My Wardrobe Today – Friday

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CoatLands End
PashminaPashmina International
Black Stretch Merino Sweater – Banana Republic (several years old)
Pearl NecklacesNordstrom
Gold Necklace and Bracelet – J. Crew (no longer available)
JeansNYDJ “Marilyn”
Boots – Fitzwell “Andrea”
BagHobo International “Penelope”
GlovesNordstrom (Christmas gift last year)

My jeans shrunk. I am so sad about this. I have had two pairs of Not Your Daughter's Jeans and I keep telling my husband to NOT put them in the dryer. The first pair I had (just a straight leg, no specific name) was PERFECT – great color, great length. However after TONS of wear and some hits in the dryer they have completely worn through at the inner thighs. Not worn, but a big awful threadbare spot with a hole. Wah. My other pair are these – the Marilyn style. Don't like as much, and always were a hair shorter than I liked (they are petite). I kept washing them cold and line dried to keep the length, but they got mixed up in the laundry and went in the dryer. So sad.

I can't afford new jeans right now – all has gone towards Christmas presents, but have these jeansir?t=whaevewomneei 20&l=btl&camp=213689&creative=392969&o=1&a=B001FC7PUA (and the Levi's 512ir?t=whaevewomneei 20&l=btl&camp=213689&creative=392969&o=1&a=B003MUA0YG) in my cart on Amazon to consider one or more with next paycheck or after the holidays. But right now the jeans I own are these above, my Sevens which are too big (by end of day I can take them off without unbuttoning), and an old ratty pair of Gap Essential jeans with the hem unstitched that are really only appropriate for being in the house or the garden. So though this goes against what feels right in my heart, I am wearing jeans shorter than what makes me happy or comfortable. I know other people wear jeans (especially skinny jeans) this length, but on my petite curvy self I think it's not the best look.

So what crazy things are you folks doing to stay warm this season? I see many bloggers double up the tights, some upping the layers, others succumbing to Uggsir?t=whaevewomneei 20&l=btl&camp=213689&creative=392969&o=1&a=B003JJTK6Y and fleece. For me, it's all about knee socks. I think three Christmases ago, my sister bought me a TON of knee socks. Rainbow stripes, polka-dots, cashmere, you name it. It was a fantastic gift, especially for someone who loves to wear tall boots!  I couldn't wear most last Winter because my legs were still large from having Emerson (and the Christmas before?  Yeah, witht he high blood pressure from pregnancy my legs were tree trunks).  This year, they fit and just in time for this very cold DC winter.  Yesterday I wore brown, teal, and purple striped cashmere knee socks under my black trousers – the cashmere works well with lined pants – doesn't create static or cling.

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Yea, you think YOU have thick ankles?  Check out these babies!

Today I am the cheery Witch of the Mid Atlantic with my orange and pink striped socks.  I think my sister chose these because orange is one of my favorite colors, and my wedding colors were pink and orange.  Anyway, keeps my legs warm AND is a bit of whimsy and fun on a cold and gray Friday!

So what are your weekend plans?  December is Holiday Photo Month for us, so Sunday I will be Photographer's Assistant with several shoots that my husband has.  Tomorrow we hope to finish decorating for the holidays and start wrapping gifts!

A woman with curly hair wearing a plaid blazer holds a green fur coat over her shoulder on a city street.

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  1. that’s too bad about the jeans. hate when that happens. i don’t dry mine, either…so far so good. i keep my laundry away from “mr odyssey”, haha!
    the pearls look lovely; they add an extra touch of elegance to your outfit. more women should wear them. reminds me…i don’t even own any these days…must do something about that soon.

  2. Deborah – glad I could help and GO YOU! for resisting temptation!

    And Anonymous, thank you! Hey, gotta keep it real, striped chubby ankles and all! 🙂

    Clare, I saw someone the other day in this coat in berry and it was so pretty! Good purchase!

  3. Allie, love your coat! and the website looks great! you are awesome for posting that pic of your ankles! you seriously look great! love your style.. xoxo

  4. Ooooo I love that red structured bag!

    Thanks for answering my question over at the other blog. My hair has ALWAYS been an endless problem. Very time consuming.

    And I have to tell you that I FORCED myself to NOT order from Overstock that lovely sweater you were wearing yesterday. I won! (I’ve just spent enough money on wintering up and hubbins would have had a hard time with yet one more black sweater.)

  5. Thanks Frazikat, totally going to do that this weekend!

    Tessa, my husband pretty much knows to not touch my laundry after previous incidents. 🙂 I think he got confused thinking these jeans were his, all muddled in the hamper together. The key to a happy marriage is doing your own laundry! 🙂

  6. Have you considered not letting the DH do your laundry? I’ve banned mine from doing any laundry whatsoever. That’s very hard to do when working full time outside of the home (I’m SAHM now, for the most part). But I’m going to keep him from EVER doing my laundry or the kids, because it can cost a lot of money to replace the stuff he shrinks. . . . I’ve been burned way too much, KWIM? I think I’ll do ALL the laundry and stay married. . . .

  7. When your jeans come out of the washer (wet), shake them out straight and while holding the waistband, step on the hems, one leg at a time, and pull gently to stretch the length. It does help lengthen them a bit. I’ve done that when mine accidentally got put in the dryer. 🙂

  8. Allie- I layer up by adding tights under my pants, long or short sleeve tee under sweaters, and I too am loving some tall knee socks! I have to dress in layers because my classroom (I teach Kindergarten) is pretty warm but other parts of the building are cool. Plus it is very cold on the playground! I have the same Lands End coat but in a berry color, and I have gotten TONS of compliments on it!

  9. Bummer about your jeans, the good news is that I totally didn’t notice until you pointed it out! I had to scroll back up, I thought your outfit was cute today.

  10. I want a pair of Seven jeans so bad but I can’t afford right now. All my jeans are too tight. I’m trying to be good and lose. The ones that do fit me are droopy in the butt because that is the first place I lose. I’m a pancake back there. 🙁

    I feel all your pain!

  11. Allie, have you looked on ebay for your NYDJs? I’ve snagged three like-new pairs there for under $20 each. If you know your size and style, you’re gold. Since I dropped my last 15 lbs., though, I’ve switched allegiances – Victoria’s Secret jeans fit me better now – and I’ve done well with finding those for pennies on the dollar at the ‘bay, too.

  12. I have been happy with NYDJ so far, but they are so pricey! Supposedly the Levi’s 512s and the Lee’s new jeans are happy alternatives, but I have yet to try them on.

    Oh I love how malls glitz it up for the holidays, happy shopping!!

  13. I feel you, girl. I dont really have any jeans I love right now. My husband has offered to pony up for a nicer pair but I don’t even know where to start. I only like skinnies/jeggings and I’m shaped like a woman. lol.

    And we are shop shop shopping this weekend! And seeing the toy train display at the mall. Should be fun!

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