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What I Wore: Red White and Blue

Wardrobe Oxygen Over 40 Fashion Blogger in ASOS and Gaptop | jeans | bandana | shoes | sunglasses

Wardrobe Oxygen Over 40 Fashion Blogger in ASOS Gap and Converse Wardrobe Oxygen in ASOS top and Gap JeansTop: ASOS (14) | Jeans: Gap (32 Short) | Shoes: Converse | Bandana: Had forever (similar) | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Ring: Amazon | Bracelet: Had forever (similar) | Lipstick: Revlon in Certainly Red

I hope you all have a very happy 4th of July! This year we specifically made no plans.  Life has been so hectic, we took advantage of this long weekend to do a bit of a staycation.  We took out the canoe for a day on the water and picnic, visited friends, grilled on the back deck, went to the farmers market and slept in every morning.  It’s been so good to have the chance to recharge.

As for our 4th of July plans, out town has a lake walking distance from our house; every year we go down and enjoy the festivities and the fireworks at dusk.  At time of writing this it looks as though our plans will be rained out but our neighbor is having a cookout (or in depending on the weather) so any way you look at it, we’ll be celebrating our country’s independence with those in our community!  I plan to wear this look or a variation of it; if it’s a cook-in I’ll probably wear this exact outfit but if the weather stays clear I’ll trade the jeans for denim shorts and the sneakers for my silver Birkenstocks so I can be cool and comfy at the lake and able to kick off my shoes, lie down and enjoy the fireworks spectacle with friends and family!

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What I Wore: To Market To Market

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over 40 fashion blog wardrobe oxygen in gap jeans and michael stars top over 40 size 14 fashion blogger wardrobe oxygen in an orange michael stars off the shoulder top over 40 blogger wardrobe oxygen in michael stars top and gap jeans over 40 fashion blog wardrobe oxyen wearing a michael stars orange off the shoulder top and gap girlfriend jeansTop: Michael Stars (L) | Jeans: Gap (32 Petite) | Sandals: Bella Vita | Necklace: Etsy | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Market Bag: Had forever (similar) | Hat: Had forever (similar) | Lipstick: Bobbi Brown in Lady Ruba layered over Revlon in Rich Girl Red

When summer comes I want loose, breezy, and preferably natural fibers.  I took a risk with this Michael Stars top as their Large is supposedly an 8/10 and their ‘Samba’  color looked like a brick red.  I was psyched to find this 100% cotton top is not only plenty big for my size 14 busty self but the color is a vibrant orange-red color!  Unlike the off the shoulder top in this post, this neckline is elasticized and can be off the shoulder, off one shoulder, or worn up.  Here I’m wearing it with a pair of girlfriend jeans, but this weekend I also wore the top with a pair of old beat up denim cutoffs.  It’s not a top for figure flattery, but in the dog days of summer, comfort and coolness trumps a whittled waist!

Lately, my everyday lipcolor is Revlon’s Rich Girl Red, a sheer warm red that is glossy and goes on more like a tinted balm.  I found putting higher pigment bold lipsticks over it helps make the color less intense but they stay on longer than when putting over a balm.  Adding Bobbi Brown’s Lady Ruba over it gave me a stronger pop for this look, but it doesn’t feel heavy or cakey.

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What I Wore: Test Pattern

Wardrobe Oxygen wearing aa Gwynnie Bee dress with Loeffler Randall Mini Rider bagdress | shoes| bag | sunglasses

Wardrobe Oxygen in a Gwynnie Bee Dress Loeffler Randall Mini Rider Bag and Nine West Peacock Pumps Wardrobe Oxygen in Gwynnie Bee Wardrobe Oxygen wearing a dress from Gwynnie Bee Dress: c/o Gwynnie Bee (14W)  | Shoes: Nine West (similar) | Bag: Loeffler Randall ‘Baby Rider’ | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Lipstick: Bite Beauty in Chai

This dress reminds me of a test pattern, it surely is an optical illusion.  This dress is why I love Gwynnie Bee: it’s something I would normally not try or wear but with an unlimited wardrobe I can take risks and know if it doesn’t work I can mail it back and get something else.  This is a bodycon dress, but the fabric is heavy and not really stretchy so it’s not like my belly button is on display (I do have a control garment on underneath).  I was pleasantly surprised by this dress but was at a loss as to what shoes to wear with it.  I thought it would look cute with a pair of sneakers like my shell tops, but it made me look stumpy.  Pumps in silver, nude, and black all looked too ’80s. I grabbed my peacock pumps (previously seen here) by chance and really loved how the patterns clashed and didn’t really go but kind of did in its randomness.  This bag too doesn’t really match, but I think works.  After finding the Mini Suki from Rebecca Minkoff too small, I picked this one up and it’s been great this summer.  It also comes with a belt strap so it can convert into a hip bag!

This tree is an art installation by Greenbelt Artist in Residence, Rachel Cross.  This tree has been in our community for a long time; while there are no branches the trunk remained.  In May, Rachel Cross collected donated knitted and crocheted items: scarves, gloves, doilies, afghans, and more.  During a town festival (this one in fact), she organized a Sit and Sew where individuals in our community sewed together the donated pieces.  Then in June, Cross took these pieces and connected them around the tree.  I think this is such a beautiful piece of art, and such a great representation of the community spirit of my town.  When trying to find a backdrop for this wacky mismatched colorful outfit, I felt this yarn-bombed tree was the perfect spot!

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What I Wore: Outside my Comfort Zone [Sponsored]

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Before Emerson was born, Karl and I used to do a lot of outdoor activities together. We bought ourselves a tandem bike and would ride for hours. We’d do yoga at the lake. We had a pair of kayaks and would take them out to a local reservoir many an early weekend morning. But then we had a little person we had to care for. Combining blogging, working full time, and caring for a baby any free hours were spent sleeping. When Emerson was two, we took a family trip to Lake Elmore, Vermont where we had a cousin babysit Emerson for a couple hours while Karl and I took a canoe trip but that is the last time I paddled any vessel. When my arm broke twice in 2014, the last thing I could imagine doing was help navigate a canoe. But this past weekend that’s just what I did.

herters aluminum canoeA neighbor of ours was moving to Colorado and was unable to take his canoe. It was one that had been in the family for generations (those from the Northwest may recall Herter’s Catalog, that’s where it’s from), it’s a 12-foot made from aircraft aluminum and we promised we’d give it a lot of love and more generations of good use. Father’s Day it went out on its maiden voyage with the Gary family.

wardrobe oxygen and sparkling iceSparkling Ice is encouraging folks to Flavor Up this summer and seize the day. They are empowering consumers to “DO MORE. LIVE MORE. AND EXPERIENCE MORE.” I’ve been putting off activities like this since my arm injuries; while I know I am completely healed there’s an illogical part of my brain that fears something will go wrong. But I made a promise this summer to do more, live more, and experience more so I womaned up as well as flavored up… and was so glad I did!

WO24Sunday was a glorious day, low humidity and a bright blue sky. The water was so still like glass and we got out early enough that the majority of the time we were completely alone. I took the bow, Karl took the stern, Emerson hung out in the middle pointing out fish, herons, and shapes in the clouds. We stopped after a bit in a cove for a packed lunch of sandwiches and cold drinks (of course we brought Sparkling Ice!) and admired the beauty. Emerson isn’t a very outdoorsy kid, but she had a blast sending leaf rafts out into the water with little people made of sticks, and was thrilled to find a few shells from freshwater clams to add to her collection. She was actually sad when we paddled back to where our car was!

Wardrobe Oxygen in an Akara skirt and Panama HatHat: had forever (similar) | tank: Merona | Skirt: buythedress via Etsy | Shoes: bernie mev. | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Wardrobe Oxygen an over 40 working mom fashion blogOne doesn’t need to dress in head to toe REI or LL Bean to be comfortable in a canoe. I wore a simple knit tank with a cotton skirt that doesn’t cling and dies quickly. Underneath I had a pair of Skimmies and on my feet elastic shoes I bought when my arm was broken but have now become great shoes for damp or dirty situations (they hose off quite nicely and don’t hold in water!). Sunglasses and a hat (as well as SPF 30 water resistant sunscreen with) kept my skin protected as we were out in the sunshine. Not seen in this photo, a life vest – they may not be that flattering but safety always trumps style!

Wardrobe Oxygen and Sparkling Ice encourages you to Flavor Up this summerI’m so glad I stepped out of my comfort zone and got out on the water with my family. I felt so good to know I had the strength to paddle and hold my own. By being so cautious with my arm, I’ve missed out on great experiences. I know this won’t be our last canoe trip as a family this summer, it’s just the start of an amazing season.

Wardrobe Oxygen featuring Sparkling IceThank you Sparkling Ice for sponsoring this series of posts on Wardrobe Oxygen.  You encouraged me to get out and have a wonderful time this summer. Having these posts on my calendar pushed me to Flavor Up my summer, and got me on a roll of fun, excitement, and new experiences. I hope you too are allowing yourself to get outside your comfort zone and enjoying this summer. Please share in the comments the fun experiences you have had thus far or are planning to have this season!

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What I Wore: Shorts Season

Over 40 fashion blogger Wardrobe Oxygen with a Rebecca Minkoff Moto Bag with Guitar Straptee | shorts | bag | bag strap | sunglasses | shoes

Greenbelt Community Garden Plot over 40 fashion blog wardrobe oxygen in a casual weekend look featuring Rebecca Minkoff and J Crew Greenbelt Community Garden over 40 fashion blogger wardrobe oxygenTee: J. Crew Factory (L) | Shorts: Target, very old and self-distressed (similar) | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (this year’s version) | Bag Strap: Rebecca Minkoff | Sterling Silver Earrings: ASOS | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Bracelet: Had forever (similar) | Shoes: Adidas

Karl’s is quite the gardener; a good percentage of our backyard is raised beds of vegetables and herbs but he also has a plot at the community garden.  I came by his community garden plot after running around town to check out how things are growing and it’s so exciting!  Baby watermelon and cucumbers, lots of green tomatoes, and we’ve already enjoyed kale, collards, lettuce, and peppers.  It’s so beautiful and serene there, and I love how each plot is so different, showing the  style of each gardener.

I think this may be the last summer of my beloved denim shorts.  I bought these at Target at least four years ago (see them on the blog four years ago) and self-distressed them.  As you can tell from the 2012 post, they have gotten even more beat up and fabulous with the years.  However when putting them on this weekend my toe got caught in one of the holes and though I hardly pulled it still tore a bit.  The denim is paper thin and they’re starting to look sad, but I love them so.  My legs may not be as firm as they were four years ago but that’s not stopping me from wearing shorts. Not going to sweat my booty off for fear that someone may side-eye my cellulite and sags.  I’ll wear these until they fall apart.  Heck, I’m wearing them again as I’m writing this post!

I used to believe that if you wore a trend the first go round you shouldn’t when they return.  The older I get the more I wish to break such rules.  When I was in high school, we called Adidas Superstar sneakers shell tops; I’d pair them with a Champion sweatshirt and matching knit shorts and likely a herringbone chain necklace and half a can of Aqua Net.  I knew Karl was a keeper back in 1993 when I saw he too was a big fan and wearer of the shell tops (and could rock some Adidas slides with socks like nobody’s business!).  When Adidas came back in full force, both Karl and I broke that rule.  He’s been wearing the shower slides consistently since the ’90s, but this spring I bought these (a twist on the classic with a croco finish and white stripes) and Karl got these badass printed ones.  A tip if you wish to buy trendy sneakers: check to see if they’re available in Big Kids sizes because they’re often cheaper.  I wear a size 8 Women but got these in Big Kids size 6 for way less than the adult price.  We may have taken advantage of the Adidas trend the second time around, but don’t expect to see me in a yellow Champion set or a herringbone necklace any time soon!

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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: About Town [Sponsored]

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Greenbelt Green Man Festivaldress | bag | shoes | sunglasses

Wardrobe Oxygen, over 40 fashion blogger in Boden denim dress, bandana, Clarks booties and a vintage Coach bucket bag Wardrobe Oxygen, over 40 fashion blogger in Boden denim dress, bandana, Clarks booties and a vintage Coach bucket bag Wardrobe Oxygen in a Boden denim dress, vintage Coach bag and Clarks bootiesDress: Boden | Bag: Coach (vintage; similar) | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Bandana: Had forever (similar) | Shoes: c/o Clarks

Greenbelt, Maryland, where I live, is known for its festivals, most centered around music. As I mentioned in this post, I was looking forward to the Greenbelt Green Man Festival, a two-day celebration of music, crafts, and environmental awareness. There’s a stage in the town center with music all day, vendors selling their wares and food, crafts for the kids, and a focus on recycling and caring for our planet. It was a gorgeous spring day, not too hot but not cold. I decided to wear this denim dress (previously seen in this post), which is comfortable, relaxed, and I could roll up the sleeves if I got warm. These booties from Clarks (last seen on the blog in this post) are comfortable and perfect for a day of walking and standing. A small crossbody (previously seen in this post) is perfect for carrying essentials but keeping my hands free to carry around a cold bottle of Sparkling Ice or to dance.

Greenbelt Green Man Festival Greenbelt Green Man FestivalWhile I love these festivals for enjoying live music and spending time with my family, friends and neighbors; I also love them for the shopping! Some of my favorite pieces in my wardrobe are from vendors at festivals like this. At this very festival I purchased these harem pants and these earrings. I love adding items to my wardrobe that can tell a story and remind me of the fun events I experience.

I’ll admit last summer I missed a lot of these festivals because I felt too busy. When given a free weekend I wanted to decompress, not dance. But I finished the summer feeling like I missed out. Not just for me, but opportunities to live life to its fullest with Emerson, with Karl, with my friends, family and my amazing community. I’m not letting that happen this year. I won’t overextend myself, but I am being conscious of what I say yes to, and what may deserve a no so I can take part in more fun, have spontaneous adventures, and as Sparkling Ice is encouraging people to do, Flavor Up and live more this summer. I love that idea, to Flavor Up. Live your life, but with more color, more experiences, more fun.

I know a lot of you readers are busy women like me. You can spend so much time caring for others and you’re the last priority on your list. But life is short, and those in your life who love you want to enjoy life with you. You deserve to have fun this summer too. Before summer really hits, I challenge you to look at the coming months and see how you can maybe pare down on commitments so you can enjoy yourself. I know this may sound impossible, a year ago I was frazzled and telling everyone it was impossible. I’m too busy, I have no time. I have two jobs and I volunteer at X and Y and I need to do Z around the house and I promised so and so I’d be at this event, make this casserole, chair this committee. But in the past year I’ve really looked at life. It’s short. it’s precious, and the more stressed and over-committed I am, the faster it flies by and less enjoyable that speedy time is. You deserve to enjoy this time in your life, to make your own memories. Whether it’s small pockets of time just for you to sit out on the deck with a cold drink and a magazine or a girls’ getaway, put yourself higher on that priority list this summer. After all, you can only care for others well if you first care for yourself!

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What I Wore: Graphic

Wardrobe Oxygen in a Vince Camuto black, white, and blue graphic dress, Novica clutch, and orange Nine West pumpsdress | shoes | bag | earrings | lipcolor

Wardrobe Oxygen in a Vince Camuto black, white, and blue graphic dress, Novica clutch, and orange Nine West pumps Wardrobe Oxygen in a Vince Camuto black, white, and blue graphic dress, Novica clutch, and orange Nine West pumps Wardrobe Oxygen in a Vince Camuto black, white, and blue graphic dress, Novica clutch, and orange Nine West pumps Dress: Maggy London (14) | Shoes: Nine West (on sale!) | Bag: c/o Novica | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Earrings: eBay | Bracelet: Rebecca Minkoff (similar) | Lipstick: Infalliable Pro-Matte Gloss in Aphrodite Kiss c/o L’Oreal

When the warm temps hit, nothing is better than a dress. Even better when it’s machine washable and can be tossed in the dryer!  This one is lined, which one may see as being heavier, but it helps it not stick to the skin, skim the figure, and hide sweat.  A graphic print keeps it from looking too casual (or too much like a paper bag). While I wore it here with pumps, don’t be afraid to style a dress like this with flat sandals for an easy summer look that is comfortable yet still high on style. I also like this dress with these gold sandals I picked up last month. And when summer hits, I wear far less makeup yet still get impact with a bold lip and a bit of liquid eye liner (my favorite is Maybelline Line Stiletto which washes off easily yet stays in place through heat and humidity).  L’Oreal sent me this lipcolor a few months ago and it’s perfect for the warmer temps because it stays in place, isn’t sticky, but doesn’t dry out my lips.

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What I Wore: Basics

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WO22 WO23 WO24 Wo25 Wo26Dress: Leith (L) | Jacket: J. Crew Factory (XL) | Shoes: Ivanka Trump | Bag: c/o Novica | Sunglasses : Ray-Ban | Scarf: DVF Warhol Scarf via Poshmark (similar) | Lipstick: Bite Beauty in Chai

As I mentioned in this post, I wasn’t sure if I would keep this dress.  But with a pressing of the pockets, I like it much better and decided it would be great for travel and for both casual and dressy days this summer.  I think I’ll have the straps shortened a tiny bit so it’s not quite so low-cut.

As for the scarf, this is one I have wanted for years and found brand new, tags still attached on Poshmark. I love Diane von Furstenberg, and loved how this large square silk scarf is a cool blend of colors, but is also her portrait.  This picture gives a good example of the size of the scarf; this picture shows von Furstenberg with the Warhol above her.  I’ve had a lot of success on Poshmark, both selling and buying.  While I can’t set alerts like I can with eBay, I find the prices more reasonable and love that shipping is always the same format and sellers strive for honesty, speed, and quality.  Have you tried Poshmark?  If not, check out my post about the app!

I called this post basics because this look is all wardrobe basics.  While the dress and scarf are new, the concepts are not unfamiliar to my wardrobe. I stick mainly to a wardrobe of simple pieces like this denim jacket and dress, but update with personality-filled accessories like leopard print pumps, a scarf, or necklace with a bunch of personal charms.  Accessories are a great way to give basics multiple lives over multiple seasons!

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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: White Before Memorial Day

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over 40 fashion blogger wardrobe oxygen in stella carakasi over 40 fashion blogger wardrobe oxygen in a stella carakasi white linen dress over 40 fashion blogger wardrobe oxygen alison garyDress: Daydream Dress c/o Stella Carakasi (L) | Jacket: J. Crew Factory (XL) | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Bracelet: Had forever (similar) | Shoes: Vince Camuto (similar)

Stella Carakasi sent me this dress and I envisioned it in the hot summer months with my silver Birkenstocks and these aviators but when it arrived last week I decided to style it in a way to make it work now. Many still stick to the dated rule of no white before Memorial Day, and are even more against white linen before the summer holiday. Well this isn’t linen, it’s hemp! And it’s machine washable!  When paired with a denim jacket and more substantial of sandals, this white dress looks right at home in April. It’s fully lined in cotton voile so it’s truly opaque yet breezy.  And like linen, hemp looks good when it’s all rumpled and wrinkled. Just putting this on has me dreaming of summer days!

What I Wore: That Jacket!

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wardrobe oxygen over 40 fashion blog wardrobe oxygen over 40 blogger wearing karen kane jumpsuit topshop clutch wardrobe oxygenJacket: Halogen (XLP) | Jumpsuit: Karen Kane (same but with textured top, similar without pattern but a bit less dressy) | Shoes: Nine West | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Bag: Topshop (similar) | Choker: Argento Vivo | Bracelet: Had forever (similar)

This is the white jacket I mentioned in yesterday’s fashion purchases hits and misses post.  It’s not a pure white, which I think is actually more flattering and versatile.  I wore it to work with a black matte jersey shell and black pants and another time with a striped tank and grey jeans, but tried it with this old favorite jumpsuit (last seen here) and loved it.  This is the best jumpsuit ever; it’s stretchy enough that I can get it on and off easily in the bathroom, has a built-in cami, and a crepe finish that can dress up nicely or look beachy casual with flat metallic sandals.  Though we’re deep into April, the weather is still chilly and I had been looking for a topper to make this wearable but still polished.  I think this jacket does the job, and does it better than any other blazer I own or have tried.  Next time you see it on here, I’ll have a more casual look to show it’s awesome versatility!

blooperAnd I just HAD to share this blooper from the shoot. I have no idea what Karl said to me but it’s clear I didn’t like it!

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What I Wore: Stripes and Shine

Alison Gary of Wardrobe Oxygen wearing Talbots Varisty Stripe Blazer, Gap Real Straight Jeans, and shiny silver Bass oxfords Alison Gary of Wardrobe Oxygen wearing Talbots Varisty Stripe Blazer, Gap Real Straight Jeans, and shiny silver Bass oxfords Alison Gary of Wardrobe Oxygen wearing Talbots Varisty Stripe Blazer, Gap Real Straight Jeans, and shiny silver Bass oxfords Alison Gary of Wardrobe Oxygen wearing Talbots Varisty Stripe Blazer, Gap Real Straight Jeans, and shiny silver Bass oxfords Blazer: c/o Talbots | Tee: Etsy | Necklace: Etsy | Watch: c/o Larsson & Jennings | Jeans: Gap | Shoes: Bass (similar, similar) | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

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!

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: The Striped Shirt

Wardrobe Oxygen featuring Rough and Tumble bag and J Crew striped tee Wardrobe Oxygen wearing a J Crew striped tee shirt Wardrobe Oxygen features a J Crew striped shirt and Rough and Tumble bag Wardrobe Oxygen featuring Gap Real Straight Jeans and a Rough and Tumble bagShirt: J. Crew (XL) | Jeans: Gap (32 S) | Shoes: Converse | Bandana: Had forever (similar) | Bracelet: Had forever (similar) | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Bag: Rough & Tumble Bags

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: Old Hat

Wardrobe Oxygen, DC based fashion blogger featuring a dress from Gwynnie Bee Wardrobe Oxygen wearing a Corey floral dress from Gwynnie Bee with Vince Camuto sandals Wardrobe Oxygen wearing a Gwynnie Bee dress, Maxwell Scott bag, and ADA Collection belt Dress: Corey c/o Gwynnie Bee | Belt: ADA Collection (similar) | Shoes: Vince Camuto (similar, low heel alternative) | Bag: c/o Maxwell Scott Bags | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Hat: Bought decades ago (similar)

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.

Alison and Karl

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: Town Festival

drumfest2 drumfest3 Sweater: c/o Foxcroft (Large) | Tee: Amazon (Large) | Jeans: NYDJ (12P) | Boots: L.L. Bean | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (similar) | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

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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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: 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.