Archive for January 31, 2013

No Thursday Threads this week because, well, I’m lame

I utterly failed to get my act together in time, so there will be no Thursday Threads this week.  My goal is that NEXT week and from there on out it will be up on Wednesday night at Midnight.

No outfit post today either.  The cleaners, who were SUPPOSED to show up at 9:30am showed up at 8:30am.  That meant that I hadn’t even showered, let alone gotten dressed when they got there.  After that, everything was a rush.

Instead, you get three things.  First, a wedding picture of myself and my husband.  Neither of us is comfortable in front of a camera and this is one of the few official shots where our smiles look genuine.  That was nearly 12 years ago, when we lived in upstate New York.

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Our wedding was a triumph of prioritization and budgeting.  We had it at a beautiful B&B (that has sadly since burned down), spent NO money on things that weren’t important to us (DJ, expensive floral arrangements) and lots of money on the things that were (amazing food, heavenly cake, open bar).  We spent around $7,000 (of our own money; we were both 35 when we got married) and had a glorious setting and an amazing party with all of our friends.  We brought CDs full of music, ordered roses wholesale for the bouquets and rose petals for the table around white column candles (under $10/table) and I ordered my wedding dress for $300 online.  The harpist for the ceremony, celebrant and photographer were all friends who gave us either their services (the first two) or a huge discount and the negatives (the last one) as wedding gifts.  We then stayed an extra night at the B&B and took our honeymoon a few weeks later when the costs were more rational and we were less stressed.  It was everything I had hoped for!

Next, some gratuitous pictures of our dogs sleeping with our cats.

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The first picture is of my adorable Simon with our murderous wild-child cat, Georgie. She was one of the neighborhood strays that we took in as a kitten. Georgie definitely likes the dogs better than she likes me, although she seems to tolerate my husband well enough. Georgie has been known to jump out of trees to bring down pigeons in flight and to catch hummingbirds out of the air and bring them into the house to play with.

The second picture is of Zoe, our rescue rottweiler with Maggie, our rescue cat. Maggie was the unwanted child in a divorce, so we took her in, while Zoe had been living on a golf course. Had you met EITHER of them in the first 3 years we had them you would have thought this picture completely unimaginable.

Finally, two happy smiling dog faces, because you can never have too many of those.

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Happy Thursday!

Sequins to brighten up a chilly Wednesday

IMG_1820Getting up and getting going this morning wasn’t that easy;  it was below freezing, there was frost on the cars and the bushes (some of which are looking pretty dead) and my bed was nice and warm.  So when I did get going, I decided I wanted something bright and sparkly to warm things up.

I originally bought the tank set (and yes, it was sold as a set) for a funeral; the black under-tank has the copper sequins around the bottom and I just didn’t wear that layer for the funeral, but I loved the colors and the feel of the fabrics so I had to have the set.  (I wore the tank with a black cardigan and black trousers.  I admit I’m kind of old school when it comes to funerals; That tank was a LOT of color for me under the circumstances.)

Since then I’ve been looking for excuses to wear the set; the colors are lovely, the design is very me, and copper is actually a metal that I adore.

  • Black trousers (Coldwater Creek, after christmas sale for 70% off total)
  • Tank set (Calvin Klein, purchased at Macy’s at least 2 years ago)
  • Rust cardigan (Coldwater Creek, last year’s end of season sales)
  • Black flats (Joseph Seibel)
  • Copper Cuff (the little boutique across the street)
  • Necklace (Coldwater Creek, old)

The cardigan is new, although I’ve had it in the closet for a while and forgotten about it.  I need to go through and re-fold all my cardigans (you should never hang a sweater) so that I can see more clearly what I have.

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I failed to change out my purse this morning, so I am still carrying the Brahmin.  However this picture lets you see the necklace and the color of the cardigan more clearly.

While I’m still not wearing makeup (ok, a little concealer), I have been enjoying playing with lip colors lately.  I now have three of the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments: Plum, Passion and Rose.  This is the Passion, which is the closest they have to a true red, and my favorite new color.  It’s strong without being overpoweringly red.

Yesterday’s shopping trip was a complete failure, which is pretty rare for me and that Marshall’s.  I usually find great stuff there, and I would be fibbing if I said I didn’t find some good stuff; just nothing quite right.  For instance they had some Kate Spade bags for $199, but the only one I would have wanted was in colors that just weren’t what I wanted.

m98U4yJgym49Gt8Ki1EvPdwI also found a gorgeous Cynthia Rowley hinge-top satchel that was just the right size and shape, but the COMPLETELY wrong color for me; a pastel teal that just doesn’t work with my wardrobe.  I had to work to walk away from that one, since I kept trying to convince myself that I could wear it with other stuff if I just had a scarf that pulled it together, but I couldn’t summon up a mental picture of the overall outfit; I’m just not a pastel kind of girl.

Clothing-wise was similar.  They had some NYDJ (Not Your Daughters Jeans) in my size, but the rise on them was extremely high and would have been uncomfortable to wear for any time.

I am currently consoling myself with the knowledge that I have two gorgeous bags coming from flash sale sites at excellent prices.  I also have been picking up a few pieces of clothing that I can’t QUITE wear yet (it’s too cold still) but which will be terrific once the weather warms up.  I wasn’t looking for anything specific, so it’s not a big deal that I didn’t find anything!

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Bad hair days…

IMG_1759I had to rush off for a meeting this morning and didn’t get a chance to blow dry my hair.  It shows, particularly in the full length picture.  Definitely a bad hair day.  The pictures were also pretty fast, which is part of why I’m a little crooked.  (It was actually the camera that was crooked, but…)

  • Black Michael Kors Boyfriend Cardigan (Marshall’s)
  • Black tee (Lane Bryant)
  • Purple slim-leg “jeans” (Coldwater Creek)
  • Scarf (Marshalls)
  • Naot Retro shoes (Zappos)

I’m coming to the conclusion that the word “jeans” on the coldwater creek site is used quite loosely.  These are a nice, khaki-weight stretch denim with no visible stitching; that means the jeans aspect is primarily in the pocket design, which isn’t really visible most of the time.  For that reason, I wear them to work all the time. What I love about this particular design (and plan to go back to the site for pairs in at least 2 other colors) is that the light-weight will make them completely appropriate going into spring and summer.

Photo on 1-29-13 at 12.41 PM #3I’m still not entirely sold on the skinny leg jeans, but it is hard right now to find wide legs and I am finding that certain silhouettes look better right now with a slim leg.  Not all of them, but some looks.  I think part of it is that I’ve become accustomed to that look; I see it all the time, both on blogs and on campus, so now it is less painfully obvious.  I do think that it looks better if the pants aren’t skin tight, though.  When I’m walking these actually have a little room in the thigh and I think that makes the whole thing look better.

I’m off this afternoon to go to a routine doctor’s appointment and then shopping at a particular marshall’s which is way away from my house but always has the best stuff in town, so keep your fingers crossed and send good shopping thoughts!

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An explanation of how I look in all those pictures…

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Sorry, not taking pictures in the pouring down rain

Photo on 1-28-13 at 10.51 AM #2Sorry, but I was not about to take pictures outside this morning in the pouring down rain, and I failed to get up early enough to do it at home, so we’re back to pictures in my office.  Crummy ones at that.  (I got grumpy.)  It doesn’t matter, because on the scale of getting dressed, today was kind of lame and I completely forgot to put on any jewelry.  My face looks weirdly plastic too.  Just not my day.

  • Black ponte trousers (coldwater creek)
  • Black and white floral shirt (old navy, old)
  • Black button-down shark-hem knit cardigan (Cable and Gauge, purchased at Marshall’s)
  • Black Josef Seibel Mary Janes
  • Black and brown bucket purse (Brahmin)

This is what happens when I wake up with a throbbing migraine.  I forget to put on jewelry and wear all black so that I don’t have to think about it.  This cardigan has some nice diagonal detailing on it, but the camera on my imac will not pick it up.  Next time I wear it, I’ll try to get a better picture.

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The purse is in the background of this one, and I think my face looks kind of nice.

It’s probably a good thing, in the end, that when I look at this picture my principle thoughts are that I look naked without at least a necklace and that I wish I had done my nails last night instead of spending the evening thrashing uselessly on an analysis that is proving FAR more difficult than it’s supposed to be.  It shows that this process of taking pictures if forcing me to do better and pay more attention to those things.

On the other hand, I am VERY pleased with those glasses.  They have turned out to be a really good shape for my face!

Supposedly that’s it for the rain, so while it is supposed to be cold for a few more days it will at least be sunny.  Maybe then my migraine will go away.

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