Showing posts with label Blue boots. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Blue boots. Show all posts

Monday, January 7, 2013

No bun in my oven

This is a maternity dress, but I'm not pregnant. There's no real distinct line separating normal clothes from maternity clothes at Target, so one day I wandered into the maternity section, picked up this dress because it was cute, and didn't realize until I was wearing it in the fitting room that it was maternity. I don't mind too much. The stretchy panel at the waist is nice for those days when I eat just a bit too much :)

And because it was too ridiculous not to share, here is what happened right before we took the first photo in this post...

Dress: Target
Turtleneck: Old Navy
Boots: Steve Madden from Zappos
Coat: purchased in China
Hat: gift from my aunt
Bracelet: In Pink

Monday, December 17, 2012

A non-Christmasy dress

I wore this to a Christmas brunch at my cousin's house a week ago (and then re-wore it for 10 minutes on Saturday to get photos). I know it's not really a Christmas-y dress, but it's so pretty and it makes me happy, so I wore it anyway.

Dress: Zara
Cardigan: Old Navy
Belt: Gap
Tights: Target
Boots: Steve Madden from Zappos
Earrings: B. Lee Designs

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Red dress

I felt like this outfit was very simple, being comprised of only five elements; but it also felt like there was a lot going on, with the bright dress, unusual boots, and leopard print hat. I got a lot of attention from this outfit at church and Costco on Sunday. I have to admit, I'm a bit of an attention whore when it comes to my clothes. Sometimes I wear things just because I know people will "ooh" and "ahh" over them. Like these boots - they're fun and interesting, but I'd never wear them if I were to spend the whole day at home alone. Shoes like that need to be seen by other people.

Red dress: BB Dakota from Lulu's
Blue boots: Steve Madden (Carnaby heels) from Zappos
Leopard print hat: Albertus Swanepoel for Target
Gold necklace: Dress Barn
Gold bracelet: gift from my mom, from Yosemite

Normally I avoid posting unflattering photos of myself on here, but Josh took this self-portrait of us that's just hilarious, and I had to share it. We have fun together :)

Monday, April 2, 2012

Stairway to heaven

This is hands down my new favorite outfit photo location. The only downside is that this stairway is right next to a very busy road, so I felt like everyone driving by was watching me. I'm used to a few people walking past whenever we take outfit photos near our apartment, but it felt awkward knowing that probably a hundred people saw us taking these on Saturday.

I wore this outfit for a lunch date to Five Guys, and a stop at Powell's Books and Target. It probably would have been more sensible to wear flats for all those errands, because after two hours of standing and walking, my feet were killing me in these heels. But I have rarely been known to be sensible when it comes to shoes. (Case in point.)

Today I'm linking this post up to Monday Mingle at Mom Trends, Visible Monday at Not Dead Yet Style, and at Watch out for the Woestmans.

Purple sweater: Target
Striped skirt: Urban Outfitters
Red trench coat: Calvin Klein from Costco
Blue boots: Steve Madden (Carnaby heels) from Zappos
Sunglasses: Oscar de la Renta from TJ Maxx
Gold necklace: Dress Barn
Belt: Scandinavian Midsummer Festival in Astoria

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

One of those old ladies

This lime green hat made me feel like one of those old ladies at the grocery store who everyone stares at because she's wearing bright colors and odd clothes that most people would think are not age-appropriate. (Kind of like the ladies on one of my favorite blogs, Advanced Style.) I have always wanted to be one of those old ladies. I can get away with wearing clothes like this now without feeling out-of-place because I'm young, but I hope I still wear neon yellow sweaters and lime green hats when I'm old. (Maybe not the five-and-a-half inch heels, though!)

I wore this outfit to welcome the first day of spring yesterday, but spring decided not to show up. The cold weather, rain and fog showed up, though. Yay. I couldn't decide if I liked the sweater better tucked into the skirt or untucked, so I included a photo of both. Untucked is more unusual for me, but I liked the slouchy look of it.

Yellow sweater: Gap
Green skirt: thrifted from Crossroads Trading Co.
Blue boots: Steve Madden Carnaby heels from Zappos
Green hat: free from my aunt
Blue necklace: thrifted

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Around the world

This outfit is courtesy of my international travels. The vintage dress is from a flea market in Oxford, England. I lived there for a few months during college, doing a study abroad program, and every week I would walk down to the flea market in Gloucester Square. There was always a vintage clothing booth there, and I purchased quite a few pieces during my stay.

I found the blue coat (in the bottom photo) at a department store in Zhengzhou, China. I lived there for seven months teaching English, and wasn't prepared for how bitterly cold wintertime was, so I needed to buy a warmer coat. Even though I lived in a large city, foreigners and the English language were a rare commodity, so the department store had no English signs, none of the employees spoke English, and everyone stopped and stared at me the entire time I was trying on coats. I will freely admit that one of the main reasons I moved back to America was because I was tired of feeling like an animal in a zoo.

Blue coat: purchased in China
Yellow dress: vintage, from a flea market in Oxford, England
Blue boots: Steve Madden Carnaby heels from Zappos
Sunglasses: Oscar de la Renta from TJ Maxx
Earrings: gift from my aunt
Black belt: thrifted
Yellow ring: ScanFair
Black tights: American Apparel

Monday, February 13, 2012

Old clothes, new love

I wore this on Sunday to head out into the suburbs for a family birthday party. I'm so used to city life that it felt weird to stand in the middle of the street for photos without having to worry about cars running me over!

I've owned this dress for several years but have only worn it a few times. It's a style that doesn't look very good unless it has a layer underneath, so I can really only wear it in winter. One of my goals this year is to utilize my closet better, so I've been trying to avoid buying many new pieces and have instead been revisiting old clothes and learning to love them again. I always get on a mini high when I buy something new. It's like falling in love - you feel all fluttery and excited when you wear it for a while, and then pretty soon it just becomes normal like everything else. I used to love this dress, and then it fell to the wayside when I bought my next new piece of clothing. So here's to old clothes (I'm raising my imaginary glass) and making them into new loves again!

Dress: Sweet Jayne (local store)
Brown turtleneck: Kohl's
Blue boots: Steve Madden Carnaby heels from Zappos
Red necklace: B. Lee Designs
Gold leaf cuff bracelet: In Pink

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Spring weather

Once again, we had another day of absurdly gorgeous weather - although to be fair, I consider 55 degrees to be absurdly gorgeous when it's winter, but 55 degrees in summer is absolutely freezing. I wore this on Sunday to take a tour of a children's hospital that's going to open soon in North Portland. My aunt has been doing fundraising for it for years, so it was fun to go see the finished product of the hard work that she and all the other employees have put into it for the last few years. It's full of bright colors, open spaces, and cheerful photography - it's a truly beautiful place for children fighting illnesses to convalesce.

Floral dress: Target
Camel-colored blazer: Forever 21
Red tights: American Apparel
Blue boots: Steve Madden Carnaby from Zappos
Sunglasses: Oscar de la Renta from TJ Maxx
Gold necklace: Evidence Jewelry (won in a giveaway)
Gold leaf cuff: In Pink

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Bad lighting

No, I'm not referring to the lighting in these photos. I'm referring to the lighting in my bedroom that tricked me into thinking these shoes and this sweater actually matched each other. I know not everything has to match, but these two shades of blue are just different enough for it to look "off." I was just not feeling great about the way I looked when these photos were taken. I wore my hair down, but all the curl fell out after about half an hour, so it just ended up being limp (and really frizzy, as you can see in the bottom photo). And while this skirt is normally comfortable (though very fitted in the waist), it was a bit too tight with a blouse and a sweater tucked into it.

That's not to say I entirely hated this outfit! There were some good elements. I liked the contrast of the pink and blue against the light gray, and I liked the layering of the blouse and sweater.

Blue sweater: Anthropologie
Pink blouse: free from my aunt
Gray skirt: thrifted from William Temple House and hemmed by me
Black tights: American Apparel
Blue boots: Steve Madden Carnaby from Zappos
Gray hat: Fred Meyer
Pink necklace: gift shop at Legacy Emanuel Hospital
Pink belt: Gap

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

This one's for you, Tim Gunn

I had $100 worth of Zappos gift cards just sitting around waiting to be used, so last Friday I went through my Pinterest board of Zappos shoes and chose this blue pair. It felt like the stars were aligning, like these shoes and I belonged together. First, they were only $96, so I didn't have to use any of my own money to buy them. Second, there was only one pair left in blue, and it was in my size. Third, they gave me free 1-day shipping.

They arrived yesterday. I pulled them out of the box, slipped them on, zipped up the right shoe, then zipped up the left shoe...only to have the zipper pull snap off halfway up the zipper. I spent a few minutes storming around the house cursing Zappos, and vowing to find a Leverage-like team to bring them down and make them pay for the shoe torture they put me through. Since Zappos didn't have any more of this color in stock, I didn't want to send them back, but obviously I didn't want to wear one of them halfway zipped up all the time. Then my common sense kicked in, and I realized I could pull the zipper all the way up without the zipper pull as long as the shoe wasn't on my foot, and just undo the laces on the front to get the boot on. I'm planning on taking the boot to a shoe repair store to see if they can fix the zipper pull, but if they can't it's not a big deal. I think Tim Gunn would be proud of me for my "make it work" moment. (Either that or he would be ashamed of me for wearing a shoe with a missing zipper pull. I sincerely hope it's the former.)

Yes, it was cold outside. That's why I'm balling my fist.

And yes, it was snowing.

Also, I really need to de-fuzz my hat.

Blue sweatshirt: Anthropologie
Red trench coat: Calvin Klein from Costco (yes, Costco!)
Blue and white striped skirt: Forever 21
Blue hat: H&M
Gray infinity scarf: self-made
Bracelet: Fred Meyer
Blue tights: Target
Blue boots: Steve Madden Carnaby from Zappos
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