Outfitblogging 7 May 2015

Blue stripes over a skirt

Shirt: sewn by me (spring 2014)
Skirt: Eloquii (winter 2015)
Socks: Target
Shoes: Fluevog (summer 2014)
Necklace: gift from Matt’s parents (Christmas 2012)
Earrings: gift from parents, Alaska (fall 2011)

Oh, I so badly wanted a swingy midi skirt. They looked so gorgeous on other bloggers, and the item sat patiently on my wish list for so long. This winter, I finally ordered the ponte circle skirt from Eloquii, and as soon as it arrived, I eagerly tried it on. The color was beautiful, and it was amazingly comfortable… and it looked terrible on me. The hem hit at exactly the wrong place. I paired it with both flats and heels, and neither worked. Perhaps midi skirts just aren’t my thing.

I loved it so much, I didn’t want to return it, so I chopped off about 87 inches to create a knee-length, and lo! It’s perfect.

Almost. Halfway through the work day, I realized there was a huge gash in the back. Centered on my butt. On only my fourth wear. Luckily, it’s right on the seam, so I should be able to easily sew that up.

Black and silver

Gift earrings and gift necklace. A winning combination! Also new glasses. I have two new pair: these, which are fabulous, and a purple pair with little sparkly bits.

Dots and oxfords

Who says you should never wear stripes and dots together? These cuties were just made to be worn with the Fluevogs.

Outfitblogging 10 May 2012

Asymmetrical striped skirt with cardigan

Shirt: Target (summer 2011)
Cardigan: Lane Bryant (spring 2011)
Skirt: Lane Bryant (spring 2003)
Earrings: gift from mom (fall 2009)
Necklace: Claire’s (fall 2010)
Socks: Target (winter 2012)
Shoes: Dansko, at DSW (winter 2012)

The past couple weeks have been full of adventure! Social Knitworking, the knitting blog/podcast my friends and I work on, was hacked not once, but twice! I gave up on self-hosting it and moved it to WordPress.com, like this blog. Much better now, I think, if I can just recover our archives.

In the meantime, I’ve also almost finished knitting my summer cardigan. I still need to add the button band and buttons, but that didn’t stop me from wearing it to the Maryland Sheep and Wool festival last weekend. No photos, but I’ll be wearing it again very soon.

Flowery earrings

Today’s outfit isn’t quite what I was expecting. I really thought this skirt was longer, maxi length. Maybe I got taller over the years! Most likely, my memory has just gotten the facts wrong again. I’m not sure about it, but I’ll give it a few more tries before sending it off to the thrift shop. No more sitting in my closet for years!

I kept the jewelry simple and let the colors speak for themselves. So many stripes in this skirt! The flowery earrings don’t detract from the stripes at all though.

Argyle and Danskos

The stripes in the skirt didn’t keep me from wearing argyle socks, though. How could I resist? I wonder what people would think if I started wearing more normal socks?

Outfitblogging 7 Feb 2012

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Sweater: Lane Bryant (fall 2009)
Skirt: Lane Bryant (fall 2010)
Tights: We Love Colors (winter 2012)
Boots: Style & Co, at Macy’s (fall 2010)
Earrings: Claire’s (fall 2010)

Dud! I call it first, before going into specifics. The color is fabulous, or the blue is, at any rate. I bought these tights to match a few things, but had this sweater at the forefront. My original outfit included a completely different skirt, in style and in color, but realized that I still needed a slip in order to wear it with the tights. I switched it out at the last minute, since I was already mostly dressed, and ran out for work.

It’s not dreadful, and our department head even mentioned to me in the hall that she “loves my colors!” but I’ll think twice about pairing this sweater with this skirt again. Next time, I’ll make sure I have my slip, and try it again with the originally intended bottoms.

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Silver goes with everything, right? Especially with rich blues and a dark grey-and-black skirt.

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My go-to black boots. I sometimes wish they were an inch or so shorter. More booties, instead. Often, I wear my skirts knee-length or lower, and a shorter ankle or a higher heel would probably work a little better.

Hmm. There is a lot of poo-pooing going on in this post! I don’t intend for my critiques to be so downtrodden. I recently ran across a post on fashion mistakes from J’s Everyday Fashion, and agree with the concept: I aim to post everything I wear, especially for work days and adventure outings, and not just the cream of the crop. I want to document my mistakes, and learn from them. That’s what my blog is all about, after all! I started this as an experiment, and I hope I never stop learning about fashion, beauty, and self-esteem—from my fellow bloggers, and from myself.

Outfitblogging 15 Nov 2011

Florals and Stripes

Tank top: Lane Bryant (summer 2010)
Cardigan: Target (fall 2011)
Skirt: Fashion Bug (winter 2011)
Earrings: Lane Bryant (fall 2011)
Scarf: Target (fall 2011)
Tights: Lane Bryant (winter 2011)
Shoes: Aerosoles (winter 2011)

Hello, visitors and new readers! You all seemed to have caught me at a bad time, or at the very least, a sick and non-blogging time. I spent much of the past week on the couch, trying to work on the laptop, finishing my dad’s sweater, and taking many naps. This outfit is now a week old, and… what’s up with my hair?

I spent last Tuesday night doing an overnight sleep study, which I’ll post about on my other blog later. The rest of the week was in pajamas, as I’ve previously noted.

Multicolor earrings

These earrings were super cute, but when I bought them I had no ideas for them. This is the first wearing after having them for almost a month! I tried them a few other times, and this is the first time they worked.

Floral scarf

Most of the outfit was built around the scarf, which I’d picked up the night before at Target on a whim. I’d like to add more scarves to my collection, and most of the ones are Target are priced just right. I do have a couple from a thrift find earlier this year. I need to bring them out more.

Tights and flats

Tights and flats. This combination has been seen before, and will most likely be seen again.

Outfitblogging 4 Nov 2011

Plaid flannel shirt with scarf

Shirt: Target (fall 2011)
Tank top: Target (summer 2011)
Scarf: Target (fall 2011)
Skirt: Lane Bryant (summer 2004)
Tights: Lane Bryant (fall 2011)
Boots: Style & Co, Macy’s (fall 2010)
Earrings: Lane Bryant (fall 2011)

This is my Amy Pond inspired outfit. It’s not something that Amy actually wears anywhere, but any Doctor Who fan will recognize the components: plaid shirt, scarf, mini skirt, tights, boots. I could have gotten creative and added a headband, but I didn’t want to fiddle too much with the hair this morning.

Earrings and scarf

I took a chance and paired my outfit up with these new earrings. They are quite bold for me, but I’m thinking about becoming more bold with my accessories. I picked up a few this week at Lane Bryant, while everything in the store is currently 40% off.

Pink tights with black boots

Tights and boots! I tried my western-style boots first, but these fit a little bit better. The contrast between the hot pink tights and the brown boots was a little too off for me.

Outfitblogging 20 Oct 2011

Argyle sweater with skirt and tights

Tank top: Target (summer 2011)
Sweater: Lane Bryant (fall 2011)
Skirt: eShakti (fall 2011)
Tights: Lane Bryant (fall 2011)
Shoes: Aerosoles (winter 2011)
Necklace: gift from parents, Alaska (fall 2011)
Earrings: gift from parents, Alaska (fall 2011)

This may be one of my favorite outfits so far. I picked up this sweater last week on a huge sale at Lane Bryant, browsing while waiting for Matt to pick me up after a stress-filled day dealing with a dead battery in my car. I didn’t have any ideas in mind when I bought it, but after trying on about 87 things in the store, this was the only one I liked.

(The sales ladies tried to get me to buy bras, as they were on a buy-two-get-one-free sale, but none of their bras fit me. None. That’s what I get for having a tiny ribcage and a huge bust.)

The tank top and the tights are almost an exact match, close enough that pairing them a couple feet away won’t show the slight difference. There’s no pink in the sweater, but the jewel tones all work well together.

Hematite necklace and earrings

My parents went to Alaska last month, on a two-week cruise, and came home with several gifts for me, including this matching necklace and earrings set of hematite balls. I normally don’t wear the sets together, but the simple balls aren’t flashy enough to scream matchy-match to me.

Pink tights and charcoal flats

How bright are these tights? I adore this color, again with the pink. I’d planned on waiting to make a We Love Colors order before buying any more tights, but these brought me to the point of getting the discount on my LB purchases last month.

Outfitblogging 27 Sep 2011

Denim pencil skirt with hand-knit sweater vest over blouse

Skirt: Lane Bryant (fall 2008)
Shirt: Target (summer 2010)
Vest: hand-knit, myself (fall 2010)
Earrings: Lane Bryant (summer 2009)
Tights: Lane Bryant (fall 2011)
Shoes: Aerosoles (winter 2003)

This sweater vest is the first garment that I knit for myself. Before this, I’d knit scarves and shawls and shrugs and hats and gloves, but no clothing pieces. For the annual trip to the NY Sheep & Wool festival in Rhinebeck, my knitting group chooses a “house color”, and we each knit something to wear in that color. The 2010 color was blue, and I made myself a Cherry Bomb from Big Girl Knits with KnitPicks Comfy.

I do not like this outfit as much as I did when I first left the house yesterday. By the time I got into the office, I was sure I’d made a mistake pairing the tights with it. The blouse and vest together are simply adorable, but the bottoms are too dark. Perhaps next time I’ll go with something bright and colorful, not dark and patterned.

Hoop earrings, silver pendant necklace

Above is a pretty good shot of some of the vest. These are also the largest hoop earrings I own! Sometimes I like to be a little bold. These are very round and big, but yet still classy enough to wear to work, and not be all Jersey Shore.

Tights with mary janes

The pattern on the tights is super cute, but again, I think I would like them better with another outfit. I’ve got a few more ideas in mind, so you probably won’t see the last of these tights, even though I’ve already got a run! I was pulling them on when my nail caught the side. Luckily, I remembered an old trick my mother taught me when dealing with runs in stockings: clear nail polish. I grabbed my bottle, threw on a coat over the run, and continued my day. Worked like a charm.