OOTD :: of kimonos and Queen Anne’s Lace




This week marks the last of Anne’s flower themes for 52 Pick-me-up this year. As mentioned before, I have expanded my floral horizons tenfold ever since I committed to participating in Anne’s linkups, and I’m happy to round out my yearly knowledge (because we all know there will be more flowers in the next batch) with Queen Anne’s Lace.

‘Tis quite the delicate little miss, isn’t it? And the print on this Paul & Joe kimono mimics its vibe perfectly. (Forgive me while I link the closeup to other people’s pics since I’m too lazy to snap one of my own.) The Paul & Joe collection has got to be my fave designer collab from Target and I am still kicking myself for having culled most of my pieces during that time I thought to go sharp and chic and decimated my boho/fem stash. Slowly but surely, I’m acquiring them back but it’s slow and hard going considering the collection is now over a decade old.

(Bonus points and my eternal love to anyone who can help me hunt down the rest of the pieces in a size L.)

Speaking of size L, I went to update my About page the other day and realized I’m expanding.

Like the universe.

Seems like every year since I started this blog, my waistline has decided to grow a consistent 3 inches, and I don’t know how I feel about that. On one hand, I don’t expand anywhere else so it’s not really noticeable (I don’t think?). And I’m supposed to love the skin I’m in as well as provide a positive role model for my daughter by not being so body critical and body shameful.

On the other hand, all my clothes have become slightly ill-fitting and I don’t relish replacing them since I’m currently satisfied with my carefully curated wardrobe.

And before someone chimes in well-meaningly and proposes an exercise or diet regimen, can we please remember that I’m old(er) and less inclined to grapple with inertia? Thank you.

Isn’t it funny how we spend all our earlier years impatiently waiting to be more (taller, older, bigger breasted) and our later years wanting to be less (less fluffy, less wrinkly, less grey)?


:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Kimono – Paul & Joe for Target
Trousers – Old Navy
Wedges – Mossimo Supply Co.

:: Linking ::
52 Pick-me-up @ SpyGirl

:: Scream it from the top of your lungs ::
Dance Dance by Fall Out Boy


16 thoughts on “OOTD :: of kimonos and Queen Anne’s Lace

  1. What a lovely kimono! You fit the “Queen Ann’s Lace” vibe perfectly. I can relate to your 3 inches a year…except for I think I’ve just been consistently gaining weight my whole life. Not tons at a time, obviously but it needs to stop eventually! I just love food and not exercise. Oh life.

  2. wordhunter says:

    Expanding is never a bad thing. Ill fitting clothes, however, not so fun. Try and avoid soda and fake foods. All that processed junk just takes up space. Hehehe expanding space. Teehee. As I said today, I love this kimono top, the color complements you perfectly.

    • mtsedwards says:

      Oh my goodness! I just realized: “Wordhunter”! Ahahahahahaha! And yes, I need to pick your brain about healthy foods versus diet foods…

  3. Kezzie says:

    Seriously, you have to see my TARDIS Tuesday inspiration for tomorrow and you will look back at your outfit!!!!
    Love this! I seriously worry about my clothes not being able to fit me- eeeeeekk, what would I do if I had to replace my wardrobe- I walk lots but that’s my main exercise- do you do much?x

    • mtsedwards says:

      And now I’m intrigued. Can’t wait for tomorrow! And yes, a friend of mine and I were bemoaning the fact that in the U.S. – Southern Cali in particular – walking is pretty much impossible because of our “wide open spaces”. I do wish I lived in a “college town” where everything is walking distance, but I’m stuck in the suburbs where even the local market requires a car. Sigh…

  4. Patti says:

    Love this kimono and you look tres elegant! I know about waists – even though I’m still thin, my middle measurement keeps increasing. There’s nothing for it, I say, xox

    • mtsedwards says:

      As long as it’s proportionate, right? I do want to stave off any more major fluffiness if only for the sake of my pocketbook, so I am cutting back on white rice again (something I have been indulging in regularly since I got back into anime and all things Japanese).

  5. robjodiefilogomo says:

    This look is absolutely stunning!! As for the waistline, many times alterations can be done for some pieces so you don’t have to buy new/get rid of old! jodie

    • mtsedwards says:

      Yes, yes! I’m developing quite a close relationship with my tailor and now it’s only slightly awkward when she measures me instead of supremely awkward, seeing as how she’s also my regular substitute teacher and mother to a former student.

  6. Anne M Bray aka SpyGirl says:

    Ah, but we “mature” women are always wishing for MORE time, yes?
    I hear you on the expansion thing. My waist is nonexistent. Pass the cupcakes!
    Oh, and speaking of cupcakes, there’s a 2-day FOOD art show in Claremont Saturday + Sunday.
    It’s called “All U Can Eat” and I have three jam prints in it. (Check my FB for details.)
    I’ll be there around 3:30ish on Sunday — meetup???

    Love your look here. So pretty!
    Thanks for linking! xxox

    • mtsedwards says:

      Woman, what are you doing to me?! I’m struggle with expansion and you show me jam prints?! Argh! LOL! Weekends are usually reserved for family days since my husband has such late hours during the week and hardly gets to spend time with me or the kids. Which is why I usually reserve my personal friend times for holidays. My summer hols are right around the corner, though, so I’m pretty free after June 18th. 😀

  7. jenortega says:

    You are channeling Katherine Hepburn! My favorite!

  8. The Sartorial Coquette says:

    you look beautiful!! the only thing i can think of suggesting is getting some exercise everyday but that’s it 🙂 nothing crazy
    i love your style ❤
    instagram: the_ch1ara

    • mtsedwards says:

      Thanks for stopping by and for the gentle words of wisdom. I know exercise is the key to a long and healthy life, but it sooo hard if you’re not naturally physical, eh? I’ll try to get back on the treadmill this summer. 😉

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