Leopard Dreams

February 9, 2013

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Do you ever wonder if style bloggers really wear the clothes they post?   I’m guessing they do for the most part, but I have to believe that sometimes they’re just playing dress up.  We all know fashion magazines are mostly fantasy, which is fine with me.  I like some fantasy every now and then.

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Take these shoes for instance.  They’re only comfortable when I’m sitting down, so I’d have to put them in the fantasy category.  Kind of like the evening I envisioned when I put this outfit together.  In my mind I was heading downtown to a fabulous restaurant or maybe going to see Joey perform somewhere.

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I’d carry this wildly impractical clutch (can’t fit much in it!) and wear the shoes I love.  I’m particularly fond of this leopard swing coat that I upcycled from a thrifted dress.  Normally I would probably dress it down by putting it over a pair of jeans, but since I’m going on a fantasy date, I can layer it over a long jersey dress, feeling oh-so elegant.

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I remember playing “dress up” in a pre-kindergarten playgroup.  I would fight with Cindy as we both insisted it was our turn to wear the ball gown.  The only thing that’s changed is that I don’t have to share anymore, at least when it comes to that delicious game.  I’ve heard that as we get older, we’re still ourselves only more so.  I see some fabulous gowns in my future.

Outfit details:  Leopard coat and leather “armlets”-thrifted and refashioned, beret and jersey dress-?, Nine West booties-purchased years ago in the mall, amber and cowrie shell earrings-thrifted, ring-gift from Lynx, beaded chiffon scarf-gift from my sister, clutch-Dillards.  Don’t forget that clicking on the pictures once, and then again, will give you a closer look.

Also, I’ll be joining the other dress-up ladies at Not Dead Yet Style and Monday Mingle.  Come play with us!!

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I had to show you that Joey actually has worn the scarf.  Also, this is really what I’m doing tonight.  I’ve just learned how to knit and I’m totally enthralled.

Have a wonderful week!!












50 Responses to Leopard Dreams

  1. Forest City Fashionista on February 9, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    A gorgeous “fantasy” outfit that I’m sure you will get to wear for an evening out! The shoes are very cool – I have a couple of pairs that I can only wear if there is going to be lots of sitting and little walking. Those leather armlets are my favourite accessory of yours. I would wear those with everything.

  2. Lisa Walter on February 9, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    Jean….the upcycled leopard coat is adorable. You have such a good eye for turning outdated items into relevant new pieces. Bravo!
    I wish I had the patience to learn to knit! Someday I will.

  3. Trina on February 10, 2013 at 12:14 am

    Jean, your ‘fantasy outfit” is defintiely worthy of a night out. What an incredibly talented woman you are, that coat is wonderful. I know for a fact I would be putting that on for a lot of occasions. I took up knitting while my son was playing baseball (some games can be real slow). It’s been a while since I pulled them out, thanks for a little motivation. Can’t leave without telling you how enjoyable it is to sit down and read your posts.

  4. Melanie on February 10, 2013 at 3:05 am

    You knit! That’s so great.
    I see more gowns in your future too, ones you make yourself of course!
    Your fantasy outfit is gorgeous and I hope you get to wear it out sometime soon. The outfits I post I wear in public, unless I’ve specifically said otherwise. Like my ballerina dress, I could only wear as far as the park the first time, now I wear it as regular day wear.

  5. Veshoevius on February 10, 2013 at 4:21 am

    I do wonder about that too – whether bloggers are actually wearing their outfits somewhere or have just dressed up for the blog. Although I think experimenting with a fantasy outfit and photographing it is a pretty good idea – you see whether your fantasy look works and have something to refer to when an event you could wear it to comes along.
    I think this outfit is fabulous! The leopard coat is so glamorous and I love those leather armlets!

  6. pastcaring on February 10, 2013 at 4:29 am

    I am absolutely convinced that many of the outfits featured on blogs are not every day going to work running for the bus doing the school run outfits – especially some of the sky high heels! But I like a fantasy dress-up session now and again, it’s good for the soul, and like you, I have very fond memories of our dressing up clothes as a child, I only wish I had those 50s petticoats and 60s dresses and sparkly shoes now…
    You look amazing in leopard print, Jean, and those shoes definitely need an outing, but just make sure there isn’t much walking involved. I call them taxi shoes – I have some too!
    I see from a closer inspection that the orange is part of the coat, I mistook it or a scarf at first, but I love the blast of colour.
    How lovely to see an evening chez Jean’n’Joey, with the scarf and the knitting and the music, and the love! xxxxx

  7. Kaffesoester on February 10, 2013 at 5:02 am

    How lovely to see Joey wearing the scarf! Your fantasy outfit is so lovely – and I think the brilliant leopard coat should get a chance as day wear, with jeans or long black skirt, it’s so amazing. You really are so talented!

    Couldn’t you give a lesson on how to make leather armlets like yours? My finger are itching every time I see them!

  8. ParisGrrl on February 10, 2013 at 6:23 am

    I am all for owning fantasy shoes (I refer to them as Art) and for playing dress-up–it’s a great way to see what works in advance and to give the universe a hint that you need an event to wear an outfit to. :-) I hope that coat gets a great event!

  9. Vix on February 10, 2013 at 7:17 am

    That is one fabulous “fantasy” outfit! I love that insanely beautiful coat on you, too bad those shoes cripple you.
    So glad Joe finally got to wear his scarf and that picture of you knitting is so cute. x

  10. April on February 10, 2013 at 8:24 am

    Wear it, wear it…everywhere, whenever, Jean! Life is short. Do it in style, daily! Wish I could recycle with your skill and eye for drama….

    (As for actually wearing what I wear in a post, I’m much too cheap to buy something I can’t wear to threads!)


  11. anne-marie bruun on February 10, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Fantasies is a bit of life honey. On a gray day, there is nothing so nice as fantasy dressed exactly as beautiful and imaginative as you make it. The beautiful leopard and the orange is perfect. Love it.

  12. Amber of Butane Anvil on February 10, 2013 at 9:03 am

    You are amazing in that hat, I love how your coat’s orange edging creates a gorgeous long sweep of emphasis, and your accessories are so beautiful! I adore the pics of you and Joy at home, all cosy, creating with your hands.

    Like Curtise said, fantasy outfits have their soul-function! But besides the odd pic of my pyjama-based farm-wear ensembles and the tulle-and-rubber-boots, I have only blogged outfits worn to work or for going out. I’m most drawn to bloggers who generally dress for their actual functional lives, but a fantasy outfit here and there is absolute magic. xoxo

  13. Bella Q, The Citizen Rosebud on February 10, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Fantasty Jean or Real Life Jean Who Knits are both gloriously gorgeous to me. I like how you tear the show behind the curtain- yep. I don’t believe for a minute the many bloggers who post outfits posing in the woods they wore their Jeffery Campbells Lita platforms in. Not. For. A. Minute.

  14. Annette on February 10, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    This is a fabulous outfit and please don’t let it be “fantasy” only!
    I do hope you will have many occasions to wear it.

    Lady of Style

  15. lind davis on February 10, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    You look drop dead gorgeous. If you onlu knew how much you have inspired me to sew again and to even try thrifting. I am having so much fun .Have a great week

  16. Mrs D on February 10, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    It’s really sad that some of the nice things we own don’t get to see the light of day because of practicality – I have so many high heeled shoes but I always have to consider if I’m going to have to walk a lot or not… It is annoying and it does influence what we wear. I know that some bloggers have the nice shoes in their bag and switch once they’ve decided on a location to take their outfit photos. I never do that as I can’t be arsed!
    Regardless of these considerations, your dream outfit looks fab, so glamorous! I love the fact that you made that coat out of a dress, it’s fantastic what you can do with a little bit of time, skill and imagination!

  17. Pam@over50feeling40 on February 10, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Jean, you look stunning in that first picture…could be in a magazine. I love this look on you! And how cool to see him wearing the scarf! Have a wonderful Monday!

  18. Val Sparkle on February 10, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    You upcycled that from a dress? It’s lovely! And the orange trim is such a fun, boho touch.

    My outfits are usually a mixture of things I’ve worn or things I’m trying out. I may not wear them exactly that way in public, but similarly. I’d like to do some fantasy outfits, though. Why not?

    I also was thinking about playing dress-up with girlfriends, and I mention that in the post I’m about to publish. I always loved playing dress-up, and dolls, and house, and cars, and spies!

  19. Style Higher™ on February 10, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    You are so funny Jean and yes, when I see sky high shoes and the blogger says, “I went to lunch in this outfit”, I am thinking really? You can walk in those? :-) You look so elegant today, love that swing coat and your upcycling genius! xoxo

  20. Paula on February 10, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    I agree with Pam–that first shot is a stunner!

    And yes, I actually posted about that very subject!

  21. Patti @ NotDeadYet Style on February 10, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Wow, Jean, what a fantastic look, fantasy or real-life or some combination! And Joey looks great with his scarf too : > Thanks for linking up.

  22. Jeannie on February 10, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Jean, you are looking quite glamorous! I love your shoes!..even if you can’t walk in them too long.
    Oh to find some sexy heels that are comfy, too….is that too much to ask? 😉

  23. Diane on February 10, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Your husband is one lucky man! One look at how beautiful you look in that gorgeous outfit and he would be crazy not to take you out on the town and show you off!

    When I’m getting ready for work, I don’t usually allow myself enough time to play in my closet and get really creative. Blogging allows me the freedom to express those looks that I could have worn to work if I hadn’t hit the snooze button so many times!

  24. Heather on February 10, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    You must wear that outfit out somewhere! It’s fabulous and you look fabulous in it. I have some shoes that work best if I’m not planning on standing in them for too long a period, so I get that. But an evening at a concert or restaurant would work, right? Don’t let that outfit just be a fantasy; it’s too amazing for that.
    Heather from Friendship, Life and Style

  25. The Style Crone on February 10, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Your fantasy date ensemble is spectacular! I do wear ‘car to bar’ shoes sometimes, just for fun and special effects. The upcycled leopard coat over long jersey dress flows and I have been in love with your leather armlets since the first time that I saw them.

    Good to see Joey wearing your creation; it looks great on both of you. I’m sure that you will be as good at knitting as you are at other creative endeavors.

  26. Rosalind on February 11, 2013 at 6:34 am

    Ah, so lovely to see Joey wearing ‘his’ scarf!
    Your reference to heels worn only for blog fantasy shots made me laugh as pretty much the only time I wear heels is either for photos or for London Fashion week. In fact, walking in heels is something I’ve only done on London pavements, and even then, there are flat shoes in my bag. I have one ridiculous, vertiginous pair that I call my ‘reclining’ shoes as it’s only possible to sit down wearing them: definitely fantasy-only.
    Your outfit here is pure glamour; don’t hesitate to wear it for any occasion, just swap the shoes for more comfortable footwear! Oh and what brilliant leather armlets.

  27. SACRAMENTO on February 11, 2013 at 8:00 am

    You look gorgeous, so let´s dream together.

  28. Windy City Mama on February 11, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Love the dress refashion! You look fabulous.

    I thought I would be the only one wear gloves today in a post. :)

  29. Debbi on February 11, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    You always look gorgeous and wow your outfit is beautiful.

    My sister and I used to play dress up with things from my Grandmother’s rag drawer. She would wear things out and then put them in the rag drawer for using later as dust rags and such. We had a lot of fun with the clothes though.

    I do wear what I feature in my blog which is probably apparent as it is plain next to what many other bloggers wear. I probably play dress up more when I go out to try on clothing.

  30. Denise on February 11, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Hello there,
    just found your blog through the links & like your style so I am your newest follower. Love the coat with the orange scarf.
    Some blogs come right out & say they just dress up but I guess that’s what they are blogging about. My daughter & I just started knitting a few months ago (she taught herself through you tube as I am pretty rusty especially about casting on/off)! Nice to meet you

    • Jean on February 11, 2013 at 1:42 pm

      Although I didn’t realize it before, I guess the orange part of the coat looks like a scarf! It’s actually a panel I sewed down the front of the dress as I upcycled it, creating a swing-coat type front. The leopard fabric is rather light weight (good for warmer weather!) and the panel is heavier, which makes it more coat-like. Glad you like it!!

  31. Tamera on February 11, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Love your leopard and those shoes are super cute!! Joey looks wonderful in his scarf!!

  32. Megan Mae on February 11, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Lovely coat! I do have to say, unless otherwise noted – I’m always wearing whatever I post. I’d consider it a wasted outfit if I didn’t wear the look out somewhere!

  33. Practical Paralegalism on February 11, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    Aw, you let Joey touch his scarf! lol

    Sometimes I play a little dress-up at home, just for fun and mostly in a few of my more dressy clothes that never get an outing. But when I was a little girl, I played dress-up for hours in friends of my grandmother’s vintage dresses. I think it explains part of the reason I am not at all bothered by secondhand clothes, which I know some women find repulsive, but hey, it’s not their thing.

    I am finally letting go of shoes I can’t walk in, but trying to keep a few pairs of cute heels that are actually comfortable. I hope you’ve had that date in your beautiful outfit by the time you read this :)

  34. Jan Graham-McMillen on February 11, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    So elegant … so refined … so beautiful … so AWESOME, as usual! Speaking of ball gowns, I’ve never before wanted a tulle skirt before I started hanging out with all you blogger-vixens. Now I really do, and wonder if I’m just nuts. And I actually have a place to wear it … now that’s weird.
    Just out of curiosity, what makes your adorable little slings uncomfortable to wear? I may have an easy fix for you. ‘Lemme know.

    • Jean on February 11, 2013 at 10:01 pm

      It’s actually the angle of my foot. Too much pressure on the joint of my big toe. They’re deceptively high.

      • Jan Graham-McMillen on February 12, 2013 at 7:42 pm

        Rats …. thought I might be able to help, but probably not. I thought it might be that your foot slips forward into to toe of the shoe. I’ve learned here in Sweaty Old Arkansas that a very thin cork insert under the ball of your foot and toesies will allow you to wear a very tall heel, open or closed toe, even a sandal in the summer, barefoot.
        Just a thought, but if shoes hurt because your foot slips too deep into the shoe, try it … I make my own and they sure help me!

  35. Joni on February 11, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    I often wonder that same thing Jean. Mostly because for the most part I do remove some of the accessories I might post in, but only because it’s too hard to work in a bangle of bangles or while wearing 8 rings on my fingers. 😉
    Your wrap/jacket is gorgeous. You need to create an outing for that. It’s beautifully elegant, as you are.

  36. Emalina on February 12, 2013 at 7:43 am

    You look so graceful and gorgeous in that incredible leopard coat, a real femme fatale! As for those amazing shoes, well I think I’d only wear them sitting down too, but perfect for hollywood style posing!
    Re: the clothes we post in, well I do actually dress that way in real life day to day, but only at weekends sadly, for work I have a more sober and businesslike persona… that’s why all the flamboyance comes out at the weekend!

  37. Jan Graham-McMillen on February 12, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    I just noticed the bottom of your post. You are KNITTING? Is there anything related to fabric that you don’t do? Tell me you don’t weave on your own loom.
    ( Even as I write that, I know you’ve thought about it at least!)

    • Jean on February 12, 2013 at 7:56 pm

      Yup, I have to confess I have thought about it. Handwoven textiles are amazing!!

  38. Sue @ A Colourful Canvas on February 12, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Your leopard print upcycled coat is gorgeous; the wide orange placket on either side really add to the uniqueness of the garment. I always find when I visit your blog, that I’m clicking on every picture soaking up every nuance of creativity, and I thank you for that.

    Ooooh, I just now re-read the part of your post about clicking twice for a close-up. {Me clapping hands with glee}

    Knitting, weaving, sewing, quilting, batiking…it’s all such a tactile and beautiful way of connecting with clothing. Love it all…but don’t do nearly enough of it…yet. Enjoy your knitting, and please share with us your topaz blue creation.

  39. Louisa on February 13, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Gawgeous as always! I’m so glad you’ve discovered knitting, Jean. It’s not only calming and meditational but you might actually have something to show for it at the end! As for shoes, sadly I can’t wear any heels at all. (A measly 1″ is too high!) If I can’t walk at least a couple of miles in them, I won’t buy them. However that doesn’t stop me from wishing I could wear all those cute shoes out there. Sigh.

  40. pao on February 13, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    I love that coat/ dress. Isn’t that the one featured in Altered Couture? But they don’t show the whole piece…That added orange fabric is just brilliant. And of course, your leather armlets. Very cool to see Joey got his chance to wear THE scarf too. As far as high heeled shoes, I don’t go there. The tallest I have ever gotten was during my platform days. So do tell us where you’ve gone in your lovely ensemble. How can you not after all this feedback?!

    • Jean on February 14, 2013 at 7:55 pm

      This is the piece featured in Altered Couture but they never showed the front. It’s actually my favorite feature.

  41. Desiree on February 14, 2013 at 5:40 am

    I’ve always been fascinated about working out if a blogger is wearing their outfit “for real” or they’re having a wonderful, fantasy-filled dress-up day at home:). Either is just as much fun as the other as sometimes one needs to try something out at home before deciding whether to wear it in public and what better way to get a good gander than to take some pics! I must say I do get a special kick out of those who are wearing something while carrying on about their daily business – especially if it pushing LOADS of boundaries!! I adore every detail in this outfit Jean, the coat is glorious and the leather amulets are drool-worthy! I do hope you’ll be wearing it out and about, just pick some shoes that you can bear to spend the day in, although I do love the shape of the ones you’ve showed us:)). Happy Valentines Day! xoxo

  42. Frannie Pantz on February 14, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    I would like to think that the majority of bloggers DO wear the stuff they post–I know that I do! But I am sure that sometimes it is for show. Regardless, it is fun either way I think! I do love your shoes, but I can see how they might get uncomfortable after a bit. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog!

  43. Sabine on February 14, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    A little bit late for the Monday post, I’m sorry. But I’m glad I did not miss it. The robe is fantastic and the leather gloves are a perfect addition.
    Sometimes it happens that I dress up particularly for a post and afterwards I’m so convinced of the outfit that I wear it the next day. I loved to dress up as a child and I still love it.
    A pair of boots I bought without trying it I wear two times for a post, they look so nice and match so well. But the only time I wear it in the office I changed it after only two hours, fortunately I had my sneakers with me.
    I think you should hurry up with your scarf, it looks so nice, but winter is leaving us soon (hopefully!).

  44. Ariane on February 18, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Perfect fantasy outfit and you are right to say that some bloggers don’t necessarily wear what they post
    Me i wear what i post but high heels – i have to be comfortable, i walk a lot in the city

    Ariane xx

  45. Kristin on February 20, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Bummer that those shoes aren’t comfortable! They’re so cool!

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