FASHION

Reading Rainbows

I spent today at the Tulip Festival and it was so colorful and delightfully spring-y that I was inspired to bring my blog out of winter hibernation.

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I will post photos from today at some point, but in the mean time, here is a collection of rainbow-inspired images I’ve been filing away for a rainy day. I just knew they needed to cuddle together on a blog post somehow and the time is now. Even though today is far from rainy!

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and last, but certainly not least…

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You go Lisa Frank.

On that note, I will leave you.

-t&T

T&T

OMG IRIS

You guys, the IRIS movie is now on Netflix. I missed the debut during Seattle International Film Festival, so I’m thrilled to now have access, to say the least. I just found it tonight and I’ve already watched it twice. Thankfully I’d already set aside my favorite Iris looks for a rainy day blog post. It’s the ultimate night.

In case you aren’t familiar with the film, it centers on Iris Apfel, 94-year-old style legend – The Rare Bird, she is called. Her mantra is “More is more and less is a bore.” If you know me or this blog, you’ll understand why I am obsessed. Poor Tristan.

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But, Iris was featured on the Simpsons… so Tristan isn’t totally uninterested.

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As a former textile designer, she has an appreciation for fine designer goods with attention to craftsmanship and quality fabrics, but loves to hunt for treasures in street markets near and far, thrift stores and rummage sales. She says, “I get more of a kick out of the process than I do in actually wearing the look.” I feel so understood! YES.

Here are some of my favorite looks of hers.

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Iris Apfel attends the premiere of “Iris” at the Paris Theatre on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP) ORG XMIT: NYAK101

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A museum curator caught on and recruited her to make an exhibit at Metropolitan Museum of Art filled with looks she put together and accessorized. MoMa! That’s a huge deal.
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You could even be Iris for Halloween!

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But she does mention, “It is better to be happy than well dressed.” Yes, truth! But dressing up is so much fun.

Does she, or does she not, inspire you to just accessorize a little bit more?!

-t&T

T&T

21 Fresh Preppy Fall Looks

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You won’t find any puffy herringbone vests, monogrammed scarves and/or statement necklaces here. Instead, I’m thinking preppy as in classic, uniform-inspired looks, but with a twist – add way too many pearls, some fur/leopard, contrasting plaids and a surprising pop of color. Things like that!

Here are 21 outfits that can show you what I mean. Mostly pulled from Atlantic-Pacific, one of my favorite style blogs, but with touches of others.

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Do you hate me for being sick of the puffy vest and monogram? I’m sorry. I get a little gutsy when I can hide behind the blog and don’t have to tell you to your face. 🙂

Have you seen any cute preppy fall looks that should be added to this list?

-t&T

T&T

Orange & Gold: A Match Made in Heaven

For more than a year, I had my heart set on wearing an orange dress with gold accessories for my 10 year high school reunion this past June. Much like with prom, I was on the planning committee, so I had plenty of time to obsess. I made my prom dress for my senior project, and I spent almost as much time and energy pinning orange/gold combinations for my 10 year reunion.

But then, of course, just when I found a cute, appropriately-priced orange dress at NastyGal, I simultaneously found a retro-inspired white dress with yellow daisies at Nordstrom Rack and I changed strategies altogether.

But because it’s the season of orange and gold, I wanted to share with you my robust findings so that the general public can benefit from my time investment. It’s been so long however that some of the original links are now dead. I’ve linked to the source whenever possible.

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SO MUCH INSPIRATION.

For the record, I accessorized my white/daisy dress with kelly green purse and shoes and Brigitte Bardot-inspired hair. Here is how the look came together.

Pre-makeup, leaving Salon Rae:

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The final look:

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Whew. That’s a lot of pics for one blog post. Did you stay with me? What are your fave color combos right now?

-t&T

T&T

Country Concert – Outfit Reveal!

So … as a refresher, Tristan and I attended a major country concert last month and crossed a huge item off Tristan’s bucket list. We had a great time and I actually knew half the songs, despite being rather new to Garth Brooks. (Apparently when you’re a legend, your songs creep their way into people’s life whether they seek it out or not). I was excited because I knew Garth would be a great entertainer, regardless if I actually knew the songs.

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I was also excited to have an excuse to plan a themed outfit. Here is the inspiration outfit I put together.

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And here is how it came out!

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YEEHAW, my first animated GIF!

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Tristan held it down in some flannel.

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Anyway… you get it. That’s enough pictures of me. 🙂 What do you think?  What do you usually wear to country concerts?

-t&T

T&T

What To Wear To A Country Concert

…If you’re a huge poser like me.

One of Tristan’s life dreams is to go to a Garth Brooks concert and in just two short weeks, that dream will come true! I’m not a huge country fan, though I can get excited about country if there’s a concert or road trip involved. When in Rome, as they say.

Given my obsession with theme dressing, I took to Google and Pinterest to find outfit ideas. The requirements were that it couldn’t be too country and also couldn’t be super bare, since it’s not summer. The latter was the major challenge – most of the outfits were definitely for summer concerts. Like this cute round-up, for instance.

I found a few inspiring looks on Pinterest before hitting the jackpot: Free People’s blog. More Western, less cowboy.

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I found this look on Pinterest:

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I also referred to Facebook to check out my friend Cassie’s concert outfits. Cassie Correlle is a country artist and has been singing/songwriting since I met her in high school. She’s got some darling outfits that aren’t too country or too bare.

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My research culminated in this outfit, for which I have secured all of the pieces. I purchased similar shorts and the kimono at Ross, I bought the boots last year at Buffalo Exchange, and the belt I found on Etsy. I have burgundy and gold dangly earrings (but aren’t the little tassels perfection!?). I will be wearing nude tights to help with warmth. What do you think?!

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Earrings // Shorts // Shirt // Kimono (similar here) // Belt (vintage) // Boots

-t&T

T&T

Sailing the Open Sea Pt. 2

Earlier this week, I shared about a recent sailing trip with Tristan’s parents. I had to lay the foundation by sharing all of the outfit research I conducted in advance, so that I could be ready to go sailing at a moment’s notice. Here are some photos from that day.

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I find it a source of pride that I don’t know how to take a selfie (or whatever). After taking the above shot, I attempted to take a manly photo of Tristan, and this is how it turned out:

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UG. Trying this again.

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There we go.

Here is our captain. Captain Dave.

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I somehow did not get a picture of my mother-in-law, probably because she was down in the cabin making a fabulous tapas lunch during the time I was in picture mode.

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Those are figs, people. I know, right? So fancy.

It was a day filled with lovely views and the most peaceful setting ever. I even had to take a little nap.

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We aren’t technically in the “open sea,” but it’s still pretty spacious!

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Look, the Needle!

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Since I didn’t take a full outfit photo, I’ve recreated my final outfit here:SUMMER SAILING OUTFIT Seattle Edition - Torie & Tristan

Anorak, Boyfriend Jeans, Flats, Sunglasses, Bathing Suit Top, Scarf (sorry, not all of these are still available!)

The casual research I conducted on sailing outfits totally paid off! Wouldn’t you know, my mother-in-law goes, “Oh, you look like Grace Kelly!”

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First of all, I wouldn’t go that far. Second of all, isn’t every female trying to look like Grace Kelly every day, at least a little? I thought that was a cultural norm. But I was sure prepared with my sunglasses and headscarf! And was of course, very flattered.

-t&T

T&T