Spring finally showed up!

Today was absolutely gorgeous. It was in the low 60's in my neck of the woods. It took forever for me to put something together to take full advantage of the positive turn in the weather. As I've shared before my biggest issues are fit (does it still fit well?) and proportion. Proportion -- well, the best way for me to describe how this has affected my outfit creation is this: if the hem of my top is too high, I look like I ran out of shirt. If the hem is too low it throws off the rest of the outfit and I have to start over. To add insult to injury fit and proportion are constantly changing so even if I create a really cute outfit for today. I can't necessarily count on it working next week. Maybe it's a good thing I don't have the most active social life right now. :-)

I am wearing:

  • Kelly green ON knot front top
  • ON poppy cardigan
  • A-line denim skirt
  • Liz Claiborne leather yellow tote 
  • Christian Siriano teal flats
  • All pieces are non-maternity

More purple and gray

I wore this about a week ago. I have been surprised again and again by what still fits at 22 weeks. I love a deep rich purple it goes well with my coloring. I find that it's easier to find what I consider crappy purple in clothing. Crappy purple is a shade that has gray and or brown undertones that causes the color to look muddy rather than crisp. Not only do I look bad in muddy colors, but I don't like looking at muddy colors.

This blouse is a faux wrap, with flutter sleeves and a v-neck from Banana Republic. I have an identical one in black. I am more please with the fit now
than I was before I was pregnant because these blouses were not available in petite -- so it's longer than I need. The belly makes it a bit shorter so I don't feel like I am drowning in it.

Speaking of my fascination with purple of late, I must share that I am having a  little girl and I am planning a nursery in shades of purple, red-violet and lavender accented with shades of chartreuse. So that may explain some of my current fascination.

If you're still with me, here's the rest of what I'm wearing. The suit is Tahari, I had tailored last year.and I am wearing Lands End patent heels in arctic gray.

Happy Sunday!


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Spring Pastels - on a wintery day

It's cold here. No getting around the fact that it snowed this morning though the calendar says it's spring. Old man winter refuses to release his icy grip Here are the (purple and gray) pastels I wore today to celebrate spring but at the same time would keep me toasty warm.
I'm wearing:

  • gray Old Navy  Rockstar skinny jeans 
  • Jennifer Lopez lavender sweater 
  • Timberland Bethel Buckle boots 
Let me know what you think of my wintery/spring pastels. BTW I told you last time that I have been crushing on purple and gray -- this is another version.


Purple and Gray

Today I participated in a mock trial as a juror. It was a lot of fun. I had to wear lots of layers because the facility ran cold. So I'm wearing a long-sleeved black tee under the dress and a tweed jacket over the whole thing to keep warm. I loved the idea of doing charcoal gray tights and shoes with the purple dress and b/w tweed. Everyone responded well to the color of the dress. I think because it stood out so well against the neutrals. This is the first time I've worn these pieces together though I've had both for some time. What do you think?


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How do we feel about Lace monogram necklaces?

So this is going to be a long winding tale. Last year I was searching for a necklace to celebrate passing the bar and finishing up school forever ;-). If you remember last fall it seemed that nameplate necklaces were in as were necklaces declaring, "hope", "happy", etc. I fell in love with lace monogram necklaces. I think it's feminine and a little romantic. I've often said my jewelry preferences have 2 extremes. I love dramatic statement pieces as well as romantic sentimental pieces. I did a search on Pinterest and found several variations in a multitude of colors and sizes. I'm a fan of lace motifs so, yeah I was completely sucked in. I realize this isn't something that would appeal to those of the UPW persuasion, or androgynous persuasions but if you have an opinion I'd love to hear it. Part of me feels it's a little old fashioned, tacky and possibly dowdy more than half of me is completely enchanted.

I'm wearing mine today ;-)


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WIW on a detour

I had a meeting this morning and this is what I wore. I wanted to make a good impression, as the meeting was with a law school classmate and we were talking about a possible business venture. I picked this out beforehand when I was playing in my closet yesterday afternoon. I was enamored with the gold suede shoes and the print on the skirt.
After my meeting I went to DH's office for an impromptu lunch visit and met all of his new coworkers for the first time. They were so excited about the baby. It was definitely a nice departure from my usual routine.

I'm wearing:

  • ON ribbed gray turtleneck
  • AT belt
  • Mossimo skirt
  • Land's End suede pumps in sweet potato.


WIW on my Birthday

So DH took me out to dinner it was lovely. I put some effort into getting ready. I decided to try out the column of color formula. All gray was today's choice. I thought the clutch was a nice burst of pastel color.

I'm wearing:

  • Trusty Old Navy Rockstar jeans in gray
  • Apt. 9 drape front blouse (not a maternity item)
  • Land's End Arctic Gray pumps 
  • Pastel clutch - Francesca's

I usually avoid all neutrals but I thought this was so fun and visually interesting. Your thoughts?


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And the day started with no power...

Today I had a meeting smack in the middle of the day. I'm glad I pushed the time back as far as possible. Who knew I would awake at 4 a.m. to no power (thank you late-winter thundersnow!) and an empty tummy. The empty tummy was an easy problem to fix; no power however, required a little bit more than a bowl of maple shredded wheat. I had trouble getting back to sleep because I need a humidifier running constantly this time of year -- dry air makes it nearly impossible for me to get comfy. After 2 hours of just laying there in the dark (no lights remember) I gave up, and by that time my tummy was empty again anyway ;-).

Another factor contributing to my insomnia this morning was we weren't sure whether DH would be able to spring his car from the garage with the power out. If the garage wouldn't open, then I would need to drop DH at work since we have a closet-sized 1-car garage and I park on the street. Lucky for me the power came back at about 8:30 and DH was still preparing to leave. 

This is what I wore to my 2 p.m. appointment. I loved the colors and the layers. Surprisingly I was OK with only earring a watch and a small ring for jewelry. I have worn this before (pic 2) and I doubt that beyond this week I'll be able to wear this jacket. I'll end here because now I'm rambling.


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WIW for an appointment

Today's weather was actually springlike! The sun is shining and it's over 50 degrees outside. I had a few errands to run and in full sunlight this was actually comfortable. I brought along a wool coat as it was much cooler earlier this morning.
I'm wearing:

  • Old Navy Rockstar jeans in gray
  • Wool wrap sweater in gray
  • Simply Vera Wang sleeveless printed tee
  • Be Band
  • Sam Edelman Petty Python booties

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Dinner with friends

This is what I wore to have dinner at a friend's house with DH. I had not seen the host in the flesh in at least 5 years. Another guest I had not seen in about 7 years. it was wonderful! We forgot the time completely and I did not crawl into my own bed until 5am. This was definitely not possible while we were in graduate school (DH and I were in grad school together from 2010 to 2013).

This dress is from Old Navy. It's a drop waist dress that is truly 3 sizes too big in the hips. I  have one of those stretchy belts on so that I could raise the dropped waist to just under my belly use the extra fabric to blouse over my belt and raise the skirt from below the knee to just above my knee. I added the red scarf and tights thinking of Ornella's style. My combat boots finish off this look.

What do you think of this?