Shades of orange, turquoise and a new watch

On Sunday, we attended a lovely brunch for Mel’s uncle’s 75th birthday. It was held in a gorgeous historic building… and of course we took no photos. In my defense, we got a ride and I didn’t want to hold up my sister-in-law’s family while we stood there taking photos. But you’ll take a few photos of my outfit once we got back home anyway, right??

I built myΒ  outfit around the fact that I accidentally painted my nails coral on Saturday, when I meant to paint them red, so I just stuck with the coral once I realized I’d pulled out the wrong bottle. Sometimes I’ll plan an outfit around something as simple as my nail color, and this was one of those times.

Teal, orange and gold in the snow

To play on the nail color, I pulled out one of my favorite vintage blouses that features leaves in yellow, turquoise, and two shades of orange, paired it with a pumpkin purse, and vermillion lipstick (just the house Sephora brand lipstick, though my favorite orange-red is NARS Heat Wave).Β I added my tweed skirt and my recently-completed Hetty cardigan. And you’re probably sick of seeing the cardigan by now, sorry!

Turquoise, orange and gold in the snow

It was windy out, but my hair now holds up pretty well to that. This hairstyle is taking some getting used to. I love the cut, I adore how easy it is to style, but I haven’t completely decided if it feels like me. But I’m certainly having fun with it in the meantime.

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It’s been over a year since I first thought I’d like to have a menswear style watch, but I never did anything about it because I couldn’t decide between stainless and gold, or size, or pretty much anything. Finally however, I got one! I even went to a real department store to purchase it (quite a novel thing for me).

I realize it’s kind of a modern trend, but I don’t mind: I just know I like the look, and I think it can slip in with my vintage style quite nicely. I folded back the cuffs of my cardigan so my watch and bracelet could be seen. Interestingly, folded cuffs were something many 1940s knitting patterns featured. (And now that I have this watch I’m super pleased that the cardigan I’m currently finishing up for the Ravellenic Games has three-quarter length sleeves!)

Turquoise, orange and gold in the snow

I love my vintage timepieces, but sometimes I prefer a modern watch for accuracy and durability, especially when I travel… and we’re going to Ireland in late spring! So it’s months away, but of course you know I’m already planning for it!

By the way, when I bought this watch a woman in her 70s or 80s was standing at the counter next to me, and she complimented me on the watch when I was trying it on. So hey, when an older woman gives the thumbs up, color me pretty pleased. Outside of my wedding set, I tend to favor plastic jewelry like Bakelite and its other cousins, but this watch is giving me a renewed zest for my metal jewelry. Here I’ve paired it with a simple bangle, a sweater clip and my grandfather’s high school class ring from 1934. And I’m already picturing it with my vintage souvenir bracelets, too. Expect to see this watch on me a lot. πŸ™‚

Turquoise, orange and gold in the snow

Winter has been so draining, all I’ve wanted to do lately is surround myself in COLOR. Lots of it. And I’d definitely say I succeeded with this outfit.

Now, bring on spring please, thanks!

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Β Outfit details

cardigan – made by me
1940s skirt – made by me
1950s blouse, sweater clip, bangle – misc.
watch – Fossil Cecile
ring – family heirloom
purse -eBay
boots – Zappos

Filed: Vintage Wardrobe

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Golly, 42 Comments!

  • I love it! coral is one of my very favorite colors in the universe!!! And i just adore that shirt and lipstick. How perfectly spring! Thanks for the inspiration πŸ™‚

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    • Thanks Abigail! I love coral, too. I’d wear it more often but have a hard time finding it in vintage clothing or in fabric. I need to keep my eye out for it more often. πŸ™‚

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  • Great outfit! Color is definitely the cure for the winter blues, I’ve been wearing a lot of coral to banish it as well! I loved the menswear watch trend, but they’re too big for my hands – I can’t bend my wrist back at all while wearing one, so I let it go πŸ™

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    • I have very small wrists so when I first put this one on it felt gigantic. I think if it was too loose and always sat right up against my hand, the size could be an issue. But once they removed some links and it could move around enough but not be too tight or too loose, it’s actually quite comfortable and I love the size.

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  • You look LOVELY!! I think your hair is great and yes, it’s easy care and wear! This is one of my fave color combos and that blouse is Wonderful!

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  • On the contrary, I LOVE that sweater!

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  • You look lovely. You remind me very much of the actress in Call The Midwife who plays the doctors wife. (Sister Bernadette), I think it’s how your eyes sparkle behind those glasses.

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  • Love it so much! I’ve been feeling the winter blues lately. Maybe I need to pull out some summery colors too!

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  • Coral is such a lovely color on you!
    And it’s always great to surround yourself with lovely bright colors when the winter blah’s come to town. If I could send you some of this San Diego heat, I would.
    You’ve made me want to go and get a watch, I haven’t worn one in ages.

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  • Your attention to detail blows my mind! I would never have noticed specifically that your outfit was coordinated with your nails, but MAN, do you look so put-together! It’s the little things like that which make your style so very “Tasha”, new hair or not. Absolutely gorgeous! <3

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  • This is such a pretty outfit. I love the combination of blouse, cardigan and skirt, it’s a look I am aiming to wear myself. Your colour coordination is great though, and definitely not sick of the cardigan; it looks great!

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  • I am so loving your new haircut, it looks adorable on you and so easy-breezy. Your outfit is glorious and makes me wish spring would hurry up and get here!

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  • I need color too, this dull cold weather is so draining. I do love your whole look and the sweater is perfect!

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  • Oh my gosh, I love everything about this outfit; I don’t even know where to start! The colors all work together so well, and that awesome watch is the icing on the cake. So lovely!

    Cheers,
    Jenny

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  • Loving this outfit! Everything works so nicely together–even your eyes seem to match the cardigan! I understand you’re getting used to the haircut, but it looks absolutely amazing on you. =)

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  • *sigh* I love, love, love your outfit! It looks amazing with all the color co-ordination and detailing! I rarely match my purse to my outfit these days, just don’t have time to change it all over before walking out the door. You look so pulled together Tasha!

    I am also seriously digging the man’s watch. I think it fits really well with your style, rather seamless actually, and it has totally inspired me. I love men’s watches, I love big faced watches, and now I think I’ll have to hunt down my perfect match! πŸ™‚

    xox,
    bonita of Lavender & Twill

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    • Thanks, Bonita! I’m surprised how nice I feel it works with my style, but I’m very glad since I’m really enjoying it! Happy to inspire you to look for one, too. πŸ™‚

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  • I couldn’t help but notice you have more snow than we do here in Finland! πŸ˜€ It’s all gone which is pretty unusual this time of the year when it’s supposed to be the coldest.

    I love the way to match all those colours together. The orange and turquoise go really well together with the more neutral grey and beige.
    I barely manage to combine more than 2 colours at a time. Seems like I have some learning to do πŸ˜›

    Ps. I love your new haircut too πŸ™‚

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    • Oh that isn’t even half of the snow! lol We’ve had more snow this winter than all but a few other days on record in the last hundred or so years, it’s unreal! The drifts are so large I can’t even get the shovel high enough over my head to throw more snow on top, and it snowed another several inches yesterday! πŸ˜‰

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  • You look FABULOUS! I love all of these colors paired together, and you accessorize so well! I’m excited that you’re going to Ireland in the Spring – It’s so so beautiful, and you’ll have a marvelous backdrop for so many outfit photos then πŸ™‚

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    • Thanks Meg! ♥ We went a few years ago (I also did my study abroad there in college) and I can’t wait to go back! And of course I’m already outfit planning. πŸ˜‰

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  • Oh my gosh, I also do that do when it comes to nail colour. Unless it chips heavily before then, I’ll usually wear the same polish for three-four days (I can never seem to make it last longer than before it has more chips than a Pringles factory) and so I think about the outfits I hope to wear in the coming days before I select a nail colour. Or if I suddenly paint them on the fly (such as if we’re going somewhere fancy on the spur of the moment), I’ll then try to dress with my nail colour in mind for the next few days unless I plan to wear vintage gloves indoors and outside alike.

    Love this outfit and colour combination! Orange and turquoise are such a stellar way to perk up the dull, grey palette of winter.

    β™₯ Jessica

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    • Thanks so much, Jessica! I use gel nail polish so when I pick a color, it’s here to stay for at least 10 days, but it never ceases to amaze me how sometimes I find that it matches the color I’m knitting, or something in my outfit. I’m sure it’s more than a little subconscious! πŸ˜‰

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  • I can’t believe how well you can put together an outfit by “accident” lol! I adore the sweater and I would be wearing it all the time too! I pretty much love everything about the outfit including your hair and makeup. Stop being so damn cute, okay?! No don’t πŸ˜‰

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  • I love this hairdo on you. Have been flirting with bobbing mine but have not been quite brave enough.

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  • I know what you mean about color – I am craving it so much during this bleak time of year when it seems like winter will never end! I just got a men’s watch myself and despite some silly comments from co-workers, I absolutely love it. It just feels like more of a statement piece than a women’s watch, and it also seems more substantial. I don’t really like “delicate” jewelry so it’s a better fit for me, I guess.

    Also – LOVE that purse! I die for anything orange so that is, like, my dream bag. I’m going to check out that Sephora lipstick, too; I really need a good orangey red. Great outfit!

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  • Just linked to your blog from Lauren Taylor’s (lladybird). Love the blouse! Fantastic blog!!

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  • Knock out outfit. Your cardi is divine.

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