Just visited Tanya's post on the dark red with pink & orange ensemble. It's fun to read that Tanya looks forward to Angie's Friday ensembles and duplicates them right away. I have been trying to do that more often lately, too, though sometimes I just can't quite work it out, so I move on. The ensembles are often just the nudge I need to focus my morning's outfit creation. I'm not one to plan ahead, even though I'd like to be that person. More often, I have a few possibilities floating around in my head and then try to cobble together an outfit in the morning from those ideas.

Yesterday I got as far as dark red shoes with Angie's post, but didn't pair any pink or orange with them. Today I did the full-on ensemble.

Here are the outfits:
1 (worn Saturday to a morning meeting and haircut appointment): bright pink cap-sleeve scoop-neck tee (Caslon); boyfriend jeans (Fidelity, Rocco); tan cotton jacket (Caslon); floral metallic belt (Fossil); taupe croc-embossed cross-body bag (Brahmin); dark red patent leather loafers (Munro), silver and brass necklace and earrings (Marjorie Baer), berry red lipstick (Chanel Rouge Coco, rouge orage).

It started raining, and I wanted to wear a coat. So I changed after the haircut appointment. I think I like this next version better. . . .

2-3 (worn for day off, at home and shopping): same bright pink tee, boyfriend jeans, metallic floral belt, taupe cross-body bag, and dark red loafers. Replaced the tan jacket with dark red 3/4-sleeved cardigan (Halogen), added bright coral trench coat (Eddie Bauer), removed necklace.

4-6 (worn to work Friday): red floral lace tunic (made by me); black knit wide-leg pants (J.Jill, Wearever collection); dark red lace-up Mary Jane pumps (Naya); olive jacket (Laundry by Shelli Segal); taupe hobo bag (Aunts & Uncles); brushed silver twisted hoops.

Thanks for the inspiration, Angie! Dark red perked up my mood. The haircut helped a lot, too.

Thanks for looking! Thoughts and suggestions are always welcome.

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