March 16, 2018

Chinese New Year OOTD

Professor Outfit
Tibi Dress, Cece cardigan, Chie Mihara shoes (similar), Spanx tights

I wore this many-years-old Tibi dress to a Chinese New Year celebration last month. I bought the dress a long time ago on eBay but never really had many occasions to wear it. It's just a bit too short for work but I can't seem to edit it out of my closet. This seemed like a fine occasion to wear it with leggings over tights.

The girls wore matching Tea Collection dresses from the China destination line released a few years ago. I tracked them down in a Buy Sell Trade group where I've been having lots of success finding sister matches and rehoming a lot of things that they have outgrown.

Tea Collection China dresses 

We all had so much fun at the festival which is held annually at the Jewish Community Center in Squirrel Hill. There were many performances, crafts, and vendors selling foods and goods. I'm excited to go back next year!

March 05, 2018

Old Favorite: Chloé Van Gogh Dress OOTD

Chloe dress for work
Chloé Van Gogh dress, Resort 2008 with Spanx tights, Aqua cashmere cardigan (similar in cotton here), Eileen Fisher Hall flats

Remember when I used to buy a lot of designer clothes (that were either massively on sale or gently used and cheap on eBay)? Me too! I still have a lot of them because they are too beautiful to purge from my wardrobe and not worth the time and effort to sell. Every now and then I will dig one out and see if/how it fits. This Chloé number (called the Van Gogh dress from Resort 2008) is one such dress. It has an interesting bubble hem and a graphic print that looks like doodles of colorful clouds. I used to wear it with a belt (last seen in the Chloe dress here) or just swinging on its own. I wore it to campus last week for the first time in ages. I paired it with a cardigan to give it some structure.

February 28, 2018

Deer Season: Boden Must Have Tunic OOTD

Boden Deer Dress
Boden Must Have Tunic in Black Deer print

I first purchased one of Boden's Must Have Tunics a few years back but returned it because it seemed overpriced for something that was too short to be work-wearable. You can read my first review here. A few years later when I was pregnant with Rosie, a bunch of the tunics were on clearance so I grabbed them in sizes larger than I typically wear and in long-length with the intention of wearing as maternity dresses (as shown). I wore them constantly! I also learned, pregnant belly or not, that the long lengths make them proper dresses on me, rather than mere tunics. Even better, the scoop is just deep enough to enable breastfeeding if that is a concern (but not so deep as to render it work inappropriate).

Boden Deer Print Dress
Boden Must Have Tunic Deer Print Dress

I've been wearing the style ever since I learned the long length trick. Who knew someone only 5'3 would need L?! My newest Must Have tunic is shown above in an all over deer print. This one is still available on the website along with some other print and color options. The prices vary but mine seems to be holding steady price wise. I got a better deal on it after Thanksgiving. If you are curious about fit, the garment measurements under the size guide are very accurate in my experience. I am wearing a 10 L here, which is long enough to be work-friendly and loose enough that it doesn't make me feel exposed. I paired it with black tights, a jacket from Anthropologie, and suede booties.


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