Raining… in Pattern, Texture & Style!

It has been a while!

I love writing on Beauty & Britches and it has been an amazing experience over the last year for me, meeting new people and also having an outlet that’s fun, positive, makes me happy and allows me to express myself. Fortunately and unfortunately, me returning to social work, planning a wedding and a few other things (my new corgi puppy!) have kept me from writing as often as I would love.

I added a subscribe button to the right for when I am able to write, but I hope as the weather breaks (and as Auggie finishes puppy school and can learn not to bite at my arm as I type), I can add more entries regularly. Style is still my love story, but right now it seems my story has added a few more loves!

A few weeks ago, I received a beautiful arm scarf from my cousin and fellow blogger, Jessica Vann. She runs a lifestyle blog in Chicago about everything from vintage, music, dating and does a video a day to talk about or share what is happening with her, which we can all relate to.

Over the winter, she learned to make these amazing arm scarves and I decided to see if I could put together a work look where I could show off my new scarf! This is a mini-entry due to the non-stop rain in the shoot! I couldn’t get good pictures of anything below the waist, but I still love this look! Below is the full look I wore to work, followed by the shoot photos.

orange pants, polka dot shirt, cheetah flats

Tomato Modern Boot Cut Pants Gap ($20)

West Blvd Basic Round Toe Ballet Flats Amazon ($20)

I absolutely adore these cheetah flats I bought on Amazon. They were super affordable and comfy enough for thee price. The pants I have worn before in a past entry and love the pop of color. Unfortunately, they met the fate of the dryer and are now quite faded. 

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The Basic Cowl in Burnt Orange JVann ($20)

You can’t tell, but it was POURING during this photo! I wear this scarf all the time, but thought a pop of color on a colorless backdrop would look great along with mixing textures.

orange arm scarf

 Polka Dot Cardigan H & M ($15)

I love H & M cardigans! They are easy when you want to mix your summer and winter items- I usually wear a favorite summer tank under a cardigan for an every day look

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Compass Necklace Open House, 107 S 13th, Philadelphia (gift)

I am a huge fan of compasses and I love that my friend, Susan, bought this for me for our Secret Santa exchange (she said since there are only two of us, it is not called ‘Secret Santa’ but I like Secret Santa!). The compass actually works!

I also much tell you my love of Open House. My Uncle came to visit from LA and I went there to create him a Philadelphia themed welcome gift. I would definitely recommend you to go their for a little Philly flare for your home or a gift for any visiting guest! 

polka dot cardigan and textured top

KYS Textured Top Marigot, St. Martin ($50)

I really really really wanted a textured see through top for the summer and found one while in St. Martin. I absolutely adore it and found the different textures and patterns to be so great with this top. Mine was a bit pricey, but you could easily find a cheaper one like  this one on Sammy Dress or on Amazon- even at any department store. They are all over!

My hair is pulled up in the back and I am not feeling it in this photo, but I absolutely love the product combination I am now using. I went back to using Shea Moisture’s Coconut & Hibiscus Curl and Shine Shampoo and Conditioner and still use Miss Jessie’s Leave-In Condish and Pillow Soft Curls. Some products don’t let you mix and match (I am looking at you As I Am), but you can totally mix up these two brands.

polka dot cardigan, burnt orange arm scarf

Umbrella is Smak Parlour

I hope everyone is having a wonderful and snowy President’s Day and I hope to be back soon with a fuller entry of style! Stay warm and sound off in the comments about how you mix textures and patterns or how you stay warm!

Photography by Eric S.

Sweater Weather

Why, yes, I am a fan of The Neighbourhood, but this post actually is about sweaters.

First I want to share a few exciting and not so exciting holiday moments. Hopefully all of you enjoyed the holidays, whether you’re still celebrating or wrapping things up. My favorite part of this time of year, is how it brings families together.

I went to Michigan thinking I would get a a few entries done and would be able to shoot with Heart of XXiV, but then Michigan turned into this:

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We had the largest ice storm in the Board of Water & Light’s 100 years of recorded history. A large portion of the city was out of power. I am so glad my Grandmas had power, but other family- from my Dad to my Uncle, didn’t. The upside (if there is one), is that it was the largest Christmas at my Grandma’s house I have ever been to. It brought a lot of people together.

The other thing which brought people together was:

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I found my wedding dress! In my quest for deals, I thought I would have more options for my budget in Michigan. With my cousin Jessica in tow, we went to Fantastic Finds with me being a bit skeptical. Seven dresses later, the initial dress I fell in love with the first one. I returned with my Grandma, Aunt, Mom and Jessica the next day and thought I would go with a more traditional dress only to change my mind and go with the first one. Not wearing white is something my Grandma wasn’t certain of, but she is completely on board.

So, to stop rambling because I probably lost you at ‘The Neighbourhood’. On to sweater weather!

I love sweaters, but I hate thick layering. I can’t remember who said it, but I have heard it many times: fashion over comfort. I like to wear my own style, but try not to freeze. There are certain parts of my body which take cold better than others. I am sure everyone is different, but mine include my shoulders and back. This is why I am so excited about the various sweaters at Smak Parlour which still bundle, but give the element of surprise.

webbed back sweater

Webbed-Back Sweater Smak Parlour ($58)

webbed back sweater

Bandeau Top (Red)  Smak Parlour ($15)

Awful Back Tattoo Sedalia, Missouri ($75)

webbed gray sweater

Grace Pendant Art Fair, Chicago ($12)

Red Earrings Temple University Student Center ($7)

The Student Center has various stands where usually student organizations are rallying up members or selling baked goods. Almost every other Friday, there is a wonderful stand where various hand made and bought jewelry, oils and incense and other items are sold for a very, very low price. I use to stock up as much as possible. Another place I love to buy jewelry is outside of 15th street station in Philly. Bracelets are as low as $5. Oils are also sold, so if you are looking for an oil to add to your spray bottle without going to the health food store , than this can be a great alternative.

red legging jeans

Legging Jeans  Gap ($30 at 50% off)

DKNY Active “Hi-Speed” Leather Moto Boots Macy’s (over $100)

I went on a tangent about these boots in my Winter Dresses post, but did finally find these boots on HSN.com for $50. They have the boots retailed at $198, but I know I did not pay that much. They are sold out on HSN and you can find similar boots for much cheaper online. The other entry gives a few examples. 

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Havana Twists using Marley Hair by Briana

Photography by Eric S.

In other fun news, I was quoted on the amazing Melissa Alam’s blog! She asked me and three other bloggers what our winter must-haves in our purses were. I am interested in what your winter must-haves are too, but definitely check out my answer here. If you run into me than I might tell you why I can’t figure out where my winter must-have came from.

The Perpetual Page Turner likes my little blog! How exciting! I made her list of best of 2013 non-book list! I usually just Google Toni Morrison or something similar, but I found this awesome music to book entry which turned into a half hour of me pointing to books and asking Eric which ones he read or finding ones he gave me. He finally said, “Jamie reads a lot of books”.

Check her out if you want to read a lot of good books too.

Staying Warm In… Dresses?

I am back in time for tons of Philadelphia snow! If one thing hasn’t changed, it is not wanting to look like I am wearing a ton of layers when I actually am.

In Michigan, we use to have snow suits, tons of socks, boots, these boot insert things, gloves, hats and everything else my Mom could fit on us that would make the prospect of having to use the restroom cringe. As I became older and my hair styles began to change, the prospect of putting anything other than satin on my head became a huge no-no.

Well, dressing warm for the winter and yet still feeling warm, became an art form. I am still learning, but here are a few things I have picked up along the way.

snow tree

Paradox Wool Dress  Wilbur’s Vintage ($75)

When I found this dress at Wilbur’s, I had no idea how much I would love it and wear it. It is 100% wool, extremely warm and super comfortable

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Owl Necklace  Forever 21 ($10)

This little owl necklace was actually less than $10, since I was doing one of those buy five million, get one free deals. I love everything owls (blame Temple), so if I see something cute with an owl on it, I will most likely buy it. This didn’t turn out so well when I came home with four ceramic owls one day

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DKNY Active “Hi-Speed” Leather Moto Boots Macy’s (over $100)

I usually know what I paid for things either through receipts, finding it online or through memory since I return to the store five times to decide on something or the price is so low that when someone asks where I got it, I automatically include how little I paid for it (yet another way my Grandma has rubbed off on me). When it comes to these boots, I remember buying them at Macy’s Water Tower (2009) at the same time I bought my favorite Naturalizer ‘Cerenia’ boots.

The total was under $200, but I can’t remember which boots cost what. I would usually wear the Cerina boots with this, but the zipper broke today. The thing I like about these boots is they hold up in snow and have seen two Chicago winters with not too much damage. Also, they aren’t bulky, but extremely warm. When it comes to my legs, I wear tights under everything and when wearing a dress, I put on two pairs of tights saving all of my worn out or torn tights to use as insulation.  Amazon has limited sized of a different DKNY boot that I like for well under $100, but isn’t descriptive on materials

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Havana Twists using Marley Hair by Briana

My curls are gone for the winter and I have gone into full protective style. After 7.5 hours (1 hour of me nodding off and her still braiding), 7 bags of Marley hair, lots of laughter, Dr. Phil and Lifetime, these are the results. If you spent hours looking for someone to braid your hair in the Philadelphia area and like mine (mine are usually tied up, so ignore my ends) feel free to email me for her info

snow

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Photography by Eric S.