Friday, August 30, 2013

Fashion Challenge, Take 3

This week's fashion challenge was to style a pair of sensible shoes in a way that felt stylish and work-appropriate. Here's my final attempt: 

I recently dug this Ralph Lauren (thrifted, natch) polo dress out of the closet, where it had been banished with a bunch of other non-nursing-friendly clothes. It was like Christmas. But I digress. I love a good short A-line dress, and this one is no exception, although my choice of cardigan (a hand-me-down from my late aunt) may not have been the best choice.

And, just so you can see what else was going on when I was trying to take this picture:

And no, I'm not sure why my daughter is saluting. It kind of looks like we're watching a parade.

Hoping everyone has a great, safe and happy Labor Day weekend. What are your plans? I'm hoping to take my daughter to a balloon festival here in town, and maybe sneak in some time to work on some fall listings for my shop. Oh, and I should probably prep for the fall semester of my journalism class, which starts -- eep! -- on Wednesday. It's a full life!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Fashion Challenge, Take 2

This week's fashion challenge was to style a pair of sensible shoes in a way that felt stylish and work-appropriate. Here's my second attempt: 

Admittedly, this outfit is a little more casual than I usually wear for work. But no one at my office cares, so oh well. I also overdressed for even my arctic work environment in heavy corduroy pants. And, yeah, I realize you can't actually see the shoes in this photo. Sorry about that.

I look pissed off here because it was 9 million degrees hot. For reals.

I picked up these blue chandelier earrings at a yard sale a few weeks ago. Not sure if they are hypoallergenic. I guess I will find out.

I took the day off today but the challenge will continue tomorrow with my Casual Friday outfit of the week.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Fashion Challenge, Take 1

This week's fashion challenge was to style a pair of sensible shoes in a way that felt stylish and work-appropriate. Here's what I came up with:

This was actually sort of a double fashion challenge for me; I just picked up this Villager blouse at a yard sale and wanted to try it out as well. This blouse is one of those things that I was drawn to because it's pretty, but find hard to wear because it's not exactly my style.

Wearing a floral button-down made me feel conservative and a bit boring. The khaki skirt, which is Brooks Brothers from years ago, didn't help in that department. So I tried to add a little flair with a pair of large earrings and a dark lip. The makeup in particular was, strangely, an adjustment. I didn't realize until I put it on that it has been a really long time since I wore lipstick this dark. It was like looking at a stranger in the mirror. I used to wear dark lipstick almost exclusively (hey, it was the 90s), but lately I've been all about tinted lip gloss, so I had forgotten what a strong statement a dark lip can make.

So, did I succeed in this fashion challenge. Kind of-ish. I still would like this outfit better with cuter flats or even heels, but it worked well enough for me. But I did feel a little more "me" in this somewhat preppy outfit, thanks to some bolder accessories, so that's a lesson learned.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Fashion challenge: Sensible shoes

This is the first in a series of weekly fashion challenges designed to push myself to wear clothes that have been languishing in my closet.
I bought these tan slip-ons about a year and a half ago as part of a frenzy of shopping at the end of my maternity leave. My husband declared them "the most boring shoes imaginable." I've gotten plenty of wear out of them on weekends, but it's been tough to incorporate them into my professional wardrobe.
Check back later this week to see how I do!