I hate shopping in Forever 21. Just walking past the store gives me hives – it’s always packed with people, messy rounders, loud music, super bright lighting, and always smells weird. However, my local mall has a Forever 21 accessories store called For Love 21 that is a little more shopper-friendly, though I often feel too old to enter its doors. While Forever 21 and For Love 21 are geared more towards teens, I have found many great accessories and even some pieces of clothing there that are worth the insanity. This bag is one of them – only $19.99. I think this bag will get a lot of play come spring and summer – I adore the color, and the crossbody strap means it will be perfect for concerts and outdoor events!
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This has been a week at work that has been so busy, so exhausting, but exhilarating. I have some new responsibilities that are pretty fun and force me to use my noggin in a different manner. Some early mornings and late days, but ultimately worth it.
This morning was cold, but when I stepped out at 2:30 for lunch (yep, that kind of day) it was so warm I didn’t need a coat. Tomorrow it’s supposed to be in the 70s!
What a busy week at work! Have yet to take my lunch and it’s 3pm… think next week will be more of the same. Hey, it’s better than not being busy enough! Usually I like listening to chill music or classical for busy days, but today I have been listening to quite a lot of Go-Go and it’s really helping me stay motivated… gotta switch it up to stay productive (and show DC music pride!).
So busy, I actually had to whip out the calendar to see this weekend’s schedule and I can’t believe it but there is NOTHING scheduled! Last night I came home and cleaned the bedroom because in my haste each morning I have been bad at putting things away after trying on and it looked as though my closet exploded. I hope to get a lot of R&R this weekend so me and my family can be 100% healthy and ready to face next week!
Ruckus is off and on, this morning he didn’t want to move and go outside, but the night prior he was play fighting with Cindy and snuggling with me on the couch. We’re taking it day by day…
Cashmere sweater – Only Mine
Skirt – Ann Taylor (similar)
Tights – Nordstrom
Booties – Vince Camuto
Tortoiseshell necklace – Shop in Rehoboth Beach (similar)
Gold chain – J. Crew (similar)
Bracelet – Lauren Ralph Lauren
Trench – DKNY (similar)
Fur collar – H&M (similar)
Thank you all for your sweet words and positive thoughts for Ruckus. He seems to be doing okay – moving around, able to get down the deck stairs again, eating a bit, but he seems to have aged years in just 24 hours. However, he’s probably now acting like a typical 13-year old Boxer when he has been going at a puppy’s pace for so long. We plan to keep him as comfortable as possible and just see what the future holds.
This morning I got up, washed up, and went downstairs in my bathrobe to let out the three dogs. Ruckus is a Boxer, and 13 years old. While he thinks sometimes he is still a puppy, he really is getting up in age, has trouble getting around, and prefers to spend his days on the couch, just observing. Usually, Ruckus is the first back to the door, a short bark notifying me that he’s ready to come back to his perch on the couch.
Cindy came to the door, Alfie came to the door, Ruckus did not. I went out on the deck and looked around – didn’t see him. Sometimes he likes to sniff around under the deck and wander, I assumed that and went back inside. Five minutes later, still no Ruckus. I found him curled up on the ground against the house. He wasn’t in an awkward position, just as though he decided on this cold damp winter day that it would be a good idea to relax in the mix of mud and mulch. He saw me, perked up, wagged his tail, but wouldn’t get up. I tried to coax him up, he got to sitting position but looked terribly uncomfortable. I saw he had vomited nearby – dog food from dinner (inside I also found vomit near the back door, but with Ruckus that’s not unusual since he often gobbles too quickly.). Ruckus lay back down, closed his eyes, and I began to cry. While I know Ruckus is very old, especially for a Boxer, I am not ready for him to leave us.
I went to get my husband, to have him help me get Ruckus into the house so at least he could be warm and comfortable until we took him to the vet. My husband came outside, slapped his hands together, rubbed them fast and lay them on Ruckus. He then got up, clicked his tongue a few times and asked Ruckus to get up – he did though he was wobbly. My husband then massaged Ruckus’ stomach, determined that his problem was intestinal and not his legs, and got him to climb up the stairs into the house. Ruckus chose to lie on the living room rug instead of the couch, but he seemed very calm, even happy.
We have three dogs, not by choice. We have had Ruckus since he was a puppy, but inherited the other two when my father in law passed away. They are all lovely dogs in their own way, but I’ll admit to anyone that Ruckus is my baby boy, my first baby, my favorite. I will be sad when any of them pass away, but it was really hard this morning, standing in the mud in my boots and bathrobe, to imagine our home without Ruckus in it. I hope it is just intestinal and he works whatever it is out of his system (he is known to eat things he shouldn’t and had surgery in the past to remove a sock that wound around his intestines).
Anyway, after the drama of the morning, I wasn’t in the mood to get gussied up, and chose this ensemble because it’s simple, looks relatively professional from the waist up if anyone visits my office, and the colors make me happy.
Feeling so much better today than I did on Friday, however still not 100%. Getting there!
This weekend was really nice – Saturday evening we went to a neighbor’s house where we adults had dinner and our kids had a blast together. Yesterday, I went to the mall with my sister – I didn’t plan on buying anything, but ended up getting a bangle bracelet, a bag, and a skirt. I find some of the best accessories at the cheapest places – the bangle is big and green and fun and I found it at The Icing; the bag is a small emerald green patent “Kelly” inspired bag with a crossbody strap that was less than $20 at Forever21 – not something I would wear every day, but great for concerts and events when I need a smaller bag (and the color is phenomenal!).
Tee – StyleMint
Skirt – J. Crew via eBay ($6.00!)
Bracelet –Moschitto Designs
Tights – DKNY
Shoes – Nine West (similar)
Belt – Lauren Ralph Lauren
Peacoat – Calvin Klein (similar)
Pashmina – Nordstrom (similar)
Gloves – Coach (similar)
I keep saying I need to get a black patent skinny belt, all the while forgetting that my leopard-print haircalf belt is reversible! Always nice to shop within your own closet!
I am still feeling crummy, but doing better. Went to work a bit late to get some more rest, and I hope to rest up this weekend. We have a dinner/playdate tomorrow evening with a family who has a little one who is friends with Emerson, and I will be hitting the mall with my sister on Sunday (getting her back into the game!). Otherwise I plan on sleeping, drinking lots of fluids, and healing! What are your plans for the weekend?
Ever have a day where you just don’t feel like getting out of your pajamas? That’s today for me. There has been this dreadful cough going around both my office and my family – the type that takes over you, it’s dry, it’s uncomfortable, it rattles your brain. This morning I felt as though I had a hangover, and each time I coughed it sent shooting pain into my eyeballs. My Claritin and an Aleve has helped me be a functioning human being, which is important because this is a busy day at work. And thank goodness for stretchy comfy knits that look work appropriate yet are as comfy as PJs!
This is an oversized square scarf, I folded it on the diagonal and tied it like a bandanna with the points hanging in front. Tucked the points into my pants and it created a drapey look of a blouse (I have a black fitted scoop tee underneath). Sort of a fun alternative to a traditional top and a great use of a scarf I love and don’t wear nearly as often as I should!
This sweater is mega cheap right now at Ann Taylor; the color is really fun, a coal-tinted red. When I bought it I was thinking of replacing the buttons with something more fun and more me, but didn’t have any on hand the right size. I decided to work with the horn buttons by doing my version of a preppy nautical ensemble – but have to stay true to myself with the black leather accents!
I rarely post the same exact outfit twice, but the last time I wore this outfit the pictures were pretty blurry. Also, it’s such a simple ensemble, perfect for a morning where I don’t feel terribly creative.
How was everyone’s weekend? Friday night we went for sushi with my sister; I had plans to attend a neighbor’s party that evening but was just too tuckered out from the week. Saturday was pretty relaxed – that evening we had my sister over and made DIY pizzas. Sunday we were supposed to go to my friend’s house for a Superbowl party but both Emerson and my husband woke feeling sick. So while they slept most of the day I got a lot of laundry-based chores accomplished.
I washed all the laundry in the house, sewed buttons onto garments that were lacking them, fixed some split seams and dropped hems, ironed a few pieces that were too wrinkled to wear, hung up all the clothes that were still in baskets. Made me realize how many red, pink and orange items are in my closet!
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Last night’s show at the 9:30 Club was awesome. I liked The Kills before seeing them live, and now I adore them! I have to see them again – we got there during the opening act (Jeff the Brotherhood) so ended up on the balcony to the far right next to the door to backstage. From there I was able to see the stage, but not feel the intensity of the crowd. The audience was so into it, and the band so into the audience, I crave the opportunity to be down on the floor up close. The night as a whole was pretty great – my husband and I met our friends Nicole and Ryan at Eatonville where I had some of the most amazing fried chicken and a delicious yet super-strong mint julep. After the show, we stopped by Ben’s Chili Bowl for a midnight snack.
Tonight I plan on stopping by a neighbor’s, he’s having a get-together. Saturday is pretty open, and then Sunday we are going to the house of one of my college friends for the Superbowl. What are your weekend plans?
Yesterday I had to get to work early so no outfit pic (except for my sad bathroom shot on Instagram). But I wish I kept that outfit for today. After work I am meeting my husband and our friends for dinner at Eatonville and then going to see The Kills at the 9:30 Club. Yesterday with my striped tee and jacket, I wore my narrow black ponte pants from LOFT tucked into my black DUO boots. A perfect outfit to survive a very long day, and comfortable shoes to stand at a GA show. So today I knew I had to wear those boots or the booties above to have a good evening, and I needed to wear knits so I wasn’t a crinkled uncomfortable mess by 8pm. This outfit isn’t my absolute fave, but I can take the scarf off for the show and the cardigan if I get warm and not look half-dressed. Also it gives me a chance to use one of my newest Hobo International purses that I got at their fall sample sale – I love this one because I can tuck the strap in and change it into a clutch; it’s small enough to slip under my arm, but big enough to hold everything (my umbrella even fits in it!).
I have such a hard time these days finding pants that fit; I saw these on sale at Nordstrom for $29.97, and the only size they had was 10 petite. I figured for that price I could keep them as “goal” pants if I liked the silhouette. Not only do I like the silhouette, but they fit! The “Hazel” is a silhouette Tahari has on a regular basis, I guess this fabric (a stretch wool crepe) is being replaced with a more spring version? I like the pants – such a clean look, no bulky pockets or waist details. May be purchasing another pair in a different color in the future!
Quite a rush this morning – Emerson had her first dentist appointment bright and early and I had to be dropped off beforehand. Thank goodness for dresses on such days – quick and easy outfit!
Had a really lovely weekend. As you know from my last post, my birthday was on Saturday. Saturday night, my friend and I had a sleepover at my sister’s. Sunday, my husband and I met with a potential client for his business, and then we had a “date hour” where my mom and sister watched Emerson while we dashed to a nearby bar for a pound of steamed shrimp, a couple beers, and some time together. Last night we caught up on episodes of Fringe (really feel this show is starting to jump the shark which makes me sad), had leftover carrot birthday cake, and went to bed at a reasonable hour. Couldn’t have asked for a better birthday!
My sister is out of the hospital! How insane to have brain surgery less than a week ago and be able to sleep in your own bed? She will need outpatient physical therapy, but is doing so incredibly well!
I am dragging a bit today – yesterday was an early day at work and then with releasing my sister I didn’t end up home until around midnight. I figured some super-bright colors would perk me once the caffeine stopped working!
Thank you everyone for all the wonderful well wishes, thoughts and prayers for my sister! She came out of surgery great, they were able to get 100% of the tumor. She will be placed in a rehab center (hopefully today if they have a room available) to help her gain strength in her right leg/foot but is otherwise in fantastic shape. Our friend and I have gotten her on the Hunger Games trilogy and yesterday evening she was 1/3 through Catching Fire. She’s ready to get the heck out of the hospital, which is always a good sign!
It’s weird being back in the office; though I only took four days of PTO it feels as though I have been away for a month. Quite the load of emails to get through, and I almost missed my station on the Metro!
I have to give props again to Nordstrom brand tights – this morning I realized my husband washed and dried my tights in the machine – my two pairs of regular denier DKNY tights both ended up destroyed in the process, while these Nordstrom tights look as though they were only babied by hand. Not only that, this pair is from last year! Totally worth the money!
Good outfit wasted on a bad day. Seriously, I dig this outfit and it seems others do too, but it’s near impossible to see due to the horrible cold rain this morning. Pics were taken with my husband huddled under the hatchback of his Subaru in a rush so we could get into the safety of the car. Of course now it’s sunny outside!
There’s not even a dozen people in the office today – anyone with school-aged children decided to take off and a few who use non-WMATA public transportation are working from home since buses aren’t running.
This weekend was pretty good. Saturday I was able to get in a midday nap which was exactly what I needed to kick this cold. Saturday night we went to the Sweet 16, where I think Emerson had more fun than the birthday girl! She danced all night, chased after little boys, and had fun with glo-sticks. I wore a white sequined tank from Ann Taylor with my black Limited boyfriend blazer, dark jeans and the same shoes I am wearing today. Sunday, we went with my sister to get mattresses – we both bought LivingSocial deals a few months ago for a discount on a mattress but ended up getting a deal there that was even better. They are having buy one, get one free on Sertas; since my sister and I only live half a mile from one another we could do the deal, have both shipped to her house and then cart our new set home. We hope to Craigslist our current mattress set since it’s only three years old and in like-new condition. After mattress shopping, we used another LivingSocial deal to go to dinner at The Sly Horse Tavern in Crofton, MD. It’s a charming restaurant, and a nice place to have a family meal to do an early celebration of my sister’s birthday and us finally getting around to acquiring comfortable beds. Last night of course I caught the Golden Globes – my faves were Laura Dern, Tilda Swinton, and Nicole Kidman (though I think her dress would have been more dramatic on a brunette).
And on an important note, while it’s lovely to have a day off work or school (or a quiet day in the office), it’s important to remember WHY you have such a day. Continue Dr. Martin Luther King’s fight for justice, and use this day to volunteer in your community or do some act to make this world a better place.
My entire household has been sick since Christmas. First it was Emerson, then me, then my husband, and now Emerson and I have sniffles. I want to wipe down the whole house with Lysol and bleach; every time it’s above 40 degrees I try to air out the house. Today I didn’t feel like getting creative, so you see a look I will normally wear on the weekends.
Ann Taylor is having 40% off everything except new arrivals with the code NEWYEAR; last week I went shopping online during my lunch hour and got this sweater and a red wool crewneck as well – the total was less than $50 for the two! I love it when you can get Ann Taylor quality at the prices of Target!
This weekend we have a friend’s daughter’s Sweet Sixteen, and will probably have some friends over for a casual get together/Golden Globes watching. The cheap champagne is already chilling in the fridge! What are your weekend plans?