I See Things in Black & Creme

Earrings: Wal-Mart
Sweater: J. Crew*
Pants: Kohl’s
Boots: Naturalizers
*Asterisk indicates that this item is secondhand — whether from a thrift store, consignment shop, yard sale, or generous friend

Fern felt a little Nordic in this getup. The handknit wool and diamond-y cableknit pattern is responsible for that. She also felt a little too warm as the day progressed. You can blame the sweater for that one as well.

Aside from the real author: I wore this ensemble because (a) I scored this sweater at Goodwill on Friday and have been psyched to wear it, but also because (b) it was a handy way to participate in Everybody Everywear’s “Black & White” challenge this month (even if technically the sweater is black and creme). This marks the first time I’m sharing this new blog with a wider audience, so yay for that. If you’re visiting from EBEW, please say hello! It would be lovely to get to know you better.

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Half-Charged Preppy

Sweater: J. Crew*
Necklace: vintage*
Skirt: New York & Company*
Rose bracelet: gift
Chain bracelet: found on the street!*
Wedges: Gretta
*Asterisk indicates that this item is secondhand — whether from a thrift store, consignment shop, yard sale, or generous friend

Fern lives her life on half-charged batteries. This applies to her phone, her portable computer, and — yes — her camera. Said camera only had enough juice for eight pictures today, whereas Fern typically takes around 30 or 40 to get some shots she’s happy with. (Okay, honestly, her average is 64.) Luckily, a few of those eight snaps were usable, meaning they did not feature Fern falling over or looking like she’d smelled something rotten.

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Inspired By (Sweaters or Jumpers)

Sweater: Pacific Club, vintage*
Necklace: booth at a fair
Belt: thrift store*
Dress (worn as skirt): Ann Taylor*
Tights: Chinese Laundry
Boots: Frye, vintage*
*Asterisk indicates that this item is secondhand — whether from a thrift store, consignment shop, yard sale, or generous friend

Fern is no stranger to style blogging, even if she is new to writing one herself. She’s been reading and bookmarking online inspiration for years, with wide-eyed wonderment for the internet vixens who do their doin’ with aplomb (or is it “with a plum”?). One such lady is Karen from Where Did U Get That. Karen’s been killing it lately with oversized sweaters (she calls them “jumpers,” that adorable Brit!).

Fern, feeling this aesthetic was totally perfect, went searching thrift stores and found her cozy “new” red sweater for all of eight U.S. dollars. If only she had an incredible photographer and the chutzpah to don a hat and sunglasses as well, she’d be a living tribute to Ms. Karen.

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Cozying Up

Turtleneck: Derek Heart*
Sweater: Barbra Sue, vintage*
Jeans: American Eagle Outfitters
Boots: Laredo*
*Asterisk indicates that this item is secondhand — whether from a thrift store, consignment shop, yard sale, or generous friend

Fern, if you care to know, is a big fan of Hulu.com. Her favorite shows include “Grey’s Anatomy” (which she tends to both mock and adore, sometimes simultaneously), “Nikita,” “New Girl,” “South Park,” and “Saturday Night Live.” A day off from adult obligations means a day spent with her beloved fictional characters, whilst wearing cozy layers and eating popcorn shrimp.

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Only Red or Yellow


Headband: grocery store
Sweater: Banana Republic
T-shirt: Gap
Belt: vintage*
Leggings: BDG*
Rainboots: unknown brand*
*Asterisk indicates that this item is secondhand — whether from a thrift store, consignment shop, yard sale, or generous friend

Fern recently moved to Germany, and having always lived in the dry environs of New Mexico, she wasn’t fully prepared for these rainier climes. She’s gradually acquired umbrellas, raincoats, and hats for her head, but the last piece of the puzzle was missing. If she was going to have rubbery shoes to slog around in, she wanted them to be bright. She wanted them to be cheeky. She didn’t want them to feature patriotic insignia or drawings of butterflies. Butterflies are for flying, not jumping in puddles.

A pair of rainboots in red or yellow were really the only ones that would suffice, and lucky for our picky Fern, some red ones crossed her path. Today is their debut.

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An Italian Lover

Headband: Forever 21
Scarf: Van Heusen
T-shirt: Gap*
Skirt: handmade*
Boots: Sudini*
*Asterisk indicates that this item is secondhand — whether from a thrift store, consignment shop, yard sale, or generous friend

Fern, like many young women of her ilk, has been on a many-years search for the Right Boots. The ones that would be classic and versatile and supportive in the arch. When Fern spotted these particular boots, she didn’t hesitate to purchase them. She knew they were Right. Here’s my debit card, Mr. Cashier. Bag them up and be quick about it!

She even found herself enamored with the boots’ chocolatey shade of brown, a shade so much darker than she thought her Right Boots would have. That’s how love is, I suppose — always looking a little different than you expected, but feeling just how you hoped.

(And a humorous side note: according to the internet, the maker of these boots — Sudini — is Italian, and it has a scandalous tagline. “Shoes that Make Love to Your Feet.” Well well. It looks like Fern’s feet might get more love than they bargained for.)

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Abstract Whimsy

Earrings: farmer’s market booth (they’re made from cow horn!)
Blouse: Pretty Good*
Jeans: Lucky Brand
Loafers: Naturalizers*
*Asterisk indicates that this item is secondhand — whether from a thrift store, consignment shop, yard sale, or generous friend

That pattern on Fern’s blouse is hard to pin down.

It features columns of colorful drawings, but what do those drawings depict? Parrots, donkeys, wrapped Mexican candies? Even close examination won’t give you the answer.

Whatever’s going on, though, the blouse gives a touch of whimsy, and whimsy is just what this lady needs on a cloudy German day.

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Before the Belt

Shirt: Old Navy
Sweater: Gap*
Watch: gift
Skirt: Old Navy
Knee socks: grocery store
Shoes: Urban Outfitters
*Asterisk indicates that this item is secondhand — whether from a thrift store, consignment shop, yard sale, or generous friend

Fern is the sort of lady who doesn’t rush to add a belt.

If it’s a necessary tool to keep a pair of pants up high where they should be, then fine, but otherwise — she’s skeptical of the idea.

But belts are nice for adding shape to a sacklike sweater, just as a sacklike sweater is nice for keeping you warm, so after Fern took this picture and continued preparing for the day, she relaxed her up-shrugged shoulders and added a little belt to her waist — the natural one, the one that bisects her belly button. And the belt she chose was turquoise, with a silver pineapple for a buckle.

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