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An outfit post!


Simon is healing (slowly) and I thought it was time for a new outfit post.  There are a number of new things in this picture, although not one of them is the clothing.

Only the Cardigan came into my closet within the last couple of months.  The remainder I’ve had for some time!

The other new things are two-fold:  New haircut, including bangs (which may or may not be something I keep – I’m open to opinions) and new (temporary) teeth.

I’ve had veneers on my front 2 teeth for a long time, primarily due to breaking a tooth rollerskating at age 12.  However they were cheap, old, ill-fitting and kind of crappy.  I’m getting them replaced.  For the first time in my entire life really, I can smile without worrying about whether the bad veneers show, the gap between my front teeth is obvious or the smile shows an awful lot of my gums.  The veneers fix those problems.  The current set is temporary while the permanent ones are being made and within a couple of weeks, I will never have to worry about my smile again!


Which means I will probably smile more.  In the meantime, this is a terrific outfit for a day at work – comfortable, relatively cool, and pulled together enough for meetings.

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Karen Kane for the win!

IMG_0187I have been blown away this year by not just the quality, but also the fit and styling of Karen Kane dresses.  Most of them came to me by way of Gwynnie Bee, and honestly I couldn’t be happier!

This is the Karen Kane Contrast Binding Dress, and yet another one that I bought as soon as I tried it on. Note, there is some discussion in the comments about whether this is black or a really dark navy.  Since that appears to depend mostly on the lighting, I just ran with the black accessories.

The shrug is necessary for working in an office all day.  It is a Jessica Howard and also originally came from Gwynnie Bee.

combine_images2What I love most about this dress is the combination of contrast binding and changing the direction of the stripes in the curve of the waist.  It draws the eyes there and provides curves without needing a belt or or explicit waist band.



And Brighter Still…

Blogger secret:  Sometimes the best outfit is the one that doesn’t require you to change your purse!


Admittedly, this outfit takes bright to a whole other level.  But since I am working hard to resist all my gorgeous dark colors and enjoy summer for a while longer, I pulled out these separates.

  • Skirt: Pyramid Collection (Fire Midi-skirt)
  • Sweater: Coldwater Creek (RIP)
  • Tank: J. Jill (Perfect Tank)
  • Sandals:  Orthaheel (older)
  • Necklace: via Little Black Bag (RIP)
  • Bracelets: Kenneth J. Lane Bangles (LBB) and Kate Spade Pardon My French Bangle, all Orange
  • Bag: Kate Spade (Kirk Park Maise, similar)


(See, I even smiled for this picture…)

In a perfect world, this skirt would have been 1) some kind of knit, 2) maxi length and 3) an elastic waist.  Unfortunately it’s a very lightweight cotton, a long midi-length on me, and has a set in waist.  You can already see the start of the wrinkles and by the time I got home it was a LOT worse.

Before I left my office to take these pictures I actually put lipstick on.  Damned if I know how it disappeared in the 15 minutes it took me to get from my office to this little nook I’ve been using for pictures.

One other thing I can clearly see in these pictures – time for a haircut.

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Something bright for a Monday

IMG_0050This dress is the reason that I rejoined Gwynnie Bee.  I saw it in a blog post from Authentically Emmie and fell head over heals in love with the dress.  It’s a Melissa Masse, a designer I’ve never heard of before, so I had no idea what the price point would be, but since Emmie’s post came up on my birthday I took it as a sign that I needed to have it. So I went out and looked around for it.  And found it at Bloomingdales for $295.00.  *GASP* Now, I make good money.  But I only barely paid that for my WEDDING dress, I sure as heck wasn’t going to pay it for a casual dress. So I rejoined Gwynnie Bee, just so that I could wear it, and discovered a a whole pile of upgrades to the program.  The first was obviously the brands; when I left I complained that most of the items were from less expensive brands; ASOS Curve and comparable.  All brands that I could just go out and buy if I wanted.  Obviously that’s changed. The next improvement I found was that Gwynnie Bee lets you BUY the items you have at home, generally for a considerable discount.  Talk about happy dance!  It took a few weeks, but when this dress finally came and I tried it on, I vowed that it was NOT going back.  That meant that when it showed up with a price of $120, I jumped all over it. IMG_0055 Seriously, what’s a girl to do? Anyway, here are the details:

  • Dress: Melissa Masse, mine now but originally through Gwynnie Bee
  • Shoes: Earthies (older, similar)
  • Purse: Kate Spade (Kirk Park Maise, similar)
  • Bracelet: Kate Spade (Locked In, pink, older)
  • Necklace: unknown

(Yes, as a matter of fact, I AM a huge kate spade fan.  If she would JUST make her clothes in plus-sizes, I would be happily broke for the rest of my life…) rebecca-minkoff-multi-poppy-crossbody-criss-cross-weave-mini-mac-product-1-7537801-078475253_large_flexNote that this bag is somewhat larger than I usually carry, but I have a whole bunch of meetings today and needed to bring my notes.  I also have a lovely graphic Rebecca Minkoff Mac that is black with pink details and more in line with the size I usually carry.  This bag, except in Black and Pink instead of Navy and Pink.  Looks just as good (actually potentially better since it echos the pattern) but carries a fraction as much. IMG_0071   Sorry for the complete lack of smiles – it was hot (95) when I took these pictures, my hair was lifeless from the rather high (for arizona) humidity (50% – it started raining minutes later) and I was quite literally melting.  It made me kind of grumpy.  See how much I love you?

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Happy colors

IMG_3130There are days when you want happy colors, but not necessarily BOLD colors. Today was one of those.  It was rainy this morning and generally not as warm as usual, but I felt the need for colors that would make me smile.  Purple invariably makes me style.

This is an older top you’ve seen before from Kiyonna, with a black tank (YummieTummie, which is shapewear to pull in my middle) and black skinny trousers (coldwater creek).  The explosion of colors, big floral print and soft fabric allow this top to hide a multitude of sins, while the basic colors meant that I could throw a black cardigan over it at work when I got chilly.

The bag is an older design from Melie Bianco, purchased off ebay, and obviously not closed in the picture.  You can see it better below.  The shoes are black patent slides from Dansko that I picked up on sale.

Photo on 9-10-13 at 10.16 AMJewelry is a bit of a mish-mash.  The multi-layer necklace came from the little boutique across the street that doesn’t do online sales, while the bracelet is from LittleBlackBag.

I’ve also been experimenting lately with Carmindy’s “5 minute face”, minus the layer of foundation.  It’s actually quite quick and easy, although I haven’t decided yet whether it is actually doing me any good or not.


PHILOSOPHICAL MUSINGS (You’ve been warned):

I struggle with the idea of makeup.   My husband would say that I spent too much time in academia (and a liberal school of education to boot) but there is an extent to which makeup rankles my feminist side.  Much like stilettos, makeup implies that a woman in her natural state is not sufficiently attractive and that we must change ourselves to conform to external definitions of beauty.  Moreover, it suggests that everything we do, including our professional life, is judged based upon the standards of beauty set to ensure that we find a mate.

At the same time, the vast majority of women don’t think about it that way; they think of makeup either as “fun” or as “making them feel better about themselves”.  They fail to recognize where those standards come from or how they imply that we aren’t good enough as is.  And since most women don’t think about the implications, the result is that a woman who chooses NOT to wear makeup or conform to those expectations is outcast by WOMEN as well.  In effect, we enforce compliance in all these extra steps on other women.  Most men don’t actually care (although they generally appreciate the effect).

For years I have colored my hair, and for the last decade that has been as much about covering grey as about changing my look.  In general, I cover grey because I am conscious of the fact that a small amount of grey on a women tends to look sloppy and as though she doesn’t care for her appearance.  (On a man, we perceive grey as wisdom and a positive addition to their appearance.) I have mostly complied with that particular pressure because, well, it’s relatively easy.  An hour every 3-4 weeks and I don’t have to think about it.

But makeup has to be done every day.  Actually MORE than once per day if you live somewhere like AZ, where much of it will melt off when I head out to lunch.  At a minimum of, say 45 minutes per week, it is more consistently time consuming than coloring my hair or painting my nails.

For now, I am experimenting.  No foundation (mostly because I hate the way it feels on my skin).  Concealer, eyeliner/mascara (top lid only), a bit of highlighter, a touch of blush and some lip color.  (I’m still undecided on the blush; I have a lot of pink in my cheeks to start with, and since I’m not removing it with foundation, I don’t know for sure that I need to put it back.)

What do you think?  Do you wear makeup?  How much?  Why?


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