My Wardrobe Today – Thursday

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Navy jersey and cotton dressLands End Canvas
Black patent beltAnn Taylor
Black tightsNordstrom
Black leather booties Cole Haan ‘Air Talia' booties
Raspberry trenchAnn 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 MoroccanOilir?t=whaevewomneei 20&l=btl&camp=213689&creative=392969&o=1&a=B001RQI512:

  • 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 ir?t=whaevewomneei 20&l=btl&camp=213689&creative=392969&o=1&a=B001RQI512and blew hair straight.  Felt as though the drying time was shortened because of MoroccanOilir?t=whaevewomneei 20&l=btl&camp=213689&creative=392969&o=1&a=B001RQI512, 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 MoroccanOilir?t=whaevewomneei 20&l=btl&camp=213689&creative=392969&o=1&a=B001RQI512 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 MoroccanOilir?t=whaevewomneei 20&l=btl&camp=213689&creative=392969&o=1&a=B001RQI512 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.


  1. March 7, 2011 / 6:56 pm

    moroccan oil is fabulous (: i recently discovered it myself and it works wonders. definitely not kardashian hair, but it makes mine more manageable which is always a plus in my book!

  2. March 2, 2011 / 9:34 pm

    moroccan oil is fabulous (: i recently discovered it myself and it works wonders. definitely not kardashian hair, but it makes mine more manageable which is always a plus in my book!

  3. February 18, 2011 / 8:14 pm

    I’m with Cynthia. I get SO confused about how to dress in “winter” (I live in Texas), when it can sometimes be in the high 70s.

    Strappy sandals feel wrong, but tights and such are unbearably hot. I try to at least stick with closed-toed shoes until March! I swear we southerners need our own set of guidelines about how to dress in winter.

  4. Marina
    February 18, 2011 / 4:28 pm

    hey there, for what it’s worth, I think your hair looks GREAT in those photos and the dress is really cute and flattering. So funny that you feel “so-so” on the hair and dress and you get all these compliments — bet we call ALL learn from that one! 😉

  5. Aisha
    February 17, 2011 / 7:14 pm

    Allie…you are looking GOOD!!! You better GET IT!!! Way to go!

  6. February 17, 2011 / 7:04 pm

    You’re farther south than I, I think since it’s all black it could work 🙂

  7. February 17, 2011 / 7:02 pm

    Got a question. We are having a big meeting tomorrow at work. I was planning on wearing a black pencil skirt and a simple black top–either a lightweight v-neck sweater or a jersey type turtleneck. I was going with the black so I could wear a new turquoise-y necklace. I was planning on going bare legs because it is going to be 70 tomorrow and I absolutely cannot stand rocking tights again this week. What do you think? Too much?

    If it matters, I’m wearing black croco peep toe heels.

  8. February 17, 2011 / 6:07 pm

    Thanks so much! I had to get it altered after purchase (sleeves too long). Such a good deal, think I got for $19.99!

  9. February 17, 2011 / 5:59 pm

    You are totally rocking that trench. it fits great and is such an unexpected color.

  10. February 17, 2011 / 5:35 pm

    lol – I actually feel a bit ridiculous anyway, being as it was 20 degrees last week. But we’re used to the extreme weather swings and never completely put our warmer weather clothing away.

  11. February 17, 2011 / 5:27 pm

    when i saw the picture of you in the dress i thought wow! the dress and belt combination looks fantastic. since it’s below 40 where i am i guess it will be jeans tucked into boots again for me…

  12. February 17, 2011 / 5:21 pm

    Oh Cynthia, totally different deal in the Gulf Coast! Rock your bare legs! However here in DC where it was freezing just two days ago, it’s a bit ridiculous 🙂

  13. Anonymous
    February 17, 2011 / 4:39 pm

    Allie – you look great! – Kara

  14. February 17, 2011 / 4:23 pm

    You look fabulous – the combo of the dress and belt makes you look tiny! I love the trench as well, the color is great.

    I don’t know what your hair looks like in person, but I think that it looks pretty good in the pictures. Having it be a little flatter suits your shrinking body.

    I have to say that despite the fact that it’s February – I’ve been in bare legs all week. It’s been in the mid-70s here and I just can’t put on dark tights – heck, I even broke out the strappy sandals today. But I think that the rules might be a little different on the Gulf Coast than in D.C.

  15. February 17, 2011 / 4:20 pm

    It’s working with what I have – I just ordered a ton of colorful stuff from Boden – it arrived and nothing fits right except… a dark purple dress! Of course! 😉 I am slowly rebuilding my wardrobe, hoping to find some great color (man, if anyone could find me a bright pink lined pencil skirt in 12 I would be forever grateful!)

  16. February 17, 2011 / 4:16 pm

    First–I LOVE that trench on you.

    Secondly–your wardrobe seems really dark lately. Are you making a conscious choice to wear almost all dark colored clothes, or is that just what you have that fits right now?

  17. February 17, 2011 / 3:36 pm

    You looked like you lost 10 lbs since your last post! You are miniscule.

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