Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
My one pair of nice pants, a soft sweater, a button-down for crispness, and a belt to add polish. Please pretend that I am wearing my black mary jane heels, which I wore all day at the office.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
The day after I got home, my mom and I headed out to Target (one of the forgotten perks of being at home - my mom loves to take her daughters shopping!) and I found this beautiful green sweater dress on the sale rack. Hooray! Super warm and cozy, and I felt so pretty with this ruffle and the ladylike tie at the waist. Thanks Mom!
My church has huge wheely camels for the nativity play. I thought they were magical when I was a kid, and frankly, I still think they're pretty awesome.
Tights: Hue via TJMaxx
Shoes: Fred Meyer's
Earrings and necklace: borrowed from mom
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
I will just admit it: I am not a good packer. I start out with all the best intentions of packing light and efficient, and then I start to get nervous about all the situations I might encounter and all the things I might need, then I start making elaborate plans (well if I wear the boots under my pants then I could bring these flats to go with skirts but they don't go with this skirt...) then I get worn out and just bring everything. Which is how I end up barely squeaking in under the 50 pound limit for a one-month trip home. It's humiliating.
Let's start with what I brought:
Not pictured: underwear and socks, pjs, workout gear, layering camisoles
Apologies for being MIA! After finals (I passed - whoo!) I went away for the weekend with the boyfriend and then packed up all my stuff to come home for the holidays. I'm now mostly settled in and C and I have been brainstorming some fun posts for you. Stay tuned!
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Once I pulled out this belt, I decided to try a monochromatic look with several different shades of blue. Easy, comfy, plus I got a winter wear out of this blue tank top.
Hope all those calming blues helped me pass the exam!
Sweater: kersh essentials via Costco
Blue top: Anne Taylor Loft
Jeans: Banana Republic outlet
Boots: Madden Girl via DSW
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Earrings: street vendor on Cape Cod
Friday, December 11, 2009
I went with the trusty long cardigan/scarf combo, brightened up with a touch of green and my sexy secretary heels.
Sweater: kersh essentials via Costco
Earrings: street vendor in Cape Cod
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
So, as a treat to you, and to myself, I put my dress on the next day and took some pictures! My computer has been rejecting the pictures from my camera, so I took a few better shots than the ones shown here but the computer just doesn't want to upload them. After being annoyed for a few hours, I just gave up. I blame the rejection on the fact that I have two five-minute videos of the Keene, New Hampshire TubaChristmas celebration that my brother was involved in (they have them in 200 places throughout the world...so fun, I highly recommend!). Videos, my camera, and my computer do not mix well for some reason.
Anyway, blah blah long story, this is totally what I would have worn on Saturday if I'd had my way. I didn't get a chance to take pictures of today's outfit, but maybe I'll throw it back on tomorrow, take some pics, and post them up on Friday (because I like my outfit today!).
Here it is (apologies for the poor lighting and messy room):What it is: a black and white dress with a black bow in the back. It makes me look a little preggers from the side, but I just love what the top does for the bosom and shoulders. I don't know, I just really like it. I think it will be a versatile piece in my clothing collection.
The skirt is very full:
So, that's fun and twirly. I don't particularly enjoy these tights with the dress, but in a perfect world I'd have some fun-colored ones (like purple! or green!) sans design.
I like that it's black and white...you can add anything to it! I feel like a ruffly cardigan would look sweet with it. I also look forward to the day I put a long-sleeved something underneath it, to make it more winter-friendly (now that it's finally snowing!).
Dress: four stars via Salvation Army
Salmon undershirt: Jockey outlet
Tights: Lane Bryant
B/W shoes: Payless
Jewlery: Lia Sophia (they're both blue, but it's hard to tell).
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
I originally put on black boots but really wanted to show off these tights, especially paired with the rich blue of the scarf. These ancient Mary Janes are the most comfortable dress shoes I've ever owned, hands down.
Scarf: gift from mom
Black v-neck sweater: hand-me-down from aunt, Max Studio
Skirt: j.crew outlet
tights: Hue via TJMaxx
Shoes: Fred Meyer's
Friday, December 4, 2009
We weren't successful in finding cannolis (YET), but we did speak with a dear friend who works in Boston about having her get some up to us this evening. Hey, tomorrow's my birthday, and I think birthday cannolis are in order.
We did get to go to my favorite soup place (Collins Bros.) and I picked up a quart of stuffed pepper soup. I believe A bought corn and bacon chowder. Delish. Then, it was off the the Salvation Army! I've been hankering for some new clothes, especially skirty dressy things, and I happened to luck out today. I bought a nice little black and white number (maybe I'll make a special birthday post tomorrow, just so you can see it).
I imagine that the day is only going to get more exciting, as it is far from over. Yip! I don't want to jump the gun on wellness, but it's so invigorating to not be curled up in bed waiting for the next hacking fit.
On to the clothes!
Where it's all from:
Black tank: Jockey outlet
Mustard sweater: Banana Republic outlet
Teal skirt: a discount store in Dover
Multi-colored scarf: TJ Maxx (or Marshall's?)
Sunglasses: Lenscrafters (they're prescription, and the hide my hideous burst-blood-vessel eyeball)
Black flats: Charlotte Russe, very old and somewhat painful
Thursday, December 3, 2009
As C pointed out in a comment, knee-length skirts are comfort pieces for me. I like the way they look on me, I like the way they feel, and I like that I feel pulled-together and chic wearing them. But I'll try to keep pushing myself to try new things. In fact, I had originally planned to try out the belted scarf look I've seen on so many other lovely fashion bloggers, but it was bizarrely warm today - over 60 degrees. In December! What is up with New England, I'd like to know.
Finals week is bearing down on me and bringing term papers with it. Wish me luck!
Shirt: Old Navy, ancient
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
I discovered this morning that my one pair of black dress pants are now...too big. How the red ones got too small and the black ones got too big during the same three month period, I will never know. Time for more dreaded pants shopping, I guess (sigh).
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Comfy casual, even in the wind! I liked the purple and red together.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
I've been wanting to remix this soft, pretty plaid shirt, so I decided to try tucking it in and belting, as I've seen so many other style bloggers do (most notably the lovely ladies at Between Laundry Days and Blue Collar Catwalk). That gave me kind of a midwest farmgirl vibe, so I just went with it. I swapped belts and cardigans around until it felt more modern than costume-y.
Old-school, I know, but I just felt pretty. I love a swirly skirt, and these colors.
It was, of course, totally necessary to do a hoedown in this outfit.
I am a huge dork.
Two days 'til turkey!
Skirt: Banana Republic
Tights: CK via TJMaxx
Boots: Madden Girl via DSW
Earrings: street vendor in Russia
Sunday, November 22, 2009
I had planned to wear my bright red pants as the third day of the no fear challenge (and man, it really requires no fear to wear bright red pants!) but I pulled them out of the closet and discovered...they no longer fit. Boo. Back to the consignment store they will probably go. Anyway, here's what I've learned from this challenge:
1. I liked those "scary" clothes in the first place for a reason. They're PRETTY. And they make me feel pretty. I got so many compliments on that light blue dress that I feel silly for leaving it in the back of the closet so long. I really don't need to buy new things - I just need to appreciate what I have.
On the other hand...
2. This challenge was a lot of work. It really took some mental effort to put together combos with these pieces that felt right and were work- and weather-appropriate. It takes me a lot less time to get dressed when I'm piling on the old standbys.
Conclusion? These no-fear pieces are best for days when I'm feeling bored and have a little extra time to spend on getting the outfit right.
If anyone else played along, please let me know! I'd be happy to feature you.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
I count this as another no fear win!
Blouse: ancient - maybe Sears?
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Cardigan: kersch essentials via Costco
Camisole: thrifted in Brooklyn
Silver hoops: thrifted on Cape Cod
Monday, November 16, 2009
Okay, new week, new challenge!
I like this challenge because the possibilities are nearly limitless (probably because there are a lot of under-used items hiding in my closet).
Because I will be working today, I figure I can't go wrong with this skirt/shirt combination. I know it LOOKS boring, but believe you me, I haven't worn this skirt in over five years. Why? Because for a long time I thought it made me look really, really, heinously fat. Reasons? I'm short. Like, under 5'2". As a result, most skirts that hit below the knee make me look shorter. I also have a really hard time figuring out what kind of shirt goes with a skirt when the dimensions of my body are such that button-ups are practically impossible and anything else just looks weird and lumpy.
All that said...I don't think this looks that bad. It's just a skirt and a shirt (I WISH I had some cute maroon tights to go with it...that would have been adorable) and some black shoes, but it's definitely a scary outfit for me. I'm sure the skirt is happy to be out of the shadows once more.
And can I say...good gracious, I love these shoes. They are pinup shoes (in my opinion), and that makes me so incredibly happy.
Gray Skirt: Old Navy (I think from like '00. Maybe '01)
Black Velvety Heels: Charlotte Russe (also a few [4? 5?] years old)
Pearly Headband: Who knows? Under the sink.