Monday, October 29, 2012

Questions? Now Is Your Chance...

-- The Leather Skirt --

I bet you have some questions?

So I have been at this whole "blogging thing" for over a year now.

I now have over 70 "followers."  Amazing!

My various postings have been viewed over 22 thousand times.  Mind blowing!

There are not enough "Thank You's" to go around.

I simply hope that as sit here and write about my silly clothing choices and occasionally about my day someone finds some joy in reading it.


It occurred to me today, there are probably questions amongst those that are new to reading my blog?

Perhaps it is time again for me to answer some of your questions?


The last time I opened myself up to this much potential scrutiny, my little corner of the internet was substantially smaller.  I could be asking for trouble?

"Be careful what you ask for." -- One of Mom's most favorite quotes.


I do not promise that I will answer your question but I welcome it nonetheless.

Whatever you would like to know?

Nothing is "out of bounds."

I will answer anything that does not step into a place that I am simply not comfortable sharing more about.

So there you have it... ask away...

I will try to answer them all in a few days.

-- The Leather Skirt --

Friday, October 26, 2012

I Truly LOVE These Boots...



How long will it stay?

Anyone's guess but it is here today!

The weatherman promises that the cooler temps will hang around for at least a few more days.  I am holding him to it!

I truly LOVE dressing in the Fall.

I think it is because I am almost as big of a fan of great sweaters and wonderful tall boots as I am of leather skirts?

Now that is saying something!

Hee Hee

I arrived home last night and went thru my normal routine, including preparing my ensemble for the next day.

Yes, I still pick out my clothes the night before.  No, I am not in 3rd grade anymore... but sometimes I do act like it.  Hee Hee

Hey, who said preparation was a bad thing anyway?

Well, after a few different ideas I decided that earth tones, houndstooth and tall boots seemed to be appropriate.

So... How did I do?

A simple beige sweater but it is one of my favorites.

Just another of my Harold's acquisitions from years gone by.

Harold's... ahh... Harold's...

Some say that beige and white, even black are "boring"... "dated"... I prefer "classic," "functional" and "timeless."

Perhaps that is just me?

What do you think?

Either way, this sweater is soft beyond words and features in many of my ensembles during these cooler months.  Expect to see it again.  Hee Hee

As you can see, this skirt has a subtle houndstooth pattern.  I am SO loving houndstooth at the moment.

In case you missed my new houndstooth high heels, have a look at this post from earlier in the month.

Proof enough of my infatuation?

Anyway... this lovely was purchased at Harold's many years ago.

Say it with me, "Ahhh... Harold's.."

Hee Hee

These are the best boots... in every sense of the word.

They found their way to my blog last February, when I suggested a couple of other wonderful bloggers and again last December, when I debuted my beloved caramel leather skirt that Mom gave me for Christmas.


These are just another pair from my collection of Born boots.

Amazingly comfortable. Stylish.  Wonderful.

I am telling you ladies, go to Zappos or or or any number of other places and try a pair.  You will not be disappointed.

Running a little behind this morning.  Still sitting here at the house.  Eak!

Oh well, what do you do?

Anyway... no stories to entertain you with... or bore you with... whichever is the case.

Cannot tell you about anything that has not had an opportunity to happen.

Oh well, what do you do?

So that's that... hope you like my outfit?

I am thinking that my "Saturday Uniform" will get to see the streets tomorrow... hmmm...

As I have said many times, your kind words are incredibly heart warming.  I always look forward to reading your comments and I thank you in advance for taking the time to leave one.

I always do my best to return in kind.

Have A Great Weekend!

-- The Leather Skirt --

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Red... No, Not The New Taylor Swift Album...

If you read my blog, you know that I enjoy wearing "classic" pieces.  Pencil skirts.  Tailored shirts and blouses.  Fitted sweaters.  "Dress" shoes.  Boots.

I am typically careful not to select pieces that are too "trendy," preferring to stick with things that will stand the test of time.  However, I am not necessarily afraid of arguably "different" textures and materials (my love of leather skirts, for example) and I do not shy away from color.

Of course, black and white (with a hint of beige) are significant parts of my wardrobe.  They work together as one of my favorite combinations in an ensemble.  Call it boring... I prefer "sharp," "timeless," even "sophisticated."

Red is a "timeless" color as well.  Even "bold."

It is easily over done in an outfit but if it is used as part of an overall "look," I find few colors more appealing.

In fact, I think red and black together makes for one of the sharpest combinations possible.

So... Today I paired them up for one of my favorite ensembles in some time.

I am LOVING today's outfit!

Multiple compliments already today!

Yesterday's ensemble started with the shoes.  I woke up and decided that I just HAD to wear my leopard print heels.  It was a good day.

Today's ensemble was a little different.  I started with this incredible red pencil skirt from Kohl's.  Yes, Kohl's.  I know... who knew?

I really am not a huge Kohl's shopper but from time to time I stop in just to have a look around.  They really have come a long way. 

I saw it online and decided I just had to have it.

The only other red skirt in my closet is leather.  Although I have worn it to work, I am not sure it is really appropriate?

This one works in the office.  It works for dinner.  It works for shopping.  It works for anything.

It will be worn many times in the coming months so be prepared.

With "chic" and "sophisticated" on my mind... enter a great black blouse to go with the red skirt.

When I say "Great black blouse," I mean it.  This one wears so well.  100% silk.  Amazing cut.  "Girlie" cuffs.  Cute.

How did it ever get "lost" in my closet to begin with?

An incredible combination.

Red and black are truly "made" for each other.


To finish off the outfit I almost opted for my beloved  Stuart Weitzman black heels.  I even considered a pair of tall back boots but in the end I decided I just wanted to wear another pair of high heels.

Call me obsessed.

Hey, I recently joined the "Society of High Heel Lovers."

Hee Hee

Seriously though, aren't these red heels simply amazing?

Are you ready for this?  Kohl's... yes, Kohl's.

As you may recall from a previous post... the Kohl's website had some unfavorable reviews but I elected to buy them anyway.

I am telling you, great shoes!

Very comfortable.  Wore them all morning.  Walked to the DART station in them.  Walked to the office.  Walking to lunch in a moment.  Wonderful shoe.  What mare could a girl ask for?

So it all comes together like this...
What do you think?

VERY quick story...

I stopped for coffee on my way to the DART platform this morning.  Not at all unusual.

However, I had to very sharply dressed ladies tell me that they really liked my shoes.  One even commented that my whole outfit was quite sharp.

I always enjoy the compliments.  If you read my blog you know that I do.  You also know that I am quite happy to have some fun with anyone not quite as complimentary.

Hee Hee

One such young lady (very young... maybe 20?) awaited me as I stepped onto the train.

She looks at me, gives a face and mumbles to herself... "Bright."

I cannot just let these moments go.  Hee Hee

I look at her and ask, "I assume you meant the sun?"


"You said bright just now."  "I assume you mean the morning sun?"

She was clearly embarrassed and caught a little off guard, she looks at me a bit confused and says, 
 "Yes... yes, the sun."  

Hee Hee

Nothing makes my day more!

Hee Hee

Of course, the skirt and the heels are VERY red.

Hee Hee

I look forward to reading you comments.  They always mean so much to me.

Have A Great Day!

-- The Leather Skirt --

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

My Leopard Print High Heels...

Today was just one of those days.

I woke up this morning and decided that my beloved leopard print high heels from Ann Taylor LOFT would see some pavement.  I have not worn them in several days.

As I mentioned in a previous post, this was really the first pair of high heels that I ever owned.  Now I am obsessed, some might even say addicted.

I believe that I have recently "upgraded" my membership in the "Society of High Heel Lovers."

Hee Hee

Look at these shoes... wouldn't you be?

I often take DART to work so walking from my apartment to the station and then from the station to the office is required.

I must have shoes that I can walk in and these babies really do work!  They are wonderful to wear... all day long.  Incredible shoes!

It is still hot here in Dallas though so I knew I wanted to go with a very "light" ensemble. 

Last night I had planned a different ensemble but, alas, the high heels redirected me.

Given that I pulled this outfit together in a rush this morning I think I did okay.


Simple combination.  White blouse.  Dark pencil skirt.  Great pair of heels.

In other words, my daily "uniform."

As I said, "light" and "comfortable".

This incredible blouse did the trick.

I cannot help but feel so sophisticated when I wear it.

I feel so "grown up."

Hee Hee

I mean, look at that wonderful neckline...

It is certainly feminine.

Wouldn't you agree?

As I have told you before, I am a committed member of the "Community of Girls Who Love Skirts."  

Mom is the founding member.  Hee Hee

This lovely "finished" denim number is also a recent Ann Taylor LOFT acquisition.

Unlike the shoes (paid full price... ugh!), I got this one for 40% off the regular price.  That is a little easier to justify.

Hee Hee

Truth... even at full price I see so many ensembles that this skirt will feature in... classic piece... perfect for my closet.

So everything comes together like this...

A simple combination.

A classic combination.

My favorite type of combination.

Perfect for a day in which the temps will close in on 90 degrees.

Throw on a light jacket and perfect for a walk home after dinner as well.


What do you think?

Did I do well?

 On a slightly different note...

Carrie Underwood is in town tonight.  LOVE her!  So wish I had tickets.  Have checked a few websites today hoping I would get lucky with someone needing to "dump" theirs at the last minute.  No such luck... at least not yet.

I will keep trying.

In the meantime... my girl is taking over on my iPod.  that will just have to do.

Hee Hee

I truly appreciate every comment that is left on my blog.  Most are just so sweet and uplifting.

I do my best to return the comment in kind so I hope you will take a minute and leave me a note.

-- The Leather Skirt --

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Yes... It Is A Dress...

I know, I know...
I am a committed member of the...
"Community Of Girls Who Love Skirts."
That will never change.
Are you a member?

It had to be done.
Mostly because (let's be perfectly honest here) I got so many wonderful compliments about the skirt I have in the exact same pattern.  I know I wore the skirt yesterday but today will be spent mostly away from the office.  New faces.  Who will know?

Does anyone else ever do that?

I call this one my "Venice Dress."  You can see the "Venice Skirt" here if you wish.


It is quite warm here in Dallas AGAIN today.  The weatherman promised some warmer temps all week and he really delivered.  It has been downright HOT

Fall is supposed to arrive on Saturday.  I am ready.

Since it is a bit warmer I did something that I rarely do... I wore an "open toe" shoe to work. 

If you follow my blog, you know that I just do not do that.

I occasionally make an exception for these wonderful shoes because I think they are just "fancy" enough to be appropriate for work.

In my opinion, sandals can VERY easily be far too "casual" for office wear.

I think these babies "skirt the line" just enough between "casual" and "dress."

What do you think?

In case you are wondering... they are made by Born.

Yes, Born.

You know how much I truly LOVE any shoe from Born.

Simply put... the most comfortable boot I have ever worn.  These shoes are no exception.

I wish that Born would begin making a classic dress shoe.  I just know they would be a staple in my wardrobe if they ever do.  A pair in every color.  A girl can dream.

Hee Hee

And the final ensemble...

So were you surprised when you opened my blog today?

I suspect the girls at work will a bit surprised when I walked in.  Complimentary but clearly a little surprised.

You fashionable ladies that read my blog are not the only ones that know that  I am a committed member of the "Community Of Girls Who Love Skirts."

Sometimes I like to keep people on their toes...

Hee Hee

BTW... thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and read my blog.  I cannot express my gratitude well enough.  It never ceases to amaze me how sweet my "blogger friends" can be.  I read all of your comments and do my best to return the comment in kind.

Look forward to reading both your thoughts and your wonderful blogs.

Have A Marvelous Day!

-- The Leather Skirt --

Monday, October 22, 2012

Did I Miss Winter?

It is HOT today.  No other way to describe it.

The weatherman says it will be that way all week.

Fall arrives on Saturday... IF the weatherman is correct.

I plan to celebrate with my beloved leather pants.

Until then...

How about a week's worth of "Spring/Summer" fashion?

If you read my blog at all you know that I really do not adhere to such whims in the fashion world but the bottom line... hot days typically require a more thoughtful approach to one's ensemble.

Ironically, I can wear almost anything that I wish during the actual Summer months because our office is always so cold with full blast air conditioning.  This time of the year is a little more tricky.

Fortunately, this ensemble was just right for the day.  Just right for the walk to work, just right for a day spent in the office.  Just right.

I think these Evan Picone heels are a perfect match for this skirt.

I call it my "Venice Skirt" and I truly LOVE it!

How could I not?

Look at the print... amazing!

Mix in a simple scoop neck top in the perfect shade and I think I have a great ensemble.

Sometimes I think "simple" is far too underrated.

I wonder if we "fashionable ladies" TRY to hard on occasion?


Well, nothing fun or exciting to report today.  I did have a great weekend.  Hope you did as well?

Perhaps I can share some of my weekend in tomorrow's post?


-- The Leather Skirt --

Friday, October 19, 2012


You did not think I even owed a pair of slacks, did you?

I do own a few... I just rarely wear them.

I really am a committed member (maybe the only member... Hee Hee) of the "Community of Girls Who Love Skirts."  I just wasn't "felling it" today so out came these gray slacks.

Probably partly because it is Friday?

Since I decided to pull out a pair of slacks for work today I decided some color would be an absolute MUST.

Enter this wonderful purple turtleneck sweater.

This baby is so old that I could not even begin to try and guess where I got it.  Honestly, I think that makes for some of the best sweaters. 

Well worn.  Soft.  "Broken in."

What do you think?

Just to keep the "color theme" going I opted for my purple heels.

Unfortunately, this is the last time you will see them.

Broke the heel getting out of the car when I got home today.


They were cute though?  Huh?

Okay, so now that your surprise has worn off a bit... just imagine my co-workers when I walked in this morning.  Hee Hee

I thought that my boss was going to flip!

She actually called me into her office as soon as she saw me.  She was concerned that I was not feeling very well.  Sweet.  Funny... but sweet.

I did just get over pneumonia AND I never wear anything but a skirt so I guess it was a reasonable question, huh?

Isn't funny how you can set a certain "expectation" in your appearance... good or bad?  Any deviation from that "standard" seems to attract attention.  I just think it's funny.  Hardly harmful... just funny.

I hope you have a fantastic weekend!


-- The Leather Skirt -- 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

One Year Ago Today...


One year ago today The Leather Skirt hit the world wide web.


I am really amazed that it has lasted that long... AND... people even still read it.

Some things never cease to amaze me.

I am so thankful to all of you that take time out of your hectic schedules to stop in and puruse my daily thoughts and perhaps even my sense of style.

You have no idea how much it means to me when I read a sweet comment.  It is beyond words.

So again, THANK YOU for the first year.  I hope that there are many more to come.


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Great Debate I...

Blogging at lunch again today.  I do not really like to do that but I missed my post yesterday and I wanted to ensure that I got one up today.
Without giving away my political leanings...
I thought I would try to give a nod to tonight's very important US Presidential Debate between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
Yes, I know this is actually the second debate between the two candidates but I did not select anything "special" the last time out.
This time...

In the spirit of our American political season, I chose a "Red, White & Blue ensemble."  Is there anything else that would be more fitting?

What do you think?

LOVE this blouse.

One problem, it is not as warm as the weather man promised it would be. 

Thankfully I keep a sweater at the office for just such "wardrobe malfunctions."

Hee Hee

This blouse is truly wonderful.  It just a joy to wear.

Lightweight.  VERY "girlie"... which I like.

Perhaps even just a little "sexy?"

Certainly very elegant in my book.
 LOVE this new skirt, too.

You may recall that I recently acquired this classic item from Kohl's... "Yes!"... Kohl's!

Honestly, I am not a huge fan of Kohl's but for less than $30 this skirt was just too good of a deal not to at least try.

Vibrant color.  Great cut.  Fully lined. 

Great classic pencil skirt.  I foresee years of wear at work and at play for this one.

What do you think?
And the finished ensemble...


What do you think?

Before I close I want to offer my best wishes to our two candidates.  I am confident that both of you are intelligent and driven.  I am confident that both of you care and want the best for our country and the rest of the world.
I wish you both the best of luck tonight.  Your country is watching.  Many around the world are watching.  It is a critical evening for you both.
I ask only one thing... be truthful.  Tell us all what you think, where you plan to lead us.  We are also bright people.  We will make an intelligent decision.  All we need is an honest comparison.
In the end, no matter who the winner of the election turns out to be...
I hope that our President will always do their best to consider the many above the desires of the few.
-- The Leather Skirt --

Sunday, October 14, 2012

An Easy Sunday...

Sunday is meant for rest.  I rarely get to take advantage of this fact.  Today I did.

Yesterday was rather hectic.  Mostly fun, but busy.

This morning I went to church and then I returned home.  That's it.  Honest.

Read some of my favorite blogs.  LOVE doing that.

Picked up a bit around the house.

Made myself some lunch.

Sat out on my balcony and read.

Watched TWO movies!

In other words... BLISS!

In anticipation of such an Easy Sunday I decided an easy outfit would be appropriate.

This is a top that has not made it to the blog before. Honestly, I rarely wear it.  I am not sure it is appropriate for the office.  A little too casual for my liking.

The suede skirt is a recent acquisition but one that I absolutely LOVE to wear.  I will never lose my fascination with a great finished leather but suede certainly has a place in my heart, too.

The heels are something that I tend to break out when a "dash" of color just seems necessary.  Today I actually selected them because I think they compliment the skirt and top very well.

Burgundy is arguably the "it" color of the season.  I prefer to think of burgundy as a "family" of colors, rather than just one simple shade or tone.

This top is more accurately a shade of "cranberry" but I would argue that is very much part of the "burgundy family".

What do you think?

There are three very important things about this top.

1)  Very comfortable.

2)  Very feminine.  Are you kidding... look at the flower details and the "girly" sleeves.

3)  It is OLD.  I could not even begin to try and guess where it came from.

You have seen this lovely pink suede skirt before.

I last posted it on the blog here.

This baby was a steal off EBay!  $10!!!

No kidding!  Ten dollars!  Can you believe that?

Butter soft like a good suede should be.  Fabulous skirt!

Oh, and how cute are those pleats?

I also happen to think the top and the skirt go very well together.  The pink and the cranberry tones compliment one another so very well.

What do you think?

I decided my trusty Evan Picone croc print heels would be the perfect finishing touch.

Burgundy, "No."

Some shade that fits well into the "burgundy family"... I say "Yes!"

How about you?

Well, that is the story of the "burgundy family"... at least according to Jordan... The Leather Skirt.

I truly appreciate each and every comment that you fashionable ladies take the time to write.

They all mean so much.

Look forward to reading what you have to say... especially the sweet ones.

Hee Hee

-- The Leather Skirt --

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Just A Casual Saturday...

Dallas is a bit warm again today.  Mid October and the temps continue to soar.  As you may recall, last weekend was quite chilly, well "Dallas Chilly" anyway.

Bad news...You just never know what to expect.

Good news... I can wear just about my entire wardrobe all year long AND I do.

Hee Hee

For those that do not know, apparently there is a pretty big football game going on here this weekend.  This is an annual event as a part of the State Fair of Texas.  Honestly, I am not much of a sports fan so I will not bore you with details.  However, after living here for years, two things are quite clear to me...

First, The University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas do not like one another very much... at least when it comes to football.

-- AND  --

Second, a sea of red and orange will be all over town.

I decided that my wonderful linen skirt in a lime green hue would be the perfect way of telling everyone that I am not taking sides.  Besides, if I even liked sports... my college was so small that they did not have football when I was there so I have no personal "football beef" with either school.

Anyway... on to my ensemble...

As I already mentioned... I started with my lovely green linen skirt.

I have this skirt in a wonderful pastel pink as well.  Wore it earlier this week.  If you like, it is in this post.

Although you did not get to see them much this past summer they are both staples for me.

Light weight.  Great colors.

Easy to mix and match with many of my tops.

Great for the office.  Great for casual wear.

Simply one of my favorite things to wear.

Since it is a warm Saturday, I decided my scoop neck t-shirt from Ann Taylor would be the perfect compliment to this lovely pencil skirt.



Wonderful fit.



What more could a girl want?

So do they "work" together?

Doesn't this little ensemble just "say" comfortable.

I like the term "casual/chic" for outfits like this.

If you read my blog at all, you know that I am a true "skirt & heels" kind of girl.

I do not just wear them to work.  I wear them all the time... everywhere.

Honestly, I just really do not like wearing pants.

Notable exception... my leather pants.  They are great to wear!  you will see them on regular rotation, starting in just a few short weeks.

Back to my "skirt and heels ramble"...

There is just "something" about a great skirt.  Same is true for a great pair of heels.  Why not pair them together on a regular basis?

Ladies, if you do not wear such combinations very often... try it.  You will be surprised at the compliments you will get.

I admit it, I am a bit of a narcissist but when i get a compliment, it is such a great part of my day.

Moving on...

When I pulled this ensemble together last night I had planned on these shoes.

These Liz Claiborne suede heels are also a summer staple.  Soft pink tone.  Almost beige.

Cute bow on top.  What's not to like?

One problem... they are not very agreeable with water and storm are in today's forecast.

Enter the white Liz Claiborne heels that I wore just a couple of days ago.  I showed them to you on my The Rule Breaker post.

Much better choice if the rains do come.

"Sensible" heels.  If only they were higher... sigh.

Here is the ensemble as I prepare to walk out the door...

Yes, of course I am fully dressed while working up this blog post.

Hee Hee

So?  What do you think?

I read all of my comments.  They are truly a bright spot in my day.

I thank you so very much for taking the time to stop in, maybe read a bit of my silliness AND then leave a comment as well... especially the really wonderful ones.  All of you are so very sweet!


-- The Leather Skirt --