Tuesday, April 15, 2014


Other than items made of spandex or tailored for me, I’d say very few things in my wardrobe fit me just right. I do the best I can with off the rack items, making adjustments with fashion tape or safety pins. Hiding loose waists with a fitted topper. Disguising too low necklines by layering another shirt underneath.

Today I’ve used double-sided tape between my shirt buttons and accomodated for the skirt’s scanty overlap with pettipants. (This skirt is too loose in the waist and a smidge too tight in the hips. I just pull it low and pretend the ruching hides these flaws.)

Tunic (worn as a shirt), Wet Seal. Skirt, Mossimo. Shoes, Prabal Gurung for Target. Sunglasses, Target. Earrings, Cuffs. Necklace, Heart Boutique. Bag, SheBoBo.

Monday, April 14, 2014

It's a Bird!

This outfit had people doing a double take. Is it a plane? Is it a crazy dress? Or is it a crazy shirt under a crazy dress? (Hint: the answer is “c.”)

Shirt, Sans Souci. Dress, Diane von Furstenburg (consignment). Shoes, Two Lips. Sunglasses, Target. Bag, SheBoBo.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sporty Sunday: Hiking Lake Clementine Trail

I gave the Auburn State Recreation Area another try, but was disappointed, again. We did not get lost or run afoul of horses (like last time). Instead, I was unhappy with the heavy use, restrictions on canines, and dull trail.

The morning started auspiciously enough. We were the first to park in the lot at the Lake Clementine trail head. The beginning of the walk took us under the impressive Foresthill Bridge, made even more impressive by low-hanging clouds. The hillsides along the first mile are covered in poppy and lupine. Clark’s Pool, a swimming spot created by an underwater mining dam, is inviting and also reached within the first mile. After that, though, it’s all downhill (or rather, uphill).

Other than the moderate grade to keep things interesting, the rest of the hike is pretty boring along the wide track. The river is far below. The scenery is uninspiring. Peeks of the Lake Clementine dam excited me, but the trail’s end is 0.4 miles before the dam (and the structure is not visible from that point). From the end, one must walk along a paved road to visit the overlook. Dogs, unfortunately, are not allowed along the road. We turned around and headed back to dally at Clark’s Pool. I wish we hadn’t gone beyond the pool in the first place. (All the pictures are from that first mile.)

From the number of cyclists we saw on the way back, I surmised that this trail is popular with moutain bikers. Jasper is inclined to chase and bark at bicycles, so the encounters were a bit unpleasant. (I take full responsibility for his bicycle issues. We need to do some training.)

I might do this trail again with a novice hiker. It’s easy and easily reached. For wilderness wanderers, though, it’s a let-down.

Source: Salcedo-Chourre, Tracy. "Lake Clementine Trail." Best Hikes Near Sacramento. Morris Book Publishing, 2012. Print.

Length: 4.6 miles if hiked as described in the book. We hiked 3.6 miles due to the dog restrictions.

Water: The American River was flowing well, as were seasonal creeks that cross (under) the trail.

Use: Moderate to heavy. We were off the trail by 9:30 a.m. and it was already experiencing moderate traffic. I imagine use is heavy by noon.

Differences from published description: None.

Jasper’s rating: 2 paws out of 5.

Sporty Sunday is a recurring feature in which I share my fitness routine and offer and solicit advice. While this content might seem a little out of place in an outfit diary, a healthy, strong body is the foundation of my wardrobe. I hope to inspire my readers to be fit as well as stylish!

Cole Porter Night

For a Sunday, I was a bit dressed up. Normally, after my hike and swim lesson, I lounge around in pyjamas. On this Sunday, though, Beefy and I joined a meet-up group to sing Cole Porter tunes with live musicians. It was sort of like classy karaoke; no one was drunk, the singers were great, and the music wasn’t canned.

Shirt, INC (thrifted). Skirt, Chaus Sport (thrifted). Shoes, J Crew. Sunglasses, Target. Earrings and scarf, Claire’s. Bag, Liz Claiborne (thrifed and gifted). Bangles, thrifted.

I may have dressed the part of casual jazz singer, but I didn’t have the nerve to sing with the group, this time. (If only it were a bunch of off-key boozers out of sync with the recorded track . . . then, I might have dared to sing!) Beefy killed it, though, and I committed to sing at the next meet-up: Gershwin night!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Daily Pearls

Does anyone wear real pearls anymore? I prefer the costume version. I can pile them without breaking the bank.

Shirt, Levi’s (thrifted). Skirt, Andre Oliver (thrifted and shortened). Shoes, Charles David. Sunglasses, Target. Earrings, Girlprops. Necklace, Stella & Dot. Bag, Caprice Handbags (thrifted).

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Fair Shake

I hate it when I debut a new wardrobe item in what turns out to be a rather lackluster outfit. For example, I wore this new-to-me pastel plaid shirt last month as a part of an ensemble I didn’t much like. Today’s outfit was more of a success, but still doesn’t show off the shirt’s western styling. I’ll have to wear it again (NOT under a dress) so you can fully appreciate my find. (Or find it thoroughly appalling. Tastes differ.)

Shirt, Rockies (consignment). Dress, Mossimo. Shoes, Miss Me. Sunglasses and necklace, Target. Necklace, vintage. Bag, Antonio Melani. Purse, Charming Charlie.

The Rockies shirt the first time and the second time:

Third time is the charm!

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

New Look

I’m still loving my new cut and color! The cut works so well with my slightly wavy texture and the color plays nicely with pink hair chalk. (See my instagram photo from this morning, at the end of this post, for the fresh chalk. The pink pieces were pretty well blended by handling and wind by the time I took my outfit pictures.)

Shirt, Christopher & Banks (thrifted). Dress, Prabal Gurung for Target. Shoes, Enzo Angiolini. Sunglasses, Girlprops. Necklace, vintage. Bag, Antonio Melani.

No pink here, but a reader asked to see the back of the haircut. Bonus: you also get to see my crazy cowlick and even crazier neckline.

Freshly chalked, this morning.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

I Wear My Sunglasses At Night

It takes some deep dark shade for me to remove my sunnies. The thick canopy of the oasis outside of the Tower Theatre is delightfully dim and cool. It's a novelty for me not to be squinting out of doors.

Blouse, French Connection (thrifted). Skirt, thrifted, shortened, and embellished. Shoes, Miss Me. Earrings, vintage. Bracelets, thrifted. Bag, Melie Bianco.