More than 3 months later

What I Wore to Work Today: February 5, 2014
Shirt: Target
Skirt: Ann Taylor
Belt: Target
Shoes: Payless

Happy new year, everyone, it’s 2014! Let’s take stock of our lives.

The lettuce has died, you can see its dried leafy remains in the pot. A new basil plant has been added instead (which is still going strong in 2015!). The spider plant seems to be doing well.

Christmas lights were put up on the balcony during December and remained there for months. I’m not a monster, I stopped plugging them in after the Epiphany in January. I didn’t take them all the way inside for months though. You can see them string on the concrete behind me, next to the wall.

This skirt was from the second main shopping expedition for new job upgraded wardrobe items, this time at Ann Taylor. I delighted in their petite line. Clothes made for people my size! Yay! (I’m 5’2″.)

February 15, 2015. Tags: , , , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

A quilt of my own

blue & green quilt mine-001

I started this quilt 4 -5 years ago intended as a gift for somebody. Eventually I realized that it was long past time that I needed to just buy a present already for their life event, and I decided this quilt was for somebody else. That never happened either. Last winter it was a functional quilt, missing a binding and with minimal quilting. I started using it on my bed during a cold snap, exposed batting edges and all. Finally, sometime last spring I added binding and declared this quilt Mine. After making maybe two dozen quilts ranging from lap quilts to a queen size, this is the first one that I am keeping for myself.

Of course it is. Blue and green and blue-green leftovers from my stash on the front and soft flannel pieces on the back, it represents the colors that I gravitate to over and over. (I have over-corrected since then and now have an excess of vibrant pinks.) The picture isn’t particularly true to life in the specific colors, and it is still accurate. Blue. Green. Blue-green.

blue & green quilt mine back

February 14, 2015. Tags: , . Pictures, Projects, Words. 1 comment.

Lean it up

What I Wore to Work Today: October 22, 2013
Sweater: Target
Tank top: Target
Pants: Goodwill
Shoes: Payless

When I was a few years into my career, I attended a 3-day training course on Lean, a process improvement approach with an emphasis on minimizing waste. One of the things I remember most vividly about the seminar was what the trainer was wearing the first day: a lavender sweater set and dark trousers. I loved it. “A sweater set! I could get one of those! Yes! I’m going to do it!” I did not actually follow through and get a sleeveless shell with matching cardigan. I did, however, start buying cardigans and wearing them buttoned up and wearing them open and sometimes wearing them with a few buttons done, over an assortment of blouses and shirts and dresses and t-shirts.

The offsite training for three days in 2008 led me here, to this moment when I wear a cardigan to the office about half the time, and when my work responsibilities include process improvement. I’m currently working on replacing some of those cardigan appearances with blazers and jackets, to bump up the professional look a notch.

February 13, 2015. Tags: , , . Links, Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

One of the first

What I Wore to Work Today: October 21, 2013
Dress: Goodwill, refashioned
Belt: Target
Shoes: Target

This was one of the first dresses that I refashioned when my refashioning took a leap into dresses in 2010. (RIP Wardrobe Refashion.)

navy floral dress before 12-18-10

February 12, 2015. Tags: , , , , . Links, Pictures, Projects, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Mad Men Collection

2013_10_15What I Wore to Work Today: October 15, 2013
Dress: Goodwill
Belt: Target
Shoes: Payless

This dress has a Talbots Petite label in it and I didn’t alter it a bit. There’s no date on the label, I assume it’s from the time when people were riding the early years of Mad Men style, before they started to get all cool and mod and psychedelic and other things as the ’60s carry on. My “Mad Men” viewing experience was lifted to a new level when I found Tom & Lorenzo. Their analysis of the show’s costume design is amazing, with so many screenshots. The costume designer and whole costume & production crew are amazing. I’m eagerly awaiting the T&L posts during the final seven episodes starting April 5.

2013_10_15 looking away

February 11, 2015. Tags: , , , , . Links, Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Lettuce begin

What I Wore to Work Today: October 10, 2013
Everything but pants: Target
Pants: Goodwill, is that we’ve decided?

Let us begin by noting that in the week between this picture and the last one I moved a spider plant pot onto the balcony and also planted lettuce. Which is where the post title Lettuce Begin comes from. It comes from me being a goddamn genius master wordsmith.

I don’t recall ever eating lettuce from my little patio container garden and I don’t know what happened to the lettuce. It is safe to assume that the lettuce died. That round planter now has basil – which has been trucking along for what seems like a year! – and a new rosemary plant. It is safe to assume that the basil and rosemary will die one day as well, which we all must.

Watching it grow/fail to grow in upcoming pictures will be a little game for us to play while we wait for death.

February 10, 2015. Tags: , , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

More brown and black

What I Wore to Work Today: October 3, 2013
Tshirt: Target
Pants: Are these Goodwill?
Belt: Target, came with a pair of pants
Shoes: Target

Yep, here’s more from that black pants/brown belt/brown shoes phase.

February 9, 2015. Tags: , , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today. Leave a comment.

More clothes I don’t have anymore

2013_10_02 hands on hips
What I Wore to Work Today: October 2, 2013
Shirt: Goodwill
Skirt: Target, new, shortened
Shoes: Payless

The top and skirt were both given away last year. Another skirt that I wore maybe twice.

brown herringbone skirt before

February 8, 2015. Tags: , , , , . Pictures, Projects, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Making progress – October is here!

What I Wore to Work Today: October 1, 2013
Shirt: Taken during a friend’s closet cleanout
Pants: Goodwill, refashioned

These pants are gone and the shirt is going in the giveaway basket when it comes out of the laundry. I like how it looks but when I wore this week (this week in real time, not still-2013-picture-time) the metallic threads irritated my skin. Maybe somebody else won’t experience the same sensitivity.

Stay strong, friends, we’re making progress! We’ve made it to October, a new month! Eventually we’ll be looking at 2014 pictures and then finally, god willing, 2015!! I am going to start mixing in quilt pictures too, because I transferred photos from my camera and found the stack of finished quilt pictures. I forgot that my assistant gamely spent 20 minutes holding quilt after quilt so I could start sending them off. Which I did for a few. But, uh, there are definitely 6 quilts folded neatly on my dining table right now. Hey, at least they’re folded. They were in a messy stack for the few months before that.

2015 has been about taking care of little tasks that have been waiting for a long time. Pretty soon I’ll be at a point when I can make decisions about the direction of this blog, which has a devoted readership of at least one person (hi Mom!). Also, maybe I can figure out why some of the pictures aren’t showing up Feedly. (Googler Reader, still missing you…) Until then, we’re working through the backlog.
gray trousers before

February 7, 2015. Tags: , , , . Projects, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. 1 comment.

Bought from the internet

2013_09_30 cardiganWhat I Wore to Work Today: September 30, 2013
Cardigan: Target
Tshirt: Target
Skirt: Conversation Pieces
Shoes: Payless

I bought this skirt from Conversation Pieces after seeing it on Putting Me Together. She warned in her post that the skirt ran small and I wish I had purchased a size larger. I’ve only worn it a few times when I’m at the very bottom of my weight range and feel up to sucking it in all day. This is the only time so far that I’ve bought something immediately upon seeing it on a blog, and I clicked through using her link in case she was getting affiliate payments or anything. I wanted her to get credit. See, she even provides examples of different ways to wear this skirt! I won’t give up on it yet!
2013_09_30I shortened the skirt by a couple inches and closed half of the slit, which went way too high in the back for a skirt I wanted to wear to work. Here’s the Before showing the original knee-covering length.
floral pencil skirt before

February 6, 2015. Tags: , , , . Pictures, Projects, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

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