Dream Outfits: Greatest Friend Vintage

Have you seen the Greatest Friend vintage shop? I really love Angela’s eye for beautiful garments and I thought I’d put together a few dream outfits with some of my favorite pieces from her shop. She lists SO MANY gorgeous things and her prices are FANTASTIC. Seriously. Also, you can follow Angela on Twitter and she posts specials and shop updates on the Greatest Friend Facebook page!

Outfit #1

♡ 1. creamy wool swing coat 2. dreamy blush knit dress 3. super cute shoes


Outfit #2

♡ 1. Pendleton jacket 2. black pencil skirt 3. perfect red shoes 4. lovely top


Outfit #3

♡ 1. woolly sweater 2. red plaid dress 3. black shoes 4. adorable silk cloche



Images courtesy of Greatest Friend.

The Colette Sewing Handbook Blog Tour!

Hello there. Today I am hosting a stop on The Colette Sewing Handbook Blog Tour for my dear friend, Sarai Mitnick, from Portland company, Colette Patterns. She wrote an amazing sewing book, The Colette Sewing Handbook, which comes with 5 incredibly versatile sewing patterns. If you are in Portland, make sure to go to the fun Colette Patterns launch party this Thursday, Nov. 17.

I chose two of these patterns to style up for you into a couple of my Dream Outfits. Find Sarai’s lovely new book —-> HERE.

First up is the cute “Meringue” scalloped skirt pattern…


Next I chose my personal favorite pattern from the book, the “Licorice” dress


Meringue Skirt: skirt, jacket, blouse, boots, stella mccartney handbag, bottega veneta gloves, alexander mcqueen bracelet, zoe & morgan ring, glasses, perfume, sheer plum lipstick

Licorice Dress: dress, jacket, eugenia kim corinna hat, scarf, boots, handbag, perfume, ruby woo lipstick

Congratulations, Sarai! You did such a great job.

Here’s the schedule for the tour. Visit these guys!

Nov 2: Craft Buds – interview and giveaway
Nov. 3: Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing – Licorice lace insertion tutorial
Nov. 4: Sewaholic – book excerpt
Nov. 8: Flossie Teacakes – Interview with Sarai and book review
Nov. 8: A Fashionable Stitch – book excerpt and review
Nov. 9: Pink Chalk Studio – Book review
Nov. 10: Craft Gossip – Interview with Sarai and giveaway
Nov. 11: Bolt Fabric – book review
Nov. 14: True Up: Fabric Fives with Sarai
Nov. 15: Frolic! – On styling the book’s photos
Nov. 15: Threads Magazine – Giveaway
Nov. 16: Whipstitch – book review
Nov. 16: Honey Kennedy – Styling ideas
Nov. 17: A Dress a Day – Interview with Sarai
Nov. 18: Not Martha – book review
(break for Thanksgiving week)
Nov. 28: Casey’s Elegant Musings – Project Planning, excerpt & Casey’s thoughts
Nov. 29: MADE – giveaway
Nov. 30: Sew Weekly – book review
Nov. 30: Oh! Fransson – Elizabeth’s version of the Taffy pattern
Dec. 1: Sew Mama Sew – Guest post from Sarai on grainlines

Dream Outfit: At the Opera

It has been over three years since I’ve been on a vacation (luckily, moving to Portland kind of felt like a vacation for a while!) and I’ve been feeling incorrigible and very whiny lately. I want to have a fancy evening. I want to feel the electricity of a big city. I want get dolled up and drown in audio and visual beauty. An evening of rock and shoegazery would be nice, but them’s “sittin’ shoes”, lover. So, perhaps an evening of opera at the Met to see Donizetti’s Anna Bolena? Yes, please.

My mind is full of swimming pools, movie stars, black diamonds, tiny bubbles, gin joints and city lights. It probably won’t actually happen anytime soon, but I think I need a little glamor and a real vacation. And how!

See my Speckled Moth look and if you’d like–more Dream Outfits.

Clothing: Keira leather “Glamored Cape” (see my recent post about this lovely designer), Yves Saint Laurent Silk Puff Sleeve Dress

Jewelry + Opera Glasses: Vintage Rhinestone Hair Pin, Satomi Kawakita Black Diamonds Ring, Montse Esteve Pink Gold & Black Diamonds Ball Necklace, Shrimpton Couture Striped Bangle, Antique Lemaire Paris Mother of Pearl Opera Glasses

Shoes: Rupert Sanderson Black Patent Mary Janes

Bag: Calypso St. Barth Inka Clutch (Found via this Bliss post)

Makeup + Perfume: Josie Maran Lip & Cheek Stain in “Jive” (Found via this For Me, For You beauty post. It’s lovely!), DiorShow Mascara, OPI’s Paint My Moji Toes Red Nail Polish (terrible name, but fantastic color!), Navegar Eau de Toilette by L’Artisan (I just ran out and must replace! ♥)

Dream Outfit: Speckled Moth

I can’t believe it has been so long since I put together one of my Dream Outfits! I don’t know why–since I love making them so much. I’m still pretty obsessed with pieces in My Empire State outfit back in early December and my ode to Madonna from last September!

Maybe I’ll treat myself sometime and finally order the Sel Marin perfume. I ordered a sample from Aedes a while back (see my BIG perfume posts: Part 1 and Part 2) and I really love it. At least I already have the Ruby Woo lipstick–which has been a staple for many, many years. I have perfectly good glasses, but I have a feeling that these Barton Perreira Halston Glasses won’t be slipping my mind anytime soon!

Perhaps I could wear this daydream outfit tomorrow and treat lovely design unicorn, ♥ ♥ Anna Dorfman ♥ ♥, to fancy imaginary brunch in NY as thanks for making my website so amazingly beautiful! Sigh. I WISH!!!

What pretty things have you been daydreaming about lately?

Clothing: Vanessa Bruno Silk Cardigan, Blush Dot Dress

Jewelry + Spectacles: Bena Perspex Moth Brooch, Elke Kramer X Opening Ceremony Toughlove Ring, Chloe Bow Bracelet, Barton Perreira Halston Glasses

Shoes: Marc Jacobs Quilted Ballerinas

Bag + Belt: Collina Strada Cartella Bag, A.P.C. Gold Belt with Square Buckle

Makeup + Perfume: Ruby Woo Lipstick, Heeley’s Sel Marin Eau de Parfum

DREAM OUTFIT: my empire state

Lately I’ve really been pining for a trip to New York. I’ve been daydreaming about going on my favorite long walks up to Hayden Planetarium, the Museum of Natural History and of course a few moments in front of The Dakota. I love visiting my good friends, but I also love the sort of anonymity you can have amidst all the hustle and bustle. When I’m in New York I tend to like to spend daytime on my own–walking for hours, taking photographs, listening to my headphones, going to museums, reading in bars or cafes and then meet up with my friends in the evening.

For as much as I love “stuff”, I’m a remarkably light packer. I like to have two nice bags to travel with to NY–one that is a larger purse that might fit my laptop if I choose to lug it around during the day and another that is a medium size duffle bag (the gorgeous Explorer bag below looks PERFECT) or a messenger bag. It’s nice to be able to take the train straight into the city and not be burdened by a suitcase along the way. I like to be able to travel light enough to go meet someone for drinks or dinner as soon as I get in and worry about dropping off my belongings later. I find that packing only as much as I can comfortably carry for a few hours after I arrive starts my whole trip off feeling uncomplicated.

Here are a few pretty things that I’ve been admiring for a while. This outfit fits the bill perfectly for arriving in NY and meeting up with a friend straight away. I could do five to seven days with this amount of packing space. I’m a little like Mary Poppins when I pack–there might even be a coat rack hiding in that duffle!

Jewelry • • • Mackenzie Black Diamonds Stacking Rings and Tiny Stud Stacking Rings by Macha Jewelry (I’ll take two of each, please!) • • • Sunday’s Best Triple Gold Triangle Ring from Opening Ceremony (I’ve had such a crush on this ring for months and months. Sigh.) • • • Lady Grey Pyrite Angular Bracelet from Dear Fieldbinder • • • Rose Gold Skull Atmosphere Earrings by Phucisme (I adore these!)

Apparel • • • A.P.C. Storm Coat from A.P.C. (Love the arrows and the green!) • • • 3D Collar Peter Jensen Dress in Mustard from TenOverSix (Seriously. So cute!) • • • Maylay Tights from Anthropologie (So lovely.)

Shoes • • • Robert Clergerie Astor Lace-up Boots from La Garçonne

Bags • • • Anya Hindmarch Pimlico High Shine Leather Bag from Matches • • • Cashmere “Explorer” Duffle Bag from Johnstons of Elgin ( I can’t stop thinking abou this bag!)

Beauty • • • Heeley Sel Marin Eau de Parfum from Aedes (for more fragrance ideas–read my recent perfume roundup posts HERE and HERE) • • • Russian Red Lipstick from M.A.C Cosmetics (one of my standby reds) • • • Bare Minerals Celestine Eyeshadow from Sephora (similar to my standby, Bare Skin, but with a little brown and lavender in the shimmer–really pretty) • • • O.P.I. Crepes Suzi-Ette Nail Polish from Luxury Parlor (A perfect rusty red! I have it on my toes right now as a matter of fact.)

Books • • • Eat.Shop NYC Guidebook from Eat.Shop Guides (Lovely Kaie does such a great job with these books–such a fun read of places that you’ll actually WANT to go) • • • Partners & Spade Portable Natural History Museum from Partners & Spade (There are so many cool books in this series. I’d really love to own all of them.)