Going Ungracefully

I'll be the old lady in the tight, purple skirt

WiW 07/27/10


I think this might be one of my best ever. I’m sort of sorry I wore it to work, because I don’t have the wardrobe to live up to this standard every day. I wish I did though. I felt like ME in this – hair, jewelry, clothes – all of it came together and this is the me I would portray to the world all the time if I could. I guess it’s something to aspire to, eh? I had a lot of compliments!

The dress is the purple one Angie recommended from Nordstrom’s the sale back in May. The shoes are the Seychelles Veronica. Hair by me.  🙂


August 1, 2010 Posted by | WiW | 2 Comments

WiW 07/21/10


Bad face day…

Very marginal style day too. It was hot – I mean hot! I don’t remember the high temp from that day (I’m writing this a week and a half later), but I believe it was at or near 100F/38C.

August 1, 2010 Posted by | WiW | | 1 Comment

WiW 07/20/10


I’m sort of iffy about this outfit. I love this skirt, but haven’t worn it in over two years. I had it altered when I lived in Jamaica and the seamstress was a little too enthusiastic with the waist darts. I finally overcame my sewing inertia and pulled out my trusty seam ripper. Newly expanded skirt in hand, I started trying blouses on. It was insanely hot, so I didn’t want to layer much, but the blouse I’m wearing as an outer layer is a little too sheer for work. I tried a number of things under it, but wasn’t really happy with any of them. I ended up with a white t-shirt and this white ruffle front blouse as a sort of cardi. Belting it didn’t work at all. I thought it was too much white on top, but by this time I really HAD to leave for work.

Suggestions for improvement? I tried a couple of scarves, but wasn’t feeling that either.

Ping Pong insisted on being in the picture, but I wish he would at least show his better side!

Shoes: nude, wedge heel, Payless
Skirt: Coral/white, Isaac Mizrahi? can’t remember
Shirt: White, Target t-shirt
Blouse: White/ruffled, thrifted

August 1, 2010 Posted by | WiW | | 1 Comment

WiW 07/19/10


I really love this outfit. I wish this could be my uniform at work, because I would happily wear it every day. I particularly like the way my glasses go with this.

Actually, that might be a fun experiment. I have this blouse in two colors. I wonder what would happen – and whether anyone would notice – if I wore this exact outfit, switching only the blouse out every other day, for an entire week? It reminds me of the Six Items or Less idea (though it really should be “six items or FEWER” – grrrrr).

I’ve been experimenting again with pin curls and 1940’s-inspired hairstyles. I really liked the way it worked out this week.

I haven’t done a clothing item listing in a long time. I have two fewer hours each day, now that my commute time has increased so dramatically. It has seriously impacted my blogging hobby. 😦

Shoes: Leopard print, flats, Target
Skirt: black, pencil skirt, AT, thrifted!
Blouse: purple, The Limited, thrifted
Belt: black, Good Will thrifted

August 1, 2010 Posted by | WiW | | 1 Comment

WiW 07/15/10


I think this sweater qualifies as a “boyfriend sweater” but I’m not sure. I think of it as a forgiving piece that covers my arms and the fact that my pants are a little too tight!

I wore Nana’s pearls doubled plus my girlfriend pearls to get a layered look and kept the rest simple.  The simple part was mostly the result of not laying out my clothes the night before and then running late in the morning. 🙂

July 15, 2010 Posted by | WiW | | Leave a comment

WiW 07/14/10


It’s hot, so let’s keep this simple!

P.S. I got to work and realized I had nowhere to clip my badge. I had a lanyard and just got a wild hair to try to drop it onto my waist. It worked and I got several compliments on the idea!

July 14, 2010 Posted by | WiW | | Leave a comment

WiW 07/13/10


Back into the saddle:

Bonus!!!!! I’m in love!

Meet my new sweetie, Ping-Pong, a rescued Pekingese. He is the sweetest thing ever and I truly can’t imagine what would cause someone to give him up, but I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to give him a loving home.

July 14, 2010 Posted by | dogs, WiW | , | Leave a comment

What was I thinking?

Really, I don’t know what fantasy world I was in when I was thinking about taking that itty-bitty bag with me on vacation. I did take the bigger one and felt it wasn’t big enough most of the time! I’m glad I didn’t take an even larger bag though, because I would have filled it up and walked around with a sore shoulder.

As it turns out, I took most of the vacation pictures and am therefore in very few. This is the only one I could find that even sort of shows me using the bigger bag. Can you see it there?

Our holiday in Boston was a lot of fun, as was our motorcycle trek through the White Mountains of New Hampshire, but it was insanely hot. They had some sort of very unusual heat wave, so our idea of going to New England to escape some of the Southern summer heat went horribly awry. All of my sweaters, long-sleeved shirts and jacket went almost entirely unused. I’ve never NOT been cold, it seems, so this was a huge shock! This picture was taken on the U.S.S. Constitution, and it was pretty breezy on the ship.

July 14, 2010 Posted by | Personal | , | Leave a comment

A Tale of Two Bags

I bought these two cross-body bags today at Kohl’s. I was planning to carry my pink Coach cross-body on holiday, but it’s my favorite bag and I’d hate for anything to happen to it. Plus, it’s a bit bigger than I wanted to haul around.

So – I couldn’t decide between these two, so I bought them both and took pictures so the world could help me decide. LOL!

My goal for a vacation handbag is that it will go with everything I’m going to wear the whole time (I’m not taking up precious space in luggage with extra handbags!), it needs to be big enough to handle all-day touring paraphernalia, and it needs to be small enough to not make me hate it at the end of a long day.

The bigger one is, well ….. bigger. It has plenty of room for all my junk plus a bottle of water. I also love the color, as it’s different from any other bag I have.

The smaller one is big enough to carry everything I need but not everything I want. There is not enough room to tote water. On the other hand, it’s very compact and will force me to be resourceful. It won’t weigh me down after a whole day of slogging around the city.

What do you think? (I only took upclose pics of the smaller bag. Does that tell you something about which one I favor?)

June 27, 2010 Posted by | shopping | | 4 Comments

2010 Summer Wardrobe?

I do things impulsively sometimes, like seeing a skirt and blouse I like in Target and then buying all iterations of them so that I don’t have to think about what to wear for the rest of the summer. Sheesh! Like I won’t get sick of these after a few weeks!

Oh – um, I didn’t comb my hair. Like, at all. At least I blurred out my bleary-eyed face!

So, is this a flattering basic summer walk-about outfit for doing touristy things? Different shoes, hopefully, if I can find some before I leave for holiday.

June 18, 2010 Posted by | Hot-or-Not, shopping | , | 2 Comments