Friday, December 30, 2011

last work day of 2011 calls for a busy print

Good morning everyone,

Leggings trumped my jeans this morning. I figured I could get away with a shorter dress since no one would be around to see it. Of course I've already run into more people today than I saw yesterday but I think there are just more people in my office building. Besides, I'm meeting up with some girlfriends for drinks and gift exchanging tonight and I wanted to look decent :)

Do you all have any new year's eve plans? I have to get some more dental work done on Monday so I'm dreading the end of the weekend. I don't usually go out for new year's; the city is too stressful to navigate and I always get anxious with the whole countdown process. I'd say I didn't do much for the first 6 months of 2011 but after that my life exploded with change and I'm still working through all of the pieces.

That being said, I hope this next year is a little more positive and calm. I'll take nice and calm any day...Happy New Year everyone!

Dress: Ann Taylor Loft
Leggings: Forever 21
Boots: Nordstrom Rack
Necklace: Ann Taylor Loft
Earrings: Gifted
Lipstick: D bought me MAC's "Ruby Woo" for my birthday and I like it!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

photos lie...

 Hi everyone,

So here is what I wore yesterday. Let it be noted that I didn't feel nearly as dumpy as I look in this photo. My tights had an adorable criss-cross pattern on them, and I thought the top looked good with the black pencil skirt. No one is in the office this week so it's hard for me to get dressed "nicely" for work. Tomorrow will likely be a complete ghost town! Today and tomorrow will be be jeans days. Yeah, I'm not taking any time off, but I did purchase my plane ticket for Florida today. Woohoo! I need some sun and fresh air :)

And before I forget-I had my last doctor visit last week and my leg has been declared fully healed! That's two whole months ahead of schedule!! There will still be some swelling/bruising/aching but as far as the actual bones-they have finally knitted together. July feels like it was a million years ago. 

Happy Thursday!

Red top: T.J. Maxx
Black skirt: Talbots
Leopard flats: Kohl's

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

day two of funky tights

Not that plaid is particularly funky, but I paired it with a leopard dress and thought it looked interesting. I don't know what made me think leopard would go with them considering I started out with a plain black dress. Added bonus-I managed to stick my finger through the tights when I was putting them on and I'm hoping they'll last through the evening. Fingers crossed!

Speaking of fingers, check out my new ring! My coworker/friend bought it for me for x-mas. I love it! She also bought me the adorable Captain Kirk doll. I do love me some Trek. I only wish they had a Picard one.

In more down news, I'm dreading the rest of this week. Tomorrow I'm getting cavities filled (groan) and Friday I go for my my next leg x-ray. I hope both appointments go smoothly!

Happy Wednesday!

Gray cardi: Old Navy
Leopard dress: Ann Taylor Loft
Tights: Lane Bryant
Boots: Nordstrom Rack
Big 'ol ring: Gifted
Stone necklace: Ann Taylor Loft
Round pendant necklace: H&M

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

holiday tights and a festive house tour

(I'm not crazy, just tired)

 I think this time of year is the only time I feel comfortable wearing red tights. We finally finished decorating the tree and wrapping the presents and I guess I was feeling festive. I even broke out my OPI nail red glitter polish. I layered it over a gray color so the red would match my tights. As you can see, I'm not a pro at doing my nails. )

So I thought I would share a few photos to show how we decorated for our first holiday in the new place. On the tree I used ornaments that my grandmother made many years ago. She would order these kits with her coworkers and they would make these gorgeous Christmas decorations. When my aunt offered to let me take some I knew I would enjoy using them on our new tree. We don't have a tree topper yet so I threw up a plush reindeer that D gave me early on in our relationship. 

Remember when I said I ran out of gold garland? Well I found another strand of it when I was going through the ornaments, but I had already finished the tree. So I stuck a couple spare ornaments in a goblet with the garland and called it a centerpiece. 

I also inherited an adorable wooden reindeer from my grandmother, but the antlers didn't survive the move. Fortunately my mom has the same exact reindeer so she's going to give me hers :) For now I'm trying to hide the head in the branches. Classy, I know.

Happy Tuesday!

Top: Ann Taylor Loft
Skirt: Ashley Stewart
Flats: DSW
Belt: NY & Co
Necklace: JewelMint
Earrings: Gifted

Monday, December 19, 2011

all sorts of brown

Hi all,

Today's clothing is a consequence of not picking out an outfit in advance. It's brown and not so holiday-ish, but I don't mind. The boots are a dark chocolate version of the black ones I've been wearing to death lately. Oddly enough the brown ones were tighter at the calf, but they are stretching with wear. 

Despite running a little late from finding an outfit this morning I've felt better today than I have in a very long time. Although my leg is aching I feel like I'm walking much more normally than I was even a day ago. I even took 3 flights of stairs at work! Granted it took me an extra 5 minutes (and to say I was heaving would be generous) but it's the first time I've gone up them since the break. Progress feels awesome :)

Did you all have a good weekend? I finally got around to listing some things on ebay (which always feels like a huge accomplishment because it takes so much time) and D took me out for a pre-birthday dinner on Saturday night. Gotta love Red Robin's free birthday burgers!

Happy Monday everyone!

Cardigan: Nordstrom Rack
Dress: Lane Bryant
Boots: Nordstrom Rack
Necklace: Ann Taylor Loft
Earrings: Gifted from Aunt

Thursday, December 15, 2011

feeling fabulous

 Good afternoon,

Tonight D invited some of his coworkers out for a happy hour with us and I wanted to wear something that made me feel good. I remembered all of the wonderful comments I got on this dress back when I wore it on my first day back at work, and decided to try it again. This time I paired it with some huge earrings that my aunt gave me and of course, my wonderful wide calf boots. I've felt fabulous all day. It's too bad all clothing doesn't inspire such confidence.

What do you wear for confidence?

Dress: Lane Bryant
Tights: Spanx
Boots: Nordstrom Rack
Necklace: Ann Taylor Loft (I bought it right after I started my new job here. I wish they still made necklaces like this)
Earrings: Gifted
Bracelet: NY & Co (years ago)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Apparently I look like the joker.

 Actually, I think the color of this skirt is aptly called "pool felt". I've never seen a more accurate color description. The boyfriend said that this is my "joker" outfit. Something to do with the purple and green I suspect. I'm not much for wool (dry cleaning annoys me) but I couldn't resist the color (or the price at the time). Note-buy wool in the summer. I got one in red too. It's too bad they wrinkle the minute I even think about wearing them. :)

I hope you all are having a lovely Wednesday!

Gray cowl top: Ann Taylor
Green skirt: Talbots
Tights: Target
Boots: Nordstrom Rack
Belt: NY & Co
Necklace: Gifted
Earrings: Ebay

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Everybody, Everywhere: Sequins & Sparkles

To me, festive holiday clothing=sequins (or sparkles. The shinier the better). I was thinking about doing a holiday themed clothes week for the rest of the week (and maybe next week if I'm feeling craaaazy) but I came to the sad realization that I only own three shirts with sequins. And there was no way I was wearing a tank top considering it was 25 degrees when I clonked out of the house. So I went with this "it looks like a tank but there's a sweater involved" one piece I bought in Florida many moons ago. You can't really see the sequins, but I promise the front is decked out in sequin glory.

Another good reason for sequins-it's Everybody Everywhere shiny sparkle day. Click here to see how the other fabulous ladies styled their holiday frocks.

Oh, and how do you like my half garland-ed tree? I told you it was bad! I found some green garland at Target and bought some hooks, so hopefully we'll finish decorating it tonight.

Happy Tuesday!

Top: Nordstrom Rack
Pants: Old Navy
Red flats: Nine West Outlet
Necklace: JewelMint

Monday, December 12, 2011

all neutrals with some sparkle

I'm really into the drapey blouse tops at the moment. So when I saw this top at TJ Maxx I couldn't resist bringing it home. Plus I figured I couldn't go wrong with metallic sparkle. Flash forward to me trying it on with a pencil skirt for the boyfriend. He gave it a thumbs down. Then this morning I decided pants would be easier to deal with than a skirt, so I threw on the top and went to work. When D saw me this afternoon his opinion on the top hadn't changed. I don't think it makes me look any wider, but I do think it makes my arms look like they were cut in a tragic lumber accident or something. But oh well, I still like the top. Now I'll just have to walk around sucking in my larger than normal gut for the rest of the day :)

How was your weekend? We are in the process of putting up our very first (fake) x-mas tree. We ran out of garland about halfway down the tree, and then we realized we didn't have any ornament hooks. It made me really miss my grandmother (she would have tons of everything). Oh and we don't have a tree topper so I threw a stuffed reindeer animal on top. Hopefully it won't catch fire. And my cat seems to think that the tree is a giant 6.5 foot food-fest.

But on the bright side I went to my Aunt's house and she let me go through some of her costume jewelry that she didn't want anymore.  I got tons of earrings and a few rings that I can't wait to wear. In fact the ring I forgot to take a close-up of today and my earrings are both from her stash.

Happy Monday everyone!

Wide load top: T.J. Maxx
Pants: Old Navy
Flats: Kohl's (these are surprisingly comfortable after you break them in)
Necklace: Stella & Dot via Craigslist
Earrings: Free from Aunt

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

snow leopard

When this dress fell off the hanger I decided it was fate telling me to wear it. Also I was running late, it was pouring down rain, and I wanted nothing more than to wear these fabulous boots again. Outfit achieved! It even got the boyfriend stamp of approval.

Happy Wednesday!

Dress: Lane Bryant
Boots: Nordstrom Rack
Necklace: Gifted

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

lovely amazing comfortable new boots**

Another Monday Tuesday (I apparently missed the memo on how workdays operate), another pair of new boots. Hah I kid, I kid (maybe). Though these are new boots, and I'm so damn pleased with them that I wanted to share the details. They're from Sofft (style Casoria) and they're currently on sale at Nordstrom for $99.90. Zappos has them in brown for $119.95 here. Yes, that's pricey even on sale, but they're real leather (soft!), they're extremely comfortable, stylish, and best of all fit my wide calves right out of the box! I swear I have to get every pair of boots stretched at the cobblers (they know me on a first name basis now). The description says that the calves are 13" but that is a flat out lie. My 16" calves fit into a size 9 perfectly. And if your calves are larger the side of the boot has elastic goring that will allow another inch or two of stretchy goodness, if not more. Love love looooooooove these boots. I stalked the brown pair online at Nordstrom and I finally nabbed what I'm telling myself is the last pair in Nordstrom world and I can't wait to wear those too. Of course now I have to get rid of 2 pairs of shoes, but I'll deal with that later.

Am I wearing other clothes? Oh yeah...This dress has been worn numerous times, although I finally tied it in the back like it was originally intended. I don't know why I hesitate to do that. Maybe because maternity dresses often tie in the back, and I don't want to get asked how far along I am. Speaking of which, this afternoon two women were talking in the kitchen about how many pounds should be gained during pregnancy. The one woman was very concerned asking "5 lbs...that's what I've gained so far oh do you think that's too much? I just don't know" while rubbing her stomach and the other lady was "oh that's fine yes 5 lbs is reasonable" and then they both turned to me to get my input and I rrealllly wanted to tell them that A) 5 lbs is NOTHING, B) having said that I am not the best person to consult on pregnancy issues and C) I'm currently pregnant with a 5 lb cheeto bacon food baby, but I refrained from any and all comments. I can't deny my amusement though. I mean she was so concernicus about the whole thing. 

Anywhoo, back to work I go. I hope you all are having a wonderful day.

**I don't know if this needs to be said but Nordstrom did not ask me to mention these boots. Just an indulgence on my part that I wanted to share. Because finding quality wide calf boots can be a crap shoot :)

Dress: Macy's
Tights: Target
Boots: Nordstrom Rack
Necklace: Ann Taylor Loft
Coat: Old Navy

Friday, December 2, 2011

Eloquii review and an outfit post

  Good afternoon everyone,

Are you happy it's the end of the week? I sure am, even with my day off yesterday. I took a mental health day (it seems I've needed more of those lately) and I tried to relax a little. Today I wanted to dress nicely because I'm going out for a happy hour with some friends I haven't seen since before I broke my leg. I've sort of removed myself from everyone because I feel like I've just been too depressing to be around, but I think I'm ready to get back and be a little more social. And what better way to be social than with drinks and mexican food? 

In the absence of social outings I've been doing my fair share of shopping (heck even if I went out more I'd still shop) and one place that caught my eye was Eloquii. Eloquii is The Limited's plus size range, and from what I've read they're fairly new. I have had my eye on these two things and when they went on sale for 50% off I decided to try them out.**

So, the wrapping is pretty cute. Then again I like bright green tissue paper. The invoice came in a nice Eloquii envelope along with a note thanking me for my purchase.

I ended up buying a red dress and a drape neck top. Here's what they look like on a beautiful model.

(Source: Eloquii)

(Source: Eloquii)

As you can see from the photo below (please ignore my compression socks; good for broken leg swelling but bad for photo ops), the dress is too tight. After consulting the size chart I went for a 14/16 on both and I really needed another size up. Also, the dress has a black elastic band that wasn't in the description, and in the photos the band is conveniently covered up with an obi belt (which is available for purchase separately). The dress is 100% polyester, but for some reason smelled like dead fish. The cowl neck top stretched across the chest in an unflattering manner and I just couldn't get myself to take a photo. I thought about exchanging the top for a bigger size but in the end I decided to just return it. It didn't help that the fabric accentuated my curves in a way that resembled a spare tire. If something really catches my interest in the future I might try Eloquii out again. If you're ordering I would say to size up if you're unsure, but as far as my personal taste goes I'll be returning both items. 

Happy Friday everyone!

**This review is brought to you by me and my 9-5 job. Eloquii corporate had nothing to do with my decision to write a review, and I doubt they know this blog exists. I just wanted to put this info out there if any of you are interested.

Green cardi: Ann Taylor Loft
Floral wrap top: Talbots
Purple tank: Lane Bryant
Black pencil skirt: Talbots
Black boot: Same old Piperlime ones
Necklace: Target