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Feeling a little blue…

Well, not really.  However blue isn’t a color I wear that often, so this outfit is special.


This outfit actually has a lot of new, current season items.

I think these sandals are just too cute.  They would look even cuter if I got a pedicure :-p


As it happened, I had ridden to work that morning but gotten a migraine.  My husband was on his way to come pick me and my bike up, so you get a gratuitous bike picture.


No shots of me in spandex bike shorts, thought.  The universe doesn’t need that saved for posterity….

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Mondrian inspired

What a week… I took pictures, then never got back to post these on Monday.

IMG_2964Ah well, this outfit was put together around this cute Mondrian-inspired tank I picked up a while ago on Ideeli (I think).  The bold color-blocking is a ton of fun, although these brights are not the traditional primary colors Mondrian originally used.  Who cares.  This is a fun tank.

I am kind of peeved about the short-sleeved cardigan, though.  It was washed and shrank, differently on each side.  It is shorter on the left than the right, which is just plain odd.

IMG_2991 The rest of the outfit is pretty straight forward – black jeans (coldwater creek as usual), pink sandals (trotters, from zulilly) and my beloved pink Melie Bianco Roya bag.

This would be the image in which I somehow managed to lose the key to the u-lock that was locking my campus bike to the rack.  I had to call campus police and then the AC shop to get someone to come over and cut it off for me (not to mention swearing on my first born that the piece of junk bike really WAS mine and that I wasn’t stealing it).  Still can’t find the darn key, but it was while pulling out the camera to take this picture that I last saw it….

Anyway, the accessories are more visible in this close up:

Photo on 5-29-13 at 1.43 PM #3 The bangle is from Betsey Johnson (as were the sunglasses), both purchased from Little Black Bag. The necklace is from my one JewelMint purchase.  It’s actually pretty decent quality; my problem was the subscription model, which just irritates me on principle.  I’ll buy when I see something that I like; I don’t want to be forced to buy things every month if I don’t want to.  So I closed my account.

Next week I will try to do better about getting more than one outfit post per week up.  It’s not that I  haven’t been wearing cute things; it’s been more of an issue with taking pictures and then putting the post together.  Baby steps….

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Black and white – for days when you don’t want to think too hard!

Today was a pretty good, although busy, day at work.  I had back to back meetings and a pile of work that I never did quite catch up on.  However due dates appear to be arranging themselves favorably and that is definitely helping me calm down.

When I was getting dressed, however, I knew that I would be in meetings (so I needed to be comfortable) and some of them would be with people from other institutions (so I needed to look pulled together).  My go-to for that kind of day is black and white!


I LOVE this outfit.  It is comfortable but looks sharp, has tons of style and is very current without being inaccessibly trendy.  My husband has complimented it more than once.


I suppose I could have belted the top, but that isn’t a look I feel comfortable with and it was more important to feel good about everything.

  • Black Peplum Tee (Simply Be, $20)
  • Black and White Maxi (Lane Bryant – no longer available)
  • Black and White Polka-Dot Necklace (Vintage, bought on Etsy, $12 and a favorite statement piece this season)
  • Black and White Lindenwood Leopard Bag (Kate Spade, multiple available on ebay)
  • Black Patent Sandals (Dansko Sophia Slide, $70 on clearance at a local specialty shoe store)
  • Black and Silver Bracelet (Vince Camuto, purchased but no longer available on LittleBlackBag)
  • Sunglasses (Betsey Johnson, also purchased but no longer available on LittleBlackBag)

You could probably make the argument that this top is a size too big.  I bought it a size big just to make sure that, if it shrank, it would still fit.  Having washed it, I am ordering more (another black, a hot pink and a purple) and will try to order 22s instead of 24 where available.  (The darn things are $20 and look terrific with a skirt – they may become my go-to better-than-a-plain-tee tops this summer!)

One piece of administrative information:  Part of keeping the blog from becoming more work than it’s worth have been the following changes:

  1. Not bothering with affiliate links.  They aren’t worth the trouble, and no one offers to give me anything much anyway.  Still linking back to the products if I can, though.
  2. Outfit posts on Monday and Wednesdays.  If I have more good outfits in a week and can pull together a post, terrific, but I’m not going to put a lot of pressure on myself to try to post an outfit every day.  This week I’m cheating and doing the whole week in 1 post.
  3. Friday’s I will pull something together in Polyvore.  Only plus sized vendors/clothing, reasonably priced items, though.  There are a lot of gorgeous things on polyvore that only the 1% can afford, and I’m not in that group.
  4. Random shopping posts as I have money to shop.  Or if I find somewhere new that is worth the shout-out.

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Not dead yet…

So.  I know.  Bad blogger, no biscuit.

The last month and a half has been chaotic.  It started with one crazy week (think 3 MAJOR deadlines on the same day and jury duty in the middle of the week that I not only couldn’t get out of but got CHOSEN for), but then kept going.  So here, in brief, is the summary of the 2nd half of april and most of may.

  • Seriously, who lets the PhD statistician end up on their jury when their entire case is based on margins of error.  I would have thought for sure a competent defense attorney would have wanted me out of there.  Unfortunately for the defendant  that was NOT a competent defense attorney.
  • On the plus side, I am getting promoted.  On the not-so-plus side, my predecessor in this job is coming back; reporting to me, which is good, but bringing along all his 10 years worth of contacts and institutional knowledge.  The trick will be to not allow him to cut me out of things.  I do at least know that my boss adores me and thinks I am competent.  Not to mention that she is having him report to me, which shows that I bring something more than he has to the role.
  • Zoe’s autoimmune disorder kicked into high gear again and caused 251351_10100498100569361_454891_nsome major medical problems.  And bills.  And she blew out her knee (partially torn anterior cruciate ligament) which couldn’t be operated on right away because of the autoimmune problems.  Luckily we got that under control and she had her surgery this past Thursday.  She’s recovering.  It’s a lot of work to keep a 96lb dog from moving around.  A two-person job in fact.
  • Work was kind of insane.  That happens, of course, but it’s all the other deadlines that tend to pay the price.
  • IMG_1851I had a conference in Long Beach, CA last week.  I had 2 presentations.  One was expected to be small.  Truthfully I thought BOTH would be small, but the universe needed to shake me up.  I hadn’t written the presentation yet when I got to Long Beach.  So it was a bit of a surprise when the conference app showed me that, as of 3 days before the presentation, 186 people had signed up.  By the day of, that number was over 225.  The room was packed – standing room only. I’m told I did well, but as you might expect it was just a but overwhelming.  I wore this outfit with a different (bigger) bag (Foley and Corinna Jet Set Tote in Red and Cream, which is big enough for my macbook air and makes an amazingly good travel bag).  I also got a haircut before I went, so it looked better than this picture.
  • I came back to a full day training session.  Not a bad thing, but another day out of the office when I couldn’t get things done.  It involved a couple of new types of personality tests, both of which basically told me what I already knew about myself.  Ah well – it’s a leadership program, so one can always learn more.

Anyway, life has been insane, and since this blog is a hobby rather than a job for me, it was the thing that fell to the bottom of my to do list when time got tight.  Here’s to getting back on track.

Bad hair day – can the outfit make up for it?

IMG_2870I have to admit that today was NOT a great hair day.  I tried something new and, well, I’m not happy with how it came out.  However the outfit is something of an old standby; solid and dependable.

  • Black jeans (Coldwater Creek)
  • Black knit cardigan (Alfani, purchased at Macy’s a while ago)
  • Black, blue and white tank (purchased at Marshalls)
  • Black patent wedges (Gabor)
  • Blue and gold bangle bracelets (purchased at Marshalls)
  • Blue bag (Street Level, purchased at LittleBlackBag)
  • Gold cartouche (old, gift from my father)

The bag was a great deal – I picked it up for a little more than $20 as a sale item on Little Black Bag and I’m really pleased.  It’s not leather (they are only just starting to add leather bags at higher price points now) but it has a great texture and is a brilliant blue that works well with a lot of my summer stuff.

My biggest problem with this outfit is that you can’t see much of the pattern on the tank; it’s an art deco-esque pattern, and is gorgeous.  I wore it so often last summer that it’s starting to fade.  Still fits though, so until it falls apart it is going to stay in my regular rotation!  Here‘s a better picture of the design that I posted last summer.

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I remain really pleased with the find of these bangles at Marshall’s.  In fact I may have to go back and get some more in other colors.  And my hair looks better in the closeup, so that’s always nice 🙂

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