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What I Wore: Target Run

What I Wore for the Weekend: Ramones tee, Ankara print skirt, Born 'Myndy' sandals and Ray-Ban oversized aviators what I wore on the weekend featuring ramones tee shirt ankara skirt born myndy sandals What I Wore for the Weekend: Ramones tee, Ankara print skirt, Born 'Myndy' sandals and Ray-Ban oversized aviators Tee: Had forever (similar) | Skirt: Etsy Seller Buy the Dress | Shoes: Born ‘Myndy’ | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban (on sale 25% off) | Necklace: Silver chain with various charms I’ve collected over the years | Bracelets: Cuff I’ve had forever (similar), beaded bracelets c/o Lifetherapy | Earrings: Etsy Seller Keti Sorley Designs

I wore this Sunday for a Target run, to head to the grocery store, the wine shop, and to drop off some clothing donations. This skirt is waxed cotton so it floats away from the body keeping me cool and doesn’t wrinkle as fast as basic cotton. These sandals I purchased many years ago and still find them incredibly comfortable; I remember thinking I’d regret yellow as I have so little in my wardrobe but I treat them like a neutral. This combination looks more pulled together than shorts but for me I find to be more cool and comfortable and better fitting my personal style!

These earrings were a treat I recently bought myself.  I have wanted earrings like this since high school but always put it off feeling it was a frivolous purchase.  But recently I wondered why put it off if I have wanted it for more than two decades?  I’m 40 years old, a grown-ass woman so I bought them with my grown-ass woman money!  My 16-year old self is very proud.

What I Wore: The Striped Shirt

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Remember my post about THE STRIPED TEE? This is it. It was crazy, I thought I ordered it and then was asked what I thought about it and realized it never arrived.  I checked, it never came out of my PayPal, and I never received a confirmation email.  No idea what happened, luckily they were still in stock so I ordered again.  And well… it’s the darn closest I have found! It’s a better quality knit, better made, has washed great without any change in size or condition. The stripes are a bit smaller and not even, but I still like it (I bought two and am glad about it). Like my original striped tee, this is a relaxed fit, not one to tuck in or try to glam up. I wore this look the other weekend running errands, and then unrolled the jeans, slipped on my Chelsea boots and my black puffer vest for the evening.

I haven’t featured this bag on the blog for almost a year (previous posts with it) but use it regularly.  This past Wednesday I used it when Emerson and I went to see Gloria Steinem speak at the Sixth and I Synagogue; it was big enough to hold stuff for both of us and easily switches from shoulder to crossbody.  Saturday morning, a friend stopped by and asked about the bag and wondered how it worked as a backpack and I realized I never used it in such a manner.  So that day I decided to wear it as a backpack and I gotta say it’s pretty comfortable and easy to use and slip back to a standard bag. This bag has been through a lot, carried heavy and awkward loads and still looks like new.  Made in the USA by a woman-owned company?  Big fan!

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What I Wore: Town Festival

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A couple weekends ago I attended the Greenbelt Rhythm and Drum Festival in our town center.  Live music from 11am into the evening, they had drums and other instruments for the attendees to use, craft and music projects for kids, face painting, vendors, food, and much more (such as a young woman on stilts behind me in the photos!).  One of the things I love so much about living in Greenbelt is festivals like this; we can walk down and are sure to bump into plenty of friends and neighbors.  Even the mayor of Greenbelt was part of a drum circle!  Emerson had her face painted as a tiger and I bought the earrings I’m wearing from one of the vendors.

I was on Emerson detail (Karl was hired to photograph the event) and wanted to be comfortable and ready for a long day away from home.  I bought these boots last year and swore I’d return them… and never did.  They ended up being a favorite in the closet; while they’re not the most flattering with my thicker legs, I love the biker vibe and how I can wear them all day with comfort.  The NYDJ jeans are comfortable and keep their shape after many hours of sitting, squatting, walking, dancing, and racing to the center of the drum circle when Bele Bele goes into a rendition of Sardines.  I wanted to show town spirit with my tee (I cut the sleeves and neck), and  this sweater was perfect to wear in the shade or tie around my waist when it was warm.  This bag was such a good purchase; I love how it fits my personal style and looks stylish while being a workhorse.  I tied Emerson’s denim jacket to it when she was warm, filled it with random art projects Emerson made, and had room for all my purse essentials plus a couple snacks!

UPDATE: Through this Friday, October 30th, Foxcroft is having their Friends & Family Event; visit their site and save 30% off EVERYTHING!

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The Power of Accessories: Sunglasses [Sponsored]

The Power of Accessories: The case for purchasing quality sunglasses and the most stylish yet classic frames for women over 30I was a lifeguard every summer of college. At some pools, I wore the requisite red one-piece with the white cross on the front. At others, they let me wear the swimwear of my choice. But at all, it seemed important… no NECESSARY to have cool sunglasses. Sitting in that chair, twirling the whistle, you had to look tough and cool behind your shades. The must-have sunglasses were Oakley Frogskins. I had some cheap copies but finally saved up enough for the real deal. The store had a 2 for deal so I bought clear with red mirrored lenses, and black with blue mirrored lenses. I was so PSYCHED! I continued through the mall, did a bit of shopping, went to the food court… and realized I left my new sunglasses in a department store fitting room. Raced back and of course they were gone. Burned by the experience, I didn’t buy nice sunglasses for years and made do with cheap knockoffs from discount marts, street vendors, and even the occasional truck stop.

Then I became an adult. I learned how to take care of my things, and started understanding how quality surpassed quantity. My family and I went on a trip to Italy, and there I bought a pair of Gucci sunglasses. The shape, the weight, the view through those lenses… I saw how these weren’t anything like truck stop shades. I cleaned those Gucci sunglasses with a proper cloth, stored them in a hard case and well… I still own those Gucci sunglasses and they still look like new.

Sunglasses are a powerful accessory. They can really create a signature look and define your personal style. I bought my first pair of Ray-Ban aviators a week before Emerson was born. I was on bedrest but going slowly insane. My midwife appointment was down the street from Annapolis Mall and after my checkup, my mom, sister, and I went into Nordstrom. My mom said I could have 30 minutes on my feet and I raced around the accessory department and bought a pair of silver earrings and my first pair of Ray-Bans. Total retail therapy; it was December and I was homebound but I put on those aviators and those earrings and felt that though I was a swollen beach ball, I still retained a bit of Alison. It also made me realize how much I like aviators, and they are now part of my signature look. And like my Italian Guccis, I find that even with equal care, my Ray-Bans fit, feel, look, and perform far better than any cheapy knockoff. Once I was over 30, I realized even more how a quality pair of sunglasses can complete your look just like a quality bag, great pair of shoes, or a fabulous haircut.

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Sunglasses are a quick way to give your look a dramatic update.  It’s easy to grab a pair and wear them until they break or get lost, but often we purchase without thinking long term.  One should think not just of quality, but a style that flatters but will still look stylish after one season.  Nordstrom asked me to share my favorite fall sunglasses styles; below I’m sharing styles I think can create a signature look and complete one’s personal style without looking dated in a year.

  1. They looked cool in the ’80s and they still look so cool now.  The ‘Classic Wayfarer’ from Ray-Ban is simple, sleek, and oh so sophisticated.  I’m partial to the original black or tortise, but they now come in a variety of colors and textures that can flatter more skintones and personal styles.
  2. Ray-Ban’s original 58mm aviator sunglasses have been in style for decades.  Ray-Ban hasn’t changed the style, but now has a bevy of lens colors to fit the personal style of anyone.  Show off your signature color while keeping your shades classic; I’m a fan of the Red Mirror (sort of reminds me of my lifeguarding Oakleys!).
  3. MARC BY MARC JACOBS’ 58mm ‘Retro’ sunglasses are a classic. The brand has been selling this style for a while, and it makes sense because it’s an elegant oversized style that flatters so many faces. While it’s a large shape, it’s not heavy and isn’t prone to sliding down the nose. Tortoise or black, you can’t go wrong.
  4. The Ray-Ban ‘Large Original’ 62mm aviator is my signature sunglasses style.  I’ve got a pretty big and round noggin and the oversized shape ends up looking just right on me.  My personal preference and everyday pair is the classic gold frame with green lenses; however I have been eyeing the fun tinted colors they now have available.
  5. Before I became an aviators gal, I loved an oversized black plastic frame with a squarish shape.  I thought it looked modern, strong, and was a nice balance to my round face.  ‘The Sara’ from Bobbi Brown is one I would have picked up in a second, and would wear now if I hadn’t already found my signature look.  Bold, modern, yet completely wearable and three great colors to choose from.
  6. When I was in high school, I had a cheapy version of the Ray-Ban ‘Clubmaster’ sunglasses and felt so cool.  It’s amazing how this frame is still in style and still makes people look so casually cool when they wear them.  I had tortoise and gold frames back then and they still are my favorite.
  7. Good looking sunglasses that do good – the TOMS ‘Noah’ frames have the classic styling of the Wayferer but with a rounder, more feminine shape. With TOMS’ One for One® program, the company will help give sight to a person in need with each pair of sunglasses purchased.
  8. A perennial favorite for quality and face flattery, Tory Burch’s 54mm Cat Eye sunglasses are a great purchase.  Polarized lenses are great when driving or in harsh sunlight, the style is classic and will look great for years to come.
  9. Tom Ford’s ‘Penelope’ 59mm sunglasses have a retro vibe yet look oh so modern and sophisticated.  This is a feminine frame with slim, clean lines and metal details.  This is a frame that would look good on a multitude of face shapes.  It comes in three frame colors; I’m particularly drawn to the ivory/rose gold combination.

What I Wore: Hanging Out

WO21 WO22 WO23Romper: Love in Harlem | Denim Jacket: J. Crew Factory | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Sandals: Birkenstocks | Earrings: Amazon | Bracelet: Had forever (similar) | Necklace: Chain with various charms I’ve collected over the years

In my reader survey one of the things many of you requested is pictures of more casual of outfits. You want to see what I wear hanging out at home, or when I’m running errands. Well here’s reality! I got this romper-eque thing on Amazon and it’s a favorite. It’s runs SUPER big; this is a Small and it’s clearly still quite roomy. I was torn which color to get; I chose Navy but next summer may get another in a more fun color.  In the summer I wear with my skinny-strap bra and my Birks when just running errands but have paired with metallic sandals and even a belt to dress it up. Now that it’s cooler I’m pairing it with my denim jacket when I step out, a sweater jacket or poncho when in the house. When it comes to super casual and loungewear, I often veer to a more boho feel which is looser, more relaxed, more funky prints and silhouettes and comfort trumps fashion. These silver Birkenstocks are a favorite; they’re like a massage for my feet after a week in pumps, heels, and career shoes and though some of the silver has worn away with age,I still dig the metallic finish. Wearing accessories is an easy way to make loungewear look less bummy; a pair of hoops or a pendant necklace can do a lot to jazz up a look without sacrificing comfort or ease!

What I Wore: Stripes and Shine

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I love how a blazer can upgrade a basic weekend look of tee shirt and jeans. When I went to Talbots Annapolis Towne Center to exchange my jeans, I tried on this blazer, which I featured in this post. Just as I thought, while this blazer can look boardroom-ready with a crisp white shirt and trousers, it looks just at home dressed down. I think it would look fantastic come winter with a turtleneck sweater.  Thank you Talbots Annapolis for the gift, it’s always a pleasure to shop with you!

I bought these oxfords a couple years ago (last worn here) and while they don’t get regular wear, they often are just the thing I need to complete a look (and it doesn’t hurt that they’re pretty comfy!). It’s funny, whenever I wear them men are the ones to compliment me on my choice of footwear!

Boot Scootin’

Shirt: Gap | Skirt: c/o Soft Surroundings | Boots: DUO | Bracelets: c/o lifetherapy, c/o Soft Surroundings, made by fellow Inforooster | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Another day that started with rain. Too hot for tall boots and skinny jeans, so I decided to whip out my festie boots. I bought these from DUO Boots in 2007 and I still adore them, though now they have become more of bum around boots. They have gone to a few Bonnaroos, parties in the parking lot at several concerts at Merriweather, went with me to Forecastle fest and are often the boots I slip on when going out in the yard to hang laundry or play with Emerson. Not really typical work footwear, but it’s Friday and they’re pretty well hidden under this skirt and will keep my feet dry as I stomp through puddles!

Maybe it’s the weather, maybe it’s the crazy holiday season and crazy beginning of 2013 but I am craving a vacation right about now and yesterday I got a fabulous care package from Lifetherapy with some products from their “Vacation” line.  This morning’s shower was with the Vacation body wash and then I used the Vacation lotion and added the matching Pulse Point Oil Roll-on Perfume to my wrists and behind my ears. It’s a warm but feminine blend that smells a bit like vanilla, a bit like sandalwood, a bit like coconut, and makes me want to sip a fruity drink while under the shade of a palm tree on a beach.  It’s one of those fragrances that works when you get hot and sweaty – some fragrances smell too strong or too wrong in the heat of summer, but this one just seems to get more… mature and right.  I liked it when I put it on but it felt a bit too girly for me (I usually wear Burberry London perfume and Neutrogena Body Oil for moisturizer), but by time I got to the office I was quite the fan, and I love the travel-friendly perfume oil bottle!

Can I just say I wish Ray-Ban made more of the fun versions of their aviators in the 62mm size for us big-headed folks?  I want the fun green lenses, but they’re only in the normal-headed size.  However, I did find the all-black ones on eBay for a sweet price and just got my email yesterday that they have shipped out.  Can’t wait for them to arrive!  This is my biggest tip for designer sunglasses – if you know the model number, the size and details check eBay to see if you can find them for less.  There may be some sketchy folks on there, but there’s also a lot of companies that sell overstock or old styles on there for really good prices and some people who are just selling things they no longer want that are in almost-new condition.

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What I Wore: Fashion With An Impact

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I mentioned in this post (and on Instagram) that I bought this dress but it was too long.  It’s an uneven hem, and while parts were okay, the longer pieces were a good 6″ dragging on the floor, even in high heels.  I used a YouTube tutorial to hem the dress (this was easy because the chiffon isn’t too slippery, only one layer, and had a separate knee-length slip that didn’t need a hem) and think it turned out pretty well.  I decided to make it a bit short as I saw it on the model at Nordstrom so I could wear it with shorter heels.

popnod dc fashion impact 2015 I wore this look to Fashion With an Impact, a fashion experience hosted by PopNod and DC Style Factory that celebrated those who are at the forefront of style and social good, while launching a clothing campaign to support Urban Alliance. Featuring outfits from Betsy Fisher, DC Style Factory styled work ready looks incorporating the season’s latest styles for men and women.

Proceeds from tickets sales went to Urban Alliance, an amazing organization that empowers under-resourced youth to aspire, work and succeed through paid internships, formal training, and mentorship.  I was so inspired by this organization; I encourage you to learn more about Urban Alliance and see if maybe your company would  be able to participate in their successful and rewarding internship program!

PopNod is a pretty cool company. Through its site or app, you can purchase one of more than 500,000 items from popular retailers and a portion of your order is automatically donated to the cause of your choice. Fashion With an Impact kicked off PopNod’s campaign for The Urban Alliance; encouraging donors to purchase brand new clothing items on PopNod and donate them to Urban Alliance interns entering the professional workplace. PopNod founder and friend Stephanie David believes that everyone can make an impact, and no act of giving back is too small, “I think that people sometimes feel uncomfortable to give back if they don’t have large amounts to give. Much like small acts of kindness, the little gives can add up to a whole lot more without you even realizing it. For example, as little as $1 will provide a hot, nutritious meal for a child in need. If a single person donated one dollar every week, or a thousand people donated one dollar—imagine the impact.” (source) Learn more about Stephanie, PopNod, and how you can shop with a purpose by visiting PopNod online.

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What I Wore: Old Hat

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I borrowed this dress from Gwynnie Bee over a month ago and haven’t wanted to send it back.  In fact, this is the other dress I currently have that I am seriously considering purchasing from Gwynnie Bee.  This dress feels like silk but is machine washable.  Lined, pockets, and a drapey cut that is comfortable on a hot day.  While I wore it here with a belt the wide elastic waist looks nice on its own too, it gives it a more casual look.

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I’ve had a Panama hat from J. Crew Factory for a year, but I never really liked it. It always seemed to lie wrong on me, always looked a bit crooked. My mom has been cleaning out her house and found this hat; I remember going to Loehmann’s with my mom and her friend and buying this hat, I think it was 9th grade. This hat is so much better of quality than my J. Crew one and isn’t all wonky! It was perfect for a very sunny and hot day in DC with the family.

What I Wore: Pretty in Pink

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Blazer: Vince Camuto (same color, same style) | Tee: Old Navy | Jeans: Paley Bootcut c/o Jag Jeans | Shoes: Aerosoles c/o Shoebuy | Bracelet: c/o RocksBox | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

I’m not a cotton candy pink kind of gal… that is until this spring.  For some reason the color has really grown on me so when I saw this blazer at Nordstrom I had to get it.  If you get my newsletter (and you should, only once a month and completely different content from here at the blog), you’ll know I’ve been wearing it a lot.  I wore this combination last week to the office on Casual Friday.  These jeans from Jag are pretty fabulous.  In a world of skinny jeans and extreme flares, the bootcut leg of these are a refreshing and figure flattering change.  Like a previous pair of Jag Jeans that I featured, these have the pull-on waistband that keeps things nice and smooth under fitted knits (and no muffin top!) and are thick and opaque.

What I Wore: Long Day’s Journey

DSCF0171 Top: LOFT | Skirt: LOFT | Bag: Latico | Shoes: Nine West | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Some days are longer than others and it’s nice when your outfit lasts as long as you do. On this day I got to work at 7am, left early for a doctor’s appointment, stopped by Union Market in DC to visit the Dagne Dover pop-up shop and meet the CEO of Dagne Dover, Melissa Mash. Got home, had enough time to brush my teeth and put down my laptop bag and we were off to a rehearsal for a wedding Karl was shooting the next day. Karl took this photo after the rehearsal and it’s clear Emerson and I both were spent, though my outfit still looks relatively fresh. This skirt and top looks like a dress when put together, but the skirt is cute on its own with a colorful tank or tee and I wore the top with wide-leg white linen pants and flat sandals and liked the effect.  It’s funny when this set arrived in the mail I thought I looked like a circus tent in it.  I bagged it up to return but tried it on before I returned it one more time and fell for it.  The skirt is elastic and drawstring, unlined, and doesn’t cling in humidity.  The only thing missing is pockets!

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I bought this bag two years ago from MYHABIT (just seen on the blog yesterday) and it’s a great bag for long days – not heavy, small and flat enough to be a comfortable crossbody but big enough to hold my everyday wallet, sunglasses case, and even my planner. I like how Latico bags don’t have trendy details or logos, making them bags you can wear with style for years to come.

What I Wore: Buffalo Girl

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Shirt: Gap (on sale!) | Skirt: Halogen (this year’s version) | Shoes: Miss Sixty (similar) | Bracelet: Rebecca Minkoff (similar) | Bag: Isabella Fiore via MYHABIT | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

I could have just called this post “A Few of my Favorite Things!” I’m such a sucker for plaid flannel shirts, it’s the college grunge Eddie Vedder obsessed gal inside still getting her sartorial moment in the sun. This skirt I’ve had for a few years now and love it; I’ll wear it now with bare legs and come winter I’ll wear it with tights as I did here last winter. These shoes… well if you’ve been reading for a while you know I’ve been rocking them (and replacement pairs) since 2010, first seen in this post. The bag is a new purchase I mentioned here and adore, and oversized Ray-Ban aviators have become my signature sunglasses (and Karl’s too, we share pairs!).

What I Wore: Weekend Denim

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Jeans: Erin Cuffed Ankle Jean c/o Jag Jeans | Shirt: Banana Republic | Shoes Naturalizer ‘Dania’ c/o Shoebuy | Bag: Vintage Coach via eBay (similar) | Bracelets: Lifetherapy, had forever (similar) | Sunglasses: Ray-Ba

I’ve been really feeling dark denim this spring, paired with more denim, with white, with unexpected items like a leather pencil skirt or brightly-printed midi.  I found this denim shirt on mega clearance at Banana Republic and love that it’s richly colored but as soft as a well-worn stonewashed version.  Jag Jeans sent me these cuffed skinny ankles and I am IN LOVE.  They are made from their Freedom Knit Denim, which looks like traditional jeans, but the inside looks more like loop terry and the denim stretches and moves with you for comfort and shape all day.  This is the third time I wore these without washing, which is a testament to the bounceback-ability of this stretchy denim.  They’re perfect for dashing about weekends running errands, which is what I did in this look.

Shoebuy is one of my favorite destinations for shoes; their selection is insane and their prices regularly beat those of department stores and mega-retailers.  I actually ordered these very Naturalizer sandals from another company and then found them for much less and with a larger size selection on Shoebuy.  Right now they’re having a great promo where you can get $20 off an order of $100, plus free shipping and returns with the code MAY100.  Along with Naturalizer, they have many other popular brands and great on-trend styles for the season! Free Shipping on all orders! Shop Jag Jeans now!

What I Wore: Leopard with Stripes

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Coat: c/o Talbots | Tee: Armor-Lux | Jeans: NYDJ | Booties: Cole Haan (similar style, same brand) | Bag: c/o Fossil | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

I shared this Talbots coat in my Talbots Fall Look Book post and was so excited when they sent me one as a gift! This is more of a coat than an indoor jacket; it’s the perfect choice over dresses, blouses and trousers, but I love how it glams up a classic weekend look. I’ve always been a fan of mixing leopard with stripes (see here and here), and this coat’s fuzzy texture adds an additional layer of interest. This coat is a 12 Petite, lined and cozy enough for a brisk fall day; add a pashmina at the throat and leather gloves and it will be just enough until the weather gets frigid!

Current favorite red lip is actually two colors – I start with Revlon Matte Lipstick in ‘Really Red’ and top with Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in ‘Enticing.’ I find if I start with the Pixi lip primer/liner first, pat it in my finger, apply the lipstick and let it dry/set a bit, I keep the color all day and the Lacquer Balm refreshes it and adds shine.

What I Wore: Air Flow

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Mesh top: c/o Karen by Karen Kane (similar) | Tank: c/o J.Jill | Jeans: Gap | Shoes: Nine West (similar) | Bag: Rough & Tumble | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Bracelet: Had forever (similar) | Lipstick: MaryKay ‘Mystic Plum’

If you follow me on Instagram you know I wore this look to work Friday. Karen Kane was sweet enough to send me this awesome mesh sweatshirt this spring but then the whole cast situation made it impossible to wear. Once the cast came off this was one of the first long-sleeved tops I made sure to wear.  The jeans are the ones from Gap I mentioned in this post; after some weird years I find Gap to again be a destination for quality but reasonably priced denim.

And this bag I continue to adore; no need to buy a trendy brand name to enjoy high quality and style.  I found Rough & Tumble on Etsy and am thrilled to see they are growing, now with an e-commerce site.  A woman-owned business with everything made here in the USA?  Yes please!

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What I Wore: Cozy Stripe

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Sweater: Kensie | Tee: Ann Taylor | Pants: Ann Taylor (old – similar petite/regular version, plus version) | Shoes: Jessica Simpson | Belt: Halogen | Bag: Chancebanda via MYHABIT | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

I love huge sweaters like this, so perfect to snuggle up in when the temperatures drop. This weekend I wore it as a cardigan with a simple tee and jeans, but tried wrapping and belting the sweater and found it looked more polished and appropriate for a casual day at the office or going out to brunch with my friends.  I love the color story and it has fun knit elbow pads for interest.

The bag is a recent MYHABIT score; I had some credit stored up and this bag went on mega sale making it only $19! The blue is no longer available but they do have it in brown and plum.  I don’t love the lining which is a plasticy feeling acetate, but the leather and color is great, I love that there’s short handles plus the adjustable crossbody/shoulder strap, an outside pocket for my SmarTrip card and phone, and plenty of interior pockets to keep me organized.

As for the tee, it’s on a mega sale right now – when I bought it, it was $24.99 and then 60% off that price.  I got it in the black and white and the navy and oatmeal colors – you know me, I can’t resist a good price on a great striped tee!

What I Wore: Wet Weather Hike

rain3 rain2Jacket: Calvin Klein (similar, plus size option) | Tee: J. Crew Factory (similar) | Leggings: Zella (plus option) | Boots: Sidney c/o Bogs | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Sticking with “keeping it real and casual”, this is what I wore with the family for a light hike in the woods behind our house, no makeup and bedhead hardly brushed out. It was around 65 degrees and misty with chances of rain, and the ground was soggy. It was the kind of day that you don’t want to get out of bed which means that’s exactly the kind of day where us Garys put on our boots and force ourselves outside!

I bought this packable rain anorak from Calvin Klein I think before Emerson was even born; it’s a bit snug now (especially when it’s that time of the month and my bust is double its normal size), but still comfortable and a great truly waterproof layer. Under I wore a bracelet-length tee shirt; if it was colder I’d switch out the tee for my Zella running half-zip (no longer available, this one from Nike is similar). The leggings are for cold weather and so awesome I have two pairs; I wear them for hikes and morning walks but have also been known to throw them on when hanging out at home (I may be wearing them as I type this…). A pair of wool socks and these waterproof boots have me comfortably walking through mud and deep puddles without a care.

What I Wore: SSDD

Wardrobe Oxygen Size 14 fashion blog Talbots Flawless Five Pocket Bootcut Review Wardrobe Oxygen Wardrobe Oxygen featuring Talbots Flawless Five Pocket Jeans in BootcutBlazer: Vince Camuto (plus size version) | Tee: Anthropologie (plus size option) | Jeans: c/o Talbots | Shoes: Nine West (lower heel version) | Bag: Hobo (similar) | Bracelet: Had forever (similar) | Necklace: Etsy | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

SSDD: Same Style, Different Day!  You know me, blazer, tee, jeans, and pumps are my go-to.  Talbots sent me their Flawless Five Pocket Jeans to check out; I chose a 14 regular of the Straight Leg and they were way too big (I am a 14 with Gap and LOFT).  I visited the Annapolis Talbots to exchange them where the staff was amazingly helpful. I tried several different cuts and sizes of the Flawless Five Pocket collection.  My favorite was the Ankle in Oyster; I usually shy away from ankle jeans because they’re usually too slim in the thigh and calf but these were amazing… except they didn’t have my right size in stock (the 12 regular would have been best).  The stores are still getting in Fall stock, so if you stop by and they don’t have your size yet come back a week later!  I went with the Bootcut in Deep Oyster; these are a 14 Petite in the non-curvy cut.

Wardrobe Oxygen featuring Talbots Flawless Five Pocket Jeans in Bootcut
At my size, I usually go in Anthro and only look at the housewares.  At my budget, I just look and don’t shop.  Twice in my retail days I interviewed for Anthro and received an offer to be a visual merchandiser and both times I declined and stayed with my current company.  I justified it by saying I’d spend my entire paycheck there, but honestly I think I was scared to try something new.  That pretty summed up me back then, I’d regularly pass on great opportunities for fear of change or failure.  One thing I love about blogging is almost daily I am forced out of my comfort zone.  I push through writer’s block, I believe in myself even when I receive criticism, I’ve become comfortable with public speaking, social engagements where I know not a soul, and pitching myself to brands.  And when I walked into Anthro the day I bought this tee I didn’t think about how I can’t afford or fit in most of the store and just enjoyed exploring.  And through that exploration I found a few things I felt would fit, and this tee (this is an XL) was one of them.  While $68 may seem cray for a tee, it’s a linen blend with metallic threads that shimmers in an elegant way, drapes in an elegant way, and is that thing that works with a pair of jeans (or denim shorts like I did for the Lenny Kravitz concert last week) to make that “not trying too hard” look for a concert, movie, or a couple drinks with friends at the local bar.  I like that it looks equally good untucked (or half tucked) with denim as it does fully tucked into a pencil skirt.  I’ve wanted something like this tee for a long time but have never been able to find out that fits right; sometimes it’s better to spend a bit more for  the right thing.  And sometimes… well more often than not, it’s good to get out of your comfort zone.

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What I Wore: Back to My Roots

Wardrobe Oxygen wearing a J.Crew Factory denim jacket, Loveappella jumpsuit, BCBGeneration fringe clutch, and ADA Collection wrap belt Wardrobe Oxygen featuring a J. Crew Factory denim jacket Wardrobe Oxygen featuring a BCBGeneration fringe clutch, J. Crew Factory denim jacket, and Vince Camuto sandals Wardrobe Oxygen featuring a black jersey jumpsuit, denim jacket, and cognac sandals and belt Jacket: J. Crew Factory | Jumpsuit: Loveappella (similar in plus size) | Belt: ADA Collection (similar) | Shoes: Vince Camuto (similar, low heel alternative) Bag: BCBGeneration (c/o HSN but sold out on their site so linked to where on sale at Amazon) | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Bracelet: Had forever (similar) | Rings: Etsy, Etsy, Etsy | Earrings: Etsy

As I mentioned in this post, I wore a heck of a lot of denim jackets in my retail days. But that was far from the beginning of my relationship with denim jackets. In elementary school I’d steal my mom’s Gap denim jacket, roll up the sleeves, pop the collar, and style with leggings and puffy socks. In middle school one of my favorite outfits was an acid washed calf-length denim pencil skirt and matching oversized jacket (I need to scan a photo of me in it for a #throwbackthursday post on Instagram, believe I styled it with bright blue hi-top Chucks). Come high school, I took that denim jacket and many more and custom decorated them – I sewed buttons or patches on the back, used markers to color trim and do whole designs on panels. I went for a long period of time without a denim jacket, but since I bought this one from J. Crew Factory it has gotten a lot of wear. I’ve thrown it in the washer and dryer twice and it still looks and fits great.

This jumpsuit I mentioned in several posts and have featured a couple times on Instagram (and a blurry shot from my BlogHer conference “What I Wore” post), but never on the blog. This has become a favorite, it’s uber comfortable and easy to dress up and down.

Wardrobe Oxygen wearing a Loveappealla jersey jumpsuit with Vince Camuto sandals and a leather obi belt
I know it’s helpful to actually see the garment under a jacket, here’s the jumpsuit by itself. I went up with an XL Regular to have some extra space and less bum-cling or chance for, ahem, camel toe. I’ve found it’s usually a good idea to size up when purchasing jumpsuits, they seem to drape better on my curves.

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What I Wore: Samey Samey

Wardrobe Oxygen wearing a Vince Camuto Blazer, Jag Paley Bootcut Jeans and a Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC Wardrobe Oxygen wearing JAG Jeans Paley Bootcut with a Vince Camuto blazer and Nine West pumps Wardrobe Oxygen wearing a black boyfriend blazer, gray v-neck tee, and white jeans with a leopard bag Jacket: Vince Camuto (plus version) | Tee: Old Navy | Jeans: Paley Bootcut c/o JAG Jeans (plus version) | Shoes: Nine West | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (similar, similar) | Bracelets: Had forever (similar), c/o Lifetherapy | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

My high school geometry teacher used to use the phrase, “Samey Samey” quite often and to this day I often use it for things that are similar. Thursday morning I pulled this look together, the stars (or should I say schedules) were aligned and we were able to hop outside for a couple quick photographs before I had to leave for the office. I liked this look, I felt it was very me. Well yeah it IS me because I wore the same darn thing on the blog in May! Not only that…

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Two of the outfits above are from 2013.  Two years ago I was sporting the same bag, the same silver pumps, the same sunglasses, the same bracelet and necklace, even the same Old Navy Vintage V-neck tee shirt!  Not only that, the Gap Sexy Boyfriend jeans in those two 2013 pictures were still in my wardrobe until a month ago when the crotch blew out and I just got in the mail a replacement pair.  To say I have a certain look would be an understatement; this is a uniform and honestly, that’s not a bad thing.

Life is short, it’s a waste of time to constantly reinvent the wheel or reinvent your style if you know what works.  The black blazer in this outfit post I just bought this summer; I own this blazer in ivory crepe and pale pink (and used to have in neon yellow and regret selling it).  I was looking in my closet and realized while I have black blazers, none of them are classic cuts.  The pink jacket has done me well, it survived NYC, buttons comfortably, is a fabric that works with office trousers or a pair of jeans… why waste time trying to find something different?  I care about style, I love fashion, and I think how you look is important, but being – existing – living – enjoying life trumps it all.  Get out of your closet and get out into the world!