WIW 01/30 - Floral Jacket - low contrast experiment

This jacket just arrived from asos yesterday and I had to wear it. While I don't think the fit is a 10, it's good enough, the price was right and I anticipate having a lot of fun with it. I also bought the matching trousers, but they're designed for someone several inches shorter than I am, so they are going back. My floral suit will just have to remain the stuff of dreams.

I'm experimenting with low contrast colors today...not my usual thing.

I had to take this picture in a hurry, so didn't notice my necklace was skewed until it was too late. Bummer.


WIW 01/29/13 - What's black and blue all over?

Me! This outfit was inspired by the black, blue and white formula Angie posted yesterday.

Blue Jacket - from White House Black Market
White Turtleneck - Gap
Black Skirt - Halogen

Any suggestions for improvement are always welcome.

Also, how do you feel about the white turtleneck? I recall some negative comments about white turtlenecks on Angie's post regarding an outfit sported by Ines and am now a bit paranoid about wearing this.


WIW 01/25/13 - FFBO for a Night on the Town

Hubby's taking me out to dinner tonight for my birthday, which is on Monday, aka National Kazoo Day.

I'm wearing my McGinn jacket, turtleneck, Halogen skirt and Foley & Corinna purse. It's such an easy and comfy formula.


WIW 01/24/13 - Wrap Dress & leather Jacket

I sewed this dress last year (?) and it has turned out to be a real workhorse for me. It's not bodycon like a lot of knit dresses and the colors work with a lot of things in my wardrobe. To spice things up, I added my black leather jacket and my suede booties.

I had to have the heels on the booties fixed recently, because I wore off one of the caps. The cobbler ended up taking off 1/2" of both heels. I wasn't upset about the loss of height, but my right heel is wobbly. I hope that's a temporary thing. I'm not having any luck finding black booties I like as much.

I always appreciate your comments and suggestions!


WIW 01/23/13 - Blue and Grey

I seem to be cursed when it comes to photographing this sweater. I WILL get a nice picture of it before 2014 rolls around :)

Free People Lace Back Sweater
Halogen Seamed Pencil Skirt
Brooks Brothers Shirt
Target Tights
Katie & Kelly (?) Boots


WIW 01/22/2013 - Fast Fall Back Outfit

I had an outfit planned for today, using my recently purchased rugby stripe sweater. Unfortunately, when I went to put it on, I noticed the neckline was coming unraveled. I put some safety pins in it to stop it from falling apart any further, and don't know if I can repair it satisfactorily. I'm steamed about that. I only wore it once!

I had to throw on something quick and decided on an outfit I've worn on multiple other occasions during the past year.

Jacket: Vince Camuto
Silk Flower pin
Red top - sewn by me
Trousers: Lafayette 148
Shoes: Crown Vintage


WIW 01/18/2013 - Casual Friday

It's been one heck of a week, so I chose to wear something that was extra comfortable for casual Friday: dark wash jeans, a soft t-shirt and a cozy sweater.

Cardi: Anthropologie
Jeans: NYDJ
T-shirt: Mossimo from Target
Booties: Vince Camuto


WIW 01/17/13 - Bipolar Outfit

My emotions were all over the place this morning when I got dressed. I was determined to banish the blues, so I threw on a hectically colorful top. At the same time, I felt like I needed lots of structure to bolster my forced cheerfulness so threw on the black jacket and trousers. The blue booties were an afterthought. I'm not sure if this outfit is successful or not, but it got me through the day.

What I am sure of, though, is that YLF is a generous and supportive community. I don't think I would have made it through this week with my chin up if it weren't for your support.

I've got some REALLY good news to share! I confronted management today and explained to them that the review process had been demoralizing and that I didn't feel as if I had any concrete things I could do to improve in the future.

The amazing thing is they actually listened to me. They shredded my first evaluation form and rewrote it using my suggestions. It turned out to be a lot more useful for my development and helped reassure me that I was on the right track. In addition, they will be changing the entire review process next year. Some of the changes were due to my feedback, particularly when it comes to what kinds of critique are constructive.

Chalk one up for the little guy today.


WIW 01/16/13 - Dotty Skirt & Leather Jacket

I needed a bit of "tough" today, so I threw on my leather jacket, although I'm worried it might be too long for this look.

Posh eclectic tweedy dotty skirt ;)
Faux pearls
BR purple turtleneck
Clarks Boots

Comments and suggestions ALWAYS appreciated. Thanks!


WIW 01/15/13 - Purple for Courage

I had the most spectacularly awful performance review of my entire career yesterday. My boss didn't provide one word of constructive criticism. Instead, she wrote an entire single-spaced page of commentary about how I was unable to think critically, solve problems and be assertive enough to get anything done. I was blind-sided by this which shouldn't happen in a performance review. She never mentioned these issues to me before.

Moreover, not one of the other attorneys with whom I work took the time out of their busy schedules to mention all the times I have helped them out with one crisis or another. What a let down!

In short, I'm feeling very small and unhappy today. I'm angry and sad. But I'm not going to let this get the better of me. I'm wearing purple for courage today. This outfit would have a happiness factor of 100% if the pants were actually PPL, but I'm settling for 95% happiness.

Sorry about all the above. It's hard to get past something like that in one short day!