FFB Kimono and Denim

I finally found my camera cord, so can upload pictures.  I decided to just choose a few favorites to share :)

It surprises me to write it, but this ensemble has been a summer staple for me (maybe I'm embracing maximalism?)  It's fun to wear, and the kimono - jacket adds minimal warmth, making it hot-weather friendly.  

I'm watching for a replacement kimono-type thing, because this has been fun to wear, but is poor quality, and the hems are fraying.  I expect to have to toss it after another wear or two, maybe even before.

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WIW: big earrings

Our recent heatwave is over, and I was planning an outing to Costco and lunch, so I decided to dress so I wouldn't freeze.

It's a simple outfit, Old Navy black windopane top with faded skinny jeans and black birkenstocks.  I decided to finish it off with big earrings after reading this post, and I was happy with the result.

Still working on my daily style for my hair - in this version, I went to bed with it wet and under a stocking hat.  It almost worked, ha :)

As always, comments and suggestions for improvement are most welcome.  Thanks!

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WIW: A neckerchief and crops outfit fail

In an attempt at this formula, I paired a striped tee that I like, but don't wear all that often with rust crops and a rust/brown neckerchief.  In my head, it was terrific.

Then I took a picture.  Sigh.  First, the proportions are off:  The shirt is too short for the crops, the crops are too short to be crops (they're more capris?), and they're too tight too, and the neckerchief is kinda too big (and too hot) to wear with it.

So I wasn't thrilled with it.  But glad to have the truth of the picture nonetheless.  

The top goes fine with skirts.  I'm debating on keeping the pants - what do you think?  And I think the neckerchief trend is not a hot-weather trend for me.  Maybe next week when it should be cooler I'll try again.

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WIW - springtime weather

I'm coming off of a lot of traveling with my family, and a bit worn out.  But I have managed to photo two outfits lately. 

First, the maiden voyage of the EF harem pants, second a cobalt/white/black combo.

I was reasonably happy with both (moreso with the cobalt and white, I think, for figure flattery reasons).  

What are your suggestions for improvement?

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K/R EF Harem pants

I'm finally in town (after two weeks traveling, and before traveling next week too), so got a chance to try on the EF harem pants with a variety of tops and shoes.

Unfortunately, several of the pictures cut off my shoes :(   I'm going to show you them anyway, hoping that you can see enough to judge and I don't have to retake too many of them :)

My questions:
To winterize them,  I'd wear them with tights and boots, like in #14.  Does that work?

Where do they work and not work?  I think they're working best with hi-low hems and drapey tops, and not well with tops that leave a vertical line across my middle.  Am I right?

And I know you can't really see the shoes in the pictures, but I'm not a great judge of shoe combos - they all seem fine to me.  Are there ones that clearly work better or worse?

Do you think these work with a wide-enough variety of tops to warrant keeping them?  

Do these set me in a good direction with my fashion?

My apologies for hair that got crazier and crazier in the wind and changing of tops....

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WIW: Cropped Pants

In keeping the spirit of today's ensemble, I tried out my black cropped pants, with a hi-low hem top.

I have a few questions:

  • Are these pants the right length?  I fear they may be too short for the look? (just measured: they're exactly four inches above the top of my ankle bone)
  • Are the shoes ankle-accentuating enough?  I'm watching for the right pair of black sandals (a bit more dressy than my birkenstocks).  Haven't found them yet.
  • Does the outfit work?
  • New "hibiscus" Burts Bees chap stick - does the color work?

Next haircut in a week, though I did adjust my headband after this picture, so that my hair is less "square".
 

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WIW: Lightening and brightening

The combination of spring weather (lots of storms) and new hair is making me want to lighten and brighten up my outfits.

Here's what I've worn since the haircut :)

#1 for housework - I like the orange of the top with my hair though.
#2 out with my husband, hair back in a headband, which he liked
#3 casual working from home.

The hair still shocks me in the mirror, but it requires no styling, which I love.  I can look like I meant to do this, rather than just rolled out of bed - even when that's exactly what I did.

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Tempted by EF Harem pants

I just noticed that the EF Harem pants are on super clearance for a price that I think I could swing.

But can my style handle them?  I live a casual life, that sometimes needs to be business casual.  I like the idea of arty drapey pieces, and they usually flatter me, but I honestly don't wear them that often.  (Probably because I don't really have much in that style).

What are your thoughts?  Should I try them?  

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WIW: Chartreuse with the new hair

I wore bright colors to set off the new hair yesterday - a new chartreuse split sweater with navy.  I added in a blue scarf for softness.  I liked the color combo, even though chartreuse has never been a great color for me.

Bonus pic of my hair with make-up :)

Comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

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Taking a Stand with Summer Hair

I love everything about this post and this challenge.  This summer my body isn't what I want it to be - I haven't conquered recent weight gain, and don't really like the way my clothes look on me - even the ones that fit properly.  But the fact is, my body is this shape and size right now, and I have to dress it, so it hasn't caused me a whole lot of grief.

What is more difficult for me is hair.  I've been wanting to update my hair, and really enjoying it shoulder length, but wanted it more interesting.  My husband, though, has been asking for me to return to a pixie cut.  I haven't wanted to, because I don't like the shape of my chin (and its double), and feel like a pixie highlights that perceived imperfection.  It's silly, of course, but still an insecurity.

This challenge convinced me to go ahead and take the plunge.  I debated so long that I ended up going to the stylist (a school) with no picture, and only a vague idea of what I wanted, just before it closed yesterday.  I told the student that I wanted a pixie but wanted it to still have some length, and that I wanted her to just cut something that looked good to her.

I almost cried seeing all that hair that I worked so hard to grow out get chopped off, and with the feelings of nakedness and knowing that my chin shape would be un-hideable.  

And to be honest, I'm not sure what I think of the result either - it feels shocking, looks more hard-edge than I was ready for it to look, is very assymetrical... and just will take some getting used to all over.  It took me a half hour to convince myself to leave the house this morning.

But after washing it this afternoon and letting it air dry, I think it'll grow on me.  Hubby wishes it was shorter on top, and I've promised that when it needs a trim (it's already scheduled in June), then I'll go shorter.

I'm feeling brave tonight, so I took pictures - no make up, and my roots desperately need touching up.  But here I am, stepping out with my summer haircut.  Now I feel like I need to use my clothes to add back in a little softness, so I may be revisiting my wardrobe....

Thanks for listening!  :)  (And thanks for the challenge, Angie!)

#1 - #2 The "Before"  I realize you all haven't seen me for a while, but I still like this haircut :) (Also not a fair "before" because it includes make up and styling, which none of the "after" shots do)

#3 - Just home from the salon (I went in gardening clothes, it was so last-minute that I got up the bravery)

#4-#5 After a shower, with no styling.  

Still trying to convince myself not to hide under a rock while my hair grows back, ha.  On one hand, I think it's a lesson to not go to the salon without a picture.  On the other hand, it's remarkably similar to the pictures on my pinterest board that I would have taken to the salon - just a little longer in the front, shorter on the short side, and a little more asymmetrical than I was expecting.

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