So yesterday was a fluke.
I shouldn’t have done a bait-and-switch on you with a “What’s in my head” feature on a weekday. I respect you better than that, my friends. But I plead Father’s Day and last-minute errands and a missing photographer. And if that doesn’t get me a reprieve, here’s what I would’ve posted yesterday.
Some of you may remember the picture on the right from Challenge Week. I concocted that outfit for Hunter’s Edwardian challenge and I remember it being a nippy 70 degrees or so that day, which warranted a blazer and boots. The maxi skirt in this context works because of the color, if not the fabric.
But what if you wanted to remix the skirt for warmer weather? Or actually, what if you wanted to wear the aforementioned maxi skirt but realized it was too long for flats? Why, you hike it up over your boobs, throw on a warm-weather topper like a denim vest (because you don’t want to wear a strapless bra but need to hide the straps of your regular bra) and you call it done, of course.
Now most people would’ve opted for a belt as well, but I am not a fan of waist cinching since I don’t have much of a waist (another reason why I also favor empire cut anything). Instead, for visual interest, I grabbed a statement necklace and let it and the bias cut of the skirt elevate an ensemble that was potentially boring and basic to one that is casually chic.
I’m barefoot in these pics because I’d planned and ended up wearing a pair of old Mossimo flip flops and flip flops don’t really require much press, do they?
You can stop right here and scroll down now for the outfit info if you wish.
Some of you may be interested in the reason behind my belated post, however, so go ahead and read on after the break.
So it was my first day of a planned two-day ditch, sanctioned by my awesome principal who practically shooed me away from school so I could spend time with my kiddos before my departure to Yale. Thus the very casual ensemble, by the way.
We ran some minor errands (cashed in checks, returned library books) then spent some time at Daiso, which is like the 99 cent store only better ‘coz all the stuff is Japanese.
I told the kids they could each buy 5 things as my going away present to them. Below is Dylan’s and Aly’s haul, respectively. Leave it to my kids to get carte blanche at a convenience store and end up buying dishes!
Then we met up with KS#2, my adorable godson and KS#2’s mom-in-law and hung out at the local mall for lunch and Round One for some impromptu arcade fun. I’m not a fan of arcades because, like strippers, I feel they’re a waste of money. But my guilt for leaving my kids was really kicking in, so I gave them each a $25 card to do with as they wished and I turned a blind eye to the exorbitant prices each game cost.
Like those claw games. Such a rip off! Most of the machines are $2/try and they only give you 10 seconds to position your claw just so and you can never nab those prizes. I HATE claw games with the fiery passion of a thousand burning suns, but they must have some sort of Dark Side Jedi powers because my kids love them even if they always come away empty-handed.
This time around, though, I figured they’d make my job easier. I’d told the kiddos that once they’d used up all the credits on the cards that we’d be leaving, so the claw games – at 8 credits a pop – were going to be my easy out.
Guess who managed to snag a Hello Kitty for his sis on his first try?
A quick stop by Yogurtland on our way home was a great way to end our day. It was nothing major, and all in all I spent less than one admission to an amusement park, but it was quality time with my kids and it makes me appreciate what cool people they are becoming.
I’m going to miss them terribly, aren’t I?
:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Skirt – Mossimo @ Target
Vest – Liz Claiborne @ Marshall’s
Necklace – Charlotte Russe