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I may have set my style blogging aside, but that doesn’t mean I’m dead. In fact, I’m more alive and kickin’ than ever!

I finally bit the bullet, set my fears and insecurities aside, and went forth to fulfill my lifelong dream of writing.

Huzzah, huzzah, huzzah!

So if you were following this blog for me and not necessarily for my fashion, I’d like to invite you to come on over to my new home @

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Explore, enjoy, and engage if you please. I’d sure love some company.

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Common Threads Challenge :: Orphans

Hullo, and welcome to the Common Threads Challenge and my last batch of outfits!

If you haven’t already done so, hop on over to join our private Facebook group, post your outfits on IG and use the hashtag #commonthreadschallenge, or just link up using the blue froggy.

Many ways to participate and have fun! But let’s get on with the show…

The last week of October found me styling my pieces with closet orphans. These may not be the most inspired, but at least it put into rotation some items that deserved much love and attention.

For Monday, my black trousers and two-toned peep-toes elevated a casual loose-weave sweater from beach basic to work worthy. (Both the sweater and the shoes are the orphans in this ensemble.) And I swear I look a lot more svelte in motion than this static pic suggests. Black is slimming, after all.

 

On Tuesday, the black blazer gave new life to a silk top whose bejeweled neckline was all the rage when I started blogging several years ago but which may now be officially dated. I paired it with my fave palazzo pants and I like how the colors go, but I think this particular closet orphan is destined for the donation bin.

 

On Wednesday, the classic white button-up shares some of the limelight with wide-legged overalls. Not a very flattering silhouette, but oh so comfy just the same. However, don’t get too fixated on the overalls. These are not the orphans you are looking for. Actually, it’s the camel mules I’m wearing that needed much wardrobe love. I wear the black version all the time (see yesterday’s outfit, for example), but rarely these. And I must say they do help me look less farm girl and hopefully more urban sophisticate.

 

On Thursday, it was so hot and blustery and the Inland Empire winds were so intense that there was no way I was taking pics outdoors. Thank goodness my newly renovated sitting room has a fabulous wall that suffices as a backdrop (See that “artwork” on the wall? My husband made that out of picket fencing and different stains) for the Breton tee, styled here with two orphans: the denim A-line skirt and cream jacket. Now that I’m no longer on my vintage kick, perhaps both pieces will get more play now that I see how versatile they are.

 

 

So how did my pieces do with this week’s theme? Did you like this styling better than last week’s? Let me know by commenting below…

Common Threads Challenge :: Rock ‘n Roll/Androgyny

Hullo, and welcome to the Common Threads Challenge and my third batch of outfits!

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The essentials of rock style are no big mystery: jeans and leather pants, a boyish biker jacket, some wicked-looking Portobello Road boots.  But it’s all a matter of combining these with a lot of slink and style and balancing the tough with the ethereal, the strict with the sensuous.

 

The third week of October was probably my most favorite because rock ‘n roll. That’s my jam. My default style niche. I guess I’m just a frustrated roadie at heart.

For Monday, a Basquiat blouse overlaid with a structured vest and completed by a pair of Chucks made my black trousers Panic! at the Disco concert worthy.

 

On Tuesday, the black blazer got the rock ‘n roll treatment with knee-high stiletto boots and a quintessential black tee (nerded it up, though, with Doctor Who rather than the expected band tee).

 

Speaking of Doctor Who, on Wednesday, the classic white button-up got the 10th Doctor treatment with yet another vest, casually loosened tie, striped trousers and a pair of Doc Marten oxfords. (I always did maintain that 10 had that rocker vibe, even if 12 was the one with the electric guitar).

 

On Thursday, the Breton tee stumped me for a rock ‘n roll/androgyny vibe, so I went a bit rogue and did gamine by pairing it with white capris, ankle-tie espadrilles and a classic trench. (Hey, at least the trench gives the ensemble a Sam Spade masculinity.)

 

On Friday, skinny jeans was a must to complete this very casual – perhaps too casual? – foray into androgyny. I borrowed my son’s Foo Fighters tee, but the plaid and Chucks are all my own. It’s the first time I’ve ever put all these elements together and it made my daughter exclaim, “Mom, you look just like Stiles on Teen Wolf!” I have no idea if that’s a bad thing or a good thing, but I think, at the very least, Stiles is a male character so I stayed true to my weekly theme. ;p

So how did my pieces do with this week’s theme? Did you like this styling better than last week’s? Let me know by commenting below…

Common Threads Challenge :: California Casual/Bohemian

Hullo, and welcome to the Common Threads Challenge and my second batch of outfits!

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This is a look that is grounded in a time and place that may never have existed outside of our collective imagination: the tawny, golden-edged Malibu of the ’70s – possibly embodied by Farrah Fawcett in a white halter dress at sunset, glass of wine in hand…  [I]t is the combination of dreamy sexuality and surfer-girl vitality that makes this look [California Casual] so distinct – and so distinctly American.

 

That…high-low mesh of earthy and flashy is key to the Bohemian look. It’s all about wearing rich pieces capriciously – frayed jeans and ornate jewelry, rough-hewn sandals with a delicate dress.

 

The second week of October found me reveling in the comfort and ease of my chosen themes. For Monday, a simple peasant blouse and gladiator wedges transformed black trousers from board room to boardwalk beach cool.

 

On Tuesday, the black blazer got equally downgraded when styled with a light, breezy chiffon sundress.

 

On Wednesday, the classic white button-up hinted at themes to come with knee-high boots, but managed to retain this week’s Cali casual/Bohemian vibe when paired with an oversized sweater coat.

 

On Thursday, the Breton tee got a bit of ye ole pattern mixing treatment with my fave floral kimono which kept it relatively theme-compliant and I also opted for my driving moccasins to complete the look.

 

On Friday, skinny jeans gets a true Cali makeover with a boyfriend cardi, boat shoes, and a pseudo op-art top that used to be a peplum but I ripped the elastic out and transformed it into a more flowy tunic to keep up with my ever-changing body.

So how did my pieces do with this week’s theme? Did you like this styling better than last week’s? Let me know by commenting below…

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