Wednesday, March 31, 2010

barely awake...

A blurry photo of Matthew Good singing

M. Good talking to the crowd


I have decided that I feel far too old to get home at midnight and wake up 6 hours later to go to work. But the show was fantastic. The opening band was actually decent, and M. Good played a diverse setlist. Sadly we had to leave right before the encore because the parking garage we were in closed at 11pm. But all in all it was a very good experience. The venue was tiny and perfectly lit, the food/service was outstanding, and for the first time we actually met some cool people to talk to during the show.

I feel like I didn't really think about what to wear today. I grabbed some clothes off of a chair this morning and that's it. I will say that I have been struggling with how to style these pants (which is why they were on my chair). They're a skinny ponte knit and although I love how they feel, they hit at a strange spot on my ankle that's too short for heels but looks odd with flats. For a quick fix I tried rolling them up and I think I like it. I'm too tired to make a real decision :)

Cardigan: Ann Taylor Loft ($30, 2009)
Striped shirt: Lane Bryant ($10, 2009)
Rolled up knit pants: Ann Taylor Loft ($15, January 2010)
Flats: Nine West Outlet ($20, July 2009)
Scarf: Old Navy ($7, March 2010)

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

the inescapable us...

Tonight we're braving rush hour traffic from MD to VA to see one of my favorite musicians, Matthew Good. I've been listening to his music for over ten years and I've never had the opportunity to see him perform live (he's huge in Canada, less so here), so to say I'm excited would be an understatement. Since this is a "style" blog, I will admit to you all that I had no clue what I wanted to wear....Sooooo I went with comfort clothing. And I have to say, every time I put on these jeans I wish ATL would make their jeans like they used to. I've worn this particular pair a lot and they haven't faded and they have retained their shape better than any jean I've ever owned. Nowadays ATL doesn't even make jeans that fit these hips/ass/etc... It's really quite frustrating.

Black cardigan: Target (2009)
Rosette top: Lane Bryant ($20, December 2009)
Jeans: Ann Taylor Loft ($32, May 2008)
Necklace and bracelet: Lia Sophia via Ebay (2009/February 2010)
Khaki trench: Macy's ($60ish, Fall 2008)
Scarf: Ann Taylor Loft ($28, February 2010)

Monday, March 29, 2010

Hoping for the better...

So my pictures didn't come out very well today due to something I haven't encountered yet: fog. I guess the flash really makes the water drops show up in the picture, and unfortunately the fog-filled shot was the best of the bunch. Oh well.

Tunic top: Macy's ($36, March 2010)
Black pants: NY & Co (2009)
Black boots: Bandolino via Ebay ($10, 2008)

Friday, March 26, 2010

it's the most glorious day of the week...

Last night D and I watched The Crazies (remake) and it left me with a crappy night's sleep. So this morning I wanted the closest thing to pj's as I could get. I'm also thrilled to tell you all that with the exception of the tank top and the black flats, everything in this outfit is a single (not a multiple!) :) The jeans are the only skinny jeans I will probably ever own. I've tried on the A.N.A. "jeggings" everyone seems to wear and love in every size available (except petite) and I just didn't like the way they fit me. The regular length ones were too short for flats, the long ones were about 3 inches too long, and the plus size ones were actually too big (gasp!) So I bought these skinny jeans instead.

I haven't worn this necklace for a very long time. After I graduated from college (and moved back down to south FL) I took a couple community college courses in anthropology (I majored in it; now you know where "excavating" my blog originated from) to try and stay up-to-date with the anthropology world. Well, each summer my professor would take a group of students to Mexico each year to go on a sort of field study throughout many of the Mayan ruins. I ended up signing up for it (not knowing how to speak any Spanish), and this necklace is one of many jewelry items that I brought back with me. :) Below are some of the pictures from one particular site, Chichen Itza.

El Castillo/Temple of Kukulkan in Chichen Itza
Kissing a serpent head in the ancient ball court of Chichen Itza
I think this is one of the ball court hoops in the National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia)A friend and I in the Temple of a Thousand Warriors
I hope you all have a great weekend!

Flutter cardigan: Fashion Bug ($12, March 2010)
Navy and white top: Target ($8, February 2009)
Yellow tank: Old Navy (2009)
Skinny jeans: JCPenney ($28, January 2010)
Beloved black flats: Nine West Outlet ($20, July 2009)
White mother of pearl necklace: Mexico (July 2006)

Thursday, March 25, 2010

in the darkest of places...

First, let me apologize for the dark picture today. We had to drop my car off (again) at the repair shop so we left extra early this morning, which made for a rather dark picture. I tried editing it but it screwed with the colors too much (and I'm a crappy photo editor) so dark it is!

Ever since Erin brought up the question about multiples I've been thinking about it, probably a little too much to be honest. Most of what I wear has a twin in a different color somewhere in my closet. This dress? I've got it in purple. The boots? I own them in gray and brown, although you've only ever seen the black. The tights? I have two pairs of the same damn ones. The cardigan is the only thing that is a onesie, although I saw it on clearance for $14 last week and I reallllllly want to go back and get another one.

So why do I buy multiples? Well, I feel like I have such a hard time finding things that fit and make me feel good (shoes are the biggest example at the moment) that when I find something I like, I seek it out in multiple colors. On rare occasions, if something is on super clearance and it's the same color as one I already own, I'll consider buying it. I think part of this stems from being afraid that something is going to happen to the item, and I won't be able to replace it. Example: I bought a pair of $10 black flats on ebay and wore them to the ground. I mean, they had a huge crack and holes through both of the soles, I had to replace the ankle straps at least twice, but I only got rid of them recently. I took them to multiple shoe repair shops, but no one would fix them because they weren't real leather, and the cost to fix them was almost four times the price I paid. So I looked to replace them. I can't tell you how many black flats I tried on. But none came close to these super cheap black flats I found on ebay. It's been about 2 years since I bought the original black flats, and I have since found a pair that I'm happy with (yes, I bought two pairs of the replacement flats and I'm happy I did), but sometimes I still miss the old ones...

In the end, does it really matter if I buy multiples? I don't think so. It's not putting me into credit card debt, I still save more than I spend (ok, usually) and I am fortunate enough to be able to indulge in this multiple buying act without letting other things go. I mean, I've always loved ramen noodles. :)

Cardigan: Lane Bryant ($30, December 2009)
Blue ruffle dress: Old Navy ($10, Fall 2009)
Tights: Spanx via Ebay ($17.99, 2009)
Boots: Piperlime ($50, December 2009)
Necklace: grandmother's

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Everyone tries to be someone else. I say, what's so bad about being yourself? (vroom)

I forgot my card reader at home today so you all get a late update. I know everyone was just sitting and waiting in anticipation, yes?

You may recognize these heels because I also own them in red. I thought they were so comfortable (for heels) that I went and bought the black and navy ones as well. :) Plus I couldn't beat the price...

For some reason this particular pair of Spanx annoys the hell out of me. I have 3 of the reversible kind (these reverse to brown) and this pair is the only one that gives me what I've heard referred to as "segmented worm syndrome." While I was walking out to my car this afternoon they just fell down my torso!

Dress: Macy's ($45, December 2009)
Tights: Spanx via Ebay ($16.99, February 2010)
Shoes: ($36, March 2010)
Necklace: H+M (2009)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

timely tuesdays tell tales...

Here's yet another outfit I wanted to wear last week but didn't get around to...I've only worn this dress once and I feel like it's more of a fall/winter dress, so I wanted to get at least one more wear out of it before the season ends. I'm still not ready to let go of my tights and boots. :)

Cardigan: Old Navy ($10, 2009)
Dress: Lane Bryant ($40ish, 2009)
Tights: Lane Bryant ($5, November 2009)
Boots: Arturo Chiang "Peach" via ($65, December 2009)
Belt: NY & Co ($13, Summer 2009)
Necklace: H+M ($9.95, October 2009)

Monday, March 22, 2010

posing in the dark...

I tried lightening this picture for the background, but my legs really are that pale! :)
This is the dress I was going to wear on Friday with hot pink tights and black boots. I never thought I would find myself considering hot pink tights, but I bought some on clearance and I thought it worked with the tiny pink dots in this dress. This is also one of the dresses I got for a steal at Lane Bryant. I'm glad they sold out of my size on the website since I got a much better deal in-store :)

These shoes have been in and out of my thrift pile for the past couple months. I bought them thinking I would wear them with tights, but the bottom of the shoe is too slippery when I put on tights. Then I tried wearing them without tights and I thought the heel was too high for me to walk comfortably in, so I put them back into my selling pile. Well, I tried them on again over the weekend and decided I would try to wear them once before I tried consigning them. I really do like the shoes (and I've already gotten a couple of compliments, which is always nice) but they are definitely a full 3 inches in the heel. Here's a detailed shot if you're interested.

I hope you all have a lovely Monday!

Dress: Lane Bryant ($13, March 2010)
Tank top: Old Navy (2009)
Sandals: Nine West "Isleen" via ($20, November 2009)
Leaf necklace: Borrowed from my grandmother

Friday, March 19, 2010

All for love we become larger than lifesize, wondersome. Great in the eyes of someone...(a fine frenzy)

Good morning all. I went through 3 outfit changes until I settled on this pairing. These jeans have been hanging in my closet (with tags) for the past 3 months, at least. The jeans I wanted to wear apparently take ions to dry, a fact I did not know until I tried to put them on this morning after washing them yesterday afternoon. But all in all, this is an unremarkable but comfortable outfit to wear the day after a sick day, yes?

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend!

Top: Worthington via JCPenney ($17, February 2010)
Jeans: Ann Taylor Loft (<$30, 2009)
Shoes: VanEli via DSW ($25 with return and a coupon, August 2009)
Black bracelet: Liz Claiborne Outlet ($12.95, September 2009)
Necklace: Ann Taylor Loft ($10, 2008)

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

going through withdrawals....

I don't think I've mentioned this before, but I stopped drinking regular soda about a month or so ago. I've always despised diet soda and my past attempts to switch never lasted. Well one day I woke up and had a diet coke and liked it. Seriously, it was just like that. And I've been drinking diet soda without a problem ever since (Diet Cherry Dr. Pepper is my fave, and I HATE Dr. Pepper...go figure). But for some reason right now I would kill for a regular cherry coke. It's really quite distracting....

As you can tell from past photos, I'm really loving this green scarf. I bought it with the intent of giving it to one of D's family members for the holidays but I didn't and I'm quite glad I kept it. :)

Purple people eater cardigan: Target ($16, April 2009)
Green top: Target (2009)
Brown Pants: Old Navy (2009)
Gold flats: Steve Madden via DSW ($40ish, August 2009)
Scarf: NY & Co ($5, 2009)
Necklace: Liz Claiborne Outlet ($7, May 2009)
Necklace as a bracelet: Ann Taylor Loft ($10, December 2009)

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

this is how I spend my time with a book and no disasters...(some by sea)

Sometimes I put my zune on random and rediscover things that I have forgotten about. It's a good feeling :)

I promise I'm going to break out my Lane Bryant purchases from last week, just not today. Today definitely called for pants.

Cardigan: Ann Taylor Loft ($33, January 2008)
Rosette top: Lane Bryant ($20, December 2009)
Pants: NY & Co (2009)
Shoes: Bandolino via Macy's ($47, November 2009)
Necklace, earrings, bracelet: Lia Sophia via ebay and gifted (2009)

Monday, March 15, 2010

coming off of a rainy weekend...

Friday Night

Monday Work

This past weekend was pretty crappy as far as weather goes. D and I tried to go to a see a local Baltimore band play in Frederick on Friday night but the place was so tiny and packed that we ended up leaving after the opening act. But you get to see what I wore anyway.

Today I opted for jeans because we had to take my car to the repair shop and for some reason I didn't feel like dressing up. I have a flat tire, my spare is also flat, and my motor mount is cracked (or something of that nature) so hopefully by tomorrow evening I will have my car back.

My aunt bought a bulk lot of Stella & Dot jewelry on ebay and she invited my grandmother and I over to see it. She was hoping to sell us some of the pieces at 50% off the retail price, so I picked up these rings (originally $49) and my grandmother bought the necklace that I borrowed for today, a bracelet, and earrings. There were a couple other necklaces that I really liked but I'm glad I didn't buy more because of the costly car repairs.

I'm happy to be wearing this jacket because I haven't been able to button it up since I bought it. I cleaned out one of our closets on Sunday and tried to be stern with a "if it doesn't fit sell/donate/thrift it" attitude and this jacket actually fit! So it's safe for now :)

I will leave you with a picture of what my cat is doing (and what I would much rather be doing). Ignore the mess on the couch. That's my "to be thrifted" pile...
Friday night:
Moto jacket: NY & Co (B1G1 50% off $32, October 2009)
Green top: Old Navy (2006 or 2007)
Skirt: Ann Taylor Loft via Ebay ($16.99, February 2010)
Boots: Ann Taylor Loft ($56, December 2008)
Leggings: Lane Bryant ($17, September 2009)
Scarf: NY & Co ($5, 2009)

Monday work:
Corduroy jacket: Ann Taylor Loft ($26, October 2009)
Navy striped tee: Lane Bryant ($16, November 2009)
Jeans: NY & Co (2009)
Boots: DSW ($49, November 2009)
Rings and necklace: Stella & Dot ($24.50/borrowed from grandmother, March 2010)

Friday, March 12, 2010

I'm dying tomorrow...(alkaline trio)

Man do I have some great tales for you from the land of Lane Bryant. First, the story covered in awesome sauce. I went into Lane Bryant last night to pick up some orders that I had placed online (wearing the same thing I wore to work yesterday) and the sales woman complimented me on my outfit. I thanked her, and confessed that it was a very expensive dress and I was happy that someone noticed it. Well, she couldn't believe it was a dress, so I lifted up the black sweater part to show her the cute detailing on the bodice of the dress. Her reaction was one of disbelief, this time towards my body instead of the skirt being a dress. She started asking me if I had ever considered being a plus size model and how I have the most "banging" body and then, as if it could get better, she pointed back at the pictures of the models behind the counter and said that I look way better than them and I really need to look into the whole modeling thing. By then I was probably 18 different shades of blushing red, saying thanks and blabbering about how great spanx are, and she went and got her manager (?!) who confirmed everything that I should indeed be a plus size model. Seriously folks, my self esteem hasn't been this high in years.

The second awesome part of my story concerns the actual clothing. So I went in knowing I would probably find something I wanted, so I armed myself with a $25 off $75 coupon. I managed to find two dresses that I wanted that had sold out online on clearance, a pretty piece of lingerie, a necklace (I'm wearing it today), and a red top. So my total was at about $85 before the $25 coupon. As I was checking out the very nice wonderful sales woman asked if I wanted to apply for a LB credit card, and that I would get an extra $25 off my total (on top of the coupon) if I applied. Well, shiiiiiit I applied and got one. So my total came to be a whopping $37 for all of my clothing! I mean, my original total would have been over $200 if everything were regularly priced. And for some reason however they pro-rate the coupons made this necklace free! So, I'm totally happy. I woke up this morning thinking everything had been a very nice dream. I'm even more amused because Lane Bryant has really been hit or miss with me, but man when they hit they hit hard! I'd say I'm definitely a loyal customer now :) I can't wait to show you all what I got!

So, on to today's outfit. I've been wanting to wear this outfit again since I wore it to movie night last weekend and since Fridays=casual I went for it. Next week I will definitely break out some of my new purchases.

Moto jacket: NY & Co (B1G1 50% off $32, October 2009)
Cardigan: Old Navy ($21, February 2010)
Top: Lane Bryant ($10, 2009)
Jeans: Ann Taylor Loft ($32, May 2008)
Scarf: H+M ($10, 2009)
Shoes: Nine West Outlet ($20, July 2009)
Necklace: Lane Bryant (free!, March 2010)
Ring: QVC via Ebay ($25, 2009)

Thursday, March 11, 2010

all my best friends are metalheads...(less than jake)

This is saved dress number 1,004.8. Ok, more like the fifth dress I've been saving for a special occasion that never comes around. It's my first "designer" piece, and I must say that the quality and feel is fantastic. I love the way the whole thing fits, especially on the top (although I've covered that part up for work) and it makes me feel like a million dollars.

Sweater: Ann Taylor Loft via Ebay ($10, January 2010)
Dress: Rachel Pally White Label via Nordstrom ($124, November 2009)
Tank: Old Navy (2009)
Tights: Spanx via Ebay ($18, February 2010)
Shoes: Naturalizer via ($61, January 2010)
Necklace: Ann Taylor Loft

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

keeping calm, carrying on...

I'm sososo much more comfortable in today's dress. I almost feel like doing a little flamenco dance down the hall. Does it matter that I don't know how to dance? Of course not! I think it has to do with the red shoes. Or perhaps my happiness is due to the fact that I took my own pictures this morning and I'm pleased that I have finally managed to take a decent set of pictures! :)

So this dress is my first purchase from Kiyonna and I'm pretty happy with it (I got it for 30% off w/free shipping). I originally bought a size smaller than I wanted because they were sold out of my "ideal" size but fortunately it came back in stock by the time I got the first one in the mail and I was able to reorder it (and use the same coupon w/free shipping, woot!) I like the other print they have in this style a lot, but I'm not buying any more dresses!

I'm also loving these shoes (although we're only about an hour into the day so far). So far I have not tripped over myself or felt the need to change into my flats that I brought along just in case. D's sister and my cousin both got me DSW gift cards for the holidays/my birthday in December and I used them to buy 3 pairs of shoes, and these are the only ones that I ended up keeping.

I actually forgot I owned this necklace. Back in December of 2008 (I think) Liz Claiborne was having a huuuuge sale online and I bought a ton of jewelry for very little. I mean, the sale was something like an extra 75% off already clearance prices. So I think I paid all of $4 for this necklace. :)

I hope you all have a wonderful day!

Moto jacket: NY & Co (B1G1 50% off $32, October 2009)
Dress: Kiyonna ($86, February 2010)
Tank: Old Navy (2009)
Tights: Spanx ($14.99, 2009)
Shoes: Chinese Laundry via DSW (gifted, February 2010)
Necklace: Liz Claiborne ($4, December 2008)