Birthday Special

I just wanted to take some time today to say Happy Birthday to my special someone.

I’m not the best gift-giver, so I basically waited until the last minute (meaning yesterday) to find a birthday present.  I ended up driving around most of the late morning, searching high and low for a specific t-shirt.  Unfortunately, the first place I went to didn’t have the correct size, so I drove to another mall.  Luckily, the malls are probably only about 20 minutes apart, but I’m sure I burned a lot of fuel.

I think it was well worth it.  For those who either have kids or are just kids at heart like Chris and me, you are probably familiar with the Disney show, Phineas and Ferb.  And if you know the cartoon series, you are probably quite familiar with Perry the Platypus/Agent P.  Perry is probably the coolest character on the show.  He doesn’t talk; he just stares.  In Perry’s world, a stare carries a lot of meaning.  So, you can imagine why this shirt was too awesome to pass up (although, originally, I was looking to buy another shirt–but this shirt ended up winning me over).

So, to sum up–don’t wait until the last minute to buy presents, Perry the Platypus is the bee’s knees, and Chris is awesome in every way, especially today.

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

His

Button-down shirt:  INC/Macy’s

T-shirt:  Disney/Disney Store

Hers

Jacket:  Notations/vintage store

Scarf:  vintage


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


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


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


Play Time

I was feeling flirty and funny when I wore this outfit.  The skirt was way too short to be worn without anything underneath, and it did make me feel semi-self-conscious.  So, I added a pair of black jeggings and felt this was enough for visiting my parents without shame.

This outfit was from last Sunday.  I find that I wear more playful clothes on Sunday than on Saturday.  I think this is because of: 1) the laundry dilemma (i.e. not having enough clean clothes to choose from) and 2) the decision to spend the last day of the weekend in the most laid-back way possible (i.e. not caring about my outfits as much).

This weekend, I’ll be going out-of-town for a couple of days, but I’ll be back by Sunday.  We’ll see if we can capture a few of my holiday outfits for the blog.

I hope that everyone has a wonderful holiday and enjoys the rest of 2011!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Button-down shirt:  twenty one/vintage shop

Skirt:  Rachael & Chloe/Marshalls

Jeggings:  Van Pierre/Marshalls

Flats:  Armando/vintage

Necklace:  vintage


Mix It Up

My dinner has consisted of cheese and crackers with the occasional fruit or vegetable this week.  I actually haven’t been all that hungry, since I’ve had huge lunches and an altered appetite since leaving home for a week-long orientation.  Luckily, I’m staying at a hotel that provides a complimentary platter of snacks in the evening, so I’ve taken advantage of the courtesy since this has been enough to satisfy me at the end of the day.  I say all of this because this is probably the most eventful, and possibly, relatable, thing that I’m able to post.  Wait–I take that back.  We had baked potatoes and salad catered to us for lunch today.  Baked potatoes are, by far, cooler.

My pictures today were unfortunately from last Friday (I’m being sneaky and possibly deceptive by posting it today).  The actual outfits that I wore this week are neither glamorous or drool-worthy, but they will be my last work outfits that I will have a good amount of control over since I’ll have a uniform to adhere to starting next week (which I’m okay with; it just means, I can go all out for the weekend, and it’ll make choosing a daily outfit much easier for me).  So, therefore, I’ll post my pictures from this week at a later time as a special farewell to my work outfits (which were never spectacular, but were fun to create in their own way).

This outfit, that is pictured, is specially posted because it’s a “remix” (not my term, but I like the instantly recognizable meaning), of some pieces that I’ve worn before on this blog.  I’m wearing my plaid button-down shirt with my skinny cargo pants and a gray cami over top to help blend it all together.  I enjoy layering with camis or three-quarter length sleeved tops because I have so many of them, and I want to be able to wear them as much as I can.  So, this is a simple remix of an outfit that I wore to grab a burger and some fries with the hubby as well as do some grocery shopping on the night of Black Friday (I know, that’s your idea of a fun Friday night, right?).

So, today’s advice is to remix it well, so you can wear it again and again (oh–and again).  Now, I’m off to get some cheese and crackers.  (Update:  no cheese tonight but plenty of fruits and veggies–yum!) 

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Top:  Sears JR Bazaar/vintage

Cami:  PBX Basics/gift

Pants:  Sound & Matter/Marshalls

Boots:  Mossimo Supply Co./Target