Welcome to my first post of 2018. MeadowTree Style had its second birthday this week. Two years ago I decided to try my hand at blogging about style. I had no idea where this road would take me or if I would find my groove. But here I am just having a ball.
I am so grateful for the wonderful people I have met in and around my Kansas City sphere and around the world. My life has become so much richer by taking this small step. I want to say thank you to all my readers and my Instagram friends. You are a special group. I so appreciate you.
You may notice that the blog looks a bit different. I celebrated MeadowTree Style’s second birthday with a small upgrade for a new look.
A Sweater Dress
This Ellen Tracy sweater dress has been hanging in my closet for over a year. I picked it up on a whim at Joplin’s Salvation Army. I quickly tried it on, got home, hung it up and promptly forgot about it. Finally, the time came to see if I could do something with it.
So why did I decide to get this dress (and it was a pretty quick decision)? For starters, I didn’t own and still don’t own any other sweater dress. It’s entirely cabled front to back and I love cables. As a knitter, I’ve liked and knitted the cable styles. Also, I’m attracted to flared skirts. So between the cables and the flair, this dress just seemed a winner.
I’m always saying that a piece has to go with at least three things already in my closet and I like to have something that I can a least style three different ways. This is especially true if it’s a dress.
Cables Don’t Like Competition
I tried so many things with this dress and almost everything fell flat. It’s the happiest when I just go simple.
Finally, I decided on just using my Gorgina Herrera’s MCK’s Les Racines Roots Medallion Necklace. I’ve been relying on this pendent a lot since getting it during the late fall. It’s classy but artsy at the same time.
The Nine West d’Orsay pumps I picked for this first styling does make for a dressier look. I’ve had these for a while and am afraid the reptile print is sold out. However, I was able to find this style in solid colors on Amazon. I love d’Orsay shoes but this was my first pair ever!
Still Tried to Make Something Work
I just didn’t want to give up and throw in the towel with this dress. I have some brown cabled leggings and used another dress belt that it matched my leggings. Finally, I added some plaid Sam Edleman shoes that I picked up from Poshmark. I think this works but I do wish I could have come up with a third styling. Here’s to a challenge, eh!
New Faux Fur Jacket
But all I have to do is add my new vintage faux fur jacket from Goodwill, a cheetah scarf (also Goodwill), a vintage faux croc clutch, (vintage/antique shop-Hermann, MO) and I’m happy to go!
If you follow me on Instagram, you already know about this jacket because Rachelle took a picture of me at Joplin’s Goodwill about thirty seconds after I found it. This coat is originally from Seidenbach’s out of Tulsa. After a bit of research, I found that this upscale clothing store closed doors around 1964. As far as I’m concerned, this is a true vintage jacket and in pristine condition. It must have spent years in back of some lady’s closet. I was just lucky to be at the right place at the right time to get to put it in my closet. The price tag was $18 which I think was a deal for the gem it was.
I feel cozy and elegant and will wear this jacket with everything. I especially love it with jeans. What do you think? Would you wear a jacket that’s close to sixty years old?
That wraps it up for this week. Thank you for stopping by. I’ll have another blog bit next week. You are certainly welcome to leave a comment or two or three. I love to hear from you.
It Time for the Linkup!
Now to the 2nd Loved 1st Friday Linkup. For inspiration, I’m again kicking it off with a collage of the wonderful slow fashion stylists that linked up last month.
I appreciate all of you who link up but to be in the collage you must link up with something you scored at a consignment shop, eBay, or a charity shop. This can be either in the comment section below, in your linkup title or in your post. I do read each post and try to find an item that you have gotten from a second hand source (which can even be a friend).
This month eleven bloggers linked up at least once, sometimes more than once with gems that they searched for and thought deserved a second life. I now give you…
Last Months Slow Fashion Stylists from the 2nd Loved 1st Friday Linkup
Clockwise starting from the top left
- Michelle of Shebee on the Edge
- Charlotte of http://www.jtouchofstyle.com – her IG is @jtouchofstyle/
- Nicole of High Lattitude Style – her IG is @highlatitudestyle/
- Jess of Elegantly Dressed and Stylish-her IG is@ elegantlydressedandstylish
- Trina of Tipey Heelz-her IG is @tipseyheelzblogger
- Rosie of The World Through Rosie Colored Glasses
- Penny of Frugal Fashion Shopper -her IG is @frugalfashionshopper
- Jess of Thrifty Clifty-her IG is @thriftyclifty
- Emma of Style Splash-her IG is @thestylesplash
- Jodie of http://www.jtouchofstyle.com – her IG is @jtouchofstyle/
- Michelle and her IG is michelle_dvm99
- Patti of Not Dead Yet Style-her IG is @notdeadyetstyle
- Maggie of Thriftshop Fashionistablog – her IG is @thriftshopfashionista/
I would like to thank everyone who participated in the linkup. Again, to be in the collage, the link title or in the blog, you have to mention what was pre-loved. I hope to see you at the link-up tomorrow!
The link up button is now on every post that I publish to make it easy for you to link up.
I link up with some great blogs every week. To see who they are go HERE.
Husband Michael gets credit for the photos of me and does a bit of editing from time to time.
Again, thanks for stopping by. Take care……..
Time for my usual link-up blurb!
It’s time for the January’s 2nd Loved 1st Friday Linkup which stays open until January 31st.
Any post on a blog, Instagram, Facebook or the like can linkup to this style celebration. If you can copy and paste the URL in the Linky box, you are good to go!
One item is quite OK—a hat, skirt, pants, shoes, purse, or a piece of jewelry. That item (or items) can be from a thrift shop, eBay, consignment shop, vintage boutique, one of the online consignment shops such as RealReal–or even something a friend gave you because they didn’t want it anymore.
When you do post, I would appreciate a description about your 2nd Loved item (or items), what type of shop you found it and what drew you to it. Tell as much or as little as you want. To be featured in my collage, which I will put on Instagram along with your links, you have to say what item is second loved. That is a “have to”.
If you have never participated in a linkup before, no fear. Go to Linkup 101 guide that is found on my 2nd Loved 1st Friday linkup page (also found at the top in the tab section).
Just click the frog below to link up and join the fun!