Thursday, November 20, 2014

X Marks The Spot

These tights are so old that I can't remember where I got them or what year...and I'm usually good at dating my clothes. I think the trick with these tights is that I've had them forever and yet I've barely worn them. I usually pull them out when I'm looking for a pair of sheer tights, notice the "x's" on the knees and put them back. I just don't feel most of my outfits are improved by oddly shaped x's, but this one might be an exception. The text covered skirt seemed to call for some more fun and graphic accessories. Also the shoes seem like an exceptionally good fit with my favorite black heels.
P.S. I was wearing a coat initially but because my friend Kate helped me take pictures I ended up talking in all the shots with my coat on and made some rather ridiculous facial expressions...

Outfit details: 
Sheinside skirt (sold out)
old tights
*pictures by Kate

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Olympia Le-Tan Spring 2015

In recent seasons Olympia Le-Tan's clothes have filled a Luella-shaped void in the fashion community. One designer with their own perspective is not replacement for another, but there is a sense of fun and whimsy in Le-Tan's creations that echo the defunct Luelle brand and is sadly rare in fashion designers today. As more collections continue to push a black & white trend, minimalism and austere style it's nice to see that it is still possible to have fun with fashion. Many of the looks border on costume-y, but I loved the oversize pencil shapes which are the perfect complement to her famous book clutches. View the full collection here.

As Winter Changes The Trees

I feel quite Wuthering Heights in this look--completely with a windy day and overgrown field setting. Since I am American my picture of the wild moors mentioned in the book is probably quite inaccurate from the literal moors the Brontë sisters would have been familiar with. But I do admire and have some familiarity with spots of untamed nature--places with fields with weeds free to grow like this one, the tall untouched trees of the West Coast, even the power of the ocean's surf on a rocky shore...

“My love for Linton is like the foliage in the woods: time will change it, I'm well aware, as winter changes the trees. My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath: a source of little visible delight, but necessary. Nelly, I am Healthcliff! He's always, always in my mind: not as a pleasure, any more than I am always a pleasure to myself, but as my own being.”
-Emily Brontë

Outfit details:
vintage bow (similar)
Choies cape
vintage purse

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Favorite Winter Looks Of 2013


We had our first near-snow of the year (not calling it the first snow until it sticks!) a few nights ago, so in honor of that I thought I'd post my favorite winter outfits from last year. Many of these outfits had coats layered on top that I briefly ditched for pictures. It was an incredibly cold and snowy winter so pictures were often snapped quickly and I reached a point where I couldn't be bothered to wear proper boots because literally every day called for snow boots. Anyway, it's time to locate all my mittens, scarves, and hats!

Jerry Go and Oil That Car

This week is turning into a week of leftover posts! Sometimes I don't like photographs after an initial edit or end up liking a different set more and post things out of order. These photographs kept getting pushed around and now they're quite off season for the current weather! Anyway, remember this old abandoned train car? It's an old food car complete with dusty seats and decaying kitchen. You can see some older pictures I took in it here and here. From the outside they just look like rusting out trains, but when you get inside you have these lovely seafoam walls and interesting design details. They're not quite a romantic as the vision of trains you see in movies from the 50s (North by Northwest comes to mind), but there's still something intriguing exploring inside them...despite the terrible graffiti. It's also hard to believe that I was wearing this just a few weeks ago--bare legs seem like ancient history. I'm a sucker for little pleated skirts though, I want one in every color and they're classic no matter the season.

"'Twas in November, 
in the winter time, 
An' the ground all covered wid snow, 
'Come, put the hand-car-r on the track, 
An' over the section go!'
Wid his big sojer coat 
buttoned up to his t'roat 
All weathers he wud dare 
An' it's 'Paddy Mack, 
will yez walk the track, 
An' Jerry, go an' oil that car!'"
Outfit details:
ASOS purse (old, similar)

Monday, November 17, 2014

A Peek At My Knit Hat Collection

thrifted hat
Aran Isles hat

These four knit hats are the ones I anticipate being in the highest rotation this winter. I have a couple of other knit hats (my grey bear-ear hat, my fox hat, a vintage white one) but I haven't been able to locate them yet this year and suspect I might have left them with Thomas in Northern Ireland. I'm quite proud of my winter accessory collection considering when I first left Hawaii to go to college on the East Coast I had one hat (the red one in this post!), one pair of gloves, and one winter coat. It was a cold winter and I definitely got tired of my winter clothes, but instead of going on a shopping haul I have steadily added to my collection a piece or two at a time. I still believe this is the best way to build a lasting collection of pieces you'll want to keep in your wardrobe. Go through the growing pains of wanting more options and not having them, but add slowly and thoughtfully. When you take the time to pick your pieces carefully then you're less likely to want to replace or get rid of them the following year.

Every Leaf Speaks Bliss

These pictures are quite old; we took this pretty road through the woods on our way to see a haunted covered bridge in Vermont and decided to pull over and get a few pictures. One of my favorite things about Vermont were the unplanned moments like this. On another day we passed a gorgeous red tree you could just barely see from the road through less impressive foliage and Thomas requested we turn back to get a closer look. We circled around, drove up a small drive and admired the tree in all its beauty. The tree stood over an old cemetery and an old man who lived nearby both came up as we were wandering around to ask us where we were from and told us a bit about the history of the place. Strangely enough his mother was from Northern Ireland and he had gone to school on the Emerald Isle! It's conversations like that and randomly beautiful trees that I will remember that best instead of the recommended tourist stops.

"Fall, leaves, fall; 
die, flowers, away; 
Lengthen night and shorten day; 
Every leaf speaks bliss to me 
Fluttering from the autumn tree. 
I shall smile when wreaths of snow 
Blossom where the rose should grow; 
I shall sing when night’s decay 
Ushers in a drearier day."
Emily Bronte

Outfit details:
ASOS sweater (old)
*pictures by Thomas
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