Sunday, October 19, 2014

The day at the museum

I had high hopes for my visit to Museum of Natural History, needless to say; it didn't measure up. It took less than two hours to visit all four floors and I tried to go as slowly as I could, reading every plaque and notification. My outfit was comfortably warm though, that's the highlight!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Vintage lilac and wine

Vintage lilac is the name of color for this soft sweater and I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it. It is a great piece for layering, thin, stretchy and deliciously warm. Also looks great layered under this boxy floral top.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Black polka

I was very happy when I found this black polka dot shirt, just what I needed. It is pure cotton and can be layered easily. Also it's thin enough that I can take it with me when I'm going back to warmer (more pleasant) climates. How forward thinking of me!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Colors of comfort

Better to say layers for comfort. Here in cold, I  keep thinking in terms of layers. There is a science to it:  1- the basic layer, color coordinated by maroon, navy and splashes of purple (I include the navy sweater in this layer since the button down is too thin and needs reinforcement) . 2- middle layer: the scarf and a tan cardigan (not pictured here) for sitting at my desk. 3- the outer layer: tan trench coat, gold bag, taupe boots and multi color scarf that can still go over everything.

Wardrobe Obsessions: Missoni Scarves

You may have noticed my little collection of Missoni scarves. Specially here in MI, I relay on them often and they keep popping up in most of my outfits. To say I love these scarves is a bit of understatement. I've been obsessed with them for the past few years. Normally I won't have looked twice at most Missoni scarves, feeling that the sharp horizontal zigzags and tired colors have become a little cliche. But three or four years ago I saw this beautiful one with vertical spiral patterns and soft colors (the one on the left) in Anthropologie and I fell in love. I paid full price for it and haven't regretted my purchase for even one second. After that I kept my eyes out for unusual patterns and found these other beauties. Their color mix makes them suitable for most of my coats and jackets. In addition to being chic and stylish items, they are distinctive and dramatic enough that I can keep the rest of my outfit pretty basic and neutral. Didn't I say I am obsessed with these scarves?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Pop of color

I am getting tried of wearing the same items over and over again, or maybe it is because my outfits relay heavily on the same neutrals, navy, gray, tan and black. Whatever it was I needed that little pop of happy fluorescent yellow to cheer me up.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Covered in fog and drizzled with rain

How do you like to start your week? Mine started by looking out the window and seeing a big white/gray nothing, courtesy of a dense wall of fog. My ten minutes walk to work had a surreal feel.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Fall floral

I am learning the first rule of northern climate: appreciating the sunlight. That's why on Sunday I put on a happy outfit of flowers and sangria (see the tangerine coat and bordeaux jeggings and scarf) to relax, eat out and do some necessary shopping (like a thick fluffy blanket for my bed). A bit of sunshine is great for the soul!

Cold move

It was 37 degree cold on Saturday morning when I was moving. Lots and lots of comfortable and snuggly layers which also offered the freedom to pull along three big suitcases. By the end of the day, I was semiconscious from exhaustion.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Friday meetings

What a day! It started with a meeting in a leasing office to sign a lease and get the keys to my new apartment. Then I had to rush out and buy beddings since apparently "furnished" doesn't include bed sheets and comforters. Back to my old apartment for lunch and my laptop. Going back to office for weekly work meeting, rushing to buy a mini vacuum cleaner ( again something excluded from fully furnished!), dropping it off at the new apartment and going back to the old one to pack and sleep. I traveled the length of the city six times in one day, taking the bus each time. It was an ordeal, let me tell you!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

"Get a move on!"

Yes, another move in Ann Arbor, from one apartment to another. These days I feel like a nomad. First week of September, I moved from Phoenix Arizona to Ann Arbor Michigan with my whole life in three suitcases. I lived in a hotel for a few days and then moved to an apartment. Since I was staying there temporarily, I didn't unpack. You can imagine how chaotic it was in the mornings to get ready. Now, I moved to another apartment closer to my work and I will be staying here for the next couple of months (to the end of my stay in Michigan). You can bet the first thing I did was unpacking all three suitcases and hanging everything in the closet!  (Coincidentally, this first picture is of the building I work in.)

There is another move on the horizon in December, somewhere out of states and I am excited. Scared too, but mostly excited. As for my life style, I guess I am getting used to all the traveling, the new environments and the new people.  The living out of a suitcase too, since I did it for most of last year as well.
One thing is ironic though: after years of dreaming about a big roomy closet with customized shelving, when I finally get it I have to move for work and leave it behind. Life is definitely not fair, I can assure you! I can also complain about challenges of dressing for a very cold climate after living in CA and AZ for years and then the confusion of shopping for a hot and humid climate while still adjusting to cold of Michigan.
Can you guess where I'm going next?

Thursday, October 9, 2014

"A few of my favorite things"

Let's say your outfit is made of all your favorite pieces: a burgundy top, a soft cashmere sweater, a pair of skinny velvet pants, a plaid coat and your favorite Missoni scarf... does it mean it would look good as well as feel good? That's the question!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Blue dreams

NO, I don't have time or energy for dressing up. Just enough to look pulled together and be warm.... that's my goal for the next couple of days!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Cream caramel

It is too cold for me and my flimsy winter wear don't stand a chance against this weather. I am giving them a work out however. Case in point: this new coat is not as cold-proof as I hoped. Good thing I layered a merino wool sweater under my dress. Sweater goes over the dress usually, you say? Needs must and all that, my dears!

Monday, October 6, 2014

A symphony in blue

I love cobalt blue, so much so that I didn't feel the need to accessorize this outfit. I didn't want anything competing with my favorite color!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Friday meeting

What did I tell you about meetings on Friday? Apparently it has become a tradition. Well, I make it a tradition to dress up for it. What I don't like is having the meetings late afternoon which usually extends to after 5:00 PM. Please let me go home!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Snow leopard

I like the snow leopard print more than the tan and brown one, maybe because I don't like tan and brown that much. Whatever the reason, these days I am hooked on cold gray and muted colors. I blame the weather!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Sweet and wild

This color scheme feels very sweet to me with the colors coming from cookies and caramel and chocolate. On the other hand, the prints are a bit wild and edgy... then if you look at the textures: the calf hair of the shoes, the snake print embossed bag, the silky top, the cashmere two texture cardigan...
all in all, a lot is going on this outfit... but because of the color scheme, it feels mellow and sweet and totally pulled together.

Of course there is a coat and scarf involved as well. I just didn't want to crowd the picture.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Gold and gray

At the first glance, this is a wild color scheme. I have to explain though, it was rainy and gray and I was freezing and needed a dose of optimism. Gold always cheers me up!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Sunny skies

A beautiful sunny day and warm weather deserve a lot of appreciation in this climate. My way? Not wearing a coat for the first time in the last month! Wow, that was big!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Pearl gray

I have been waiting impatiently for an opportunity to wear this colorblock moto-style cardigan these past 6 months or so. It was too warm for Arizona and too cold Michigan. Finally this weekend, with sunny skies and 78 degree temperature, it had its moment in the sun. I had a nice relaxing day, eating squash soup, wandering in bookstores, lingering in a coffeeshop, buying pumpkin spice candles and enjoying a mellow afternoon in a comfortable style.A good day for wearing a beloved cardigan for the first time!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Friday meetings

The nature of academic culture somehow leads to scheduling most meetings and seminars on Friday. To me it means dressing up on a day other people call casual Friday! It is fun and unusual and I like it! Anyhow, I was attending three meeting and one seminar ( meeting a lot of new people for the first time) and a bit of polish was a good thing.

Don't be fooled by the short skirt into thinking it was warm, I had to pair it with black tights.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Plaid coat

Remember my Fall shopping post? So far I have stuck to my guns and have resisted temptation and not bought anything extra for this three months stay in colder climate. Also it helps that I rely on public transportation and all the shopping centers are far from my house and require a couple of bus changes to get there. But being in Midwest requires wearing plaid and having it on my list for a couple of years, I finally decided to buy this orange plaid coat online. It is from Tulle and was 40% off which helped justifying the purchase. As I said before, you can't be in Midwest and not wear plaid!

Friday, September 26, 2014

A color feast

Just a jumble of my favorites Fall colors, burgundy and orange and caramel... hmmm, make it wine and pumpkin and caramel. So yummy!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Maple leaves

I'd forgotten how much I love the turning leaves specially maples, all those golds and oranges and reds... There is this tree in my commute route which is all in flaming red. Totally gorgeous! It makes me want to match every day I see it... so today I wore my red coat too!