Wednesday, November 26, 2014

King Charles Spaniel

I posted more pictures of Gus (my parents dog) when he was younger, but it's been awhile since he got some blog attention--Tom, his brother who looks very similar, was on the blog more recently. Gus was far more interested in the treats in my pocket than the camera, but was an easy enough model to work with. I couldn't resist bringing him into the pictures since this sweater seems to be based off of a Cavalier King Charles spaniel (although the sweater one is a Tricolour and Gus is a Blenheim). They are quite cute dogs; when Gus barks and chases a squirrel through the yard it's like watching a stuffed animal in motion. I especially like it when he barks at horses on tv; no real reaction to cats or dogs on the screen but horses drive him crazy.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Picnic In The Forest

How idyllic is this picnic in the forest editorial? It's really beautifully styled as I covet everything from her clothes to her humble, but tasty-looking spread--and I rather think the woods look like Ireland. Hopefully there will be some picnics like this in my future, until then I'll just start the fruitless hunt for similar boots and picnic blanket in my budget! via

Ghost Of Christmas Present

Let the "Ghost of Christmas Present" jokes begin now! I needed something creative to do a midnight when I couldn't sleep and ended up making this leafy head wreath with trimmings from a bush just out the back. I think it looks nice and festive with the little emerald dress, but when I put the coat on it definitely tipped things into the over-the-top range. Oh well. I am feeling the seasonal cheer and you can not bring me down! The head wreath would be fun to wear at Thanksgiving dinner, no?
P.S. My dress is a new piece courtesy of Cindy + Johnny. It's a wonderful knit perfect for the season. If you like the dress then use this discount code "CLOTHESHorse20" to get $20 off any order over $100. Code good today through December 25th.

Monday, November 24, 2014

How To Survive Winter In Tights

One of the most frequent questions I receive is how I survive winter in tights. It's clear on days when I take pictures in the middle of snow-covered winter wonderland in tights and a dress that I'm quite determined to stick to my dress preferences even in the coldest weather. So here are my tips to surviving winter temperatures in tights (and dresses).
Be practical: How much time will you be spending outside and are you moving a lot? Last winter I spent a good amount of time digging my car free from the snow and a lot of other days having to walk a good distance because I didn't want to dig my car free--in those conditions I actually didn't have to wear a ton of layers because my actions kept me warm. If you're on short walks between classes, or scurrying from your car to a building, then you similarly don't need to wear a lot of layers. If you're however outside for longer periods of time and less active (say waiting for a bus) then you will need to dress a lot more warmly.
Pay attention to denier: Tights come in different weights or thickness, this thickness is referred to as denier. The higher the denier number, the thicker the tights. Denier is important to pay attention to if you're looking for sheer or opaque tights, but in winter a higher denier is also essential in keeping you warmer. For winter it is best to stick to 100 denier and higher.
Fleece-lined is your best friend: Similar to a high denier count there are now fleece-lined tights which will keep you amazingly warm and cozy in winter. Other specialty tights to look for are sweater tights and wool blends.
Layer up: Just because you're wearing tights doesn't mean you can't layer; I often layer 2 pairs of tights in winter to stay a bit warm and put tall socks on top of that as well. It might not seem like the most comfortable choice in the world, but I never feel the discomfort of the tights once I'm outside with snow in my face.
Keep everything else cozy: You can get away with less covering on your legs when your feet are toasty in warm socks and boots. I'm all about dresses and tights in winter, but I will keep every other part of me as cozy as possible; boots with socks, cozy hats, mittens, scarves and thick coats are necessary--especially if my legs are going to be a little less covered!
Brand loyalty (or not): I don't have a lot of brand loyalty when it comes to tights; whenever anyone asks where I get "most" of my tights it's a shop list half a mile long. I like the color variety at Tabbisocks, I like the quirky styles of TrendyLegs, the selection at Tights.uk, the quality of Wolford, the tights sales at Urban Outfitters in the spring, etc. 

Autumn Visions

Since I first got this dress a couple of months ago, this is how I envisioned wearing it (although perhaps slightly less wrinkly!). The dramatic embroidery and Joan of Arc inspiration seems to call for equally dramatic styling. Doesn't it beg to be worn with a black cape and arrow earrings? Oh and these earrings have been such a hunt for me! I fell in love with a very expensive pair of arrow earrings--they shoot directly through the earlobe, but the price was completely out of my budget. Months and months of hunting later and I found these and hit the buy button immediately. They aren't the exact design as the first pair I fell in love with, but they are a much more affordable substitute. With my growing collection of arrow accessories I should probably start learning archery...

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Cat Coquillette

a few beautiful and inspiring illustrations by Cat Coquillette

Sunday Remix

12 / 3/ 4

I've owned this dress (by TBA) for three years now and yet this year marks the first time I wore it in October. Funny how I never went for the obvious match of Halloween vibes and a pumpkin patch! It's quite lightweight so it's better suited for summer months, but the color definitely fits autumn. Orange is definitely the least popular color in my wardrobe, but if more orange pieces came pleated with gold peter pan collars I might invest in the color more!

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