I’ve mentioned before that I’d like to get into more style blogging, and I’ve decided to make it my 2011 resolution. Winter may not seem like the best time to begin such a blog — not much light, hard to photograph outdoors — but that’s part of the reason I want to start it now. It’s entirely too easy, as a freelancer, to stay at home in leggings and leg warmers and long sweaters all day long. Having an impetus to dress like a grownup and get out more is not a bad thing.
I can’t always be asking Mr. Improbable to photograph me, and I haven’t figured out the art of self-photography yet, so until I do, Hanna from IKEA will be my model:
Say hello to Hanna. And if you want to see more style blogging, click below. (Ultimately, I plan to style-blog on this website, but on a different page, to keep it somewhat segregated.)
Meetings & dinner with friends. Mostly, I wanted to be comfortable and look good. The dress is a sleeveless knit. These boots were a present to myself and I love them — dark cherry red, warm, and weatherproof. We’re going to be seeing a lot of these boots this winter. I wore the outfit with black tights, black beret & black wool coat.
Dress: Grey bandage dress by Calvin Klein (TJ Maxx)
Sweater: Ann Taylor
Necklaces: Raspberry Beret, gift from parents
Earrings: Victoria Tane
Bracelet: Urban Outfitters
Meeting w/boss. This meant a 30-minute walk in very cold weather. Also, I was in fat-skirt mode last week. I wore this outfit with brown knee-high boots, dark green tights (the skirt let a hint of that show) and my how-now-brown-down coat. This last made the flower pin on the hat a bit of a mistake, I fear; there’s only so much whimsy a down coat will allow.
Hat: gift from a friend
Turtleneck: Ann Taylor
Scarf: unknown store, London
Skirt: J. Jill, via eBay
Party. Here were the constraints for this outfit: I was going to be walking to the party, and a lot of people there would be smoking, which meant I needed to wear clothes that could be easily hand- or machine-washed afterward.
Scarf: Magic Scarf. I love my Magic Scarf. It’s a long tube, so when worn as a scarf it looks like a boa that’s seen better days (which has a raffish style all its own) or you can stick your head through the tube, and arrange the scarf as a sort of shawl/cape thingy.
Long-sleeved T: Target
Boots: Yep, those Santanas again
Bracelet: J. Crew (via eBay). Between the short skirt, kicky red boots, and texture on the skirt and scarf, I didn’t need much bling. One big piece was enough to do it — this two-inch-wide silver and crystal bracelet.
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