Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Wedding Anniversary & Happy New Year!

Today is my 15th wedding anniversary!

I met DH 21+ years ago when we worked in the same office. We started dating shortly thereafter and have been together thru thick & thin (literally & figuratively) ever since. Incidentally, he’s the guy behind the camera and very supportive of this little endeavor. Thank you honey!

It’s going to be a family night in, with kids in PJ's, videos, assorted snacks…(plus maybe a little rum-spiked Silk Nog for Mama & Daddy!)

We actually don’t mind staying in and not joining in the typical revelry. Being home with the kids is a celebration of a special sort and one we relish with all our hearts. I've mentioned that I went thru infertility; it took us 5 long years to have our first child and then 5 more before our second was born. Both births were fraught with serious problems as well. Truth is, there's really no place else we'd rather be to usher in another year & celebrate our union as a couple than with our two precious babies anyway -- together, healthy, as a family :)

So Happy New Year to all, may it be rung in with joy, health & happiness and may you be with the ones you love!!!!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Gray Lady

This gray turtleneck from Target is a teeny bit on the long side, but that's what makes it perfect to pair with my INC black velvet skinny jeans, I think. Also from Target are my new slouchy, brown Mossimo Kiley boots -- one of my very favorite holiday gifts from DH & the kids :) They are uber comfy, too.

The shrug on the left is from the Gap, the cardigan on the right is Mossimo for Target.

On the left I'm wearing a brown beaded necklace found by my DH and a silver circle from The Avenue.

The necklace I'm wearing on the right was made by me -- I took the square goldtone filgree piece off of an old wooden trinket box and used a vintage chain to turn it into a pendant. I love to take broken bits of jewelry and turn them into new creations :)

Enjoy the day everyone!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

In the twilight

This picture was taken in the early evening and tho it's getting dark the colors are still pretty close to true.

I'm wearing the same plum cardigan from NY&Co that I recently wore with the green Chadwick's dress. Here I've paired it with a Croft&Barrow brown striped shirt from Kohls (that I also have in gray stripe -- yes I *am* the multiples queen!)

The pin holding the cardi closed is a REALLY beautiful one from Target that I'm totally in love with. The simple black beaded necklace is from a dollar store.

The denim skirt is from Old Navy and I'm planning to wear it to death I adore it so! (Thanks again OhThatGirl from What That Girl Wears for turning me on to it) This time I'm wearing the pencil skirt with brown Merona Karla boots from Target and -- no, not tights -- but black long johns, lol! Would you have been able to tell?

Have a great Monday everyone, see ya Tuesday :)

Friday, December 26, 2008

More fun with the box!

Since his sister made her blog debut, DS has wanted equal time (ok, he's only 2 so not really, but go w/me here, lol)....oh, and notice where the box is from!

Yes, he does need a haircut -- but I just can't bear to touch his soft baby locks quite yet...soon, but not yet.

See ya Monday w/an outfit pic...have a great post-holiday weekend everybody!!!!!!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Festive & fun!

This holiday season just wouldn't be complete without at least one red & green outfit. Now, add the hat, some well timed snow, and heck -- you've got yourself a merry little dash of style :)

The cardigan is NY&Co (and I have it in red & blue, too) the red cable knit sweater was a long ago gift -- as was the initial pin cinching it closed. The glass teardrop pendant is vintage and was my mom's, tho I put it on the black choker chord. The bracelets are just a miscellany of red, green & gold bangles.

The jeans are from Target, as are the short, black, Merona Kenna boots. Oh, and the hat is from Target, too ;)

Won't post again until Thursday so have a very Merry Christmas !!!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

A tale of three dresses...

Back about a week and a half ago when I wore the Black dress from Chadwick's you see here, I mentioned I had two other of the exact same dress and was trying to decide which two of the three I should keep, since owning three of the same dress seemed excessive (or so I thought). A couple people suggested I show photos of the other dresses. I've actually already worn the blue one but also took a newer photo of it, tho I'm not thrilled with the cardigan (too long, too bulky).

Of course it's all a moot point now since I've changed my mind and am keeping all three of the dresses! (Oh come on, you knew I would, didn't you, lol?)

But before that decision was made (and before the snow hit) I took some pix of the green printed one, too -- and since I'm not going anywhere today and therefore not really getting dressed beyond sweats & a tee, I thought I'd go ahead and post the photos of the three dresses.

Oh, and I particularly like the pop of color from the plum cardigan w/the green printed dress since it's a pale shade of sage (tho not quite as pale as the photo portrays). Incidentally, that cardi is the same one (sans fur trim) worn in the awful original pix from the once dubbed "that red dress", before the improved photos of the renamed "Lady In Red".

Wow, so now I guess I've come almost full circle on all this: I'm keeping all three Chadwick's dresses, the red dress is redeemed and I've even kept the plum cardigan -- gee, all that's left is to use the fur trim!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Yuletide Greetings on Winter Solstice!

Today is Winter Solstice, the first day of winter, and this is the holiday my family and I celebrate. While we do observe Christmas to a small extent, this is the BIG one, lol -- the day we exchange gifts, have a special family dinner and enjoy other festive traditions of the season.

The winter holidays all share many symbols & themes in common despite varied cultural ideas. Perhaps chief among these themes is hope...miraculous, abiding, blessed hope. And what better way to epitomize the gift of hope than with light, whether it be from a bright guiding star, an enduring flame's glow, or from the life-giving sun itself as it makes the journey thru the shortest day of the year and into the waiting arms of the longest return anew tomorrow, perhaps even a little brighter, lasting just a little longer day by day until the next Solstice in June when the cycle begins it has done since the beginning of time.

So whatever you celebrate and in whatever way, may your holiday season be brimming with hope -- shining, glorious, beaming HOPE.

Bright blessings & happiest of holidays to all!!!!

(See ya Tues, I'll still be celebrating on Mon)

Friday, December 19, 2008

The lost photo

I was looking thru my photo file, tidying up a bit and deleting some stuff...when I came across this outfit pic. I immediately remembered taking the batch of photos (this being the best one) but have no recollection as to why I didn't post it on the blog. As you can tell from the autumn leaves it was taken a while ago.

I really like the outfit, so that's not why it didn't get used. Maybe I changed my mind and wore something else that day? In any case, since the photo project I planned for today didn't turn out this is what I'm going with, lol!

When this picture was taken I was experimenting with using summer tops paired with cardigans to get more use out of them. I'd say this attempt was a resounding success -- I'm in love with the mix of blues!

The cardigan is from NY&Co and the shirt is Style & Co from Macy's. My jeans are the dark wash Ralph Laurens I often wear and I think the boots are black Merona Kenna's from Target. The bracelet is one of my favorites yet I cannot remember for the life of me where it came from. The jade necklace was a gift from my husband :)

Have a great weekend everyone!!!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

"Rock & Roll Never Forgets"

The lovely Sheila from Ephemera once pegged me as a rock & roll chick -- and she was more right than she realized. I actually used to be a singer. I've been in bands that spanned musical styles & eras from punk to blues, from southern rock to hard rock and a few more in between. My last band was nearly 20 years ago, but if you ask me nicely I'll still break out into my rendition of Janis Joplin's Bobby McGee (ok, you don't even have to ask me that nicely, lol)

So, when I read that Jane of the wonderful blog WorkThatWardrobe had issued a musical challenge one of the first things that popped into my head was this dress, because it actually inspired a song the minute I put it on.

I bought the dress from Target without even trying it on -- not typical of me. It just caught my eye as I was on my way to check out and I quickly grabbed it off the rack and bought it with the rest of my loot. In retrospect I think maybe it was because this dress is something I would have worn 20 years ago for a gig so it spoke to me. In any case, I wondered if this type of frock would look silly on me now, if it were too young for me.

When I got home, put it on and looked in the mirror I immediately heard that song, "Rock & Roll Never Forgets" complete with Bob Seger's raspy voice enticing me to, "Come back baby..." Of course at 45 this sweet sixteen is closer to 41 than 31, but it does have me wondering if I could still hold my own while sitting in on a few tunes with the house band down at the local bar. The fact that I'm likely old enough to be the lead guitarist's mother doesn't need to be discussed ;)

"Busted flat in Baton Rouge, headin for a train..."

So thus the torch song trilogy of 1, 2, and now 3 outfits inspired by a song has come to an end -- see you tomorrow :)

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

"Lady In Red" -- or maybe "Reunited"?

Jane from the stylish blog WorkThatWardrobe issued another challenge for yesterday, to create an outfit inspired by a song. What ended up being my choice (posted yesterday) wasn't even supposed to originally be an entry.

Neither was this outfit, certainly.

That is until I heard that darned Chris de Burg tune "Lady In Red" playing on the radio and immediately thought of that red dress. You know, the one I had once thought looked good until I actually saw the photos here on my blog and realized it looked positively dreadful? The one I either planned to alter or get rid of (neither of which had happened --yet)

Ack! No! Forget about it, I told myself, try a different song.

It didn't help tho when, upon hearing of the challenge and my other ideas for an outfit, my own mother said, "oh, but why not wear that red dress and be 'The Lady In Red'? I never thought it looked that bad on you, you know."

Ah yes, spoken like a true mom.

But then my DH immediately said, "hey, what about that red dress? You looked hot in that"

Ok, you really can't argue with that (well, I could, but why would I?)

Still not fully convinced I could pull it off, I stood staring into my closet when my eyes fell upon a black dress I wore recently. When I tried it on with my wide brown belt from NY&CO I immediately loved how it looked. The width of the belt hit me just right. Yeah, it really was that great brown belt that clinched it for me with the black dress and....

Then suddenly it occurred to me -- hmmm, maybe somehow, some way that magical brown belt could do the same thing for that red dress?

Why yes, yes it could! Ok, it's not perfect, but gosh the dress looks SOOOO much better accessorized like this then it did when I wore it last, huh?

And so here I am, "The Lady In Red" you see before you on my snow-covered deck. I guess the belt saved the dress & it gets to stay -- which in the end is how the other song in my title comes into play: my red dress and I have been "reunited, and it feels so good".

Thank you, Jane, this was both fun and cathartic -- it healed the rift between a girl & her dress :)

Stay tuned for the third & final installment of my trilogy tomorrow!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

"Whiter Shade of Pale"

Adorable Jane from the fashionable blog, WorkThatWardrobe, has issued another exciting challenge!!! This one is a simple little one: wear an outfit based on a song.

Or at least it seemed simple at first.

In the end I have three different outfits based on three different songs. I'll show the other two tomorrow & the next day, just for the fun of it. Call it my torch song trilogy, lol ;)

This, my official choice, is the third one in actuality and was not even supposed to be related to the challenge whatsoever. I was just innocently trying on my brand new denim pencil skirt from Old Navy and asked DH to photograph it. (Btw, I got this GREAT garment thanks to OhThatGirl of the fabulous blog "What That Girl Wears". And let me tell you, she wore it beautifully...and when I raved about liking it she generously told me the skirt was for sale at that very moment for only $20. Thanx OTG, I love it!)

So, anyway...

When the pictures were uploaded the first thought that popped into my head was that Procol Harum song, "Whiter Shade Of Pale" -- it was just too perfect a photographic accident not to use, call it Rock 'n' Roll kismet.

Perhaps ironically, I've often bemoaned my actual super pale skin -- if I even think about the sun I get sunburned. As a young girl growing up in the Malibu Barbie era before the advent of sunscreen I dreaded being the ghostly chick without a golden glow -- or worse yet, the crispy red befreckled lobster. But I've made my peace with it now and in my wiser adult years I even kind of like my milky white skin. Tho, not quite THIS milky white, lol!

The blouse is from NY&Co, stockings & belt from Target, shoes are secondhand Naturalizers. The silver chain is vintage -- my mother's from the 1960's -- perfect for the song's era coincidentally :)

Stay tuned for the next song tomorrow...for now I'm off to skip the light fandango and turn cartwheels 'cross the floor!!!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

When good clothes don't play nice

It's not a bad look, but I don't love it. I do love the printed top I'm wearing. I do love the skinny fringed scarf, too. But I think I now have photographic evidence that they don't really do all that well together, so they probably won't be worn simultaneously again. Unfortunately I didn't look at the picture until after I came home.

Such is life :)

The JM Collection top is a faux layered piece from Macy's, the teal blue scarf, from Target. The jeans are my Ralph Laurens and the black shoes are secondhand Franco Sarto Maryjane pumps.

The bracelet is a dime store piece but I love it because it looks like blue stones & copper. I also am wearing an antique turquoise & gold ring that belonged to my late maternal grandmother. I love to mix "good" jewelry with inexpensive stuff -- I think it lends an air of sophistication to the cheaper piece and dresses down the better piece so that they meet in the middle. Hey -- at least my jewelry is getting along nicely, lol!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Distressed jeans, yes or no?

Had a heck of a hard time getting a decent photo today...the light was wrong...then the rain, then a gust of wind blew hair over my face (which explains the wild look in the 1st pic)....but eventually we got these two to come out ok.

The jeans are new, from Target. They are a smaller size. Most of the jeans in my closet are too big now -- even the difference of a mere 2-4 lbs put me over the edge and down a size. So, the quest for replacing my denim wardrobe is even more crucial since I wear jeans ALOT.

These are not a definite keeper, so feel free to tell me what you think (of course, I always want that anyway). Normally I go for a unified dark wash, believing it is more figure flattering. But I am now officially smaller on bottom than on top, which often means that a lighter pant can create more balance. While I don't want to go for a totally light or faded denim, I thought I'd give the partial faded highlight look a try.

I honestly am not sure. I think the faded part looks ok but the whiskering isn't doing it for hits right at the wides part of the thigh. So, yes, no...maybe?

The rest of the outfit is a sort of no-brainer. The faux layered top is a John Paul Richards from Macy's -- can't really go wrong with black & white. The necklace is from Target, the bracelet from Lord & Taylor. The Maryjane pumps are 2nd hand Naturalizers.

PS: I know the pants are a wee bit too long, if I keep them they'll be hemmed :)

Thursday, December 11, 2008

What a hoot!

No outfit picture today -- hanging around the house and doing some preliminary holiday cleaning and not exactly dressed photo-worthy. But in the interim I just had to post this really cool pic of a recent visitor to my yard. Perched on a hemlock branch right behind where I often stand for my photos is a beautiful barred owl -- and she's come to our yard every day for 3 days now.

While I'm at it, this brings up a FAQ: where do I live? I live in northern NJ in an area called the Highlands, a part of New Jersey with lots of state parks and protected watershed. In fact, my little mid century cottage backs up onto 150+ acres of protected woodland, thus we have alot of wildlife on my quiet street that one doesn't typically associate with suburban NJ...coyote, bear, deer, fox, turkey and now this beautiful owl. We are blessed to live where we do...we have all this gorgeous nature -- yet I'm minutes from the highway and my DH commutes to NYC!

So, enjoy the view out my window & have a great day...see ya tomorrow w/an outfit pic :)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

It's a keeper

I've had this black dress from Chadwicks hanging around for quite a while, waiting to see if I'd keep it (thus it's slightly wrinkled appearance). As I said yesterday, when the garment is basic in nature I like to buy in pairs if other colors are available and this is yet another case in point -- I have the same dress in a blue print. But I also have this dress in the green print too, not as yet worn. So -- three exact same dresses, albeit very different colors/patterns, seemed a bit much. Thus I was trying to decide which two to keep.

I'm definitely keeping this black one. The fit is great, I think, as it is with it's sister dresses. But more so this is about as fundamental a piece as you can get. Tho not the quintessential little black dress it's at least a real good basic black dress. I can see accessorizing this in myriad ways -- always a good thing. In fact I think this outfit could use a pop of color. I'll be wearing it with a denim jacket and scarf today, so that will provide the ooomph this time.

I wanted to wear my comfy brown Merona Karla boots from Target with it so chose the brown belt from NY&Co to tie the color in plus add emphasis at the waist. Not long ago I'd never have mixed brown & black together and now I've learned this really does work.

The dress has earned a slot in my closet. Now...which one to return?

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Two of a Kind

Ok, first off --I have absolutely no idea why I have such a fierce & intense expression on my face, lol! But otherwise...

I am wearing more accessories than usual, probably in reaction to doing without the freedom to choose them all last week during the Wardrobe Capsule Challenge. On average I usually wear 1 or 2 pieces of jewelry, maximum. But today I have on (tho not all seen) vintage gold earrings from my MIL; a teal green & turquoise beaded necklace that was a recent find in the dollar bin at Target; a turquoise blue scarf, also from Target; a large blue & copper colored bracelet from a discount store; and finally --a vintage 14k gold knot ring that was my mothers.

Choice is a good thing :)

The sweater is the purple version of this blue one I have worn before, a peplum cable knit from NY&Co. When you find something you like I believe buying pairs can be a good way to simplify shopping, especially if they are more basic in nature and can be accented in different ways -- as I think these sweaters are. When I wore the blue sweater it was with a wider leg pant and I wasn't all that crazy about the outline. But today I have on slimmer jeans and like the shape much better.

The boots are my black Merona Kenna short boot from Target (gee, are you noticing a Target theme here or what?)....and the jeans are brand spanking new, from (yup, you guessed it) Target! I'm happy with the fit, the color, the shape & the price -- tho I wish the rise were a bit lower..not too low, but just a tad more. I do have some of their low rise jeans too, but over all these Merona mid-rise boot-cuts in a dark wash offer the best silohuette for me, IMO.

I also have to say, I planned my clothes for the week last night since that worked so well for me during the Challenge -- so perhaps a new habit has been formed. Thank you Jane :)

Monday, December 8, 2008

Wardrobe Capsule Challenge -- wrap up

In order of appearance these are the 5 outfits (+ one included coat) that I wore for the week of the Wardrobe Capsule Challenge as put forth by the ever lovely Jane of WorkThatWardrobe.

If you'd like to see an actual list of the 10 wardrobe pieces & 5 accessories, click here.

Ok, so -- I learned many things from doing this challenge....such as:

The value of accessories. If I had unlimited use of accessories I really think I could have made these 5 outfits using the exact same pieces of clothing even more vastly different. And this is good to know. For one thing accessories can be REALLY inexpensive so you can majorly stretch your wardrobe dollar by making good use of the little things like jewelry, scarves, belts, etc. And if you were packing for a trip, well, this could really be a space saver as accessories take up way less room than clothing.

The value of good basic pieces. The sheath dress worn on Day 1 and Day 4, for example, is a good basic piece. In one of the comments I called it "the little dress that could" -- on it's own it is rather plain Jane, but boy it goes with just about anything and is soooo easily jazzed up with minimal effort. I think I need to concentrate on finding a few more things like that to strengthen the foundation of my wardrobe.

The value of planning ahead. It was remarkably easy getting dressed this week! As a SAHM who also homeschools so much of my day isn't strictly regimented that I have the illusion of time. But it's a false impression, since in actuality my time is rarely my own -- as the mother of any toddler can attest, lol. Weekday wardrobe planning ahead of time would free me to eek out a little more "me time" in other areas. But on the other hand, for the weekends I'd still want to slowly peruse my closet pondering what to wear because that's fun & creative for me too...and I think I'd miss that time...staring into my closet with my morning cup of coffee in hand, open to all the possibilities a leisurely Sunday has to offer.

The value of making do with what I've got. I've got plenty to wear. I can make outfits...lots of them...from what I already have. If I didn't buy another thing I could make do for a long time. That says alot, both about what I've purchased thus far and what I've learned in terms of what to do with my clothes. And the best part is there's still more to learn, even further ways to get more out of my wardrobe. I think that's exciting!

The value of imagination and taking chances. There were a couple things I tried this week that worked really well, that I might not have attempted if it weren't for the challenge. For example: I got alot of use out of a little a necklace, a cardigan clip and worn as the pin it was intended to be. I also discovered that my trench coat looks FABULOUS with a regular belt and not just the tie that came with it. On the other hand, the green blouse belt thing tied around my neck -- eh, not lovin it so much. But over all I gained waaaaay more by taking some chances than I lost. Plus it was fun :)

The inventiveness of others is hugely inspiring. Sheila of Ephemera used stellar color combinations and a fab printed skirt I covet. I loved Goober's polyvore layouts -- fashion art! The deep saturated colored tops that notSupermum chose really caught my eye. Karen from Of a Certain Age wowed me with pattern mixing. Spiragirl of School Gate Chic wore outfits w/perfectly gorgeous silhouettes. Kristen of Shallow Coffee made a graphic tee chic & cute. Kasmira, the ever stylish from What I Wore Today took a dress to new heights of versatility. And last but never least, Jane of Workthatwardrobe -- the woman who started this all -- was gorgeous in shades of red and has me hunting for a petticoat I didn't even know I had to have!

I’ve only been blogging about style for an incredibly short time but I feel like I’ve entered a lovely little community of wonderful, talented, smart women who have a lot to teach me. I adore you all and have gained so much inspiration from your examples. Thank you :)

So, that’s my wrap up – now it’s time for some new outfits using absolutely none of the clothes I wore this week, lol!!!

See ya Tuesday…

Friday, December 5, 2008

Wardrobe Capsule Challenge -- outfit 5

This is day 5, the final day of the Wardrobe Capsule Challenge from Jane at WorkThatWardrobe. Click on each number to see what I wore on days (1) (2) (3) & (4). Or you could just scroll down.

So, this final outfit is probably also my favorite, tho yesterdays comes in a close second. Today I'm wearing the printed skirt from Target for the first time this week. This is a real "go-to" garment for's black & white pattern just seems to lend itself to so many different tops of just about any color. Plus it's VERY comfy.

The green pin tuck blouse from NY&Co I'm wearing today was worn on Day 2 with the black camisole underneath and the plum argyle sweater vest over it. That day I used the belt that came with the blouse tied around my neck sort of kerchief style. Today I'm using that same belt as a necklace by suspending the faux silver & pearl pin from Target on it. The rest of the belt is hanging down my back and actually kinda looks nice like that -- a sort of added bit of interest. And gosh, I've sure gotten a lot of use out of the little pin this week, having also worn it first as a pin on Day 1 & to close my cardigan on Day 3 and now again on Day 5 as a pendant.

The black belt from Target was previously worn on Day 4 as well as with my coat used for the week and is fast becomming one of my favorite things -- who knew I'd get so into belts considering I once thought I needed to be brave to do so, lol.

The boots are the Unisa ones I wore yesterday. They have a buckle detail on the side that echoes the belt nicely.

To see the entire list of what I chose to wear for the Challenge, including the 10 wardrobe pieces, 5 accessories, coat & bag, just click here.

I have to say, this was more fun than I could have imagined, and I learned a great deal. I want to thank Jane BIG TIME for creating this Wardrobe Capsule Challenge -- it was a brilliant idea and I hope we do it again some time. Her stylish example is awe inspiring.

What did I learn? Well, I've decided that entails a post of its own, so over the weekend I'm going to do a wrap up complete w/photos. But in the meantime, suffice is to say I learned that with a little thought and some decent organization I actually now have a very workable wardrobe AS IS -- whether I buy another thing or not. This really is all still new for me, so that knowledge is going to help me fine tune my future purchases thus keeping a balanced budget and closet space!
To my sister participants? You all ROCK!!! I was so jazzed, so inspired, so thrilled to see how each & every one of you pulled this together -- what I learned, I learned from all of YOU. Thank you for being the amazingly creative bunch of women that you are ((((((hugs to all))))))) !

See ya Monday with my wrap up :D

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Wardrobe Capsule Challenge -- outfit 4

This is day 4 of the Wardrobe Capsule Challenge from Jane of the stylish blog, WorkThatWardrobe. If you'd like to see what I wore for the last three days, just click the number: (1) (2) (3). (or you could just scroll down)

And if you are wondering what I'm laughing about in the photo, my adorable little 2yo DS is making funny faces at me from the other side of the sliding glass door :)

I'm wearing the brownish/beige Merona sheath-style dress from Target that I wore on Day 1, but now it's with the plum argyle vest from NY&Co. layered over it from Day 2.

Today I've also added a few additional pieces from the list, such as the necklace of green wooden beads that came from a dollar store and the Unisa boots from Marty's, along with plum tights and a wide black belt -- both from Target.

This outfit is the first one where I think an item could look vaguely familiar -- namely the sweater vest because it's argyle pattern is rather memorable. Had I chosen another, less detailed vest or cardigan I think no one would have noticed it was already worn on Day 2. In real life this could also have been remedied by adding a distinctive accessory, too. But I'm still pretty pleased -- and this outfit was really comfy...I'll definitely wear it again. And I really love this sheath dress; it was fun playing with it in preparation for this challenge. I hoped it would be a versatile piece and work with layers over or under it, and it really is turning out to be a smart buy on my part -- a classic item I'll get alot of use out of, IMO.

If you'd like to see a list of all my wardrobe pieces, accessories, and the coat & bag I've used all week, click here.

I've a busy day ahead and might not get to check in with my blogging friends & sister challengers till tomorrow -- but no doubt you all look fabulous and have outdone yourselves as usual :) See you for the final day tomorrow :)

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Wardrobe Capsule Challenge -- outfit 3

Day 3 of the Capsule Wardrobe Challenge put forth by the lovely Jane of WorkThatWardrobe. Check out Day 1 & Day 2 if you'd like to see what I've worn so far.

Today I'm wearing the NY&C0 navy satin blouse again that I wore under the dress on Day 1, but this time with a black, blue & plum striped cardigan, also from NY&Co. The cardigan is being held closed by the faux pearl pin from Target, also previously worn on Monday.

The blue scarf from a discount store that I used as a belt for the sheath dress on Day 1 is now around my neck. The jeans, worn on Day 2, are my ever ubiquitous dark washed Ralph Laurens ...and the uber comfy brown Maryjanes are a secondhand find.

If you'd like to see the list of all 10 wardrobe pieces + 5 accessories, along with a photo taken earlier in the week of the coat & bag I'll be using throughout this challenge -- click here.

This is the "hump day" outfit -- 2 more days to go...stay tuned!!!!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Wardrobe Capsule Challenge -- outfit 2

Day 2 of the Wardrobe Capsule Challenge from Jane at WorkThatWardrobe. Don't forget to check out my Day 1 outfit, too :)

Today I'm wearing a black camisole (gift) under a green pintuck blouse & plum argyle style sweater vest both from NY&Co, along with my favorite dark washed Ralph Lauren Jeans. The brown Maryjanes are secondhand.

The tie around my neck is actually just a part of the top; a belt that comes with it -- and since I thought my neck looked bare and we're limited in using accessories, well, I went with what I had, lol.

So far this has been loads of fun, and the whole process has taught me that I can really work my wardrobe -- hey, hmmmm, do ya think that's the concept that inspired the name of her blog? That Jane, very clever one she is :)

Just to reiterate my choices yet again, here are my 10 wardrobe pieces for the 5 days:

Sheath dress, brownish/beige
Skirt, black & white print
Jeans, dark wash
Blouse, navy satin
Blouse, green pin tuck w/removable tie
Vest, plum argyle sweater
Cardigan, black, blue & plum striped
Camisole, black w/lace trim
Boots, dark espresso
Shoes, brown MaryJanes

My 5 accessories are:

Pin, faux pearl & silver
Belt, black wide
Scarf, shades of blue
Necklace, green wooden beads
Purse, black shoulder bag

Aside from my undergarments I also will wear a pair of plum & a pair of navy tights.

Gotta say, I've been so HUGELY impressed with everyone else's first day outfits yesterday that I can't wait to see what today brings :)
See ya tomorrow!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Wardrobe Capsule Challenge -- outfit 1

Yay, today's the first day of the Wardrobe Capsule Challenge as suggested by Jane of WorkThatWardrobe!

I'm wearing a brownish-beige Merona sheath style dress from Target sort of as a jumper, along with a blue scarf from a discount store as a belt. The faux silver & pearl pin is also from Target. Underneath the dress is a navy satin blouse from NY&Co. The brown Maryjanes are secondhand. The blue tights are from the good old A&P market (yeah, really!)

Just to reiterate from my previous post, my chosen 10 wardrobe pieces are:

Sheath dress, beige/brown
Skirt, black & white print
Jeans, dark wash
Blouse, navy satin
Blouse, green pin tuck w/removable tie
Vest, plum argyle sweater
Cardigan, black, blue & plum striped
Camisole, black w/lace trim
Boots, dark espresso
Shoes, brown MaryJanes

My chosen 5 accessories are:

Pin, faux pearl & silver
Belt, black wide
Scarf, shades of blue
Necklace, green wooden beads
Purse, black shoulder bag

(Aside from my daily undergarments I also will wear a pair of plum & a pair of navy tights.)

I can't wait to check out all the other wonderful bloggers participating in this and see what they've come up with!!!

See ya tomorrow :)