Confessions, redemption, and learning.

What does everyone who cleans out closets tell you?

If you haven’t worn it in a year, get rid of it.

There were four items in my closet that I hadn’t worn in over a year, but I couldn’t bring myself to get rid of them. So this week I challenged myself to wear each item at least once,  and then I would have to make a decision to either start wearing it or get rid of it.

I should have taken pictures. But I was in a hurry to get to work, and when I get home I move so quickly to get into my sweatpants that I’m blurry. Lucky for you, I have a junior starter water color kit. So I’ve documented each of the outfits in my own special way. Let’s discuss.

Monday: Statement necklace

Monday

I wore it with a navy blue turtle neck and some leopard flats.

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I Feel Pretty

My earliest childhood memories where I remember feeling incredibly beautiful were interwoven with feeling magical. I was a mermaid, I was a fairy who could talk to animals, a star who could control the weather.

I’m about to go be a mermaid

My friend, Lara, recently pointed out an article about a book by Lisa Bloom who claims that we hurt girls every time we tell them they are pretty. That we set them up to be insecure and to face a future where they feel their value fade along with their looks as they inevitably age. You can read all about it here, and here, and here. Continue reading

Lose it or Move it

Has your life ever gotten so intensely complicated that you simply could not find time to blog about leggings? Same here.  Apologies for the long absense, and I’m back with some musings on my own inability to Let Shit Go.

I own too much stuff

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Carry your own keys. Weighing in on the Man Purse

There are few things as controversial as the man purse (aka the Murse, aka The Man Satchel. Not aka, but should be aka as The Man Sack). Let’s weigh in.

Joey Friends man bag purse

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SXSW Fashion Report

This post’s question came from myself –

What should I wear to South by Southwest (SXSW)?

Most folks know that SXSW has a film and music festival, but not nearly as many people know that it also has an interactive festival, where ideas about social media, technology advancements, social responsibility, entrepreneurship, and design converge. There is a commonly accepted uniform for the ladies of SXSWi, and that is denim shorts, tank tops, and cowboy boots. This year’s festival was marred by torrential rain storms, so the uniform was augmented by hefty sack ponchos and looks of panicked horror as people darted through the flooded streets.

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Rules for a Big Night Out

I was collecting questions for BuzzDeb on Facebook, and Cheryl piped in with a question about formal wear:

How do I choose the right style for the right type of occasion, and how to flatter different figure features?

Wedding? Star studded movie premier? Let’s sit a while and talk about how to totally nail your big night.

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Hello, Yellow!

I love the big chunky necklaces that everyone is wearing these days. The obvious obsession are those Kate Spade statement necklaces, which cost a whopping $428.

Kate Spade Treasure Chest Statement Necklace

Kate Spade Treasure Chest Statement Necklace. $428. Treasure Chest, Indeed.

I love the sunny yellow color – it’s exactly what I need to brighten up the doldrums of February while I wait for Spring. I may not be in the market for a statement necklace that is quite so spendy, but I am definitely in the market for a pop of yellow.

So I decided to make my own, and I think it does the trick.

You know what they say about dogs that look like their owners...

You can make one too – here’s how I did it!

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Red and Pink!

In honor of Valentine’s Day and EBEW’s February Challenge, I am rocking pink and red together today.

I actually love red and pink together – it supports my theory that all colors go together!

Do you feel the love? Don't make fun of how white my feet are. I live in Seattle.

Rocking a cashmere Ann Taylor sweater, Banana Republic blouse, JCrew coat, Banana Republic skirt, and Liz Claiborne Maryjanes.

I’ve also put a few red and pink numbers on my Fashion board at Pinterest.

Don’t be afraid of red and pink together! It can be done! Even on redheads:)

Pink + Red | Everybody, Everywear

Power Pants in Action

In response to last week’s post about colored jeans, I thought I would show you my power pants in action.

Power Pants Action Shot

Gap red corduroys (I’ve been rocking these for about a year) with a Jcrew cardigan, Old Navy scarf, and cream sweater of unknown origins. Not sure if it’s clear in the pic, but it’s red, white, and navy working together. Because I love America!

If that’s not enough inspiration for you, you can always check out my Pinterest Board, dedicated to Bright Pants.

I received several texts this weekend from Jessica, who was sorely tempted to buy some bright denim (it was on sale!) but she passed because the fit Just Wasn’t Right – which was absolutely the right decision.

Have you rocked some color on your lower half lately? How’d it work out?

The skinny on bright jeans

Do not fear color, my friends. Make room for it in your closet. Exploit the visual bounty afforded by color blocking and the trend for neon. Mix red and pink. Upgrade your neutrals from grey to green. You are an exotic flower. Dress like one! Let’s talk pants!

I recently got this question via Facebook from Nicole:

What do you think about bright yellow jeans…are they really hot?

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