Outfitblogging 2 June 2015

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Shirt: karaoke league (spring 2015)
Cardigan: Target (spring 2014)
Belt: unknown
Maxi skirt: Target (spring 2014)
Shoes: J-41, at DSW (spring 2013)
Earrings: Torrid (fall 2006)
Necklace: gift from Matt’s parents (Christmas 2011)

On Tuesday nights, I work with the communications team of my karaoke league, posting photos and notes from that evenings performances to Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. As part of staff, I get a nifty official black tee shirt, which I decided to wear to work on this day, instead of changing outfits once I got to the venue. I haven’t done this every week, but I have been purposefully planning my outfits to match my black shirt so I don’t have to lug around an entire change of clothes.

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With the ensemble fully black and grey, I decided to add some color with the bright hot pick earrings.

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These shoes are super comfortable for a night of standing, dancing, and making my way through the crowd to get the perfect shot; however, I did keep stepping on the back of my skirt as I crouched down on the floor to get different angles. Oops!

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Outfitblogging 4 May 2015

Black dots

Shirt: Kohl’s (fall 2014)
Skirt: Lane Bryant (spring 2009), altered by me
Shoes: J-41, at DSW (spring 2013)
Earrings: Amazon.com (spring 2015)

This outfit is nearly perfect. I really like this shirt—I bought it on sale at Kohl’s, and altered it to remove the elastic hem and shorten it a couple inches. It’s cute and comfortable, but seeing it here, I think I know the problem now: the neckline! Perhaps unbuttoning the henley or widening the neck would work better.

The skirt I altered is holding up quite nicely. I’m still experimenting with altering my clothing. I recently bought a fun new dress (also on sale!) even though I wasn’t 100% into it, because I knew that if I shortened the straps about an inch I would be in love. My sewing skills are still rudimentary, but have been giving me more confidence about finding, fixing, or making clothes that fit me.

Large hoops

I really wanted some large silver hoops, so I bought these large silver hoops on Amazon, and now I have the largest silver hoops ever.

Black sandals

I’ve had these shoes for about two years, but I think this is the first time they are appearing on the blog. They are comfortable, but I’ve now learned I cannot wear them on the walk from my new apartment to work. It took practically two weeks for the blisters to heal.

Outfitblogging 14 Apr 2014

Dress with cardigan and scarf

Dress: eShakti (spring 2013)
Cardigan: Target (summer 2011)
Scarf: gift from parents (Christmas 2013)
Earrings: absolutely no idea
Socks: Vans (spring 2011)
Shoes: Earth Origins, at DSW (fall 2013)

So, um, spring? Maybe. It’s been way cooler than it had been recently, but I am really liking it. This week started off cold and rainy, so Monday’s outfit reflected that. Summer comes too soon to our nation’s capital, and if I’ve got to deal with rain in order to have moderate temperatures, I’m OK with that.

Elephant earrings

After rummaging through my little earrings box, I ran across these cute elephants. I asked, “where did you come from?” but I received no answer.

Is there a necklace under that scarf? Nope! This embellished infinity scarf was a Christmas gift from my parents, but I haven’t worn it much. I’d like to try different ways to style this that still show off the beaded jewelry part.

Oxfords

I love these shoes. I bought them as a Christmas gift for myself, along with the black mary janes, and they are super comfortable. Over the holiday break, I wore them with jeans and with galaxy leggings, but here is the first time I’ve paired them with a dress. I felt a little off at the office, but looking back on photos, the style isn’t as bad as I originally feared. Perhaps tights would have completed the look better?

Outfitblogging 15 Feb 2013

Striped shirt with slacks and flats

Shirt: Target (winter 2012)
Pants: Lane Bryant (summer 2010)
Socks: Target
Shoes: Naturalizer, at DSW (fall 2012)
Earrings: Torrid (winter 2012)
Necklace: Fashion Bug (summer 2012)

This is not the outfit I envisioned for the day! My first idea involved a sweater, but when I woke up this morning, and saw it was already 50F and would hit at least 61F today, I quickly changed my mind. The switch messed up my game though, and I was late to work because I just couldn’t get it together. Missing sock garters, too-wild pattern mixing, skirts in the laundry… I’m amazed I even made it out of the house.

I’m going to try some new photo spots this weekend. While this position is the ideal place to put my camera, I get the worst lighting of the day. I’m looking forward to the leaves coming back to this tree.

Purple beaded necklace

Over the summer and fall, many Fashion Bug stores were closing. I’d been looking for a red chunky bead necklace for a while, and when my mother spotted one on clearance for about $2, she snatched it up for me. We met up and returned to the store, and I grabbed the identical purple one. Score!

Striped socks and flats

I got a little matchy-match with the socks, but whatever. Wait until the weather warms up even more, and watch me pair these socks with my other black-and-grey striped tee shirt! Those stripes are even closer in style.

Outfitblogging 15 Oct 2012

Knit dress and cardigan

Dress: eShakti (fall 2012)
Cardigan: Lane Bryant (summer 2012)
Earrings: Optimystical Studios, at GeekGirlCon (summer 2012)
Necklace: Claire’s (fall 2008)
Socks: Target
Shoes: Naturalizer, at DSW (summer 2012)

I’ve mentioned before about my awesome pink jersey dress being as comfortable as wearing pajamas, but I think we’ve got a new contender for that title. This great dress came in last week’s mail, along with another I’ll be wearing soon. Like my other eShakti dresses, the fit is amazing, except for the shoulders; those are a little baggy. Nothing a decent cardigan can’t fix!

I did try on a few different sweaters, but like the fall of the long one best. The others hit too close to the waist, and did battle with the details of the dress. I love the lattice pattern here, and didn’t want the hem of a sweater competing with that.

Tardis earrings

With the blue-ish grey of the dress, I thought the Tardis earrings would bring a little more color into the mix…

Black and grey argyle socks with flats

…but then I toned it down again with grey and black socks instead.

Outfitblogging 12 Oct 2012

Dress with cardigan and boots

Dress: Torrid (summer 2012)
Cardigan: Target (summer 2011)
Belt: Target (winter 2012)
Earrings: Optimystical Studios, at GeekGirlCon (summer 2012)
Socks: Sock Dreams (spring 2012)
Shoes: Dr. Martens, at DSW (summer 2012)

While I don’t think this is a complete disaster, I am still calling it a dud. I might recreate bits of this in the future, but with differences, making this day’s outfit a learning experience.

It wasn’t quite what I had in mind when I first planned my clothes for that day. I had other ideas in mind, ones with much more color. There were some issues with socks and I couldn’t find my tights, and then I went through 4 pair of shoes… I threw on what I had, and hoped for the best.

Earrings

These earrings are great, but by the time I put them on, I was a little cranky-pants, and didn’t want to try to figure out necklaces.

Dr. Martens

Socks and boots! I think I would have been more pleased had I worn knee or thigh socks or tights instead of scrunchy socks. I picked up these boots when I bought my not-flat flats last month. Nearly twenty years ago, I begged and pleaded with my parents to buy me a pair of Dr. Martens. My mother, to her credit, made an attempt by getting me no-name combat boots for a ridiculously low price at our local Forman Mills. They lasted a surprisingly long time for knock-offs.

Outfitblogging 24 Sep 2012

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Shirt: Target (summer 2011)
Cardigan: Target (summer 2011)
Scarf: Target (summer 2011)
Jeans: Torrid (summer 2012)
Earrings: Torrid (summer 2012)
Socks: Target
Shoes: Naturalizer, at DSW (summer 2012)

Over Labor Day weekend this year, I got a call from my supervisor that there was an issue with work. We’d pushed some code into production that was mostly thoroughly tested—we’d missed one tiny but crucial thing. Luckily, my parents’ campground has wifi access! I spent much of the weekend at their trailer on my work laptop, fixing the issues.

Because of that, I had a couple comp days accumulated at work, and spent last Monday not in the office, but with friends in Delaware. I picked up some bras I’d ordered from my favorite lingerie shop, ate a delicious lunch, and took photos of yarn in a lovely park.

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My friends and I explored the park, which used to be someone’s personal estate. The mansion was closed to tours that day, but the carriage house was open. We didn’t expect to see anyone inside, but we improvised and told the venue organizer that I was getting married. (Hey! It could happen one day.) She gave us the grand tour.

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It was a great day to spend outside with friends, catching up on lives and pointing out cute dogs in the park.