Sunday, December 21, 2014

The Sweater Coat

This sweater coat is one of the pieces I was most excited to wear in cold Pennsylvania:

It's cozy as heck given that it's basically a full-body sweater.  It's also colorful, color-blocked and from my favorite 80s brand, I.B. Diffusion.  Never heard of I.B. Diffusion?  That's okay, I can help.  Here is one of their AMAZING ads:

Yes, that's right.  The company that made that ad also made my sweater coat:

I am a lucky, lucky girl.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Borrowed from the Boys

I don't wear a lot of menswear-inspired looks because it's not really my thing.  And then I saw these shoes:

Bettye by Bettye Muller "Quote" Flats

And I was like, dammit, Annie Hall, here I come!

Sweater: Gap  Jeans: Gap (self-frayed)  Shoes: Bettye by Bettye Muller

As you can see, I didn't quite make it to Annie Hall-levels of androgyny.  But my look is definitely borrowed from the boys; I paired the shoes with an oversized sweater & frayed jeans.  I'll definitely wear the shoes in the future with skirts and tights, but, today, I wanted to pay homage to their awesome manliness.

So manly.  So cute.

Happy Friday, All!  Don't forget to enter my giveaway!


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Birthday Giveaway

Yesterday was my birthday, so today, I'm giving you all a gift.  You know, in honor of my turning 40 (I know, right?!!) and whatnot.

So, what's the gift?  Well, since, you ask; one lucky reader will have the opportunity to win this fabulous sweater from Long Elegant Legs:

Side-zip sweaters are very on trend this winter and this one is specifically made for tall women.  I love this piece because you can wear it zipped as an actual tunic, or unzip it and layer it so the layers peek out.  And the color-blocking is very flattering.

To enter, just leave a comment below indicating that you'd like to be entered in the giveaway, along with a valid email address.  I'll pick the winner at random on Tuesday, December 23rd.

Good Luck, All!


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Let's Talk Turtlenecks

I love turtlenecks.  I mean, I even have a Pinterest board dedicated to Turtleneck Style.  I know they're considered by some to be the realm of kindergarten teachers (or kindergarten students), but you don't have to pair a leaf-print turtleneck with an appliqued-acorn sweater vest, folks.  There are chic ways to wear turtlenecks.

Like these looks:

All images from Pinterest: Left, Top, Bottom

See?  Chic.

So, what are the best turtlenecks for mastering these chic looks?  Well, I've done a lot of research (bought a lot of turtlenecks) and I can help you out with that.

The first look is a thin turtleneck sweater layered under a dress & a belted fur vest.  For this look, I love the lightweight turtleneck sweaters from Old Navy:

They are truly lightweight and they come in Tall.

For the second look (top right), I also recommend Old Navy:

These jersey turtlenecks are a great lightweight layering piece, available in striped, solid and heathered colors.  And also available in Tall.

Now, for the third look, you don't want anything too lightweight or insubstantial because it won't be completely covered.  For this look, I recommend these Land's End turtlenecks:

I have two of these, and they're great.  Thick enough to be worn on their own, or under a blazer, and a great layering piece for very cold climates.  Like Pittsburgh!  They're also great because the neck is thicker than the jersey necks so you can wear them scrunched or folded without them falling.  The striped version is not available in Tall, but the solid (12 colors available!) and printed versions are.

What about you, Reader Friends?  Are you yay or nay on turtlenecks?

Happy Wednesday, All!


Monday, December 15, 2014

Vintage Pendleton

I've said it before, but my mom is a master thrifter.  Seriously, she is pretty much the best.  And I'm very lucky to be the recipient of some of her awesome thrifted finds.  Like this vintage Pendleton jacket:

She gave it to me this summer and Oregon never did get quite cold enough for me to wear it while I was there.  But, I don't have that problem here in Pittsburgh where every day is cold enough for Pendleton.  Hooray?

I don't wear a lot of brown but I love the colors of this jacket:

Probably because the brown is accompanied by rust and blue.  Man, I love rust and blue.

And I love this jacket:

Jacket: vintage gifted  Shirt: Nordstrom (similar)
Jeans: Old Navy  Boots: Kenneth Cole Reaction (similar)

So, you'll probably be seeing it a lot on the blog.  Just a fair warning.

Happy Monday, All!