Outfitblogging 28 May 2015

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Dress: sewn by me (spring 2015)
Camisole: Target (spring 2015)
Belt: unknown
Earrings: Amazon.com (spring 2015)
Necklace: birthday gift from a friend (fall 2013)
Shoes: Spring Step, at DSW (summer 2011)

It’s a dress! That I sewed myself! The fabric feels as comfortable as wearing pajamas, but the pattern makes it appropriate for work days (with the cami) and party nights (without the cami—vavavoom!). I originally planned to make my own maxi based on a really simple tutorial, but after sewing, felt the pattern too busy for a full-length dress. I cut the hem to my knees and like it much better this way.

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I’ve been wearing these hoop earrings pretty much non-stop. This day I added the Weeping Angel necklace and it’s a lot of fun watching people figure it out and then get a little nervous checking out my jewelry.

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These shoes. Four years. They had a good run, and this is the last time they will appear on the blog. I spent the workday with uncomfortable feet, and on my way to karaoke that night, I stopped off at DSW and picked up a new pair of tan flats, which I’d been wanting for a while but put off buying.

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Outfitblogging 21 April 2015

Cardigan over plaid dress

Dress: eShakti (winter 2013)
Cardigan: Hand-knit Soay, using Quince & Co Chickadee (winter 2014)
Socks: gift from parents (Christmas, 2014)
Shoes: Dansko, at Walking Company (fall 2014)
Earrings: vendor at Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival (spring 2013)
Necklace: Claire’s (fall 2008)

Ah. It’s been a month from wearing this outfit to posting it. How silly of me! I remember thinking that I needed to wear this sweater just a couple more times before the weather got too hot for it—and now it is probably put away until the fall. I’m working on some springtime knits, but those may not be seen until next year.

Knitting needle earrings

To go with my hand-knit sweater, I wore the earrings made from recycled knitting needles.

Black oxfords with green socks

They don’t come across well in photos, but these socks are totally the same green as in the dress.

Outfitblogging 18 April 2015

Spring dress with hat and shawl

Dress: eShakti (summer 2013)
Hat: Nine West, at Macy’s (spring 2010) with additions by me (spring 2015)
Shawl: hand-knit Sunflower Shawl, using Bittersweet Woolery Star Dust (summer 2013)
Shoes: b.o.c. at DSW (spring 2014)
Earrings, necklace, bracelet: Vintage 360, Etsy (winter 2012)

Just let me start off by stating that this outfit was all about the hat.

After each season of karaoke, a bunch of us celebrate with a huge brunch, including as many bottles of champagne as we can handle. When the fall season ended in December, we made the brunch theme “ugly Christmas sweater”, so for this brunch, a Spring/Easter hat theme was decided.

I had a few ideas of which dresses I could wear. This one, and the accompanying shawl, was worn for my friend’s fall garden wedding over a year ago. As soon as I spied the bright green dress with the embroidered flowers, I knew it would be perfect.

Sunflower shawl

The shawl was hand-knit by me over several months, and I was so super pleased with how it turned out. The pattern was a gift from a friend a couple years ago, and I finally found the perfect yarn for the job at the NY Sheep & Wool festival in 2012. It is one of my favorite knits.

Spring hat

Also: this hat! It was really all about the hat. For the base, I recycled my old floppy hat, which was starting to get a bit worn. I also bought a scrunchable floppy hat last year, so this one was seeing fewer and fewer wears. Now it’s got a fresh life as that wonderful ode to spring brunch, with its bright flowers and tiny martini glasses.

Sandals

While the shoes are comfortable and pretty, there’s not much more to say about them, after the shawl and the hat.

Outfitblogging 11 September 2014

Plaid dress

Dress: eShakti (winter 2013)
Earrings: gift from my parents (Christmas 2012)
Socks: Target
Shoes: Fluevog (summer 2014)

Warmer temperatures returned by the end of the last week, so my dreams of layers will have to wait just a little longer. I’ve worn this dress alone a few times, but I do keep a cream-colored cardigan at my work desk for when things get chilly. The office can get 30°F cooler than outside, and days spent sweating on the walk to work often mean freezing under sweaters and shawls while coding all day.

Green drop earrings

I keep pairing different green earrings with this dress. That’s fine! It’s not like green is my favorite color or anything…

Purple and navy Fluevogs

But really this outfit was all about the shoes. I wasn’t planning on buying them, not really. I needed a new, good quality, more casual shoe for fall and winter, and while I was in Seattle, the Fluevog email newsletter popped these beauties right into my brain. I ended up walking past the store, and before I knew it, I was inside trying them on. I walked out of the store with them on my feet and they are so wonderfully comfortable. I adore my other Fluevog shoes, but with this style I think these will get a lot more wear.

Outfitblogging 8 September 2014

Chambray shirt over dress

Shirt: Old Navy (summer 2014)
Dress: Lane Bryant (summer 2006)
Necklace: Lane Bryant (summer 2013)
Earrings: Torrid (winter 2012)
Shoes: Earth Origins, at DSW (spring 2014)

It’s fall! Time for apples and pumpkins and sweaters and tights! We are currently in meteorological fall even as astronomical fall is still a few weeks away, as I am learning from my introductory atmospheric science class. Still, you wouldn’t have known it from last weeks temperatures, in the low- to mid-90s here in the mid-Atlantic.

Whatever, I got the first of my pumpkin-spice coffees and teas over Labor Day weekend.

Next month, I’ll be going on my first cruise, and I’ve been pinning clothes and planning outfits. I want to pack as light as possible, so organizing a remixable vacation wardrobe has helped me figure out the gaps in my clothing collection. I placed an order for mustard skinny jeans (!) and this past weekend, I picked up a couple items, including this chambray shirt from Old Navy. ON’s sizing is wildly inconsistent; sometimes I’m swimming in their Large but then can’t get an Extra-large over my head. (Don’t even get my started on the online only Plus sizing.) This button-front shirt is an XXL and fits fairly well.

Chunky copper necklace

I bought this necklace a while back but I don’t think I’ve worn it often. I’ve tried it with several of my button-front shirts, with the neck closed, but it always seemed too heavy or clunky. I love the way it looks here with the chambray shirt! I’ll find a few more uses for it yet.

Black sandals

Of course these shoes. You guys wouldn’t know it, as I haven’t been blogging lately, but my original prediction was spot on and these shoes because my most worn over this past summer. I can probably get a good amount of wears in before the weather turns cool enough for socks again. Believe me, I am definitely looking forward to those days.

Outfitblogging 7 Apr 2014

Houndstooth dress with cardigan

Dress: Lane Bryant (fall 2010)
Cardigan: Lane Bryant (spring 2009)
Tights: We Love Colors
Shoes: Abella, at DSW (fall 2013)
Earrings: Torrid (winter 2012)

Sometimes a dress pops out at you and you completely forgot you had it. That’s what this awesome houndstooth dress did to me. I bought it a few years ago to wear to an event as part of a larger wedding weekend, and I think I subconsciously consigned it to “event dress”. I’ve only worn it a few times, and I think I can name them all!

However, last week I took to my closet, mercilessly and brutally throwing items into piles—donation for things that didn’t fit or weren’t really my style, that someone else could wear; and trash for things that were completely beyond repair. I rediscovered this dress hiding with my other cocktail dresses, and decided to wear it once more before the weather warmed up too much for it.

Owl earrings

I thought I’d lost these earrings forever! I recently found them as I did some reorganizing in my apartment. As I flipped through my bags and purses for any loose change, these flew out at me. So happy!

Tights and mary janes

It was raining when I took these photos, and it rained most of the day, but I was determined to get back into the blogging habit, so here we are. It was damp and chilly enough that tights were a good outfit choice, but I’m not sure how much more wear they will get until falls comes around again. And these shoes! I may have finally found the perfect mary jane: good fit, adequate support, decent heel height, and just the right amount of grip on the soles.

Outfitblogging 5 Apr 2014

Floral dress with cardigan

Dress: eShakti (spring 2012)
Cardigan: Hand-knit Soay, using Quince & Co Chickadee (winter 2014)
Socks: SockDreams
Shoes: Dansko, at DSW (winter 2012)
Earrings: vendor at Nerdapalooza (fall 2014)

Spring! I was so happy for warmer temperatures that I may have underestimated the wind chills on Saturday. I put on my favorite dress and paired it with my finally-finished cardigan, drove up to Philadelphia to check out a friend’s new job, and shivered in the sunlight. Oh well. It was totally worth it. I love this sweater; it was so much fun to knit. Check out the details on the owl buttons! Surprisingly, I found them at Jo-ann for a very reasonable price.

Teacup earrings

These earrings are also a lot of fun. Sadly, I didn’t think to take a photo of both of them. This side is a little teacup, but the other side is a little tea kettle.

Socks and Danskos

My favorite Danskos are starting to feel a bit beat up. I can really only wear these with thicker socks now, and the strap is wearing a little thin. I wonder if this is something that can be repaired? While cobblers aren’t setting up shop on every street corner, a tailor’s near me also works on shoes.