Tuesday, April 12, 2022

OUTFIT POST Exotic Quixotic



I took these photos the December of 2020, when it was cold enough to wear this toasty (and heavy) vintage hunter's jacket, and I felt really comfortable in this outfit of reds, black and white. There's nothing high fashion about this look, in fact it looks a bit proletarian to me, and I think I love it all the more for that. 

I feel like I look very much like "me." And I like the pattern play and the color mix. For me, the color mix of black, red and white are probably one of the most flattering, and it really creates a presence. This is something I wear when "working" which includes sorting, cleaning and well pretty much anything that needs to get done. Here's another outfit featuring this vintage hunter coat: SNOW DAY WITH BONNET

Coming up, I'll be posting a couple more Winter Lewks, then catch you up on some fun spring outfits I've been wearing. They share some common elements, such as being mostly secondhand sourced, or from my own closet, as well as focusing on "forever style."


  • Star Wars/Van cotton bandana, thrifted 
  • JC Penny's vintage 1980s wool hunter jacket, eBay
  • Vintage 90s science tee, thrifted
  • Vintage Navajo silver jewelry, Black Iris Vtg
  • JW Anderson for Uniqlo gingham skirt, Uniqlo
  •  Striped nylon socks, We Love Colors
  • Leather clogs, neighbor free pile

Friday, April 8, 2022

ROSEBUD RAMBLE: You Tik-y You Tok-y, Me 8-Track-y


While a normal person in my age bracket would be working on brushing up her TikTok skillz, I am plunging back in the medium that first connected me to the people I connect with on the internet. Not sure why, other than I am sort of an odd, old fashioned gal, who just wants to do it the way I want to do it.


So bear with me, I'm feeling rusty, but determined. I'd like to use this channel as a way to share some of my thoughts on sustainable fashion, personal style and the power of community.  Stay tuned.....

Meanwhile, here are some older, earlier posts from some years ago, that I still connected to- and here they are, in no particular order: 

There are also some people I'd like to thank for visiting this page! They are lovely souls, I'm honored to connect with and they have blogs too, so DO consider visiting their blogs as well: 

Sunday, April 3, 2022

OUTFIT POST: Snow Day (with Bonnet)



These photos were taken on a snow day earlier this winter in January. I mean MAJOR SNOW. I had to wear snow shoes just to make it down the hill to get to my work studio. It was COLD. But I was prepared. I donned thick layers and trekked on in. And when I saw myself in the mirror, I absolutely loved the way it looked. I felt like a wooly Babushka, especially with my new crochet bonnet, a neighbor made for me from my local Buy Nothing group.

So forgive the total picture dump, but I love how the self portraits turned out. Even though the images are slightly redundant, I liked how dynamic each image is. And so I share them with you!

My five year old self would be quite fond of this outfit- it contains the same reasoning a kid might use to get dressed. A mix of practicality (it had snowed and the streets were a winter wonderland) and my favorite things, a black cotton dress with pink flower embroidery, a grandpa cardi, covered in polka dots,  and my new bonnet!

Those Prada crochet hats were stuff of my dreams and I had put out a request to get something similar. A sweet lady answered the call and she crocheted me a pastel pink and sage green striped cap with ties. It kinda looks like a baby's bonnet, and also, something Lil Edie of Gray Gardens would wear.

Something I'd like to share with you in my recent style journey, is that I'm now only acquiring long term items- clothes and accessories that I intend to wear for years! In the past, I feared that "forever style" garment would be boring- after all, aren't they going to be neutral and basic and safe? Well, maybe not.

To eschew trends- won't that make me look stodgey and outdated? We're going to find out. This outfit is comprised 100% off pieces that were selected because I presume they are going to be around for while.

Silly baby hat- oh you're gonna see more of this!
Vintage Hunter's jacket, a winter classic!
A chunky grandpa cardigan sweater, BUT WITH POLKA DOTS? Keeper.
Flattering, comfortable, well made cotton dress: until I outgrow it, I'm going to wear it.
Old jeans that I've had for about 6 years, will probably be around for another six.

I've recently packed up these winter essentials- the heavy coat and snow boots aren't needed for April's promise of sun. But you will see the other items in various iterations. For now, it's all about feeling good, being comfortable in my own skin, and to be able to express myself in clothes.