a dash of colour

Poncho: Y-3 by Yohji Yamamoto. Track pants: American Apparel. Winter leggings (under pants): American Apparel. Shoes: Balenciaga. Bag: Forever21. Thermals (unseen). Hat: H&M. Gloves: Street vendor. Shawl scarf: Thrift
Nothing but tons of layers these past few days. I can’t believe I forgot about this oversized wool poncho and there’s me, looking everywhere in vintage spots for one. This one will definitely do (it has pockets!!) and I may just make one instead (looking for a nice blanket fabric).
I wore about 4 layers under this poncho, including a wool polo neck dress. Same one I wore before with the same space age Birkenstocks (see ‘stripped’ post below).
First time in the purple floppy hat (I’m addicted to the black one). Good to change it up a bit.
ps. I’ve updated the shop so let me know if you’re interested in anything. Adding more stuff as I go along…
pps. Thanks Meresone. Your graffiti is sick.


  1. polka dot says:

    Absolutely gorgeous. Love that floppy purple hat it’s so perfect with the graffiti walls! Seeing that is actually making me nostalgic for NY ; )

    It’s so funny you’re wearing grey track pants. I just read a great article in the Times Style section here in London… where is it… ah!!


    it really got me in the mood for a soft pair of grey track pants – but only, as Shane said, with ‘heavy duty heels – never trainers’. In fact I”m going to put your link on her comments this very minute.

    Did you really make that poncho? If you’re making them from real blankets, what about old welsh plaid ones? There are some gorgeous colour combinations. But I love it just like this, in soft black.

  2. thehautepursuit says:

    Hey honey! I love those track pants! I totally need a pair. You’re looking soooo mysterious here. Love it. hehe
    P.S. I heart and want your Balenciagas

  3. Anonymous says:

    Fkkin LOVE Yohji Yamamoto.

  4. Tiffany says:

    Love the hat.

  5. fadetoblack says:

    yes yes yes… the track pants are it!!!
    got myself a pair too….
    they look wicked with them heels!!!++

  6. Gon says:

    I love love this look! I think it’s my fave so far, the combination of the track pants with the soes and poncho and everything! You’re stylish girl xD!

    Big kiss and have a great 2010!

  7. unstoppablestyle says:

    you look gangsta in the first post, LMAO. luv ya.

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  8. Fashion Chalet says:

    I love the cape/poncho! The sweats are so comfy/chic and the dash of purple = magnifique!

    Love having the same shoes with you, Sole Sister! 😉


  9. pauline says:

    nice wearing the sun hat in winter. i love this.

  10. Auburn Not Red says:

    Eek! It looks like it was snowing while you were out there.

  11. Tayler says:

    you make those sweatpants and that poncho look so chic!

  12. Treacle says:

    The purple hat is divine! Such a welcome pop of color on a wintry day.

  13. Phyllis says:

    lovee the poncho – it all looks so comfortable. you def picked the perfect location for outfit photos! =)

  14. ANGIE says:

    awesome pics…… hot shoes…..wat kind of camera do you use???


  15. Ashley says:

    Did you DIY stud the Forever purse? Or did it come like that? =]

  16. Pennerad says:

    this is exactly why i keep coming back to your blog: the photography is FANtastic. Sucks you right in. Beautiful cape.

  17. caylee says:

    balenciaga + sweats, amazing! who would have thought?!
    you put together the best outfits karen.

    happy new year!

  18. Anonymous says:

    I didn’t know you had a shop! I wish I had size 10 feet. Keep inspiring me,love the blog!

  19. Luna Supernova says:

    I just saw this on TFS, what a spectacular coat.

    You have a brilliant blog, so glad I stumbled across.

  20. The Queen of Hearts says:

    I learned a very important lesson about wearing those Bals over NYE: they don’t work in the icy/wet weather. Fortunately, no permanent damage was done!

  21. Carlotta says:

    so comfy & stlish lov e it!

  22. Federica says:

    Those pants look so comfortable! And the poncho is an amazing find=)

  23. Camilla says:

    wow, That hat is just awesome, and I am in LOVE with that poncho!
    Love it! xxx

  24. PUNKIE says:

    wonderful hat!
    and great sandals!

  25. Linda Love says:

    the shoes. the pants. the coat. are my favourite combination so far ! happy new year.