Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Outfit log: Hippy + Hair

For years I've felt most comfortable in an ensemble when I've highlighted the smallest part of my waist... either with a high-waisted skirt, or with some sort of belt. But lately I've been drawn to a different type of silhouette, one I played around with last year around this time.

Occasion: Workin' it
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Outfit details:
jcrew outlet argyle sweater
gap black a-line skirt
hue tights
clarks outlet flats
handed down tiffany & co necklace

Instead of highlighting my waist, my hips become more pronounced since that is where the top and bottom half of my outfit meet. Annnnnd I like it! It's a comfortable shape to wear, I love the fullness of this skirt, and the black skirt + argyle sweater combo spoke to my preppy roots. And I'm proud of my womanly curvaceous hips!

Speaking of roots... here's another view of my recently highlighted hair, which I love! I strayed away from highlighting for awhile, but honestly when I looked in the salon mirror after I was all done I looked more like myself to me than I had in a long time. It's interesting how profound an impact hair style, including cut and color, can have on how we see ourselves.

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Hope you're having a great week :) Mine has been going a little slowly... ya know since I had two long weekends in a row before this week. BUT! My friend Gaby is coming to visit for the weekend and I couldn't be more excited!!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Outfit log: Double Waisted

I should have turned around and showed you the back of this ensemble.
Occasion: Workin' it
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Outfit details:
tunic from swap
anthropologie skirt
hue tights
target blue suede shoes
jcrew outlet cashmere cardigan
handed down tiffany & co necklace
The top I'm wearing is actually a tunic with a black elastic waist, and it has the cutest cutout in the back. Guess you'll have to take my word for it for now... in the meantime I was pleasantly surprised at the loveliness of this combo. The elastic of the tunic blended quite well with the waist of this closet-staple skirt, extending it a bit, which I liked! The only issue was when the waist of the skirt sagged a little below the elastic of the tunic... but so it goes, y'all.

In other news, I had a fabulous time last weekend with my mom in.... VEGAS! We wined and dined and gambled and shopped... it was blissful just to hang out with her for a long weekend. Much needed mom/daughter time! We always have too much fun and then end up forgetting to take pics... but I believe there are a few self portraits on my camera. Stay tuned...

Then this last weekend was rejuvenating. I slept over 10 hours both Friday and Saturday nights (I needed it... Mom kept me out gambling until 2am in Vegas the weekend before!) and did a lot of relaxing and eating and pampering.

And then it was over.... and I totally woke up with a case of the Mondays this morning.  I finally got myself to go to this LGBT coffee hour thing at work this afternoon, met some cool peeps, and now 5 o'clock is fast approaching and I'm feeling much better about the week :) And committed to hitting up the coffee hour thing again next week! I always forget how rewarding just putting yourself out there can be.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Weekend Getaway

This little calendar reminder popped up on my phone last night, and I couldn't help but get so freaking excited!! You see... after work I"m heading to the airport and will be meeting up with my mom for a fun-filled weekend somewhere hot with great shopping and pool access... just the two of us :)

Living far away from my mom sucks, but makes for tons of excitement when we do get together. It's gonna be awwwwwwesome!

See ya on the flipside!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Hairdo: Milkmaid braids

Okay, so I've been slacking on the whole posting thing these last few weeks. Life happens, ya know?

But! I wanted to share my latest hairdo... milkmaid braids! Yes, I know they're all around the blogosphere, however they are new to my head :) And really great in this windy city.

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First I braided my shorter fringe in front on either side of my part (so, two mini braids, not french or anything), then incorporated those braided bits into the bigger braids. Since I have a lot of hair, the style seems to work best when it's wet (like freshly washed, yo), so that my hair sticks to itself more and then the strategically placed bobby pins are able to hold up the heft (only using 4 total! two pins for each big braid). I don't quite understand why it works, but there ya go!

Oh! And I got a hair cut. Well, a trim. And highlights... hence the blondeness :) It feels so me!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Outfit log: Vest + Tunic

I think a vest + tunic + pants is one of my favorite work outfit formulas here in San Francisco.
Occasion: Workin' it, August 10th
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Outfit details:
INC tunic
H&M vest
banana repulic cords
target shoes
gifted abalone necklace
The layers provide warmth, the vest highlights my waist without the discomfort of a belt (don't get me wrong, I still LOVE my wide belts) while giving me accessible pockets for my work blackberry and business cards, and my pants don't feel so boring. Though I do love my skirts and dresses, it's also nice to have a break from wearing tights, which are necessary pretty much 90% of the time in this climate. Yay!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Remembering 9/11

I was a freshman in college. It was my second week in the dorms in Southern California, recently having moved back to my favorite coast after spending the last three years of high school in Washington, DC. Since I was on west coast time, it was quite early when my mom called our dorm room. She told me what had happened, but I didn't understand. I didn't wake my roommate. I went back to sleep. Then my aunt called (she lived about an hour away) and asked what I was doing, I remember exactly how she sounded saying, gently but insistently, "oh honey, you should really get up." Only then did it click in my brain that this was a big deal.

My new roommate and I walked down to the big auditorium. They had wheeled in TVs in the aisles so we could watch what was going on. I remember how dark it was in there, and how gorgeous and sunny it was outside. How we wondered if classes were cancelled, but didn't care because we weren't going.

Since our school was extremely liberal, the anti-war protests started that week, and continued almost weekly for months afterward. I didn't know what to think, I thought I had left DC to get away from politics and get back to carefree California life. I had just started a relationship with my first serious boyfriend (who turned out to be a serious jerk), an army veteran who immediately started talking about re-enlisting. My cousin's Bar Mitsvah was scheduled for the following Saturday in Calabasas (a suburb outside Los Angeles), with dozens of family members scheduled to fly in from New York City. My aunt and uncle didn't know if they should cancel, didn't know if the family would be able to get themselves to fly across the country, didn't know how celebratory the spirit could be given the devastating events. But what could they do? Dylan only turned 13 once, so they went ahead with the plans.

I recall an event on campus a year later in recognition of 9/11 and a girl from NYC spoke whose father was missing for a few days after the attacks. She cried as she talked about how scared she was, how far away she felt. It was incredibly moving, and brought the tragedy much closer to my world.

I can't believe it's been 10 years. How different life is as a 28 year old woman than it was as an 18 year old girl. How much our country has changed since then. How friends and loved ones have been affected by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. How many have lost their lives.

On today's date last year Nic and I were in New York City, on the whirlwind trip I won through HUE. That afternoon as we walked back to our hotel from checking out the high line with friends, we walked by a fire station and all of a sudden the whole anniversary became... so real. I wasn't prepared for the feelings I had.  Suddenly the effects of those attacks were almost in front of me. These people were there, or knew folks who were there, and had lost friends, colleagues, family members. After spending the afternoon laughing and taking in the sights... an unanticipated wave of sadness took me over and tears sprang to my eyes.

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"Dedicated to the Memory of the Courageous Officers and Firefighters of BATALLION 9 who made the Supreme Sacrifice on 9/11/01 that others may live." 

My heart goes out to all people affected by 9/11... those who lost loved ones, those who were brave in a time of crisis, those who lost their lives abroad, those still affected by the trauma suffered during war, those still affected by the prejudices enhanced by 9/11. It was, and continues to be, a big deal.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Outfit log: Joys of alternate town thrifting

When I was in LA a few weeks back, Auntie Anne took me to her favorite resale clothing shop in the Valley, one of the National Council of Jewish Women's Thrift Shops.
Occasion: Workin' it, August 9th
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Outfit details:
thrifted express skirt
modcloth pocket watch necklace
nordstrom elbow sleeve tee
hue tights
target blue suede loafers
We had a blast looking through everything and trying on stuff in the aisles (there are no dressing rooms), and I scored some awesome stuff, including this very skirt (and also a pair of kork ease sandals for $23, booyah!). I think from now on anytime I travel somewhere else I gotta check out some local thrift stores. It's like a whole new world opened for me!

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If you've got Monday off, I hope you enjoy the long weekend :) I know I will!