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Rule Breaker

I got a call from my mom on Tuesday asking if I wanted to have lunch with her before work. Well, duh. I was running out of outfit posts, mom. I kid, I kid. I mean, I still have one more stockpiled. I decided to break the rules of work and wear a patterned skirt. And by decided, I mean I’m out of clothes and need to do laundry pretty badly.

Cape: Thrifted | Skirt & Top: H&M | Leggings: Gift | Shoes: Clarks | Bag: Melie Bianco

Cape: Thrifted | Skirt & Top: H&M | Leggings: Gift | Shoes: Clarks | Bag: Melie Bianco

My manager didn’t bat an eye at my skirt, so I think it gets to be on the sometimes rotation. Yay for small victories in rule breaking! Also, take a good look at that photo–it was taken by mom, who’s getting to be a total champ. I want to give her a nice big shout out for doing a bunch of my outfit photos lately. She used to be pretty timid about it, but this time she just snapped a few shots and handed my camera back to me like a boss. It’s a fun process to watch.

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I know I’ve talked about this cape before, but hot damn I love it so. It was inspired by David’s mom, who has a much nicer and higher quality cape. I remember the first time I saw it on her and immediately thought omgwantcape. I went back to Bellingham shortly after and almost immediately thrifted this beauty. It’s a little tight around the bust on me, but I don’t care. It satisfied that itch pretty effectively!

PS–Hooray for celebrating the end of the world, guys! Unless it’s supposed to end at the end of today instead of the beginning. In which case, this might be the last blog post ever from us. Stay tuned.

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Guest Post: Working in Winter

Happy Tuesday, everyone! I’m excited to share another guest post from the lovely Alicia. Remember, you can read her blog over at Break Out of the Bell Jar! Thanks for the post, Alicia, and I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I did!

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This outfit is more or less what I wore to the interview for this job. Just replace the tights with nude pantyhose and the boots with modest nude-colored Kate Middleton-esque heels. I adore this dress. I ran into a teacher after school had ended while wearing this little number and he told me I looked “too professional and pretty” to work at my law firm. He was only kidding around. He’s a prosecutor and we’re a criminal defense firm. He and my bosses get along fabulously and he was by FAR my favorite teacher. His sense of humor is dry, a little morbid, and sarcastic. Just like me! Angel

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Dress: Fred Meyer | Tights: Calvin Klein | Jacket: American Rag, both from Macy’s | Boots: Overstock.com

That was supposed to be my “angry fake model” expression. It looks more like I wasn’t ready for the picture, but I still like the photo.

Now, these boots. I made an extra effort to get these boots into the picture. Not really my favorite. When I purchased them online, I thought they’d be sturdier and more attractive. But they make great winter boots anyway. My favorite part about them is that when I walk, they make a soft padding sound instead of a click-clack. I love the click-clack too, but sometimes a girl wants to be stealthy!

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As for this last photo. Well, I wanted to do a pose I hadn’t done before. Ever. But the point of the outfit is that it’s relatively warm in the winter. The tights are a little thin, but they protect against the wind. The jacket is also a little light, but helps seal in some heat. The dress is very, very thick and warm. Overall, the outfit is a little too black-and-grey for my taste. I feel comfortable and pretty in it, anyway. And I think it had the desired professional-looking effect I was looking for the first time I wore it. After all, I landed the job!

A Post With An Abundance of Overshare

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Brace yourself, because it’s about to happen. The first thing I though when I looked at these photos, and likely similar to what you’ll think, is Why on earth am I wearing shorts in early December?

Truth is, guys, I’m one of the reluctant leg shavers. Especially during the winter months. It feels pointless and petty and such a nuisance, so I skip weeks when it’s cold out. I finally caved and shaved my legs the night before this outfit, and so when I woke up I was super exciting to show them off. I knew I’d be spending the whole day inside with friends while we decorated, so I threw on a pair of shorts and David looked at me like I had grown an extra pair of legs.

A little impractical? I asked

Just a little, babe, he replied

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I added tights and somehow it felt like a good idea. When Kels and I made a quick run to the store for more ornament hangers, though, and snuck in outfit photos I started to reconsider my decision but it was too late. I was committed and for the record, this outfit is super comfortable.

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Sweater: Thrifted H&M | Shirt: H&M | Shorts: Target | Headband: Gift | Shoes: Thrifted

So tell me, am I crazy for wanting to wear shorts in December? Wait… maybe don’t answer that. What’s the craziest, out-of-place thing you’ve worn? Was it worth it?

Orphan Christmas

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None of us are orphans, really, but somehow the name stuck. This is the third year that Kim, Kels and I have gotten together for Christmas tree decorating and fun holiday festivities. We also throw gifts into the mix, and this was mine to them. I printed them each a print to remember the tradition with.

 

Last Minute Errands

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I spent Thursday running errands with my mom. What started as a breakfast date turned into an all-day around-the-town errand running. I’m hosting a fun thing on Saturday for Kim and Kelsey, our annual Orphan Christmas which you’ll get to hear all about soon enough. Hosting means making sure my apartment isn’t gross and that there’s food stocked. It also means, apparently, lots of errands. Or maybe that’s just because I’ve postponed grocery shopping for a while. It’s anyone’s guess, really. All of it is worth it, though, since it’s been way too long since I’ve gotten to hang out with those lovely ladies!

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Vest Skirt & Shoes: Thrifted | Shirt & Bag: H&M | Tights: Target | Earrings: Gift from David

Kels did a fun post about treating yourself nicely with your favorite clothes, and I have to completely agree. It’s super predictable, but I’m so drawn to bold, bright colorful clothes on my days off! And patterns! Oh lord, the patterns! I feel like it’s been a while since I pulled this vest out of the corner of my closet, but it was so worth the wait! This whole outfit is one my new favorites, but I know I say that a lot.

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What are your favorite go-to outfits? Bright and bold? Subdued and classic?

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Won’t You Put Me In A Zoo?

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That was totally my favorite Doctor Seuss book growing up. I felt so bad for the poor little fella! He’d be so happy in a zoo. Anyway, this was totally all I could think of when I threw this outfit together.

This was my DMV + Car Insurance + Medical Appointment for David outfit. Comfortable yet professional, and for those who think I’m flashing some inappropriate levels of cleavage rest assured–there’s a tank under that top.

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Sweater Skirt & Shoes: Thrifted | Shirt: Mona B | Tights: gift Express

There’s not a whole lot to say except this outfit was a million times more comfortable than I expected and a lot more flattering than that shirt’s initial shape would lend you to believe. My personal policy, by the way, for the DMV is to go into as ridiculously happy as is fucking possible. Charm everyone who looks at you for longer than five seconds. Kill them with kindness. Oh and go in armed with a 16 oz iced green tea half sweetened from Starbucks.

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Guest Post: Date Night!

Alright, folks, I’m super excited to announce that Alicia is back and thrilled to be doing another guest post! I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

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Saturday marked 3 months of marriage for Mr. S and I. We weren’t going to do anything special. We went to Red Robin for dinner, had a few drinks, and decided against going to see the kids’ movie we’d planned on. But, even though we were going to a burger joint, I went all out as to my wardrobe and hair.

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Dress: Guess | Leggings: Calvin Klein| Boots: Gift from Mr. S, Fred Meyer | Necklace: Gift from my mom

I picked this dress of a rack at Macy’s, thinking “this will probably look awful, but it is so pretty, I have to try it on.” I put it on and was amazed at how sexy I felt. And it was ridiculously on sale. Then I knew I needed some tights or leggings, not black, to wear with the dress. When I picked them out, I thought they were red. Turns out, they’re the burgundy/purple pictured here. Loved it! (Imagine that in a high-pitched singy voice.) The lace-ish detail on them was a high selling point.

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Yes, that’s an open-lace back to that dress. Marci is probably sitting there going “Oh, that’s why she picked it out. Lace.” Haha, yes I’m quite predictable. People can go shopping for me and grab just about any lace thing and I will wear it. But this dress and these leggings were so comfortable. And I’m pretty accustomed to boots with heels, so I felt no pain or awkwardness at all in this outfit.

Dress: Guess | Leggings: Calvin Klein | Boots: Gift from Mr. , Fred Meyer | Necklace: Gift from my mom

It usually takes me 15 minutes to get ready. This took me 45 minutes. The last time my hair was curly was my wedding. The last time I curled my own hair was for Halloween of 2009. And I think the last time I wore makeup was Halloween. But I rather like the semi-fifties way my hair turned out. And the makeup was simply eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, and lipstick. I don’t like to wear foundation and blush. Mainly because I can’t find the perfect match but also I feel that I’m young enough to get away with it. Mr. S took these pictures and he also let me walk around with him, despite the borderline inappropriateness of my appearance. I felt amazing and, despite the bland idea for a date, I had a lot of fun. I’m lucky in that I can have so much fun just hanging around the house or eating at a chain restaurant with my husband.

Enough with the gooey stuff. The moral of the story is that date night was a success. And the food was yummy. (Free advertising!)