Fuzzy Cropped Sweater: DKNY (thrifted from Goodwill)

Sheer black Blouse: unknown (thrifted from Goodwill)

Silver Cross Necklace: handmade by me

Grey stud-pocket Jeans: Roxy (thrifted from Goodwill)

Padlock Bag: Aldo

Puffball Bag Charm in Brown: my Etsy shop

Multi-Buckle Wedge-Heel Boots: (from Japan)

I haven’t been sharing outfit posts as of late, partially because I haven’t been sure if my readers (youse guys!!!) are actually interested in seeing outfit posts or not.  I’m not sure if I identify with being a Style Blogger exactly…maybe more of a DIY’er and how-to’er?  Er.  Er.  So I’m always unsure of whether to share an outfit or not that really has no elements of DIY in it, because yes sometimes it does feel like I’m saying “Look at me!  Look how stylish I am!  I think I’m so pretty and here’s my photo to prove it!”  On the one hand, it feels kind of vain, on the other hand, I myself like looking at other people’s outfit posts because not only do those photos give me a real sense of who those people are, but I also discover new and lovely items from others’ posts, and am awash with new ideas for styling and incorporating different elements into my daily wardrobe.

So anyway, for better or for worse, just to throw it out there…here’s what I wore yesterday.

Portland weather has been, well, typical Spring weather lately – typical Pacific Northwest Spring weather, to be sure – with gray, rainy mornings that suddenly blaze with sunshine around noon or so, and then a bout of hail around 3 or 4 in the afternoon, and then chilly and sunny until evening.  So with all the gray and fluctuating temperatures throughout the day, I’ve been layering up and gravitating towards…what else?  GRAY.  (Even down to the tips of my fingers!)

All the main elements of my outfit I sourced from my local Goodwill.  I’ve been searching for the perfect cropped sweater for awhile…and I love the textural nature of it.  It’s made of this weird nylon knit – and is almost like soft astroturf.  I’ve never seen anything like it.

These Roxy jeans are a little tight on me – they were fitting fine back in Summer, but I have to admit I’ve put on weight since then.  They are bootcut – so feel a little behind-the-times…I’ll have to alter them to make them into slim-fit.  Perhaps I’ll do a tutorial on it?  I know I’ve seen the how-to somewhere out there on the ‘Net…

But yes – back to one of my main reasons for wanting to post this outfit…vanity!!  For a MONTH I’ve been watching what I’ve been eating, not snacking or eating junk food, sticking to some diets I ripped out of Health Magazine…and I managed to drop 5.6 lbs!!  So next up is phase 2: going onto a higher protein diet, and adding some more exercise.  This, though, I’ve found is even a bigger hurdle…  So I wanted to post this because I can now fit back into these jeans!!  (Which, ok, are still a little too tight to be completely appropriate on me…Just wait til next month!)

Rhinestone plate armor ring: Forever21 (from last year)…though I just saw the EXACT SAME RING at Payless 4 days ago!!!  (Methinks somebody cast the Forever21 design and stuck a Payless label on it…though theirs has a stretchy band…it’s still almost exactly the same piece.)

Ball-rings: totally forgot – from like 15 years ago.

Hinged Metal Armor Ring: ASOS (on left hand)

Wedding rings (Cartier & Tiffany)

Manicure: Essie Over the Top

I love this ASOS Hinged Metal Armor Ring soooo much!  It looks so expensive…and yet was only $18! (shhhh….)  I wear it all the time, and people often stop me and ask me where I got it.  Since I’ve been in a gray mood lately I decided to paint my nails this shiny charcoal gray by Essie…it varies from black to light gray depending on the light and the angle.  Just lovely and chic!

I’ve been lusting after a sheer black blouse for so long…and many stores all have great options…


But since I’m such a cheapskate I found the best way to find one is to just go to your local thrift store!  I guarantee you will find a perfect button-down sheer blouse for a fraction of what you will pay anywhere else.  The one I found is something like size 14…but who cares?  Oversized is in, and with sheer items, the less fitted the less it will look like lingerie!  (I think it’s good to balance out the sheer sexiness with a loose fit anyway…)

Hope everyone’s having a great start to the week!



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