Friday, January 30, 2015

January 30: She Blinds Me

The post title was inspired by my (male) coworker who was talking about how he was blinded. I thought he meant because we had new lighting installed and all of us had agreed that it was much brighter than we were used to but nope he meant my blazer. I thought that was such a funny comment and of course I was totally oblivious! The weird thing about this outfit is that I wore it on Friday, which one would imagine to be very casual and yet I really wanted to wear this pencil skirt so that's what I wore!
Blazer: JCPenney
Tee: Everlane
Necklace: Kohl's
Skirt: Target
Shoes: Payless
Watch: JCPenney

Thursday, January 29, 2015

January 29: As Seen on Pinterest

One blog I love following is Audrey at Putting Me Together. To encourage herself (and her followers), she's been creating weekly style challenges. This week's was to copy an outfit from Pinterest. I kind of tried this outfit last week with a different striped blouse and blue skirt but I think I like this version more with my beloved mint midi skirt. I didn't really have a good necklace but I am wearing a very delicate gold "S" necklace that you just can't see. I also would have liked to wear this with strappy sandals but the weather was a bit chillier than expected so that didn't work out. Overall I am pleased with how this came out!

Shirt: JCPenney's
Belt: Kohl's
Skirt: Charlotte Russe
Shoes: Old Navy

Monday, January 26, 2015

Body Image-Thunder Thighs

I distinctly remember being a teenager and being struck by a Nike ad where a woman talked about her strong thighs and being a grandmother and bouncing a child on those thighs. It struck me because it was so counter to many messages I've seen of women hating their bodies and I wished I had ripped it out to save. Cut to last week when one of my friends posted the below; my memory of the ad was that it actually featured a black and white photograph of a woman but the text is the most important part.
Writings like this continue to matter to me in my day to day thinking about my body. I am striving for strength and health in my body regardless of it matches the weird media created images I can imagine. I was reminded again of this during my two (!) workouts today, a thirty minute boot camp and a sixty minute barre class, where we were constantly reminded to maintain good posture and to reach with strength and purpose. This reminds me to think of all that my body can do (for example, I am on track to complete 1,000 burpees this month) and to praise it and reward it with more challenging workouts and delicious food instead of poking at what I perceive to be its flaws. I hope you find the same message inspiring :)

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Part I: "blushing all the way home"

He texts that he's running a little late. This does not help her nervousness, instead increasing her pacing in the front hall. Is this a date or is this just friends seeing a movie together? Sure it was planned in advance but they're both so busy that it's also kind of necessary. And yes he's picking her up but he likes to be in control and protect people so how can she be certain that it means anything special to him?

Finally he arrives and knocks on the door. He's shaved after a month growing a beard and he's wearing blue that brings out his eyes and he's got that cologne that makes her knees weak.

He opens the car door for her, which seems to suggest that it's a date. But they chat about totally benign topics on the way to the film. He also pays for the movie tickets and buys her popcorn in addition to his soda. This has her inclined toward date.

After she finishes her popcorn, she awkwardly rests her hand on the armrest hoping he'll grab it. Or maybe she can will him to put his arm around her. No dice and the fact that he wants to take her back home after instead of maybe grabbing a drink makes her think it wasn't a date after all. It really is just two friends hanging out.

When he pulls up in front of her house, he turns off the engine but doesn't move to get out so she waits. He breaks the silence and says he likes her and that he finds her interesting (!)

He asks if he can kiss her.

Though later her friends will evince a preference for a guy to "take charge and be a man," she is gratified by his question. She reads so much into it wondering first why no other guy ever asked if he could kiss her. She thinks him to be a feminist; though some dating advice might suggest that she owed him at least a kiss for taking her out, driving, and paying, he respects her jurisdiction over her body and checks in about her wishes. And she sees him taking this potential change in their friendship seriously because they can't ever go back now.

She says "yes" in the easiest decision of her life.

When he walks her to her door, there are frequent stops as she simply must hug him more and also she really never wants the night to end.

As he drives home, she texts him thanks and wonders what will happen next.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

January 21: I Wish It Was As Simple as Black and White

I originally intended just to wear my polka dot button down blouse tucked into my white pencil skirt. But after yesterday's chill, I decided to add another layer and it worked out just perfect! The blouse is so lightwight that I didn't get hot as the day warmed up and I think the black sweater added a layer of polish. This opinion was bolstered by the two compliments I received-always a sweet surprise :)

Blouse: Loft
Sweater: Charter Club Cashmere from Macy's
Skirt: Banana Republic
Heels: J. Crew Factory
Necklace: Kohl's

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

January 20: Pattern Mixing

I don't really know about this outfit. I have wanted to be bolder about mixing patterns after I see women killing it on their blogs all the time. It seems sensible that black and white will go well together. I adore this skirt, which has been quite versatile considering its distinctive print. And of course my favorite pattern is polka dots. But all together, does it work? And I just don't know. Further staring suggests the elastic bottom of the top is doing something weird to my waist-would I like it more if it was tucked in? I had big hopes for this outfit but they fell a bit flat; similarly I had high hopes for another gorgeous sunny day and got a weirdly cold and foggy day. Better luck tomorrow!

Blouse: Loft
Cardigan: Kohl's
Skirt: Peter Pilotto for Target
Shoes: Old Navy
Earrings: Baublebar

Thursday, January 15, 2015

January 15: Ladylike 60s

I had the great good fortune to see the film "Selma" last week. It is horrifyingly intense and a fascinating tribute to a complicated figure and an examination of a difficult part of our culture. There's a lot I'm still thinking about especially in light of the Academy's failure to nominate its lead actor or director. However, as someone who blogs about her outfit of the day, I was also very interested in the clothing. The 1950s and 1960s are some of my favorite decades for coveting clothing and this outfit is inspired by something that Coretta Scott King wore during the film. I adore this blouse so much-one of my favorite things is blouses with ties in the front. This one is a bit droopy after a long day at the office.

Blouse: Forever 21
Camisole: American Eagle
Skirt: Target
Shoes: Target
Watch: Timex from JCPenney
Earrings: H&M

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

January 13: Polka Dot Tuesday

As I mentioned last week, I "officially" declared today Polka Dot Tuesday encouraging the people in my group and those who sit by to wear polka dots. I teased one of my coworkers that he should wear a polka dot dickey. Though there are no winners of Polka Dot Tuesday, I would have declared him the winner if he had. Alas he stuck to a boring tie. I was surprised to find out how little polka dots most people have in their wardrobe. I lent one coworker a scarf and I was the only person to wear double dots though it's near impossible to notice the dots on my skirt in this picture. Overall I feel like the day was a success and we will be having another patterned day in February (I have been lobbied for hearts in honor of Valentine's Day so that will probably be my choice.)
Shirt: Loft
Cardigan: J. Crew
Skirt: Lauren Conrad from Kohl's
Watch: Timex from JCPenney
Shoes: Old Navy
Necklace, Earrings, and Bracelet: Not sure; Christmas present

Monday, January 12, 2015

January 12: Variations on Navy

The things you notice in hindsight: the tag on this scarf is facing the camera (facepalm). I thought this outfit was kind of fun because of the different uses of navy throughout that tie the whole thing together in addition to my navy watchband. I only wish I had red shoes to really make the look pop. The gold shoes are probably are my most favorite (insanely comfortable flats from Target-go get a pair! I have them in black and brown too and I've eyed the pink as well.) I also really like the sweater, which features a heart though I recognize that it might be difficult to discern from this angle of the picture.

Scarf: Universal Studios at Orlando
Sweater: JCPenney
Skirt: Old Navy
Watch: Timex from JCPenney
Shoes: Target

Friday, January 9, 2015

January 9: Casual Friday

I made a bit of a booboo with my picture taking. The shirt is a lovely pink with black ink imitating strands of necklaces on it. But you can't tell that with my scarf covering everything! I thought it was a fun casual outfit to wear on a Friday. I also have a bit of a silly complaint. This grey pencil skirt used to fit me perfectly! However now that I have been consistently working out for over 1.5 years, it's a bit loose and doesn't fit as well anymore. I told that to my boot camp leaders and they just smiled and said "you're welcome."

Shirt: Kohl's
Skirt: The Limited
Shoes: Old Navy
Scarf: Kohl's
Watch: Timex from JCPenney

Thursday, January 8, 2015

January 8: Haircut

This outfit was kind of inspired by a street chic outfit I saw Taylor Swift wearing. I don't think it came out very similar but I do like the pattern mixing in my version. I own pink heels but wimped out and went with flats to get through my workday. The real thing to notice though is my haircut. I started growing my hair out in December 2013 and it was about the longest it's ever been but starting to feel unruly so I went in with the intention of getting an inch cut off but, in an act of daring, actually getting two inches! It just feels neater now so I'm glad I took the plunge. I wanted to mostly keep the length for when I'm a bridesmaid this summer but after the day, I'll probably bob it (again in imitation of Taylor).
Scarf: Kohl's
Sweater: J. Crew Factory
Skirt: Forever 21
Shoes: JCPenney
Watch: Timex from JCPenney

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

January 6: Polka Dots

Polka dots are hands down my favorite pattern so no surprise that I own at least two sweater, three tops, two skirts, and two dresses with them. This was a recent addition from Christmas and prompted one of my coworkers to tease me about my spots. Somehow this escalated to officially announcing a polka dot day at my office, coming next Tuesday in a bit of silliness :) Otherwise I don't have much to say about this outfit. It has pretty colors, it's comfortable, and it fits my office's dress code as well as my climate's needs.

Sweater: Banana Republic Factory
Jeggings: American Eagle
Boots: ShoeDazzle
Necklace: New York and Company
Watch: Timex from JCPenney

Monday, January 5, 2015

January 5: Black as Night

Though I do spend quite a bit of time on Sundays picking out my outfits and I sometimes theme them, sometimes I don't really know what inspires me to select certain combinations. This one seems to have been inspired by what passes for cold weather in my area (I started with tights and then took them off at midday because it was too warm.) Also I obviously didn't feel like being too fancy as this is a sweatshirt with a lace overlay but I think the sparkly scarf helps distract. The socks in the boots also distract; I tried rolling them down but couldn't quite keep them completely hidden-oh well!

Sweatshirt: Target
Skirt: New York and Company
Scarf: Kohls
Socks: Christmas present
Boots: Forever 21

Friday, January 2, 2015

January 2: Casual Friday

Kind of didn't want to go to work this Friday so I decided to wear a super casual outfit. The shirt was yet another Christmas present and it went perfectly with all of my accessories besides being insanely comfortable and something that my sister is now eying-I know I've done well when she likes something I own.

For the new year, my main resolutions are to maintain an attitude of gratitude and to cultivate a heart for service. I also want to be a better friend-last year was difficult for me and I leaned on them a lot. I want to be that person for them now. I'm also continuing to work on self-improvement (gunning for a promotion, working out, trying to expand my culinary palate). Hoping everyone is ready for a great new year!
Shirt: Loft
Scarf: Target
S Necklace: Kohl's
Bead Necklace: Loft
Jeans: American Eagle
Boots: Old Navy