Thursday, December 20, 2012

Outfit Post: Tiger, Tiger

All month I've been playing with red and green and plaids and mixing it up with black and white. Part of December's uniform has been these vintage Pendleton plaid coat that is deliciously awash in Christmas reds and a pine green. It was first acquired last year in Sacramento, where it was too warm to wear- but here in Seattle- like the middle bowl of porridge in the Goldilock's tale: it is JUST right. The black white striped gloves and red plaid scarf worn with the coat have been garnering quite a bit of compliments, usually the "it's so nice to see some holiday cheer" sort of thing.  You see, not a lot of color seems to be worn in these here parts. So standing out in color is easy here. And fun.
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Fun and 98% Thrifted. Everything but the hat, and the socks came from secondhand sources. The dress, a cute lace frock castoff from a fast fashion chain I won't mention, was found, good as new in a Goodwill shop in Portland, Oregon. 
I visited Portlandia last summer (and wrote about HERE, HERE and HERE) to hang out with some bloggy buddies, and went on a thrift store shopping spree with them (thanks, Krista!) so this dress makes me think of them! I love the distinctive tiger print, and the figure flattering high elasticized waist. Bonus is the synthetic fabric, which is rain friendly; it  drip dries.  

Back in Seattle, garments that can quickly dry are good! My outfit was worn on a day I ran errands, so I was pleased with how easy it was to walk around in- I walked nearly 3 miles and the whole time I was warm, comfortable and full of "holiday cheer." 
Leopard May Be the Polka Dot of the Animal Kingdom but Tiger is Definitely the Stripes
Adding to my cheer, is my latest prize: a vintage handmade modern art brooch. My guess is that it was made in the 1980s. Angular, geometric shapes frolic beneath a glass rectangle that has been lovingly embellished with rhinestones. Don't ask me why, but my latest obsession has been collecting art jewelry from the eighties. This brooch is certainly a choice example of that, and I feel makes a jaunty companion to my plaid coat.

Christmas is around the corner, and are you ready? I am not. I seem to be running behind schedule in everything- but isn't that what the holidays are about? Well aside from "good tidings of great joy." I still have Christmas cards to mail, and a few gifts to get. Oh! And I have some good tidings of my own to share with you- some good news! 
Click HERE to read all about it. 

Now Wearing:
  • black knit Tam c/o JACOB
  • vintage Pendleton coat, The Equine Bovine
  • vintage 1980s brooch, thrifted
  • tiger print lace dress, thrifted
  • Betsey Johnson belt, available HERE
  • vintage acrylic black cardi, thrifted
  • grey thigh high socks, similar
  • black patent lace up boots, consignment shop


Dina@VintageAdvantage said...

Cute! I love that coat, especially...I've got a fantastic Pendleton 49'er jacket in a similar red & green tartan, that I've actually never worn! You've inspired me! I'm gonna pull that puppy out and rock it while I've got the chance :-)

Suzanne Carillo Style Files said...

Congrats on your new endeavour! Love the boots and socks.


Sara said...

Awwww I fell in love with your dress ! So cute look! I need to get more animal print to my closet..

Monica P said...

Totally fun and creative outfit!


Anupriya DG said...

That red belt is JUST what that amazing dress needed! I can so see you 'rawr'ing in that dress, lady!

And your 80s brooch is gorgeous! I love anything from the can't take my eyes off it! <3

thorne garnet said...

Love Pendleton plaids, and I'm not a big fan of plaid. The Doctor has an old Pendleton coat he calls "The Horse Blanket" Congrats on your good news, I've signed up for the news letter

PinkCheetahVintage said...

Love the lace zebra print dress!!! I could wear that constantly :) And the knee socks and boots <3. Congrats on the new editor job-- so cool!!!

Déjà Pseu said...

Gotta love those Pendleton plaids! If you can't wear red and green in December, when can you?

Sheila said...

Congratulations on your editorship! That's so exciting!

Love the coat and the dress! I'm not surprised you get a lot of comments. It's like people are afraid of colour!

Meghan Edge said...

Okay, THIS is my favorite outfit on you ever so far. :-) But I think you know that, because I think you know I would wear EVERYTHING in that post! I can't get enough of those boots, though. Oh gosh I love those boots so much.

Melanie said...

Madly blooming! Looking gorgeous. I hope that your colour and vibrance will inspire other people there to dress with their hearts.

Val Sparkle said...

Wow, congratulations, especially to Karina for getting you! Can't wait to see the first newsletter.

That belt really makes the outfit, IMHO. Love it!

Carina Rosenholm said...

Very nice outfit and i love the coat - im a sucker for red!

Vix said...

Drooling over that coat & lace-up boots and the zebra dress is the icing on the cake!
A beacon of fabulousnessness in a sea of grey! xxx

Sacramento Amate said...

Animal print and PLAID= prefection.
Have a happy end of the World, my friend

Marla said...

That red plaid coat is adorable and I love the pattern of that dress. Most favorite thing- those awesome boots.

Ms. Dainty Doll said... the tartan gorgeous and the dress is wonderful..just love those boots those, such a great find!! That happens to me too, not a lot of colour is worn around here or everyone dresses the same, so when my family and I go out, people stare like we're the Addams Family or something, which is fine with me ;) Have a swish weekend doll!! x

sylvia @ 40PlusStyle said...

Ah, you're back to signature Bella style! Those boots are amazing Love the whole look!

Anonymous said...

I am in total LOVE with the plaid coat!! It's STUNNING!!! And I am going to steal combining red plaid with zebra once i find the peices--what an amazing combo!!
You look gorgeous!

Jean at said...

There's nothing I don't love about this outfit! You've styled it to perfection. I know what you mean about the weather being just right. Today is the first day in weeks I can actually layer on a coat; I can't wait to go out.

Please, if you EVER see a pair of boots like that in a size 81/2 or 9, call me and I'll give you my credit card number on the spot!!!!

Jean at said...

P.S. The Karina connection is AWESOME!!! Congrats.

Beryl said...

How cool about the Karina Newsletter Editor job!
I loved Christmas in Seattle. (And since you know how I felt about living there the other 11 months of the year, you know how great the Christmas must be.) The Revels in Tacoma, cheap Nutcracker seats in the second balcony, The Christmas Carol at the Rep, Magical Strings Celtic concert, Peppermint Cake at one of Tom Douglas's great restaurants, and all the lights everywhere. Not to mention Ice Skating and the Carousel. Enjoy your first Christmas in Seattle.

CityScape Skybaby said...

Congratulations on being made editor Rosebud, well deserved. And I love your outfit, those boots, that hat and that lovely coat! I want to steal them all from you. It's wet here too so I know how good it is to have clothes that dry out quickly, especially when you're wearing them. xx

señora Allnut said...

wouuu, such a fabulous outfit!, your dress fits you like a dream and makes a so lovely contrast with that tartan coat!!, I love everything and specially your booties!
gorgeous, my dear!

Amber of Butane Anvil said...

Oh, particularly fabulous coat - a great green in that plaid! Congrats on the editor position too!

Anonymous said...

Great outfit!! I love animal prints, red belts and tartan - you've got it all!!! Love the boots!! I had a pair that laced up and don't know whatever happened to them.

Anonymous said...

Great outfit!! I love animal prints, red belts and tartan - you've got it all!!! Love the boots!! I had a pair that laced up and don't know whatever happened to them.

Anusha said...

Very beautiful! I am *dying* over those boots!!

Carelia Moran said...

Oh I love that tartan coat!!! It looks terrific with your dress and belt.

tammy Silverstyle said...

In Indiana all you have to do is wear something other than a sweatshirt and sneakers to stand out! You look fabulous! I love your spirit!
I have a little secret! I think I might be coming to Seattle (Port Orchard) in a couple of days! I'm so excited!!!! I'll know later on today!


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