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Alaska / Another Week of Summer
« on: June 18, 2019, 10:02:39 PM »
Another Week of Summer

 Another week of outfit posts! You'll have to forgive me, this set is mostly thanks to the goofy faces Sarge makes.  He is such a silly boy and then Dakota and a kid had to photobomb and be all cute. 

 Looking in totally different directions.....
 Now he's laughing at me...

 This is the jumpsuit again but with a tank top over it. I love all of the volume and it was very cooling to wear on a hot day. I wish I had gotten better photos but I took these right before heading to be. (I love it when it is so light so late at night!)

 My very old Anthropologie jumpsuit returns, this time with a robe for some pattern mixing and birks.  I liked how the colors of the two patterns were very similar, I felt it made them work and it was a fun look.

 A vest, a crop top and a RO skirt because why not.  It was really hot again so the crop top felt pretty nice!

 A crop top with some big pants this time!  I'm not crazy about the flatforms with the big pants, it fells a bit heavy at the bottom visually so I think next time I will wear boots or clogs or something.

 My old Free People dress, this time with a robe!  I have to say, I really hate this shoe choice.  I never like these shoes in an outfit despite them on paper being very "me" so I think it may be time to pass them along.  I think this would have been cuter with boots, clogs or sandals but not these shoes.

 Ok, on to an outfit I did like!  I wore my old thrifted clogs with this cotton dress and really liked it with the wrap worn as a scarf.

 I shamelessly copied this from an instagram user ( frisky_gatos) and loved it.  This is an old Joie dress with my cowboy Acne boots and it was just super fun to wear. Ha, I just realized I've ben using this Besty Johnson bag non stop lately -I love the embroidered strap, there's plenty of room in te bag and I have a lot of fondness for the brand.

 I apparently have my "dark and brooding" days where I wear all of the Rick Owens and the blue lipstick.  I loved this and had fun wearing it, enough said.

 A slightly lighter note with my old All Saints dress, a winter kate robe and a straw hat that I felt complimented the lines of the dress.

And both the robe and the cotton dress are back for this outfit.  I've really enjoyed layering this robe, it seems like it works well with other patterns, is light enough not to be too warm and adds lots of visual interest and layering to a summer look.
Source: Another Week of Summer

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Alaska / Summer in the Mountains
« on: June 14, 2019, 11:14:22 PM »
Summer in the Mountains

 There has been  lack of posts and I apologize. It isn't like they were quality posts anyways.  Life has been stressful and busy and I've been pretty fried so I haven't been engaging very much for which I apologize.  I'm going to try to get back into the swing of things. 

 My summer uniform right here, lol.

 We've had a lot of thunderstorms so far so this was an outfit for a wet and windy day.  Not exciting, I realize.

 I found a Y by Yohji Yamamoto skirt at the thrift store (so exciting!) and then apparently wrinkled the hell out of it before I took pictures.  I was told this looked like a vampire cowgirl outfit but I like goth Dolly Parton better.

 Hah, I have only a few shots of this because lightening started striking right next to me!  The storm rolled in so fast and it was one of the first times I'd heard a storm warning on the radio for summer! (Of course, I heard the warning after it hit.)  For as dark as the sky was, I'm surprised it photographed so light but I didn't have time to play with the settings. This is just a Rick Owens dress and vest with my old H&M coat and the free people sandals that are a few years old.

 My star maxi again, this time with a leather jacket and boots because we had another rain storm.  I wear my leaher jacket out in the rain because I feel like there's not much point to babying them (although I do oil them) and I like a "worn in" look to my clothes.

 I just loved this outfit - the rough jacket with the lace maxi and the tall boots really worked for me. It is one of those few looks where I wouldn't change anything.

 My favorite boots of all time and that is saying a lot, considering how much I love boots!  They look so cool with the Spell Designs maxi.

 I got this Free people tunic last winter at a consignment store in Tacoma (Meg and Me which was awesome!)  I wore it a little in the winter but had been saving it for summer and I love it over the star jeans! Also, not sure I had enough necklaces on....

 This is a suede vest I  found at the thrift store.  Summers can get really hot up here so I've been trying to find interesting ways to layer without dying.  We've been lucky that our hottest day so far has only been in the high 70s  because this would be too much for me otherwise but I liked the simple black dress with the boots and vest adding a little personality.

 A simple outfit formula, just my Rick Owens maxi skirt and a tee tied up.  I've been really happy having cool versions of what are "basics" for me - in this case a maxi skit would be a basic for summer wear and this RO skirt has a beautiful drape and movement to it, making a basic and special.

I'll end this on a good note  - this last picture is one of my very favorites of all time. What I pictured in my head ended up on camera and I feel like hey, maybe I am not totally awful at this picture thing!  I also loved my outfit this day. I had thrifted this Alice and Olivia cashmere cape last summer but forgot to get pictures of my outfits with it. I had one from last winter but for some reason I like wearing it more in the summer. 
Source: Summer in the Mountains

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Alaska / And a few more
« on: June 10, 2019, 08:09:06 PM »
And a few more

 I missed posting last week for the 30x30 and to be honest I got a bit burnt out.  There's lots going and bogging is falling to the back burner.  These are the last few oufits for the challenge.



 I really had fun wearing this jumpsuit with the lace robe and it was very comfortable for a hot day with the wide legs!

 Barbie feel asleep while I was trying t get her to pose all cool. And had a good roll in the one mud puddle after I  had brushed her.   Horses man. This is the last outfit for the challenge and now it is all the maxis all the time

Source: And a few more

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Alaska / Another Week of Outfits
« on: June 10, 2019, 12:58:05 PM »
Another Week of Outfits

 Hey ho everyone!  Welcome back to another week of the 3x30 aka the challenge hat I am really sucking at and that may never be over....I think I've learned with this challenge so far is that while I can bang out a short 10x10 because I can fit a theme nicely into it, it is a lot harder to d that with a 30x30 because I want to wear a bunch of different stuff and my mood for extraness varies from day to day.  if you've hung along so far, I commend you for your patience.  I put in a lot more effort this week and as a result, it looks a little more cohesive.
Above is an outfit I loved - a fancy embroidered dress with a leather jacket, my favorite black hat and these sick "Gabi" boots by Alexander Wang. I love interesting shoes and with the heel cut out on these make them some of my favorites. If my ankles would fit into the MM Tabi boots I'd save up for a pair for sure.  (Thanks ankles for saving me a bunch of money.)

 This dress use to be a favorite four or five years ago and I just haven't won it much in the past two.  Putting it in my challenge really rekindled my joy for it and I like how some of my newer items, like these Joe boots by Free People look with it.  And true talk, I felt like these boots have taken a lot of my outfits to the neck level.  They're awesome.

 I only got a few pictures and y battery died which is a shame, I loved the embroidered dress with hooded coat. 

 Woooo this was a day I was feeling the extra I suppose. This Isabel Marant top is one of my absolute favorite purchases this year. The embroidery is really stunning and  feel like it pushes the folklore aspect of my outfits farther.

 A simple look - coat, boots and a dress but with all of the details it was pretty interesting!

 I love these pants, they make me think of a divided riding skirt and I love how easy it is to take them in a western way style wise.

Not much to say, I didn't fall in the water and the people on the other side of the lake probably thought I was weird.
Source: Another Week of Outfits

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Alaska / Just one
« on: June 10, 2019, 12:16:52 AM »
Just one


I''ve been trying to upload pictures to Blogger for the past hour and so far have just these so I suppose today is quite a short post!  This is another outfit in the 30x30 with a hooded coat I found at Value village a while back and my H&M dress from 2014.  I was really pleased at how the coat and the dress layered and belting to coat kept it from being too overwhelming.   The coat is quite light so it works well for this in-between weather we've been having and hey, any coat with a hood is awesome!

Edit: Blogger maybe works!  I got a few more outfits from the 30x30 up so yay blogger for maybe working a little?


Source: Just one

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Alaska / 30x30 - the first part
« on: June 09, 2019, 06:58:55 PM »
30x30 - the first part


 Hello everyone!  I had a nice long post typed up and then...lost it all. Thanks Blogger. 
Ugh, oh well. 
I'm trying out a 30x30 - Kendi's 30x30 was a big inspiration for me to start blogging years ago so when this challenge came up on Instagram, I thought why not?  I started taking photos early because May might be a weird month for me but we also have some crazy weather changes going on. The challenge is to wear and style 30 items for 30 days. For myself, I included outerwear and shoes like the original 30x30 but some aren't. Outerwear is a big part of my style so I feel I would be cheating if I didn't.  With that, on to the first part of the 30x30.

Source: 30x30 - the first part

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Alaska / A Look At Spring
« on: June 09, 2019, 01:26:06 AM »
A Look At Spring

 Happy Spring!  Or at least, sort of spring. It keeps snowing here which is alright by me, dressing for the rising temps is not my strong point.  All of the layers and coats all of the time!  In this case, I found this skirt at Value Village and wow, is it beautiful. I like the midi length which is not something I would have thought I would.  I should have realized it is more about the proportions in relation to myself rather than writing them off because I am short.  I wore my cloak here and I love it. Cloaks need to come back as casual wear.  I looked up a bunch of older Valentino cloaks and wow, they add so much to a look.  They don't really work with a basic blue jeans/tee shirt outfit but swap out for black jeans, some killer boots and sweater or in this case, a midi skirt and it's a ~lewk.~

 t has been snowing off an on and I wish I had not taken the snow tires off my car!  I was tired so I jut threw on some Dr Martens and second hand Rick Owens stuff I've bought from ebay over the years and called it a day.

 The skirt again!  My bangs would not cooperate with me and look a bit meh. I knew this before I cut them, why did I do it? (Because every no and then they look great and I have hair amnesia.)  I love the collar on this sweater and how it goes with the skirt, the laced up boots kept it from being too sweet.

 Meh, I don't care for this.  These through longer hem is really throwing me off - I would have liked it with tall boots I think.

See, tall boots for the win!  

 The red cape strikes again! I like the tie cardigan with this embroidered dress, I just wish the weather would decided what to do,lol.

 I loved this look, these boots are too much fun and I always enjoy this coat.

 Hmmm, this was some interesting volume and layering, I am not sure how I feel about it.

 Blah, bad proportions for me here. This was a fun outfit to wear but the proportions look quite off in the photos.

 Now this I loved! I know people love to make fun of the Lita boots but I have such a fondness for them that it doesn't bug me,  ugly boots forever.

 Big pants!  If I had worn a more interesting top and a hat, I think this would have been great.  For me, I think taking an outfit to the extreme tends to work better than half assing it as I did here by taking the safe choice of a plain tank top.  An interesting top with twists or something would have matched the vibe and made it more intentional.

 See? Don't half ass it Katie!  Full ass all of the way!

We went to a ballet, I dressed up with this Black label Vera Wang gown I thrifted. I love Vera Wang's clothing lines - I think she is a great example of a diffusion line such as her line for Khol's really working. Everything in it looks very Vera Wang to me and I love the prints and cuts she does for it. I also love finding her fancier lines, this dress has a beautiful drape and twist to the bodice and there's a train to the skirt. 
Source: A Look At Spring

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Alaska / Walking into Spring
« on: June 08, 2019, 01:43:22 PM »
Walking into Spring

 Happy Tax day fellow americans! (such an exciting holiday...)   With that joyous salutation out of the way, here's a post at long last. April has really flown by and with it, all of our snow. These outfits are all from the past few weeks and you'll notice the snow slowly disappearing.  This is my first "nailed it" look with the red cape and I love it. So much that I took too many shots, whoops.  I like the long lines the maxi and the cardigan created and I think that works well with the length of the cape.
Just a shot of a full moon in the sunshine.

 This Victorian inspired All Saints coat has been a favorite lately, I like how it layers and even on a simple base look like jeans and a back sweater it looks dramatic.

 This coat is even better with a maxi dress and cardigan - I like this quite a bit more than my last outfit with this coat and a dress and that is because the proportions wok better for me.  There's also lots of volume

 I love these pants with Doc Martens but I've realized I don't love how "business pant" they look with the pockets and the top part of the pant.  I feel like the cut throws off the wide leg, cropped pant look I want.

 The citizens of humanity Fleetwood crops again - I love these so much! Currently my favorite pair of pants.  I branched off a bit and wore my Docs with these rather than my Alexander Wang boots and I really like how they worked with the cropped length.

 An ok look, I've been trying to play with proportions more and I like how this coat works with most dress lengths.

 I wore this skirt as a dress and it would have worked better with a different bra.  This one made the top too "foofy" where more of a minimizer strapless bra would have been more seamless.  I do like the Docs with it, I've been having a lot of fun wearing them lately.

 The cape again! This thrifted Topshop dress has tiny stars rather than dots and I love the cut so much! (Sorry about the weird close up, I wanted to show off my eyeshadow. I really liked it that day.)
 A meh look for sure which is why there is just one shot.

 Bare legs and docs!  I said I've been wearing them quite a bit lately, I've enjoyed how they look with my outfits and they are the perfect boot for the Alaska breakup season with all of the mud and slush.

I love the Jeffrey Campbell Litas that were so popular back in 2010/2011. They are such an ugly bastardization of a Victorian boot and I am here for it.  For as high as they are, they're very easy to walk and run in and I enjoy all of the extra height!
Source: Walking into Spring

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Alaska / And some more winter to spring
« on: June 07, 2019, 08:28:47 PM »
And some more winter to spring

 Whoa, two posts in one week? Not really, my computer is being a dork and glitchy so light on the words today and heavy on the outfits! (sorry.)

Source: And some more winter to spring

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Alaska / Going into Spring
« on: June 07, 2019, 02:00:57 PM »
Going into Spring

 It is exciting to see the end of March in sight and it is even more exciting that sring has apparently shown up early this year.  It's been in the 50sf with all of the snow starting to melt off- March is unusually early as spring normally starts at the end of April but I am enjoying it.  These are from the past few weeks with lower temps. I wore my cowboy boots  with this outfit, I felt they went nicely with the All Saints green coat.  Aside from the coat and boots, it is a fairly boring outfit of black pants and sweater but I like that the accessory like the coat, scarf and boots add a little personality to it.

 These awesome fringe boots!  I always have such a hard time styling them even though I love them. I normally go very boring but someone suggested a mid dress and I cannot believe  had not thought of wearing this dress with these boots before. 

 Sorry, all I got were goober photos but it was those or really pissed looking photos. I was  tired this day and yeah, that's all I had. I did like this outfit, the Winter Kate top is always a favorite of mine and I've been having fun wearing these crop flare jeans.  I'm only 5'2 so I thought they wouldn't really work for me but I've been very surprised at how much I enjoy them now that I've played around with styling them a bit.

 Oh boy, this is some max twee going on but I found this 100% wool coat at the thrift store and I just loved it so much. Next time I think I'll wear it with a black maxi, the white dress did come across a bit too sweet. Bonus shot of Pork photobombing me and almost taking me out!

 I loved this until I saw the black lace top look like a striped pattern in the shots. For some reason that just ruins it for me.

 Nothin but love for this look.  So far I have loved my outfits with these jeans! They go really well with all of my embroidered tops and seem to work with most coat lengths.

I was losing daylight so I only had a few shots of this outfit but I really liked it.  The skirt has great movement and it goes so well with the floral old Navy Scarf from a few years ago.
Source: Going into Spring

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Alaska / A post
« on: June 07, 2019, 01:28:10 PM »
A post

 Good old March has just been kicking my butt with work and school so I've been extra sucky at updating the blog. Go me!  However, I have been trying to take pictures of my outfits because I do still have to get dressed and having fun with my outfits and general look is kind of the bright side to being so crazy. (Or perhaps it's the fun thing I've got going right now.)  This outfit is one of my favorites. I pulled out an old American eagle maxi skirt that has been featured quite a bit on the blog but this was quite a new way to style it. I had my Rick Owens coat on at first and felt like the outfit need a little more "oomph" so I threw on my cloak because hey, who does do that?

 Thank you for all of the great feed back on this cloak!  I only have this shot for this upload but I've been playing with it and I went with the suggested tall boots for this look. It was very sleek and evil feeling and I went with it and wore my black lipstick because even though I might be approaching my mid 30s this year, I still like fun makeup whether it is black lipstick and red eyeshadw or freaking bright pink sparkly eyes!

 Some more black lipstick with my coat layering, this was a fun outfit as well! These are some Rick Owens leather pants I found for a stupid deal but ugh, they are a little baggy in the leg and not in that cool, hip, super stack way.  I'm going to play with them and see if I can do some small alterations to make them work better.

 A little different from the past few outfits here - we had a big week of "music in our schools" and both of my children play instruments so every night was practice and performances. This is honestly a little dressed up but I felt the leather jacket and moto boots took if from being too dressy. Our town can be quite low key - the nicest restaurant in town has no dress code and many people show up in their "nice" Carhartts which no shade, I like that about our town. (But I like to be extra and as long as I am not dressed inappropriately for the situation, like wearing a prom dress to an outdoor bonfire in -40f or high heels to the barn, I think it's ok.)

 Ugh, bright, overhead sunshine and reflective snow with no shade around makes for lots of squinting and harsh light. Sorry.

 I've been trying to figure out how to style this Vivienne Westwood jacket I've had for years and it's....going ok I guess.  I like this outfit in theory but these wide leg pants look more bell bottom-y in the photos than I like.  I think next time I'm just going to play up the Victorian aspect of it.

 I like this and I do not.  The idea of it is ok but I would have liked a coat with a little more structure in the shoulders. The outfit otherwise was so soft and flowy everywhere that I think a sharper should would have balanced it out. I also did not realize how the cardigan buttoned up did not play well proportion wise with the waistline of the dress - the two not lining up really bothers me.  But it was fun to break out the cowboy boots!

 Oh hey, more leather pants. Not much to say, I loved this outfit.

 And this outfit I REALLY loved. I wore these pants this past fall and HATED them- they looked so awful an stumpy and I hadn't worn them again until a few weeks ago when I wore them with these boots and GAME CHANGER.  (In this case, I've worn my tops tucked in before and I much prefer that, I don't think the proportions of he top untucked are great but it's alright.)

Ending today's post on another outfit I loved, with a cape again.  They'll start calling me cape chick if I keep this up, or wanna-be-larper. 
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Alaska / A week of almost all secondhand clothes
« on: June 07, 2019, 12:52:20 PM »
A week of almost all secondhand clothes

 Happy weekend everyone!  February is almost over and you know what? I cannot complain. It is normally such a cold month for us but not this year, this year it was down right enjoyable.  I've been having a lot of fun with my outfits lately and trying to play with some different silhouettes rather than my usual skinny jeans and boots.  These are the wide leg cords that my husband bought for me from Forever21 in Anchorage - I love these pants and for some reason they are my most compliment garment. People seem to really like wide leg cords!  I wore it with a teddy bomber from Zara I found at the thrift store, my tall Seychelles boots from 2013 that are still going strong and a vintage Pendleton bag. Aside from the pants, everything is second hand.   Actually, the whole week of outfits is comprised of completely second hand items from either ebay or the thrift store - aside from these pants. I almost never shop in retail stores these days and have tried to go completely second hand with my closet.  Seeing as I live in the literal middle of nowhere at the end of the road, that is not too bad! 

 I got new boots and I am so in love, I might never wear a different pair again. (Who am I kidding, I am not boot monogamous.)  They are tall Rick Owens that I found for a stupid low price on ebay, like 2% of the original retail price. I love how awkward and hoof like they are and I really enjoy the height. I go from 5'2 to 5'7 in these boots and whooooa, what a rush of power!  I need to be careful or my head might hit the top of the door frame! I can see the middle cabinet now!  I can look people level in the eye. Bwwahhhaaa!  I wore a light purple lip here and really liked it.

 This lipstick is very dark purple that looks black in photos! I've always wanted to wear black but felt like such a poser but after seeing these pictures, I'm gonna do it, I love it. I liked the dark lip with more of a folklore outfit, the contrast was fun.

 My husband and I celebrated our anniversary and I wore the same dress as last year, this Isabel Marant for H&M dress. I loved that collection so much and have slowly collected items from it as the resellers have chilled the freak out on ebay.  This is my fancy dress and I always enjoy breaking it out. It's silk with the panels wrapped around and is a super cool pattern that does not translate to photographs. To be honest, I am shocked at how nice it is, I wish H&M did this with more of their collaborations.

 Why do I have gray jeans, they are a betrayal of my soul. Ugh, I like them so much less than black jeans.  This might have been an ok outfit but they gray jeans bug me and I don't like how the RO cardigan laid, it made the look a bit awkward.

 Love this, layered the same coat from the last outfit under my RO coat with the deep hood and loved it.  The top is a Helmut Lang wrap one I've had for years and is a staple of my outfits.  The earrings are vintage silver ones and I love how big they are but not ridiculously heavy at the same time. 

 The same RO dress that I wore as a tunic last week but as a dress this time.  I layered an old BCBG  coat over a cardigan and I really liked the whole look.  My hair would not cooperate though.

 Pink wedges!  This outfit featured the  deep burgundy coat, the black top and skirt so I felt a pink shoes would be fun. It was.

 The advice I got on instagram was to strike a power pose to show of the wide leg crops, thus, my best Price George power stance! Hashtag accidental black adder.....

I think I hit peak outfit here, time to hang things up and go home, it will only go down from here. I LOVE this outfit, the all saints soviet coat is one I've lusted over for years and I am really excited I found it.  It is so swooshy! I've bought two other coats at the thrift stores over the years trying to dupe this coat and nothing comes close. (Although I do like my other two green coats and wear them quite a bit.)  I wore a gray lip with a sparkly overcoat ( Annastia Beverly Hills' Griffin lip stick with Too Faced's liquid lip sparkly topper...I don't remember the name, I'm sorry!)and it looked like a zombie ate a glitter bomb and went to prom, it was amazing.  It did not show up well in photos.  I am bummed.
Source: A week of almost all secondhand clothes

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Another Dose of Winter Because it is still Here For Three More Months

 Another week, another post.  I took far too many pictures of this outfit but I really loved it.  This is the Max Mara wizard coat from last week - I changed up the vibes a little by throwing on a fake fur scarf and an embroidered belt and wore a embroidered slip dress to really bring on the fairytale vibes.  I liked the tall lave up boots with the outfit and felt they looked good with the coat length. It was 20F so I was a bit over dressed, I completely roasted with the heavy coat.

 Hmmm...I think I like this look more without the cape.  This is an old L.L.Bean sweater that I have found close to a dozen times in the thrift store (I suppose it was a popular sweater for them? It is really warm!) and I am really feeling the print this year. I wore it with an old Anthropologie skirt and I liked how it looked with the mukluks. A longer cape might have worked better proportion wise, I felt the length really threw off the look here.  I think it takes me a while when I introduce a new item to figure out how to style it correctly.

 I wore an old Rick Owens dress like a tunic with these mukluks and I loved it.  The whole look came together nicely with all of the layers and I liked the thicker looking boots with it where a sleeker boot might not of had so much visual impact.

 My grandmother gave me a gift card for Christmas and I had been saving it until I saw these black Sorel Conquest2 boots.  I get a lot of wear out of the conquest1 boots so...yeah.  I layered a Rick owens tunic over an all saints skirt for this layered, draped look and really liked it.

 This look is better than the last one but not quite there yet. I wore practical snow boots because we got a bunch of snow and it was blowing like crazy but I think my over the knee boots might have worked better. 

 It has been a while since I wore this all saints sweater and I forgot how much I liked the drape and volume of it!  I wore it with tall socks and timberlands and liked the vibe I had going here.  I feel like tall socks have been a fun thing to introduce into my style this year, I've had fun playing with them and I like how they pair with boots.

 I always default to skinny pants during the winter because I hate snow on my pant hems.  It is such an  icky feeling and yes, I know I wear maxis and no, it is not quite the same feeling.   I thrifted these pants last winter and broke them out again, I liked all of the volume going on here.
 Me and the pooch.  It was warm.  This sweater is too big for this.  But the dog is cute. (And he knows it.)

 I always like outfits with this wrap but my eyes were watering so badly this day that I just looked goofy in all of my photos and took quick, blah ones.  Ugh. 

 Long pants again! Twice in one week, what is happening?  I like these pants, I just always have a problem with flares - I'm short so my calf starts a few inches above where the knee in the pant is and the flare of the pant leg starts really low on my rather than at my knee and it looks off to me.

 It was windy but I loved this look. My hat did not want to stay.

Windy again and my hair was everywhere....but look, a cute dog!  Our neighbor's dog came to say hi because she's a sweetie and she knows I always have treats in my pockets.
Source: Another Dose of Winter Because it is still Here For Three More Months

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Alaska / Another Week-ish Of Winter
« on: June 07, 2019, 10:10:52 AM »
Another Week-ish Of Winter

 And my secret identity as a flasher is out!
That aside, here's another week-ish worth of outfits. Our weather was a little all over the place with -20F to 30F and wow, does that fifty degree range mean that 30f feels tropical.  On this day it was right about 15 which is warm enough I don't normally wear mittens with my looks. Any colder and my hands freeze.  This is a Max Mara 100% wool coat I found at the thrift shop which hold the freaking phone is awesome.  It is a maxi length, a big swing shape with loose arms and a high neck and it feels like a wizards coat.  I love it so much.  Because of the warm temps I did not wear my usual thermals underneath and just rolled with smart wool tights, a bodysuits and my trusty Banana Republic cashmere cardigan as layers with my dress.  With the heavy coat on top and the scarf, it was a bit over kill for our warm weather but I really wanted to wear to coat.  The down side is while I love this dress, I almost never wear it because it is so freaking long.  I am only 5'2 so that happens often but I don't care for it dragging in the snow.

 Still loving the coat (I mean, how awesome is that?!) but I did not love the outfit.  Blue jeans give me such a headache when I try to style them - how do I light blue?  I think the high neckline did not pair well with the lower rise of the jeans and then the boots.  I've done a similar look before but with a longer cashmere sweater with a lower neckline and the proportions worked better.  This is an Alice and Olivia cashmere sweater worn over a base layer which helps keep the sweater clean for longer and provides lots of warmth.  Base layers are pretty fundamental when dressing for the cold and I wear mine any time the weather drops below 15F.  I have regular thermals and silk long johns and the silk are my favorite- light weight enough they don't cause bunching under pants and very insulating and sweat wicking. (Mine are old from L.L.Bean but REI still carries them as do many outdoor gear retailers!)

 30 degrees and I am surprised all of Fairbanks isn't a nudist colony.  The common joke is that when it warms up from -50 to -20F everyone runs around in tee shirts and shorts and after 17 years, I'd have to confirm that.  30f means I am a bit over dressed but I was doing a lot of walking around outside this day and wanted to be warm. This coat is 100% course wool and then I have another dress layered under this Free people dress and a long sleeve thermal.  (Again, smart wool tights for the win!  I've done the layering on tights and after getting a pair of smart wools, I won't go back.  They are crazy warm and on cold days I layer a pair of mountaineering socks over them or my smart wool thigh high socks.)

 These are the boiled wool Norwegian winter boots from a few posts ago - these are very popular boots in Fairbanks in both the tall version and the short version! They have good traction for the ice and the boiled wool makes these crazy warm. I would not rate them on the same level as Baffin hardcore boots but I've worn these comfortably with good winter socks in -40 in extended periods outside and have been very warm.  (Good socks are such an important part of winter dressing. Cotton socks will make your feet freeze no matter what and if they get wet, your feet are toast.  Wool wicks sweat and keeps your feet dry while being very insulating. It is a world of difference.  I wear REI's mountaineering socks for deep cold like -50f and then smart wool and darn tough the rest of the time.  Worth the investment - they can be pricey at $20-$39 a pair but take good care of them and rotate and you won't need a bunch. Of course, mileage may vary depending on what your winters are like!  Fairbanks experiences a very dry cold with low or no humidity and unlike Delta and Healy which experience -80 easily with wind chills, Fairbanks and the surrounding area rarely get wind which makes it a whole different ball game. Wind chill I find to be far worst with the warmth sucked right out of you.)
Ah - I am also wearing mostly all wool in this look, the dress is a merino wool, the jacket is boiled wool and then there's a leather jacket just hanging out somewhere in there with the thigh socks being smart wools.  Merino wool is really excellent if you hate the scratchy feeling of rough wool and Costco sells amazing merino wool base layers.

 Another thrifted coat that I love. This one is wool and cashmere and very warm for how light it looks. The looser sleeves again make it very easy to layer and trap heat in-between the layers which is key to staying warm. This is a cashmere sweater and then leggings and a skirt over thermals and wool thigh high socks. I thrift and buy second hand almost completely 100% at this point - I've gotten to cheap for stores!  We do have an excellent thrift scene in our town which makes it easy.

 My other jacket love. This was a really lucky Rick Owens find on ebay and it is my number one favorite jacket of all time. It is boiled wool and has four super deep pockets and this amazing hood.  For the weight (it is quite light comparatively) it is also super warm and layers very well.  Lots of wool layers going on in this outfit again which is great for staying warm but it was also above zero.

 I forgot my mitten like a dumb-dumb and my fingers froze.  (The rest was warm though, lol!)  I loved this outfit and again, have been so happy with how this jacket layers - it seems like it works over everything and the proportions really hit a sweet spot.  I don't wear a ton of form fitting clothes despite being a 28E (which really isn't that big) so I love clothes with a good drape that fall nicely. 

 since figuring out that styling hack for these sorrels I have been wearing them a ton.  They do not have a great liner so I use the thigh high smart wools to provide most of the warmth.  This was a lot of Rick Owens' wool going on with a Tahari wool skirt - I don't wear acrylic in the winter because I've found it to not retain heat and most of my winter wardrobe is all wool/silk/cashmere/and leather because I am bonkers.

This big fleece scarf is the one I made a few years back - it is a monster in terms of size and I like how dramatic it is.  I was lazy and threw on my Nike winter running top here, mostly because it was comfortable and I love the color.
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« on: June 07, 2019, 04:04:22 AM »
How about some more winter?

 Well, it was dark and wearing mostly black didn't help. (there's color, a dark green scarf counts right?!)

 I loved this outfit, everything came together really well. These boots always make me fall a lot taller than 5'2!

 Well, tall boots don't work every time. If I had worn black jeans rather than the fake leather, I think this look would have come together a lot better.

 Blue jeans still frustrate me, I'll distracte with a cute horse.

 Love this - the proportions of the dress with the coat came out pretty cool.

 These pants. I can wear them with one pair of boots otherwise they stack up oddly. I think the boot cut is just too slim fitting.

I got a red cape and I love it.
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