I’m a big fan of the post-apocalyptic genre and watch many of the shows and movies. I always have to laugh when the characters maintain clean, styled, highlighted hair and perfectly made-up faces while they are scrounging empty houses for food and engaging competing groups in gun fights. Most recently, I watched Between on Netflix. Although cold (it’s set in Canada), the characters were always clean, stylish, and groomed.
Maybe this is how they’d dress if the show were set in northern California.
Vest, AC-3998 (cut from a thrifted jacket). Dress, Ginger. Boots, Ariat. Sunglasses, Coco Sunglasses. Necklaces, vintage and consignment. Bag, Happy Cow.
I’ll be honest, though, these boots would not make it far in the apocalypse. The leather is incredibly stiff and I can only stand them for a few hours.
I did my best but did not win the Toastmasters Area 74 international speech competition. It certainly wasn’t for lack of style! (And the winner also was dressed to kill.)
Shirt, Banana Republic. Skirt, Victoria’s Secret. Shoes, Nine West. Earrings, vintage. Clutch, vintage gift.
I did come in second and earned a medal. Beefy took first place in the table topics competition and will proceed to the Division G contest, next!
No sour grapes, here! I truly believe the speech winner will represent our area well and deserved 1st place.
The neutral, floral pattern of this dress makes it a natural for pattern mixing. I love how the sheer fabric allows for a hint of the underlayer’s pattern to peek through. The more I wear this dress, the more I must wear something underneath because it seems to burst a seam every time I pull it out from the closet. I believe it’s handmade (I got it at a swap and there’s no label), so it’s a bit delicate. Time to run it through the sewing machine, again, before you get more than a “peek” at the underlayer.
Dress, swap. Tunic, Wet Seal. Belt, thrifted. Boots, Audrey Brooks (consignment). Sunglasses, Earthbound Trading Co. Jacket (below), INC (consignment).
No animals were harmed in the making of this outfit. (Unless you count the boots, which are suede.) You know I love to mix prints. I love to mix animal prints even more.
Dress, Diane von Furstenberg (consignment). Shirt, BCBG Max Azria. Boots, Fergie. Sunglasses, Target. Earrings, Super Silver.
Can you find Smokey the Bear? He’s cleverly hidden in the bandana’s pattern. “Remember . . . only YOU can prevent forest fires.”
Vest, Helly Hansen. Flannel, Salt Valley (consignment). Striped shirt, Jones New York (thrifted). Jeans, Old Navy. Boots, Vionic. Sunglasses, Target. Bandana, Mono Lake Visitor Center.
The weather forecast predicted a high of 85 for Saturday, but temps topped out at 98 degrees! All three days of our long Disneyland weekend were warmer and sunnier than expected. I packed a hat and long-sleeved, collared shirt for our two days in the parks to protect my upper body from the sun. Look ma, no sunburn! (Despite making the poor decision to ditch the hat on Sunday.) I left my legs bare every day and hit the pool twice on Saturday (with SPF 50). I had just the right amount and type of clothing for all of our activities. My color palette was olive, black, white, brown, and denim.
These are the capsule items:
Vest (Sun & Shadow)
Button-front shirt (Forever 21)
Skirt (Forever 21)
Shorts (Forever 21)
Booties (Sam Edelman Circus)
Mules (Carlos Santana)
Woven fedora (street vendor)
Purse (A+ designed by Aldo)
Earrings – 3 (Stardust Remembered, Charming Charlie, and a tourist shop)
Sunglasses (Coco Sunglasses)
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Pros: The mules gave me blisters, but the booties were perfect for the park. (I like to keep my feet as covered as possible so they stay clean.) I should have worn the hat every day, but I was feeling vain about my hair on Sunday and ended up shielding my part with a collapsible fan. The button-front shirt is one of my wardrobe workhorses. Although it’s a Forever 21 cheapie, it has lasted me many wearings and still looks good. I was glad to have the bandana on Sunday to shield my neck and chest without the hat.
Cons: The buttons on the denim skirt earn me a patdown at airport security. I wore it on both flights. Ugh. You can’t tell, but I brought only black underwear (to wear with white shorts). I wish I had thought that through! We were at the parks during Dapper Days and I wish I had dressed up for the event. I wasn’t slumming in a tee and flipflops, but I could have tried a bit harder. I always pack a bathsuit when I travel, but I never bring a tote for the pool. I’ll add that to my packing list for next time. All the better to hide my flask
We happened to be at Disneyland the same day as two of our Sacramento friends, Jeff and Leah. They had come for Dapper Days and looked AH-MAZ-ING. (See their photo, below.) Although I told them that I wasn’t dressed for Dapper Days, Jeff still squinted at my outfit and tried to think of it as “dapper.” He said it looked “vaguely Southwestern” (so, maybe like a vintage cowgirl?) and I took the compliment.
Shirt, Forever 21. Skirt, Forever 21 (consignment). Boots, Sam Edelman Circus (consignment). Sunglasses, Coco Sunglasses. Earrings, tourist shop. Bandana, DSW. Belt, thrifted. Bag, A+ designed by Aldo (with a strap from another bag).
Jeff and Leah
It was 98 degrees and sunny in Orange County on Saturday. I was glad for my hat, collar, and long-ish sleeves. Although my legs were out, I didn’t burn. Instead, I managed to soak my shorts and boots on Grizzly River Run. Thankfully, I had Friday’s outfit to wear to dinner.
Shirt and shorts, Forever 21. Boost, Sam Edelman Circus (consignment). Hat, street vendor. Sunglasses, Coco Sunglasses. Earrings, Charming Charlie. Bag, A+ designed by Aldo (with a strap from another bag).
The metal buttons down the front of this skirt earned me a thorough patdown at airport security. It was so thorough that I was asked if I wanted a private room, first. I declined and merely endured the humiliation. I was glad that I was freshly showered and had worn shorts under the skirt.
Shirt, Sun & Shadow (thrifted). Skirt, Forever 21 (consignment). Mules, Carlos Santana (thrifted). Sunglasses, Coco Sunglasses. Earrings, Stardust Remembered. Bag, A+ designed by Aldo (with a strap from another bag).