Navy jersey and cotton dress – Lands End Canvas
Black patent belt – Ann Taylor
Black tights – Nordstrom
Black leather booties – Cole Haan ‘Air Talia' booties
Raspberry trench – Ann Taylor LOFT (no longer available – purchased several years ago on clearance)
Black coral necklace – Gift from husband from his trip to Mexico
Hi all, I have missed you! Sorry for the lack of posting, but work has been really hectic and well… it pays the bills! I have been trying to focus on work (though have been chatting from time to time on Twitter and Facebook) but hope to resume to regular (and wardrobe advice) posting very soon.
A few months ago, I hit up Lands End Canvas with a Groupon for $50 worth of merchandise for $25, a coupon for some percentage off and free shipping, and hope. I purchased four items – leggings, jeans, and two dresses. This is the only item from the set I considered keeping, and even then I wasn't loving it. I am not a fan of pointless pockets – this dress has one on the chest. I find pointless pockets distracting, dated, and they make an item look cheap (hey there Old Navy, I am giving the side-eye to you and your pointless pocket obsession). However I loved the concept of the top being a soft blousy jersey and the skirt a crisp cotton. I held on to it, thinking maybe I could shorten the skirt, wear a jacket over it… something.
Today it is supposed to be 60 degrees in the Nation's Capital – too warm for wool. I thought I could make this dress seasonably-appropriate with dark accessories and tights (hello folks – it may be warm her but it is NOT spring – no bare legs in February unless it's a dressy affair!). I was pleased to see that this dress fits better now with my weightloss, and I like the navy and black combination!
And update on MoroccanOil:
- Tuesday: Used flat iron to straighten next-day hair. Did an amazing job of getting hair pin straight but look shiny. Kept its shine all day long.
- Wednesday: Washed and conditioned, used a bit of MoroccanOil and blew hair straight. Felt as though the drying time was shortened because of MoroccanOil, and hair looked smoother (less flyaways and fuzz). Hair still looked smooth and shiny at end of day, though was flat and lost all wave I put into my bangs.
- Today: Woke up to gosh darn awful hair. Took large sections into curling iron – the MoroccanOil seemed to affect the process leaving my hair more with waves than curls (which I actually liked). Hair felt very soft and looked healthy. However ten minutes later I went into the downstairs bathroom and realized my hair was completely flat and sad. I went back upstairs, did a bit of backcombing and held it in place with Elnett. This lasted for about five minutes and the MoroccanOil I think is so heavy on my thin hair that the Elnett slipped out and the backcombing fell. I did a quick fluff for these pictures, but you can see how sad my hair looks. Currently I have my hair twisted into a knot at the back of my head because I just can't deal with it any more.
I believe MoroccanOil is pretty fantastic stuff – if you have thick hair. It will make it shiny, it will make it feel great, and the scent will grow on you. I think it reduces drying time and also makes hair look better between salon visits. Maybe I am hating on the MoroccanOil because I am way past due for a cut and color – I'll keep it and try it again after a salon visit. But for this chica, it did NOT give me Kardashian Hair.