The past two days have been very gloomy and wet, but it's looking like the weather should clear up for this weekend's crazy YLF festivities. Normally I wear something bright when it's glum out, but these past two days I've apparently been in a neutrals mood. Forgot I was doing newer/older, added that back in for today (newer meaning SS14 or FW14).

#2/3 - Ya'all may have noticed that checks are, by far, my favorite pattern. I have a lot of them in my wardrobe, and am not opposed to wearing several at once. I do realize that this is a rather hectic mix that may not be everyone's cuppa My initial plan for this outfit was with my checked pointy (silky canvas) flats to really have All The Checks, but with the heavy rain forecasted for the second half of the day I decided against them. Instead I pulled out cream booties that have some black blocking; the extra cream also helps ground the mix a bit. Popped on a silver belt and semi-tucked the sweater, even though I rarely do so with these pants (the rise is higher than I like), and turned the hems up for a sort-of-geeky-shorter-than-ankle-length thing. Accessorized with big crystal studs, white spiked purse, and better-than-nude peachy lip balm. Also extra crazy hair, but hey that works with the mix.
Newer: belt, boots, purse
Older: sweater, pants

#4-6 - Yesterday Jackie posted a great outfit of Gwen Stefani's, which I used as inspiration for today. The pants, blazer, and booties were all easy choices. For the top, my first thought was to go with something sparkly (go glam!). But after trying my sparkly tops, both of which are white, I didn't think the vibe quite lined up so instead I pulled out a gray/black striped tee and popped on a cream beret with silvery threads to add that additional white element back in. Sleeves up to echo the exposed calves and add lightness to the dark look. Finished accessorizing with some dainty punky jewelry, retro sunnies and, of course, bright red lipstick. It still didn't feel like quite enough glam/sparkle/shine, so I grabbed my taupe slightly-shimmery clutch (I did try my gold sequin clutch but that wasn't quite right either; something about sequins just didn't work with this look). Harder edge than usual, but still plenty of soft and glam so I am perfectly happy in this. Thanks for sharing the great inspo photo, Jackie!
Newer: hat, bracelets
Older: blazer, tee, pants, booties, clutch, ring

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