Boots Fantastic

It was a fun weekend.  Chris and I took a short trip where we got to catch up with family and catch up on sleep (although I still felt like I was in a daze the whole weekend–unfortunately, prolonged sleep deprivation equals poor speech and comprehension skills).

I was convinced to wear my boots when I happened to see someone in the city wearing a very similar outfit with booties the day before (I even muttered “that’s my outfit” as I passed her because I was surprised to see someone wearing something that I had planned to wear for the next day).  Actually, if the ground wasn’t wet with rain, I probably would have worn my new black shoes instead (alas, I’ll have to save the shoes for another day).

This is my latest vintage Coach purse.  I think I’m addicted to buying old purses.

Chris and I took some pictures and got to take a stroll before we headed home.  It was the perfect way to end the weekend.   Hope you have a good week!

P.S.  I noticed that there is always something interesting to my left.  I couldn’t tell you exactly what.

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Top:  Max Studio/Marshalls

Cover Up:  Girl Talk/TJ Maxx

Shorts:  Marshalls

Leggings:  Xhilaration/Target

Socks:  Charter Club/Macy’s

Boots:  Xhilaration/Target

Purse:  Coach/thrifted

Necklace:  flea market

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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


On the Regular

I’ve been away and back since my last post.  I had another hectic week and no cool outfits from this past weekend, so, instead, I’ll share some fun pictures from about eight days ago.   Over a week ago, we took a little trip to North Carolina to celebrate a very special birthday for a very special little guy.  I wore minimal accessories and even went with my natural wavy look for the occasion (my “no fuss”/I’m-too-lazy-to-blowdry-my-hair/I-need-a-haircut look).

When I was packing for the trip, I was browsing through my closet and found these jeans.  It had been months (almost a year?) since I had worn them.  I’ve been having fun wearing skirts or the same capris and skinny pants/jeans year round, that I’d forgotten about these particular pair of jeans.  These jeans are one of the few pairs that I own that fit me (almost) perfectly length-wise.  I think I might have to start putting them into my regular rotation of “bottoms.”

Speaking of what I like to wear regularly, I just can’t seem to get enough of this plaid button-down shirt.  I’m afraid that I might wear this top at least once a month.  I know–I shouldn’t be concerned about wearing something too often, but I do like to show just a little bit of variety.

I will try to post again soon.  Hope everyone has a great week!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Sweater:  Pink Rose/TJ Maxx

Button-down shirt:  Sears JR Bazaar/vintage

Jeans:  Grane/Marshalls

Boots:  Mossimo Supply Co./Target


Must Wear Glasses

I’ve been in a glasses mood.  Well, more of a too-lazy-to-put-in-my-contacts mood.  I actually came up with this outfit based on the fact that I was going to wear my red glasses.  I thought, “what better way to match my red glasses, than to wear a nice, red top?”

I seem to enjoy what I’m wearing more when I wear at least two layers.  In my opinion, a great complement to a deep shade of crimson is a deep shade of purple.  I used to think that red and purple clashed, but I’ve come to realize that they actually look pretty terrific together.

Of course, I was also influenced by my awesome Fair Isle pattern-inspired socks.  These socks have pulled together many an outfit.

I realize I should have ironed my shirt.  The wrinkles mar the overall sassy look.  Fortunately, I didn’t let the unpressed look spoil a fun day of grocery shopping and noshing on some Lebanese food.  Well, the food part was fun, not so much the grocery shopping.  I wish I enjoyed food shopping as much as clothes and decor shopping.  Oh well–you can’t have it all, eh?

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Top (red):  Merona/Target

Top (purple):  Xhilaration/Target

Pants:  Banana Republic/Banana Republic Factory Store

Socks:  Xhilaration/Target

Boots:  Xhilaration/Target

Earrings:  gift


Cool Look for the Cold

I’m sorry for my lack of posts last week.  Unfortunately, it was a long week for me.  But don’t fret–I’m going to start up again with a post that just happens to be chronologically out of order (my dress from the holiday party will be posted soon).

I have an aversion to cold weather.  I kept my coat on for the pictures, because I couldn’t bear to expose my forearms.  So, really, you’re getting a peek at what I wore to a farewell/birthday party for Chris’ colleague.  As you can see, this is one of my dressier coats.  I wear it pretty much anytime I have to wear a short dress.  It’s warm, but it would have been warmer had I chosen to wear a long-sleeved sweater (why do I sometimes sacrifice my comfort for style?).  I also wore a scarf because the dress is pretty low-cut and I didn’t have a necklace that I felt matched my outfit.  So, the scarf seemed to do both the trick of giving me an extra layer, as well as functioning as an accessory (I’m all for two-for-one deals).

The boots also helped to keep me warm; they’re lined with a fleece-like material.  These are the first pair of boots that I’ve owned that are truly knee-high.  I love to wear them with skirts or with dresses.  It’s probably already pretty obvious, but these boots are just a tad too big for me.  But, surprisingly, they are pretty comfortable (as long as I don’t walk around in them all day long) and snug around my feet.

Wrong size and coldness aside, this is probably one of my favorite outfits of the year (so far).  I especially love the velvet material of the dress.  That alone, may be why I think this outfit is just so cool.

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Coat:  Guess/Macy’s

Dress:  American Rag/Macy’s

Sweater:  Ruby Moon/TJ Maxx

Scarf:  gift shop in Paris

Boots:  Franco Sarto/DSW

Purse:  Olivia + Joy/Marshalls

Belt:  Betsey Johnson/TJ Maxx

Earrings:  Charter Club/loaned


Big Fan

This outfit was inspired by my hometown team (yay, Ravens!).  I don’t own any athletic apparel, but I tried my best to wear team colors on game day.  I actually wore this ensemble on New Year’s Day.  So, really, this was my first official outfit of the year.  Today, I still wore a combination of purple and black, but it was much sloppier and I managed not to take a shower until 4 pm (Chris and I decided to do some grocery shopping as quickly as we could before the game–this is basically why I didn’t get a picture of what I actually wore today).

I’m a fan of wearing dresses on the weekends.  Of course, it can’t be too cold, and I have to be wearing sensible shoes (or if I choose to wear heels, I can’t be doing a lot of walking–heels are cute but aren’t meant for long-distance travel on foot).  I actually wore this outfit to a family holiday party/football viewing party.  It was comfortable enough for consuming food and for posing for pictures.

Luckily, I have one more holiday function to attend later this week (if you thought the holidays were over–you were wrong!).  Hopefully, I’ll be able to get a picture of my party dress.  I’ll have to rush home from work, get ready, then get back on the road, so we’ll see (I’ll definitely do my best!).  Catch you later!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Dress:  Old Navy/donated

Button-down shirt:  Converse One Star/Target

Boots:  Nine West/Marshalls

Necklaces:  loaned


Lazy Day

I have a backlog of pictures to share this week.  Unfortunately, I’ve been slow with posting because I’ve had a lot going on (I know–lame excuse.  I’ll try to make it up to all of you).  So, for starters, here is my outfit from this past Sunday.  I was literally shivering after we stepped outside to take my pictures because I had finished drinking some ice water and there was a bit of a chill in the air.  The jacket stayed on for the first few pictures as I warmed up.

As I became immune to the cold, I decided to show off my outfit the way I had intended it to look–without the added jacket layer but with the focus on the pink/magenta colors.  I neutralized the girly effect with some brown-accented jewelry and blue-gray cargo pants.

I ended up ordering a huge sandwich for lunch that day.  I hadn’t had breakfast for some reason, so my eyes were bigger than my stomach (note: my unsmiling face is probably because I’m stuffed and hoping I don’t have black olives stuck in my teeth).  I was able to bring the leftovers home, only to have Chris accidentally finish off (most of) the other half of my sandwich the next day.  It’s okay.  It saved both of us from having to cook something for lunch that day (I think I had a bowl of cereal or something that required no heating of any kind–what can I say?  I’m a lazy cook).

I mention sandwiches because, sometimes, you just want an easy outfit that, like my ideal meal preparation, takes little time and effort (not that it didn’t take me a few minutes to come up with this outfit, but at least my goal was to be easy and breezy).  So, here is a template for a simple, weekend outfit:  grab a pair of comfortable pants, find a shirt that semi-matches, and accessorize with a neutral color.  Works almost every time.

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Top:  Esprit/gift

Pants:  Sound & Matter/Marshalls

Boots:  Mossimo Supply Co./Target

Necklaces:  Pink beads:  Target; Brown beads:  gift

Earrings:  Macy’s/gift