Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Shirt blues

I was so excited when I tried on this shirt in the store. It seemed so cute and flattering. However, I must have gained some weight on the ride home because as soon as I got it home, it ceased to work for me*. Although I have put it on dozens of times, this is the first time I have left the house in it. A fact which I regret since it gapes in the front - giving everyone (including the judge this morning) a view of my bra and various torso scars.

Suit: Banana Republic
Shirt: Old Navy
Shoes: RJ Girl
Necklace: Urban Outfitters

* Sensible matilda would have returned it but she was overruled by misguidedly optimistic matilda.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Cover Up

To spare you from the bordom of today's outfit (black sweater and jeans), I kept on my fabulous coat for this shot. You are welcome.

Sweater and Jeans: Old Navy
Boots: Gap
Coat: What Goes Around Comes Around

Monday, November 28, 2011

Dark and Blurry

This photo has captured my mood today - dark and blurry. Coming back to work after a few days off is hard, especially when your weekend was full of concerts (They Might Be Giants!), food (if I ever leave my husband, it will be for the fig coca at this place (figs, caramelized onions, and goat cheese on a flat bread - amazing), accomplishment (I managed to run for 4 miles yesterday - a personal best AND I did some laundry so I no longer need to go to Target every few days and buy more underwear), and football (it wasn't pretty but the Jets won yesterday).

Dress: Nine West
Boots: Very Volatile

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Blues for Bulges

I'm not sure if this outfit looks good or not, but I like it. The shirt is comfortable and hides all sorts of bulges from overeating (perhaps I should wear it tomorrow as well), the jeans are, well jeans, and the shoes are surprisingly comfortable and make me fabulously tall.

Shirt: ? via TJ Maxx clearance rack
Jeans: Levis via Savers
Shoes: Old Navy clearance

Close up of the awesome details of the shirt

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


I own a lot of many pink sweaters, even though I don't like pink and don't really look good in it. There has been a small piece of cracker under my desk for over a week, supporting my theory that our cleaning people do not vacuum my office (not that I blame them since the floor in my office is usually a landmine of files and papers). I should probably get off my ass and throw away the cracker. There is a serious shortage of decent pens in my office. I would give the one decent pen I have if I could get the entire Thanksgiving weekend off from work. Injuries are decimating my fantasy football teams. Kermit is my favorite Muppet. It took me three times as long to get dressed this morning, only to come up with this dull outfit.

Sweater: Lands End Canvas
Jacket and Necklace: J. Crew (jacket via Goodwill)
Jeans: ? $6 on Amazon
Boots: Taryn Rose

Monday, November 21, 2011

Navy and Silver

I am not actually 100% sure this suit is navy. It may be black. But either way I like it.

Suit: United Colors of Benetton via Goodwill
T-shirt: Old Navy
Shoes: Jessica Simpson
Watch: Citizen
Necklace: ?

Friday, November 18, 2011


Today I am preparing for a hearing which means I will be spending a lot of time sitting on the floor in my office (my brain works better when I can spread stuff out and my desk is a lost cause). Thus, I chose comfortable cords and a warm knit sweater. Regrettably, I also chose to put on some fancy lace underwear which is pretty but very uncomfortable.

Would it be wrong to send my intern to Target to pick me up some plain cotton underwear? Probably, although I'm sure I've asked him for worse.

Sweater: Old Navy
Cords: ? via super sale on Amazon
Boots: Frye
Necklace: $1 bin at the consignment store

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Jury Is Out

There is quite a bit of circumstantial evidence that this dress may, in fact, be a nightgown. Exhibit A: It was purchased at Soma Intimates a store that, as the name implies, primarily sells intimates. Exhibit B: It was hanging on a rack next to snowflake pajama pants. Exhibit C: The fabric is exactly the same as in the pair of Winnie the Pooh pajamas I had in 1977 (sans, of course, pictures of Kanga and Pooh).

In spite of the mounting evidence that this dress was not intended for the office, I am wearing it because it was the first thing I saw this morning and it is absurdly comfortable. Although I find baby-doll/empire waist dresses unflattering on me, the use of industrial strength control top tights helps keep everything in check. I should have put on an accessory or two, but I was running late.

Dress: Soma Intimates
Boots: Urban Outfitters

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Red, White, and Lazy

95% of the time I do not plan what I'm wearing ahead of time. I just stand in my closet and choose an item and try to build on it. Sometimes it works, sometimes it fails. Today I started with this sweater since I through the bright red would be a good antidote to the gloomy weather. Next I grabbed this t-shirt because it was clean and I thought it might balance the preppiness of the sweater. Since I have never successfully paired red with black (the color of most of my pants), I had the easy choice of grabbing jeans and boots. I ended up adding a belt in a failed effort to disguise my paunch.

How do you get dressed? Do you plan ahead or just grab what suits your mood?

Sweater: Lands End Canvas
T-shirt: Old Navy
Jeans: Levis via Savers
Belt: Linea Pelle
Boots: Target

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Hot Pants

A dangerous side effect of reading lots of fashion magazines and blogs is that you sometimes dress like the girls in the magazines instead of a 40 something lawyer who has to go out in public.

Sweater: H&M
Pants: Old Navy
Shoes: BCBG
Shame: MIA

Monday, November 14, 2011

Weekend Recap

I had a really excellent weekend, notwithstanding the fact that I had to work for a portion of it. On Friday night I went to a gathering at my BFF A's house for evening of wine, dessert, and good conversations. On Saturday, mr. deathstar and I went to NYC to see the de Kooning exhibit at the MOMA and then we went shopping at MUJI and bought all sorts of fun things. Yesterday I worked for most of the day but still had time to watch some football. All this on about four hours of sleep.

Sweater: Old Navy
Skirt: ???? from before I got fat and magically back in style
Shoes: Missoni for Target

In other news, check out my fantastic coat. It retailed for $950! but I got it on sale for $125, so of course I HAD to buy it. It is from What Goes Around Comes Around, a very cool line even though I can never afford anything unless it is on super sale.

Friday, November 11, 2011

These Boots Go To 11

Have you ever been to a thrift store and gone back to an aisle you had previously checked only to find a new item had magically appeared? That was this case with this blazer. I was just about to leave the store empty handed when this Blazer magically appeared. For $4 how could I refuse it?

Blazer: Banana Republic via Savers
Jeans: Citizens for Humanity via Goodwill
Top: H&M
Boots: Dr. Martens

Close up of awesome boots

Thursday, November 10, 2011


In September I had some minor surgery to investigate some "areas of concern" that showed up after some tests. A bunch of my loving and wonderful friends send me a care package which included, among all manner of awesome things, a GC to J. Crew which I used to purchase this sweater.

Also check out this gorgeous Kate Spade iPhone case which another wonderful friend sent me because she was not using it. Score.

Blame Bill Karins

Although the sky is clear, I donned a raincoat because the weather guy assured me it would rain today. Rather than take responsibility for my laziness and poor photo processing skills, I blame Bill Karins for the poor quality of this photo and the fact that you cannot see my cute sweater.

Sweater and Cords: J. Crew (cords via Goodwill)
Shoes: Dr. Martens
Coat: BCBG

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


I purchased this blazer over the summer at Goodwill. Although I have been trying to reduce the amount of grey in my wardrobe - for $7 I was not going to pass this up.

Blazer: J. Crew via Goodwill
T-shirt: Old Navy
Jeans: Levis via Savers
Shoes: Target

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


If I didn't have this blog, I would probably wear this outfit every day (with the addition of tights on the days I don't feel like shaving). It is easy to wear and the pattern helps the 5lbs I've gained in the last two weeks.

Sweater: Ancient J. Crew
Skirt: Macy's
Shoes: Missoni for Target

Monday, November 7, 2011


Say hello to good black pantsuit. Unlike most of my suits, she did not come from Goodwill but she does not hold that over the other suits in my closet. In addition to these pieces I have a dress and cropped pants that match the blazer. Versatile!

Suit: Banana Republic
Shirt: J. Crew Factory
Shoes: Me Too
Watch: Citizen
Necklace: eBay

Friday, November 4, 2011


My full length mirror told me I looked great this morning so it was a little surprising (and depressing) when I saw how large and disheveled I look in this photo. Clearly I need to figure out a way of fixing my camera lens to show what the mirror shows. I wonder if Siri can help with that.

Suit: Ann Taylor via Goodwill
Shirt: Old Navy
Shoes: BCBG
Earrings: Kenneth Cole

Thursday, November 3, 2011


Although you can't tell in the photo, this skirt is navy. It is also a charming conversationalist, votes Democrat, and is either trying to kill me by crushing my ribs or trying to save my life by reminding me not to eat so much. Not bad for a $7 find at Goodwill.

Skirt: Jones NY via Goodwill
Shirt: J. Crew Factory
Shoes: Nine West
Watch: Citizen

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Less Stuff = More?

This past weekend I joined the rest of the world and got an iPhone. What finally sold me was the concept of having one device that would replace my iPod and camera and thereby simplifying my life. Of course taking a self timed photo on the iPhone requires a bit more effort and equipment so I am not sure if I have added simplicity or more stuff to my life. Until I figure it all out I will probably continue to carry way too much stuff with me and yet never have what I need when I need it.

Sweater and Shirt: Old Navy
Pants: Banana Republic
Shoes: Me Too
Watch: Citizen

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Alexis in the Winter

Although you cannot tell in this photo, I did take the shoulder pads out of this dress in an attempt to tone down the Dynasty vibe a little. Then I added a velvet coat and ended up back where I started. Oh well.

Dress: ? via Goodwill
Coat: ? circa 1999 Bloomingdales
Boots: Clarks
Belt: ?