Friday, January 30, 2015

grey flannel pullover sweater


yep, here it is ... again. the warmest sweater ever. this sweater is definitely keeping me "sane" this winter. which brings to a commentary on the winter-friendliness of my current style. i am ready to admit that my "old" style (the one i sported before kaliyana and rundholz came into my life and became the primary sources of my wardrobe) was more winter-friendly than my current style. layering a down vest over two sweaters over a dress worn with a petticoat and skinny jeans (see here) (or layering a down vest over a jacket over a sweater over a shirt worn with a skirt over skinny jeans (see here)), plus the heavy wool socks and shearling lined bean boots, kept me toasty warm in ways that my current layering, with my unlined, albeit lovely, trippens, does not. a simple solution would be to go back to my "old" style come winter. the problem is that i really like my current style. i am comfortable with it. really comfortable with it. right now i don't want to go back to the "old" style, not even just for winter. my "old" style worked when i wore it. now my current style works. i guess that i will have to figure something out (maybe i could wear the abominable snowman coat inside and out ... ?).

i am wearing the alpen top and the tokyo hat by kaliyana. i am also wearing a jumper dress and trousers by grizas and a pullover sweater by rundholz (black label). my boots are the noon boot (box collection) by trippen.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

black velveteen jumper dress


one of my favourite tv shows is a "reality show" on which "real people" hunt for homes (either to buy or rent) in various international locales (like the netherlands, france, belguim, finland). every time that i watch it, i want to pack my life up where i live and move to wherever the house hunters happen to be that time. of course, practicalities keep me put.

i am wearing the alpen top and the tokyo hat by kaliyana. i am also wearing a jumper dress and trousers by grizas. my woollen pullover is by rundholz (black label). i am wearing the scope boot (box collection) by trippen.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

abominable snowman coat


this is the coat that is keeping me warm (very warm) this winter. i am so glad that i bought it in early autumn when winter (with its (since last year inevitable) polar vortex) was just a twinkle in mother nature's eye.

i am wearing a coat by rundholz (black label).

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

because one is sometimes not enough sweater


when i was trying out in the store the grey pullover sweater featured in the last three posts, another customer was trying out a black version of the sweater. the black version of the sweater hadn't been on any rack in the store -- it appeared from the "back of the store" -- and no one informed me (me the lover of all clothes black) of its existence. of course i eyed the black sweater with longing, notwithstanding that i was pretty happy with the grey one that i was trying out. the black sweater came off the other customer and was handed back to the shop clerk. i waited a suitable amount of time (at least i hope i did, otherwise i might have appeared a bit of a clothes vulture) before i asked to try it on. when it came time to decide which to buy -- the grey or the black sweater -- i couldn't help but settle on both. sometimes one of something great is just not enough. given how cold it turned after i bought the two sweaters, and given how much comfort against the cold the sweaters give, i am grateful for the decision i made.

i am wearing the alpen top and the tokyo hat by kaliyana. i am also wearing a dress and trousers by grizas and a pullover sweater by rundholz (black label). my boots are the rectangle boot (closed collection) by trippen.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

the warmest sweater ever ... sweater


every autumn/winter i get the urge to return to my buzz cut days. when i have told my hairstylist of this urge in the past, his usual response has been to ask why now? (recently, he has also been telling me that if i were to succumb, he would kill me -- which i know he doesn't mean for he and i work so well together.) i know that i get this urge in autumn/winter (as opposed to spring/summer) because i think it is easier to wear hats with a buzz cut (particularly with my very fine hair, which gets flattened to my head by a hat -- not a very flattering look). i have stuck with my hair "look" now for about two years, letting the "top know" just grow. since i first chopped my once-upon-a-time long hair short, i don't think that i have ever managed to let my hair grow for longer than a few months (a year at most). as my "top knot" grows longer, i am starting to tire of the maintenance (particularly the drying). i am very definitely a low maintenance gal when it comes to anything having to do with my look. i just thought that i would put my "hair thoughts" out there. when it comes to hair, i have been known to act on the spur of a moment. i wouldn't want to shock.

i am wearing the alpen top and the tokyo hat by kaliyana. i am also wearing a dress and trousers by grizas and a pullover by rundholz (black label). my boots are the noon boot (box collection) by trippen.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

brightening up a day dress


it isn't too often that what i wear on my back when i leave my house early in the morning doesn't stay on my back until i am ready for bed at night. days on which i make a wardrobe change are usually limited to days on which i have an evening engagement that requires me to wear something more formal than my usual everyday outfits. but i will also make a wardrobe change on days when i have to rush out of the house to make it somewhere on time only to return home later in the day to spend it at home. on those days, i usually grab the first outfit that is close at hand when i wake up (usually late, hence why i am rushing out of the house to make it somewhere on time). when i return home later to spend the day at home, i usually decide that i am too overdressed for lounging and change into something more comfortable.

i am wearing the alpen top and the tokyo hat by kaliyana. i am also wearing a wool jumper dress and trousers by grizas via kaliyana. my pullover is by rundholz (black label) (also via kaliyana). i am wearing the noon boot (box collection) by trippen.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

counting down the hours dress



confession time: when i go to the kaliyana store (bricks and mortar not online), if i happen to be wearing kaliyana (and most times i am since i wear it quite often), sometimes, i end up not liking the outfit that i wore to the store. i decide, when i return home, that something in my outfit was just a little, well, off. is it something about being surrounded by all those kaliyana clothes that makes me feel this way? or is it all those incredibly tall, slender, faceless mannequins perfectly decked out in kaliyana outfits that make me feel this way? i always thought that mannequins were supposed to give a shopper ideas, not make the shopper feel somehow inadequate.*

*i recently saw the most daliesque mannequins. their legs were very long (relative to their torsos), as  thin as a person's wrist and more hyperextended than i have ever seen on a human being (and i have seen some very hyperextended legs in my lifetime to date). when i saw these mannequins, i thought, "those clothes look so good on those mannequins, but those mannequins are so ... unreal. what's the message here?"

i am wearing the alpen top, the delphi scarf, the l/s manifold dress and the balloon pant by kaliyana. i am also wearing a sweater dress by lauren vidal (via kaliyana) and a down vest by rundholz (black label). my boots are the noon boot (box collection) by trippen.