Thursday, October 10, 2013

Structured Jacket














     This jacket refers to many of my passions. I enjoy historical clothing, early American quilts and the color pallet of my own paintings. The jacket is deep inky black, my camera sometimes reads black as brown. 

     I'm wearing some older jewelry to add a touch of romance to this outfit. My husband and I were exhibitors at a craft show on the Pier in San Francisco in the early 90's. We decided to bring my mom along for fun and at that time she hadn't flown on a plane before. Mom loved this trip and art show. She used her friendly personality to visit with many of the artists in this show. She purchased these earrings for me and my sister in law gave me this lovely bracelet, both of which I cherish. I really don't remember very much about this show, just one of many shows, but I do adore the memory of my mom walking up and down the hills of San Francisco at the age of 70.

locations--fairgrounds

jacket--bcbg (here)
leather skirt--calvin klein (here)
shoes--bandolino (thrifted)
purse--colehaan
jewelry--handmade (gift from joan and mom)

links
the best of friday link up
working girl with style
simply lulu style
verizon voices fashionista style hop
passion for fashion
mingle monday
what I wore wednesday
the pleated poppy
three-fer thursday
look what i got
not dead yet style

60 comments:

  1. Ann - this jacket is gorgeous! You have the most amazing curated closet!

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  2. The structure of that jacket somehow manages even to tone down that psychedelic handbag. That's genius. Love these photos again, especially the second-to-last one. My most treasured pieces usually are the ones with a story behind them too.

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    1. I've had this "psychedelic" patterned bag forever. I'm guessing I got it when the hippie stuff first appeared on the fashion scene. I do mean the second time the hippie stuff came around, maybe 1994? I buy designer bags at Marshals and TJMax for a good price when I see them.

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  3. Great to enjoy nostalgia and look chic at the same time, love your outfit and the bag gives it a really nice edge!
    FF

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  4. The jacket is stunining. It reads brown on my screen so I am glad you clarified it is black:). This style jacket to me is very much a reflection of what I see as part of your signature style. It's difficult for me to put into words but I think you have articulated it well in your description of why the jacket is so special.

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    1. So true, this jacket is my signature style. I saw it in the store and it finally came up at a 30% reduction this past weekend so it was mine. It's the fit and inlay design that is so me.

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  5. Best jacket ever, dear Anne. it reminds me of Gaudi´s work.
    Every pic is a well thought piece or art.
    Have a fantastic weekend, my friend.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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    1. You are right on the money Sacramento! The work of Gaudi is one of my favorites.

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  6. The jacket is amazing, all those details make it look so unusual and so stunning! The jewerly is really beautiful and I love the bag too. Gorgeous look, Ann!

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  7. Your wardrobe pieces are always so structural in nature. Let me guess...you want everything in its place and like things done your way? LOL

    The tailoring looks impeccable on the jacket.

    I am loving that jewellery. So unique.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  8. I'm a big fan of historical dressing as well. The art show sounds awesome!

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  9. GORGEOUS...what a fabulous jacket! I would wear this in a heartbeat! have a great weekend, Ann!

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  10. I love the jacket, and the autumnal tone of the post. The jacket has a beautiful design and pattern. The bag and jewelry are some cuties, whole look is gorgeous, elegant and attractive.

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  11. Your Jacket is so gorgeous, i like the pattern so much and the bag fits just perfect with the jacket. Your outfit is exactly my style what i like.
    Have a nice weeekend

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    1. So many of your outfits I would wear too!

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  12. Another amazing jacket Ann, you definitely have an eye for these! It looks fabulous with the skirt :)

    Hugs

    Beata

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    1. Thanks Beata, jackets and coats are my favorite item of clothing.

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  13. What a fabulous jacket. It's so luxe! And the purse is terrific too. Such a great pattern. Very Pucci.

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  14. The tailoring of your jacket is so you!! I love love and love the jewelry. You can't get better than wearing wonderful jewelry with sentimental value attached to it. As always Ann, you are a classic with a cool edge.

    Mysmallwardrobe.com

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  15. I like the new setting for photos very much. Jacket is epic, but you already know that. Was wondering what camera you use? The sharpness in those jewelry shots is striking!

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    1. I use a Nikon D50. For the jewelry I use the closeup setting on this camera. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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  16. Ann! hello, sweet-one. Hey, are you Scandanavian? Sometimes I see me in you, ya know? I'm a Swede. My Dad is Scandinavian and my Mom is Danish. I do safely say, that your 70 year old hiking Mom on the hills in San Francisco is definitely a wonderful memory. I can so see you following in her path, if not literal. LOL Those jewelry items are priceless. So priceless.

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    1. My Dad's family was from England and Mom's was German and Scottish. I look so much like my Dad's sister sometimes he calls me by her name. MN is such a Scandinavian area and I'm often asked if I'm a Swede. Dad's family came to the US in the 1700's so who really knows? Thanks for your comments!

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    2. Oh that is interesting. I love to hear about people's backgrounds.

      My Dad's and Mom's family's' came to Utah in the 1800. My Dad's Mom lived on the same property her parents owned and the sold a half acre to my Dad, so we lived right next door to my Grandma until her death, 3 weeks prior to my 15th birthday. She was a strong influence in me learning my heritage. She would always tell me what the area looked like when she was a child. So cool.

      How tall are you? I don't get asked if I am a Swede because I am only 5'5". My Dad was 6'4" and blonde and blue eyes and had a very Swedish last name; so most everyone knew he was a Swede. lol

      Thanks for your fun compliments and visits. I always enjoy your posts and feel you are a very talent artist because it shows in your ensembles, for sure!

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    3. Fun to hear your background. I'm 5'5" also and I'm a bit short waisted. I need short jackets and sweaters so finding them can be a challenge. Heels help too. I think I do look taller in my pictures. I would have guessed you do be 5'7" from your pictures. My Dad has a brother that was 6'4" also. Wish I had some of these genes!

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  17. Another fabulous outfit! You have the most amazing jackets, and shoes and everything. But you also have such a knack for putting the right things together in the most complementary way. The jewelry and the memory are so special.

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  18. Another fabulous look, Ann! The jacket is beautiful and paired with your pencil skirt it creates an awesome silhouette.
    I really admire your individual style, so much of your creativity is visible in your clothes, accessories and photos. Thank you for sharing the lovely story behind your jewellery.

    Annette | Lady of Style


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  19. There are objects which have a sweet story. They allow us to feel dear people near...your jewels are very nice and go well with your outfit.
    The beautiful jacket reveals your unconventional personality ( and it is great on you ), the bag is perfect with it. Nice to see autumn in your post:it adds wonderful colours...

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  20. LOVE that jacket. The cut in front is so interesting, Would look great dressed down as well! Lovely!

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  21. The jacket is gorgeous and it's complemented so well by the bag. I love your photography and the fallen leaves.

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  22. Your shots are always amazing! Love that jacket.

    Have a great week!

    -Jenny
    http://www.babblingsofamommy.com/2013/10/ootd-feeling-blue.html

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  23. Wowzas! That is some fine photo taking madam! You look fab, I love the jacket patterning and your setting makes it really pop!
    -Jamie
    ChatterBlossom

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  24. Every photo is breathtaking, but the last image thrills me with the red/orange bench and the etherial background. Your jacket is as artistic as you.

    Touching story of your Mom at your art show in San Francisco and the history of your jewelry, which adds meaning to your amazing ensemble.

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  25. Ann, you have such amazing style. I really love your photos and each one is so artistically shot. Your pattern mix on the jacket and your purse is a great look. I am impressed that your mom could walk the hills of San Francisco at 70. It was a challenge for me in my 20's:-)

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  26. The jacket is a piece of art and so are your photo shoot locations.
    I so wish I had such backdrops.
    Daphne.

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  27. This jacket is fabulous - If you ever want to get rid of it, of course i'm just kidding!
    Great pics, nice backdrops, who takes your pics?

    Ariane xo

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    1. Sometimes I use the remote but most of the time my husband and I collaborate on the different shots. He is an artist also and he contributes some greats ideas to the pictures angles. Thanks for asking. I love thinking about the different places to take pictures. I'm always looking for new locations.

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  28. Hi Ann

    I have just found your gorgeous blog and what an inspiration you are. Just what I need at the moment. I have had a few years with elderly parents health problems but luck has been on my side and it looks like things are starting to take a turn for the better. I have now decided to stop wearing black and add some colour into my wardrobe. We are just coming into the warmer seasons down here in Christchurch New Zealand, so it is the ideal time to reinvent myself at 56. Absolutely love your style. regards Sue

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    1. Oh Sue I've been there. I've spent the last 13 years closely involved with the ups and downs of elder care. I was wearing only black, I guess I was in some type of morning. I started my blog in response to these difficulties. I think adding some color is a good idea. When caring for beloved parents it can be hard to find time for yourself. Wishing you all the best and I enjoy hearing things are taking a turn for the better!

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  29. very lovely! that purse is a must have!

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  30. you have a really unique style- I really enjoy your pictures

    passionateturban.blogspot.com

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  31. You know, this outfit ... although it's not vintage ... reminds me of the way that Judith (of the Style Crone fame) puts together vintage in such modern ways. All the real and implied history in such a sleek and contemporary cut just impresses me in so many ways! Just lovely, and fits so beautifully. Sweet story about your jewels, and they work so well! Gray shoes ... I would not have thought! But perfect. I have a similar pair that I haven't worn ... inspired as always by you, Ann!

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    1. I think you are right, I can see Judith's style in this jacket now that you mention it. I will restyle it in another future post because I think the skirt and shoes are a bit conservative for it. In the store it was paired with a rust leather circular drop waist leather skirt that was fabulous. Thanks Jan for commenting.

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  32. You look so chic and elegant. Lovely. Popping by from WIWW at Transatlantic Blonde

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  33. You find the most unique and brilliant jackets, dear Anne, another architectural/pattern and design masterpiece here, worn to perfection.

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  34. That jacket is so beautiful!! Found you via the link up
    ~Ellen
    www.everydayfancy.com

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  35. Ohhww, how that cute bag fits in with the jacket. Never would have thought that, but it is so right. Very, very beautiful jacket. Worn, as usual, in such an elegant way. Also love your shoes. And another winner. Tsss. woman, how do you do it?
    Great photos too. Although that is your speciality, I thought I ought to mention it again.

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    1. Thanks, this jacket is pretty edgy for me. It has pronounced shoulder pads, something I haven't worn since the 80's for sure! I do love the strong shape.

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  36. Lovely jacket and jewlery! These photos are fantastic and it's great to see the fairgrounds minus the crazy crowds!

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    1. You must know this fairgrounds, it makes a fantastic place to take pictures! Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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  37. love your look, so elegant und chic!
    ciao

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  38. LOVE that jacket. How interesting the piecework is. And the way you've accessorized it is just right.

    Cheers from England,
    Rosemary from www.foreveronthecatwalkoflife.blogspot.com

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  39. Gorgeous jacket. So perfect for Fall. Visiting from Tara's link up. I also host a weekly link up on Thursdays. Stop by and link up.


    Agi:)

    vodkainfusedlemonade.com

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  40. The richness of the patterns and colors here, alongside nature, enthralled me. The leaves on the steps, echoing the print on the jacket somehow, struck me especially. Lovely. I also appreciated the story behind the jewelry. It makes it that much more beautiful. XXOO

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  41. Very unusual jacket. Looks like elements from a bunch of different eras.

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  42. I really really love this jacket! It has great character. Love how you've styled it.

    Kate from Clear the Way

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  43. very beautiful jacket, love the pattern! And great pictures as usual :-)
    Have a nice weekend!

    xoxo Kira

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  44. Love your earrings and bracelet. I like when there is a story behind a piece of jewellery, like in your case. Somehow it becomes eben more valuable.

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