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Amazing how good one can feel with a full night's sleep!  Emerson went to bed around 8pm, I went to bed at 9:30, and E didn't wake until 4:30am!  She hasn't slept that long in a couple of months (since she started teething).  She spent yesterday with my mom and I think she had a very active day of trying to crawl, rolling and visiting with neighbors.  I think sleeping with the windows open is also helping – she is lulled to sleep by the sound of crickets.

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So this is me with a full night's sleep and enough time to Stitch Witchery my new pants!  I usually hem pants myself with needle and thread, but I didn't really have the time this AM and with these pants being the fabric that they are (nice weight, not silky, not too thin and not lined) I knew Stitch Witchery would do just fine.  In fact, I also used some Stitch Witchery on the slash pockets so they didn't gape open.

Ivory and black print jersey wrap top from Ann Taylor, black camisole from H&M, black trousers from New York & Company, black strappy slingbacks from Banana Republic, my standard silver jewelry.

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For my hair, I washed and conditioned, and then mixed a combo of Bumble & bumble Styling Creme and Frederic Fekkai Glossing Curls together, put in wet hair and scrunched.  When it was 90% dry, I used my diffuser on it to get it fully dry.  This gave it some body since my new shampoo seems to be leaving my hair a bit limp when I air-dry.  Finally, I took the curling iron to the front to soften the curls in the bangs and give some shape.

Makeup is Estee Lauder Nutritious foundation in Intensity 3.0, Cargo Matte BeachBlush in Tenerife, Estee Lauder shadow in Tea Biscuit, Body Shop shadow in Soft Black, Avon Luxury liner in Black, Cover Girl LashBlast mascara in Rich Black and Bare Escentuals Buxom lip gloss in Dolly.

I haven't worn this top in quite a while and figure I need to give it some play before it is too cold to wear it.  The black version of this top will be a wardrobe staple through the winter as that it could be a cute Night on the Town sort of piece, but this print is too daytime for such a role.

I almost returned these trousers after finding the cheapo black pants at Marshall's.  However, these are longer (I bought the “Average” length and hemmed a touch more than the width of the current hem because Petite was too short) and I think they will look far better with boots this winter.  They have a nice drape and keep a crisp ironed seam down the front.  They have plenty of stretch which makes them comfortable and keeps them looking nice throughout the workday.  Right now trousers are Buy 1 Get 1 50% off at NY&Co.

By the way, when trying to find the name of the Estee Lauder shadow I am wearing today (which came from a Nordstrom GWP), I came across the blog, My Gift With Purchase.  A good picture of each GWP, full description and link to purchase.  How utterly brilliant!

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. Oops… I also meant to say your top has a great cut. It makes you look taller or slimmer..whatever. It works for you, girl.

  2. Stitch Witchery ON POCKETS! GENIUS! I use this often for hems, but never thought to use it on gaping pockets! Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting that!

  3. Oh, and I forgot to mention that I am having a chickdowntown.com giveaway. Since you are the queen of fabulous scarves, I thought I’d let you know!

  4. You look fantastic! I love the print on that top, and what a find on those pants! I love NYandCo., but the pants are always too short for me unless they carry the talls. Oh, and thanks for sharing about the stitch witchery solution for the pants! That’s such a great idea.

  5. Wow this is increadible detail! I enjoy reading this blog truly…do you ever think about adding affiliate marketing to your site? That would be interesting to see what you could make of that…a living review of products.

  6. Looking at their Web site, they seem to be the 3rd avenue wide leg pants, but I SWEAR they were called flare in the store. They have slash pockets, no silver tab hardware in front, back coin pockets with buttons, made of the same fabric of all their pants this year, came in lengths and I thought were the same cut as their denim trousers and pants in gray and pinstripe. But I tried on like 20 pairs that day and this was the only pair I found worthy of purchase (didn’t buy a 2nd pair half off).

  7. Which pants are they from NY&CO? I’m considering getting some, but I don’t know yet!

    and I LOVE the gift with purchase blog. That’s awesome!

    Thanks for sharing!

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