Very Me

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This outfit feels very me. It’s the perfect mix of 70’s casual with a nod to the southwest, hot pink lipstick, and of course leopard. It’s a look that lends itself to a variety of accessories which seems fitting since I’m always trying out different things. I layered on a few of my favorite necklace and rings but it would also look great with a statement necklace or an arm full of bangles.

What outfits make you feel like you?

Kermit Coat

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This jacket, ok so it’s more like a glorified robe, doesn’t just resemble Kermit in color alone; like my first car this coat was better in theory than practice. I’d expected an oversized, “faux” wool wrap coat. What ended up with was an extremely plush, hooded, Robin Hood style robe. Like Kermit it’s not perfect but while it’s working I’m gonna wear it

What online purchases have over or under whelmed you recently?

protective

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I snapped these photos pre Nemo when the weather was nice enough to wear these spotted beauties out and about. I bought these shoes almost four years ago during my stock up period (my first two years out of school when I worked two jobs and had a 75 hour work week) when shopping was my coping mechanism. At the the time these were the most expensive pair of shoes I’d ever purchased and for the first year I owned them I refused to wear them if there was more than a 0% chance of precipitation in the forecast. Clearly I’m still

what pieces in your closet are you most protective of?

Valentine’s Day Love Puffs

I gave this Valentine Cream Wafer recipe a whirl this weekend and it was love at first bite. The original recipe used a heart shaped cookie cutter, which I didn’t have, so I flipped a glass upside down and made mini biscuits instead. To make up the lost Valentine Day spirit I decided to dye the sugar pink before sprinkling it over the cookies before baking (it was my first time making colored sugar and it was so easy, I followed these instructions).

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What sweet treats are you planning on whipping up for your Valentine?

Chinese New Year

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This Sunday, February 10th, marks the Chinese New Year and 2013 happens to be the Year of the Snake. While snakes might not top my list of favorite animals, those born in the Year of the Snake are thought to be wise, inquisitive, stylish, and sometimes vain. I was born in the Year of the Rabbit (the Fire Rabbit specifically) and after researching reading more about my Chinese Zodiac sign I realized it was right on; what can I say I’m your typical conflict avoiding, travel loving, stylish Rabbit.

Rabbits and Snakes aside the approaching holiday reminded me that this silk hasn’t had an outing in a while. My dad brought this jacket back from China with him over 10 years ago and every time I wear it I always think the same thing, “why the heck don’t I wear this more?” So consider yourself warned folks, this silk jacket is here to stay.

What pieces in your closet could use a little more love? Does your Chinese Zodiac Sign match your personality? 

think pink

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I guess all the candy hearts and valentines decorations I’ve been avoiding finally caught up with me. For some reason when I woke up all I could think was pink, so here you have it, almost every pink piece I own in one outfit. It was a nice change of pace (though admittedly I’m much more comfortable in all black) and the springy colors made the impending winter storm seem a bit further away than it really is. In fact that reminds me, I’ve got to stock up on the essentials on my way home tonight: wine, cat food, and miso soup.

what are your winter storm essentials? 

Bookworm Wednesday: Hardcover Lover

My love for books and all things literary started at a young age and comes from my father. Growing up I looked forward to our Saturday morning trips to the library. The librarians knew us by name, made the best book suggestions, and always let me check out more books than was allowed.

Granted I wasn’t checking out books like these…

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These are just a few of the books I’ve had my eye on lately and it got me thinking that it might be time I start sharing my bibliophile side here on Wore Out, hence the idea of Bookworm Wednesday features. To start I’ll be posting Bookworm features the first and third Wednesday of every month, but as always we’ll see how it goes. 

what books are you reading? what types of book related post would you like to see?

Bazaar Rodeo

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It seems counter-intuitive but in the winter wearing skirts is sometimes warmer than pants. I can layer fleece lined tights and knit leggings under a sheer American Apparel skirt like this one and be comfortable and warm all day long. Layering under pants/jeans is much harder and never comfortable. If I’d planned on being outside for much long I would have added a scarf or second layer of outwear but for running errands this was perfect.

what outfits make layering easy for you?

Mama Brady

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As I was editing these photos D leaned over my shoulder and dropped this little jewel, “I like this one, you look like the Brady Bunch mom,” I paused. I had being going for a 70’s vibe but not a Carol Brady 70’s vibe; D seeing my furrowed brow quickly interjected, “that was a compliment, the Brady mom was hot for her time!”

Carol Brady resembelences aside this vintage wool skirt from Downtown Threads was handmade and I love it paired with this old Gap sweater. I played up blue and brown notes with my accessories to help keep this look from feeling dated. These Cole Haan booties are the answer for anyone who thinks heels are uncomfortable. Their Nike Air Soles make them unbelievably comfortable and they have a tread that’s practical but subtle.

What practical but pretty accessories do you love? Have you been channeling any vintage styles or celebrity moms lately?

snidbits of print

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what accessories are you wearing this weekend?