Drive-by Houndstooth

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Houndstooth and Florals

Oh, hello. Haven’t seen you in a while. I’m not making time for outfit photos.
Boo on me. Pinterest has taken up what little I have for “fun” online time. Please
visit me there for daily doses of outfit layering and color palette ideas. I don’t
plan to phase out the blog, just need to refocus.

Here’s a fave two-tone look created by layering a utility vest over leather jacket.
Love the contrast when worn with a feminine floral tunic dress over leggings
and boots. It’s still chilly here in the Pacific NW so a chucky scarf and knee socks
complete the look. Simple.

Tip: This works best when the vest and jacket are similar lengths.

As always, thank you for visiting and I miss your lovely comments.

Patterned Tunic Dress – Tahari (similar Macy’s + F21 + Target)
Leather Moto Jacket – Buffalo Exchange (similar Asos)
Safari / Utility Style Vest – Thrifted (similar F21)
Leggings – F21
Houndstooth Scarf – Thrifted
Boots – Vintage

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Sunny Side Up

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That’s how I like my fried egg.

You all must be wondering about the outcome of my job interview from a few weeks ago. On the edge of your seats, are ya? I made it as a finalist, but the company went with another candidate on this occasion. 20 minutes. That’s how long I was bummed because in the two weeks it took the interviewer to get back to me, I had an influx of project opportunities and had very little time to cry about it. The show must go on.

Sunshine: Orange Sweater, Black Silk Blouse, Portrait

Feeling good and plenty busy. Lots of projects flowing in and super excited about the work I’m producing for Clients, which of course, means my own studio rebrand is being set aside just a little longer. I’ll be sure to share the results when that is complete!

On another note. My little guy C is turning THREE tomorrow! I can’t believe how the times are a flyin’. We are doing a little BBQ picnic at the park with some friends and family. Come rain or shine, we aims for a good time.

Have a lovely weekend, friends.

Orange Sweater – Hand-me-down Gift, (Also Worn Here, as a Scarf)
Black Silk Blouse - Thrifted (Also Seen Here)
Ring
- Vintage

Spring Forward

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Anatomy of Clothes No. 7 - Winterize a Sleeveless Spring Dress + Monochromatic Layering - Pinks - Reds - Dress over Button Up - DIY Sleeveless Trench Layered Over Leather Moto Jacket

This photo above and the one of my DIY Trench Coat are sneak peaks at a little hobby, side project that I’ve been working on for a few months. If you follow me on pinterest, you may have seen some of this. I’m a huge fan of fashion, editorial photography and also have interest in partnering up with Clients in the fashion + beauty industry for my design business. As practice, I’ve been archiving my closet. I think having awareness of what I own will lead to better shopping and dressing decisions. Basically, I’m creating my own personal Polyvore items! I’ll be integrating this project into my blog
and use it as another tool to illustrate how I layer and get dressed. Sound interesting?

Anatomy of Clothes No. 7 - Winterize a Sleeveless Spring Dress + Monochromatic Layering - Pinks - Reds - Dress over Button Up - DIY Sleeveless Trench Layered Over Leather Moto Jacket

L A Y E R S
Sleeveless Trench over Leather Jacket. Ever since I saw this jacket from Simone (pinned here) and then this Zara one (here); I’ve wanted to recreate the look on budget. This is one idea. I love the contrasting sleeves and textures. I last wore the leather moto jacket, here. It’s taken on a new life when layered underneath a vest.
Sleeveless Dress over Button Front Shirt. Layering Pinks! I know Valentine’s is over and in my pre-blog life, I would never have dreamed up this outfit, let alone wear pink. I’ve been obsessed with this idea of winterizing spring & summer dresses. I’ve worn them as skirts under sweaters and with tights, knotted or belted shirts over them, but never worn a sleeveless dress over a long sleeved shirt. I was inspired by Chesley at Smile for Style here. But instead of big contrast in color, I played with very similar tones. At first glance, it looks like one dress.

Anatomy of Clothes No. 7 - Winterize a Sleeveless Spring Dress + Monochromatic Layering - Pinks - Reds - Dress over Button Up - DIY Sleeveless Trench Layered Over Leather Moto Jacket

Anatomy of Clothes No. 7 - Winterize a Sleeveless Spring Dress + Monochromatic Layering - Pinks - Reds - Dress over Button Up - DIY Sleeveless Trench Layered Over Leather Moto Jacket

Details. Shirt collar buttoned all the way // Double knotted skinny belt in an unexpected color to break up the pinks // Chevron tights (last seen here), layered over opaque black for warmth and a subtler pattern. Lace-up ankle boots for running errands with a little munchkin today // Black tights with black shoes lengthens the legs // Two vintage cluster rings, stacked // Deep Berry Red Lip Color.

All in all, I loved the bold colors and how they pop underneath a neutral coat–a glimpse of Spring! The only trouble was that by the time I took photos, the dress was wrinkly as all get out from a full day’s wear, which reminded me why I’ve only worn this dress a couple times. Next time, I will try layering with a heavier weight dress. Will this look be one that you’ll try?

Dress – F21
Shirt – Ralph Lauren, Thrifted
DIY Sleeveless Trench – F21, Thrifted (Seen Here)
Leather Moto Jacket – Flying Tomato (Seen Here)
Snakeskin Belt – Target
Boots – Thrifted, New w. Tags (Seen Here)
Chevron Tights – Target (Seen Here)
Jewelry – Vintage, Thrifted

In the Trenches

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I was raised on the notion that hard work will get you far, when the going gets tough. My parents came to America, from Vietnam, over 30 years ago with [           ]. Not. a. thing. except the clothes on their back and family. My parents did not know each other, until they met in a refugee camp. Despite their very humble beginnings, they raised a family and built a successful business. Everything they got, they earned, through good, honest, hard work.

Anatomy of Clothes 6 - How-To Layer - diy sleeveless trench coat, bright blue pants, silk blouse, cardigan, boots

Their story, inspires me every day. Yet, there have been many moments in my life where I wondered if my hard work would ever pay off. This week is one of those. It’s such an  odd pairing. My optimism and positive attitude countered by doubt, but what can I say, I’m only human! Haven’t heard back about this job yet and quite frankly, it’s just a teeny, tiny bit distracting. Thank you for all of your encouraging and kind thoughts in my last post!

Another week of blood, sweat and tears has come and gone. I’m looking forward to the weekend. With that said, here’s the latest installment of Anatomy of Clothes with a DIY sleeveless trench coat. Cross something off your to-do list this weekend.

Anatomy of Clothes 6 - How-To Layer - diy sleeveless trench coat, bright blue pants, silk blouse, cardigan, boots

Layers: Sleeveless Trench Coat > Gray Cardigan > Black Silk Blouse > Bright Blue Pants > Statement Necklace; Do you love the contrasting sleeves look that is on trend? Last time, I showed you how to create the look by layering a sleeveless button up over a denim shirt. Here, I’m working with two similar neutral tones and playing with textures. This DIY project is very simple. Remove the sleeves with a seam ripper. That’s. it. I like the look of a raw edge so I left it unhemmed. This works well because the sleeves are not lined.

Anatomy of Clothes 6 - How-To Layer - diy sleeveless trench coat, bright blue pants, silk blouse, cardigan, boots

I feel like a secret agent with these sunnies, but this is only pretend. I’m not actually a spy and it’s raining outside. A girl can dream, right? Popping the collar is a fun detail. I love the cozy, polished feel. On the right, I took the coat belt off, leaving it open for a more casual look.

Anatomy of Clothes 6 - How-To Layer - diy sleeveless trench coat, bright blue pants, turquoise scarf, boots

And if you want extra warmth or a splash of color, why not add a bright turquoise to the mix? Any bright shade will do when you combine with neutrals. These burgundy gloves are from my mother-in-law. Love how the crochet flowers add texture!

Anatomy of Clothes 6 - How-To Layer - diy sleeveless trench coat, bright blue pants, turquoise, gray, olive, royal blue, black, burgundy

I’ve been developing patterns for architectural graphics all week and have shapes on my mind. Triangles are my current obsession. Here’s a cute triangle print blouse on my pinterest. If you’re a pinner, follow me! I use it for storing outfit ideas and you can get a glimpse into what I’m currently excited about. Changes daily!

Anatomy of Clothes 6 - How-To Layer - diy sleeveless trench coat detail, rolled bright blue pants, black lace-up ankle boots

Above Details: trench coat sleeve edges left unhemmed; rolled pant cuffs; boots laces (I’m thinking of replacing the black laces with neon orange rope)

Below: The basic outfit. To balance out my bright blue pants, I kept everything else neutral. Don’t forget the statement necklace!

Anatomy of Clothes 6 - How-To Layer - bright blue pants, black silk blouse, gray cardigan, ankle lace up boots

Olive Trench Coat – F21, DIY Sleeveless
Black Silk Blouse – Thrifted
Gray Cardigan – American Eagle, Thrifted
Blue Pants – Zumiez, Thrifted (last seen here and here)
Lace Up Boots – Thrifted, new with tags (last seen here)
Braided Rope Necklace – Buffalo Exchange (last seen here, here, and here)
Scarf – Thrifted
Gloves – from Gift Mother-in-law


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