Friday, September 14, 2012

Boots Weather...

September in Dallas is always something to behold.

One day it can easily be 100 degrees (Fahrenheit) and the next it can just as easily be in the 60's.

Today's high temperature was right around 70 degrees.  A chill in the air due to the off and on rain.

So how does The Leather Skirt celebrate such a welcome on rush of fall?

Why boots... and my classic black leather pencil skirt, of course.

When I sauntered out of my apartment this morning here is what I was wearing.

If you are an avid reader of my blog, you will not be surprised to learn that I am still wearing this ensemble, head to toe.  This outfit will take me from the office and well into my evening dinner plans.

There is simply no better day/evening transitional piece than this awesome skirt.

Believe it or not, I did not start with my skirt when pulling together this outfit.  I actually started with a pair of my beloved tall black boots.

I could have selected my beauties by Born.  Imminently comfortable.  Fantastic "walking boot."

But I decided that since today would be spent driving from location to location with very little walking... a "touch" of fashion would prevail.

I think the buckle is a nice touch.

How about you?

Since I would not be hibernating in the office all day, I felt like a crisp blouse would be better suited than a sweater.  Black & white vertical stripes should do the trick.  Sharp & comfortable.

It just so happens that I think this blouse and this skirt are a "match made in heaven," too.

Can you believe that tag?  Do you even remember Casual Corner?

It used to be one of my favorite stores... until I discovered Harold's.

It seems that my liking a store is the kiss of death.

Look out Ann Taylor LOFT & Talbots.  Hee Hee

Today was a bit of an interesting experience.  People are funny.

While out I decided coffee would be nice so I popped into a local convenience store.  Pour my cup, go up to the register and I am greeted by the cashier.

At first all is typical, "Can I help you?" Etc, Etc...

Then I notice that as she is making change she is "double taking" but not looking me in the eye.  She is clearly confused as she is fixated on my skirt.

Can I let this opportunity go?  Of course not.

So I say, "Yes, it is leather."

Clearly surprised, she responds, "Oh, I hadn't noticed."

Noticed what?  How does anyone "not notice" something when they are clearly looking?


I reply, "The skirt.  I thought I noticed you admiring my skirt but you seemed a bit confused."

Her, "Oh... oh, yes, the skirt.  I guess I was wondering?"

Me, "So, do you like it?"

Her, "Oh... oh, yes, I suppose so?"

Me, "Well, thank you for the compliment."

With a perplexed look on her face she wished me a good day.

I just LOVE catching people off guard like.  Don't you?

Question, why did she not seem to have any interest in my awesome boots or my blouse?

Hee Hee

The rest of day, rather mundane.  No other episodes of interest to report.

Officer Jordan out...

Have A Great Weekend!

-- The Leather Skirt --

Thursday, September 13, 2012

A Touch of Pink II...

Okay, so yesterday was a bit more than a "touch" of pink.

If you missed it, click over to A Touch Of Pink to see my $10 pink suede skirt.

I am really into polka dots at the moment.  I suspect that these posts are evidence enough of that fact.

The problem, I just do not want to wear the same pieces day after day.  Truth time... I actually do want to wear some of my favorites EVERY single day... but then who doesn't it?  So more accurately, I know that I really should make more of an effort to expand my horizons.  This blog has actually been very good in that respect.  If the blog has given me nothing else, it has given me that.


Need more polka dots.  Dilemma.  Already spent "fashion budget" for the month.  Greater dilemma.  What to do?

Dig through the abandoned wasteland that is the back of my closet.  This is the region that only the US Marine Corps should actually venture.  Even the spiders are a little scared.  Do not laugh, you know you have the same kinds of "nooks and crannies"... "corners and cubbies."  You know, the portions of your closet where things just get lost... the abyss... the Bermuda Triangle.

Once again, I digress... moving on...

In the back of the closet I found this little gem... my very own polka dot skirt in a simple black and white pattern.  Subtle, yes but cute.  I see why I bought it... at Harold's... I know.

What do you think?

It is not the cut that I ordinarily prefer.  Perhaps that is why it got "lost" to begin with?  Never mind, she has found the sun again.  Perhaps another spin soon?  We will see?

I also wanted some color today.  The weatherman says rain tomorrow for sure.  In fact, sounds like a truly craptastic day ahead. 

BTW... "craptastic" is not my word... belongs to Kassi over at The Closet Intervention.

She is great, take a look at her blog.

And another misstep.  Aah, the hazards of blogging.  Moving on, round two...

I decided to let the skirt speak for itself and went with a simple white oxford.  I think too much color on top and the polka dots would have been "lost" in the ensemble.

Dizzy yet?


Still in need of some color I opted for a "touch" of pink... rockin' pink...

These Evan Picone suede heels have been a staple of my wardrobe for as long as I can remember.

"I love it when a plan comes together!"

Some TV or movie character said that.  Who was it?  Anyone?

And the smartly dressed Dallas executive looks like this today...

I hope your day is wonderful today and if it rains where you are I hope it is a truly "craptastic" day!

-- The Leather Skirt --

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

A Touch of Pink...

Pink is such a lovely color.  I like all shades of pink.  Not only is it pretty and feminine it is remarkably at home when paired with any number of other colors. 

Pink comes in so many rich hues from quite soft to very bold.

Today I chose to go with a soft pink ensemble... almost head to toe... almost.  Apparently I am in need (or is it want?) of a pair of soft pink heels.  Hee Hee

I started with a recent EBay gem.  Some of the softest suede I have ever owned.

Cute little pleats at the bottom, too.

$10... Seriously.  Who would part with such a beautiful skirt for a mere $10?

Oh well, there loss... my gain.

Do you agree?

I think this soft pink oxford make the perfect partner for this lovely skirt.

I showed you this oxford style blouse paired with my black leather skirt back in November and paired with my beloved black and white polka dot skirt April.

Which ensemble is your favorite?

Since I have yet to acquire the aforementioned soft pink heels I elected to go with my white Bandolino's.

Funny, these shoes only made there "blog debut" a few days ago and both appearances have been after Labor Day.  Fashion rules... smashion rules.

And the full look...

I am out the door in just a moment.

I feel really pretty this morning.  Don't mind saying.  I just love it when an outfit makes me feel like that.

How about you?

Looking forward to a wonderful day.  Hope your is blessed, too.

-- The Leather Skirt --

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

It Just Seemed Appropriate...

I really wanted to get this post up early in the day today.

I just felt like it had to be posted before the date gets away from us all.

Today is the 11th anniversary of the 9-11 tragedy.

I am not certain that "anniversary" is really an appropriate word?

"Anniversary" suggests a celebration.

There is NOTHING to celebrate about that horrible day.

But... Is there a better word?  I am just not that talented of a wordsmith.

Before I go on, let me be clear, I am in no way taking sides.  I am not interested in sharing my views on why this attack happened or all of the political turmoil and wars that have followed.  This is not the forum.

Know only this, regardless how you feel about the politics, I hope we can agree that almost 3,000 lives cut short is a tragedy.  An awful act of terrorism that I truly hope never sees our shores again.


Now on to far more frivolous affairs... what am I wearing today?

Given the date... red, white & blue just seemed appropriate.

Oddly, I do not recall having ever worn this ensemble on July 4th though.  Perhaps next year?

I am sorry that the shoes turned out blurry.  I was in a huge hurry to get to the office this morning and time to take outfit photos really was not allotted.  Alas, the trials & tribulations of fashion blogging...

Isn't this skirt fun?  Harold's... ahh, Harold's.

I think the inverted pleats just take an otherwise mundane skirt and make it special.

Who doesn't love a great red oxford?  This one is quite light, too.  She gets year round wear.

Put them together...

Throw in my beloved (and well loved) blue Liz Claiborne heels and this is what we have...

So... appropriate?  Patriotic enough?

At the coffee shop this morning I had two lovely ladies comment on how much they liked my outfit.

One said, "Lovely."

The other said, "Such a nice looking outfit, especially for today."

Thank you my dear.

I am a bit of a narcissist (minimum requirement to be a blogger, I think... Hee Hee) so...

...I always LOVE the compliments.

As for next year... now I am thinking that those red heels and that red pencil skirt that I have been clamoring for... absolutely necessary.  I cannot be expected to duplicate this exact ensemble on every patriotic day in the calendar, can I?

Hee Hee

I hope all of you have a WONDERFUL day.

Please take a moment and say a little prayer for those that lost loved ones 11 years ago. 

-- The Leather Skirt --

Monday, September 10, 2012

In The Navy...

Did I have you going?  You thought I had joined the navy, right?  Maybe I was wearing something "nautical" at least?  Okay, maybe not...

Oh well.  I couldn't help but go with the play on words.

It is late... creativity pretty much ends there.  Some would say it started that way considering what I wore to work today.  Perhaps?

Personally, I truly LOVE this skirt.  Very versatile.  Does well at the office.  Does well on the weekend.  Actually, for me, my attire is often one in the same.  Hee Hee

Anyway, what do you think of my skirt?

Don't you just love that detailing?  It is just different.

Mix in a classic oxford...

And you get a "conservative" but "feminine" look for the office.

Despite my penchant for a great leather skirt I am actually quite "conservative" in my wardrobe choices.  The platform heels that I showed you on Saturday really are a little out of my "comfort zone".

"Link" on over to that post and tell me if they are "office appropriate" footwear.  I have been wavering...

They are great shoes but these classic Nine West heels are more my "style" on a regular basis.

Nine West makes wonderful stuff and these have been well loved for years.

And the finished product...

My day... LONG, BUSY DAY... at the office was fruitful.  We finally finished a big project and got it out via FedEx just a couple of hours ago.  There is nothing like bringing something to a satisfying conclusion.

Well, way past my bedtime so I will call it a night.

-- The Leather Skirt --

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Casual Sunday...

Today will be relaxing.  No plans.  Church this morning and then a little relaxing at home.  Might do a little reading, might kick back with a movie marathon.  Have not decided yet.  What I am going to do... relax.

I am exhausted.  There has been so much going on of late.  Not complaining... just stating.

Given my plans, I opted for casual again today.  Well, "Jordan Casual" anyway.

Hope you like it...

I think this is the first time I have shown you these lovely sandals from Born.  If you read my blog, you know what a fan I am of anything Born.

I even like Jason Bourne.  That Matt Damon isn't bad either.  Hee Hee

When I first started typing I was thinking some "chick flicks" but now I may have to settle in for the Bourne Trilogy... again.  Still haven't seen the new one.  Maybe today?  Hmmm....

Seriously... these are cute, no?  Being a Born product... COMFORTABLE.

Mix in one of my favorite skirts...

This baby is a favorite so it sees the sun frequently.  I showed it to you here back in April.

Keep reading... you will see it again.  Promise.

In keeping with the "casual" trend... a simple t-shirt.

...And it all looks like this.


Writer is now seeking approval...

Wearer is now seeking compliments...

Hee Hee

Hope You Have A Glorious Day!

-- The Leather Skirt --

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Morning Soccer... Afternoon Errands...

Okay, so it was a wonderful morning of soccer. 

Honestly, I enjoy watching my niece & nephew play because they enjoy having me there but I rarely have any idea what is going on.  The goal scoring part is easy but surely there is more to it than that?

The important thing... there are a lot of laughing & smiling kids, proud parents and time together as a family.  Why wouldn't that be fun?

As you all know, I am not much for jeans or anything that lends itself to "casual."   

What can I say?  I like my skirts & heels.  I know many find that odd.

For me there is just no better way to start a day than getting "dressed" for it.  I feel better when I am "dressed up."  I think that might be one of the worst things about being sick.  Not even I want to get up and get "dressed" when I am sick.  Hee Hee

Unfortunately, soccer fields are not exactly ideal for a great pair of heels.  They are not even the best place for a sharp pencil skirt and silk blouse either.  It is not the stares that I might incur... it is the logistics.

You see, soccer fields are grass.  Sometimes that grass is wet, even muddy.  Hee Hee

There are no office chairs or air conditioners either.  Hee Hee

In short, The Leather Skirt needed to look for some kind of compromise between my primary "comfort zone" and logic.  Enter these cuties...

Yes, those are sandals.  They still have a heel but they are far more practical.

Unfortunately, no pictures.  You will just have to trust me.

When I saw it on the rack, I thought, "It is a mini skirt. Am I okay with that?"

Cute detailing and inverted pleats.  Cute.  "Maybe this will work?"

It is a little shorter than I am used to but once I got it on I decided I liked the length, given its purpose.

Add in a lightweight tank top...

...and it looks like this.

So did I strike a good balance?  I hope so.  I am scheduled back for soccer games in a couple of weeks and I intend to wear this skirt again.  Ladies?

However... once soccer was over...

I had things to do and they did not include soccer or wet grass.

The dress shoes MUST make an appearance.

Let's see if we can "dress up" this casual outfit with some new shoes... some fun shoes.

Don't you just LOVE them?  They are also a little out of my "comfort zone" so today is a day of starting new trends, I guess?

I saw them on the clearance rack at Dillard's over Labor Day Weekend and I just had to have them.

They were calling to me.  "I am only $28!"  "Can you believe it?"  "I am too good of a deal not to try on."

Do shoes ever talk to you like that?

So... off with the boring sandals and on with some FUN!

I did have some fun today, too.  The walking was a little tricky at first but they really are more comfortable than I expected.  I truly enjoyed wearing them.

In fact, as I type, I am admiring them on my feet.  Hee Hee

I think I will give them a spin at the office next week?  Not with this ensemble, of course, but I have some other ideas.  I will work them in... promise.

Oh, almost forgot, both kids won and my niece scored!  Yea!

Have A Great Evening!

-- The Leather Skirt --

Friday, September 7, 2012

Living On The Sun III...

It is over 100 degrees AGAIN... ugh!  Weatherman promises relief tomorrow... I hope so. 

Enough complaining... let's move on.

In short, I am infinitely happier with today's ensemble.  The jury is still out on the blouse I wore yesterday but the feedback I received was really quite positive.  What do I know?

I still think I am leaning towards bidding it farewell.

One comment suggested a cool orange pencil skirt.  Perhaps I will try that?

Anyway, yesterday I went with pattern on top & basic on bottom.  Today we switch it around.

Today I started with some shoes that have never appeared here before.  There is good reason.  I do not wear them much.  It is just so HOT today that I decided to pull them out.  Give them a spin.

I am not much of a fan of a shoe that doesn't actually cover my whole foot but my pounding heart convinced me to give them a try.  The shoes actually called to me as I breezed by the shoe department.  I guess the buckles and pointed toe was just too much for logic to overcome.  Hee Hee

Do shoes talk to you at the store, too?

Alas, my brain was correct despite my heart's efforts to convince me otherwise and these beauties really do not get the love that they probably deserve.  Maybe I will make a better effort?

I adore this floral print skirt that I got at Harold's many years ago.  It is so light & airy.  Flowy.  Pretty.  Perfect for Spring & Summer.  I feel quite "girlie" whenever I wear it.

Look at the details.  The color.  Harold's was the best.

All together now... "Ahh... I wish that store were still open."

Throw in a very feminine & flowy white blouse and you have the perfect outfit for a day living on the sun.

Seriously, I envision our astronauts wearing this very ensemble when we first explore the sun.  Hee Hee

Do they work together?

And it all comes together like so...

Oh, yes, I do have some different shoes in my bag for the walk from DART to the office.  These cuties are great around the office but they really are not made for the sidewalk.

Tonight I head out to my sister's place for dinner and a sleepover.  Apparently the soccer games are quite early and I promised not to miss opening day so Sis suggested I come on out tonight.

I have a cute outfit planned for the games tomorrow.  Hope you like it?

I hope you all have a great weekend!

-- The Leather Skirt --

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Living On The Sun II...

Yes, the temperature has exceeded 100 degrees Fahrenheit again today.

We have had such a "mild" summer that I think this latest hot spell has actually been more difficult for me than the last couple of LONG, HOT summers were. 

I really am not pleased with what I am wearing today.  Bland.  Perhaps even dowdy.

The unexpected heat wave is just sapping my energy.

I am just not myself.

I think today's outfit is actually proof of that.  Hee Hee

You tell me?

This blouse is very light.  Wonderful for a hot day.  I even like the color & cut but I think I have decided that the floral pattern is just "too old" for my liking.

What do you think?

Maybe it is just the skirt I paired with the blouse?

I don't think so.  I love this skirt.  You know that I am a big fan of the "pencil" skirt but I also love the A-Line cut as well.  It is just so feminine.

The problem with this skirt is simply that it works best with black and white.

I have some heavier tops in blue that I like to wear with this skirt on cooler days but that wouldn't be today... not even close.

I am exceedingly happy with my choice of shoes though.

These are just some of the best "girlie" shoes in my closet.

Who doesn't love a great heel, suede & a pretty little strap & buckle?

Like them?

So here we are...


Be kind?

Do I keep the blouse or does she deserve another home?

Have A Wonderful Day!

-- The Leather Skirt --