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Fashionista: Layers

Dear Kara,

Oh, the hilarity of this month’s fashion blog being layers and YOU WEARING SHORTS. THOSE ARE SHORTS. Mind you, cute shorts. BUT SHORTS.


{This is code for: KARA?!! — this is the first time in my life that I’ve ever been without tan lines. Ever. Maybe since birth. AND YOU ARE WEARING SHORTS IN FEBRUARY.}

Okay. I’m over it. Once upon a time, I gave up “shorts in February” for “not dying in August” and I’m not looking back. That said, layers in Denver look a bit different:


Kara, I am not wearing shorts with this outfit. In fact, it was so cold this day, I wish I had long johns. I still don’t, but I need a pair or four. Anyway — I included this layering photo because I am SO into scarves right now. Do you love them? I love them. And I buy them all. the. time. How great is this thrifted vintage one? Have you seen this video on the gazillion ways to wear a scarf? I have watched it far too many times. She is a true fashionista.


Again, scarf meets bottom layer. This scarf is more of a pashimina — a gift from my friend Mariah. I wear it all the time and love it. White shirt, scarf, jean jacket, skirt, boots, and voila — layers. I went to the movies downtown in this and the wind was blowing so hard I had purple fingers by the time I got inside, clutching the ticket. Come to find out, a scarf and flimsy jean jacket are not sufficient layers in February in Denver on a windy day.


But oh, this baby keeps me warm. Even though I own a red trench coat, when I put this on, I immediately felt like Mary Tyler Moore. Or Betty Draper. Or Jackie O. I adore this coat. Paired with a black dress for the symphony, a pair of jeans for happy hour, or over a pencil skirt for working a the coffee shop — the right layer is slimming and chic.

And so, my friend. Another nod to your shorts with tights and socks and boots. You are, as always, freaking adorable. But when you bring that gorgeous husband of yours for a visit? Make it mid-summer. And bring a coat.





La Fashionista: Jewelry Edition

You know those women you have in your life who are always put together? Not in a sense of perfect makeup or blown out hair, or even looking like a catalog. Truly stylish. Women who carry themselves with a sense of personal flare that is different from anyone else you know, but who pull it off?


Not the best photo to showcase Min’s fashion side, but I couldn’t find a good one. Trust me.

I’ve two women like this who I’ve regularly admired: Mini and Kara. Mini is a childhood friend who can wear a sequin mini-skirt, sky high boots and a tunic and somehow make it look like she’s ahead of both Gaga and Vogue. Kara is just the same. The girl has the most interesting collection of handbags, jewelry and shoes. She mixes and matches with a sense of fashion I truly envy.

Lovely Kara

Yep. Kara’s gorgeous.

So, I nudged Kara last year into sharing her sense of style with me. She regularly blogs about her fashion choices and I thought it would be fun if we each shared something out of our wardrobes, monthly, that make us smile. (With, you know, the inherent selfish motive of hoping she helps me look at what I already own with new, fashionista eyes.) This month, she’s rocking turquoise. (My love of the stone is long documented. Several of my most cherished pieces of jewelry are chunky turquoise gifted by my grandmother Maxine.)

I also love chunky jewelry and bespoke jewelry (which you can find right here). Those are the type of jewelry that can go with almost all the outfits. In fact, most jewelry lovers may have a soft spot for customized ones. If you are someone who prefers your jewelry to be custom made, looking for places such as this Ottawa jewelry store and others like it that can provide custom-made jewelry, might be useful. However, to be honest, I love any kind of jewelry! I have a rule – I only ever wear two pieces of jewelry at one time. Earrings and a ring. Necklace and bracelets. Never all four at once. As a result, I often lean on big pieces of bright color that make me happy. Like this necklace I picked up in Johannesburg.


Or this one I bought in Cameroon from a street vendor.


I also love this ring my parents gave me for my 31st birthday.


My sense of style is much simpler. I wear mostly solid colors. I love the Gap – as boring and mundane as it may be. And I fully believe a great handbag can tie together an entire outfit. I often wear thrift store finds paired with brightly colored clogs and a handbag that cost half a paycheck. Thrifty-chic? I wouldn’t go so far. But I would say I’ve got a lot to learn from Mini and Kara about putting together an outfit and rocking it with a sense of confidence.

Now, the challenge is to do so without the shopping. Anyone else working on this?


Daily Sass

There are many reasons I am among the throngs who admire Dooce. One of the reasons I read her site regularly is I love her fashion posts. I don’t often agree with her tastes, but I like the way she shares what she likes, what she’s wearing, etc.  You know who else does a great job of this? Kara. Plus I won a fabulous dress on her blog this week. Why yes, that is the most fabulous prize I’ve ever won!

And let’s be honest — y’all loved the shoes. So, what do you think about these earrings?


Fun + shiny.

I like the idea of doing a daily photo for Flickr to encourage myself to shake up what I wear. (I think this would also encourage less shopping.) While I’ve purchased a tiny tripod for this new blog experiment, I have yet to conquer autofocus with the timer.


Autotimer focus fail

Perhaps better luck tomorrow.