Friday, November 21, 2014

OOTW: 11/10-11/11/14

Sweater: J Crew Factory | Skirt: self-made | Shoes: Lands' End | Bag: LV

Top: Brooks Brothers | Skirt: self-made | Belt: Lands' End | Shoes: Sven Clogs | Bag: LV

Just spent the afternoon: sewing new curtain panels for the living-room. Our new furniture arrived last week and of course new furniture (in new colors) leads to new rugs, leads to new decor, leads to new curtains, leads to an entire re-decoration of the living-room. It's all good though..... I've haven't been in the mood for clothes shopping lately, so that means all that extra fun money can be funneled into redecorating. 

Looking forward to: Thanksgiving break! I only have to teach one day next week. Yay! A break is desperately needed so I can recharge before that final push to get to the end of the semester. I'm tired. My students are tired. I think we're all burnt out. So happy Thanksgiving means the end is in sight!

I hope everyone enjoys their weekend!

Monday, November 17, 2014

OOTW: 11/4-11/5/14

Top: Uniqlo | Pants: J Crew | Shoes: Lands End | Bag: LV

Sweater: Gap | Pants: J Crew (almost vintage--10 years old!) | Scarf: J Crew Factory | Shoes: Brooks Brothers (sim) (sim) | Bag: LV

Worked all weekend: on putting up Holiday decorations. I know, I know...... one holiday at a time would be nice. If I had my own way, the holidays would be a very minor thing with none of the obnoxious commercialism or BUY ALL THE THINGS NOW attitude.
But Child deeply loves all the decorations, love, and cheer associated with the holiday season. He was already asking to put up the tree the day after Halloween. I was just glad I could put him off as long as I did. I don't think the magic of Santa is going to last many more years at our house (he's 7 years old already) so I know these last few years of sweet innocence and wonderment are a gift to be treasured (to later be replaced with bitter teenage angst and parent-resenting rebellion). Our house is now a Winter Wonderland and Child's eyes have a new sparkle in them. Worth it.

Silver lining: I have most of my holiday gifts purchased and wrapped now too. (Can't have a decorated tree without presents underneath!) We can now spend the rest of the season relaxing, spending time with family, and trying to do good for others.

Friday, November 14, 2014

OOTWeekend: 11/7/-11/8/14

Sweater: J Crew Factory | Jeans: American Eagle | Boots: Dolce Vita | Bag: LV 

Top: Cynthia Rowley Active | Jeans: American Eagle | Boots: Dolce Vita | Bag: LV | Necklace: Groop Dealz

Yeah, yeah. Same jeans two days in a row (I can't be the only one who does this). What can I say? I really love them! They are so very comfy and fit absolutely perfectly. Perfect amount of stretch, excellent recovery (no sagging and bagging!) soft material, and very good quality considering the price. Normally I would be a bit embarrassed about shopping at a teen store, but  AE jeans are just so good! And inexpensive! I swear they fit better, and I wear them more often than my $100 pairs of Joe's and Paige jeans. #noshame

I love that American Eagle has started to offer "high-rise" jeans --which are really just a nice mid-rise in reality-- in both their jeggings style (their version of the Toothpick) and their Skinny style (thier version of the Matchstick).  I've been slowing collecting all the colors, but seem to be wearing the heck out of this destroyed pair lately.
For reference, I usually take a sz. 2 in J Crew bottoms, but size up in AE jeans. I usually take a  sz. 6  in their Jeggings styles and a sz. 4 in their Skinny styles.  

Right now American Eagle is offering free shipping all season long. I'm not a fan of their other tops and bottoms (too tween, too cheaply made) but sometimes I can find a gem in their jewelry or shoes section.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Lest We Forget

To both the young and the old. To those who served in combat and those who served in support roles. To those who went overseas and those who stayed behind. To those that served in the past, in the present, and to those who decide to serve in the future. To fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, and sons and daughters, simple words are never enough to say,

Monday, November 10, 2014

OOTW: 10/23/-10/24/14

Dress: Boden (this year's version) | Belt: Lands End | Boots: J Crew (sim from Madewell) | Bag: Chocolat Blue

Tunic: Boden (this year's version) | Leggings: Zella | Boots: Dolce Vita | Bag: LV 

Still recovering from: this absolutely horrible dream I had last night. In the dream, Child was messing around and therefore running late for school, so I made him walk to school by himself (something I would never do in real life). Then on his way to school, he got abducted. By a guy on a tractor (I'm not sure what the tractor part was about). In the dream we organized a search and were able to find the bad guy after a few hours, and get Child back. But I woke up from the dream during a part where I was holding Child in my lap apologizing to him and we were both crying because it was all my fault.

Most.awful.dream.ever. Hours later, I'm still in a funk because of it.

I very rarely dream about Child, but when I do, it's always these awful type of dreams. I wonder what that means? Is this one of my greatest fears---loosing Child and it somehow being my fault? Why do I never have pleasant dreams about him?
I feel like I want to go call his school now and check on him, just in case.