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Two Dresses

This is totally going to be me

For evening adults-only wedding at San Diego's famous Prado, July: Jewelled Party Dress, jersey viscose, $96.60

I have been pretty good about not spending money on clothes . . . two cute cardigans from Macy’s (“fever” brand, they run around $68 but go on sale in the $20’s if you keep your eye out).  Silver flats that I love.  And now, for upcoming Summer wedding/rehearsal etc., stuff, I finally pulled the trigger on Boden dresses! Today was “30% off free shipping day.” You probably already missed 30% day. But if anyone is interested in Boden they are pretty generous with coupon codes, so let me know. 

Also, Ann Taylor Loft is practically breaking into my house to leave me coupons.  Any other great deals out there?

Okay it will look better on a person

Drapey jersey dress, blueberry batik, finally in stock and today just $89

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Gray Lanvin Dress
Gratitude, elegance, warmth

I’m not much for resolutions, but every January tempts me to bring my life back into focus.  A friend suggested picking three “New Year’s Words” to describe what you wish for yourself — for your life — and focus on what you might aspire to.

The words can answer a question or they can just stand alone, embodying your values and hopes for yourself (they don’t have to be adjectives): 

I want 2010 to be . . . 

 This year I’m going to be . . . 

 I want more …. in my life 

 Ideas? Anyone? 

For inspiration: 

Azzedine Alaia

luminous, gracious, vitality

Azure

Joyful, vivid, authentic

 

For Jim A.: at OSU Beavers game in November

Relaxed, cool, laid-back, popcorn-eating

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A Hazy Shade of Iroko

abootsDresses, jackets and boots: Here we go! It is October and that is what I’m wearing.  (Edited to add real photos! Whee!)

The dress is long on me (well below-knee, top of boots) which isn’t my favorite.  I was all set to wear my BCBG above-the-knee brown knit, but I looked in the mirror and it was WAY too Go-Go- Dancer for Medicaid Audit Defense which is what I’m doing today.  I needed to tone it down so I went with this Jones New York which coincidentally I bought for Deathmama’s wedding reception.

The jacket is one of my favorites: Nordstrom Point of View Semantiks from 2008. I got it at the November Half-yearly Women and Children’s Sale last year. I desperately wanted the matching pants but they were sold out by then. The jacket is great as a separate, though.  The texture makes it versatile to wear with dresses or other pants.  A nice heavy texture contrast helps, so it looks like “coordinating jacket on over this cute outfit” not “sloppy mismatched suit.”

This I vetoed. The orange fishnet-weave work with other brown dresses, but this length I didn't like.  Plus, the unlined knit skirt clings to the tights and I couldn't find my slip. Easier to just switch dresses since I was running late.

This I vetoed. The orange fishnet-weave work with other brown dresses, but this length I didn't like. Plus, the unlined knit skirt clings to the tights and I couldn't find my slip. Easier to just switch dresses since I was running late.

The boots are F-bombing Fabulous.   They are Cole Haan Air Joanna, yes they are regularly $498 but I paid like half that.  (Really, Honey, I did!)  Does this mean I can wear them forever, Lord?

So everything is brown (Aubergine, Iroko, Sandstone, see below).  My old-school sensibility is to “match browns,” but I took a risk with these mis-matched monochrome and I have to say I’m loving it. It helps to have different textures (jersey, tweed, leather).  The color dynamic seems like a natural emanation of the nature of the materials, not just a tacky lack of coordination.   Works for me!

Jacket: "Splash Pool" Semantiks 2008. Aubergine (burgundy-brown) dress, black camisole, gold daisy diamond necklace.

Jacket: "Splash Pool" Semantiks 2008. Aubergine (burgundy-brown) dress, black camisole, gold daisy diamond necklace.

October 033
Colors: All brown, but definitely not “matching” browns!
aubergine

Aubergine: RGB 59, 9, 16

Iroko, RGB 67, 49, 32

Iroko, RGB 67, 49, 32

Sandstone, RGB 121, 106, 93

Sandstone, RGB 121, 106, 93

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