WIW: Dressed Now, and into Autumn

Here is the dress I bought in the Netherlands a few months ago, from a  Dutch brand called Kyra & Co. It was on deep discount, "last season", the only one left, and in my size. It fits in seamlessly with my style and the colour palette of my wardrobe. So I went for it. SCORE! 

It's mesh, stretchy, soft, VERY comfy, versatile, A-line, midi, has pretty sleeves, and I can run around in it with doggies in tow. (The most important part ;) ). It's navy with blush, turquoise and white. That works in many of my capsules :) 

I wore it for my Summer birthday in July with light blue shoes and bag when Seattle was having a very welcome cooler day in-between our brutal and smokey heatwaves. (First three pics). I add a little navy lace camisole for some pretty. 

I'm also ready to wear it into Autumn with:

  • New NAS cream complement: combat boots and barrel bag
  • 15 year old cream leather jacket (bought in Canada for my 38th birthday)
  • Dark denim G-Star jacket
  • Boden Sweater jacket 
  • 6 year old navy gilet (NAS 6 years ago)

The white, blush, navy, turquoise and denim capsules in my wardrobe are abundant so I can style the dress in many, many ways. I have a burgundy complement too.

LOVE MY DRESS! Thanks for looking. xo

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Wi(w)W: BOSSILY Suited

Here is my new NAS Hugo Boss suit. Thanks to attentive Gryffin, I have the pants after three Nordies cancellations! I am grateful.

I have been waiting for this suit my whole life. It could not be MORE PERFECT. I absolutely LOVE everything about it!!! The fit, fabric, light neutral, pattern, weight, and silhouette are everything I want in a suit. Fluidly tailored, extremely comfortable, crease-resistant, and impeccable quality too.

I'll wear it in all sorts of ways - it's so versatile! - but these are the ways I want to wear it first. Light, trendy classic, soft, and simple. 

I will just wear the suit - no occasion needed - just like I would wear dressy pants and a jacket....only these match! As long as I can comfortably walk and pick up our doggies, do errands on foot, and get on with my day, I am good to go. Remember that I live in a loft in the city and walk doggies several times a day in the city - not a dog park. That makes a difference. 

Look #1 - dressiest with boots and shirt

Look #2 - classic with sweater and loafers

Look #3 - Sporty Luxe and relaxed with fashion sneakers

New cream NAS loafers and bag complement in action too. 

VERY HIGH HAPPINESS-FACTOR :)

I will wear this suit for decades. Thanks for looking. xo

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Lots of WIWs: Trendy Classic Colour & Pattern

It's been a while. Life with a puppy and new sibling for Yorkie Sam is beautifully rich, full and hectic. I wouldn't have it any other way :)

Seattle has had its fair share of great Spring and Summer weather. It's been hot, warm, mild and cool, which you will see reflected in the layers and fabrics of these outfits. Sunny, cloudy, and wet.

Fully vaccinated, I am cautiously working with clients in-person again, so extra busy. I am not complaining!

I LOVE Spring and Summer dressing and shopping! My favourite. 

I LOVE fluidly tailored outfits. Can't handle too much, or too little structure. The balance is deliberate and I am very fussy about it. My outfits must move and flow, but be tailored in all the right places. Waving to Jonesy, Katerina, Slim Cat and Irina, who feel similarly about their own fluidly tailored outfits!

I LOVE to wear modern classics in unexpected colours and combinations, and remix them with fun-to-me trends. 

I LOVE to remix my new and old wardrobe items, and create current combinations. Waving to Tanya!

I walk everywhere, and do errands in all sorts of weather - with doggies in tow. Absolutely no heels. No sandals either. Prefer my feet protected for my urban walking lifestyle. Fashion sneakers and crossbody bag most of the time, but boots, ballet flats and loafers are great too.

My soft edge comes from my hair and eyewear. Waving to Suz! I straightened my hair for a change. I prefer it soft and wavy, but like this too. No more lipstick or tinted moisturizer. I am embracing my uneven skin tone, and natural lip colour - and feel great about it. 

I saw a client in fashion sneakers last week, and it was okay. I prefer a dressier shoe for client appointments though. I will see how it goes. I really need to save my feet if I want to continue with my walk everywhere lifestyle. Fashion sneakers are best for my feet. 

Three new dresses and all on deep discount! *happy dance*

Trendy white relaxed straight jeans, and a scarf that is a twinset match with the roomy linen shirt.

I take pics downstairs in our loft at the end so that you get a better sense of the colours, since the light is gorgeous down there. Sam and Jo joined me :)

Thanks for looking xo

p.s. VERY into patterns on this leg of my style journey.

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WiWs: LOTS of Denim Skirt Action

It's finally mild enough to wear my new G-Star denim skirt, and I LOVE IT! 

It's the best denim skirt I've ever had, and I've had many. Beautiful quality, fab white stitching, sustainably and ethically manufactured, fluidly A-line so that I can move around fast on errands with Sam in tow, and very comfy. It totally stays put and does not slide around because it fits well and has zero stretch! Greg remarked on how fab he thought it was too :)

I documented a little outfit creation session because there have been many skirt-outfit questions this year. Maybe these visuals will help, since none of the tops are tucked, apart from the first funnel neck which is semi-tucked. 

Personally, I like shorter tops and toppers with skirts. Fits are fluid or very fluid:

  1. Short funnel neck (not a hoodie!)
  2. Short shirts with CURVED hems that add structure 
  3. Polo top with a welt, or what others call a banded bottom, that hints at a waist
  4. Shorter toppers lengthen the leg line since I don't wear heels. 

*Sneaker and loafer complement variations that work with the palettes of the outfits. 

*Remix of old and new items ALWAYS. I make sure I can wear my new with my old because it gives me satisfaction. For example, the short neon coat is 9 years old. The Furlas are four and five years old. 

* I wore the two funnel neck outfits today. Started off with the light blue, and moved to the neon because I needed more insulation. Very windy by the water! 

Some personal observations: 

  • No pearls or patterns for a change! 
  • I feel very Dutch in these looks! Dutch G-Star plus blue/white combinations with practical shoes will do that for you. 
  • My COVID pixie is becoming addictive. It's such an easy wash and go, although I know my look is softer and nicer with a long fringe that waves. But I love the convenience of this style, and might have to hold onto it for longer. Getting lazy with my hair ;)
  • We are expecting amazing Spring weather next week, so I'll be  wearing the non-topper versions then.

Jab #1 of Pfizer done. Jab #2 on April 28. No side effects other than a stiff arm for 36 hrs. Life is looking up. 

Thanks for stopping by, and happy Friday! xo

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WIWs: Candy Boiled Bubblegum

*Excuse the bad light in my bedroom. It's put a yellow glare on the top part of the boiler suit and my face. That's why I add pics from the perfect light downstairs. Accurate colours, but no mirror.

I absolutely LOVE my new wildcard boiler suit! It's soooo comfy and easy! Everthing stays put and there's zero fuss. I feel great in it! Now I get why people are into the right jumpsuit vibe. I want a white one too...

No loo issues, and here's why:

https://youlookfab.com/welookf.....t-epiphany

Hubs Greg loves the boiler suit, which surprises me because it's pink and not blue denim. Bonus! 

I've wanted one in pink or red since I was 15 years old in 1985. Now I have one at 50 in 2021. All good things come to those who wait ;)

LOTS of iterations here, and I've worn the ones with the coats - not the jackets (yet). We have cool Springs, and because I am always on foot and live by the water where it's colder and windier - I have to wrap up. I'll wear the jacket versions soon. Wearing knee-highs for insulation.

LOTS of different sneaker and bag combinations. Every item is old or very old apart from the new boiler suit. 

I like the look best without toppers. Sneakers, pearls, crossbody, Sam - and I'm done. But you know, I have to wrap up for now if I don't want to wait till May or June to wear the suit :)

My Custom-Hi-Tops are AMAZING. Workhorses, and the best item I have ever had custom-made: 

https://youlookfab.com/welookf.....om-hi-tops

Thanks for looking, and happy to be back on Team Jumpsuit with other Fabbers! xo 

#authenticstyle

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WIW: Golfing Carrots with Blue

Gorgeous sunny Spring Day in Seattle! Busting out my new Suistudio stash with a very high happiness-factor. My favourite look of 2021 so far! I might need to take up golf. 

A year ago this week I last worked with a client in-person. I will work with clients in-person again when I'm vaccinated. I'm hopeful that  happens by my birthday in July. 

You can call me Ms. Checked & Plaid Dressy Pants! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE wearing cute dressy pants - as much as white jeans, and Summer dresses. These are now my faves, thanks to my clever friend Tanya :) - very comfy, and hemmed to wear with my type of flat and very low heeled footwear. 

I can wear the pants with sooo much of my wardrobe because it's within my palette. For today, I'm wearing the version with the striped polo and cream leather jacket. The cream jacket is 13 years old. I'm not buying leather jackets again, but will wear the two I have till they fall apart. I prefer the polo un-tucked but am showing you both pics. 

Turquoise and orange renditions here are for cooler Spring days, which are happening next week. Today's mild weather is a cruel teaser.

I'm off to run errands and walk Sam. All on foot. We live downtown. Yes - this is what I'm wearing, and to WFH. I'm dressy, and it's authentic! My at-home-only blush sneakers work well with the pants when I'm at home. Last pic. 

Hair needs a cut and shape. Excuse it sticking up. Also authentic ;)

Thanks for looking. Back later. xo

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Quick Balloon Jeans Try-On (Pics)

I'm showing you these quickly so that it's in time for trends week on YLF. Threw them on with a new Boden cardigan so that you could see that too. 

These are from Everlane, and called the "Arc Jean". They are a very balloon-y jean. Raw and stiff, and to my eye architectural, and with a strong Japanese integrity. Very fitted on the seat, hips and waist. Voluminous everywhere else. An acquired taste, and I know not everyone's cuppa!  

I LOVE them, and love my new Boden cropped cardigan too. I'm in '80s heaven.....but this time without the gigantic shoulder pads :)

They are not photogenic jeans because of how the light dances on the rigid denim and creates extra folds. (Badly lit bedroom too). They look better in person. I'm also deliberatly standing awkwardly to show you the barrel shape! But I tried to take a few accurate pics in case they tickle your fancy. They fit perfectly, and are very comfy. 

TTS. Not soft. Come in black. I'm not wearing them today, but will soon! 

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My Yoga Capsule in Action

I fell on my back in Nov 2019. It has taken a YEAR of very dedicated PT exercises to heal my body. FINALLY, I am back to  practicing an hour of vinyasa and hatha yoga five times a week, which I LOVE SOOO MUCH. I'm not at the level I was before, but I will get there....

Big thanks to Suntiger for suggesting the Down Dog app a few months ago. It's sublime with my air pods! Absolutely perfect. I don't need a yoga studio anymore. This will save time and money. 

I practice before dawn in our loft in Seattle, and shavasana at the end to a very pretty sunrise. It's dark, quiet, and perfect! But light when I finish. 

I roll out of bed before 6am, get into my yoga gear, do a few things around the house to wake up, and then it's onto my citron yoga mat sporting the "au naturel" look. Some mornings I look more alive than others ;)

#authenticstyle 

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OOTD: Turquoise Out

Some wanted to see my column of turquoise, so here it is! With blush pink complement of boots, bag, and strap to keep things light and pretty. Isn't the guitar strap a fluke of a good match......

Me in corduroy pants. WILDCARD! Love them! 

Hair is back to naturally wavy and air-dried. 

It's DRY and sunny so my pink boots can come out to play. Wooohooo! Off to do some errands on foot with Sam in tow. 

Thanks for looking :)

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OsOTD: Happy Festive Quarantine!

Seattle, WA, continues to be in a restrictive partial lockdown. But 2021 is full of hope for a brighter future, and I'm positive about it! I've learned some things about my style that I will share in a blog post (so no 2020 wrap-ups from me yet!) 

In the meantime, this is what I'm wearing today and will also wear on Christmas Eve. Dressed up, but practical because I'm WFH, running errands on foot, and walking Sam.....like every day.....

It's dry and cold so I could haul out my wide legs without getting soggy hems. I LOVE these dressy red Ponte pants. They are sooooo comfy, and feel elegantly fun as they swoosh while I stride. A perfect fit without waist alterations. The pants work extremely well with my white
at-home-only sneakers because they are the right length for flats.

Navy doggie jumper with a pile of pearls makes me smile :)

Straightened my hair today, which I don't like. Back to natural waves tomorrow!

4 toppers in action:

1. Knitted Navy Jacket for AT HOME ONLY. It does not go outside. Glamming up inside ;)

2. Avocado Hobbs Jacket is a gorgeous new addition. LOVING the short length, which works well with volume on the bottom. 

3. Cream Peacoat (13 years old and impeccable. Impressive).

3. Dressy Red Coat makes me look like Father Christmas.....yet I adore it and am very at ease wearing the combination. Bright columns of colour are my thing.

Signature colours, contrast, a bold statement, white boots, white pearls, swoosh, dressy toppers, practical silhouettes, a bit of glitz, playful pairings, and tailored fluidity are strong components of my SIMPAT style. Very high happiness factor in the renditions. 

Thanks for looking :)

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