Always Winter Whites

It felt like a 'mild' forty-something degrees earlier this week when I met Megan for lunch at Chowder Pot, one of her favorite restaurants in town. Since it was 'warm' I decided to pull out my white culottes, and a blazer for outerwear, but by the time we'd finished our meal, the skies had become overcast, the wind picked up, and suddenly I was feeling let down by my wardrobe choices. Not that it stopped us from getting outfit photos done, and then doing a little window shopping.

This outfit also is the debut of my little Japanese Knot Bag I made last month. I'm quite proud of myself, I feel like I haven't finished a project in ages (including the overly ambitious alteration of a thrifted top which I started at the same time as the bag). I used to love to sew, and while my patience for doing tedious and intricate things comes through in other ways, such as decorative pie crusts, I do wish I could rekindle my flame for sewing.

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The Rundown
Black Merino Wool Sweater Gap
Plaid Blazer H&M similar
 White Culottes eBay similar
Black Pumps "Natalie" Naturalizer
Teal Velvet Knot Bag Handmade similar 
Circle Earrings c/o AUrate New York
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
Pearl and Pave Ring Forever 21
 Nail Color "Bubbles Only" Essie

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  1. I never in my life had the patience for sewing - including when I was being graded on it in junior high and high school - so I am impressed anytime I see anything that anyone has taken the time to make by hand. And I love the effortless style of the Japanese knot bag. I admit that I'm eyeing the red velvet one you included in your round-up, although I knew full well I would never use a red bag enough to justify buying it. Still, I love the idea of it, and I love that you made one for yourself.

  2. I gotta say that the Japanese Knot Bag is quite the cutie!! Love this entire look :)

  3. Ok, first, this look is fabulous, love the culottes and your blazer. The other thing, YOU MADE YOUR BAG?? I want to commission you to make me one, I love it!!

    xx, Elise

  4. I wish I was as crafty as you! I would love to make things! And it's been mild here too. Today is 50 degrees, so crazy but I am for sure embracing it. Those white culottes are screaming my name for me to have haha!

  5. Ooh I didn't realize you made that bag! I like it even more now!
    It's such a shame the weather decided to get cold this day, haha. But the wind made for some nice movement at least

  6. OMG you are so talented! That bag looks designer luxe! (And I guess it is, designed by you!) I'm also a white in winter person and this outfit is so pretty and breezy. Love it!

  7. I love your blazer and fabulous handbag!! Great winter look!


  8. That bag is beautiful! I love the color! My MIL actually knit me a green one in that pattern years ago. I need to get it out for Christmas!! It would be the perfect accessory!

  9. That bag is so cute and it's amazing that you made it, wow! I'd be unstoppable if I could make my own bags, haha !I'd have so many!

    Even if this wasn't the warmest outfit it's really pretty on you and I like the way the belted blazer ties in (ha!) with the knotted bag. Really nicely done! :)

    Hope that you are having a great week :) We have had the week off with the kids and have just been doing Christmas activities - it's been so fun! We've gone to two separate snow themed events, even though it's the middle of summer here, haha!

    Away From The Blue Blog

  10. I love the purse that you fashioned. I have such little skill in that area and always admire those how do - it looks great!

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

  11. Loving everything about this! The wrap jacket is fab and I love the purse, I can't believe you DIYed!
    xo Annie
    New England Romance

  12. I am loving this whole look. Totally need this plaid blazer in my closet!

    cute & little

  13. That bag turned out amazing Lydia!! Great job!!
    I love how you wore it with the neutrals so it really stood out.

  14. well this is such a chic outfit!

  15. I am all for winter whites!!! I can't believe you made your bag - it makes your outfit even cuter!!!

    xoxo Sarah

  16. I love this outfit! I love winter whites, that plaid jacket is so nice! That bag is so pretty I love how crafty you are.

  17. You made this bag?!?!? OMG! Amazing! I wish I had that talent!

  18. You look absolutely stunning! I always love wearing whites during the winter! There is something just so classic and chic about them!