If you’ve read my bio page, THANKS! Also you probably saw that when I was younger I would often wind up wearing the hand me down clothes from my older brother. I wore my hair short and was a bit of a tomboy growing up. One of my girlfriends actually had to bring me home to show her parents I was also a girl when rumors reached her home that she was out with some boy! I wasn’t sure if I should be insulted or complimented! Later when I grew up and left my hometown for the bright lights of the big city in Shanghai it opened my eyes to a whole new world of fashion. People and styles from all over the world were there and I started to fall in love with the clothes I was seeing. But I guess old habits die hard so for today’s look I raided my husband’s (much smaller) closet!
I really like a classic layered look. I also like to stay warm in the winter! So for today’s outfit I borrowed my husband’s oversize (for me) light grey cardigan. I’m a bit smaller than he is (sorry honey!) so when I put this sweater on it becomes my coat. Grey is a sophisticated color and just the sound of it brings to mind boring stodgy business suits. If you’ve read my earlier posts you know I really don’t like the serious business look. If you haven’t read them you should! Go ahead, I’ll wait…
OK, welcome back! Anyway, I like to dress for success but to me that doesn’t necessarily mean traditional office wear. To pop the cork on a bit of fun I paired the grey of the sweater with wine color leather pants. Grey always looks softer and friendlier when paired with pink so when I found this cool infinity scarf featuring this combo I knew I scored a winner. It also has some white highlights so was a no brainer for blending with my soft wool white sweater. This sweater has an irregular “V” shaped hem that adds interest and texture. Finding that essential 3rd color was as easy as 1, 2, 3 when I accessorized while keeping it all in the brown color family. My rich and warm orange wool hat effortlessly bounced off my tan and cream leather purse, two tone brown and tan gloves and tan belted leather booties. All in all, this outfit really means business. And if my husband behaves himself I just may let him borrow his sweater sometime!
For the first several years after moving to America we would make the long drive to the far far north every winter to visit my stepson. He was attending Michigan Tech University in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. His birthday is in February and we always liked to celebrate with him. The U.P. as its known was settled by people of Scandinavian heritage and has its own language, customs and food. This part of the country is pretty wild and rugged and as you’d expect they get tons of snow! Some of these trips were pretty scary when you couldn’t even see the road. My husband would usually do the driving but that didn’t mean I could relax in the passenger seat. I was the lookout for deer, blowing snow drifts and crazy logging truck drivers! These guys were so used to driving on the snow covered roads that they didn’t even slow down. The best plan was to get behind one of these trucks and just try to keep up! As beautiful as it is in this Winter Wonderland I was very happy when he got his degree and moved back down south to a bit more reasonable winters!
If you’re just reading my blog for the first time, what’s been taking you so long? Joking! But I do want to welcome you. This week I’m featuring outfits that are go to for going out in the winter weather. For this outfit of the day I started with this soft pink coat. I’ve long outgrown the age where I like to play princess and sometimes this light pink color can come off as a bit too youthful. Not that I look or dress old but no mature woman wants to be treated like a teenager. So to toughen up the softness I covered the pink with a ferocious leopard pattern oversized scarf. This print is spot on and even features the leopard face while it gets right into your face with a bit of sophisticated attitude.
My knee high brown leather boots keep my legs warm and dry and echo from the brown color palate of the feature scarf. The scarf was hard to compete with so why try? I used crisp clean whites to layer under the pink outerwear. White skinny jeans and a soft ivory sweater kept this outfit on the right path. I always like to have that so important 3rd color to make a splash and today went with bright vibrant blue. The neon blue band on my black wool hat almost glows and is the perfect segue to the velvety smooth small bag. My cool white sunnies keep me from being blinded by the bright bling of the metal accents on the purse while putting the icing on the pretty pink coat.
Wool hat & Blue bag @Saks 5th Avenue
Scarf from China!
Pink Coat @Express
White skinnies @Ann Taylor
Ivory sweater @Nordstrom Rack