Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Stripes, Stripes, More Stripes


They say, we got more rain this winter than in a few previous years, but it does not mean that we don't have perfectly wonderful sunny days and blue sky - sometimes, we do! Like today, or that day a couple of weeks back when I wore my new stripy dress. It is so easy to wear, comfortable, that I wore it out quite a few times, and even was lounging at home in it. The silhouette is very simple - almost a basic sailor shirt, which is flattering on a woman's body even the way it is, but combined with a variety of stripes, creates an especially successful design. 



Like many of us do, I always try to find ways to style a new item with old beloved things from my wardrobe, and here I show it in two different outfits. They might not be the most creative combinations I'm capable of, but I just want to share whatever I wear on a daily basis. The trench is a vibrant Kelly green well structured design with plenty of great details, by Michael Kors, which I bought two years ago. I'm eagerly waiting for temperatures to go a bit higher, so I can wear it with blouses and shirts, it's a little tight for sweaters, and I am just tired of sweaters. I picked accessories in green tones, since my freshly colored head adds another bright color anyway.



That day, we went to one of Tacoma's private schools for a choir competition where our school's girls choir participated and got quite a high score. The grounds of this Catholic school are gorgeous, with landscaping, art and a combination of old and new buildings.






Photo above: Our choir girl with her bestie after performance.
Photo below: The Real Adventure Man (read why Justin got this nick name here) in his new hat and shirt by Cabela's - love the Soutwestern vibe!


And for a walk in one of my most favorite places (read about the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge in my post here), I needed a little more casual outfit and comfy shoes. But I still like some color and fun detailing, and my thrifted vintage denim coat with embroidery fit the bill perfectly. I just added a scarf (I made a mistake once on a sunny walk in February by not wearing a scarf and got an achy neck for a few days after all), a crossbody bag for all necessary things like a phone, lipstick, car keys - and I was ready to go. I can't wait until I can afford to go bare legs without risking my health so I can style this dress with a short denim jacket and converses - hopefully soon. :)


I will leave you with a few nature shots from the estuary - enjoy! It is not only a place to restore nature, but also to restore a soul. It works every time for me. I highly recommend, if you're in the area.







For Write and Link participants, we're taking a break for a while. I will keep you posted!

Dress - Lane Bryant
Trench - Michael Kors (old)
Denim coat - vintage
Heel boots - Ecco
Flat boots - Born
Green purse - B Makowsky
Scarf - Chico's

Linking up with Top of the World Style 
- check them out for more striped outfits!

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17 comments:

  1. Your area is so beautiful. Undisturbed terrain in its finest form. I picked up a dress very similar to yours by Lou & Grey. I put it back. Now, after seeing you in yours, I'm having second thoughts. Love it with the Kelly green coat.

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    1. Thank you, Glenda! Our nature is amazing, it is true. I think I could go to different parks and refuges every day and never get tired of them. I'd love to see you in a stripy dress! Is it a gray one? You would look so beautiful in it. I think it is flattering and so versatile.

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  2. Dear Natalia, I love stripes. This dress looks amazing and confortable. Love the combination with the green Trenchcoat ♥️
    I need a colored trenchcoat too, I mean :) . Two weeks ago I have seen one in coralle, but doesn,t buy it. grrrr
    Have a good day, kisses Tina

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    1. Buy it! Coral is such a refreshing color.

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  3. fabulous!!!
    looove the adding of green to the stripes!!!! so fresh!! but your casual version is genius too - very easy chic!
    the pic of the choir girls is so cute - anya looks so grown up! :-)
    enjoy your gorgeous nature environment and greet the real adventure photographer from me!
    tons of hugs! xxxxxx

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    1. I agree, green looks awesome with stripes. I wish I could go bare legs. :)

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  4. I love your striped dress, such an amazing design and cool shape!, and love both outfits you've created wearing it!. You look comfy & cool, gorgeous!, and those are fabulous qualities!. I love both outfits, your Green trench looks so fresh and spring-like, and love so much your embroidered denim coat!, that cute little scarf is a perfect touch indeed!
    besos

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    1. Sometimes, I want to cut off the sleeves of this denim coat to make it a long vest (which I adore). But I have doubts.

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  5. how gorgeous is that bird? Such an amazing place! You live in a beautiful area and it is great that you are taking advantage of it. My husband and I also enjoy strolling in nature. It can be so relaxing! Plus, nature really inspires me...and often I have a feeling it also restores me.

    This striped dress is so lovely. You have styled it perfectly in both outfits. I think the first one is my personal favourite, just because of that green trench. I'm a big fan of colour green and that shade is so pretty.

    Beautiful photos and photos. As always, I really enjoyed it!

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    1. That bird is a great blue heron! We have many of them around, they are so fun to watch, but really shy - it was a very rare, unique chance to get so close to one in wild nature.

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    2. it must have been a lovely experience! I have somewhat of a talent for spotting birds, so I often enjoy a sight of some beautiful and rare birds. Seldom from very close, because most birds are very shy. I think this is the case anywhere. Only city birds, like peguins and spparows (or pets like parrots), seem to be an exception from that rule.

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  6. HI Natalia..I love your striped dress with that green coat..so striking! I am also a Pacific Northwesterner..so hello neighbor! I also have Russian roots, both of my grandparents on my dad's side were born in Odessa in early 1900, which is now Ukraine. Beautiful photos!!

    Valerie
    MapleLeopard.com
    Fashion and travel

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    1. Thank you, Valerie. It is very nice to "meet" you. :) I will visit your blog for sure!

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  7. Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. The dress is awesome. I love it with the green trench. The other outfit with the floral scarf is also a great one! Love your style

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    1. Thank you so much, Nicole! Glad you like it!

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  8. Hello, dearest Natalia!! I haven't visited in what feels like ages...but when I saw you in this super-flattering striped dress via Nicole's "Top of the World" linkup, I had to take a few moments to tell you how chic you look!! Your kelly green coat makes me realize that I desperately need to add a few more outerwear pieces with "pop" to my own wardrobe...and while I never tire of wearing sweaters myself - I'm a confirmed "sweater girl!" - I AM sick and tired of winter!! XOXO

    www.StyleIsMyPudding.com

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    1. Thank you. Monika! You have such a wonderful sense of style, I can't wait to see what outerwear you'll pick for yourself.

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