Sports talk aside (please, don't get me started), today I felt quite ladylike. Even before the game was won, I'd had a good day...my pants zipped! Let's just say there's a reason I've defaulted to skirts and dresses a lot lately (and it has to do with blubber not babies, nosy nosy). So today, with no muffin top to hide, I searched and searched my closet for a clingy shirt that would hug the smooth(er) silhouette.
Look at what I found!
Top: Ann Taylor Loft - 2005 - $10; Layering tank: Costco - 2009 - 2 for $12; Pants: Banana Republic Factory Store - 2009 - $15; Shoes: Enzo Angiolini - 2007 - $70; Purse: H&M - 2007 - $45; Sunglasses (on purse): Target - 2008 - $17
This top is probably one of the only things in my closet that remains from my college days (yes, I wore tie-necked shells in college). I stalked this shirt for months until it finally went on clearance (yes, I remember that detail five years later).
You're also getting a glimpse of my trusty everyday purse. I've spent the past several months avoiding taking photos with my purse since I've used the exact same one basically every single day for the past three years, but this photo was taken on the way back from lunch and I had nowhere good to put it down so I kept it on. It's one of my favorite purchases...it's roomy, comfy to carry, secure (every compartment can be zipped up), leather, and a gorgeously rich tannish color (if you have a better name for the color, please do let me know!).
To show off the neck tie detail, I whipped my hair up. Here is a quick glimpse of one of my favorite hairstyles for the office: the low ponytail with some hair wrapped around the elastic and pinned.
You can see the print on the shirt better here.
Funny, after blogging this outfit and thinking it through more, I realize nearly everything in this outfit would be a "favorite." Sure, I have a lot of them (I'm a very picky shopper, and a fast one, too), but hey, if I don't love it, it's probably not worth buying.
You might notice the change of location...this morning also saw a computer mini-disaster (note to self: no more watching streaming soccer games while deleting files from your settings folder), so by the time I calmed down it was too busy around to take pics in my cube. I've always wanted to try heading outdoors--you can't beat natural lighting for photos--but was always too shy to ask someone for help and I don't have a full-sized tripod. So my work buddy J, (not so) coincidentally our department photographer, was nice enough to take some photos of me awkwardly posing behind our office building. In return, I ate half of his lunch. Thanks, J!
Are you a picky shopper, waiting for just the right piece at just the right price? Or do you buy what you like and come to love it later?