dress one more time before the giveaway* closes.  I almost went with all black, but decided instead to do a pop of plum:


I paired my black dress (courtesy of Karina Dresses) with a black blazer (Gap Tall), plum tights and black wedge booties (Nine West “Peekaboo” via Piperlime).  And I added a brass and crystal necklace (Special Portland) to add some interest up top.  The plum tights, of course, add interest to the bottom of the outfit.

I have to say that, although I do love brightly colored tights, I think my plum tights have proven to be the most versatile.  They add color on days where I don’t necessarily want to add COLOR but want a little something.  If you’re still on the fence about colored tights, try plum, burgundy, rust or olive – they’re easier to incorporate into a neutral wardrobe than bright tights.

*What’s this?  You didn’t know I was hosting a giveaway?  Well, I am.  Karina Dresses was kind enough to provide me with this lovely dress and are going to provide one of my fabulous readers with a lovely dress of their own.  Interested?  You can enter, and find a discount code for $30.00 off, here.  But hurry; the giveaway closes tomorrow night at midnight, PST.

And, that’s it for me this week.  I have the rest of the week and next Monday and Tuesday off.  I’ll be working on a project, catching up on my mending, finally putting my clothes away and hiking in Eastern Oregon.  I’ll try to take pictures of the interesting stuff.

I hope everyone has a fabulous New Year!

Gracey

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Rust, Plum and Wrinkles

Do you all remember all the way back to last Friday when I mentioned that my office doesn’t have a dress code but that I still try to keep my casual outfits for Fridays?  Well, the key word there is try.  Some days a girl just wants to wear jeans.  Today was such a day:



As it turns out, today was also one of those days when a girl just didn’t want to iron.  The result?  Rust, plum and wrinkles. 

Curious how to achieve this look on your own?  Pair a clean-but-wrinkled plum and rust polka dot tee (Gap) with wide-leg jeans (Gap) and a clean-but-wrinkled cardigan (Old Navy).  Add cognac booties (Nine West via TJ Maxx), a rust colored scarf (Nordstrom) and coral and Peruvian jade earrings (Crafty Wonderland purchase).  And there you have it; rust, plum and wrinkles.  Easy peasy.

Happy Tuesday, Everyone!  I’ll see you all tomorrow with less wrinkles and more hair-brushing (probably).

Gracey

Friday, December 23, 2011

Comfy Cozy

Even though I was out sick on Monday, this has seemed like the longest week.  And very challenging, sartorially.  Basically, I’ve just been waiting for Friday so I could be comfy cozy:



Which is kind of funny because no one at my job cares what we wear.  People run around here in sweats and crocs on a daily basis.  I guess I just like to pretend we have more of a dress code than we do (or that we have one at all) and save my more casual outfits for Fridays. 

And I think that today’s casual outfit is one of my favorite.  I paired crimson skinny jeans (Old Navy “Rock Star”) with a charcoal sweater (wool, thrifted) layered over a cream and tan tunic (Old Navy).  I added cognac lace-up booties (Nine West via TJ Maxx) and a black and cream infinity scarf (Steve Madden via Macys) and really was comfy and cozy all day.

And that’s it for me until after Christmas.  I have Monday off, but I’ll be back on Tuesday. 

I hope everyone has an absolutely wonderful holiday, whatever holiday it is you celebrate!

Gracey

Thursday, December 22, 2011

A GIRL AND HER BIKE






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Wishing you all a very happy festive season!

For me - a brief visit to the family before heading off to Japan for an exciting adventure! Check me on TWITTER & FACEBOOK for all the updates.

A short break from the blog while I'm overseas and then I'll be back in the new year with more fashion and travel to share with you.

Stay safe and happy holidays!

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Skirt & tank , via SHILLA
Sunglasses, Retro Super Future
Boots, via, TONY BIANCO

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The Accidental Outfit (Or, Avoiding a Thigh-Coup)

This outfit was an accident:


Now, you’re probably thinking “Gracey, this outfit looks fine; you didn’t need to tell us it was an accident.”  But, here’s the deal; you all know we’re big on transparency here at Fashion for Giants.  However, what you may not know is that that transparency is necessary to prevent a thigh-coup.  Now, thigh-coup may rhyme with haiku, but it would be a mistake to assume it’s anything as lovely.  No, a thigh-coup is actually when my crazy militant thighs attempt to take over the current government (me).  In an attempt to avoid this, my current government practices transparency as much as possible.

And, to that end, I have to admit that I didn’t plan this outfit this morning.  The outfit I planned during my cough-riddled half-sleep had a lot of color, some complicated layering and possibly fur.  But, when I woke up this morning and faced my piles of clothes – all clean but none put away due to my cold and my natural laziness – I saw this dress lying next to this sweater:


And it appeared to me, in my head-cold-haze, to be a match made in heaven.  The navy and blue polka dot dress (vintage Karin Stevens, thrifted) pairs surprisingly well with the peacock-colored cardigan (a.n.a via JC Penney).  I also added a thin belt (Gap) to define the waist, riding boots (Born Crown “Sosie” via Nordstrom) because they go with darn near everything, a watch and a vintage bracelet (gifted). And there you have it; an accidental outfit is born.

So, yes, while I’d like to pretend I spend hours selecting outfits that demonstrate that I do, in fact, know how to dress my giant self, I can’t.  My thighs are watching and if they think I’m being less than honest, they’ll ally with my hips and attempt a thigh-coup.  They’re bossy like that.

Happy Thursday, All!  Here's hoping it's free from thigh-coups and hip-juntas!

Gracey

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Back in Black

As much as I love color (and I do love me some color), I’ve been drawn to all black outfits lately.  I wore this one last week:



And I’m wearing this today:


I know it’s all taboo and whatnot to wear different shades of black together, but I rather like it.  I think it’s because I’m trying to work more with texture to give my outfits interest.  I usually rely on color, which is fairly easy for me to work with, but texture is more of a challenge.

Today’s outfit has less texture than last week’s and is more sleek, but I think it still has enough interest.  Thanks in part to my snake-print leggings (I like to call them snakings):


I paired the leggings (Target) with a black kangaroo pocket tunic (Nordstrom) layered over a black turtleneck (Gap) and added black wedge booties (Nine West “Peekaboo” via Piperlime).

How about you, Dearest Readers?  What do you depend on to give your outfits interest?  Color, texture, accessories or something else all together?

Happy Wednesday, All!

Gracey

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Polka Floral

Hello, All!  I’m sorry for being gone so long.  I was fighting a cold all last week and I’m sorry to say the cold won this weekend.  I was out of commission yesterday and I’m still fuzzy today.  But, I dragged myself out of bed this morning and stumbled into this outfit:



Which is only okay.  The colors are good and I love me a good polka floral combination, but this isn’t the most flattering silhouette. 

I think the vintage Janzten skirt (thrifted) with the polka dot blouse (thrifted) is good.  But the cardigan (men's vintage Janzten, thrifted) needs to be slimmer.  And a different shoe is probably in order as well.  I wore my riding boots (Born Crown “Sosie” via Nordstrom) but a bootie might have been better.  Either less bulk on the top or the bottom and the outfit would have been more flattering.

But, hey, what are you gonna do?  You win some, you lose some and when I’m sick, it’s all I can do to get dressed, without worrying if it works or not.  Hopefully I’ll feel better tomorrow and won’t look as if the abominable snowman discovered polka floral.

Happy Tuesday, All!

Gracey

Monday, December 19, 2011

CHLOE






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Meet my newest love, this gorgeous scalloped detail CHLOE handbag!

A few weeks ago, I asked you to help me pick my new bag, and this was your favourite by far.

Teamed back with this gorgeous 'flirt' skirt and my most favourite polka blouse - my new baby has fit in perfectly with the rest of my wardrobe.

I'm wearing:
'Flirt' skirt, via VAMASTYLE
Polka dot blouse, Mink Pink, via MARKET HQ
Wedges, Sam Edelman, via FREE PEOPLE
Handbag, Chloe, via SHOPBOP

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Saturday, December 17, 2011

HER NAME WAS LOLA






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Dear friends,

Yesterday, Melbourne was treated to a delightful summers day, which for me meant a perfect afternoon of lazing boat-side by the marina, and indulging in refreshing home-made limonata. Ah, how I love summer!

This two-tone midi, via LOLA VS HARPER, has gotten quite the work-out of late and is proving to be the perfect piece to take me from scorching afternoons, through to balmy evenings.

Can't believe Christmas and the new year is almost upon us. So much last-minute gift buying to sort out!

Happy weekend all!

I'm wearing:
Pleat midi dress, via LOLA VS HARPER
Cat-eye sunglasses, Mink Pink, via MARKET HQ
Wedges, Sam Edelman via, FREE PEOPLE

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Holidays = Giveaways: Karina Dresses Review and Giveaway

Somehow, with my admittedly sizeable closet, I managed to not own a little black dress.  Karina Dresses has remedied that oversight by sending me this little black dress:

Yes, it was cold.  See what I do for you, Dearest Readers?

And I love it.  It looks simple enough, but is surprisingly versatile.  Today I’m wearing a winterized work version of the dress with a wool Lauren Ralph Lauren jacket (thrifted), olive tights, riding boots (Born Crown “Sosie” via Nordstrom) and a bird-print scarf (thrifted):





But I could easily dress it up with a statement necklace, or a brooch or three at the waist or shoulder, or a colorful shoe or some major earrings.  And, in the summer, it’ll work wonderfully with a metallic sandal and an arm full of bangles.

I think it’s the cut that makes this dress so versatile.  It has a flattering v-neck, waist-enhancing waistband and a thigh-approved full skirt.  I also like that it’s sleeveless, but still offers enough coverage so my bra straps aren’t tempted to run amok.  And I love the length – its one that would work for any age, any body and any height. 

Little black dresses aren’t all that Karina Dresses makes though.  They offer this particular dress (the Marissa) in several prints and colors and even offer it with sleeves.  They also offer several other dress styles in a variety of prints and colors.  And, because the dresses are made from limited edition fabrics, the prints change regularly so their customers can always find new options in their favorite style.  I love that.

There is a lot to love about Karina Dresses though.  I love that they’re a small, American company based in Brooklyn and that they produce all of their dresses on site.  I love that their dresses are targeted towards women of all ages, all ethnicities, all aesthetics and all body types (they carry up to size 20 in some styles).  And I love their fabulous fabric – it’s a microfiber blend with 4-way stretch that is machine-washable and never needs ironing; which, as a lazy gal, I truly appreciate.

And I think you’ll appreciate Karina Dresses as well.  Which is why I’ve teamed up with them to offer one reader a free dress and the rest of my beloved readers $30.00 off the purchase of a Karina Dresses dress. 

To enter the giveaway for the free dress, just do the following:

1.      Stop by Karina Dresses and peruse their wares.
2.      Visit the Karina Dresses Facebook page and “like” it.
3.      Leave me a comment letting me know which style of a Karina Dresses dress you’d choose and your email address so I can contact you if you win.

This giveaway will close on midnight, PST on December 29th.  Which gives you a couple of weeks to enter.  Just don’t forget!

And, to get $30.00 off the purchase of any full price Karina Dresses dress, just visit Karina Dresses here and enter this code PANG30 when you check out.  Also, Karina Dresses is offering FREE SHIPPING for the entire month of December! 

That’s right, a giveaway, $30.00 off and free shipping.  You’re welcome, folks.  You’re welcome.

Happy Thursday, Everyone!

Gracey

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

POLKA PLAYSUIT PT II





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Earlier in the week, I posted my favourite summer-time playsuit: 'POLKA PLAYSUIT PART I, and promised I'd return with a second post, revealing another fabulous way of wearing this one-piece beauty.

I love creating different looks with a wardrobe staple, so here I've simply added a pair of high waisted trousers and heels to my playsuit and voilĂ  - outfit transformed.

What do you think?

I'm wearing:
'Rock the Tanjong' playsuit, via VAMASTYLE
High waisted trousers, Motel, via MARKET HQ
Wedges, via, TONY BIANCO

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That 70s Sensibility

Lately I’ve felt like my clothes have reflected a 70s sensibility that I didn’t even know that I had.  This outfit is no exception:



I’m wearing flared, pin-tucked jeans (Gap), a bow blouse (Gap) in a decidedly 70s color and platform booties (Nine West via TJ Maxx).  Even the sweater feels a little bit 70s to me with the color combination and the belled sleeves.

The funny thing is that it’s not like I’m nostalgic for the 70s – I’m too young to remember any of it.  But, I’ve realized that the 70s aesthetic is perfect for my current lifestyle.  I’m not talking about the disco 70s (although I do love a jumpsuit), but the more practical but still ladylike 70s. 

I bike to work every day which means that I need practical clothes that allow me to move with ease.  At the same time though, I have an impractical streak a mile wide in that I like to ride my bike in high heels and pretty things.  Dressing in the 70s style of easy, moveable fabrics (double-knit may be ugly, but you can’t say it didn’t allow you to move), longer skirts, high waists and tall boots allows me to be both practical and feminine.

Which isn’t to say that I always dress with a nod to the 70s; I don’t.  And I don’t go full 70s with an outfit – if I do have vintage pieces from the era, I mix them with modern pieces to keep if from being costumey.  I think both of these things are important to keep from getting in a rut and to keep that rut from being daily trips from the 70s in your time machine.

How about you, Dear Readers?  Do you have an aesthetic from the past that appeals to you?  And how dedicated to that aesthetic are you?

Happy Wednesday, All!

Gracey

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Go Chic or Go Home Giveaway Winner

Well, folks, we have a winner, but first, lets see a photo diary of the journey, shall we?

First, I put all the names in this hat:


Then I shook the hat around and prepared to pull a name:



I drew out a name…


(Is the suspense killing you yet?)

And, the winner is:


Melissa of Wear Something Bold Today.  Congratulations, Melissa!  GCOGH will be contacting you about your gift card.

Feeling frowny and down that you didn’t win?  The fabulous Catherine of Not Dressed as Lamb is holding her own GCOGH gift card giveaway this week so you can take another shot at it.  Even if you don't want to enter, you should visit Catherine's blog.  She's a gorgeous blogger with great style, so pop by and visit.  And if you do want to enter her giveaway, the rules of entry can be found here.

Congrats again, Melissa!  And thank you to all who entered!

Gracey

EBEW: Sequins and Sparkles

It’s Everybody, Everywear time, people!  And today that means sequins and sparkles.  Full disclosure, I’m not a fan of sequins for the daytime.  For me, it’s like leaving your Christmas lights up all year long; it saps some of the magic come Christmastime.  And daytime sparkle saps some of the magic come fancy-dress-time.  But, sometimes a girl needs to branch out so I gave today’s EBEW Challenge my best shot:



Given my reticence to wear any sequins during the day, you know there was no way I was going Full Sparkle.  Instead, I kept it minimal so it still felt like me.  To do so, I layered a sequin-striped t-shirt dress/tunic (Ross) over a black turtleneck (Gap) and black leggings (INC via Macy’s).  Over that I layered my oft-worn black sweater (Jones New York via Ross) and some black wedge booties (Nine West “Peekaboo” via Piperlime).

And I liked it.  It was warm, layered (What can I say?  I love the layers) and that bit of shine was sort of nice.  I wouldn’t say I’m a convert, but I am going to give daytime sequins another try next week, so maybe I’ll get there. And maybe I’ll leave my Christmas lights up year round too.  (FYI – this is sarcasm).

How about you, Dear Reader Friends?  Are you fans of sequins for day?  If you are and want more ideas on how to wear them (and probably on how to wear them more aggressively), stop by Everybody, Everywear and feast your eyes.  It’s sequintastic!

Happy Tuesday, All!

Gracey

Monday, December 12, 2011

ARABIAN NIGHTS





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What can I say about these shorts, other than WOW! Pastel colours, high waisted and ruffles, absolutely winning combo, wouldn't you agree?

Double denim eat your heart out!

I'm wearing:
Arabian Nights shorts, Mink Pink, via MARKET HQ
Denim shirt, Pimkie
Biker boots, via TONY BIANCO
Retro sunglasses, Mink Pink, via MARKET HQ

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