Sunday, January 16, 2011

Even Legs Get the Blues.



It's been a while since I've been able to take some proper outfit pictures. Most of the time I just want to stay inside, where there is no light, wearing as many blankets as possible and sliding through the house like some weird amoeba. The time spent outside is mostly scurrying from one doorway to the next, with occasional bursts of flinging oneself inside the car to escape the cold (which isn't really so bad as just really uncomfortable).




This is my favorite coat of all time. I don't know what I will do when it gives in and becomes decrepit.





The original plan was to take pictures by the movie theater, but I chickened out when I saw a guy patrolling the parking lot. It's been a while, and I feel like a weirdo posing for pictures like I'm some kind of awesome. So we headed over to one of the local private high schools, since it was Sunday and cold, so no one would be around. I can walk there from my house, but I haven't been in years! Not since track meets and meeting friends anyway.

The real exciting thing though, is my mini meow tote from fieldguided!





I had been secretly pining away for one for weeks, waiting for payday and then forgetting and buying cake and dresses instead. I'm such a sucker for tote bags--I have, I think, given up on actual purses and have thrown myself body-and-soul into tote-bag-collecting--and this one is kitty themed! There are others in the shop as well, so everyone ought to order away, but not too much, because I may need to treat myself to one of the lyric totes, or another meow if I manage to destroy this one.

The problem with tote bags, is they are often large, and I will pack them with extra shoes, cameras, books, planners, pens, cosmetics, a pair of socks just in case, sometimes a different blouse in case I change my mind later, and occasionally an apron if I'm going to work. Also, lunch. I'm trying to carry less, and so a smaller bag seems the best way to do so, and to not sling things on my shoulders. Eventually I will be lopsided if I keep my habits going!

Outfit details:
Coat: H&M, circa 2007
Jumper: Banana Republic, thrifted
Tights: Hue
Shoes: Steve Madden
Blouse: Banana Republic
Tote: fieldguided

47 comments:

  1. i too am OBSESSED with tote bags. and that coat is too perfect for words. i like when you do post outfit photos. i remember when i first found your blog i went through every entry and fell in love with your outfits.

    that bag is amazing.

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  2. !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I am overjoyed to see this!!!

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  3. I love colored tights! They make things more fun and adventurous!

    Julia

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  4. Lovely photos!
    Those tights are wonderful, and I love love love that tote1

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  5. I love your coat. Having a perfect winter coat makes me feel so much better about winter.

    Your tote is also really cute.

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  6. Love the coat, the bow blouse, the jumper, those perfect blue tights... Everything!

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  7. The electric blue tights turns up the brilliance level of the outfit even more. Love it.

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  8. Hey looky there! I wore blue tights today as well :] You are without a doubt, my absolute favourite blogger.

    oliviannehall.blogspot.com

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  9. I am tote bag obsessed but can never get my hands on any good one. I like the simplest kinds like yours. They are just so easy to use and effortless. No need to fuss unlike those huge leather ones. :)

    Bea from A plus B

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  10. I really love tote bags, but I find if they are ones without long handles and I have to carry them they drive me insane. Also, have a tendency like you to carry the world around with me, and it all gets lost in the depths of the bag! But that Meow one is great. You look so lovely here, there's a definite Mad Men vibe but then you've made it a bit funky with the blue tights and leopard print shoes.

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  11. Secretary blouses are my absolute favorite. I hate when you are ready to take pictures somewhere and some stranger pops up outta nowhere. I usually relocate as well. I'm not ready to be watched yet!

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  12. ohmygosh! you look so sweet with your new haircut! it's so so so cute :)

    Escape

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  13. Oh maybe another day you can take photos in front of the Theater :) Your coat is indeed super beautiful! and be careful with your back, having a heavy bag is not that healthy, i try always to only use my small leader purse, but when i have to go to the atelier... voilá 5 extra kilos of material... best wishes from Ghent!!***

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  14. The new 'do' is lovely on ya! Really cute! Id love to be brave and go for the chop.. alas the curly haired ppl do not look good with bangs. (I also love the blouse, such a sucker for pussybows)

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  15. I love your bow! haha and I know exactly what you mean about feeling weird posing for pictures.

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  16. so beautiful, i like your style

    lovely blog

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  17. Your coat is so flirty and classic- I love it! And the scarf bow and black dress combo is adorable! It looks great!

    Congrats on the tote bag!

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  18. That coat is very adorable :) It's a lot like my favourite winter coat...same flared shape and button detail. Cute blue tights! I'm wishing I had a pair now, but I guess I'll have to stick with my green and purple.

    <3 Cambria
    http://twoforteaplease.blogspot.com/

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  19. i think i AM lopsided from my bag-lady tendencies. i am so jealous of your fieldguided tote! it is so adorable! i bought kathryn one of the dreamcats calendars and it was hard not to buy something for myself, too!

    this goes without saying -- you look so beautiful!

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  20. Those tights pop quite wonderfully!

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  21. I love the first and the second picture best. I think your new haircut suits you and the combination of the blouse and the dress just makes me want to buy a bowy blouse.

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  22. love your eyeliner!!!!!!!!!

    nesha,
    http://thebuttonowl.co.uk/

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  23. your coat is lovely and i love the pop of blue..

    ps you are some kind of awesome :)

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  24. love the blue tights! This reminds me to dig mine out, haven't worn them in a while.

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  25. "sliding through the house like some weird amoeba" - I kind of giggled out loud at this line!

    I love your coat! The coloured tights add a nice touch to the outfit.

    I only own one tote bag, but it's the one bag I always use most - it feels like there's always room for more things to fit into it! I really should get more.

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  26. It can be so hard to take photos when other people are walking around and watching you. eep! You're looking lovely as always. I LOVE the bow blouse with the little dress.
    XOXO

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  27. love your outfit! so 60's! especially loving the tote :)

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  28. Girl, you are working the bow, bangs and bag! I love Field Guided's kitty obsession also--it really resonates!
    I have to be careful with tote bags--My favorite Leonard Cohen tote always ends up bringing me shoulder pain, simply because it fits my laptop, at least two books, a snack and a sweater.
    xoxo,
    Gina

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  29. this is wonderful! I love the whole vibe of the blog so much :)

    kisses x

    Check me out at...

    http://roses-are-blue.blogspot.com/

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  30. You look so whimsical!

    AND, I'm glad I'm not the only one who collects tote bags!

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  31. What a wonderful outfit, I'm wearing very similar tights to yours today :)

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  32. We have TOO MUCH IN COMMON. I've been totally hiding inside and just darting around when I'm forced to go somewhere. And I do the same with tote bags, although I only have one that I love (green with pink flamingos) but I'm very tempted to buy super pretty ones after seeing yours. They're just so USEFUL. I jam pack mine full of things and then they're all bulgy and not so cute.

    And I LOVE this whole look btw, the hair and tights and shoes, soso pretty!

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  34. oh that is the most amazing bag in the world!! going to spend a ridiculous amount of time on that website :) xx

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  36. I really like your tie neck blouse under your dress.
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  37. that, my friend, is an amazing amount of things to have in your bag. And I hope the size of your lunch doesn't suffer too much..!

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  38. This is a lovely outfit ! I have decided I shall wear my blue tights on the morrow !

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  39. You look splendid! And I love your fieldguided tote, I bought a fieldguided dreamcats Calendar for my boyfriend this christmas.

    <3

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  40. I love every single thing about that outfit. The leopard ballet shoes. The bold, bright tights. The pussy-bow top. Loooooove it!

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