February 28, 2014
Sorry for the silence! It's been busy around here. I delivered a campus wide lecture about one of my research projects this week. I had a few conference submission deadlines last week. And I've been battling the ever-growing pile of grading that becomes inevitable during this part of the term. Things are going well even if they're busy. I've even managed to take some photos outside on a few slightly less frigid days. I have many (indoor and outdoor) outfit posts and Anthropologie reviews to draft and post in the coming weeks but I wanted to share a recent one that was uploaded easily from my phone.
I am looking forward to spring break. And although my love for layers and tights weather and outerwear knows no bounds, even I am starting to look forward to a thaw. At least this winter has brought down the cost per wear of my snow boots and coldest weather gear... To those of you who are also in colder climes, I hope you are managing this very intense winter!
MBMJ owl flats
MBMJ Turnlock Teri in Elderberry
There's also a bonus kiddo OOTD behind the cut.
February 05, 2014
(Although this was originally sold in 2012, it is one of my most recent purchases)
My shopping wish list has been looking pretty sparse lately. Granted, I don't have a lot of free time in which to browse aimlessly online or in store. Without a local Saks (where I'd try on new arrivals to see what size I'd need and stalk until sale time) and without much luring me to the brick and mortar Anthropologie locations nearby, I am basically relegated to searching for "the ones that got away." Practically this means I occasionally browse ebay, outnet, and yoox with little success. It's good for my bank account at least. But wardrobe-wise I'm feeling a little ... stale for lack of better word.
It seems like most of the pieces that are my favorites came out between 2008 and 2011 and I've worn them again and again and again. During that time frame, it felt as though Kate Spade, Marc by Marc Jacobs, See by Chloé, and Anthropologie had limitless dresses and coats and bags that were so "me." Maybe what is "me" is now dated? Maybe I'm not finding much that appeals to me because I am older? Maybe it's because I'm a mom now and have less time to follow trends? Maybe it's because many of my favorite blogs are now defunct or radio silent? I'm sure that the seasons have something to do with it, since I typically find less to covet from spring lines.
No matter the reason, I have a stack of languishing gift cards to prove that nothing is drawing me to shop of late. Even when I find something I like, the details are wrong. For example, it seems like every recent Kate Spade shirt dress has been sleeveless. Sleeveless is not my favorite look, especially coupled with a button front. Something about it feels very 90s and it's not for me. There was one Marc by Marc dress that caught my eye but upon further inspection it has a deal-breaking (for me) high/low hemline.
I first tried on the dress in the photo during my trip to San Diego in April 2012 (reviewed here). I tracked it down in early December 2013 and it's my most recent wardrobe purchase. The wait between trying it on and buying it off ebay allowed me to be certain it was something I actually wanted. But part of that want became amplified due to lack of alternative wants. I wonder if this is my new normal? Or if it's just the cycling of trends that currently contradicts my personal taste in clothes? At any rate, the cold coupled with my closet monotony make me less inclined than usual to snap photos of what I've worn. So apologies for the sporadic posting... Hopefully a burst of creativity will strike me and I'll at least become less blasé about changing how I've worn what I've already worn a bunch.
January 26, 2014
I bought this Tibi dress around this time last year because I knew it would be breastfeeding friendly and my pre-pregnancy sized version (in a different colorway, last worn here) didn't fit. I'm glad I found it on ebay for a good price in a size up from my other one because it has proved to be a useful piece for teaching. I appreciate the ease of an all-in-one "combo dress" because it looks as though it could be separates but I don't have to spend my day fussing over a tucked blouse.
Last weekend my friend Robina was visiting and wanted some advice about a pumping-friendly professional wardrobe. Although she's a seasoned breastfeeding mom, she is going to be doing some clinical rotations toward degrees in nursing and midwifery that will have her separated for long hours from her infant. She specifically was curious about the names of pumping-friendly dresses she could potentially track down via ebay. The first things I thought of were my Tucker for Target shirtdresses and this Tibi one.
Even with a private office and door that locks, it's nice to avoid having to totally disrobe in the middle of the day. So if a dress can unbutton in the front, ideally down to the waist, it is a keeper in my experience. Wrap and faux wrap dresses are also good options. And the added security of a full slip will make it easy to partially unwrap. Finally, I always keep a drapey cardigan handy, for quick and easy coverage as well as added warmth.
Tibi dress (Anthropologie called it the Hudson and Houston dress many years back)
Tory Burch flats