Monochromatic Monday

Last night I was reminded that perimenopause sucks; I slept awfully and, as a result, could not get going this morning.  Bad sleep also makes me grumpy, so I dressed to suit my mood.  Black.

Of course, for me, dressing in all black is both trivially easy and not necessarily boring.  There is a lot more texture to this outfit than is immediately apparent, but lets go through the pieces first.

  • Black mini-wale corduroy jacket (Lane Bryant)
  • Black and white polkadot shirt (Kiyonna)
  • Black shapeware tank
  • Black Ponte Holly Pants (Coldwater Creek)
  • Black Earthies Barina Ankle Boots (via Ebay, $99.99 at Sierra Trading Post) – picture below since you can’t see them in the pictures.
  • Cameo Locket (a boutique in downtown Denver)
  • Silver bracelet (Tiffanys)
  • Gunmetal pearl ring (a boutique in Sedona, AZ)

Of course, I have a hard time with jackets so it wasn’t long before I stripped it off.  For that reason I wanted to share the look without the jacket.  I am a HUGE fan of the Kiyonna tops; they are extremely flattering, cover a multitude of sins in the tummy area, and range from a 10/12 to a 30/32.  I am a comfortable, consistent 3X in their tops and am probably up to 5 of them now.  They wash well, never shrink, have some stretch, drape nicely and are just about everything a girl could want.  My only (minor) complaint is that they tend to be a bit low to wear without a camisole at work, but that is so easily fixed it’s hard to worry about.

The shoes are Earthies, so the arch support is AMAZING and the quality is excellent.  Of course, they aren’t especially visible under the pants, so here they are up close.  They are very cute!

The shoes are Earthies, so the arch support is AMAZING and the quality is excellent.  Of course, they aren’t especially visible under the pants, so here they are up close.  They are very cute!

My weekend was pretty mellow; saturday was spent working at an event for the animal shelter at which I volunteer (Arizona Animal Welfare League; Adopt a shelter pet!).  We adopted out 4 of the dogs we took with us, so it was a very successful day.

Sunday was less successful; I was trying to write an academic paper but pretty much went around in circles the entire time.  Ah well….some days are just like that.  Then I made thanksgiving dinner for my husband and I.  (We had gone to a potluck at a friends house but my husband was craving my cooking.)  Even with just a half breast roasted we should have leftovers for most of the week!

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5 comments

  1. Debbi@SheAccessorizesWell says:

    The top looks fabulous on you. It fits beautifully. I will have to check out the Earthies shoes. I definitely need arch support and those shoes are darling.

    • Rebecca says:

      Definitely check out Earthies; They aren’t the cheapest around, but they have terrific arch support and are doing a terrific job at making cute, stylish shoes that don’t look like “sensible” shoes.

  2. Patti_NotDeadYetStyle says:

    I am going to check out Earthies shoes too – these are so cute and if they’re comfortable, I love them! You look great – I did a black and white theme too, and I never find it boring : > thanks for linking up to Visible Monday.

  3. There’s a reason why black is such a classic … you show us how. Very flattering and sophisticated pairings.

    • Rebecca says:

      Thank you! One of these days I will figure out how best to photograph TEXTURAL differences, since I realized that i play a lot with monochromatic but textural looks.