Can everyone agree with me that lazy Sundays are pretty much the best days in the world?  The one day every week where I can get up late, feeling well rested, and do whatever I feel like for the whole day.  No deadlines, no huge responsibilities, just lazily doing the things I like to do.  I realize that every Sunday isn’t like this for everyone, but on those days when they happen, they’re just blissful.

This past Sunday it was overcast and chilly all day.  I didn’t want to go out, and I didn’t have any reason to, so I wore cozy, comfy clothes and had a fantastic day.  This isn’t really an outfit I would wear out (layering shirts like this isn’t super flattering on me, and I only wear my Ugg moccasins indoors) but it was perfect for lounging around the house.

Here’s what I did:

Snuggled up with a warm blanket and read (Sucks to Be Me: The All-True Confessions of Mina Hamilton, Teen Vampire (maybe) and Travels with Charley in Search of America: )

Started a new crochet project (my own adaptation of Fluffy Bunny Slippers :)

Made some butterscotch and chocolate chip cookies (Yum!)

Long sleeve: Target (thrifted)
Tee: Spoon concert tee (American Apparel)
Jeans: Gap Curvy
Scarf: Target
Moccasins: Ugg Dakota

Just a quick outfit post today.  For some reason most of my photos of this outfit didn’t turn out so great.  That drapey top is so comfy, and actually looks a lot prettier in real life.

Top: Old Navy (via rummage sale)
Jeans: Gap Curvy
Shoes: Courtesy of Dansko
Necklace: Garage sale
Bracelet: Garage sale

Quote: Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson , by Louise Rennison

“…e.g. I will think less about my nose and more about my quite attractive teeth”*

*Note: I have no issues with my nose, I just like the quote.

It’s finally starting to feel like fall in Florida with temps in the *gasp* 70s.  I was actually able to wear long sleeves and scarves this week.  Of course, it warmed up by the middle of the day, but it’s nice to not feel drenched in sweat everyday.

Oh, did you happen to notice something new in this outfit?  Why yes, that is a new yellow purse.  Or at least, it was new a few months ago.  It’s so beautiful, that I was scared to take it outside of my house.  This outfit was it’s first official outing.

So here’s the backstory: back when I was underemployed, broke, armed with a master’s degree, and searching for a full-time job, I promised myself that whenever I got a (permanent) full-time job, I would treat myself to one of three things: 1) a watch, 2) a pair of Fluevogs, or 3) a new Morelle bag.  I found out in June that I would get to keep my full-time job (which I love), but money was tight, so I had planned to wait until the fall to get my treat.  Then, Morelle announced that she would be closing up her shop.  And my decision was made.

Despite money being very tight, I ordered a yellow leather slouch from her.  And it was over $200.  Which I did not count against my shopping plan because it was  special occasion.  But let me tell you: this. bag. is. the. best. bag. ever.

I love it so much.  The gorgeous yellow color, the soft leather, the roominess without bulkiness, the wrapped chain handle.  It is pretty much perfection in purse form.  I’ve treated it with water-resistant leather spray, and now that I’ve braved taking it out of doors, it will definitely be one of my regular purses.  Love.

Tee: Old Navy
Cardigan: Anthropologie (via eBay)
Jeans: The Gap
Shoes: Keen Barcelona (via eBay)
Purse: Morelle Slouch
Scarf: Target

Quote: Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson , by Louise Rennison

Yep, I just used a Twilight quote as a post title.  What can I say?  I love and hate the series at the same time.  The writing quality is not so great, yet I found the stories engrossing.  Bella’s insecurity and her feeling of incompleteness without Edward really annoy me.  But I absolutely love the character of Jacob Black.  He’s caring, loyal, emotional, sometimes erratic.  And I love reading about the wolf pack and their Quileute history.  So with this outfit, I decided to show my Team Jacob spirit, with a lovely little piece that you may not notice in that first picture:

That’s right: I got my Wendy Brandes Little Woolf necklace!

I love this little necklace.  The charm is so tiny, and is beautifully detailed.  If you haven’t checked out any of Wendy B’s jewelry before, you totally should.  The quality is fantastic.

Tank: Old Navy
Blazer: J Crew (via eBay)
Jeans: Gap Curvy
Shoes: Dansko Sally (courtesy of Dansko)
Headband: Target
Necklace: Wendy Brandes

Quote: Jacob Black in Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga), by Stephanie Meyer

*Week 35 of My Great Shopping Plan of 2010, where I attempt to stay on a budget and fill out my wardrobe*

Gap Curvy Pants, $59.50

Last week, I finally did what I’ve been saying I would do for months, and I actually bought a pair of grey work slacks that fit.  At full price.   In polyester blend.  Which is something I pretty much never do.  Why, you may ask?

  • The two pairs of cotton/spandex work slacks I own have become too tight.  Until I lose some weight, I’m stuffing them in my hall closet with my winter coats.  I desperately needed something that I could wear to work now, at my current weight, that wouldn’t make me feel like I was suffocating.
  • I’ve been attempting unsuccessfully to thrift a pair of flattering, fitting work slacks for the past several months (really, since the beginning of the year).  For some reason, it’s been next to impossible to find non-polyester curvy slacks in a 12/14 at my local thrift/consignment stores.
  • I know that Gap Curvy works well for me, because my Gap Curvy jeans are pretty much my most comfortable and flattering jeans ever.  I knew that these slacks would work.
  • And the polyester.  You may know that I generally can’t stand polyester.  But as I said, I had no slacks that fit.  I went back to work full time a month and a half ago.  I desperately needed some professional slacks.  I could not find any in cotton/spandex.  The polyester content of these Gap slacks is 63%.  While that’s not ideal for me, it is acceptable given the circumstances.

Eventually, I’ll probably replace these slacks with some cotton blend ones and take them to a consignment shop.  Hopefully, the Gap will learn that some people don’t like polyester, and start offering some alternatives.  But until then, I at least have a decent pair of work slacks.

I had $114 left in my September (rolled over) budget.  Another $125 was added with the start of October.  So I started the week with $239.  The slacks were $59.50, so I now have $179.50 left.  I really need to get around to going on that shopping spree :)

I’m not one to be vainly interested in clothes, but I am coming to the realization that my closet needs an overhaul.  I have a lot of great clothes that currently don’t fit, since I gained a little weight over the summer.  I have a lot of clothes that I don’t completely love – the fabric isn’t soft, the color is wrong, etc.  Some of these problems I can fix, but really, I mostly need to get rid of a lot of my clothes and buy some new duds that I actually really love.  I would estimate that right now, I only regularly wear about 25 – 30% of my closet on a regular basis.  I think I should maybe revisit my wardrobe inventory and wardrobe gaps lists, and really take a look at what I need.

I’ve also got another change in the works: I’m buying a pair of running shoes.  I’ve been wanting to do this for awhile, but good running shoes are expensive, and I didn’t have enough money saved up to afford a pair until recently.  I want to get a really good pair, because my feet pronate (or is it over-pronate?) – the thing where your feet tend to roll to the outside.  I like to wear running shoes that correct this, because it helps prevent injury, and I really don’t want to screw up my knees.

I used to run three times a week for about 20 minutes, but for the past several years, I switched to just working out at the gym, and then recently, I added yoga.  I absolutely love practicing yoga, but the gym just isn’t doing it for me anymore, and my membership rates are about to go up, so I’m thinking it’s a great time to take up running again.  We’ll see how it goes.

Tank: Sonoma (thrifted)
Cardigan: Anthropologie (eBay)
Jeans: Gap
Shoes: Keen Barcelona (eBay)
Bracelets: Jill Popowich
Earrings: Mackie Jewelry

Quote: Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat

Well, summer has been a lot of fun.  However, irregular sleep patterns (sleeping past 5am!), irregular eating habits and a little too much snacking has taken its toll on my body.  I’ve gained a little weight, which is leading to most of my jeans and slacks not fitting well (hence why I’ve been wearing the same pair of black shorts about 75% of the time lately).

These Gap Curvy jeans were too loose on me at the end of the school year, but right now, they fit perfectly.  I’m happy with my body, and I’m not freaking out and going on a crash diet or anything.  I’m working on making some small changes in my diet, and I’m pretty sure things will regulate themselves once I’m working again.  For now, I’m just happy that I didn’t get rid of these jeans.  I think that it makes sense to hold onto at least a few items of clothing that are either too large or to small on you, because weight generally fluctuates.

The important thing I’ve learned is to always be kind to yourself.  Beating yourself up about weight fluctuation and getting depressed only makes things worse.   A shift in weight doesn’t stop you from being a  beautiful person, but having a foul attitude about things will.

Blouse: Coda (via Revolve)
Jeans: Gap Curvy
Flats: Easy Street
Earrings: Garage Sale
Necklace: Chocolate Cake Jewels
Bangles: Vintage (via garage sales and Sherry’s Yesterdaze)

Quote: Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon, by Patty Lovell

After talking about how I wear a lot of blue the other day, here is another primarily blue outfit.  Oh well.  I just recently altered these capris from a pair of slacks, and they are perfect for slouchy spring weekends.  The fabric is a nice, light-weight cotton, and they fit just loose enough to be really comfortable without looking too sloppy.  I’m still working on figuring out new color combinations for them.  So far I mainly pair them with white and blue, but I’m hoping to branch out soon.

This outfit is made up of entirely second-hand and handmade items, which I think is fitting for Earth Day.  With so much of modern fashion being made to be disposable, buying second-hand garments and giving them new life is a great way to fight the cycle of waste that our society has developed.  And buying quality handmade items ensures that the things you buy will last longer, and you’ll be helping someone make a living doing something they love.

What are you doing to help the planet this Earth Day?

Tee: Gap (via Revolve)
Cardigan: NY & Co (via Classy Consignment)
Capris: J Jill (thrifted and altered)
Sandals: Dansko Sela (via eBay)
Purse: Axcess by Liz Claiborne (thrifted)
Necklace: Lii Lii
Bangles: Jill Popowich

Nail Polish: Essie Calypso

Quote: The Three Silly Billies, by Margie Palatini

This outfit was all about week-end comfort.  My favorite comfy shoes, my favorite comfy (and flattering!) jeans, a nice soft, 3/4 sleeve cardigan.  Absolutely perfect.  And the weather was spectacularly gorgeous.  Winter was fun and all, but I’m totally soaking in the 70 degree warmth of spring.  In only a few weeks, I won’t be able to go outside in a outfit like this without sweating buckets, so I’m savoring it while it lasts.

I also wore my two lovely new gifts with this outfit.  Isn’t that robot necklace freakin’ awesome?  And I love how the rainbow bracelet that Kate gave me ties in the color of my shoes and my cardigan.

What’s your favorite comfy and stylish outfit to wear on Spring weekends?

Tank: Old Navy
Cardigan: New York & Co (via Classy Consignment)
Jeans: Gap Curvy (altered by me)
Shoes: Born Codders
Necklace: Love Spell Jewels
Bracelet: Accidental Artists

Quote: In My New Yellow Shirt, by Eileen Spinelli

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