Friday, December 19, 2014

OOTW: 12/3 - 12/4/12

Cardi: JCP (sim) | Tee: J Crew Factory | Pants: J Crew Snap-Front Pixie | Boots: Franco Sarto | Bag: vintage LV

Shirt: Uniqlo (sim) | Jeans: American Eagle | Boots: Franco Sarto | Bag: vintage LV

So. I dyed my hair and it ended up being far lighter that intended. Top pictures can serve as 'before' and the bottom pictures are the 'after.' Ooops. I normally use one of those "natural" at-home hair dyes like Herbatint or Naturtint. I've been using them for years, and I like them. Amonia free, less toxic chemicals, easy to use, looks natural.

One of  the brands runs about a shade or two darker than it states on the box, so while it might say light ash blonde on the box, what you get is really more like a dark blonde. I knew this. Knew it.  Problem is, I couldn't remember which one was which when re-ordering. I knew I'd been using a 'light ash blonde' shade since summer and liking the results, so that's what I ordered. But I guess it was the wrong brand.

When I got out of the shower I think my reaction was something along the lines of, "Holy sh#*t! I've got blonde hair! F@*k!" {btw, I can now say with certainty its Herbatint that runs dark, and Naturtint runs true to color.}

Oh well. This is close to the color I had as a child and the color I was when I first met Husband. Actually, except for the past few years, I've been blonde most my life. I don't think it quite suits me anymore though. To be sure, next time I'll be taking more care when choosing a color.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

OOTW: 12/1/-12/2/14

Sweater: Lands End | Pants: J Crew Factory (this year's version) | Shoes: Nine West | Bag: vintage LV

Sweater: Uniqlo | Pants: J Crew Snap Front Pixie | Scarf: LLBean Signature (sim) | Boots: Franco Sarto | Bag: vintage LV

Yay for moving into December OOTDs (aka the month I wear the hell out of red and black)!

So relieved: to get my final grades submitted. It was a week long affair of of being glued to a desk with a red pen and gallons of coffee, but I made it! 

Happy to report: my favorite J Crew purchase of 2014-- the Snap Front Pixie Pants.  These pants are freakin' awesome. They fit far better than the traditional exposed back zip version. The material is thicker, making them fall more into the category of 'real pants' and less 'leggings that people shouldn't be wearing as pants, but still do'. The thicker, stretchy material also holds in and smooths the wiggly, jiggly bits like Spanx, but without feeling like the torture device Spanx are.

Making a front-zip version of the Pixe is the most logical thing J Crew has done in a long time. Why they had them as back zip in the first place is beyond me. Have you tried going to the bathroom with a hook/back-zip before? {While they're at it, they should make a front-zip version of the Minnie too. I'm sick of getting my bare flesh stuck in the zipper of those stupid side-zip things.}  The front-zip also gets rid of that ridiculously cheap, sewing project reject exposed elastic waistband. I hated that they used such a cheap, cost-cutting cop-out on the original version.  

Best part? Quality! They're good, you guys. Nicely made, well thought-out fit, materials, details. Classic. I'm even ok with the front slant zippers. They do an excellent job of tricking the eye into making one's hips look narrower than they are. I am patiently waiting for a promo so I can get the navy pair as well. 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

OOTW: 11/24-11/27/14

Sweater: J Crew Factory | Pants: LL Bean Signature (sim) | Shoes: Nicole | Bag: Longchamp

Cardi: Anne Klein (sim) | Tee: Jack Wills | Pants: Banana Republic | Bag: Longchamp

Cardi: Uniqlo (sim) | Tee: J Crew Factory (this year's version) | Skirt: Self-made | Shoes: Nicole | Bag: Longchamp

{Unfortunately, these outfits are no longer in sync with the season. They were perfectly awesome for Thanksgiving week though. Pity I'm not on top of things enough to coordinate blog posts better.}

Thrilled: I got to go out on a date with Husband last night. Child's school hosted a "parent's night out" where we could drop the kid off for a few hours of movies and pizza with classmates along with teacher supervision, so parents could get some holiday shopping done. It was awesome. We had dinner, we talked, we had a drink, we shopped, I bought makeup......together. The last time Husband and I had a chance to go out for an evening together-- well, it was still 2013. I guess that's what we get for having no family nearby and being an helicopter, paranoid, mistrusting parents. The school seriously needs to do this every month.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

OOTW: 11/20-11/21/14

Vest: Maxx Studio | Shirt: Uniqlo | Jeans: J Crew Factory | Boots: Nicole | Bag: Longchamp

Sweater: Lands End Canvas | Jeans: American Eagle | Boots: J Crew | Bag: Longchamp | Necklace: Etsy

Counting down: the days until the semester is over. I have a round of final exams to give and term papers to grade from my five classes and then I'm free! Frrrrrreeeeeeeeee!!!! I've had a great group of students this semester, but I think we're all burnt out. We ended the semester on Transcendentalism, discussing Thoreau and Emerson and being authentic, so I feel like it was a great way to close out the term. Time for vacation!

Looking forward to: our upcoming family vacation. Once again, we've chosen to take a vacation over the holidays. It takes away all the guilt, pressure, and arguments about where, and with whom we spend our holiday. We've been doing this for the past 5 years, and it is so much more enjoyable. True, there isn't a Christmas tree to wake up to on Christmas morning, and we have to have our holiday meal at a restaurant instead of with extended family, but it's so much more calm that way. Stress free. We've always been a happy little family of three, and why should the holidays be any different?

I know it's different in every family, but the holidays always seem so hectic and stressful. People, presents, food being hauled all over in a rush. You have to suffer through family you don't really want to see, and the family you do want to see are there and gone before a quality conversation can be started. One-up-manship on presents, dirty laundry aired, cramped sleeping quarters at relatives' homes, and oh, the drama. Not for me. Not for us.

I love my extended family, and love to see them at any other time during the year, just not during the holidays. Too much pressure. Too much drama. Husband and I have both agreed that we've come to treasure our quiet little vacations. We set our own schedule, do our thing.  We open a few presents, watch some good movies, sleep in all week, do some sight seeing, and let the rest of the world just rush by.
It's absolutely wonderful, and I can't wait!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

OOTW: 11/18-11/19/14

Jacket: J Crew Factory | Top: J Crew Factory (from retail) | Pants: Banana Republic | Shoes: Aerosoles | Bag: Chocolat Blu

Top: J Crew Factory | Jeans: J Crew Factory | Shoes: Aerosoles | Bag: Longchamps

Paul Bunyan called me. He wants his shirts back.


Binge Ate: Pumpkin pie over the Thanksgiving weekend. Why do all the good food holidays (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas) happen all in a row? They should space that crap out better so I can have a chance to recover in between the food binges!

Binge watched: Sherlock over the Thanksgiving week with Husband. Is anybody else a fan? Is it weird to admit I've developed a slight crush on Sherlock? is the new sexy.

Best Black Friday deal: my new Franco Sarto Motor Boots. They're a dupe of the famous Stuart Weitzman 50/50 boot and I ever so much love them! I've wanted a pair of over the knee boots for a while now, and I'd heard good things about the Franco Sarto Motor boot. Amazon has a deal still running right now for 30% select clothing, shoes, and jewelry (CYBERWEEK14) and with their already low prices, I was able to nab them for under $100! Hells yeah!

To answer some common questions, I took my typical size 8.5.They fit, but if I wanted to wear thicker socks I'd probably have to size up (thankfully it never gets cold enough for me to need heavy socks). The shaft of the boot was 21" and it hit me right at the top of my knee cap, so if you're shorter they'll probably come up higher over your knees.  The leather is nice quality, and they seem to be well constructed. I especially like that they had a full-zip entry, which makes them easier to get on and off. 
My one issue is the stretchy panel in back fit my calves just a touch loose (I have 12.75" calves).  How do I explain this.......the panel isn't a perfect cylinder all the way up, but rather rounds out to mirror the shape of a calf, so if you have calves on the smaller side like mine, the panel may bulge out without your leg filling up the gap. Wearing thin leggings it's more noticeable, but if I have jeans on, I can't tell.
Overall, for under $100, I'm very happy with them! Due to my climate, I don't get to wear boots very often, so  I try to set a reasonable cap on what I'm willing to spend on seasonal items (cost per wear and all that......). I should be able to get my money's worth out of these. They come in several different colors, and it's been very hard to not go back and get a second color! Maybe I should hint to Santa.......