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OOTD :: of Day 25, birthdays and belting

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Today is BFF’s 40th birthday.

And to celebrate, we’re both playing hooky from work and spending an entire day doing girly things.

On the docket are pedicures, massages, accessory shopping, thrifting and, of course, noshing leisurely on fine foods while laughing wickedly that we’re taking a day off and getting away with it.

The planned pedis are what determined today’s outfit, btw. I knew not to make the mistake of wearing pants – especially skinnies – because I’d be dunking my tootsies in water. Since the TPP challenge involved wearing a belt with either a skirt or dress and playing with its placement for the most flattering effect, I’m calling this yet another example of serendipity.

The dress was on its way to the culling block but was rescued by the belt and I’d not worn the blazer since I’ve been weight fluctuating and had frankly forgotten I had it. Together, though, they make a potent combo, and it just goes to show how investing in the same labels really does make sartorial sense.

I may be cheating with the blazer since you can barely see the belt with it on and today is supposed to be all about belts. But the dress is so blowsy and flowy and I’m just not feeling bohemian chic today, so I feel the blazer is necessary to provide some sharpness and structure to the overall look.

And perhaps the blazer will prevent me from trying on too many things while we go thrifting. We can only hope. Ehehe…

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Dress – The Webster @ Target (eBay)
Blazer – The Webster @ Target
Belt – from another, long-forgotten dress
Boots – Ariat (similar)
Purse – Target

Join me in my Thirty Pretty Projects journey!

P.S. Even though I LOVE BFF’s garden, the light is always so dim when I get here. Argh!

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Week 9 :: of Elba and breathing a sigh of relief

And there it is, my friends.

The Friday doldrums.

I can’t even blame it on the week’s theme (which I thoroughly enjoyed, barring some minor snafus) or on my life (which was relatively stress- and responsibility-free other than the usual minutiae).  I guess my body/mind/spirit is just coming down from the adrenaline high of the work week, dialing down in preparation for the weekend.

So allow me a sigh of relief, then, as we conclude a very successful Challenge Week with an offering from one of my original readers.


Elba has been on board since day one of MCC.  She’s always super encouraging and supportive, the best kind of reader there is (who’s not a family member or BF).  She actually did me the honor of participating in Leopard Print Week (see above) and told me afterwards that she’s still wearing animal prints.  I’d like to think I can take credit for that, eh?

Anyhow, Elba was kind enough to send me some fab inspiration pics that were both charming but also appropriate for the weather, the day and my mood.  Therefore, my friends, I give you today’s final offering:


I’m not as adorable as Elba (who manages to look fetch even in smartphone self-photos) but I do think I managed to recreate the inspiration pic relatively closely.  The trick was deciding which aspect of the top – the centerpiece of the whole look – to dupe.  Deconstructing it, we come up with several things that make the top distinctive: the neckline, the sleeve length, the lace detail, the scalloped edging, the swingy cut, and of course the color.  I think four out of six ain’t bad (I’ll leave it up to you to figure out which four I managed to dupe).


Dark wash bootcut jeans, a statement bracelet, a pair of subdued heels and a slash of dark lipstick – now this is a look anyone can dupe.  Right, BF?


A huge thank you and virtual hugs to everyone who helped make the first ever but certainly not the last Challenge Week a rousing success.  Pat yourselves on the collective back for ensuring that I don’t fall into a rut and for being the vanguard of what will possibly be a monthly feature here on MCC.

Happy weekend, my friends!  Make good choices!

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – The Webster Miami @ Target
Jeans – Vera Wang @ Kohl’s
Heels – Carlos by Carlos Santana
Bracelet – gift

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