My Wardrobe Today – Monday

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Black scoop teeAnn Taylor
Black, pewter, and ivory print silk skirt – Ann Taylor (no longer available online but found on the sale rack this past Friday at my local store)
Black pumps – Nine West “Madeup” (no longer available – similar)
Red belt and bag – Hobo International (neither available, similar bag)
Bracelets – Ann Taylor (no longer available)

Um, this skirt is a size 10.


A SIZE 10!

It was in the 12 Petite section of my local Ann Taylor and I just grabbed it. I tried it on (they were having 40% off sale prices so you know I ran into a fitting room with like 50 things!) and thought it was a tad snug in the waist, but nothing uncomfortable and I liked the semi-full skirt and the fabric. Not until I got home did I realize the size! So the skirt isn't a fitted style and the waist is elasticized but I still found it terribly exciting!

In other news, as you can tell from the first picture I dyed my hair.  Yeah, it's dark.  I feel a bit like Elvira.  As I mentioned before, I went on a bit of a Tarjay spree and bought some things I wanted to return, but my husband accidentally tossed the receipt.  One of the things was this hair dye.  After decades of DIY hair color, I decided to leave my color in the capable hands of Kathleen at Bananas salon and have been happy ever since.  No missed spots, no obviously-from-a-bottle color, no stained towels.  I am quite due for a color touch-up, but hated the idea of spending the money and then have my hair fade at Bonnaroo next month.  So I bought a box of semi-permanent dye (Natural Instincts) to tide me over until mid-June.  I then changed my mind, fearing a horrible color or process.

When the receipt was lost, I decided to work with what I purchased, wearing the chambray shirt, and using the hair dye.  And this is the result.  I figure it will fade after a few washings, and well… it does cover my roots and the gray!  It is also a cheap way for me to realize that darker hair may have looked great on me in the past, but I find it very aging on me now.  My skin looks far better with some highlights and brightness in the hair!

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24 Comments

  1. BoutiqueGirl
    May 24, 2011 / 11:08 am

    LOVE this look! The skirt is fabulous and you look amazing!

  2. Tessa Lovejoy
    May 21, 2011 / 9:26 pm

    Target will take things back for store credit without a receipt if you show them your driver’s license.  Or if you bought it on a credit card, they can find it on the card and refund it.  🙂

  3. May 19, 2011 / 2:08 pm

     Hee hee… well NOW I love my hair, but that day it just looked like brown-black flat ink.  Had to go retro with the makeup to justify it 🙂

  4. May 19, 2011 / 2:08 pm

     Today I love my hair.  I think it only needed a couple washings to even it out, let the highlights shine through a touch and not look so much like a wig. Yesterday someone asked me if I was Native American because I looked just like her best friend.  Made me feel as though it’s now a natural color, and it shows off my pale skin 🙂

  5. May 19, 2011 / 2:07 pm

     LOL, I LOVE Hobo International for their well-made, classic yet beautiful styles.  Love wearing a bag that looks great, and has no obvious logos!

  6. Lisa
    May 19, 2011 / 12:34 pm

    I agree with so many others, I really like your hair! I think dark hair with fair skin is very flattering. I never colored my hair (I’m 44) until last summer. Never had any gray so never felt the need, Tried different colors, reds and warm browns, then I was going to a Bret Michaels concert so decided to rock it out with a black/brown and LOVED it I too have fair skin and I got so many compliments on how it made me look younger and my skin brighter. Looking at old photos with the lighter hair, I agree, the reds and light browns did nothing for me…left me looking washed out.

     

  7. Christy
    May 19, 2011 / 4:03 am

    You look amazing!!! I’ve been following you for ages and I think you look just stunning. And before I read your post I thought “I love her hair!” 🙂 

  8. May 18, 2011 / 12:23 am

    Yay on the skirt!

    And while I think the hair is definitely a change, it looks good. I particularly like the way you have it styled, sort of a 40’s sexy look.

  9. May 17, 2011 / 8:42 pm

    Yay on the skirt!

    And while I think the hair is definitely a change, it looks good. I particularly like the way you have it styled, sort of a 40’s sexy look.

  10. May 17, 2011 / 2:08 pm

    Allie – that skirt is a fab find – so versatile. And the Natural Instincts colors do wash away – although I like the darker color on you! The Hobo bags link is dangerous to me, their purses are so elegant.

  11. May 17, 2011 / 2:21 am

     I like your hair colour, Allie… it looks great with your skin colour.  

  12. May 17, 2011 / 12:01 am

    I love the skirt on you! Very flattering!

  13. May 16, 2011 / 11:48 pm

    That’s a great skirt and I love it with the red accessories!

  14. Ginger
    May 16, 2011 / 11:14 pm

    Those shoes are good looking. 

  15. May 16, 2011 / 10:57 pm

    Thats funny… I was thinking that the color looked awesome and made you look younger, maybe even crisper if you can call a person that. It really brightens you up and brings out your lovely features, ah well each to his own.

  16. May 16, 2011 / 10:57 pm

    Since I mentioned skirt length on your previous dress I feel compelled to say – this skirt is a perfect length on you! It looks great and is super flattering on your legs! I really like the red accessories too.

    See what you mean about the hair (I think the texture that the highlights provide really suits you) but I think it’ll be much better after a couple of washes when the colour will be a bit softer and less stark on your features.

  17. May 16, 2011 / 8:38 pm

    Since I mentioned skirt length on your previous dress I feel compelled to say – this skirt is a perfect length on you! It looks great and is super flattering on your legs! I really like the red accessories too.

    See what you mean about the hair (I think the texture that the highlights provide really suits you) but I think it’ll be much better after a couple of washes when the colour will be a bit softer and less stark on your features.

  18. May 16, 2011 / 7:44 pm

    I think your hair looks great and that skirt is stunning! The red accessories are genius!

  19. May 16, 2011 / 6:20 pm

    Thats funny… I was thinking that the color looked awesome and made you look younger, maybe even crisper if you can call a person that. It really brightens you up and brings out your lovely features, ah well each to his own.

  20. May 16, 2011 / 6:19 pm

    Thanks! I don’t mind the color, but up close I don’t think it flatters my skin. However I just did it yesterday so I have some time to get used to it! 🙂

    Thanks about the belt, I just felt today it looked better to the side!

  21. May 16, 2011 / 6:15 pm

    i actually kinda like the darker hair. if course, i used to change my hair color like i changed my mind, so im always a fan of changing hair colors (and lengths and textures and styles…)
    love the skirt, and i *especially* love how you wore your belt turned slightly to the side. its a little touch, but it funks up the outfit just enough!

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