At the end of last month, I tried my hand at Calligraphy. You know, the art of hand lettering. All I have to say after that experience is that there really is a reason why this is not a DIY or crafting blog. You guys would laugh mercilessly at me, then mock me on some internet forum. It’s cool, it’s the reason I probably will never go there.
I say probably because you never know. I may or may not have had my own craft business. Granted, I was 12, but still. I could make a comeback. ;)
Anyways. On to the real topic of today’s post – clothes! I’ve worn some variation of this outfit on quite a lot of weekends lately. This swing dress came from one of my Golden Totes last summer, and I really prefer it as a fall-winter dress since it’s made with a thick terry cloth and lends itself nicely to sweaters. I tend to gravitate towards mixing patterns and textures with it since the stripes are so small.
I also grabbed these over the knee boots to keep my legs warm. It’s been nice and warm this week in Seattle, but I took these photos at the end of January when the wind was blowing away and it wasn’t in the high 50s/low 60s. I really think winter has ADD this year and can’t focus on what winter is supposed to be: cold!
I promise I’m not complaining; I’m already looking forward to spring weather and fashion. There’s just something about wearing tights with every dress outfit that makes it slightly less fun.
What I’m Wearing
Sweater: Nordstrom (similar)
Dress: Golden Tote Stripe Swing Dress (similar)
Boots: ShoeDazzle Azedeh (run a little large, I suggest going down half a size)
Scarf: H&M (similar)
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff Bowery Satchel
What’s the weather like where you are at? I hope you’re staying warm!
I’m subconsciously looking at all things spring-related because I’ll be in the US by then! Basically, I don’t want to look like an idiot when I get there! Hahaha!
Haha! I feel like everyone is excited for spring to get here, especially since it’s the polar vortex on the East Coast right now!
Love the sweater over the stripes! Such a casual, easy outfit that looks great, too!
So cute and cozy! I love sweaters and boots and all but I am ready for warm weather!
Thanks Julia! Me too! Hopefully spring gets here soon!
my handlettering is awful, but i’ve been posting it anyway. :P if they’re making fun of me on a forum on the internet, i have no idea. it’d be flattering to know someone is spending hours on end going on and on about me. ;-) but it’s probably not happening.
Ha! I was totally kidding (well sort of, I’m sure you’ve heard of GOMI), and your lettering is way more fun than mine! ;)
I love the way you mixed these patterns they go well together which really isnt easy to achieve!
Aw, thanks Kay! :)
I am a big fan of mixing patterns, textures and colours – you’ve done a really great job with that here because it’s fairly subtle but still enough of a pop. And that mustard colour!
Thanks Kathryn! I love the mustard too :)
you are too cute! I hate wearing tights, I always feel so constricted…
Thanks Kasey! They’re not my favorite either, especially wearing them all day at work. :/
I really love stripes and leopard print together. And that top looks great with the sweater over it. It is REALLY cold here right now. I’m cuddled up under a blanket with tea! lol My phone says it is 6 degrees with the wind chill around -11….yuck!
Thanks Julie! Yikes, that sounds cold, hope you stay warm!
Damn, lady, you can rock a top knot! I’m always so jealous of people who can pair bold patterns well. I tend to stick to a lot more mutuals and subtle styles.
Aw, thanks Cat! I know what you mean, I usually go for subtle too, but sometimes it’s fun to mix things up a bit!
You look adorable as usual, and even though it wasn’t the focus of the post your makeup is amazing! Seriously, just glowing. And you’re killin the top knot game ;)
Aw, thank you Kels! Top knots are my fave… lets me go an extra day without washing my hair ;)
Jenn this outfit is SO STINKIN CUTE!!!! I am absolutely obsessed with leopard print and big scarves with topknots so I 100% approve. You look great!
Aw, thanks Erica! :)
The knit of your sweater and the solid mustard looks amazing with blending the stripes and leopard prints! I am so ready for warmer weather too– it’s supposed to be really nice this weekend, supposedly. *fingers crossed*
Thanks Katrina! I’m hopeful the weather really is nice this weekend too! :)
Such a cute outfit and your bun is perfect! I was just in Seattle this past weekend and the weather was so amazing. Spring can’t come soon enough!
Thanks Annessa! Hope you enjoyed Seattle! :)
I also had a crafting business when I was 12…my BFF and I made glass bead bracelets and talked a local shop into letting us sell them there and split the profits 60/40. I think we could bring it back! :)
That’s super cool! Haha, you totally should! ;)
I totally dig that mix of patterns, especially because of the textures! I tried calligraphy when I was about 10. My friend’s mom was really good at it, so they got me a kit and tried to teach me, but I never got very far! I’m better at matting and framing scrapbook paper for artwork!
I have a feeling my calligraphy pen will not be seeing the light of day too often… It was fun to learn, but not really my thing!
So pretty Jenn! Love the outfit, specially the scarf! :) And me too, cant wait for spring!
Thanks Chaitra! I hope we see some spring weather soon!
I was a lifelong tights LOVER until in recent years I started to understand the feeling of longing for tight-less weather. I love my tights, but I totally agree that wearing them day after day with every dress starts to bum a person out after awhile.
I love this outfit and especially the scarf. I saw a very similar one at Value Village yesterday and should have bought it! Love the little top knot, too :) Happy Friday!
Thanks Lindsay! Hope you have a great weekend! :)
And it really does, I feel like it can be pretty limiting in terms of shoe choices especially. I’m glad we’re having nicer weather but it’s still cold enough to need fully covered legs!
I’ve always wanted to try calligraphy, but I think I would suck at it haha anyways, I love this outfit! you look gorgeous in yellow!
Haha, I definitely didn’t think I would be great at it (and I was right) but it was definitely fun to try and I’m glad I did! Thank you, Jessica! :)
Add me to the long list of people who cannot wait for spring to arrive! I think winter this year has gone a little bit overboard – at least that’s how I feel. LOL
As for your outfit, all I can say is I LOVE everything about it, especially that scarf! Oh, the season has also turned me into a scarf hoarder, so might hunt this down as well.
(by the way, I came across your link via Rebecca’s Hello Pretty Bird blog and thought I’d check it out – I’m glad I did :) )
Haha you definitely have it worse than I do on the East Cost. It’s been in the 50s this week so I really shouldn’t be complaining – I just hope it continues! ;)
Thanks Donah! I ended up finding another similar style of the scarf for $15 at Target when I was browsing their accessories that you might like too! (http://bit.ly/1MNmWL9) And I’m so happy you found me through Rebecca’s blog! :)