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Pencil with an Edge

Just a quick blogfit post today.  I had been looking around for a faux leather pencil skirt as a more contemporary basic (it’s an edgier black pencil skirt!) and I finally found one I liked enough from ASOS that more or less just what I had in mind.  I also found the basic black turtleneck from ASOS, a wardrobe staple that needed replacing in my closet.

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Blue suede pumps are by Gianni Bini from Dillard’s (No longer available)

Clutch from Anthropologie (No longer available)

Chambray & Dots

This nice, mild December day provided the motivation to get out and take advantage because who knows how much longer we’ll be spoiled with this unseasonable season.  I must admit, it’s felt a little strange to omit the coat these past several days, but it has been pretty great.

The light was so interesting and beautiful today.  There were these orange-y warm tones coming from one end of the sky and dark, somber clouds on the other.  The combination made for some awesome photo opps.

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Denim shirt and polka dot dress (worn as skirt) from H&M; Jacket by Antonio Melani from Dillard’s (n/a); Belt and necklace from Anthropologie (n/a); Boots from Aldo-similar; Thrifted Dooney & Bourke cross-body.

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Furry Finds

Last year I had a few posts featuring some awesome fur pieces that I’ve acquired from my mom whose Grandma worked at a furrier in her day.  I really enjoy playing around with fur coats and ponchos or shawls because being fur, they just have a way of adding so much glamour to an ensemble.  They somehow instantly make you feel like a movie star. 8)

Now I know fur can be a controversial topic.  And if you’re against real fur, faux is always an option.  I, myself opt for vintage, or secondhand furs.  The quality is usually still fantastic, the prices aren’t bad either and the way I see it, if it’s secondhand or vintage, it’s more eco-friendly than buying a real fur that’s brand spankin’ new if you want the real deal.

This particular coat I found at an awesome vintage store on the west side of Cleveland in Lakewood, at Chelsea’s Vintage Clothes and Costume.  I got it for an astounding $70, which is a real steal considering it’s real mink.  There was only a minor repair necessary on the lining before it was back to mint (or mink?) condition. ;)  Chelsea’s is a vintage treasure trove…if you’re in the area and love vintage, stop in but be prepared to spend multiple hours sifting through the endless racks of pieces from various decades.

 

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I’ve been wanting to wear these high-waisted cream pants for a while…I thrifted them for 99 cents(!) back in the fall and just haven’t worn them.  They’re kind of a medium weight wool so they’re appropriate for this time of year or maybe early spring.  I was pretty excited with the find, so I’m glad I finally found something to pair them with.

This leather purse is my most recent vintage find that I’m quite content with.  A vintage leather Coach purse from the 1970’s.  I found it for about $16 at a vintage store near Akron.  I think what excited me the most about it was when I looked inside to see the Coach stamp and number that read “Made in New York City”.  Unfortunately, that’s not often what you read on labels anymore, let alone in Coach bags.

 

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…and the other furry find of the day… :)

 

Vintage fur coat-Chelsea’s Vintage and Costume in Lakewood, OH
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Cream pants-Thrifted for 99 cents! :)
Kenneth Cole belt-Thrifted
Shoes-DSW clearance about a year ago
Beaded necklace-Urban Outfitters
Leather necklace-made by me
Leather purse-Vintage Coach

Stay tuned for some upcoming fur favored posts! :)
 

Over the Holidays

Happy New Year everyone! I hope everybody had a fun and safe holiday! We spent ours in downtown CLE and it was so much fun! A very memorable experience for the books…including one delicious Moscow Mule, a handshake with a rock guitarist, and a hug from a stranger. Not a bad way to start 2015! :) These past few weeks leading up to and including the holidays have been ultra hectic, so it’ll be nice to finally have a few days to just breathe and relax.

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A great view from East 4th for the NYE downtown fireworks.

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Tower City Center.

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A fantastic Moscow Mule from Society Lounge on East 4th.

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So, a couple weeks ago, I made myself another coat that I’ve been patiently waiting to actually accomplish. And at last, I finally have.

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Wearing a Gap blouse from a few years ago, black skinny jeans, boots by Bed Stu, hat by Converse from Target many years ago, and silver earrings and tooled leather purse were mom’s.

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For Christmas, we had a very yummy meal and our traditional Flaming Plum Pudding. Since it has to be started the day after Thanksgiving, my mom will often just buy a pre-made one from somewhere like William-Sonoma, but this year she was on the ball and actually made one from scratch…complete with the brandied hard sauce!

November on the Lake

What a drastic difference in weather we’ve had from my post last week to this week. Here we are in the ides of November, leaves still on trees but we have a few inches of snow on the ground. And here my last post is all about preserving the season while we can! :( womp womp. I honestly can’t remember the last time it snowed this early for us, or so heavily at least. That’s the thing with Ohio, it is only November, and technically still Fall but here we are launched right into Winter, whether we like it or not…and we’ll likely be stuck in Winter for another 5 months, because that’s how we do it here. Half the year is Winter, and the other half is probably a combination of the other 3 seasons-maybe all in one week, if we’re lucky. ;)

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We took some pics today at Lakewood Park in Lakewood. It’s a great spot to see the CLE skyline, as you can see from a few of these photos. It’s such a funny juxtaposition to see snow covered trees that still have all their green leaves. Winter is just plowing its way in…and boy is it cold. And fierce.

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We stopped by Erie Island Coffee in Rocky River before we headed to Lakewood Park. They have very yummy coffee and food, if you’re ever in the CLE area and need a coffee spot. There is also a location on East 4th, downtown.

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Wearing leather aviator jacket from Victoria’s Secret (no longer available), AG jeans, Fisherman sweater from LL Bean (super warm!!), boots from Free People, mom’s tooled leather purse, scarf from H&M, necklace from Anthropologie.

Fur Frenzy, Part 2

FYI: This Fur Frenzy will likely continue through the winter months.  Because I came across a bunch of vintage furs last year hiding in the attic, I find it only appropriate to get a little use out of them this year. They’re too pretty not to wear in a way that would make Carrie Bradshaw proud. ;D

The one I’m wearing in this post was my mom’s curly lamb coat that had been my Grandma’s.  It didn’t fit my Grandma quite right, so they took it to a furrier in Cleveland and altered it a in a way that would instead fit my mom.  Well, now it fits me instead…I guess it’s turned into a bit of a family heirloom! ;)

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A funny thing happened when I put on this coat…I reached in the pockets and found these leather gloves!   Assuming they were some my mom has forgot about for years, (or at least since she last wore this coat… ) I thought I’d put them on and include them in the post…I like the brown contrast to the black and gold, the gloves help make the color combo pop, along with the white blouse.

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Vintage curly lamb fur coat; white blouse by Vince Camuto; handmade skirt by me; gold sparkle tights from American Apparel; wedge booties from DSW about 2 or 3 years ago; wool beret from Target; vintage pearl necklace from Hooti Couture in Brooklyn, NY-a favorite vintage store to visit in NYC.

Let the Fur Frenzy continue! :)