Anyway, this article is indirectly political. Full disclosure, a close relative works for this company so I'm sure that I'm a little biased, but I think I am more biased in knowing about it versus my feelings about it. For example, if my relative didn't work here than I probably wouldn't pay attention to the story, but I would still feel the same way about it even if it were about a different company in the same position.
A couple of weeks ago I spent a couple of days at our local state transportation office learning how to properly use federal and state funds for projects. Basically, I learned that money isn't worth all of the ridiculous amounts of red tape they make you go through. However, one rule I learned is that you must "Buy America" if you are using steel or iron materials. I love how the government puts these restrictions on us, but yet though don't seem to follow the same rule. Read the article below and you'll see what I mean:
Contract would preserve U.S. jobs
Hawker Beechcraft files suit over Air Force contract
By Molly McMillin
The Wichita Eagle
Published Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011, at 11:11 a.m.
Updated Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, at 9:18 a.m
Wichita — Hawker Beechcraft Corp. filed suit Tuesday with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims questioning the Air Force’s decision to exclude its AT-6 aircraft from a contract potentially worth nearly $1 billion...For the past year, Hawker Beechcraft has competed against Brazil-based Embraer for a contract to supply 35 aircraft to the Air Force. That number could grow to 55 and be worth up to $950 million. Deliveries were scheduled to begin in 2013...If Hawker Beechcraft wins the contract, it would preserve 1,400 U.S. jobs at 181 companies in 39 states, the company said. That includes 800 at Hawker Beechcraft, Boisture said...
Read the entire story here.
I'm actually typing this while trying to ward off a migraine. I have learned now that they only come generally at one time of the month (I'm sure you ladies know what I mean). Trust me, this is better than almost daily before I started treatment, but now I REALLY dread this week. It doesn't matter how much water I drink, caffeine I take, or sleep I get. It just seems to happen. I got over 8 hours of sleep last night and woke up with this darn headache. Anyway, how do you explain to people why you have a headache and why you know it won't go away when the answer is awkward, like "I'm on my per..." I'm trying to help my boss with something and I keep yawning and having to sit down because I don't feel well (I have no idea why yawning helps) and he keeps asking if I'm okay. I guess my coworkers will just have to think I'm a little crazy today, or hungover, but I hope not that because I have never been hungover in my life (different thought for a different day). Oh well!
So I just wanted to drop in and say hi. I will try to get back to more regular posting and commenting. Again, Merry Christmas (late) and Happy New Year!
So I started reading Kayla's blog during her last wardrobe challenge, and I loved it. I also loved when she and Amy and Erica started doing this series called Open to Interpretation. I have no idea why, but I never thought of taking an outfit I saw in a catalog or a magazine and then recreating it or something like it with what I already own. This has really helped me not only stretch my closet but also push me to try some new fashiony things (without going out to spend a ton of money).
Here is the photo inspiration (I just copied it from Kayla's blog):
Mine is pretty close to just being a copy, but I wore pink pants instead of red because my red cords had a little problem in the washing machine last weekend so they are in need of repair. I also didn't crop my pants because I had to work and it is chilly outside. Also, I didn't wear heeled oxfords because mine are dark brown and my striped shirt is black and I cannot yet mix dark brown and black. I can do cognac and black but that is about all. Anyway, use the link above to click over to Kayla's blog to see all of the interpretations. This was so fun, I hope we get to do it again!
So in the meantime while I'm trying to better my mind, here are a few simple OOTD for you:
I have no idea why, but I got this idea for a sweater paired with a short, floaty skirt and my leather shootie/booties, and then I found this at Old Navy so I decided it was meant to be!
I have to say I'm a real leather snob. I would rather hold out for leather shoes or a purse and know that it will last me close to forever. Therefore, I have been spending more like $20-$50 on shoes to get leather ones, but I still think that is a pretty good steal for leather.
Okay, that is all for now. Here's to no more wanting!
So this will be short and sweet because I'm posting on my new android phone (Christmas and bday gift from the hubby). I'm very excited to try out the app, and even though I'm used to a keyboard, the touch one is working pretty well.
So I'm attending a local LOFT event tonight so i may post that outfit later, but here is my work appropriate look for the day:
I'm not sure how this will work with the picture when I actually post, but here is the outfit breakdown:
Cardigan: Coldwater Creek, $15
Blouse: Lands' End Canvas, $12
Pants: Lands' End, $10
Boots: Target, gift
Hopefully this post sort of makes sense. I can't wait to share about the fun evening event so check back tomorrow! Oh, and the other nice thing about my phone, a better camera so at least my uninspiring outfit photos are slightly better quality. Have a happy day!
(It also mean no yard work for a few months, minus the leaves that I should probably rake, but we'll just pray for a good strong breeze to blow those on their way).
Anyway, I have been busily preparing my application to take the P.E. (Professional Engineer) exam, and it is all due on December 16th so we are getting close! I don't have much left to finish, but it has definitely been a time suck for a while. I also took some time off to enjoy family and friends over the holidays, and it was one of the best trips back home we have had. It was just fun and good times all around. I miss everyone already.
So due to the fact that I'm not sleeping as much as I should, my outfits have been a little underwhelming lately, but I'll share a few anyway.
How was everyone's Thanksgiving?
I'm sorry, but I have to get it all out. This last week was one for the record books for me, folks. (oh speaking of a pet peeve/rant, one of my coworkers loves to use the word "folks" but he pronounces the "L" in it too. Think of the word "bulk" but add "fo" instead of "bu"). Anyway, let the venting commence.
First off, this is a prayer request and just was a source of sadness for me: one of my good friends was diagnosed with breast cancer. I thought it was so ironic that they got the diagnosis during Breast Cancer Awareness month, but it freaks me out. First of all, she is almost exactly a year older than me, and I'm only 26. She also just celebrated her only daughter's first birthday in August and they were hoping to start trying for more babies soon. Due to the type of cancer and treatment, she may not be able to have any more biological children or even try to get pregnant (they think she may have gotten the cancer from the natural hormones while pregnant). Anyway, she is the most positive, joy-filled, faithful people I know, and I know her and the hubby are already placing her in God's care and they just pray that God is glorified and known through all of this. All I can say is WOW. They are such a joy in my life and I am just praying that God's plan be full healing and that His power his seen by all. This is still a bit of rant though, because I still just can't believe it is true. I'm not mad at God at all, just confused and sad. He allows me to be those things.
Okay, now onto the petty and annoying because really the above puts everything into perspective. It is that time of the month, and that just induces emotions that make me frustrated. Then on top of that, I can't get certain people in my work life to do their jobs, and it is reflecting poorly on me and holding up my work. The most frustrating part about it - they are my bosses! They live in a world of procrastination (well, mostly one) and we have had a contract since January that needs to be signed and sent back - it is so maddening.
All of my sports teams lost last weekend, boo :( I hope today proves better for my alma mater and all of my other favorite teams.
My husband and I had a poopy week of disconnecting. I heard something he said wrong (although I still think he feels this way) and it just made for a tension filled week. I hate when we aren't on the same page - it is just so unsettling. Long story short, my husband isn't a huge fan of my glasses, but that is all that is comfortable to me so now I feel stuck. It isn't a big deal, but it felt like it to me. Oh well, we'll deal with it.
Lastly, Google all decided to go and change everything up with its programs, and so far I'm not a fan. I feel like the contrast and readability of gmail and Google reader commands is hard to see (for example, if you want to "star" something, it is hard to see and find), and it just keeps sort of messing up and freezing!
Okay, that is all. My rant is over. I think I typed so hard and fast that my wrist hurts now too. Really, nothing matters in this post other than that I ask for prayers for my amazing friend. I know I will get so many more blessings from God through her during this period of life than I will be able to give her, but I just hope I can be a good support for her, at least a little.
I pray that you and all your loved ones are well and healthy today, and that you share with them how much you love them.
1. Online shopping - This is my number one tip. I do probably 90% of my shopping online. I have usually found better prices online and I usually only shop at online places when they offer free shipping (which is fairly often at some retailers). This is the biggest way I find good deals. I will scour online sales and I also tend to make sure a retailer either allows in store returns or free shipping on return items. The Gap is one store that I usually find has better in store prices during sales, but sometimes the sizes in the store are very limited. J.Crew doesn't offer free shipping on any order much anymore, but when they do I stock up.
2. Google coupon codes - This is tied closely with online shopping. I get a lot of sale emails daily from my favorite stores, but I also always google "STORE NAME promo code" to see what is out there. This is very helpful!
3. ebay and Thrifting - I don't do near as much thrifting as a lot of bloggers out there, but I will ocassionally find a hidden treasure at a thrift store. My favorite source for gently used items is ebay. I have bought and sold quite a bit on ebay, and I love it.
4. Sale sites - I am a member of Rue La La, Gilt, and I get Shop it to Me emails as well. I wouldn't say this is my main source of good deals, but I have scored some really deals this way as well.
5. Shop an unexpected source - one of my favorite online places to find a good deal is Coldwater Creek. I know most women under the age of 50 wouldn't even consider this store, but they actually have some really cute pieces. Some items are more matronly or older, but I have gotten a number of pieces there that I love. They have a great online outlet and when you can find a 30% off code with free shipping, you can really score at this store. I'll have to share some of the items I have found there that I love (besides jewelry I frequently wear in outfit posts).
6. Patience - This is the last tip I can think of, but it really is true. I usually make a list of new arrivals I like and then I wait out stores for sales, and I have started learning when the best ones come. Unless it is something I REALLY REALLY REALLY want and it looks like it will sellout before it hits sale, I NEVER buy anything full price. I have learned that there is just no reason to. If I can wait just a few short weeks, I can buy the item I want and maybe something else too! I just can't make myself spend more on something if I know I can get it cheaper elsewhere.
For example, Lands' End Canvas (one of my favorite retailers) will generally have their seasonal sale for two or three weeks, and then after that they will add an extra 20% or 30% off the sale price. That is when I buyg (like the purchases that derailed the detox). They also frequently have free shipping (and you can always return for free to a Sears store!)
I also check back frequently to online sites to see if a favorite item pops back into stock.
Okay, this is all I can think of for now, but if I remember any other tips I will be sure to share them with you all! Happy wallet friendly shopping :)
Here is a cut of the first part of the list: pants.
Dark Bootcut jeans - I have 3 pairs of really dark bootcut jeans, I have two pair of dark skinny jeans, two pair of medium wash skinny ankle jeans, three pair of medium was bootcut jeans (one a high waisted pair) and two pair of dark trouser jeans. I'm no longer a student and I very rarely get to wear jeans to work (maybe 15-20 Fridays a year, max) so I have quite a few for only being able to wear them on weekends and maybe the evenings if I have somewhere to go. I LOVE jeans. I have gotten rid of a few pair that were too big lately, but I'm always wanting to add to my collection. I think it is because I was the youngest of three girls growing up, and I got hand-me downs a lot. I was also tall for my age, and so my jeans were never cool and always too short. Therefore, I pretty much buy any pair of jeans I love that are $20 or less. I think I have two pairs of jeans that were over $20: one for $24 (Lands' End Canvas) and another pair of 7 for all Mankind jeans I bought on ebay for $45 - I was trying to fit in at my very fashionable college but I do love the jeans). Other than that, all jeans were $20 or less.
Menswear inspired trousers - now this section is a bit more under control. I would only consider maybe three pairs of my dress pants "trousers." I have one black pair, one dark brown pair, and one grey pair. I think I am pretty good at hitting the basics on this one. However, I have too many of some of the other categories.
Black flared pants - I'm not sure that "flared" is what I have because I'm not as much a flared pant person. I do have a couple of pairs of wide leg black pants and maybe one pair that is bootcut. I think they fill this essential just fine though.
Casual Chinos - so I have a lot of pants that probably fit closest to this category (some are slightly dressier). I have two navy pairs of chinos, multiple pairs of khakis, and one pair of casual black chinos. I work in an environment that is business casual so a lot of my pants fall into that category.
Slim ankle length pants - this is probably my most favorite pant silhouette. I have two pairs of black, one khaki colored pair, one navy pair, one dark purple pair, and I'm working on making a couple of flared pair into skinny pants. I also have a couple of pair of jeans that fit into this category.
I think it is evident that I have more than enough pairs of pants. This list also didn't include the four pairs of corduroy pants I also have for the cooler months (three skinny pair one bootcut). Due to my plethora of pants, I have not been buying any of these lately. I haven't even bought new jeans in a while either - at least I'm holding back in some areas!
Don't forget to check out Misty's weekly post here and all the other great ladies participating!
Okay, back to the "thing" I read...
It was an article in Real Simple magazine targeted at helping you never buy the wrong thing again. It has great tips in it, and the wardrobe checklist it includes really brought it all back home to me. I started going through the checklist and realized I had multiples of many of the items on there. If you want to read the whole piece (which I encourage you to do): click here. However, here is a picture of the checklist that I copied from the previous Real Simple link - it is pretty small so you'll probably just want to click through the link.
Now for a hopefully inspiring outfit photo for the Texas Rangers -I'm dead tired after the game last night but I sure hope they bring home the title this evening. GO RANGERS!!!
Anyway, I'll do my official update tomorrow, but I decided to start following this outfit inspiration blog (Fab Finds under $50) to keep me on track again with using clothes I already own. I think being an engineer sometimes filters into all aspects of my life because I love structure (that would be even funnier if I were a structural engineer, I'm a nerd, sorry). I found this blog (check it out!) through a chain of other blogs, and I love that she has all of these calendars for inspiration so I can be creative but have some guidance.
Today was Mustard & Navy - I was happy to do to this because I love these two colors together. I opted for the oufit below (please excuse my hair, we had 93% humidity this morning):
I realize that $48 isn't cheap, but for a leather tote that is pretty good. I have been a lover of purses since I was born (I have pictures of me with them draped around my neck as a baby/toddler), and I used to go with quantity not quality. Well, over the years I have shifted to spending a bit more on leather bags that will last me for years versus cheap ones for months. It is amazing how many less bags I own, but I love them all.
Also, I realize I will never be a full on fashion blogger. I don't have the time or energy to take awesome pictures, but now that the weather is cooler and my backyard isn't quite as out of control, I will try to take more outside pictures again with better lighting. I just like to use this little space to stretch my creativity with my fashion, and hopefully without spending too much money! I really do have other things I want to blog about these days also, but I forget to take pictures and then that makes for a boring blog post. I'll try to be better about throwing in some other fun things too! Hope everyone is having a good evening, and GO RANGERS!!! (that is the world series for my non sports readers)
In the meantime, this is my update on the Detox challenge. Last week (before Monday) was a pretty good week for me. I actually returned something I bought with my "already used money" so I still have that on the table. I also even returned the sweater dress I bought the week before. I had pined over it for a while, but after trying it on, it wasn't love and wasn't worth the break in the Detox. I'll already confess that I used my "already used before detox" money this week, but it was after Monday so I'll wait to update on that for next week. I'm pretty week, but I am seeing small changes so hopefully by the end of this thing I will really be viewing shopping differently!
Here is a somewhat boring outfit from the week. I think I am just sort of getting sick of my summer clothes. Fall, I long for you!
Anyone of my followers out there decided to try this yet? Let me know and check out the other detoxers here.
I like what Misty said on the weekly link-up post today (go here to read and see other "stretchers"). She talked about the freedom in not feeling like she needs to keep up with a trend or run out and try to find something she saw online - I wanted to yell, "Amen, sista!" That has been the biggest thing I have noticed this last week for me. I think my head was even trying to will myself to want things, but I just couldn't find that much that I wanted. Mostly, I think I am over the current offerings in stores so I hope I stay strong once new arrivals starting hitting the sale racks.
I would have probably justified buying something small almost everyday before the stretch, and I got into this horrible habit of ordering anything I thought I might like and then having to return a lot if I didn't like it (I'm more of an online shopper even though I live in a huge shopping city). However, now I am kind of having fun shopping my closet and switching up purses and belts to make things feel new again. It would also help if the weather could actually get cooler here so I could start piling on the fall clothes!
Okay, so here is what did get purchased when I kind of strayed this last week and why: a watch - it is one I had been thinking about for a year and I found a great deal. I also don't consider it jewelry, but I also am selling an older watch on ebay to pay for it (so at least it isn't money out of my pocket). I also purchased a new red t-shirt for $7. I realized that I gave away my only red t-shirt (it was too low cut, but I made do); red is one of my alma mater's colors, and we are in the middle of football season so I had to replace it. Our next game is a "red out." I wasn't thrilled to have to buy it, but it wasn't a frivolous buy at least. Lastly, I did purchase a dress from Lands' End Canvas (LEC) on sale that I had eyed since last year. However, I only did this because I had to return (see that cycle) some things I purchased before I started the stretch so I figured that money could go to the dress.
Oops - I also forgot that I unintentionally bought a dress and t-shirt for $4 total (as in $2 a piece). I had this dress and shirt in my shopping bag at LEC since a couple of weeks ago and they were still there marked down to $4 each. I figured this was a fluke but I decided to proceed to checkout to see what would happen. It let me check out (and I used a $4 credit I had) and now they are on their way to my house. I really thought the store would email and say the order was cancelled, but I guess for $4 it can slide. Who knows, they may not even fit.
Okay, that is my confessional for the week. I'm feeling stronger though and realizing even further that I don't need anymore. I am also still sticking to my rule of "one in, one out" with these few items coming in the mail. If possible, I will try to resell so no extra money is being spent. However, this next week and then the next however many are left until this is over will be void of even this shopping because I have used the money from the returns and no more fudging. Like I said, baby steps.
After all of that talk, here is my outfit:
Sometimes I forget that you can layer under and not just over. I decided under would help make this dress a little more work appropriate, but looking at this picture makes me think I was a little too casual for a Tuesday. Oh well! My work doesn't really care. This is also the first time I have knotted a belt like this. I like my belts to be long so I can wear them on my low-waist with jeans or higher-up to define a waist (my belt-hole puncher was seriously the best buy), but then a large portion of the belt hangs down when worn up high. I tried the loopy knot thing, and I don't hate it. Sometimes I think that things look weird on me, but then I realize it is just because it is different. If I'm confident, then no one else will think it is weird!
One final question: do any of my fellow naturally curly haired girls out there have any favorite products? I go through periods of loving something, and then I feel like it stops working and I get the lovely mess on my head that is my hair today (pardon it in the above picture). I just feel like it looks so frizzy and gross, but I don't always know what to do with it (without spending a ridiculous amount of time on it). I'm kind of looking forward to the dry winter months because I tend to get a long string of good hair days!
So you may remember that I started WeightWatchers a few months ago, and I have continued following my plan. This summer has been a struggle for me, but I sit at 136 lbs right now. My goal from the beginning was 132 so I’m going to see if I can get down to that now. Even if I never do, I feel great and I’m enjoying seeing my body change and become more tone. I have been working out almost every morning, and I plan to continue on that for the rest of my life if possible. I feel like I’m finally making a lifestyle change.
Well, my mom started WeightWatchers a bit after me, and than my oldest sister followed. My other sis hasn’t actually officially signed up yet, but over Labor Day weekend we decided that we were doing this together. They need motivators and I needed extra motivation so helping them helps me. Since I have been doing it longest, I’m motivating my sisters to workout and eat better (and more just helping my mom be accountable and give support because she has a pretty good thing going).
I text them each morning at 6:30 to make sure they are up and exercising, and then we all keep in touch about what we did today and how it went. We set weekly goals, and we are finalizing our long term goal and reward for reaching it (we are thinking about a girls’ trip). Anyway, I will use my blog to track our journey. Not sure which day each week, but I’m thinking maybe Sundays…we’ll see.
Anyone else working on making any lifestyle changes?
I'm also sad, because it seems that yet again, my lovely home state of Kansas is going to be kicked to the curb as always. I know Kansas isn't as exciting as NYC, and no, we don't have any beaches, but I LOVE Kansas. Unfortunately I don't get to live there anymore, but I will always be a Kansan, and I have tons of pride for my state. It is full of hard working people, and maybe we just prefer a simpler, quieter pace of life. I miss that living in a big city. Plus, with the Internet and UPS, I have determined that I could shop anywhere, even in fashion lacking Kansas (we used to get stores later than other places).
I hate when I tell people I'm from Kansas and they either say, "I drove there once" or "I flew over it once." The coasts have definitely made it flyover country for sure. Seems that may happen again in college sports. I live in Texas, and although I will always be a Kansan, I like Texas, too. Texas is too big and too strong willed to let it be flyover country, and it also has far more people in it than Kansas. I'm sorry to any University of Texas fans out there, but I sort of feel like they ruined the Big XII. They are all about money, and they are huge so they have a very large alumni and fan base. Kansas can't compete with that, and therefore we'll get kicked to the curb and put in the "leftovers" conference because we don't have the money or sheer number of people the southern schools have to support it monetarily like TX schools can.
If you read my post yesterday, you know that I put myself on a shopping ban. Well, I was also super behind on blog reading and just happened to read Misty’s post from last week talking about the 100 Day Stretch (see button on the side). Yes you read that right – 100 Days. Basically, it means that we are going 100 Days without shopping. I kind of can’t believe I just said that, but as I said yesterday, it is much needed. Sometimes I really think God works in the small things. I need to do this detox, but I wasn’t sure I could do it alone. Now I don’t have to thanks to Misty!
So how did this all start? Well, I have always loved shopping, but online shopping was just becoming too much of a hobby. Also, looking, or should I say hunting, for a good deal became almost a high for me I think. Anywho, this really kicked into gear a few months ago when I lost weight and needed to replace some clothing. Well, I got a little crazy and went a little overboard (as described yesterday while I started looking at all the new clothes I haven’t even worn in my closet).
So the last day I officially bought something was Saturday, September 17. Therefore, day 100 is December 26th. I’m not sure if I will let myself shop on the day after Christmas or wait one more day, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there. For now, this is the start of this journey and we’ll see what happens.
My rules for myself:
I will not buy any clothes, shoes or jewelry. I hope this stretch will encourage me to work on some of my sewing projects I have half started. I will not be allowed to buy new patterns or fabric, but I will let myself buy a zipper or some other notion if I NEED one (as in really don’t have one at all) to finish a project. I even have a wedding to attend in two weeks, but I will wear a dress I already have so as of now I’m not allowing myself any purchase but one: a midi skirt. That is also only if I find one I love, and I really only plan to look at local thrift stores. That is all. The only other thing I have even contemplated buying that does not fall into an above category is a new, slimmer case for my nook, but I think I’ll try to get that on ebay (and only that) if I sell more items.
Okay, those are the rules. Are you in? If you want to join, go here and let Misty know! Check back here each Monday to see how I’m doing. Next Monday: the basic wardrobe list every woman needs (as seen in Real Simple, May 2011)
I didn't intend to take a blog break. I was out of town for Labor Day weekend, and then work got crazy busy. Anyway, things should be back to normal now and hopefully the fall won't prove to be as busy as spring. However, I did join a book club, we have football games, and the husband and I are doing this marriage class group thing. They are all good things though, and I feel like I'm getting more and more involved at church and with friends, and that is what matters in life, right?
So yesterday (after I had a mini life meltdown), I started cleaning and organizing again. You see, I deep cleaned my house about two weeks ago, but then I was either dealing with that time of the month or too busy to clean the last couple of weeks so it kind of overwhelmed me yesterday. Mostly what overwhelmed me were these piles of unread magazines from the last two years and a stack of recipes I tore out from them. I finally decided that I would only keep the recipes I truly thought I would make and like, and then threw all of the rest of it into the recycle bin. I kept thinking that I would want to look at fashion ideas or home decor ideas, but they are over a year old and there will always be other ways to get that info. So I decided it all had to go and it made me feel so much better!
When I went back to cleaning I started putting away folded clothes from the laundry. It just hit me again how many clothes I have and that I still have a problem buying more, especially if they are a good deal. I have refrained a couple of times lately, but I think I have bought more than I refrained. I started selling some of my nicer older clothes on ebay, and all that did was get me back into my ebay buying. I have gotten a couple of things, but I am definitely on a full on shopping ban again. It is definitely needed. I have so many clothes that I love right now that I do not need anymore. There isn't anything else I want to get rid of right now, so shopping is over. I think I just keep shopping for fall hoping that it will make it come sooner, but now I have plenty of new fall to winter items so I'm done.
Now I do have to admit that last week before realizing I needed to stop shopping again, I went to Target to look at the new Missoni items. Most of all of the clothes were gone, but I did look at some shoes. However, I ultimately put them back because they had awesome markdowns on a ton of clothes. I got four dresses for $10-$12 each. They are all nice and lined, and the best part is that two of them are a size 6. I never thought I would wear that size again. I need to get back to updating my blog on my healthy quest too because a lot has happened there as well.
Okay, that is the update for now. Look for more posts about a lot of random topics coming to you soon!
Here is my outfit today featuring a new Target dress:
Tank: Coldwater Creek, $10
Sweater/Cardigan: Lands' End Canvas, gift
Jeans: Gap, $20
Shoes: Talbots, $30
Necklace: Forever 21, $5
So the first picture is how I normally look at work - wearing a sweater when it is 105 outside because it is FREEZING inside. I also tried to take a couple of pics of my shoes since they were the reason for the outfit. This outfit is pretty simple, but I like. I also love my mustard sandals. Hope y'all are having a great Labor Day weekend. Don't forget to check out the other Sunday Shoes here.
Top: Lands' End, $5
Skirt: J.Crew Outlet, $20
Sandals: J.Crew via ebay, $6
Necklace: Anthropologie, $10
I had loved this necklace in all colors for a while, but I just couldn't bring myself to even spend $30 on it (the first cut price at Anthro). However, when I saw it hit $10 a couple of weeks ago, I jumped on it. I love how it kind of becomes the shirt in a way. I think it is truly the focal point and a statement so I was glad to have a great excuse to wear it. I tried to keep the rest of the outfit simple, but I still had to have me some color in there. I also had to be outside again to observe some more school traffic so I was trying to wear few clothes but still be work appropriate.
My office is pretty much business casual, and I don't really know what that means for me, so I just wear what I want that is dressy. I'm not wearing cocktail dresses or anything, but I work with either men (mostly over 40) or women (mostly over 55) so they don't really know fashion or care too much. I work for local government, and I don't think it is generally known for being a creative workplace with fashion forward employees. However, I decided I would rather push the envelope a little than wear my khaki trousers and blah shirt everyday (like I did for a while because I didn't care).
What is your work wardrobe like?
I must apologize for the picture too. I didn't have time to run to the bathroom at work yesterday so I took these in my bathroom mirror at home (and it isn't full length and the lighting is even worse than work!)
I was just wearing my tried and true Lands' End Canvas brown leather flat sandals. I actually had the tee tucked out from the vest originally, which is still how I prefer it, but I decided that was too casual for a workday. Oh well! Checkout the other menswear outfits here.
Without further ado, here is my inspiration photo for the copycat outfit:
Mine isn't perfect, but a similar idea. My suede wedges have a similar shape to them, but they don't have any fun geometric designs on the toe of the shoe. The do have a little leather lace and bow though. Also, my blouse is gray and has a silver button so I changed out the gold bracelets for silver in my look. Here ya go:
Check out the good ones here.
blog, but oh well. For your viewing pleasure:
How do you like to wear your jeans?
Without further ado, I got behind on my challenge posting so you get two today! Today's challenge was to wear a dress or skirt. This really isn't hard for me. I love dresses and skirts, and I have pretty much only worn that to work this summer because of the blasted heat. However, today I had to go a little more formal and conservative because I had a meeting with an assistant city manager. I figured today wasn't the day to push the fashion envelope.
I really like the color of this top, and I could have probably been a bit more creative with the accessories. However, I was running late and even forgot to put my watch on (which I never do unless pressed for time). Any of you readers out there also participating in this challenge? Let me know if you are!
So I can't wear this cardigan outside, but it keeps me warm in the ever chilly office (all of the women in the office besides me are going through menopause). Also, I have to keep taking silly phone pics in the work bathroom because it is way too hot to do outside photos and my house has horrible lighting for indoor pics. It is really quite weird.
You'll also have to excuse the crazy hair. I just got it cut this weekend, and I love the cut but the humidity has rolled into town (even though our little suburb keeps getting passed on both sides by the rain storms). I need to be less lazy with the hair, but at this point, no amount of anti-frizz product seems to be working! I'm also sporting a new pair of glasses. I'll try to share a close-up photo of those once I get the crazy frizzy hair under control :)