Monday, March 18, 2019

A Fine Skirt, and Bootless

This is a short week for me - I have some vacation time coming this weekend. Woo hoo! 
 I have a backlog of new-to-me items that I want to get worn before I swap my closet over in a couple of weeks, and the weather has suddenly turned sunny and warm. Better re-think some of my cold-weather combos!


  • Leather jacket - Danier Couture, consignment; last seen here in November 2018 with rainbow plaid
  • Baby blue blouse - vintage 80s, thrifted; last worn here in January under SOUSes
  • Skirt - Mossimo, thrifted; purchased here for $6.95
  • Boots - Matisse, consignment; last seen here in February with sequins and snakes



I bought this skirt, thinking I'd wear it with my Karl Lagerfeld blazer, but the skirt and the blazer don't work together - wrong shapes. Drat!
Back to my old standby combo: the baby blue blouse with the leather jacket. It's a trusty mix. 

I like the pattern of the skirt. It has no pockets, but it's fine. It was okay to wear. Didn't make my heart sing. It was...fine.
I picked out the tan bits in the design for my boots and belt.

Feeling...fine.
Guess how long things that are "fine" last in my closet? Answer: not long. My coworker Susan is going to get a present tomorrow of a lovely skirt. I didn't hate it - but it was just...fine.

Fine is not good enough.

Outerwear - the jacket done up. I wore it like this walking to work.
I was actually too hot to wear the jacket for most of the day - we were up to 21 degrees today. It's hard to believe there were still melting piles of snow a week ago.

The stuff:
No boots. I'm bootless. I dropped them off at the cobbler near the end of the day to get them re-heeled, ready for another season next fall.


  • Belt - Sand Castle USA, thrifted
  • Earrings - vintage fair; purchased here for $8.00 - first wearing
  • Fulvia Ring - Wendy Brandes


I opened the deck door for Vizzini this morning.
"Thanks, you can leave now."

Enjoy snoozing in the sun, buddy.

28 comments:

  1. You look adorable and I rely on the "trusty mix" often!! I love how tough you are on a closet edit---'fine' isn't good enough!

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    1. Nope, no room for "fine" in my closet, Becky! Thanks so much! I love my "trusty mixes" - they save a lot of time!

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  2. I agree, fine is not good enough. I try to only have things that I really really love. X

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  3. Lucky Susan! The skirt looks so fabulous with the pale blue blouse and leather jacket. But everything needs to work hard in our wardrobes, so if it ain't good enough it's got to go!

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    1. I so agree, Gail! I bought the skirt on impulse, and it just didn't ring my bell when I wore it. So....off it goes! That is one of the nice bonuses of only paying $6.95 for it, too.

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  4. A lovely outfit but I'm with you, if it just feels "fine" then out it goes. Susan will love it! x

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    1. Thanks so much, Vix. Yeah, my clothing has to really work for me, all the time.

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  5. Oh those earrings are the new "Fendi belt" to me ... they're outstanding!
    I like the skirt but think that you are right to let it go, you have finer better fitting garments :)

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    1. Thanks, hon! I liked them - next time I'll pull my hair back to really show 'em off. Agreed. I have nicer skirts overall.

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  6. Oh the life of Vizzini, I think this look is fabulous but if you’re not feeling it, then you made the right decision. Further, I really like dresses and skirts to have pockets. Love the choice of boots and this outfit to me is really excellent. But you are the one who has to feel it.
    Enjoy some well-deserved time off.
    ❤️❤️❤️
    Elle
    https://theellediaries.com/

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    1. I know, I'd like to be a cat in my next life!

      Thank you for getting that, Elle. I liked it, but did not love it (the skirt).

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  7. I want to be Susan too ;-) I was just exclaiming to myself what a fabulous skirt you were wearing, but if it doesn't work for you, it's better to make someone else happy with it. I agree that just fine isn't good enough. I've tried to be ruthless lately, and even took your advice on the Klimt-print skirt I was wearing some time ago. Into the give-away pile it went. Now I need to give it away soon, before I change my mind ;-) I'm loving those earrings! xxx

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    1. Yeah, it was just an okay skirt. I need to feel delight, and joy, and excitement with my major items in my wardrobe, Ann. I rarely regret any of my giveaways - it's like looking at old pictures: a smile, a remembrance, and then letting go of the past.

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  8. Love the whole outfit! Too bad the awesome skirt didn't work out for you. I'm getting better at letting things go that don't work for me. I used to feel like I was being mean to them, but I guess leaving them unused in the closet is meaner so away they go.
    Vizzini looks like he's totally enjoying himself. Our cats have Spring fever and can't get enough of bird watching lately.

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    1. Thank you, Cheryene! Yes, exactly! Not wearing an item is worse than letting it go. I'd rather see the skirt go to someone who will wear it and love it, than let it languish unworn with me.

      He is - he loves the sun. We have a lot of robins, crows, and chickadees in our oak trees that he keeps an eye on. He also loves the squirrels.

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  9. I thought the skirt looked wonderful on you; a lovely fit, fab colours and I loved the design. It looked great with the baby blue blouse and the leather jacket.

    Lucky co worker!

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    1. In the earlier days of my blog, that skirt would have been a real gem, worn tons, and absolutely adored, but now...I know I can do better, and won't settle for a skirt that doesn't ring my bell. Thank you so much, Vronni!

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  10. I like your skirt and it looks lovely with this blouse and jacket. Lovely shape!. So glad for Susan indeed!
    I agree that sometimes 'fine' is not good enough!, totally understand it!. We have to save room for Real Fabulousness in our wardrobes!
    besos

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    1. Yes, I can't keep things that are just "fine". I so agree!

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  11. What a pity you got rid of this skirt. I think this whole outfit is excellent. So well proportioned, so interesting. Both colourwise and shape. Really good. Ah well, you probably already done the deed.
    Greetje

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    1. You are correct - I have already done the deed. :) I wasn't feeling the skirt. No room in my closet for stuff I don't love! But thank you so much!

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  12. I agree with Greetje - I think that is a very pretty outfit, definitely more than "fine", but I totally get the "not making my heart sing" feeling. When there are so many clothes out there, there's no reason to settle for "fine".

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    1. Exactly, and I totally get that it works for others (and for me, to a point). I have to really LOVE my clothes in order for them to stay with me.

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  13. Oh golly, fine just isn't rocking our boat is it? I looked at a skirt like this in a store recently and thought "nice" and knew it wouldn't get off the hanger at home. We just gotta love our clothes!

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    1. Nope, "fine" is not enough for my closet. Love is a necessary ingredient.

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