Odd Shade of Green

Green Dress Evan Picone - Nude heels Sam Edelman - Doctor bag Venezia

I am pretty sure that one of the reasons that attracted me to this dress back in 2011 when it was purchased, was this odd green colour.  These days, not much. I chose to wear it today as its been ages, specifically 2011, since in wore it last. So, yes it has been in the closet, hanging for 6 years unworn. It's always been a little snug and not that comfortable to wear, I could probably live with that but not with the fact that it wrinkles and looks horribly by midday. If you did not know #Ihavethisthingwithwrinkledclothes. So the odds are this is the third and last time you'll be seeing it.

At Porras

White jeans Polo Ralph Lauren - Gingham shirt J. Crew - Grey velvet D'Orsay flats Presumidas 

A beautiful sunny midday at Porras Plaza. You would not know by looking at these that this pretty plaza is a common theft place. In fact as I was setting the camera on the tripod, someone came up to me to say that he had just been warned about a couple of guys who were there and were well known thieves in the area, that was enough for me to pick up and head back home.. 

21 ways to wear your pins & brooches

1. Zipper Pull: If the zipper pull is broken you can use it as a replacement or just as an adornment.

2. Instead of a belt: add interest to the waistline of a skirt or dress.

3. Hold ties in place: wether it's a bow at the neck or waistline. Works like a dream on soft fabrics that won't stay put.

4. On turtleneck : add interest to a turtleneck sweater, you can also pint it on the neck roll. 

5. Adorn jean pocket: wear with untucked top that hits right above pockets and avoid the belt.

6. Cardi clutter party : on your cardigan or blazer. Choose a theme, wether its all same color or motive.

7. Accent a chain necklace : or you can even wear it as a pendant with a less chunkier necklace.

8. Shirt collar toppers: You can use it to hold a ribbon in place or just add some decor without the usual necklace.

9. Scarf companions : Keep it company, right next to a scarf or even pinning it to hold it in place.

10. On an evening bag: use it to add life or glam it up.

11. On a hat : Add uniqueness to a hat. Pin one or several. 

12. Hair comb: double duty time, it adds interest to your hair do. Just sew on and when you're done, just cut and use again as a brooch. I do it for weddings.

13. Add to watch : because watches can get boring too.

14. Doubled as button : keep your kimono closed or cardigans or loose jackets. Instead of belting, use as if it were a button.

15. Hold your jean cuffs : Roll your jeans and cuff them at the side. Brooch can be the same or different, work with what you have.

16. On a bag strap : Pin it behind the strap, so you don't puncture the leather or fabric.

17. On the edge : of your off the shoulder top, make it the eye catcher, skip the necklace. 

18. Side of your shirt collar: it can be on one side, like below - or on both. 

19. All over the neckline : preferably of a boat neck sweater (fabric's gotta be thick enough!)

20. On your shoes: replacing the old shoe clip, wether its on the front or on the side or the back... your choice.

21. Cuff a shirt or as cufflink : Hold the shirt cuff in place at the elbow or pin them on top of the button, creating a cufflink effect. 

A few weeks ago I dedicated some time figuring out how to wear my many pins and brooches, the above are just a few examples... while I'm not done yet, I thought I'd share the wisdom with you ;) Hope you were inspired to wear yours.
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Closet edit mode

Jean skirt Sawary - White tank top St. Michael's vintage - Short sleeve jacket Nathalie B. 

Grey and yellow shoes Kelsey Dagger - Black leather vintage bag Croft & Barrow

This skirt has been in my closet since at least 2010, just worn a handful of times. Today I chose to wear it and reconsider its existence in my closet. While I am not sure if its a keeper, I can confirm that the short sleeve jacket did not make the cut. As you may have noticed as of last posts, I am in closet edit mode.
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It's 2011 in this post

I thought I'd go back to my blog archives and revisit today, but in 2011 and see what I was wearing. Interestingly enough all of the items from this post are no longer in the closet. If you could do the same, do you think the garments you were wearing in 2011 would still be around ?

Original post from 12.7.2011 here

Side Stripe

Black and white trousers H&M - Flower print top H&M - Light blue bow flats Gio Zanotti - Black vintage bag Croft & Barrow

While these items both come from a Switzerland H&M haul in May 2013 they had not been worn together, ever. In fact I did not even think they would match. However a few days ago I figured they had in common one thing: the side stripe. So, if the stripe matched, that was I all needed to make it work. 
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French Blouse

Vintage dark blue trousers Valentino - Teal asymmetrical blouse Sam & Lili, almost identical here - Nude heels Sam Edelman

Doctor style leather hand bag Venezia, similar here and here in red - Sunglasses Gucci (old), similar Gucci under 80.00 USD

The other day I went by the consignment shop to drop off some vintage items. As I waited, the shop owner kindly offered to show me some goods they had just received. These were inventory from a recently closed boutique that sold French clothing. Garments were all new, they were all solid colours and simple cuts. I went through them took at least five pieces with me into the dressing room. Then something unexpected happen, I realised that there was a garment I had taken with me that I did not really like, I brought it in with me by mistake. However, I chose to try it on and the moment I saw it in the mirror I was sold.  That garment is this green teal like blouse I am wearing today, its amazing how sometimes all it takes is "a try" to change your mind. 
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