Archive for September 28, 2012

Back in Black – OOTD 9/28/12

Today is Friday, so even work wear goes more casual.  However that doesn’t mean you can’t love it just as much.

Today’s shirt came from Kohl’s ($24.99), and is a piece I totally LOVE.  I got really excited when I found it because I had been given a version of it for last christmas in a color called pumice stone that looked terrible with my skin.  (I literally mourned when I had to take it back, and at the time the other colors weren’t available.  It is taking all my strength not to order it in the other two colors this very minute because I love the design that much.)  I love the art-deco inspired tone on tone sequins and the easy, forgiving shape of this top more than I can possibly explain.  I included the Kohls picture to make it a bit easier to see, but the effect isn’t supposed to be over the top; that’s part of what I love.

I actually had to run to the restroom to remember who made the olive cargo pants.  I’ve had them for a few years and wear them as an alternative to friday jeans.  They are actually convertible to capri-length, although I don’t generally “convert” them unless it is VERY hot out.  This pair happens to be from Lane Bryant, but since they are no longer on their site these are quite similar.

The necklace, which I adore for it’s clean, geometric lines and non-fussy material, is brass and came from Loyalty and Blood in Brooklyn by way of Fab.  Fab has proven to be a great way for me to find new artisans and interesting designs for jewelry, and is well worth a look if your taste runs to the modern.

This is paired with a bracelet (also brass) from the cute boutique across the street – it is half small chains and half what look like bicycle chains, in brass and black.  (I would link to them if they had any e-commerce at all, but they just have a page with their hours and upcoming special events.  If you want the address, drop me an email!)

I finished the outfit off with a pair of Merrill Stellabloom sandals in Black.  They have more support than most sandals (although not as much as my birkenstocks) and are good for walking around campus.

Merrell Stellabloom (Women's) - Black

While hardly a fancy outfit, I think it’s a keeper.  Easy, comfortable, fun accessories, and a coherent look.

OOTD September 27, 2012

Been working very long days/nights lately, and getting up is hard.   Working from home, it’s so tempting to either show up in jammies or toss on yoga pants and a tee.  On a normal day where I’m full of energy, I can do that.  However, I have learned that if you are really dragging then you need to take a shower, do your hair, and put on something great.    Honestly I’m still waiting for the effects of that effort to materialize, but on to the outfit.

I paired some dark wash Jessica Simpson skinny jeans from TJMaxx ($20) with a basic Chico’s tank ($19), a tiered flowy jacket in watermelon that I scored at Marshalls ($15)  and a scarf from Chicos ($39) in taupe/white/cream and watermelon.

I know: I gasped at the price of the scarf when I bought it, but it’s a great example of how accessories make the outfit as well as provide some additional benefits.    Being over-blessed in the boobage department and having a short neck coupled with white tank is just a magnet for spilling something onto the tank.    I can just retie the scarf to cover up any damage and not feel like a slob the rest of the day.

(Note from Rebecca:  I never wear scarves, but this is a really good case for them.  I personally worry that they just add more weight where I don’t need it, but as a member of the “must always have a Tide Pen in her purse for when (not if) she spills something on her chest” club, this does present another possibility.)

The purse is a member of my Brahmin collection, A Tri-Color Lisa Dome Satchel in Prosecco, ($325) from Dillards; a color which appears to be sold out online, but available on eBay.

Shoes are taupe Delta Jellypop’s I found on clearance at DSW for $24.


Bracelet leather and silver in a soft chocolate brown from Lucky Brand from Belks.