Angie Pick Tahari Jacket plus Amazon Bargain Cardi

This jacket was an Angie pick.  After trying two sizes, I settled on the smaller size.  I got some matching cropped leggings to go with the jacket.  Of course I have light purple sneakers.  Goodness seeing how revealing the backside is, I doubt I will wear these leggings in public again.

I thought wearing this outfit would make me feel good.  I was diagnosed last week with shingles.  

I am resting as much as I can.  I had some bad days this week but decided to put on outfits (rather than sweatpants) to cheer up the shingles blues.  Based on the fact that I can even get up, I would say I have a mild to middling case.  Not severe.  The pain comes at night.

The second outfit was today, another "good" day.  I got this sweater for next to nothing off Amazon.  The sneakers are an Angie pick from Blackstone, a brand that actually fits my high volume foot quite well.  I spent more time than I care to admit, creating Golden Goose style laces.  It was that or spend $600 for a real pair.  I have to say getting the laces tied in that unique way satisfied my urge to purchase the Super Stars; I saved so much money!


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WIW - Belt Bag -- Which way to wear?


I got this Erin Dana two part belt bag way back in 2014 when belt bags re-appeared on the scene.  They have changed in style.  But, I kept this item and here am trying to incorporate it into a classic outfit.

-Oversized shirt is from Zara, 2015.  Purchased at a YLF meet up!
-Mules circa 2017, "Swanki" style from Steven by Steve Madden.  Still available on Amazon.
-Legging pants from Uniqlo, 2019.  I have multiple pairs of these in two sizes to accommodate weight fluctuations,  I size up at least one size if not two to achieve a more pant-like fit.  I absolutely love these.

This belt bag is NOT practical.  I can fit my phone in the big pocket, and my car keys (ONLY) and some lip gloss in the small pocket.  Basically, everything I can get in my back pockets of the leggings.  This accessory is totally for looks.

Which belt bag wearing style do you think is better?  

1.  Waist bag style, worn high.
2.  Waist bag style, worn lower on hips.
3.  Cross body style.


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WIW moth-eaten favorites

I am having a moth problem this year.  Of course they are only going for cashmere and the most prized things in my wardrobe, such as my Rick Owens capsule.   I purchased some moth balls but they disgust me, so not an option.

I found Inge's link to the Guardian article about the moth surge.  It was in link love in December.  I think it's happening in California too, not just the UK.  Another consequence of warming, as the moths have more warmth to breed in (indoor heat contributes too).  So the jacket and dramatic cardigan in these pics, as well as two dresses, are getting holes from moths.  I've thought about discarding, but you have to look in all of the drapes to find the damage.  I'll wait until the holes get bigger I guess.

I took my RO moth food to the dry cleaners, but does that remove the larvae that feed on wool?  The Guardian article suggests that freezing is the only way to go.

Thanks for looking.


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Will wear this tomorrow

I wore this yesterday to my SO's 63rd birthday.  Embracing leopard and chocolate brown.  My new wardrobe pets for fall.

(Collect/Finds button not cooperating tonight for some items so here are the links)

In further celebration, tomorrow is dinner at an Italian restaurant with SO's college freshman daughter.  This outfit felt great and the jacket sleeves are easily scrunchable.  The belt is much darker than pictured.  Do you think this would work for a business meeting or is it too "wild"?


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My Yellow Complement

Here are some keepers as well as some things I'm considering.  


  • Naturalizer Emory sandals - better for a higher volume foot especially if you size up.
  • Kule tee
  • Michael Stars basic tee
  • MK canteen cross body bag
  • Caslon NAS plaid dress (with just a bit of yellow)
  • FS Lavita pumps

As you can see I'm collecting a range of yellow shades.  Closer to my face the cooler, greener yellows are more flattering but the striped tee is a winner because it has red and blue in it, tempering the mustard.

Returned but recommend for others:

  • Gentle Souls Rory sneaker mules -- super comfortable and great arch support.  Might re-order, I didn't keep them because I thought I didn't really need them.  Great for a wider foot with high arches.
  • Fly London sneakers -- well made and comfortable but too narrow for me.  

Considering - has anyone seen in person?

  • RM Stella tote
  • Hobo Hero tote
  • Madewell transport tote
  • Boden Brogued belt

Caslon dress, my casual Summer uniform of jeans + tee.  The yellow tote in the third photo fell apart after 3 uses!  The handle came off.  Shame on you Urban Outfitters.  Forth photo is of Dan & me with his parents at the Sandbar in Monterey CA.

ETA -- What do we think of the fit and length of the Caslon dress?  This is a medium petite.  I like the fluid fit without any pulling around my hips.  And it is a bit short on me -- see the stock photo.  But I like the way the knee length works with jeans underneath.  


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Very basic lilac with burgundy outfit.

Featuring my bargain H&M sweater, and destructed Rag & Bones from 2013. Mules and bag are from the more recent 2 seasons.

I think burgundy is nice with lilac, what do you think?

Close up was taken outside. The lilac color is making me inexplicably happy and in a fresh spring mood.


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WIW Frankenstein Ballet

This year I got a 3-show subscription to the San Francisco Ballet.  I mostly prefer abstract ballets that are music rather than story driven, but decided I had to see Frankenstein because I admire the ballet's young British choreographer Liam Scarlett.  The show did not disappoint and I was especially taken by Wei Wang who performed the role of creature.  On the night that I attended, all the lead roles were performed by Soloists not Principal dancers which I thought was great.  The costumes, lighting and sets were impressive, imaginative and gorgeous.  I did not care as much for the score but then again my appreciation for modern music is limited.

Here's what I wore.  I went for black, because I had three separate outfits and let the SO pick one out.  He enjoys being my in-house stylist, because he says it makes him feel needed.

The long sheer silk shirt dress is from 2012 or 2013.  That's how long I hang on to my things.  The red woven cashmere scarf is my newest item, from Amazon purchased as a completer.  You can sort of see how it looks with the black leather jacket in the blurry second picture.

SO looks pretty good for someone who's come off of 6 months of chemo.  He has MDS (Myelodysplastic Syndromes), a bone marrow disease.

ETA -- Form member Rachylou also attended this ballet, here's her outfit!  Unfortunately we went on different days, so could not do a micro meet up.


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WIW Spring Formula

The biggest change in my dressing for S/S 2016 has been embracing slipper flats/mules.  Finally I get to wear loafers!  Normal loafers fall off my feet.  Mules do too but it is intentional and my wide feet fill out the front while I don't have to make any allowances for my super narrow heels.

My "trick" for wearing flats is keep the look as monotone as possible to create length.  

I'm not going to partake in the off-the-shoulder top trend, but I love the look of all of the lace-up tops out there.   What about you, do you like lace-up tops?

Mules from Intentionally Blank (or Intentionally ___________).  


Bobeau lace-up top.  Sold out, I actually like my cheap under $30 version better than this one from Equipment.  Aspirational Chloe version included for reference. 

Thanks for looking. My trusty Canon Power Shot broke (so sad).  The WIW picture was taken with my phone, using the timer and propping it up against books.  That is another reason you haven't seen much of me lately.

For those who are curious, Maggie is doing much better.  She is on a permanent regime of NSAIDs for arthritis and pain meds but can take short walks again.  She's not as eager to hop in the car though.

Bonus pictures of the neighbors' goat who had a baby a few days ago!


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Tweed Jacket

Here's my version of the Spring tweed jacket.  I've had this IRO jacket for 3 years, and pull it out every Spring.  This year, I spilled a huge amount of coffee on the left side.  The dry cleaner was not able to get it all out, and there are three (not terribly dramatic) stains on the front.  I kind of feel like I ruined this jacket due to my morning caffeine addiction.  So now I need a new one right?  The first one is fairly close except they've cropped the style a bit.

Jacket:  IRO (similar one in Finds)
Jeans:  Rag & Bone
Booties:  Acne
Blouse:  Ro & De (a Rack brand).

The blouse cuts in to call direct attention to my big & curvy upper thighs.  I'm stuck between hate and embrace on this top due to what it does for my thighs...

Thanks for looking!


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My 5 Years on YLF has Outlasted my Marriage! Plus WIMW for Cruise

I'm so excited to have, sometime since January 1, hit the 5 year mark on YLF!  I have heaps of gratitude for Angie & Greg, Inge, and the entire YouLookFab community.  This place has brought me so much happiness, all based on sharing a love of fashion.  I want to make a special shout-out to Kari, Annagybe, Aida, Joy, Shevia, Vix & Debbie who inspired me when I joined.  To Janet, Suz, MsMary, Alaskagirl, Ornella, Deborah & Adelfa I want to say I've felt a sisterhood with you these past 5 years, as we all started around the same time (give or take) and you have remained constant on the forum.  Thank you for humbly and enthusiastically traveling this path with me.  I know I have forgotten some names here, please feel free to point out my error!

Meanwhile -- there are clothes to think about!  My Mother is taking me and my boyfriend Dan on a cruise.  This time the three of us are going to Mexico, to celebrate his birthday.  

The itinerary calls for the following:
- 2 Formal Nights 
- 8 Smart Casual Nights
- 5 days at sea
- 4 ports of call/shore days (75-82 F)
- 1 travel day

I am not a light packer.  I fully intend to use this as an opportunity to wear my clothes, something I cannot always do given I live on a ranch (if you're Angie you call it a farm.  Love you Angie).

Herewith, my planned outfits:
Picture 1 -- My one and only formal dress.  This is from Ralph Lauren.
Picture 2 -- Potential second formal outfit.  I really don't have a proper second formal dress, but decided these Rick Owens pieces would work.  Either with tunic dress and long shrimp skirt or ..
Pictures 3/4 -- Other potential formal night's outfit.  Looking kind of busy so preferring #2, what do you think?
Picture 5 -- Smart Casual night/dinner outfit.  A Vince printed silk dress.  Nice quality but just kind of ok on me... cut and color not exactly a 10 on me.
Picture 6 -- Smart casual night.  Another Vince shift dress, like this one much more.
Picture 7 -- More smart casual.  An Eileen Fisher tunic and Rick Owens skirt.  This needs a pendant.  I like the color of the tunic.
Picture 8 -- Smart casual.  A repeat from 2015.  Zara sequin jacket, Vince leather pants.
Picture 9 -- Casual, probably at sea.
Picture 10 -- Casual appropriate for a shore day I think.  Repeat from 2015.
Picture 11 -- My latest addition to the Rick Owens capsule in "Dark Dust", love this dress for cooler nights.
Picture 12 -- Really into this mint bag and mint sandals, combined with navy, for a smart casual day outfit.
Picture 13 -- Sporty luxe smart casual day outfit.
Picture 14 -- Is this a cliche tropical Gringo outfit?  I think the pants are kind of unflattering, but they are lightweight.  Wild pants are an impulse purchase from the sale rack at TJ Maxx.

Any advice or tips on these outfits welcome! Plus thoughts on traveling the "Mexican Riviera" are wanted.  Hoping my Lonely Planet guidebook arrives by Friday.

Please do weigh in on #2 vs. 3/4 as the second formal night outfit.


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