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I wear what I like and I like what I wear. A daily outfit blog: WhatIWore2Day

Thrift Stars

· Don't give them big heads ·

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You’ve seen both the sweater and overall dress, before. And you know that they both came from the thrift store. And that I wear them way too much. I’ve added another thrifted treasure to my star-studded cast: this camo jacket. I found it at the downtown Los Angeles Goodwill. Because that’s where all the stars hang out.

Hat, Nine West. Jacket, Zara (thrifted). Overall dress, Hydraulic Denim (thrifted). Sweater, Full Tilt (thrifted). Leggings, Allen B. Boots, Vionic. Bag, Rebecca Minkoff.

I think this jacket will become a featured player. In fact, I’m planning to wear it tomorrow, too.

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· Hipster hotel ·

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My usual work hotels are bland and sometimes downright gross. The Kimpton Goodland (near Santa Barbara) was a delightful surprise. It is so boho California. (The website describes it as a boutique surf hotel.) I felt cooler just staying there and never wanted to leave! (It did have two failings, though: no hot tub and no in-room coffee. Both are work-travel essentials. The yoga mat and in-room record player didn’t quite make up for those. I used the yoga mat, but not the record player.)

Jacket, BCBG Max Azria (consignment). Scarf, Loft (thrifted). Sweater, Joseph A (thrifted). Pants, Lauren Ralph Lauren. Boots, Vionic. Bag, Caprice (thrifted and vintage).

Mission Shopping

· Hunting vs gathering ·

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I’m forever on the hunt for comfortable, dressy shoes. When I was in sales, I’d walk for blocks in hot weather. Now, when I speak, I’m standing for six hours. It’s easy to order new shoes off the internet, but I’m trying to shop second-hand as much as possible. I headed to a local consignment store with a very specific mission: shoes!

Spoiler alert: I didn’t find any. But I found two belts. I set out to hunt, but ended up gathering, once again.

Sweater, Outback Red. Tunic, Love Squared (thrifted). Leggings, We Love Colors. Boots, Sofft (consignment). Bag, Anifeel. Vest (below), Vero Moda. Sunglasses, Coco Sunglasses. Earrings, Charming Charlie.

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Color Black

· Give me a black crayon ·

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Currently, black is one of my favorite colors. At one point, I didn’t have enough to wear as a stagehand. Now, I could dress in it from head to toe. I broke it up with denim, brown, and olive, for day, but wore the dress with black hose and heels for tango, at night.

Vest, C’est Toi (thrifted). Dress, H&M (thrifted). Jeans, Old Navy. Boots, Lauren Ralph Lauren. Sunglasses, Earthbound Trading Co. Necklace, Honeycat. Bag, Nordstrom Rack.

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Judge’s Kimono

· Creating a tradition ·

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Last year, when I judged the AAUW’s Sacramento Speech Trek contest, I wore this kimono. I didn’t mean to wear it again, but figure it’s my signature, now, so I’d better wear it next year, too!

Kimono, Carole Little (thrifted). Dress, Under Skies (consignment). Tights, We Love Colors. Boots, Lauren Ralph Lauren. Sunglasses, Marc Jacobs. Earrings, Jack E Oh’s NYC. Bag, Nordstrom Rack. Down vest (below), Nike (thrifted).

This year and last year:

Fresh Hair

· I got a haircut ·

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You probably can’t even tell that I got a haircut (especially since today’s pictures are backlit), but I feel much better. It’s no longer doing weird things in the back. The side bang is better blended. (I cut it myself, last time.) And my undercut is starting to finally catch up with the longer layers on top.

Hoodie vest, C’est Toi (thrifted). Shirt, Gap (thrifted). Skirt, Forever 21 (thrifted). Belt, Hadley Pollet (consignment). Tights, We Love Colors. Boots, Vince Camuto. Bag, Mondani. Sunglasses, Girl Props.

Remember when I had this haircut?

I’m still growing out the buzz, almost two years later. But I don’t regret a thing.

Broken Record

· Outfit formula on repeat ·

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This combination of cool girl jacket + turtleneck + statement skirt + novelty hosiery is quite similar to the one I wore on Monday. It’s one outfit formula I like to repeat.

Jacket, C Magic (thrifted). Turtleneck, A New Day. Skirt, Hauber Sporting Life (thrifted). Tights, We Love Colors. Shoes, ASOS. Arrowhead pendants, thrifted. Tassel pendant, Epcot Morocco.

Today and Monday:

(Yeah, a bit less windy on Monday.)

White Summer Top Dye Results

· Rit Dye in Rose Quartz and Aquamarine ·

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The results of the reader poll were to dye the Free People top pink and the Lucky top turquoise. I used Rit dye (in the washer, with salt) to dye each of the mostly cotton tops from white to another color in my wardrobe palette.

The choices for the Free People top were pink and gray and you wisely chose pink. One reader mentioned that gray next to the face wouldn’t have been flattering and that’s a good point. Of course, as soon as I bought the pink dye, I realized that I already have a long-sleeved, button-front top in almost the exact same shade, but proceeded anyway. Before and after:

I love how this turned out! I didn’t think the lace would take the dye, at all, but the webbing did, while the flowers did not. The flowers are highlighted now, with the pink background.

The choices for the Lucky top were red and turquoise. After you selected turquoise, I realized that Rit doesn’t make a turquoise dye. The closest colors were Teal and Aquamarine. I could have combined the two, but decided to go for the Aquamarine. It’s a bit paler and less green than I would have liked, but the shade is definitely true to the bottle! Before and after:

I suspect this top is not 100% cotton because it didn’t dye evenly. There is some variation in color. (The content tag was cut out, so I had to guess at the fabrication.) The slight mottling may come out in subsequent washes, but it’s not a deal breaker. The most disappointing outcome is that the hot water required for the dyeing process seemed to have completely killed the already saggy elastic at the sleeve cuffs. I am debating whether to try and replace the elastic or just cut the ends of the sleeves off and give them a regular hem. (Maybe embellished with ball trim?)

That’s the beauty of thrifted items: they are low-risk for creative processes. I can dye the garment or cut bits off or add embellishments without fear of “ruining” something precious. I hope I’ve inspired you to try a DIY (Dye It Yourself) of your own. Thank you for your help choosing the colors for my project. I’m looking forward to wearing my “new” tops.

Kitty Cat Knees

· Meow with every step ·

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Finally, I’ve found an occasion to wear all my inappropriate clothing: tango class! Short hems and novelty tights are fair game.

Jacket, BCBG Max Azria (consignment). Dress, Parker (consignment). Tights, Target. Boots, Steve Madden. Earrings, flea market. Bag, Caprice.