Thursday, December 8, 2016

The Left Hand of Coldness

"On Trend in Thrifted Blazer"--Wednesday, 12/7/16

Last November, Tea stepped out of her comfort zone with this tight midi-length knit pencil skirt.  I'm not sure how this inspiration photo morphed into my outfit below, though it does share the grey pencil skirt + black tights + black ankle boots components. 


Did you know that velvet blazers are totally on trend right now?  When I saw that, I had to put together an outfit that incorporated this old standby that I thrifted a few years ago.

Cream peplum pullover sweater (Loft), $9.08/wear
Grey polka dot skirt (Kohls), $1.72/wear
Black velvet blazer (thrifted, Talbots), $0.56/wear
Grey/coral tree scarf (Target), $0.92/wear
Black tights
Black ankle boots by Sam Edelman, $2.50/wear

Outfit total: $14.78/wear

I'm so glad I took a chance on this peplum sweater in my Loft order last month.  A normal white top would have looked just fine in this outfit, but I like how this sweater is a little more interesting.

Is it possible to talk about velvet without invoking the softest, most luxurious thing in the world?  I love this photo of two mini rex girls (who happen to be a castor and a black broken, just like Kate and Leo) relaxing together.

Q: What is as soft as a mini rex? A: Another mini rex.

In other news...Spent all day working on my grump-inducing project, to discover at the end of the day that yet another aspect of the poorly-defined requirements is biting me in the ass.  Going to be starting over.  Bah. 

Plus, man, 18 F with a strong breeze is cold!  We drove to the island across from our apartment and then the park across from the library for some Pokemon action.  We were lucky to get a parking spot on the street at the park because everybody was sitting in their car playing Pokemon.  I got out and wandered around the park (while Robert stayed in the car) until my hands under the inadequate gloves were burning with cold.  Then I got disoriented in the dark and tried to find the car at the wrong end of the park.  By the time I reoriented and found Robert, my hands were dying.  But the park is really pretty for playing Pokemon at night because all the trees have been lit with lights along all the branches.  If you have to choose a place to wander freezing and sort of lost, you can do a lot worse.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Like a Ferocious Living Thing

"Bearing No Resemblance"--Tuesday, 12/6/16

Wow, OK, this is a good example of how far from an inspiration photo I can end up.  From the beginning, I had planned to wear a dark brown skirt instead of this beige/camel color--fine.  I really did think I would wear a red sweater and a striped shirt underneath it.  But...

From Pinterest

When I tried layering a shirt underneath my red sweater, it felt weird.  I've realized that I like these sweaters with a camisole under them but not a button up shirt.  After I nixed the shirt, I decided that it was silly that I was planning to wear my red sweater 3 times for the fall/winter season but my burgundy one not at all.  So switch that out.  Hmm, that's really dark now.  How about brightening it up a big with this light brown leopard print scarf (that I've only worn once)?  Well, it has various shades of red and pink on it, but not exactly burgundy--whatever, close enough!

Burgundy cashmere pullover sweater (Macy's), $6.40/wear
Brown corduroy skirt (thrifted, Walmart), $0.75/wear
Brown quilted vest (thrifted, Relativity), $3.37/wear
Brown leggings
Tall brown boots by Fitzwell, $5.00/wear
Beige/red/pink leopard scarf (thrifted), $1.50/wear

Outfit total: $17.02/wear

And now you get to see my new brown vest in action!  I'm loving the brown quilted vest + brown corduroy skirt combination.

The color of that scarf reminds me of the soft beige-brown fur at the base of this mini lop's ears. 

In other news...Well today it turned quite cold, with a vicious wind that brought all kinds of biting unpleasantness with it, so no Pokemon walk.  Work was better because I have resigned myself to the hated project that will be taking over my life for the next week.  Still tired and have a headache so I'm off to get ready for bed quite early--I hope it means feeling better tomorrow than I do right now.


"Fall Neutrals"--Monday, 12/5/16

I had both my cream cardigan vest and a plaid skirt on my list of things to wear this fall, so this outfit idea from a Gap ad hit the spot.


In my case, I substituted a black top for the chambray/denim one (because I no longer have one with long sleeves) and went with a discreet necklace instead of a big messy pile of necklace.

Cream cardigan vest (Kohls), $4.69/wear
Tan/black/burgundy plaid skirt (thrifted, Target), $1.88/wear
Black long-sleeved T (Walmart), $0.63/wear
Black/white faux infinity necklace (gift from Mom)
Black leggings
Tall black boots by Fitzwell [WtWC MVP #1 at 18 wears], $2.56/wear

Outfit total: $9.76/wear

The overall effect is shocking to me because somehow I have created an outfit of neutrals, without a single pop of color to be seen.  But the pencil skirt + cardigan vest + tall boots has me in my comfort zone nevertheless.

A trio of dwarf rabbits also approve of wearing all neutrals.

In other news....God, what a crappy day.  Let's move on.

Monday, December 5, 2016


"More Drapey Polka Dots"--Sunday, 12/4/16

Didn't I just wear a polka dot top and drapey cardigan yesterday?  Yep, I guess that's the official uniform of the first weekend of December.  Today's look was inspired by this "styling jeans for work" outfit, of course...because that makes a whole lot of sense for a Sunday.  But the big polka dots on the top reminded me of a blouse that I have, so it had to be done.


And yes, it's another travesty involving drapey cardigan + flared jeans + ankle boots, too.

Black/burgundy/white polka dot blouse (thrifted, Notations), $1.75/wear
Maroon drapey cardigan (Coldwater Creek), $2.50/wear
Flared jeans (thrifted, Lane Bryant), $0.18/wear
White swag necklace (Kohls), $1.61/wear
Maroon ankle boots by Dolce Vita, $8.52/wear

Outfit total: $14.56/wear

As a bonus, here's what the flared jeans + ankle boots combination looks like without a huge cardigan.  Not too bad, I think.

In other news...A day of chasing Pokemon then feeling worn down in the evening and going to bed a bit early and getting up for about 3 hours during the middle of the night feeling too sick to sleep. And then getting up as usual to go to work.  Fuck Monday.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Exeggutive Function

"Grape Throw Bonus"--Saturday, 12/3/16

I lost my original inspiration photo so instead offer this Reverse Inspiration from about 3 years ago, featuring "Plum 'n Olive" colors.


I broke the flattery rules by wearing a drapey cardigan with flared jeans, but I just felt like wearing ankle boots, and the flared jeans are a nice choice for that.  But I spent most of the daylight hours of the day outside playing Pokemon Go with my black quilted coat over all of this (and substituting a ridiculous pair of lavender all weather mocs for the boots), so I could only offend Robert's sensibilities.  If the combination offends yours, just focus on how cool that turtle pendant is.

Purple polka dot long-sleeved top (Kohls), $2.83/wear
Olive drapey cardigan (thrifted, JCP), $1.67/wear
Flared jeans (thrifted, Lane Bryant), $0.22/wear
Grey ankle boots by Seychelles, $6.09/wear
Turtle pendant (Target), $3.33/wear

Outfit total: $14.14/wear

There's not a lot of green left in Coldville these days, but back in September, the lakes reflected the trees, surrounding female wood ducks with rippling green water.

In other news...Last night Robert set up my iPhone and transferred the Pokemon Go account to it.  He set up a new account for himself on his phone.  So today we went for two Pokemon outings, one after breakfast and one after lunch, to take advantage of one of the last relatively warm days of the season. 

First, we went out to the island that is visible from our apartment complex, and it turns out that the park there is now an exeggutor nest after the "migration" (change to nesting species) on Dec 1.  Robert came home with 26 exeggutors!  (I probably caught the same number, but I'm in the practice of immediately transferring out the lower level Pokemon I catch.) 

After lunch, we drove to a little park that is known to be an electrabuzz nest (because neither of us had caught one of those before).  I caught 3 electrabuzz.  It was cool because this little city park, nestled between two apartment complexes, is a statue garden.  (Photos to be shared a bit later.)  Then we headed over to the state capitol building and wandered around the 8 gazillion pokestops and caught a bunch of different things. 

At one point today, I had Pokemon in 4 different gyms, though now I think I'm down to 3.  One of them I have held since last Sunday afternoon!  I am also ready to evolve 38 Pokemon (to higher level creatures), but I am waiting to reach about 60 before I do so because that's how many I can evolve using a Lucky Egg that doubles the experience gained for 30 minutes.

It was a fun day.  My Fitbit approves of Pokemon Go.

Friday, December 2, 2016

We Made It

"Queen of Friday"--Friday, 12/2/16

What caught my eye in this inspiration photo, from a fall 2014 blog post about leopard print accents, was not the leopard print shoes.  It was the big sparkly statement necklace which looks a bit like the slightly more sedate younger sister of the very big even sparklier statement necklace I bought for Robert's mom's wedding.  She wore her outfit for a date night, but I thought I'd try it for a casual Friday work outfit.


What do you think?  Is this too much bling for a work day?

Maroon blazer (Lands End), $3.75/wear
Cobalt blue knit blouse (thrifted, East 5th), $1.50/wear
Denim trousers (thrifted, Boden), $1.75/wear
Grey leopard wedges by Cole Haan, $7.07/wear
Blue/crystal statement necklace (Baublebar), $5.78/wear

Outfit total: $19.85/wear

I think that in the context of the outfit, it looks reasonable.  I really liked the combination of this blouse and pants--I don't wear these pants very often, but when I do, I enjoy them.  Overall, this outfit was a good example of something I ended up liking but that is not something I would ever have come up with on my own.

I admit, it was kind of hard not to change courses and wear this with a big scarf instead (more my comfort zone) but it was fun to glam it up a bit on casual Friday.  And I did wear my leopard wedges, so I'm all over the (subtle) leopard accent as well.

In other news...I think this working 5 days in a row thing is tough.  But at least we made it to the weekend!

It was colder this evening on our Pokemon walk; just enough that my nose got cold.  We have a few more days of reasonable temps before it plunges down to 20F as a high later next week.  After work Pokemon walks, you've been good while you lasted.  (My boss emailed me today that I should take a victory lap after finishing a set of quarterly reports; I think the Pokemon walk counts.)

I am about 60% done with decorating the tree.  I got through the first storage bin of one-off specialty ornaments; I have now moved into the storage bin with the sets of 4 gold stars, a dozen ribbon ties, a bunch of apples, etc.  It would be nice if I could get it finished up tonight so that our living room is not a danger zone of boxes, bags, bubble wrap, crinkled newspaper, and other junk.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Give Me a White Christmas, Just Not Yet

"More Fall Layers"--Thursday, 12/1/16

Yep, this looks like a pretty unlikely fall/winter outfit inspiration photo, but I liked the combination of green top, brown skirt, and leopard print.


In Sally-land, this gets translated into green pullover sweater, brown corduroy skirt, brown leopard scarf, and other layers to make it warm and cozy.

Dark green pullover sweater (thrifted, Kohls), $2.50/wear
Brown corduroy skirt (thrifted, Walmart), $1.00/wear
Brown leopard scarf (Kohls), $1.83/wear
Brown leggings
Tall cognac boots by Sam Edelman, $9.74/wear
Black quilted vest (Stage)
*Brown quilted vest (thrifted, Relativity), $6.74/wear

Outfit total: $21.81/wear

I admit that I felt weird wearing a black vest with a dark brown skirt, but everyone says it's fine to wear brown and black together these days, and when I still didn't quite believe that, I fell back on the rationalization that the scarf has both brown and black, so it doesn't look totally random.  I'd hate to look like a person who threw on a black vest just for lack of better options...even when it's true.

But lo and behold, I was saved from this dubious combination when I found a brown quilted vest at Goodwill!  I didn't feel like re-taking these outfit photos, so you will have to wait for the visual evidence.  But I thought the combination was MUCH better.

In other news....An interesting perspective on "professional" appearance. 

Today was a productive, uneventful day at work, which is a nice thing for a random Thursday.  Even if working on Thursday feels totally unfair after having the day off last week. Tonight's Pokemon walk (highlight: hit level 26) was surprisingly warm--I took my gloves off after a while and found it that it was more comfortable that way.  I know winter is coming, but it's taking its time this year...and that's fine with me.  The more days without lots of snow and freezing cold means more after work Pokemon walks instead of treadmill/exercise bike sessions.

Yesterday and today I had co-workers tell me that they are eagerly awaiting a white Christmas.  "I don't want a brown Christmas," our (relatively new temp) admin said.  I was like, "Hey, those are just like the ones I used to know."  It was actually weird later considering how variable Christmas weather was growing up.  We've had white Christmas, frozen over stuck-in-the-house-for-days ice Christmas, run-around-in-lightweight-coats-and-no-gloves Christmas.  I like white Christmases at my parents' house because the birds come into the yard and look so pretty against the snow.

And now it's time for me to go spend a couple hours putting ornaments on my tree!  It's been a couple years since I've put it up, so I'd kind of forgotten how many I have.  Luckily, I have not yet run into the issue of having too many ornaments--my tree seems capable of absorbing more and more of them every time.