Transition to Fall

I know I wear this dress a lot.  A LOT.  Cause it is my favorite-est dress out of all of them.  It works in the Summer when my office is an ice cube from the AC, and it works in the Fall when I need sleeves, but need something lightweight.  Plus this is one of those dresses that no matter what state of physical fitness I am in, I always look good.  Like ALWAYS.  Remember the time I ironically wore Red White and Blue all week leading up to the 4th of July?  This dress made an appearance in my week of posts. But alas, the seasons have greatly changed.  It’s now cold in the mornings, and decently sunny warm in the afternoons.  So I can’t wear it with flip flops or sandals these days.  Instead I am wearing nude tights and heels. (I have a line of heels on the wall in my office -not visible to all the important meetings).

I am too excited to check the mail today.  I ordered an eye shadow palette as recommended by my favorite youTube-r Zabrena from Macshadowcombos on her “Frugal Fridays” video.  I am a dork, admitted.  But hey, for $13 bucks, how can you go wrong?!  So tonight I guess I will be experimenting (not only what Zabrena taught but some of my own concoctions…)

And, no, to those of you have emailed, those are my real eyelashes.  Yes, they are extremely long.  Naturally.  And, yes, when I curl them, I look like I am going to a glam party, or a photoshoot.  And if I don’t curl them, they end up hitting my glasses lenses and its just a pain.  Yes, I know, it’s a good problem to have…

Casual Wrap Dress

 

 

This dress photgraphs a lot better than I thought it would.  I actually love how good this looks.  I know, I am vein when it comes to it.  But really, it comes out a lot darker and brighter than it looks in reality.  Reality, it is a lighter navy, a faded red, and a tanish gray.  Lame.  I think the lighting really helps.  I may have to revert to this when getting my “professional photos” done.  It really looks fantastic.  (Besides, how often do I wear a suit?  I want something that would make me look fantastic and confident so that when it’s time to smile, you can tell I truly enjoy what I do.)

Dress:  Banana outlet (similar, similar, similar)

 

Happy link up Tuesday!

Style Sessions @ Style Elixir
Trend Spin @ Walking In Memphis In High Heels
Style Swap @ Myriad Musings
Confident Twosdays @ I do deClaire
Tuesday Pretties @ Glossy Blonde
Tremendous Tuesday @ Induffinitely Me
All About You @ Mama And More

“Oh that’s a dress, not a shirt.”

Common statement in my office today.  I closed myself away from society and just got my work done.  Graded papers, organized my files, put some relaxing music on and cleaned up.  I’m not going anywhere, but it was one of those days where I needed to reset completely- like get myself together.  And I figured, since I really wasn’t dressing up or doing anything too major, why not be comfortable.  And this dress is fantastic because I keep the space heater on in my office, which it essentially becomes an incubator. Which means after sitting at my desk, grading papers, and focused on nothing but what I was doing, I got quite warm and very flushed.  Had I stayed in my office a little while longer, I may have fainted…thank goodness for my water bottle.

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Check this out- finally!  my nails look fantastic today.  I did them when watching Scandal (which, can we discuss how I feel it’s a let down this season?!)  We all know my non-crafty ways and my shaky hand, so when I came across an opportunity to always have good nails, you know I was the first to sign up!

And besides, I don’t have to end up on PinterestFail blogs, which may be my worst nightmare.  Could you imagine?  Oh my goodness…then again, I feel like my crocheting swatches/samples should be posted up there- I am terrible at crochet!  Wait til I post those pictures, you may just laugh til you cry…

Side Note: No, they are not at distracting when reading/skimming with my finger across the page, and/or writing.  I just think they are fantastic, and everyone should try Jamberry at least once!

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So cool.  I am awesome.  Happy Friday indeed.

Happy Friday to you.  See you next week!

Dress: Stitchfix (similar, similar, similar)

Denim Jacket: my mother’s (similar, similar, similar)

Boots: JustFab (similar, similar, similar)

 

 

 

 

Happy Friday.  Enjoy the zillions of link ups I am now participating in.

 

Neutral Reset

Whenever it rains, it pours.  Watching the weather forecast, I had prepared a head of time.  I planned on wearing my hair up, I planned on my rain shoes.  The outfit was just the rest to fall into place.  So here I was, knowing it was going to rain all day, and wondered, staring at my closet “What would work on a gray day like this?”  I reached for my gray sweater dress, but remembered it was too humid and warm to wear my favorite winter dress.  It’s the middle of October here!  Come on, Clare, THINK!

So I went for a neutral reset.  I’ve been dying lately, coming up with outfits, and coming up with new ways to pair them all.  So I figured, take the rest of this short work week to reset myself.  Reset my thinking, get myself ready for the change in temps.  I’ve been really excited to welcome the cooler, chillier temps, and can’t wait to break out all my scarves, but in the awkward in between times, I don’t know what the heck I am doing!

Boring, but at the same time, isn’t a reset boring?  What else do you do when you have to reboot your computer at work?  You fill your time with boring mundane tasks.  (Or if you are me, you clorox wipe your desk, phone, office door handle and keyboard down.) Right?  Tell me you are with me.

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Sweater:  Nordstrom Rack (similar, similar, similar)
Tee:  Ann Taylor (similar, similar, similar)
Skirt: Banana Republic (similar, similar, similar)
Shoes:  Hunters (similar, similar, similar)
 
 
 

By the way, thanks to one of my students/blogger buddies.  She sent me this long list of Thursday link ups.  We promised each other that we would link up to everyone this week.  Personally, I think it’s a little much, but she reminded me of our future projects, and I thought, “Ugh, I hate when she is right.  I really should link up.”

What I Wore To Work @ Mix & Match Fashion  //   Working Girl With Style @ Simply Just Lovely  //  Let Your Light Shine @ I’m Perfectly Human  //   Spotlight Weekly @ Living in Color Style  //   Style Confessions @ Sequins & Style  //  Throw Back Thursday @ Happiness At Mid-Life  //    WIWT @ The Red Closet Diary  //  Three-fer Thursday @ Perfectly Coutured  //  Thursday Favorite @ Sincerely Jenna Marie  

“Looking Fresh, Clare”

Yes, that was the theme of the day.  At least, a few too many students who saw me hurriedly rushing around campus thought so.  I honestly wasn’t thinking.  And, well, I had to try out my new Stitchfix piece.  Let me tell you, me and Lizzy, we are style bffs, for sure.  She knows me all too well.  Thankfully, I was smart enough to make the connection to style this dress the way that the style cards suggested.  (Okay, it suggested booties, but while I am still on the hunt for said booties, these tall boots will suffice.)  And BAM!  I’m looking “Fresh.”  Now, I don’t know if “fresh” still means “good/stylish/pretty/insert your adjective here” like it did when I was in college, or if “fresh” is meaning something different these days, but I had to put throw it all out there.

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Speaking of being fresh, today I’m celebrating my 4 year wedding anniversary.  Me and the Mr. got married on October 10, 2010.  Notice the trend?  10.10.10.  Pretty awesome day if you ask me.  I see a ton of my friends on Facebook are also getting married a year from today.  What a great day to get married. *selfish*  So back in the stitchfix note, I told Lizzy that because the fix was coming a week before the anniv and my birthday (yeah, the poor Mr., two days later is my birthday), I’d need a dress for our dinner date.  She knew, based on my style, and the fact that 10.10.14 is a Friday, exactly what to send.  I am telling you people, if you don’t do Stitchfix, you are missing out.

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Dress: Stitchfix (similar, similar, similar)

Denim Jacket: my mother’s (similar, similar, similar)

Boots: JustFab (similar, similar, similar)

 

Oh and life update:  I’m picking up yet another hobby.  I may not be good at this, but in time, just like anything else, I need practice.  My students and I wanted a new challenge.  We’ve decided to pick up and teach ourselves how to crochet.  Youtube has become so helpful.  And I currently have a skein of gray yarn and a crochet hook on my desk, and it’s beginning to scare me.  CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.  Wanna see the picture of what my messy test practice crochet looks like?  Check out the “Instaupdate” on my sidebar!

 

Happy Friday.  Enjoy the zillions of link ups I am now participating in.* (see side note)

 

Side note:  I am a “mentor blogger” to one of my students.  She started blogging, and would ask me zillions of questions.  Now that she’s taken off, and become a huge name out there, I’m kinda slacking off.  She keeps me posting, and even reminds me to post.  So good for her to keep me accountable.  Yet, when she emailed me a blog post of ALL THE LINK UPS, I was a little overwhelmed.  But I think that’s a good thing.  We keep pushing each other to become more accountable, and better bloggers.  For now, we are currently working on bringing our blogs up to speed, but we hope that one day, we too can co-host a link up.  And maybe not on a Friday, cause there are already 6 that we participate in :)

 

I’ve Missed You!

Oh how I’ve missed blogging.  It’s been too long.  Someone slap me next time I disappear for over two weeks.  There’s so much that goes on in the span of two weeks, I begin to forget.  And, apparently I’ve been “on point” with my outfits/shopping, that, well, I am wasting good days! I mean, I’ve been so cute lately, that I look in the mirror and say to myself “Self, you look incredible!” And the day comes, and the day goes, and I forget to snap pics.

I knew I was slacking when the Mr. said “Hey, there hasn’t been any UC updates in my inbox lately.  What’s going on?”  And that’s when it hit me.  “Aw snap, here’s a man, who really has no idea what the heck I am doing this for, and was asking about posts.”  I also think he reads just to see what I sarcastically write about him…but that’s besides the point.

So with recent temperature roller coasters, I’ve been battling the weather.  I am refusing to let summer go.  I wore this to try to trick myself.  But I had to resort to throwing on the cardigan that I have hanging off my chair…I guess I had no choice.  It is FREEZER-ING up in here…

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Dang it feels good to be back.  I missed you all.  And my closet has missed being on display.  What can I say?  Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans.  Right?

Dress:  Stitchfix

Belt: from another dress

Shoes: Nine West

Saying Goodbye to Summer

I have to admit to myself that summer is over. I don’t want to let it go. (I’m not a pumpkin spice latte girl *gasp*).  I don’t want to be cold, I don’t want to have the flu.  I wear scarves year round, so that’s not exciting. Layering is not always flattering on me…(I tend to look more bulky than I actually am) and well, I don’t do flannel at all.   I don’t want to deal with gray skies and possible snow. Does anyone?

I am clinging on to every last shred of summer.  I refuse to start wearing boots, booties, stockings, tights, undershirts (to me, those long sleeve tees) and other warm clothes.  I love a chunky fisherman’s sweater just as much as the next girl, but come on.  I don’t want to let it go.

My mom is coming to town this weekend.  She’s been in chunky sweaters and warm flannel pajama pants for weeks now, and asked “What clothes should I bring for the weekend?”  Well, Mama’s gonna have to be bringing some sundresses for this 80 degree and sunny weekend.  Poor woman, she just put all those clothes away in the back of her closet…

As for today’s outfit.  I wanted to wear this skirt so bad to say goodbye to my all time favorite season.  But I have to realize that I should start slowly transitioning into fall.  Yet when I was planning it out on a hanger last night (tell me you do that too!), I panicked.  So I picked up the trusty pink phone and snapped a pic, sent it to my fashionista student over at From Farm To Fab.  She approved/disapproved.  Gave me suggestions based on what she knows I own, and told me two possible transition outfits with this skirt.  Today’s outfit is option one.  Option two will be in a few weeks- got to cycle the skirt out, let people forget about it, then bring it back.

I get so many compliments on this skirt.  And to be completely honest with you, I don’t know if I am quite sold on it.  Am I crazy?  The water color design is pretty darn awesome, I will admit that much…

Had to chop out the head- sorry.  I’m battling a cold before it starts – that burning, watery, itchy eye syndrome that starts before a sneeze?  Yeah, I’m dealing with that all day.  Not a pretty sight.  Oh and I have glitter all over my face- I don’t know where the glitter came from, it just appeared.

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Jacket:  can’t remember (similar, similar, similar)

Shirt:  Ann Taylor (similar, similar, similar)

Skirt:  LOFT (similar, similar, similar)

Sandals: DSW (similar, similar, similar)

Happy Tuesday.  See you all tomorrow for Happy Wednesday!

What I Wore Wednesday: Revival

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This has to be one of my all time favorite maxi dresses.  Super flattering, extra soft/comfy, perfect for the days where I want to look put together but with little effort.

I am refusing to admit to myself that fall is coming.  When I saw on Instagram that someone posted their first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season back in August, my denial started to set in.  I was miserable since that picture.  Granted, I’ve been sunburnt in 90 degree weather last week, but today’s morning low of 57 degrees was not sitting pretty with me.  Is it really time to admit that fall is coming?  My closet is not ready!  I am no where near ready for fall.  I better change my “note” on Stitchfix to let Lizzy know that I need fall stuff!  Yikes!

Happy Wednesday to you.  Enjoy today.  Enjoy your pumpkin spice latte as I drink my iced vanilla latte because I refuse to admit that the low 70s in the DC metro is considered fall.  Too cold for me.  Must. Go. To. The. Tropics.  (oh wait, that’s happening in January!)

Dress: Marshalls (similarsimilarsimilar)

Necklace: J. Crew  (similarsimilarsimilar)

Happy Wednesday.

Don’t forget to link up.

The Pleated Poppy // Because Shanna Said So

 Transatlantic Blonde  // Style Elixir

Get Your Pretty On

Shopping My Closet // My Girlish Whims