Comfy Pro Chic

Last week I was out of service.  Meaning, I had that nasty allergy/cold/plague thing that stopped me from doing anything.  Seriously. I was coughing every three seconds, to the point where I couldn’t talk.  Oh my goodness.  Imagine that- I couldn’t talk!  Yikes!

But alas, I had to continue showing up to work.  I had an arsenal of cough drops, tissues and constantly chugging water.  Believe it or not, I managed to get through a work day without coughing one day!  Wow.  Accomplishment.

To maintain sanity and professionalism, I had to get dressed.  Yoga pants and a sweatshirt, although comfortable and perfect for the “sick” feeling I had, wouldn’t fly.  So I picked easy to wear clothes that worked well together.

IMG_3461Sweater: Gap (similar)  |  Shirt: Polo (similar)  |  Skirt: Loft (similar)  | Shoes: Nine West (similar)

Yep.  Pretty basic. But pretty easy when you feel like hacking up a lung and all you want to do is sleep.

When you don’t want to get dressed for work, what’s your comfy professional chic “go-to” look?

*side note:  I’m much better today.  The weekend really gave me time to rest and catch up.  No more coughing!

 

 photo clare2.png

 photo df2526f0-31c1-41ee-bfd9-e850a65c4085_zps83c419b0.png  photo 977c6eb6-9b60-40f4-aeb2-d74ca0e5ccee_zpsf6edfb3d.png  photo d647f8d4-6b75-4553-8de9-5537f74cb02f_zpsbd44f0ff.png  photo 9131f64d-8942-4ffc-a083-a1c4a728e3c6_zpsc65064d5.png  photo d015a7fd-9985-417f-982c-5e99db7b8e5a_zps0f5cd54b.png  photo 6e2a89ff-f058-48b3-b986-35508c8da633_zpsd1b0b3af.png

Green was at the Dry Cleaners

On St. Patrick’s Day, my Instagram had a leopard scarf.  One of my friends asked “Where’s your green?”  My response?  “at the dry cleaners.”  Seriously.  It was.  I did not have a green dress ready for St. Patrick’s Day.  But I did have soft lighting and awesome hair and makeup for the days after when I was planning on wearing this green dress.  Dang, I love this dress.

IMG_3446Cardigan: Gap (similar)  |  Scarf: gift from students (similar)  |  Dress: Bluefly.com (similar)  |  Tights: DKNY (similar)  |  Shoes: Nine West (similar)

I’ve talked about it before, but I love Bluefly.  There are so many good deals on there all the time.  This dress was a Bluefly find.  And it fits like a glove.  What I personally like?  The gold accessories….

…time for an artistic glamour shot…

IMG_3450Cardigan: Gap (similar)  |  Scarf: gift from students (similar)  |  Dress: Bluefly.com (similar)

How cool?!  Seriously.  Let’s admire that artistic shot.  Thank you, Eva for that one.  She came up with it all on her own.  I’m impressed.  But I will say, I’m disappointed my nails did not match up to the color green of the dress.  Oh well, remember, I didn’t wear this on St. Patrick’s day anyway.  I guess it didn’t make a difference….I just like the shamrocks on the nails.  Too cute.

Remember, on Wednesday I talked about how this was my new favorite scarf?  I did everything in my power not to wear it three days straight.  Let me tell you, this scarf is really my new favorite.  I may just have to wear it- all the time.  I mean, leopard is a neutral, right?

IMG_3449Cardigan: Gap (similar)  |  Scarf: gift from students (similar)  |  Dress: Bluefly.com (similar)

Oh yeah!  Today is the first day of Spring!  Too bad it is snowing where I am.  What about you?  Oh and to all my Boston friends, I promise, Spring is definitely coming!  For sure.  I can see it.

It’s been a while, but it’s time to link up with some Friday friends!

Rachel the Hat // Two-Thirty Five Designs // Penniless Socialite // Style Elixir

 

 photo clare2.png

 photo df2526f0-31c1-41ee-bfd9-e850a65c4085_zps83c419b0.png  photo 977c6eb6-9b60-40f4-aeb2-d74ca0e5ccee_zpsf6edfb3d.png  photo d647f8d4-6b75-4553-8de9-5537f74cb02f_zpsbd44f0ff.png  photo 9131f64d-8942-4ffc-a083-a1c4a728e3c6_zpsc65064d5.png  photo d015a7fd-9985-417f-982c-5e99db7b8e5a_zps0f5cd54b.png  photo 6e2a89ff-f058-48b3-b986-35508c8da633_zpsd1b0b3af.png

Thursday Thoughts: Week 10

1.  She recycles her closet just like the rest of us.  This is why I love the Duchess.  She’s just awesome, on so many levels.

2.  The morning show I listen to during my commute hinted the other morning that there are talks to have none other than BRITNEY perform at next year’s halftime show.  Naturally I got super excited.  That day at work, all I listened to was Britney Spears.  (Thankfully I was the only one in the office all day..) And of course I had to do some reading on the Queen of Pop, and how everytime I’ve been in Vegas since her residency, we keep missing each other…but what excites me – a lot of her inspiration for the show came from another Vegas favorite of mine… Celine.

3.  Song of the week?  “(Sittin’ on the) Dock by the bay” by Otis Redding.  I had played this song all week on repeat on Spotify.  My students are quite tired of this song.  They liked it in the beginning – got them thinking of a nice tropical island dock, sipping a nice tropical drink in hand, just hanging your toes over the edge, skimming the water with your toes, enjoying the tide coming in and out… Now I’ve got you thinking about it!

4.   There are times where this debate comes up a lot.  Most of the time, students come into my office on Mondays and brag about what they did over the weekend.  I nod my head, and tell them I shouldn’t be hearing about it – nor do I want to know the in-depth details.  But contemplating a family of my own one day got me thinking.  Pot or booze?  Which would I be okay with?  This pediatrician seems to answer my question very factually.

5.  The Mr. has decided to cut back on our consumption of dining out.  But how can I go without my favorite restaurant favorites?  Oh wait.  I think I can attempt to cook them myself.

6.  Last week, I purchased some pretty flowers.  Posted it on Instagram.  

It may be only Wednesday but these flowers may perk you up. #flowers #blooms #springcomesoon #spring

A photo posted by Clare (@understatedclassics) on

To this day, they still look like that.  9 days later.  I think I’m getting the hang of this floral thing.

7.  And a throwback on this Thursday.  Years ago, my friends and I in college would watch this video all the time.  And when we were having a rough day, we’d try to reenact Jessica’s energy  for each other -knowing it’d put a smile on our faces.  Cheers to you, on this Thursday!

 

 

 

 photo df2526f0-31c1-41ee-bfd9-e850a65c4085_zps83c419b0.png  photo 977c6eb6-9b60-40f4-aeb2-d74ca0e5ccee_zpsf6edfb3d.png  photo d647f8d4-6b75-4553-8de9-5537f74cb02f_zpsbd44f0ff.png  photo 9131f64d-8942-4ffc-a083-a1c4a728e3c6_zpsc65064d5.png  photo d015a7fd-9985-417f-982c-5e99db7b8e5a_zps0f5cd54b.png  photo 6e2a89ff-f058-48b3-b986-35508c8da633_zpsd1b0b3af.png

Neutral WIWW Week 10

Yesterday was St. Patrick’s Day.  And traditionally, it’s a common style thing to wear GREEN but if you don’t own green, I guess you are out of luck.  Or, if you thought like I did- I tried the green dress on, but I couldn’t zip it all the way – I had to do that awkward “alone girl” dance where you’re fidgeting and fussing with a zipper because you are all alone and no one is around to help zip you up….

…don’t deny you know what I am talking about.  We’ve all been there.

So because I was going straight to a meeting and wouldn’t have seen any students (I trust enough to not be weirded out by me asking them to help zip me up) before the meeting, I scratched the green dress, and admitted that I wear the dress on a day the Mr. is still at home in the morning.

IMG_3442

Hello Jimmy Neutron hair for sure. Seriously, what’s happening with that pouf? Goodness only knows. It was pretty windy out.

Scarf: gift (similar)  |  Cardigan: Ann Taylor (similar)  |  Dress: Ann Taylor (similar)  | Tights: DKNY (similar)  |  Flats: gift (similar)

Today was my favorite day of the year.  Every year around this time, a cultural club does a huge “Ladies Tea” and every year they hand out the most beautiful pashminas.  As a “quasi-advisor” to this group (well, all student groups), they always save one aside for me.  Every year, the pashmina becomes my favorite until the following year.  The leopard is this year’s!  I cannot wait for next year now!  (Each year the girls get smarter and smarter, they pull aside a few good ones and pick their favorite for me!)  It pays to be nice sometimes.

IMG_3438

 Cardigan: Ann Taylor (similar)  |  Dress: Ann Taylor (similar)  |  Necklace: Hanuel (similar)  | Nails: “Shamrockin’ by Jamberry (here)

Speaking of nice- how cool is this necklace?  I was so excited when I stumbled upon Hanuel on Twitter, and they were asking “How would you style this bib necklace?”  I replied and they then DM-ed me saying “Hey, we’ll send you one!”  Why not?!  After all, my thoughts raced when I saw the original post, and immediately thought of a zillion times I’d wear something like that.  And look!  Now I am styling it!  Love it,.  And it’s silver, my favorite!

Oh like my nails?  I know you do.  They have small shamrocks on them.  Called “Shamrockin'”  So adorable.  I’m not a green fan at all, and never ever really wear green on my nails, but for this day, and since I am not wearing my green dress, this will have to suffice.  Can’t see too well?  Check this picture out.

All ready for St. Patrick's Day!! #stpatricksday #shamrocks #shamrockinjn #jamberry

A photo posted by Clare (@understatedclassics) on

So fun.  I love being festive.  Small changes like your nails can really get you into the spirit.  St. Patrick’s day is more than just wearing green, it’s also about the Shamrock Shakes at McDonalds.  I may have overdone it with the shake consumption, but how can you not?  Those are so good!

How many Shamrock Shakes did you have this month? 

Happy What I Wore Wednesday.  

The Pleated Poppy // Because Shanna Said So // Pump & Pushups //  My Girlish Whims  // Tucker Up // Book of Leisure // Cappuccino and Fashion  //  For the Love of Leopard

 photo clare2.png

 photo df2526f0-31c1-41ee-bfd9-e850a65c4085_zps83c419b0.png  photo 977c6eb6-9b60-40f4-aeb2-d74ca0e5ccee_zpsf6edfb3d.png  photo d647f8d4-6b75-4553-8de9-5537f74cb02f_zpsbd44f0ff.png  photo 9131f64d-8942-4ffc-a083-a1c4a728e3c6_zpsc65064d5.png  photo d015a7fd-9985-417f-982c-5e99db7b8e5a_zps0f5cd54b.png  photo 6e2a89ff-f058-48b3-b986-35508c8da633_zpsd1b0b3af.png

Hint of Spring

I disappeared on Monday to hole myself up to make the best bracket I have made in years.  I am too superstitious to tell who I have in my final four, however I can tell you I only have 1 number #1 seed in the final four.  That’s all I will say.  I have enough upsets to surprise everyone, and well, let’s just say I did my homework and am well prepared to make this year count…

…and I am picking a Cinderella team.  However, I’m not saying who they are, as again, I am too superstitious to tell.  I’m not as extreme as Jimmy Fallon usually is (one year he picked my undergrad to go all the way, we lost in the round of 32!), but I definitely have a surprise in there.  The Mr. is totally going to lose the bracket pool this year.

FINALLY!  Spring weather is here.  I have a hunch that the DC area will go from frozen tundra to HOT HOT HOT soon.  Like a week of Spring, then HOT.  And I’m totally okay with that.  In fact, I’d prefer it that way…

But for now, we wear transition pieces til it gets warm.  With the Spring-like temps, I went barelegged for the first time all of 2015 (well, the Caribbean cruise doesn’t count, that was a given!).  So excited to have donned my ultra white gams, just because I can!

1e4af-7-25confidenceboost003

Chambray: GAP (similar)  |  Skirt: LOFT (similar)  |  Earrings: gift from mom (similar)

Happy St. Patrick’s day to you!  Enjoy some Irish Soda Bread, corned beef and cabbage and wash that all down with a nice pint of Guinness!

Have you filled out your brackets?  Who do you have in yours?  Any good upsets?  Are you one of those people who pick based on the mascots?  (My mom picked the “Anteaters” to go all the way- it’s an odd mascot, she liked it).  Or do you pick based on the quality of the school? (Friend of mine picked Notre Dame because she went there…)

Regardless.  Let the madness begin!

 photo clare2.png

 photo df2526f0-31c1-41ee-bfd9-e850a65c4085_zps83c419b0.png  photo 977c6eb6-9b60-40f4-aeb2-d74ca0e5ccee_zpsf6edfb3d.png  photo d647f8d4-6b75-4553-8de9-5537f74cb02f_zpsbd44f0ff.png  photo 9131f64d-8942-4ffc-a083-a1c4a728e3c6_zpsc65064d5.png  photo d015a7fd-9985-417f-982c-5e99db7b8e5a_zps0f5cd54b.png  photo 6e2a89ff-f058-48b3-b986-35508c8da633_zpsd1b0b3af.png