6 In Getting Dressed/ Series

Real Life: Stepping out of comfort zones


Blue glasses copy


Let me introduce you to Elizabeth Aguilar, an optician at Uber Optics in Petaluma, a great eyewear boutique owned by Nancy Billings Revis. The BK/EK Team (Erin and I) have invited  several clients to come and shop with us at Uber. The selection is fabulous for both men and women. It’s fun for me to be developing resources up here in Sonoma County.

Back to Elizabeth: Besides being helpful and friendly (take a look at that smile!) Elizabeth and I happen to be the same size. Not in clothes, shoes, hats, or gloves but in eyewear! What fits Elizabeth’s face fits mine, which is just grand. Unlike my clients, I have a hard time getting frames to fit me properly so knowing Elizabeth has given me a short cut.

In fact, I own the same frames as Elizabeth is wearing. Nancy insisted I needed to try colorful eyewear and once I tried these glasses on, I took the leap. I wore them a couple of times and came back to have Nancy adjust them for me. That’s  when I saw Elizabeth in this great blue and white outfit.




What I saw in her outfit

If you’ve ever loved Delft pottery, you might notice how much this outfit reminds you of the great blue and white designs. Delftware comes from the Netherlands. You’ll find it at antique fairs. The designs are so charming.


Are Delft Blue colors for you?

Delftware puts a smile on my face


So of course, that art appreciation is part of what I love about Elizabeth’s outfit. I love how she’s playing with the blue and white color palette and mixing in texture with her top and her layered jewelry. The texture in her white top echoes the scale and pattern in her pants. The solid blue T-shirt creates a great horizontal band between the white top and the blue and white pant. Her eyewear has that strong horizontal line as well and brings attention up to her face while tying the blues together.

I’ve seen Elizabeth a lot and this outfit really stands out for it’s lightness and levity. She’s so approachable! Who could possibly be “blue” around her? Her outfit puts a smile on my face. Of course what I appreciate about an outfit is one thing; how someone puts together an outfit is her own creation and has its own explanation. I had to ask Elizabeth some questions. Let’s start with the specifics.


The pieces

Joe’s Jeans, purchased for $50 from eBay, normally $140

H&M blue tank top as her layering piece

Nearly-a-poncho white airy top with 3/4 sleeves came from Target

Spring Step sandals came from Sole Desire

Tiffany pendant was a gift from her mom and it says, “I love you”

Silver bracelet was a gift from her son and the charm says, “Mom”

Eyewear is L.A. Eyeworks from Uber Optics


Elizabeth in blue

How did you put the outfit together, Elizabeth?


I really wanted to wear these glasses. I’m loving them so much and getting so many compliments on them. I needed a happy day. So I started with the glasses and then chose the pants. This is the first time I’ve put it all together this way.

I’ve been more and more getting into style since working with Nancy. Nancy helps me a lot. When I got my new hair-do, I felt I had to change it up. I was more blond before, had a lot more highlights.

I typically wear dark jeans. So this is a change for me. I’m getting more edgy and I appreciate quality more now. I didn’t used to treat myself to a good pair of shoes. Now I will. I’ll buy quality when it’s on sale. I have to be careful. I have two small children.


Elizabeth fingertips



Elizabeth turns forty this year. She wants to step out of her comfort zones. I think she’s doing a great job!



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  • Reply
    June 8, 2015 at 5:44 am

    Seeing her smiling face and bright outfit made me happy and cheerful on what is a very raining and dull morning here in my town. In fact, I am going to put on my colourful glasses, just for fun.
    I LOVE her jeans….I am personally afraid to wear white jeans so kudos to her.

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      June 8, 2015 at 8:08 am

      Yes, I love her jeans too! They gave me some courage to try a patterned jean like that as well. I can understand how going from wearing a dark jean to something lighter and brighter would feel so different. Kudos to Elizabeth for showing us a way! I also woke up this morning thinking about how she might take that core outfit into a nighttime setting (in all her free time being a working mom!). Can’t you see a white patent pump with those jeans and maybe a white silk top that has some sheen? I think it could turn into a casual chic outfit for date night.

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        June 8, 2015 at 10:27 am

        I see the white patent pump, but for night, it would be great to add a contrast colour in the top! I see red or deep coral as being something that would offset the blue and white just a little bit….

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    June 22, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    Beautiful article about BEAUTIFUL Elizabeth! Love the customer service there! I now own FOUR pairs of awesome glasses from Uber! Love that I was brave enough to wear some red aviator sunglasses! Then fell in love with three other pairs! Had to stop walking by there!

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      June 22, 2015 at 8:14 pm

      Yikes, I’m right by them tomorrow at noon! I may have to cross the street. They do truly have fabulous customer service. I love the all-girl vibe there too. Girl Power! I know there will be a fifth pair in your future…just not sure when!

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    June 30, 2015 at 9:55 am

    Brenda, it is truly an honor and I appreciate your kind words. It has been fun coming out of my shell with my style. It makes me happy and life is too short! Nancy and I are so lucky to have met you and Erin and to have your continuous support at Uber Optics! Thank you so much!!

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