Bohemiam Jeans, Ascot Hat and Good Friends

Have you ever run across something that caught your eye, didn’t get it, but then couldn’t get it out of your mind? That is just what happened to me last week.

 It was just a usual girls night out. The five of us got together for one of our catch-up dinner sessions. After eating at Applebees, Diana wanted to go to Cato to pick up some new things for Fall. Of course, we all had to go along for moral support.

She scoped out a pair of jeans that looked Bohemian (or might I say Hippy Dippy?). I fell in love with them, but so did Diana and she was definitely taking them home. 

I thought, “I can’t get these jeans because Diana already has them.” That reasoning lasted two days. I went back Saturday, tried them on and brought them home. The flairs are stretch denim and I found that I needed a smaller size than usual.

My favorite design feature about these is the wonderful faded paisley inserts. I did sew up the slits in the knees a little because they were just too symmetrical for my taste.

I finally am getting to wear my necklace from Target-being so heavy, it is a Fall and Winter piece.

The Ascot Hat

I talked my husband Michael into this brown wool Ascot cap by Epoch last year because I liked it so much. He’s only wore it once so it’s my duty to see that it gets use!

The Ascot cap is also known as the Cuffley cap or Lippincott cap. It is a hard molded felt in a rounded shape and has been around since the beginning of the twentieth century.  

I don’t have a twin, just having some fun!

About the Other Things

My top, a burgundy Banana Republic dolman sleeve cotton, is thrifted. I saw that neckline and knew it would be great for necklaces.

My shoes are Pikolinos. I’ve had these shoes for about ten years and they are among my favorites. The pattern, color-contrast, comfort and quality are  just excellent. I do my best not to over wear them. I just don’t want to wear them out. 

My bag is Nanette Lepore and was on my first fashion post back in January. Nanette doesn’t sell bags online anymore, which is a shame, but you can still find some of her designs on eBay. 

I just found my new square/circle bangle last weekend at the Kansas City Symphony Guild‘s small pop-up shop that they always have during concert season. The guild’s shop has always been one of my favorite place to shop and I know I’m not alone. There is always a crowd in their small space.

My earrings are very special to me. Michael gave them to me for my 21st birthday. 

The necklace was on clearance at Target this summer. I can’t seem to pinpoint what era it reminds me: sort of Deco, but also a little 16th century England. I like it.  

I messaged Diana about how she lead me astray on being a copy cat as soon as I got the jeans home, but tempted her with the idea of being on the post with me. She loved the idea and thus, I would now like to introduce my friend Diana. We met at Byrd’s Pecans, a quaint coffee shop and boutique in our home town. Anything pecan is their specialty. For me, it is a pretty dangerous place (Michael and I both love Pecan Pie)! 

Partners in crime (for about 25 years now)
The temperature was pretty cool Friday (52º F) morning and we both showed up in vests and hats. Diana is one of my hat converts. She just got tired of watching me have all the fun and found some great hats at Macy’s last month. I knitted my cap from a pattern in
Debbie Stoller’s  Stitc’n Bitch Nation

Here’s a quick rundown on what I was wearing on Friday: Boots-Steve Madden, faux fur collar vest-Cripple Creek Ranch Wear from our Farm and Home store (which I have to regularly check out when we pick up feed for our many critters), Top-Willie Smith (thrifted) and vintage silk Poodle scarf (eBay) in lieu of a necklace.  

I was quite happy with my Pumpkin Spiced Latte but Diana is a tea drinker and was trying to persuade Jennifer that she needed to add tea to her selection.


If you want to try Bohemian and don’t have a Cato near these can be purchased on-line. Remember to go smaller-$29.99 at Cato

The Polished Accessory

I’ve been wearing this color for a week. It first went with a true red dress with neutral accessories and then with everything else I’ve worn this week. It is a great neutral polish. 

This polish is Emerald and Ash’s Desert Tears. Emerald and Ash is another excellent Indie polish company.

I see this color as a pink leaning, taupe crelly base. It’s filled with scattered holo flecks of bright blue micro flakes and a touch of blue shimmer.

Half of the purchase is donated to the Bob Woodruff Foundation in the support of wounded veterans. 

The link to Emerald and Ash is HERE. And I will warn you that they make great smelling cuticle oils. It will be hard to leave without one.

I will say adieu for now.
I will see you next week and in the meantime, Happy Styling!


This week, I am linking up with Judith of Style Crone’s Hat Attack HERE, Patti’s Not Dead Yet Style’s Visible Monday HERE Cherie’s  Style Nudge’s Shoe and Tell HERE, Catherine’s Not Dressed As Lamb’s I will Wear What I like HERE, Elegantly Dressed and Stylish Turning Heads Tuesday HERE, Living On Cloud Nine’s Style Perspectives HERE, Shopping My Closet’s Style Me Wednesday HERE, The Pleated Poppy’s What I Wore HERE, High Altitude Style’s Link-Up HERE, Fashion Should Be Fun’s Fun Friday Fashion Link Up HERE, Shelbee’s Edge of the Week Link Up HERE, Nancy’s Fashion Style’s Fancy Friday HERE, Over 50 Feeling 40 Hit Your Style HERE and Rachel’s (Rachel The Hat) The Passion For Fashion Link-up HERE.

Photo credit for this week goes to Michael for the photos of me. Jennifer, the owner of Byrd’s was talked into being a impromptu photographer for Diana and I. Thank you Jennifer for being such a good sport. 

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