FASHION

Fashion Obsession: Denim Get-ups

I’m obsessed with Denim Get-ups.

I know what you’re thinking.

Not that.

Not your average denim-on-denim, either, a la these ladies:

I’m talking matchy-matchy denim SETS!

You know I love a setKind of like Justin and Britney, but for 2017. And matchy-matchy with yourself, not with your partner.

I was first inspired by a sleeveless denim boatneck shirt with matching high-waisted trousers I saw in a Neiman Marcus catalog a few years ago. I hung onto the clipping for a long time, but cannot find it now :(. It’s apparently not on Google, either.

Then just last week, I saw a sleeveless denim boatneck shirt with a release-hem that matched some cropped release-hem denim pants I got last year. My set… finally realized!

Here is me struggling to take a selfie, per usual…

   

Shirt: Bella Dahl, on sale for $65!

Pants: H&M, similar here (only $55!) and here.

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Here are some other matchy-matchy denim looks that I’m ALL ABOUT!

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And here are a few other get-ups you can purchase now. Click the picture for source!

and if you REALLY REALLY like this trend (and want to pay beaucoup bucks), here’s a designer version:

What do you think?

-t&T (aka Team SET!)

 

Mother Daughter Matching: The True Story

Lots has happened since I last posted. My last post outlined my future nursery inspiration while making it clear that there was no baby.

In fairness, I have had nursery inspirations since I was about ten years old, looking through the huge quarterly JCPenny catalogs and mapping out my future life. So I totally would make a blog post about babies I don’t yet have, like my Mother Daughter Matching post from three years ago.

But that last inspiration was actually THE inspiration, and there was, in fact, a baby. Sorry for the huge fib! We were feeling the need to be a bit protective. Anyone paying attention could’ve read the comments on that post and called my bluff immediately :).

So here we are, nearly two months into our life with our beautiful baby girl. I know we still want to be protective of her but I will share what I can as we gain our footing as new parents. For now, we’ll refer to her as Baby S.

One very special event was held recently and that was her baby dedication. My friend Miriam, who owns Savvy Seamstress, had the awesome idea to create a dress for Baby S using a leftover piece of fabric from my wedding dress, which I had shortened to a sheath a few years back (you know, for every day wear). Cue squeals and jumping up and down. Yes, best idea ever!

Here’s the original:

These are the remnants she was working with, after the dress was shortened to the sheath:

And I couldn’t be more thrilled with how it came out.

And here we are, Mother Daughter Matching, in the flesh.

Another shot of the dress:

AND THEN, last weekend we held a Sip and See for little miss S, and she wore a dress that I wore when I was her age. She totally looks like Tristan but at least her fashion will look like me, as long as I can help it!

First up, me:

Thirty years later:

And one more of the full look!

Who wore it best? Obviously Baby S! Looks at those shoes :).

When I wrote my last post in December, I was five months pregnant and we were about to finish our upstairs remodel and move into our new [teeny] unit. I had begun to pare back on my extracurriculars, i.e. freelance work and teaching a fitness class, and thought I’d have all this time to nest and get ready for the baby, due mid-April.

But no. You see, we are those crazy people who bought a house when I was eight months pregnant and moved into it two weeks before my due date. And rented out the two units in the previous house.  Then proceeded to remodel three rooms in the new house, with a bathroom still in progress.

It just sort of happened … ?

But that all means that I have so many fun updates to post about! I am on maternity leave until mid-August, so there’s at least a chance I will actually do the posts.

And believe it or not, we have slowed down. Having a baby kind of forces you to! And we welcome it … though there is a learning curve. 🙂

-t&T

 

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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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