Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Hopefully tomorrow will paint a less lumpy picture.
Day 3: Purple sweater, black pants, pendant, purple shoes, black hoop earrings
Caption: Me, pleading with the heavens for a less lumpy sweater.
Pants: New York and Company
Shoes: Jessica Simpson via TJMaxx
Pendant: chain gift from grandpa, pendant from TJMaxx
Black Hoop Earrings: gifted
This is me contemplating my shoes:
And this is me being...some kind of crazy unbalanced ballerina person.
Swan Lake, here I come.
Day 3: blue cardigan + white button down + blue striped skirt + red shoes + teal scarf + blue and silver earrings.
I decided to go simple today, though I must admit that this is probably one of the last weeks I'll be able to wear sandals until next year. My tootsies were a little chilly!
My one fear is that the whole thing is too cropped; I almost feel like I should do either long pants and 3/4 sleeves, or short pants and long sleeves (or no sleeves...). But I don't really mind it. This is an outfit I've worn before, and will probably wear again. I love this sweater! I think the color is different, and the giant buttons on the neck sing "Jackie O!" to me. I'm excited about the pants because I couldn't fit into them three months ago, and now I can! So, that's good news.
Also, I like that this is just relaxed, without a lot of things layered. I think layering looks incredible, but at some point during the day I get a little uncomfortable with all the clothes that are on me, and start wishing some of them would just go away (especially scarves...I know I love them, but I'm always dropping bits of crumbly food in them, or accidentally brushing them up against things when I lean over).
Long story short: comfy, familiar, and I just like it.
what it is: green sweater, brown cropped pants, sandals, bracelet, ring
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
This is pretty standard for me, a lightweight sweater, a pair of jeans, a pair of flats. The jacket makes pretty much everything fancier though, which I'm definitely fond of. Also, let's face it: I live at TJMaxx. Aieyi!
Day 2: Teal Sweater, Jeans, Leather Jacket, Purple Bag, Purple Shoes, pendant, diamond studs
Teal Sweater: Old Navy
Jeans: Lane Bryant
Leather Jacket: Wilson's Leather Outlet
Purple Bag: gift from mom, via TJMaxx
Purple Shoes: Jessica Simpson via TJMaxx
Pendant: chain from Grandpa, pendant from TJMaxx
I wanted to wear this black dress for both teaching days this week, but change it up enough to make it look like I wasn't, so today I wore the yellow top over the dress to turn it into a skirt. I'm pretty happy with the result.
I like the shoes much better with the scarf to add more red!
This 'do is really easy, just two French braids tucked up with a bunch of bobby pins, but I think it looks really elegant from the front and interestingly textured from the back. Plus, unlike a ponytail, it's a comfortable way to get my heavy hair all the way up off my neck, so I rely on it pretty often.
Day 2: black dress + mustard top + black belt + red flats + purple/gold earrings (+gray jacket + red pashmina outside).
Oh, how one night changes everything.
I really wanted to wear my dress today. I tried it on in three different ways, and I'm still not entirely happy with any of them. The biggest problem is the shoe situation: with only sandals and boots to choose from, I'm kind of stuck. As B pointed out, my legs are short, and the boots only make them look shorter. But, with the sandals, the dress looks too frumpy. I might as well just put on some reinforced-toe trouser socks, put my hair in curlers, and go out to flirt with the mailman.
So, the one I decided to post is the least (I think) of all the evils, but it could still use some doing. I am happy about some things: I like the color scheme, for sure. I also really love the way the dress falls on me (it might not be that great a picture, but the cut of the dress is fairly flattering, as far as dresses go).
Things I am not happy about: well, the fact that I look like a cowgirl headed for an AARP convention is slightly disconcerting. And again, the boots. On a taller person, or a person with longer legs, this probably would not be a problem, but the dress is a little long, the boots are a little tall, and the only bit of my leg you see is the three inches between my knee and mid-calf. Oh, and the other, very obvious issue? The fact that the two browns DO NOT MATCH in the daylight. In my mirror I was thinking, "Oh wow, this is amazing! Now I have a long-sleeved brown dress! I am a genius!" I got outside only to find that the shades were just off enough to make it noticeable. Maybe people will think it's really cool to wear two shades of brown.
I will probably start a two-shade revolution.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Please don't mind the neon white legs (no tights required, ha). I had to teach today, so I chose something that looked fairly professional but was very distinct from my Wednesday outfit, as my number one fear with this challenge is that my students would pick out that I was wearing something twice in one week. After wearing the outfit all day, I did wish I'd chosen something a little lighter, since it was sunny and beautiful... aka hot... I felt pretty resourceful when someone complimented me on my "skirt" during the day, since the "skirt" is actually a dress, though you can't tell because the sweater covers the top nicely. Like C, I decided to base my items for the week around a color theme, which is black, white, teal, and purple. Today is the least colorful of the days for the week. I longingly eyed a pair of chunky earrings this morning. I think that's the hardest part: I'm definitely an accessories whore.
Sweater: New York and Company
Day 1: Black Sweater, Black shoes, sparkly white scarf, black and white dress, diamond studs
White button-down: TJMaxx
Blue striped skirt: street vendor in Bangkok
Purple cardigan: kersh essentials via Costco
Black boots: GNW via Fred Meyer's
Red flats: Banana Republic
Not pictured, for some silly reason:
Jeans: Banana Republic outlet
Gray jacket: Old Navy
Red striped pashmina: gifted
Teal scarf: Oscar de la Renta, hand-me-down from aunt
Black belt: TJMaxx
Silver and blue earrings: hand-me-down from mom
Purple and gold earrings: Merona via Fred Meyer's
Since it's a warm, sunny fall day and I've got a long day of errands, classes, and tutoring, today's outfit is probably the most basic I picked out for this week: jeans, a button-down (with a camisole under it for modesty, so I'm hoping that counts as underwear), and a bright scarf and flats for some color. Comfortable, but nice enough for my evening tutoring job. And I love letting this pretty scarf take center stage.
I can already tell I'm going to miss my earring and ring collection this week! It felt odd not to have any of my silver rings on.
Day 1: white button down + white camisole + jeans + red flats + teal scarf + blue/silver earrings
Sunday, September 27, 2009
I've decided to revolve all color choices around one anchor color: brown. I started out by choosing my shirts, and discovered that all the shirts I chose would look great with brown. I'm also going to try out a new mustard cardi, so I hope I can work that in a couple times.
Green sweater: Banana Republic via outlet
Turquoise tank: Express
Brown long-sleeve tee: Old Navy, swapped
Fuschia cami: Old Navy
Mustard cardigan: Banana Republic via outlet
Jeans: makeyourownjeans.com (worth every penny)
Brown capris: Old Navy
Brown Dress: J.C. Penney
Sandals: kimchi blue via Urban Outfitters
Boots: Madden Girl via Marshalls
Orange/pink/purple plaid scarf: Urban Outfitters
Green silk scarf: gifted from Bavaria!
Bracelet: Lia Sophia
Ring: gifted, homemade
Outfit Number One: Monday
Items: Mustard Cardigan, Plaid Scarf, Jeans, Boots, and a Turquoise Tank.
I like it! It's the best outfit I've worn in weeks. First, it's actually an outfit, not just jeans and a shirt. Second, I love the bright colors on a bright day. The sweater is actually pretty light, so even though it's going to get pretty warm for a fall day here in New Hampshire, I think I'll be okay.
The biggest risk for me were the boots. I am generally of the opinion that boots-outside-pants are only for the thin, because I've got sizable (though muscular!) calves that just look bigger when encased by layers of pant and shoe. But you know? I'm kind of digging it. It wasn't easy stuffing my regular jeans into those boots, but I think it was worth it.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Plus, it has pockets!
Dresses with pockets rule.
Friday, September 25, 2009
But I can't help it. Today I tried on about a dozen outfits, and hated them ALL. So, because it is cool out, and because it is Friday, and because I didn't feel like wearing dark jeans for the 8th day in a row, and because I wanted to wear a skirt but didn't like how any of them looked today, I just wore my go-to: weekend jeans, a sweatshirt, and Birks. I like to think we've all been here. I don't even think I look that bad doing it.
I tried adding a hat, just for the sake of the blog, but it didn't look quite right either.
Tonight I'm going to my first ever book-club meeting to talk about a book that I found evil and manipulative (My Sister's Keeper). I'm not even being sarcastic: I cannot wait. I get fiendish delight out of knowing most of the people at this book club (sigh...church ladies) will have loved it, and I can't wait to talk about how annoying I found it. I cried, yes, but I was so irritated!
Wahhh! I'm a terrible human. I'll probably just be really nice and eat their homemade pie, drink their sugary tea, and agree with everything they say because they're nice and I'm easily intimidated.
Shirt: Jockey via Jockey outlet
Birkenstock clogs: Alec's Shoes
Pink Owl Bag: Old Navy
And BONUS pic of the day! This is me at the "London Calling" Contest. HA!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Also, check out these hottie-bobottie shoes! They are kind of Minnie Mouse and I *heart* them.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
So, I'll let you all know how that goes. We all take our unemployment in different ways, that's for sure. :)
Here's what I'm wearing while I wait for that red phone to ring:
Jeans: Old Navy (yeah, the same jeans I wear like, every day)
Sling-backs: xhileration via Target
Bag: Liz Claiborne via Marshalls
Necklace: ack, who even knows. I got that back in 7th grade, when wearing your name around your neck was cool. But I was feeling goldy, and that's one of my only "gold" pieces.
Bracelets: Some really low-budget fake-gold bangles from Claire's (originally purchased for a Halloween costume).
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
I was so productive today! It felt good. I put in the orders from the chocoparty, went to the bank, stopped off at the Post Office, then went for a bike ride. I also received a potentially exciting phone call from a woman at a local college about applying for the position of Academic Advisor, which sounds pretty great to me.
My outfit today was not one that I really enjoyed being out and about in. For starters, I hate wearing a skirt when I'm going to be walking around a lot. My thighs rub in an uncomfortable way, and chafing/bumps/all kinds of skin irritations inevitably appear. Also, I was a little afraid that the skirt was too flesh-toned for my liking. Still, I like that I was able to work in some autumnal spirit (corduroy skirt, short-sleeved sweater) without sacrificing comfort in the temperature area: it was warm today! The picture is not true-to-life; the color of my sweater is more of a greenish teal.
Oh, and I just love these shoes.
Sweater: Thrifted, no tag.
Skirt: Old Navy, received at swap.
Wedges: dollhouse, T.J. Maxx
Bracelet: Lia Sophia
Ring: Crafted especially for me from my great-aunt's baby spoon! Christmas gift.
Scarf: Urban Outfitters