How to style a Cape Escape

Do I have to go to work?

Well I want to offer congratulations to Katy Perry for her great concert on TV yesterday! Oh, and I guess the New England Patriots won some sort of game too! I heard on the radio the other morning that someone is actually trying to get the Monday after the Super Bowl recognized as a national holiday. As much as I like long weekends it makes you wonder where this may lead. Would people want the day off every time there may be a hangover involved? Maybe you’d get off the day after St. Patrick’s Day or the day after you pay your income taxes? Hmmm, when I first started writing this post these were sounding ridiculous but now that I’m thinking of it, I’m starting to warm to the idea! I could definitely use a day to recover from the excitement after I find some great shoes on clearance; or when I’ve walked a half marathon at the local outlet center! After all, this is America! I thought we were supposed to be able to pursue happiness! I’m feeling very patriotic now!

How to style a Cape
How to style a Cape

Growing up in China we didn’t have Superman or Batman comics or movies but that didn’t stop me from always wanting a cape. For me I’m reminded of the standard cliché image for an old English gentleman or lady. I did read some of the classic English novels and always pictured this look in my imagination. So I’ve been searching for a long time for just the right piece. My perseverance finally paid off when I found one last week. Not only did I find just what I’d been looking for but it was on SALE! I was so happy I did my endzone dance and spiked my credit card! It didn’t have the same effect as on TV though and the salesclerk gave me the strangest look!

Grey wool cape
Grey wool cape

Now that I had my focus piece clear I wanted to keep the rest of the look clean and crisp. The charcoal color of the cape is a classic go to color when paired with white so that made my decision easy. To keep with the upper crust theme I chose a two tone white & grey cotton button down shirt over my white skinny jeans. I didn’t want to be totally stuffy and proper so made sure the skinnies landed in the fun zone. Plenty of blingy zippers made sure I was right on target and added a contrasting modern touch. You can see more look of this pair of white jeans here. I’ve had my Tommy Hilfiger herringbone and leather boots for many years and knew they’d fit the look like they’d been made for it. I think this outfit looks like just the thing for a nice gallop through the woods. Now if only I had a horse! My mix of fun and proper carried over to my accessories with my color pop orange hat with purple band. Finishing strong I grabbed my light creamy pink quilted leather purse and two tone tan and black leather gloves. I hope you’ll agree that this outfit was a real score!

Orange wool hat
Orange wool hat
White skinny jeans
White skinny jeans
Riding boots
Riding boots
Cream pink bag
Cream pink bag
How to style a Cape
How to style a Cape
How to style a Cape
How to style a Cape

Wool hat @Saks 5th Avenue
Sunnies @Fendi
Cape @The Limited
Two tone button down shirt @Vera Wang Princess @Kohls
White skinnies @Paige @Nordstrom Rack
Two tone gloves @TJ Maxx
Pink purse @Express
Boots @Marshalls
Cheers!

Grace

How to style a tough chic Valentine’s Day outfit

Super bowling a strike!

I am SOOOO pumped! It’s been a long season but it all comes down to today! Finally, the Idina Menzel and Katy Perry concert! I’ve heard there’s some sort of baseball or football game happening too but really, who cares about a bunch of big sweaty guys knocking each other on the ground? I might watch some of the clever commercials that are on between the opening act and the headliner but I’ll use all that grunting time to catch up on my stack of fashion magazines! I tried to talk my husband into a mall day. I figured it would be pretty empty there. After all, I’m all about the NFL! At least I am if that stands for Newest Fashion Labels! But he seems convinced that he needs to be in front of the TV today. Oh well, he has been working pretty hard helping with my blog so I guess one afternoon off a year isn’t too crazy. And to make it interesting we do have a small wager on the game. If Seattle wins he takes me to the mall, and if the Patriots finish on top, I take him to the mall! I’m good either way and he does owe me for being so nice!

How to style a tough chic Valentine’s Day outfit
How to style a tough chic Valentine’s Day outfit

If you’re a loyal reader (Thanks!) you will have seen this long wine colored skirt before. So if it looks familiar it’s because I featured it here. My goal today was to present a look that is tough but also chic that would be just the thing for a Valentin’s Day dinner date. For a romantic night out I always like the classics. To me that means either a pretty dress or skirt. My rich color flowy long skirt never let me down yet so I knew it was a good piece to build from. Even with a heart shaped box of chocolates nearby I never like to come off as sugary sweet. So I wanted to be sure to show a bit of attitude.

Motor Jacket
Motor Jacket

That’s where my short black leather biker jacket roars into duty. This piece features lots of blingy studs and zippers to make sure a bit of edge comes through. Underneath the leather is a fun black jeweled cashmere sweater to echo the color of the skirt and add it’s own splash of pop. To keep the tough chic theme going I used my leopard print bag with my leather and leopard booties. These accessories were the right choice to partner with the leather biker jacket. Of course I never want you to forget that I’m a lady so topped the look off with my chic jeweled knit hat. I think this outfit not only brings hard and soft together, it makes them best friends!

Wine long skirt
Wine long skirt
leopard booties and bag
leopard booties and bag
Black Knit jewel hat
Black Knit jewel hat
How to style a tough chic Valentine’s Day outfit
How to style a tough chic Valentine’s Day outfit
How to style a tough chic Valentine’s Day outfit
How to style a tough chic Valentine’s Day outfit

Knit hat, Cashmere sweater & Leather and leopard booties @Nordstrom Rack
Biker jacket and wine skirt @Forever21
Leopard pattern purse @Guess
Cheers!

Grace

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