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.
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.
I freely admit these are the worst pictures ever. (And you’re seeing them after I lightened them as much as possible and did some noise reduction. Also, “Cellphones in the Dark” is the name of my next band.)
I just had to show you the dress, though! Normally events at the country club are not exactly our thing, but the boy’s employer had their annual Christmas party at the Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, VA. He decided at the last minute he wanted to go, so I frantically ordered several dresses from Igigi, hoping one would fit.
This was my favorite, so I’m really glad it did fit! I felt totally glamorous in it.
The cleavage on this is loooooooow. Seriously low. People here in DC are notoriously proper dressers, and I was one of the few people in the room with any cleavage at all, so I felt kind of awkward about it. I’ve never seen so many high-necked evening gowns in my life. Oh well. I love the dress, though! You can get a much better look at it in this video, where I talk about a bunch of things I ordered from Igigi and go into specifics on how this dress looks and feels.
This is what I wore one day while visiting family in North Carolina for Christmas. I needed something casual and warm, but not too heavy. The raspberry-colored cami, green sweater and jeans are all from Lane Bryant.
I’m also wearing a beautiful silver snowflake pendant, but you can’t see it — I’d been taking photos inside and forgot to set the camera setting for outdoors before I handed my husband the camera. Oops.