Mexican Blanket Skirt


I love the creativity and color that symbolizes Mexico in my soul. There is so much to inspire: The Talavera, the Otomi embroidery, the Huichol beadwork, handblown glass, beautiful silver jewelry, intricate leather purses, embroidered dresses and woven blankets. I love it all.

We have Talavera tile all over our house. Even in our pool. I layer with Otomi blankets on couches and beds in our house. Each time we visit Mexico, I never ever leave enough room in my suitcase. I want to bring it all home. The lively spirit of Mexico has my heart in its grasp.


So, when I saw this vintage Mexican Blanket Skirt (similar not vintage item from Modcloth here and vintage item here and here and here) being sold from Effina Vintage, I knew my pocketbook did not stand a chance. Especially since it was exactly my size. And also, the seller was selling it very reasonably and her commentary on her items is fun.

I paired the skirt with my Anthropologie Cloth and Stone Denim Daydrifter Tee from last year (similar tee here) and my Anthropologie Almanac Sandals.


The necklaces are Free People’s Coin Necklace (given to me as a participant of Free People Me. Similar here) and Simply Livly’s Turquoise Necklace.

The Mexican Blanket was brought back from one of our trips. I thought it would be a fun prop with the skirt. I did not carry this blanket to Costco with me later in the day. Although, with all of the samples they give away, wouldn’t it be funny if I plopped this blanket down in the middle of the store and had myself a free little picnic?

That wouldn’t anger anyone.


Speaking of free samples, did you know that Trader Joe’s gives out free wine samples?!?! I also learned that on this day when I ran in there for Peonies. And walked out with Peonies and wine. Well played, Trader Joe’s! But next time, I’m bringin’ my blanket. You won’t even see me comin’.


The bracelet is Free People’s Hammered Stacked Multi Cuff


If my spirit was a skirt, this would be it. Wearing this skirt makes me feel more like “me.” Does that make sense?


What piece of clothing would your spirit inhabit? Do you own it? Do you feel more like yourself when you are wearing it? Do you think I would be able to finish my free samples of wine before I was asked to leave the store with my blanket? A curious girl would like to know.

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I will admit it. This is my very first pair of overalls. Well, maybe I had a pair when I was four or five, but I have long since forgotten. When I was pregnant with both of my children, I longed to be the pregnant girl in overalls. Alas, I am not one of those girls that is cute whilst pregnant (and, no, I am not pregnant. That would be impossible, just so ya know). And so I skipped over them. Never bought them, but enviously stared at those who did.

I started seeing them pop up again. And I started stewing. Then I saw that picture on the Pottery Barn Teen catalog and my interest grew. The final straw was when Free People offered a distressed corduroy pair in the gold color.

I was sold…Or they were sold…To me. Somethin’ like that.

I have been trying to put together different tops with the overalls. I pretty much want to wear them all of the time. Here is what I created:


This is my favorite look. It is a Free People lace shirt I purchased from Nordstrom Rack in the spring. I like it with H & M’s lace flats. The necklace is care of Simply Livly on Etsy.


I paired it with a denim jacket. I definitely look rustic here.


And a Free People cardigan.


I tried the overalls with Anthropologie’s Daydrifter Tee.


I also paired it with a striped long sleeve layering top from H & M. I believe this was $14.


And went full on country farm girl with a Johnny Was flannel shirt and vintage boots. The turquoise necklace is from Simply Livly on Etsy.


This sweater was purchased last winter at Forever 21. I think it was $15. I have a mad crush on it.



I bought this top with my mother-in-law during my Nordstrom Rack birthday spree. It is made by Free People. I could never find it on their site. And I did look. The color is my favorite paired with mustard. The earrings are from Anthropologie many years ago.


And because I could not help myself. And because he wanted a ride. And maybe because I am more than a tad bit crazy…I put a little gnome in my overalls. My husband refused to go out with me like this. The wee little fellow was sad. ; )

So, what do you think of the overall trend? And would you have gone shopping with me and my little gnome friend (he was made by the lovely Moongoat on Etsy

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Flip Flop Applesauce, Blue and White Embroidery

I love blue and white together. It is such a classic combination. Add embroidery and my knees weaken. It is no wonder I possess no self control when I spy anything with my favorite pairing.



Enter Anthropologie’s Ping Maxi Skirt. I love the way Anthropologie styled the Ping Maxi Skirt with the chambray shirt. This skirt was a splurge. It is my favorite. I received 20% off of it. It still felt expensive, but it has since sold out in my size. I am happy I sprung on it. I paired it with the Daydrifter denim shirt from Anthropologie. It is made by Cloth and Stone. I used some of the money I had leftover from my flea market birthday trip to pay for the top. I am also wearing a sale belt from Nordstrom Rack, sandals and my necklace gifted to me from Simply Livly.

It is such an easy, breezy, feel good outfit. I love the way the skirt swooshes around my legs when I walk. And there is nothing more feminine, then going barefoot, and tucking your feet and skirt up into a chair with you. Then indulging in a good book.

Ahhhh. Heaven.



My mind started spinning. “I think I can create an exact opposite look from my closet,” I thought. My thoughts are deep. I took an embroidered shirt I purchased from Anthropologie five years ago (I cannot find the name of it.) and my $20 denim maxi score from last year. I added a different belt. But I wore the same sandals and necklace.

Viola! It’s an opposite replica. But not. An outfit from a different dimmension. Key in some eerie music.

Have you created an opposite look before? What was it? Which way was your favorite?