New jeans

What I Wore to Work Today: Friday, October 28, 2011
Tshirt: Target
Jeans: Goodwill, shortened
Sneakers: Payless

I bought these jeans at Goodwill’s half-off Saturday a month or two ago and I finally pulled them out of the pile in my closet. Should I hem them for flats or heels? After wearing them to work with sneakers and 4 staples in each pant leg hem as a testing day, I’ve decided on the former. They will be my not-completely-torn-up jeans to wear with flip-flops or sneakers. They have some stretch, a nice fit, and a hem that isn’t shredded. Movin’ on up!


October 31, 2011. Tags: , , , , , . Pictures, Projects, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. 1 comment.

Circus tent

What I Wore to Work Today: Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Sweater: Target
Dress as a skirt: $1 Goodwill, refashioned
Shoes: Target

This skirt reminds me of a circus tent, probably because of the stripes. At least it doesn’t remind me of a tent because of  its size. A few pounds really do make a difference in how I feel, and I’m slowly working my way back to the weight I liked best (summer 2010). Maybe it’s not noticeable to bystanders — I see it, though, and it feels good.


October 30, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , . Links, Pictures, Projects, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Retired from public service

What I Wore to Work Today: Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Dress: $1 Goodwill, refashioned
Cardigan: Target
Belt: Target
Shoes: Target

I’ve only worn this dress a few times and I remember it being a bit longer and of a weightier material. It’s retiring from professional life to spend more time with its family, pursue its interest in golf and oil painting, and finally go on that sailing trip in the Virgin Islands that it was always saying was a dream for “one day”.

I dropped a file in my cubicle.  I crouched down to reach it and as I stood up the corner of the folder caught the bottom of my dress, lifting it as I stood. Due to the lightweight material, it took me half a second to realize that my skirt wasn’t resting against my legs anymore.  Because it was caught on the file. Which I was holding at hip level.

It was one of those dreams where you show up to the important meeting and you’re naked, or you can’t get into the classroom because for some godforsaken reason you’re not wearing pants.  It was like that, except in real life, with the blessing of nobody walking past my cubicle, or anybody did see me from afar during that instant of professional revelation they’ve been polite enough to never look me in the eye again. Now let us never speak of this and move on.


October 29, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Pictures, Projects, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Batwing sleeves

What I Wore to Work Today: Monday, October 27, 2011
Dress: Ross
Belt: Came with dress, I made it smaller
Shoes: Target
Earrings: Charity garage sale

This is the other dress that I bought at Ross recently.  Also a small-scale abstract black & white print. I called them batwing sleeves and then wondered why I would say that. Is it a real name of a sleeve? I’m no chiroptologist, so I might be way off base here, but these don’t look like a bat’s wings to me. (Yes, that’s the name for somebody who studies bats, thanks internet!)

I had to make the stretchy elastic belt smaller so it would stay at my waist, which I accomplished by folding it in half, sewing 1/2 inch from the fold, and cutting the extra on the other side of the seam, shortening the whole thing.  There’s now a seam in the center of the back, which will be fine by me if I ever even think of it again.

No, I didn’t change my hair color.  These pictures were taken at night with a flash and the lighting just makes it look darker.  Or maybe this is the usual appearance and it just looks lighter in the daytime photos? That’s just, like, your perception, man, there is no real and unreal, it’s all just what you’re perceiving.


October 28, 2011. Tags: , , , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

A dab’ll do ya

The flimsy plastic ring at the top of my car remote broke and fell from my keychain without drawing attention to itself.  Luckily somebody turned put it in a lost & found and I didn’t have to open my car door with the physical key like the commonfolk do.  I then carried my clicker and my keys separately.  A good 6-8 weeks went by and I decided I would fix this situation.

“Oh?  How do you plan on doing that?” a skeptical onlooker asked.  “I don’t see how a paper clip is going to fix anything.”

With hot glue, sir, that’s how.  And more than just a little dab.

October 27, 2011. Tags: . Pictures, Projects, Words. 1 comment.


What I Wore on a Date: Early October 2011
Dress: Ross, refashioned
Belt: Gift from Sarah
Shoes: Target
Earrings: Claire’s

There are times when what you really want with your whole heart is a set of puffy little sleeves that constrain your arm movement.  When that day comes for me, gosh will I ever be sad about what I did to this dress.

I think the fabric belt is a bit much when it’s tied in a bow on such a short dress, although I’m open to trying it sometime.



October 26, 2011. Tags: , , , , . Pictures, Projects, Words. 2 comments.

Big dreams

What I Wore to Work Today: Thursday, October 20, 2011
Shirt: Goodwill
Pants: Goodwill, tailored
Shoes: Target

Now that I know this top can be made office-appropriate, I’m going to wear it all the time with as many different combinations as I can get away with.  Can I do four?  Five??  You gotta shoot for the stars sometimes, you know?

October 25, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , . Pictures, Projects, What I Wore to Work Today. Leave a comment.

Mad Tea Party Wedding Shower Hat Makeover


A few weeks ago I attended a wedding shower with a mad tea party theme.   As I’ve mentioned before, I enjoy theme dressing.  My evening’s date was game, too, and I was delighted to be able to use a floral tie I bought at Goodwill the month before.  (It had been another conversation with my Goodwill shopping companion where I said “This tie is amazing and I must have it!” and she said “Neither of those things is true and I know you’re going to buy it anyway.”)

What I Wore to a Mad Tea Party: End of September 2011
Blouse: Gift from Sarah
Skirt: Handmade gift from Sarah
Wedges: Payless
Hat: I don’t remember.  Upgrade materials from my stash and the dollar store.



October 24, 2011. Tags: , , , . Pictures, Projects, Words. 1 comment.

More pink for cancer awareness month

What I Wore to Work Today: Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Dress (as skirt): Forever 21 (in 2003!)
Sweater: Target
Shoes: Target

The women’s employee group of my business line had a presentation today on health and wellness and suggested that people wear pink for breast cancer awareness month.  I do love me some theme dressing and joined right along.  Theme parties, costume galas, team jerseys, holiday recognition, dress code…  I’ll participate in them all.  Tuesday night my improv comedy class had a show and we were told to bring a red shirt and a blue one because we’d be assigned to Red and Blue teams just before the show started.  Teams delineated by color and we all choose our own attire based on the guideline?  Yes please!

October 23, 2011. Tags: , , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Wedding attire choices

What I Wore to Work Today: Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Dress & belt: Ross (came together)
Shoes: Target

I went shopping at Ross with a couple friends, including one who was looking for a bridesmaid dress for a wedding in a few weeks.  She’s one of the groom’s attendants and I’ve taken to calling her a groomslady.  They’ve been tasked to select their own attire for the 10 o’clock Sunday morning wedding,  and while the bride’s sister bought a lovely dove-gray knee-length dress from the weddings & parties section of JCrew, my friend was hoping to avoid spending $250 when something perfectly appropriate could be found for a tenth of that price.   The only requirement was that her dress be a light color.

We were indignant on her behalf.  “It’s great that they’re letting you choose your own attire, but don’t they realize it will be hard to find a pastel in October??”  She texted the bride for clarification on the expectations; the wife-to-be replied that anything pale is good to go.  Email documentation later revealed that my friend had been asked to be a groomslady months ago and had been sent a message with the attendants’ attire guidelines in July, when pale summery colors are plentiful.  Guess they did realize it after all…

I wasn’t planning on buying anything and I walked out with two dresses.  This one is sophisticated, sleek, has pockets, and is perfect for one of the November wedding events I’ll be attending, as a guest and not a bridesmaid or groomslady.



October 22, 2011. Tags: , , , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

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