Tuesday, February 24, 2015

February 24: Elbow Patch Tuesday

As I joked on Instagram, Elbow Patch Tuesday is not a thing, which is good as I only have two sweaters with them but oh how I love them both! Today I wore this cool sweater that is cream in front and mint in back with camel elbow patches that match my skirt well as was noticed by my boss. Additionally two coworkers commented on how cute my shoes are. Unfortunately I ended up doing a lot of standing and walking today and they were not very practical for that purpose-my ankle hurt by the end of the day. This means that I will be in flats tomorrow and likely for the rest of the week to give my feet a rest.
Sweater: J. Crew Factory
Skirt: Target
Booties: Nordstrom Rack
Watch: Timex from JCPenney
Bracelet: Old; unsure
Necklace: Kohl's

Monday, February 23, 2015

Part III: "Are we out of the woods yet?"

It's been a roller coaster of a few weeks: does he want to be with her? Sometimes he seems so present and sometimes he seems to need his space. She waits, she tries to give him the space, to go with him instead of rushing ahead and waiting for him to catch up.

That night he texts her to commiserate but it soon segues into flirting with her:
  • "little miss plan everything"
  • "you definitely put together some cute outfits"
  • your valentine was very clever
But then he pulls back and he asks her about their future and she tries not to overwhelm her with her words for they are voluminous and optimistic. They seem to appease him as he responds with: "...I do want you and that's what I'm going to try and do."

As the conversation ends, he makes her night with the heartwarming, "I've really been unable to stop thinking about your for the last week, to be honest."

The real clincher though is "I'm excited about the future for us."

Finally she feels confident to place some hopes on him, on them. He is in it and they can possibly plan to her heart's content and be the amazing couple she's envisioned.

February 23: Green Monday

I feel like this outfit is a bit out there for me. It was inspired by something I read online suggesting wearing booties with a maxi skirt. Of course I adore my booties as you will have noticed from my posts and I've been flipping past this skirt for a few weeks feeling guilty that I wasn't wearing it. But that article inspired me to pair them together. I didn't know what top to wear so I figured this would work. As I stomped around work, I felt like one of my coworkers who is much taller than me and carries herself so confidently.
Top: New York and Co
Skirt: Asos
Boots: Forever 21
Watch: Timex from JCPenney
Earrings: Kohl's

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Oscars Countdown!

One of my personal goals has been to watch every Best Picture winner (if you look below, you can see the complete list with ones I've seen bolded.) I don't think that winning that prize actually means it's the best film of the year-there is so much politicking behind the scenes but then I do sometimes think the Academy gets it right (huge soft spot for Gigi to be honest). Which ones do I need to make it a priority to see?

As part of my preparations, I've been watching TCM's Oscars month and have recorded four to add to my list, two of which I've watched already. On my DVR is "Marty" and "Gentleman's Agreement."  But the two I just saw were "Cimarron" and "Patton." 

For me, Cimarron is a "how did this win?" film. I found it terribly boring though please note that I don't tend to like westerns or Irene Dunne much. It actually reminded me of the (superior) "Cavalcade" as it follows a family through growing pains. My favorite part was the portrait of Theodore Roosevelt that flashed when Oklahoma became a state.

Patton was actually pretty decent though, like most war films, short on female characters to my dismay. My favorite part of it was his beginning speech with the immortal line, "No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country." My grandfather actually fought in Patton's army and hated him; the film shows very clearly why that would be the case.

As for tonight, the race for the big one seems to be between "Boyhood" and "Birdman." I haven't seen either (I did see "Selma," "The Grand Budapest Hotel," and "The Imitation Game") but I'm personally rooting for the latter because I'd rather watch it. Right now, I'm enjoying the red carpet though I want to see more dresses! It seems like all the guys have arrived but the ladies are making us wait. Happy viewing!
1929-The Broadway Melody


1930-All Quiet on the Western Front
1932-Grand Hotel
1934-It Happened One Night
1935-Mutiny on the Bounty
1936-The Great Ziegfeld
1937-The Life of Emile Zola
1938-You Can't Take It With You
1939-Gone with the Wind

1941-How Green Was My Valley
1942-Mrs. Miniver
1944-Going My Way
1945-The Lost Weekend
1946-The Best Years of Our Lives
1947-Gentleman's Agreement
1949-All the King's Men

1950-All About Eve
1951-An American in Paris
1952-The Greatest Show on Earth
1953-From Here to Eternity
1954-On the Waterfront
1956-Around the World in 80 Days
1957-The Bridge on the River Kwai

1960-The Apartment
1961-West Side Story
1962-Lawrence of Arabia
1963-Tom Jones
1964-My Fair Lady
1965-The Sound of Music
1966-A Man For All Seasons
1967-In the Heat of the Night
1969-Midnight Cowboy

1971-The French Connection
1972-The Godfather
1973-The Sting
1974-The Godfather Part II
1975-One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
1977-Annie Hall
1978-The Deer Hunter
1979-Kramer vs. Kramer

1980-Ordinary People
1981-Chariots of Fire
1983-Terms of Endearment
1985-Out of Africa
1987-The Last Emperor
1988-Rain Man
1989-Driving Miss Daisy

1990-Dances with Wolves
1991-The Silence of the Lambs
1993-Schindler's List
1994-Forrest Gump
1996-The English Patient
1998-Shakespeare in Love
1999-American Beauty

2001-A Beautiful Mind
2004-Million Dollar Baby
2006-The Departed
2007-No Country for Old Men
2008-Slumdog Millionaire
2009-The Hurt Locker

2010-The King's Speech
2011-The Artist
2013-12 Years a Slave

Thursday, February 19, 2015

February 19: Pink and Poppy

I decided to pose a little differently for this picture, just because :) I also feel like my hair looks exceptionally long in this picture-maybe the angle? Anyway this dress actually looks a bit weird on me but the blazer helps cover that up. I think the tights and booties were a good decision too. It's a bit of a change-up from my usual look I feel and yet it is also in line with my general style (and very comfortable of course.)
Dress: Kohl's
Blazer: JCPenney
Tights: Nordstrom
Booties: Forever 21
Pearls: Macy's

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

February 18: Preppy

I am rapidly becoming obsessed with my camel pencil skirt, a requested Christmas present, and I'm having fun creating outfits for it. On a whim, I decided to pair it with a red blouse and navy blazer for a look that turned out kind of preppy in my opinion. I've had this blazer for a while but I hadn't been wearing any blazers really. I'm glad I pulled this out because I'm falling back in love with it-expect to see it around more especially if our weather stays "chilly"! (Note: chilly is in the 60s for me.)
Blazer: JCPenney
Shirt: JCPenney
Skirt: Target
Heels: Nordstrom Rack
Necklace: Kohl's
Watch: JCPenney

Friday, February 13, 2015

February 13: Anti-Valentine's Day

So my group at work is small (four of us plus our boss) and we've been getting close. Thus when the sole guy in the group declared that he did not want to celebrate Valentine's Day referencing a heartbreak, we went with it, starting with a decision to wear black and escalating to formal black and a commitment to make breakfast. I did cheat a bit, wearing a pink cardigan (not pictured) and a pink heart necklace (hard to see) but I mostly committed and we had a fun breakfast together with animal shaped waffles! What a great team :)
Dress: Banana Republic
Heels: Last summer-not sure where
Watch: Timex from JCPenney
Necklace: 10+ years old-present from my mom

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

February 11: Pink II

As I said, I wore pink on Monday but I just didn't get a picture of it; that is why I consider today part II. This is such a fun dress-the top and skirt are different textures which felt a little weird to me but ultimately is something I really like about it. Plus we were blessed with such a warm day today (not trying to make you jealous but I think it hit 80) and this is a great lightweight outfit.

Dress: Kohl's
Cardigan: J. Crew
Shoes: Target
Watch: JCPenney
Ring: Charlotte Russe
Necklace: Baublebar

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

February 10: Red I

Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to snap a picture of yesterday's outfit but I can tell you it was pink as part of the leadup to Valentine's Day. Today is a counterpoint in red. It's an incredibly simple dress but it garnered two compliments on how good I looked and that red is my color. I must say-that is always a good feeling! Then my new coworker (she's worked there about six weeks) mentioned that she doesn't think she's ever seen me in the same outfit. So I have a lot of clothes and I like to put together nice outfits-that sounds like me :)
Dress: Ann Taylor Loft
Shoes: Target
Earrings and Necklace: Kohl's
Watch: JCPenney

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Part II: "I was riding shotgun"

For some reason, he has not secured a second date with her. So she takes it upon herself to ask when he will be picking her up that night. Thankfully he responds and arrives accordingly.

As he drives, for some reason, the conversation turns toward brewing beer. Now she does not like beer and has never spent time pondering anything about it but his knowledge and passion is infectious. She must remind herself that he is driving on the freeway at night and it would not be safe to kiss him.

Their dining location is new to her but filled with delicious goodies. She loves listening to him talk and thus their dinner date is filled with that as he paints a picture of his family, his history, his frustrations, possibilities for his future. She even gets him to split dessert with her because she always wants chocolate and she enjoys the intimacy of a shared dish.

On the way back, the talk turns serious with her sharing her deepest darkest secret that she's never told anyone before. How can she feel so comfortable so fast with him? But he simply accepts her as she is (and was).

Once parked in front of her house, he continues to talk and talk and talk until she has to interrupt him: "Are you going to kiss me or not?" Happily he obliges and sends her dancing back to her house to dream of him.