Birthday gift shopping: One for you…

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What I Wore to Work Today: November 25, 2015
Dress: Dillard’s Clearance Center, new
Shoes: Payless

For a gentleman’s birthday I wanted to buy him a nice tie, something classy and sophisticated and confident. I asked the internet how much a nice tie like this costs. Oh. Uh. That’s a lot of money. So I went to Dillard’s Clearance Center to dig through the piles of no-returns-or-refunds merchandise to find the quality tie I knew could be there somewhere. They didn’t have the dark garnet tone-on-tone tie I had been envisioning (the closest had an obvious defect in a spot that wouldn’t be hidden) and I bought two perfectly fine options instead.

I also swung by the petites section and walked away with two items, including this Calvin Klein dress. Who’s classy and sophisticated and confident now.

My hemlines at the office are usually longer, this dress might be a one-and-done situation.

February 7, 2016. Tags: , , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

So many jeans

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What I Wore to Work Today: November 20, 2015
Cardigan, tshirt: Target
Jeans: American Eagle
Shoes: Payless

I bought six pairs of jeans from American Eagle Outfitters over the past year and yet another pair has been sitting in my online cart for a month. They’re buy-one-get-one-half-off and I don’t need two more jeans (I don’t need any more), so there it sits, looking at me and waiting patiently for me to make the purchase.

Breaking news! My American Eagle shopping cart is empty! The specific jeans and wash I wanted are no longer available and disappeared from my cart. Instead of taking this opportunity to cherish the gift of freedom and run away without looking back, I am checking out the other possibilities to fill that very specific situation when I want something between “jeggings” and “skinny kick boot”. Like the Hi-Rise Skinny Jeans. I am weak. With American Eagle I found jeans that I like and that fit me reliably and there’s more space in my jeans drawer. The internet tells me that American women own seven pairs on average. I am slightly above average!

My AE inventory, in order of buying them:

February 6, 2016. Tags: , , , . Links, Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Dressed for a wedding

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What I Wore to a Wedding: November 14, 2015
Dress: Macy’s?
Shoes: Payless, new
Clutch: Gift

These shoes were part of a shoe-buying spree last year and I don’t think they’ve appeared on the blog because I rarely wear them. Turns out they’re not particularly comfortable and they’re a little too high for work, and I still haven’t purged them because What If I Want to Wear Them One Day. Yeah. It’s a thing. I’m working on it.

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February 5, 2016. Tags: , , . Links, Pictures, Words. Leave a comment.

Lots of casual Fridays

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What I Wore to Work Today: November 6, 2015
Blazer: Goodwill
Tshirt: Target
Jeans: American Eagle
Shoes: Payless, new

As I post these old pictures it seems like I was wearing jeans to work all the time last fall. The business casual dress code hasn’t changed at my office, I’m guessing that I was leaving work early enough for daylight pictures on Fridays, so the casual Friday jeans are overly represented. My jeggings (jeans that are stretchy and tight like leggings, wut!) still felt new and exciting and I was having fun wearing them out in public.

It took me years to get on board with the skinny jeans thing. I still don’t own any actual leggings. Or yoga pants. Give me another year and I’ll hop on board those trains too, just in time to be embarrassingly outdated.

These shoes look awesome and feel terrible.

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February 4, 2016. Tags: , , , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Fall catch-up continues

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What I Wore to Work Today: October 5, 2015
Jacket: Goodwill
Tank top: Target
Skirt: Ann Taylor
Shoes: Payless

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What I Wore to Work Today: October 9, 2015
Blouse: Goodwill, $1 Thursday
Jeans: American Eagle
Shoes: Payless

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February 3, 2016. Tags: , , , , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today. Leave a comment.

Back in the fall

Here I am wearing clothes to work some more. I wear clothes every day that I go to work. Sucker for routine, I guess.

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What I Wore to Work Today: September 23, 2015
Blouse: Xi
Pants: Limited
Belt: Target
Shoes: Payless

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What I Wore to Work Today: October 1, 2015
Sleeveless top: Target
Pants: Old Navy, new (same as the red pants posted yesterday, except these are petite and those are regular)
Belt: Target
Shoes: Payless

February 2, 2016. Tags: , , , . Links, Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

September styles

And now we’re on to September, when I had moved into my house and hadn’t decided on a spot for pictures yet. At my apartment the balcony ledge was the perfect height and distance from the wall for self-timed photos. At my house I’ve been using the recycling bin as a tripod so far.

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What I Wore to Work Today: September 15, 2015
Dress: Ann Taylor
Jacket: TJ Maxx
Belt: Target
Shoes: Payless
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What I Wore to Work Today: September 21, 2015
Blouse: Limited
Pants: Old Navy, new
Belt: Target
Shoes: Payless

February 1, 2016. Tags: , , , , , . Links, Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

More from last summer

These are the last What I Wore to Work Today pictures taken on my apartment balcony before I moved into the house.

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What I Wore to Work Today: July 28, 2015
Shirt and skirt: Ann Taylor
Shoes: Payless
Belt: Target

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What I Wore to Work Today: July 31, 2015
Blouse: Ann Taylor
Jeans: American Eagle
Shoes: Payless

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What I Wore to Work Today: August 3, 2015
Top: Ross
Pants: Limited
Belt: Target
Shoes: Payless

January 31, 2016. Tags: , , , , . Dog, Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Quilt Design Wall: Before and After

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After

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Before

When I moved at the end of last summer, the sewing+office room in my apartment changed to separate sewing room + office room in my house, smaller individually than the previous space with more square footage altogether. I rarely use the office, though, which also functions as a guest bedroom when I have overnight guests. (The one weekend I had one overnight guest.) (Maybe more will visit sometime?) The largest benefit was being able to keep a full sewing room wall free to turn into a quilt design wall.

I browsed assorted tutorials online, bought 4′ x 8′ x 3/4″ foam insulation boards from Lowe’s and gray flannel from Joann Fabric, and buckled down one night during my week of at-home vacation to make it happen. My version started in a similar manage to this one at Sew Can She, except I attached the individual pieces to the wall. I started attaching the first large board to the wall with removable tape (I’m renting), said “yeah no that’s not going to happen”, and happily went at it with a hammer and nails. The flannel ended up being just the right amount and the last piece of foam is on the opposite wall holding my rulers

Fabric sticks to the flannel on its own and I use retired pins for security with bigger pieces (the foam board pins easily and protects the wall). I took the photo above the morning after I finished the board – it varies depending on active projects while the blue and green nine patch blocks multiply.

January 25, 2016. Tags: , , , . Links, Pictures, Projects, Words. 1 comment.

Style Imitating Art – Aspens, Northern New Mexico

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Another Style Imitating Art post and it’s something I actually wore to work on Friday! Animated Cardigan chose this week’s piece: Aspens, Northern New Mexico by Ansel Adams.

Just the other day a style blog told me “You probably will look drab if your all black outfit consists of all cotton” and then I wore an all black cotton-based outfit anyway. For shame, self, for shame.

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What I Wore to Work Today: January 22, 2016
Blazer: Goodwill
Tshirt: Target
Jeans: American Eagle
Necklace: Ann Taylor
Shoes: Payless

January 24, 2016. Tags: , , , , , . Links, Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. 6 comments.

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