Those Wear the Days

Remember when I said I was going to post some shots of my last week of self-styled work clothes (that’s okay if you don’t remember–I’ll forgive you)?  Well, the time has finally come!  Spring is in full force, so I should share with you my outfits from yesteryear before it becomes too ridiculously hot to even look at a sweater.

First up, speaking of sweaters, here is a long one that I had just gotten for my birthday back in late November:

I actually wore this sweater yesterday.  It’s not heavy, so it was perfect to wear on a relatively cool, dreary day.  The shirt is pretty awesome, too.  It has a boatneck top and a pop of red at the cuffs.  I love the simplicity of the design and the unexpected burst of color.

Next, is one of my favorite work-appropriate outfits (of this particular week):

I do enjoy wearing purple.  Since I started this blog, I realized that I own many shades of purple.  The belt actually came from a pair of shorts (I’ve surprisingly never worn the two together before).  It was fun going head-to-toe in purple (note:  I’m wearing purple loafers!).

The last two outfits are pretty similar.  For both days, I went with the same theme:  button-down shirts underneath cotton shirts:

These were supposed to be my more professional looking outfits.  I like the ease of pairing a button-down shirt with a shirt or sweater.  In milder weather, a shirt with three-quarter length sleeves is a nice complement to the more conservatively buttoned-up shirt.

So, there you (finally) have it!  I’m also debating whether or not I should go back to shorter hair in the summer.  I do miss my shorter hairstyle!  In the meantime, enjoy the warmer weather!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Outfit 1:

Sweater:  Style & Co./Macy’s (gift)

Top:  Jonathan Saunders for Target/Target

Pants:  Gap/donated

Shoes:  Divertente Studio/vintage

Outfit 2:

Top:  Old Navy/Old Navy

Pants:  Old Navy/Old Navy

Shoes:  Xhilaration/Target

Belt:  from a pair of Calvin Klein shorts

Outfit 3:

Top:  Old Navy/Old Navy

Button-down shirt:  Converse/Target

Pants:  Gap/donated

Shoes:  Xhilaration/Target

Outfit 4:

Top:  Merona/Target

Button-down shirt:  Converse/thrift store

Pants:  Old Navy/Old Navy

Shoes:  Divertente Studio/vintage


In Bloom

I was amazed at how warm it actually was on Saturday.  By the time Chris and I were out and walking for about an hour, I had to shed my light blazer because I was working up a sweat.

Chris and I had fun walking around the National Mall.  For the past few years, we’ve made it a point to take a walk near or around the Tidal Basin when the cherry blossoms are in bloom.  Since we were taking pictures for the blog, we reminisced about our fashion choices over the years, particularly as we toured the monuments.  It has only been in the last year or two that we’ve become more particular about the clothes we buy and wear.  I think our biggest fashion “don’ts” were wearing clothes that were too big (remember when baggy clothes were in?) or too small (okay, that’s more of my faux pas; I guess I was jumping on the belly-baring bandwagon).  Now, even though we know we don’t always make perfect sartorial choices, we enjoy creating looks that fit us better.

As far as fit goes, I realize my skirt is a bit on the short side.  I’m sure I inadvertently flashed groups of people throughout the day, but I did my very best to sit and stand up as modestly as possible (unfortunately, I think I was unsuccessful about half of the time).

Also, another fun fact:  most of my clothes were bought at the thrift store, or were given/donated to me.  When it comes to shopping, I get the most joy out of spending the least amount of money possible.  So, this outfit probably tops the list for best bargains.  I think the entire outfit, from head to toe was about $50 (I figure if I’m going to shop, I’m not going to overspend).  And bonus fact:  I ended up finding (what I believe is) an authentic vintage Coach purse at the thrift store last week.  I love the size and portability–it forces me not to carry too much (although I could have at least brought a pack of travel tissues for runny nose season).

I hope everyone had a great weekend!  Welcome, spring!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Hers:

Blazer:  Old Navy/thrift store

Top:  Mon Amie/Marshalls

Button-down shirt:  Liz Claiborne/vintage

Skirt:  H&M/thrift store

Shoes:  Ipanema/vintage

Necklace:  Richelieu/vintage store

Earrings:  Amuse’/gift

Sunglasses:  Steve Madden/Marshalls

His:

Button-down shirt:  H&M/H&M

Jeans:  Levi’s/Levi’s Outlet Store

Shoes:  Zoo York/store in Paris

Sunglasses:  Oakley/Sunglass Hut


Going With It

I. Can’t.  Stop.  Dressing.  Funky.  Okay, I CAN actually stop, but I seem to be in such a funkalicious mood that I can’t help but want to dress with wild abandonment (note:  I’m not supposed to use the word “can’t”; a co-worker told me that I have to take that word out of my vocabulary–I’m working on it).

I wanted to style my outfit based off a jacket that I bought at a vintage store months ago, but was only just recently dry cleaned (note:  it still carries that “vintage” smell–I suppose the smell is just so strong or it wasn’t properly cleaned–methinks I don’t want to know the truth).  The jacket inspired a “must-stay-warm-yet-appear-mature” look.  I felt all prim and proper with a turtleneck sweater and a jumper that, when cinched with the right belt, made me feel conservatively commanding.  I also doubled up on tights and leggings because I was afraid my legs would get cold.  I pulled out my wacky leggings, decided they were possibly too crazy to wear with the rest of the outfit but was told by Chris to “just go with it.”  Actually, I’m not sure if that was his exact quote, or if it was just a paraphrase of what he said, and I faultily remembered it because I was thinking of a Jennifer Aniston movie; either way, I took what Chris said, and decided to leave the leggings on.  I figured my legs would thank me later.

I had planned on just wearing my polka-dotted jacket as my extra layer, but I realized that it was going to be colder at night.  So I brought along my ruffled short coat just in case (note:  it did get colder at night, and it was a little chilly during the day–yay, for wearing multiple layers!).  It was comfortable when we were inside the museum and inside this atrium.  A quiet retreat from city life:

And now I will quietly retreat from my computer, so I CAN get ready for bed.  Goodnight and funky dreams!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Dress:  Old Navy/Old Navy

Sweater:  So/Kohl’s

Leggings:  Xhilaration/Target

Jackets:  Polka dot:  Notations/vintage store; Ruffled:  Steve Madden/Marshalls

Boots:  vintage

Belt:  vintage

Purse:  Franco Sarto

Sunglasses:  Franco Sarto


Outfitted

Some people must wear jeans on their off work days.  I must wear either skinny pants, jeggings, or leggings.  I can’t get enough of them; I wear at least one of these types of bottoms almost every weekend.  I’m in the camp that thinks that they’re so comfortable and are the perfect complement to the many loose, blousy fitting tops that I own.  So, it goes to show, that I would wear my black jeggings with a flowy top for a girls’ night out.  Unfortunately, since it was girls’ night out, Chris made his own plans, so I had no other choice but to use my back-up–my trusty mirror–to highlight my outfit.

I had no idea what to wear initially, but I knew I could style everything around my black jeggings.  Plus, I figured that anything that doesn’t look dressy enough can be dressed up with the right accessories.  My number one goal is to be comfortable with what I’m wearing.  The last thing I want is to be overly self-conscious about my clothes when I’m out to have a good time.  So, on the comfort list I have:  1) a pair of well-worn jeggings (check), 2) a fun, flowy top (check), 3) a cute sweater to keep me warm (check), and 4) rockin’ jewelry to liven up my look (check for the earrings and necklace).

I also decided to wear my go-to heels because I knew that would instantly dress up my outfit.  Luckily, they’ve been broken in so they didn’t hurt my feet at all (I’m all for heels as long as I don’t end up limping in agony at the end of the night).

And–ta-da!–instant outfit–and I didn’t have to go shopping for it (this time).  What do you like to wear for a night out on the town?

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Jeggings:  Van Pierre Jeans/Marshalls

Top:  Xhilaration/Target

Camisole:  Merona/Target

Sweater:  Ruby Moon/TJ Maxx

Heels:  Steve Madden/Marshalls

Necklace:  Macy’s/gift

Earrings:  2028/gift (Macy’s)


Fun Finds

I went to the thrift store today, and was pleased with what I found.  I like to shop different thrift stores, because some thrift stores have a better selection than others.  This particular store had many racks of clothes, scarves, and handbags.  I’m happy to say I bought something from each section.

First up, is this bold, blue skirt.  I don’t think this shade of blue looks the best on me, but the brightness and the material reminded me of what I, as a young one, envisioned myself wearing as an adult.  The length is demure, and I can cinch a belt around the waist.

I was also intrigued by the scarves that I bought; the colors and designs were what attracted me.  With both scarves, I’m able to imagine an array of outfits to create around each motif.

I was late in snatching what appeared to be a vintage black leather Coach purse (I just happened to witness the moment another customer picked it up, and in that same instant, I knew she was going to put it in her cart).  I was determined to find another vintage handbag, and about a minute later, I came across this Koret purse.  The leather was still in good condition, and it came with an attached coin purse.

My last find of the day was this bamboo purse.  Initially, I was hesitant to get this purse due to the small size, but I was drawn to the unique craftsmanship.  I ended up carrying it (along with everything else I was planning on purchasing) for about half an hour before I decided to buy it (I tend to just hold onto things that I think I might want to buy before I make my final decision; even at the thrift store, I realize that you still don’t want to overspend on things you don’t need or won’t use).  In the end, I thought it would make a pretty summer accessory.

I’m excited to actually use everything that I bought.  When the time is right, I’ll come up with a fun outfit (or two) using what was purchased today.  Yay for successful shopping!

Skirt:  Requirements

Scarves:  (1) Totes:  Made in Italy; (2) Made in Japan (no label)

Purses:  leather:   Koret; bamboo:  no label


Let’s Reconnect

I apologize to the one (or two) person(s) reading this blog:  my every intention is to have two posts per week, but alas, at this point, I can’t do this on a consistent basis (cue sad trombone).  I hope in the future, I will inundate this blog with more outfits and musings (this shall be my New Year’s resolution–it’s not too late to make any, is it?).

With that in mind, my outfit for the week comes courtesy of last Saturday.  We attended a celebratory dinner and got a chance to catch up with old friends.  I feel that’s what I’m doing more and more of every year; reconnecting with people whom I haven’t seen in a very long time.  So, yet another resolution of mine is to spend more quality time with friends (good friends=good fun).

I really love this dress (it’s got pockets!).  I bought it at Old Navy a few years ago, and so far, I’ve worn it for Christmas, a wedding, and now a dinner.  I would probably wear it more if I didn’t care if the same people saw me wear it over and over again.  In fact, maybe I should add this to my list of resolutions (it’s growing really fast now); I’ll try to be less self-conscious about what clothes I wear.  That way, I can wear the same thing as many times as I want and not feel guilty about it.

Speaking of guilty, I hate to leave now (it was so great catching up!), but I must attend to some daily chores (don’t worry–I enjoy blogging more than cleaning, but unfortunately, during the work week, I leave our apartment a little on the filthy side).  I plan on showcasing a new outfit next week.  See you soon!

P.S.  If you were wondering, yes, it looks like my head is going to fall off in that last picture (that might be why I appear to be giving the evil eye).

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Jacket:  Mossimo/consignment shop

Dress:  Old Navy/Old Navy

Tights:  Calvin Klein/Marshalls

Shoes:  Armando/vintage

Necklace:  Macy’s/loaned

Earrings:  Alfani/Macy’s

Bracelet:  Macy’s