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

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Warm All Over

It’s Groundhog Day!  And with Punxsutawney Phil predicting six more weeks of winter, I give you a fun, respectable, wintry going-out outfit.  Okay, these are my much delayed pictures of my holiday party dress (sorry for the poor quality; we were running late), but here they are, nonetheless, on the cutest American holiday of the year (note: I get a kick out of seeing furry, mammalian creatures, that think they are people).

I changed my outfit at the last minute.  I originally wanted to wear the dress that I ended up wearing for Cool Look for the Cold, but then I realized that it was a tad too short for a company event.  Instead, I opted for a more demure look.  The lace trim is my favorite part of this dress.  I bought this dress for about $7 at Target a couple of years ago.  I think this was one of my best finds.

I covered up with a light sweater and black tights.  Sweaters and tights are my clothing of choice this season; I like how you can feel dressed up but still be relatively comfortable.  I just might have to buy myself a pair of sweater tights to get the best of both worlds.

Speaking of comfort, I hope to end my day with a yummy dinner and a viewing of the highlights from today’s Groundhog Day events.  Think warm thoughts!

P.S.  When I heard of Potomac Phil, a groundhog that made its appearance in DC, I was not anticipating this.

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Dress:  Xhilaration/Target

Sweater:  Julie’s Closet/Marshalls

Tights:  Xhilaration/Target

Shoes:  Steve Madden/Marshalls

Necklace:  Alfani/loaned


Happy Holidays

I didn’t think it was fair to make the holidays about me, so we didn’t do any photo shoots.  In fact, the only picture I have for this post is of Chris and me  (which is actually cropped from a family picture–we forgot to get a nice shot of just the two of us this year).

I’m happy with the outfit I ended up wearing.  The sweater material kept my upper half warm, although, I think I could have invested in warmer tights.  My go-to choice of footwear for the past few weekends have been these suede boots, because: 1) they’re relatively comfortable, and 2) they have a dressy, wintry look to them.  I accessorized with the belt that came with the sweater dress as a means to “cinch” my waist (by the way, does anyone else remember the SNL Gap girls sketch with Adam Sandler and David Spade?  They were on to something with their obsession with cinching).

The hubster wore a blazer with a dress shirt, tie, and jeans.  I convinced him to buy the blazer, although he wasn’t initially on board.  Overall, I think he was able to pull off a look that wasn’t his style.

I hope to post more in the new year–in the meantime, don’t be afraid to try (on) new things!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Hers:

Sweater:  Cable & Gauge/Marshalls

Dress (with belt):  Derek Heart/Marshalls

Tights:  Calvin Klein/Marshalls

Boots:  Jasmin/vintage

Necklace:  Guess/Macy’s

Earrings:  loaned

His:

Blazer:  INC/Macy’s

Button-down shirt:  Calvin Klein/Calvin Klein

Jeans:  Levi’s/Levi’s Outlet Store

Tie:  J. Crew/J. Crew Factory

Shoes:  Clarks/Comfort One Shoes


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


Feast for the Eyes

I have another food-themed outfit.  I purposely wore this sweater because it reminded me of butternut squash, and I figured that Thanksgiving was a perfect day to wear a gourd-colored outfit.  I also subconsciously wanted another reason to wear my green boots, because–let’s face it–green suede boots don’t match with just anything (I know–it’s a shame I can’t wear them more often).  I wore my gray tights, unaware, until after the pictures were taken, of the extent of the shimmery glossiness (but, hey, I guess that’s just a fun way to transition into the holiday spirit).  I was also unaware of how bookish I looked with my glasses, but it was partly an aesthetic choice as well as a decision based on pure laziness (who wants to put on contacts when the remainder of the day will be spent gorging on food?).

 

Despite the abundance of food, I successfully managed to not overstuff myself yesterday.  We brought home leftovers from my parents’ house, which should keep us well-fed today and tomorrow.  Unfortunately, the holiday feasts are just beginning.  Tomorrow, we’ll be celebrating my birthday early since I’ll be starting my new job next week, and I’ll be busy with orientations.  Then, of course, Christmas and New Year’s are just around the corner.  So, on the plus side, there are many more opportunities to eat and dress up (or dress down depending on your comfort level and the occasion).

In a way, I look forward to wearing skirts, dresses, and heels (pending any treacherous winter weather).  Most likely, I’ll find ways to wear anything from my growing collection of boots as the Christmas season approaches.  I also have plenty of dresses and skirts that haven’t debuted on the blog yet.  My plan is to introduce new, dressier outfits in the coming weeks and months (we’ll see how successful I am with that).

A belated thank you to everyone reading!  Have an appreciation-filled weekend!

Outfit (Designer/Purchased from):

Sweater:  Old Navy/Old Navy

Shirt:  Mossimo/Target

Skirt:  Xhilaration/Target

Tights:  Berkshire/Macy’s

Boots:  Candie’s Fastrack/vintage

Necklace:  loaned

Bracelet:  Charter Club/Macy’s (loaned)


Happy Feet

A common theme in my wardrobe is that I must be comfortable.  Comfortable means a lot of different things to me:  in hot weather, I like to be cool and in cold weather, I like to be warm.  I also like to have plenty of sleep, plenty of food, and plenty of body wash and shampoo (yes, this means I don’t like to be dirty, and yes, this means I’m high-maintenance–I admit it).  Anyway, I try to create outfits that are both cute and comfortable, but as you can probably see, this might not always happen.

Now, to help me ease into fall and winter (and to avoid unleashing my innate crankiness), I just bought a new pair of tights and a new pair of socks.  I expect I’ll continue wearing skirts through the colder months, so this was a very important purchase.

Fortunately, I was able to find nice, neutral colors, so I can easily match my tops and bottoms to my footwear.  Although, I was almost about to buy a pair of magenta-colored tights, but I stopped myself this time (I hope to buy a wild color though in the near future when I’m feeling exceptionally adventurous).

So, with my feet warm, I’ll have very little to complain about when it gets cold.  Just don’t take away my sleep, food, or soap and we’ll stay friends.