What I Wore to Work Today: March 9, 2015
Top: Ann Taylor, new
Pants: Ann Taylor
I learned that this t-shirt with a pleated section on the front turns somewhat sheer under a flash. I can see why celebrity pictures sometimes make it look like they’re wearing a see-through top, when in fact it was just lights of the red carpet or the aggressive paparazzi flashbulbs and the person (usually a woman) was wearing something that was not sheer in real life. That happened with this new top. I darkened the photo a little which hid the cool pleating details and revealed some spots on the lens.
When I wear this shirt to work in the future, I will also wear a tank top underneath it. In case it’s actually kinda sheer all the time and I didn’t realize it.
What I Wore to Work Today: March 5, 2015
Blouse: Gift from a friend
Some bloggers post beautiful professional-quality pictures, taken by a real live human (often an actual professional photographer!) during a photo shoot and then the pictures are edited and touched up and posted to a professional quality blog. The amount of time that goes into those beautiful blogs astounds me. I know that for some of them it’s not just a little side thing they do because they’re self-absorbed or want documentation over the years or can’t seem to give up on leaving a mark on the world in however small a fashion because dreams of Doing Big Things died a long time ago and this is what they’ve got right now (uh, just some things that come to mind for me). Instead, it’s part of their primary work world as a boutique owner or it supports their DIY home improvement self-employment or they are full self-supporting as bloggers and freelance writers or it’s just something they do for fun that also brings in enough money to support itself and more.
This blog started in 2006 and has taken various turns over the years, including some gaps and disappearances. What I Wore to Work Today before that kind of real life fashion documentation become a whole genre on the internet. Documentation of sewing and craft projects. Sometimes personal anecdotes and thoughts and stories. Showcasing my Before & Afters during the years that I was refashioning regularly. I haven’t stopped refashions altogether, it’s just less common now, probably because I haven’t been leaving the house all that much and have fewer parties and social opportunities when I’d want to wear a fun new dress. Also, sewing time has shifted towards more quilts and less clothing.
I don’t have any plans to focus the content on a clear voice or topic or personal brand or target audience. The self-timer shots on the balcony wall are good enough. The scattered content works for me. It’s not going to capture the attention of a core readership or a dedicated following, but hey, I’m back to doing it and I like it. Talking to myself is fine by me for now.
What I Wore to Work Today: March 4, 2015
I’m listening to the Arms Full of Love Songza playlist and right now it’s playing I’m Kissing You (Love Theme from “Romeo + Juliet”) by Des’Ree. This movie was released the weekend of November 1, 1996, the same weekend I turned 15. I was a freshman in high school. I was part of the target market for this movie and we even studied Romeo & Juliet in English class that year. This movie is now 18 years old. It can vote, it can sign contracts, it is legally an adult. My god we’re all old.
Spoiler alert on the video: it totally shows the end of Romeo & Juliet.
What I Wore to Work Today: March 3, 2015
Skirt: Ann Taylor
Boots: Famous Footwear
Necklace: Charming Charlie’s
A lot of the country is getting stir crazy with winter and is excited for the first hints of spring in March. We experience the opposite feelings here: warmer temperatures are accepted with resignation and sadness that Summer Is Coming. The first few weeks of March had unseasonably warm temps this year, too, with highs close to 90 instead of the perfect 70s that it should be. Millions of us live in the Phoenix metro area and we really shouldn’t, at least half the year the anyway. We’re wasteful with water and electricity and we’re all idiots.
I had barely worn my boots to work this winter and I wanted to get them in one at least once while temperatures were accommodating.
These pants are part of my new suit. I have yet to wear them at the same time as the suit jacket. I keep trying to call it a three-piece suit because I bought a jacket, pants, and a skirt. Three pieces! Except that’s not what a three-piece suit means, and really, maybe I should stop trying to call it anything, this suit conversation just isn’t going to happen, especially when I wear the pieces separately. Unless somebody does want to talk suiting with me? Any lawyers out there who wear suits in court and have several options in rotation and want to talk about how they built their suit collection?
What I Wore to Work Today: February 27, 2015
I go to Target a lot. I buy clothes there, I buy toiletries there, I buy over the counter medicine there, I buy household goods and products like pillows and towels and laundry detergent and air filters and baking pans, sometimes I even buy groceries there. It’s only a mile down the road and on the way to or from many of my regular places like work and my improv theater. Actually, there’s a Target right across the street from the theater, so when I run an errand on the way to rehearsal or shows I usually go to my secondary Target instead of my primary Target. Yesterday I went to my tertiary Target. I’m not quite certain how it came to this, having a tertiary Target and all, and yet here I am. I won’t pretend otherwise.
Ann Taylor is steadily taking hold in my closet for nicer work clothes. During the Great Underthings Replacement of Fall 2014 Victoria’s Secret took over the market share. Most of my shoes at this point are from Payless, thanks to being non-leather and inexpensive. I have realized that my entire wardrobe comes from a handful of stores, those listed above and also Goodwill. In fact, new Ann Taylor and Payless items will be featured in upcoming posts. The new Victoria’s Secret items won’t be, however. (Hi Mom and Aunt Sue and Uncle Sandy!)
What I Wore to Work Today: February 26, 2015
Watch: Target, new
Earrings: Charming Charlie’s
There’s my dog again, she has come out to the balcony a few times to see what’s happening. I’m wearing nothing special, is what’s happening.
I bought a new watch, something small and inexpensive and nice enough to wear with nice outfits. My other watch with a non-broken wristband is a velcro band sports stopwatch, so it wasn’t a high bar to clear. I usually don’t wear a watch unless I have a specific reason to do so: going out for lunch, taking public transportation, running.