Monday, December 7, 2015

Cashmere + Pleather

Hello! I hope your Christmas season is off to a wonderful start! 

This is what I wore to church yesterday. I jumped into the Christmas spirit by pairing a shiny cranberry pleather skirt with my gold pumps and a cozy cashmere sweater. 

I made this skirt in October as a sort of challenge to myself. I bought the fabric at the thrift store and it's closer to the texture of a vinyl table cloth than it is to a cotton fabric... so of course I wanted to make a pleather-look skirt! I used the "Never-ending pie slice" technique from my How To Sew Denim eBook to get a pattern for the high-waisted skirt. I also took out several inches of fullness by slicing the pattern and bringing the sides in. Four gores, fully interfaced, side zipper. :) It was a fun couple-hour project.

My sweater was ridiculously soft... and sadly I won't get to wear it again. It got put in my closet instead of my mom's by mistake and she wants it back. :P 

I FINALLY got a floppy-brimmed hat! I've been trying to find the perfect one for about 18 months and on Black Friday I got this one for $15 at Charlotte Russe. The brim is just the right size to be super cute but not too dramatic for church. 

Necklace is from Charming Charlie, gold shoes are Jessica Simpson brand from Goodwill. :) 

And, it's kind of hard to tell because of the hat, but I got a haircut! I had Kitty put a gazillion layers in and I'm SO happy with it. My hair was getting really hard to deal with and now it takes no time at all to add a swirl to the ends of the layers and run out the door. Staring at these pictures I see my hair was looking a little messy (blame it on the cashmere) but I hadn't done annnnnything to it in 4 days  and that makes the style a winner in my book. ;) 

Alright, I've gotta run and hem and ship a bunch of orders, so I'll catch y'all later! Have a wonderful week!! 


  1. So cute!! Love that outfit! Olivia Im so happy I got my permit!! :D

    Merry Christmas!!


  2. Legitimate question, because I have a fair number of hats... Do you wear your hat in church? I assume so, because you believe in headcovering if I'm not mistaken... Do you worry about the people behind you if you wear a hat?

  3. Adorable Olivia. I love the hat! :)

  4. Im a new subscriber from a little island in the Caribbean called St. Lucia. I am a Christian as well and I love your blog. keep following the lord. I also blog as well check it out some time.
    much love in the lord.

  5. Just adorable! I seriously wish you could come and just go through my closet or better yet just pick out my outfits everyday ;) lol :) Thank you for being such an inspiration to so many! :)

  6. Love your choice of clothes. Wishing you and yours a Blessed and Merry Christmas.

  7. Cute outfit! The hat is my favorite. It's hard to find a good hat to fit your face shape and stuff.
    By the way, this blog is listed under my favorite fashion blogs list at Check it out!
    And thanks for the great post!

  8. Beautiful as always, Olivia!
    Stephanie Means

  9. I love the pleather skirt so much! Your entire outfit is lovely:)
    Thank you for being such an inspiration.!!

  10. Hey, Olivia, I have a couple questions for you. I'm thinking about ordering a few things from Thredup, and I know you get a lot of your clothes there, so I assume they're "on the up 'n up", if you will, but I just wanted to get firsthand opinion. Are the things you've ordered size and condition accurate? Have you ever had to send something back and, if so, was it easy? Also, where are the "chest" measurements taken from?
    Any info would be great.

  11. does anyone know of another fashion blog that is similar to this but not as conservative?

  12. Totally cute! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Olivia! <3 I pray and hope that all is well with you now and always.

  13. Your outfit looks amazing, my favorite color schemes this time of year is what you are wearing (black, cranberry, and champagne)! Plus, I am totally am in LOVE with the floppy hat!


  14. Great outfit! I LOVE your heels! Just a quick question do you have any modesty rules when it come to heels? - Grace


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