Monday, January 26, 2015

OOTW: 1/14-1/16/15

Sweater: Lands End | T-Neck: Lands End Canvas | Jeans: Paige Denim | Boots: Lucky Brand | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (sim color)

Dress: Old Navy (similar on sale) | Shoes: Corso Como | Bag: LV

Excited to use: my early birthday present from Husband---an elliptical machine! We've got a veritable collection of home gym equipment (a treadmill, a spinning cycle, a rowing machine, a bowflex machince, universal weights/bench) and the only thing missing from that was an elliptical machine. Husband managed to find a really nice ProForm one super-duper sale in store (this one to be exact--more than 1/2 off!) Now all he needs to do is just, you know, go ahead and build me an addition to the house to store the damn stuff. Because as it is, I can barely move around in the bedroom now! Oh, the sacrifices made for fitness...... #thestruggleisreal

Currently Shopping: Banana Republic's 50% off sale. I've been in the market for some new blouses to add to my wardrobe because I've realized that my closet is almost exclusively tees, button-downs, and cardis and I'm forcing myself to branch out to some more lady-like tops. I'm also trying to stretch my horizons beyond J Crew these days and BR's sale and free return shipping looked like a good place to start. I currently have my eye on this laser cut blouse, this lace tee in navy, and this geometric print tank

Weirdest thing I did this weekend: I ate cotton candy ice cream in the shower. 
Husband and I have this rule about ice cream sharing. He knows I would never eat a dish on my own (you know, crazy healthy self-imposed rules and all), but whenever he's indulging, (which is often) he makes sure to share a spoonful me. No matter where I am or what I'm doing, I get that spoonful. It just happened to be I was in the shower at the time. Would it be weird to admit it tasted extra good in the cozy warmth of the shower?

Thursday, January 15, 2015


I've been a bad blogger.
 A lazy blogger. 
I've hardly taken any outfit pictures over my winter break, which has left me with very little to post lately. Most of my winter vacation has been spent in pjs and lounge wear doing extra awesome and totally lazy things such as reading a bazillion books (both work and pleasure), indulging in hours of Netflix, going for long walks in the park with Child, and doing a major closet clean-out and listing on eBay. 

I'll admit that when I did manage to get dressed, dragging out the camera and tripod wasn't at the forefront of my mind. I guess I needed a break from smizeing for the camera too (I'm sure Tyra will understand).

So, here are some of my most recent outfits that didn't originally make it to the blog, but found their way to the easy (lazy) one-click joy of Instagram:

Puffer Vest: J Crew Factory | Top and Pants: RBX Active Wear | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (sim)

Jacket: Uniqlo | Sweater: Lands End | T-Neck: Lands End  | Boots: Frye | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (sim)

Top: Lands End Canvas (sim) | Sweater: Lands End Canvas (sim) | Boots: Frye | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (sim)

Sweater: Lands End Canvas | Pants: J Crew | Boots: Franco Sarto

Sweater: JCP | Tee: J Crew Factory | Jeans: J Crew Factory | Boots: Lucky Brand

Sweater: Loft (old) (current) | Shoes: Talbots (sim)

Look! I did something real! With people and everything!
First time ice skating since high school. And I didn't fall down the entire time!

Top & Boots: J Crew | Necklace: TJ Maxx 

Top: J Crew Factory | Shoes: Pour La Victorie

Shirt: Uniqlo | Bag: Longchamp

Top: J Crew Factory | Pants: J Crew |Shoes: Pour La Victorie

Cardi: Banana Republic | Tee: J Crew Factory |Shoes: Sam Edelman

Friday, January 9, 2015

Outfits of the Yesteryear.....(12/23-12/25/14)

Sweater: Lands End Drifter Cardi | Top: J Crew Factory | Tee: Old Navy | Pants: J Crew Pixie | Boots: Franco Sarto | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (sim) | Scarf: LL Bean Signature 

Sweater: Lands End Drifter Cardi | Top: Bass Pro | T-Neck: LL Bean (sim) | Jeans: American Eagle | Boots: Franco Sarto | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (sim) | Scarf: LL Bean Signature 

Sweater: Lands End | Shirt: J Crew | Pants: Lands End Canvas (sim) | Boots: Franco Sarto | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (sim) | Scarf: LL Bean Signature | Necklace: Sam Edleman

Currently Watching (and loving): the Netflix series 'Marco Polo'. I have a penchant for historical dramas, and this one is good you guys. 

Enjoying: my last few days of winter vacation before the Spring Semester starts. It's been soooooo good. I've stayed in my pjs most days, I did a ton of closet organization, listed a bunch of stuff on ebay, read several of books, and generally enjoyed being a home-body.

Excited for: a new big purchase I made---a new car! My old car (a Saturn Vue) was over 7 years old and starting to show its age. When I bought my Saturn, I had made this rule for myself that I would drive it for as long as possible and when the car repairs became more than the equivalent of 3 car payments it would be time to start looking for a new vehicle. {I watched my parents funnel $1000s worth of repairs into old hunks of junk growing up and just didn't want to deal with that kind of thing.}
So the time came. I was sad to let go of my Vue because I actually really liked it. Until recently, it had been old reliable. I had no difficulty in knowing what I wanted to replace my car with though.
A Subaru Forester.
They're safe. The safest. Consumer Reports top rated. That's really what matters, right?
I'm not big into cars. In fact, I don't really care at all. Does it have A/C? Is it an automatic? No beige interior? Then I don't care. I don't care about exterior color. I don't care about looks. Special features are just more to hassle with. I just want a practical vehicle that gets me where I need to go and car payments I can afford. (I think I feel about cars the way most guys feel about clothes. They're necessary to daily life but beyond that, specifics don't matter.) So I think I shocked the car salesman when I agreed to buy without even a test-drive.
So two days ago I said goodbye to my Vue and hello to my Forester. We plan to live happily ever after (or until I drive the thing into the ground).

Monday, January 5, 2015

Outfits of the Yesteryear...... (12/20-12/22/14)

Vest: J Crew Factory | Sweater: Lands End Cashmere T-Neck | Jeans: Joes Jeans | Boots: J Crew (old) | Bag: LV | Scarf: LL Bean Signature

Vest: Uniqlo | Sweater: Lands End | Jeans: Kut from the Kloth | Boots: J Crew (old) | Bag: LV | Scarf: LL Bean Signature

Top: Joe Fresh | Jeans: American Eagle | Boots: Lucky Brand | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff | Scarf: LL Bean Signature

New Outlook: My "word for the year" is Less. Less worrying, less stressing about things I can't change, less time wasted on the computer (and Instagram), less shopping and buying, less in my closet, less hoarding of needless things, less fussing about my appearance, less time spent on makeup and hair, less pointless time spent planning outfits, less complicated outfits......less.

Working on: another closet clean-out. To facilitate my Less motto, I've been trying to be ruthless with what's in my closet. I usually do a closet purge a couple times of year anyway, but somehow this time it feels different. I've been listing like a madwoman on eBay because I just want it all gone.  It feels good.