Top: Lane Bryant. Jeans: Torrid. Shoes: Croft and Barrow (Kohls). Necklace: From Lindley with Love.
This top came from a clothing swap and it’s really the best thing ever. It’s cute and flattering and polka-dotted, but also soft and super-comfy!
Here’s a closeup of my necklace. It’s made from vintage glass pearls, iolite and Bali sterling silver.
We work-from-home writers have a hard life. That 30-foot commute is awfully challenging, and the workwear is so demanding.
Okay, not so much. *laugh* I do still go into the office one day a week, though, so I was testing out this outfit for that. I wanted to see how the wide belt and blazer fit together, and they actually worked pretty well. What do you think? This is also what I look like with no makeup, by the way.
I’m way behind on posting OOTDs lately. Sorry!
A lot of my OOTDs lately have been really casual, but I think there’s value in sharing casual outfits too. In some ways, dressy outfits are easier to put together: a nice dress stands on its own. Finding outfits that are casual, comfortable and cute is more challenging for me.
When I saw these colorful button-down shirts in Lane Bryant, I really liked them and snagged a couple in different colors. I’m less impressed with them now that they’ve been washed and lost their crisp outlines, but I’m way too lazy to iron clothes – I’d rather handwash, even, than iron – so oh well. They still go well over the LB lace-trimmed camis.
The first day you put together a new outfit that truly reflects you, give yourself a hug! Whether you’re wearing it to work, go out or just dance around the house, you’ve done something amazing.
While you’re wearing that awesome outfit, there’s one quick thing you can do that will make a big difference in how you dress: take a picture.
What’s an OOTD?
An Outfit of the Day, or OOTD, is just that: a photograph of what you wore that day.
Taking OOTD photos does several great things for you. OOTDs let you:
- See your own body regularly
- See how outfits look on you
- Get feedback from other fashionistas
How to Capture an OOTD
All you need to start taking OOTDs is an outfit you like, a camera, and a place to take photos. Your cellphone will work fine for now. So will your bathroom mirror.
The upside of working from home four days a week is that it’s awesome. The downside is that you have fewer opportunities to wear fun outfits out of the house.
The obvious solution is to wear my out-of-the-house clothes in the house, but I’m lazy and prefer sweats and T-shirts when I’m working at home. I’ll have to work on that.
At any rate, here’s what I wore for my own little casual Friday last week:
That’s the was-running-around-the-house-and-got-warm version. Here’s the sat-back-down-and-got-cold version:
This was also the day I got in my lovely new scarf from Diana Bastine. It’s made of silk bamboo and it’s gorgeous, warm and snuggly and with this beautiful drape so it looks smaller than it is.
I haven’t been Christmas caroling since I was a kid, and I’d forgotten how much fun it is! Last Christmas, I went with a whole group and we had a great time. Since they were all trained singers, we had four-part harmony on most of the songs without even using sheet music — it was pretty impressive.
This outfit is pretty close to the one I wore to Biltmore House, but with a brown sweater instead of black. (And the skirt does tend to turn with wear, so after a while I end up with the seam right in front.) Again, one of my favorite outfits!
Here’s the outdoor version:
The coat is also from Lands End, and the scarf was made for me by a friend a long time ago. I also had on a Lane Bryant cami under all that, so I was super warm!
What do you wear for a surprise snow day in October? If you’re like me and you overprepare for trips just in case, lots of layers and some surprisingly-great snow boots.
Here’s what I’m wearing:
I’m really, really not a cold weather person, and usually I’m shivering and miserable every time I go outside in winter. I’m finally learning to layer, though, and I was pretty proud of being warm for hours and hours outside here.
Back in October, we got out of DC for a long weekend at Blackwater Falls State Park in West Virginia. We thought there’d only be flurries, so we were pretty surprised to get to the lodge at the state park and discover the forecast was for five inches of snow.
I had brought tons of warm clothing and my new snow boots just in case, thinking I’d be doing more walking around in cold mud than anything else, but the boy hadn’t even brought a coat. He’s half polar bear, I swear. This was a little too cold even for him, so we went to the nearest Wal-Mart (an hour away, in Maryland) and bought him a cheap jacket. *laugh*
At any rate, the snow was great. It started falling in earnest after we got back to the lodge and snowed all night and the next day. And there was no wind, so it was just absolutely a perfect day to be outside. I’m pretty amateur with my video camera to say the least, but I made another little video just of the beautiful snow.