Everybody Everywear: Boots

I will return to my Colorado trip highlights later today, so check back in a few hours! For now I just wanted to get this outfit posted. Interestingly enough this is exact outfit I wore for the highlight post that I will be posting later (minus the necklace as I hadn’t acquired it yet). It’s easy, extremely packable and warm enough for 50-ish degrees. I had a lot of boots to pick from but honestly I haven’t worn these in so long I really just wanted to pull them out. I adore them.

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Red & Gray striped double button cardigan: Avenue (December 2011)
Plain Red long-line tank: Target (July 2011)
Boot leg darkwash jeans: Lane Bryant (October 2012)
Red Dr Martens boots – Holt: 6PM (December 2011)
Silver plated Aspen leaf necklace: Rocky Mtn Natl Park (November 2012)

Boots | Everybody, Everywear

Everybody Everywear: Color Blocking

Not my best color blocking work, but it was comfortable, not too warm and it involves some of my favorite colors. Plus I got to wear my new ring so it’s a win in my book. You will just have to ignore the wind-blown hair which makes it look like I have a mullet. A totally classy mullet of course.

So yesterday I mentioned that my fridge had died over the weekend (they are working on it now) but apparently there is now also a leak from the upstairs apartment in the bathroom! What next?! As if I had nothing better to do on my days off!

And I just realized I wore these exact same earrings last month for Everybody Everywear. Huh. Sorry just one of those days…

07.10.2012a

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Purple (red-purple) long sleeve button down: Target (February 2012)
Bright blue plain v-neck jersey dress: Just My Size (April 2011)
Fan shaped, multi-pin necklace: Charming Charlies (May 2012)
Swarovski heliotrope crystal earrings: Etsy (May 2012)
Round blue, green, yellow & purple crystal stretch ring: Charming Charlies (June 2012)
Brown gladiator flats: Payless (April 2012)

Color Blocking | Everybody, Everywear

Everybody Everywear: Neon

They say that if you were around the first time for a trend you should not being wearing it the second time. Do you think that is true? Granted I am not doing scrunchies or multiple pairs of scrunched socks but I remember neon the first time. How could I not? It was only 1990-ish. Somewhere there are very unflattering pictures of me in neon with the socks, scrunchies and…gasp…a neon fanny pack. Hey now I was 9 & 10! Be nice!

At any rate I actually really like bright colors, always have. Check my outfit log just for proof of that! The muted tones, even when in style, do nothing for me. Which means of course that regardless of the “not repeating a trend” advice out there I still intend to buy neon.

That said I now know why I was able to pick up this tank for CHEAP (read: $5) at TJ Maxx last week – it clings in all the wrong places! I had to wear shapewear to get it to lay right. And the tank straps are not ideally located so I was showing more bra strap than I prefer (I prefer none!) under that jacket. I still like the cut and it is a very very soft jersey so I will keep it for now. But if it proves ill-suited out it goes! Now the shoes are different matter all together. They make my feet sweat. And I’m pretty sure they are not flattering on me. I bought a new shoe organizer yesterday and last night when restocking I decided to toss a number of shoes from my shoe challenge early. These may end up in that pile as well. I’m doing the same to my closet. I ran out of hangers and that means I am out of space not that I need to buy more hangers (I tried that – it didn’t work – imagine?!). Oh and I intend to update my “current status” on my 1 year challenge later today. I need some inspiration and should probably wear some of the things I don’t normally wear. Except the earrings. Those are from my wedding and I am in utter deep love with them. I may wear them every day this week – and next! – just for the hell of it. :D

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Neon orange & black drapey tank: Carole Little via TJ Maxx (June 2012)
Black denim pocketless capris: Thrifted (July 2009)
Dark wash jean jacket: Lane Bryant (March 2011)
Gladiator cuffed flat sandals: Torrid (June 2010)
Silver metal cuff choker: H&M (May 2012)
Swarovski heliotrope crystal earrings: Etsy (May 2012)

Neon | Everybody, Everywear

Everybody Everywear: Nautical

I own so little nautical type stuff – stripes especially – that I am surprised I could do this challenge this month. But I do have this navy and white striped shirt and that is where this all began. It was rather easy after that. I just wish I had an actual boater straw hat but alas this is the closest thing in my closet. And yes I do believe it is a demi-cloche as the brim is rather short in the back and much less prominent.

The interesting, and infuriating thing, about this skirt is the elastic waist band. That means I can sit it low or high depending on the outfit. However, it means that it creeps too. Sigh. Clothes. Shoes too for that matter. I had to give my new wedding shoes to my sister as I just could not get them to fit, even after taking them to the cobbler. Back to the purple/blue ones. I love them dearly I just hope the straps won’t be a problem!

I’m excited and nervous about the wedding in Las Vegas in a couple of weeks. I have a co-worker getting married there tomorrow and while I am definitely excited for her (especially since this is her first time getting married and mine not so much) I am excited for me too. Her being there means I get the low-down on the latest and it reminds me that my/our wedding is closer than ever. And I am having an ever increasingly difficult time trying to stop myself from talking about it! Oy vey. I fail again! I’ve just never been there, I’ve never seen the Grand Canyon (oh we are doing a day trip to the South Rim) and I’ve wanted to get married in Vegas since I was a teen. Yes, really. So I’m excited on three fronts!

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Navy-blue & white stripped tee: Target (March 2011)
White eyelet A-line knee-length skirt: Sealed With a Kiss Designs (March 2012)
Converse Chucks: DSW (April 2011)
Navy blue scarf: Charming Charlie (May 2012)
Straw demi-cloche with lace trim: Charming Charlie (May 2012)
Large teardrop cutout textured earrings: Charming Charlie (May 2012)

Natilcal: EBEW

Everybody Everywear: Pastel & Being an Introvert

When I posted my Week in Photos yesterday and wrote about the new book I am reading Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking I got a couple of comments in return. Most notably my best friend from college who I discovered is an INFJ, something I didn’t know before. That explains a lot about our relationship with me being an INTJ.

I’ve been called cold, snobby, elitist, a bitch and argumentative. Definitely argumentative. I’m not. At least I really don’t think I am. There are so many layers and so many more ways to see everything on this planet, every single argument, every single situation, every problem. There are just so many solutions that lots of people do not see, do not think about. And I really have to see all sides of things. It helps me get to the root of whatever I am looking at. It helps me make a decision. Which annoys my fiancé so completely! He sees everything in black and white. I see the value in that but for me knowing there is always more means I have to dig deeper. It’s who I am.

For example our most recent issue. We needed a piece of luggage to check (we never check but the wedding calls for more stuff to be brought on the plane) and a garment bag for our wedding attire things. I found the perfect piece of carry-on luggage for me which includes an optional garment bag section which folds away when not in issue. Perfect for future uses. This suitcase is sweet and solved the garment bag problem easily and I was due for a new piece of carry-on baggage anyway. For the check bag problem I figured that we would buy Brad a new piece of carry-on and use his old carry-on as the check. We avoid checking whenever possible. Hate it! And would likely never need a piece of check luggage in the future. But all he saw was – we need a check piece buy a check piece. He didn’t consider the other options. Lots of people wouldn’t. It’s definitely normal. And there’s nothing wrong with it. But I’m pleased as punch with myself for seeing this solution. And he now has a Cadillac for a his carry-on. A real beauty I can’t wait for us to take on the road after our wedding.

Anyway back to the book and being an introvert (not just my Myers-Briggs). She starts out describing the extremely extrovert business world, business school, advertising, etc. how our culture (the USA’s that is) values extroverts and how introverts have no place. She right. I hate that she is right but we have to be fake extroverts whether we like it or not if we want to get ahead.

I am so not an extrovert. I am almost a true introvert. I spend a great deal of time in my head. I like it in there. I am my own best friend. And I’m not really interested in pretending to be an extrovert. It’s too energy draining. Every night I have to go home and recharge from the day, from all the people, from work. I spend whole days by myself where I don’t have to be “on”. I can’t imagine having to do more. It would kill me.

Which means of course that is what I think about incessantly after a meeting – did I do enough? Did I speak up enough? Did I say the wrong thing? Ad nauseum until I find something else to obsess over. And there will always be something else to obsess over.

Oh and about the outfit – I own so little pastel I am surprised I had this and could participate in Everybody Everywear today.

04.10.2012a

04.10.2012b

Green prairie top: Avenue (June 2008)
Powder Blue cardigan: Lane Bryant (Aug 2010)
Skinny/Slim leg dark wash jeans: Lane Bryant (March 2011)
Pink floral flip flops: Payless (April 2011)
Swallow silver necklace: Thrifted (June 2011)
Teardrop Earrings: Evans UK (Feb 2011)

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