When you get to be as old and as long-but-still-happily-married as I, you tend to look upon Valentine’s Day fondly but distantly. Kinda like that favorite sweater your wore to death in college and wish you could find a replacement for but are perfectly okay if you can’t.
I’m certainly not one of those lovey-dovey women who get all butt hurt if their significant others don’t make a big deal about the day. And I’m also not one of those cynical academics who eschew and scorn V Day for its commercialism and opportunistic materialism.
I guess you could say I’m in the middle. I have found the zen of Valentine’s Day. I am a V Day Buddha.
That said, I must admit that my most recent Mad Hunt has been for this particular sweater. Not because of Valentine’s Day. And not because of that glaring red heart, mind you, but because of that glaring red heart and STRIPES together. Be still my…well, you know.
Needless to say, that hefty price tag was not amenable to my current budget so to knock-off land I went scurrying. And as most of you know, that is a bad rabbit hole in which to fall down because, my friends, I ended up acquiring not one, but three heart sweaters.
And since this week does lead up to Valentine’s Day, I guess I have no choice but to showcase all three, right? At least get them worn before I tire of them and I go haring off on my next Mad Hunt?
Today’s outfit is the simplest top of them all. I like the fact that it’s black and it’s a tunic and it’s not overtly holiday wear. I maxed out the non-holiday wear factor by pairing it with an olive utility jacket, Chelsea boots and my new Hamlet leggings. Hamlet leggings! Who knew?! I’m linking up with Anne because I heart my leggings.
This is the perfect ensemble for my conference day at the district office – comfy, unstuffy and edgy enough to show the muckety mucks that I don’t take myself too seriously but sedate enough – for me, anyway! – as not to call too much attention to myself.
:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – eBay
Leggings – Amazon
Jacket – F21
Boots – ASOS
:: Grooveshark it ::
For a Lifetime by Simmonds and Jones