“The only true voyage of discovery, the only fountain of Eternal Youth, would be not to visit strange lands but to possess other eyes, to behold the universe through the eyes of another…”: I think Proust is advocating for staycations? Feeling inspired, I set off to discover my familiar old city with new eyes. Specifically, those of a toddler and kindergartener.
Boston was my old stomping ground through my crazy 20s, and while I was quite familiar with the divey pubs and late night pizza spots, kid-friendly (ok, if we’re being honest, “daytime”) activities weren’t on my radar. And much like me, the city has changed – so much – over the last decade. I headed in to get the lay of the land before taking the kiddos, since the ‘Big Dig’ rearranged streets and exits almost on the daily for years. I didn’t need to worry, though, the new Greenway area is the perfect jumping off spot.
Since this week the blog is like one big ‘introduction to the opposites’ sketch, this athleisure queen was tasked with finding my inner glam. Immediately I started trolling Scotti’s posts for inspiration since she’s the resident glamazon around here. (And it’s not just in blog posts. Fun story: the first time I met Scotti in person was at the hotel we were staying at for Shana’s surprise birthday last year. It seriously felt like a celebrity sighting, she is that put together even on weekend morning – gorgeous makeup, hair did, heels. Me, on the other hand? Pretty sure my outfit involved stretchy pants and sneakers, and maybe tinted lip balm if I was feeling extra fancy.) I alternated between panic and avoidance for a week or so, until Shana asked how it was going on our weekly call. I said, quite seriously, “How about glam sweatshirts?” Shana replied, even more seriously, “I think it’s time to make an appointment with a Nordstrom stylist”. Gulp. Here’s the good, the bad and the ugly of what happened when I did.
A new contributor? Nope, it’s me, Amanda! (yay…?) Some of you have been asking for work wear ideas, so I braved the camera and tried on a bunch of new arrivals at Loft. Postpartum mamas headed back to work, this one’s for you, too! Most of the tops and jackets I’m wearing conceal mum tums with a flowy plus structured formula. Overall there were some really great pieces and a few misses – I’ll give you details on fit, cut, quality and my absolute favorite piece that makes you look taller and slimmer and instantly put together. Bonus – most of these are on sale for 40% off right now!
Note: It might not look like it, but I swear I was having fun! It was really ridiculously hard for me to figure out where to position the phone to capture the neckline area so I was concentrating on the shot, not mah face – if you can’t tell, I’m a virgin dressing room selfie snapper. Also, wee case of resting b face (b for business?)
Also – this post isn’t sponsored, it’s just me and my opinions of Loft’s work wear.
If ever there was a match made in sartorial heaven, it’s the high-rise flare and striped tee combo. A little bit boyish, a little bit 70’s fabulous, yet feels so fresh and sexy. (Even with a cardigan. I KNOW.)
5. Isabella Oliver Ellis Maternity Tank Dress – I have this dress and love it. I felt like a million bucks every time I put it on, because it’s made well and well, it’s Isabella Oliver and not much more needs to be said. Also, it can be dressed up our down (always a plus for mamas-to-be with a more limited wardrobe). For a wedding, these Emerita caged heels would look rockin’.
I have figured out a foolproof combo for Springifying (#notaword) your black: STRIPES. And by “foolproof” I mean that I’ve worn this combo several different ways over the last few weeks and while it’s leaning dangerously close to what one might call a rut….we’re going with “well-researched uniform” aka…foolproof.
It’s so foolproof, in fact, I have three different outfits to show you (including some super-casual options) as well as a few pics I pulled from the #myeveryday edit community. Clearly this idea is hardly original, but whatever – it works.
Stripes And Black (like my mood) While House Hunting
As you can see, I was SUPER EXCITED about what we found. #no
Did you guys DIE over my sister’s “nursing-friendly”, sequin mini dress? So freaking hot, right? But she comes by the glam honestly – even at three she would do just. about. anything. for a copy of Bride magazine. My 8 year old tomboy self thought she was SO WEIRD. I mean OK – nowadays I love a sequin as much as my sister does, but I’m more likely to stick them on my feet. Overall, I prefer a, um….how should I say this?….cozier take on glamour. And by cozy I mean wool. No need to mince words: I won’t suffer cold for beauty.
My friend Shannon recently remarked that her favorite date nights always tend to be the spontaneous ones, the ones were you roll down to the corner dive in your sweats because there’s no food in the house and then one laugh leads to another and suddenly you find yourself Partying, with a capital P, in the manner of rockstars. High-five, us!
Shannon, obviously, doesn’t have kids. Our date nights require a little more advanced planning these days (unless we’re using the ipod-at-the-restaurant babysitter, which is great for dinner but eventually puts a damper on Partying), but the spontaneity and casual nature she describes is right up our alley. We work too much and are (frankly) to damn tired to always be Going Out All Fancy, and my pretty-pretty dresses aren’t typically part of our usual date-night rotation.
I know layering is big thing in fashion-blogger land, but sometimes I just want to be all Pants. Shirt. Done. You know?
“I have eighteen layers of clothes on. I’m wearing a shirt and a tie and a sweater and a suede jacket that just seals in all the heat. Seals in all the juices. I’m just…it’s all sweat under here. This is just sweat from here down.” -Steve Carell in Crazy Stupid Love
We’ve talked before about interesting basics, and a pair of patterned heels is one of my go-to methods to make…well…any outfit better. Especially if you are firmly planted in the shirt-pants-done camp.
tee: old James Perse (here’s the new James Perse tee…I bought mine in both size 1 and 3 – I’m wearing the 3 in this pic.)
Patterned heels are often my answer for boring work outfits, too. And when those patterned heels also happen to be of that magic height where they’re walkable, yet sexy? And affordable, to boot? Well. The Shopping Enabler rests her case.
A graphic tee + skinny suit is a combo I will love forever…but I’m especially digging the contrast of the tomboyish outfit with the ladylike heels. This is right up my alley.
Someone asked about my tattoo. It is new. My sister has the exact same one. It’s in my mother’s handwriting, and reads, “I love you lots” in shorthand. It’s what my mom wrote on our lunchbags (brown paper ones, thankyouverymuch) until we graduated, and on my Dad’s lunchbag until he retired. I’ve been thinking about a tattoo for years (decades??), and I couldn’t be happier with the result. (Of course, the fact that Dan at Sacred Tattoo Studio in Marquette is some kind of miracle no-pain tattoo artist helped a whole bunch.)
Sole Society has some ah-mazing patterned shoes at the moment. Including (SWOON) plaid. Here are my favorites:
Lastly, here are a few seriously cool bags for the office, as well as some fun baubles for date night. (And a scarf. Just because I love it and it happens to be on sale for $12.)
You with me on the patterned heels/flats/shoes in general?
A HUGE thank you to Sole Society for sponsoring this post. As always, all thoughts, opinions and product choices are my own. (And I was seriously excited about this one…I know several of you have been asking for more workwear articles. And more to come!)
ps. It looks like Sole Society just kicked off their labor day sale…yessssss…..
Let’s call these what they are: glorified pajama pants.
But the folks over at Hurley call these “Beach Pants” which makes them sound more like real pants. And for those of you who have asked about options for covering pregnancy-induced (or not) varicose veins…..YES, THESE.
(note: links below have been updated for Summer 2015)