Is layering season drawing to a close? Not for us Minnesotans it’s not!
Black cashmere cowl neck via Optiz
Magenta long-sleeved tee via Gap
Insane tights from a street market in Melbourne, Australia
Frye Engineer 8Rs … crap, I can’t remember where I got these. Online somewheres.
LOOK AT ME, POSING OUTSIDE! Yes, I’m standing in a pile of snow. But still! Progress, people!
So in April of 2005, Husband Mike and I took a three week journey to Australia. Our long-belated honeymoon, as we married in 2002 but wanted to save up the dough to pay cash for the trip. It was amazing, and also the most bizarre trip of my life. Maybe someday I’ll tell you all about it … but for now, you can peruse these.
Why am I mentioning this? Because I bought these outlandish hand-painted tights at some weird street market in Melbourne. I remember the experience vividly, and was sooooo pleased with my purchase. And yet, this outfit marks the debut of this pair of tights. That’s right, they’ve been languishing in my drawer since 2005 … tragic, no?
White tights via … er, Target I think
Shell pearl necklace via eBay
Pearl bracelets made by me
Camper Minies via Zappos (ages ago)
Mrs. Ro couldn’t resist sticking her whiskers into this shot. She’s a big fan of flame orange, what with being a tortie cat.
Navy sheath via Savers
Purple tee (not visible) from a shop in a skanky mall somewhere in Sydney, Australia
Gray herringbone tights via Marshalls
Gray knee-high pull-on Flosand boots via Aldo
Last time this dress made it onto the blog, I mentioned that it rode up a little. I attributed it to the accompanying sweater at the time … but it turns out that this is just a SHORTY SHORT DRESS that wants the world to view my ladyparts. Too bad, since it’s super flattering.
Get a load of that enboobening bolero, too!
Purple Tulle brand sweater via Local Motion
Teal long-sleeved tee via Target
Brown tights via J.Crew
Brown skirt via The Mexican Shop
Giulia booties via John Fluevog
A friend knitted me this cowl for my birthday. It’s alpaca and silk – yum! I wanted to pair it with some jewel tones and then felt like donning a pair of black pants would suck all the life out of them, so I tried brown. I think it worked.
Coral cashmere tunic via Eileen Fisher Outlet
Leggings via Target
Polka dot socks from a store in Portland, Maine
Frye Engineer 8Rs, see above
In September, my mom and I visited the Eileen Fisher Outlet and swooooooned over the gorgeous duds. I picked up a few pieces with my own dough, but mom sprung for this tunic. I remember pulling it on in the dressing room and thinking, “This is a coral dropwaist – my worst color AND worst cut. But it’s so cute on!” Mom agreed. So much so that she was willing to pay for it.
And yet, once I got it home, it had reverted to unflatteringness.
It just about works with this smock-like hoody and leggings, and this outfit is seriously the most comfortable I’ve ever assembled. But I worry that the gorgeous tunic won’t get much use outside this single successful ensemble. Sigh.