Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Fall 2016: Warm and Cold

Hi guys! The temperature has varied a lot here so far this fall, so I've gotten to wear a lot of different kinds of outfits. 

Tank top from Everlane
Cardigan from Old Navy
Denim skirt from Boden
Slip-on oxfords from Pikolinos

Tank top from Everlane
Moccasins from Minnetonka

Flared jeans by Madewell
Ankle boots from Clarks (similar)

Handknit sweater - pattern by Isabell Kraemer
Skirt from J. Crew Factory
Slip-on oxfords from Pikolinos

Addison tank top - pattern from Seamwork Magazine
Flared jeans from Madewell
Ankle boots from Clarks (similar)

Luxe Sweater from Everlane.
Grey jeans (similar)
Rain boots from Madewell. I just got these boots and I think they're great for rainy and slushy days. We haven't had many this fall, but I'm sure there will be plenty to come. 

Tank top from Everlane
Cardigan from Old Navy
Black jeans from Madewell

I still haven't chosen a true capsule yet, but I can see the things that I'm reaching for the most. I got out all my cold-weather clothes today and my closet feels pretty crowded. Maybe this weekend I'll narrow it down. It will be nice to have a go-to capsule again instead of having to make so many choices every morning.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Outfits from October

Hi guys! This year I'm figuring out my fall wardrobe by just getting dressed and seeing what I want to wear most often! A few things are already clear winners for me: jeans (of course), the sweater I knitted, and the tan cardigan you'll see below. Soon I'll try to narrow it down to declare my main pieces for the blog - maybe this weekend. 

Souvenir t-shirt from our trip to the Garden of the Gods this summer. Camping with kids for the first time was a fun adventure! Next summer hopefully we'll go a few times, and we'll have a better idea of what gear we want to bring (especially a great air mattress as opposed to the one that went flat and left me sleeping on rocks this summer).
Off-white linen Oceanside pants - pattern from Blank Slate Patterns. These have served me so well since I made them! I wish I'd sewn them at the beginning of summer. I'll keep wearing them until it gets too cold for their breezy lightness.
Camper leather sneakers. I've had these for years! I think they are so weird and fun, and they're super comfortable. 

Red cropped Linden sweatshirt - pattern from Grainline Studio. I originally made this long-sleeved, but the sleeve bands were too tight to push the sleeves up so I hated wearing it. I had to alter it to make it right, and now it's pretty much perfect. The fabric is a weird mystery knit from Colorado Fabrics. It was very inexpensive, but had no content or care information attached. It's certainly not a natural fiber, but it's still working for me as a short-sleeved sweatshirt.
Madewell flared jeans. I got these last year and still enjoy the wide legs and higher waist. I love that there is no whiskering! Why is that still being done to jeans?

Sallie jumpsuit - pattern from Closet Case Files. I'm trying this layered with my new favorite sweater. So far, it has not been too annoying to take off the sweater to use the restroom. 
Tan cardigan from Old Navy. I love the size, weight, shape, length, and color of this sweater. I think I'm going to get a ton of use out of it this winter, and if it survives heavy use and laundering, I can imagine wearing it for years to come. That's one way to defeat fast fashion - only buy things that you love and then wear them a ton. (The other way is to avoid shopping there at all, but I could not find a similar style at a price I was willing to pay from a more ethical supplier.)
Ankle boots from Clarks. These are a couple years old. This year's version of the Spye is here, and also looks great. Mine are really comfortable and I love the fringe detail and the low heel. 

My hand-knit sweater, the Daelyn Pullover by Isabell Kraemer.
Flared jeans from J. Crew Factory
Minnetonka Moccasins - these shoes just seem like fall to me. They have thunderbirds made of beads on the toes, but my kids think they are robots. That makes me like them even more (both the shoes and the kids!)

Maroon t-shirt from J. Crew Factory. I love how these fit. 
Flared jeans from J. Crew Factory. 
Old Airwalk lace-up shoes. These are cute ones from Clarks.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

A Rainy Day Outfit

Today is cold and rainy (it's currently only 44 degrees!). Yesterday afternoon I wore shorts to work in the garden, but today I get to wear the first sweater I ever knit myself. I plan on wearing this a lot this winter. I finished it in January, maybe, but then I pulled a yarn end and made a hole in it. Luckily my sister was able to fix it for me, but the incident meant that I barely got to wear it after I made it, and then it got too warm outside. I'm excited to get to wear it more this year.

I'm working on knitting my second sweater now. I have to finish the first sleeve, knit the second sleeve, and finish the neckline. I should definitely be wearing that one soon! I think a less distracted knitter could finish it in a day of dedicated knitting. Since I'm always in the middle of a bunch of projects, and always starting even more, plus I'm a slow knitter, I'm hoping I'll have it done by the end of the month. And then I have a few more planned, and I want to learn to knit socks! Wouldn't it be awesome to have more time and energy? So many plans!

Do you have any cozy hobbies for wintertime? It feels so right to cuddle up with a blanket, a cat, a cup of coffee, and a knitting or crochet project. The cat's very important for lap-warming and for stealing your yarn. 

Handknit sweater - pattern is Daelyn by Isabell Kraemer. Yarn is Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Yarn in Cosmic Wonder Dust
Madewell skinny jeans
Lucky Brand ankle boots (mine are old but these are similar)

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

October Outfits: Easing Into Cooler Weather

Hi guys, how's October treating you? It's a nice autumn here, with leaves changing color and gradually cooling temperatures - my favorite kind of fall! Some years it rains and the leave just turn brown. Some years it seems to go from hot summer right to cold winter. I love it when we get a sunny fall with a good stretch of temps in the 60s and 70s. Perfection. 

I've been wearing jeans a lot and layering on a sweater or jacket in the mornings and evenings. I've gotten out my ankle boots and hightop sneakers, which both feel pretty autumnal to me. And I also still need short sleeves, even tank tops, and sandals. This is the time of year that calls for a whole range of fabrics and styles to suit the changing weather. 

Blue Penny raglan top - pattern from Grainline Studio
Madewell flared jeans
Ankle boots from Clarks (mine are old but these are cute)

Striped rayon Willow Tank - pattern from Grainline Studio
Linen Oceanside pants - pattern from Blank Slate
Slip-on Pikolinos oxfords

Cloudy Scout Tee - pattern from Grainline Studio
Madewell flared jeans
Clarks sandals (mine are old, but if I were shopping for new ones, I'd want to try these on)

Sallie Jumpsuit - pattern from Closet Case Files
Leather Sam Edelman espadrilles
Cross-body purse (mine is old but here is another yellow one)

Blue Penny Raglan Top again. Sometimes I wear something, love it, and just keep wear it (see also my Madewell flared jeans this week).
Chambray skirt - self-drafted
Clarks sandals (mine are old, but Birkenstocks would work)
Clutch (mine is old, but this one is cute)

Linden sweatshirt - pattern from Grainline Studio
Madewell flared jeans
Hightop Vans