The Fun Never Ends

I still enjoy wearing tops with cartoon characters on it.  Granted, these types of shirts are not in my regular rotation of wardrobe choices, but when they’re worn, they’re worn with pride.  The blogger, Chic Muse, has a great take on combining a cute cartoon with a cute pair of heels (I also like how a blazer imparts a level of sophistication).

This is my version of an outfit that has younger and more mature elements.  I bought this hoodie about four or five years ago when I was still in my early twenties.  I think the whales and sailboats provide a cutesy spin on a nautical theme.  The colors suggest playfulness and vivaciousness; a perfect match for a quiet, Sunday early dinner (note:  this is a sign that you’re getting older; when you eat dinner at 4:30 pm).

I balanced out the cuteness with a paisley-printed blouse and a pair of corduroy cargo pants.  My pink boots and jewelry rounded out the ensemble.  I specifically chose the beaded jewelry for the coloring as well as to help transition to an older look (in my opinion, beaded jewelry, for the most part, can be worn at any age and with almost any outfit).

So, the lesson of the day is:  find a way to incorporate fun designs into your look.  And remember–you’re never too young to eat an early dinner.

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Hooded sweatshirt:  Sweet Child/Marshalls

Blouse:  JW/donated

Pants:  Terranova/Terranova (store in SoHo)

Boots:  Mossimo Supply Co./Target

Necklace:  Target/loaned

Bracelets:  Macy’s/loaned


Suggestions Welcomed

I apologize for not posting more last week.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have my pictures of my work clothes from last week with me, and I didn’t have any neat outfits to show off.  I also apologize for the darkness of the last post.  This time, I made sure to get showered, dressed, and camera-ready well before the sun set.  I figured out that most clothes look better in the daylight.

My look today was inspired by two things:  1) my desire to wear this vintage blouse and 2) my need to do laundry.  My closet is quickly becoming empty of clean clothes.  This whole outfit, thankfully, passes “the smell test.”    Unfortunately, the last time I did laundry, my load consisted entirely of bath towels, which does not help me in the wardrobe department.  I will have to devote some time this weekend to at least wash my work clothes.  In the meantime, I’ll be creative with what’s available.

I accessorized with some jewelry that my mom gave me for my birthday.  I love how the different colors (especially the gold!) stand out against the red and gray colors of the blouse and sweater.  I carried out the gold theme by wearing these vintage Gloria Vanderbilt heels with gold accents.

I had to wear a scarf since it was mighty chilly out.  I didn’t want to wear the scarf for the pictures initially, but Chris convinced me.  He is slowly becoming more comfortable expressing his own opinions regarding style and fashion.  Since he is my primary photographer, I rely on his judgment, especially if I’m having doubts about an outfit.  Words of advice:  if you need a second opinion on what to wear, find someone you trust, and be open to his or her suggestions–you never know what you’ll come up with!

 Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Blouse:  Liz Claiborne/vintage

Sweater:  Derek Heart/Marshalls

Pants:  Banana Republic/Banana Republic Factory Store

Tights:  Calvin Klein/Marshalls

Heels:  Gloria Vanderbilt/vintage

Scarf:  gift shop

Necklace:  gift/Macy’s

Earrings:  gift (2028)/Macy’s


Child Care Challenge

I was very thief-like.  I wasn’t satisfied with the shoes that I had brought for the trip, so I sneaked into my sister’s closet and borrowed a pair of her shoes (I actually gave her these shoes, so maybe it doesn’t count as thieving?).  I literally only wore these shoes for the pictures, since we stayed in the house most of the day taking care of my little nephew.

So, in case you were wondering what to wear when you are helping take care of your sweet baby relative, this can be your go-to ouftit.  The off-white color helps to mask any splashes of urine that may have accidentally found its way onto your shirt (yes, I was sprayed on, but after these pictures were taken).  Plus, the cotton will make it easier to pre-wash when you do your laundry (see, I thought ahead!).  Also, if you need to hide wrinkles in your top, use a big handbag to help cover you up.  The minimal jewelry is also a must, just in case someone gets a little grabby.  And of course, a pair of worn-in jeans helps to keep things casual yet comfortable.

So, my theme for this week is:  clothes that you can wear both in and out of the house when taking care of little tots (you can put imaginary quotation marks around that if you’d like).  It also helps that I’m not the only one helping to take care of the little guy; these outfits would obviously not be possible if there weren’t extra hands to help out the working parents.  But, I will do my best to come up with comfortable yet interesting outfits that will hopefully be versatile for any hands-on work you might have to do.

Just another tip:  it helps to wear clothes that are on the old(er) side.  This shirt is about three years old, the blouse is about nine years old, and the jeans are six years old (I know–there I go with my old clothes again).  So, no fancy outfits this week, but I still plan on having fun (with the baby and with the different outfits).

To recap:  make sure you can borrow shoes (or clothes) in case you’re not satisfied with what you have, wear clothes that can be easily washed in case of any possible accidents, and remember to keep comfortable.  Happy Monday!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Shirt:  Old Navy/Old Navy

Blouse:  Zinc/TJ Maxx

Jeans:  Mossimo Supply Co./Target

Shoes:  Mossimo Supply Co./Target (borrowed!)

Purse:  Fossil/gift

Earrings:  gift (Target)


New Opportunities

Unfortunately, I don’t have a cool costume to show off, so instead, I’ll just share with you what what I wore for my last day of work.  I’ll be starting at a new place at the end of November, but until then, I’ll be on somewhat of a sabbatical.  I suppose that means I’ll have more time to go shopping (I promise–I won’t just shop for myself!) and just take care of the everyday things that get neglected during the work week (or when I’m too tired and lazy to catch up on all the mundane stuff on the weekends).  I’ll also have a little bit more time to devote to this blog, so I hope to come up with more inspiring outfits or at least outfits that will encourage you to take a second look.

I didn’t want to put a whole lot of thought into my last work-appropriate outfit, since I didn’t want to make a show of it being my last day (however, this will be the last time in a while that I’ll have more control over what I wear; I’ll have to wear a uniform at my next place of employment).  I did feel like wearing one of my old standby blouses because I liked the stitching around the shoulders and the three-quarter length sleeves.  I also felt like it was a ruffle kind of day, so I layered with a striped shirt with a ruffled collar.  I like the overall look because I feel it’s conservative and conveys a sense of professionalism that I hope will follow me to my new job.

I’m excited for the opportunities that I’ll have in the future (both career-wise and blog-wise!).  Wish me luck!

P.S.  That’s my game-ready pose.

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Blouse:  BCBG Max Azria/Marshalls

Button-down shirt:  Converse One Star/Goodwill

Pants:  Express/Marshalls

Shoes:  Carysma/vintage 


Plug and Play

What do I love more than great clothes?  Great music (note:  these loves are different from the love that I have for the people in my life in case you were wondering where my priorities were).  I’m currently playing in my car Little Anchor’s CD, Sunland.  It’s a great CD to listen to as you’re driving on a sunny, fall day (full disclosure:  the lead singer is an in-law, but I am really digging their music).

I wanted to have fun with my outfit by matching my clothes to the colors on the tote bag.  Usually, I’ll match my bags to my clothes, but the logo on the bag inspired me to come up with an outfit that I wouldn’t have originally worn.  I chose a navy-blue striped blouse with a sweater vest and decided to wear my favorite pants for the flowy comfort.  I added a pair of vintage of boots to top off the look.

This outfit was perfect for playing around and taking pictures:

A fun way to spend a beautiful afternoon!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Top:  Max Studio/Marshalls

Sweater:  Kaisley/Marshalls

Pants:  Patrick Robinson for Target/Target

Boots:  Enzo Angiolini/vintage

Bag:  Little Anchor show

Necklace:  Fossil/loaned

Bracelet:  loaned


Appropriately Dressed

Around the age of eight, I stopped wearing dresses except for Christmas and Easter. After that, it was mainly shorts, jeans, and the occasional skirt and blouse. For a long time, a dress to me was something you wore for a special occasion. As a teenager, I would only go dress shopping for a school dance, a wedding, or a graduation. To wear a dress outside of these contexts was a rare or nonexistent occurrence.


As I got older, I began to see dresses, especially the casual ones that are made from cotton or a cotton blend, as versatile pieces. You can layer over or under them; wear them with or without some kind of legwear. I welcome wearing dresses for any event now (as long as I don’t have to do jumping jacks or lunges).

I actually wanted to wear this blouse as a shirt dress because it was big and loose. Unfortunately, it has two slits up the sides that would be devastatingly inappropriate should I choose to sit or walk with long strides. So, I took my next best option and decided to wear the blouse but under a sweater dress (or at least a long sweater-type top that I decided to wear as a dress).

I like how the colors of the blouse liven up a rather bland combination of gray and black. I added colorful, gold jewelry to the mix and a pair of black boots and–ta da!–I had an outfit that was ready for partying during the day and partying at night. Okay, I didn’t really party during the day or night hours, but I was able to comfortably walk around the city and attend an intimate concert all in an eight-hour period. No party, but I still had fun–that counts for something, right?

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Blouse: Liz Claiborne/donated

Sweater: Derek Heart/Marshalls

Boots: vintage

Necklaces: loaned

Bracelets: vintage

Sunglasses: Franco Sarto/Marshalls


See and Be Seen

It was a beautiful day for taking pictures.  The hubby and I decided to do an impromptu photo shoot in the city, because it beats having just trees and shrubs in the background, and we wanted to wander outside in the gorgeous weather.

I wore a modified version of an outfit that I was planning on wearing in the summer, but I never got around to it (knowing me, it took forever for me to do my laundry).  In hot weather, I would have just worn the sleeveless blouse and skirt with my strappy gold shoes to dress it up.  The fall version of this look has the same overall effect, but it’s more seasonally appropriate.


Unfortunately, the shoes I ended up wearing, although comfortable at the beginning of the day, gradually started to hurt the balls of my feet.

So, here I am kicking back after a long day of walking.

Hope everyone had a good weekend!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Top:  Derek Heart/Marshalls

Skirt:  Esprit/Army Base Exchange (bought when I was in high school)

Coverup:  imaginary voyage/Marshalls

Shoes:  Merona/Target

Purse:  Olivia + Joy/Marshalls

Bracelet:  gift