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Back to Basics

Where did spring go?  Back to something warm.  Now that my closet edit is done for Spring Summer I feel safe enough to try out some of those 30-30 pieces again.

I found this scarf that I permanently borrowed from my Mom but never have gotten around to wearing.  Another item that will feel too wintery in a few weeks.  I loved how the color palette matched the red boots.  This outfit is so basic, just the jean skirt, the plain black sweater and tights but the accessories really kept it from feeling boring (like that one did).

Pulling off the whole scarf look again, and after my sisters comments (see comments after linked post) that a scarf need not feel “stewardessy” I tried to wear it with confidence.  Somewhere I read this inspiring quote, “You can change your clothes as many times as it takes to feel right, but once you walk out the door you need to rock it, because it’s confidence that really make the whole thing work.”

Sweater: Banana Republic, ’10

Jean Skirt: H&M, ’03

Boots: Miz Mooz via Nordstroms, ’10

Scarf: ??

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Flesh Tone Pollock

I found this dress last fall at BCBG hidden in the sale rack.   My mama always told me to always try something on before I wrote it off, and this dress is a perfect example.

Normally I’m not drawn to things with beige, tan or peachy colors.  I also had a hard time seeing what this looked like on the hanger.  As you can see from the sketch, which even in the flat version looks confusing.  What are those bubbles of fabric along the side?

But when I put it on I realized how wonderfully it fits.  It’s tight in all the right places, and loose in all the others, and the way the color panel angles together in the front is wonderfully slimming and I love the pop of the subdued colors against the black.

Dress: BCBG

Shoes: NYLA via Piperlime (see them here, still on final sale in lots of sizes)

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30-30 Day 24

Almost over!!  Are you as excited for this exercise to be done as I am?!  Despite my boredom I tried to put together an outfit I’d really feel good in today.  Success!  I feel great and I love the color combination of plummy purple and light pink.  With just a few sequins thrown in for good measure!

I realized last week that I really only picked out two bottoms that I can wear to work day in and day out.  Two bottoms for 30 days is a little rough.  The other pair of jeans requires heels (can’t do that all day when I am on my feet) and the other skirts are great but too fancy or too eye-catching to work as neutrals.  Well I made it – despite my picking mistakes.

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30-30 Day 17

I missed day 16 because I was sick – yuck.  I slept all day, so obviously there wasn’t an outfit involved.

I threw on the navy tank top under the black sweater because I was out of undershirts.  I didn’t realize it would show up, but it is a happy accident.  I love the navy, black and pink together!

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30-30 Day 14: Happy V-Day!

Valentine’s Day gets such a bad rap.  But I like it.  Sure, it’s fake, it’s cheesy but really, love is nothing if not a giant cliché!  Plus winter needs as many little sunny spots as it can gather (I say that remembering how dreary winter can be in the Northern states).  Who doesn’t need as much love as they can have in life?  And who I ask doesn’t love red, pink and white?!  Me for one!

In my mind I had thought about wearing this red dress (also worn here) over the top of the white shirt.  Haven’t you seen a mannequin or two wearing something similar?  On plastic perfection it looks cool and creative.  It was really a no go for in real life.  It looked like I was trying to be sexy with a strap-less dress but then got scared and added a shirt underneath.  But I wanted to wearing the dress, so instead I wore it underneath!

Haven’t you seen those blurbs about going from work to date?  Viola!  I’m evening ready, all I have to do is take off the shirt!  Unfortunately I don’t have exciting evening plans – it’s too crowded anyway – but I love how I get another red pencil skirt out of this dress!

Belt is from Nordstrom Rack, ’10

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30-30 Day 11

When I looked in my closet this morning I was for the first time feeling a little doubtful about being locked into these 30 pieces.  But when the going gets tough, the tough get creative.  I never would have mixed this top with this skirt, but necessity is a great thing.  Turns out, I love this mix!

I bought this skirt last fall at Forever 21 after being inspired by the great brocade looks from the Fall 2010 Balmain show (see pic at bottom of post) – see some more pictures of it here.   I love that it’s a little bit rock and roll and a little Louis XIV.  Brocade has nice memories for me, since my first “sexy grown-up” dress was a blue and tan brocade mini sheath (I wish I had a picture of it!).  I felt like a million dollars in that dress.

The belt is from Nordstrom Rack, ’09

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My Sister – The Classy One

My sister is galavanting about China – see her adventures here – and since I mentioned her here, I thought I would share this picture she sent me.  And not only is she classy – she’s also a physicist!

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30-30 Day 9

Trying out a new color combination today, lime with navy tights.  Oddly it ties together with my wild multi print leopard print shoes, which have both colors in them.  The shirt looks more yellow in the pictures, but the color is more like the sketch – acid lime.

I washed my hair finally – so the big sexy curl is gone and I’m back to my normal curls.

I had to wash some of my shirts last night.  The only downside of having such a limited wardrobe – things need laundering more often.  But I really don’t think the average joe could even tell that I’m rotating the same 30 things – which really makes you realize how little you actually need – again!

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30-30 Day 6

Running errands and hanging out with friends.  One of my friends thought this looked very euro with the bright tights.  I wanted to be comfortable in flats but not boring.  You can see the tank top (which isn’t in my 30) but I was wearing it more as a foundation piece since I never took off my sweater.

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February!

I love this month, it has my birthday (which I love and never want to get annoyed by as I get older!) and Valentine’s day!  People give V-Day a bad rap, but it’s nice, especially in a month that in some parts of the country has little else going for it!  February can be that dreary dead time of year when there’s nothing to look forward to except the dreary dead March, my personal least favorite month.

Picked out my 30 for 30 (really it’s 30 for 28) late Monday night, and had a cool idea for showing you what I picked but work has been so busy there’s no time to goof off (imagine that!).  So it will have to wait until later this week.

Here’s a really crummy indoor (read with flash) shot of what I wore yesterday.  Didn’t get a chance to take the picture during the day – this daily picture taking business is harder than it may seem!

White Camp Shirt, Express ’09

Denim Skirt, Express, ’10

Necklace, gifted, ’09

Shoes, Nine West via TJ Maxx, ’10

Tights, Express

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