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

Double Red

· Is this too lagenlook? ·

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Surprisingly, I’ve never paired this red, silk, Thai skirt with my red poncho. I have worn it with a plaid sweater jacket for another red-on-red look. Monochrome is a bold choice, especially in red.

Poncho, Newport News. Sweater, Monterey Bay (thrifted). Skirt, Thailand. Shoes, Circus Sam Edelman (consignment). Necklace, thrifted.

The other monochrome look with this skirt:

Come Thrifting With Me: Eugene Goodwill Boutique

· The best stuff is on Broadway ·

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This was my first visit to a Goodwill Boutique. It was an upscale thrifting experience. Both the items and the display left no doubt that I was in a boutique, not the usual, cavernous, Goodwill.

I was charmed by the vignettes scattered about the store. The household items are grouped into attractive arrangements that tempted me to buy. I wondered if students from nearby University of Oregon’s School of Art + Design had a hand in creating the displays.

This is a curated selection of the usual Goodwill offerings. Like a normal thrift store, there is everything from Forever 21 to Coach. Unlike the normal thrift store, the selections were better considered and in better condition. Whether basics, trend items, or quirky pieces, it was all clean and damage free.

Most of the clothing was for adult women, including a rack and a half of plus sizes. There was a small men’s section. I didn’t notice any children’s clothing, but could have missed that. There were many bags and shoes for sale, both in centralized sections and scattered throughout the store.

A few of my favorite items as I browsed:

Dressing Room
Let’s try on!

I tried on the sparkly green sweater and a leather belt. And I took them both home!

The prices were higher than your usual Goodwill. I checked a few tags and most things were $12.99. The black beaded dress (pictured above), was over $100. (I think it was $120.) You are paying for the clean, curated experience. I thought it was worth it.

I love that Goodwill offers a range of experiences. The boutique is highest end, the usual store is in the middle, and the outlet is the bargain basement. (I have yet to visit an outlet, but have plans to go to the Sacramento store with my neighbor. I will wear the recommended gloves.) The boutique is perfect if you are overwhlemed by the usual store’s selection, but are willing to pay a bit more.

The Eugene Goodwill Boutique on Broadway is located at 685 E Broadway, Eugene, Oregon.

I’ve worn both of my Goodwill Boutique purchases. (In fact, I wore the belt the next day!) You can read the full outfit post if you click on the image.

Oregon 6-Day Fall Capsule

· Autumn in Portland and Eugene ·

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Although Oregon started out gloriously sunny, I was not fooled into thinking this was the norm. By the end of my trip, it was wet and gloomy (just in time for my birthday). I was smart enough to bring an umbrella (not pictured).

I packed a capsule of one casual and five business casual outfits to lead seminars in Portland and Eugene, Oregon.

The capsule palette was black, navy, brown, olive, and red. Although you only see the casual outfit once (for my travel day on Sunday), I wore it again, almost every evening. I wore the blazer to my seminars every day.

These are the capsule items:

Blazer (vintage)
Dress (swap)
Sweaters – 2 (Gibson and Covington)
Pants (Lauren Ralph Lauren)
Skirt (Plenty by Tracy Reese)
Turtleneck (Merona)

Booties (Vionic)
Boots (Miz Mooz)

Bag (thrifted)
Belts – 2 (thrifted)
Necklaces – 2 (made by a friend and thrifted)
Earrings (self-made)

Click on any of the below images to see the original post:

Capsule evaluation
Pros: The pants and dress were comfortable for my travel days (flying or driving) and the skirt looks great (as long as I don’t have to sit down!) The blazer was adequate for outerwear. (I added a hat and scarf, not pictured, when it was particularly blustery.) I also like this blazer for my seminars because the pockets are perfect for my remote and room keycard.

Cons: The palette was a little repetitive. The plaid skirt is almost too tight to be practical . . . key word here is almost. I felt a little dowdy in the high-necked items. I can’t wait to be beyond this awkward hair phase so that I can cleanly pull my hair up and back.

Overall: Two thumbs up!


· An uncomfortable day ·

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The day started with straight up pain when the hotel ironing board collapsed on my wrist. I was thankful I’d already done my pushups and makeup because my right arm was unusable for a few hours. (Not to be dramatic – but I honestly thought I might need emergency surgery to repair a busted vein.)

Next, I ate a crappy, prepackaged cinnamon roll in the car, dropping icing in my lap as I negotiated the streets of San Francisco. I thought I had succeeded in removing the bits from my nethers until I stopped in a cafe for a to-go breakfast and a kind patron let me know I had white icing smeared on my butt. There are a few colors you don’t want smeared on your bottom. Crusty white is one of them

Finally, I dared to take these photos as workers in the SoMa district headed home. I got a few awkward stares and one offer to look through my camera for me. I persevered, asking myself, “What’s the worst that could happen?” It turns out that the ironing board injury and icing mishap were the worst the day had in store for me.

Blazer, Donna Collezioni (thrifted). Shirt, Forever 21. Pants, Banana Republic. Stockings, Target. Loafers, ASOS. Belt, The Limited (thrifted).


· Shiny and out of touch ·

Is lamé lame? I saw B Jones thrift an amazing lamé sweater and was inspired to pick one up myself. She’s been a style icon of mine from way back. (In fact, I used to ask myself, what would B Jones wear?) I figure, if B Jones is doing lamé, then it isn’t lame.

Sweater, thrifted. Skirt, London Jean. Leggings, Amour. Boots, Steve Madden. Earrings, Francesca’s. Belt, thrifted.

Tunic Sweater

· Pair it with leggings all winter ·

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This tunic-length sweater replaces the black and white one I wore for years and years. The old one just became too worn and I tired of photoshopping away the stain on one of the white stripes. Navy and cream isn’t as versatile as black and white, but I intend to be just as creative with this tunic as I was with the last.

Vest, Tinseltown (cut from a consignment jacket). Shirt, Passport. Sweater tunic, Love Squared (thrifted). Leggings, We Love Colors. Boots, Vince Camuto. Earrings, Francesca’s. Bag, vintage.

Are you ready for ALL the ways I wore the old striped tunic? Here we go!

Do you think I can create as many different outfits with my “new” tunic?

Silk Army

· Military inspired joggers ·

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I had an old Marine Corps vet in my seminar today and he told me that he wore uniform pants much like these. By my time, the uniform trousers were ultra-starched, camouflage, cargo pants. I would have preferred trousers like these. (But I think silk would have been highly impractical.)

Sweater, Covington (thrifted). Pants, Lauren Ralph Lauren. Boots, Vionic. Necklace, made by my friend. Blazer, vintage.

Farty Too

· Older, but no wiser ·

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I planned to do my birthday shoot outside, among Portland’s autumn leaves, but it was dark and raining by 4 p.m. Instead, I collected fallen leaves from the nearby parking lots, spread them in a corner of my hotel room, and made the most of the situation. I certainly did not expect to be crawling around the floor on my forty-second birthday, but I had way too much fun doing so. Someday, I’ll act my age and not my shoe size (7.5).

Turtleneck, Mossimo. Skirt, Plenty by Tracy Reese (thrifted). Boots, Vionic. Necklace, thrifted.

My past birthday ootds from the blog:


· Please don’t make fun of me ·

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I’m a turtleneck fan from way back. Every year, I can’t wait for it to cool off so that I can bust out the turtleneck. It’s even better if I can layer the turtleneck under something seasonally inappropriate, like this sheer dress.

Turtleneck, Mossimo. Dress, swap. Belt, thrifted. Boots, Miz Mooz.

Here’s proof of my long-standing love affair with the turtleneck, my 9th grade school photo: