Today we drove by a lake and it was frozen. It was about 16 degrees at the time. It is November 15. That feels a little soon, you know? We were supposed to have flurries with about one inch of accumulation, and I’m no meteorologist, but I think what it’s actually doing is snowing-snowing, not flurrying. At least it’s pretty outside the window, unlike when it snowed earlier this week and immediately got plowed into a slushy, gray-brown paste.
It is a pleasure, then, to look back on these Stitchfix pictures, which were taken at a time when it was nice enough to go outside without a jacket. Or snow boots.
I have to give props to my Stitchfix stylist this month. She/he took the time to read through my blog to better understand fit and style, and this fix had several good things in it – and none of the brands I have continually complained about. Thanks, Reese!
While I only kept one piece, the others were really, really close.
Sigh. It’s so fall-like in these pictures! It was a perfect season.
The one piece I kept was this Daniel Rainn Anika silk blouse. I have a few clients now where my wacky vintage wardrobe isn’t appropriate, and I need to be a leeeeetle more professional. We’re not talking suits or anything. But a silk blouse with skinny jeans is a good solution. I’ve already worn it twice.
I went back and forth on the Mavi Gold Nigel skinny jeans. They fit great in the waist/hips, and the length was perfect, but at the end of the day I felt my thighs looked a little…plump. For what it’s worth, I have felt this way (the thigh thing) about every single plair of “fashion color” skinny jeans I have ever tried on. I have a pair of tights in this color that I wear all the time, though, so waffled about whether a thicker option would be worthwhile. Weeks later, I’m still on the fence, but they are long gone.
This Leota Kerri shift dress was a real heartbreaker, and thinking back on it now, I should have kept it and worn it with leggings all winter long. It fit great up top and the fabric had a dreamy drape, but it was just so short! If only I had thought of it as a tunic and not gotten hung up on it not working as a dress.
Let’s start with these Frye boots I got for a great price at a shoe store that is going out of business. Joel and I went in there on a lark on the way to check out a new Arc’teryx store, and it was early enough in the sale that they still had my size. A miracle, since every other woman in the universe seems to be a size 8.5 in situations like these. I was already on the lookout for a flat black boot with a bit of an edge, and didn’t want a classic knee boot. These are pretty much exactly what I was looking for. I can even wear them under bootcut jeans. Huzzah!
The Peppercorn Jackson ombre cardigan was not really my jam. It fit fine and was cozy enough, but when I looked at myself in the mirror I felt extremely top-heavy. Which I am. But I prefer to minimize it whenever possible. (Which does not at all explain my new obsession with giant men’s vintage cardigans, which are way less flattering than this one. But I’m allowed to be fickle.)
31 Bits is a company with a mission to help women in Uganda rise out of poverty. This is something I can absolutely get behind, and I wish this necklace were more my style. I just could not justify keeping it, since I knew I would never wear it, and couldn’t for the life of me figure out who I might gift it to if I had kept it. They have some beautiful pieces on their website, so I’m going to keep an eye on them for sure.
How cute is that bear-wearing-a-sweater ring? It was the only thing I bought for myself when Joel and I went to Budapest last year. He’s a bit chunky and can sometimes get in the way, but I’ve been wearing him every chance I get. Perhaps he’ll be my winter spirit animal!