Bailey 44 (+ bday discount)

There's a cute new version of the Bailey 44 tiered striped dress; navy blue, turquoise, and tan. And just got my birthday discount coupon. Hurrah!

http://m.anthropologie.com/mob.....038;catId=

Mostly just taking an excuse to pop in during a very, very busy holiday season. Hope all is well!

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Layer up

A few simple layers for fall at work - and unusually for me, I'm wearing jeans in most of them.

1.  Straight leg jeans, purple slingback pumps, black button-down with white bird print, black and gray colorblocked tee on top, rose gold watch.

2. Cobalt pencil skirt, metallic snakeskin pumps, cream button-down layered under a mint sweater, mint and rose beaded necklace.

3. Straight leg jeans, ink blue button-down with mint cuffs/collar layered under an ink blue shell, turquoise pumps, mint chandelier earrings

4. Straight leg jeans, black faux-turtleneck, silver pendant necklace, black beret, purple clogs, silver beaded wire-wrapped stone bracelet.

I feel like I've been greatly lacking creativity and motivation lately, so what I have to share is on the simple side.

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Fall wear

A few catch-up WIW outfits:

1.  Black pencil skirt and tights, black Fidji mary janes, ink blue shell with buttons and ruffles, ink blue wool blend bomber with faux-leather trim, black beret

2-3. Burgundy pencil skirt, aubergine cowl-neck sweater, purple slingback pumps, brown hose, purple geometric patterned scarf, purple wool cloche with feather

4.  Black dotted tiered dress, black and emerald floral patterned cardigan, emerald disc earring worn as a pendant necklace, black tweed and patent flats

5.  (I must have moved my head when the shutter went off!)  Purple floral print dress, brown hose, plum booties, orange butterfly pendant

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Purple & Gray

This past weekend, I met up with my mom and sister for a very fun girls' day out in the city.  We enjoyed a delicious brunch, but the highlight of the day was a special show of The Sound of Music in 70mm film format.  The theater, which has a very large capacity, was nearly full, and the mixed regular & chocolate-covered popcorn was flowing.  It was magical to share the experience with my mom, who had watched the film as a kid during its original theatrical run (multiple times) and my sister, as we'd grown up watching it together. I was proud of my fellow Seattlites for joining us.  What a great way to spend a rainy and thunderstorm-laden afternoon!

Here's what I wore that day - a casual outfit, for a change.  Straight leg jeans, purple low slingback pumps, purple beaded disc necklace, gray and purple striped boatneck sweater with buttons on the shoulders, purple wire-wrapped cocktail ring.

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Raindrops on roses

#1-3 is what I now think of as my traveling outfit, because I wore this on both trans-atlantic flights this summer.  The knit cobalt pencil skirt & white/black lace-print peplum knit top are so cozy to wear!  For this week, I added a black bead and cord necklace, and black/beige patent flats.

We were treated to some lovely thunderstorms today!  There was quite a deluge on my morning commute.  I'm very much feeling the lack of tall boots and booties in my wardrobe - I've got to add a good pair to my shopping list this season.  I'm not looking forward to that agonizing search.
You can see the haze on my camera in #4 - with all of the humidity, I gave up on trying to get a clear shot.
Blue faux-wrap dress, silver owl pendant necklace (a gift from B.), aubergine patent pumps.

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(Not) singin' the blues

Outfit:
Blue patterned blouse - Banana Republic
Straight leg jeans - Jag
Brown braided belt - American Eagle (REALLY old)
Pewter loafers - BC Footwear
Silver celtic pendant necklace
Bronze KS handbag 

My work schedule is about to get really, really busy starting next week, and will probably stay that way for a few months.  I'd say that means that my presence will be sparse around here, but I'm already pretty much in post-and-go mode with a few times to pop in and comment on other posts.  Sorry about that - I miss being more active on the forum and blog.

I have a lot to be grateful for, though.  I am so happy with my new job and am thrilled that my team brought me on board permanently.  B. and I are happy and are loving our pets.  By making an effort to move more and bring lunches to work, making small but measurable strides towards a healthier, more balanced lifestyle in spite of my new weird schedule.  I'm also recognizing how socially healthy it was for B. and I to move to the city a year ago - I have a small group of girlfriends who live nearby that get together with one another regularly for potlucks and movie nights, and our friendship has really enriched my life.  

I can't help but think how I'm close to what would have been my 4 year anniversary at my last job, and how utterly depressed I was coming in to the office every day.  I did everything I could think of to ensure that I'd spend that 4 year mark at a job that was better suited for my strengths and interests.  

Basically, I'm happy with where I am right now, and that's a great place to be at.

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Aubergine Copycat

Today the weather has perked up a bit after yesterday's downpour, so I felt like wearing a cheerful copycat of this recent outfit.  I swapped out the flame-colored tiered striped dress for the eggplant version, and paired it with matching patent pumps with a gold buckle that were my staple interview shoes this past summer.  I kept the chunky, colorful beaded necklace but used my bronze handbag instead.  I can feel myself edging towards fall colors even when the weather stays mild like today.

Obligatory critter shots included.  Blinkin felt like hanging out in the sleeve of my bathrobe this morning while I was getting ready for the day - until she decided that she was done, and slid down the robe to the ground and made a beeline for the cage.

(Edited to add: now that I have a half mile walk through the city from the bus stop to the office, some days it hits home that you have to be brave to wear a body-con dress when you are a red headed plus sized apple/hourglass. I get a lot of remarks about my curves when I wear this dress from passers by, and so far none have been insulting, but I have to be comfortable being noticed when wearing this dress.)

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Heading towards fall

It's not even September yet, and already the rain is back!  Today there was quite a downpour as I walked from the bus to work, and I was glad to have my little umbrella stuffed into my purse.

The best part about the return to fall is the ability to break out awesome jackets that have been pretty dormant over the past few months.  Case in point, this asymmetrical moto jacket in #1-3, which I wore a lot last Spring, but don't think I ever photographed before.  I'm wearing it with my straight leg jeans and pewter loafers.

#4 is one of the last outfits of summer - leopard print shell with pussycat bow, black circle midi skirt, bronze handbag, and dalmatian print pumps.

Both great outfits for a bright red lip.

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For the birds

On another warm summer day, I opted to layer with a sleeveless outfit for the outdoors part of my commute, and a heavier layer for the air-conditioned office.  Everything is all official for my start date as an internal employee on Monday, and the announcement was made to my team, so I felt very light and happy.  What could be more appropriate than a bird-themed outfit?

I paired a new sleeveless Daniel Rainn blouse from the Nordstrom Rack (black, with a swan print, and with a beautiful lace overlay in back photographed in #4-5) with a black knit skirt, orange pumps, chevron patterned owl necklace, and denim jacket. 

One change to my day that's coming up: with my transition to an internal employee, I've been asked to work a shift that starts at 9:30 AM.  This is so different for me - I haven't even started as late as 8:00 AM for 5 years, and the last time I had a schedule this late in the day was early on in college!  I'm used to getting out early in the afternoons too.  With some adjustments, though, I think I can make it work.  I'm thinking that I will work out and run errands in the morning.  I'll have an easy time eating breakfast and packing lunch, but dinner prep will be challenging - perhaps I'll have to come up with meals that I can start in the morning, or rely more often on crock-pot dishes when it's my turn to cook.  And it won't be so much of a challenge missing much of the day if I have an early-morning medical appointment.

Do any of you have good strategies for coping with a late work schedule?

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Beachy blues

I haven't made it to a beach at all this summer unless you count the Giants Causeway or Cliffs of Moher in Ireland - and while they were absolutely breathtaking, we weren't anywhere near to a sandy beach where we could pop in for a swim.  Hopefully next year we'll pop down to the Oregon Coast for some beach time.
Regardless, I felt like the shades of this Bailey 44 dress evoke those cool beachy tones that I find so relaxing.  

This is a VERY unusual sighting for me - this dress has taupe AND pastel blue in it!  Both of those shades typically make me look pasty and ill.  However, I feel like the darker colors - the golden-brown, chocolate, and navy stripes - add enough contrast that I can pair the dress with other shades that I love.  I immediately thought of my denim jacket & copper handbag, or my cognac moto jacket.  As it's still pretty warm but my office is pretty cool, I opted for the denim topper today.  I added my trusty bone gladiator wedges, rose gold boyfriend watch, and marble pendant from Ireland.  The latter, I love pairing with my favorite specs, as they are copper on the outside but green inside the frames.

This Bailey 44 dress, by the way, is every bit as awesome as the previous bandaid/column versions (I have the long sleeved stripe dress in eggplant and flame red.)  The beautiful layered, moderate V-neck cut in front and in back of this version of the dress more than makes up for the cap sleeves in my opinion.  I liked it so much that I actually duplicated it in black with tiny white dots, as I could see layering over that dress - and under it, with a tight-fitting black long sleeved tee - in the winter.

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