Archive for September 2013

Apple Picking

Monday, September 30, 2013 11:30 PM


I went apple-picking for the first time on Saturday! It was a major tradition in my family to pick blueberries every summer, and we also picked strawberries, blackberries and peaches at various times. But there are no apples to be picked in Florida, where I grew up. So J and I enjoyed some of the perfect weather on Saturday by driving to an orchard in Buxton, where we passed over the Macintoshes and loaded up on Macouns and Cortlands instead. One difference from picking berries: With fruit as large as an apple, those bags fill up quick!

Burgundy cardigan, Banana Republic (eBay)
Art Deco necklace, thrifted
Gray tank top, Old Navy
Black patent belt, Target
Taupe pinstriped pants, LOFT
Gray pumps, Nine West (consignment)

10 Ways to Wear a Brown Tweed Skirt

Sunday, September 29, 2013 10:57 AM

I last wore this skirt back in late winter, but rather than write this post sometime in the spring or summer, I decided to wait until it would be more relevant. Now I'm looking forward to pulling this out of the basement, along with the other fall and winter clothes that have been packed away.

It's a fairly basic high-waisted, A-line skirt in a smooth-ish brown tweed with flecks of colors like pink, yellow and green. I don't like wearing brown all that much, but I've hung onto this skirt because I like the tweed, the shape and the way it looks in mixes of neutral shades. I may also try it with my mint green cardigan or shades of pink in the coming weeks.

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I purchased this skirt for $60 at Urban Outfitters back in college, maybe in 2006.

Spot the Crease

Friday, September 27, 2013 11:59 PM


Of course I look at my photos quickly on the back of my camera in the mornings, but there are things that slip my notice on that little screen. Like the crease on the left (my right) side of my dress. When I had this dress altered, the tailor didn't mess with the waist because it fit pretty well, with only a little bit of extra space (gotta have room for lunch). But I guess that extra fabric got folded over when I tied this shirt over the top. Oh well. Would you even have noticed it if I hadn't pointed it out?

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Spotted blouse, Macy's
Embroidered dress, LOFT (thrifted)
Bow necklace, Forever 21
Red pumps, Franco Sarto Uri (gift)

Flats Days

Thursday, September 26, 2013 10:59 PM



My work is largely office based, and even when it isn't I'm usually indoors. But today was my second day this week, out of three so far, that I knew I'd be outside — on Monday in someone's yard, then today in the woods. So they've both been days for flats. Usually I wear flats on Friday, but maybe tomorrow I'll wear heels just to change it up.

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Lace T-shirt, LOFT (thrifted)
Green tank top, Banana Republic
Elastic belt, thrifted
Black and teal skirt, Target
Black flats, Ecco

Business

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 11:50 PM


I love pairing gray and red, but this outfit was maybe just a little too business-y.

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Gray blazer, Banana Republic
Red shirtdress, H&M (thrifted)
Collar necklace, Forever 21
Pumps, Nine West (consignment)

10 Ways to Wear a Gray Military Blazer

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 10:41 PM

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This jacket is Express. I think I bought it at a Goodwill in Ohio in 2011 for $5.

Imbalance

Monday, September 23, 2013 10:20 PM


Today was one of those in-between days, which resulted in an imbalance in my outfit: bare ankles and a warm scarf.

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Black sweater, Target
Gray pashmina, thrifted
Teal skinny pants, Target
Flats, Liz Claiborne (thrifted)

High and Low

Friday, September 20, 2013 11:38 PM


We had one of those quintessentially gorgeous New England fall days today. Although I love this time of year, it can be difficult to dress when the temperature rises or falls 20 degrees in a few hours. I wore a cardigan over this while going to and coming home from work, to ward off the chill, but when I spent an extended amount of time outside this afternoon, I was wishing I'd worn sandals to ward off foot sweat.

Spotted blouse, Macy's
Collar necklace, Forever 21
Jersey skirt, Old Navy
Black flats, Ecco

Burgundy and Hot Pink

Thursday, September 19, 2013 11:30 PM


Because I haven't bought many clothes in recent months, I've been wearing the same things over and over again, leading to a backlog in pieces that are due for the "10 Ways" treatment. With those out of the rotation until I assemble posts about them, I'm having to turn to items and combinations that wouldn't be my first choices. That's probably a good thing, actually. It stretches my wardrobe, and I rather liked this unusual color pairing.

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Burgundy T-shirt, Target
Bow necklace, Forever 21
Other necklace, thrifted
Pink pleated skirt, Target
Sequined belt, thrifted
Pumps, Nine West (consignment)

Late-Breaking Match

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 11:30 PM


I've owned both this shirt and this scarf for well over a year, but until today I hadn't realized they matched so well.

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Blue shirt, New York & Co. (thrifted)
Scarf, Liberty of London (thrifted)
Pants, J. Crew Minnie (thrifted)
Peach pumps, Nine West (thrifted)

Tweak

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 11:29 PM


Today's outfit was pretty similar to this one I wore last November: same pants and cardigan, with a patterned top featured navy blue. I originally thought I'd wear the same shoes as well, but when I put on this pink and orange necklace, I decided the pink flats would be overkill. I liked the results. Maybe I should try this more often, taking a previous outfit and tweaking it.

pic name Cardigan, Banana Republic (thrifted)
Striped T, Talbots (thrifted)
Necklace, Macy's
Gray pants, New York & Co.
Metallic flats, Bare Traps

MacGregor

Monday, September 16, 2013 11:43 PM


A coworker of mine who's Glaswegian and sometimes takes notice of my outfits asked me today what clan I was representing with my skirt. I told him it reminded me mostly of a hunter's cap. But he told me to steer clear of any Campbells because it looked like a MacGregor tartan, and now that I look it up, damn if he wasn't right! I guess I should trust a Scot on matters like this.

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White shirt, Banana Republic
Plaid skirt, Ralph Lauren (thrifted)
Elastic belt, thrifted
Wedges, Bandolino (thrifted)

12 Ways to Wear Brown Plaid Pants

Sunday, September 15, 2013 12:00 PM

Here's another article of clothing for which I lost track of how many times I'd worn it. In fact, even though I knew I wore these pants a lot, I didn't think to count it up until this weekend, only to discover that it's been 12 times in almost exactly a year.

I used to like wearing brown, but in the last couple of years I've decided that I have enough brown on all the time with my eyes and hair. So I've gotten rid of most of my brown clothing, but I like the subtle pattern of this Glen plaid, and the particular shade of brown is one that works well with a lot of the colors in my wardrobe. Also, it's considerably lighter than my hair, so I'm not the same color all over. There's a light green stripe in the plaid that I like to pick up elsewhere in my outfits. As you can see, I've done that with my mint cardigan three times.

The only issue I have with these pants is the lack of belt loops. Without a belt, some of these outfits look a little unfinished. They were also too long when I bought them, but I hemmed them between outfits seven and eight.

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These pants are a Target brand (Merona? I'm too lazy to check right now.) that I picked up at Goodwill last August for $5.