What for? A loooooong day at work, but a good one. Starting out before the sun came up — there was a lot of brightening the fill light and contrast in these pics, sorry — comfort ruled the day. Also, it’s been really chilly and rainy lately, so I’ve got some long johns on underneath to help keep me warm. Yep, long johns in June. Keeping it real.
Continuing with the series of funny fashion blogger quirks: today’s is the “The Artiste” pose from this site, all about monkeying around with pics and showing off your filters and quotes knowledge. Deep thoughts, y’all, deep thoughts.
Long skirt: Marks & Spencer, UAE (2008)
Camp shirt: Old Navy (new, gift card, shopping trip details here)
Cardigan: Gap, so many years ago
Bronze flats: K-Mart, so many years ago
Metal beaded necklace/earring set: My paternal grandmother’s
What for? Work, a day spent helping a lot of people dealing with upcoming finals. I went for a softer look today, kind of tonal with the chambray shirt and grey skirt, but with those pops of bright pink and purple in the belt, tank, and flats. I also went softer with the hair, curling it in different directions with a big barrel curling iron.
And how great is that necklace?! My paternal grandmother made that way back when. I was quite young when she passed away, and I inherited a lot of her jewelry, most of which she made herself. It was fun to go back through all her jewelry this past weekend — Sam heard a lot of, “Wow!” and “Isn’t this fantastic?!” With this necklace, I remarked on “how very Portland” it is, with all the little fishes and birds. So I am eager to wear a lot of her pieces that I’ve never worn before.
The funny blogger pose today is “The Monroe” from this site. This pose felt a little weird and artificial to me; obviously, I prefer twirling.
Chambray shirt: Target
Grey skirt: Marks & Spencer, UAE (2008)
Tank top: Target
Belt: Kohl’s (new, gift card)
Multi-strand necklace: Self-made by my paternal grandmother
What for? For Memorial Day, Sam and I went to the Portland International Rose Test Garden and had a lovely day amongst the roses. Also, roses are blooming right outside our place! Portland’s nickname as “The City of Roses” is well-earned.
Feeling like spring, I brought out a new striped dress from Target, even though it was a still a bit too chilly today for bare legs. But whatever, I felt pretty. And when the skies got cloudier later in the day, I buttoned up the denim jacket and switched my belt to the outside. Two looks in one outfit!
And continuing with our series of funny style blogger quirks, today’s pose is “How To Be a Fashion Blogger, #5: Three must-haves… buns, glasses, and red lips.” The third shot above shows all 3 of those must-haves most clearly (and yes, that’s the reddest lipstick I’ve got). I gathered my wet hair into a quick side bun, looping my hair through a hair band twice and leaving the ends sticking out. Then I pinned the ends around the bun but left it kind of haphazard and messy.
Striped dress: Target (new)
Denim jacket: Kohl’s, had for ages
Bronze flats: Kmart, had for ages
Vintage bakelite-and-wicker purse: Art fair in Chicago (2007)
Wide belt: Kohl’s, a few years ago
Lariat necklace: Nature’s Jewelry, ages and ages ago
What for? Working on a Saturday by participating at an information literacy conference. So what to wear to a professional event, but a less formal one that’s on a weekend? I chose to go with trousers, but made it more casual with a tank top, denim jacket, and sandals. Comfy yet still put together. It’s like my fashion motto.
What for? For a busier-than-expected day at the library. I think this outfit came out dressier than I had thought in my head for a “casual Friday,” but getting down to basics, it’s just a cotton tunic, trousers, and black wedges. That’s it. But I liked how a co-worker remarked, “Black and white, such a classy color combination.” I could have totally gone with some skinny jeans — as I certainly have in the past — but these trousers were at the top of the stack in the dresser. Sometimes, the decision comes down to whatever’s closest.
I tried a variation of the hairstyle that I tried out yesterday (following this online hair tutorial), this time with my regular side part and doing only one side. Seriously, 5 minutes. It’s so easy, and this style would look great with wavy or curly hair, too.