Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Black with a Touch of Floral

Happy Leap Day! I should have done something different and exciting to mark a day that comes only once every four years, but I didn't. I was tempted to wear pink and navy, again, again. But I didn't. My justification: today is/was a day like any other. Boring, stressful, tiring, ugh.

Shell, Belt, & Jewelry: The Limited
Cardigan: Target
Pants: Macy's or Kohl's (old/gift)
Wait - I take that back. I did do something different. I wore pants I haven't worn in ages, and I wore a purple skinny belt instead of silver.

Sigh. It was one of those mornings where I woke up late, and felt fat in the pants I had planned to wear. The annoying part was that the hubby didn't pick up on what kind of answer I wanted when I asked him whether the pants made me look fat. Normally he's good about it, but this morning it was just bluntsville, USA. Thanks, babe. I've already been feeling super self-conscious (even though the scale gives me no reason to) so the last thing I want to hear is the truth. I guess it's better to hear it from him then to have 40 people think it. 

I must be irritable. Because I've been getting really frustrated reading other bloggers' posts lately.
A rant on asking questions on blogs, and the motivations behind them... 

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Pink & Navy, again

Oops... I did it again. I wore pink and navy together again, that is.

Cowl top: Express
Blazer & Earrings: The Limited
Necklace: gift
Jeans: Charlotte Russe



earring, up close






















I think I like providing you with an up close shot of the detail. It makes me consider that aspect in planning my outfits. It's not just about the outfit from a glance - you have to make sure you worry about the little things, too. Worry may be too strong a word, but you get the point.

I can't say anything about this outfit other than the professor of my class on Tuesdays was a dick the first day of class, commenting that none of us were adequately dressed for a job interview (which was true) but made another slight at how we were dressed. I decided to wear a blazer to try to show him up. That, and I want to get another blazer, and I really can't justify getting one if I'm not wearing the ones I have. (I also haven't worn this top in a while. It's a goal of mine to try to wear as many different things as possible in my closet before repeating them.)

I also think it's a challenge to incorporate a blazer into any outfit that doesn't include matching pants/skirt. Tell me, how do you wear blazers?

Monday, February 27, 2012

Pink & Navy

Does it ever boggle your mind how much it makes sense to put two colors together, but you never have that insight yourself until you see it? Okay, so that's how I feel about The Limited's new line. I'm disappointed, again, with their new releases, but I'm guessing that's how the story is going to go until I see the Collins shirt (see March edition of In Style). But sometimes, of course, we can create great color combos ourselves. I planned out a similar outfit last night (pink cardigan, navy top) but went with this option because I decided to save that outfit for another day.

Everything: The Limited




detail


















The cardigan is navy, fyi. I'm honestly not a fan of the top, but I figured I should wear it. That teaches me a lesson to buy a top just because it's $5. 

I can't wait until the weather gets better so that I can wear springtime outfits without black tights. Speaking of springtime outfits, check out the few new things I like... 

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Simple Saturday: Heart

After lots and lots of complaining yesterday, I'm making it up today with something that is so fantastic. 
{Back story: I've had a love-hate relationship with Glee since the first season. I watch it on Hulu weekly, and am disappointed every time. Until the Valentine's Day episode. Which I just watched. By no means am I even close to saying that I love Glee again, but this episode song sure made me want to say "I heart you".}


Enjoy the remainder of your weekend :-)

Friday, February 24, 2012

Monochromatic Blue and Blogging Complaints

Here's my outfit: (Yes, I realize that I need to find a better place to take photos, and that the quality of this picture is not phenomenal. So what. You get the point)


Shirt, pants, belt: The Limited
Necklace: Forever 21 (recent!)




detail







Had my pants been hemmed, I would have worn my leopard flats. Unfortunately they are way too long, so I wore some brown-ish tweed heels. I ended up taking them back because they killed my feet. And of course, they didn't have my size. Oh well. Shoes will come, shoes will go. I've been to Payless so many times lately, it's getting sort of awkward. 

Here's another rant:

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Black and Red, Day 2

I didn't even realize it until just two minutes ago, but I wore black and red yesterday, too. Here I am trying to keep things different, and I didn't even realize I'm a repeat color offender. Oh well. 

Skirt, shirt, necklace: The Limited
Tights: Target
I haven't worn this skirt in almost a year. Funny story on how I acquired it, actually. I was working at the Limited and a girl came up to the register to check out, with tons of stuff. I did my usual bit, and offered her to open a credit card. She accepted, and as she was filling out the information, I noticed that I knew the name. It  turns out that I went to camp with her (or her sister) and that she had lived in my neighborhood for ten years or so. Anyway, she was getting this same skirt, and I decided that I had to get it, too. I was weary about it originally because of the tiers. It seems that my options with this skirt are much more limited because of the detail, but oh well.

The other reason I wore it is because I have been in the market for a red skirt. It dawned upon me that I already had one, but see above paragraph for excuse on why I might need another one. After wearing this one, it looks like I have no justification to have a plain one. At least not until I acquire just about everything else on my wish list.

It dawned upon me today that it is actually quite simple to dress for class (teaching). There are only a few basic rules: nothing skanky, nothing scrubby. This can translate to: set yourself apart from your students. The way I choose to do that is by dressing up and wearing fun colors. Most of my (female) students come to class in jeans and a tee or hoodie. It's amazing how much your inclinations change after dressing business-casual three days a week. Last semester, I would run to the store in sweats. Now I feel awkwardly under-dressed wearing jeans. Can I assume that people who run errands in sweats are lazy? Or that they don't have jobs where they have to dress up?

I really need a lavender top. I saw an ad recently for a cobalt blue purse that had lavender accents. It is beautiful. Not the purse, but the color combination. Love it. Want it. Need it.

Taking My Own Advice: Scarves, Sweaters, and Button-Ups

Remember a few weeks ago I tried giving out some feigning fashion advice? In a nutshell, I said, "If you do X, you'll pass for fashionable". Substitute X for adding a scarf, or wearing a sweater, or wearing a button-up. I did all three today. Unintentionally.

Plaid shirt: American Eagle - gift
Sweater: Jared's (Old Navy?)
Jeans: Charlotte Russe
Scarf: got it in Spain

About this outfit: I was originally going to wear a white button up and my grey blazer because there was a guest lecturer this afternoon. I realized it was silly to get dressed up for that, so I wanted to play it down and wear a button up, a sweater, and my navy blazer. Well, it turns out that those three things didn't go so well together (and since my navy blazer is already small on me, I can't layer underneath it). So I decided to ditch the blazer altogether and opt for a plaid shirt and sweater combo. In fear that I'd already done the plaid shirt with the oatmeal v-neck, I substituted the v-neck for a black sweater. Fearing that was too plain (or too boy-ish), I added a bright (girly) scarf and called it a day. It seemed to work. ... Although one of my colleagues complimented me on my shirt (and its bright colors), so it's just a shame that I covered it up with black. Maybe next time I'll try it with a dark button-up cardigan (open). [I need a way to remind myself of these ideas.]

I only am upset with myself for not starting my homework earlier. This caused me to run late this morning, and forgot to grab my new earrings. Oh well. Another day. I guess it's a good thing I didn't, though. This is the first day in a long time that nothing I wore came from The Limited. Had I worn the earrings, The Limited would've had another tag. I should seriously get paid for sponsoring them like this. Too bad no one actually reads this blog? 

Monday, February 20, 2012

Green & Argyle

Argyle. What a funny word. Too bad I can't be in such a light-hearted mood about this outfit.

Cardigan & Pants: The Limited
Necklace: Forever 21
I guess five pound weight gain shows up a lot more than I thought? Either this sweater makes me look fat or this angle is entirely unforgiving. Also, my chest looks lopsided. How embarrassing. I also forgot to add a skinny belt (either around the waist or through the belt loops), so this outfit looks really plain.

I feel like that's the other reason I've been "unfashionable" the past few years. The things I wear are just really plain and really safe. We've been through this before, but it still rings true. The other reason could be attributed to feeling self-conscious and simply finding it easier to turn to sweats and tshirts instead of embracing my figure. What do you do when you're feeling self conscious about your body? Do you ignore it and wear whatever you want, or do you purposely wear looser fitting clothing or something that will hide your undesirables? 

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Funny Sunny-Day

Since most Sundays I have no clothing to share with you, and I really don't acquire new wants every week, how about devoting something funny to Sunday? After all, Sunday is supposed to be a day of rest, but oddly enough, it's perhaps the busiest day of the week. It is for me, at least. Wake up, go to church, eat lunch, homework, homework, homework, dinner, homework, homework, homework, shower, bed. Here's to taking a break from the busy to at least enjoy life for a bit. 
[Grizzly Bear!!]

Friday, February 17, 2012

Houndstooth and Lavender

I wish I could explain the logic behind this outfit... but for once, I don't. All I can say is that I've noticed a trend in what I wear to teach. I have generally worn a button up shirt on Mondays, a cardigan combo of some sort on Wednesdays, and a simple top/outfit on Fridays. The pattern held this week, as I wore a button up shirt (with a cardigan buttoned up over it) on Monday and a top with a cardigan (left open) over it.

Everything: The Limited
the dress itself 
I didn't even realize until after I had changed that I didn't get a good picture of the entire outfit. My bad. At least I had the right hand picture on file. I was really pleased with this dress when I first got it- it was super comfortable and I thought it fit well. Well, after putting it on this morning, I felt pregnant. The dress is cut in just a way that it really accentuates the stomach -- and I didn't even think I had that big of a gut! What do you do when a top/dress makes you look pregnant? Do just say "this isn't for me" and let it go, or hope that it will one day fit right?

Can I just say Thank God it's Finally Friday?!

Too bad Monday will be here before we know it.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Return of the Red-Orange

Remember when I told you that red-orange as my new favorite color? [Click here if you don't] Well, I had a presentation today and I thought this would be perfect to wear. It was a shade of red, but nothing too strong since it was just a sit-down presentation. Little did I know that I could get my skin to match. 

Sweater & Cami: The Limited
Jeans: Charlotte Russe - old
Belt: Kohl's
Necklace: Forever 21
I lost track of my spot in my notes during my presentation, causing me to become really flustered. Apparently my face and neck went red as a beet (okay, maybe not that red, but close enough to my sweater). Sigh. [And let's just pretend that one shoulder isn't significantly higher than the other shoulder in this picture.]

It's been a long week.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Back to Black

I just can't seem to stay away from black. It was always my favorite color for clothes growing up. I wanted everything in black, or in black and white. There's just something about the way black and white look together. There's just something about the color black. I started loving color, but on rainy days like today, how can I want anything but black? Most people will at least add a pop of color if they go for the black pants and black cardigan look. But not me.

Necklace: Forever 21
Cardigan: Target
Everything else: The Limited
I wasn't sure about this top when I first got it. I got it because it was a cheaper version of another top I liked, and didn't have a silly string tie on the top. I like this one much more than that one. I just wish I felt more comfortable running around in sleeveless tops. Maybe come summertime when I'm burning up I will.

It's been a long week. I had an exam today and have a presentation tomorrow. I can't wait to blow off steam from the week with shopping on Saturday. I just hope that I'll have energy. I am definitely low on sleep. How do I know? I fall asleep on the couch while Jared is playing video games. He plays them loud, too. I'm so tired. Must finish prepping for presentation. I told one of my colleagues that I would proctor exams for two of her classes. The first is at 8am. Ugh. I just keep thinking to myself "wine and shopping, wine and shopping, just keep swimming, just keep swimming". Lots of wine on Friday, lots of shopping on Saturday. Life will be good. T minus 44 hours. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Here's to Blue

I completely forgot today was Valentine's Day. I also forgot that when my alarm went off this morning, it went off for a reason. Normally I sleep in on Tuesdays and Thursdays since I don't have class until 2:30pm. Today, however, I had a meeting at 11am. I hit my snooze and at about 10:10am, I realized that I had twenty minutes to get ready and leave for school. So, I grabbed some jeans, this particular top because I hadn't worn it in a long time, and voila - my Valentine's Day outfit. 

Everything: The Limited
Realistically, you have to feel bad for blue when it comes to the holidays. Valentine's Day is a day devoted to red (and pink and even purple, too). Saint Patrick's Day is a day devoted to green. Halloween is orange and black; Christmas is red and green. Thanksgiving is orange and brown. New Year's is silver? The point is that blue gets left out. (Okay, fourth of July, but that's shared with red, so it's not quite the same.) Even some people choose to wear black on V-Day. My point is that teal is neglected. So here's to teal.

Oh, dream time! Last night I had a dream that Jared and I had a baby, but that while we were on our way somewhere with it, he told me how happy he was that he could "finally hold her hand". The "her" he was referring to, however, was his other girlfriend/wife. Yeah. It made me cry (in real life, while I was dreaming). I was so upset that he was telling me this, and that he was happy with some other chick. He even said that he was happy he could be spending half of his time with her (apparently in the dream, Jared spent three days a week with each of us, and alternated Sundays). Well, I didn't want to be near him or the baby any longer, even though I was pissed that "she" was helping take care of the baby. "She" even tried confronting me, but I yelled at her that this wasn't about her, this was about Jared. Other weird shit happened in the dream, too. Needless to say, when I woke from the dream, I was upset with Jared. I told him what happened and he just said he was sorry that dream-Jared is such a douche. That made me smile a bit. Happy V-Day to us <3

Well, I have a test tomorrow over utilitarianism. My notes go forever, but I still feel like I know nothing. I've reached that point where I'm done binging on candy and have given up with studying. I'm going to do arguments during class tomorrow, forgo the lesson plan of a disaster that I put together this afternoon, and study during my office hours. That works, right?

Monday, February 13, 2012

Easy Outfit for an Exhausted Orator

I have little to say today, partially because nothing exciting has happened, and partially because I am so exhausted. I went to bed late last night, and for some dumb reason, asked Jared to read one of my student's papers. We spent the next thirty or forty minutes discussing this paper. (It was only two pages long, by the way.) Then after we decided it was already way past our bedtimes, I did my usual "Hey Jared..." [I have this really weird tendency to do that right as I'm closing my eyes to fall asleep - some thought pops into my head, and I just have to ask him.] What followed was an inquiry of whether he missed our hometown. Needless to say, that conversation lasted a while. And then I woke up a handful of hours later, and had a full day. 

Shirt & Pants: The Limited
Cardigan: Banana Republic
Oh, do you want to hear about a major disappointment?

Friday, February 10, 2012

Crusty Mustard

I was going to call this post "Primary Colors", but my wonderful husband asked me before I logged on why I was wearing a mustard cardigan. I told him it was gold, but he thought I should be impressed that he at least knows that the color is close to mustard. Then he said, "Yeah, you're right, it's not mustard - at least not good mustard - it's like crusty mustard that's on the rim." Thanks, babe. Literally two minutes before he said that, I was feeling really happy that I finally created a good look with this cardigan. Now I'm going to think of crusty mustard every time I wear it. Great. 
Pants: Kohl's - old
Everything else: The Limited
Not pictured: cognac flats: Steve Madden
detail


Now you get why Jared called this cardigan "crusty mustard". Jerk. I love the coral belt with the cobalt. I think I've just found inspiration for a new outfit... starring my cobalt blue skirt and my geranium top and/or cardigan. Let's see if I'll actually remember this.

You know what's interesting though? Primary colors look good together. Think about how often you see red and blue together. Think about how often you see blue and yellow together (I'm thinking sports). But how often do you see red and yellow together? Hm.

Don't forget: Star Wars: Episode I: Phantom Menace is now out in theaters.

Liam Neeson is so dreamy

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Menswear: Just One of Those Days

Do you ever have one of those days when you wake up and feel like doing nothing? Not just the "I don't feel like going to work today" feeling, but the "I would love nothing more than to just sit here. Maybe play some solitaire, maybe watch some Hulu. But that's really not necessary" feeling? I do. In fact, I had that feeling this morning. And what do we do when we have feelings like that, the "I really shouldn't do this but really want to"? We do it.

And then we realize that we have ten minutes before we need to leave, so we throw on some deodorant, a pair of jeans, and then spend the next eight minutes standing in the closet, just hoping that something will fling itself off the shelf/hanger and land in our arms. After six minutes, we realize that isn't actually going to happen, so we deliberate recklessly. "Should I wear a button up? Mix and match something crazy? No, screw it, hoodie it is! No, wait, I can't show up to class in a hoodie." And then... sitting right in front of us... staring right at us... there it is...

Old Navy
The sweater I had just bought on Saturday! The funny thing about this guy was that I had left the fitting room, unsatisfied with what I had tried on, only to pass a stand of mens' sweaters on sale. I tried it on, it fit like a dream, and so I had to get it. The (other) funny thing was that an hour prior, I had bought a similar sweater from Banana Republic (Outlet). I ended up returning it because it was more expensive, and fit far less well. (I guess that will teach me for trying to shop from the petite section.)

I added a pair of regular jeans and called it a day. Could I have accessorized? Sure. Could I have done something to at least feign femininity? Yep. But I didn't. I looked like a linebacker, and I didn't care. To make matters so much better, my (male) prof was wearing a very pink-berry colored shirt.

Yes, I failed this weekly challenge since the only way I could argue that my look was mono-chromatic today was to say that my pants were blue, and so was my top. But we know that's not how this works. Oh well. It's just one of those days...

An alternative explanation of why I went for the menswear...

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

How Much is Too Much?

I decided last night that I would wear my brown pants for today. I want to make sure I actually wear them while it's cool out, and it's a good challenge to try to create outfits around brown pants. Seriously. If you had to, how would you go about it? I took a couple things into consideration. 

Lace top: Moda c/o MJR Sales
Necklace: Forever 21
Cardigan, Pants, Belt: The Limited
Not pictured: Cognac Flats: Steve Madden
About my outfit: First, I wanted to wear something I hadn't worn in a long time (or ever). I grabbed my pink lace top, and thought it looked great together, but that there was no way I could teach in the lace top. So, I remembered my monochromatic challenge for the week, and grabbed a fuchsia cardigan. Holy smokes, Batman! I knew I needed a skinny belt, it was just the question of which color: green, snakeskin silver, or violet purple. Clearly we see what I opted for. The last step was to accessorize. I went through all my necklaces and this was the one that worked best, in my opinion. (It is also one that I have had for months, but have never actually worn.)
I thought this outfit looked great, but as the day went on, I started getting worried that I looked ridiculous sporting four different colors (hues, really). What do you think? Too much color?

The problem with this question is that if these were four distinct colors, you'd think I was crazy for even asking such a question. Given that they are similar shades, however, it's not a ridiculous question. Help me out here, and throw me a bone.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Neutral Tuesday

As the days pass, it seems that my outfits aren't the only things that are lacking creativity; my post titles are, too. Oh well. It's Tuesday. I haven't worn this scarf to school yet. It's slightly embarrassing to admit that this outfit was inspired, but it was. The combination of tan sweater and cream scarf came from Pinterest.

Here's a look at how I wore it, and how I could have wore it - but didn't.

Scarf: TJ Maxx
Sweater: Zara
Jeans: The Limited
I guess I just prefer the
European knot?
Which do you like?























About my outfit: [I am wearing dark jeans in this picture, despite the fact that they look incredibly black, they're not. And the sweater is a dark tan, while the scarf is beige/cream.] A cold front is coming through, so I actually got excited to be able to wear something "winter-y". I've been looking forward to spring weather and wearing skirts without tights for so long that I forgot I actually have some sweaters that I want to wear before it's too late! Do you spend an entire season longing for the opposite season to come around? Do you spend winters shivering and pining for warmth, only to long for the days of bundling up when it's hot and sticky out? Jared loves the 50 degree days we had recently. He says that he wouldn't mind if the weather were like that year round. I personally would prefer to have it be in the 70s or so - warm enough to wear a dress without tights but still cool enough to be able to layer it with a cardigan if I chose. What's your ideal climate? And how much does it have to do with clothing?

I should note that when this outfit was put together, I had no conscious consideration of yesterday's challenge (mono-chromatic looks for the rest of the week). Yay for completing day one of this week's challenge!

On an unrelated note... regarding shoes... 

Monday, February 6, 2012

Subtle Stripes

I realize that it's still only the first week in February, and I'm going through last year's outfits like there's no tomorrow. Last night I stayed up way too late grading students' papers. The only reason I did was because I told them they'd get their papers back on Monday, and I hate to be one of those instructors that doesn't follow through on what they say... especially when the papers were only one to two pages. Needless to say, I knew I wouldn't have time or motivation to pick something out in the morning, and since I was low on sleep, I went with what was easy and within reach: pants and a shirt. Amazing how easy putting together outfits can be! Ha. It amazes me that we can be so consumed with the combination, because in the end, you've got yourself a bottom and a top (unless you're wearing a dress, in which case your bottom is your top).
Everything: The Limited
(shirt is white w/purple stripes)
Hey, it's been well over three months since I've worn this outfit. Anyway, as each day passes, I'm losing the last bits of motivation I have to put an outfit together. I may really just start to grab random pieces from my closet. I had a shirt hanging on my door from this weekend, and put some black pants up on the door last night. Earlier I was in my room and just stared at the combo. A cobalt blue shirt and black pants. I would never have thought to put the two together. (Yes, I know I wore a cobalt blue skirt and black turtleneck last week.)

Here's to hoping I get some awesome inspiration for the rest of the week! If not, can you think of any good challenges for me? One challenge I'm considering is going for monochromatic looks for the rest of the week. The reason that is such a challenge is because my closet lacks variety when it comes to color. Maybe I'll try it anyway... hmm... 

Challenge... possibly accepted.

Oh... can we talk about a lesson we all learn as little kids? You know that one that goes something like "don't judge a book by it's cover"? Well, don't. 

Friday, February 3, 2012

Ray of (Pink) Sunshine

It's been raining all day long. It was raining all night long. I planned to wear grey and black today, but it seemed way too depressing. So I swapped the grey for pink, and ... ta-da! Pink sunshine!
Everything: The Limited
Necklace: Gift
It's not super bright, but it's at least colorful enough to make a rainy day seem less... dreary. I could have added a skinny belt, but it's Friday. Why not relax and let loose? Ha.

Can we talk about how excited I am for tomorrow though? One of my colleagues came into my office today and complained how no one was "doing anything fun this weekend". I said, "Well, do you want to do something?" She brought up going to see a movie, or going shopping. And that was all I had to hear. I was sold. Shopping tomorrow is going to be a-ma-zing!

Speaking of shopping, this reminds me of something I've been meaning to get off my chest lately. So, it's February. We're one month into the New Year. How are you doing with your New Years' Resolutions? I'm .5 for 3 on my big ones. I barely exercised. I guess I walked one mile a day three days a week. But walking an additional three miles a week is pathetic, to say the least. I read from the Bible maybe 4 days a week? I was doing better until school started. Be a better person? Hard to tell. I think I'm doing better as an instructor, although I'm getting frustrated with one class I'm taking and I find myself getting cranky with - or worse, being indifferent toward - the hubs more often than not. Sigh.

Rather than give up, it's been my philosophy that you get a clean slate at the first of every month. Theoretically you could have a clean slate every day or every week, but I think there's something special about the first of the month. Maybe that's just because I was born on the first of the month (July). Ha. Anyway, it's a new month, so I get another shot! Woot! And so far, I've already been doing better. I realized that "exercise more" wasn't specific enough for me, so I altered it to "log one mile every day". On the first and the third, I walked a mile (each), and on the second, I ran a mile. Yeah, I know, it's pathetic, but baby steps. It's all about the baby steps.

The other place I plan to take baby steps is with my addiction to clothing. That is why I have come up with a list of my wants.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Back-up Plan: Black & Blue

Ever have one of those mornings where you wake up and nothing really seems to go quite like you planned? That was this morning. It wasn't catastrophic by any means, but to start off, one dog wouldn't poo, and so I spent much longer outside than I had anticipated, which put me behind schedule. You might not think five minutes makes a difference, but when you have only 40 minutes to get ready, 5 minutes is a signification chunk of time. Anyway, I'm sure you know how the rest of this story goes. To make matters worse, the skirt I was going to wear this morning was acting funky on me. It probably didn't help that my cami and turtleneck looked chunky under the skirt and I didn't want to leave them untucked. At least I learned my lesson last week (or two weeks ago) and had a back-up plan. 
Necklace: Gift
Everything else: The Limited
 [This outfit is dedicated to (or maybe inspired by) my favorite band: The Backstreet Boys. Remember their third CD? Shape of My Heart, anyone?]

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