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LulaRoe blue with white floral jersey dress, Gucci enamel buckle suede belt, Lookbook Store motorcycle leather jacket, Ivanka Trump Royal blue patent leather pumps, amber pendant necklace, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Hipstik pantyhose, Festina watch (all own)
  1. Alaska back to school
  2. My back-to-school Must-haves
  3. What items are on my short-list
    • Dresses
    • Jackets/Coats
  4. Look of the day
  5. Top of the World Style linkup No. 274

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Alaska back to school

In Alaska, summer comes to an end in mid August. At this time, we get dark nights again. This means exchanging all the broken bulbs, back to school for most of the teachers, professors and students. In rural villages that live a subsistence lifestyle, school starts later so the kids can help their parents with berry picking and the hunting season.

The start of the new academic year means wearing fall clothing. The closet has to be overhauled to create a working wardrobe for the cold season. Except when living in the Anchorage area, most Alaskans have to rely on online stores to update their wardrobe.

In Fairbanks and Juneau, the two other cities of Alaska with more than 30000 inhabitants, only special niche stores exist. Think along the lines of wedding attire as well as outdoor and harsh weather clothing. In Fairbanks, there is also a Walmart, Old Navy and Fred Meyers where you sometimes may find some basic pieces. However, when these stores have something nice, Alaskans buy it in all colors.

Well there is also Value Village. But you can’t rely on them to do your cold season shopping prior to the season’s arrival.

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My back-to-school Must-haves

After taking the inventory what kind of clothes have to be replaced, are missing and what trends could be added to update old pieces, I came up with the following list.

  • A new bag (replacement of an old one). I am thinking about another Bellorita designer bag. I really love the orange fish satchel that I bought last fall. You may have even already seen it on the blog, but look how I styled the orange bag if you missed it. This time I want to try a different style. Still undecided. The photo below shows the one I added last fall

    orange Bellorita large fish satchel
    Orange Bellorita large fish satchel
  • Three new sheath dresses (replacements)
  • A fit-and-flare dress (replacement )
  • A jacket/coat for fall
  • A cozy knit cardigan
  • A coat dress (trend update)
  • New black ankle boots or have the old ones repaired (The repair is hard as there is no shoe repair shop in Fairbanks.). I think I will look for a Harley Davidson again. The last pair (now to be replaced or repaired) has been a closet staple since almost nine years.
  • What’s missing here are new underwear, shapewear, socks and tights. I will have to order some new Hipstik® Legwear. My plan is to replace all tights that are worn out or broken with Hipstiks. They last so much longer than cheap tights/pantyhose and stay in place. I bet you are probably not interested in seeing my short-list of long-Johns 😉 .

What items are on my short-list


I am in love with some of the new fall/winter collection of Karina Dresses fit-and-flares. When you are a regular reader you know that I have owned a couple of them over the years (see for instance the examples in the giftguide). I love the quality of their dresses and the great classic style. They are machine washable, i.e. easy to care for. Plus the micro-fiber fabric is wrinkle-free, i.e. perfect for business travel. Moreover, these dresses are made in the USA. Thus, the carbon footprint from transport is not so large as if they were made far away.

Megan_Black2_384x384Karina Dresses Megan Dress (3/4 Sleeves) – Black$108.00 USD. You can’t go wrong with a LBD.
Megan_Passport1_576x576Karina Dresses Megan Dress – Passport $68.00 $108.00. Paisley is a big trend this fall.


Speaking of fall jackets, there is a shearling vest from LeatherCoatsEtc on my short list.

I also love these coats.

Drop Shoulder Teddy Coat US$23.00
Shein Drop Shoulder Teddy Coat US$23.00
teddy coat with sunflower print collarShein Sunflower Print Notched Collar Buttoned Front Teddy Coat US$31.00

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Look of the day

over 50 years old woman in floral dress with belt, matching pumps, pantyhose, black leather jacket

fashion blogger Nicole in pleated skirt dress with motorcycle jacket, pantyhose, patent leather heels

fashion book author in back to school dress

influencer Nicole Mölders in blue, black, white OOTD of dress, biker coat, heels
Outfit details: LulaRoe blue with white floral jersey dress, Gucci enamel buckle suede belt, Lookbook Store motorcycle leather jacket, Ivanka Trump Royal blue patent leather pumps, amber pendant necklace, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Hipstik pantyhose, Festina watch (all own)

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Top of the World Style linkup No. 274

Top of the World Style linkup party every week on Thursday

Welcome to the Top of the World Style linkup party. The featured bloggers from last week’s party are:

Lizzie became the Top of the World OOTD Readers' Fav in her romantic white dress
Lizzie of Lizzie in Lace became the Top of the World OOTD Readers’ Fav. Photo from her post.
Johanna Grange became the Top of the World Style winner in her black maxi dress with red mules
Johanna of Johanna Grange became Top of the World Style Winner. Photo from her post.
Vale from Fashion and Cookies in a yellow striped shirt and a pony print skirt
Vale of Fashion and Cookies became Top of the World OOTD My Fav. Photo from her post.

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This Post Has 14 Comments

  1. Emma Peach

    The biker jacket looks great with the dress and heels! I love the orange bag – the fish detailing is beautiful!

    Emma xxx

  2. Just love the refreshing color of this dress (and the matching heels!) with your black jacket. I need a new hand bag this fall! It’s been too long.


  3. aquamarinastyle

    I love that orange bag you’ve styled! I can’t believe it’s already turning dark so early in Alaska, and it’s interesting about the limited shopping. You sure manage to get around that as you always look amazing, Nicole! Thanks for sharing.

    xx Darlene

  4. Lucy Bertoldi

    Give me dresses forever- Absolutely on my list for fall!!

  5. Chrissy Rowden

    Love the outfit Nicole and the shoes you paired with it. 🙂

  6. mireilleftm

    That purse is beautiful! We don’t have much in our little town but we have a TJMaxx and a Ross which is really fun!

  7. stinedurfdl

    I love the Bellorita bag…the color is beautiful! I didn’t realize that shopping options were so sparse in Alaska, even the cities. I live in a pretty remote area, but there’s a mall about 40 minutes away. Pittsburgh is about an hour and a half drive and I do go down there fairly often since my son lives just outside the city. I still do most of my shopping online though.

  8. Jennie

    Love the pattern mix and play with color in this look! Great way to elevate camo.

  9. Cheryl Shops

    Aww, thank you so much for the feature, Nicole! I am spoiled by living in a big city with a lot of shops; you must have to be so creative with your shopping options up in Alaska—or just go online. 😉
    Cheryl Shops

  10. mummabstylish

    Dresses are always a top contender for my shopping list – there’s something I love about wearing a dress. Thanks for sharing and hosting. Jacqui Mummabstylish

  11. That pink ribbon belt and colorful bag are so pretty. I could really use a new coat this Fall/Winter and bag… I’m looking forward to browsing the stores soon! 🙂


  12. Jess

    I like what you are adding to your closet for Fall. YOu know I am a fan of Karina dresses and the color in the first print is lovely! I do the same thing, make a list. Your new orange bag is perfect for Fall! ( I have the clutch)
    jess xx

  13. dousedinpink

    I just love the mix of the feminine skirt with the camo jacket! And your orange bag is fabulous! Thank you for the linkup!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

  14. shelbeeontheedge1

    Great outfit, Nicole! I live in a place that doesn’t have much to offer as far as shopping either. You have to travel at least an hour to get to the good shops. Or shop online! You have some great items on your fall wish list. And that orange fish bag is magnificent!


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