I can tell fall is almost here! And it’s not just because it was cool enough this week to wear a sweater dress and boots. It’s also because I have a calendar, and it says fall is almost here.
It seems I’m not the only one who can read a calendar, because the “How to Wear Ankle Boots” post I wrote back in January is getting a ton of hits this month, after a summer of not much action. Clearly the rest of the world is ready for sweater weather, too.
When I wore these boots over the weekend (for another night of Bar results celebration), I discovered a little bit of dried salt from the last time I wore them in the snow – a not-so-pleasant reminder of what comes after fall. Ugh. Let’s enjoy it while we can.
Yesterday I showed you one of my study outfits, and today I’ve got an actual exam-taking outfit on the menu. I’m not the pajama-wearing type even during finals because I just feel more “with it” when I take the time to get dressed. Sometimes I even brush my hair.
Still, I definitely go for comfort, and more importantly, I don’t wear anything distracting. A statement necklace any other day is great, but for some reason on test day they seem to weigh a hundred pounds. So I pretty much go for zero jewelry – the only exception is my wedding band. Otherwise I might get confused and think I’m single, and everyone knows that a room full of stress-ridden law students is a great place to hook up.
Oh, and in case you think I’m full of BS for acting like I carry a cute clutch to an exam: shoooot, girl, you know I wouldn’t lie to you! This oversized pouch actually fits all the stuff I usually carry in a purse, and then it slips easily inside the tote bag I carry to school. That way I still technically only carry one bag at a time, and if I do anything afterwards, I can pull out the clutch and leave the bulky tote in my car. It’s pretty genius of me, actually. That’s why I’m gonna be a lawyer.
Wearing fringe is a great way to get in touch with your inner bohemian or cowgirl. Unfortunately, I don’t think I have an inner bohemian or cowgirl. But I did have these fringy boots and like a dozen scarves with fringe, so I threw them together with all the polka dots I could find and it turned into an outfit that felt like me. Add a fabulous hair day and my new favorite sunglasses, and this ended up being a pretty good style day!
I hope you all had a great weekend doing whatever Easter or non-Easter things were on your agenda! The weather here was glorious and I spent most of yesterday enjoying the sunshine. You can see details on Instagram.
On Thursday it got above freezing, and I was so excited about the sun coming out that I wore the biggest damn sunglasses I have. And look, I even let a tiny sliver of skin show above my ankles. This is progress, people.
And on Friday…it snowed 4 more inches. Wah wah.
Hope you’re all finishing up a great weekend. Sending sunny thoughts your way.
Looks like we made it. Look how far we’ve come, my #BlackOutStyle babies. This was my January 31st outfit, the triumphant end to my two-week wear-no-black challenge. Can I be honest? I’m glad I did it, but I’m also glad it’s over. I’ve never been a big wearer of black, but I definitely missed it some days. I hope those of you who joined in officially (or maybe just tried to wear a little less black but didn’t tell anyone) had some fun and challenged yourself to try some fun color combinations.
Speaking of fun color combinations, how about mustard and cobalt? I’m a fan.
Winterize: you can do it to your car, and you can do it to your clothes. The former is a practical, grown-up thing to do, but like most practical, grown-up things, it’s totally lame and boring. So we’ll skip it. The latter is the fun one because it involves wearing clothes. I’m super good at wearing clothes. I practice almost every day.
I got this amazing t-shirt with rainbow carousel animals over the summer (let me say it again: RAINBOW. CAROUSEL ANIMALS. AMAZING.) and wore it quite a few times (see below). I saw no reason to put this baby into hibernation. All I had to do to winterize was add about 17 more layers. Tank underneath, sweater on top, tights, socks, jeans, boots, and (not pictured) a scarf, puffy coat, and ear muffs. Yeah, it’s pretty damn cold here. I actually took these photos the day before I wore the outfit because it was a comfortable 37 degrees, compared to the bone-chilling 5 degrees the next day.
January really puts things into perspective. Oh, and according to this article, I am allowed to complain about the cold. So I will continue to do so.
Don’t you love a good vest? It’s great for keeping you cozy all day without being too bulky under a coat. Or in Florida, it’s good for making you look like someone who is clearly from out of town. I wore this for the first day of vacation last week. Driving to the Indianapolis airport in the morning, it was in the low 20s, so the extra layer was quite helpful. When we got to the Orlando airport a few hours later, it was about 2 million degrees. Or maybe 80…I don’t remember exactly. Obviously my coat came off, and this vest spent a good part of the day on my arm and on the back of a chair. But gosh darnit, it’s winter and I’m going to wear some faux fur, even if that means getting a few weird looks from the locals. I’M WEARING A T-SHIRT, OK? WHAT ELSE DO YOU WANT FROM ME?
First thing’s first: Don’t forget today is the last day to enter the $25 Magnolia Boutique giveaway! So far there are 42 entries, and you have the option to enter up to 3 times! So your chances of winning are…um…cross multiply, do a permutation, multiply by 10, solve for X, divide by Y squared. You figure it out.
Now. I know what you’re thinking. This is supposed to a blog about “real life” style. What normal person gets this gussied up just to go to the mall for some Christmas shopping? The answer is almost no one. But when I’m in the middle of finals week and I’ve spent 2 straight days in the same t-shirt and sweatpants and I’m starting to go cross-eyed from writing SIX essays for a take-home exam, I tend to go a little overboard. To make up for the 2 normal outfits I would have worn if I left the house those days, I wore 1 extra sassy one on day 3.
And I know what else you’re thinking. How am I not freezing in these flimsy little pants when it’s 18 degrees out? Never fear friends. I snuck some leggings under there. 🙂
To my fellow college/grad school/law school friends who aren’t yet done with finals: may you stay sane and warm. And may you like my blog page on Facebook. Thanks.
I felt like a mountain climber in this outfit. I mean, I’ve never climbed a mountain before, but I imagine this is a typical outfit for that activity. I’ve got the flat boots for handling rugged terrain. I’ve got jeans, because that’s what you wear for doing things outside. I’ve got a puffer vest, which is practical for when it gets cold at night. I’ve got a ponytail to keep my hair out of my face and to swat away bugs.
Finally, I’ve got a bright blue polka dot cardigan. That’s the most important part of my mountain climbing outfit because I’m sure to get lost, at which point I can call for help and tell the helicopter pilot to look for the girl in the bright blue polka dot cardigan.
Or I could just not go mountain climbing because I have no idea what I’m talking about. Yeah, let’s go with that.
I’ve gotta keep the blurb today pretty short…I’m writing this at the end of a long day and my eyes don’t want to stay open. They actually haven’t wanted to stay open since about three hours after I woke up. Coffee? Why yes, I tried that. Diet Coke? Yep, twice. Sleeping? That sounds like the best cure.
Before I start nodding off, I’ll point out my remix item of the day: these jeans! Since I’m not a jeans-everyday person, and this is my only pair of distressed denim, I decided they were unique enough for me to repeat. Fun fact: I wore tights under these jeans today and yesterday. Exposed skin and sub-zero wind chills don’t mix.