Dress Determination

I’m determined to wear more dresses this summer since it’s so hot and humid here. I wasn’t sure about how voluminous this ASOS dress was so I ordered a small and extra small and ended up going with the extra small. I am usually a medium.

I wore this dress to a garden bridal lunch yesterday with these soft white platforms I found thanks to Janet. They do a nice job of bookending my hair, will go well with a woven bag I wear in the summer and are supportive and comfortable. I’m tempted to get the gray version as well. 


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Raspberry Pink Moto Jacket

Outfit with my new raspberry pink jacket over a neutral base of white and gray. I think this would look good with white hightops and white bag but still working on finding the right white sneakers. I can zip it and wear sweaters underneath in autumn and winter too, so three seasons. I think it will look good with navy, burgundy, lilac, and other pinks. The leather is very soft.


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Ruched skirt with Lilac Hoodie and Sneaks

It’s turned chilly so thought I would try the flared skirt and sweatshirt formula. This is the skirt I dyed from beige to gray — it has ruching but also flares the bottom. A new look for me but very comfortable with a graphic tee underneath for when it warms up today. Opinions and tweaks welcome.


What I want to wear but Life is messy

I’m loving lighter colors lately but my life consists of living in a very casual town, gardening, hiking and working at home. Here’s a fantasy outfit that I could wear on a night out but I would still be the most dressed up person in the room. I need to work on my casual at home outfits but at heart I crave dressy casual.  

What about you? Do you dress up more even if everyone around you is extremely casual? 


Lilac Pink Skirt and Chelsea Boots

I took a little artistic license and am wearing a lilac pink flouncy skirt that feels like a tulle skirt to me.  I find it hard to style, so I played with Angie’s first tulle skirt outfit formula here:

Outfit 1
Knitted top: Soft rose brown thin cashmere wrap sweater, tucked
Tulle skirt: Diagonal ruffle lilac pink skirt
tailored boots: Pewter Chelsea boots
Moto jacket:I think I need a pewter or silver sheen moto!
Accessories: lilac and magenta scarf, magenta leather cuff bracelet, silver bag with chain strap

Outfit 2
Knitted top: lilac tee tucked
Tulle skirt: Diagonal ruffle lilac pink skirt
tailored boots: gray snakeskin Chelsea boots
Moto jacket: Chanel style flecked white and gray woven moto with dark zippers (too long?) or med gray suede 
Accessories: Gunmetal bracelet, hematite necklace and lilac and gunmetal earrings

Inspiration in last pic. 
Comments and suggestions welcome as always. 


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Spring Capsule: Week One

Evaluating my capsule for the first week, I’ve found I don’t mind sticking to a pared down color palette so far, but I’ve reached for a darker base according on my mood and how I am feeling about my body. Don’t get me wrong, I really don’t have much to complain about, except for feeling tired and bloated from too much time at home on screens. We are in the middle of the annual chartreuse pollen blizzard here in Chapel Hill, NC so another reason for wearing darker bottoms.

Here is a collage of photos from most of the outfits worn since the beginning of April. 

1. Lilac Pink Booties are getting a workout even though I was unsure about the attention I might get from wearing them in the beginning. They do seem to give people joy and make me happy too. 
2. I’m reaching for shorter jackets more than my usual duster length I wore over the winter, although they feel strange at home, so am adding some short cardigans to my wish list. I love the length of the cropped one in pic #3 which hits at my natural waist. 
3. Jeans are my go to for bottoms most days, and I want to continue to work on casual outfits that fit into my lifestyle of being at home, walking on trails and the occasional get together.


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Pattern mixing with Burgundy, Pink and Blue

I’m not usually a pattern mixer, but thought I’d try this burnout velvet top with a Spring like scarf. The scarf has similar floral shapes as the top and has colors in common.  Hard to capture the way the top looks in real life. Love my new boots!  

Moonstone earrings, white bag and light scarf background adds the light I need. 


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WIW: Art Walk

A town close to us has a monthly art walk which we love going to and having dinner after.  I wore my favorite faded and frayed Wit and Wisdom jeans, a rose brown wrap top, denim shirt dress worn as a duster, snakeskin booties and my grandmothers Art Nouveau beaded evening bag from the 20s.  It was a gorgeous night, warm with a cool breeze so we could eat outside. 

Analyzing this outfit: I like these jeans because with the darker elements in the outfit, there’s some light to connect to my white hair. After some experimentation, I’ve decided I prefer booties like these Chelsea boots that are slim to the ankle and don’t gap, not only do they elongate my legs, they help with controlling any swelling in my leg from mild lymphedema. The gold in the bag is not my metal, nor the orange color, but I think it’s far enough away from my face that it’s ok. Bronze flower earrings connect to bag and top. 


Lots of Grit and Mimimal Glamour

I hope you don’t mind me posting daily as I’m trying to work through this new style recipe: Gritty Glamour.

Today I’m wearing a very casual outfit to meet my art journaling group in a cropped hoodie and flares. I started out wearing my pearl gray combat boots, but it felt like the outfit was too masculine. So I switched to pewter Chelsea boots and a pair of marcasite and pearl earrings; Small changes and not sure it works but seems to make a difference in how I feel. Anything else you would change or add to bring in some glamour?


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Happy First Day of Spring WIW

Happy first day of Spring! Heading out for Lunch to celebrate and it’s a pretty day. I’m testing out my new style Name Gritty Glamour with a mauve pink floral embroidered dress, pearl gray combat boots, charcoal leather cuff and a white and hematite phone bag. I’ve ordered this chain link hematite necklace which I think would add some Grit to most outfits. Changes or additions?

pink, floaty dress, hair, embroidery, lace

leather, chains, boots