Dressed for: Ease

Already Pretty outfit featuring retro teal dress, Tieks flats, navy blue leather handbag, bib necklace

Dress – eShaktihere in black (if link doesn’t work it’s called Vintage style jersey knit dress)
Necklace – Fab.comsimilar
Flats – courtesy Tieks
Earrings – Noir via Ideeli
Bracelet – thrifted – similar look
Bag – eBaysimilar

This necklace and dress were bought more than a year apart, but I’ve worn them together about four times in the past month. Such a perfect pairing. I’ve tried the dress with and without a belt and feel like it’s got enough going on up top without adding any contrast at the fairly high waist. It’s an easy comfortable piece that quickly became a go-to. And it also is a natural match for these snappy Tieks flats, which are of the foldable/packable variety. A great invention for those of us who start the day optimistically in heels, and need relief by mid-afternoon. Not that I’d know anything about that. Hem hem … read more

Dressed for: Second Chances

Already Pretty outfit featuring floral cardigan, mint green dress, bronze flats, Foley + Corinna Mid-City Tote

Cardigan – J.Crew courtesy Twice
Dress – eShakti (no longer available) – similar
Flats – Hush Puppies (no longer available) – similar
Bag – Mid-City Tote courtesy Foley + Corinna
Necklace – Hilary Druxman
Earrings – courtesy Song Yee Designs
Bracelets – Goldy + Mac – similar look

I ogled this cardigan for months on the J.Crew website a couple of years ago, but never bit the bullet. Imagine my delight when online consignment shop Twice offered me a shopping credit, and this dark floral beauty turned up in my size! It’ll work great for colder weather, but I couldn’t resist brightening it up with this summery dress. I was astonished by the depth and breadth of Twice’s offerings – thousands of items at darned decent prices. My order arrived the very next day, and everything was in great condition and just as described on the site. Nice to have another resource for quality secondhand goodies! read more

Dressed for: Healing

Already Pretty outfit featuring denim jacket, Gudrun Sjoden dress, tan slouchy boots, red necklace, Ellington handbag

Denim jacket – Gap (no longer available) – similar
Dress – courtesy Gudrun Sjödén
Necklaces – thrifted and self-made – similar look
Earrings – gift – similar
Bracelet – thrifted – similar look
Boots – Diesel (no longer available) – similar
Bag – Sadie courtesy Ellington

I tore my feet up walking around San Francisco – even in my comfy flats! – so I’m sticking to closed-toe shoes and socks for the time being until I’m all healed up. After several similar walking-intensive trips, I’ve finally learned that ballet flats are fabulous if I’m out and about for less than four hours. Anything beyond that and my feet swell and blister no matter how supportive and well-made my flats may be. Socks – and shoes that work with socks – are essential for foot comfort on these types of trips. Live and learn. And blister. read more