Outfit Of The Yesterday (Leather Weather & Arizona)

♫:America – The Shoes

If you follow along on Twitter & Facebook, you probably already know that Husband and I had the pleasure of taking a little mini-vacay to Arizona last week to visit his mom and her husband.They are snow birdies in the Phoenix region, and who the heck is going to say no to a trip to some place where it’s 80 degrees with endless sunshine? In March! And to see family! Sign me up anytime, please and thank you.
So we packed our bags and off we went. It was a quick trip, as most of our trips usually unfortunately are, but fun nonetheless. And educational too!  Such as: 
1. Wearing a tweed jacket + jeans on a plane to Arizona…is…kinda not smart. Get down girl, go ‘head get down etc etc etc.
2. Did you know cuff bracelets used to serve a more functional purpose aside from gettin’ friendly with gravity and sliding off my arms every second they get? They do. We visited the Heard Museum, which is a bit of a regional mecca for exploring the ancient art & culture of native people. They had an excellent collection of primeval jewelry and according to our cute old lady tour guide, certain tribes would wear them to protect their arms from the stinging snap of the bow as they hunted. Clever?
3. Frank Lloyd Wright had his own versions of crazy-pants ‘lawn decor’. I have long been in love with architecture (I really feel that it is what I want to be when I grow up, you know, if I don’t first make it being an Official Haagen-Dazs Taste-Tester and/or back-up dancer for Lana Del Rey) (‘cuz I believe quite strongly that this Fiona Apple Knock Off needs back-up dancers, a fancy pyrotechnics display, nonsensical snippets of Kanye West’s Twitter feed, something), and while I had before seen plenty of pictures of Taliesin West I had no idea that amidst the clean lines and “deconstructed boxes” are odd Japanese sculptures he had purchased for cheap from Gumps.
 {bad i-phone picture of the sculptures–what a dumb time to be without my camera! you can see a better pic, not mine, here.}
According to the tour guide, Mr. Wright purchased the scenes after building the Imperial Hotel, and when they arrived broken in pieces he had his students glue them back together–not always correctly, either. They are sprinkled throughout Taliesin West, most often at the entrance of the various buildings to greet visitors; count my grandma’s voracious pig garden statue collection as being out-shined and officially bacon errr, baking with jealousy.
4. The Duck fat ice cream at Cowboy Ciao does not taste like you’d think that it would taste. You are likely asking–what did you think it’d taste like, homie? Chicken? Fettuccine Alfredo? That Awful Taste You Get When You Accidentally Lick Your Fingers After Using Hand Sanitizer? The Bitter, Agonizing Tinge Of Regret From Being A Horribly Bad Person For Even Trying? Nope, none of the above. You can read more about this odd little concoction here.
5.  Coincidentally listening to Andrew Bird’s super chill and lulling “Near Death Experience Experiencewhile in bad turbulence is super-creepy-surreal. And…kind of nightmare inducing? Well played, iPod, well played.

I don’t discuss it much on this blog, but having studied both piano & harp extensively music is apretty big part of my life–perhaps nearly as big as fashion. I love making mixes to listen to when on the road or in a plane, and you can see my latest “roadtrip” playlist right here.

 6. Arizona has a lot of In & Outs. Pretty sure we ate at every single one; pretty sure I didn’t regret it at all.
{bug eyes & goofy faces at taliesin west during a quick break in the tour}
7. Last but not least: we do dumb things when we think no one is paying attention.  It is the solid foundation of a good marriage and of all fashion blogs, it really is.  Trust.
It was a great trip and much love to my mother-in-law & her husband for having us! Since I know that you guys read this–thank you so much. It was brief, but we had a lot of fun.
Now for an outfit. Highs in the 60’s/70’s here during the day (but still-chilly nights) has left the collective population of Colorado a little schizophrenic when it comes to clothing choices, ergo my jacket with shorts.

I will speak honestly when I say that I am not always a fan of the retailer Modcloth. Their aesthetic can be a bit off the mark in regards to my own personal style, and there have been lots of rumblings around the internet about their items being ovepriced and of sketchy quality.

I will say that while I agree with some of those sentiments, but I couldn’t resist giving this faux leather jacket a try anyway, especially when a $10 off code from Birchbox popped up in my mail. I know, I know–a faux leather jacket.  I have nothing against faux leather (one of my favorite bags is even made with it) but in a jacket? 

Banish your little thoughts of the waxy, squeaky, sweaty, steamy faux-leather jackets of yore; this one is surprisingly well made and doesn’t look at all like faux leather. It is also really soft (weathered, some might say), nicely lined, and has fabulous little details. It’s fitted and slim fitting (I am wearing the small), and the slightly-puffed shoulders help it to stand out without being too over-the-top. I really like it, so you get an A+ on this one Modcloth, BUT THAT’S IT! For now.

Jacket: Modcloth (buy it here + take $10 off w/ code “MODPROM”) (similar here) (similar for $58)
Top: Ann Taylor Keyhole Crossover Top in Toffee Cake (buy it here, on sale) (& another option here)
Leather Shorts: Urban Outfitters, old (similar at Mango) (similar here) (& a faux leather option at ASOS)
Belt: H&M (similar at F21)
Watch: Michael Kors Parker Watch (buy it here) (similar by Fossil) (similar here)
Bag: DVF Harper Evening Clutch, old (similar by DVF) (similar here)
Shoes: Manolo Blahnik Uliepe Pumps, old (similar at Yoox) (similar by Kate Spade) (similar under $20)
  • Chloe

    Hi there! Hm. I'd still travel with jeans and a jacket (because I always get so cold on airplanes!) but make sure you're wearing a tank top or something underneath the jacket that looks decent–as soon as you get off the plane, you might want to rip that jacket off in the heat, hahaha. Arizona still gets a little chilly at night too, so a light jacket is a good thing to have! ❤

  • Allaboutyou41

    Just curious..heading to Az this month…y jeans and jacket not a good idea on plane? Too hot? Ps love ur blog!

  • Sam Coley

    Thanks Chloe . Anyway i was going to purchase it anyway but when I ask the SA if small would to too tight on me because for petite i have a (34C), she told me that I should try a medium. alright then…. low and behold size medium was sold out.. oh boy, i think somethings are just not meant to be. have a good evening… 

  • RosaLovesDC

    If that happens be prepared for me and Lola visiting then!

  • yuni.k @ the|next|obsession

    Although the jacket looks darling, I don't personally like ModCloth, but I do like faux leather jackets when it's done right, but I don't like brown, but I do love the weathered look, but I did just come back from a big spending spree in Vegas. I'll just have to admire it on you. Also, that half-eaten burger is making me hungry (is that gross?) but I know if I go get one, it'll bring out the Samuel L. Jackson out of me again (too many onions… etc etc), and at 3 in the morning neither is a good combo. I'm rambling. Your trip looked wonderful and now you have me craving duck-fat burgers with bacon.

  • Chloe

    Boston terrier! *swoon* If we lived in a place where we could have a fenced-in yard, I'd have one in .02 nanoseconds. Love them!

  • Chloe

    Ah, phooey! I purchased a dress with my jacket, and just assumed the $10 worked on everything. I guess the word 'prom' in the code would have been a tip off for that, duhhhhr to me. So sorry about that, Sam! :(

  • Chloe

    Thanks so much, Giovanna! <3

  • Chloe

    Hahaha, thanks rosa! And looks like you need another trip to Arizona. Rumor has it that they are scouting Colorado for branching out, but I'm not holding my breath–but if it happens, I'll get you out for burgers + shopping STAT! ;)

  • Marina Stiefvater

    Yesss!!! 'LOL' is WAY better than 'yikes, this chick is a creeper! thank goodness this is only online'  So far I'm feeling really healthy, and I am also holding out hope for the fact that we accidentally have a few of the same items of clothes (not b/c I copy-catted you) and those haven't made me sick… Plus, fake leather is super Boston terrier friendly…my dog totally approves

  • Sam Coley

    Hello Chloe, i love the outfit !! Anyway I decided to purchase this jacket but when I called the $10 only applies for dresses. The code did not work for me. sigh.. 

  • Giovanna Pacini

    Fun photos! Cute look! Love the moto jacket!


  • RosaLovesDC

    Oh In and Out burger in Arizona??? How come my friend didn't take me there when I went to visit?!?!?!?
    You're pictures really made me smile and I am glad that you had a great time. 

  • Chloe

    Hahaha! Yeah, I always gripe about cold weather but I do (secretly) like having four seasons! Where from in NE?

  • Chloe

    Oh, but you have warm weather year round! That always wins over In & Out, trust. I'm jealous!

  • Chloe

    Hee hee. Thanks Kimberly!

  • Chloe

    Hahaha, thanks amber!

  • Chloe

    I hope you like the jacket as much as I do, marina! And I'll keep my fingers crossed for you so you don't get sick. ;) I also think you win for Best Comment That Made Me Actually LOL- love it!

  • Chloe

    Hahaha, thanks Maca! And OMG In & Out–it is just sooooo good. I wish they'd expand to Colorado, but then I'd happily weigh 600 lbs so….phooey.

  • Maca Barnes

     You look so leggy!!!!–I wrote that and started singing leggy blonde from flight of the chonchords…super nerdy. Anyway, you look awesome and that jacket looks lovely. Love the perfect shade of brown. I'm glad you had fun in Arizona! I don't think I've ever been to In & Out but I sooo want to!

  • Marina Stiefvater

    hmmm…i *may* have just rushed over to mod cloth and bought this exact jacket.  the last time i purchased the exact same item you posted on the blog was in august i ended up with a crazy insane viral infection that landed me in the hospital…ummm…yah…let's home they are not related because that would be kind of awkward.  and painful.  also, i would like some duck fat ice cream.  and sunny weather.  not that i can complain here in cali, but we've had a tough go this past week with ACTUAL RAIN! ok…i'm getting a little wild in my commenting

  • Amber

    hmmm, yes yes, it does look like real leather.  quite cute actually!!
    i think we all do stupid things when nobody's watching, right? or when nobody's supposed to be watching, at least

  • PennyPincherFashion

    Hilarious commentary (as always) about your trip, although it sounds amazing!  Also love this outfit & your new jacket!! :)

  • natashaufl

    We have no In and Out's in Florida… jealous!

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  • MiniMe Style

    I'm not sure about the interstates, but I know they were requiring chains on the access roads into the mountains.  I'm a cold weather girl by heart (a NE transplant), and would trade you a little AZ sun for some CO snow! 

  • Chloe

    I saw that on the news! Didn't they have to shut an interstate down even? How crazy.  You can keep that snow/hail/rain riiiiight there, please–Colorado has had enough. ;)

  • MiniMe Style

    What a great find!  The leather looks amazingly realistic. I do find things I really like at ModCloth, but admittedly wait until items have plenty of reviews before I buy them.  You must have just missed the "winter storm warning" here in AZ … in Tucson it's been intermittently snowing, hailing, and pouring rain all day.  With little bursts of sunshine. :-S

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