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 27 April 2015

Stripey sweater vest

Shirt: Lane Bryant (spring 2011)
Vest: Hand-knit CustomFit, using KnitPicks Stroll and Felici (winter 2014)
Skirt: Lane Bryant (fall 2010)
Socks: gift from parents (Christmas 2014)
Shoes: John Fluevog (summer 2014)
Earrings: vendor at Nerdapalooza (fall 2014)

This lovely little vest has been put on a shelf in my closet, not to be worn again until fall. It’s so comfortable to wear, and I love love love the way the stripes turned out. The look here with the black pencil skirt isn’t too off, but I think I do prefer wearing this one over fuller or flippier skirts.

Tea kettle

One day I will take a photo of this earrings set together. Here is the kettle! Last year, I photographed the tea cup.

Fluevog

I can’t get enough of these shoes. They have become my most-worn pair of Fluevogs. I’ll probably still get to wear them with outfits in the upcoming warmer weather, but not as often.

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 12 September 2014

Cardigan over shirt and capris

Shirt: Target (summer 2012)
Cardigan: Target (summer 2012)
Capris: Lane Bryant (spring 2011)
Shoes: Earth Origins, at DSW (spring 2014)
Earrings: Torrid (summer 2012)

I bought this shirt a couple years ago, but I never wore it often, because it was too big. Target’s plus sizing is weird, and they don’t always have cute things, but I liked the pattern on this shirt and needed it as for a last-minute outfit. I sized up so it would fit my chest, but the back was saggy and the sides boxy. It was constantly slipping off my shoulders. The shirt already had a back seam, so with my more-confident sewing skills, I cut six inches out of the back of the shirt. It fits so much better now.

Hoop earrings

Warm weather kills my creativity for outfits, and I find myself not wanting to wear necklaces, or figure out which necklaces don’t get all gross and sweaty against my neck. (This is a super sexy conversation, I know.) Next time, I’d like to throw more color in with this shirt, especially if pairing it with the black cardigan again.

Black sandals

These shoes. Always these shoes.

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 20 Jun 2014

Tee over maxi skirt

Shirt: Target (summer 2008)
Skirt: sewn by me (spring 2014)
Necklace: Lane Bryant (summer 2010)
Earrings: Optimystical Studios, at Geek Girl Con (summer 2012)
Shoes: b.o.c. at DSW (spring 2014)

The super hot-as-balls temperatures died down by the end of last week, but on Friday night I had plans to attend a burlesque show, and I knew the venue would indeed get a bit warm (in several different ways). I opted for cool, flowy jersey knit in this skirt I just sewed up last week. Another sewing project! Another maxi skirt! The seams aren’t as clean as a professionally made skirt, but I’m still learning and I’m sure I’m the only one to notice my mistakes. I left the bottom hem unfinished, because why not.

Green earrings and necklace

I’ve really taken to pairing these earrings with this necklace, and this necklace works so well with the plethora of maxi skirts I’m now accumulating. It may be time to invest in another longer length or two.

Cognac sandals

These sandals are getting a lot of love, as they are mega comfortable and a decent neutral. They look equally great with knee-length and maxi skirts. Perhaps I should also try them with the denim capris?