Remix black pencil skirt

My black Elizabeth & James pencil skirt has proven itself to be a closet staple (I wear it more than you see it here of course). It is made out of  several layers of a stretchy mesh that let me move freely – in comparison with a longer cotton black skirt I own that is practically impossible to walk in! I should probably get the waist taken in a little bit so it fits better, but I’m in no hurry to make it bodycon – the relaxed fit literally suits me better. There’s one for sale on Ebay HERE.

Like other Remix posts, click on the image to see the original post!

My first Tokyo outfit! This skirt was great for walking and feeling like a stylish tourist!
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I’d wear this outfit again any day of the week!
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I loved this outfit, but the top I made shrunk right after I wore it out this night. It is now borderline croptop, which means I can’t wear it with this skirt again. But I’ll always have this particular outfit in my memory!
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This was the first time I was brave enough to wear this skirt again after having lost weight. I just remember thinking I felt so good in it :)
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And this was the first time I had worn this skirt on the blog – I remember feeling so self conscious after posting these photos. I hid my weight very well, but I felt anguished and fearful of being made fun of for wearing a tight skirt and having a belly. I weighed so much more than I do now that I had to wear the skirt very high up to even fit. I definitely had a moment where I thought this way too small for me and I should get rid of it. I’m glad I didn’t!
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The vintage hats

The last post really cemented how much I love my vintage felt hats. I’m addicted to buying and wearing them – so much that I sometimes leave my hat out of the outfit because I’m embarrassed to show you guys how often I wear one (kind of like those bloggers that never take their sunglasses off, I don’t want to annoy you guys as the “hat lady”)

Having previously lived in Las Vegas where it was too hot for felt hats, I feel like the SF weather is the perfect conditions for wearing them. Plus, our proximity to vast amounts of great quality vintage sure helps. I’ve found a woman who runs a booth at our local flea market that only sells vintage hats, most of which are from Germany (occasionally she also sells Steiff stuffed animals and silk scarves, but her main focus are hats). The kicker being is that she is the middleman that sells vintage hats to our local vintage stores – so I’m getting them directly from her and at a better price! In other words, she’s got me baited and hooked. If you don’t have a hat lady like I do, Ebay seems to have the best online vintage selection.

There’s no way I could show all hat posts, so instead I picked some of my favorites. As usual with these posts, click on the image to see the original post!

While this look is very retro – these hats prove to be very versatile
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Or how about 50 shades of black and grey?
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Whoa I got to figure out where this top went!
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I don’t think I’d wear so many textures like this again now, but it was a fun outfit then.
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I’m actually itching to cut my hair this short again!
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Another outfit, like the one above, to prove that denim and hats just seem to work so well together!
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I still love my little pink hat, I should wear it more often
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This hat has since been sent to a better home, as I wasn’t wearing it as much. This is from two years ago, when my hat collection began to grow.
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Did I just say I want to cut my hair? Seeing this is making me have second thoughts!
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What about you? Are you a fellow hat lover too?!

Remix: Blocks of Black

Are we tired of the “pops of color” phrase and phase yet? Well after the last outfit post, I was curious to go back through the archives and see my pops of black dotted through my wardrobe. Because I am a lover of extremes (all black, or all color), there really weren’t that many instances over the course of 9 years blogging! So I rounded up these. We all have different basics, right!?

Per usual with these remix posts, click on the image to see the original post.

Black top with a simple green skirt!
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Or adding a black jacket and accessories to a white dress ensemble
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Sort of weird to see how this is similar to the first outfit with the green skirt! (note to self, wear this vintage skirt more often).
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Mixing black and blue, still my favorite party dress!
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A nice black coat in a longer length to add flair
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A little black pencil skirt!
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A black jacket that I should be wearing more often!
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I used to wear this black spandex leotard under dresses (as shown above also). I still have it, but I don’t know what to do with it anymore!
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See, here it is again. I guess it was my go-to black outfit piece when I lived in Las Vegas!
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Everyone has, or should have, a go-to black piece in their wardrobe that you can mix with anything. I had been on the lookout for a new pair of black slacks that will work in the workplace but also off duty. I actually found them, but I have to take the hem down a bit before they’re wearable. What about you, what is your go to black item in your closet?

Remix floral

I’m definitely a quirky outfit type of gal – I love patterns, but floral patterns don’t make their way too often in my wardrobe. I really had to dig deep through my archives to find some floral examples (besides the dress in my previous post). I think at times, I felt flowers is just too safe and common for my wardrobe – I just haven’t been looking in the right places. In fact, just seeing these photos makes me want to look for some floral vintage dresses (that still have a modern flair). How do you feel about floral patterns? A safe bet or a must have?

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

A silk floral dress by Diane Von Furstenberg – available HERE and HERE
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My flower power J Crew pants
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A vintage oversized top that can be worn as a dress (has now been retired because of how short is it).
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Gap skirt worn as a dress! This was shortly after I moved to San Francisco – blue and white HERE, green and white HERE
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Still a forever favorite, this Anna Sui dress, that I haven’t worn in a long time but I’m dying to because it’s just so pretty – one available HERE, but ouch, kinda pricey
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Or how about floral print tights! I loved this outfit then, not sure if I’d be brave enough to wear it now.
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Last but not least, 2008 was a weird time, you could get away with wearing anything. But I still have these American Apparel hotshorts, I just wear them UNDERNEATH my clothes now ;)
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