Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Back in Business!

And I'm back!  It's been an insane couple of weeks - I've been super busy at work, not to mention moving several states away and a "vacation" in the mix.  Unfortunately my vacation didn't turn out to be the restful vacation I needed, and instead I worked at least a few hours every day but one.  Boo.  So I'm still stressed and overworked, but that's beside the point.  I am now officially a New Jerseyian (?) and working in the big city, in downtown Philly.  Due to the insanity of my schedule, I haven't really had time to meet anyone or absorb anything going on, but I have noticed that people dress up a lot more, at least compared to my little world back in Arlington.  I am pretty much the only woman who wears pants in the office, and I definitely feel I need to step up my game now.  But until I actually get settled and my dressing room (aka spare bedroom) set up, my usual uniform of pseudo professional will have to do.

     

Friday, August 8, 2014

We interrupt our regular programming...

...while I move to New Jersey!  I will be pretty sporadic for the next few weeks, as I settle in, and then take a vacation for a week back home in Michigan.  I will probably post a little in that time, but daily postings won't probably start back up until the 25th.  See you all on the flip side!

Feeling Stripey, Take 2 - 8/7/14

  
Even when most of my clothes aren't packed away, I tend to really like certain things, and I typically wear at least one garment once during the week and once during the weekend, which is what I did with my stripey sweater.  Last time though I paired it with black, but this time with navy, because it's that super dark navy that doesn't really look blue unless you look really closely at it against black.  I actually am not a fan of that navy, and thought this shirt was black when I bought it, but it works.  It's a nice way to mix things up, if nothing else.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Ruffles - 8/6/14

  

Breaking out a more feminine look than usual, I really like the shape of this dress (hard to tell from the hanger photo).  Although it means I have to use my shawl as a blanket at work because my legs freeze. :)

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Thinking Ahead - Black Strappy Sandals

You may or may not have noticed that a certain pair of shoes has a disproportionate amount of wear lately, and no, it's not because I've packed all my other shoes.


Black strappy sandals have been a staple of my wardrobe for several years now, and I think I'm currently on my 4th or 5th pair.  Because they are a staple, I like them to be high quality and last for at least a few years, but this current pair has passed its second anniversary and has been worn 68 times, according to my spreadsheet, and I bought them for $69, so they've put in their time.  I'm hoping to keep them up through the end of the summer, but now is a good time to start thinking about replacing them, since I can hopefully get a new pair on sale, and I hate the feeling of having to get a pair of shoes NOW when the summer starts, because that usually ends up with me stressing out and getting a pair I don't like.  I also tend to hate new trends in shoes, and am a year or two behind in shoe styles, so it works out well. :)

A quick trip through the selections on Zappos brings up several options, but I haven't nailed down what I want them to look like exactly yet.  The main criteria that are constant through all my pairs of shoes is that they have a strap high up across the top of my foot (I have a weird bump there and I just think it flatters my foot the most), a strap around the back (I hate sandals slipping off), and can be worn in semi-dressy and casual situations.  Oh, and they most definitely have to be comfortable.  The vast majority of black sandals that I purchase and then return (thanks to the ease of online shopping) are because they don't have enough support or just aren't comfortable.  Check out below for my current favorites:

A little bit blue - 8/4/14

I'm having to skip over Sunday's outfit, because apparently I don't have a picture of that shirt, but rest assured, it was good. :)  I'll repeat it sometime soon, so you'll see it don't worry.  I also promise that once I move I will try to take actual photos of the outfits on me, as opposed to pieces of the individual items - so stay tuned for that in the next week or so!  Monday was a classic outfit of mine, which includes a shirt I bought the only time I went out shopping on Black Friday a few years ago.
  

Monday, August 4, 2014

Feeling Stripy - 8/2/14

 
I love stripes of all kinds, and I love this shirt, but something about the ruffles on the sleeves looked a little too girly for me, so I took my scissors to them and now have ruffle-less sleeves!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

An Outfit for an Important Day - 8/1/14

What do you wear for signing your life away and buying your first house?!?!?  A black shirt and jeans, like the vast majority of my days not spent in an office.

  

Black, White, and Purple - 7/31/14

  

I've owned this shirt for probably close to a decade now, and it's one of my favorites.  Black and white is heavily represented in my wardrobe, but I just love this pattern.  I will be really sad on the day that I have to retire it.