When I am blue

Navy blue is such a striking color. I wore a navy blue suit to my last job interview a year ago, and the color just commands power in a way that wearing black does not (black is for blending in). It was my go-to color for a few years, and I still love it so much. Wearing the blue dress in my last post really made me want to see all the ways I’ve worn navy throughout this blog – there are too many to list! I’ve rounded up my favorites.

As usual with these remix posts, click on the image to see the original post!

Black and blue, I wear this dress all the time!
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When I was on the hunt for navy blue shoes, I caved into this pair. Too bad they were very uncomfortable for San Francisco walking.
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This skirt will forever be known as the most perfect skirt.
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I’m sad I had to let this lovely dress go – it was just too big on me.
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A navy trench, when the weather and outfit permits, I wear this hell out of this trench coat.
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One of the first gifts my bf ever gave, I don’t get to wear it in SF. So when I’m somewhere warmer, it comes with me.
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Hmm, I’ve worn this striped outfit so many times! I could still today, I just need to take in the skirt a little bit!
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I loved the paint brush strokes print on this skirt – it became too short for me to feel comfortable wearing it anymore.
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Are you a navy blue lover like me?!

Yves Saint Laurent style

In the last style post, I wore my trusty and amazingly comfortable Yves Saint Laurent wedges I’ve had for 6+ years now. When I got them, I was still living the student/full time worker budget lifestyle and paid what was a lot for me at the time (about $40 from Buffalo Exchange) when I was mainly only budgeting for thrifting and vintage. But these shoes have at least another 15 years or more of life in them, and I’m glad they’re mine! It follows a mantra I have reiterated many times on this blog and if you meet me in person – you can always be stylish on a budget AND buy quality things. I have learned my lesson many a times and will not fall fool again to buying cheap shoes – I’m too old for this blister, pinching, falling apart shoe thing.

You may notice that my wedges are slightly different than the ones you’d find to buy – after I purchased mine, I got a large chunk of the gummy heel stained, and no amount of cleaning would get it back to it’s former condition. So I got creative, and used craft paint to stain the whole wedge part. It actually made the shoes visually better (to me).

The shoes themselves pop-up on eBay often and for good/reasonable prices if you just look (you would pay the same, if not more for a cheaper pair of shoes). Find a pair HERE, HERE, and HERE.

As with these remix posts – click on the image to see the original post!

A little more classy look with a blazer and tuxedo-style pants
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Or with a black pencil skirt
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A bright colored pair of jeans works well! (sadly, both top and bottoms went to wardrobe heaven after separate stain accidents)
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Mixing it up here (as you’ll see, I went through a phase where I loved wearing these stirrup leggings)
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My trench coat look!
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Both the blazer and pants were made of soft cotton – I loved the softness of this outfit and how the wedges completed the look.
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Hello curves! Back in the day, wow 5 years ago! This dress looks a little different on me now, but I’d like to revisit this outfit.
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Another throwback look – but what can I say? I was living in Las Vegas. Different time, different lifestyle. I wouldn’t wear it now, but it worked then.
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It’s fun to do these Remix posts – now that my blog is almost 9 years along, I have so many different posts to dig back through! Hope you enjoy them as much as I do :)

2014 moments

Wow, I blinked at 2014 is almost gone!

I want to take this small moment to thank all of you that visit this space here, this year, and the few of you that have stuck around since 2006 when I started. I never imagined it would turn into this! I love this blog and everything it has become. I get to share and converse with you about books, made in USA stuff, thrifting, and all in an honest and real way. This blog is my voice and my ideas, and I’m lucky to have the freedom to do it this way. So thank you again.

January was a big month, I relaunched the look of my blog, and did it all myself! From the installation to the logo design. But it was also the month I finally compiled a list of Made in USA brands, I still refer to it all the time! This outfit in particular was my favorite of the month.

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February was a huge leap in personal things. I left my comfortable job of three years and multiple part time jobs to work at one library full time! It is a huge relief to finally feel so steady and not have to juggle multiple jobs (not to mention the uncertainty of life when you work between 40-70 hours a week!) This outfit below, is still one of my favorites. I need to mend a hole in that top so I can wear it again!

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Because of my transition, March was a very short blogging month for me. I worked so hard to make this video for Intel, which I’m super proud of! I only shot two outfit photos that month, I still like the colors of this one. I would just wear it with different shoes.

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April was fun, I made my way up to the Walt Disney Museum to see a special exhibit of my favorite Disney artist, Mary Blair. I didn’t disappoint. I also challenged myself to dress outside of my “age appropriate” comfort zone! Pondering if I’m old to wear shorts. The answer is no.

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In May, I had the great idea of starting a new book series called Best, Last, Longest – I’m hoping to restart this in 2015! I still love this Texas tuxedo look!

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June was a blur -

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While July was spent running around trying to take advantage of all the Summer fun things going around all over San Francisco and the Bay Area. I’ll always love these photos taken of me at one of my favorite secret spots :)

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August is my birthday month, and I was also enjoying my new hair! I finally used this new hair color to try a fun temporary dye. If I had a minute to breathe, I would do this again. I also finally rounded up my favorite fashion books in the same place. I often get asked what are my favorite and must have fashion books, now I can point you to this link!

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By the time September rolled around, we were losing our outdoor light and I start moving outfit photos back indoors. I really like that I started these window shopping posts to show that you can buy Made in USA at thrift stores AND regular stores too! My favorite outfit of the month? The fact that I was able to find my dream dress that I had been searching for since 2008.

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Wasn’t it just October?! I went to two weddings and traveled a lot between Southern and Northern California thus. One awesome trip to Palm Springs, another to Disneyland! This month saw the most posts because I was going crazy with my Halloween posts, I’m still super proud of them and am already plotting ideas for the next one! I also took a leap and finally bought fabric and sewed my first thing ever using a real pattern! I wore it in public, AND people asked me where it was from. It’s an awesome feeling!

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October was so crazy, I feel like I spent November recapping it! But November was very special to me because I was able to surprise my family for Thanksgiving, after sadly thinking I wasn’t going to be able to see them. I had a lot to be thankful about. This outfit was very interesting, I’m not sure I would wear this much green together (yes, thinking this, even a few months after it was worn).

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And here we are, December! I reviewed and then gave away the Teen Vogue Handbook - it’s at its new home waiting inspire a young teen :) I also got to see the amazing Keith Haring Exhibit, see it before it goes!

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2015 is going to be a great and awesome year! I’ve had some hurdles, just like anyone else, and I want to use my time being productive again (I suffer from Couch Potato-itis). All I need is a jump start. I want to be more mindful. So weird how it takes so long to figure all these things out right? Happy new year my friends.

So this rain…

I’ll be the first to admit, I really don’t know what to wear when it rains. Either I’m staying home or en route to somewhere where I won’t need all the rain gear. You’re basically stuck overdressing or underdressing. Considering it’s been raining almost  non-stop here for the last two weeks, I’ve found no inspiration to getting dressed (other than the few hours it has stopped, I’ll share those outfits soon). Worse yet, I’ve found only THREE rain outfits in my 8 years of blogging!

I’ll share those three here in hopes they’ll inspire me to be more creative with even what I wear on rainy days! As always, click on the image to see the original post!

Wow, I’ve lost that clear umbrella. But I still have this trench and these boots!
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Layers galore, gotta dig out those boots!
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Seems fitting, this was one of, if not the last, outfits I shot right before I left Las Vegas four years ago almost to date! My, how I have changed!
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Happy Friday!