Monthly Archives: January 2014

OOTD :: of florals and plaids and fast food color combos




Getting dressed has never been so easy!

I knew I wanted to do a Mad for Plaid week, been hankering for one since goddess knows when. But I needed to collect the proper pieces to do the theme justice. After all, plaid is my self-professed favorite color and I wanted to create outfits that really showcased its versatility beyond your typical preppy/British gentility vibe.

So I searched and scoured and deliberately chose items that reflected my funky chameleon vibe. But then, as with all things in my life, I kinda went overboard. Oh, alright. I went a lot overboard. And you know that feeling when you have so many things at your disposal that choosing is debilitating? No? Oh. Just me, then.

Thank goodness for link ups. I knew I had to get geared up for Patti’s Visible Monday, but I’ve also begun joining in on Anne’s 52 Pick-me-up. Keeping these two parameters in mind and throwing in my own self-imposed theme was like Captain Von Trapp blowing that whistle to call his children to attention: this outfit just seemed to magically create itself and everything fell into place.

For 52 Pick-me-up, I had to choose a scarf and wear its colors. It may have been a cheat, but I chose this floral confection because it had every color of the rainbow in it, making it a breeze to pair. I picked out the red in it for my bottom and the yellow in it for my top. Yes, I remind myself of a McDonald’s advert, but I’m hoping that the lively pattern mixing mitigates that visual reference.

And do I have to explain the reasoning for Visible Monday? I’m thinking I’m pretty darned visible in this ensemble.

All in all, it’s a wonderful way to start my Mad for Plaid week, if I do say so meself.

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – Modcloth
Skirt  – Land’s End
Blazer – F21
Pumps – Ann Klein @ eBay
ScarfeBay (similar)

:: Linking ::
52 Pick-me-up @ Spy Girl
Visible Monday @ Not Dead Yet
Très Chic Style Bits @ Searching the Inner Me

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5 Things :: what I snack on

Let’s face it: I am not the healthiest of people.

One of the things that all health gurus talk about not doing if you want to lose weight is my kryptonite. I’m talking about late-night snacking, folks.

Yes, I know I’m not supposed to eat anything after [insert evening hour du jour here]. Yes, I know that staying up late promotes mindless grazing. But you know what? I’m a night owl. And my staying up late is my time. No work. No husband. No kids. My time.

And if I choose to grab some good eats to make that tv show/book/website a more interactive and sensory experience, then gosh darn it! I’m only human. Don’t judge me.

Here, then, are my top five snack faves that I try to keep stocked in the pantry at all times.

  1. Froot Loops – possibly the best sugary cereal on the market. They’re round. They’re colorful. They in no way resemble fruit in taste or texture or ingredients. I love them.
  2. Cheese balls – preferably the ones from Target that come in the big tub. Because then you can justify finishing the entire tub in one sitting by telling your family that we needed another container for flour.
  3. Ice cream – any flavor, any time. This just goes without saying, doesn’t it?
  4. Mexican candy – I talk all about it here.
  5. String cheese – because a gal can’t live on junk alone. Whenever I’m feeling snacky and virtuous at the same time, this is what I grab. Coupled with huge swigs of water, a stick of cheese really does satisfy the growly stomach. Trust.

Week in review – borrowed from the boys indeed!

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WIT :: of winning and tarnishing the win


So how utterly stoked (Yes, I said stoked. I’m so old!) am I that I won the 40+Style contest?! I’m one of those people who never win anything. Or if I do, it’d be something ridiculous like a 24 pack of toilet paper. (Fact. That’s what I won at my hub’s Christmas party raffle.)

To win the style challenge, then, especially in the face of some pretty stiff competition, is a grand honor indeed. I spent the greater part of Thursday (when the winners were announced) unable to concentrate on work and debating instead on which pair of shoes I’d purchase with my $75 Zappos voucher. I also used up my precious lunch hour perusing then finally choosing the top I’d get from Covered Perfectly (it’s that zebra top in the collage above). And I kept getting all these lovely congratulatory messages in my inbox from the ladies in the community who participated and hopefully voted for me to win.

It should’ve been a slam dunk day.

Sadly, the same notification updates that allowed me to receive all the congratulations also brought to my inbox a rather noxious comment regarding the contest and the way it was run. I refrained from commenting on Sylvia’s blog out of deference to her – I doubt she needed/wanted a flame war – and also because she handled the situation with class and aplomb, but nothing is stopping me from getting on my soapbox in my home turf.

To be fair, the commenter was very specific and logical in what I’m sure he perceived were valid arguments. And he wasn’t outright combative or troll-like. He was, however, accusatory and pompous, and he intimated that the winners won – not because of quality and effort – but because it was a popularity contest! To quote my newfound friend Anne Bray, I gnash my teeth at him!!!

Popularity contest indeed! I don’t know that many people, let alone that many people who’d go on a random site and vote for me. Sure, I did a Facebook status update and shamelessly self-promoted, but I garnered one vote from that. (Well, one that admitted to doing it anyway.) And sure, I pumped it up at work and ran around like the proverbial headless chicken asking my coworkers to vote. But I work at a school of 20 teachers, half of whom were in class and therefore couldn’t be bothered. I doubt my last-minute campaigning tipped the scales. And I’m sure the other contestants hyped it up on their ends as well.


Okay, rant over. I don’t know why I’m still so upset. The slings and arrows weren’t directed at me and the target herself didn’t seem too concerned. I should just let it go. I guess I just feel my win diminished by the intimation that I didn’t deserve it, that I won – not because I worked hard and followed the parameters – but because I purposely chose “popular” images to clinch the prize. And I’m also saddened at the thought that there will always be people out there who, for some inexplicable reason or another, feel that they’re well within their rights to ruin everyone else’s good time.

My mother taught me that if you can’t say anything nice, then don’t say anything at all. I wish more folks had moms like mine.

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OOTD :: of lucky purchases and hybrid style




So I don’t know about you, but a suit just screams “fancy” to me. And yet Chucks are the ultimate in comfort and TGIF wear. I suppose, then, that today’s outfit is a Fancy Friday/TGIF hybrid.

The suit was a lovely surprise. Purchased initially on eBay for the blazer alone, I was getting ready to chuck the pants because, let’s face it – buying pants on eBay is always a crap shoot. I was crossing my fingers that they’d work, though, because the whole thing just fits the whole David Tennant vibe I’d been searching for since the resurgence of my Doctor Who obsession.

I wasn’t too concerned about the purchase, though, because this particular eBay seller offered returns if not satisfied. But wouldn’t you know, I actually caught a break this time. The blazer settled across my linebacker shoulders like it was tailored for me. And the pants? Buttoned successfully with nary a muffin in sight. Plus, the length was just right.

My only quibble is that the trousers didn’t come with pockets. I’m thinking perhaps I can have pockets sewn in since I’m already planning to have the hips taken in anyway (they’re hidden by the long blazer and shirt in the pics). Otherwise, I’m in love with this suit. And for a mere $40, I’m able to channel my inner 10th Doctor and swan about town in style while ever ready for action and loads and loads of running in my trusty Chucks.

I’d probably have to ditch the pearls, though.

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – tobi
Suit  – Tahari @ eBay
Shoes – Chuck Taylor All Stars
Neck candyKohl’s

Linking :: Fancy Friday @ Substance AND Style

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