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Back to basics

I went for a simple, clean look today.  Neutral and subdued.

It felt so nice to put an outfit together using pieces other than my 30.  These shoes were part of the challenge, but this sweater and these pants have been tucked away for the past month.  The best part?  I bought these pants right before the 30 for 30, and they were uncomfortably tight at the time.  Now, they fit quite well – perhaps even a little loosely.  I’m excited to see what other items in my closet are also fitting better after a month!

This took little to no thought to put together, which was kind of nice after a month of creativity.  Don’t worry, I’ll be back to more exciting combos soon!

  • Sweater, BCBG
  • Trousers, Liz Claiborne
  • Shoes, MaxStudio via TJ Maxx

God has blessed me by keeping me safe.



I finally found a way to remix this bright top.  Before this challenge, I usually wore it with a cardigan, but I thought outside the box this time and decided to layer under it instead of over.

I think this combination highlights the strengths of both blouses.  When I wear this black top on its own, the interesting collar just blends in with the rest of the top and it doesn’t create much visual interest.  And when I wear a cardigan with this multicolored top, I cover up 75% of its fun shape and color.  Even though this is a pretty basic outfit, I’m so pleased with how it turned out!  The only thing is that these pants are getting too big.  Seriously, guys.  I have tons of room in the thighs of these things.  Don’t get me wrong, that’s a good thing!  I don’t think I’ll stop wearing them yet, though, because I love the color, and because they’re super comfortable.

Flats again today, and probably at least once more this week.  Hair thrown into a ponytail.  I’ve been running around like crazy!

  • Black top, New York & Company
  • Confetti top, Forever XXI
  • Trousers, New York & Company
  • Flats, Forever XXI

God has blessed me by giving me peace.

Skirting the Issue

Hello!  I’m still here.  I’ve been in an existential blogger funk lately ( “Why does this blog exist?  What is its purpose?”) and I’ve been examining those questions.  I still don’t have it all figured out, but I figure there’s no need to just disappear while I think about it.  Though you’d never guess from the frequency of my posts, I do enjoy blogging, and I want to continue.

So!  To start things off, here’s yesterday’s ensemble.  I wish I had a full-body photo of this outfit, but alas, my photographer zonked out as soon as we got home from church, so all you get are stylish, artsy (ha!) teaser photos.

Yesterday, while getting ready, I thought to myself, “If I were Sophia Loren, and it was 1955, and I intended to spend my day strolling around Rome, arm-in-arm with a dapper gentleman, eating gelato and visiting local markets, what would I wear?”  This (very full, very bright) skirt put me in the mind of Ms. Loren, and I had fun putting the outfit together, even though I know there’s a lot going on here. But I don’t mind taking that risk.  So often, I feel like I am well-accessorized, and then I see pictures and think that I look bland and that I should have added just a touch more.   So I love the busy-ness of this outfit – so fun for a Sunday.

And now, some actual full-body photos from today!  Yesterday after church, my mom and I went shopping, and I snagged what I think is a super-cute outfit, and on clearance, too!

I’ve been looking for a fuller black skirt to pair with t-shirts, mainly, and I really like the shape of this one and the super-wide, stretchy belt that came with it.  I also love this top.  I had no idea I needed a top like this one until I tried it on, and I think it’ll look fabulous with jeans.

I’m a bit frustrated lately because I have been holding steady at this weight for probably two months now, and I desperately want to see the numbers on the scale tick down just a little bit.  It’s hard to stay motivated when you’re seeing no progress.  I’m trying to figure out what I need to do to jump-start my body into burning fat again. It probably involves fun stuff like even more exercise and even less sugar.

This has been all over the place.  I’ve missed posting, can you tell?

A Waist is a Terrible Thing to Waste

So this is my second post for Dress Your Best Week, and I’m pretty excited.  I feel like I did a good job of accentuating my body-part-of-the-day, my waist!  This is a sequel to yesterday’s post, because my waist and hips are kind of like a team.  They help one another be the best they can be.  I love my hips partly because they contrast so nicely with my waist, and vice versa. I feel like when one looks good, the other automatically looks good.

If you’ve read very much of this blog, you’ll know that I’m working on losing weight.  I’ve lost over 30 pounds in the last several months, and I still have a good bit to go.  However, I’m finally feeling comfortable in my own skin again, and I’m feeling pretty confident overall.  I did wear this jacket most of the day, however, because I thought this outfit might be just a little too accentuating for work.  Here it is without the jacket:

I’m finally wearing the Breton top I bought on Tuesday!  I love it so much and can already tell it’ll see a lot of use.  I also just went for it with the red lipstick today, and I really like how it looks!

Anyway, back to my waist.  As I’ve been working on getting fit, I’ve been taking my measurements every whipstitch.  I was extremely disappointed in the last waist measurement I took, because it hadn’t changed from before.  I’ve been discouraged about the fact that I haven’t lost inches very quickly.  So it was really good for me today to just decide that I was going to feel good about my waist, pick out an outfit that makes it look its best, and head out the door with a smile on my face.  And now that I see my pictures, I’m very pleased with the way the look came together, and with the definition of my waist.

Stay tuned!  I’ll be finding another body part to love for tomorrow.

Two Days, One Outfit

This past weekend was awesome.  On Friday, we had a double date with some friends, and we ended up playing Band Hero until late and staying at their house.  Then, on Saturday, we met up with another friend, went to the WVU basketball game, saw Shutter Island (which was seriously amazing), and stayed the night at his house.  Since we hadn’t planned on being away from home for two full nights, I had to recycle my Friday night hanging around outfit into my Sunday morning church outfit.  I think it works both ways.  So here’s what I wore!

This is another pair of jeans that I just rediscovered in my closet.  They didn’t fit, but now they do! I love that feeling.  I also just really love the proportions of this outfit.  I debated belting the cardigan, thinking that maybe it looked silly, but in the pictures, I love it.  I’m happy anytime I look more hourglassy.

Food, Glorious Food

The majority of my posts focus on fashion and style, but from the beginning, I’ve wanted to also feature crafts, food, decor, and other passions of mine that I feel make my life just a bit more luxurious.  So I thought maybe tonight I’d show you a few dishes I’ve whipped up recently.

You know about the weight loss plan already, but you don’t know what I’m doing to try and lose weight.  Without getting into it too deeply, I’ll say that Daniel and I are just really trying to watch our carbs and get lots of protein and veggies.

Here we have the delicious spinach salad that I made as our last meal before the 30-hour famine.  Eggs and bacon with a delicious homemade Parmesan dressing and fresh mozzarella.  Yum.  It was extremely filling!

This pizza’s crust was made with a recipe found here.  It’s so good to find recipes that let you eat your favorite foods without totally messing up your diet.

And here we have some lovely tilapia and asparagus with carbonara.  I’m a pasta-eatin’ girl, so whenever I find a way to enjoy a favorite pasta sauce without the carbs, I’m excited.

And that’s it for now!  Just wanted to show you a bit of what’s been going on in my kitchen.

All-American Girl (What I Wore 2/11/10)

Note:  This is actually a post that I wrote last week, but I haven’t gotten around to updating till now.  I need to find a way to post more consistently, instead of waiting several days and then inundating you with new posts all at once.  Oh, well.  At least I’m posting, right?  Anyway…

Inside my grown-up woman body, there is a 14-year-old preppy girl who tries her hardest to get out. Sometimes she succeeds, like today.

She is an American Eagle-loving, polo shirt-wearing, curly-haired girl whose most-needed outfit item is brown boots. She loves simple makeup, hair, and jewelry. She just wants to fit in with the older girls.

Honestly, when I was 14, American Eagle clothes were a little out of my family’s price range, so most of what I wore came from J.C. Penney, particularly their Arizona brand. But I definitely lusted after everything in AE. I wanted those lovely initials screen printed across my chest.

I’ll admit that I STILL lust after most of the stuff in AE. Not so much their logo tees and hoodies anymore, but mainly their dresses, sweaters/cardigans, jeans, and JEWELRY. They really have some lovely, quality jewelry.

Today’s outfit was born when I found these jeans yesterday (told you I’m still unpacking from the move) and tried them on and they FIT! Woo! It’s not that these jeans are so great, it’s just that I’m not sure if they ever really fit me before today. Please tell me I’m not the only girl who gets depressed because she’s gained weight and then buys clothes that she can barely/can’t at all squeeze into with the intention of losing those pounds quickly. I have tons of great dresses that I’ve bought on clearance that are currently way too small. I know it was ridiculous of me to buy too-small clothes in the first place, but now that I am losing weight, I have hope that I’m going to be able to rock those items before too much longer.

Anyway, I also rediscovered this red polo yesterday, and when I put it with the jeans, it looked so Lindsey-circa-2001 that I just had to add the boots and belt to fully complete the ensemble. I feel comfortable. I feel like me, but a different version of me than the one who goes to work in pencil skirts and ruffly tops. I feel like that girl again. And for today, that’s not such a bad thing.