Monthly Archives: May 2014

OOTD :: of turning 42, favorite colors and pattern overload




This week is brought to you by Anne @ SpyGirl’s Pattern Overload theme. (See how I commemorated Memorial Day and fulfilled the theme simultaneously here.)

Today I give you a repeating floral diamante, a graphic tee and multicolored spats. If that’s not pattern overload, I don’t know what is.

Bonus #1 is that today’s outfit incorporates two of my current fave colors: TARDIS blue and chartreuse.

Bonus #2 is that I’m incorporating an older fandom to show my geek diversity (it’s not always all about Doctor Who around here, ya know!)

Bonus #3 is that I’m uber comfy but also satisfyingly quirky at the same time. Goes to show that with age comes great wisdom: I now feel I can confidently maintain a singular style without surrendering to pain and discomfort.

I’m celebrating my 42nd birthday today, so even though I’m at work and grading senior presentations, I’m giving myself a break and treating today like a Wordless Wednesday. If you want your regular wordy fix, why not head on over to Alex @ Undergraduate Style? I’m guest posting over there.



:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – F21
Kimono – Olsenboye @ jcp
Skinnies – Mossimo @ Target
SpatsCharlotte Russe

:: Linking ::
Style Sessions @ Style Elixir
Stylish Tuesday @ Life’s a Party


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OOTD :: of Memorial Day 2014




Memorial Day

The bugle echoes shrill and sweet,
But not of war it sings to-day.
The road is rhythmic with the feet
Of men-at-arms who come to pray.

The roses blossom white and red
On tombs where weary soldiers lie;
Flags wave above the honored dead
And martial music cleaves the sky.

Above their wreath-strewn graves we kneel,
They kept the faith and fought the fight.
Through flying lead and crimson steel
They plunged for Freedom and the Right.

May we, their grateful children, learn
Their strength, who lie beneath this sod,
Who went through fire and death to earn
At last the accolade of God.

In shining rank on rank arrayed
They march, the legions of the Lord;
He is their Captain unafraid,
The Prince of Peace…Who brought a sword.

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – Peter Pilotto @ Target
Skirt – F21
Belt – NY&Co.
Pumps – Janine @ Payless

:: Linking ::
Fashionably Employed @ Basic Training Corporate Style

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5 Things :: a birthday wish list

So I turn 42 in 2 days and, as is always the case, my family despairs of getting me presents.

Apparently, it was the same situation for Mother’s Day. They accuse me of buying for myself during the year and not leaving them anything with which to gift me. While this is pretty true to form, anyone who knows me well should really have no problem finding something I’d like. I have so many hobbies and interests after all.

Now this isn’t a call to action or a blatant request for prezzies. And I highly doubt anyone from my immediate family will even read this post in time to get me anything. But I felt it rather fun and altogether apropos to do my 5 Things feature on a birthday wish list.

Mind you, this list is excepting the intangible things like world peace and sleeping in. And I’ve left off the honey-do list like planting me a fruit tree or fixing the wall by the front door that Jack the Beast has destroyed down to drywall. This list predominantly consists of frivolous things I’d not buy for myself but would appreciate it immensely if others presented them to me.

In no apparent order, then…

1. prints from The Ideal Bookshelf – Now I’m not even asking for a personalized shelf (although I could definitely do a 5 Things post on that in the future). I think I’d be perfectly happy with either the Girl Stars set or the Fantasy set. I’d also put HP on that list but I’ve got the real thing and nothing can beat that on my shelf.

2. a really good wok – One that’s light enough for me to lift and swish the veggies about but sturdy enough that it’ll last me years. Oh, and it’s gotta be not non-stick so my meat gets that good sear.

3. TARDIS watch – Because I refuse to tell time using my phone, my wrist feels naked without one, and c’mon! It’s a TARDIS watch!

4. a pair of Sock It To Me socks – First found them when I was looking for a pair for Anne’s Crazy Socks challenge, I am totally enchanted by all the prints that I can’t pick just one. Top faves include Bonjour, Cherry Blossom, and Starry Night.

5. monogram necklace – I’d asked for this last year and my kiddos interpreted it this way. Of course, we all know I meant this way. I still want it, but I may just have to be content with the one I got. So perhaps just these instead? I’d love them in all the colors!


Week in review – Custo craziness

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HGB :: Longchamp Large Le Pliage Tote


Last summer, right before the end of my 7-week stint at Yale, KS #1 and I went shopping to take advantage of tax-free weekend in Massachusetts. Apparently, this magical time happens once a year, ostensibly to give parents a break as they shop for back-to-school stuff. (However, after a brief Google search, I couldn’t really find hard evidence that supports this reasoning. Anyone in MA wanna chime in on this?)

I’d already lived a pretty ascetic existence, the camp experience not being conducive at all to leisure, fashion or shopping, so both my psyche and my pocketbook were raring to go. Thus, it was with very little remorse that I made my first (and probably only) deliberate purchase of a fancy shmancy bag.

Now, I’ve previously maintained that women are divided into two main camps. There are your purse connoisseurs and there are your shoe mavens and never the twain shall meet (unless, of course, you’re independently wealthy or have a Mr. Moneybags that can supply you with both). I count myself in the latter camp and really couldn’t be bovvered with brand name bags. Why spend hundreds of dollars on a single Kate Spade when a $34.99 Merona bag at Target ferries my stuff to and fro quite adequately? My money is better spent buying more shoes.

But today’s HGB proves me wrong every day that I tote it around. The Longchamp Le Pliage is apparently the de rigeur bag in the New England area, primarily because it’s au courant and weather resistant at the same time. And I can attest to the latter. Sure, we don’t get squalls and gales in SoCal, but there has been many a time this school year when I’ve either dumped an entire water bottle’s worth of liquid in this bag or have gotten coffee splashed on it. A quick emptying and hanging over the tub, and this bag is still as good as new.

I also love the size of it. Longchamp makes this particular style in several sizes but the large suits me and my 15-inch Macbook Pro to a tee. When I finally surrendered my ancient PC to home computer status and switched over exclusively to the Macbook assigned to me by the school, this bag became a true workhorse. It not just transports my technologies (laptop, battery, cord and all), it also carries my lunch, aforementioned water bottle, silent reading novel du jour, makeup bag, foldable travel flats and other work detritus I manage to acquire within the course of a week. And because it’s PVC-coated nylon, Le Pliage doesn’t add pounds to my total carrying weight, making it easy on the shoulders.

My only quibble about this bag is its lack of compartments besides the barely adequate interior wall pocket that doesn’t hold a thing. But I suppose this is what makes it so lightweight and portable (did I mention you can fold this sucker into a nifty little envelope when not in use?).

So was it worth the $145 I spent last August? Well, if you subscribe to the whole cost-per-wear philosophy, and I’ve used this tote for 185 school days, then I guess a free bag is a pretty darned amazing investment.

P.S. I bought mine in the slate color shown here but I’m thinking of purchasing a back-up bag. Should I get red, gunmetal, lemon, or navy?!

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