Sunshine and shadow

I wanted to bring out some bright yellow on a sunny day. Temperature in the low 80's, which is really lovely for Seattle considering we recently had some super gloomy days.

Dotted yellow and black Vince Camuto shell, black and grey color-blocked NYDJ pencil skirt, yellow lace-up Fidji pumps, black beaded necklace doubled over and knotted.

We have our first dog training session with Lucy tonight, which I'm excited for. Our orientation without dogs was last week. She knows some basic commands but sitting is the only one she follows consistently, and is so exuberant and easily distracted around other dogs-our little social butterfly who thinks every dog wants to play and be greeted with leaps and kisses. I think this will be very a good experience for her AND us, and I'm very impressed with the instructor so far.

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Cobalt and marble for mini YLF meet-up

As Angie mentioned, a small group of us met up in Seattle this morning for brunch and shopping, and great fun!

http://youlookfab.com/welookfa.....ring-today

I wore a cobalt faux-wrap blouse, black and white marble pencil skirt, and beige and black flats.

Lucy made a cameo when I was trying to snap a pic.

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Birds, cats-and dog

This one is going to the animals.

Black swan-printed blouse; cheetah-print pencil skirt (a second NAS item, as I'm very much on Team Wear); beige and black patent flats.

Added a very silly photo of playful pup Lucy just to wrap up the animal theme.

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What we wore: new NAS buy and first day at work

For the first time, Lucy accompanied me to the office. It was quite an adventure! Very hot today but fortunately our workplace stays cool. Lucy was pretty good, but got impatient and started attention-barking 30 minutes before quitting time because she wanted to play. We'll work on that; I'm trying not to be reactive to barking, but also don't want to disrupt coworkers.

Ask mentioned earlier, it's hot-high 80's outside-so I wanted something breezy. Out came the only short-sleeved buy from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, an emerald green and black chevron striped faux-wrap blouse. I paired it with old favorites-a cobalt Vince Camuto knit pencil skirt and magenta patent Me Too flats. New top was perfect for weather, but the snap is a bit high for me-or rather, I need another couple snaps in the middle as I'm paranoid about my blouse falling open while I'm bending over to tend to the dog. Just a word of caution. An easy fix, though.

(Disclaimer: I leave home at 5:15 AM, so all pics are taken at end of the day, and therefore are less fresh than I'd prefer.)

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NAS Haul - 2014

Wow.  I was not feeling terribly jazzed about shopping or style for much of the past year, but the 2014 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale really grabbed me today during pre-selection.  (Every year my mom, sister, and I meet up for the pre-sale - we have such a blast shopping together and have been lucky to be paired with amazing sales associates each year.)

Not only did we solve my bra dilemma, but I also found really amazing booties for the first time (I've not had the best luck with the NAS shoe departments in prior years, but boots were HIGH on my priority list as I really didn't have any in good shape that worked for me last year.)

Here's what I brought home.
Steve Madden Nyrvana bootie in brown
Bellatrix Print Faux Wrap Front Blouse in emerald
Vince Camuto 
Stripe Bandage Top in black/white
Hinge 
Burnout Damask Sweater in navy/black
Halogen 
Textured Jacquard Sweater in black/grey
Kut from the Kloth 
Lincoln' Faux Leather Drape Front Jacket in chocolate

Vince Camuto animal print pencil skirt

Halogen Boiled Wool Shawl Collar Coat in purple (magenta)


Plus, the aforementioned bras, and my favorite Shimera boy-short undies.  Whew!

Did not see this in store, but interested in trying the Bellatrix Drape Front Crepe Vest (Regular & Petite.) Has anyone tried it?  Does it run small?

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WIW with my dog

I have fallen hard for our new pup, Lucy (see this thread: http://youlookfab.com/welookfa.....ucing-lucy )
She is so mellow. Not barky, gentle and non territorial with food, loves to stay nearby or snuggle up for cuddles and scritches. She is extremely playful with other dogs. We've already made some contacts with neighbors where we noticed our dogs love to play together. (We have a very dog friendly building with a big common yard.) I hope to start taking Lucy to work soon.

Here's what I wore to run around with her last night with my family after dinner: multicolored drapey shell, cobalt pencil skirt, fuchsia patent flats.

Lucy, my ginger headed tri-colored shortie, needs no adornment. I love those long floppy, silky ears and soulful eyes.

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Introducing Lucy

After a long time pining for canine company and about a year after Shadow's passing away, my boyfriend and I are thrilled to introduce Lucy, a young basset-beagle mix, into our life.

She is darling. Very easy and mellow for a youngster in the short time we have had her; pretty well behaved (though we hope to train her to stay off furniture, and want to do obedience training regardless to train US and for the bonding experience) and quiet (she barked a couple times when we were playing and she was EXTREMELY excited, like my old dogs did; but has not barked in reaction to new people, dogs, cars, etc.)

As you can see, she has a beagle's coloring and head, and has the body/stature of a teeny basset hound. I am already lost in her eyes and adore her freckles.

And yes, we still have our rats. Keeping their cage in a separate room for now, though we let Lucy smell the cage/rat room while leashed. She thought the scent was interesting but didn't seem particularly reactive. Blinkin is a bit freaked out by the new sounds and smells, but Boo seems ok.

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Not having fun with fashion-and it's ok?

I know I've mentioned this before (see: http://youlookfab.com/welookfa.....motivation) but I've lost steam and motivation in the past year or more in my style journey. Getting dressed or shopping for clothing has felt like a chore for a very long time. I wondered if it had to do with depression in winter, but even last summer and this spring-when I'm feeling very mentally healthy and enjoying life-it just doesn't do it for me anymore. I've hardly bought anything clothing wise since early last fall (and that's not a bad thing-the few things I did buy, I love!) but even shopping for worn out necessities (boots, jeans, bras, shoes) makes me want to groan. I still dress in fallback outfits that I think look okay and that I get compliments on, but the joy and fun has gone out of it.

Though most of my YLF inactivity has been due to lack of time, I don't feel like I have much to contribute to anymore in the main blog/forum sections of the site. I window-shop and Pinterest online, but most of the new trends don't inspire, and I don't feel like I'm particularly creative. I do miss my online friends here.

Adding a couple recent pics of me, Boo and Blinkin, and Bryan and I (we are in hairnets prior to a tour with my family at Theo Chocolate: https://www.theochocolate.com)

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Weekend in the Gulf Islands

B. and I are spending a relaxing weekend at a gorgeous oceanside resort in the Gulf Islands of British Columbia. We're here with friends to celebrate a very intimate, low-key wedding. It's absolutely beautiful here, and hard to do justice with photos. I'm just brewing myself some tea-a spiced oolong and mate blend, a gift from the bride and groom-and am about to curl up in my robe on our porch overlooking the marina.

B. and I haven't had a getaway since last summer, mainly due to my having switched jobs and not having much time off accrued, let alone having the time to use it-so the wedding is a welcome excuse for some rest, beautiful scenery, and great company.

This is what I wore to a pre-wedding barbecue with the bride and groom's families last night. Did a little exploring as my chunky heels stood up to the rock and crushed shell beach soil.

Vince Camuto emerald knit skirt and light emerald, cobalt, turquoise and black striped sweater with low turquoise heels.

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Bailey 44 (+ bday discount)

There's a cute new version of the Bailey 44 tiered striped dress; navy blue, turquoise, and tan. And just got my birthday discount coupon. Hurrah!

http://m.anthropologie.com/mob.....038;catId=

Mostly just taking an excuse to pop in during a very, very busy holiday season. Hope all is well!

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