confused seasons

My mom was in Seattle this past weekend for a friend's memorial service, so she hopped on down to Tacoma for an afternoon and we got to eat breakfast and go shopping over in Gig Harbor.  There are some stores my mom likes, but they don't have any locations up in Alaska, so whenever she's down in the Lower 48 it's fun to go visit those stores that aren't available up there.  I remember getting so excited to go to Target when we were down south because we didn't have one in Alaska when I was growing up.  Stores are slowly migrating up to the last frontier, but there are still lots of shops that only have locations down here, so it's always a treat to visit on trips for my mom.  We ended up at Coldwater Creek, and I didn't think I would find anything that I liked, since I'm pretty sure everyone in the store had a good 30 years on me, but I found this jacket and immediately fell in love.  My mom also got a super cute coat.  We ended up winning a gift card in a silly little impromptu in-store trivia contest, and it turned out they were having a big sale that day so we happened upon quite the deal!  It's always nice when things turn out like that.

dress/courtesy of lulu's :: tights/target :: coat/coldwater creek :: boots/courtesy of modcloth
top/courtesy of asianicandy :: necklace/courtesy of moorea seal :: photos by Dan

I feel like this outfit is half spring, half fall.  It probably would've made sense to wear a cardigan over it, but I couldn't find one that went with what I was wearing and wasn't in the mood to change everything, so I just went with it.  I like the outfit better in the photos with the coat on, but maybe I'll keep the dress/top combo in mind for when warmer temperatures return to the PNW.  I'm a little obsessed with this necklace from Moorea Seal.  I've admired her work from afar for some time now and I'm thrilled to finally have a piece of hers.  I already have my eye on another pretty necklace in her shop...

top + jeans/thrifted :: hat/target :: shoes/merrell :: bag/courtesy of nicolette

Dan got this awesome top/jacket thing at the thrift store the other day.  It's quilted on the inside, so it's really warm and can be worn as a jacket, but still looks like a regular flannel shirt.  I love thrift store scores like that.  I've passed on my thrifted secret of shopping in the kids' section to Dan.  We're both people of small stature, so shopping in the kids' section can be a great way to get things that fit a bit better than what's in the women's or men's areas.  Of course, there's a lot of sifting through things that are too cutesy, but Dan's found some pretty amazing flannel shirts and sweaters.  Plus, kids stuff is usually cheaper.  Bonus!
I never really intend to use these pictures of Dan as outfit photos, I'm just taking test shots to see how the location looks, but it's a nice bonus that I get some photos of my love.  I think he's pretty great.
... and if you want to see Dan's impression of James Dean, here yah go: