May 23, 2018

Winter Water Factory Wildcats OOTD

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Winter Water Factory Wildcats tunic dress

I have been wearing this Cheetah tunic (called Wildcats) from Winter Water Factory with a lot of frequency. It's a little short to wear as a dress so I pair it with leggings or capris for school pick up/drop off, zoo trips, casual dinners, and even a faculty meeting. It is a fairly bold print so it yields a lot of commentary but all of it has been positive. Winter Water Factory makes matching or coordinating prints in children's clothing styles but I haven't yet bought matching options for the girls. We do have matching pieces from them that I've worn for Mother's Day. I'm waiting for a good sale before I buy more because the items are pretty pricey at retail.

Chris bought me this piece for my birthday. It's a new-to-me style from this brand and I might try to snag some in other prints. I am wearing a medium and it runs generously. I have collected a decent amount of Winter Water Factory pieces at this point, thanks to clearance sales. Some prints have held up better than others. The dark colored pieces I have show significant wash wear and fade, pretty easily. I've learned not to stick them in the dryer and to spot clean and hand wash to launder. It's kind of high maintenance for cotton jersey but I am willing to do it for a good print.

I'm wearing J.Jill leggings, some Nordstrom Rack flats from a brand I can't recall, and a French Terry zip jacket from Caslon. Thanks for reading!

May 07, 2018

Date night OOTD

By Malene Birger dress, Burberry bag, C-Label ankle strap wedges
I wore this old favorite By Malene Birger dress on a date with Chris. We went to Superior Motors which is Kevin Sousa's newest restaurant in Braddock. The food was really amazing and the space was very cool. I'm glad we checked it out. We went in celebration of my birthday, though we had gone to the Whitfield the night prior and Choolah on my birthday day (the night before that). So much going out! Anyway, I decided to wear this dress because it is incredibly delicate and I worry it won't last much longer. The silk chiffon is beautiful but not necessarily durable. And since it is another on that is about 10 years old, now seems like the time to enjoy it.

I don't know if that designer still releases lines but I always loved their aesthetic when I paid better attention to such things. I believe I bought this from Net-a-Porter or perhaps the Outnet. It was on a good sale, as usual. The Outnet may not have existed yet so it was probably Net-a-Porter. It has an open back so I usually pair it with a black cardigan because I am not about to go braless (even pre-motherhood). It's incredibly sheer and the slip it came with is still extremely revealing so I always pair it with one of my own slips. I'm sure it is outdated but I did get a few compliments from others in the restaurant.

April 20, 2018

Anthropologie Petalblush OOTD

Anthropologie Sweaterdress
Anthropologie Petalblush dress, Spanx tights, Bass booties
This is another oldie but goodie in my opinion. Anthropologie's Petalblush sweater dress was from 2013 but five years later, it still yields a lot of compliments. I think it has aged pretty nicely. I wore it to teach on yet another chilly spring day.

My semester is winding down in theory but I'm swamped with on-campus events, an upcoming conference presentation, and a huge stack of papers to grade. Hoping to update more frequently when something lets up. But it seems unlikely that anything will be letting up any time soon...


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